September 6, 1986
From Providence, RI
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon
The show opens with Bruno and Vince wearing red jackets featuring the WWF logo and they have switched the theme song from the instrumentals of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to a generic beat. They also include still photo’s of the wrestlers appearing tonight, set to a background that looks cheesy even by 80’s standards.
In action will be the Rougeau Brothers, the return of Kamala, the debut of Koko B Ware and a tag partner to take on the Hart Foundation. The featured match will be Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy vs. Corporal Kirchner & S.D. Jones. Also, Roddy Piper appears on the Flower Shop to confront Adrian Adonis and the Federettes make their debut.
Terry Gibbs & Roger Kirby vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Sivi Afi
The faces get jumped before the bell but quickly gain the advantage as they try to hit use the same moves in sync but it didn’t quite work out that way. Back inside, the faces maintain control until Afi gets backed into the opposing corner and the heels cut off the ring. Afi manages to roll away and tag Steamboat, who beats on both men. Kirby picks up Steamboat, who tags Afi, then Steamboat hits a back suplex and Afi finishes him off with a splash (3:02).
Thoughts: A dull way to start off the new show. I will say that by adding Ventura to the team of Vince & Bruno was an immediate improvement but no one at all cared about Afi. Steamboat was a fan favorite but Afi was never well received by the fans and would shortly start jobbing on TV.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund, who discusses the return of Superstar Billy Graham. We are then shown Graham doing curls at the gym set to George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” before he cuts a promo on Big John Studd while a tarantula is on his face. The promo was fine, if not a bit corny.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Koko B. Ware & Paul Roma
Koko gets his own entrance and flaps his arms and dances the entire time as Vince is yelling at him to GIT DOWN!!!!!! He then tells us that Koko is a “dropkick specialist.” Match starts with Koko rolling away from Neidhart then taking him down with an armdrag. Roma tags but Neidhart knees him down and the Hart Foundation double-teams him as we get an insert promo from Koko, who is holding up a boom box as his theme song is playing and cuts a promo filled with a few racial stereotypes and as that is going on, the Hart Foundation hit Roma with the Hart Attack for the win (1:51). Once again, Vince calls out Danny Davis for his bad officiating as the Hart Foundation attack Roma after the match but Koko makes the save and hits a bunch of dropkicks. Jesse then cracks a joke about Koko, saying if he grew his hair out longer, he would look like Buckwheat.
Thoughts: No idea why they had Koko debut with such little fanfare but his antics did hype up the crowd. This segment seemed a bit odd but I wouldn’t call it a total failure.
Ken Resnick runs down tonight’s Boston Garden show as Randy Savage comes out and talks about how he won the Intercontinental Title six months ago in Boston and how he is going to go in the ring with a half-wit like George Steele.
We get a promo from the Honky Tonk Man, who calls out Paul Orndorff and says that he is Hogan’s friend. Honky as a babyface was very annoying to say the least.
Ron Shaw & Pete Doherty vs. Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Luke
Jim starts the match by getting the best of Shaw. Luke tags and Doherty ends up trapping him in the corner. Luke rolls away and tags Jim, who along with Doherty fuck up a big boot spot. Jim cleans house and tags Luke as they hit a double elbow smash, prompting Jesse to call out Vince and Bruno for their bias and shortly after that, Jim makes Doherty submit to the bearhug (1:46).
Thoughts: This was Jim’s return after a four month absence. Luke would be gone very shortly after this. Jim would never reach the level popularity he once had.
Resnick was supposed to interview the British Bulldogs but Freddie Blassie and Slick interrupt. Blassie refers to the Machines as “slanty-eyed idiots” as Slick promises that the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff will win the belts in Boston tonight. Then the Bulldogs come out and cut one of their awful promos.
Tommy Sharpe vs. Kamala w/ King Curtis Iaueka & Kimchee
Kamala goes right after Sharpe and stays on the attack as we get an insert promo from King Curtis in which he screams and it sounds awful as he talks about bringing Kamala back to the United States. Kamala chokes out Sharpe on the mat then chops him down before finishing him off with a splash, that he nearly fell down on in the process after bouncing off of the ropes (2:06).
Thoughts: Kamala makes his return and was built up to face Hogan for a run the following year. Match was fine for what it was.
The Flower Shop with guest Roddy Piper, who walks out holding a and guessing that Adonis has “34 B’s.” Piper insults everyone then pulls out a piece of paper with the top TV ratings and says that when the Flower Shop airs, it is rated #1 in the world for constipation as everyone is in the bathroom. Piper then gives them a piece of paper before leaving and Hart reads it and it says that Piper’s Pit will be returning and replacing the Flower Shop as Adonis goes mental and destroys the set, even knocking down Orton accidentally. Good segment and Adonis was great with his meltdown at the end.
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Bob Bradley & Mike Fever
Bradley and Jacques start off by trading punches. Jacques grabs a headlock then gets the best of Bradley during an Irish whip sequence. Fever comes in and the Rougeau’s take him down with a double dropkick. The French commentary team of Edouard Carpentier and Guy Hauray are shown in an insert talking about the Rougeau’s. The Rougeau’s then take turns beating on Fever until they put him away with an assisted senton for the win (1:56).
Thoughts: The Rougeau’s continue to impress in the ring but have yet to show any sort of personality.
We are shown a replay of last week’s “Flower Shop” segment with Bobby Heenan confronting Capt. Lou Albano and the machines.
King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan vs. Corporal Kirchner & S.D. Jones
Studd hammers away on Kirchner in the corner. Kirchner fights back and eventually knocks Studd down on his knees as the crowd goes crazy. Bundy breaks up a slam attempt and that allows Studd to take control of the match. Bundy tags and hits Kirchner with a backbreaker then Kirchner gets double-teamed in the corner. Kirchner fights back and eventually makes the tag. S.D. fires away but Bundy reverses an Irish whip in the corner then puts him away with the Avalanche for the win (2:52).
Thoughts: Another match designed to put over Studd & Bundy as they continue their feud with the Machines.
Resnick is with Super & Big Machine. George Steele interrupts and does his wacky routine before Albano comes out to settle him down.
Final Thoughts: Besides the Piper/Adonis stuff and return of Hillbilly Jim and Kamala, along with the debut of Koko, this show was entirely skippable. Besides the Machine’s feud, nothing else was advanced. They are trying to bring back former stars as well as bringing in new guys and for the most part, they did not have instant success. The biggest improvements were the production values and the announcing. Bruno was even quieter than usual, which is not a bad thing, and the lighting was much improved with the bigger arena’s giving it a more impressive look.
Here is my schedule for the next seven days:
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/7/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Bret Hart, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/13/86
Saturday: RoH Glory by Honor 10/5/02
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/14/86
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