NWA World Championship Wrestling, November 30, 1985

Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering” is in the books and five new champions were crowned, including a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Dusty Rhodes. Two days later, we’re back in the TBS studios for another exciting edition of the Saturday night tradition, NWA World Championship Wrestling.

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Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering” – November 28, 1985

Continuing the chronological look back at the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions’ run in the mid-late 80s, it’s time for Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering”. Our main event is a rematch from Starrcade ’84, NWA Champ Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes. However, perhaps the most anticipated match on the card is the I Quit steel cage battle for the U.S. Title between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. Let’s roll…

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WWF Championship Wrestling December 28th, 1985

December 28, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action this week are Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy. Also, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, and the team of Tito Santana & Pedro Morales. Plus, “Piper’s Pit” and much more.


Gino Carabello & Steve Lombardi vs. Danny Spivey & Junkyard Dog

Spivey starts off with Lombardi and grabs a headlock. He and JYD work on the arm for a minute. Lombardi backs JYD into hs corner and he and Carabello double-team him briefly. JYD fights back and takes down Carabello with a clothesline. He puts him in a neck vise before tagging Spivey, who finishes him off with a bulldog (3:19). After the match, JYD invites a little girl with him in the ring to dance.

Thoughts:  The really tried to make Spivey appear as a Barry Windham replacement, right down to using the same finishing move. Unfortunately for Spivey, the fans did not react to him at all when he was in the ring. JYD still had the feud with Terry Funk going on but did a ton of tag matches at this time.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The subject this week was Paul Orndorff as they showed a clip of him beating a jobber.

Gary Starr vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji

Vince and Bruno put over the card for “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” which features Randy Savage vs. George Steele. Muraco tosses Starr to the floor as the crowd starts a “beach bum” chant. He brings Starr back into the ring and roughs him up until he puts him away with the tombstone piledriver (3:03).

Thoughts: Not much happening here as the announcers were more focused on SNME than Muraco, which shows how far he has fallen down the card. It didnt help any that he was getting fatter and lazier, either.

Gene Okerlund is with Don Muraco and asks him about his plans for 1986. He says that people do not know about the injuries he has endured recently and talks about dealing with Hogan, Steamboat, and Uncle Elmer then starts joking around with Okerlund about how he showed him a “few broads,” which nearly has Gene drop his microphone. This leads to some dialogue about that comment until Muraco wishes us a happy new year.

A plug for the “Slammy Awards” ballot airs.

Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. Mr. X & Barry O.

Morlaes toys around with Barry as Freddie Blassie and Hercules interrupt the announcers about how everyone is afraid of him. Mr. X works over Tito briefly but gets put in the wrong corner. Pedro tags and catches Mr. X with a shot to the gut then hits a backbreaker. Tito tags and hits a shinbreaker before he makes him tap to the figure four (1:58).

Thoughts: Vince briefly put over the team of Vince & Pedro but most of the focus was on Hercules and how everyone is apparently afraid of him.

Okerlund is with Bruno Sammartino, who runs down Piper. They then show us a taped promo of Orndorff accepting Bruno’s offer to join him as they face Piper & Orton in Boston. That was one hot feud.

Tony Mateo & Sal Gee vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

Vince lets us know that Corporal Kirchner will face Nikolai Volkoff at SNME to a “peace match.” The Anvil boots Gee to the floor, where he gets slammed by Brett. Mateo tags and the Anvil tosses him around. Brett tags and hits an elbow smash and a leg drop before tagging the Anvil, who hits a powerslam then pulls him up at the one count and shortly after that, they put Mateo away with the Hart Attack (2:46).

Thoughts: They put over the Hart Foundation really strong in the match. Mateo bumped like a motherfucker too.

Piper’s Pit with guest Mad Dog Vachon. Piper hilariously mocks Vachon for being high society and compares him to himself. Piper then asks him who will be the World Heavyweight Champion in 1986 and Vachon tells him that even though he is a good wrestler, he does not see anyone beating Hulk Hogan. Piper gets pissed and walks off the set. Well, Vachon’s prediction was correct.

Butcher Vachon vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

Orndorff starts by working the arm as the announcers talk about Orndorff’s cast and if it is really necessary or not. He slams Vachon then hits an elbow smash off of the top rope before putting him away with the piledriver (2:32). 

Thoughts: The cast angle was alright but the feud between him and Piper/Orton has been going on since the end of April and has about run it’s course.

“Leaping” Lanny Poffo gives a PSA warning us of the dangers caused by drinking and driving.

Another list of “Slammy Awards” nominees airs.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy vs. Jose Luis Rivera & S.D. Jones

S.D. tries and fails to slam Studd. Rivera tags and Studd tosses him in the corner as Vince plugs the SNME card, that will feature a year-end music video and an appearance from Hulk Hogan. Rivera continues to get destroyed as the announcers talk about the team of Studd & Bundy being the most dominate as Vince adds that he would like to see the British Bulldogs go up against them. Bundy tags and puts away Rivera with the Avalanche (3:31).

Thoughts: They are hyping up the giants as a dominate force as they head into the new year.

Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and Terry Funk, who will be facing Pedro Morales in Boston. Funk talks about sometimes you have to put animals away. They leave as Blassie comes out with Sheik & Volkoff, who will be facing Corporal Kirchner & Junkyard Dog. Sheik cuts his typical rambling promo. Nothing special here.

Next week, Hercules Hernandez will be in action. Also, Terry Funk, Ricky Steamboat, the British Bulldogs, and more information on “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and the “Slammy Awards.”

Final Thoughts: Not much of a show. The main focus was putting over the next episode of SNME (which aired on 1/4/86 but was filmed on 12/19/85) and the Slammy Awards, as they focused little on putting over the wrestlers themselves. They are appearing to be setting up some new feuds as things have gotten stale the past month or so. Soon enough, we will be heading into the hype for WrestleMania 2.

WWF Championship Wrestling December 21st, 1985

December 21, 1985

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura (subbing for Bruno Sammartino) and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga. Plus, The Dream Team and the in-ring debut of “The World’s Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi.

Butcher Vachon & Terry Gibbs vs. King Tonga & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Steamboat takes Gibbs over with a hiptoss after a fast-paced Irish whip sequence. Hercules and Freddie Blassie join the booth as Steamboat works on the arm of Gibbs. Tonga tags as Steamboat slingshots him onto Gibbs as Hercules and Blassie complain about no one wanting to fight them. Tonga no-sells a turnbuckle smash then chops down Vachon in slow motion. Tonga hits a thrust kick then tags Steamboat, who puts him away with a flying body press (3:05). The end looked awful as Vachon seemed afraid to catch him.

Thoughts: Vachon had no business being in the ring at this point. The segment was desgined to get over Hercules more than Tonga & Steamboat.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject are the British Bulldogs and Capt. Lou Albano, who Hayes tells us is the missing piece for the Bulldogs to win the belts.

A commercial airs with Paul Orndorff for the “Hulkamania Workout Set.”

Greg Eberhart vs. Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart

Before the match, Funk gets into the face of a fan. The match starts with Funk chopping Eberhart against the ropes. He yells at him to get up then hits a suplex. He tosses him to the floor as Funk pretends that this is the Junkyard Dog. Back inside, Funk hits a leg drop then a reverse neckbreaker. He stomps him for a bit before making him submit to the sleeper while yelling “JYD” (2:29). After the match, Funk brands Eberhart several times.

Thoughts: Fun squash as Funk prenteding the jobber was JYD made it entertaining. The fans hated Funk with a passion. For those wondering, Eberhart was African-American

Gene Okerlund is with Adrian Adonis. Okerlund is surprised by his new hairstyle and blond color. Adonis says when he changes, he changes completely. Okerlund asks him about his tour of Australia as he jokes about putting a Koala Bear in a microwave. Okerlund then asks him about the “Adorable” name as Adonis says that he is going to the top then leaves after wishing us all a “gay new year.” As the segment ends, Okerlund says that he always wants to make sure that he is behind Adonis. They are very slowly and carefully turning Adonis into the flamboyant “Adorable” character, with him acting a little bit more flamboyant each week. For this interview, he dressed similar to what he always wore at this time.

Another plug for the “Slammy Award” ballot.

Jim Powers & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant

For the first time on TV, Poffo reads a poem before the match. It was about The Dream Team as Poffo insulted Beefcake a few times. Valentine takes down Poffo, who bridges up and hits a dropkick. Valentine catches him with a clothesline then tags Beefcake, who hammers away. Poffo fights back and tags Powers but he gets attacked immediately then gets pinned with a jumping knee smash (1:11).

Thoughts: Really short match that put over the tag champs strong.

Mean Gene is with Bruno Sammartino, who talks about teaming up with Paul Orndorff against Bob Orton & Roddy Piper in Boston on January 11th. Bruno then promises that both Orton and Piper will be left bloddied in the ring. He closes by speaking in Italian.

Gary Starr vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth

On her way to the ring, someone hands Elizabeth a bouquet of flowers, which sets off Randy. He yells at her then tosses the flowers to the floor. He yells at her for another minute then attacks Starr from behind. He hits a suplex then puts him away with the flying elbow smash (0:22). After the match, he hits two more elbow smashes as Vince calls Savage a “jerk” on commentary.

Thoughts: This was the strongest they have had Savage play the unstable, abusive boyfriend at this point. The fans hated him even more after the match. Man, Savage, Funk, and Piper, they might have had three of the best heels in the business in 1985.

Piper’s Pit with guest Dr. Threwball. Piper asks him about Orton’s arm injury being more than a hairline fracture as Piper completely ignored and misntrepeted what the doctor was saying, which was that the cast should not have been on longer than six weeks. Not a bad segment and it was short enough because any longer, this would have completely died with the crowd.

Mario Mancini vs. “World’s Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi

Arcidi easily overpowers Mancini to start. He hits a slam, which looked awful, then picks him up in a bearhug before tossing him aside. He slams him with one hand then drops an elbow. The fans start a boring chant as Arcidi makes him submit to the bodybreaker (2:07).

Thoughts: A really bad debut for Arcidi, who was just terrible in the ring. He moved way too slow and everything he did looked terrible.

Paul Orndorff gives us a PSA on making sure you start off your day with a good breakfast.

Another plug for the “Slammy Award” ballot.

Mr. X & Joe Mirto vs. Cousin Junior & Hillbilly Jim

Jesse rags on the Hillbillies on commentary. Jim places Mr. X on the turnbuckle then yanks him off by the arm. He tags Junior who works a side headlock on the mat. Mr. X fires away then tags Mirto but Junior fights right back then tags Jim, who runs wild. He boots down Mirto then tags Junior, who puts him away with a sitdown splash (2:09). After the match, Vince gives us instructions on how to dance like Cousin Junior then lets out a loud “YEEEEHAAAAWWWWW” as Junior busts a move.

Thoughts: Another match to put over the Hillbillies, who were still feuding with Jesse and Piper at this time and would meet at the next “Saturday Night’s Main Event” that aired January 4th. No mention of that match here though.

Okerlund is with Freddie Blassie, who is holding a wad of cash that he says is for Sheik & Volkoff’s Christmas presents. He then says that they will put away Corporal Kirchner and the Junkyard Dog in Boston. Randy Savage then comes out and says that he will take the belt from Tito Santana in Boston on January 11th. He says that not just Boston but the entire world is “Macho Man Country” then calls out Elizabeth and has her tell Tito Santana to say goodbye to his belt. Savage was great here.

Vince apologizes on behalf of Savage for how he treated Elizabeth before his match as Jesse refuses to agree with him. In action next week are the Hart Foundation, Paul Orndorff, Danny Spivey & Junkyard Dog, Don Muraco, Paul Orndorff, and King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd.

Final Thoughts: A decent enough show. Savage was easily the star tonight and Funk was solid in his match too. They continued to really push the “Slammy Awards” and continued the evolution of Adonis into his “Adorable” Persona. The lack of a Heavyweight Title feud has been really noticeable as Hogan as not been on TV in a while to promote his house show matches. Hell, they even had Orndorff in the “Hulkamania Workout” commercial instead of Hogan himself. Anyway, the end of the year is always slow in the WWF but they do appear to be setting up some feuds and pushing other talents heading into 1986.

