October 4, 1986
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon
Before the show, we get prerecorded promos from Jake Roberts, The Dream Team and Johnny Valiant, The Wizard, Paul Orndorff & Bobby Heenan, and Hulk Hogan.
Gene Okerlund is backstage with Roddy Piper, who has been ruled out from competing due to injury after being attacked by Adrian Adonis, Bob Orton, and Don Muraco. We are shown a clip of the attack as Piper goes off about not being able to fight the Iron Sheik tonight because the doctor said he couldn’t fight then says that he will wrestle if he wants and will not sit out. Piper was absolutely insane in this promo, with his eyes bugging out of his head.
We get a video package with interviews to hype the feud between Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff.
WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match
Paul Orndorff w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)
Before heading out to the ring, Hogan picks up Okerlund and puts him aside after Gene tried to interview him. They slug it out to start with Hogan winning that battle. Hogan goes after Heenan who jumped up on the apron and that allows Orndorff to clothesline him over the ropes. Hulk blocks an apron smash and hits one of his own then chops Orndorff inside of the ring. He rams Orndorff into the turnbuckle then knocks Heenan off of the apron again but then gets hit from behind by Orndorff, who takes control of the match. He stomps Hogan off of the apron and into the timekeeper. Orndorff goes outside and chokes out Hogan with the camera cord. Orndorff goes back inside and mocks Hogan then goes back to work as Jesse calls Orndorff a perfect idol for the kids. Suplex gets two. Hogan reverses an Irish whip then hits a flying knee smash. He sets up for the leg drop but Heenan hangs on to his leg. Orndorff charges and flies outside when Hogan ducks as several cops pick up Heenan and bring him backstage as the fans go crazy then lock him backstage as we go to break. Heenan is shown banging on the door while insulting the cops as Orndorff takes control of the match. He hits a pair of elbow drops before choking him out on the mat. He then slams Hogan and gets two with an elbow drop. Hogan counters a piledriver attempt with a backdrop but Orndorff goes back on the attack as Hogan hulks up. Hogan knocks down Orndorff then hits an elbow smash. Hogan takes down Orndorff with a clothesline then signals for the piledriver as Adrian Adonis, first called a “fat sweathog from the audience” by Jesse, runs in and attacks Hogan for the DQ (10:19) **1/2. Its a 2-on-1 attack until Piper hobbles to the ring and bets the shit out of Adonis with his crutch. He then swings it wildly at Hogan, who ducks, and they almost come to blows as Hogan motions to hit him but stops. Piper then ducks outside then limps away as Jesse is upset over Piper’s actions, calling him a “sellout”. Hogan then instructs the referee to give the crutch back to Piper.
Thoughts: The match was heated but it wasn’t as good as their other bouts. The finish was the most memorable part as Piper made the save but they still made it unclear as whether or not Piper was in fact a face at this point. He was booked as a tweener, even though the fans were going wild for him. I thought his slow turn was booked quite well as he came back from Hollywood with Adonis taking his job then his friends turning his back on him.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Before the match, we are shown Okerlund interviewing Roberts and Steamboat with their pets. They trade arm wringers to start. Steamboat catches Roberts with an armdrag and works the arm. He pancakes Roberts and gets two off of that before catching him with another armdrag. Jake moves away from Steamboat’s dragon, which was in a bag, as Steamboat has him in an armbar. Roberts misses a corner charge then gets chopped down. Steamboat climbs up top but Roberts gets his knees up on a splash attempt. That looked really good and painful for Steamboat. Roberts hits a gutbuster and gets two off of that. Roberts works on the ribs of Steamboat before hitting him with a clothesline that gets two. Roberts drives his knees into the ribs of Steamboat then chokes him out. Steamboat attempts a comeback but that is stopped short with an inverted atomic drop but the Dragon comes back and takes Roberts down with a crucifix and gets the pin (6:19) **1/2. After the match, Roberts attacks Steamboat and goes for the snake but sees that Steamboat has the dragon in his hand and he charges after Roberts, who scrambles out of the ring. Steamboat then raises the dragon in the air as he celebrates.
Thoughts: Really good match while it lasted. This feud was really awesome but the shit with their pets was really corny.
