Final Thoughts: Standard show I suppose. There wasnt any major feuds going on at this time. The Piper/Orndorff stuff was starting to really run out of gas as it has been going on for the past several months. Tito vs. Jesse was good out of the ring but their matches sucked, due to Jesse being useless in the ring at this point of his career. No Savage or Funk makes for a much less exciting show.
December 7, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana will be in action. Also, the Hart Foundation, Paul Orndorff & Dan Spivey, and George “The Animal” Steele.
The Gladiator & Steve Lombardi vs. Tito Santana & Pedro Morales
Tito and Lombardi go at it as Bruno talks about Santana’s “Latin temper.” Pedro tags and slams Lombardi a few times until he tags out. Morales dodges an attack as the Gladiator takes Lombardi off of the apron by accident. Tito tags in and gets caught in the wrong corner as Lombardi beats him down. The Gladiator tags as the fans chant for Tito then go silent as he makes the tag to Morales. Tito tags back in and puts the Gladiator in the figure four but Lombardi breaks it up and the match breaks down until Morales gets the pin with a backbreaker (4:32).
Thoughts: This ran for a bit too long. The crowd loves Tito but seems to be pretty indifferent toward Morales, who was old and on the way down the card. Morales would really begin to not give a fuck at all as 1986 approached. Tito with the IC belt though is just not working out as he has been tagging with JYD and Morales for most of this title reign.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is the Killer Bees as we see a clip of them beating a pair of jobbers from “Maple Leaf Wrestling.” Hayes believes big things will happen to the Bees in 1986.
Gino Carabello vs. David Sammartino
Sammartino had already left the company by the time this match had aired during the “Phantom Submission” match against Ron Shaw in Philadelphia. Sammartino overpowers Carabello to start. They trade slams then Sammartino gets a nearfall off of a hiptoss. Carabello slaps Sammartino in the face, which pisses him off, then Sammartino lays into him with chops until he gets the win with a powerslam (2:42).
Thoughts: The last TV match for David, who wasnt as bad in the ring as most people make him out to be. His problem was that he had little charisma and being the son of Bruno, could never come close to escaping from his shadow. He was overpushed from the beginning and no one took him too seriously after that.
Gene Okerlund plugs the December 7th show at the Boston Garden (Which I will review and post on Tuesday for those interested) then interviews Bruno Sammartino, who will be facing Roddy Piper. Sammartino said that he is a “Washed-up old man” but will make Piper pay after he called him a “stupid wop.” Sammartino said there is no room for bigots like Piper in wrestling and is coming into the ring not to wrestle, but to fight. Good interview by Sammartino.
Jim Powers & Scott McGhee vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart
Witty crowd sign of the week: “Brett Hart Has the Hair of a Greaseball.” The Harts are rocking the blue and black tights here for the first time on TV to my knowledge. McGhee sends Hart to the floor with a dropkick to the back. Back inside, Powers works the arm of Hart but gets taken down quickly. Hart hits Powers with a backbreaker then tags Neidhart, who beats on Powers. Hart tags and hits a dropkick then softens him up until they put him away with the Hart Attack (2:49).
Thoughts: The Harts actually got their first push around this time. They were coming into their own and Vince was putting them over on commentary here too.
Okerlund is with Tito Santana, who will be defending his Intercontinental Title against Jesse Ventura in Boston. Santana cuts a promo on how Ventura has not changed (he was playing a face in the ring at this time in a role that did not last long at all) and that he will not lose the belt.
Rusty Brooks & Terry Gibbs vs. Danny Spivey & Paul Orndorff
This was the TV debut for Spivey. Orndorff is wearing a cast, mocking Bob Orton’s broken arm. Spivey works over Gibbs, which makes sense they worked together at the last MSG show. Spivey hits a crossbody in a bad looking spot then tags out as Orndorff nails Brooks with the cast. Orndorff backdrops Brooks then slams Gibbs before tagging out. Spivey hits a pair of dropkicks then tags Orndorff who whacks Brooks on the back of the head with his cast for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: Spivey was really green when he began but most of this revolved around Orndorff and the cast angle, which overshadowed Danny’s debut. Brooks sold the finish like a pro and have to give him credit for that.
Piper’s Pit with a slew of guests, including the Dream Team, Hart Foundation, Hercules, and Freddie Blassie. They see Orndorff and Spivey walk back from the ring and they all harass the faces. Piper then mockingly has the heels hold him back from them as he makes fun of Spivey & Orndorff for not having any friends then calls the crowd “peasants and peons” as they are all rich people. Funny stuff.
Joe Mirto vs. George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Steele beats on Mirto as his tongue is wagging around. He then eats the turnbuckle as he chucks the stuffing in the air then smushes some of it in Mirto’s face. He stomps away before getting the win with a flying hammerlock (2:08). After the match, Steele unknowingly leads the crowd into a chant then gets confused and stops.
Thoughts: The same as any other Steele squash match from the 80’s. He was getting a push here as he had been off of TV for a little bit.
A clip of “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” airs which shows the wrestlers in a “Ghostbusters” parody. Man, did Tito sound like the dumbest Mexican stereotype ever in these things.
The Menace & Ron Shaw vs. King Tonga & Ricky Steamboat
Tonga gets the best of Shaw then takes down both men at the same time. The match breaks down as the faces catch the heels with super kicks. They take turns beating on the Menace, with Tonga looking pretty damn good in the process. Steamboat tags and puts on a chinlock before he works the arm. Poor Menace, he is getting the shit kicked out of him in this match from all sorts of moves. Tonga then holds up the Menace as Steamboat comes off of the top with a crossbody for the win. That looked ugly (5:23)
Thoughts: Decent action but way too long for a squash match. The Menace got the shit kicked out of him tonight and bumped around so much that he was gassed at the end. He earned his paycheck for that TV taping.
Okerlund is with Jesse Ventura, who keeps referring to Tito as “Chico.” Jesse also says that Santana is afraid of him and will also show him what it means to be an athlete. He leaves and Bob Orton enters, making fun of Pedro Morales for wanting another match against him after he beat him the last time. Piper then brings out a cardboard cutout of Whitney Houston, saying that it looks like David Sammartino late on a Saturday night then makes fun of Bruno for being old and that is why there are wrestling in the afternoon. Piper then says Bruno has “garlic ears” before making fun of his nose as the segment ends.
Next week, Adrian Adonis and the Killer Bees will be in action. Also, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff and the Junkyard Dog will be in action.