WWF Championship Wrestling December 14th, 1985

December 14, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week, Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele will team up. Also, The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis (The first time Adonis has been called “Adorable” on TV)

Steve Lombardi & Dave Barbie vs. Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
The match starts with all four men going after each other. The action was really slow too. The ref takes control as JYD beats on Lombardi, who tags Barbie. Steele tags and bites Barbie in the corner then tosses him aside so he can bite the turnbuckle then he tags JYD who gets the win with a powerslam (2:58). After the match, JYD and Albano teach Steele to dance as Vince yells at the Animal to “GIT DOWN.”
Thoughts: A really bad match in the ring and the crowd was not into it nearly as much as they usually are for JYD. That is a not a good sign for the first match at the taping.
“Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Michael Saxon
They have no begun the “Adorable” gimmick on TV for Adonis. Vince plugs the benefit show for Rick McGraw as they announced his passing for the first time. Adonis beats on Saxon and tosses him outside. He slams Saxon to the floor then brings him back inside and beats him up all over the ring. He hits a neckbreaker before putting him away with a jumping DDT (2:30). After the match, Adonis blows a kiss to the crowd then drops an elbow on Saxon.
Thoughts: Adonis was not very flamboyant at all during the infancy of his new gimmick. His weight was getting out of control at this point and his ring work would deteriorate rapidly.
Gene Okerlund is with Bruno Sammartino, who tells him that he destroyed Piper just like he said in Boston last week. He then says that he and Paul Orndorff are going to destroy both Piper and Orndorff in Boston on January 11th. Bruno could still cut a decent promo.
Vince McMahon plugs the “Slammy Awards” and shows us a clip of “Land of 1,000 Dances” and tells us we can vote for the best personality in the video by sending in a postcard.
The Gladiator & Mr. X vs. Corporal Kirchner & Scott McGhee
Some miscommunication here as Finkel was not given the updated information and announced Tony Atlas as Kirchner’s partner instead of McGhee, which looked even odder because the graphic before going to break read that McGhee was teaming with Kirchner. Match starts with Kirchner working on the arm of Mr. X. Both men tag out as McGhee suplexes The Gladiator then tags Kirchner, who catches him with a Samoan Drop for the win (1:30).
Thoughts: They seem to be pushing Kirchner again, although nowhere nearly as strong as before. McGhee could go in the ring but was never going to amount to anything in the WWF.
Mean Gene is with Lanny Poffo. He recites a poem about Bobby Heenan that Okerlund appreciated.
Ted Grippley & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff
As Volkoff signs the Russian National Anthem, Kirchner comes out with the American flag as the crowd goes crazy, allowing Grippley and Wrestling II to attack. MWII and Sheik start things out. MWII lands a few shots before tagging out. Sheik destroys Grippley and hits a suplex before putting him away with the Camel Clutch (1:30).
Thoughts: Short match and Volkoff did not tag in once. Now they appear to be setting up a feud between Kirchner and the team of Sheik & Volkoff. I believe had Tony Atlas not been such a major fuck-up around this time, he was going to team with Kirchner to feud with Sheik & Volkoff.
Piper’s Pit with guest Hillbilly Jim. Roddy mocks Jim by speaking very slowly then asks him if he is nervous to face him in the ring. Jim isn’t nervous then when Piper insults Uncle Elmer, he has Jim stand up so Orton can lay down behind him. The segment ends before we can see if Piper pushed Jim down.
Footage of the Fabulous Moolah, as the Spider Lady, beating Wendi Richter for the Women’s Title at Madison Square Garden.
Another Slammy award category is announced. It is for the best single on the “Wrestling Album.”
Moondog Spot & John Rizzo vs. Killer Bees
Blair and Spot start off going back and forth. Brunzell tags and hits a monkey flip before going to work on the arm. Spot catches him with a backbreaker then slams him down before tagging Rizzo. Brunzell gets away and tags Blair who slams Rizzo in an awkward spot. He then hits a clothesline before putting him away with an elbow drop (2:44). I don’t think that was supposed to be the finish as Blair looked pissed afterwards and Vince even said that the move didn’t look like it was enough to put him away.
Thoughts: The end was definitely screwed up as the Bees looked upset at the end. Rizzo was a short, fat jobber who had no skills at all. The Bees are getting over with the TV audience.
Piper cuts a promo starting with a Piper LJN figure on a chair before plopping himself down. Orton is behind him as Piper talks about how he beat on Bruno in Boston, pressing his fingers against his nose to mock Bruno. Piper then goes on a tangent about Bruno & Orndorff not being man enough to approach them for a fight. Piper then says that he is the “Legend Killer” and warns Orndorff to not risk his career by aligning with Bruno. Typical Piper promo but it was still good.
In action next week are Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga, Terry Funk, Randy Savage, The Dream Team, Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Junior, and the World’s Strongest Man, Ted Arcidi.
Final Thoughts: A big show in that it showed the Women’s title change and also announced the “Slammy Awards.” They continued the Piper vs. Sammartino feud, which would last until the beginning of 1986 through the house show circuit. They also debuted the “Adorable” character on TV for the first time too.

WWF Boston Garden December 7th, 1985

December 7, 1985
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoon

Paul Roma vs. Barry O.
The crowd boos Roma and that shocks the announcers. Barry shocks the announcers by breaking cleanly a few times against the ropes. They trade arm wringers then take it to the mat in a decent sequence. The crowd then starts to cheer when Barry cheapshots Roma as he takes control. Roma reverses an Irish whip then hits a backdrop and an arm drag. Barry ducks outside for a breather then comes in as Roma goes back to the arm. They then work a nice Irish whip sequence that ends with Barry whiffing on a clothesline then begging for mercy before rolling back outside. He comes back in and Roma clotheslines him then works a side headlock. Barry uses Roma’s momentum to toss him outside as the fans start a light cheer for Barry, who is posing in the ring. Barry headbutts Roma, hurting himself in the process, but is able to stop Roma’s sunset flip attempt. He heads up top and hits a double axe handle then runs Roma’s face across the top rope. The crowd starts a boring chant as Barry works a chinlock for a few minutes. He then gets two off of a powerslam then starts to hammer away before going back to the chinlock. Roma fights back and hits an atomic drop and a slam then gets two off of a leg drop. He then rams Barry’s shoulder into the post. Powerslam gets two. They collide in the middle of the ring in a clunky looking spot as the fans boo. Barry climbs up top but Roma slams him off. Barry begs for mercy but Roma fires away then hits a dropkick for one. Overhead suplex gets two. Barry comes back with an inverted atomic drop but Roma fights right back with a forearm smash. Vertical suplex gets two. Barry pulls Roma to the floor by his tights but gets pulled down himself and Roma rams his knee against the post. Both men are back in the ring as Roma gets a nearfall off of another powerslam then applies a figure four as the bell rings, signaling that the time-limit has been reached (18:06) **1/4.
Thoughts: The crowd shit on the match, probably because it was against two TV jobbers, but they put together a decent bout. The main drawback was that it went on for too long. Roma looked pretty good in the ring here and I think the only thing that held him back was his height as he could go in the ring. He looked pretty short next to Barry, who was billed at 6’1.
Moondog Spot vs. Tony Atlas
Atlas headbutts Spot and it looked awful. Atlas slams Spot then works the arm for a bit. Spot catches Atlas with a backbreaker then comes off the top with a forearm smash. Spot works a chinlock for a while. He tries to punch Atlas, who no-sells them and then gets hit with an atomic drop. Atlas knocks him down but runs into a knee on a charge. He then ducks underneath Spot and comes back with a flying headscissors then turns it into a cradle for the win (7:25) ½*.
Thoughts: Not much of a match at all. Atlas was abusing cocaine like it was going out of style at this point of his career. If he didn’t, he was in line for a push and at one point going to win the IC title but he ended up self-destructing. Spot was a really good worker that doesn’t get the credit he deserves but was a glorified jobber at this time.
Pedro Morales vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton
Orton runs away from Morales then attacks him on the floor. He slams him down then tries a suplex but Morales reversed it and both men are down. They head back inside as Pedro powers up and slugs away. He knocks Orton to the floor then follows him out and slams him into the guardrail. Orton tries to pick up a barricade and toss it inside but Morales knocks it down onto Orton’s head. Pedro fires away inside of the ring. He gets a nearfall off of a sunset flip then ducks a cast-shot and rolls up Orton with a small package for the win (6:25) ¾*. After the match, Orton attacks Morales with the cast.
Thoughts: Half of this was Orton stalling and running away. He really was not the worker he was at this point but some of that could have been due to his role, which made him a chickenshit heel. Jesse says Pedro’s win was an upset but Gorilla disagrees. Pedro wasn’t that bad here, probably because he was winning the match. He really dogged it when he was losing.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth vs. Ricky Steamboat
Jesse says that these are two of the best wrestlers in the world. Savage sneak attacks Steamboat but he gets sent into the corner then outside. Steamboat rams the arm of Savage into the post then continues to go to work on the arm. He stays on the arm for a long time then they really pick up the pace for a second before Steamboat goes back to work. Steamboat chases Savage outside of the ring and they end up back inside where Steamboat takes him down with a flying hammerlock. Savage outsmarts Steamboat by bailing after initiating a criss-cross then yells at a fan. Steamboat chases him back inside where he works the arm. Steamboat skins the cat but Savage sends him over the ropes with a forearm smash. He hits Steamboat with a double axe handle off of the top rope then sends him over the guardrail with a running knee smash. Back inside, Steamboat chops Savage but is unable to slam him as Savage falls on top. Savage climbs up top but Steamboat rolls away from the flying elbow smash. Steamboat hits Savage with an atomic drop but gets slammed off of the top rope. Savage slams Steamboat but gets caught with a shot to the mid-section as he came off of the top rope. Steamboat gets nearfalls with a suplex and a side kick. He uses his goofy martial arts chops then hits him while he is on the apron. The ref takes him away and Savage pulls a foreign object out of his trunks. Steamboat brings him back in with a suplex but Savage hits him in the head on the way down and Savage covers for the win (11:15) ***. After the match, Steamboat and Savage roll around the ring fighting over the object. Steamboat grabs it and chases Savage away.
Thoughts: Good match but not a classic or anything. It is actually part of the “Ultimate Randy Savage Collection” DVD. Lots of rest holds but that was understandable as they had another show in Philadelphia the same night, with Steamboat working against Don Muraco and Savage taking part of a tag match. A few months later, they used this same finish for when Savage beat Santana for the IC Title.
Bruno Sammartino vs. Roddy Piper
Both guys start brawling before the introductions, with Bruno getting the upper hand. They briefly fight outside then Bruno drags Piper back inside. Piper is bleeding from his forehead as Bruno is hammering away. He shoves the ref and apologizes and that allows Piper to take him down. Bruno’s comeback is stopped short with an eye poke then he takes Bruno outside. He rams his head off of the guardrail and goes back inside. Bruno fights right back and Piper tries to go up the aisle but he gets brought in and they repeat the spot again. Piper begs for mercy inside of the ring then tries to reach over and grab something from the announcers table but Bruno drags him in, showing his ass in the process. Piper complains about a low blow then Orton runs out but gets attacked as the ref calls for the DQ (5:05) **. After the match, they beat on Bruno then Piper decks the ref as he tried to intervene. They tie Bruno up in the ropes and slap him around.
Thoughts: Not much of a match but it was intense while it lasted. Bruno could still do these types of matches well. Piper & Orton did receive some cheers at the end, as there was a bit of a heel section at the Garden on this night.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Jesse “The Body” Ventura vs. Tito Santana (Champion)
Jesse cheapshots Tito against the ropes but Tito fights back and Jesse ducks outside. Back inside, Tito works the arm until Jesse breaks out then uses cheap heel tactics on Tito. He then catches him with a bearhug but Tito is able to escape. Tito fires away as Jesse wants to call a timeout. Tito then uses some of Jesse’s heel tactics then puts on the figure four. Jesse reaches for the ropes then yanks Tito to the floor by his tights. He tries to prevent Tito from coming back in but gets knocked down. Tito then flies in with a slingshot splash but the bell rang as Tito was unable to beat the ten count and as a result, Jesse won by countout (8:13) 1/4*. After the match, Jesse gets pissed that he did not win the belt and that vocal heel section was upset.
Thoughts: Typical Ventura match in that it was mostly stalling and other absurd spots. Ventura was really useless in the ring at this point. This crowd was not into Tito at all, which is shocking.
Scott McGhee vs. Hercules Hernandez
Blassie is not with Hercules, who overpowers McGhee to start. McGhee comes back with a few dropkicks and that has Hercules duck outside. Gorilla starts plugging the “Wrestling Album” and how it makes a great stocking stuffer as Hercules hits McGhee with a backbreaker. He tries it again but McGhee takes him down with a headscissors and hits another dropkick. Herc is moving at a snails pace, which has the crowd starting a boring chant. Herc goes back inside and hammers away, knocking McGhee to the floor. Back inside, Herc drops McGhee throat-first on the top rope then continues his assault. He elbows McGhee, who was in midair, then drops the elbow for two. He puts on a chinlock as the crowd is restless. McGhee fights back and gets a nearfall off of a crossbody. McGhee knocks him down then catches him in midair and hits an inverted atomic drop. He hits a top rope knee drop but misses a somersault senton from the top rope then Hercules dropped the elbow for the win (8:22) ½*.
Thoughts: Awful match, due to Hercules, but McGhee tried and looked good whenever he was on offense. He was a solid wrestler but built similarly to David Sammartino and Rick McGraw,and was never going to get much of a push.
“Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis
This is the first time I have heard Adonis billed as “Adorable.” He has died his hair blonde but still has his leather jacket. He takes his jacket off after attacking Poffo and is fatter than ever. Poffo fights back but Adonis regains control. He takes him down with an elbow smash but is sent into the corner on a bulldog attempt. Poffo fires away in the corner then hits a monkeyflip. Poffo comes off the top with a moonsault but Adonis got his knees up then he cradles Poffo for the win (2:51) *. After the match, Gorilla questions as to why they are calling Adonis “Adorable.”
Thoughts: Quick match. It was fine. Adonis wrestled the same way that he always had and nothing was different about him, besides the hair.
WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Killer Bees vs. The Dream Team (Champion)
No Valiant tonight. Jesse rejoins Gorilla at the booth and is unhappy he did not win the belt. Blair starts off against Valentine and takes care of him. Beefcake comes in and Blair goes after him too. The Dream Team regroup outside for a bit as the fans get on Beefcake. Back inside, Blair hits Valentine with a back suplex then tags Brunzell, who goes to work on the leg .The Bees use quick tags to isolate Valentine. Beefcake breaks up a figure four attempt by Blair and that allows Valentine to take control. The Dream Team takes turns beating the shit out of Blair. Valentine gets a nearfall with an elbow smash from the middle rope then softens up the leg. Blair fights back and goes for a slam but Valentine falls on top of him. Valentine then hits him with a gutbuster before tagging Brutus. Blair fights back then makes the tag to Brunzell with the crowd barely giving a shit. He takes care of both guys then gets a nearfall with a dropkick on Beefcake. The match breaks down then as Brunzell has Beefcake in a sleeper, Valentine hits him with a double axe handle from the top rope as the ref was ordering Blair back on the apron then he turns around as Beefcake covers him for the win (9:48) **3/4.
Thoughts: Solid match. Valentine looked great and everything he did to Blair looked like it killed him. The crowd did not like Beefcake but was quiet for this match and just about everything else on this card.
Final Thoughts: I would pass on this show. The card took place at 11:30am and these guys had another show in Philadelphia that evening so they were not going all out for that reason, among others. The early start time also seemed to have an effect on the crowd, who were not easily amused. It was funny to see that there was a heel section in the crowd, an uncommon occurrence for the WWF at this time. Starting the show with a twenty-minute time limit draw between two jobbers was a poor choice too. The first major match between Savage and Steamboat happened and the tag match was good too but you can pretty much pass on everything else.

