WWF Boston Garden August 15th, 1987

August 15, 1987


From the Boston Garden in Boston, MA. 
Your hosts are Lord Alfred Hayes and Jimmy Hart
Barry Horowitz vs. Dingo Warrior

For those who are unaware, Dingo Warrior would later go on to become the Ultimate Warrior. He had the same appearance but came out to “The Warrior” by Scandal and was billed from New York. He would not make his TV debut until a few months later. Match starts with Warrior shoving Horowitz around. He sends Horowitz through the ropes with a shoulderblock but the fans are not impressed as they chant “boring.” Horowtiz stalls for a bit then re-enters only to get knocked down again. Warrior hits a hiptoss then easily breaks out of a full nelson as he applies one of his own. Horowitz puts his feet on the top rope to break the hold so Warrior just drops him. Warrior then chops Horowitz in the corner but misses a corner splash as Horowitz beats on Warrior for a bit. Warrior fights right back and hits a slam but misses an elbow drop as Horowitz covers for a one count. My tape is fuzzy but I see that Horowitz misses a dropkick then gets clotheslined. Horowitz begs for mercy and hits Warrior low. However, Warrior catches Horowitz with a press slam then gets the win with a splash (4:41) 1/4*. 
Thoughts: Warrior looked impressive physically but was awful in the ring. He was even too bad to be featured on TV at this point. Horowitz was a true pro here and took some nice bumps to prevent it from being a disaster.



Nikolai Volkoff w/ Slick vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

No Orndorff for Heenan here (Heenan was in Philadelphia for the show at the Spectrum) and he had not officially turned yet on television but was cheered loudly by the crowd in Boston. Volkoff attacks Orndorff with the flag then chokes him out against the ropes. Volkoff hammers away until Orndorff fights back and knocks him down. Orndorff takes Volkoff down with a kneelift then rakes the eyes as the referee backs him away. They go back and forth for a bit eventually fighting over a wristlock. Voloff grabs a side headlock and works the back until he misses a charge. Orndorff works the arm but whiffs on a clothesline and ends up in a bearhug that ends up looking like some sort of Kama Sutra position. Volkoff gets a nearfall with a rollup after using the ropes for leverage then puts Orndorff in a Boston Crab. Orndorff turns that into a rollup and lands a few strikes. Volkoff then wants a test of strength and they both fight over that for a minute as the fans start a “boring” chant. They brawl in the corner and Orndorff wins that. He then hits a dropkick and an elbow drop but misses a second attempt. Volkoff misses a charge as Orndorff hits an elbow smash from the top then gets the win with a clothesline (8:57) 1/2*. 
Thoughts: This match sucked. Orndorff still looked really hurt and Volkoff was just useless here. It was like he refused to bump or something as this match was all restholds and basic strikes. Both guys were really floundering in the WWF at this point but would get some use in the coming weeks.

Lord Alfred Hayes is backstage with Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase says he is the newest living legend in Boston and tells his opponent, Sivi Afi, that he looks like he “stepped out of a coconut tree” and that he is nothing more than a steppingstone. 




Sivi Afi vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil

Slick has now replaced Hart on commentary. DiBiase is billed from Hyannisport here. Match starts with DiBiase cheapshotting Afi after a break. They then trade arm wringers until DiBiase retreats to the corner. DiBiase then comes back with a few armdrags and a hiptoss as some of the fans applaud (Boston had a small, vocal heel section at the shows) as some guy calls him an “asshole.” DiBiase is in complete control here as he hits another flurry of offense. Afi comes back with a crossbody for two but runs into a clothesline. DiBiase puts the boots to Afi then beats him up in the corner. He hits an elbow smash from the second rope then slams Afi’s head off of the mat. He now grabs a chinlock but misses an elbow drop as Afi fights back. Lord Alfred sells this comeback like the biggest moment in wrestling history. He tries a crossbody but DiBiase catches him with a powerslam then applies the Cobra Clutch and turns that into a legsweep to get the win (6:28) *1/4. After the match, DiBiase tells us that he seriously considered staying at his Summer home but being the gracious man that he is, he decided to come in order to not disappoint the fans. He then tells the fans that all the sports legends in Boston pale in comparison to himself. DiBiase then tells us he is rich and we are poor so he will be generous because everyone has a price as he offers $300 to a fan for kissing his foot. Virgil then takes off DiBiase’s boot as a woman all dressed up comes in the ring and kisses his foot for the money. 
Thoughts: A really long squash match. DiBiase looked good and got some cheers. The main thing though was that they got over his post match antics as building up his character was the most important thing and it worked on this show.

Hayes is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who is part of the six-man elimination tag match tonight. Honky promises to defeat Bruno Sammartino in the match. 




Elimination Match
Hart Foundation & Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Tito Santana & Jake “The Snake” Roberts & Bruno Sammartino

Johnny V. has now replaced Slick on commentary. Roberts clears the heels from the ring with Damien. The match finally gets underway with Bret and Santana as Honky refused to get into the ring with Bruno. Bret misses a charge in the corner then gets pummeled by the babyface side. Roberts tags and works the arm of Bret, who slips out of a DDT attempt and takes a breather outside. Neidhart tags in and grounds Roberts with a test of strength but Roberts kicks out. Roberts then gets trapped in the wrong corner as Neidhart holds up Roberts for Honky. The heels use quick tags in order to neutralize Roberts and that lasts for a few minutes until Honky gets hit with a kneelift then misses a charge. Roberts hammers away on Honky, who is begging for mercy. He flattens him with a clothesline then plays up to the crowd until Honky pulls the ropes on him. Jimmy Hart goes over to Roberts, who backs him up but Honky hits Roberts with the megaphone while the referee was distracted and he gets counted out for the first elimination (7:04). Bruno gets in as he gets trapped in the corner by all three heels until Santana makes the save. The ref orders him back to the apron as Bruno gets triple-teamed in the corner. Bruno dodges a charging Neidhart and makes the tag to Santana as the crowd erupts. He hits Bret with a crossbody that Neidhart breaks up then Bruno comes in as the match breaks down. The Hart Foundation try to double-team Tito, who ducks a double clothesline then hits Bret with a flying forearm as Bruno tripped up Neidhart and gets the pin (10:11) as the crowd goes nuts. Neidhart and Santana are in now as Neidhart takes control after a knee smash. Santana gets worked over in the corner and tries to escape. Neidhart tags back in and cuts him off to hit a slam but misses an elbow drop. Santana stomps away then hits a slam but Jimmy Hart trips him up then Neidhart covers for the pin (12:19). Neidhart and Honky try to ambush Bruno but he ends up destroying them both. However, Bruno gets outnumbered as Honky now takes control of the match. He tags in Neidhart and as Honky distracts the ref, Bruno ducks as Hart accidentally hits Neidhart with the megaphone then Bruno covers for the pin as it is down to Bruno and Honky (14:02). Honky immediately attacks Bruno and pounds away in the corner then stops to taunt the crowd. He hits a few kneedrops then they end up in a criss-cross as Bruno knees Honky in the face and gets the win (15:05) ***. After the match, Bruno chases Hart out of the ring as the crowd goes nuts for Bruno. 
Thoughts: Fun match that was all action and easily the best on the card. It did die down at the end and it would have been nice to see Honky and Bruno got a bit longer but still a good time. The Hart Foundation and Honky were really over as heels here.



