ROH TV – June 17th 2015

-Sorry for those who were expecting this last night. I had
tickets to see Rush and my bus being obscenely late wiped out the time I had
leaving me in something of a “Rush”. 
Regularly scheduled Wednesday reviews to follow next week, also, Tomorrow
I’ll be posting a preview for the Best in the World Pay Per View.
-This week of ROH TV is highlighted by a huge main event
contract signing and The ROH TV debut of Hiroshi Tanahashi.
-ROH fires straight into our opening contest this week

The Decade (BJ
Whitmer and Adam Page) vs War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hanson)
Before we get started however BJ has something to say.  Crowd wants Whitmer to shut up before he’s
even said anything.  BJ reminds Toronto
that his mic is louder than they are and presses onward.  He takes this time to remind us that 2 weeks
ago Colby came “within an inch of defeating that big goofy bastard Moose”
(LOL).  He doesn’t think Colby’s daddy
gets it yet however, Colby needs to step up, and take BJ’s place in this
match!  Colby Agrees and our NEW opening
contest is…


The Decade (Colby
Corino and Adam Page) vs War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hanson)
-Ray Rowe and Corino start. 
War Machine are basically ROH’s legion of Doom, but instead of driving
motorcycles they’re Vikings. Ray doesn’t want to fight Corino and tells him
he’s not ready.  Corino responds to this
offer of mercy with a slap to the face. The announcers inform us that Rowe has
known Colby since he was a 10-year old kid and doesn’t want to hurt him as he
tags in Hanson, who has fewer reservations and knocks Colby loopy with a
sidewinder slam.  Rowe comes back in and
yells at BJ to get in the ring while COMPLETELY no-selling a series of
strikes.  Enough is finally enough and
Rowe hits a backbreaker, spins Colby around over his head into a gut buster,
then spins him around into a powerbomb—all without releasing the hold.  Absolutely brutal.  Corino slowly crawls to make the tag and Rowe
seems content to let him…but Page jumps down of the apron and leaves Corino to
fend for himself.  War Machine is
disgusted, but they hit a back suplex/diving legdrop combo to put this one away
anyway. 
-Rating *1/2 BJ Whitmer is interesting.  I’m as shocked as you are.   His trolling of the audience was excellent
yet again and Corino getting murdered was almost as much fun as the first time
two weeks ago.  War Machine is slowly
winning over the crowds with they’re offense and will likely end up with tag
gold before the end of the year.

-After the match Corino and Whitmer start jaw-jacking and
they tease a brawl but Kelly talks Corino out of it.  Crowd was really hot for Steve here.
Commercial

Back with Cedric Alexander in the ring and a live mic.  Cedric talks about winning the “Break out
star of 2014 “ match this time last year but having nothing to show for it.  He’s been on a losing streak and right now
its “do or die for Cedric Alexander”.  He
has to start winning so he can prove to his family this pro-wrestling dream
isn’t a waste of time—and to get things started, he’s challenging the
undefeated Moose.
 

Moose W/Veda Scott
and Ernesto Osiris vs Cedric Alexander

-Alexander starts things off with a relatively ineffective
dropkick.  Moose manages a bodyslam but
misses a splash and gets kicked in the back of the head for a one count.  They fight out onto the floor where Cedric
escapes a powerslam attempt and shoves Moose HARD into the ringpost.  Cedric attempts a flying nothing that is
tragically caught by Moose.  Alexander
elbows free and goes back up top but Moose cuts him off and Dropkicks him all
the way down to the floor as we fade to…
-Commercial
-Back with Moose missing a corner clothesline and eating a
springboard crossbody.  Moose tries to
roll out to the floor to create some space but Alexander follows him out with a
Tope.  Kevin Kelly chimes in and reminds us
the ROH Codeline is still retarted. 
Moose misses wildly with a clothesline and Alexander gets two of a
springboard tornado DDT.  Best I can tell
this is the first time Moose hasn’t been in total control of a match.  Alexander has had 80% of the offense
here.  Cedric can’t get Moose up for a
Lumbar-check and ends up running into a vicious pop-up clothesline.  Well so much for Alexander being in control,
both guys are down and the crowd starts dueling chants.  They start trading shots and the announcers remark
that this is the longest match of Moose’s career.  Moose gets the upper hand and signals for his
top rope springboard crossbody but Alexander cuts him off.  Alexander gets SIX corner dropkicks and Moose
looks to be fading further with each dropkick, but lucky dropkick attempt
number 7 runs into a spear.  Both guys
are down and Veda Scott passes Moose a wrench while Osiris distracts the
Referee.  Moose shakes his head refusing
to win that way, but then Alexander takes the wrench and drills Moose with it
behind the Refs back for the three count! 
Fans chant “all your fault” at Veda Scott.
 

-Rating **3/4 The best match of Moose’s young career.  Alexander carried Moose to a competitive match
mostly by himself and looks to finally be fulfilling some of that promise we’ve
been hearing about for years.  Alexander
has been teasing a heel turn since at least the 13th Anniversary
show when he refused the code of honor after a loss to Sydal and it was still
shocking to see him complete the turn in such triumphant fashion. 

-Inside ROH recaps the reDRagon vs Addiction feud to hype
their NO DQ title match this Friday.
-Adam Cole crashes inside ROH!  It’s an “important person’s” time to
speak!  The Bullet Club requested a
rematch with the Kingdom because they were unsatisfied with Cole’s “underhanded
tactics” in Philadelphia—Which Cole shrugs off and instead calls out AJ and the
Bucks for superkicking “The Queen of the Kingdom” Maria.  Adam Cole tells us that at Best in the world
we’ll get the true answer to the true question: What Faction is number one in
the world.  According to Cole, “it’s the Kingdom, Bay-Bee!”

ACH and Matt Sydal
VS Hiroshi  Tanahashi and “Stardust
Genius” Tetsuya Naito
-ACH is celebrating the Japan cross over by dressing up as
Luffy D. Monkey of One Piece fame. 
Tanahashi’s entrance video alerts the crowd to the arrival of “The Man
of Talent; All the World Ace 100%”. 
Gotta love that Engrish.  Naito
doesn’t get a separate entrance.  Sydal
and Tanahashi start with some chain wrestling that Sydal gets the better
of.  Sydal picks the pace up with a
series of backflips and arm drags. 
Tanahashi misses a dropkick and is punished with a standing shooting
star press for two.   Having accomplished
absolutely nothing 100% Tanahashi gets visibly frustrated and decides to let
Naito have a go, Sydal tags ACH in.  They
trade arm wrenches and strikes until Naito puts Corino’s second favourite Hardy
down with a dropkick.  We get some really
fast reversal stud that culminates in ACH rolling under a clothesline and
hitting a dropkick.  ACH pauses to mock
Naito’s signature pose for a pop.  ACH
runs the ropes but Tanahashi pulls him outside illegally!  For shame Japenese Cena, AMERICAN Cena would
never stoop to such cheating!  Clearly
this Tanahashi fellow is a hack! 
Tanahashi throws ACH into the barricade as we fade to…
Comercial
 

