WWF Championship Wrestling August 31st, 1985

August 31, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Ricky Steamboat & Junkyard Dog and Tony Atlas & Ivan Putski. Also, Terry Funk, Nikolai Volkoff and the debut of Corporal Kirchner. Plus, we will be shown a match from the August 18th show at the Maple Leaf Gardens between Big John Studd and Andre the Giant.

Mr. X &  Gino Carabello vs. Junkyard Dog & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Vince is going nuts for JYD as he dances. Match starts with an Irish whip sequence that ends with Steamboat using a hip toss on Mr. X. He works the arm before tagging JYD. He also works the arm and takes over Mr. X with a monkey flip. Carabello tags and lands a few shots on Steamboat as Jimmy Hart comes out for a second to briefly state his case for the “Manager of the Year” award. Steamboat comes back with a chop and tags JYD. He slams Carabello then Steamboat finishes with a flying body press (2:56).

Thoughts: The fans were crazy for JYD, who was probably the third most popular babyface on the roster, behind Andre and Hogan.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. Don Muraco is the focus for this week, who Hayes calls the most dangerous challenger to Hulk Hogan’s belt. They then show a clip of him and Mr. Fuji when they hung Steamboat.

Nikolai Volkoff w/Freddie Blassie & Iron Sheik vs. Rick McGraw

Volkoff beats the tar out of McGraw in the corner. He busts out a cartwheel before continuing his assault. McGraw fights back with a pair of dropkicks but gets caught and dropped throat-first on the ropes then hits the backbreaker for the win (2:01).

Thoughts: McGraw fucked up everything he did on offense and appeared to be juiced to the gills in the process. The poor guy would end up passing away a few months later.

A plug for “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” cartoon airs

Gene Okerlund informs us that the Tag Team Titles have changed hands and we will see footage of that in the future. JYD comes out and runs down Terry Funk.

John Rizzo & Matt Borne vs. Ivan Putski & Tony Atlas

Putski backs Borne into the corner then hits a back suplex. Rizzo tags and Putski unloads on him. They then take turns beating on Rizzo until Putski gets the win with the Polish Hammer (2:51).

Thoughts: The match was nothing but Putski looked really stiff with Rizzo. He killed him with the Polish Hammer. Atlas is floundering at this point, teaming with any available midcard worker at this point.

Okerlund is with Terry Funk, who compares himself as a gift from above, like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. He then slams down his branding iron, with Okerlund selling like it hit him in the leg, and promises that in the Boston Garden, he will choke out George Wells until his tongue turn purple. Great interview by Funk.

Terry Funk w/Jimmy Hart vs. Red Walsh

Walsh is a pasty white, bearded jobber who is billed from Ireland. Just as Funk starts to beat on him, Hart lets him know that ring attendant Mel Phillips is wearing his hat again. He chases him around the ring until Phillips runs behind JYD, who is now standing in the aisle. They go in the ring and JYD headbutts him out then continues to protect Phillips. Hart hangs from Funk’s waist in an attempt to prevent him from going back inside and they end up going back to the locker room as I presume the match was ruled a no-contest.

Thoughts: This was the start of the feud between the two. The fans reacted well to this segment too.

Piper’s Pit with guest Randy Savage, who identifies his new manager as Elizabeth. She comes out and tells us how it is an honor to be with a man like Randy. Decent enough segment and Elizabeth did a fine job

Terry Gibbs vs. Corporal Kirchner

Gibbs attacks Kirchner as soon as he enters the ring. Kirchner fights back and hits a backdrop and an atomic drop. He hits a clothesline but ducks his head on a backdrop attempt and Gibbs takes control. He heads up top but Kirchner slams him then finishes off Gibbs with a Samoan Drop (1:29).

Thoughts: After weeks of buildup, Kirchner did not impress. The crowd was quiet for most of the match too. For those who do not know, they took TV jobber RT Reynolds and cut his hair and shaved his beard then turned him into Kirchner. The real problem with Kirchner is that he spoke like he was reading off of cue cards and lacked charisma.

We are now shown the end of the Studd vs. Andre match from Toronto. Andre takes the scissors from Studd and clears the ring of Heenan. He tries to cut Studd’s hair but King Kong Bundy runs out and attacks Andre. Studd takes Andre down and hold his legs as Bundy hits three consecutive splashes until several lower card guys run off the heels. The crowd was going out of their minds for this.

Now, we see the interview with Andre after the match conducted by Billy Red Lyons. He says that will get Lou Albano in his corner and will be back.

Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who is gloating because his men hurt Andre. He then promises that Bundy will walk out of Boston the new Heavyweight Champion on Septemer 7th. Heenan was awesome here.

Final Thoughts: Solid show tonight. The wrestling wasn’t much but the angles were good, as were the interview segments. Kirchner bombed in his debut though. Anyway, Funk/JYD and Andre vs. Heenan’s feuds got off to a great start and the push for Savage continues.