WWF Wrestling Challenge July 12th, 1987

July 12, 1987

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.

This week’s featured match will see the Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton. Also in action tonight will be the Junkyard Dog, Hart Foundation, One Man Gang, and Hillbilly Jim & Billy Jack Haynes & Tito Santana.

Brian Costello vs. Junkyard Dog

Gorilla notes the weight gain of JYD as Heenan said JYD recently bought flash cards so he could learn to count to ten. JYD hits a poor excuse of a clothesline then overpowers Costello for a bit, as he barely seems able to move, until he puts him away with the powerslam (1:53). After the match, JYD dances with a few kids in the ring.

Thoughts: Even the announcers are hinting at how terrible JYD looks now and its clear that he is being phased down the card.

Craig DeGeorge talks about Killer Khan as we see him use the mist on his opponents. They are playing this up as a threat to everyone, including Hogan. Well, they had to hype their house show matches somehow.

Jerry Allen & Mario Mancini vs. The Islanders w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny V. replaces Heenan on commentary for this match. He also tells us that is the one who has signed Bam Bam Bigelow. Allen catches Tama with a slam and a dropkick. Haku tags in but Allen hits him with a crossbody for a nearfall. The Islanders trap Allen in the corner and beat him down for a bit. Allen makes the tag to Mancini, who immediately gets attacked then put away with the double flying headbutt (2:42).

Thoughts: Not much to this other than the continuation of the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.

Gene Okerlund is with Ken Patera, who tells us the emotional scars he deals with then refers to the Heenan Family as the “goon squad.” Patera now has an insane look on his face that even Okerlund seems scared of him as Patera talks about taking out the Heenan Family one-by-one until its just Heenan himself and that “paybacks will be paid.” This interview was something else.

Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Killer Bees

Gorilla tells Heenan that Johnny V. told him he signed Bam Bam, which Heenan states is a lie because he is the one who signed him. Muraco and Blair start off the match. After a minute of back and forth action, Blair catches Muraco with a powerslam then Orton tries to break it up but accidentally leg drops his partner. Blair hits Muraco with an atomic drop as he collides with Orton, who then tags into the match. Orton pulls up on the ropes but in the process he slingshots Muraco into the ring. Muraco and Orton finally take control of the match. Orton goes to hit Brunzell, who ducks, and accidentally nails the referee then the bell rings as the ref disqualifies Muraco and Orton. After the match, Muraco and Orton argue until Orton storms off.

Thoughts: More of a comedy match with Orton & Muraco, former stars, reduced to doing goofy miscommunication spots leading to a breakup.

Okerlund is with Greg Valentine, who blames Brutus Beefcake for losing the Tag Team Titles and how he will never touch his hair and if Beefcake does try to cut his hair, he will put him in the figure four and snap his leg.

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans

Gang chokes out Evans with his own jacket to start. He rams him into the corner as Slick is shown in an insert promo telling us that he has the “inside track” on Bam Bam Bigelow as Heenan is irate. Gang then puts Evans away with a gordbuster.

Thoughts: Again, the main point here was adding further intrigue to the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.

DeGeorge is with the Heenan Family as they gloat over the fact they beat up and whipped Ken Patera. We are then shown footage of Patera in the locker room after the attack, with welts all over his back.

Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee & Terry Gibbs & Chris Curtis

Haynes works over Lee to start. Jim tags in and does a cartwheel as the fans applaud but Tito tags in after that and slams Gibbs around. Curtis, sporting a shaved head, enters as Tito works him over. Jim then catches Curtis in one of the sorriest attempts of a bearhug that I have ever seen. The jobbers break that up then Tito tags in and gets the win after hitting Curtis with the flying forearm (2:39). After the match the winners dance and clap with a few kids.

Thoughts: The action was pretty bad when Tito was not in the ring. Other than that, just a way to get three guys with nothing going on a chance to shine on TV.

A replay of footage from Ted DiBiase at a house show tossing money into the crowd.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Omar Atlas & Corporal Kirchner

The Hart Foundation beat on Atlas as we see Jimmy Hart in an insert promo saying he will be the one to sign Bam Bam Bigelow. Kirchner tags and cleans house then tags Atlas, who comes off of the rope with an elbow smash. Gorilla hypes the WWF Magazine and an article on the British Bulldogs and how they hope to regain the titles. The Harts are beating on Atlas in the corner then put him away with the Hart Attack (3:15).

Thoughts: More fuel for the Bam Bam angle and they seem to be hinting that the Bulldogs will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Titles.

Okerlund is with Slick, who refuses to answer his question about the One Man Gang’s signing bonus. Butch Reed comes out and runs down the top babyfaces in the company.

Next week in action will be Jake Roberts, Kamala & Sika, Honky Tonk Man, Can-Am Connection, and Randy Savage

Final Thoughts: The Bam Bam Bigelow hype and storyline over which manager will in fact manage him dominated the show. They also had more tension between Muraco and Orton and hyped up the cold Patera vs. Heenan Family Feud but other than that nothing really happened. They are at least pushing newer acts here but they are struggling to find a top TV feud and credible opponents for Hogan.

Here is my schedule for the next several days.

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/18/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/19/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/25/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 12th, 1987

April 12, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are Demolition, Killer Bees, Butch Reed, and the British Bulldogs & Tito Santana. Plus, highlights from last week’s last from “Superstars of Wrestling” between Iron Sheik vs. Jim Duggan.

The Gladiator & Jimmy Jack Funk & Barry O. vs. Tito Santana & British Bulldogs

Before the match we get an insert promo from Danny Davis stating that he is not impressed by Tito or the Bulldogs. Match starts with the faces making quick tags as they beat on Barry. Dynamite is only able to do chops and headbutts as he can still barely move. Funk tags in as he now gets beat down by the faces. Davey is looking really impressive tonight by the way, displaying speed and power. Funk drops Tito throat-first across the top rope then tags the Gladiator but Tito fights him off and tags Davey, who is now beating on all three guys. He then tags Tito, who puts the Gladiator away with the flying forearm (3:58).

Thoughts: Looks like they are still keeping the feud going between the guys in the WrestleMania III six–man tag match. Davey looked awesome

Craig DeGeorge is with Brutus Beefcake, who is holding a bag that contains the hair of Adrian Adonis. Beefcake also said that it was his pleasure to cut his hair in front of the world.

“The Natural” Butch Reed vs. Sivi Afi

Afi gets the best of Reed to start as we get an insert promo from Slick warning Tito Santana that Reed will make him pay for destroying his suit at WrestleMania III. Reed now takes advantage with his methodical offense. Christ, Reed is blown up out there. Afi dodges an attack in the corner then lands a few kicks and a headbutt then ducks his head as Reed smashes him then drops Afi with a press slam while covering him with his foot for the win (3:02).

Thoughts: Reed looked horrendous in the ring. Looks like he is also gearing up for a feud with Santana, who is busy with midcard feuds at the moment.

Gene Okerlund is with the Rougeau Brothers, asking them about the New Dream Team. Jacques runs down Bravo for not doing things the right away and for ditching Brutus Beefcake. Raymond tells us that they have their eyes on him. Lame stuff here from the Rougeaus.

Brutus Beefcake is no shown telling Adrian Adonis that he will do everything in his power to make sure that he is bald then tells the Dream Team he will turn them into a nightmare. They are really putting over Beefcake as a babyface now. Gorilla even prefaced this promo by saying how Beefcake has changed his ways.

Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner vs. Killer Bees

The Bees are wearing the masks here. Blair works over the arm of Renslow to start. Brunzell then slams Wagner on top of his partner as the jobber team take a breather outside as we get a replay. Blair is now beating on Wagner then hits him with the Bee Sting but Renslow breaks up the pin. Brunzell tags in then hits Wagner with a dropkick for the win (2:35).

Thoughts: The Bees get a win to stay in the Tag Team Title hunt. Gorilla referred to them as a “Top 5” tag team as well so they will be in the mix of teams to contend with the Hart Foundation.