-Back with Tanahashi now mocking ACH’s taunt.  High Fly Flow misses so Tanahashi
makes the tag to Naito who enters with a sideslam.  ACH powers out of a chinlock but gets shut
down by an Enzugiri and slingshot dropkick. 
Superplex is blocked and ACH hits a GREAT double stomp and gets the hot
tag.  Diving Bronco Buster and and a
huricanrana to Naito brings in Tanahashi who gets dropped with a wheel
kick.  Naito ends up on the top rope and
Sydal brings him down with a Mayonara. 
Sydal calls for the standing shooting star press but he jumps right into
a German from Tanahashi!  That was seamless.  Tanahashi is officially tagged in but he gets
shut down by a guillotine legdrop from Sydal. 
ACH is tagged in and he gets two off a flurry of kicks and a
clothesline.  Tana swings wide and now he’s
outright throwing a bit of a tantrum in the ring because this isn’t going as
well as he thought it would.  ACH eggs
him on by playing some air guitar. 
Tanahashi gets the Dragon Screw and locks in a clover leaf while Sydal
brawls with Naito on the outside.  Sydal
gets free Naito and breaks the hold with a knee to the face.  Tanahashi rolls to the outside and Naito gets
dumped.  Sydal’s dive is blocked but ACH
takes out both NJPW talents with Air Jordan. 
ACH throws Tanahashi in and hits him with a Get over Here to set up
Sydal’s shooting star press.  Naito just
barely makes the save at 2.9.  Naito pants
Sydal with a DDT before ACH drops him with a kick.  ACH goes up but his 450 gets Tanahshi’s knees.
 Slingblade and High Fly Flow gets the
three count.
Rating ***1/2 Great tag match where ACH and Sydal got to
look great even in defeat.  Not much else
to add, it was really just an exhibition for the New Japan talent to make an appearance
in the states.  Worth watching if you’re
a fan of any of the guys involved in this one.
 
-Nigel McGuiness is out for the main event contract
signing.   It’s been over 400 days since
Jay Lethal won the TV title, and almost three years since world champion Jay
Briscoe was last pinned or made to submit. 
The audience starts a cute “Sign up” chant while Lethal and Briscoe sign
the dotted line.  Both titles will be on
the line in a one fall match with a 60 minute time limit.  Nigel calls this the biggest match in ROH
history (an exaggeration for sure, but the main event *does* feel huge enough
that it’s forgivable.  He asks if the men
have any last words before this Friday.

-Lethal goes first. 
The only reason he doesn’t destroy Jay Briscoe right now is because he
needs Jay at his best on Friday.  He has
to prove that he is the best.  At the end
of Best in the World Briscoe will have no reason to be here—signing that
contract was the biggest mistake of his life, just like it was papa and Mama
Briscoe’s biggest mistake of their lives 31 years ago when they sired Jay
Briscoe!
-Jay Briscoe says he’ll keep this short and sweet.  When he’s done with Jay Lethal, he’ll have no
choice but to leave and become “Black Machismo again”.  This incenses Lethal who flips the table.  They stare down and hold up their belts as we
fade off the air.  It’s here that Jay
Lethal gets the money line.
-“Your belt means nothing, mine means everything—I made this
belt, that belt made you, I MADE THIS, THAT MADE YOU.”  Actual chills.  Everything about this feud is so good.
-Final Verdict: The Best episode of ROH on Destination America yet, with a
main event angle that sets the stage for Friday’s clash perfectly and
great wrestling as well.  If the show maintains this quality then ROH
should have nothing to worry about.

-See you all Next week for CHAOS vs the Bullet Club and
Roderick Strong vs Shinsuke Nakamura, and Tommorow for my BitW preview.        

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 17th, 1987

May 17, 1987

From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan (returning to commentary from the beating he received from Ken Patera and sporting a neckbrace) and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match is “The Natural” Butch Reed vs. Ricky Steamboat in a non-title match. Also in action will be Killer Khan vs. Outback Jack, Islanders vs. Killer Bees, and the Hart Foundation.

“The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Reed attacks Steamboat as he enters the ring and attempts to take off his belt so he can choke him out. Reed suplexes Steamboat into the ring then chokes him out with his own jacket as Heenan rants about how he is not done with Patera. Reed briefly targets the back then tosses him through the ropes as Slick gets caught trying to hit him with his cane. Steamboat slides underneath Reed’s legs then chops him down but ends up running into a big boot. Reed works over the back and tries a press slam but Steamboat floats over and hits Reed with a back suplex as both men are down. They both get up then collide as they are down again. Reed heads up top but Steamboat slams him off of the top. Slick jumps up onto the apron to distract Steamboat, who follows him outside. He chases him around and into the ring then chops away at Reed. Steamboat tries a crossbody as Reed catches him but the momentum takes both guys over the top rope then Steamboat slides back in just before the ten count as he wins the match (6:08) *1/4.

Thoughts: Not much of a match. Reed was generally awful in the ring during his WWF run. Maybe he was hurt for most of it but is offense looked weak and he seemed blown up halfway through the match. Steamboat did not look too strong during the match.



Joe Mirto & Jack Miller vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

Neidhart runs through Mirto as we get an insert promo from Danny Davis, who says he is taking applications for his refereeing academy. Man, Davis was awesome as a heel. The way he delivered his lines was fantastic. Too bad he sucked in the ring. Back to the match as Miller gets his ass kicked. Speaking of Miller he has a beard and the most random rat tail I have ever see. He then gets put away quickly with the Hart Attack (2:10).

Thoughts: Quick squash for the Hart Foundation, who are without a team to feud with at the moment.



Gene Okerlund is with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, who cuts a zany promo with many hair styling puns. Main point of this was to establish that Beefcake was 100% babyface and had fan support, which he did at the start of the gimmick.

Dave Wagner vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko takes down Wagner with an armdrag then rallies the crowd. Koko uses his speed to frustrate Wagner as the camera zooms in on Heenan and his neck brace. Koko clotheslines Wagner then hits a missile dropkick before getting the win with his Ghostbuster (2:20).

Thoughts: Poor Koko had nothing going on at this point, besides jobbing to Honky on the house show circuit. He came around about 10 years too late. His size hamstrung him a lot more in 1987 than it would have today.



Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man. Okerlund asks Honky where his guitar went as Honky says he will not bring it out because of Okerlund “badgering” him into singing all of the time. Good stuff from Honky and Hart, who truly came off as a hateable duo.

Outback Jack and Killer Khan are in the ring for their scheduled match but Khan attacks Jack before the bell then chokes him out with Mr. Fuji’s cane as he screams like a lunatic. Several referees run out to break it up as Khan and Fuji leave Jack behind in the ring. Jack finally gets up as he clutches his throat. Designed to get Khan over as a killer and somewhat protect Jack, who was all but a lost cause at this point anyway.

