WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 4th, 1990

February 4, 1990

From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

This week’s featured match is Tito Santana vs. Dino Bravo. Also in action are The Rockers, Mr. Perfect, Tugboat, Hercules, and The Bolsheviks


The Rockers vs. George South & Mike Davis

South lands a few shots on Jannetty but runs into an arm drag. The Rockers target the arm of South, who misses a corner charge. Shawn hits him with a backbreaker and a slam as we hear from The Rockers in an insert promo calling out the Powers of Pain in an insert promo. Shawn has South up for a suplex but Davis breaks that up. Marty comes in to stop a double suplex as South gets dumped outside where Shawn takes him out with a tope. The Rockers hit some cool double-team stuff then hit stereo fist drops from the top and each cover a man for the win (2:28).

Thoughts: The Rockers once again impressed as they continue to feud with the Powers of Pain.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are shown a clip of the “Brother Love Show” from the Royal Rumble where Brother Love & Queen Sherri gang up on Sapphire, leading to buth Dusty Rhodes and Macho King Randy Savage running out where they end up brawling. Lord Alfred tells us that Dusty wants to get revenge on Savage.


Dale Wolfe vs. Mr. Perfect w/ The Genius

Wolfe surprises Perfect then hits a slam but ducks his head for a backdrop and gets kicked in the face. Perfect hits his neck snap then a knee lift and beats the crap out of Wolfe until he hits the Perfect Plex for the win (2:00).

Thoughts: A dominating win for Perfect, who is still being pushed but no mentions of his feud with Hogan here.


The Bolsheviks vs. Terry Bronson & Chuck Kilts

The Bolsheviks sing the Russian National Anthem before the match. We then see both teams call each other out via insert promos as The Bolsheviks are in control of the match. Kilts tags in and lands a few punches until Zhukov cuts him off then soon after that Zhukov clotheslines Kilts in the back of the head for the win (2:07).

Thoughts: A win for The Bolsheviks to keep them strong for their feud with The Bushwhackers.


Tugboat vs. Craig Brown

Ring announcer Mike McGuirk announces Tugboat as making his debut. He made his first TV appearance on the 1/27/90 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” as they already took away the “Thomas” part of his name. Tugboat is shown in an insert promo making some boat puns before he puts Brown away with a splash (1:22).

Thoughts: It appears that they are set on pushing Tugboat with this goofy gimmick.


A reminder that WrestleMania VI takes place on April 1st.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Rick Rude & Bobby Heenan to the interview platform. He brings up how Roddy Piper has given them problems as Heenan says its time for “Miss Piper” to get an education and Rude tells Piper he will take him to the school of hard knocks. The promo was fine but this feud was just about over at this point.


Hercules vs. Alan Martin

Hercules beats on Martin and hits ten turnbuckle smashes in the corner. The announcers put over his physique then Hercules hits a clothesline before putting Martin in the backbreaker submission for the win (1:45).

Thoughts: Not much here as the Hercules squash matches are now primarily the backdrop for announcers to talk about everything else going on in the company.


We get the Hogan and Warrior comments we heard from “Superstars of Wrestling.”


Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart & Canadian Earthquake vs. Tito Santana

Bravo pound his chest and taunts the crowd after shoving Tito against the ropes. Tito ducks a clothesline and gets two with a crossbody then Bravo bails after getting dropkicked twice. Back inside, Tito works the arm for a bit then fires away in the corner. Bravo blocks a monkey flip with an inverted atomic drop then drops an elbow for a nearfall. Bravo applies a bearhug but Tito eventually gets out then runs wild. Tito calls for the flying forearm but Bravo dropped down as Tito’s momentum takes him outside. Bravo distracts the ref as Earthquake slams Tito on the floor then hits a sitdown splash as Tito gets counted out (3:12).

Thoughts: This was more about getting over Earthquake and his sitdown splash than anything else.


Next week’s featured match is Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart as we hear from both men. Also, we will find out the main event of WrestleMania VI.


Final Thoughts: Not much of a show as you didnt miss anything if you saw Superstars. The programming becomes more interesting when the WrestleMania VI matches get announced.