WWF Championship Wrestling December 7th, 1985

December 7, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana will be in action. Also, the Hart Foundation, Paul Orndorff & Dan Spivey, and George “The Animal” Steele.

The Gladiator & Steve Lombardi vs. Tito Santana & Pedro Morales
Tito and Lombardi go at it as Bruno talks about Santana’s “Latin temper.” Pedro tags and slams Lombardi a few times until he tags out. Morales dodges an attack as the Gladiator takes Lombardi off of the apron by accident. Tito tags in and gets caught in the wrong corner as Lombardi beats him down. The Gladiator tags as the fans chant for Tito then go silent as he makes the tag to Morales. Tito tags back in and puts the Gladiator in the figure four but Lombardi breaks it up and the match breaks down until Morales gets the pin with a backbreaker (4:32).
Thoughts: This ran for a bit too long. The crowd loves Tito but seems to be pretty indifferent toward Morales, who was old and on the way down the card. Morales would really begin to not give a fuck at all as 1986 approached. Tito with the IC belt though is just not working out as he has been tagging with JYD and Morales for most of this title reign.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is the Killer Bees as we see a clip of them beating a pair of jobbers from “Maple Leaf Wrestling.” Hayes believes big things will happen to the Bees in 1986.
Gino Carabello vs. David Sammartino
Sammartino had already left the company by the time this match had aired during the “Phantom Submission” match against Ron Shaw in Philadelphia. Sammartino overpowers Carabello to start. They trade slams then Sammartino gets a nearfall off of a hiptoss. Carabello slaps Sammartino in the face, which pisses him off, then Sammartino lays into him with chops until he gets the win with a powerslam (2:42).
Thoughts: The last TV match for David, who wasnt as bad in the ring as most people make him out to be. His problem was that he had little charisma and being the son of Bruno, could never come close to escaping from his shadow. He was overpushed from the beginning and no one took him too seriously after that. 
Gene Okerlund plugs the December 7th show at the Boston Garden (Which I will review and post on Tuesday for those interested) then interviews Bruno Sammartino, who will be facing Roddy Piper. Sammartino said that he is a “Washed-up old man” but will make Piper pay after he called him a “stupid wop.” Sammartino said there is no room for bigots like Piper in wrestling and is coming into the ring not to wrestle, but to fight. Good interview by Sammartino.
Jim Powers & Scott McGhee vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart
Witty crowd sign of the week: “Brett Hart Has the Hair of a Greaseball.” The Harts are rocking the blue and black tights here for the first time on TV to my knowledge. McGhee sends Hart to the floor with a dropkick to the back. Back inside, Powers works the arm of Hart but gets taken down quickly. Hart hits Powers with a backbreaker then tags Neidhart, who beats on Powers. Hart tags and hits a dropkick then softens him up until they put him away with the Hart Attack (2:49).
Thoughts: The Harts actually got their first push around this time. They were coming into their own and Vince was putting them over on commentary here too. 
Okerlund is with Tito Santana, who will be defending his Intercontinental Title against Jesse Ventura in Boston. Santana cuts a promo on how Ventura has not changed (he was playing a face in the ring at this time in a role that did not last long at all) and that he will not lose the belt.
Rusty Brooks & Terry Gibbs vs. Danny Spivey & Paul Orndorff
This was the TV debut for Spivey. Orndorff is wearing a cast, mocking Bob Orton’s broken arm. Spivey works over Gibbs, which makes sense they worked together at the last MSG show. Spivey hits a crossbody in a bad looking spot then tags out as Orndorff nails Brooks with the cast. Orndorff backdrops Brooks then slams Gibbs before tagging out. Spivey hits a pair of dropkicks then tags Orndorff who whacks Brooks on the back of the head with his cast for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: Spivey was really green when he began but most of this revolved around Orndorff and the cast angle, which overshadowed Danny’s debut. Brooks sold the finish like a pro and have to give him credit for that. 
Piper’s Pit with a slew of guests, including the Dream Team, Hart Foundation, Hercules, and Freddie Blassie. They see Orndorff and Spivey walk back from the ring and they all harass the faces. Piper then mockingly has the heels hold him back from them as he makes fun of Spivey & Orndorff for not having any friends then calls the crowd “peasants and peons” as they are all rich people. Funny stuff.
Joe Mirto vs. George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Steele beats on Mirto as his tongue is wagging around. He then eats the turnbuckle as he chucks the stuffing in the air then smushes some of it in Mirto’s face. He stomps away before getting the win with a flying hammerlock (2:08). After the match, Steele unknowingly leads the crowd into a chant then gets confused and stops.
Thoughts: The same as any other Steele squash match from the 80’s. He was getting a push here as he had been off of TV for a little bit. 
A clip of “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” airs which shows the wrestlers in a “Ghostbusters” parody. Man, did Tito sound like the dumbest Mexican stereotype ever in these things.
The Menace & Ron Shaw vs. King Tonga & Ricky Steamboat
Tonga gets the best of Shaw then takes down both men at the same time. The match breaks down as the faces catch the heels with super kicks. They take turns beating on the Menace, with Tonga looking pretty damn good in the process. Steamboat tags and puts on a chinlock before he works the arm. Poor Menace, he is getting the shit kicked out of him in this match from all sorts of moves. Tonga then holds up the Menace as Steamboat comes off of the top with a crossbody for the win. That looked ugly (5:23)
Thoughts: Decent action but way too long for a squash match. The Menace got the shit kicked out of him tonight and bumped around so much that he was gassed at the end. He earned his paycheck for that TV taping. 
Okerlund is with Jesse Ventura, who keeps referring to Tito as “Chico.” Jesse also says that Santana is afraid of him and will also show him what it means to be an athlete. He leaves and Bob Orton enters, making fun of Pedro Morales for wanting another match against him after he beat him the last time. Piper then brings out a cardboard cutout of Whitney Houston, saying that it looks like David Sammartino late on a Saturday night then makes fun of Bruno for being old and that is why there are wrestling in the afternoon. Piper then says Bruno has “garlic ears” before making fun of his nose as the segment ends.
Next week, Adrian Adonis and the Killer Bees will be in action. Also, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff and the Junkyard Dog will be in action.  

Final Thoughts: Standard show I suppose. There wasnt any major feuds going on at this time. The Piper/Orndorff stuff was starting to really run out of gas as it has been going on for the past several months. Tito vs. Jesse was good out of the ring but their matches sucked, due to Jesse being useless in the ring at this point of his career. No Savage or Funk makes for a much less exciting show. 

WWF Championship Wrestling November 30th, 1985

November 30, 1985


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga in tag team action. Also, the British Bulldogs, King Kong Bundy, and the TV debut of Hercules Hernandez.

Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga vs. Joe Mirto & Barry O.


Ricky and Barry work a nice little sequence to start. Steamboat works an armbar until Barry breaks that up with a thumb to the eye. Suplex gets one. Neckbreaker gets one. Steamboat floats over and hits an atomic drop. Mirto tags and they work on his arm. Tonga gets a nearfall on a leg drop then puts him away with a diving headbutt (3:49).

Thoughts: Solid action. Tonga showed more here than at any point of his singles run since his debut. The crowd loves Steamboat.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hayes shows us a clip of JYD winning the “Wrestling Classic” PPV Tournament.

Mario Mancini vs. Hercules Hernandez w/ Freddie Blassie


Hercules overpowers Mancini to start. He then beats on him with forearm smashes while stopping to pose and jaw at the crowd. He drops Mancini throat-first across the top rope then catches him with a backbreaker before making him tap out to the backbreaker rack (2:37).

Thoughts: The commentators put over Hercules strength and physique throughout the match. He was very slow and lumbering but didn’t look too bad in tossing around Mancini, who barely weighed 200 lbs. Not the most electrifying debut I have ever seen.

Gene Okerlund is with Capt. Lou Albano, who says he had seven turkeys for Thanksgiving. Albano puts over his stable, specifically his newest team, the British Bulldogs. Okerlund says that they could be the next champs as Albano puts him over. Albano then talks about his work with Multiple Sclerosis alongside Cyndi Lauper as “St. Elmo’s Fire” plays in the background.

Gino Carabello & Steve Lombardi vs. Corporal Kirchner & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo


Lanny looks very happy coming down the aisle. Bruno works a backhanded compliment aimed at Poffo, stating that his talent in poetry is so much that he shouldn’t even be in wrestling. Lombardi backs Poffo into the corner and bites his head. Poffo takes him out with a hiptoss then goes to work. Kirchner tags and works over both guys until he puts away Carabello with a Samoan Drop (2:07).

Thoughts: The pairing of Carabello & Poffo was quite odd. Anyway, the match was nothing and the crowd didn’t care as Poffo was a nobody and Kirchner never got over.

Mean Gene is now plugging the “Wrestling Holiday Spectacular” on December 26th in Providence, RI. He then brings out Jimmy Hart and Terry Funk, who will be facing Junkyard Dog at the event. Funk is pissed that JYD embarrased him by taking over Hart’s pants then calls Gene a “pervert” who would like to have his pants removed. God, Funk was great in 1985.

Tony Garea vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth


Savage attacks Garea after he held the ropes open for Elizabeth when she left the ring. He beats the shit out of him then jumps outside and berates her before going back inside. Garea catches him with a shot to the midsection as he comes off the top ropes then gets a few nearfalls until Savage runs him into the ropes after a reverse rollup attempt then gets the win with a flying elbow smash (1:29). After the match, Savage tears up some fan signs then yells at Elizabeth while they head up the aisle.

Thoughts: Savage was great as a dickhead heel here. He had the crowd seething over the way he treated Elizabeth. Typical Garea squash match in which he gets a majority of the offense and loses only after he made a mistake. He was the worst.

Piper’s Pit with guest Ted Arcidi. Before he comes out, Piper smacks off a Hogan action figure from his chair and replaces it with one of himself. Arcidi is billed as the strongest power lifter ever. Piper runs down his accolades as Arcidi is trying to get over as a heel but is just awful on the mic. He then closes by lifting the table over his head. A waste of time as Arcidi was terrible and had no presence at all on camera.

King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Young & Gary Starr


Bundy brushes off both guys, who try and fail to take down Bundy as Bruno is making fun of their techniques on commentary. Bundy tosses both guys into the corner and hits the avalanche before dropping the elbow on Starr and scoring the pin with a five-count (1:55).

Thoughts: They are building Bundy back up as the indestructible monster, this time with handicapped matches. The crowd reacted more to Heenan than Bundy though.

A clip of “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestlin'” airs, with Nikolai Volkoff upset over the ballet.

Mr. X & Rusty Brooks vs. British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano


The Bulldogs toss Mr. X to the floor then Davey hits Brooks with a powerslam and tags Dynamite, who puts him away with the flying headbutt (0:26).

Thoughts: Extremely short and seeing how they segued right into the next segment, it was designed to make sure they could fit that into the show. It was a bit funny how they plugged the video airing next week right before the match started though. I guess they tried to surprise the fans with a quick match.

The “Land of 1,000 Dances” video airs. I included the video below for those who have not seen this before.

Mean Gene brings out Freddie Blassie, who puts over Sheik & Volkoff for beating everyone around the world and says that with Hercules Hernandez, the Latin people can finally have a wrestler to make them proud. Blassie leaves and Gene brings out Bobby Heenan and they engage in a pretty funny comedy bit in which Heenan cuts Okerlund off after telling him to finish his question. After that, Heenan gets frustrated about the weasel chants then accidentally refers to himself as a weasel a few times until the segment ends. The stuff with Okerlund and Heenan was gold. 
Next week, Paul Orndorff returns to action. Also, David Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele will be here. Plus, Hart Foundation, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga, and a edition of “Piper’s Pit.”
Final Thoughts: An uneventful show. No angles were advanced on screen and the matches themselves were forgettable. A lot of filler and two debuts (Hercules and Arcidi) that did not go over well. 












WWF Madison Square Garden: November 25th, 1985

November 25, 1984
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura.

