WWF Championship Wrestling January 4th, 1986

January 4, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Hillbilly Jim and the debut of Cousin Luke. Plus, Randy Savage, The Dream Team, Corporal Kirchner and more.

Moondog Spot & Al Navarro vs. Cousin Luke & Hillbilly Jim

Luke’s gimmick is that he has no idea how to wrestle. Jim grabs Spot in a side headlock then gets pissed after he doesnt break cleanly. Luke grabs Spot then tags in but keeps looking back at Spot and ends up eating a side kick. Spot slams him then tags Navarro but Luke fights back as they work an awful sequence that sees Luke skipping around. Jim tags and shortly after that, gets the win with the bearhug (3:03).

Thoughts: The Hillbilly act was on its way down in terms of popularity. Luke was brought in after Cousin Junior quit the company. According to George Steele, Junior told him that he made enough money to be set for life and decided to leave. Luke’s act was pretty bad and it was short lived too, as he broke his ankle a couple of months after he made his debut and that was the end.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’Wrestling” and they show a brief clip of the show.

Jeff Crippley vs. Hercules Hernandez w/ Freddie Blassie

Hercules overpowers Crippley, pausing to yell at the fans. He hits the world’s slowest powerslam before a press slam. He yells at the fans some more then hits another slam as Vince plugs the “Slammy Awards.” Hercules then picks up Crippley and puts him in the Torture Rack for the win (2:58).

Thoughts: God, this match felt like it lasted forever. Hercules moved around very slowly in the ring, which even made his squash matches unbearable. He did get a decent heel reaction though.

Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who will be facing Tito Santana at the Boston Garden next week. Savage says that he will win the Intercontinental Championship. He then says that he is better than stars like John Havlicek and Larry Bird and brings out Elizabeth but gets mad when Gene tries to interview her.

Killer Bees vs. Barry O. & Rick Jacobs

The Bees take turns working over Barry on the mat. Barry comes back with a clothesline on Blair then tags Jacobs. Blair fights right back and tags Brunzell, who hits Jacobs with a dropkick as Blair has him in the air and the Bees get the win (2:02).

Thoughts: The Bees looked impressive and were starting to get a bit of a push. They were an underrated team in 1986.

Roddy Piper is with “Cowboy” Bob Orton as they make fun of Boston for cheering Bruno Sammartino and Paul Orndorff. Piper then makes fun of Orndorff for wearing a cast because he bumped his arm then says that he and Orton beat up half the city of Boston last time they were at the Garden. Piper was his typical insane self here, which was starting to wear thin around this time.

Don Driggers vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth

Savage messes around with Driggers then ends up getting tossed to the floor. Then, off camera, Savage went around the ring and came back inside to hit Driggers with a knee from behind. He follows Driggers outside and roughs him up. Back in the ring, Savage sets him up for the flying elbow smash and the win when he pinned him with one foot (1:51). After the match, Savage tosses Driggers outside and beats on him some more.

Thoughts: Savage was so great as a heel here and still remains the most entertaining wrestler on television by a mile.

Piper’s Pit with guest the Fabulous Moolah. Piper talks her up as being the best women’s wrestler there is then ended this segment by kissing Moolah. Not much at all to this but they really wanted to make sure that the fans realized Richter would not be coming back as she was not mentioned at all.

Gino Carabello vs. Corporal Kirchner

Kirchner falls down after a leapfrog attempt then slaps Carabello down. He then hits a slam and a bunch of armdrags before Caraello bails. Back inside, Kirchner hits a suplex and shortly after that, puts Carabello away with a Samoan Drop (1:33).

Thoughts: They are trying again to push Kirchner but it didnt matter as no one cared. He also faces Volkoff at “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” which aired the same night as this show.

The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant vs. Tony Stetson & Paul Dose

This is the same Stetson who worked in ECW and was also “Tony Mateo” from last week’s match against the Hart Foundation. He looks like he is about 20 years old. The crowd pisses off Brutus by starting a “Fruitcake” chant. Beefcake starts by overpowering Dose then does the same to Stetson. Valentine tags and goes to work on the arm then tags Brutus. Stetson gets kicked outside where Valentine slams him on the floor. Back inside, Valentine tags in and makes Stetson submit to the figure-four leg lock (3:07).

Thoughts: The more I see the Dream Team, the more I appreciate them. I don’t think they get enough credit. They looked dominate here.

Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog, who will be teaming with Corporal Kirchner to take on Sheik & Volkoff. He doesnt say much of note then leaves. Sheik and Blassie come out as Sheik rants about Boston and his opponents before leaving.

Final Thoughts: The show was a final push for “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Beyond that, they introduced a new Hillbilly character and seemed to be pushing the newer talents like the Killer Bees and Hercules