WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 2nd, 1990

December 2, 1990

From the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

In action this week are Macho King Randy Savage, Legion of Doom, Dustin Rhodes, and Mr. Perfect. Plus, an interview with Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan and more!

 

Macho King Randy Savage w/Queen Sherri vs. Dale Wolfe

Heenan notes how Savage “survived a tournament” to become the World Heavyweight Champion before so he can win the belt again. Savage chokes out Wolfe then hits him with a clothesline. Heenan claims Hugh Hefner talked to him about having Sherri as a centerfold as Savage stays in control until hitting the flying elbow drop for the win (1:53). After the match, Savage grabs an Ultimate Warrior poster from a fan and tears it up.

Thoughts: They pushed Savage as a threat to become champion again because he won the belt in the past by winning a tournament. They did not even bring up that it took place at WrestleMania IV.

 

WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. We find out that the Survivor Series will be available on Coliseum Home Video Dec. 20 then see Kane the Undertaker’s debut at the PPV.

 

The Barbarian w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Pez Whatley

We hear from Big Bossman in an insert promo as he tells Heenan he can hide behind all of the “pigs and goons” but it still will not protect him. Barbarian roughs up Whatley then tosses him outside. He brings Whatley back in and overpowers him until a flying clothesline gets the win (2:32).

Thoughts: The Barbarian and Haku are just pawns in the Bossman/Heenan program now.

 

An ad for the Royal Rumble airs.

 

The Genius is in the ring. He no longer has his wig and talks about Dustin Rhodes, his opponent.

 

The Genius vs. Dustin Rhodes w/ Dusty Rhodes

Heenan returns to commentary as Dustin declines a handshake from The Genius. Dustin takes The Genius down a few times and does not fall for his tactics. He takes Genius outside with a dropkick as we see Ted DiBiase & Virgil in an insert promo as he compares the Rhodes to Sanford & Son. Back to the match as Genius lands a few punches and a slam but Dustin got his knees up on a moonsault then hits a bulldog for the win (2:11).

Thoughts: Dustin gets a win over a more known opponent in The Genius, who has not been on TV in a while.

 

“The Model” Rick Martel vs. Reno Riggins

We hear from Martel in an insert promo as he tells Jake Roberts not to worry about finding his way out of the ring because he is going to get carried out when they meet. Riggins grabs a side headlock but Martel uses a shinbreaker to get out of that and starts working over the leg and eventually gets the win with a Boston Crab (2:49).

Thoughts: The Martel/Jake feud continues and remains one of the more intriguing storylines in the company.

 

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Davey Boy Smith

Bulldog takes control early as Gorilla teases Heenan about Bossman coming after him. Sharpe hammers away but eats boot on a charge then Davey hits a running powerslam for the win (2:06).

Thoughts: Another easy win by Davey as the company slowly establishes him as a singles act.

 

Gene Okerlund welcomes Sgt. Slaughter & Gen. Adnan to the interview platform. We are shown footage from last week where Hacksaw Jim Duggan prevented Slaughter & Adnan from causing further damage to Tito Santana. Slaughter now gloats over winning his war against Nikolai Volkoff and claims that Tito¬† “swam over” to the country from Mexico before warning Duggan he will surrender, just like the US Troops will do to Sadaam Hussein. Still trying way too hard in building up Slaughter as an anti-American heel. The results have been mixed at this point.

 

Legion of Doom vs. Black Demon & Shawn Tracy

LoD beat down their opponents to start as we hear from Mr. Fuji in an insert promo as he tells LoD there is no escape from the Orient Express. The LoD stay in control until they put Tracy away with the Doomsday Device (1:52).

Thoughts: More hype for the eventual LoD vs. Orient Express match, which really isn’t very interesting at all.

 

We are shown a clip of the Gobbledy Gooker’s debut at the Survivor Series.

 

Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Brad Kramer

Kramer pushes back Perfect but ends up getting slapped. Perfect gets caught with a slam then Kramer takes him over with a hip toss but Perfect sweeps the leg. Perfect hits a few stomps as we hear from Texas Tornado in an insert promo telling Perfect to try and take back the Intercontinental Title. Perfect stays in control then hits a Perfect Plex for the win (2:24).

Thoughts: With Tornado challenging Perfect through an insert promo I would expect their rematch to happen sooner rather than later, especially since Perfect eliminated Tornado at the Survivor Series.

 

In action next week are Power & Glory, Jimmy Snuka, Kane the Undertaker, and the Hart Foundation.

 

Final Thoughts: Nothing new to speak of here. The main focus was on the Survivor Series debuts and we saw continued hype for current feuds. Just your typical, boring installment of Challenge.