WWF Wrestling Challenge November 9th, 1986

November 9, 1986

From the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the Junkyard Dog & George Steele, Hercules Hernandez, Hillbilly Jim & Billy Jack Haynes and the Islanders

Joe Mirto & Al Navarro vs. Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele

Mirto tries to attack Steele from behind but that fails and he gets rammed into the turnbuckle. He tags JYD and he uses his crawling headbutts then nearly drops him as he hits the powerslam and they f--- up the finish even more as the ref stops counting so Steele can toss Navarro to the floor then he counts to three (1:26). After the match, Steele eats the turnbuckle then they dance with some kids in the ring.

Thoughts: Embarrassing in-ring action but regardless, these two got the crowd going. JYD was slowly being sent down the card as he was rapidly deteriorating.

A “Wrestler’s Rebuttal” with the Dream Team pissed that the Fabulous Moolah won a battle royal after hiding under the ring until the end. A waste of time.

We get a recap of the events that led to Roddy Piper facing Mr. Fuji on Superstars. They even replay the entire match.

Ken Resnick is with Hillbilly Jim. He asks him about his theme song and his appearance at the “Farm Aid” concert. Jim puts over the show and lets us know how we can make a donation. Jim also thanks Resnick for asking about granny and says that she is doing well and even promised Jim some “possum pudding.” A lot of Hillbilly Jim on this show.

Another replay from Superstars, this time of Bobby Heenan buying the contract of Hercules from Slick.

Scott McGhee vs. Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan

They have dropped the “Hernandez” part of Hercules’ name here. Johnny V replaces Heenan on commentary for this match. Hercules destroys McGhee in the corner to start. McGhee hits a dropkick but gets caught with a clothesline then Hercules makes him submit to the backbreaker (1:06).

Thoughts: They certainly gave Hercules a huge push once they aligned him with Heenan. Monsoon even called him a contender for Hogan’s title.

Resnick is with the Islanders. Haku talks about how he has learned sumo in Japan prior to coming to the WWF. Tama then takes over and is a lot more lively than Haku.

We get a replay of the Jesse Ventura interview with the Honkytonk Man were they announce the “Vote of Confidence.

Rick Renslow & Jimmy Jack Funk vs. Billy Jack Haynes & Hillbilly Jim

Johnny V remains on commentary. Funk knocks down Haynes but gets caught with a hiptoss then dropkicked out of the ring. We get an insert promo of Jim inviting Haynes over to granny’s house for dinner in a comically awkward bit as Haynes didnt seem to know what to say and sat in silence. Funk catches Haynes with a clothesline then gets two with a fist drop. Renslow tags as Haynes chops him then tags Jim. The Hillbilly slams Renslow then they double team him until Haynes makes him submit to the full nelson (1:53). After the match, they do the do-si-do.

Thoughts: One of the oddest tag team combinations I have ever seen. Not much to add other than that.

The Snake Pit with guests Bobby Heenan and Paul Orndorff. They run down Hulk Hogan as Orndorff said you can even ask Hogan’s girlfriend who is the better man. The Hogan/Orndorff feud was still going on strong.

Jerry Allen vs. “The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick

Heenan is back on commentary and announces that Capt. Lou Albano will be retiring from wrestling. Allen catches Reed with an armdrag but Reed knocks him down. He chokes out Reed against the ropes as Gorilla asks Heenan how much he paid for the contract of Hercules and shortly after that Reed hits Allen with a flying clothesline for the win (2:19).

Thoughts: Reed was getting pushed but despite that he still was not all that over with the crowd.

We are shown Albano as he says that next week he will have his final match teaming with the Bulldogs to take on the Dream Team and Johnny Valiant.

Frenchy Martin & Dave Wagner vs. The Islanders

Tama works the arm of Martin as we get an insert promo from Sheik & Volkoff and Slick as they run down the Islanders. Wagner tags and the Islanders work him over until Tama puts him away with a top rope splash (2:26).

Thoughts: Seemed like filler to me although they are teasing a feud between the Islanders and Sheik & Volkoff.

Resnick is with Bobby Heenan, who puts over Orndorff for being the greatest athlete today and the fact that he has been the only person to leave Hulk Hogan lying down. Orndorff comes in and lets us know that Heenan was not bragging but that the truth hurts and that he will even sell his own family down the river for the belt. He then tells Hogan he was dumb for thinking that he was his friend.

Next week, Koko B. Ware will face Randy Savage in a non-title match. Also, King Harley Race vs. Corporal Kirchner and the featured match of the British Bulldogs & Albano vs. The Dream Team & Johnny V.

Final Thoughts: Another skippable show. They set up net week’s show nicely as they have a lot going on then but really, not a whole lot happened here but if you missed “Superstars of Wrestling,” you got recaps of all the major happenings.

Schedule for the following week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/15/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Ted DiBiase, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/16/86
Saturday: RoH Night of Champions 3/22/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/22/86