What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 3, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they begin a new set of television tapings in Madison, Wisconsin.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings took place on May 14.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Mr. Perfect (Intercontinental Champion w/Bobby Heenan) (16-2) pins Warren Bianchi after the Perfectplex at 2:14:

Bianchi was a Minnesota-based talent who went by the nickname “Man of the 90’s” on the independent scene.  He started working for the WWF is a jobber capacity in 1988 and would continue to do so until 1992.

In the split screen, Heenan hypes Perfect as “the perfect champion.”  Bianchi hiptosses the champion, but Perfect attacks the knee to gain the advantage and gets the win with the Perfectplex.

Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report recaps the Earthquake beatdown of Hulk Hogan on last week’s Superstars and he urges fans to write to Hogan to wish him well.

The Warlord (w/Slick) (5-0) defeats Frank DeFalco after a running powerslam at 1:57:

DeFalco is no match for the Warlord’s power and he slams DeFalco an insert promo by Slick hypes his charge as a future WWF champion.  The Warlord has a good set of moves but his ring gear is generic and does not help him stand out in this colorful era.

The Bushwhackers eat each other’s WWF ice cream bars, eventually shoving them in each other’s faces and licking off the debris.

Jimmy Snuka’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

Bad News Brown (13-0-1) beats Red Tyler after the Ghetto Blaster at 1:47:

Tyler was another Minnesota-based enhancement talent who WWF fans knew because of television appearances going back to 1988.  Tyler also appeared in the AWA in 1989 and won some matches in Stampede Wrestling under the moniker Blackheart Destruction.

Brown tries to ambush Tyler before the bell, but Tyler intelligently has a rubber snake with him, and Brown flees in fear.  The fans love that spot, and it is a great counter to Brown beating up jobbers for months without any comeuppance.  When the referee gets the snake, Brown comes in and puts a quick beating on Tyler.  In the split screen, Brown calls Jake Roberts a coward for trying to use a snake against him.  After the match, Brown takes a ringside chair and dumps it on the rubber snake in the corner.

The Hart Foundation squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Gene Okerlund interviews Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.  Like the Brother Love Show the previous day, Rude and Heenan say that no ladies will be kissed until Rude wins the WWF Championship.  Rude reminds Okerlund that he is the only man to have beaten the Warrior for a title in the company.

Tito Santana (9-5) pins the Brooklyn Brawler after the flying forearm at 1:47:

Like their encounter on the February 17 edition of Superstars, the Brawler is no match for the former Intercontinental champion as Santana beats him pillar to post and uses a backdrop to set up the flying forearm.  One would think Santana might be challenging for the Intercontinental Championship in the near future since he made the tournament final and lost because of Bobby Heenan’s distractions.

The Paul Roma-Ted DiBiase bout from Prime Time Wrestling closes the show.

Tune in next week to see the Rockers, Dusty Rhodes, Akeem, the Big Bossman, and Rick Rude in action!

The Last Word:  It is great that Rick Rude is starting to appear in person but the time for talking in his feud with the Ultimate Warrior needs to end, especially because the Warrior is not doing anything to respond to Rude’s threats.  Having him do the same interview with Gene Okerlund on this broadcast that he did with Brother Love on Superstars shows how lazy the booking of the Warrior’s first feud has been so far.

As the WWF headed into June here is a sampling of results on the house show circuit, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Boston, Massachusetts – The Boston Garden – June 2, 1990 (6,000):  Koko B. Ware pinned the Genius…Dino Bravo beat Jose Luis Rivera…The Big Bossman pinned Ted DiBiase…Haku beat Brady Boone…The Rockers defeated the Orient Express via count out…The Warlord pinned Tito Santana…The Brooklyn Brawler pinned Jim Brunzell…WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Rick Rude with five clotheslines and a shoulder block.

Daytona Beach, Florida – The Ocean Center – June 2, 1990 (3,800):  Al Perez beat Jim Brunzell…Jimmy Snuka pinned Akeem…The Barbarian beat Hercules…The Bushwhackers defeated Rhythm & Blues via disqualification…Tugboat beat Brian Knobbs (substituting for Dino Bravo)…Earthquake pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan…Brutus Beefcake defeated Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect via count out.

Atlanta, Georgia – The Omni – June 2, 1990 (2,400):  Hillbilly Jim pinned Black Bart…Rick Martel beat Ronnie Garvin…Jake Roberts defeated Bad News Brown…Paul Diamond pinned Pez Whatley…Paul Roma beat Buddy Rose…WWF Tag Team Champions Smash & B.A. (w/Ax) defeated the Hart Foundation…Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire (w/Miss Elizabeth) beat Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri when Sapphire pinned Sherri after Elizabeth hit Sherri with her own loaded purse.

White Plains, New York – Westchester County Civic Center – June 3, 1990 (2,000):  Paul Diamond beat Jim Powers…The Warlord pinned Tito Santana…The Brooklyn Brawler defeated Jim Brunzell…The Rockers beat the Orient Express via count out…Tugboat defeated Dino Bravo…Jake Roberts pinned Bad News Brown…Earthquake pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Backstage News*:        Bill Eadie (Demolition Ax) has a heart valve issue, and the WWF is unsure what this means for his wrestling career.  On house shows they brought in Brian Adams from Oregon, named him “B.A.,” and teamed him with Smash.  When the WWF is able to put together new television, Adams will be given the name of Crush and Demolition will defend the tag team titles as a three-man team like the Freebirds.  It is expected that Demolition will be turning heel soon to position them for a program in the fall with the Road Warriors.  The WWF was initially planning on making the Road Warriors heels but eventually thought that would be unwise.

*The WWF remains disappointed in the Ultimate Warrior’s run as champion as his first appearance in Toronto as champion on May 27 drew less than 5,000 fans, a big drop from what his match with Hulk Hogan drew at Skydome.

*Hogan has signed a deal with New Line Cinemas to make two movies, but if house show attendance does not improve the WWF will want Hogan back quickly and make him champion again.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 18.

Up Next:  Prime Time Wrestling for June 4!