WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 19th, 1990

August 19, 1990

From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Jake Roberts, Demolition, Nikolai Volkoff, Power & Glory, and The Bushwhackers


A replay from last week where Bad News Brown fed his rats a t-bone steak.


Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Bob Bradley

Jake runs over Bradley then we hear from the Big Bossman as he promises to take care of Bad News and his rats at SummerSlam if they out of control. Jake then hits Bradley with a pair of slams before putting him away with the DDT (1:23).

Thoughts: Just some hype for Jake vs. Bad News at SummerSlam.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is the same as “Superstars of Wrestling” where Mr. Perfect & Bobby Heenan accept Kerry Von Erich’s challenge for a match at SummerSlam with the Intercontinental Title on the line.


Troy Williams & “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Demolition

Ax & Smash are in the ring here for Demolition. Ax and Garvin slug it out to start. Ax misses an elbow drop then Garvin tags out but Williams gets caught with a clothesline. We hear from the Legion of Doom as they tell Demolition they are going to cause trouble for them. Demolition stay in control then put Williams away with the Decapitation (2:05).

Thoughts: They hyped Demolition’s beef with the Legion of Doom instead of their SummerSlam match against the Hart Foundation. Also, you can tell its now the end of Garvin’s usefulness in the WWF as he got stuck in the role of teaming with an enhancement talent. He would leave the company a few months later.


Sgt. Slaughter is standing on top of an army vehicle addressing all “scum and maggots.” He says not long ago, we saw the “pinko commie” Nikolai Volkoff get a medal of freedom. Slaughter says that we need a leader and when he gets to SummerSlam, he will present his own medal to Brother Love. More hype for Slaughter’s return as he will be feuding with Volkoff.


Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tom Stone

We hear from Jim Duggan in an insert promo as he is proud of Volkoff and how we all welcomed him with open arms. Volkoff beats on Stone and hits a butterfly suplex before the Russian Sickle gets the win (0:57). After the match, Volkoff waves the American flag.

Thoughts: The strong push of Volkoff as a babyface continues. Its still goofy to watch.


SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund.


Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Ricky Rice & Scott Colton

We hear from the Rockers in an insert promo as they tell Power & Glory that talk is cheap and they will find this out at SummerSlam. Power & Glory beat on Rice to start then Colton comes in and suffers the same fate until Power & Glory hit the Powerplex for the win (2:08). After the match, Roma beats on Rice and tosses him outside.

Thoughts: Power & Glory looked excellent here as their feud with The Rockers amps up.


Sapphire is shown at a Cadillac dealership as her admire said she can pick any care she wants. Her’s cost $28,000 and she turns it on and takes it for a spin. Its getting easier to see just who is giving all these gifts to Sapphire.


Gene Okerlund welcomes the Ultimate Warrior to the interview platform. Warrior tells us his steel cage match at SummerSlam against Rick Rude is not the toughest challenge he has ever had and that “confinement, containment, and control” are not in his or the Warriors vocabulary. Warrior then promises to walk into SummerSlam as the champion and leave as the same. For a match build as a SummerSlam co-main event, this is ice cold heading into the PPV.


The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Warren Bianchi

Barbarian beats on Bianchi to start as he is shown with Heenan in an insert promo where Heenan proclaims Barbarian as the most dangerous man on earth. Barbarian stays in control then puts Bianchi away with a flying clothesline (1:26).

Thoughts: They continue to give The Barbarian wins on TV but he has no character direction at the moment.


Hulk Hogan is in the gym telling us his 24 inch pythons are getting bigger by the second as he is ready for SummerSlam, where he will pay back Earthquake.


The Bushwhackers vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & “Pistol” Pez Whatley

Gorilla plugs the “WWF Merchandise Catalog” that you can find inside the latest edition of “WWF Magazine” as the announcers tell you how to order the merchandise. The Bushwhackers take control early but Sharpe starts stomping on Butch. He rearranges his forearm protector but accidentally hits his partner then the Bushwhackers hit Sharpe with the battering ram for the win (1:49).

Thoughts: The announcers plugged the merchandise catalog and it appears The Bushwhackers feud with Rhythm & Blues has been dropped.


The announcers let us know that Tugboat was attacked on “Superstars of Wrestling” as Heenan hysterically laughs after saying he sank faster than the Titanic. Heenan was tremendous here.


Final Thoughts: This had more exclusive segments than usual and it made for a better watch. Nothing really new happened but it was better than a rehashed TV segments and clips.


Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/3/83

Sunday: WWF SummerSlam Fever 8/19/90

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/25/90

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/26/90

Wednesday: PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, Final Stage

Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD

Friday: WWF 1990 SummerSlam