Okerlund is with Steve Lombardi, who talks about Paul Roma and warns him that the best thing he can do is to not show up. Lombardi tells Gene he does not need a manager and that Roma lacks the talent to belong in the ring. Okerlund then asks him about Danny Davis as Lombardi said he was unfairly fired from his job and that he has Jimmy Hart behind him so he can succeed in the ring. After a few month layoff they are rekindling the Roma/Lombardi feud. For all I know this interview was shot a few months before this aired.

Replay of Part Two of the “Ken Patera Story.”

King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Young

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Race catches Young with a clothesline and follows that with a suplex. He hits a bunch of elbow drops as we get an insert promo from Outback Jack who tells Race he looks more like a queen as Race puts Young away with a cradle suplex (1:28). Johnny V. then tells us that he has an important announcement coming in a few weeks.

Thoughts: A win for Race to keep him looking strong for his house show run against Hogan.

Snake Pit with guest “The Outlaw” Ron Bass. Roberts asks Bass why they call him the Outlaw as Bass tells us that he was not given the name but rather earned the name from every opponent is faced in the ring. Roberts cuts off his tangent to ask him about Blackjack Mulligan and how he is the biggest and baddest man to come out of Texas as that gets Bass pissed off then he runs down Mulligan’s family until the segment ends. Mulligan was already gone from the company by the time this aired.

Highlights from last week’s match on “Superstars of Wrestling” between Jim Duggan and Iron Sheik and Duggan coming out with his head bandaged and bloodied running off Sheik and Volkoff during Volkoff’s match. This really was an excellent show-long angle to get Duggan over.

Johnny V. tells us that he sold the contracts of Demolition to focus on The New Dream Team. With decision making like that he could be the GM of the Cleveland Browns.

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo & Billy Anderson

Ax beats down Anderson as we get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji, wearing facepaint, telling us that he will make Demolition torture their opponents. Smash tosses Anderson around then Poffo tags but gets tossed around himself. Ax tags and slams Poffo down as he crawls back over to Anderson. Smash destroys Anderson for a bit until Demolition puts him away with the Decapitation (2:42).

Thoughts: Demolition looked so awesome here and the fans appeared to be in awe of them as despite being heels they were not getting booed.

In action next week will be Koko B. Ware, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Final Thoughts: Solid show. Where as “Superstars of Wrestling” put over Duggan strong as a face all show long, this show did a similar thing with Beefcake. Other than that, they kept plugged some other midcard feuds as the action was fine as a whole.

Schedule for next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/18/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/19/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/25/87

Ring of Honor Epic Encounter April 12th, 2003

April 12, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow & Chris Levy

Alexis Laree introduces us to the RoH Tag Team Champions, AJ Styles & Amazing Red. She warns Alison Danger and Simply Luscious that they better not interfere in their matches and warns her opponent for tonight, Ariel, that she will be receiving a “stiff introduction” to the company. Paul London comes out and acts like he is high then gets pissed at AJ for teaming with Red, who he insults by saying that he is too young to look at porn then calls him a “prop” after trying to take his belt away from him. AJ tells London that they are not partners and he can get a partner to challenge himself and Red for a shot at the titles. London tries to get a Thundercats chant going at the end but it fails.

Backseat Boys vs. Da Hit Squad

What is noticeable right off of the bat is the fact that they put a black tarp up against the back wall which made it look darker in the building. Mackteases Kashmere by asking for a test of strength then gets punched in the face. Mack no-sells that and takes Kashmere down a few times and stomps his hand. The Boys regroup outside then Acid tags himself in and attacks Mack from behind. Mack fights back but Acid rolls outside to avoid a clothesline as the Boys stall in the aisle. Back inside, Mafia shoves down Acid a few times then the Backseat Boys double-team Mafia behind the ref’s back. Acid hits a double knee smash in the corner but gets caught with a half nelson suplex. Kashmere tags in and gets hit with a spinebuster and he rolls outside for another breather then they go backstage and leave. Da Hit Squad follow them backstage and drag them back as the fans are completely silent. Mafia then takes them both out with a tope as we get a replay of that as well. Back inside, Da Hit Squad hits Kashmere with a cannoball. Acid drills Mack with a Mafia kick then celebrates on the top rope. Mafia climbs up and takes him down with a back suplex and covers but Kashmere breaks the count. Mack then hits Kashmere with a running corner powerbomb then Mafia hits Acid with a Dominator. Then in a terribly mistimed spot, Kashmere escapes a Burning Hammer attempt from Mafia then ducks a clothesline that accidentally hits Mack then the Boys hit Mafia with the T-Gimmick for the win (8:03) *1/4. After the match, Mafia is pissed then leaves without shaking hands as Mack is puzzled as to why Mafia left.

Thoughts: Not much of a match as it was really all stalling. The big thing here was Mafia walking out on his partner, which will be addressed later in the show.

The Backseat Boys celebrate after the match but the lights go out and we get an indy-riffic laser show to welcome out Special K as we they start to have a rave. The lights come back on with Mikey Whipwreck laughing and saying that the shows needs “a little more cowbell.” The crowd is chanting “Mikey” as he runs down his former tag team partners and says that he wants to make Special K the best tag team in RoH but after saying that, Dunn & Marcos come out and say that they are the top team. The Carnage Crew come out and call everyone “Green Boys” except for Mikey then this leads to Acid telling them to have a scramble match and they will face the winner next month and they all agree. This was not a shining example of RoH’s tag team depth.

Scramble Match
Carnage Crew vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Hydro & Dixie

Hydro is the future Jay Lethal. The rest of Special K are taking pills as in the ring, Loc suplexes Marcos. Dixie is in and the Carnage Crew hit him with a cool double team DDT/Powerbomb. Dunn comes in and gets powerbombed by Hydro. Everyone hits a move then gets the pin broken up as the action is too fast to call but looks fairly decent. DeVito sends Dixie into the corner with a Northern Lights Suplex then Loc chops Hydro against the ropes. The Special K guys roll through an attack and fly out and hit Dunn & Marcos with topes. Loc takes them all out with a dive then DeVito follows out with a somersault plancha. Dunn & Marcos climb up top and take out everyone else with the Stage Drive (Stereo Planchas). Whipwreck distracts the ref so Deranged can take out everyone with a double springboard moonsault. In the ring, Dunn hits Loc with the Sliced Bread #1 then follows that with a senton but Dixie breaks up the pin and this starts a diving sequence that ends with DeVito hitting a moonsault. They start a Tower of Doom spot that almost got a few people seriously injured then the Carnage Crew hit Marcos with the spike piledriver but the ref is distracted by Hijinx as Whipwreck hits everyone with the Whippersnapper then Hydro covers Dunn for the win (5:29) *1/2. After the match, Slugger hits Marcos with the Bodybag then the other giant black guy in a suit from last week comes in and Special Ki surround him. Angel Dust slaps the guy in the face then gets nailed with a facebuster

Thoughts: There were a few nice moves and it was all fast-paced so it wasnt that bad. The angle at the end with the two giant black guys fighting was a little intriguing I guess but we still have yet to find out why this is happening.

