December 7, 1986
From the Metro Centre in Rockford, IL
Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
In action this week are Kamala, the Hart Foundation, Koko B. Ware, and the featured match of the British Bulldogs & Billy Jack Haynes vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Butch Reed.
We get a replay of the clip of Andre the Giant being interviewed in England over his suspension being lifted. Andre says that he is happy to be in the ring and does not tell the details of what happened but is grinning from ear-to-hear.
Pedro Morales & Tito Santana & Hillbilly Jim vs. Brian Costello & Barry O. & Iron Mike Sharpe
Tito starts off the match by taking Sharpe out of the corner with a monkey flip. He follows that with a dropkick then tags Jim, who does a cartwheel and roughs up Barry briefly. The faces use a lot of quick tags here to maintain control until Morales gets caught in the opposite corner. Costello tags but he is no match for Morales then Tito tags and hits a backdrop before tagging Jim, who gets the win via submission with the bearhug (2:24). Jim does the do-si-do after the match.
Thoughts: Really just an excuse to use the guys on the winning side, who were just floundering at this point.
Another replay of Honkytonk Man saying how he is going to be mean and nasty to the fans as they deserve it for how they treated him. He then says that he has a surprise for us next week. That surprise was the reveal of Jimmy Hart as his manager that took place on Superstars the previous day.
Jack Foley vs. Kamala w/ The Wizard & Kimchee
Mick is on job duty again tonight. Kamala chops Foley down then hits a slam. Kamala hits a splash then climbs up top for another splash that gets the win (0:39). Gorilla called Foley “Kurt Koffman” in this match. Koffman was another TV jobber used at this time.
Thoughts: Lots of Kamala squashes on WWF TV in 1986. This one was no different.
Ken Resnick is with Bobby Heenan and asks him how much he spent to buy the contract of Hercules. Heenan says that he will not reveal that as he insults the fans then brings out Hercules, who says that Heenan gives him the best trainers and food as Heenan puts over Hercules.
As Foley is getting carried off in a stretcher, Gene Okerlund is interviewing Bonnie Steamboat from her home. She says that she is preparing for the fact that her husband might not be able to wrestle again. Acting wasn’t Bonnie’s strong suit.
Mario Mancini & Max Blue vs. Don Muraco & “Cowboy” Bob Orton w/ Mr. Fuji & Jimmy Hart
Before the match we are shown an insert promo of Hart & Fuji referring to themselves as a “one, two punch.” In the ring, Muraco hits Blue with a powerslam then tags Orton who hits a suplex and an elbow drop. Orton then tags Muraco, who gets the win with a tombstone piledriver (1:39).
Thoughts: With Adonis back, Muraco & Orton were basically after thoughts but they still came out to Piper’s music while wearing kilts so on TV, they are still involved in that feud.
Resnick is with Billy Jack Haynes and asks him about coming up short against Randy Savage twice due to the bias officiating of Danny Davis. Haynes cannot understand why Davis is doing this and upset over what Savage did to Steamboat. You can tell Haynes is insane just by the way he looks into the camera.
Another vignette from Blackjack Mulligan. More of the same from him, really.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Bob Boyer & Salvatore Bellomo
Bellomo bounces off of Neidhart then tags out as we get an insert promo from the British Bulldogs about their “secret weapon” Matilda. Boyer is in now and the Hart’s double team him until they put him away with the Hart Attack (1:21).
Thoughts: The Hart’s are clearly the #1 contender’s for the Bulldogs Tag Team titles as their series of matches will begin shortly on the house show circuit.
The Snake Pit with guests Adrian Adonis and Jimmy Hart. Roberts first shows us a clip of Adonis attacking Piper on the set of “Piper’s Pit” then brings out his guests. A “faggot” chant breaks out as Adonis goes off on Piper for being jealous of him due to the success of the “Flower Shop” then for the first time calls his sleeper the “Good Night Irene.” Not a whole lot happened here.
Rick Renslow vs. Koko B. Ware
Koko hits a hiptoss but gets caught in the corner after that. Koko comes back with a dropkick then hits a missile dropkick before hitting the ghostbuster for the win (1:55).
Thoughts: Another win for Koko who was getting a decent midcard push at this time. He was over too.
Okerlund interviews Danny Davis about his involvement in the Ricky Steamboat/Randy Savage match from “Superstars of Wrestling” and why he took Dave Hebner’s place in the match, Davis said that he felt it was the right thing to do as Okerlund tries to make him feel guilty for being involved in what could be the end of Steamboat’s career. Davis says that those are the breaks and did not feel bad at all. Not only is Davis an evil referee but he is also a dick.
Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik & “The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick vs. Billy Jack Haynes & British Bulldogs
Matilda scares Slick away to continue that angle. Davey blocks a hiptoss from the Sheik then catches his foot before hitting a suplex. Dynamite tags and gets hit by Volkoff in a miscommunication spot. Dynamite comes back with a sunset flip for two then Reed and Haynes tag in as the crowd goes nuts. They have a little sequence that ends in a stalemate. Reed then hits a suplex then Davey and Nikolai go at it briefly. The match gets a bit clunky then it breaks down and Slick hits Haynes with his cane behind the ref’s back and Reed covers for the win (3:31).
Thoughts: Looks like they are setting up for a feud between Haynes and Reed based off of the finish. The crowd reacted favorably to them when they were in the ring together.
Next week in action will be Randy Savage, King Harley Race, U.S. Express, “The Natural” Butch Reed, and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.
Final Thoughts: Challenge has clearly been the “B” show the past few weeks has one-third of the show is highlights that took place from “Superstars of Wrestling.” And if you have watched Superstars recently then there was no real reason to see this other than the main event.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Raven, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/13/86
Saturday: RoH Frontiers of Honor 5/17/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/14/86
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/20/86