Brady Boone vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

Slick is back on commentary to witness this classic. Sharpe works over the back of Boone to start. Boone comes back after dodging a charge then hitting a few armdrags. Sharpe ducks outside for a breather to rile up the fans. Back inside, Boone gets two off of a rollup as the announcers put over his agility. Boone bounces off of Sharpe but slides underneath him and hits a dropkick. Sharpe bails once again after getting hit with a few armdrags but comes back inside and knocks Boone down as Slick tells us the One Man Gang will beat Hulk Hogan as he puts over his offense. Boone manages a reverse rollup but Sharpe immediately attacks his back. He rams Boone into the corner a few times but gets caught with a monkey flip. Boone hits a pair of dropkicks but misses an elbow drop as Sharpe uses clubbing forearms on the back. Boone then takes Sharpe down and leg drops him in the nuts as Sharpe now begs for mercy. Sharpe hits another clubbing forearm after Boone ducked his head then tosses him to the floor. He knocks Boone off of the apron with another forearm smash then taunts the crowd. Boone comes in and hits a jumping back elbow smash and a few kicks that result in a nearfall. Dropkick gets two. The referee backed Boone out of the corner as he would not break and that allows Sharpe to load up his forearm sleeve and hit Boone for the win (9:43) *1/4. 
Thoughts: Man, this was dull. At least Boone did some athletic stuff but the crowd sat on their hands for this one. I’m pretty sure that 95% of Sharpe’s offense consisted of forearm smashes. Poor Boone couldn’t even beat Sharpe. The guy came along about 15 years too late as he was far too short to get a push but could work and very athletic.

Hayes is now with Little Beaver and Hillbilly Jim, who will be facing the One Man Gang tonight. Jim puts over Gang and says that if Slick tries to interfere, Little Beaver will prevent him. 




One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Hillbilly Jim w/ Little Beaver

Johnny V. is back on commentary. Jim takes his time slapping hands with the fans as Johnny makes fun of Little Beaver. He actually said he looked like a dropout from Harvard University and that made me laugh for some reason. Beaver then goes inside and bites Slick in the ass as the crowd goes nuts. Jim then has Slick’s hat and teases tossing it into the crowd until he gives it back. Match starts with Gang shoving Jim around a few times. They collide a few times until Jim catches him with a boot. Gang then grabs a side headlock as Beaver heads into the ring but gets ordered back outside as he stands on the apron but he then comes back in and interferes as Gang is now pissed off. Back to the match as they battle over a test of strength for a long time as Beaver sneaks back in and whacks Gang in the ass with his moccasin. Jim then sends Gang into the corner as Beaver bites him in the ass. Jim hammers away but Gang fights back and knocks him down. Gang chokes him out against the ropes then distracts the ref as Slick interferes. Beaver comes back in after seeing this and that allows Gang and Slick to double-team Jim. Slick cheapshots Jim outside as Hayes is disgusted while Johnny brings up a perfectly valid point how he did not complain when Beaver did the same things. Gang misses a corner charge as Jim holds Gang’s legs up while Beaver comes in and hits a splash. The ref chases Beaver around then Jim runs into a big boot. Gang beats on Jim then Beaver comes back in to whack him in the ass. Slick chases around Beaver then gets decked by Jim as Gang comes after him. Jim rolls into the ring just before the ten count to get the win via countout (12:47) 1/4*. After the match, Gang tosses Jim then beats down Beaver before hitting him with a splash. Christ, that looked more painful than when Bundy dropped the elbow on him at WrestleMania III. Jim then rolls inside as Gang leaves with slick to check on his friend, who is not moving on the canvas. Jim then picks him up and carries him to the back. 
Thoughts: This was a garbage comedy match, featuring a guy that was being groomed to face Hogan on the house show circuit. Having a midget whack him in the ass with a moccasin, and be the focal point of this, was ridiculous. The fans were into it at the beginning but that died down soon. Gang did get some heat back at the end but why bother protecting Jim, who was barely on TV at this point?



Rougeau Brothers vs. Dino Bravo & Johnny V. 

Valentine was also at the Spectrum show, facing Brutus Beefcake. Before the match, Jacques tells us that Brutus Beefcake wants us to know that he has given Johnny a new name, which is “skinhead.” The crowd chants that at Johnny as the match is underway. Jacques dropkicks Johnny to the floor to start off the match. After some stalling, Bravo tags in as Raymond hits him with a crossbody for two after Johnny broke up the pin. Bravo yanks Raymond down by the hair and stomps away but is unaware a tag was made and eats a double dropkick. Jacques gets two with a splash but gets caught with an inverted atomic drop while attempting a monkey flip. Johnny tags and stomps away then distracts the ref as Bravo chokes Jacques out from behind. Jacques is getting double-teamed then Bravo grabs a bearhug as the fans rally behind him. Jacques eats a double elbow smash then the match breaks down after Raymond is sick of the cheating. The ref orders him back as Bravo hits Jacques with a side slam. Leg drop gets two. Jacques continues to get double-teamed as Bravo hits another side slam but misses an elbow drop as both men are down. He makes the tag to Raymond, who beats the crap out of Johnny V. Bravo breaks up a pin attempt then tries to break up another one but accidentally leg dropped Johnny. Jacques then dropkicks Bravo to the floor as Raymond covers Johnny for the win (8:47) *. 
Thoughts: Basic tag match that was even worse when Johnny V. was in the match. And having the crowd chant “skinhead” at Johnny seemed odd and for all I know an inside joke or sorts. Bobby Heenan said he was a despicable person so maybe he was racist too? Who knows that is just me throwing something out there. Anyway, the New Dream Team/Rougeaus feud has run its course.



Final Thoughts: Not a good show. The WWF had four shows this day, with Hogan vs. Savage the main event in both Fort Wayne, IN and Springfield, IL. So, as you saw here, the talent was spread on thin. Besides the elimination match and DiBiase, nothing was worth watching. I guess if you are curious to see the Ultimate Warrior before he made it to TV you can watch that but this card sucked as a whole. A lot of these matches were shown on the 8/31/87 edition of “Primetime Wrestling.”



Here is my schedule for the next several days: 
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Rey Mysterio (2015)
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/16/87
Saturday: RoH Tradition Continues 10/16/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/22/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/23/87

WWF Superstars of Wrestling August 15th, 1987

August 15, 1987


From the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI

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

This week we will have the in-ring debut of the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (well, as the “Million Dollar Man” character anyway). Also in action will be Randy Savage, Sherri Martel, and Jake Roberts.

We see a limo pull up to the arena where Virgil gets out and opens the door for Ted DiBiase.

Steve Lombardi vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth


Vince was fawning all over Elizabeth here. Jesse thinks that Savage is getting a bit soft for letting Elizabeth walk in front of him instead of behind as they are more blatant in their attempt to turn Savage face. Savage backs Lombardi against the ropes then gets attacked from behind when complaining to the referee. We see an insert promo of Elizabeth saying she was not in the running to manage Bam Bam because Savage was the premiere wrestler in the WWF. Back to the match as Savage hits a kneelift but misses a charge as Lombardi follows with a clothesline for a nearfall. Savage then gets dumped to the floor to a mixed reaction but he fights back. Savage slams Lombardi to the floor and follows out with a double axe handle then heads back inside where he hits the flying elbow smash for the win (2:38).

Thoughts: With Vince praising Savage while Jesse was criticizing him, the face push is well on its way. The fans were basically treating him like one and add that to the fact he was facing a heel jobber it was easy to figure out. Plus, Savage was not bullying Elizabeth here either.






WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s subject is the One Man Gang as they show clips of last week’s show in which Gang laid out a referee and other wrestlers with his front suplex. We then see Jack Tunney telling us that Gang has been fined $10,000 and will be placed on a 30 day probation period and if he does something like this again, “more severe action” will be taken. Slick is then shown saying $10,000 is a “whole lotta mo-nay” for a first offense then he laughs it up with Gang about this not being a problem. They are hyping up Gang to feed to Hogan.

We are now shown Michael Caplan of A&R Epic Records as we learn about the Wrestling Album titled “Piledriver.” We will hear a whole lot about that for the next several weeks.

Sherri Martel vs. Angie Minelli


Before the match, Martel grabs the mic and tells us all she will be known as “Sensational” Sherri. The match starts with Sherri working the arm of Minelli then yanking her down by the hair. Minelli fights back and hits what Vince calls a “really sloppy” forearm before taking Sherri down with a monkey flip. We are then shown an insert of the French commentary team, which includes Frenchy Martin, as Martel then hits a suplex then finishes of Minelli with an awful-looking splash for the win (2:33).

Thoughts: It appears that they are going to push the Women’s division again. Its been over  ayear since a women’s match has been shown on TV. This was the birth of Sensational Sherri. The match was nothing much to Vince seemed a little harsh on Minelli for some reason. She wasnt that bad.






Gene Okerlund runs down the 8/22 Madison Square Garden show card.In a production change, the graphics of the matches are now shown on the screen in sync with Okerlund. We then hear from Ricky Steamboat, who will be facing the Honky Tonk Man for the IC Title in a Lumberjack Match. He runs down Honky for stretching the rules and cheating to retain the title when they faced off last month. Much better than the typical Steamboat promo from this era. And the previous match they had was awesome.

We see a clip of the Honky Tonk Man singing his song for the Piledriver album. Honky rips on Elvis Presley then expresses anger over Hulk Hogan being on the cover of the album.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Dave Wagner


The crowd goes nuts for Jake here. He beats on Wagner as we get an insert promo from Danny Davis, saying things are getting out of hand in the WWF as evidenced by Jake using his snake after his matches and that if he was the referee, this would never happen. Back to the match as Wagner gets tossed to the floor then rammed into the ring post. They head back into the ring where Jake hits a kneelift then shortly after that gets the win with the DDT (2:37). After the match, Jake brings out the snake while Jesse leaves the booth, saying that he has an interview to conduct.

Thoughts: Jake was insanely over here. The bit with Davis seemed more geared towards his feud with Mr. T and the other WWF officials rather than Davis but that ended up being dropped fast when Mr. T was fired.






Okerlund runs down the 9/11 card at the Meadowlands before bringing out Brutus Beefcake, who will be facing the Million Dollar Man. Beefcake tells us he is burning like a “wildfire” and unable to be put out as he cuts a generic promo about Virgil and DiBiase.

Jesse is backstage with Johnny V. in the “Battle for Bam Bam” segment as we learn that Bam Bam has declined Johnny’s services. Johnny does not take to kind to the news.

New Dream Team vs. Brady Boone & Sonny Rogers


Johnny V. is not out here for the match. Bravo beats on Boone in the corner. Boone flips off of Bravo’s chest then tries a monkey flip but gets caught with one painful looking inverted atomic drop. Johnny V. finally runs out and is still pissed as he slaps the apron repeatedly. Valentine tags and hits Boone with a suplex as we are shown the Spanish broadcast team, including Tito Santana. Boone fights back with a dropkick then tags Rogers, who fails to do anything. Bravo tags and softens up Rogers until he tags Valentine, who gets the win with the figure four (3:02).

Thoughts: The New Dream Team was a flop and this was really just filler. Also, it was the beginning of the end for Johnny V. as once the Beefcake feud ended, he was a complete afterthought.






DeGeorge is at the podium with Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan, who tells us that Rude has the greatest physique in the whole Heenan Family and that everyone has welcomed him with open arms. DeGeorge then asks the whereabouts of Paul Orndorff as Heenan gets defensive and says he is on vacation. DeGeorge then brings up how Orndorff fired Heenan two years ago as Heenan promises to bring out Orndorff next week and claims Orndorff will tell Rude that he has the best physique in the Heenan Family. The seed is planted for the Rude/Orndorff feud.

Rick Martel vs. Barry Horowitz


Martel starts by using his agility to gain the advantage against Horowitz. We are then shown Heenan and the Islanders in an insert promo making fun of Martel and the Islanders as they threaten to put him out of wrestling. Back to the match as Horowitz is working the arm. Martel then comes back with a dropkick and an armdrag but Horowtiz uses a turnbuckle smash after an eye rake. Martel then fights back with a hiptoss then gets the win with a crossbody from the middle rope (2:28). After the match, the Islanders come out and surround Martel, eventually beating him down. However, Tito Santana runs out to the ring, wearing his announcing attire, and clears the ring. After the Islanders retreat, Santana walks Martel to the back.

Thoughts: The match was fine but the more important thing here was what occurred after the match as we saw what led to the formation of Strike Force.






Radio host Kal Rudman is here putting over the Piledriver album, specifically the production. Rudman also did some of the backstage interview segments at the Philadelphia Spectrum shows. They are going all out here to promote this album.

The British Bulldogs are here to tell us that Matilda does indeed talk then the camera zooms in on the dog as a voiceover says “headbutt, Dynamite.” This was really awful.

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Jerry Allen


Before heading into the ring, DiBiase tells the crowd to beg him for some money as he throws some on the floor and makes them fight over it for his amusement. Match starts with DiBiase beating on Allen. He hits a slam and a backdrop as Jesse is impressed with his skills. Allen ducks a chop and comes back with a crossbody for two. However, DiBiase hits Allen with a stungun then puts on a Cobra Clutch then hits a Russian leg sweep for the win (1:51).

Thoughts: DiBiase looked good here but the crowd did not react as much as you would think. They were not all that loud. Not a good sign. That would change but it took time for him to get over with the crowd.






Next week in action will be Ken Patera, Butch Reed, Kamala & Sika, and Koko B. Ware. Plus, more on the “Battle for Bam Bam” and Paul Orndorff appearing to confront Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.

Final Thoughts: An action-packed show this week. We saw how Strike Force was created, the birth of the Sensational Sherri character, the news about the Piledriver album, the beginning of the Rude/Orndorff feud, and how they are starting to push Savage as a babyface. A lot of stuff happened here.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Boston Garden 8/15/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Rey Mysterio (2015)
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/16/87
Saturday: RoH The Tradition Continues 10/16/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/22/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 15th, 1987

March 15, 1987


From the Civic Center in Springfield, MA


Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Billy Jack Haynes, Ricky Steamboat, and the Junkyard Dog. Plus, another “WrestleMania III” report.

A clip of Haynes being attacked by King Kong Bundy and Hercules after his match a few weeks ago.

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Moondog Spot


Spot attacks Haynes to start. Haynes then comes back with a chop before sending him outside with a dropkick. Haynes is then shown cutting an insane promo on Hercules and Bobby Heenan. Spot rolls back inside and very shortly after that Haynes makes him submit to the full nelson (1:10).

Thoughts: Quick match to put over Haynes and his full nelson. They really did give the Hercules/Haynes feud a lot of time on TV.






Jesse Ventura is with a shirtless Bob Uecker telling him to flex as to show off all the training he has done. Fine for what it was.