RoH Tag Team Title Match
Briscoe Brothers vs. AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree

They brawl to start the match. AJ & Red try stereo springboard dropkicks but Jay catches Red and hits a fallaway slam. The Briscoes spill outside after AJ & Red held down the ropes but were able to block a stereo tope attempt and dump them outside. AJ & Red slide in the ring as the Briscoes were in midair then fly back out with criss-cross topes. They brawl outside were the Briscoes get the best of that. In the ring, Red is getting double-teamed in the corner. Red boots Mark off of a charge then jumps off his back to hit Jay with an enziguiri. Red hits Mark with the Code Red for a nearfall and heads up top for an elbow drop that gets two. AJ tags and they hit Mark with a stereo enzuguiris. AJ drills Mark with a dropkick that gets two. Red tags and delivers all sorts of kicks but Jay makes a blind tag and nails Red from behind. He hits a leg drop then gets two with a snap suplex. Mark tags and gets two with a brainbuster. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. The Briscoe’s use quick tags to isolate Red then Mark knocks AJ off of the apron as Jay taunts Red by asking him to make the tag. Red continues to get beaten down as he manages to kick out of a few pin attempts. Red hits a DDT as both men are down. Red tries to make the tag and finally does as AJ runs wild. He hits Jay with a pumphandle gutbuster but Mark comes back with a leg lariat to AJ then Red flies off of AJ to hit a Shining Wizard. AJ then has Mark up in a Torture Rack as Red climbs up top and jumps off of MArk to hit Jay with a swinging STO as AJ slams Down Mark as they both get nearfalls. They try the same Hurricarana/Styles Clash combo from the last show but Mark shoves AJ out of the way and Red gets hit with a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo but AJ was able to make the save. AJ gets clotheslined over the top rope but AJ catches Mark then turns that into a Styles Clash on the floor. Jay baseball slides AJ down then tries to hit Red with the Jaydriller but Red counters that with the Maximo Explosion then hits the Red Star Press for the win (10:56) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Very good match. Not like their match from last show but still awesome as these two teams had awesome chemistry. The Briscoes were acting heelish here, unlike their first match.

BJ Whitmer vs. CM Punk

Trinity is in the ring sitting in the corner like she is Raven as Punk is pissed. She then does the Raven pose in his face and tries to fly out and attack Cabana but he catches her and they go backstage. Punk and Whitmer go back and forth on the mat to start. They work a pathetic reversal sequence that ends with Punk getting dumped outside then Whitmer nearly kills himself after attempting a plancha. Whitmer hits an ugly tilt-a-whirl as the announcers sell the fact that he might be knocked out. Punk takes Whitmer down with a missile dropkick. Punk hits a backbreaker that gets two. They trade chops until Punk catches him with a DDT. Punk then sets a table up outside of the ring and heads back in to try a powerbomb through the table but Whitmer blocks that. Punk tries it again as Whitmer slips out but gets caught with a knee to the head for two. Whitmer catches Punk with a body scissors but that gets turned over as Punk now has Whitmer in a Boston Crab. Whitmer fights out and starts a comeback. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Punk is then able to take Whitmer down with an overhead suplex as both men are down. They go back and forth trading suplexes and pinfalls then start slugging it out. The action and pacing has been really sloppy here. Whitmer gets tossed outside but blocks an apron smash then rolls Punk inside. Whitmer kicks Punk in the face from the apron then they trade chops until Punk takes Whitmer through the table with a German Suplex as both men are down. The ref checks on both men and they are not moving so the ref rings for the bell (12:21) *1/2. Medics and other wrestlers come out and check on these guys. We flash forward 5 minutes ahead as each guy gets helped to the back.

Thoughts: Not a fan of this match all. The wrestling and pacing was very sloppy and disjointed. Punk was really not a good worker in his early RoH run. Another match that would be followed up on later in the show.

Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger

This match starts joined-in-progress with Homicide working the back of Daniels. He then eats boot on a charge and gets taken down with an enziguiri. Daniels chops and slaps Homicide in the corner. Homicide botches a Dragon Screw then puts Daniels in the STF but Danger distracts the ref from the apron. Daniels comes back with a DDT then breaks up a sleeper with a jawbreaker. Daniels locks on a sleeper then hits him with a lariat for two as this match is just not working out due to a lack of chemistry. Homicide hits an overhead suplex then follows with a running knee smash that gets two. He dropkicks Daniels to the floor then flies out with a somersault plancha but appears to have hurt his knee. Back inside, Homicide misses a diving headbutt then gets hit with a Uranage and after that the Best Moonsault Ever but that only gets two. Daniels gets cut off when he heads back up top but Daniels blocks the Super Ace Crusher and takes him down with a Russian Leg Sweep as both men are down. Daniels catches him with a back suplex after a reversal sequence that gets two. They reverse each other’s finishers then Homicide catches Daniels with a lariat for two. Daniels then hits the Angels Wings but Homicide is able to kick out as Daniels is pissed. Homicide takes Daniels down and they go back and forth until Homicide catches him with a frontsweep leg rollup for the win (12:21) **1/4. After the match, Homicide wants Daniels to shake hands and ponders the choice but CW Anderson, Jack Victory, and Samoa Joe run out and attack both men. Mafia comes out and cleans house as Homicide is on the mat. Mafia and Daniels have a stand off then Daniels rips of Mafia’s shirt to reveal a “Prophecy” shirt as Daniels introduces Mafia as the newest member of the Prophecy. He takes his “Da Hit Squad” shirt and throws it over the face of Homicide as the Prophecy walks away together. The refs then inform Homicide about what happened as seems confused as to why Mafia would do that to him.

Rating: Nothing special about the match but it was all a set up for the post match angle with Maff joining the Prophecy and tossing the shirt over the face of his friend Homicide. I am not the biggest fan of Maff but they did do a pretty good job with his turn and joining the Prophecy.

Gary Michael Cappetta is with a concussed BJ Whitmer. He says he cannot remember anything as Punk talks to him and tells him that the fans loved him and next time he will go a little easier on him so he doesn’t quit and tells Whitmer not to give up as Punk is being completely insincere in his caring for Whitmer and quite frankly, he was great in this segment.

Julius Smokes & Louie Ramos beat two guys down and have stolen their wallets.

Alexis Laree vs. Ariel

This match is clipped as Laree gets the win in about 40 seconds with an inverted DDT. Ariel did not impress.

Hotstuff Hernandez vs. Samoa Joe

This is a non-title match. Joe takes down Hernandez and grounds him to start as he works the arm. Hernandez fights back then takes down Joe with a lariat then follows that with a spinning heel kick. Hernandez the flies over the top rope that gets the crowd to chant “holy shit.” They start chopping each other before heading back in the ring. Joe charges as Hernandez slingshots in with a flying shoulder tackle. Joe blocks a suplex then hits an enziguiri before putting him in a Camel’s Clutch. Joe delivers crossfaces to the face of Hernandez. He tries for a powerbomb but that is blocked and Hernandez hits an overhead suplex. Joe floats over and tries for the Coquina Clutch but is able to ram Joe into the corner. Hernandez hits a spinebuster for two but Joe is able to lock Hernandez with a Triangle Choke and  gets the win via submission (6:38) *3/4.

Thoughts: Hernandez looked solid here and this match was fine for what it was, which was really a glorified squash for Joe.

After the match, Joe brings a chair into the ring and sits down with the belt next to him on the ground. He lays down as Cappetta asks him what he is doing. Joe says that fans pay to see title matches and that he is going to make the RoH Title the most prestigious in the world then tells the sound guy to hit the music as the competitors in the three-way come out and Joe decides to enter himself in the match and put his title on the line.

Samoa Joe vs. Matt Stryker vs. Colt Cabana vs. Tom Carter

Carter is the former Reckless Youth, who was an Indy darling of the late 90’s and at one point signed a Developmental Deal with the WWF but never made it and had a major injury that was thought to have ended his career but he came back to wrestle a technical style instead of being a high-flyer. Match starts with Joe taking out everyone. The other guys then gang up on Joe until they argue over making pinfalls. The other guys brawl in the ring then Carter and Cabana go back and forth on the mat as the match settles down. Stryker tags but Cabana backs him in the corner. Joe tags himself in by slapping Cabana in the back. Stryker slaps Joe but gets decked as a few in the crowd start a “Joe’s gonna kill you” chant. Cabana is in and hits a swinging snap suplex on Stryker for two. Stryker takes Cabana down with a snapmare then works the arm but Joe comes in and breaks that up. Carter dropkicks Joe to the floor then kicks out the leg of Cabana as he tried a suplex. Carter hits a senton then uses a modified surfboard on Stryker. These two then go back and forth on the mat as the announcers run down the future shows. Joe runs in and breaks things up as he is fucking around with these guys. The announcers now mention that there are brawls all over the arena as Stryker is working over Cabana then dumps him to the floor and follows out with a pescado. Joe comes in and tries for a tope but Carter boots him in the face then follows that with a neckbreaker of sorts for two. Joe comes back with a STO but Stryker breaks up the pin then hits Joe with a Death Valley Driver for two. Stryker chops Cabana after he broke up the pinfall but hits the Kryptonite Krunch Neckbreaker for two. Carter cuts off Cabana on the top rope and turns a top rope powerbomb into a DDT in midair as that gets two when Joe broke up the pin. Cabana and Joe escape from each other’s finishers then puts Cabana in the Coquina Clutch. Carter hits Cabana with a frog splash but Joe keeps the hold on as Cabana taps out and Joe gets the win (13:20) **1/2.

