October 17th, 1987
From the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, WI
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon
In action tonight will be the Islanders, Brutus Beefcake, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Plus, we will see clips from the Honky Tonk Man vs. Randy Savage at “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and more.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Van Van Horne
The crowd is really into Beefcake tonight, especially the females. Match starts with a lot of stalling as Van Horne complains of hairpulls. Beefcake catches him with an atomic drop and a backdrop then after that works Van Horne over in the corner. Van Horne comes back by raking the face but has his Irish whip reversed then gets caught in the sleeper as Beefcake gets the win (3:12). After the match, Beefcake cuts off a huge piece of Van Horne’s mullet as the fans go nuts.
Thoughts: Beefcake was over huge here. His act really did get popular quick but. Now, he needs a singles feud.
Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform where he welcomes Hulk Hogan. Unsurprisingly, he gets a huge reaction. Hogan tells us for the past four years people have been gunning for him but at the Survivor Series, one-by-one his team will eliminate Andre the Giant’s team. He then address Andre and Heenan’s claim that he should have lost the match as Hogan says he is better at surviving than anyone and promises to square off against Andre again. Decent interview and a solid job at promoting the main event of Survivor Series.
S.D. Jones & Rick Gantner vs. The New Dream Team w/ Johnny V.
Valentine tries to headbutt Jones but that fails as he gets taken down. Bravo tags in and Jones works his arm as we get an insert promo from the Killer Bees, talking about their participation in the Survivor Series. Gantner is in but Bravo hits a back suplex and gets beaten down by the Dream Team for a minute until Valentine puts him away with the Figure Four (3:01).
Thoughts: Just a brief segment designed to showoff the Survivor Series tag team match. The New Dream Team would disband after Survivor Series and that was for the best.
Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who will be facing the Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title at the November 7th show at the Boston Garden. Not much of an interview here as Savage tells Honky “not to buy any Winter clothes” because his future isn’t looking so bright.
We learn that George Steele was too upset to wrestle tonight because of what happened to Elizabeth on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Chris Curtis
Orndorff works the arm as we see Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude, who is posing on the interview platform. The camera is mostly focusing on Rude but Orndorff remains in control of the match. Orndorff sees Rude then puts Curtis away with the piledriver (2:02). After the match, Orndorff starts posing and the fans go nuts while Ventura refers to Orndorff as an egomaniac.
Thoughts: This feuds continues. The fans were very much into this too.
Okerlund is with Oliver Humperdink, who will be managing Bam Bam Bigelow as he goes up against Killer Khan in Boston. Bigelow comes in after Humperdink as nothing at all of note was said here.
Sensational Sherri tells the Fabulous Moolah that it was not an upset when she beat her for the title but rather destiny before saying they will face each other again at the Survivor Series.
The Islanders vs. Jim Evans & Tony Parks
Match starts with Evans getting the crap kicked out of him. Parks tags in as Haku clotheslines him down before killing him with a thrust kick. Haku then powerslams Parks then Tama comes off of the top with a splash for the win (2:10).
Thoughts: Impressive showing by the Islanders here. They looked great.
Strike Force tell us all about how they love girls in cars as they introduce us to the Robbie Dupree “Girls in Cars” video. We see this in all its glory.
Outback Jack tells us that drugs are as “dangerous as a crocodile” and to say away from them.
WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This week we see clips from the Honky Tonk Man vs. Randy Savage match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” as DeGeorge puts this over as the talk of the WWF. Nice segment as DeGeorge told the story of the match while we saw some clips. I like this as it got the story across to anyone who missed what happened.
Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Rick Renslow
Bigelow clotheslines Renslow then hits him with a jumping back elbow smash. We see an insert of the newest issue of WWF Magazine that has Bigelow on the corner as Bigelow hits a dropkick and shortly after that puts Renslow away with a slingshot splash (0:55).
Thoughts: Bam Bam’s athleticism and look really got him over huge with the crowds. This was no exception.
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who talks about the Islanders facing Strike Force in a 2/3 falls match in Boston. Heenan refers to Strike Force as “La Bamba & Lucky Pierre” then the Islanders come out as Haku points out they have beat them before. Okerlund mentions how they will have two referees as Tama jokes they can have 10 refs as they will beat all of them up too.
Next week in action will be Rick Rude, British Bulldogs, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Plus, the featured match of Honky Tonk Man vs. George Steele and the world premiere of Gene Okerlund’s “Rock n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” video.
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a solid show. It hyped up the Survivor Series main event and the top TV feud in Honky Tonk Man vs. Randy Savage. The crowd was amped up here too, which is typically the case during the first show of a taping. Also, midcard feuds like Rude/Orndorff and Islanders/Strike Force were showcased, as well as the legendary “Girls in Cars” music video.