What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – January 28, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps how the Smoking Gunns became the new WWF Tag Team Champions on Monday Night RAW when they defeated Bob Holly and the 1-2-3 Kid.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are announcing taped matches from one of the WWF’s favorite locations:  Corpus Christi, Texas!

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WWE Superstars #331

WWE Superstars #331
Air Date: 
August 14, 2015
Venue: Xfinity Center, Everett, Washington
Announcers: Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, Jimmy Uso

If Smackdown is the neglected middle child between Papa Vince’s first born, RAW, and newborn baby NXT, then Superstars is the boy who lives in the cupboard under the stairs.

In this week’s review, we talk about the jobberific new tag team of Jack Swagger and Fandango vs. The Ascension, Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth, and I will attempt to fix Bo Dallas.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling August 29th, 1987

August 29, 1987

From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog, and Strike Force. Plus, Brutus Beefcake is with hairstylist Sal Fodera and more.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling August 15th, 1987

August 15, 1987

From the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

This week we will have the in-ring debut of the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (well, as the “Million Dollar Man” character anyway). Also in action will be Randy Savage, Sherri Martel, and Jake Roberts.

We see a limo pull up to the arena where Virgil gets out and opens the door for Ted DiBiase.

Steve Lombardi vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth

Vince was fawning all over Elizabeth here. Jesse thinks that Savage is getting a bit soft for letting Elizabeth walk in front of him instead of behind as they are more blatant in their attempt to turn Savage face. Savage backs Lombardi against the ropes then gets attacked from behind when complaining to the referee. We see an insert promo of Elizabeth saying she was not in the running to manage Bam Bam because Savage was the premiere wrestler in the WWF. Back to the match as Savage hits a kneelift but misses a charge as Lombardi follows with a clothesline for a nearfall. Savage then gets dumped to the floor to a mixed reaction but he fights back. Savage slams Lombardi to the floor and follows out with a double axe handle then heads back inside where he hits the flying elbow smash for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: With Vince praising Savage while Jesse was criticizing him, the face push is well on its way. The fans were basically treating him like one and add that to the fact he was facing a heel jobber it was easy to figure out. Plus, Savage was not bullying Elizabeth here either.

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s subject is the One Man Gang as they show clips of last week’s show in which Gang laid out a referee and other wrestlers with his front suplex. We then see Jack Tunney telling us that Gang has been fined $10,000 and will be placed on a 30 day probation period and if he does something like this again, “more severe action” will be taken. Slick is then shown saying $10,000 is a “whole lotta mo-nay” for a first offense then he laughs it up with Gang about this not being a problem. They are hyping up Gang to feed to Hogan.

We are now shown Michael Caplan of A&R Epic Records as we learn about the Wrestling Album titled “Piledriver.” We will hear a whole lot about that for the next several weeks.

Sherri Martel vs. Angie Minelli

Before the match, Martel grabs the mic and tells us all she will be known as “Sensational” Sherri. The match starts with Sherri working the arm of Minelli then yanking her down by the hair. Minelli fights back and hits what Vince calls a “really sloppy” forearm before taking Sherri down with a monkey flip. We are then shown an insert of the French commentary team, which includes Frenchy Martin, as Martel then hits a suplex then finishes of Minelli with an awful-looking splash for the win (2:33).

Thoughts: It appears that they are going to push the Women’s division again. Its been over  ayear since a women’s match has been shown on TV. This was the birth of Sensational Sherri. The match was nothing much to Vince seemed a little harsh on Minelli for some reason. She wasnt that bad.

Gene Okerlund runs down the 8/22 Madison Square Garden show card.In a production change, the graphics of the matches are now shown on the screen in sync with Okerlund. We then hear from Ricky Steamboat, who will be facing the Honky Tonk Man for the IC Title in a Lumberjack Match. He runs down Honky for stretching the rules and cheating to retain the title when they faced off last month. Much better than the typical Steamboat promo from this era. And the previous match they had was awesome.

We see a clip of the Honky Tonk Man singing his song for the Piledriver album. Honky rips on Elvis Presley then expresses anger over Hulk Hogan being on the cover of the album.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Dave Wagner

The crowd goes nuts for Jake here. He beats on Wagner as we get an insert promo from Danny Davis, saying things are getting out of hand in the WWF as evidenced by Jake using his snake after his matches and that if he was the referee, this would never happen. Back to the match as Wagner gets tossed to the floor then rammed into the ring post. They head back into the ring where Jake hits a kneelift then shortly after that gets the win with the DDT (2:37). After the match, Jake brings out the snake while Jesse leaves the booth, saying that he has an interview to conduct.

