WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 17th, 1990

June 17, 1990

From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Tugboat, Rick Martel, Demolition, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of the show with Boris Zhukov’s squash match win. I fully understand if you immediately stop reading out of disgust.


Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake defeated Spike Jones in a match first show on the 6/11/17 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This was the same as we saw from “Superstars of Wrestling” where they started off the “Come Back, Hulk” campaign.


Demolition defeated Wilt Jones & Kent Carlson in a match first show on the 6/11/17 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”


Queen Sherri tells us that WWF Ice Cream Bars are made for royalty like herself and not commoners like Sapphire.


Jim Duggan vs. Paul Diamond

Duggan beats on Anderson then clears the ring. Gorilla hypes Duggan’s “WWF Magazine” interview where he spoke about wanting to fight Earthquake and soon after that Duggan hits the Three Point Stance for the win (2:02).

Thoughts: A win for Duggan as they are building up for his eventual match against Earthquake. You would have thought either Beefcake or Duggan would be the spokesman for Hogan’s come back instead of Tugboat.


Hillbilly Jim & Randy Fox vs. Rhythm & Blues w/ Jimmy Hart

Jim & Fox get an entrance. Rhythm & Blues are shown in an insert promo running down The Bushwhackers. Jim beats on Valentine to start. He takes him down with a headbutt then does a cartwheel before tagging out. Fox tags but Honky runs in to trip him up as Rhythm & Blues take control. They beat on Fox for a while then put him away with a double back suplex (3:00).

Thoughts: This was Jim’s last televised match during this run. He went out in less than memorable fashion. The Bushwhackers/Rhythm & Blues feud continues.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Jake Roberts to the interview platform. Jake has Damien over his shoulders as Gene recalls Bad News Brown attacking him last week. Jake tells Bad News a tough man does not jump someone from behind, you approach them face-to-face. He now refers to Bad News as “Sad News.”


Rick “The Model” Martel vs. Jim Powers

Martel wants the ring attendant to make sure his hands are clean before handling his jacket. He then taunts the crowd with his physique before attacking Powers from behind. We see Ronnie Garvin in an insert as he tells us the Arrogance smells like garbage and we need fresh air in the WWF. Powers fights back with a dropkick then a pair of arm drags. Powers continues to work the arm until Martel blocks a hip toss. Powers fights back as Martel retreats into the corner but misses a charge then Martel puts him in the Boston Crab and gets the win (3:37).

Thoughts: Decent action as they appear to be building towards a Martel/Garvin feud. It made sense with the tough guy going up against the pretty boy model.


Ted DiBiase is with Virgil to talk with one of Big Bossman’s high school teachers. She said Bossman was the worst student in her twenty years of teaching and had to cheat and lie to get F’s. Bossman also spent a lot of time in the “dunce corner” to the point she named it after him as DiBiase tells us this proves Bossman is nothing more than a dumb, illiterate hick. I found DiBiase entertaining here and in all of these segments while in Cobb County.


The address for the “Come Back Hulk” letter campaign flashes on the screen.


Tugboat vs. Pez Whatley

Tugboat passes out Hogan Friendship bracelets to the kids as Heenan yells how they are being thrown to the ground. Whatley attacks Tugboat from behind but gets overpowered soon after that. He puts Whatley in a bearhug then drives him into the corner before putting him away with the splash (1:56).

Thoughts: An easy win for Tugboat, who continues to struggle in getting over with the crowd.


In action next week are The Bushwhackers, Big Bossman, Rick Rude, Jake Roberts, and Earthquake. Plus, an interview with Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri.


Final Thoughts: Not much happened here that didn’t take place on “Superstars of Wrestling.” The same feuds are being pushed and they are building the show around whether or not Hogan will be able to return after getting attacked by Earthquake.