Snake Pit with guests the New Dream Team and Johnny V. Jake talks about how the original is always the best. He then asks why they got rid of Brutus Beefcake as Johnny is hiding out with his hands over his head to hide the haircut he received from Beefcake two weeks ago. Jake then taunts the New Dream Team if they are next to receive a haircut from Beefcake as Johnny promises Beefcake will pay. Man, the New Dream Team just did not work. They never got over enough as heels. But they did have a role in getting Beefcake over as a face.

The Islanders vs. Killer Bees

Both teams shake hands before the match, prompting Heenan to call them “sissies.” Match starts with Blair and Tama going back and forth in a nice sequence. Haku and Brunzell tag in and trade moves until Haku shoves Brunzell down off of a break as Heenan talks about the Islanders missing the ability to want to hurt someone and if they had that they could be the Tag Team Champions. The Islanders work over Brunzell for a few minutes until Brunzell hits Tama with a shinbreaker. Blair tags and runs wild for a bit until Haku puts a stop to that. Blair hits Tama with the Bee Sting then tags Brunzell, who hits a dropkick, but Haku breaks up the pin. Haku tosses Brunzell to the floor then breaks up a pin attempt from Blair. The Islanders double-team Blair then Haku shoves the referee down when he tried to intervene as the match is ruled a DQ in favor of the Bees (5:32) **1/4. After the match, Tama climbs up top and plays to the crowd.

Thoughts: Really good action here. And the subtle heel turn of the Islanders continues. Tama acting cocky on the top rope after the match was a nice touch.



Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Billy Jack Haynes

Haynes slams Sharpe then hits him with an atomic drop. Haynes is then shown in an insert promo where he tells us he has no sympathy for Heenan and his neck. Sharpe attacks Haynes for a bit but misses an elbow drop as Haynes fires away. Sharpe reaches into his tights but Haynes ducks then gets puts him in the full nelson for the win (2:40).

Thoughts: These two seemed testy here and I’m pretty sure this was the match in which Haynes legitimately knocked out Sharpe backstage after it took place, with Haynes feeling Sharpe was shooting on him and not selling his moves. From what I saw, Sharpe’s offense looked stronger than usual and he seemed to not want to take the full nelson at all.



In action next week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the debut of the One Man Gang and the featured match of Dino Bravo vs. Brutus Beefcake. Plus, the “Snake Pit” with the entire Heenan Family as the guests of the show.

Final Thoughts: Fun show this week. You had two competitive matches and they were pushing some newer acts. Heenan back on commentary made for some good banter between him and Gorilla too. The midcard was shaping up well at this point but the top of the card was getting really stagnant.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: 1986 WWE Timeline as told by George Steele
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/23/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/24/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/30/87

WWF Superstars of Wrestling January 17th, 1987

January 17, 1987


From the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ

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

Tonight, Ricky Steamboat makes his return to the ring. Also in action will be Kamala, Hercules, and the Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

Barry O. vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


The fans are going nuts for Steamboat’s return. Steamboat ducks a crossbody then slams Barry down. He works the arm and does not let go when Barry goes outside. In the ring, Barry catches Steamboat with a powerslam for two but Steamboat comes right back with an atomic drop as we get an insert promo from Randy Savage about he will not watch Steamboat on TV because he already beat him when he was at 100%. Barry targets the throat of Steamboat and tries to drop him throat first on the top rope but that gets blocked and Steamboat fires away. He then heads up top and puts Barry away with the flying body press (2:37).

Thoughts: Steamboat’s reaction was off the charts and this matched proved that he is back and seeking revenge.






WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s subject is a match between Billy Jack Haynes and Harley Race from a Superstars taping as Haynes went after Heenan when he interfered and tried to put him in the full nelson. After that we get a promo from Heenan saying that he has someone to go after Haynes. And that is how the Haynes/Hercules feud started.

George Steele is flipping through the WWF magazine and slams it down when he sees Savage and screams “bad.”

Don Driggers vs. Kamala w/ Kimchee


Kamala tosses Driggers down and beats on him until he hits a splash. Kamala then goes up top and hits another splash for the win (0:33). After the match, Kamala goes up again but Kimchee yells at him to get down.

Thoughts: The squash matches are starting lose it’s appeal as Kamala has not beaten anyone with a shred of star power on TV.






Ken Resnick is with Bruno Sammartino,who will be facing Randy Savage in a Lumberjack Match in Boston. Sammartino calls Savage a coward for running away during their last match and promises that will not be able to happen this time.

We see Driggers getting taken out of the ring on a stretcher.

Resnick is with Raymond Rougeau, who will be facing the Hart Foundation at the Boston Garden. Raymond says that the Hart Foundation are in their way of getting another title shot. Generic babyface promo from Raymond.

Another vignette of Outback Jack. This time he is drinking at a bar and tells us that he works hard and plays hard and is tough enough for the WWF.

Salvatore Bellomo & Mario Mancini vs. Demolition w/ Johnny V. 


This is the debut of Demolition, who were the new team that Johnny V. had for the WWF. Smash is played by Randy Culley (Moondog Rex) while Ax is Bill Eadie. The face painting they have looks like shit and definitely improved over the months. Ax starts by beating the shit out of Bellomo, which is always a good time. Smash tags and continues the assault as we get an insert promo from Johnny V. putting over his two teams. Mancini is in the ring and he also gets destroyed until Demolition finally puts him away with not-yet named Decapitation (2:22).

Thoughts: Solid debut, even if Culley was not much of a worker. The jobber team did not land one single offensive move and they looked unstoppable. The crowd didnt react much either way to the team but seemed to be in awe of their domination.






Piper’s Pit with guest Jack Tunney. There is a giant trophy on the set. Tunney says that this trophy is to honor Hulk Hogan, for being a WWF Champion for three years and for basically popularizing the WWF. Hogan comes out and raises the trophy and gives a speech as we see the clips of his career. Hogan is ecstatic and says that the Hulkamaniacs and himself will only go to higher places. Andre the Giant comes out as the fans go nuts. Piper asks him if he has something to say as Andre says that three years to be a champion is a long time. He turns and smirks at Hogan while shaking his hand very firmly then he walks off as Hogan seems surprised at what Andre did but goes back to celebrating with his trophy. One in a series of famous editions of “Piper’s Pit” leading up to WrestleMania III. And the brilliant story leading to Andre’s heel turn continued as he showed a tiny bit more attitude with each appearance.

Jim Parks vs. Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan


Hercules rams Parks in the corner as Jesse talks about Andre on the Pit. Hercules slams Parks down and drops an elbow then hits a vertical suplex. Hercules then puts Parks in the full nelson and gets the win via submission (1:27). After the match, Heenan grabs the mic and dares any wrestler, including Billy Jack Haynes, to try and get out of the full nelson. Haynes then comes out to the ring and dares Hercules to put on the hold but Heenan says no then distracts him enough so Hercules and can attack him from behind. Hercules then locks on the full nelson as Haynes almost gets out but Heenan boots him down as the fans loudly boo the heels.

