WWF Wrestling Challenge September 13th, 1987


September 13, 1987

From the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Superstar Billy Graham, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts, and the Hart Foundation & Danny Davis.

 

Superstar Billy Graham vs. Tim Patterson

Graham beats on Patterson in the corner as the crowd is paying attention to something going on in the stands. Graham does some stomps and can barely move as all his offense looks likes garbage then he finally puts Patterson away with a bearhug (1:40).

Thoughts: The crowd did not care about Graham at all in this match. He had no business being in the ring at this point either.

 

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ricky Ataki & Pete Ketchum

Match starts with Demolition destroying Ketchum while Gorilla puts over how Rick Derringer sang the vocals to their song featured on the “Piledriver” album. Ataki tags in and does not fare any better and after a minute, Demolition puts him away with the Decapitation (3:08).

Thoughts: Its really time for Demolition to do more than TV squash matches. They need a feud in the worst way.

 

Gene Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog and compliments him for turning things around. JYD says he is back on track while putting over his family and the lord. Okerlund asks him about Butch Reed and says he is a “true brother” but forgets where he has came from. JYD also believes that Ted DiBiase is trying to overcompensate the fact he lost his wife by getting himself Virgil as a bodyguard.  A small attempt to push JYD again but it never amounted to anything as he was far too washed up to make it work.

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

Sharpe knocks down Roberts then ducks underneath the ropes. Roberts now complains about a hair pull as the announcers put over the newest edition of “WWF Magazine.” Roberts trips up Sharpe then stretches out his legs. Sharpe comes back with an eye rake then catches Roberts with a knee but ducks his head and gets hit with a kneelift. Roberts follows that with a short-armed clothesline before putting him away with the DDT (3:35). After the match, Jake grabs his snake and chases the referee away before placing it on top of Sharpe.

Thoughts: The fans loved Roberts but he was also without much direction as they have all but phased him out of the IC Title picture and replaced him with Savage.

 

Okerlund is with Hercules and asks him about his manager, Bobby Heenan, being on the cover of “WWF Magazine.” Hercules says that he has been around the WWF for a while and that Heenan will take him to the top. Generic interview by Hercules.

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo’s pre-match promo runs down DiBiase. Match starts with Poffo avoiding an attack by DiBiase then connecting with a pair of dropkicks as DiBiase ducks outside. Back inside, DiBiase catches Poffo with a knee smash then hammers away. DiBiase hits an elbow smash from the middle rope then drops a few more elbows. DiBiase hits a clothesline as we see an insert promo from a few fans, stating that they do not have a price for the Million Dollar Man. DiBiase then puts Poffo in a spinning toe hold and gets the win via submission (2:21).

Thoughts: Lame finisher by DiBiase but the action was fine while it lasted.

 

Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man. Honky is asked about his claim of being the greatest Intercontinental Champion and says that he is while running down Randy Savage, who is angry about this claim. Hart then laughs over the fact that Savage is managed by a woman. Another key angle advancement for the upcoming feud between Honky and Savage.

 

Replay of Oliver Humperdink being revealed as Bam Bam Bigelow’s manager from the 9/5/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” and his match against Nikolai Volkoff from the 9/12/87 edition.

 

Pet tips from the British Bulldogs, stating we should take our dogs to the veterinarian for regular checkups.

 

Hart Foundation & “Dangerous” Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Scott Casey & Sivi Afi & Carl Schmidt

Davis is “held back” by the Hart Foundation before the match. Casey catches Neidhart with a hiptoss before tagging Afi. Schmidt tags in and gets run over by Neidhart, who then tags in Davis. Schmidt gets worked over by Davis for a while and the action is boring. The Hart Foundation then slingshot Davis in for a splash, which was way short, and that gets the win (2:25).

Thoughts: Davis, who had been getting a lot of heel heat in his role, was met with silence by this crowd when he was wrestling. He couldnt back it up in the ring, which was a shame seeing how he had the cocky heel act down pat.

 

Okerlund is with King Kong Bundy, who believes that despite being in Hollywood should get a title shot against Hogan. Bundy also calls out “Orndwarf” and runs him down for a minute. A brief segment to put over a Bundy/Orndorff feud as Bundy is the second member of the Heenan family to have beef with Mr. Wonderful.

 

Next week in action will be Randy Savage, Killer Khan, and Don Muraco.

 

Final Thoughts: Besides the Honky interview segment, there wasnt much to see here. Graham was pathetic in the ring and Davis’ in-ring performance was a dud. Too many washups were the focus of this show.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Philadelphia Spectrum 9/18/87

Thursday: RoH Straight Shootin’ with Jim Cornette & Bobby Heenan

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/19/87

Saturday: Brickhouse TV: Season One, Episodes 3 & 4

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/20/87