A clip of Adrian Adonis accidentally cutting Brutus Beefcake’s hair is shown.

Dino Bravo & Dream Team w/ Johnny V. vs. Mike Lucca & Paul Roma & “Italian Stallion” Salvatore Bellomo


I had no idea that Bellomo’s Rocky-knockoff character even made it to TV. Beefcake is selling his accidental haircut by wearing a bandana. Match starts with Bravo and Roma going back and forth. Bellomo tags but immediately gets hit with an inverted atomic drop as we get an insert promo from the Rougeaus on Bravo. The Dream Team takes advantage of the match for a while until Roma hits Beefcake then yanks of his bandana to a slight round of cheers from the fans. Lucca tags and taunts Beefcake with the bandana but ends of getting his ass kicked until Bravo tags and gets the win with a back suplex (3:53).

Thoughts: They were portraying Beefcake as an angry lunatic since getting his accidental haircut from Adonis. It didnt really work out to well in this match though.






Gene Okerlund is with the Can-Am Connection as they talk about facing Don Muraco & Bob Orton at WrestleMania III and how they will be keeping an eye out for Mr. Fuji. Really basic promo from these two.

Another segment with Bob Uecker as he hypes up WrestleMania III. Great job by Uecker, who was quite enthusiastic here.

Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Renslow

Before the match we get an insert promo from Heenan and Harley Race as Heenan gives JYD a lesson on how to bow and put the crown onto the King’s head. Match starts with JYD roughing up Renslow then taking him down with a headbutt. He then follows that with a clothesline before getting the win with a powerslam (1:02). After the match JYD dances with a few kids in the ring.

Thoughts: The JYD/Harley feud was not really clicking. The fans popped for JYD’s entrance but were silent during the match and his deteriorating skills were not helping with that.






Okerlund is with Adonis, who is dressed in a regular polo shirt as he tells Piper he has to decide on how he will cut his hair. He leaves then Hercules and Heenan come in as they warn Haynes that his neck will get broken when he is gets locked in the full nelson. Heenan then tells us that he will be managing the World Heacyweight Champion after WrestleMania III as Okerlund teases him about making a bet on that as Heenan tells Okerlund he will end up a loser, just like Hogan. Decent interviews from both.

Demolition w/ Johnny V vs. Tommy Sharpe & Sivi Afi


Demolition toss their opponents to the floor before the match starts. They then beat the shit out of Sharpe for a bit as we get an insert promo from Aretha Franklin as the talks about performing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania III and after that they put Sharpe away with the Decapitation (1:20).

Thoughts: Demolition looked like killers here and that was a good thing as Sheik & Volkoff were getting stale as the powerhouse heel team.






Snake Pit with guests Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant. Jake as Andre why he turned on Hogan as Heenan tells us all that Hogan has used him. Jake asks Andre about losing respect of the fans as he just stares straight ahead as Heenan does the talking, proclaiming that Hulkamania will die at WrestleMania III. Nice segment that furthered portrayed Andre as a man who was completely turned his back on the fans.

The same “WrestleMania Report” from Superstars airs.

Pete Doherty vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Steamboat works the arm as we are shown an insert promo from Randy Savage telling Steamboat that having George Steele in his corner will not help him one bit. Steamboat catches Doherty with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence then goes back to the arm. Doherty misses a pair of elbow drops as Steamboat goes back to the arm as the announcers talk about the WrestleMania III card. Steamboat then hits a delayed vertical suplex before climbing up top and getting the win with a flying chop (4:53).

Thoughts: This was way too long for a squash match. The crowd still loved Steamboat though.






Okerlund is with Roddy Piper and asks him about Hollywood and the celebrities he will be meeting like Brian Dennehy and Pee Wee Herman. Piper then says that he is in the peak of his career at 32 years old and the only man that is in his class is Hogan, who comes out and tells us that all of the Hulksters will walk tall with pride and that he can live forever through Hulkamania as well. Not as crazy as their interview from a couple of weeks ago but still a bit out there.

Next week in action will be King Kong Bundy, Hart Foundation, and Hercules. Plus, highlights from the Battle Royal at “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and more.

Final Thoughts: This show was just okay. Being the final show of the taping, the crowd was somewhat dead and nothing really memorable happened but it did a fine job of hyping WrestleMania III, which was the main purpose.

Here is my schedule for the next week:

Tuesday: WWF Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament 3/15/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Blue Meanie & Jasmin St. Claire
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/21/87
Saturday: RoH Wrath of the Racket 8/9/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/22/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge February 15th, 1987

February 15, 1986


From the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, FL

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Tito Santana, Randy Savage, King Harley Race, and the Rougeau Brothers & Hillbilly Jim vs. The Dream Team & Johnny V. Plus, updates on WrestleMania III and much more.

Johnny V. & The Dream Team w/ Dino Bravo vs. Rougeau Brothers & Hillbilly Jim


Jim catches Valentine’s foot then his an atomic drop. Raymond tags and they slug it out until he hits a chop. Jacques and Beefcake tag in and have an Irish whip sequence that ends with Jacques getting two off of a backslide after Valentine breaks that up. Valentine tags and softens up Jacques before tagging Johnny, who acts cocky then gets caught with a small package as Jacques gets the win (2:43). After the match, Bravo runs in and hits Jacques. However, the faces end up clearing the heels from the ring shortly after that.

Thoughts: This was designed to further along Bravo’s feud with the Rougeau Brothers. And really, it also shows how much the Dream Team and even Hillbilly Jim were afterthoughts at this point.






Gene Okerlund tells us we can join the WWF Fan Club by reading the details inside of WWF Magazine. That’s how you sell the magazine to the kids.

A replay of Jack Tunney suspending referee Danny Davis for life then Jimmy Hart declaring that Davis is now a wrestler and the newest member of his stable. They actually showed it in its entirety, which was several minutes long.

Okerlund is with Paul Roma. He talks him up a bit before asking him about Steve Lombardi, who Roma says they have signed a contract to wrestle. Okerlund then puts over Roma’s physique. You could tell they thought something of Roma here and really he was a solid worker with a good look. Too bad he was short though. That held him back, IMO.

We are shown a vignette of Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man in the recording studio. Honky says that he doesnt care about the fact that he is holding Elvis Presley’s guitar or that he is in his studio because he cannot sing. Honky then says that he is not like Elvis as he can sing and does not need grease in his hair. These vignettes managed to make Honky and Hart even more unlikable, which was tough to do at this point.

Jerry Allen vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth


Allen attacks Savage from behind to a massive pop but gets caught with a stungun. Savage then slams Allen before climbing up top and getting the win with the flying elbow smash (0:29). Savage had his glasses and coat on the entire time.

Thoughts: Gorilla put over Savage as a fighting champion here and other than that, not much else to say.






We are now shown a promo from Savage who promises to make sure that Steamboat remains handicapped if they ever wrestle again. Even the 3rd billing on WrestleMania III had a tremendous build.

Okerlund is with George Steele, who is holding a bowl filled with Valentine’s Day candy. They have a comedy segment in which Steele picks the good candy for Elizabeth and gives Savage a “lemon.” Not bad as these two are pros and could make it interesting.

Moondog Spot vs. King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan


Before the match we are shown an insert promo of Heenan teaching the Junkyard Dog how to bow and kneel before the King. Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Match starts with Race headbutting Spot off of a break. Spot comes back and hits a running knee smash but Race avoids a second one then puts Spot away with a cradle suplex (0:36).