Thoughts: Well, this answers the question as to who Heenan had in mind to go after Haynes. And this angle would kick off their feud that led to their WrestleMania III match.






A graphic airs that says WrestleMania III will be on March 29th.

Terry Gibbs & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Killer Bees


The Bees are wearing their masks as Davis warns them about cheating. Match starts with the Bees taking turns beating on Gibbs. Brunzell gets caught in the wrong corner as we get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart and the Hart Foundation talking about how the masks are illegal. The Bees are now working over Sharpe’s leg but Brunzell is again caught in the wrong corner and Davis lets him get double-teamed in the corner as Vince lets us know that Davis’ Referee’s License expires at the end of March. Jesse talks about WrestleMania and says that Davis has earned a position on the show as Brunzell continues to get double-teamed. The match breaks down as Davis refused to count for Blair’s cradle. The Bees yank off their own masks then Brunzell puts Gibbs away with a dropkick after he got hit with an atomic drop (5:23).

Thoughts: Average match at best but this was more about Danny Davis than the teams in the ring. The Bees were just used as fodder for the Davis evil referee story.






Resnick is with the Hart Foundation. Neidhart is whacked out even more than usual as he harasses Resnick and compares what they will do to the Rougeau’s in Boston to what a Biology student does to a frog. Savage then comes out and tries to out-crazy Neidhart as he gives a warning to Sammartino that he will be done for good.

Next week in action will be Paul Orndorff, Koko B. Ware, Randy Savage and the featured match of the Can-Am Connection vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton.

Final Thoughts: Awesome show. Every segment served a purpose and they started off segments that led to WrestleMania III. The WWF was firing on all cylinders at this time and it would only get better as the months went on leading up to the big show.






Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/18/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Chris Kanyon
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 1/24/87
Saturday: RoH Night of the Grudges 6/14/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/25/87





WWF Championship Wrestling May 17th, 1986

May 17, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, the featured match will be the British Bulldogs vs. King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd in a non-title match.


King Tonga & Ted Arcidi vs. Dave Barbie & The Gladiator


Vince puts over Arcidi’s bench press record of 705 lbs. Arcidi no-sells forearm smashes to the chest from Barbie then knocks him down. Arcidi then press slams Barbie then hits a clothesline. The Gladiator tags and hurts himself after hitting Arcidi in the chest. Tonga tags and takes down the Gladiator then after an Irish whip sequence, takes him down with a flying knee smash. Barbie tags back into the match but Tonga suplexes him around then tags Arcidi, who catches him in a bearhug and gets the win via submission (4:24). 
Thoughts: Man, this was painfully dull. Arcidi was terrible but the WWF did a terrible job with him as they brought him up as a heel then just decided to make him a face but never gave you a reason to cheer him so the crowd either say silent or booed him. Tonga was alright but really lacked the charisma to pull off the babyface role they made him play. 


WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, we get a package that led to the Jake Roberts/Ricky Steamboat confrontation from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” 
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Don Driggers & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo’s pre-match poem is about how the Hart Foundation as no brains. The Hart’s attack Poffo, who comes back with a reverse rollup on Bret. Driggers tags but Bret hits him with an inverted atomic drop. the Harts take turns destroying Driggers as Vince mentions that a hearing has been scheduled regarding Andre the Giant and his whereabouts then the Hart’s hit Driggers with the Hart Attack for the win as Jimmy says “How about that Lanny?” into the megaphone in response to the victory (2:09). 
Thoughts: The Hart Foundation was still just a middle of the road team, with Bundy & Studd, Sheik & Volkoff, and the Dream Team in front of them in the pecking order. They looked good in the ring tonight though.


Ken Resnick makes his WWF debut by interviewing Hulk Hogan about his match against Randy Savage at the Boston Garden. Hogan calls Resnick “Killer Ken” then runs down both Elizabeth and Savage and that he even has a surprise for Savage called “Hulkamania.” This was pretty much the template that Hogan used for the majority of his interviews this decade. 
Moondog Spot & Cyclone Capone vs. Pedro Morales & Hillbilly Jim

Pedro looks like his usual miserable self tonight. He beats on Spot to start then gets a rollup for two. Spot thinks he outsmarted Pedro and taunts Jim but turns around and walks into a slam. Both men tag out as Jim places Capone on the top turnbuckle then chops him down. Jim slams Capone then drops the elbow. Bruno makes a comment about Cyclone being reduced to a little breeze as Vince laughs way too hard at that line then Jim finishes Capone off with a big boot (2:13). After the match, Pedro and Jim dance, much to Vince’s delight. 
Thoughts: The crowds have really cooled on Hillbilly Jim and has the company, seeing that his entourage is no more. Just two guys randomly thrown together here because they had nothing else going on in the company.


Resnick is with Corporal Kirchner, who hypes his match against Nikolai Volkoff at the Boston Garden. They are still trying to play off the idiotic angle involving Blassie’s cane from WrestleMania 2, when Blassie clearly threw it at Kirchner because Volkoff was nowhere around him. Kirchner tried but just didnt have the talent to pull this off. 
Mike Saxon vs. Hercules Hernandez w/ Freddie Blassie

Ernie Ladd joins Bruno and Vince on commentary for this match and stays on for the rest of the show. He talks about how the WWF attracts the greatest athletes in the world, specifically football players. Hercules beats on Saxon as the announcers talk about tonight’s main event. Hercules clotheslines Saxon then uses a suplex before making him submit to the backbreaker (3:07). 
Thoughts: To say that Hercules wrestled at a methodical pace is an understatement. He moved only slightly quicker than Arcidi does in the ring. Hercules is another wrestler tonight who had nothing at all going on at this point. He was wrestling third from the card against guys like SD Jones and Sivi Afi on house shows too.


Flower Shop with host Adrian Adonis. His guests are Elizabeth and Randy Savage. Not much of an interview that ends with Adonis giving Elizabeth flowers. The Flower Shop has been pretty bad so far, actually.
Paul Christy & Steve Lombardi vs. Tito Santana & “Golden Boy” Danny Spivey

Spivey and Lombardi engage in a very long Irish whip sequence that turns into a criss-cross, ending with Spivey catching Lombardi with a slam. Christy tags and the faces take turns working over his arm. Lombardi tags and the heels eventually work over Spivey in their corner as Ladd nearly puts me to sleep talking about Santana, comparing his knee injury to that of Marcus Dupree. Spivey escapes and manages to tag Tito, who beats on Christy, then tags Spivey who puts him away with the bulldog (3:20). 
Thoughts: Poor Tito got saddled with Spivey in another team that was slapped together at the last minute. Spivey at least looked better than he usually does but he really had no business wrestling in the WWF at this point. He was not good enough. Ladd on commentary was brutal by the way. He kept on talking about football, which is fine, but it was mostly rambling that took too long to get to the point.  