Thoughts: Solid match. Joe barely did anything here except for win and act like a bully of sorts. Carter looked good in his RoH debut.

We are shown David Young brawling with Iceberg outside of the arena. Iceberg was huge fat guy with no skills to speak of that would translate into a successful pro wrestling career.

Best of Three Falls
Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London

First Fall

They start by fighting over a lockup as Danielson sells his ear afterwards. They take it to the mat with Danielson winning that then they try to psych each other out afterwards through taunting. London works the arm as the crowd is really into this match. Dragon breaks that up then takes London down and applies a chinlock. They go back and forth a while on the mat as they trade headlocks until Danielson boots London in the face. London kips up after getting knocked down then catches Danielson with an overhead throw before he goes back to the headlock. Danielson comes back with a backbreaker then sells his ear as the announcers speculate that he might have cauliflower ear. They trade strikes and that ends with Danielson knocking down London with a headbutt. He catches London with a double axe handle then stretches him out on the mat as he drills him with open hand strikes. Danielson is ultra-aggressive here as he is beating on London, who just had sinus surgery. Small package gets two. London mounts a brief comeback but Danielson boots him down then gets two with a back suplex. London clasps his hands together in an attempt to block an abdominal stretch but Danielson is able to apply the hold as the fans start dueling chants. London gets knocked to the floor with an European Uppercut then Danielson takes him back in with a suplex. Danielson eats boot on a charge before London clotheslines him down. Danielson comes right back with a sunset flip then tries a slingshot but London skins the cat and is able to take Danielson over the ropes with a headscissors. London kicks Danielson off of the apron but Danielson floats over on a back suplex and knocks London to the floor then follows him out with a tope. Back inside, Danielson gets two with a diving headbutt. London gets a backslide then hits a top rope spinning heel kick. London goes back up top but Danielson cuts him off then hits a German Suplex for two. They fight on the top rope as London reverses a back suplex in midair and hits Danielson with a crossbody for the first fall (20:28)

Second Fall

Danielson cheap shots London after a handshake. London comes back with a flying forearm then glances him with a super kick before hitting an enziguiri. Danielson cuts London off of the top rope but gets knocked down with a headbutt. Danielson goes back up and is sent right down but on the third attempt he dropkicks London in the knee as he is hanging on the ropes as Danielson attacks the injured knee. Danielson is definitely acting heelish here. Danielson rams London into the corner with a shinbreaker then chops London against the guardrail. Back in the ring, London hits Danielson with a German Suplex as both men are down. London attacks Danielson with mounted punches but Danielson comes back with a Dragon Screw then applies a single leg crab. London reaches the ropes but Danielson pulls him into th middle of the ring then sticks his knee in the back of London’s head as he taps out as the match is tied a one fall apiece (27:13).

Third Fall

London comes back with an enziguiri. Danielson tries to target the leg but London keeps kicking him hard in the face. London gets two with a legsweep DDT then tries a slam but his knee gives out as both men are down. They exchange forearm smashes until Danielson takes London down with a discus forearm smash then applies the Cattle Mutilation. London reaches the ropes then blocks a Dragon Suplex attempt and gets a nearfall with a rollup. London slaps Danielson repeatedly as they are both seated and covers for two. Danielson comes back with an eniguiri then gets two with a Dragon Suplex. He goes back to the single leg crab but London reaches the ropes. London is able to counter a mounted punching attack in the corner with a powerbomb that gets two then slowly heads up top where he is knocked off by Danielson. He places London up top and kills him with forearm smashes before hitting a super back suplex that only gets two then goes back to the single leg crab as the crowd starts a “please don’t tap” chant. Danielson drives his knee in the back of London’s head but he is able to eventually reach the ropes. He places London back up top and tries to take him to the floor with a back suplex but gets knocked down on the mat. Danielson climbs back up top and that leads to London countering a Northern Lights Suplex with a swinging DDT. London struggles to get to his feet and climbs back up top and hits the London Star Press on Danielson’s back then turns him over for the win (41:12) ****1/2. After the match, Levy tells us that we have just seen an “epic encounter” as Danielson is helped to his feet and very slowly shakes London’s hand.

Thoughts: Incredible match. Both guys were excellent and this was one of the best matches in company history at this point. Definitely seek this one out if as you will not be disappointed.

Unsanctioned Bunkhouse Riot Match
Iceberg & Homicide & Dusty Rhodes vs. Jack Victory & CW Anderson & David Young

Young and Iceberg are already fighting as Young takes him down with a senton. In the ring, Anderson and Homicide are brawling as there is brawling everywhere as we do not even know all of the competitors yet. Homicide is getting destroyed by Anderson, Young, and Victory as we hear the “Midnight Rider” theme as he comes through the crowd but its a decoy as Dusty is behind them and takes them all out. Homicide carves up Victory’s head with a fork and Anderson is busted open now too. Iceberg splashes a chair onto Young as everyone else is outside brawling and bleeding. Lots more brawling as nothing particularly stands out. Two guys come out, one named Guillotine LaGrande, come out and attack Homicide until Smokes and Ramos comes out. Becky Bayless and Simply Luscious start brawling as Dusty kisses Luscious then shortly after that asks Victory if he quits as Homicide chokes him out. Homicide takes out another fork and carves up Victory again then grinds the fork in his mouth as Victory quits (11:00) **. After the match, Dusty tells the fans to give it up to Homicide

Thoughts: A garbage brawl that was all over the place but it was also fast-paced an entertaining enough that it was not a total waste of time.

Backstage, Dusty tells Corino that Homicide took care of business. Homicide calls Corino a “coward”and promises that this is not over as Smokes come in and does his annoying schtick. He was like the hood version of the Wizard on the mic.

Cabana and Punk are backstage. Cabana tells Raven that he did what he did because he and Punk have history. He then wants Punk to talk about their history as Punk refers to them the “Second City Saints” as he tells Raven that his mind games will not work on him. After that, Cabana runs a few corny catchphrases by him as Punk is aggravated and they walk away.

The Carnage Crew are cutting a promo as the ring crew guys take down the ring. They harass Dunn & Marcos until some other guy on the crew tells them to go back to their crackhead wives which leads to DeVito slapping him down and kicks his ass. The Carnage Crew then decide to leave and go to a seedy strip club around the corner.

Daniels is in the back with Mafia and Allison Danger. He tells Michael Shane that it will be personal when they face off at the next show. Danger then welcomes Mafia to the Prophecy as he is now referred to as “Danny Maff.” Monsta Mack interrupts and asks Maff whats up as Maff says he is sick and tired of the Code of Honor and trying to be a team player. He then tells Mack that he was sick of carrying him as Daniels tells Mack this is his opportunity to evolve. Maff then yells at Mack and says that their last match together will be on 4/26 against Colt Cabana & Ace Steel and that he is not going out a loser. Mack looks defeated as he then turns that into anger as he warns Cabana & Steel that they better be ready and says that Monsta Mack is dead and he is reborn as “Steve Mack.” Excellent performances by both Maff and Mafia here.

Final Thoughts: Another good show. The Danielson/London match was incredible and they are starting to have the matches be more than random scramble matches. They are also starting to establish the main guys from the midcard too. For the first time, RoH is starting to maintain some roster stability.

