April 4, 1987
From the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon
Tonight, the featured matchup will have Hacksaw Jim Duggan go up against the Iron Sheik. Also in action will be Jake Roberts, King Harley Race, and Demolition. Plus, results from WrestleMania III and more.
Iron Sheik w/ Slick & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Sheik attacks Duggan as he enters the ring. Duggan comes back with a shoulder block then slams him down. Sheik rolls outside as Duggan is shown in an insert promo talking about taking care of Sheik and Duggan. Duggan goes to work on Sheik until he gets booted as they had a major miscommunication there. Sheik rams Duggan into the corner then comes back with a clothesline that looked pitiful. Sheik boots Duggan after an eye rake then tosses him to the floor. Sheik taunts the fans as Slick whacks Duggan with his cane then Volkoff breaks it over his head then destroys him until the ref rings the bell for the DQ (2:57). Its 3-1 against Duggan until the Killer Bees come out for the save. Duggan then regroups and leads the crowd into some patriotic chants as he then makes his way through the crowd.
Thoughts: This segment did exactly what it was intended to do and that was getting Duggan over huge. The action in the ring was pretty bad actually but the fans were digging the angle too much to care.
WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge, who has replaced Mean Gene in this role. This week’s topic is Mr. Fuji, who has worked out a deal with the Wizard to manage Kamala & Sika. Thank the lord this was the end of the Wizard in the WWF.
We get a vignette of Outback Jack struggling to adapt to live in an American hotel room. He prefers the floor over the bed, apparently. That was all and its clear after weeks upon weeks of introductory vignettes then barely appearing at all on TV after his first match that the WWF scrapped any huge plans they had for the guy.
Iron Mike Sharpe & Jimmy Jack Funk vs. Killer Bees
After an eye rake, Brunzell catches Sharpe with a monkey flip and a slam. We are shown an insert promo from the Hart Foundation, claiming that the Bees are not worthy of a title shot. Blair works over Funk until Sharpe cheapshots him from the apron. The match breaks down then the heels collide. Blair hits Sharpe with an atomic drop then Brunzell dropkicks him for the win (2:55).
Thoughts: Decent action. Based off of the insert promo from the Hart Foundation it appears that they are doing a storyline in which they go through all the teams until they find the #1 contender.
Gene Okerlund makes some jokes about his friend in Cape Cod as he tells us the World Heavyweight Champion will face Harley Race in Boston. The camera cuts to Hogan as he tells Race that he does take him seriously but that in Boston they will find out who is the real king of the ring. Now those you missed out on WrestleMania know that Hogan retained the title.
Nikolai Volkoff w/ Slick & Iron Sheik vs. Rick Hunter
Hunter attacks Volkoff as he went to sing the National Anthem but ends up getting destroyed by both Volkoff and Sheik. They toss him out as Volkoff now sings the Russian National Anthem until Duggan runs out, with his head bandaged and covered in blood, and chases them off with a 2×4 as he tells them that he will not quit until he rids them from the WWF. Match was rules a no-contest.
Thoughts: Duggan running out with his head bloodied, holding the 2×4 was a great visual. It was awesome.
Okerlund is with the Islanders. They put over America and their pride for their home country as they put over how they beat the Hart Foundation on TV. Looks like the WWF are trying to make us guess who are the #1 contenders to the Hart Foundation’s Titles.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. The Raider
Jake gets attacked from behind to start the match. The Raider stays on the attack as we get an insert promo from the Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart as they will now be bringing their guitar to the ring. The camera then shows Jesse in the booth eating a WWF Ice Cream Bar as Jake continues to get destroyed. Jake slithers outside then outsmarts the Raider by hitting him with a knee lift before putting him away with the DDT (2:41). Jake then chases the ref out of the ring with Damien before putting him on the Raider as Vince is in all his glory.
Thoughts: Weird to see Jake sell for the majority of the match but at the end he won with his smarts and that was what his character was all about.
George Steele tells us that the WWF Ice Cream Bars are good. Really.
Brad Rheingans & Sivi Afi vs. Demolition w/ Johnny V.
Ax and Afi start off the match. Rheingans tags in completely fucks up a backdrop spot. He tags out after getting beat up as Smash immediately destroys Afi then they put him away with the Decapitation (1:34).
Thoughts: Very short match to put over Demolition, who look more impressive each time we see them.
Okerlund, “on location” from the Silverdome, runs down the results from WrestleMania III.
Now, we are shown Part One of the “Ken Patera Story,” narrated by Okerlund. He runs down his weight lifting and amateur accomplishments then shows a clip of him on “Tuesday Night Titans” performing a few feats of strength. They also blame Bobby Heenan for being a bad influence as that will be addressed in Part Two. Not much of interest in this installment but it would get better as the saga continued.
Don Driggers vs. King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan
Race beats on Driggers as he is shown in an insert promo saying that everyone will have to bow and kneel after wrestling him then shortly after that puts Driggers away with the cradle suplex (1:16). After the match, Race beats on Driggers some more before leaving.
Thoughts: A quick win for Race, who would go on to challenge Hogan at house shows for the belt.
Final Thoughts: This was the last show from the tapings that took place a few weeks before WrestleMania III. And I thought this was really good show as it made Duggan a singles threat and the fans guess as to what team would take the belts away from the Hart Foundation. And these two things were not done or even addressed at WrestleMania III. The Duggan stuff was very well done and the highlight of the show.