October 3, 1987
From the Civic Center in Peoria, IL
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon
In action this week are the Rougeau Brothers & Superstar Billy Graham, Ted DiBiase, Paul Orndorff, Hercules & King Kong Bundy & Rick Rude, and Ivan Putski
Superstar Billy Graham & Rougeau Brothers vs. Joe Mirto & Rocky Stone & Rick Gantner
The match starts with all six men in the ring as Graham can barely do anything at all. It settles down as the Rougeaus work on Gantner as we get an insert promo from Butch Reed calling out Graham. Back to the match as Graham catches Gantner in a bearhug for the win (2:03). Graham keeps the hold on after the bell then finally breaks it as he poses for the crowd.
Thoughts: The spotlight was on Graham here, who clearly showed that he was not capable of being inside of the ring any longer. His comeback ended roughly a month after this match.
Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Jimmy Hart and Elizabeth to discuss the match between the Honky Tonk Man and Randy Savage on “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” which airs the night of this show. Hart tells Elizabeth that he promises Savage will get humiliated.
Another plug for the “Survivor Series.” We have still not found out any of the details yet.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Scott Casey
Casey gets in a few basic moves until DiBiase takes him down with a clothesline. DiBiase chokes him out but Casey comes back with a high knee as Jesse works in his “he’s no slouch” line regarding Casey. He said that an awful lot. The crowd is behind Casey here as he lands a few chops but ends up getting caught with a powerslam then DiBiase gets the win via submission with a spinning toe hold (3:10).
Thoughts: Decent little match here. I will say that DiBiase needed a new finisher badly as the spinning toe hold was really lame. Good thing he started using the cobra clutch (Million Dollar Dream).
Gene Okerlund is with Superstar Billy Graham as he talks about his match in Boston against Butch Reed tonight. Graham denounces the allegations Reed made about him needing to go back into a wheelchair then refers to Boston as his town and will be here to stay. Sure thing, pal.
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Dave Wagner
Before the match we get an insert promo from Bobby Heenan telling Orndorff he has a surprise for him. Match starts with Orndorff destroying Wagner before tossing him to the floor. Back inside, Orndorff hits a dropkick as we then see Heenan and Rick Rude watching from the interview platform. Rude poses to a chorus of boos while Orndorff continues to beat on Wagner until he puts him away with the piledriver (2:54). After the match, Orndorff looks at Rude then poses in the ring.
Thoughts: Decent segment to further along the Orndorff/Rude feud. Speaking of Rude, he was getting over quick as a heel. His act was pretty damn solid.
Okerlund is with Savage, who is facing Hercules at the Boston Garden. Okerlund asks Savage about being “spunky” as Savage tells us that is the case and Hercules better watch out. A lot tamer than your typical Savage promo.
Another plug for the “Survivor Series,” which airs on Thanksgiving Night. That is still all we still know at this point.
Hercules & King Kong Bundy & “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tony Leone & M.L. Williams & Chris Bassett
Hercules overpowers Williams, as Vince is in amazement they found someone so skinny. Bundy tags and destroys Leone then does the same to Bassett. Rude tags in as Vince still goes on about the subpar physiques of the jobbers as he puts Bassett away with the backbreaker (1:49).
Thoughts: Not much to this other than Vince burying the jobbers on commentary. Rude was the focus of the Heenan Family here.
WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s subject is Ken Patera and how the Heenan Family broke his arm. Patera is shown cutting a promo in the locker room, sounding like he was hitting the sauce, as he promises to return in order to eliminate Heenan and his “goon squad” once and for all.
Killer Khan w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Mike Richards
Khan does some sumo exercises before beating on Richards. Khan chops him down as the announcers put over his finisher. We then get a photo from “WWF Magazine” that shows Khan misting an opponent as Ventura claims it was just sweat. Back to the match as Khan takes Richards down with a thrust kick then mists Richards before hitting the top rope knee drop for the win (2:39).
Thoughts: Khan was starting to get phased out and would leave the company at the end of November. His run against Hogan was over and he was used to put over guys like Savage and Bam Bam at house shows.
A replay from last week where the Islanders went over to the Spanish announce table and beat up Tito Santana and Pedro Morales.
The British Bulldogs introduce to a special tribute video of Matilda, set to the song “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window. This was awful and really hurt the credibility of the Bulldogs.
Junkyard Dog & Ivan Putski vs. Mike Poland & Chris Curtis
Jesse jokes that the IQ’s of Putski and JYD combined would not reach triple-digits. Match starts with the jobbers getting tossed around. We get an insert promo of Putski teaching JYD to speak Polish. That was something. Putski is now in the ring as he works a headlock on Poland then puts him away with the Polish Hammer (2:40). The finish got a huge reaction from the crowd.
Thoughts: Putski was over huge here. I don’t know if Peoria had a huge Polish population or not as that could have been a reason. This match was the best use of both guys, who were well past their primes.
Okerlund is with Butch Reed, who faces Superstar Graham in Boston tonight. Reed admires Graham for being a former champion but that life of his is over as there is a new breed walking around the world today. Reed calls himself the “top of his class” and will put Graham out for “cramping his style.” Reed cut a solid promo here.
Vince plugs the match between the Honky Tonk Man and Randy Savage “this weekend” for the Intercontinental Title. This, of course, is for their match at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” We hear opinions from some of the wrestlers as the heels pick Honky and the faces with Savage as Andre the Giant just says he doesnt care who wins and only cares about one thing.
Next week we will see the “Piledriver” music video. In action will be Strike Force, Demolition, and the featured match of Don Muraco vs. Bob Orton.
Final Thoughts: They did a great job at hyping up the Savage vs. Honky match. They also did a decent job with the Orndorff/Rude feud as well. Other than that, there wasn’t too much to talk about. However, there would be an awful lot going on after the next episode of “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Bret Hart, Volume 2
Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 10/3/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/4/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/10/87