What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 4, 1990

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

The Rockers energetic squash from Prime Time Wrestling kicks off the broadcast.

For the Special Report segment a recap of the Brother Love Show at The Royal Rumble airs.

Mr. Perfect (w/the Genius) (3-0) pins Dale Wolfe after the Perfectplex at 1:58:

Perfect flies out of the corner with a clothesline after Wolfe sends him there and finishes in less than two minutes with the Perfectplex.  Monsoon puts over how Perfect locks the fingers in the finisher and that makes it impossible to escape.

A Bolsheviks squash that aired on Prime Time Wrestling several weeks ago against Terry Bronson and Chuck Kilts airs.

The Tugboat squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Gene Okerlund interviews Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.  When asked about Roddy Piper, Heenan says that he and Rude do not back down from anyone.  Rude says he has gone to the school of hard knocks with Piper, learning that he is a backstabber, a liar, and a bully.  Rude asks Piper if he is ready for his final exam and whether he will “earn his degree or a Rude Awakening.”  This signals that the feud between the two is ending, but it is likely it will resolve on house shows and not on television.

Hercules winning a squash match against Alan Martin several weeks ago on Prime Time Wrestling airs.

The Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior promos from Superstars are shown.

Dino Bravo (w/Jimmy Hart & the Canadian Earthquake) (4-0) beats Tito Santana (2-1) via count out at 4:11:

The match is the shorthand version of the bout these two had on Prime Time Wrestling last month.  Bravo works a short bearhug before Santana makes a comeback, only to tumble out of the ring when trying the flying forearm.  That allows Earthquake to give Santana the Earthquake Splash behind the referee’s back and Bravo opts to take the count out.  Rating:  *½

Shawn Michaels tells Bret Hart that he will show him something he has never seen before.  Bret responds by saying that Michaels is going to learn the difference between singles and tag team wrestling.

Tune in next week to see Shawn Michaels face Bret Hart!

The Last Word:  For fans that watched all the WWF programming available this show offered little.  The feature match was not much but its result was predictable since Dino Bravo is still facing the Ultimate Warrior in main events at house shows.  Next week’s main event between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels sounds promising and has the allure of a babyface vs. babyface match that was rare for the era.

Here is a sampling of WWF house show cards that took place during this week in its history, with the WWF building to a big show at the Boston Garden on February 5 on the East Coast.  These results are provided courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Poughkeepsie, New York – Mid-Hudson Civic Center – January 29, 1990:    The Genius pinned Mark Young…Tito Santana beat the Honky Tonk Man…Paul Roma beat Frenchy Martin…The Rockers defeated the Bolsheviks…Jim Neidhart pinned Bob Bradley…The Big Bossman beat Bret Hart…Jake Roberts defeated Mr. Perfect via disqualification when the Genius interfered.

Bakersfield, California – The Civic Auditorium – January 29, 1990 (3,568):  Jimmy Snuka beat Greg Valentine…Koko B. Ware pinned Black Bart…The Canadian Earthquake defeated Ronnie Garvin…The Red Rooster pinned the Brooklyn Brawler…Roddy Piper wrestled Rick Rude to a double disqualification in a lumberjack match…Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Dino Bravo.

Long Island, New York – Nassau Coliseum – January 29, 1990:         Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Rick Martel…Ted DiBiase beat Brutus Beefcake…The Powers of Pain defeated the Bushwhackers via disqualification after Butch hit the Warlord with Mr. Fuji’s cane…WWF Tag Team Champions the Colossal Connection beat Demolition when Haku pinned Smash…Tugboat pinned Mike Sharpe…Bad News Brown beat Hercules after the Flair pin…Dusty Rhodes defeated Randy Savage via count out after heel miscommunication.

Providence, Rhode Island – The Civic Center – February 2, 1990:     The Genius defeated Jim Neidhart after Mr. Perfect interfered…Rick Martel pinned Brutus Beefcake…Hercules beat Conquistador #1…Mr. Perfect defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan via count out…The Bushwhackers beat the Bolsheviks…Koko B. Ware pinned Bob Bradley (substituting for Barry Horowitz)…Dusty Rhodes beat Randy Savage via count out.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Maple Leaf Gardens – February 4, 1990 (15,000):         The show included a bell toll tribute to Whipper Billy Watson, who passed away earlier in the day…Hercules pinned Conquistador #1…Jim Powers beat Frenchy Martin…Jim Neidhart pinned the Honky Tonk Man with a small package…Richard Charland pinned Jose Luis Rivera (this bout replaced a scheduled Jimmy Snuka vs. Akeem match but both men no-showed)…Hacksaw Jim Duggan & the Rockers defeated Mr. Fuji & the Powers of Pain when Marty Jannetty pinned Fuji after Fuji was hit by Duggan’s 2×4…Ted DiBiase beat Jake Roberts via count out…WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Mr. Perfect & the Genius in a handicap match after pinning each man with leg drops.

Indianapolis, Indiana – Market Square Arena – February 4, 1990:    The Red Rooster defeated Black Bart…Koko B. Ware pinned Barry Horowitz…The Canadian Earthquake beat Paul Roma…The Bushwhackers defeated the Bolsheviks…Brutus Beefcake pinned Rick Martel…Dusty Rhodes defeated Randy Savage via count out after Sapphire gave Rhodes Sensational Sherri’s loaded purse, which Rhodes used to knock Savage to the floor…Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior defeated Dino Bravo in a steel cage match.

Backstage News*:        Boxing outlets are reporting that the WWF is negotiating with Don King to try to arrange a Hulk Hogan vs. Mike Tyson match.  Tyson’s camp thinks that after he defeats Evander Holyfield there is nothing left for him to do in the heavyweight division, so a transition to wrestling cannot be discounted.  Hogan is considering retirement, though, and WrestleMania VI could be his last match.  It is thought that Hogan might go and work for Disney.

*The WWF is excited about viewer interest in the Hogan-Ultimate Warrior angle as their Saturday Night’s Main Event match did a 11.1 rating, the second-highest in the history of the show, and the Prime Time Wrestling replay of the match pulled the show’s highest rating ever.

*For the upcoming show in Japan there are reports that Giant Baba is pitching a Hogan vs. Genichiro Tenryu main event but it is now thought that Hogan will wrestle Riki Choshu.

*In talent relations news, the WWF is reaching out to Owen Hart and Buddy Landel.  The WWF was also interested in Sid Vicious but he signed a one-year extension with the NWA.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for February 12.

Up Next:  Prime Time Wrestling for February 5!