Danny Spivey vs. Terry Gibbs
Spivey had not made his TV debut yet. Jesse is not out at the table yet as he is backstage preparing for his match tonight against Barry O., so Gorilla is solo on commentary. Gibbs hits a shoulder block to start. Spivey comes back with an armdrag and works the arm as Gorilla tells us that he was drafted by the New York Jets at one point. Spivey hits a crossbody for one before going back to the arm. Gibbs escapes and beats on Spivey in the corner until Spivey catches him with an armdarg and goes back to work on the arm. Gibbs gets the upper hand and hits an atomic drop. Backbreaker gets two then he sends Spivey to the floor. Back inside, Spivey fails to get Gibbs over on a sunset flip. Elbow drop by Gibbs gets two then he puts Spivey in a bearhug until it is broken up with a bell clap. Spivey gets kicked in the face after dropping his head on a backdrop attempt then Gibbs gets a nearfall with a neckbreaker. Spivey is able to escape another bearhug but misses an elbow drop and Gibbs covers for two. Backdrop gets two. Spivey now catches Gibbs in a bearhug but that is broken up with an eye rake. Gibbs misses a charge then begs for mercy until Spivey fights back. He slams Gibbs then drops an elbow for two. Leg drop gets two then he hits the bulldog for the win (10:10) *3/4.  The fans popped for the finish.
Thoughts: Gibbs did a good job carrying things here. Spivey was not very good at this point in his career. The match had some slow spots but the crowd was into it a little and the psychology was there. As far as 80’s jobbers go, Gibbs was solid.
Mr. X vs. King Tonga
Mr. X works the arm of Tonga until he gets chopped down. Tonga catches him then sits him on the top turnbuckle and offers a handshake, which gets declined. Tonga gets chopped in the corner but fights back with kicks. Tonga works a nerve hold for a bit, setting it up with one of the worst looking snapmares you will ever see. He hits a slam but misses a senton the Mr. X takes control. He chokes out Tonga then goes for a chinlock. Leg drop gets two and he goes back to the chinlock. Tonga fights out and hits a shoulderblock but ends up running into a knee and X goes back to the chinlock. They end up trading blows as the crowd is absolutely dead. Tonga misses a corner charge as both men are down. Mr. X tries a turnbuckle smash but Tonga no-sells it and rams his own head repeatedly. Tonga takes him down with a headbutt then catches him with a thrust kick before putting him away with the falling headbutt (8:48) ½*.
Thoughts: Oh, this was pretty bad. It took Tonga a few years until people gave a shit about him. He did not have the charisma to pull off this type of babyface role. 
Barry O. vs. Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Jesse gets a face pop before the match. This was set up after the last MSG show, Barry called out Jesse for being a “has-been who hides behind a microphone.” Barry starts the match by working the arm until Jesse shakes him off. Jesse poses as the fans applaud. Weird seeing Jesse as a face. Barry lands a few shots then takes him down with an elbow smash. Kneedrop gets two and Jesse sends Barry to the floor as he kicks out. Jesse kicks Barry from the apron then struts around the ring. Barry snaps Jesse’s neck off of the rope then hits an elbow smash off of the top rope for two. He puts Jesse in a chinlock and Barry works that for a bit. Jesse fights back then rakes Barry’s eyes across the top rope. He hits a reverse atomic drop as the face pops for Jesse have just about disappeared. Barry fights back and hits a clothesline for two. Man, Jesse was basically afraid to bump out there. After the collide, Barry knocks him down and poses to the crowd. He misses a dropkick and Jesse targets the back before making Barry submit to the bodybreaker (10:21) ¼*.
Thoughts: Interesting to see Ventura wrestle as a face. However, he awful in the ring and essentially an announcer at this point. He was clearly hesistant to bump too and it made the match look even worse. 
Hercules Hernandez w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Cousin Junior
Hernandez would make his TV debut on the next episode of “Championship Wrestling.” Hernandez overpowers Junior to start. He jaws at him then pounds away after an Irish whip sequence. He continues to destroy Junior then catches him with a high knee. Hercules puts him in a chinlock then catches a charging Junior with another knee in a spot that actually looked really good. Hercules goes back to the chinlock as the fans start to cheer for Junior. He fights back but Hercules grabs Junior’s overalls and sends him to the floor. Herc gauges his eyes on the apron then kicks him down to the floor. Junior tries to take him over with a sunset flip but fails and Hercules hammers away before going back to the chinlock and it lasts for a long time. Junior gets up and tries a bearhug but Hercules sends him to the mat. Junior takes him down with a shoulder block then hammers away. Hercules catches him with a thrust kick then takes him down, and almost himself down too, with a shoulderblock. He slams Junior then heads up top but the ref stands in front of him. Hercules jumps anyway but misses and Junior fights back. He hits  a backdrop then the match completely falls apart after they badly botch three spots in a row and Hercules rolls up Junior while grabbing his overalls for leverage and gets the win (11:33) -*.
Thoughts: I have no idea who thought of the idea that these two should go this long in a match but they should have been fired on the spot. The first half as alright but the second half was as bad as it gets. 
WWF Women’s Championship Match
Spider Lady vs. Wendi Richter (Champion)
Jesse has arrived to the announcer’s table. Richter drives the Spider into the corner to start. She kicks her down and uses a snapmare before chasing her while the referee was between them. You can hear a “Moolah” chant from those at ringside. Richter tosses Spider back to the floor then chases her around the ring. Back inside, they fuck up a spot badly then Richter works on the leg. Spider escapes and chokes out Richter, who drives to rip off the mask. Richter gets booted to the floor but uses a shoulder thrust as she enters the ring. She hits a dropkick then blows a headscissors spot badly and Spider falls on her and gets two. Spider uses cheap heel tactics on Richter, who fights back. She hits a terrible looking clothesline that gets two. Spider comes back with a small package for what appeared to be a nearfall but both gals get up and the bell rings, with Spider raising her hand. Richter runs over and unmasks Spider, revealing her to be the Fabulous Moolah. She hits her with a backbreaker then tries to pin her as even the announcers are unable to understand what happened. Richter still hammers away then stops as the referee goes to present the belt to Moolah as Richter tries to grab it from him (6:38) -*. Richter grabs the belt then whips Moolah, who leaves and goes up the aisle, with Richter standing in the ring looking irate.
Thoughts: This match was terrible and the ending was all kinds of awful but important for historical purposes as we saw a screwjob take place. Richter stated that she was upset over her payouts but still under her original contract where as other reports state Richter’s deal was up and she refused to sign a new one. Either way, Richter’s departure basically killed the division, except for a few brief revivals in the late 1980’s. 
WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant
Pedro tries to pump up the crowd as the heels stall and yell at the crowd. Valentine gets shoved into the corner to start. Pedro outsmarts Valentine, who accidentally hits Beefcake. Pedro blocks a slam then knocks Valentine down. He hits an atomic drop then tags Santana. Valentine goes after his knee but Tito shakes him off and tries to go after his leg. Tito works the arm as the crowd chants for Tito. Valentine hits a back elbow smash and tags Beefcake, who misses an elbow drop. Tito fires away and hits an atomic drop as Pedro even lands a few shots. The match breaks down as Tito and Pedro take control. Pedro punches Beefcake, who ducks out for a breather as the Dream Team regroup. Valiant seems tanked tonight, which isn’t a surprise, but more noticeable than usual. Back inside, the faces use quick tags to work the arm of Beefcake. Valentine tries to break things up but Tito chases him away. Beefcake ends up backing Pedro into the corner and tags Valentine, who kills him with forearm smashes. He sends Pedro to the floor then stomps him repeatedly when he re-enters. Beefcake tags and pisses off the crowd, who boo him loudly. He chokes Morales out then catches him in a sleeper. Looking back, it was funny to hear Jesse on commentary say that he had no idea Brutus used a sleeper hold. Pedro just beats the three count as the fans go nuts. Pedro crawls over to Tito with Beefcake on his back and makes the tag but Valentine had the referee distracted and Tito is ordered back on the apron. Pedro gets tossed over the top rope but is able to escape a figure-four attempt and make the tag to Tito, who beats on both guys. He hits Valentine with a flying forearm but Beefcake breaks up the pin as all four men are brawling. Tito then puts Brutus in a figure four as Valiant comes in the ring, only to get chased away by Pedro, but that allows Beefcake and Valentine to double-team Tito nonstop as the ref rings the bell for the DQ (15:17) **1/2. The heels escape
Thoughts: Basic stuff but all action and the fans were really into the match. Everyone involved played their role well. The more I watch the Dream Team, the more I appreciate them. They do not get enough recognition, in my opinion.




Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Muraco backs away from Steamboat and his goofy martial arts poses. Steamboat catches him with an enziguiri then chases Muraco outside of the ring. Back inside, Muraco beats on Steamboat in the corner. Steamboat fights back then snaps Muraco’s neck. He sends him to the corner with a bell clap then Muraco ducks outside for a breather. He then pleads for mercy as this match is crawling at a snails pace. Steamboat takes him over with a snapmare then works on the neck. He hits Muraco with a chop, who goes back outside again for a breather. Steamboat hits a few armdrags then applies a chinlock for a few minutes as the crowd is dead. Steamboat then grabs Muraco by the nose before applying a front facelock until Muraco finally breaks the hold with an inverted atomic drop. He works the neck of Steamboat then whips him into the corner as he takes a Slaughter bump on the post and comes up bleeding. Muraco bites the cut as Steamboat is pouring blood from his forehead. Muraco tosses him to the floor then kicks him in the face from the apron. The crowd starts to chant for Steamboat as Muraco slingshots him into the post. Muraco targets the cut but Steamboat fights back with chops. He hammers away on Muraco in the corner but has an Irish whip reversed and runs into a clothesline. Muraco targets the cut as Fuji tries to hit Steamboat with the cane. Steamboat takes it from Fuji then he and Muraco fight over it for a minute then the referee gets accidentally hit in the process. Muraco beats on Steamboat with the cane until Steamboat fights back and hits Muraco but the referee gets up and sees Steamboat use the cane and calls for the DQ (16:37) **. After the match, Steamboat busts open Muraco and drives a piece of the cane into his forehead. They then start to brawl in the ring and all over the floor, with Steamboat winning that battle. The fans are going nuts for Steamboat, who know is pointing at Fuji. Steamboat brings Muraco back in and destroys him as Muraco slides out of the ring.

Thoughts: Muraco was a total slug here as Steamboat did all of the heavy lifting. The match itself was plodding and slow. The post match brawl was awesome and worth checking out but the match itself was not.



Mr. Wrestling II vs. Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart
This match might have meant something in 1975. Mr. Wrestling II was in his 50’s at this point and it showed. Match starts with Mr. Wrestling outsmarting Funk. He takes Funk over with a sunset flip then taunts him as Funk gets pissed. Funk tosses him outside but fails to chase him. Back inside, Funk misses a few elbow drops then gets hit with a kneelift. Hart grabs MWII’s leg and gets chased for a second as this has been all stalling so far. Funk starts beating on MWII but gets caught in a small package for a nearfall. Funk gets pissed and goes over the guardrail as Hart calls him back. In the ring, Funk hammers away on MWII in the corner then tries a piledriver but MWII counters with a backdrop that sends Funk to the floor. MWII beats on Funk, who is hanging onto the ropes from the apron. He slingshots in with a sunset flip but MWII counters that for a nearfall. Funk tosses MWII outside then rams him against the guardrail as Hart cranks up his obnoxiousness to a whole new level on the megaphone. Hart distracts the ref as Funk chokes out MWII. He then puts him in a sleeper but MWII escapes. He takes him down with a kneelift then hits a slam for a nearfall. MWII then goes after Hart, who crawls under the ring. Funk attacks MWII from behind but fails to suplex him back inside and MWII falls on top for two. Suplex gets two and MWII hammers away in the corner but runs into a knee then Funk cradles him for the win (13:54) **1/4. Funk tries to brand MWII but fails and gets chased away by MWII, who grabbed a chair.


Thoughts: Mr. Wrestling II could still go in the ring at his age. Funk kept the match fun and it did not drag, which is more than I can say about every other match on the card. I wonder if he specifically asked to face Mr.Wrestling because he came over when they bought out Georgia Championship Wrestling but stayed on the smaller house shows and rarely ever did TV. 






Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy & Bobby Heenan vs. Hillbilly Jim & Andre the Giant & Capt. Lou Albano

Andre starts by putting Studd in a side headlock. He then chops Studd in the corner before tagging Jim. He headbutts him then goes for the slam but Heenan breaks that up as the $15,000 bodyslam challenge gimmick was still going on at the time. Bundy tags and roughs up Jim until he is able to tag Andre. The crowd goes nuts as Andre chokes Bundy with his straps. Bundy escapes and works a front facelock then Andre gets triple-teamed in the corner. Bundy grounds Andre with a front facelock, who eventually makes it to his feet. He fights back against Studd then tags Jim, who beats on him in the corner. Studd catches him with an elbow then slams him into the corner as he and Bundy neutralize him. Heenan tags and beats on Jim, who fights back and tags Andre, who fights off everyone and drags Heenan back inside then tags Albano. They have a shoving match then Albano gains the advantage and sends Heenan into the corner. Studd and Andre tag in but the referee says that Heenan needs to stay into the ring and make contact before tagging out, which even Gorilla says makes no sense and accuses the ref of making up his own rules. They lure Andre in the corner but he fights them off and rams all three guys at the same time. The match breaks down as Albano whips Heenan at Andre, who takes him down with a boot and gets the win (12:18) *1/4.


Thoughts: Not that bad considering the ability of the guys in the match. The fans loved seeing Heenan get pinned and the bout did a great job of sending the fans home happy. 






Final Thoughts: Not a good show at all but for historical purposes, I would check out the Women’s title match. Beyond that, there is nothing worth checking out. 








WWF Championship Wrestling November 23rd, 1985

November 23, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, and Terry Funk. Also in action are Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Junior and the Dream Team. Plus a women’s battle royal and “Piper’s Pit” with guest King Tonga

A.J. Petruzzi & Mr. X vs. Cousin Junior & Hillbilly Jim

Vince goes nuts over Cousin Junior’s jig. Match starts with Junior fucking up a spot when he fell down after a leapfrog over Mr. X. Jim tags and slaps Petruzzi in a headlock. The hillbillies use quick tags to neutralize Petruzzi then Jim makes him submit to the bearhug (3:23).

Thoughts: The match was awful and the crowd didnt care until the finish, which was rare with the Hillbillies but the act was really starting to get old. Uncle Elmer was not present for the match.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes, who shows us a clip of the Rolls Royce winner from the Wrestling Classic PPV. He said that he is going to “tool around” in the car. The winner wasn’t much of a talker.

Mike Saxon vs. Don Muraco

This match is joined in progress. Muraco picks up Saxon and rams him off of the turnbuckle before sending him outside. Muraco got really big since the last TV taping, with the announcer’s even commenting about his weight. The fans boo him as he destroys Saxon and Muraco puts him out of his misery with the tombstone (2:12) shown.

Thoughts: Muraco could still go at this point but he was really getting big and starting to slow down and shortly after this, deteriorated rapidly.

Gene Okerlund is plugging the December 7th Boston Garden show. Piper comes out and cuts a promo on his opponent, Bruno Sammartino, and proceeds to rag on him and the city of Boston. Piper called himself the “legend killer” at one point too. Good stuff by Roddy.