British Bulldogs vs. Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan

The Bulldogs use their speed and take down Studd with a sunset flip. Davey hammers away on Studd then the Bulldogs knock Studd down again with a double dropkick. Davey covers but Studd pushes him off at one. Bundy tags and knocks down Davey but misses an elbow dropkick. The Bulldogs hit Bundy with a double dropkick but Bundy comes back and beats on Davey. The heels take turns beating on Davey as Vince once again reminds us that action will be taken against Andre for not appearing three weeks ago. Dynamite runs in and jumps on Studd’s back and locks in a sleeper hold but Bundy knocks him off. The referee tries to regain order but Studd tosses the referee down and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (4:55). After the match, Davey escapes an Avalanche from Bundy, who then argues with Studd for costing them the match. They shove each other as Heenan separates both guys. 
Thoughts: This was basically a squash. The teased tension between Studd and Bundy was new. You can say that it was odd for Bundy to get pissed about a loss in a non-title match I suppose but it didnt really matter.


Resnick is with Randy Savage and Elizabeth. Savage talks about how he beat Tito Santana in the Boston Garden for the Intercontinental Title and will take the belt from Hogan at the next show. Funny moment as Savage asks Resnick is name and introduces Elizabeth to him but yells at Resnick after he tries to shake her hand. Savage then said that Hogan would have been the greatest but he has to live in the same era as himself. 
Next week’s featured match is the Killer Bees vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. 
Final Thoughts: This show was totally skippable. Most of it was promoting the Savage/Hogan house show matches and they did further along the Andre the Giant storyline but everything else was dull. A lot of tag teams that were slapped together like Arcidi & Tonga and Pedro & Hillbilly Jim that no one is going to get behind. They did undergo some changes as far as announcers and interviews were concerned as Ken Resnick replaced Okerlund on interviews. At this time, Jack Reynolds, who announced the “B” show (All Star Wrestling), left the company. Okerlund went on to host “Tuesday Night Titans” until it got cancelled. Ladd did some comentary on house shows but did not stay with the company all that long.

WWF Championship Wrestling August 17th, 1985

August 17, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, the Junkyard Dog & Ricky Steamboat team up. Also, the Dream Team and Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo will be in action. Plus, Terry Funk and Don Muraco in singles action.

Dave Barbie & Tiger Chung Lee vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo w/Capt. Lou Albano
The announcers talk up Albano as being the favorite for the “Manager of the Year” award. Lee and Rotundo work a decent sequence that ends with Rotundo working the arm. The champs work on the arm of Lee until he escapes and tags. Barbie slams Rotundo then drops an elbow. Rotundo fights back and tags Windham, who hits a dropkick then puts him away with the bulldog (3:14).
Thoughts: Decent enough showing for the champs. Lee was back on TV for the first time in 1985 here.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. For the third consecutive week, the focus is on Corporal Kirchner. We get a new vignette, this time Kirchner swimming in a swamp holding a knife in his mouth. Holy shit was he terrible at promos. They sure did spend a lot of time hyping his debut.
Terry Funk vs. Paul Roma
Funk backs Roma against the rope before tossing him through the ropes. He suplexes him back in but gets kicked over the top rope after applying a spinning toe hold. Roma fires away but Funk takes him down with a shoulder block. Roma hits a really sloppy small package but Funk hits him with a back suplex. Roma holds the rope to avoid a neckbreaker then hits a pair of slams as the crowd goes wild. Roma bounces off of the ropes but Funk catches him with a sleeper for the win, despite the crowd starting a Roma chant (3:00). After the match, Funk brands Roma before smacking and kicking him around.
Thoughts: Good stuff. Funk made Roma look really good, even getting the crowd believing that Roma had a chance to win. Funk was always good about letting the job guys get in some offense. He was awesome during this run.
Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He said that he trained with Andre the Giant in order to prepare for King Kong Bundy. One of the wackier Hogan promo’s I have ever seen and by the way he looked, it wouldn’t have surprised me to learn that he took some “gimmicks” before filming the segment.
Mike Donnatelli vs. Tito Santana
Santana works the arm of Donnatelli as Capt. Lou Albano joins the booth and talks about the “Manager of the Year” award. Freddie Blassie comes out and argues with him before hitting him over the head. Albano gets pissed and rants and raves on commentary as Donnatelli stalls outside of the ring. Back inside, Santana takes him down with a side headlock. Shortly after that, he hits him with a flying forearm before getting the win with the figure four leg lock (3:23). After the match, we get a replay of Blassie attacking Albano.
Thoughts: This match was more of a backdrop for the “Manager of the Year” angle than anything else, which is odd seeing as the IC Champ was wrestling in the match. Tito’s second IC Title run didn’t really click for some reason.
Freddie Miller is with Uncle Elmer, who will be taking part of a six-man tag in Boston. Elmer is confused and thinks that Boston is in Mississippi. He cuts a horrendous promo, babbling like an idiot the entire time. Uncle Elmer might have been the worst all-around wrestler in WWF history.
Gary Starr & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Dream Team w/Jimmy Hart & Johnny Valiant
The camera pans to a lot anti-Beefcake signs in the crowd. They all lack wit and that includes the guy with the “Brutus Beefjerky” sign. Anyway, Beefcake works over Poffo in the corner. Poffo fights back with a pair of dropkicks, including one to Valentine. He tags Starr, who immediately gets destroyed by Beefcake. Valentine tags and drops a few elbows before applying the figure four leg lock for the win (2:09).
Thoughts: Dominate showing by the Dream Team. They are getting a big push now as a team instead of two singles wrestlers who occasionally team up.
Piper’s Pit with Andre the Giant. The segment starts with the chair empty as Piepr accusing Andre of not having the guts to come out. He then rips apart a magazine piece by piece that features Andre. As he rants on and on, Andre comes out, causing Piper to change his tone. The segment ends with Piper throwing an Andre T-shirt against the wall before running away. Piper was pretty funny here.
Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Sal Gee
Muraco works over the back of Gee as the announcers talk about his feud with Ricky Steamboat. Muraco takes his anger out on Gee as the fans yell “beach bum” at him. After some more stomps and kicks, Muraco puts him away with the Tombstone Piledriver (2:12).
Thoughts: Not much to this match at all. They put over the Muraco/Steamboat feud on commentary.
Randy Savage gives us a PSA about staying in shape. He tells us to go to the gym so we do not stay a skinny wimp. This was great stuff by Savage.
Moondog Spot & Steve Lombardi vs. Junkyard Dog & Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat hits Lombardi with a flurry of offense. He then slingshots in with a Thesz Press. JYD tags and the crowd loves him. He headbutts Spot a few times before getting caught in the wrong corner. Lombardi is now the legal man and JYD headbutts him after tagging Steamboat, who gets the win with a flying body press (2:33).
Thoughts: This was fine. JYD was super over in 1985 too. I mean the crowd when nuts during his matches .
Freddie Miller is with the Dream Team, plugging their match at the Boston Garden. They are teaming with Johnny Valiant to go against Uncle Elmer & Ivan Putski & Pedro Morales (Holy shit is that an awful team or what). Valentine  runs down Morales for being washed up and says that Elmer is nothing but a pig farmer. Then, Valiant comes out, looking and sounding obliterated. They finish a song mocking Elmer before leaving. Lively stuff.
In action next week are Randy Savage, Spider Lady, Pedro Morales, Killer Bees, and the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. Also, Vince tells us that Randy Savage will introduce his new manager on the show.
Final Thoughts: This show was okay, with the major focus on the “Manager of the Year” angle and some of the secondary feuds. They still hyped the debut of Corporal Kirchner, which ended up as a dud. The Funk/Roma match was really fun for a TV squash and you had some entertaining promos.