Upcoming Schedule

November 4th: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 11/29/86
November 6th: Shoot Interview TBD by poll
November 7th: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/30/86
November 8th: RoH Retribution: Round Robin Challenge II 4/26/03
November 9th: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/6/86

WWF Wrestling Challenge October 12th, 1986

October 12, 1986

From the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match will be Randy Savage vs. Billy Jack Haynes in a non-title match. Also in action are the Hart Foundation, Killer Bees, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, and Tama vs Moondog Spot. Plus, the “Snake Pit” with guest Hulk Hogan and more.

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth

We are shown an insert promo from Elizabeth before the match in which she says that Savage is nice to her but does not like when she talks to other guys then gets interrupted by Savage, who is screaming at her for talking. Match starts with Haynes catching Savage with an armdrag. Haynes comes back with a crossbody and a press slam, both for nearfalls. Savage ducks outside for a breather and when he comes back, he pulls up on the ropes when Haynes attempts a dropkick. Savage flattens him with a clothesline then Haynes reverses an Irish whip and hits one of his own. Haynes hits a suplex then drops an elbow from the second rope. Savage boots Haynes when he ducks his head but Haynes comes back and locks on the full nelson. Savage put his foot on the rope but Haynes dragged him back to the center of the ring. Savage then booted the referee down until referee Danny Davis runs in and breaks up the hold. He signals for the bell and declares Savage the winner via disqualification (4:21).

Thoughts: Good action while it lasted. These two seemed like they would have had good matches against each other and Haynes said they were close on the road too so maybe the chemistry was there. They also highlighted Davis as an evil referee even more so than usual with his involvement.

Wrestler’s Rebuttal with Ricky Steamboat. He calls out heels who have managers just so they can get an advantage in their matches. If this was from today, it would be dismissed as whiny.

Bob Orton and Don Muraco, dressed in a kilt, are laughing about destroying Piper a few weeks ago. We are shown clips of the attack again as Orton tells Piper that he is still no longer the man he used to be because he will have that limp for the rest of his life. Muraco then cuts a good promo about how Piper will remember the both of them for the rest of his life.

Ken Resnick is with Super & Big Machine. The Machines put over all of the top teams in the WWF and how they came to the U.S. to represent Japan. Luckily, the Machines angle would be finished shortly.

Butch Cooper & Barry O. vs. The Killer Bees

The Bees came to the ring in their masks. Blair grounds Cooper to start. Brunzell tags and they hit Cooper with a double backdrop as we get an insert promo from the Bees, who are holding their masks and talking about causing “mask confusion.” Barry tags and Brunzell takes him down with a flyingg headscissors as Monsoon makes fun of Barry for gaining weight. Barry catches Brunzell with an inverted atomic drop then tags Cooper but Blair catches him with a powerslam. Barry runs in and gets sent outside with an elbow smash then Brunzell tags and gets the win with a dropkick (2:31).

Thoughts: The Bees were solid and again they were putting over the mask confusion gimmick with the insert promo. Its really the only thing that made them stand out from a team like the Rougeau’s or the U.S. Express.

Resnick is with King Harley Race. He cuts a good promo but clearly looks uncomfortable wearing the king get up. Race said he was put on Earth to wrestle then calls out Hogan.

Mario Mancini & Nick Kiniski vs. The Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

Kiniski hits a crossbody and a sunset flip for nearfalls to start as Gorilla points out that Danny Davis is the referee for the match. We are shown an insert promo from the Hart Foundation as they talk about how they get along outside of the ring. Kiniski and Neidhart work a rough sequence as Kiniski fell down after getting backdropped then took down Neidhart with an armdrag. Mancini tags in but Neidhart tosses him halfway across the ring then they finish him off with the Hart Attack (2:00). After the match, the Hart’s destroy Mancini until Kiniski runs them off.

Thoughts: Neidhart was really fun to watch here as he was by far and away the personality of the team. The Hart’s were on a roll as a team at this time.

The Snake Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. Jake asks Hogan what he thinks about his python. Hogan notices that he has two 24 inch pythons as they go back and forth about their “pythons” as Hogan flexes in front of Jake. He then asks Hogan if he would turn his back on a man he was afraid of and he said no, then turned around as the segment ended. Looks to be setting up for a potential feud between these two, which lasted about two matches as the fans kept cheering for Jake.

Tito Santana & Pedro Morales vs. Ken Glover & Steve Lombardi

Heenan jokes about how he thought Santana & Morales were named “Jala” and “Peno.” Tito & Pedro then are shown in an insert promo speaking Spanish, which infuriates Heenan. Santana catches Lombardi with a dropkick then tags Pedro. Glover tags too as the faces use quick tags to isolate him. Glover lands a few shots but Tito backdrops him. Pedro tags then puts Glover away with a backbreaker (2:25).

Thoughts: The fans still dug Tito but he was going nowhere with Pedro as a partner.

Moondog Spot vs. Toma 

Tama was billed as “Toma” for a few weeks until the switch. Toma chops down Spot after an Irish whip sequence. He misses an elbow drop as we get an insert promo from Superstar Billy Graham, who says he will be back again soon. Toma fights back with a headbutt but Moondog Rex runs in for the attack as the match is ruled a DQ (1:24). Haku then runs in for the save as the Islanders clean house.

Thoughts: The beginning of a lower card tag team feud was started here. The Islanders didn’t show much personality as a team until the heel turn but getting stuck feuding with the Moondogs is not a good sign as they were TV jobbers at this point.

Resnick is with The Wizard and Sika. He cuts another screaming promo about both Sika and Kamala. God, he was awful. Sika was in the background making crazy faces and biting on his hand as the camera zoomed in on him. The Wizard promos were just the worst.

Next week in action will be King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd (They weren’t), Hillbilly Jim (Neither was he), Paul Orndorff, and Koko B Ware.

Final Thoughts: Well, they focused a lot on Danny Davis on this show. They continued the Piper feud with Muraco and Orton as Adonis was suspended at this time. Also, they teased a program between Hogan and Jake and the Haynes vs. Savage match was good while it lasted so a decent show all around here.

And my schedule for the rest of the week

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/18/86
Thursday: DOI Wrestling Shoot Interview with Kevin Kelly
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/19/86
Saturday: RoH Final Battle 12/28/02
Sunday: WWF Houston Summit 10/19/86

WWF Championship Wrestling July 12th, 1986

July 12, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon.
Tonight, Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff will team up to face the Moondogs. Also in action will be Ricky Steamboat, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, and Harley Race.

