WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 28th, 1990

January 28, 1990

From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Canadian Earthquake, Rhythm & Blues, Red Rooster, Bad News Brown, and The Bushwhackers. Plus, an interview with Jake Roberts and more!


Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Pez Whatley

Gorilla notes that Whatley is an accomplished veteran but still does not like his chances against Duggan. Pez tries a kick but Duggan catches it and hits an atomic drop. Pez bails after getting clotheslined then Duggan comes out to beat him down. He rams Pez into the post and rolls him inside to inflict more punishment until he puts him away with the Three Point Stance (2:12).

Thoughts: Pez gets completely squashed in his WWF TV debut. With Duggan’s feud against the Macho King over he will have to find another feud and match for WrestleMania VI.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are informed once again of WrestleMania VI taking place at the Toronto Skydome on April 1st then see a clip of Demolition attacking the Colossal Connection as it appears those teams will be facing off at WrestleMania.


Alan Martin vs. Red Rooster

Martin lands a few shots but Rooster takes him down. Rooster then works the arm for a bit then catches him with a hotshot. Martin hits a rocker dropper after Rooster ducked his head for a backdrop but Rooster fights back then struts around. He hits a jawbreaker and a suplex before the chicken wing gets him the win (2:43).

Thoughts: A quick win for the Red Rooster who remains in limbo in the lower midcard.


Canadian Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Lee Peak

Earthquake comes out to Dino Bravo’s theme song as Hart carries the Canadian flag. Earthquake slams Peak as we see Earthquake & Hart in an insert promo as Earthquake promises to make everyone feel the aftershock. Earthquake then tosses Peak around before hitting a sitdown splash for the win (1:33). After the match, Earthquake hits another splash as Gorilla calls that the “Aftershock” then we see Peak get loaded on a stretcher.

Thoughts: The Earthquake looked decent here as they are continuing to build him up by hyping his finisher as a deadly move.


The Bushwhackers vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Mike Justice

We see The Bolsheviks calling out The Bushwhackers in an insert promo as Luke and Brawler slug it out in the ring. The Bushwhackers take control then start beating on Justice then Brawler comes in and does not fare much better and tags right back out as The Bushwhackers hit Justice with the battering ram then get the win with a double gutbuster (3:34).

Thoughts: An easy win for the Bushwhackers as their feud against The Bolsheviks continues.


Bad News Brown vs. Bob Burroughs

Bad News attacks Burroughs from behind to start then hammers away. The announcers talk about the Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior confrontation at the Royal Rumble as Bad News stays in control. He continues to beat on Burroughs then puts him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:56).

Thoughts: Still no mention of Bad News brawling with Roddy Piper at the Royal Rumble.


We see the clip from last week’s “Superstars of Wrestling” where Jake Roberts stole the Million Dollar Belt from Ted DiBiase.


Now, Gene Okerlund welcomes Jake to the interview platform. Jake cuts Okerlund off before he can ask about the Million Dollar Belt then tells DiBiase the only way he could get to him was by hitting him where it hurts and that’s why he stole the belt as he takes it out of Damien’s bag before daring DiBiase to come and get it from him. This promo was short and to the point as the Jake/DiBiase feud stays hot.


Jim Powers & Alan Reynolds vs. Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart

Valentine catches Powers with an elbow smash then hits a slam. Powers avoids an elbow drop then works the arm before tagging out but Valentine quickly tosses Reynolds into his corner before tagging out. Rhythm & Blues take turns beating on Reynolds as the announcers list off a bunch of Intercontinental Champions then Valentine gets the win with a figure four (3:19).

Thoughts: Decent performance here by Rhythm & Blues. Teh Honky Tonk Man himself said in his shoot interview how he liked the team and thought the fact both Valentine and himself had different styles made them work. Both men also said they were promised the Tag Team Titles but that changed once Vince McMahon signed the Road Warriors during the Summer.


An ad that WrestleMania VI will take place on April 1st airs.


Koko B. Ware vs. Tony Burton

Koko hits a back suplex and stays in control for a bit. Burton roughs up Koko after poking his eye but Koko headbutts him down. Koko hits a missile dropkick but Burton is able to kick out then Koko hits a splash before getting the win with a Ghostbuster (3:36). After the match, Koko does his Bird Dance with ring announcer Mike McGuirk, who he invited into the ring.

Thoughts: An easy win for Koko as it looks like they are back to trying to establish the Bird Dance.


We get comments from both teams of the Mr. Perfect & The Genius vs. Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior match at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”


Final Thoughts: Not much of a show to be honest. It hyped up a few feuds and the main event for “Saturday Night’s Main Event” but that was all.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/3/90

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/4/90

Wednesday: EVOLVE 85 5/21/17

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Raven, Volume 2

Friday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 2/5/90

Sunday: Mid-South Wrestling 10/21/82

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/10/90