WWF Superstars of Wrestling October 24th, 1987

October 24, 1987

From the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Rick Rude, British Bulldogs, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and our featured match of the Honky Tonk Man vs. George Steele. Plus, the debut of Gene Okerlund’s “Rock n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” music video and more.

 

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Steele keeps chasing Honky away but gets caught up in the ropes after he chased Honky around the ring. Honky kicks Steele but that doesnt last as Steele fights back. He messes up Honky’s hair then uses a lifting chokehold. Hart tries to interfere and Steele yanks off his jacket and throws it at the face of the referee, allowing Honky to hit him with the megaphone. The referee finally comes to and sees Steele hit Honky with the megaphone then rings the bell for the DQ (1:51). After the match, Steele tries to bit open a turnbuckle but the ref prevents that from happening so Steele heads over to another turnbuckle and bites that one open instead.

Thoughts: The match itself was terrible but the fans loved Steele and it was short so it didn’t matter. This was supposed to happen last week but Steele was “too upset” to wrestle because of what Honky did to Elizabeth on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

 

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s topic is the Andre the Giant and how he interfered on the behalf of King Kong Bundy when he faced Paul Orndorff on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” This was to signal that Andre was back full-time now.

 

Mike Richards vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan

Rude’s theme music makes it debut here. Heenan also brings out Andre the Giant for the match. Rude starts by beating on Richards before hitting a snap suplex. Rude flexes as the girls scream then goes back to destroying Richards. However, Orndorff and Oliver Humperdink are on the interview podium where Orndorff starts flexing. Rude is beside himself as Richards rolls him up for a nearfall. Rude comes right back with a slam then gets the win with the backbreaker submission hold (1:41). After the match, Rude tells Orndorff to look at what “simply ravishing” is all about as he flexes but Orndorff flexes back.

Thoughts: The Rude/Orndorff feud continues and the fans are responding to that well. Rude had an opponent for him pretty much right after he made his debut and that is always helpful. Rude’s mannerisms continue to improve on a week-to-week basis.

 

Gene Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who will be facing the Honky Tonk Man in Boston on November 7th. Honky warns Elizabeth about stepping in front of Savage.

 

We now see a clip of Jimmy Hart with the Glamour Girls (Judy Martin & Leilani Kai) as he is now managing the WWF Womens Tag Team Champions. I’m a fan of her ring work but Martin was not exactly an attractive lady.

 

And now its the “Rock n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” music video with Gene Okerlund. The video shows Okerlund portraying a high school music teacher, Dexter Peabody, who when the lights go off his shown wearing a blue wig and sunglasses as the children start getting up and throwing books around while dancing.  This was like a tame version of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” music video but still enjoyable.

 

Okerlund is with Strike Force, who will be facing the Islanders in Boston in a match featuring two referees. Santana tells the Islanders they need two referees because the only way they can win is by cheating. Martel tells us they will prove to be the better team.

 

We get the Young Stallions talking about how they beat the Hart Foundation on National TV and how they will be part of the Survivor Series match featuring ten tag teams.

 

British Bulldogs vs. Steve Lombardi & Jose Estrada

Davey catches Estrada with a press slam as we see an insert promo from the Bulldogs with Matilda, who will be by their side at the Survivor Series. Lombardi tags in as the Bulldogs destroy him. Lombardi hits Dynamite low as the heels briefly take control of the match until Dynamite breaks free and makes a tag. Davey runs wild then tags Dynamite and launches him onto Estrada for the pin (3:38).

Thoughts: The Bulldogs looked good as they return to the ring but most of the focus seems to be on Matilda.

 

DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Mr. Fuji, Johnny V., Jimmy Hart, Slick, and Bobby Heenan as they talk about their tag teams and how they will work together in order to survive. Heenan promises all of those wimpy teams will be eliminated one by one. They also explain the rules and if one member of a team gets eliminated that means the whole team is gone from the match. Slick talked about his Russians (The Bolshevicks, who have yet to make their TV debut) as they are part of this match. They really pushed the tag team elimination match at Survivor Series on this show.

 

King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Frankie DeFalco

Race takes DeFalco down with a snapmare as we get an insert promo from Race, telling us everyone of his opponents will evenutally bow to the king. Back to the match as Race hits a falling headbutt and a suplex before he gets the win with his cradle suplex (1:24). After the match, Race demands DeFalco to bow down to him and he does.

Thoughts: Short match to put over Race and the fact that his opponents are actually bowing down to him now.

 

Before the match, Duggan runs into Race, who was still parading around the ring and they have a long staredown. Race pushes Duggan away then gets whacked with the 2×4. Race tries to enter the ring but is held back by officials. A nice way to begin a feud.

 

Tiger Chung Lee vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Match starts with Duggan hitting a backdrop then beating on Lee in the corner. He catches him with a slam then hits the Three Point Stance for the win (1:01). We see Race heading back down to the ring with a chair. Duggan grabs his 2×4 and they swing as the chair is knocked out of Race’s hand and he flees. Duggan then grabs Race’s crown and robe and puts it on as he parades around the ring as the fans go nuts.

Thoughts: Fun segment as the Race/Duggan feud really busted out of the gate on this show.

 

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who talks about facing the Honky Tonk Man in Boston. Savage tells us after he beats Honky, they will all remember this when the Boston Celtics start playing again as we see the clip of Honky shoving Elizabeth while Savage keeps telling us he is “loopy” and specifically coming for the Honky Tonk Man and that after the match he will be history. Okerlund closes the segment as Savage keeps walking by and yelling. Savage was his typical crazy self here and it was great.

 

Next week we will see Danny Davis vs. the “highly touted” Sam Houston. Plus, Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage, and a 10 Man Battle Royal featuring:Junkyard Dog, Hillbilly Jim, Don Muraco, Ultimate Warrior, Bam Bam Bigelow, Hercules, Bob Orton, One Man Gang, and the Bolsheviks. We then get comments from Danny Davis telling us he will win in his first ever singles match on TV.

 

Final Thoughts: I thought they did a great job at making the Survivor Series seem important. They pushed the tag team match strongly anyway. Also, the Savage/Honky feud has been great and they got the Duggan/Race feud off to a great start. With the Survivor Series a month away, the WWF is putting together an exciting show and adding new feuds to boot.