Thoughts: Jake was insanely over here. The bit with Davis seemed more geared towards his feud with Mr. T and the other WWF officials rather than Davis but that ended up being dropped fast when Mr. T was fired.

Okerlund runs down the 9/11 card at the Meadowlands before bringing out Brutus Beefcake, who will be facing the Million Dollar Man. Beefcake tells us he is burning like a “wildfire” and unable to be put out as he cuts a generic promo about Virgil and DiBiase.

Jesse is backstage with Johnny V. in the “Battle for Bam Bam” segment as we learn that Bam Bam has declined Johnny’s services. Johnny does not take to kind to the news.

New Dream Team vs. Brady Boone & Sonny Rogers

Johnny V. is not out here for the match. Bravo beats on Boone in the corner. Boone flips off of Bravo’s chest then tries a monkey flip but gets caught with one painful looking inverted atomic drop. Johnny V. finally runs out and is still pissed as he slaps the apron repeatedly. Valentine tags and hits Boone with a suplex as we are shown the Spanish broadcast team, including Tito Santana. Boone fights back with a dropkick then tags Rogers, who fails to do anything. Bravo tags and softens up Rogers until he tags Valentine, who gets the win with the figure four (3:02).

Thoughts: The New Dream Team was a flop and this was really just filler. Also, it was the beginning of the end for Johnny V. as once the Beefcake feud ended, he was a complete afterthought.

DeGeorge is at the podium with Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan, who tells us that Rude has the greatest physique in the whole Heenan Family and that everyone has welcomed him with open arms. DeGeorge then asks the whereabouts of Paul Orndorff as Heenan gets defensive and says he is on vacation. DeGeorge then brings up how Orndorff fired Heenan two years ago as Heenan promises to bring out Orndorff next week and claims Orndorff will tell Rude that he has the best physique in the Heenan Family. The seed is planted for the Rude/Orndorff feud.

Rick Martel vs. Barry Horowitz

Martel starts by using his agility to gain the advantage against Horowitz. We are then shown Heenan and the Islanders in an insert promo making fun of Martel and the Islanders as they threaten to put him out of wrestling. Back to the match as Horowitz is working the arm. Martel then comes back with a dropkick and an armdrag but Horowtiz uses a turnbuckle smash after an eye rake. Martel then fights back with a hiptoss then gets the win with a crossbody from the middle rope (2:28). After the match, the Islanders come out and surround Martel, eventually beating him down. However, Tito Santana runs out to the ring, wearing his announcing attire, and clears the ring. After the Islanders retreat, Santana walks Martel to the back.

Thoughts: The match was fine but the more important thing here was what occurred after the match as we saw what led to the formation of Strike Force.

Radio host Kal Rudman is here putting over the Piledriver album, specifically the production. Rudman also did some of the backstage interview segments at the Philadelphia Spectrum shows. They are going all out here to promote this album.

The British Bulldogs are here to tell us that Matilda does indeed talk then the camera zooms in on the dog as a voiceover says “headbutt, Dynamite.” This was really awful.

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Jerry Allen

Before heading into the ring, DiBiase tells the crowd to beg him for some money as he throws some on the floor and makes them fight over it for his amusement. Match starts with DiBiase beating on Allen. He hits a slam and a backdrop as Jesse is impressed with his skills. Allen ducks a chop and comes back with a crossbody for two. However, DiBiase hits Allen with a stungun then puts on a Cobra Clutch then hits a Russian leg sweep for the win (1:51).

Thoughts: DiBiase looked good here but the crowd did not react as much as you would think. They were not all that loud. Not a good sign. That would change but it took time for him to get over with the crowd.

Next week in action will be Ken Patera, Butch Reed, Kamala & Sika, and Koko B. Ware. Plus, more on the “Battle for Bam Bam” and Paul Orndorff appearing to confront Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.

Final Thoughts: An action-packed show this week. We saw how Strike Force was created, the birth of the Sensational Sherri character, the news about the Piledriver album, the beginning of the Rude/Orndorff feud, and how they are starting to push Savage as a babyface. A lot of stuff happened here.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Boston Garden 8/15/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Rey Mysterio (2015)
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/16/87
Saturday: RoH The Tradition Continues 10/16/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/22/87

WWF Superstars of Wrestling August 8th, 1987

I do not have the 8/2 or 8/9 editions of Wrestling Challenge so we will be skipping over them.