Les Thornton vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Steamboat holds a cage containing a lizard on his way to the ring. He starts off the match by showcasing his agility but gets caught with a backbreaker. Thornton beats on Steamboat as we get an insert promo from Jake Roberts about Steamboat. Thornton falls on top of Steamboat on a slam attempt and that gets two. Steamboat comes back with an atomic drop and then a dropkick that sends Thornton to the floor. He suplexes Thornton back inside from the apron then puts him away with the flying body press (3:00).
Thoughts: Steamboat looked ridiculous when holding the giant cage containing the lizard down to the ring. Its like he was the WWF’s version of Joan Embery walking down to the ring. But more importantly, his feud with Jake Roberts was getting him over big with the audience.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week, Okerlund is on location at the Boston Garden and talks about the Hart Foundation and how they could be the ones to win the belt from the British Bulldogs. This would be the start of the Hart Foundation push.
Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant vs. Serge Jodoin & Rick Hunter
Hunter starts by shoving Valentine then grabs a side headlock. Hunter lands on his feet after a backdrop, although he nearly fell, then hits a pair of armdrags. Valentine is shocked but ends up backing Hunter into the corner then laying into him with forearm smashes. Beefcake tags and backs Hunter into the corner. Jodoin tags and Brutus suplexes him before catching him with a knee. He then hits a running powerslam and works a neck vise. Valentine tags and finishes off Jodoin with a figure-four leg lock (3:04).
Thoughts: The Dream Team would soon be finished with their feud against the Bulldogs and would soon be replaced by the Hart Foundation as the number #1 contender’s for the Tag Team Titles. The Dream Team would then kick around until breaking up at WrestleMania III.
Ken Resnick is with the British Bulldogs and Capt. Lou Albano, who will be defending their tag team titles against the Dream Team at the King of the Ring show. Not much new from these three.
Roger Kirby & Terry Gibbs vs. Pedro Morales & Tito Santana
Morales tries for a backslide but Kirby breaks up the pin. Kirby enters on a blind tag but Pedro catches him with a small package that Gibbs breaks up. Tag to Tito and cleans house. The faces use quick tags until Kirby beats on Tito in the corner but Tito makes the tag and Pedro hammers away then finishes him off with a backbreaker (3:15).
Thoughts: The Santana & Morales pairing was unmemorable and really only used on TV. Thank god for Tito that they broke him away from Morales shortly after this.
Resnick is with Paul Orndorff, who will face the Junkyard Dog in the first round of the “King of the Ring” tournament. He says that he will win by any means necessary while wearing a hat that reads “Mr. Wonderful #1” then closes the interview by flexing his muscles. Orndorff was cockier and more arrogant than usual here.
Harley Race w/Bobby Heenan vs. Steve Johnson
Johnson is a big dude. He starts by slamming Race, who rolls outside. They repeat the same spot again. Race then dropkicks Johnson and follows that with an elbow drop as we are shown an insert promo of Lanny Poffo reciting a poem about Race. Race tosses Johnson outside then follows him out and roughs him up then back inside, Race puts away Johnson with a cradle suplex (3:33).
Thoughts: The fans barely reacted to the match except for some mild booing at the end. Race could still go in the ring at this point and looked solid but at the same time, just did not fit in with what the WWF was going for at this time.  
The Flower Shop with guests Capt. Lou Albano and the British Bulldogs. Adonis taunts Albano by calling him “rubber band man” then calls the Bulldogs “puppies” as Albano closes the segment by hinting that the Bulldogs will mistake Adonis for a fire hydrant. Terrible segment.
Vince is with Bobby Heenan, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd before he introduces us to another segment involving Gene Okerlund and the Machines. The Giant Machine tells Gene that he is not Andre the Giant and that he will be coming to the United States and will be managed by Capt. Lou Albano. This segment really dragged and Bill Eadie pretending to be Japanese is so bad. I get that it made sense for Andre but for the Masked Superstar? No one cared about him when he left in 1984.
The Moondogs vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan
Orndorff seems to be avoiding Hogan as they make their entrance. Hogan slams the Moondogs then tags Orndorff. He floats over on a slam then nails Rex with a forearm smash. Orndorff hits a few armdrags on Spot, who tags out. Orndorff stomps on Rex and has no interest in tagging out of the match. Orndorff fights off the Moondogs as the crowd starts a “we want Hulk” chant. Rex suplexes Onrdorff as the Moondogs are now using quick tags. Spot holds up Orndorff for Rex but he ends up hitting his partner instead then Orndorff gets the win with a piledriver (3:48). After the match, Orndorff poses as does Hogan, but Orndorff continues to avoid Hogan.  
Thoughts: The rift between Orndorff and Hogan grew bigger in this match as Orndorff refused to tag out, winning the match by himself and basking in the glory after the finish. Hogan played it cool and praised Orndorff, who didn’t seem to care.
Resnick is with Harley Race, who will be facing George Steele in the first round of the “King of the Ring” tournament. Race cuts a pretty bad promo but declares that he is the “king.” And Race did end up winning the tournament and went by the “King” nickname after that in the WWF. After that, the Dream Team come out behind the steel fence and cut a brief promo on the Bulldogs.
Heenan interrupts Bruno and Vince, who hypes next week’s main event of Hogan & Orndorff vs. Studd & Bundy. He claims that both men are afraid of his team.
Final Thoughts: The Orndorff/Hogan stuff was great and they continued the Machines angle but besides that, nothing else was really going on during this show. Then again, next week’s show was being built up strong and for good reason as it featured a huge main event. Speaking of next week’s show, it was one of the most memorable in WWE history.

WWF Championship Wrestling April 12th,1986

April 12th, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Moondog Spot & Mr. X vs. Junkyard Dog & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Steamboat slides under Mr. X and uses a thrust kick to knock him down. That missed by a mile. He brings him back in the ring by his arm then tags JYD. Spot tags and headbutts JYD, which had no effect, then JYD headbutts him down. Mr. X tags in shortly after that and he gets beat by both guys until JYD gets the win with a powerslam (2:43).
Thoughts: The fans dug both of the faces but Steamboat had nothing going on at this point. That would change shortly though .
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are shown the debut of the Rougeau Brothers against the Moondogs in Australia. This was all done to put over the depth of the tag team division.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mario Mancini & S.D. Jones
The fans greet Brett with a “grease ball” chant. S.D. gets a shoulderblock and a reverse rollup to start. He then works the arm of Brett then tags Mancini. Brett rakes his eyes then rams him into the corner. Neidhart tags and drops Mancini throat-first against the ropes. The Hart Foundation take turns beating on Mancini until they put him away with the Hart Attack (3:01).
Thoughts: The Harts are eliciting more of a response from the fans and are starting to really gain traction as a formidable tag team.
Okerlund is backstage and breaks the news that the British Bulldogs defeated the Dream Team at WrestleMania 2 for the Tag Team Titles. The Dream Team and Johnny Valiant come out and hype their rematch against the Bulldogs on April 26th. Beefcake was awful at promos here. His cocaine-induced lunatic promos her cut as the Barber were much more enjoyable.
John Rizzo vs. George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Steele chases Rizzo out of the ring then attacks him from behind. Steele chases him out of the ring again as Rizzo is scared to come back inside. Steele greets Rizzo with clubbing forearms then eats the turnbuckle and shoves the stuffing into his face. Steele intimidates the referee as he attempted to intervene. Steele then uses a backslide or sorts for the win (2:40). After the match, Steele celebrates by throwing the turnbuckle stuffing into the air.
Thoughts: Steele continues to get pushed and the fans like his act. His feud with Savage and love for Elizabeth was pushed heavily on commentary.
Mean Gene is with Ricky Steamboat, who hypes a six-man tag in Boston as he teams with JYD and the Haiti Kid against the Funk’s and Jimmy Hart. JYD and Haiti Kid come out as Haiti Kid uses all sorts of karate poses. JYD then asks everyone their height and laughs when Haiti Kid says that he is 4’2. JYD laughs at midgets
Terry Morgan vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco trips up Morgan then gets frustrated as the fans start a “beach bum” chant. He grabs Morgan in a front facelock. Muraco continues to be bothered by the crowd then takes out his frustrations on Morgan. He hits a suplex before tossing him outside. Fuji chops Morgan down then laughs in a funny spot. Back inside, Muraco hits one of the worst piledrivers I have ever seen before finishing him off with a tombstone (2:55).
Thoughts: Muraco was pretty aggressive here and the fans still hated him but that piledriver needs to be on a Botchamania video.
Piper’s Pit with guest host Jimmy Hart. He says that Piper is vacationing in Puerto Rico. He is seconded by Hoss Funk. His guest his Jake Roberts and his snake, Damien. He lets us know that anyone who makes a mistake with the snake will pay. Both Hart and Hoss were scared of the snake and they put it over huge with this segment. Jake did a mighty fine job with the interview too.
Steve Lombardi vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff takes Lombardi down after he was attacked. Orndorff hits a pair of armdrags then works a hammerlock on the mat. He continues to work the arm in a very aggressive manner. He then softens up Lombardi before putting him away with the piledriver (3:26).
Thoughts: Orndorff wrestled like a complete heel and extremely aggressive throughout the match. Still, the fans loved him.
The Gladiator & Dave Barbie vs. Corporal Kirchner & Dave Barbie
Spivey and the Gladiator start out and they completely botch a leapfrog spot as Spivey fell on top of the Gladiator. Barbie tags and Spivey takes him over with a hiptoss then tags Kirchner who comes off the second rope with an axe handle. Barbie catches Kirchner with a bearhug but Kirchner escapes and hits a dropkick. Suplex gets two. Spivey tags and beats on Barbie as Vince lets us know that next week, we will see the highlights from the Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania 2. This match is so bad that even Bruno notes how they are uncoordinated as a team. Kirchner tags and hits Barbie with a swinging neckbreaker then tags Spivey who puts him away with the bulldog for the win (4:26).
Thoughts: The Spivey & Kirchner team was awful. Spivey was really bad and did not belong on television at this point in his career. It was amazing that he kicked around the WWF until 1988 because he was useless here.
Mean Gene is with Big John Studd, who will be facing Ted Arcidi at the next Boston Garden show. They were making Arcidi a face for this match as he was billed from Boston. Jimmy Hart comes out when he leaves and says that he is too small to wrestle as Terry tells him he cannot be afraid of a “pygmy” and a cartoon like JYD because he is with the Funk Brothers. Terry gives him a motivational speech then Hoss cuts a promo, looking and sounding like he took Thorazine 5 minutes before this was filmed. Terry was excellent here and Hoss was the opposite of that. And really, Hoss was just a failure in the WWF.
In action next week will be Adrian Adonis, Randy Savage, Hoss Funk, Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff, and the Killer Bees.
Final Thoughts: Not much to see here to be honest. The only item of note was learning that the British Bulldogs won the Tag Team Titles. Piper’s Pit with Jake was cool but without Roddy present, it didn’t seem as special. We get to see clips of WrestleMania next, which was a big deal back then, but everything else tonight was essentially meaningless.