Thoughts: The announcers talked about the venue for WrestleMania III for the duration of this short match.






Replay of Piper’s Pit with Hogan accepting Andre the Giant’s challenge for WrestleMania III is shown.

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee


Heenan is back on commentary as Gorilla goads him about Hogan accepting Andre’s challenge, with Heenan not thinking it is a big deal. Haynes starts the match by hitting a crossbody and a dropkick. Haynes then grabs a chinlock as we get an insert promo from Hercules challenging Haynes to a match at WrestleMania III. Lee briefly takes control with his shitty offense that consists of nerve holds and back rakes. Lee chops him down but Haynes blocks a second one then locks on the full nelson as Lee submits (2:53).

Thoughts: Haynes was pretty over with this crowd. Heenan called him “Billy Jerk” repeatedly.






Red Demon & The Gladiator vs. Killer Bees


For those wondering, the Red Demon is Jose Luis Rivera under the mask. The Bees trade off working on the arm of the Red Demon. Slick is then shown in an insert promo telling us that Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff will be facing the Bees at WrestleMania III. The Gladiator tags in and gets caught with a dropkick but the Demon makes the save as the match briefly breaks down. The Bees use the double noggin-knocker then Blair hits The Gladiator with the Bee Sting for the win (3:12).

Thoughts: Dull stuff but we have another match added to WrestleMania III now so that is good. The Bees act was starting to wear thin around this time.






Okerlund is with the Hart Foundation, who think the British Bulldogs have sour grapes over losing the titles. Brett says that they have the secret weapon, which Neidhart walks right in front of the camera and yells “Hart Attack.” The Hart’s then put over Jimmy Hart as Neidhart cracks me up the entire time. With Neidhart’s personality and Brett’s in-ring ability, they made a perfect team.

Next week in action will be Ricky Steamboat, Junkyard Dog, and the featured match of George “The Animal” Steele vs. “The Natural” Butch Reed.

Final Thoughts: Solid show. They replayed all of the big moments from “Superstars of Wrestling” and furthered along the secondary feuds too. The WWF was putting out a great product at this time.

And my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/21/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with the Fantastics, Disc One
Friday:RF Video Shoot Interview with the Fantastics, Disc Two
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/22/87
Saturday: RoH WrestleRave 6/28/03
Sunday: WWF Madison Square Garden 2/23/87

WWF Superstars of Wrestling November 15th, 1986

November 15, 1986

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

This week’s featured match will have the Machines vs. Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy in Capt. Lou Albano’s final appearance as a manager. Also in action are the Hart Foundation, Don Muraco & Bob Orton, and the Islanders. Plus, “Piper’s Pit” with guest Hulk Hogan.

The Gladiator & Barry O. vs. The Islanders

Haku catches Barry with a dropkick after a reversal sequence. Tama tags and they use a double headbutt. The Gladiator tags and Tama clotheslines him down. The Islanders hit a double chop then Haku beats on the Gladiator, even hitting a somersault senton. He hits a backbreaker then tags Tama, who gets the win with a top rope splash (2:07).

Thoughts: The Islanders were not getting over all that much. A very solid team and Tama really could have been a huge star if his head was right but the crowd was not buying this team as a threat.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s subject are the Rougeau Brothers and there love for outdoor sports. We are then treated to a video of them water skiing set to the song “Bad Boys” by the Miami Sound Machine. This was pretty lame, even for 80’s standards in trying to get over a face.

Another clip promoting the “Vote of Confidence” for the Honkytonk Man.

Mario Mancini vs. “The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick

Reed knocks down Mancini then stomps away. He hits a swinging neckbreaker then inflicts more punishment until he finally puts him away with the flying clothesline (1:45).

Thoughts: Total domination by Reed. Bruno and Vince kept calling Reed a “cheater” throughout the match as Jesse stood up for his fellow heel.

Ken Resnick is with Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster is pumping up as he cuts a promo on Kamala to hype their upcoming match in Boston. Hulk also referenced Orndorff here so we know that feud is not yet finished.

We have George Steele in the back of a car trying to order food at the drive-up window. Steele kept repeating the word “eat.” Finally, the driver, who is also is psychiatrist, ended up ordering one of each item on the menu. Steele was great in this role.

Don Muraco & Bob Orton w/ Mr. Fuji & Jimmy Hart vs. Jerry Allen & Don Driggers

Muraco & Orton continue to come out to Piper’s music and wear kilts. Muraco powerslams Bruno then tags Orton, who also slams around Allen. Driggers tags and Muraco suplexes him into the ring. Orton hits Driggers with a backbreaker then puts him a Boston Crab as Muraco leg drops him. Vince screams about referee Danny Davis for letting the heels both stay in the ring then they each hit the jobbers with their finishers simultaneously for the win (2:21).

Thoughts: The fans were less responsive to the heels this week as the gimmick of mocking Piper is starting to get a bit old. This match also gave more time to the Danny Davis angle, which has completely dominated the TV shows for the past few months.

Resnick is with Bobby Heenan, who is upset that Paul Orndorff has to face the Junkyard Dog in Boston instead of Hogan. Heenan rags on the Red Sox for blowing the World Series then Orndorff comes out and runs down JYD, telling him that he is going to go down.

An old clip of Jake “The Snake” Roberts on TNT showing his pet snakes to Lord Alfred and Mean Gene. Not much to this one.

Steve Lombardi & Moondog Spot vs. The Can-Am Connection

This is the WWF debut of the Can-Am connection. The girls were going nuts for these two. Zenk’s name is spelled “Zinc” on the graphic. Lombardi attacks Martel from behind to start. Martel then catches Lombardi with a hiptoss then takes him down with a hurricarana. Spot tags and grabs a hold of Martel but Zenk was able to make the tag. He dropkicks Spot but gets caught with a kneelift. Lombardi tags and whips Zenk in the corner but Martel acts as a shield then Zenk hammers away on Lombardi. The Can-Am Connection use some nice double-team moves then Martel puts Lombardi away with a slingshot splash (2:26).

Thoughts: Really good debut for the Can-Am Connection. They were sort of like a flashier version of the Rougeau Brothers although Martel was easily the best worker out of any of them. The WWF has not had a tag team that got the girls going crazy since Barry Windham was teaming with Rotundo over a year prior.


Piper’s Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. But before Hogan comes out he is surrounded by Jack Tunney, Billy Red Lyons, Arnold Skaaland, and some other guy. There is also a table on the set as well. Hogan comes out and he and Piper stare each other down as the crowd goes wild. Hogan congratulates Piper for getting rid of the Flower Shop then tells Piper they are alike but the opposite. Hogan tells him that they both want to be the best at what they do as Piper says that he will be there. Pretty damn cool to see these two face off and the crowd really wanted them to be on the same page.

We get a video of Outback Jack driving his jeep. That was all that happened.

The Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Sivi Afi & Johnny Mann

Afi takes down Brett with a drop toehold. He gets two with a reverse rollup but Brett catches him with a clothesline. Neidhart tags and beats on Afi then the Hart’s use quick tags to isolate Afi. He finally makes the tag as Mann runs wild. Brett trips up Mann from outside the ring then the Hart’s get the win with the Hart Attack (3:16).

Thoughts: The Hart’s were being built up well on commentary here as they continued to climb up the Tag Team Division ranks.


We get a promo from the Honkytonk Man who is pleading for the fans to give him their vote of confidence and that he will shake hands and kiss babies, as long as they are clean. It was a given that Honky was turning heel after watching this.