The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant vs. Sal Gee & Rick Hunter

Hunter kicks Valentine off of a lockup but that just pisses off the Hammer and he takes him down. Tag to Brutus and he goes to work on the arm. Hunter makes the tag to Gee after a minute but he gets destroyed. Brutus slams him then they hit a double elbow smash before Valentine submits him to the figure four (2:52). Valentine keeps the hold on after the bell for an extra minute or so.

Thoughts: The Dream Team were looking pretty good at this point but with Windham leaving the company, they were without a feud at the moment. Luckily, the WWF was building up the tag ranks at the time.

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who talks about his match in Boston against Ricky Steamboat. Savage was fucking hilarious at the beginning, asking Okerlund if he referred to Steamboat as the “Steamer.” He then cuts a promo on Steamboat that he is the best and not to be discouraged when he loses and to keep his confidence up and has a better chance crawling through the eye of a sewing needle than beating him as “St. Elmo’s Fire” plays in the background. Great interview by Savage. I tried to find it on YouTube for you guys to see but I was unsuccessful.

The Menace vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

Orndorff comes out wearing a cast to mock Bob Orton. He starts smashing it against the turnbuckle when he enters the ring. He starts by working the arm of the Menace then takes him to the mat. The Menace rakes the eyes but fails on a slam attempt and Orndorff hits a back suplex. Orndorff then whips him against the ropes and decks the Menace on the back of the head with his cast for the win (2:06). After the match, Orndorff hits the cast against the turnbuckle some more. 

Thoughts: Orndorff was pretty funny in mocking Orton with the cast. Even as a face, Orndorff wrestled exactly like he did as a heel. The crowd dug him though.

Piper’s Pit with guest King Tonga. This took place immediately after the Orndorff bout, with Piper yelling at Orndorff for cheating and for mocking Orton. They go split-screen, with Orndorff in the ring, as Orndorff tells Piper that his arm as just as broke as Orton’s, driving the heels nuts. Piper wants Orndorff to prove that his arm is broke as Orndorff invites him as his “girlfriend to come down to the ring but Piper says people come to them as Orndorff heads in their direction but they abruptly end the interview and flee backstage with Orndorff screaming how he wants both Piper and Orton anytime, any place. Good segment to keep the feud going, which was starting to get a bit stale.

Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Gary Starr

Starr dodges an attack, which makes Funk even angrier. He kills Starr with chops agaisnt the ropes for a minute. Starr hooks the ropes to dodge an attack then makes Funk chase him but he gets destroyed by several headbutts then puts him away with a vertical suplex (2:18). After the match, Funk drags Starr back into the ring and holds him down so Hart can brand him.

Thoughts: Funk squash matches were always awesome because they were different and he would always let his opponent do something in the match.

We now get a clip of “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” cartoon with JYD creating his own “jiving” robot as Andre the Giant looks on.

Womens Battle Royal
Donna Christiantello, Judy Martin, Jeanne Kirkland, Linda Gonzalez, The Spider Lady, Fabulous Moolah, Wendi Richter

I think it was Leilani Kai as the Spider Lady here. Lots of fugly chicks in this match. Martin and Moolah double-team Richter to start. Not much going on but the action looks competent at least. Christiantello is eliminated first after being dropkicked over the top rope by Kirkland. The Spider Lady eliminates Gonzalez with a monkey flip then she gets tossed by Kirkland. The heels (Moolah & Martin) end up being pushed into each other but regain control shortly after that. Moolah tosses Kirkland but ends up being accidentally dropkicked by Martin. Richter tries to toss Moolah but Martin comes over and dumps them both and the bell rings, but they say that Richter landed on the apron, which was clearly not the case at all. Richter fucked up badly there. Martin stomps here as the kids in the crowd start a chant for Wendi. Moolah holds Wendi as Martin charges but Wendi ends up sending her over the ropes with a backdrop for the win (5:28).

Thoughts: The match fell apart when Richter botched her spot and clearly landed on the floor. The crowd didn’t buy that at all, except for a few kids in the crowd. This was Wendi’s last TV match that she wrestled in too. Overall though, the match was going along fine until the screw-up near the end.

Okerlund is with Steamboat, who calls Savage a fine athlete and thinks that Savage has Elizabeth out there to distract his opponents. He leaves and Bruno comes out and says that he hates Piper and does not care if he makes fun of him but will destroy him after Piper called him a “stupid wop.” Bruno closes by speaking in Italian.

Next week, King Kong Bundy will be here. Also, Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga, British Bulldogs, Corporal Kirchner and Randy Savage plus the debut of Hercules Hernandez.

Final Thoughts: A fun show. The Piper/Orndorff segment was good and we had some decent interviews too. Funk continues to shine as a heel and Muraco and the Dream Team looked good in the ring as well. They are also starting to build up feuds for 1986, which will be nice to see develop. The WWF had an impressive roster at this time, that’s for sure.

WWF Championship Wrestling November 16, 1985

November 16th, 1985
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura (subbing for Bruno, who is teaming with his son, David tonight) and Vince McMahon.
In action tonight are Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat. Plus, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and the team of Mike Rotundo & Junkyard Dog.

Dave Barbie & Tiger Chung Lee vs. Mike Rotundo & Junkyard Dog w/ Capt. Lou Albano
When asked about JYD’s performance on the “Wrestling Album,” Jesse said that he sounded like he was singing with a “mouthful of grits.” Jesse then makes fun of Rotundo’s haircut, saying that he looks like he is getting ready to join the Coast Guard. The match starts with Rotundo and Lee on the mat. Barbie tags and Rotundo immediately takes him down before tagging JYD, who works the arm. Jesse is on fire ragging on JYD as Barbie puts him in a bearhug. Lee tags and chops JYD until he gets headbutted. Barbie tags and gets headbutted then Rotundo enters and catches him in the airplane spin for the win (3:06). After the match, Jesse questions if Albano is managing JYD, with Vince saying that he is only managing Rotundo. JYD then “jukes” with some kids in the ring as Vince is truly in all his glory as Jesse rags on JYD some more.
Thoughts: Windham was officially gone at this point and unsurprisingly, no mention of him was made on commentary. Anyway, these two had zero chemistry as a team but the match was just an excuse to put out JYD to get the fans excited. This was the last show of the taping and they can drag at times so it was a good idea, IMO.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hulk Hogan is the subject with Hayes putting over his popularity and how he is in high demand amongst those in the media. They then show a clip of Hogan and Orndorff posing in the ring.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Jim Haley
Haley attacks Steamboat from behind to start. He hits a few clotheslines that all looked terrible. He then waddles across the ring and drops a knee. Steamboat fights back and chokes out Haley with the tie from his robe. He chops Haley a bunch before hitting a backdrop. He dropkicks Haley out of the ring, who had too fat to get it right on the first try. He follows Haley outside and chops the shit out of him and when they get back inside, he suplexes him. Steamboat hits a flying chop before putting away this no talent with a flying body press (3:06).
Thoughts: Holy shit was Haley awful in the ring. Steamboat had to do everything and the match still sucked. Steamboat was fairly over with the crowd though so that helped.
Mean Gene is with Paul Orndorff, talking about his cage match against Roddy Piper in Los Angeles. Orndorff said that it will never be settled between him and Piper and rants and raves about having to wrestle in a cage, because they are for animals.
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Jim Powers & S.D. Jones
Volkoff clotheslines Powers as the fans chant against the heels. Powers comes back with a sunset flip then tags Jones, who hits a headbutt before tagging out. Powers backdrops the Sheik but misses a dropkick. Blassie holds his head as the Sheik crashes down on his neck. He suplexes Powers before tagging Volkoff, who puts Powers away with the backbreaker (2:00).
Thoughts: Ugly match but the crowd still hated the evil foreigners.
Okerlund now interviews Piper about his cage match against Orndorff. Not his best interview to say the least. He really phoned in this one.
Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. Barry O. & John Rizzo
Tito works the arm of Barry but gets caught with a dropkick. Tito dodges a second attempt then hits a pair of slams. Tag to Pedro who hits a backdrop and gets a nearfall with a small package. Jimmy Hart joins the booth and says that he and Terry Funk have surprises in store for everyone next week and tells both JYD and Tito Santana to beware. Tito beats on both guys then tags Pedro, who puts Rizzo away with a rollup (3:29).
Thoughts: The main part of this match was Hart on commentary warning everyone that Terry Funk was coming next week. Tito was getting dragged down a bit by teaming with Pedro. As the IC champ, he wrestled a ton of tag matches during this run, which was less successful than his previous reign.
Piper’s Pit with guest Corporal Kirchner. Piper riles up Kirchner about the military and stating that the people hated him when he came back home for killing innocent people. Kirchner then grabbed the mic and screamed some “Patriotic” stuff about loving his country. The fans reacted to this but not nearly as much as when Sgt. Slaughter was doing the gimmick.
Rick Hunter vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
The crowd starts a massive “Hogan” chant geared towards Savage, who responds by running out and attempting to tear up Hogan signs. Savage works the arm then catches Hunter with a knee. He then hits a slam before putting him away with the flying elbow smash (1:00). After the match, Savage grabs the mic and asks the crowd about Hogan’s whereabouts as he tears up another Hogan sign. Jesse jokes that Hogan is in his usual spot, hiding in the corner.
Thoughts: Tremendous heel work by Savage, who was facing Hogan on the same Los Angeles show that had the Piper vs. Orndorff steel cage match. Man, those two matches alone make that card a must-see show, even if the rest of the card is filled with jobbers going at each other. Savage might have been the best all-around wrestler in 1985. He was unreal and on a whole other level than his peers in the WWF.
Mr. X & Steve Lombardi vs. David & Bruno Sammartino
Bruno starts the match by shoving Lombardi out of the ring. He then leapfrogs Lombardi and comes back with a pair of armdrags. Both guys tag out as David hits an armdrag before catching Mr. X with a press slam. Jesse calls Bruno an egomaniac who should retire as Sammartino tosses around Lombardi. He then gets caught with a punch by Mr. X before tagging Bruno. He kicks both men before tossing them to the floor then tags his son. He suplexes Lombardi then lays into him with chops before putting him away with the powerslam (4:04). The crowd popped big for the finish. Bruno then challenges Jesse to come into the ring, who bashes him on commentary.
Thoughts: Bruno could still move around in the ring and looked decent. The crowd dug the pairing too. A nice way to finish the show.
Next week, Don Muraco and Paul Orndorff are in action. Plus, Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer, Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine, and a Women’s Battle Royal. Also, Terry Funk will be here and Piper’s Pit with King Tonga as the guest.
Final Thoughts: A solid show this week. The big difference was Jesse on commentary, who was hilarious. The broadcast was a lot livelier with him subbing for Bruno. Speaking of Bruno, it was nice to see him tag with his son David. Also, Savage was brilliant again with his heel antics. Next week should be interesting too with Funk apparently going after people.

WWF Championship Wrestling November 9th,1985

November 9, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Hulk Hogan will be in action. Also in action are Uncle Elmer & Hillbilly Jim, The Hart Foundation, The British Bulldogs, Paul Orndorff, and Big John Studd. Plus, “Piper’s Pit” with the Junkyard Dog as the guest.

Darryl Bowlin & Joe Mirto vs. Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer

Mirto and Jim shove each other around until Jim hits an elbow smash. Jim blocks a punch and slams Mirton before tagging Elmer. Bowlin tags and bounces off Elmer a few times. Elmer slams Bowlin then hits a corner splash before tagging Jim, who catches Bowlin in the bearhug for the win (2:06).

Thoughts: Same routine with the Hillbillies. Vince was even more enthusiastic than usual on commentary.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. It is another update for the “Wrestling Album” as they show a clip of the “Land of a 1,000 Dances” video.

Sal Gee vs. Big John Studd w/ Bobby Heenan & King Kong Bundy

Gee gets tossed repeatedly after attempting to slam Studd. The crowd goes nuts as Andre the Giant and Capt. Lou Albano come out and speak with Vince. Andre challenges Bundy & Studd to a match and promises to get even with them then leaves. Studd roughs up Gee as a “weasel” chant breaks out then Studd finishes Gee with an elbow drop (2:37). After the match, Studd holds Gee legs as Bundy delivers a splash.

Thoughts: The feud between Andre and Heenan’s men continues. Andre was incredibly popular at this time. Whenever he appeared to the crowd, they went crazy .

Gene Okerlund is with JYD, who hypes his match against Terry Funk at the Boston Garden. JYD hissing like an “alley cat” was pretty funny but nothing else stood out about the interview.

Mr. X & The Menace vs. British Bulldogs

Before the match, Finkel introduces Capt. Lou Albano as the new manager of the Bulldogs. The Menace is a masked guy and I have no idea who he is. Mr. X hits Dynamite with a shouler block to start. Dynamite comes back with a monkey flip then both men tag out. Davey hits a flying shoulder tackle before applying a chinlock. The Menace comes back with a dropkick but Davey takes control and he and Dynamite take turns beating on him until Dynamite puts him away with a superplex (2:36).

Thoughts: The crowd dug Albano being announced as the manager of the Bulldogs but didnt really seem too much into the match until the finish. With Windham officially gone from the company due to burnout, Albano was paired up with the Bulldogs.

Mean Gene was with Ricky Steamboat, who is irate at Muraco and Fuji for spraying stuff in the eyes. Steamboat cut some ridiculously over-the-top promos in the WWF and this was one of them.

“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. The Gladiator

The Gladiator is jobber Rick Hunter under a mask. Orndorff shoves the Gladiator after they break then dropkicks him out of the ring. Back inside, Orndorff takes him down with a drop toehold then knocks him over the ropes after he tried to rip off his mask. The Gladiator works a side headlock when he re-enters the ring but Orndorff escapes then goes back to the mask. After dodging a corner charge, Orndorff hits an elbow smash from the top rope before putting the Gladiator away with a piledriver (3:36).

Thoughts: I always thought how it was funny that Orndorff essentially wrestled the same way as a heel than a face. Anyway, he was really over here as the fans are digging his alliance with Hogan.

