What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 28, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth and they are still in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A replay of the Hacksaw Jim Duggan-Pez Whatley match that aired on Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

In this week’s Special Report segment, Lord Alfred Hayes says that he will keep us updated about what is going to take place at WrestleMania VI.  Footage is shown of Demolition beating up the Colossal Connection last week.

The Red Rooster (1-0) defeats Alan Martin via submission to the chicken wing at 2:42:

Martin gets several spots that jobbers normally do not receive, kicking out of an armlock, putting his foot on the ropes to avoid getting pinned after a stun gun, and putting the Rooster down with a Rocker Dropper.  The Rooster rallies after a jawbreaker and finally finishes Martin off with the chicken wing.  Giving Martin so much offense made the Rooster look weak.

The Canadian Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart) (2-0) pins Lee Peak after the Earthquake Splash at 1:33:

In the split screen Earthquake tells the rest of the WWF that they will be on the receiving end of a quake.  Earthquake could pin Peak after an elbow drop and chokeslam but he opts to finish with the Earthquake Splash, looking good en route to victory.

Following his win, Earthquake gives Peak another Earthquake Splash.  Peak does a stretcher job afterward.

The Bushwhackers (4-0) beat the Brooklyn Brawler & Mike Justice when Luke pins Justice after a double stomachbreaker at 3:30:

Justice got a lot of appearances on television as an enhancement talent between 1988 and 1990, appearing more than twenty times for the WWF and WCW.

Before the squash starts, the Bolsheviks scream that they will soon teach the Bushwhackers a lesson.  This is a standard Bushwhacker squash, biting their opponents early before flattening Justice with a Battering Ram and double stomachbreaker to remain undefeated.

The Bad News Brown-Bob Burroughs match that took place on Prime Time Wrestling airs.

After recapping how Jake Roberts got the Million Dollar Championship Belt, Gene Okerlund interviews Roberts.  Roberts says that the only way to get to DiBiase was to take his most prized possession.  He repeats his challenge that if DiBiase wants his belt back then he can come and get it.

Rhythm & Blues (2-0) defeat Jim Powers & Alan Reynolds when Greg Valentine makes Reynolds submit to the figure-four leg lock at 3:19:

Before the bell, Rhythm & Blues explain their name as the Honky Tonk Man bringing the rhythm and Valentine bringing the blues because of the hard beatings he inflicts on opponents.  Since it takes Valentine so long to warm up “symphony” would be a better word to describe his style but the team’s name would not have the same ring to it.  Schiavone and Monsoon put over the team hard, saying that they are quickly moving up the tag team ranks.  Valentine does most of the work and destroys Reynolds, using a side suplex to set up the figure-four.

Koko B. Ware’s squash of Tony Burton from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Dino Bravo, the Canadian Earthquake, and Jimmy Hart say that Tito Santana will be crushed next week.

Santana screams about how he is not going to let Bravo use his strength.  He says speed will be his best asset.

Tune in next week to see Tito Santana face Dino Bravo!

The Last Word:  The stretcher gimmick is a great way to position the Canadian Earthquake as a big deal down the road, but getting rid of “Canadian” in the name would have a greater effect when he announcing him.  Outside of that, there was not a lot of life in this show.  Even Jake Roberts promo felt zoned in.  But getting a feature match next week is a nice change of pace for a show that has lacked one so far in 1990.

After doing some WWF Superstars and Wrestling Challenge tapings after The Royal Rumble, the WWF traveled up the West and East coasts for cards during this week in its history.  Here are a sampling of those shows, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Palace – January 24, 1990:  Tugboat Thomas pinned Iron Mike Sharpe with a splash…The Powers of Pain beat the Rockers via disqualification when Marty Jannetty used Mr. Fuji’s cane as a weapon…The Genius pinned Tito Santana after Mr. Perfect interfered…Randy Savage beat Jake Roberts after using Sensational Sherri’s purse as a weapon…Jim Neidhart wrestled the Honky Tonk Man to a double count out…Ted DiBiase pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan with a clothesline after Virgil interfered…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Mr. Perfect despite the interference of the Genius and Randy Savage.

Oakland, California – The Oakland Coliseum – January 25, 1990 (7,000):  Earthquake beat the Red Rooster in less than five minutes…Koko B. Ware pinned Black Bart…Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg Valentine via disqualification after Valentine hit the referee…Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Dino Bravo…Ronnie Garvin beat the Brooklyn Brawler via submission to the reverse figure-four leg lock…WWF Tag Team Champions the Colossal Connection defeated Demolition via count out…Roddy Piper beat Rick Rude in a steel cage match.

Hershey, Pennsylvania – Hersheypark Arena – January 27, 1990 (10,000; sellout):  Tugboat Thomas defeated Conquistador #1 with a splash…Jim Neidhart pinned the Honky Tonk Man…The Genius pinned Tito Santana after Mr. Perfect interfered…The Rockers beat the Powers of Pain via disqualification after Mr. Fuji interfered.  After the match, Hulk Hogan saved the Rockers from a beating by the Powers…Jake Roberts pinned Ted DiBiase.  After the match, Roberts DDT’d Virgil, who was barred from ringside during the bout…Randy Savage beat Hacksaw Jim Duggan with the Flair pin…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Mr. Perfect.

Backstage News*:        There is some speculation that the WWF might be entertaining a Hulk Hogan-Mike Tyson match for WrestleMania VI.  Dave Meltzer argues that it would draw bigger numbers than Muhammad Ali against Antonio Inoki.  In the meantime, Tyson’s participation in the February 23 Main Event show will almost certainly guarantee the largest televised audience for a Hogan-Randy Savage match.  NBC is banking on a big number for the show.

*Vince McMahon traveled to Tokyo on January 27 to announce the WWF’s participation in a large card at the Tokyo Dome on April 13 that will feature talents from New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling.  It is a certainty that this event will be the Ultimate Warrior’s first exposure in the Japanese market.  The willingness of All Japan and New Japan to work together with the WWF might be due to All Japan promoter Giant Baba fearing the rise of the Newborn UWF promotion.  New Japan appears willing to work with the WWF after Ric Flair pulled out of working with them.  The main event of card could be Hogan vs. Genichiro Tenryu, Hogan vs. Stan Hansen, or Hogan vs. Savage.

*The WWF has scheduled March 24, 1991 for WrestleMania VII, with the event taking place at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for February 1 and 5.

Up Next:  Prime Time Wrestling for January 29!