April 27th, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo, Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Don Muraco, Brutus Beefcake, and David Sammartino. Plus, Piper’s Pit with guest Bobby Heenan.
Mr. X & Charlie Fulton vs. Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog
JYD works on the arm of Fulton then tags Tito, who does the same. The announcers put over how the styles of Tito and JYD compliment each other. Mr. X tags but he gets destroyed then tags out as Fulton reluctantly enters against JYD. Fulton uses an eye rake and lands a few punches then chokes JYD. Mr. X tags but runs into a clothesline then Tito tags and uses the figure four to get the win via submission (3:05). After the match, Tito dances just like JYD then dances with a kid for a second.
Thoughts: Standard squash match. They seem to be trying to not only establish them as a team but also as threats to the Intercontinental Title.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is Ricky Steamboat. Hayes says that he has a great personality and is very good looking and knows his way around the ring. They show a clip of him beating a jobber with a splash.
WWF Magazine Plug
Brutus Beefcake w/”Luscious” Johnny Valiant vs. Jim Young
A kid in the crowd shows a sign that reads “Broootos Flatcake.” Truly, a scathing insult. Young starts by taking him down twice with a headlock. He maintains the hold for a minute until Beefcake hits him with a back suplex. He hits a slam as the announcers bring up the injured Hillbilly Jim. The crowd starts a “Fruitcake” chant as he destroys Young then puts him away with a jumping knee smash (3:07). The crowd boos after the match as Beefcake does his strut.
Thoughts: Maybe the frequent mentioning of Beefcake injuring Hillbilly Jim has finally got him over as a heel with the crowd. They were actually mad at him for once.
Gene Okerlund runs down the card for the next Boston Garden show. Hulk Hogan comes out and plugs his match, teaming with Jimmy Snuka to face Bob Orton & Roddy Piper. He promises that it will be a brawl and puts over the win at WrestleMania.
Moondog Spot & Bob Wade vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham
No Albano this week. The former champs work the arm of Wade. Spot tags and they work a nice fast-paced sequence that ends with Rotundo getting two off a crossbody. Spot takes control and hits a backbreaker but Windham tags in and fires away. He hits a dropkick then Spot tags Wade, who gets knocked down then Windham puts him away with the bulldog (2:54).
Thoughts: The ex-champs showed a lot of aggression here as they are pushing that they are angry abut losing the belts.
Okerlund is with Tito Santana. He will face Brutus Beefcake at the Boston Garden. This was set up when Beefcake was overly aggressive with Tito in his lumberjack match against Greg Valentine. He called him “Fruitcake” then promised victory.
Salvatore Bellomo vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
Muraco backs Bellomo against the ropes then breaks cleanly. Muraco sidesteps a dropkick then hits a swinging neckbreaker. He drops him throat-first on the top rope then hits a Russian leg sweep. He knocks Bellomo outside with a bell clap then back inside, Bellomo lands a few feeble punches then Muraco catches him off a crossbody attempt and turns it into a tombstone for the win (3:01).
Thoughts: Bellomo was completely squashed in this match. He usually got in some offense in his squashed but he was dominated from start to finish. Even the announcers acted surprised that Bellomo did nothing at all.
Piper’s Pit with guest Bobby Heenan. Piper calls Heenan the greatest manager ever and tells us that Heenan has a special announcement. Heenan says that he can transform careers of everyone but tells us that Paul Orndorff has fired him as his manager. Heenan calls him a low-life then becomes angry and kicks over chairs as Piper calms him down by saying he is a coward and that he doesn’t have enough guts to stay with him. Heenan is pissed that Orndorff has put a blemish on his managerial record. Great segment and Heenan was fantastic. He really sold it well. I give a lot of credit to the WWF with this angle as they still left you with a little bit of doubt that Orndorff would still be a heel when he returned but also made it so when he returned and went after guys like Piper, they would explode.
Steve Lombardi vs. David Sammartino
Sammartino takes Lombardi down and grounds him with a hammerlock. He works the arm as Bruno reluctantly talks about his son after asked by Vince. It was painfully cleat that Bruno did not want to talk about David on commentary. Lombardi lands a few forearms but Sammartino blocks a hiptoss and hits a slam before going back to the arm. Lombardi comes back with a jumping back elbow smash and a slam but David fights back and hits a few suplexes before putting him away with a powerslam (3:45).
Thoughts: Sammartino seemingly always has a match on Championship Wrestling. This was really no different than any other match he has had at this point.
Ron Dee & Jose Luis Rivera & Tony Garea vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik & George “The Animal” Steele w/Freddie Blassie
Steele made his own entrance as everyone else was already in the ring. Vince tells us that Blassie has brought Steele back. Garea hits Sheik with a hiptoss and a slam before tagging Rivera, who gets a crossbody for two. The Sheik boots him down then hits a backdrop. Steele tags and bites the forehead of Rivera. Dee tags and Steele throws him before tagging Sheik. The heels use quick tags to work the arm of Dee then Steele gets the win by making Dee submit to a lifting hammerlock (2:49).
Okerlund is with Roddy Piper and Bob Orton. They know get to speak about the tag match in Boston. Piper said that the first thing he does when he gets into Boston is to beat up the entire city then goes on another one of his crazy rants. Good stuff.
Bruno and Vince tell us that next week, Paul Orndorff will return to action. Plus, Don Muraco, King Kong Bundy, Ricky Steamboat, Brett Hart & Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldogs. Also, Piper’s Pit with Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo
Final Thoughts: Another good show as they continue to keep things interesting after WrestleMania. The Orndorff angle has been great and they are still showcasing the tag team division as well as newer talents.