WWF Championship Wrestling October 12th, 1985

October 12, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, Andre the Giant and the former Tag Team Champions, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo make their returns to Championship Wrestling.

Mike Donnatelli & Jerry Adams vs. Pedro Morales & Junkyard Dog
JYD comes out to “Grab Them Cakes” for the first time on this show as the WWF came out just before the show. JYD takes down Adams after he got it with an uppercut. He works the arm and tags Pedro. He uses the double noggin knocker on the jobbers then JYD comes back in to work the arm of Adams. Donnatello tags in but JYD hits him with a few headbutts. They use quick tags to beat on Donnatelli until Pedro finishes him with a backbreaker (3:17). After the match, JYD grabs an old lady and a kid out of the crowd and dances with them as Vince is yelling GRAB THEM CAKES!
Thoughts: The team of JYD and Pedro had no chemistry at all. Also, Morales looked absolutely fucking miserable during the post-match antics of JYD, which shouldn’t happen if you are the babyface. Then again, most wrestlers in this time period have stated that Morales was a miserable prick during his final run with the company.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The focus this week is on the “Wrestling Classic” PPV. Savage is then shown cutting a promo in front of a Rolls Royce, which will be given away to a lucky winner. It wasn’t much of a promo either.
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco riles up the crowd before the match and they start a “Beach Bum” chant as a result. Rivera ducks a charge in the corner as the crowd continues to frustrate Muraco. Rivera gets a sunset flip but Muraco immediately tosses him to the floor. He then picks him up off of the apron and hits the tombstone piledriver for the win (2:10). After the match, Muraco knees Rivera in the face before leaving.
Thoughts: Muraco did a fantastic job in getting heel heat from the crowd. They were all over him for the duration of the match.
Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage. The Macho Man believes that Hulk Hogan and Tito Santana are scared when they sleep at night because they believe he will take their belts. Savage then starts yelling as a phone is heard ringing in the background, with Gene stating that it could be from Elizabeth. Pretty funny moment as the phone ringing did not seem like it was planned but Gene took it all in stride like the pro that he was.
Red Walsh & Tony Garea vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie
Before the match, Volkoff does not sing the Russian National Anthem but his song “Cara Mia” from the “Wrestling Album” is played instead, which has the crowd starting a “USA chant” and Bruno putting over Volkoff for having an okay voice. Match starts with Garea and Sheik taking it to the mat. Walsh tags and Sheik chops him across the chest before tossing him around. Volkoff tags and hits a backbreaker for the win (1:48).
Thoughts: Typical squash from the evil foreigners, who are on the backburner with heels as the Tag Team Champions.
Okerlund is with Ricky Steamboat, who states that Mr. Fuji is a sick individual. He goes on about that for a while until the segment ends.  
Darryl Bolin vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan & Big John Studd
Bundy destroys Bolin with clubbing forearms to start the match. Vince lets us know that Piper will have Andre the Giant as a guest on “Piper’s Pit” tonight. Bundy hits a backbreaker and toys around with Bolin until he puts him away with an elbow drop following the Avalanche (2:42).
Thoughts: Total squash, which was expected, but on commentary, Vince was strongly hinting at a potential feud between Bundy and Andre.
Piper’s Pit with Capt. Lou Albano. Piper threatens Albano with Orton before stating how the first time he managed Andre, he got hurt. Albano tells us that Andre is now 100% as Andre comes out to a massive reaction and confronts Piper, who starts to backpedal as Andre tells everyone that he is back. Andre walking out in front of a crowd without doing anything got the crowd to go crazy, which is essentially what happened here.
Jimmy Jackson vs. Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart
Adonis has “Relax With Trudi” written on his briefcase. Jackson lands a headbutt and a dropkick before Adonis takes him down. He kills Jackson with a clothesline before tossing him to the floor. Back in the ring, Adonis hits a running elbow smash before coming off the top with a knee drop for the win (1:49).
Thoughts: Adonis could still go in the ring at this point, despite getting heavier by the day. We did not get any further information here as to what “Relax With Trudi” meant.
Lord Alfred Hayes gives us the details on how to win a Rolls Royce by sending a postcard, with the winner being announced at the “Wrestling Classic” PPV.
Jesse Ventura does the voice over for the WrestleMania Home Video Plug
Hayes narrates still photos of Uncle Elmer’s wedding from “Satruday Night’s Main Event.”
Ron Shaw & Mr. X vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Windham & Rotundo come out to “Real American” for the first time as the crowd goes nuts for their return. The faces work over Shaw to start. Mr. X tags and Windham clotheslines him down. He hits a slam and a leg drop before tagging out. Rotundo works a headlock before picking up the pace with a dropkick. The ex-champs then botch a double forearm smash, with Rotundo not even remotely close to connecting before Windham wins the match with a bulldog (2:55).
Thoughts: The crowd was jacked for this and Windham looked awesome in the ring. This team would not be around much longer as both guys had a meltdown from being on the road so long.
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who states that he is the “Manager of the Year” no matter what anyone says. Heenan talks about injuries suffered by Andre, Albano, and Hillbilly Jim due to his men and says that will happen to anyone who gets in his way. Sutdd and Bundy come out as Studd puts over Bundy as being even more impressive than himself. Studd still has the bag that contains Andre’s hair, which was one long running storyline. They are really giving Bundy a massive push tonight.
Next week, Hillbilly Jim returns to the ring. Also, Wendi Richter defends her Women’s Title against Judy Martin. Also in action include Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, the Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad show tonight. They are plugging the PPV strong and they also gave Bundy a huge push on this show. The matches were decent enough and there was no Hillbillies at all on the show, which was refreshing.

WWF Championship Wrestling: January 12th, 1985

January 12, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Appearing on the show this week will be the Tonga Kid as well as the team of Big John Studd & Ken Patera. Also, we will see another training video of Hulk Hogan and Hillbilly Jim.


