WWF Championship Wrestling January 18th, 1986

January 18, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will see the “Peace Match” between Corporal Kirchner and Nikolai Volkoff from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

Barry O. & Joe Mirto & Mr. X vs. King Tonga & Ricky Steamboat & Junkyard Dog

The faces take turns working the arm of Barry O. The heels then isolate Steamboat the corner, as Barry distracts the referee. JYD breaks that up but Mr. X takes control with a side headlock on Steamboat. The heels use quick tags and double-teams until Steamboat fights back. Tonga catches Mirto with a kick then Steamboat tags JYD, who pins Mirto with a headbutt (3:19). After the match, a few kids go in the ring and “juke” with JYD, which makes Vince happy.

Thoughts: The match wasnt much but it was strange to see Steamboat sell for about 75% of the match.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is about George “The Animal” Steele and how he is infatuated with Elizabeth. Hayes wonders how Randy Savage feels about this.

A video clip is show of Ted Arcidi breaking the world bench pressing record by putting up 705 lbs. It took place at a rec center with the crowd going crazy for him.

Joe Williams vs. “World’s Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi

Bruno talks about how he put up 565lbs once and is in shock at Arcidi’s accomplishment. Arcidi uses clubbing forearms then hits a press slam. He uses a lifting choke then puts on a side headlock for a bit. Arcidi clotheslines Williams then finishes him off with a powerslam (2:27). The announcers wonder who will stop Arcidi. It was his complete lack of charisma and wrestling ability that stopped him by the way.

Thoughts: Arcidi was a complete bore in the ring and the crowd seemingly sat on their hands for this match. He needed more than a bench press record to get over with the crowd and he could not connect with them at all inside of a wrestling ring.

Gene Okerlund is with Roddy Piper, who rants about facing Bruno Sammartino on February 8th at the Boston Garden in a steel cage match, which according to Piper is 23 feet high. Same, typical ranting promo from Piper which were starting to get old around this time.

The “Peace Match” airs from SNME. Volkoff won after dropping Kirchner throat-first onto the ropes, thus breaking the rules of their match. The stipulation was terrible and the finish made Kirchner look like an even bigger joke than he already was.

Okerlund is with Elizabeth and Randy Savage, who is holding a green sack. He talks about how everything is sacred and how he will be the new Intercontinental Champion when he faces Tito Santana February 8th at the Boston Garden.

Another plug to vote for the “Slammy Awards” that features newer wrestlers on the ballot than the one that has been airing for the past three weeks.

Jim Powers vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart

Adonis comes out to the ring for the first time while wearing flowers and acting very flamboyant, because Adrian wants to be himself instead of the tough guy he was portraying before. Powers takes him down but Adonis quickly strikes back. He hits a neckbreaker before putting him away with the DDT (2:03).

Thoughts: Adonis was dominant here as the new gimmick riled up the crowd.

Piper’s Pit with guests Freddie Blassie and Hercules, who wants to fight real opponents. The story here is that everyone is afraid to wrestle Hercules. Anyway, Hercules mentions that he wants to face Tito Santana, who Piper states is no match because he will be “filled with too many tacos.” Blassie puts over his strength and the segment ends with Hercules flipping over a table. I did not think this did a whole lot to put over Hercules as a legitimate contender, personally.

Brett Hart w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Don Driggers

Driggers hits an armdrag to start. Bret comes back with a knee smash then hits a leg drop. He sends Driggers flying through the ropes then slams him on the floor. He whips Driggers back inside and hits an elbow drop as the announcers talk about Stu Hart. Bret hits a backbreaker before finishing him off with an elbow drop from the second rope (2:29).

Thoughts: Brett looked great here in his first singles TV appearance as a heel.

Rick Hunter & Ron Shaw vs. Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner

Spivey and Shaw go back-and-forth for a bit. Spivey blows a dropkick then works the arm. Hunter tags and grounds Spivey briefly until he tags Kirchner. The Corporal hits a kneelift then tags Spivey, who puts him away with the bulldog (2:31).

Thoughts: Kirchner and Spivey were really bad in the ring here, especially Spivey who was not ready to be on TV at this point. They both lost the crowd once the match started.

Okerlund is with Bruno Sammartino, who promises to beat Piper all over the placce during their steel cage match. It was a long-winded to be honest.

Next week, we will see the match between Randy Savage and George Steele from SNME.

Final Thoughts: A skippable show this week. The Brett match was fun and the progression of the Adonis into the “Adorable” character worked well but everything else was filler. The has been a lack of Hogan for the past several weeks too and the top of the card needs newer feuds, as the ones that are going on are feeling stale.