August 8, 1987

From the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Jake Roberts, Demolition, Hart Foundation, George Steele, and the One Man Gang.

Jesse Ventura is backstage with Jimmy Hart in a segment titled “The Battle for Bam Bam.” Jesse wants him to tell us the news as a nervous Hart tells us that Bam Bam Bigelow has rejected him as a manager but that he still manages two champions.

Joe Mirto & Don Muraco & Cowboy Bob Orton vs. Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog

Match starts off with a brawl between everyone except JYD, who stands off to the side. The match settles down as Jim overpowers Mirto before tagging out. JYD hits Muraco with some crawling headbutts as the crowd barely responds to that. Muraco ducks out for a breather and argues with Orton before tagging out. Orton and Santana fight over a lockup then Orton takes control and tries for a tombstone piledriver but Santana breaks the hold. Muraco tags and now tries the superplex but Orton pushes Santana on top as Muraco gets pinned (3:02). After the match, Orton and Muraco argue. Orton then slaps Muraco as that triggers a brawl that ends up outside and then into the crowd.

Thoughts: The Muraco/Orton split seems to be final here. The crowd didnt react much to this but they clearly made Orton out to be the instigator here.

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s subject is Superstar Billy Graham and how he got attacked by Butch Reed during their posedown from last week. They focused on Reed attacking Graham’s surgically repaired hip and Graham fighting back. We then see Slick and Reed, who promises to send Graham back into retirement.

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Sivi Afi & Brady Boone

Ax beats down Afi to start. We then see an insert promo of Fuji telling us he will sign Bam Bam. Boone tags in as Smash destroys him. Boone slingshots in with a dropkick and does a few flips but gets caught with a backbreaker. Boone fights back with a kneelift but gets caught with a stungun then Demolition puts him away with the decapitation (2:52).

Thoughts: Another impressive showing for Demolition and more confusion about who will actually manage Bam Bam.

Gene Okerlund is with Jim Brunzell. He reminds him how Blair and himself have beaten the Hart Foundation twice in a row as Brunzell proceeds to cut a painfully dull interview that leads to nothing. This was a counterproductive segment as it made the Bees out to be the dullest team of all-time instead of title contenders.

A clip of the Million Dollar Man giving a lady in the crowd $100 to wipe the sweat off of him as a voiceover tells us we will all do what he asks as everyone has their price.

George “The Animal” Steele vs. Dusty Wolfe

Wolfe’s mullet was tremendous tonight. Steele stands outside of the ring as he is introduced. He immediately attacks Wolfe and tosses him to the floor. Back inside, Steele bites open a turnbuckle then grounds Wolfe with a hammerlock then puts him away with the flying hammerlock (1:48). After the match, George scares off the referee while Vince cackles like an idiot.

Thoughts: The crowd loved Steele’s antics and this was the best use of him.

Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan and King Harley Race, who says he put the gold around his waist. Heenan then tells Hogan that his days are numbered. I dont think people were buying Race as a threat here.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis vs. Paul Roma & Jim Powers

Before the match, Howard Finkel introduces Mr. T as the special enforcer for this match as the fans go nuts. They teased a confrontation between Mr. T and Danny Davis here too. Match starts with the Hart Foundation working the back of Powers. We get an insert promo from Davis, who tells us that the officiating in the WWF stinks. Vince puts over Roma & Powers and notes their improvement. Powers sidesteps a charging Hart and tags Roma, who runs wild. The fans get into this a bit s Roma looks good out there. Hart blocks a monkey flip then rolls him up while putting his feet on the ropes and gets the pin.  However, Mr. T comes into the ring and tells the referee what happened then Finkel informs us that the decision has been reversed as Powers & Roma have won the match (2:56). Powers & Roma then clear the Hart Foundation from the ring with dropkicks as they stand tall with Mr. T.

Thoughts: A huge win for Roma & Powers. This was supposed to lead to Mr. T being there manager but according to Roma in his shoot interview, Mr. T no-showed a bunch of dates and as a result, Mr. T was gone.

