WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 8th, 1990

July 8, 1990

From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Tugboat, Mr. Perfect, Dusty Rhodes, Rick Martel, and Koko B. Ware. Plus, an interview with Demolition and more!


Dusty Rhodes w/ Sapphire vs. Bob Bradley

Bradley hammers away to start but gets shoved into the corner. Dusty then slams Bradley off of the top rope and stays on offense as Heenan accuses Dusty of loading his elbow pad. Bradley stomps on Dusty for a bit but Dusty starts pumping up and fights back until putting him away with the bionic elbow drop (2:08). After the match, Dusty and Sapphire dance.

Thoughts: More of the same antics from Dusty & Sapphire. The pairing already feels like its been going on forever.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as what we saw on “Superstars of Wrestling” with the news that Hulk Hogan will be making a decision regarding his future next week.


Rick Martel defeats Brady Boone in a match first shown on the 7/2 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”


Tugboat vs. Will Douglas

Tugboat continues to pass out Hogan bracelets to the fans. He overpowers Douglas as Heenan trash talks Hogan. We then see Dino Bravo & Jimmy Hart circle around the ring as Tugboat is briefly distracted then he puts Douglas away with a splash from the middle rope (1:45).

Thoughts: Tugboat continues to get pushed strongly as Hogan’s friend as he is now feuding with Dino Bravo too.


An ad for SummerSlam airs.


Hercules & Jim McPherson vs. Orient Express w/ Mr. Fuji

Sato attacks Hercules from behind but gets overpowered. Hercules hits a press slam then becomes distracted by Tanaka as Sato connects with a thrust kick. Gorilla lets us know that Hercules took the place of McPherson’s partner, who did not show up. McPherson tags in and gets destroyed until Sato puts him away with a sitout powerbomb (1:46). After the match, The Orient Express attack Hercules and Fuji hits him with his cane until Paul Roma runs in for the save.

Thoughts: The big thing here was Roma coming to the aid of Hercules. They had done a few matches together on “Prime Time Wrestling” and a few weeks ago were shown plugging WWF Ice Cream Bars on the syndicated shows. This segment would lead you to believe a feud against the Orient Express was coming but that was not the case. There were rumors that the duo would be a babyface team but they either switched their minds at the next set of tapings (this was the last show on the current taping cycle) or planned for them turning heel all along and thought to show them together on TV first before having them actually go out and turn.


Dino Bravo w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim Powers

Powers tries to use his speed to his advantage but is caught with a clothesline. Bravo is shown in an insert promo telling Hogan to do himself a favor and retire as Tugboat is now at ringside. Bravo is distracted and Powers fights back. Powers gets two with a crossbody and a dropkick but Bravo is able to catch him with a side slam for the win (1:48).

Thoughts: More hype for the Tugboat/Bravo feud, which is the side story to the Hogan/Earthquake feud.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Demolition to the interview platform. Ax says they are more devastating than ever and their power structure is expanding. Crush tells us he came to Demolition under one condition and that is he can hurt anyone he does not like, including the Hart Foundation. Smash says they are hear to knock someone’s head off then they walk off as Gorilla notes their attitude change. They continue to set up for Demolition’s eventual heel turn.


Dale Wolfe vs. Koko B. Ware

Wolfe hammers away in the corner to start. Koko fights back then hits a few suplexes. We then hear from The Genius in an insert promo as he is still wearing his blond wig but they are having “technical problems” and cannot hear the announcers. Koko then hits a flying chop before putting Wolfe away with a bulldog (2:13).

Thoughts: Koko was not getting pushed and I guess they wanted to show The Genius with his new, blond wig.


The clip where Ted DiBiase went down to Cobb County, GA and spoke with Big Bossman’s high school football coach airs again.


Mark Thomas vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan

Perfect taunts his opponent as Gorilla plugs an article in “WWF Magazine” on whether or not Perfect can hold off Brutus Beefcake. Perfect beats on Thomas and demands some competition. Thomas finally fights back and hits a slam and a dropkick that looked like s--- before running into a boot on a charge then Perfect hits the Perfect Plex for the win (3:38).

Thoughts: They were still hyping up the Beefcake/Perfect feud but that would change next week.


Next week, Hulk Hogan makes his decision regarding his future.


Final Thoughts: Not much on this show. The only thing exclusive to this show that happened was Roma coming out to the aid of Hercules. Other than that the shows remained focused on Hogan’s future.