WWF Madison Square Garden March 17th, 1985

March 17th,
1985

Your hosts are Gene Okerlund and Gorilla Monsoon.

This is the version of the show that was shown on WWE
Classics on Demand. It excludes the Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik vs. George
Wells and Bret Hart match.
 

 

Charlie Fulton vs.
Rocky Johnson

The announcers put over Rocky’s physique, which contains a
lot more weight in the mid-section than before. Fulton gets a rollup but Rocky
takes control with a headscissors. The Rock is already breathing heavy. Rocky
hits a few armdrags then Fulton takes a breather. Fulton works on Rocky in the
corner for a bit. Rocky dodges a few clotheslines and comes back with a sunset
flip for the win (3:35) ½*.

Thoughts: Not the most exciting way to start the show. Rocky
would be gone again within a couple of months and Fulton had to retire not too
long after this due to a heart ailment.

 

Rene Goulet vs. Barry
O.

Barry gets no reaction in his MSG debut. They take it to the
mat to start as the announcers hype WrestleMania. Neither man can gain an
advantage as the announcers talk about the WrestleMania main event. The crowd
is booing as they are bored out of their minds. Barry works the arm until
Goulet catches him with a knee. Goulet bites Barry’s forehead then backs him in
the corner. He now uses the claw for a while but Barry fights back. He hits a
backdrop and a slam, which gets two. Powerslam gets two. Goulet rakes the eyes
and works a side headlock on the mat as the crowd is getting restless, due to
the fact they are bored to death. Goulet hits a slam and drops a knee. Barry
fights back and hits an atomic drop but gets kneed off a charge. Goulet goes
for a suplex but Barry turns it into a small package for the win (8:50) *.

Thoughts: I never remembered Barry O as a face in the WWF.
It didn’t work at all here as he had no personality in the ring at all. No
wonder he remained a jobber. His tights were similar to the ones worn by the
Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. This went on for way too long.

 


Jim “The Anvil”
Neidhart w/Jimmy Hart vs. S.D. Jones

Okerlund talks about Jimmy Hart’s musical career while
Gorilla talks about Neidhart’s fictional NFL career. S.D. pisses of Neidhart by
pulling on his beard. Gorilla tells us that Andre said he will retire if he
fails to slam Studd at WrestleMania. S.D gets a hiptoss then stomps the Anvil
when he went for a monkey flip. S.D. works the arm until the Anvil drops him
throat-first across the top rope. He roughs up S.D, using a lot of chokes as we
see a row of photographers around the ring that are apparently there in
anticipation of WrsetleMania. Anvil works a chinlock but S.D. escapes and
fights back with a few punches that showed an awful lot of light. He headbutts
the Anvil twice but gets sent into the corner and the Anvil catches him with a
powerslam for the win (6:52) *.

Thoughts: Another match that no one cared about. S.D. was
worse than usual here too. Despite the new manager, Neidhart is not being
pushed as a singles.

 

Jose Luis Rivera vs.
King Kong Bundy w/Jimmy Hart

Okerlund jokes that Bundy resembles a young Gorilla Monsoon.
Bundy shoves around Rivera then knocks him down with a back elbow smash. He
slams him with one hand then drops a knee. Rivera hits a few dropkicks to
minimal effect then Bundy chops him in the corner and hits the Avalanche
followed by an elbow drop for the win after demanding a five count (2:31) ¾*.

Thoughts: Bundy looked impressive in this squash match,
which was all that needed to happen here.

 

Mean Gene interviews Mr. T and Hulk Hogan in the locker
room, who are wearing shirts that feature the WrestleMania logo. Hogan said
that people thought it was a joke when he picked Mr. T as a partner but now the
people have seen him train and that he is a bad dude. Mr. T says he feels sorry
for his opponents and that he doesn’t like interviews as he should be training.
Hogan says that they have the “Eye of the tiger” and need to leave in order to
train.

 

Roddy Piper and Bob Orton come out for their live “Piper’s
Pit” segment. Orton is holding a large briefcase. Piper said that no one wanted
to fight him and now he has to come out and talk. He mocks the Irish in the
crowd and makes fun of the Yankees for their shitty team before bringing out
Paul Orndorff. They all mock Mr. T., complete with Orndorff mimicking a monkey
as Piper calls out Mr. T. He comes out with Jimmy Snuka and Hogan as the crowd
erupts. Piper offers Mr. T a seat but he stands and tosses the chair aside.
Before they talk, they send the others in the corner. Piper said that Mr. T has
won boxing championships and “Tough Man” competitions but Piper will do him the
favor of letting him back out of their WrestleMania match, referring to it as
their “closed-circuit match.” Mr. T said he is not worried and is offering him
a chance to back out. Orton pulls out a picture from the briefcase which
reveals a painting of Mr. T wearing a sling and another one of him with a cast
on his leg. The last one is a painting of him in a body cast. Piper then goes
nuts and puts on a Mr. T wig. Both men then end up getting held back as Piper
leaves and Mr. T gets pissed, saying you don’t mess with his hairstyle. Mr. T
then breaks the paintings before telling the crowd that Piper will pay for what
he just did on March 31st as he ready to fight, using all possible
means. Decent segment that did a solid job hyping the WrestleMania match. Piper
was tremendous as a heel in 1985.

 

Matt Borne vs. David
Sammartino

Sammartino takes Borne down a few times but gets punched
afterwards. Borne hits a belly-to-belly suplex then grabs a side headlock. The
announcers talk about the buzz surrounding WrestleMania as Borne maintains the
hold. Sammartino fights back and knocks down Borne as the crowd stays silent.
He hits a backdrop then works a side headlock of his own. Borne escapes and
rams Sammartino into the corner. Borne rolls him up for two then grabs a
chinlock. Sammartino escapes by sending Borne into the corner then fires away
but Borne grabs a front facelock. They trade punches in the corner and
Sammartino wins that battle. Borne misses a charge in the corner and Sammartino
hits a suplex. He gets a slam and drops a knee before heading up top. Borne
cuts him off and slams him but that only gets two. Borne goes for a powerslam
but Sammartino hangs on and uses his momentum to reverse it into a cradle for
the win (8:36) **1/4.

