WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 15th, 1990

July 15, 1990

From the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

This week, Hulk Hogan makes his decision regarding his future. Plus, the Legion of Doom make their debut. Also in action this are Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, and Bad News Brown.


The Bushwhackers vs. Tom Bennett & Kent Carlson

The Bushwhackers take control early as Heenan tells us that his sources are saying that Hogan is retiring. The Bushwhackers stay in control then put Carlson away with a double gutbuster (2:47).

Thoughts: It seems they are moving on from The Bushwhackers feud against Rhythm & Blues with little mention of that here. The announcers spent more time speculating about Hogan’s future than anything else.


The Hulk Hogan announcement from the 7/14 edition of “WWF Superstars of Wrestling” is shown. He’ll be facing Earthquake at SummerSlam with Tugboat in his corner and Dino Bravo in the corner of Earthquake.


Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Scott Colton

The announcers talking about Hogan vs. Earthquake taking place at SummerSlam. Earthquake takes control as Tugboat is in an insert promo telling us that Hogan is better than ever and will be in his corner at SummerSlam. Heenan calls him “Slugboat” as Earthquake hits a belly-to-belly suplex then puts Colton away with a sit-down splash (1:40). After the match, Earthquake hits two more splashes as Colton is taken out on a stretcher.

Thoughts: A quick win to put over Earthquake for his match against Hogan.


Legion of Doom vs. Bob Bradley & Al Burke

The LOD attack their opponents right after the bell. We then hear from Demolition in an insert promo as they call LOD “Demolition Imposters” as Hawk beats down Burke until LOD put him away with the Doomsday Device (1:47).

Thoughts: A weird debut of the Legion of Doom in the sense they were not hyped up before appearing in the company. Anyway, the crowd dug them and they appear to be wasting little time in having them interact with Demolition.


Brian Costello vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News attacks Costello before the bell and chokes him out with his own jacket. The announcers talk about Bad News’ fear of snakes as Bad News is in an insert promo talking about having something for Jake Roberts. Bad News stays in control then puts Costello away with the Ghetto Blaster (1:30). After the match, Bad News continues to beat on Costello.

Thoughts: The Bad News/Jake feud continues, even though it has lost a lot of steam.


An ad for SummerSlam airs.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Nikolai Volkoff to the interview platform. He comes out to “Stars and Stripes Forever” while waving the American Flag that Jim Duggan gave to him on the “Brother Love Show.” We see the clip of Volkoff getting the flag then he tells us this is the happiest he has been in his life. Volkoff thanks Duggan then tells Zhukov to fight him like a man before telling us “God Bless America.” They continue to push Volkoff’s new babyface gimmick as another match against his former partner is in the works.


Jim Evans vs. Haku w/ Bobby Heenan

Haku beats on Evans to start. Evans jumps on Haku’s back and tries a sleeper but gets rammed into the corner. Gorilla puts over the SummerSlam main event as Haku hits a piledriver and a backbreaker before a thrust kick gets the win (2:01).

Thoughts: A win for Haku but all Gorilla did was talk about everything else going on in the promotion.


“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin tells us the WWF Ice Cream bars are the best way to relax after a tough match.


Tito Santana vs. Pez Whatley

These two start off by trading arm wringers. Tito takes down Whatley and works the arm for a bit. The announcers shill for “Hulk Hogan Vitamins” as Tito continues stays in control. Whatley cheap shots Tito and hammers away until Tito fights back. Tito then hits a slam and a dropkick before the flying forearm gets the win (3:01).

Thoughts: Another match used to focus on other things going on in the company. Tito was another guy who was floundering despite getting strong crowd reactions and performing well in the ring.


We get a repeat of DiBiase talking with a former prisoner where the Big Bossman was a correctional officer who claimed Bossman was highly abusive. This was later debunked by Gene Okerlund, who spoke with the foreman of the job site who said that guy was not an employee.


The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Gary Jackson

Warlord shrugs off some punches then drops Jackson after a lifting chokehold. We hear from Warlord & Slick in an insert promo as Slick tells us Warlord is here to “wreak havoc.” The announcers talk about the gifts Sapphire has been receiving as Heenan suggests she has been stealing them then Warlord hits a running powerslam for the win (1:30).

Thoughts: They continue to give Warlord some wins until he gets a feud and they mentioned these gifts that Sapphire has been receiving.


Next week in action are Boris Zhukov and Rhythm & Blues. Plus, a SummerSlam report and an interview with the Ultimate Warrior. The announcers also talk about the Legion of Doom and how they looked in their debut.


Final Thoughts: The show revolved around Hogan’s decision to challenge Earthquake at SummerSlam. We also saw Legion of Doom make their debut too. Besides that there was not much else to speak of on the show.