WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 15th, 1990

April 15, 1990

From the Onondonga War Memorial in Syracuse, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Demolition, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, Jake Roberts, Dino Bravo, and The Bushwhackers.


Demolition vs. Chris Duffy & Scott Colontonio

Heenan says if Andre the Giant listened to him the Colossal Connection would still be Tag Team champions. Demolition beats on Duffy in the corner as Vince cannot believe Heenan slapped Andre in the face. Colontonio tags in and does not fare any better as we hear from Demolition in an insert promo telling the Hart Foundation they are going to have to beat them if they want the Tag Team Titles because they will not be handing them over. Colontonio gets beat down some more then Demolition puts him away with the Decapitation (2:53).

Thoughts: An easy win for Demolition as the company continues to build towards a Demolition vs. Hart Foundation Tag Team Title match.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. The same from “Superstars of Wrestling” with the news of an Intercontinental Title Tournament taking place after the Ultimate Warrior vacated the title.


Jimmy Long vs. Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart

We hear from Bravo & Hart in an insert promo as Bravo demands President Jack Tunney put him in the Intercontinental Title tournament. Long hits a dropkick but Bravo catches a crossbody attempts and dumps him on the top rope. Bravo hits a few suplexes before putting Long away with a side slam (1:48).

Thoughts: Based off of his insert promo you would have to think that Bravo will be included in the tournament.


An ad for WrestleMania VII airs. Man, did they fail their original promise or what.


Big Bossman vs. Conquistador #1

Bossman catches a crossbody attempt and hits a backbreaker as Heenan accuses Bossman of being a bully. Bossman calls out Ted DiBiase and promises that justice will be served before he puts The Conquistador away with a spinebuster (1:59). After the match, Bossman cuffs The Conquistador to the ropes then beats him with a nightstick.

Thoughts: More hype for the Bossman/DiBiase feud.


Tony Ulysses vs. Mr. Perfect

Perfect beats on Ulysses as we hear him in an insert promo also demanding Tunney put him in the Intercontinental Title Tournament. Vince asks about Heenan not having Rick Rude as part of the tournament with Heenan saying he has other plans for that. Perfect continues to destroy Ulysses until putting him away with the Perfect Plex (2:27).

Thoughts: The big news here was Perfect demanding to be part of the tournament. Also, having Heenan saying he has plans for the Tournament besides the involvement of Rude is something to note going forward.


Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Joe Champ

Jake plays mind games with Champ, who ends up hitting a slam. Jake floats over on a second slam attempt then fires away. Jake hits a slam then a knee lift before working the arm. The crowd chants for the DDT as we hear from Jake in an insert promo telling us everyone in the WWF either fears Damien, the DDT, or himself. Jake then hits Champ with the DDT for the win and after the match puts Damien on top of Champ (3:14).

Thoughts: With his feud against DiBiase finally over Jake is now talking about everyone fears something about him to set up a new feud.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Earthquake & Jimmy Hart to the platform. Earthquake & Hart continue to take credit for the reason Hulk Hogan lost the title at WrestleMania VI. We are then shown a clip of Earthquake attacking Jim Duggan at WrestleMania as Earthquake gloats about that too. A segment to build up Earthquake for his eventual match against Hogan.


The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Mitch Ryder

Warlord is without face pain here and its not for the best. Warlord overpowers Ryder as the announcers talk about a “WWF Magazine” article regarding Mr. Fuji selling off the Powers of Pain as individual wrestlers, with Heenan saying he sees Barbarian as a singles wrestler. Warlord stays in control then gets the win with a running powerslam (1:54).

Thoughts: They are slowly transitioning Warlord to a singles wrestler while tinkering with his look.


We get another vignette of Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan in the gym. Rude tells Warrior when they meet, he will be the unstoppable force and immovable object. Rude claims to be able to read Warrior like a book and since he beat him before he can do it again and this time for the World Heavyweight Title as Rude bench presses 415 lbs while Heenan yells at him for motivation. Rude’s promos were excellent as he is becoming a more serious persona.


Clip of the Rhythm & Blues concert from WrestleMania VI.


The Bushwhackers vs. Paul Perez & Bob Bradley

The Bushwhackers clear the ring to start then start marching around as the fans cheer. They stay in control as the match settles down then eventually put Perez away with a double gutbuster (3:07). After the match, The Bushwhackers lick the head of a fan then let them rub their heads.

Thoughts: A quick win for The Bushwhackers as they are still feuding with Rhythm & Blues.


Next week in action are Rick Rude, Jimmy Snuka, Akeem, and the Hart Foundation.


Final Thoughts: Not much different than what we saw from Superstars. The WrestleMania VI Fallout continues though as the next month of TV will be focused on the upcoming IC Title Tournament.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 4/16/90

Wednesday: EVOLVE 89 7/9/17

Thursday: RF Video Reflections with Kurt Angle

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/21/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 12/9/82

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/22/90

Monday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 4/23/90