Thoughts: Solid match. Borne looked impressive in the ring
and David wasn’t that bad but just lacked charisma and looked like a jobber.

 

Ken Patera &
Jesse Ventura & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan vs. Junkyard Dog & Jimmy
Snuka & Andre the Giant w/Capt. Lou Albano

The crowd is jacked for this. Albano goes towards Heenan but
Studd steps out and protects his manager. JYD and Patera slug it out to start.
JYD hits a backdrop then tags Andre. Studd comes in and Andre gives them a
double noggin-knocker. He boots down Patera and JYD gives him the crawling
headbutts. Patera bails and consoles with Heenan. Patera goes in the corner and
stalls before ducking out after Andre comes after him. Jesse chokes out JYD in
the corner then the match breaks down as Andre goes after Studd & Patera. Jesse
and JYD are the legal men and Jesse goes to work. JYD no-sells a few punches
then rams Ventura off the turnbuckle. Snuka tags and headbutts Jesse. He hits a
slam and hits a fist drop off the second rope. Jesse rakes the eyes and Patera
chokes out Snuka behind the ref’s back. The heels get heat on Snuka, using a
lot of restholds, until he breaks up a bearhug from Studd with a bell clap and
tags Andre. The crowd goes nuts as Andre attacks Studd in the corner. He beats
the shit out of him and goes for the slam but Patera breaks it up. Jesse tags
but Andre gets the upper hand. He boots down Jesse and Snuka hits the Superfly
Splash for the win (11:55) **1/2. After the match, the faces beat on the heels.

Thoughts: Fun match. They stuck to a basic formula and it
worked great. Andre was really laying into Studd with his offense.

 

Terry Gibbs vs. Ricky
Steamboat

Gibbs knees Steamboat as he offers a handshake. Steamboat
fights back with a backdrop and a slam as Gibbs retreats to the corner. Gibbs
stalls some more until Steamboat chops him down. Gibbs rakes the eyes and
tosses Steamboat to the floor. He pulls him back on the apron and hits him with
forearm strikes across the chest. Gibbs hits a slam and uses cheap heel tactics
to maintain control. Steamboat chops back and takes him down with an elbow
strike. He hits a chop from the second rope then wins the match with a top rope
crossbody block (4:36) ½*.

Thoughts: These two did not click in the ring. The crowd was
completely silent throughout the match too. It didn’t matter as this was before
the main event, which was the match everyone wanted to see.

 

Intercontinental
Title

Lumberjack Match

Greg “The Hammer”
Valentine (Champion) w/Jimmy Hart vs. Tito Santana

The crowd loves Tito. Valentine attacks him from behind to
start. Tito comes back with a clothesline then beats the piss out of Valentine in
the corner. He ducks out and Steamboat tosses him back inside. Tito hits an atomic
drop then follows that with a knee lift. The heels will not touch Valentine as
the faces all toss him back in the ring. Valentine comes back with an inverted
atomic drop then takes control. Tito fights back and stomps on Valentine in the
corner. He ducks out after Tito attempts a figure four then heads up the ramp
but a few of the faces toss him back inside. Tito hits him with a forearm off
the second rope for two. Valentine ducks out and tries to go through the crowd
but gets picked up and tossed back inside as the bell sounds for some reason.
Tito hammers away in the corner but ends up running into a knee and Valentine covers
for two. He gets a few nearfalls as the crowd is chanting for Tito. Valentine
works on the knee that he injured several months ago and attempts a single-leg
crab. Tito breaks away but sells his knee and Valentine knees him down. He goes
back to work on the knee and goes for the figure four but Tito turns that into
a small package. They slug it out until Valentine knocks him down with a
European uppercut. He drags Tito by the hair into the corner but Tito sends him
into the turnbuckle. Tito knocks him down and drags him back inside by his
tights. Suplex gets two as Tito sells the back of his head. Tito hits a few
stomps and goes for the figure four but Valentine kicks out. He attempts to
bail but the faces drag him back inside. Tito knocks him down with a forearm
then locks on the figure four as the building erupts. Hart distracts the ref as
Studd drags Valentine near the roes. Tito goes after Studd but Valentine attacks
from behind. They slug it out then both men end up colliding but Valentine
falls on top of Tito and gets the win (14:59) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Really good match. These two had awesome chemistry
together. The crowd was in love with Tito and really wanted to see him get his
revenge against Valentine. They also put over on commentary how Valentine was going after Steamboat when he was getting tossed back into the ring, which usually signals that they will face off or start to feud together. This match has been featured on multiple DVD’s,
including the “History of the Intercontinental Championship” and “Greatest
Wrestling Stars of the 80’s.”

 

Final Thoughts: The
show had a really good main event and a fun six-man tag so it wasn’t bad. It
lacked the star power of most MSG cards but with WrestleMania two weeks away,
they were holding back the big matches for that. It was a shorter card than
usual, which doesn’t get any complaints from me as these can last an eternity
at times.

QOTD – July 17th, 2013

Greetings.

Today’s question was mentioned in yesterday’s thread by I believe Mike Mears. If not, well, soak up the adulation anyway.

TV show that was unjustly cancelled and deserved a longer run?

Myself, I have to go with a fairly obvious answer and say Freaks & Geeks. It’s one of those shows that’s built on a mile-high tower of hype, and is just as good, if not better than what people say. A fantastic show that’s built with an incredible cast of characters & actors. This show had true potential to be one of the all-time greats, but was snuffed out due to ratings problems. Also, it’s cousin, Undeclared is another great show that was never brought back. I remember watching it when it first aired with That 80’s Show.

How say you?

Also, I’ve been wanting to create commentary tracks for movies for quite a while now, and I’ve finally got around to doing it. I did a 30 minute commentary for Die Hard just to test to the waters. So far I’ve got some great response to it, so I thought I’d try it out here for anyone who wants to give it a listen. I’d really like to hear what you think, along with any movie suggestions for future commentary tracks.
Caliber’s Commentary – Die Hard  I banter for a minute or so in the beginning, and the commentary on the film starts right after John says “welcome to the party, pal”.

WWF Maple Leaf Wrestling: November 17th, 1984

November 17th, 1984
Your hosts are Angelo Mosca and Jack Reynolds
This week, Tony Atlas, Barry Windham, Blackjack Mulligan, Tito Santana, and Paul Orndorff are in action. Also, Piper’s Pit with guest SD Jones.

