What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 19, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are wrapping up the taping cycle in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jake Roberts (17-1) defeats Bob Bradley after the DDT at 1:23:

The Big Bossman does an insert promo about how he will make sure to provide order for the Roberts-Bad News Brown match at SummerSlam.  The Bossman targets Brown for special criticism, promising to control him and his Harlem sewer rats.  Roberts beats Bradley a minute quicker than he did in May, going over with the DDT.

Lord Alfred Hayes’ Special Report segments recaps Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan accepting the Texas Tornado’s challenge for SummerSlam.

Non-Title Match:  Demolition (WWF Tag Team Champions w/Crush) (12-0) defeat Ronnie Garvin & Troy Williams when Ax pins Williams after Demolition Decapitation at 2:05:

This is the first time that Ax and Smash are teaming together since the June 11 episode of Prime Time Wrestling.  Garvin continues his fall down the card in another “Let me tag with a jobber and lose” role.  As the match unfolds, the Legion of Doom appear in the split screen and promise Demolition pain in the future.  Garvin puts Ax on his toes with some blows, but Williams screws up the advantage and is put away with Demolition Decapitation.

A new Sergeant Slaughter vignette has him atop an army vehicle.  He promises to be the leader that WWF fans need, and he will present a medal to a good American at SummerSlam, Brother Love, instead of a communist like Nikolai Volkoff.

Nikolai Volkoff (5-0) pins Tom Stone after a clothesline to the back of the head in 57 seconds:

Hacksaw Jim Duggan says he is proud of Volkoff in the split screen, and he is even prouder to team with him.  Volkoff runs through several moves but does nothing to fire the crowd, which is a big reason this babyface turn is not working.

Gene Okerlund does the SummerSlam Report.

Power & Glory’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling is shown.

Sapphire picks out at Cadillac that costs $28,000, a purchase that is getting picked up by her secret admirer.  She is happy when she gets in and takes off.

Okerlund interviews WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior.  The Warrior repeats all the common talking points of the feud about how he cannot be controlled and he is going to walk out of SummerSlam with the title.

The Barbarian’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling airs.

The Bushwhackers (16-0) defeat Mike Sharpe & Pez Whatley when Butch pins Sharpe after the Battering Ram at 2:08:

Whatley is good at acting goofy, so he is a natural fit to play off the Bushwhackers.  He successfully trips Butch when he runs the ropes, allowing Sharpe to pull his forearm protector down.  However, jobber miscommunication results the Bushwhackers capitalize by hitting the Battering Ram and remaining undefeated.

Monsoon talks about Tugboat being attacked on Superstars, causing Heenan to make a Titanic analogy.

The Last Word:  There were more original matches on this telecast than their have been in recent episodes but nothing was groundbreaking outside of seeing Ax return to the ring.  This was the first of two Sunday television shows for the WWF as its SummerSlam Fever special aired on USA Network later in the evening.

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