Capt. Lou Albano lets us know that tonight’s match will be his last as a manager as he is going to dedicate himself to outside activities, namely to work to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy vs. The Machines w/ Capt. Lou Albano

Studd backs Super Machine into the corner. Super fights back and hits a flying headbutt. Bundy tags and eats boot courtesy of Big Machine. Studd tags but Big Machine ducks underneath him then hits a body slam as the fans go nuts. Bundy breaks up a pin attempt then the match breaks down. Bundy holds up Super Machine as Studd hits him off the top with a double axe handle as the ref was distracted then Bundy covers as Studd prevents Big from breaking it up and that gets the win (3:01).

Thoughts: This was also notable for the last times the Machines gimmick was seen. Also, this was Studd’s last WWF apperance until his brief comeback in 1989. Oddly enough, the voiceover hyping a house show mentioned how Blackjack Mulligan would be appearing. Mulligan was the wrestler who played Big Machine. As for the match itself, it sucked, but the fans loved it when Studd got slammed. Not much of a send-off for Albano at all but he would wrestle his last match on the next episode of WWF Challenge.


Resnick is with The Wizard as we are a treated to another awful screaming promo. He speaks on behalf of Kamala to hype up his match in Boston against Hulk Hogan.

Next week’s featured match will be Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage for the Intercontinental Title. Also, the results of Honkytonk Man’s “vote of confidence” and Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Pedro Morales vs. The Dream Team & Johnny V.

Final Thoughts: Good show this week. The Piper/Hogan confrontation was good and we got to see the Can-Am Connection make their debut as well and get over very quickly too. The Machines vs. Studd & Bundy was a big main event, even if the angle was a flop. They are continuing the transformation of Honky from a face to a heel and showcasing the depth of their Tag Team Division.

Here is my schedule

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Ted DiBiase Volume 1, Disc One
Friday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Ted DiBiase Volume 1, Disc Two
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/16/86
Saturday: RoH Night of Champions 3/22/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/22/86
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/23/86

WWF Championship Wrestling: June 15th, 1985

June 15, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon.
In action tonight are Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, Ricky Steamboat, and Paul Orndorff.

Dave Barbie vs. Tito Santana
Barbie shoves Santana twice off of a lockup. Tito then goes behind him and from that hits a slam and a dropkick. Barbie ducks outside for a breather for a moment then comes in only for Tito to take him down. Tito ducks a clothesline and they have some miscommunication before Santana takes him down with a leg whip. Santana knocks Barbie down with some forearm smashes, which prompts Vince to remind us of his “Latin temper.” The crowd chants for Tito as he works the arm of Barbie. Tito gets backed into the corner but fights right back. He hits a backdrop then attempts to put on the figure four but Barbie seemed to not be able to take the hold and from there, Tito drops a knee right on his chest before putting him away with the flying forearm (4:30).
Thoughts: Tito seemed pissed at Barbie, who was out of position on more than a few occasions. The announcers hyped Tito, referring to him as one of the greats in the company.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, the subject is Jesse “The Body” Ventura and how he has been taunting Bruno Sammartino.
B. Brian Blair vs. Steve Lombardi
Blair makes his return after a nine month leave. They start by trading go-behinds until Blair grabs hold of the arm. He hits a shoulderblock then uses a drop toehold. As Blair works the arm, Finkel does a voiceover for a local show in Fitchburg, MA that will feature newcomers like Randy Savage and Jim Brunzell, who we will be seeing in the upcoming weeks. Lombardi fights out and even manages to hit a backbreaker but Blair fires away then slams him down. He hits a clothesline then heads up top before hitting a double axe handle then drops the elbow for the win (4:08).
Thoughts: Blair was a little less boring than usual but still doesn’t show much at all in terms of personality. At least is was a good worker but I cant help but think that if he hadn’t been thrown into the Killer Bees gimmick, he would have been on the same level as guys like Lanny Poffo and Rick McGraw during the rest of his run, due to the complete lack of personality
Jack Reynolds runs down the June 25th show at the Boston Garden before welcoming the Junkyard Dog, who will be facing Greg Valentine for the Intercontinental Title. JYD said the last time he was in Boston, he got his pocket picked then calls Jimmy Hart a mouse. JYD also promises that Big John Studd will bite the dust after facing Hulk Hogan.
Rene Goulet vs. Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat leapfrogs over Goulet then hiptosses him out of the corner. He hits some sort of karate kick, which looked pathetic, that sends Goulet to the floor. Back inside, Steamboat hits a flying headscissors and Goulet goes back outside. The announcers put over his agility as he grabs a side headlock. Goulet catches him with an inverted atomic drop then puts on the claw. The ref counts to two then Steamboat fights back. He takes him down with a chop then does some karate poses before hitting the flying body press for the win (3:25). After the match, Goulet attacks Steamboat from behind but that doesn’t last as Steamboat hits a backdrop that has Goulet scrambling outside.
Thoughts: I give Steamboat all of the credit in the world for pulling off this goofy martial arts gimmick. He somehow made it work, despite his goofy kicks and poses.
Reynolds is with Freddy Blassie. He says that Windham & Rotundo have no chance at getting the belts then does an impression of JYD before saying he will lose to Valentine. He also promises that Studd will beat Hulk Hogan.
Jim Young & Bobby Leon vs. Barry O. & Moondog Spot
Spot beats on Young as Finkel does a voiceover promoting the first ever “King of the Ring,” which took place at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA, which was the former home of the New England Patriots. Barry is now beating on Young, who makes the tag to Leon. The heels work over Leon in the corner until Spot drops him right on his head after performing a shoulderbreaker then Barry hits a knee drop from the middle rope.
Thoughts: I am shocked that Leon got up after that move and when he did, he was dazed and confused. Barry O. was an average wrestler with little personality and would be a permanent jobber when Rex made his return.
Piper’s Pit with guest host Bobby Heenan. He says that Piper is home resting his vocal cords and comments on Orton’s watch, which he said was a gift from Piper. As this is going on, the Missing Link is pacing all over the set like a maniac while Heenan tells the crowd to take a look at the man who will collect the $25,000 bounty on Orndorff. Link growls into the microphone at the end of the interview. Link is not really getting over and his gimmick was more of a hit in the 1970’s than here.
A.J. Petruzzi vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff comes out to some generic 80’s rock music and the crowd goes nuts. Orndorff backs Petruzzi into the ropes then hits a shoulderblock. He drops an elbow, which prompts Vince to say “vintage Orndorff.” Orndorff hits a running knee smash then a kneelift before tossing him over the top rope. Orndorff follows him out and slams him on the floor then goes into the ring and poses before hitting the piledriver for the win (2:28).
Thoughts: Its funny how despite turning face, Orndorff continued to wrestle the same way he did as a heel. You rarely saw babyfaces in the 1980’s toss job guys out of the ring then slam them on the concrete.
Mario Mancini & Paul Roma vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake w/Jimmy Hart & Luscious Johnny Valiant
Both men take turns beating on Roma. Mancini tags and gets the same treatment. Mancini tries to fight back but Beefcake rakes the eyes then tags Valentine, who beats on Mancini. He also knocks Roma off of the apron before he can make the tag. Beefcake hits a flying knee smash then Valentine softens him up before applying the figure four (4:16).   
Thoughts: They are putting over the team of Valentine & Beefcake strong. Their opponents didn’t land any offense at all.
Reynolds is with Jimmy Hart, who briefly says that JYD has nothing. Heenan and Studd then come out afterwards and talk about trophies as Studd holds the bag containing Andre’s hair.
Next week, Tony Atlas & Ivan Putski will be in action. Plus, the Missing Link, Brett Hart & Jim Neidhart, and Ricky Steamboat will be in action.
Final Thoughts:  The action was decent enough but not a whole lot happened here as the Pit segment with Missing Link didn’t go over well and the return of Brian Blair was also pedestrian. There isn’t a whole lot of direction right now, with Hogan out of the storylines and Piper at home.