Rene Goulet vs. Tony Atlas
Atlas is back after a brief stint in the AWA. The crowd is going nuts, starting a “Tony” chant. Atlas easily overpowers Goulet, occasionally stopping to taunt him. The crowd is eating up everything that Atlas does by the way. Goulet gets in an eye rake but Atlas fights back and hits a press slam for the win that had Mosca going out of his mind (3:28).
Thoughts: The crowd was hot for Atlas in his return. Atlas wasn’t around much longer after this as he was battling his substance abuse issues at this time.
WWF Update with Billy Red Lyons. It shows a Greg Valentine and Capt. Lou Albano clip from 10/21/84 show at MLG when he defended the Intercontinental Title against SD Jones.
Bob Wayne vs. Paul Orndorff w/Bobby Heenan
Orndorff is getting pelted with trash as he makes his way to the ring. Wayne doesn’t look to weigh more than 200 lbs. A loud “Paula” chant breaks out before the match. Orndorff starts by beating the shit out of Wayne. He tosses him to the floor then follows him out to slam him. In the ring, he hits a dropkick as Heenan briefly joins commentary, demanding respect for his client. Powerslam by Orndorff who then drops a pair of elbows. He murders him with a clothesline then hits the piledriver for the win (2:33).
Thoughts: Another dominating squash from Orndorff. I don’t think Orndorff needed a manager to get heat but adding Heenan certainly didn’t hurt things.
Billy Red Lyons is plugging the December 6th show in Vancouver. He is with Freddie Blassie and Nikolai Volkoff, who will be going against Sgt. Slaughter. That match never took place as Slaughter left the WWF and Volkoff ended up facing George Wells. Typical anti-Americn promo from Volkoff.
Mohammed Saad & Bobby Bass vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham
This is the TV Debut for the team of Windham & Rotundo. Barry takes down Saad with a pair of armdrags then they take it to the mat. Rotundo tags and hits an elbow smash before working the arm. He does some matwork then ends up the wrong corner. Rotundo fights both men then Bass tags. They use quick tags that lead up to a double dropkick. Saad tags then Windham hits the running bulldog for the win (2:48). The crowd gives them a loud applause at the end.
Thoughts: Good showing for this team. There was a glaring absence of face tag-teams at this time and these guys looked great. The crowd was behind them too.

Billy Red Lyons is with Rocky Johnson. Billy calls him a contender for the world title as Rocky puts over Canada, stating he was born in Nova Scotia. He states he will be ready and won’t back down from anyone. Luckily, his son did not inherit his mic skills.
Ted Grizzly vs. Blackjack Mulligan
Mulligan takes down Grizzly to start. They do a bunch of lockups that go nowhere then Mulligan uses the world’s slowest drop toehold. Mulligan no sells several punches before hitting a flying back elbow smash for the win (2:41).
Thoughts: Horrendous match. Grizzly is incredibly uncoordinated and could barely run the ropes and Mulligan was not good in the ring at this point at all (Honestly, I don’t know if he was ever good in the ring).
Piper’s Pit with SD Jones. Piper calls him one of the people he never wanted to wrestle because he has nothing to gain in beating him. Now that’s how you bury someone. SD yells at Piper then Blackjack Mulligan comes out and stares at Piper, who says he will not be intimidated. Mulligan says that they need someone else to give people a chance and states that he will now have Mulligan’s BBQ. They are pushing Mulligan strongly here and the thought of another talk-show segment seems to be hinting at a feud between both men. 
Goldie Rogers vs. Tito Santana
The announcers put over Tito for coming back from injury. He looks intense as he works on Rogers. Goldie uses an eye rake and punches away but Tito comes back with a backdrop as Mosca says that Goldie “has this Mexican in an uproar.” Tito then puts him away with a spinning toe hold into a bridge (2:17). Reynolds follows Tito’s victory with some of the least enthusiastic “Arriba” chants I have ever heard.
Thoughts: They continue to push Tito strongly since his return from injury.
Another Billy Jack vignette.
They show the Tonga Kid vs. Roddy Piper match from the 10/27/84 episode of Championship Wrestling is shown.
Billy Red Lyons is with Nikolai Volkoff, again. He cuts a prom on Sgt. Slaughter for their match November 6th in Vancouver. After that, Angelo Mosca comes out and says that his match against the Iron Sheik will be a war. He says that Iran has 75% of the world’s Pistachio nuts but they have one left over, the Iron Sheik. In his defense, Mosca was so bad he was funny. Sadly, the same cannot be said for today’s announce team.
Next week, David Schultz, Brutus Beefcake, Jimmy Snuka, Blackjack Mulligan, and the main event, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Rick McGraw and SD Jones, which Mosca notes could be a main event anywhere in the country.
Final Thoughts: This show was good in the fact that they are pushing and re-introducing babyface wrestlers. Atlas and Mulligan were back, Tito still is pushed strong, and Windham & Rotunda debuted as a team. I have said it many times but the WWF had a glaring lack of good wrestlers on the face side of the roster. The fact that Valentine was defending his belt against SD Jones at house shows just about says it all.
On a side note, next week I will review the 11/26/84 house show at MSG then after that the 12/18/84 TNT show (Butcher Vachon’s Wedding) followed by the 12/26/84 MSG show until it reaches 1985, where I will be reviewing Championship Wrestling again, amongst other things. I will start in 1985 with the debut of Primetime Wrestling, which aired 1/1/85.  
Any questions, complaints, or comments, feel free to email me at [email protected]

QOTD – June 17th, 2013

For Holiday’s and special occassions I planned on doing different things with the QOTD. Since Father’s Day fell on a Sunday, I’m gonna do it here. So, in celebration of the fathers, you get TWO questions! Yes, finally, the hard-work & toiling of fatherhood has finally paid off. Caliber looks out for his people. Anyone wanting to submit a question, [email protected]

First question comes from Bill Ray:

“Hi Caliber,

Here's a question for you and the blog: what's your favorite rarely-seen spot in 
wrestling? I'm partial to the "gorilla presses opponent on the floor and 
into the ring" spot, which the power babyfaces should bring back at some point. 
 
How say you?"
 
I think the reason we haven't seen that spot is because we haven't had any real "power" wrestlers, like
Warlord, or LOD. I think Goldberg was the last wrestler in that vein. As for a spot that I miss, well, 
I'd have to go with the double noggin' knocker. I say that purely for nostalgia reasons, because it's
completely ridiculous and would be laughed at today. If I had to choose one move that represents the 80's
wrestling scene, it'd be the DNK. Well, at least for the WWE.  

Second question:
This one comes from Jeff Bailey

"Here's one I've been wondering about:
 
Why didn't Capcom ever make a Powerstone style Marvel Superheroes game? It seems like such an 
obvious idea (at least to me.) Then again many of Capcom's Marvel related decisions boggle my mind.
 
So I guess my question is, if you were Capcom what game would you have made? 
Or not even just Capcom necessarily."

I want Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat. I mean, they were the two biggest fighting games of the 90's, 
with fans on each side swearing their series is the best. I was always the Mortal Kombat fan, but Street 
Fighter is an undeniable classic. I'd love to see what kind of Fatalities they'd cook up for the 
Street Fighter guys. I also want Jason as a DLC.  

How say you guys?