Backstage, Okerlund is with Hogan. Hulk says that he was turned on by what happened in his match then warns Piper that if he steps to him again, he will get attacked. Hogan then says that he will never trust Piper. Hogan was amped here, maybe they had the really good shit floating around backstage during this taping, but the point of the interview was to leave some doubt in the mind of the fans regarding Piper being a face or heel.
We see a clip of Jesse interviewing Iron Sheik and Slick as they pulled up in a limo before the show. Not much of note happened here.
As the Iron Sheik and Pedro Morales are about to start their match, Piper, looking pissed off, comes out with his crutch and orders Morales to leave as he is going to wrestle tonight, threatening him with his crutch.
Iron Sheik w/Slick vs. Roddy Piper
Piper whacks Sheik with a crutch to start the match. Sheik hammers away then goes for a suplex but Piper turns it into a small package and holds the tights for the win (0:43).
Thoughts: A quick win to put over Piper. The fans are really into him tonight too.
Backstage, Okerlund is with Piper who dumps a drink on his head before running down Adonis. He then goes mental again when discussing how he got attacked. They did a great job with this feud.
Best of Three Falls
WWF Tag Team Championship Match
The Dream Team w/ Johnny V vs. British Bulldogs (Champions)
Dynamite starts by hitting Valentine with an atomic drop. Valentine fights back and beats on Dynamite, targeting the leg. Beefcake tags and hits a suplex and goes for the leg but Dynamite is able to make the tag. Davey overpowers Beefcake for a bit but Beefcake drops Davey then tags Valentine as the Dream Team neutralizes Davey in their corner. Dynamite tags and unloads on Valentine while selling his right leg. Valentine comes back with an inverted atomic drop then a shoulderbreaker as Vince tells us that the doctor will update us on the condition of Adonis. Valentine then puts Dynamite in the figure four and he eventually taps out (4:44).
Before the fall started, Okerlund tells us that Adonis might have suffered a separated shoulder as they show the replay a few times to sell the segment. Valentine continues to destroy the leg of Dynamite. Beefcake tags and continues were Valentine left off then knocks down Davey. Again, the Dream Team use quick tags to work on the leg of Dynamite. Beefcake holds Dynamite up with one hand then slams him down for two. Valentine misses an elbow drop from the second rope and that allows Dynamite to tag out. Davey destroys Valentine then gets two with a delayed vertical suplex. He then hits the running powerslam as Beefcake breaks that up but Davey puts Beefcale on his shoulders and tags Dynamite, who leaps off of Beefcale’s back and hits Valentine with a diving headbutt for the win (8:10)
Valentine and Dynamite slug it out with Dynamite getting the best of that. Dynamite hits a snap suplex but misses a falling headbutt as Valentine takes control. Ventura tells us that Adonis has suffered a shattered elbow. Valentine goes to work on the leg but Dynamite fights off a figure four attempt and tags Davey. Beefcake also tags and hits a backdrop then catches him with a clothesline for a nearfall. He chokes him out on the mat then headbutts Davey in the groin. Davey comes back with a sunset flip for a nearfall but Beefcake goes right back on the attack. Valentine tags and gets two with a suplex. Beefcake then hits a running knee smash for two then the match breaks down. Davey then hits Beefcake with a Fisherman’s suplex for the win (13:09) ***1/2.
Rating: Really good match. These two teams always had great chemistry to begin with. Valentine looked great here too. Most people seem to remember him from the late 1980’s when he was older and slower but at this point, he could really go in the ring. This loss also moved the Dream Team out of the Tag Title picture.
“Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Kamala w/ The Wizard & Kimchee
No poem for Lanny tonight. Match starts with Lanny using his speed to his advantage but that doesnt last long. Kamala chops him down then uses a lifting chokehold. Kamala uses more chops but Poffo fights back. Kamala stops the comeback with an eye rake then hits a slam that sets up the splash for the win (1:44). After the match, Kamala climbs up top but Kimchee gets him down.
Thoughts: Just a quick win to put over Kamala during his return push that would eventually lead to a series of matches against Hogan.
Final Thoughts: An excellent show. They had hot angles and good matches. In whacking Adonis with a crutch, they wrote Adonis off of TV for several weeks as he was either suspended or sent to rehab. I forget what happened there. The Piper stuff was great, we got a World Championship Match free on TV and an awesome Tag Team title match plus Steamboat/Roberts.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/5/86
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Mike Awesome
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/11/86
Saturday: RoH Night of the Butcher 12/7/02
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/12/86