WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 23rd, 1990

September 23, 1990

From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, Saba Simba, Legion of Doom, Mr. Perfect, and Tugboat.


“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil & Sapphire vs. Jim McPherson

Sapphire comes out carrying a DiBiase Wrestling Buddy. DiBiase takes McPherson over with a hip toss then hits a slam before taunting the crowd. Sapphire now shows off her jewelry as DiBiase hits a powerslam before putting McPherson away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:44).

Thoughts: They’re back to showing how DiBiase can buy anyone as the focus was on Sapphire and her gifts more than the DiBiase/Dusty feud.


WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as Superstars of Wrestling where they focus on Queen Sherri slapping the Ultimate Warrior on the Brother Love Show in an attempt to get him to put the title on the line against Macho King Randy Savage.


Brooklyn Brawler vs. Saba Simba

Vince notes that Simba is Tony Atlas, who changed his name after getting in touch with his culture. We see Akeem & Slick in an insert promo as they are upset at Vince for referring to Saba Simba as an “African-American.” Brawler rams Simba in the corner but is sent into the post then Simba hammers away. Simba takes Brawler down with an awkward kick to the head then hits a Samoan Drop and lays on top for the win (1:45). Simba dances after the match.

Thoughts: The fact they were considering an Akeem vs. Sama Simba feud based on who is the real African-American blows my mind. Akeem quit like a week or two after this aired so it never happened but man, what an awful idea.


Jim Powers vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan

Vince is now solo on commentary. Powers dropkicks Perfect, who bails to regroup with Heenan. We hear from the Texas Tornado as he gives Perfect a chance to win back the Intercontinental Title as Perfect now takes control of the match. Powers takes Perfect over with a hip toss but Perfect trips him up then hits the Perfect Plex for the win (1:55).

Thoughts: Well, looks like Perfect will get a shot to reclaim the Intercontinental Title. Question is, when will it happen?


An ad to get tickets for WrestleMania VII.


Gene Okerlund welcomes Sgt. Slaughter to the interview platform as Heenan is back on commentary. Slaughter tells Okerlund to address him as “sir” then tells the “maggots” in the crowd to keep their mouths shut. Okerlund asks Slaughter about his announcement as Slaughter says we need to be told what to do and nominates himself for that job. Slaughter then says he has a man who he takes orders from and is someone he respects in General Adnan. The General comes out and speaks in his native tongue as Vince calls this the most despicable thing he has ever seen. Vince sold this with more disgust than he did on “Superstars of Wrestling” where he was mostly shocked. He was not as angry as Piper though. Usually, they would just air the “Brother Love Show” segment in cases like this but the fact they had another segment exclusive to “Wrestling Challenge” tells us they are really going to be pushing this act strong.


The Big Bossman comes out for his match. However, Bossman stares over at Heenan on commentary then heads over as Vince holds Heenan’s arm. Bossman issues Heenan a final warning as Heenan says he was just joking and is scared but Bossman grabs his arm then cuffs Heenan and tosses him off the stage. Bossman then drags Heenan to the ring and cuffs him to the guardrail.


Paul Perez vs. Big Bossman

Heenan frantically tries to free himself as Bossman goes to the ring and beats on Perez. Vince says Heenan got what he deserves as Bossman hits the sidewalk slam for the win (1:30). After the match, several officials run out to stop Bossman from beating on Heenan then Bossman tosses the keys into the crowd.

Thoughts: Most of the focus was on Heenan going out of his mind while cuffed to the guardrail. Bossman getting his revenge and tossing the keys into the crowd was cool and he was over with the crowd.


Power & Glory w/ Slick vs. Barry Hardy & Ross Lindsey

Power & Glory try to free Heenan but it does not work. Hercules runs in and clotheslines both men. Hardy tags in and gets beat down as Heenan is begging to be freed. Vince talks about The Rockers and Power & Glory feud then soon after that Power & Glory put Hardy away with the Power Plex as Heenan asks Slick to get him Rick Rude (2:42).

Thoughts: The Heenan stuff continues as he begged for help from Power & Glory and Slick. Now, he wants someone to get Rick Rude to come out and help.


Tugboat vs. Chris Duffy

Tugboat beats on Duffy then we see Rude come out in street clothes as he tries to free Heenan but fails. Tugboat slams Duffy then follows with a corner splash before a splash off of the middle rope gets the win (1:41).

Thoughts: An easy win for Tugboat but he was just the backdrop for Rude trying to free Heenan.


Vince comes down to ringside to approach Heenan & Rude. They are flipping out and Rude said he told Heenan to say the stuff about Bossman’s mother because he wants to face him. Rude is pissed as he tries to free Heenan then says this is “Bullshit” as its censored while Rude demands Bossman come out now.


Next week in action are the Hart Foundation, Jim Duggan, Rhythm & Blues, Nikolai Volkoff, and Dino Bravo.


Final Thoughts: This was a fun show and much more newsworthy than Challenge has been over the past few months. The Heenan stuff came off well and the big news out of that was finding out it was Rick Rude who was behind the insults. We now have a Bossman vs. Rude feud to build up (although we never got a payoff as Rude quit a month later) and the Slaughter push as an ally of Iraq is really being played up too.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/29/90

Wednesday: wXW World Tag Team League, Night Three

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/30/90

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/31/83

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/6/90

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/7/90