What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 1, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are calling the action and they are still in San Francisco, California.

Opening Contest:  Hacksaw Jim Duggan (8-1-1) beats Bob Bradley after the three-point stance clothesline at 2:16:

Duggan whacks referee Joey Marella on the butt with his 2×4 before the bout.  In the split screen, Dino Bravo and Jimmy Hart point out that Bravo will have home field advantage in Toronto, something that Monsoon laughs off.  Duggan gets the crowd to go “Ohhh!” a lot before flooring Bradley with the three-point stance clothesline.

Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the beginnings of the Rhythm & Blues-Bushwhackers feud.

Bad News Brown (8-0) defeats Mark Ming after the Ghetto Blaster at 2:07:

One would think by now that jobbers would be on alert when Brown got anywhere near the ring, but Ming is attacked from behind like those who came before him.  Roddy Piper does a split screen promo where he sings some of Phil Collins song “True Colors” and promises to raise a fist of black power for himself and Nelson Mandela.  After a hot start, the Piper-Brown feud is fizzling out because Piper is cutting weird racial promos while Brown’s comments have remained focused on exposing Piper as a fraudulent fighter.  As a result, the promos do not play off each other but end up like a debate where neither side is talking about the important issues.  This is just another methodical Brown squash that gives him one last, easy win before WrestleMania.

Fans get a replay of the Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior promos on Superstars.

Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) (7-1) defeats Omar Atlas via submission to the Million Dollar Dream at 2:15:

Atlas gets a quick hope spot from an O’Connor roll after refusing DiBiase’s money.  He has learned not to throw too many dropkicks but this time he is undermined by a blind charge.  In the split screen, Jake Roberts says that the feud between he and DiBiase will end at WrestleMania since they have spent the last few months chasing each other.  Ever the gentleman, DiBiase shoves a $100 bill down Atlas’ throat after the bout.  Atlas earned it the hard way.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Big Bossman.  The Bossman warns Akeem and Slick that hard times await them at Skydome.

The Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) (1-0) pins Jerry Monti after a Mafia kick at 2:43:

The Barbarian and Heenan do an insert promo where they warn Tito Santana that his career will end at WrestleMania.  Santana has not been heard of for a while, which does not bode well for his chances.  Instead of showing off his power, the Barbarian opts to work a front facelock for a long time.  He does an impressive powerslam when Monti dives off the second rope, though, and opts to finish with the Mafia kick instead of a flying clothesline.

Sean Mooney in the Event Center tosses the broadcast to WrestleMania promos.  The Hart Foundation say they are back and will beat the Bolsheviks to climb back to the top of the WWF’s tag ranks.  Dino Bravo, Earthquake, and Jimmy Hart put over how Earthquake will help Bravo win against Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Okerlund does the WrestleMania VI Report.  Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri promise a nightmare for Sapphire.  Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire counter that they are trained and ready to go.  WWF Tag Team Champions the Colossal Connection and Bobby Heenan say they will show up to WrestleMania and make Demolition shut up for good.  Mr. Perfect and the Genius swear that Brutus Beefcake will get none of Perfect’s hair and Perfect will remain undefeated.  Beefcake counters that the Genius will not be able to stop the carnage when he gets his hands on Perfect.  Akeem and Slick claim that anyone that puts their hands on Slick does not have long to live.  Steve Allen says that the Honky Tonk Man has a great future in comedy with his “Hunka Hunka Honky Love” single.  Rona Barrett says she will find out how handsome the Ultimate Warrior is without his face paint.  And Robert Goulet claims that opening WrestleMania will be a bigger honor for him than headlining in Las Vegas.

The Rockers (5-1) defeat Black Bart & the Black Knight when Marty Jannetty pins the Knight after a double flying fist drop at 2:38:

The Rockers excite the crowd, especially the young ladies in the audience, with headscissors and hurricanranas as the Orient Express and Mr. Fuji appear in the split screen.  They point out that they are faster and more skilled, which will help them win at WrestleMania.  A Shawn Michaels suplex sets up the double flying fist drop as the Rockers get back into the win column after taking a loss against the Colossal Connection on the Ultimate Challenge Special.

Tune in next week to see Tito Santana, the Orient Express, Hercules, Rhythm & Blues, and Roddy Piper in action!

The Last Word:  Since it is the day of WrestleMania there was nothing groundbreaking about this show.  It is interesting that the WWF opted to use this show to feature new squashes and promos instead of a “on location” broadcast from Skydome to try to get last minute buys for WrestleMania.

Up Next:  WrestleMania VI!