What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 27, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan handle commentary and they are concluding the taping cycle in San Antonio, Texas.

Rhythm & Blues squash match from Prime Time Wrestling opens the show.

Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report talks about how “the spirit of glasnost in Bolshevikovia” did not hold and Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov will soon collide in singles competition.

Hercules (8-2) beats Bob Bradley via submission to a torture rack at 2:11:

When Heenan says positive comments about Hercules’ physique, Monsoon insists that he has been taking some Hulk Hogan vitamins.  Like their previous Prime Time bout on February 5, Bradley is tossed around with ease and flies over the top rope after taking an atomic drop.  The torture rack allows Hercules to win his fourth straight singles match, but he is directionless in storylines.

Hillbilly Jim encourages fans to buy the WWF ice cream bars since he has two a day.

Haku (w/Bobby Heenan) (0-2) pins Omar Atlas after a thrust kick at 1:33:

Atlas tries to outwrestle Haku, but Haku escapes an amateur takedown and the two fight near the corner until Haku hits a thrust kick out of nowhere to earn his first singles win of the year.  Like Hercules, Haku is grinding his gears in the midcard.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Bad News Brown (12-0-1) pins Jim Gorman after the Ghetto Blaster at 2:05:

Gorman learned little from the last time he faced Brown on February 19, getting attacked before the bell, choked with his own ring jacket, and methodically deconstructed until Jake Roberts does a split screen promo where he wonders what he has to do to make Brown happy.  This feud gets sillier by the day.

Check out the latest edition of WWF Magazine and find out about Hulk Hogan’s vitamins!

Gene Okerlund interviews Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire.  Rhodes gloats about the win in the mixed tag match at WrestleMania VI before moving on and talking about the beatdown the two received from Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri last month.  When he says that Sapphire is America, Heenan cracks that he needs to move.  Rhodes gets the crowd to chant “One more time” when he says that he and Sapphire will find a way to get vengeance and beat Savage and Sherri again.  Sapphire adds that she is soon going to teach Sherri “something about pain.”

Dino Bravo (w/Jimmy Hart) (13-3-2) pins Louie Spicolli after a sidewalk slam at 2:10:

In the split screen, Bravo promises to choke out the Red Rooster when they meet but it would have been better to air this match last week because Bravo beat the Rooster on the recent edition of Prime Time.  Bravo goes old school by dizzying Spicolli with an airplane spin and knocking him down with a clothesline.  The sidewalk slam finishes Spicolli’s punishment and gives Bravo his second televised win of the week.

A replay of Rick Rude jumping rope in the gym airs.

Brutus Beefcake’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling closes the show.

Tune in next week to see Tito Santana and Jimmy Snuka in action!

The Last Word:  This was a passable show of Wrestling Challenge since most of the acts featured were not going anywhere on the card.  Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire’s promo with Okerlund put some energy back into their program with Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri, but it was not drawing well in the C-towns.

As May wrapped up, here is a sampling of the WWF’s house show cards, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tingley Coliseum – May 25, 1990 (5,435; 4,700 paid):  Paul Roma pinned Buddy Rose…Dino Bravo pinned the Red Rooster…The Barbarian beat Jimmy Snuka…The Bushwhackers defeated Rhythm & Blues via disqualification…The Big Bossman pinned Ted DiBiase…WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect.

Auburns Hills, Michigan – The Palace – May 26, 1990 (3,000):  Tugboat beat the Brooklyn Brawler…Smash wrestled Bret Hart to a double disqualification…Jake Roberts defeated Bad News Brown…Mr. Perfect beat Hercules…Rick Martel defeated Ronnie Garvin…Sensational Sherri beat Sapphire…Dusty Rhodes defeated Randy Savage.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Maple Leaf Gardens – May 27, 1990 (Just less than 5,000):  Shane Douglas pinned Bob Bradley with a slingshot back suplex at 3:46…The Brooklyn Brawler beat Martin Roy with a powerslam at 4:21…Rick Martel pinned Ronnie Garvin after reversing a roll up and holding onto the tights for leverage at 8:18…Jake Roberts pinned Bad News Brown after a DDT at 17:23.  After the match, Roberts tried to put Damien on Brown but Brown fled the ring…Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect pinned Hercules with the Perfectplex at 10:29…Tugboat beat Pez Whatley with a splash at 3:26…The Big Bossman pinned Ted DiBiase with an inside cradle at 11:59.  After the match, DiBiase and Virgil double teamed the Bossman until he ran them off with a nightstick…The Bushwhackers defeated Rhythm & Blues via disqualification at 10:37 when the Honky Tonk Man tried to hit Butch with his guitar…Haku beat Richard Charland with a thrust kick in 55 seconds…WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Rick Rude with a shoulderblock and splash.

Backstage News*:        In Japan, Genichiro Tenryu held a press conference to announce the beginning of his Super World Sports (SWS) promotion.  He is lining up a meeting with Vince McMahon to use Hulk Hogan for a show in October.  McMahon might take him up on the offer because he would not have to work with Giant Baba again.

*ABC has decided not to pick up the Roddy Piper-Jesse Ventura “Tag Team” pilot.

*Backstage news was provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 4.

Up Next:  Prime Time Wrestling for May 28!