DeGeorge is at the podium with the Islanders and Bobby Heenan. They bring up how Zenk quit, without mentioning him by name, as Heenan says Martel should follow suit and go back to Canada and find a job shoveling snow or sweeping the street. The Islanders then declare themselves as the number one tag team.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Barry Horowitz

Horowitz backs Roberts into the corner but eats boot on a charge. Roberts uses a short-arm clothesline and roughs him up until he hits the DDT for the win (1:09).

Thoughts: Not much to this to be honest.

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. David Stoudemire

Gang stomps on Stoudemire and slams him down as we get an insert promo from Slick saying he has signed Bam Bam. Gang then hits Stoudemire with the gordbuster for the win (0:58). Jesse notes how it will be interesting to see him face Hogan as Gang then shoves the ref and hits another gordbuster to Stoudemire then another to the referee. A few more referees come into the ring but Gang chases him off. Some of the jobbers run out to save Stoudemire but they also get hit with the move as Gang then taunts the crowd to a scattering of boos.

Thoughts: They put Gang over as a monster here to mixed crowd reaction. Then again, the crowd was flat for this show, which was the last of the taping. This was the beginning of Gang’s push as he would soon be facing Hogan at house shows.

Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and asks him about his plans. Hart brings out the newest copy of “WWF Magazine” that features the Honky Tonk Man on the cover. Honky finally comes out with his guitar as Okerlund runs down the list of competitors for his title. Honky then cuts a generic promo about how people want a lot of things but no one will get his IC title. Less entertaining than most of Honky’s promos.

In action next week will be in-ring debut of the Million Dollar Man, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage, and more news on the “Battle for Bam Bam.”

Final Thoughts: The show was okay this week. Next week with DiBiase making his debut as the Million Dollar Man should be fun. And Hart not being a manager for Bam Bam furthers that story along.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/15/17
Tuesday: WWF Boston Garden 8/15/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/16/87

WWF Superstars of Wrestling August 1st, 1987

August 1, 1987

From the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Brutus Beefcake & The Rougeau Brothers, Ken Patera, and the Honky Tonk Man. Plus, the posedown between Butch Reed and Superstar Billy Graham and more

Bubba Kirk & Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner vs. The Rougeau Brothers & Brutus Beefcake

The Rougeaus hit Wagner with a double dropkick. Renslow comes in for a cheapshot and gets hit with a double dropkick himself. Beefcake and Kirk tag in as we get an insert prom from the New Dream Team as they tell Beefcake he will not get away for what he did to them. He hits a back suplex then tags out as the Rougeaus get the win with the Rougeau Bomb (1:54). After the match, Beefcake cuts Kirk’s hair then spray paints a giant “B” on his chest.

Thoughts: Not much to the match other than Beefcake cutting the hair of Kirk at the end. This also continues the feud the three winners have against the New Dream Team.

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. We see a clip of the Fabulous Moolah losing her Women’s Title to Sherri Martel at a House Show in Houston. Martel got the win after rolling through a slam attempt.

Bobby Heenan heads to the ring with King Harley Race and Hercules. He tells us that he has been in pain for months due to Ken Patera but will no longer worry about that as he can relax as he has found the newest member of the Bobby Heenan family, “Ravishing” Rick Rude. As he heads inside, Rude removes his robe then flexes as Jesse is in awe.

Mario Mancini & Rick Hunter & Jerry Allen vs. King Harley Race & Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan

Rude starts the match as he powerslams Allen, the man we fought in his MSG debut a week prior. Race tags and beats on Allen as we get Heenan in an insert promo saying that Rude will also help him sign Bam Bam as they are good friends. Back to the match as Hunter gets roughed up until Rude puts him away with a slingshot suplex (1:38). Jesse also puts over Rude as a National Arm Wrestling Champion.

Thoughts: Solid TV debut for Rude as the WWF continues to add more talent to the roster. Hercules and Race were just their are garnish, to borrow from Dusty Rhodes.

Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan, who will be facing Killer Khan at the Cow Palace on August 25th. Hogan flexes to the side of the camera then he tells us how after Khan spit mist in his eyes, he spoke with Oliver North to devise a battle plan to take care of Khan and Fuji. Goofy promo from Hogan. Well, goofier than usual.

A Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase vignette airs. He asks the clerk at the hotel for the finest room but is informed that the Honeymoon Suite has been reserved for months and the people have already checked in but Virgil throws her enough money to let them have the room. We then see Virgil ordering the just married couple out of the room as DiBiase is off to the side telling us its not the clerks fault as she has her price, just like us. He also adds that in ten years that couple would probably want separate rooms. When we get back to the show, Jesse is laughing saying that guy probably didn’t know what to do on his wedding night.

