WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 24th, 1990

June 24, 1990

From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, Rick Rude, and Jake Roberts. Plus, an update on the condition of Hulk Hogan and an interview with Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri.

 

The Bushwhackers vs. Bill Garlets & Dale Wolfe

The Bushwhackers beat on Wolfe to start. Garlets tags and also gets beaten down then the Bushwhackers put him away with a double gutbuster (2:58).

Thoughts: Nothing to this match at all and barely any mention of The Bushwhackers feud with Rhythm & Blues.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We hear from Tugboat as he reads a letter from a fan addressed to Hogan, who happens to be a doctor. He wants Hogan to understand that Hulkamania stands for all that is right in the world and wishes for a speedy recovery as Tugboat talks about this being very inspirational and for all of us to show Hogan that we care. We then hear comments from some of Hogan’s colleagues as Brutus Beefcake, The Rockers, Tito Santana, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan all talk about wanting Hogan to come back as they show their support.

 

Mike Pocari vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart

Earthquake beats on Pocari as we see Okerlund in the crowd asking a fan what he thinks of Earthquake. This middle-aged man named Len does not care for Earthquake and thinks that Hogan will return and shows off his Hogan shirt. Back to the match now as Earthquake puts Pocari away with a sit down splash (1:34). After the match, Earthquake hits another splash then Pocari rips off his Hogan Friendship Bracelet before dropping an elbow drop. Pocari then ends up getting carried away on a stretcher.

Thoughts: Besides hyping up the Earthquake/Hogan feud they also used this segment as an opportunity to hawk Hogan’s latest merchandise.

 

Nikolai Volkoff vs. “Playboy” Buddy Rose

Before the match, Volkoff tells us America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. He is now wearing tights and a jacket that features the American flag along with the Russian flag as well. He stops a sneak attack from Rose then we hear from Boris Zhukov in an insert promo as he calls Volkoff a traitor just like Mikhail Gorbachev. Rose hits a knee smash but Volkoff takes him over and soon after that hits the Russian Sickle for the win (1:10).

Thoughts: Volkoff got some cheers with his new pro-USA gimmick. His feud with Zhukov continues.

 

An ad for SummerSlam airs as it will return on August 27th.

 

Brady Boone vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan

This is Boone’s first televised match in two years as he has just returned to the company. He now wears a singlet and is without facial hair. Rude catches him with an inverted atomic drop as Gorilla points out his tights have a girl with a tear in her eye because there are no more Rude Awakenings until he becomes champion. Rude stays in control and calls out Warrior before hitting the Rude Awakening for the win (1:28).

Thoughts: An easy win for Rude as he is forcing the ring announcers to bill him as the “next world champion.”

 

Big Bossman vs. Chris Duffy

Bossman overpowers Duffy to start. He clotheslines him to the floor then we hear from Bossman in an insert promo as he calls out Ted DiBiase for trying to slander him in his hometown and that everyone in the country knows what his uniform stands for and promises to get revenge. Back to the match as Bossman skies Duffy with a back drop then puts him away with a sidewalk slam (2:07).

Thoughts: The Bossman/DiBiase feud was really heating up at this time and Bossman has become quite popular with the fans since turning babyface.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri to the interview platform. Savage tells us commoners and peasants like Dusty Rhodes can only dream what it is like to be king. Sherri then addresses Sapphire and talks about how she humiliated herself and will have to kiss her feet. Okerlund brings up Miss Elizabeth as Savage gets pissed and that Brother Love accepts her fantasies and she will have to kiss his feet then talks about being royalty. Not the best promo from these two, that’s for sure. It was actually dull.

 

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Sharpe ducks out on the apron after getting hit then gets hit with a crossbody for a two count. Sharpe bails after Snuka hits a pair of arm drags then returns and chops Snuka in the corner. Sharpe chokes out Snuka and hits a shoulder block but Snuka comes back with a flying headbutt. Snuka then hits a slam and a knee drop before heading up top and hitting the Superfly Splash for the win (2:49).

Thoughts: The fans still pop for the Superfly Splash but Snuka is really broken down and the action here was awful.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Mike Williams

Williams fails to outsmart Jake and is hit with a knee lift. Jake follows with a pair of slams as the crowd is already chanting for the DDT. Jake takes Williams down with a snapmare and keeps him down then hits a clothesline before the DDT gets the win after covering with one finger (2:46). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Williams.

Thoughts: Jake is still feuding with Bad News Brown and the crowds still love Jake. He was still incredibly over with the TV taping audiences.

 

In action next week are Rhythm & Blues, Bad News Brown, Brutus Beefcake, Demolition, and Jim Duggan. Plus, a tribute to Hulk Hogan and more!

 

Final Thoughts: Nothing to see here to be honest. More pushing of the “Come Back Hulk” routine and other midcard feuds is all we saw here. And honestly, this is just not an exciting period in WWF history.