Piper’s Pit with guest the Junkyard Dog. JYD doesnt trust Piper, who asks him to “give him some skin” and refers to him as “Cream” before mocking him about his “Grab Them Cakes” song. JYD sits there and smiles as Piper offers his butt to JYD for a squeeze as he asks who would listen to his song,with the fans going crazy. Good segment by Piper, who got the crowd going.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jimmy Jackson & Steve Gatorwolf

Gatorwolf was a lame Jay Strongbow substitute but actually had a legitimate fighting background. Anyway he briefly works the arm of Neidhart before tagging out. The Anvil whips Jackson towards Bret, who hits him with a dropkick. The Harts take turns beating the shit out of Jackson until they put him away with the Hart Attack (2:20).

Thoughts: Impressive showing, with Jimmy Hart doing a great job at pissing off the crowd too. The Hart’s were starting to build a little bit of momentum.

Rusty Brooks vs. Hulk Hogan

As Hogan enters the ring, Randy Savage appears on the apron and Elizabeth asks Hogan why he does not face anyone with credentials. As this happens, Brooks attacks Hogan from behind. Hogan quickly fights back and hits a clothesline. He then slams Brooks before putting him away with a leg drop (0:36). After the match, Savage attacks Hogan from behind then as Hogan fights back, Savage bails. Hogan then begs Savage to come back inside and when he leaves, he poses before leaving himself.

Thoughts: The potential Hogan/Savage feud was promising and they wrestled at house shows for the next few months.

Terry Funk and Jimmy Hart cut a promo on JYD regarding their match at the Boston Garden. A great promo, not only by Funk but also Jimmy Hart, who threatened to scratch out JYD’s eyeballs.

Next week, JYD & Tony Atlas & Mike Rotundo team up. Also the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Vokoff and Bruno Sammartino will team up with his son, David.

Final Thoughts: I thought this was a solid show. Hogan made an extremely rare TV appearance and it set up his feud with Savage. Also, they continued the Andre vs. Heenan Family Feud, aligned Albano with the British Bulldogs, and did a great job hyping the Funk vs. JYD match at the Boston Garden. Plus, they continued to strengthing their tag team division too. The WWF was actually a solid in-ring product at this point, with some really strong heel acts.

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event November 2nd, 1985

November 2, 1985
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon
Tonight, we will have contests between teams captained by Bobby Heenan and Capt. Lou Albano. Plus, JYD vs. Terry Funk and Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant vs. King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd.

Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog
JYD pulls Funk into the ring then bounces him up and down on the ropes. Funk retreats to the aisle with Hart before re-entering the ring. Funk hits a slam but misses an elbow drop. JYD slams him then tosses him over the top rope. Funk takes his time then goes back into the ring where JYD hits another slam and follows that up with headbutts. A JYD chant breaks out as Funk regroups outside. JYD goes after Hart and grabs him outside. Funk chases after him but gets backdropped onto the floor. Back in the ring, Funk punches away and eventually knocks him down, getting two. He catches JYD in a sleeper as Hart jumps up on the apron. JYD breaks free and drags Hart into the ring but Funk grabs the microphone and hits JYD behind the ref’s back and gets the win (5:16) *1/2. Funk grabs his branding iron but JYD stops him and takes it. He then grabs Hart and punches him down then yanks off his pants then eventually brands Hart on the ass.
Thoughts: Good match. Funk took all sorts of crazy bumps and the fans loved every second of the match, especially when JYD got his revenge at the end. This was one of the main feuds in the company at the time.
It’s now time for the pie eating contest. Heenan’s team features Randy Savage and Elizabeth, who is looking mighty fine in her Jane costume, Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik, and King Kong Bundy. Albano has Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana, and the Hillbillies. The pie eating contest features Albano vs. Bundy with whoever eats the most pies in 90 seconds winning. Albano wins but Bundy is pissed and slams a pie in Albano’s face.
Piper’s Pit with guests Uncle Elmer, Cousin Junior, and Hillbilly Jim, who are angry over Piper’s behavior at Elmer’s wedding from last month’s show. Piper starts by ragging on the Hillbillies and is pretty funny. He asks Elmer if he has thought about family planning at all but he just says that it is none of his business then tells him to shut his mouth. Jim gets up and is angry about what Piper said to Elmer. Piper said that he didn’t say it but Jesse Ventura did and that prompts Jim to tell Jesse to say it to his face. Jesse comes down from the announcers table and jaws at the Hillbillies and this leads to Oron crouching down behind Junior and Piper shoving him down. The heels bail as Elmer and Jim stomp on Jesse’s hat in the ring.
Now, it’s time for the “Pumpkin Dunk,” between Cousin Junior and Bobby Heenan. The camera is showing the back of Liz and it is wonderful. What a body on her. Anyway, Heenan wins as the heels celebrate. A Harmless segment.
Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant w/ Capt. Lou Albano
The crowd is jacked for this match. Bundy and Hogan collide to start. Hogan takes Bundy down with a jumping knee smash then tries to slam Bundy, who grabs the ropes. Hogan hits a corner clothesline on Bundy then tags Andre, who chokes out Bundy with his straps. Hogan tags right back in and hits a double axe handle but Studd grabs him and Hogan gets double-teamed in the corner. Studd works on Hogan as Jesse challenges the Hillbillies to a match at the next SNME. The match breaks down as Andre accidentally takes out the referee. The heels bail as we wait for a replacement referee. Back from break, Andre grabs Studd in a bearhug.  Hogan tags and clotheslines Studd then tags Andre back in and he takes down Studd with a big boot. Bundy attacks Andre from behind and he gets caught in the ropes. Bundy then attacks Hogan as the heels beat on Andre who is still in the ropes as the ref signals for the DQ (8:00) **. Okerlund comes into the ring after the match as Andre wants them to come back in the ring.
Thoughts: Fun match. The crowd was red-hot for the entire match, which was worked at a nice pace. It also continues the feud.
We now get to see the “Land of 1,000 Dances” music video featuring all of the WWF Superstars. This video was shown in a loop on MTV too. It was all harmless fun.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth vs. Tito Santana (Champion)
Funny moment before the match when Okerlund was checking out Elizabeth as she was walking to the ring after their interview, Vince started to yell at him. Jesse refers to Santana as “Chico” here as Savage stalls, pissing off the crowd in the process. They fight against the ropes until Savage knocks Tito down with a right hand. Savage drops a knee but Tito comes back with a hip toss. Tito then misses an elbow drop and Savage hits a double axe handle for two. He has Tito in a chinlock then picks him up for a slam. Savage comes off the top but Tito catches him with a shot to the stomach. Tito hits a knee lift then fires away. Savage slides out of the ring and Tito follows him and they start to brawl outside until the match is ruled a double count out (4:08) **.
Thoughts: Fun match, with Savage working at a lightning-quick pace. This also started the feud between both guys.
Next, is a ridiculous segment with Mr. Fuji and Steamboat preparing for their “Kung Fu Challenge” match by making ridiculous noises.
They show Piper at home with Vince McMahon. Piper is wrapping up bricks and bowling balls to pass off as candy then invites some trick-or-treaters to his house. He makes fun of a kid wearing a Hulk Hogan costume then when they leave, we learn that they gave Roddy chocolate-covered hot peppers as Roddy eats them and starts to gag, with Vince laughing hysterically.
Kung Fu Challenge Match
Mr. Fuji w/ Don Muraco vs. Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat blocks some chops and kicks before taking him down with an enziguiri. Fuji comes back with a kick to the thigh then chops him down. Steamboat fights back with chops and kicks until Fuji takes him down with a throat thrust. Steamboat blocks a suplex and hits one of his own as both men are down. Steamboat then heads up top and connects with a missile dropkick for the win (3:16) ¾*. After the match, Muraco comes in and destroys Steamboat as Fuji eventually joins in on the assault.
Thoughts: Basic match that served the purpose of continuing the Muraco/Steamboat feud. Not much to report other than that.
And now, it is time for the Pumpkin Pass, with the series tied at one a piece. The faces start out and have 5 successful passes. The heels go next but can only get four as Elizabeth dropped the pumpkin. Luckily, the camera focused on her ass during her turn. After they lose, Savage berates Elizabeth for losing the series.
The show closes with Jesse stating that at the next SNME, he and Piper will face off against the Hillibillies.
Final Thoughts: I though that this was a pretty good show that was heavy on star power. The Halloween theme was funny at times and slightly corny at it’s worst .They had only four matches but three of them were high profile and they all served a purpose as there were no throwaway matches on this show. Piper was a riot throughout the whole show too. A fun show and one of the more enjoyable episodes of SNME.

WWF Championship Wrestling November 2nd, 1985

November 2, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga & Junkyard Dog team up. Also in action are Don Muraco and Randy Savage plus the featured matchup, Rick McGraw vs. Roddy Piper

Mr. X & Jim Haley & Rusty Brooks vs. King Tonga & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Junkyard Dog

Steamboat gets slammed by Brooks after he failed to get him up. Steamboat dodges an elbow drop but Brooks takes him into the corner and tags Mr. X. Steamboat beats on him then tags Tonga, who does the same. Haley tags and JYD enters and headbutts him, with the crowd going nuts. Haley gets destroyed by the faces until Tonga puts him away with a falling headbutt (3:28). After the match, JYD dances prompting Vince to say that he is “juking like he is in the neighborhood.

Thoughts: Decent action and as the first match of the taping, it garnered a good response from the crowd. Tonga got a bit of a rub by aligning with two guys who were over with the crowds.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He runs down the 16-man “Wrestling Classic” tournament including Tito Santana, JYD, Don Muraco, Terry Funk, Corporal Kirchner, Ricky Steamboat, Adrian Adonis, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Ivan Putski, Randy Savage, Bob Orton, Missing Link, and the British Bulldogs. Also, Roddy Piper will face Hulk Hogan for the WWF Heavyweight Championship. Hayes also stresses that this can only be seen on PPV.

Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Rick Hunter

Muraco offers Hunter a handshake but he declines. Hunter takes down Muraco with an armdrag but Muraco suckers him into the corner and boots him in the gut. He tosses Hutner through the ropes were Fuji hits him with his cane. Back in the ring, Muraco continues his assault on Hunter as the crowd starts up a loud “Beach Bum” chant with Vince plugging the pie-eating contest on “Saturday Night’s Main event, which would air the same night as the show. Muraco then hits Hunter with the tombstone piledriver for the win (3:05).

Thoughts: Good heel work from Muraco. He was slowing down in the ring but his heel mannerisms and psychology were still top notch.

Gene Okerlund is with Bruno Sammartino, who warns Roddy Piper that if he tries to humiliate and embarrass him in the Boston Garden during “Piper’s Pit,” he will not stand for it at all.

Jerry Adams & Terry Gibbs vs. Pedro Morales & Tito Santana

After a reversal sequence, Morales hits Gibbs with an atomic drop. Tito tags and hits a few armdrags that has Gibbs roll outside for a breather. Adams tags and the faces use quick tags to maintain comtrol of the match until Santana gets the win with a flying forearm (2:50).

Thoughts: The crowd was jacked for Tito but the match was nothing we haven’t seen before.

Gene Okerlund is with Don Muraco and Mr. Fuji. Muraco talks about numbers and how he won the King of the Ring Tournament and will go on to win the Wrestling Classic. Fun stuff from Muraco and Fuji.

Jim Powers vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth

Savage backs Powers to the ropes and takes him down with a knee. Powers takes him down with a sunset flip then hits a shoulderblock and a dropkick. Crossbody gets two but Powers runs into a clothesline then Savage puts him away with the flying elbow smash (1:20). After the match, Savage beats on Powers before tossing him to the floor.

Thoughts: Savage was incredible in 1985 and one of the best heels in the entire world. Powers got in some offense and he looked alright but it didnt matter as Savage still came out looking like the man.

Piper’s Pit with guest Jesse Ventura. Piper puts over Jesse’s commentary during Uncle Elmer’s wedding on “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and jokes that they should have aired the honeymoon. Piper plugs his “Piper’s Pit” that will take place tonight on “Saturday Night’s Main Event” then makes a fat joke about Elmer before leaving. This wasn’t bad at all but not memorable or anything.

Killer Bees vs. Steve Lombardi & Joe Mirto

Lombardi grabs Brunzell in a side headlock. Brunzell comes back with a monkey flip and a hiptoss before tagging Blair. Mirto tags and Blair works a hammerlock. He hits a clothesline then the Bees hit Mirto with a double elbow smash. Blair fights off both men until Mirto hits him from behind. Brunzell tags and hits a dropkick then knocks Lombardi off of the apron and tags Blair, who gets the win with a sunset flip off of the top rope (3:25).

Thoughts: Good showing from the Bees, who worked at a much faster pace than the rest of the roster. They were a key addition to the blossoming tag team division.

Rick McGraw vs. Roddy Piper 

McGraw is wearing a Piper shirt then tears it off and blows his nose in it before throwing it at Piper. Roddy takes a break outside and teases going into the ring, working the fans into a frenzy in the process. McGraw attacks Piper as he takes his shirt off. He beats on Roddy in the corner until Piper fights back. Piper kicks him right in the face then fucking unloads on McGraw. Outside of the ring, Piper rams McGraw into the guardrail then brings him back inside. McGraw tries a comeback but that is stopped short as Roddy hits him with a back suplex. Piper yells at McGraw then spits at him before chopping the piss out of him. McGraw’s comeback is stopped short as Piper takes him down and fires away before hitting a DDT then slapping him in the face. Piper hits a suplex as Vince thinks they should stop the match then the referee actually signals for the bell as McGraw is ruled unable to continue, giving Piper the match (3:52). Piper is still angry and spits at McGraw.

Thoughts: This was great. Piper looked great and he just beat the piss out of McGraw, who sadly passed away the day before this match aired. One of the most notorious TV squashes in WWF history.