Mike Powers vs. Tonga Kid
The crowd likes Tonga. Powers tries to attack Tonga but fails. Tonga hits a backdrop as Powers can barely run the ropes. He is a tall guy with a gut and no athleticism. Tonga grabs a chinlock then switches to a headlock. Tonga hits a shulderblock and a slam. Fist drop gets two. Powers backs Tonga to the corner and lands a few crappy punches that even the announcers make fun of but Tonga hulks up and chops him down. He grabs another headlock the hits a backbreaker. He heads up top and hits the flying headbutt for the win (3:54). The crowd popped huge for the finish as Vince states that Tonga is just eighteen years old.
Thoughts: Powers is one of the worst wrestlers I have ever seen. I remember a squash match he had against Tito several months before this which was embarrassing. Tonga was just about gone from the company when this match aired, as he no-showed several dates and went over to Pro Wrestling USA shortly thereafter. He would come back to the WWF the following year as part of the Islanders. In his shoot interview, Tonga admitted that he had difficulty handling the fame, which is a lot when you become a star overnight at age 19.
Lord Alfred Hayes introduces us another clip of Captain Lou Albano and Cyndi Lauper at Studio 54. This time, Hulk Hogan is introduced and puts over Albano for changing his ways. They really wanted to get Albano over as a face.
Joe Mirto vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
Since Albano is now a face, Valentine is now without a manager. The crowd taunts Valentine with a “Tito” chant. Valentine works the arm but gets caught with an armdrag. Valentine backs Mirto against the ropes and doesn’t break cleanly. He takes him down with an elbow smash then goes to work on the leg. He softens him up before hitting a suplex. He gets two off an elbow drop then puts on the figure-four leglock for the win (2:20).
Thoughts: Valentine was awesome here, and he would stay that way until midway through 1987. He was one of the best workers in the company and in a great feud with Tito Santana.
Gene Okerlund runs down the February 2nd card at the Boston Garden. He welcomes Mike Rotundo, who will be facing the Iron Sheik and Barry Windham, who will be facing Nikolai Volkoff. Rotundo cuts a horrendous promo on Sheik, stating that he will show how an American boy like himself can win. Windham shows signs of life and says they can show what they can do in singles competition. Nine days after this interview aired, Windham & Rotunda won the titles from Adonis & Murdoch at a house show in Hartford, CT.
Up next is another training video with Hogan and Hillbilly Jim. Hogan is proud of his progress as Jim can now handle Hogan’s morning drink called “Python Powder.” We get another training montage and this time, Hillbilly isn’t embarrassing himself. However, Hulk says that he still isn’t ready to wrestle, even though Hillbilly thinks he is ready because he wrestled bears in the circus.
Gene Okerlund is with Andre the Giant. He tells Ken Patera and John Studd that he will chase them all over the country and all he wants to do is get even. This is to promote his Tornado Tag match in Boston with the Junkyard Dog.
R.T. Reynolds & Mr. X vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo
On commentary, Vince refers to Windham & Rotundo as the “American Express.” Reynolds and Windham trade armdrags to start. Reynolds hits a shoulderblock but Windham monkey flips him and Reynolds goes outside. Both men tag out and Rotundo slams Mr. X. He gets two off an elbow drop then tags Windham, who gets two off a flying forearm, then Rotundo tags and hits the airplane spin for the win (2:49).
Thoughts: Windham & Rotundo were over with the crowd, who finally gets to see a face tag-team that doesn’t involve Tony Garea or SD Jones. R.T. Reynolds would get a makeover later on in the year, as he became Corporal Kirchner.
Piper’s Pit with Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch. Piper says he couldn’t find the Brisco’s in Oklahoma, stating he only found an empty bottle of cheap wine in front of their teepee. Murdoch says they did not lose as they were sick and defied doctor’s orders as Adonis claimed they had the “Taiwan Flu.” Piper brings up how the Brisco’s think they deserve a title shot but Adonis says that there are other guys deserve a shot, like Frankie Williams and “Rivera.” Just promoting their house show matches against the Brisco’s, who would be gone in a month.  
Tito Santana vs. Paul Kelly
They have a nice little sequence ending with Kelly backing away. Santana gets a hiptoss and a slam. He then works the arm before putting on a chinlock. Kelly hits a shoulder block but Tito comes back with a monkey flip. Tito fires away and gets a backdrop. He then softens up the leg before locking on the figure-four, causing Kelly to submit (2:59). The ending was weird as the bell was rung softly and Tito said something to the ref, who then broke up the hold.
Thoughts: Kelly worked at a fast-paced and this was a well wrestled squash match. Too bad Kelly didn’t job regulary throughout the 80’s, as he could have kept up against guy like Steamboat and the Dynamite Kid.
Another vignette of Don Muraco in Hawaii, who is with Mr. Fuji. Muraco says that they (the fans) will know the violence will return to the WWF and wipe away Hulkamania. Nice to see them push Muraco in a top feud in his return.
Aldo Marino & Jim Powers vs. Ken Patera & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan
Powers made his WWF debut at the previous TV taping. Oddly enough, he got in because of Studd. The crowd chants “Andre” at the heels. Patera starts by beating the shit out of Powers, tossing him all over the ring. Studd tags as the crowd chants for Andre. He knocks Marino off the apron then rams Powers in the corner. Patera tags and hits a suplex. Marino tags and Patera beat on him for a bit. Marino fights back but ends up in the wrong corner. Studd tags and throws around Marino. He pulls up Marino after dropping an elbow and tags out. The heels take turns tossing around Marino until Patera makes him submit to the full nelson (4:44). Patera refuses to break and when he does, stomps on Marino.
Thoughts: I thought this was a fun squash match, with the jobbers getting tossed around all over the ring. Patera was still good in the ring at this point.
Gene Okerlund is with Wendi Richter. She cuts a promo on Judy Martin, saying if she can beat Moolah, she can beat Martin. The Iron Sheik interrupts and disses Richter and Okerlund before cutting a promo on Rotundo, saying that his American coach at Syracuse knows nothing, unlike his own Iranian coach. He rants and raves for another minute before leaving.
Vince says that they were once again, not allowed to show the clip of the melee at last month’s MSG show.
Next week, Hulk Hogan will make an appearance. Also, Brutus Beefcake, Junkyard Dog, Blackjack Mulligan, and the team of Big John Studd & Ken Patera will be in action.
Final Thoughts: Not bad, although there was nothing that memorable on the show, unless you count another Hulk/Hillbilly training video and another clip of Albano with Lauper accepting an award at Studio 54. The show breezed right by, which is a good thing.

QOTD – Friday the 12th, 2013

Greetings, citizens of Metropolis [Donner Metropolis, not shitty Snyder Metropolis].

Going with the movie theme, BoD’er Mark Haas sends in a damn good question:

“Caliber, after all the great movie discussion for QOTD, only 1 follow up is possible….best movie scene. 

My vote is for the closing scene of The Usual Suspects.  ***SPOILERS***The scene where Spacey is shown going from gimp to stud as the cop realizes what just happened.***SPOILERS***  Loved it.  MH”

Hands down for me, it’s the scene in Boogie Nights when Dirk, Chest, and Todd are in Alfred Molina’s house, and he’s fried off his mind on crack, while the Asian kid lights of fire-works and 80’s pop-classics are blaring in the backround. “Ricky Springfield! He’s a buddy ah-mine!”. Deciding to play Russian Roulette, thinking he’s the world’s greatest entertainer when by chance he doesn’t kill himself, taking a bow and saying “thank you, thank you!” I’m absolutely stunned every time I see it because of how brilliant it is. Boogie Nights happens to be my all time favorite film, and is practically constructed entirely of absolute classic scenes.

How say you?

QOTD – June 12th, 2013

What’s the biggest let down you’ve had has a fan? Be it a match you thought would be great, or an angle you were looking forward to.

For me, it was the rebirth of ECW. I was a huge ECW fan, and the ONS PPVs showed that they could recapture the feeling of it no problem, and deliver some fun matches. However, right out of the gate they blew it by having the show tape before Smackdown, and put it in arenas. Then we had Sandman caning the Zombie, and, man, my hopes were dashed so hard. Things did not get better from there, as RVD lost both championships, and they recycled the “evil owner” deal for the umpteethenth time.

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