WWF Championship Wrestling August 23rd, 1986

August 23, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are the British Bulldogs, Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy, Rougeau Brothers, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana and the in-ring return of Roddy Piper.

The Gladiator & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano

Match starts with a long criss-cross sequence between Davey and Sharpe that ends with Sharpe missing a dropkick. Davey hits an atomic drop then tags Dynamite as the Bulldogs work the arm of Sharpe. An insert promo of the Dream Team are shown as they refer to themselves as the “uncrowned” Tag Team Champions and say they will get the titles back. The Bulldogs take turns beating on the Gladiator until he sneaks away and makes the tag to Sharpe. Gladiator tags back into the match and Davey hits him with a running powerslam for the win (3:26).

Thoughts: Not much of a match but the Bulldogs dominated as they continued to show the depth of the tag team division.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week is about The Machines as we are shown a video of the Machines in Japan then Heenan and Okerlund from “Tuesday Night Titans” in which an infuriated Heenan rants about how Giant Machine is Andre the Giant.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jimmy Jackson & Tony Garea

Studd starts off by overpowering Garea. Bundy tags and misses an elbow drop as Garea crawls over to his partner and makes the tag. Bundy brushes off two dropkick attempts by Jackson then hammers away. We are shown an insert promo from Superstar Billy Graham who will be back in the WWF very soon and is coming after Big John Studd. The heels take turns beating on Jackson as the crowd loudly chants “weasel” at Heenan. Bundy tags and hits the Avalanche then follows that for the win (2:44).

Thoughts: Besides pissing off Heenan, the crowd was not responding much to Studd & Bundy, who were very stale at this point. They have been feuding with either Hulk or Andre for about a year now.

Ken Resnick is with Capt. Lou Albano, who cuts a promo on Heenan and tells him that if he is man enough to yank the mask off of Giant Machine to prove that he is Andre the Giant, then prove it. Albano was good here.

Mr. X & Les Thornton vs. Rougeau Brothers

Ramon hits Mr. X with a crossbody and a dropkick to start. Thornton tags in and he gets met with a dropkick. Raymond works the arm then tags Jacques, who slingshots in with a sunset flip that gets two. Victory roll gets two. Jacques gets choked out behind the referee’s back then Mr. X takes control as the crowd chants “Rougeau.” Thornton tags and gets two with a knee drop. Mr. X tags but Jacques gets his knees up on a springboard splash attempt and makes the hot-tag. Raymond beats on Mr X then catches him with a powerslam. Tag to Jacques, who climbs up top and has Raymond pull him down for a senton and that gets the win (3:34).

Thoughts: The Rougeau’s looked good and were very over with this crowd too. Although very solid techincally, they lacked charisma as faces. They were like the Killer Bees but further down on the depth chart.

Resnick is with the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff who will be facing the British Bulldogs on September 6th for the Tag Team Titles in Boston. Sheik says that all of the intelligent American kids will be back in school and that he will win the belts for his “Italian Paisans” and Iranian people. Once again, Sheik seemed f----- up but he was very entertaining.

A.J. Petruzzi vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Piper gets a standing ovation from the crowd but looks pissed off and focused as he makes his way down the aisle. Petruzzi hits Piper in the face a few times and he just slowly backs up. He then puts his hand behind his back and into his tights as he begs Petruzzi to hit him again. Piper ducks a punch then knocks Petruzzi down. He is now stomping away then slams his head off of the mat all with his hand behind his back. The crowd is screaming for Piper as he beats the s--- out of Petruzzi. He knees Petruzzi right in the face before blowing snots on him. Piper roughs him up some more then takes his hand behind his back and whips Petruzzi against the ropes and hits him with a double axe handle then covers him with his foot on Petruzzi’s face for the win (2:25).

Thoughts: Crazy stuff from Piper, who beat the absolute s--- out of Petruzzi. The crowd was crazy for Piper, who was not acting like a face and has yet to officially turn. One of the most memorable squash matches in WWF history.

The Flower Shop with host Adrian Adonis. This week’s guests are Freddie Blassie, Slick, Hercules and Sheik & Volkoff. However, Piper interrupts, calling Adonis “Fluffy,” then proceeds to insult Adonis’ guests. He tells Slick that is lips look like “bicycle pedals” before leaving then Slick yells about Piper and threatens to slap him. More continuation of the Piper/Adonis beef.

Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. The Moondogs

Pedro gets the better of Rex then hits a backdrop. Tito tags in and dropkicks Rex after he dodged an attack. We get an insert promo from the Honky Tonk Man who tells us he is ready for the WWF as Pedro is in trouble. He comes back with a neckbreaker and tags Tito, who puts Rex in the figure four but Spot breaks it up and the match breaks down for a bit until Tito puts away Rex with the flying forearm  (3:06).

Thoughts: The match was meaningless but Honky’s insert promo was incredibly annoying for someone who was supposed to be a babyface.

Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Bob Bradley

Bradley starts the match by grabbing a side headlock that Muraco struggled to escape from. Muraco knees Bradley then takes control of the match. He tosses Bradley outside as we get an insert promo from Heenan who says that he will personally inspect the Machines next week in “The Flower Shop” so he can finally reveal that one of them is in fact Andre the Giant. Muraco stops a comeback attempt from Bradley with a knee to the mid-section then drives his knee into Bradley’s chest. Muraco hits a shoulderbreaker and a powerslam then softens him up some more until putting Bradley away with the tombstone (4:52).

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for Heenan to go off about the Machines. Muraco was being put on the backburner and no longer part of any top feuds.

Resnick is with Savage, who wants to let everyone know that all of the chicks will have “Macho Madness” when he comes to town then runs down George Steele to hype their upcoming match. Savage was pretty funny here.

Next week, Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog & George Steele will be in action. Also, a special announcement about Harley Race and Dick Slater vs. Jimmy Jack Funk.

Final Thoughts: The Piper match was memorable but everything else was skippable. Superstar Graham coming back was some big news I guess but that stopped being the case after he made his debut. They pushed the Machines angle hard but that has not been clicking.

Here is my schedule for the upcoming week:

Tuesday: WWF The Big Event 8/28/86
Thursday: 1992 WWE Timeline with Bret Hart
Friday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/30/86 (Final Episode)
Saturday: RoH Unscripted 9/21/02
Sunday: WWF Superstars 9/6/86 (Debut Episode)

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