Okerlund is with Piper, who talks about his interview with Bruno Sammartino in the Boston Garden. Piper says that since there is so much garlic coming off of Bruno, he will be safe from vampires then proceeds to call Bruno and his kids idiots. Piper was pretty funny here.

Next week, Hulk Hogan will face a “300lbs” opponent. Plus, Uncle Elmer & Hillbilly Jim, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation, Big John Studd, and Paul Orndorff.

Final Thoughts: Good show. The Piper squash was awesome and the six-man and Killer Bees tag matches were fun too. They only plugged the Hillbillies for SNME but still put over the PPV and kept heels like Savage and Muraco strong too.

WWF Championship Wrestling October 26th, 1985

October 26, 1985


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight’s main event is the Hart Foundation & Barry O. vs. Killer Bees & Paul Orndorff. Also, Tito Santana and David Sammartino will be teaming up.


Mr. X & John Rizzo vs. Cousin Junior & Uncle Elmer w/Hillbilly Jim


As the announcers play up the size of Elmer, Junior stomps Mr. X then wiggles his butt at him. X goes for a kick but misses and falls and we all have a good laugh as a result. Rizzo tags in and bounces off of Elmer then Junior tags back in and gets the win with a sitout splash (2:13).

Thoughts: Typical stuff from the Hillbillies, meaning lots of dancing before and after the match and pandering to the crowd.




WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. Once again, the subject is the upcoming “Wrestling Classic” PPV. He runs down the list of competitors and that was all.

Ron Dee vs. Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart


Dee slams Funk to start the match then decides to chase around Hart until Funk nails him from behind. Funk stomps on the back of Dee’s head then runs over to a fan that threw a drink on him. Funk goes back to assaulting Dee then hits a clothesline before finishing him off with an elbow drop (1:50). After the match, Funk brands Dee then starts beating the shit out of him, prompting the referee to change the decision and award Dee the match. Funk and Hart are irate at the decision

Thoughts: Funk was awesome in the WWF. Just an incredible heel. Too bad he didnt stick around longer though.

Gene Okerlund is with “Leaping” Lanny Poffo. He reads us a poem about Okerlund, who then asks Lanny if he has found a tag-team partner yet and he said he is still looking.

Moondog Spot & Dave Barbie vs. David Sammartino & Tito Santana


The crowd loves Tito. Sammartino backdrops Spot then hits Barbie with a German suplex. They use quick tags to isolate Barbie until he is able to tag out. Spot hits Sammartino with a kneelift then tags Barbie, who gets beat on by Tito and shortly after that, Sammartino catches Barbie with a powerslam for the win (3:02).

Thoughts: Eh, not much happened here but Sammartino looked more animated in the ring than usual. Speaking of Sammartino, he would be gone in a few weeks after the “phantom submission” match in Philadelphia against Ron Shaw.

Okerlund is with the Dream Team. Valiant is obnoxious as usual as the others talk about their fans that follow the around wherever they go because they are the champs.

Paul Roma & Scott McGhee vs. The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant


Valentine shoves Roma into the corner then takes him down with a drop toehold. Roma comes back with an armdrag and a dropkick but misses his second attempt. Valentine drops a few elbows then he and Beefcake rough up Roma some more. McGhee tags and hits several European uppercuts but Valentine suplexes him. Both men tag out as Beefcake beats on Roma. They isolate Roma using quick tags then Valentine gets the win with a figure four leg lock (3:22).

Thoughts: The Dream Team worked really well as a team. Roma looked solid too in his brief amount of offense. McGhee just came over at this time from Florida but never made any sort of impact in the WWF and as gone before the end of 1986.




Piper’s Pit with guest Rick McGraw. Piper insults McGraw by calling him a mediocre wrestler as McGraw, looking like a mess, makes a skirt joke, causing Piper to go off by calling McGraw a “loser” and a “geek” before calling him trash. McGraw asks Piper why he doesnt wrestle on TV as Piper sarcastically challenges him to a match then gets slapped by McGraw, causing Piper to flip out and toss chairs saying he will fight him whenever.

Rusty Brooks vs. King Tonga


Tonga bounces off of Brooks before getting hip-tossed. Tonga dodges an elbow drop and comes back with a dropkick and a crossbody block, getting two. They trade shots and Tonga wins that battle. He lays into Brooks with chops and headbutts the hits him with a super kick. He slams Brooks then heads up top and hits a flying body press for the win (2:20).

Thoughts: The fans weren’t that much into King Tonga in the beginning. He moved around quickly at the beginning as he was built like a cruiserweight.

Killer Bees & Paul Orndorff vs. Hart Foundation & Barry O. w/ Jimmy Hart


Hart and Blair start off the match with some mat work. Hart then tags Barry after gettting monkey-flipped out of the corner. Orndorff tags and works the arm of Barry as the fans go nuts. Blair tags and gets two with an elbow smash from the middle rope. Brunzell works the arm but gets caught in the wrong corner. The match then breaks down as Jimmy Hart scurries underneath the ring. The ref regains order as Brunzell is in trouble. Barry is the legal man but Brunzell makes the tag to Orndorff, who runs wild. He holds up Barry as Brunzell hits him with a dropkick and that gets the win (4:20).

Thoughts: Fun match that was all action. I think it was obvious that Barry O. would be the one taking the fall though. Brunzell’s dropkick at the end was awesome too. He got up there pretty damn high.

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who talks about Tito Santana then brings out a plastic trash container and calls Santana garbage and that he will be lucky to escape with the Intercontinental Title. Funny stuff from Savage.

Next week, Roddy Piper will face Rick McGraw. Also in action include the Junkyard Dog, Randy Savage, and Don Muraco.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. The six-man match was entertaining and Piper’s Pit was memorable too. Also, the push for the “Wrestling Classic” continues and guys like Terry Funk and Randy Savage continue to entertain whenever they appear on TV.










WWF Championship Wrestling October 19th, 1985

October 19, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Wendi Richter will defend her Women’s Championship against Judy Martin. Also in action are Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation and the return of Hillbilly Jim.


Steve Lombardi vs. Hillbilly Jim w/ Uncle Elmer & Cousin Junior

This is Jim’s long awaited in-ring return and the crowd is into the Hillbilly act in a big way. The pre-match dance last for a while. Jim shoves Lombardi through the ropes after they lockup. Lombardi charges but gets caught with a slam as Elmer rings his bell and Junior stands there looking mentally challenged. Jim sends Lombardi into the post after reversing an Irish whip. He knocks him down with a headbutt then catches Lombardi in a bearhug, who immediately submits (2:20). After the match, the Hillbillies dance some more in the ring as Vince goes mental screaming “GET DOWN CUZ” at Junior during his wacky dance.

Thoughts:  As goofy as the Hillbilly bullshit was, it was extremely over here. Vince was putting over Jim big time too and his new theme song, “Don’t Go Messin’ with a Country Boy.” Vince was really trying to get over the theme music on commentary when the “Wrestling Album” came out.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This is about the “Wrestling Album” as we see clips of wrestlers singing their songs, such as Hillbilly Jim and Jimmy Hart.

Jose Luis Rivera & S.D. Jones vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

The fans are starting to respond to the Hart Foundation, instead of being silent as they have been. Bret backs away from S.D. as Jimmy agitates the fans at ringside with his megaphone. S.D. catches Bret with a dropkick then tags out as Rivera works the arm. Bret catches Rivera wth a knee then hits a backbreaker before tagging the Anvil then they put Rivera away with the Hart Attack (2:23).

Thoughts: Nice to see the Hart Foundation starting to get over a bit as a heel act but this match wasnt much and the jobbers were in control for most of the match.

Gene Okerlund is backstage with Hulk Hogan. He runs down a list of challengers for his belt such as Randy Savage, Terry Funk, Big John Studd, and King Kong Bundy. He then said he will give his opponents the “James Brown” treatment after he slams then down in the middle of the ring, whatever the fuck that means.

WWF Women’s Championship Match
Judy Martin w/ Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter (Champion)

They roll around on the mat then Moolah grabs Richter by the hair. Martin then leads Ricchter around by the hair as the ref yells at Moolah. Martin drops Richter in a reverse Death Valley Driver for two. The crowd breaks out in a loud chant for Wendy as Martin tosses her out to the floor. Moolah kicks Richter as she is down. More hair pulling from Martin as he drags Richter back into the ring. Richter then hits a poor excuse of a crossbody block and a dropkick. She places Martin on the top then tosses her off. Both women are down then Richter leapfrogs Martin and takes her over with a rollup for the win as the crowd goes nuts (3:23). Moolah is irate at what happened.

Thoughts: Match was alright, mostly due to the fact that Martin was in control. She was a really good wrestler and very underrated as far as women wrestlers are concerned. Richter sucked in the ring but connected with the fans and they went nuts for her.

Okerlund is with Bob Orton. He asks him about his cast as Orton said he is the best wrestler in the world and does not need a weapon in the ring.

A plug for the WWF Calendar airs set to a generic 80’s jazz solo.

Ron Shaw vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Shaw roughs up Steamboat for a bit. Steamboat comes back with a dropkick after a dull Irish whip sequence then works the arm. He hits Shaw with a chop before putting him away with the flying body press (2:45).

Thoughts: The crowd went nuts for Steamboat. The match itself was really dull and Shaw looked gassed during the Irish whip sequence and never recovered. No mention of Steamboat’s feud with Muraco and Fuji during the match.

Piper’s Pit with guests Don Muraco and Mr. Fuji. This segments starts off with all of the heels gushing over each other. Piper also said it was “disgusting and distasteful” watching Steamboat use illegal kicks and chops and thinks it should be banned. Muraco calls Piper a genius for recognizing that Steamboat uses illegal martial arts then says that he has the sensei in his corner in Mr. Fuji and can counter anything Steamboat has to offer. Fuji challenges Steamboat to a martial arts match as Piper makes fun of Steamboat for wearing “Ballerina tights.” Good segment that re-sparked the feud.

Mario Mancini vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth

Vince gushes over Elizabeth and wonders what she sees in the Macho Man then Bruno lets us know that she is a tough negotiator. Savage catches Mancini with a clothesline then stuns Mancini’s neck off of the ropes. He tosses Mancini outside and follows him out with a double axe handle then rolls him back inside and finishes him off with the flying elbow smash (1:10). After the win, Savage goes up top and hits Mancini with another elbow smash.

Thoughts: Really fun match. Savage looked awesome and went all out in this short match. He was getting over more and more each week and his elbow smash was probably the most impressive finishing move in the company at this time.

Joe Mirto & A.J. Petruzzi vs. British Bulldogs

Davey works on the arm of Petruzzi to start. He then hits a backdrop before tagging out. Dynamite knocks down Mirto with a shoulderblock. He catches him with an armdrag then a missile dropkick before tagging Davey. He gets two off of a slam then puts him in a chinlock. Dynamite nearly kills Mirto with a snap suplex then drops the leg before Petruzzi tags. Petruzzi then fights off a Boston Crab attempt but the Bulldogs take turns tossing him around before Mirto tags. Davey catches him with a running powerslam then Dynamite finishes him off with a flying headbutt after being launched by Davey for the win (4:43).

Thoughts: The announcers were really putting over the ability of the Bulldogs throughout the match. They looked impressive, even if Mirto couldnt take some of their offense. The crowd popped big for the finish.

Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Hart Foundation. He asks them about the Killer Bees as the Anvil mockingly said he is scared of them and talks about how as a kid, he pulled apart the wings of bees and watched them drop, prompting Okerlund to call him a sick indiviual. Bret gets interviewed and promises that they are going to put them away and shows a little bit of personality for once. After they leave, Terry Funk joins the set and tells Okerlund that JYD is a “jackass and yells at Okerlund to shut up after he told him he couldnt say that word. They were referring to the entire Jimmy Hart stable as the “Hart Foundation” at this time.

Next week, Paul Orndorff & Killer Bees take on the Hart Foundation & Barry O. Also in action are Terry Funk, David Sammartino & Tito Santana, King Tonga, The Dream Team, and Cousin Junior & Uncle Elmer. Plus, Piper’s Pit with Rick McGraw.

Final Thoughts: A really fun show with a lot of important segments. Hillbilly Jim made his in ring return and the Women’s Championship was defended. Also, they furthered the Steamboat/Muraco feud and had some good in-ring action as well. There was really something for everyone here. At this time, the WWF started to develop a pretty damn good in-ring product too as well as a blossoming tag-team division. They also continue to decently plug the “Wrestling Classic” PPV.

WWF Championship Wrestling October 12th, 1985

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

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

Saturday Night’s Main Event: October 5th, 1985

October 5th, 1985

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Hulk Hogan defends his World Heavyweight Title against Nikolai Volkoff in a Flag Match. Also, Uncle Elmer takes on Jerry Valiant then later on in the show, he will get married. Plus, Roddy Piper vs. Paul Orndorff, The Dream Team against Lanny Poffo & Tony Garea, and Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy vs. Andre the Giant & Tony Atlas

The announcers start by talking about the show, causing Jesse to go off on a rant about Uncle Elmer’s wedding having no place in wrestling.

Flag Match
World Heavyweight Championship
Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Hulk Hogan

This match came about due to Hogan not wanting Volkoff’s Russian flag or National Anthem played before his match. The match starts with Volkoff attacking Hogan from behind. He slams his head off of the turnbuckle then chokes Hogan out with his own shirt. Hogan fights back and punches away. He clotheslines Volkoff in the corner as the crowd explodes. He hits another clothesline then drops an elbow. Hogan punches him down then boots him through the ropes and onto the timekeepers table. Hogan follows out but Volkoff is able to shove him into the post. Back in the ring, Volkoff stomps away before hitting a double axe handle from the second rope. Volkoff hits his backbreaker but jaws at the crowd before covering and can only get two. Volkoff whips Hogan into the corner and tries a piledriver but Hogan counters that with a backdrop as both men are down. Volkoff stomps on Hogan then hits a slam, getting two. Hogan starts to hulk up and starts hammering away. He dodges a charge in the corner then hits his leg drop for the win (5:17) **1/4. After the match, Hogan takes the Russian flag and uses it to shine his boots, causing Jesse to go off on a rant as to how Hogan is a disgrace. Hogan then tosses the flag and spits on it before grabbing the American flag and waving it around in the ring, to the delight of the crowd.