QOTD – August 15th, 2013

Greetings.

Today we have a question from a good man, John Petuka.

I got this idea from a post a few days back when a couple of the
guys were talking about the band Rush.  Say what you want about their
vocals, but anybody who likes Rush knows good music and instantly earns
my respect in that regard.  Just like any young person who likes artists
that aren’t a part of the “young mainstream” music scene like Bruce
Springsteen, Soundgarden, or Sting (not Steve Borden) will also pass an
unofficial litmus test. 


So, I don’t know if you want to break it down to music or
movies, but what artists or movies that someone likes serve as your own
litmus test?  The litmus test is essentially a non-mainstream
artist/movie that hasn’t been shoved down the throat of the public
and/or is universally loved.  And if a person likes it, you have a good
idea that the person seriously knows their stuff (or is just plain
cool).

For music, I gotta say Eazy-E & NWA. They’re known to an extent, but most people don’t listen’em. So, if someone can match me verse for verse on Real Muthaphukkin G’z, I know they’re some hip cookies. Also, Blink-182. They’re my all-time favorite band. Now, I suppose knowing Blink’s work wouldn’t be the only way to get my respect, but not starting off with “They’re not punk!” or “That’s pop bullshit!” because they only know What’s My Age Again?. In 2003 Blink released an untitled record that is the most ambitious, brilliant, and gorgeous record I’ve ever heard. They completely flipped their style 180 degrees, and created a masterpiece. So, if someone knows that, and respects it, I can chaulk them up quite a few respect points. Adam Carolla is another one. He’s a hero of mine who’s busted his ass from day one to get where he is, and all he asks from people is the same. He’s an awesome guy, and most, if not all his views mirror mine.

If we’re talking movies, usually horror is how people get my respect. If you know Dream Warriors, Jason Lives, and Fright Night [1985] then we’re cool as cool gets. Of course, knowing classic Arnold & Stallone is a slam dunk as well.

How say you?

Send in your own QOTD at [email protected], or you can tweet them as well @CaliberWinfield. Let us not forget scrublife.wordpress.com, where you can read my recent reviews of True Blood & Breaking Bad, as well as find out what I dubbed The 4 Most Fucking Frustrating Moments In My History With Nintendo. 

QOTD – July 15th, 2013

Greetings, homeslices.

Today we have a question from QOTD regular, Gavin Lee:

“Here’s another question for the blog. I would say the vast majority of visitors to the blog started watching in the 80’s and 90’s at certain points. My question is what got you all hooked? What was your 1st PPV you watched? My 1st PPV was Survivor Series 1990 and I was hooked on the antics of hogan and warrior I tuned out after wm9 got back into in late 1999 it would be quite interesting to see if member if the blog has continued watching from childhood to present without any relapse?”

For me it was when I was channel surfing when I was 11. It was a Monday night, and I came across this scene of a buff dude with stringy hair, beating the absolute shit out of an announcer dressed like a King. He was swearing up a storm, and security was pulling him back. It was fantastic. Turns out, it was the Raw after the first In Your House, and Bret was pissed at the King. From that moment on I watched every Monday for 5 years. It’s funny, during the WWE’s worst period, quality wise, is when I fell in love, and absolutely soaked up everything they had to offer.

First PPV I watched was SummerSlam, scrambled. I remember running home because I absolutely had to see Bret vs Yankem and Diesel vs Mabel. I was so stoked for those matches. First PPV my parents actually ordered for me was Survivor Series 1995, and I can’t describe the joy I felt. The fact the PPV was unscrambled, every match felt like a main event to me. It was incredible.

Once I got older, around 19 or so, I just fell out of interest in wrestling. I still read the news here and there, but never watched it. It wasn’t until WM23 that my interest came back big time. Been that way ever since.

How say you?

Anyone wanting to send in for QOTD, [email protected] is your ticket.
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ROH TV: June 15th Edition

Last week’s ROH was the final episode from the Toronto
tapings, and the next tapings in Baltimore aren’t until next weekend, so we get
a Road Rage edition from a live event
in Richmond Virginia to fill the gap. 

The Show opens with Steve Corino telling us that he has to
fill in for Kevin Kelly.  Corino proceeds
to insinuate that Kelly missed the show because he gave him bad directions,
which I don’t hold against him, Kelly is the dumbass who asked STEVE FUCKING
CORINO for directions.  Corino “hypes”
the show with the most sarcastic tone he can muster.  He tells us the main event is “that dirty
hick” Jay Briscoe against BJ Whitmer (the announcement of the second name was
complete with a mimed blow job from Steve). 
Corino says that if he could wish for any two people to kill themselves they would be BJ Whitmer
and Jay Briscoe.  Well that’s rather
harsh.  Kevin Steen is apparently just
jealous of “The greatest man ever: Matt Hardy.” 
Corino gives us a spoiler alert; at Best in the World Jimmy Jacobs will
become TV champ, and the Tag titles are coming to Rhett Titus and Cliff
Compton.  Corino then sends us to the
opening match
Jay Lethal, Cedric
Alexander and Caprice Coleman VS Matt Taven and reDragon
Match is joined in progress; everyone is down except for
Lethal and O’Reilly.  Kevin Kelly’s fill-in
play by play guy is absolutely horrendous. 
O’Reilly starts laying into Lethal with some kicks, but ends up getting
caught with the Lethal Combination.  Jay signals
for Hail to the King, but gets cut off on the top rope by Bobby Fish.  With Lethal disposed of Fish turns his
attention to Alexander and delivers a Tilt-a-whirl back breaker.  Fish then props Cedric up for a running Knee
from O’Reilly.  reDragon gets this fisherman
suplex/legdrop combo, and unless they find a way to do it which doesn’t look like
shit they should never do it again.  They
try to get Call of the Dragon (Brainbuster/Headkick combo) but Fish is dragged
out of the ring by Caprice Coleman and Cedric escapes Kyle’s grasp.  O’Reilly is sent into the corner then eats a
dropkick to the face from Alexander. 
Coleman hits the super-Huricanrana on O’Reilly to set up the Overtime
splash from Alexander for the three count. 
Well this was fucking pointless, it was literally the last minute or so
of the match.  Did Taven actually do
anything?  I literally have zero idea as
to the quality of the match based on what was shown, and I can’t in good
conscience assign it a star rating.