Ken Patera vs. Terry Gibbs

Gibbs sneak attacks Patera but that fails as Patera rams Gibbs head into the corner. Patera then roughs him up until he finishes him off with the bearhug (1:21). Patera poses to the crowd after the win, getting a decent reaction.

Thoughts: Quick squash as they are still trying to put over Patera. Its not really working.

Okerlund is now with The Islanders. Haku puts over the leadership they are receiving from Heenan and will get the belts. Tama then tells us what Heenan wants is what they get and they will get the belts. I never heard Haku speak for this long during a promo. It was odd.

Joe Malano vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Malano is built like a swimmer who stopped training a year ago. Honky stomps on Malano after hitting a back elbow match. Hart is then shown in an insert promo saying that he will sign Bam Bam, who will be making an announcement about this next week. Honky stays on the attack and takes Malano down with a clothesline before hitting the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (2:22). After the match, Honky thanks the crowd then sings and dances for them as they boo.

Thoughts: Honky’s heel act was quite enjoyable.

DeGeorge is now on the podium with Rick Martel. He asks Martel about his partner, who quit, as Martel tells us it was hard to take. They will not mention Zenk by name. Martel then tells us he is not a quitter and does not care if he is by himself as he will fight the Islanders for what they have done. He then puts over the crowd for being behind him. They are going to continue this feud without Zenk and even here it seemed set up to give Martel a new partner.

Howard Finkel welcomes Okerlund to the ring as he is the host of the posedown. Both competitors eventually make it to the ring. Okerlund goes over the rules, which has the guys do four poses each, and tells the fans that they are the judges, which will be based off of their noise. They pose and it is boring until Reed attacks Graham, going after his hip. Graham fights back and tosses Reed to the floor. Graham goes nuts in the ring, as do the fans, while we see Reed and Slick head up the aisle. The segment wasn’t much but the crowd was really into it and it was a smart idea to have this take place in a WWF town like Glens Falls.

Outback Jack tells us about the dangers of Killer Khan’s mist, comparing it to mace.

Killer Khan w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Eric Cooper

Khan immediately knocks down Cooper then stomps away. Fuji is shown in an insert promo telling us he will sign Bam Bam because he signs all of the “big men.” Back to the match as Khan sprays mist into the face of Cooper then hits a backbreaker setting up for the top rope knee drop and the win (1:13).

Thoughts: Quick match to put over Khan and his mist. The only thing Jack did good in the WWF was putting over Khan’s mist.

Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji, who tells Hogan to be on his toes when he faces Killer Khan. Demolition then walk in as they talk about their match against Ken Patera & Billy Jack Haynes. That match never happened as Patera got hurt and was replaced by George Steele. These Cow Palace matches actually took place before a “Wrestling Challenge.” The Demolition interview was unmemorable and they are usually entertaining with Okerlund.

Next week in action will be Jake Roberts, Demolition, Hart Foundation, George Steele, and the One Man Gang.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. Rude made his TV debut, DiBiase had another great vignette, and they are at least doing a good job of building up Khan as a challenger to Hogan by focusing on the mist. Also, they made a big advancement in the Bam Bam storyline as they made it appear that Hart was the frontrunner, with an announcement next week.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Kevin Steen
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/2/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/8/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/9/87

3 Superstars, 3 Questions

1.) A few years ago the WWE was pushing William Regal HARD, even having him win King of the Ring. I think there were rumors of him possibly main-eventing something  or even winning the WWE title, even if it was only temporary.  Then his drug suspension derailed everything.  Do you know what the ultimate plans were for him?

2.) Is there any way to turn the late 90s version of Bossman face if you wanted to? It's kind of hard recover from killing and feeding someone their dog.

3.) Supposed you had psychic powers and knew Shawn Michael was gonna get injured and be out for four years after WM XIV. Do you still do the screwjob?  Seems kind of a waste to do in hindsight.

​1.  No idea.  But I seriously doubt there was any serious plans for him in the main event.
2.  I don't know why you'd want to turn him face, but I think fans would have bought a babyface turn for him as much as anyone.  The dog thing wasn't exactly played for high drama. 
3.  Since Vince was apparently dead set on Shawn Michaels being the only person who Bret could drop the title to, I guess you'd have to.  I think it was more of a waste to let Bret Hart go to the opposition in the first place when the company was about to explode in popularity​.