October 11, 1986
From Baltimore, MD
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon
Tonight’s featured match will have the British Bulldogs face the Dream Team in a non-title match. Also in action will be The Islanders & Pedro Morales, Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy, Hart Foundation, and Don Muraco & Bob Orton.
The show starts with Jesse Ventura interviewing the British Bulldogs and their mascot Matilda, making it’s WWF debut. Jesse starts by saying English women have beautiful bodies but not faces then asks the Bulldogs about the Matilda while asking Davey & Dynamite if she is their girlfriend.
British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant
The Dream Team attack the Bulldogs before the bell. Dynamite backdrops Valentine then hits a snap suplex. Davey tags and works the arm until Valentine catches him with an elbow. Beefcake tags and drops the knee for two then hits a suplex but Davey get up first and makes the tag. Beefcake backdrops Dynamite then tags Valentine. The Hammer hits a backbreaker but gets tossed off of the rope and Dynamite covers for two. Valentine manages to back Dynamite in the corner and tag Beefcake, who gets a nearfall with a backbreaker. Dynamite blocks a figure four attempt from Valentine then rolls away from an elbow drop by Beefcake and makes the tag. Davey hits Beefcake with a press slam then a dropkick. Delayed vertical suplex gets two but as Beefcake kicked out he pushed Davey on top of the referee. Valentine runs in and covers but the referee stops as he realizes Valentine is not the legal man. Valiant jumps up on the apron to distract the ref as the Dream Team hit Davey with a double suplex and Valentine covers but the ref signals for the bell as he disqualifies Valentine for refusing to get out of the ring (4:54).
Thoughts: Good action, which is usually the case when these two teams face off. The way this ended would lead to believe that rematches would be coming.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s subject is Jake “The Snake” Roberts and how he showers with his snake, Damien. They show a clip of Jake in the shower with Damien, cutting a basic promo hyping himself up.
Sivi Afi & Billy Jack Haynes vs. Don Muraco & Cowboy Bob Orton w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco & Orton come out to bagpipes while wearing kilts. Before the match we got an insert promo of Muraco and Orton laughing about how Piper will walk with a limp for the rest of his life. The faces work over the arm of Muraco to start. Orton tags and works an Irish whip sequence with Haynes that ends with a hiptoss. He misses an elbow drop though and that allows Haynes to hit a slam and an armdrag. Afi tags and chops away but Muraco attacks him from the apron and that allows Orton to hit the superplex for the win (1:47).
Thoughts: They are trying to establish Muraco & Piper as a team and it worked here. Having them come out in kilts also got them a lot of heat. Billy Jack sure hasn’t been doing anything since the switch to the Superstars and Challenge shows
Ken Resnick runs down the card for the next show in Boston. We then get a promo from Randy Savage, who will be facing Ricky Steamboat. He tells Steamboat that he is not that good and will go down again, just how he did against Don Muraco and Jake Roberts. They are planting the seeds for the Steamboat/Savage feud on this show.
King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd w/ Bobby Heenan vs. “The Rebel” Dick Slater & Rick Hunter
Slater & Hunter got an entrance for this match, oddly enough. Slater starts the match by hammering away on Studd but gets picked up and rammed into the corner. Bundy tags as the crowd chants for Andre the Giant. We get an insert promo from Super & Big Machine as Bundy beats on Hunter. They say that the Machines are here to stay. They would be gone in a month. The heels continue to destroy Hunter and this lasts for a while as the fans chant for the Machines. Bundy tags then hits the Avalanche for the win (3:58).
Thoughts: With the Machines gimmick flopping, Studd & Bundy became somewhat of an afterthought. The crowd still hated them and chanted for Andre so at least they still had their heat.
Resnick runs down the card in Boston again as we get a promo from Steamboat. He says that he keeps on climbing the ladder to the top and has one more step to go and promises it will be the best fight of their lives.
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Hercules Hernandez & Barry O.
This is Barry’s first appearance on TV in several months. Hercules is out there without a manager tonight. Raymond hits Barry with a hiptoss then a dropkick. Hercules tags in then we are shown an insert promo from referee Danny Davis who tells us that he always calls his matches right down the middle and does not care if people think he is a bad referee. Hercules tags out after Jacques hit him with a dropkick but knees him from behind and that allows Barry to take control. He hits a sideslam but misses an elbow drop and Jacques flips Raymond off of the top rope and onto Barry for the win (1:48).
Thoughts: The Rougeau Brothers got a lot of matches during the early days of Superstars/Challenge. They worked great as a team too. Hercules had been doing a whole lot of nothing during this time.
We see a brief clip of workers constructing a new set for “Piper’s Pit.”
A clip of Piper whacking Adonis with his crutch on “Saturday Night’s Main Event” then he cuts a promo on how he rid Adonis from wrestling then runs down both Muraco and Orton.
Ken Glover & The Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Pedro Morales & The Islanders
The graphic for Glover as his first name as “Kim.” The faces attack the heels before the bell as the match starts off in a six-man brawl. The faces use a triple noggin-knocker on the heels then the match settle down with Morales working over Glover. We are shown an insert promo from Jimmy Hart saying all the Hart Foundation need are the Tag Team Titles as the Islanders beat on Glover until Tama puts him away with a top rope splash (1:26). After the match, the Hart Foundation destroy Glover and hit him with the Hart Attack.
Thoughts: A quick squash to put over the Islanders and the Hart’s, who barely wrestled and beat the crap out of Glover at the end for some heel heat.
We are shown a clip of Slick riding in a limo with the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. He tells them how they will be staying in the finest hotels. They arrive to the arena and are greeted by Jesse Ventura, who thanks Slick for bringing class and style into the WWF.
“Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal & Terry Gibbs vs. Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele
JYD attacks Regal before the bell and whips him into the corner. He hits him with his crawling headbutts then tags Steele. Gibbs tags as we get an insert promo from Butch Reed and Slick. Reed says it as been a long time since he has met JYD, who puts away Gibbs with a powerslam (0:52).
Thoughts: Very brief match, which is a good thing since JYD was involved.
Resnick is with Bob Orton, who puts over Jimmy Hart for being a great manager. He then talks about Piper and how he should stay home before talking about his opponent in Boston, Billy Jack Haynes. Then, we are shown a prerecorded promo from Muraco, who bashes Piper for leaving to go to Hollywood.
Next week in action will be Ricky Steamboat, Butch Reed, and the return of “Piper’s Pit” with guests the U.S. Express.
Final Thoughts: An alright show this week. They planted the seeds for Savage/Steamboat and continued the Piper feud. Matilda made it’s debut and the opening tag match was good so it was decent all around.