Corino
sends us to the next match

“Zombie Princess” Jimmy
Jacobs VS  Kevin Steen
We cut back to the ring with Jacobs already in it.  Steen’s entrance is cut short when Jimmy
jumps out to start a slugfest in the aisleway. 
Steen gets the better of the slugfest and starts beating Jacobs around
the outside area.  Jimmy gets his first
real offense by throwing Steen into the barricade.  Corino’s right hand man charges to spear
Steen against the guardrail, but Steen moves and Jacobs takes an epic bump
headfirst into the steel.  Steen then
continues to beat Jacobs around as if he were Zack Ryder after he’d shit into
Vince’s soup.  Steen throws Jacobs in the
ring, just to clothesline him back out over the top.  Corino then bursts into a rant against Montreal;
he says nothing great has ever come from French people.  You tell him Corino, Fuck the Habs!!!  Steen throws Jacobs back into the ring but is
distracted by Corino.  Jacobs blindsides
Kevin and chokes him out with his chain for the DQ at 2:33 shown.  ½* This was the definition of a nothing
match, and Jacobs got maybe two offensive moves total. 
Steen doesn’t accept his DQ win however, and clotheslines
Jacobs.  Security comes out to break up
the brawl but Steen simply dispatches of them on route to grabbing a chair from
ringside.  Titus and Compton run out as
reinforcements and form a wall between Steen in the ring and Jacobs on the
outside.  Steen takes the mic and tells
Jacobs he knew that with the history they had it would end like this.  Steen then lays down the challenge, if Jacobs
is finally ready to prove he’s a man after 8 long years, he’ll get in the ring
and face Steen one-on-one with no DQs and no count outs.  Nigel comes out and tells the timekeeper to
ring the bell and start…

No Holds Barred:
“Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs VS Kevin Steen
 
Steen starts by chucking the last security guy in the ring
over the top rope into S.C.U.M. on the outside to send us to commercial.
We return with S.C.U.M. having been escorted to the back and
Steen beating Jacobs in the head with somebody’s shoe.  Steen looks to get back in the ring but
Jacobs crotches him on the middle rope.  Jacobs
then gets a really ineffectual looking spear on the apron to send them to the
floor.  Even the offence Jacobs does get
makes him look out of his league.  Mr.
Wrestling is tossed back in the ring and Jacobs lays into him with stomps and
an elbow drop.  Steen starts firing back
on the ground but Jacobs rakes the eyes and actually has some semblance of
control for the first time in this match. 
Jacobs wedges a chair into the corner, whips Steen into it, and then delivers
a SLIGHTLY better looking Spear.  Look, I
defend Edge using the Spear against people who say he’s too small, but Jacobs
is half of HIS size, it looks ridiculous, he should bounce of Steen’s fat
harmlessly. (it’s not like Steen is treating anything Jacobs does as
particularly threatening anyway)  Jacobs
goes back to choking Steen then throws him outside the ring.  JJ follows with a Suicide Dive, then jumps up
on the apron and signals for an axe handle. 
 Kevin catches him with a punch to
the gut in mid-flight.  When was the last
time an axe handle DIDN’T end with the guy going for it getting hurt, using
that move in a match against anyone ever is like trying to power bomb Kidman or
jump headfirst of the top rope for no reason at Randy Orton.  Steen power bombs his foe on the apron then
pushes him into the ring to deliver the world’s heftiest Swanton Bomb for 2.  Steen grabs the chair in the corner, but
Jacobs jumps on his back and hooks a sleeper. 
Steen fights out and leaves Jacobs sitting in the corner, but the
cannonball misses.  Jacobs hits a
springboard ace crusher for 2.  Jacobs
tries to hook the Contra Code, but Steen won’t stop struggling, so Jimmy starts
elbowing Steen repeatedly.  He tries for
the Code again but Steen fights him off once more and hangs him in the Tree of
Woe.  Cannonball hits, but Jacobs is able
to pull himself up and respond with the Contra Code on the chair in the
ring.  It only gets 2, so Jacobs gets
some chairshots across Steen’s back.  Jacobs
exits the ring to grab a section of the guardrail and throw it in the
ring.  Steen takes this time to recover
and punches Jacobs in the face with a fist wrapped in his chain.  Corino wants a DQ for this grave
injustice.  Package Piledriver on the
barricade looks to finish, but Jacobs sweeps the legs and Steen’s head makes a
sickening thud on the guardrail.  Jacobs
tries to finish Steen of with a chair shot to the face, but Steen rolls out of
the way and does Jacobs a favour by going low and turning him into the Princess
he wants to be.  Package Piledriver on
the guardrail connects and Steen completes his near domination at 9:11
shown.  *1/2 mostly just brawling outside
the ring, and pretty much the definition of nothing special.
Mark Briscoe tells us next week is an hour dedicated to the
life and times of the Briscoe Brothers. 
It was actually a pretty funny promo.

ROH World Title:  Jay Briscoe VS BJ Whitmer
Mark is on commentary.
BJ is just here to do the job and everybody knows it, which
is good, cause he blows and everybody knows it.   We start with a collar and elbow tie up with
BJ forcing Jay into the corner.  Jay
wants a rematch and this time he forces Whitmer into the corner with the collar
and elbow.  Third tie up ends with both
guys tumbling outside the ring.  They
start trading chops on the outside with BJ getting the better of the exchange.  Briscoe is whipped into the barricade, but he
just bounces of with a grimace and boots BJ in the face.  Jay starts beating the challenger around
outside then throws him so hard into the barricade that he breaks it.  Whitmer is thrown back in the ring and he
trades elbows with Jay.  Briscoe runs the
ropes but gets caught with a spine buster from BJ.  Whitmer throws him out and then gets a dive
to send us to our final commercial break

 

Return with BJ holding Jay in a chin lock.  Well I personally am fascinated by BJ’s
attempts to give Briscoe lockjaw I’m not sure it’s the best way to try and get
over.  Briscoe fights out and starts with
a series of short jabs.  Jay Briscoe has
one of the best looking punches in wrestling today.  BJ blocks a punch then starts the chops, but
Jay ‘aint having none of that and forearms BJ in the face.  He responds in kind and it’s forearms back and
forth until Jay ends it with a head-butt. 
BJ tries for an O’connor roll but Briscoe rolls through, BJ then manages
to take him down with a powerslam.  BJ
misses a charge and gets caught with an overtop neckbreaker from Jay for
2.  BJ responds with some kicks and a
Dragon suplex for 2.  Whitmer hits a
Fisherman neckbreaker, but doesn’t let go and hoists him up for a fisherman
suplex.  Jay Briscoe then proceeds to suplex
BJ over the top rope through the time keeper’s table headfirst in a holy shit
moment that comes out of nowhere.  What
is Whitmer’s obsession with tables and his head pounding through them?  The story of the match changes here to BJ
being mostly dead but refusing to stop fighting.  Jay thorws him back in the ring then gets a
Rude Awakening for 2.  Jay Driller hits…also
for 2, I would have sworn that was the finish. 
Mark starts marking out for Whitmer on commentary, which is odd since BJ
sucks.  Briscoe try’s to get another Jay
Driller but Whitmer turns it into a roll up for two.  Desperation exploder suplex from BJ gets 2.  BJ tries to get another exploder, but Jay
Briscoe elbows him into putty, and then delivers SIX big boots to finally knock
BJ down.  Jay boots him twice more in the
face with him on the ground, but he keeps asking for more, so Jay puts him in a
dragon sleeper and BJ passes out at 13:30 shown. ***  BJ’s Second best match since his return last
year, and that’s no lip service.  Only
better match from him was the street fight with Charlie Hass back in
December.  He’s still has the charisma of
a rock, but as long as he throws himself headfirst through a table every match
he should be fine.

Meh show this week, only the main event was any good and it would be rated much lower if not for the crazy table bump from Whitmer.  recommendation to avoid unless you really hate Jacobs or Love BJ Whitmer.  See you all next week for Ring of Briscoe.