Thoughts: Good match. It was all action and no dull spots. Volkoff looked quicker than usual and Hogan sold quite a bit for him too. The evil foreigner gimmick still worked well in 1985 and it showed as the fans hated Volkoff.

After his match, Hogan gets interviewed by Gene Okerlund. He is excted about the wedding of Uncle Elmer.

Jerry Valiant vs. Uncle Elmer w/ Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Junior

Valiant charges and gets slammed then Elmer pins him for the win (0:12). After the match, Howard Finkel announces the match at six seconds, breaking the nine second record for the fastest pinfall by King King Bundy over S.D Jones at WrestleMania. They even show the clip of Bundy squashing S.D afterwards.

Thoughts: They are giving Elmer quite the push tonight, even giving him the record of the fastest pinfall. He was such a bad wrestler that the length seemed fine and it was a bullshit record anyway and more of a way to hype his wedding later in the show.

The Body Shop with guest Bobby Heenan. For those who do not know, the “Body Shop” was a segment hosted by Jesse Ventura. Quite frankly, I thought that it was just as good as Piper’s Pit overall. It just lacked the bigger segments. Heenan tells us that the bounty for Paul Orndorff is up to $50,000 and tells Orndorff if he had any brains, he would come out and retire. Just hype for the Orndorff vs. Piper match.

Paul Orndorff vs. Roddy Piper

The match starts with both guys trading haymakers. Orndorff runs into a clothesline then Piper slams his head off of the mat. Orndorff takes him down and starts biting his forehead. They brawl some more until Piper hits a DDT. He puts the boots to Orndorff then they both go outside where Piper hits him with a chair. Orndorff fights back and rolls Piper back in the ring. He hits a double axe handle then a suplex as the crowd goes insane. Piper hits a kneelift after an eye rake then both men collide. Orndorff manages to get his knees up on a splash attempt by Roddy. They both go over the top rope after Orndorff hits a crossbody then they brawl all the way up the aisle and into the locker room, with the camera showing us the action. the match is ruled a double count-out (4:40) **1/2. Piper is able to sneak into a dressing room and lock the door as the segment ends with Orndorff still upset.

Thoughts: Good brawl. These guys still had a hot feud but it was starting to wain a bit at this point. Piper was one of the best ever at working a crowd into a frenzy.

And now, the wedding of Uncle Elmer. Mean Gene is playing the organ for this. Jesse is a riot in trashing this wedding. Even better is Vince yelling at Jesse for laughing over Elmer forgetting the words. Piper comes out and interrupts the ceremony, saying there is no room for weddings in wrestling and says it all stinks as Hogan comes out and points at Piper, who leaves.  As they kiss, Jesse gets in a great line about them looking like “two carp in the Mississippi fighting over the same piece of corn.” Funny enough, largely due to Jesse.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tony Atlas & Andre the Giant

Andre chokes out Bundy with the straps off his ring attire. He chops Bundy in the corner then tags atlas after a double team. Bundy misses an elbow drop and gets headbutted. Studd tags as Atlas falls down delivering an Irish whip. Atlas comes back with headbutts and tries to slam Studd but fails. After missing a dropkick, Atlas gets beat down by Studd, who goes after Andre on the apron as Bundy splsahes Atlas. Andre tags as he faces of with Studd, with the crowd going crazy. He chops Studd but Bundy attacks Andre from behind. After slamming Atlas against the ropes, Studd joins Bundy in attacking Andre. The ref rings the bell for the DQ as the heels continue the assault (4:26) 1/2*. Andre fights back but it is not enough. Hogan runs out as the crowd is going out of their minds and he helps Andre clear the ring of the heels, with Jesse stating that Hogan had no business out there. After the match, Okerlund interviews Hogan, Andre, and Atlas as Hogan, who promises us that big news will be revealed soon.

Thoughts: Not bad and it moves Hogan onto a feud, after months of defending the belt against the upper midcard. The match itself was fine for what it was.

Gene Okerlund is at the Detroit zoo with George Steele. The joke here is that Steele is in his natural habitat and as Okerlund points out animals, Steele compares them to wrestlers then he takes off and runs into the bushes. Harmless comedy segment.

Tag Team Championship Match
“Leaping” Lanny Poffo & Tony Garea vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant

Valentine takes down Poffo and works a headlock as the camera shows the former champions, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo in the front row. Valentine slams Poffo but he fights back. He dropkicks Beefcake then gets a nearfall off of a moonsault. Valentine attacks Poffo and that allows Beefcake to gain control of the match. The heels neutralize Poffo until he finally makes the hot tag to Tony Garea. He hits some dropkicks as the crowd doesnt give a fuck. Crossbody gets two but he runs into an elbow smash. Valentine tags then drops the elbow before making Garea submit to the figure four (3:30) *.

Thoughts: The challengers were probably the single worst team to get a shot at the belts. No idea how they came to the conclusion that those two should wrestle on national television. Match was average.

At the wedding reception, Hogan and Orndorff are sitting at the same table as Vince and Jesse, who keeps ranting on and on how weddings have no place in wrestling. Mean Gene interviews Albano, who is teaching Cousin Junior how to eat.He then goes over to Poffo, who recites a poem for the newlyweds. Hillbilly Jim then propose a toast as Tiny Tim comes out with his ukelele and gives it to Elmer. The band plays as Elmer sings “Walk Through This World With Me,” and actually doesnt do that bad of a job. After he finishes, Jesse reads a poem that closes with him bashing the wedding. As Hogan and Orndorff get up and approach him, Jesse backpedals but gets tripped by Jim and falls into the cake, causing everyone to laugh. Entertaining enough but nowhere nearly as funny as the reception for Butcher Vachon’s wedding.

Hogan lets us know that next month on Saturday Night’s Main Event, Hogan & Andre will team up against King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd.

Final Thoughts: Not as eventful as the first SNME but it had its moments. Hogan’s match was solid and Piper/Orndorff was fun. Jesse single-handedly made the Uncle Elmer wedding entertaining. In fact, in his shoot interview with RF Video, Jesse stated that Bill Murray called him after watching the show and congratulated on his performance, especially about the joke he made when they kissed. They also set up the main event for next month’s show.

WWF Championship Wrestling October 5th, 1985

October 5, 1985


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, the Tag Team Titles are on the line as Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake defend their titles against the British Bulldogs. Also in action are the Missing Link, Cousin Junior, the Hart Foundation and the team of Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy.

Gino Carabello vs. Cousin Junior w/ Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer


Vince is in all his glory as the Hillbillies dance in the ring before the match. Carabello bounces off of Junior a few times before he gets taken down with a shoulder block. Junior maintains control with some weak looking offense, stopping to take advice from Jim. He works a headlock before catching him with a slam. Junior then hits a mule kick before putting him away with a sitdown splash (2:42). After the match, the Hillbillies dance in the ring.

Thoughts: The crowd gave the Hillbillies a favorable reaction. This was the first of many appearances by the Hillbillies tonight.




WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He alerts us that the first ever “Wrestling Classic” sixteen man tournament will take place soon, with the winner receiving a Rolls Royce. A few wrestlers cut promos in front of the car, including Jesse Ventura saying he wont be there as he will be in Hollywood. Hayes then lets us know that this is only available on PPV. This was the major announcement that was promised last week.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. S.D. Jones & Jim Powers


Studd works on Jones as the Hillbillies come out to the ring and sit in the front row. Powers tags and drpokicks Studd but fails at a slam attempt and gets hiptossed. Bundy tags and beats on Powers in the corner before putting him away with the Avalanche (2:07). After the match, the heels stare down the Hillbillies.

Thoughts: They are going ahead with the feud between Heenan’s guys and the Hillbillies. Bundy is back from Japan and starting to get a push again.




Gene Okerlund is with Captain Lou Albano. They talk about the “Manager of the Year” award and how he was attacked by Heenan. Albano was not his usual wild self, making it a dull interview.

A.J. Petruzzi vs. King Tonga


Tonga backs AJ into the corner. They then completely botch a hiptoss, with Tonga essentially hiptossing the air. Tonga hits a Samoan drop then beats the shit out of Petruzzi for a bit until he finishes him off with a top rope splash (3:03).

Thoughts: The crowd couldnt have caed less about Tonga. He was pretty emotionless in the ring so he didnt exactly make the best babyface but they were trying to recreate Jimmy Snuka anyway they could at this point. Tonga was not the guy for that role.




Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart, who talks about his new additions, the Missing Link and Adrian Adonis, as well as the rest of his stable. He also supports the goal of Bobby Heenan in ridding the WWF of Paul Orndorff and Andre the Giant.

Salvatore Bellomo & Tony Garea vs. Hart Foundation w/Jimmy Hart


Garea and Bellomo both look completely miserable out there. Hart spills out to the floor after Garea ducked a punch. He runs right back in and gets arm-dragged twice before tagging Neidhart. Hart cheapshots Garea from the apron but he dodges an attack from Neidhart and tags Bellomo. Salvatore hits the Harts with dropkicks but Neidhart attacks him from behind and shortly after that, they hit him with the Hart Attack for the win (2:12).

Thoughts: The faces had control of 85% of the match, which was the norm when Garea was involved. The Harts are starting to get a bit more of a push than before and the tag division as a whole is a million times better than it was a year ago.




Piper’s Pit with guest Rick Derringer. Piper mocks him for a minute as Derringer plugs the WWF album that he helped worked on and has a plan do to a song with Albano, which has Piper wonder why he doesnt have an opportunity to sing. Piper pleads to do a song and Derringer said he can make a jerk out of himself if he wants, which leads to Piper yelling at him until the segment ends. A harmless plug for the new album.

Mike Saxon vs. Missing Link w/ Jimmy Hart


Link attacks Saxon from behind. He beats on Saxon as Hart speaks to him through the megaphone. Link hits a powerslam as the announcers talk about what happened on “Piper’s Pit.” Link beats no Saxon some more until he finishes him off with a headbutt from the second rope (2:20).

Thoughts: Link was a lost cause at this point and would be gone fairly shortly. No one in the crowd cared about him.




Tag Team Championship Match
British Bulldogs vs. Dream Team (Champions) w/ Johnny Valiant 


Bruno predicts that the Bulldogs will win the match. Dynamite takes down Valentine with a shoulder block to start. He then tosses Valentine in the corner as both men tag out. Davey works on the arm of Brutus as the fans are getting into the match. Dynamite tags and targets the arm until Brutus rakes his eyes. Davey tags and slams Brutus with Valentine breaking up the pin. He beats on Davey for a little bit but misses an elbow drop and Davey is able to make the tag. Dynamite runs wild, going full speed the entire time. The match breaks down as Dynamite goes up top but Valiant pushes him off and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (4:12).

Thoughts: Good action and it woke the crowd up, which was tough as it was the last match of the taping. This certainly sets up for a rematch down the road and these two teams seemed to work well together.




Okerlund is with the Hillbillies, who are looking glum. They are unhappy because of the attack from the “Manager of the Year” award. Jim is mad at Heenan for trying to steal the award. Junior and Elmer also are upset that Jim got attacked and warn Studd & Bundy that they dont want to start a feud with them.

Next week, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo will return. Also, Andre the Giant will be here and we will see photos of Uncle Elmer’s wedding.

Final Thoughts: The tag match was really fun but a lot of the show was centered around the Hillbillies. They were in half of the segments that aired. Funny how there was no mention at all of “Saturday Night’s Main Event” which took place the night this show aired. That review will be up on Tuesday by the way.






















WWF Philadelphia Spectrum September 28th,1985

September 28th, 1985
Your hosts are Dick Graham & Gorilla Monsoon
Matches for tonight include Ricky Steamboat vs. Don Muraco, Roddy Piper & Bob Orton vs. Paul Orndorff & Bruno Sammartino, and Hulk Hogan defends his World Heavyweight Title against “Macho Man” Randy Savage (According to Graham Cawthon of TheHistoryofWWE.com, this is the first known match between Hogan and Savage.)

Rick McGraw vs. Moondog Spot
Spot backs McGraw into the corner. He charges but McGraw counters with a sunset flip for two. McGraw goes to work on the arm for a few minutes as Gorilla plugs the WWF Album. He gets two off of a crossbody then goes back to the arm for another couple of minutes as the crowd starts to boo. The announcers talk about the top matches tonight as this is really starting to drag. Spot misses an elbow drop and McGraw slams him before going back to the armbar. He leapfrogs Spot and hits a dropkick before once again going back to the armbar. Spot finally takes control after catching McGraw with a backbreaker. He puts on a chinlock then catches McGraw with a gutbuster when he tried to escape. McGraw failed to get Spot over on a sunset flip then gets hit with a forearm smash from the second rope. Spot puts on another chinlock. McGraw escapes but misses a charge in the corner. Spot tosses him to the floor then kicks him off of the apron. Back in the ring, Spot gets two off of a powerslam. Inverted atomic drop gets two and he goes back to the chinlock. McGraw manages a backdrop but misses an elbow drop. Spot manages a few nearfalls with a kneelift and a clothesline. He heads up top but McGraw slams him off then has Spot beg for mercy in the corner. McGraw slugs away then gets two off of a backslide. After a quick reversal sequence, Spot ducks as McGraw hit his head on the buckle during a reverse rollup attempt and that allows Spot to hit a fist drop for the win (16:24) **1/4.
Thoughts: The first several minutes of the match were brutal but this actually got decent towards the end. I have said it a lot but Spot was a really underrated worker.
Kal Rudman is with Bruno Sammartino. He cuts a good promo, saying that he is not as big as he used to be and not even the wrestle he was a few years ago but that he can brawl and this is the match that they want. He has no respect for Piper, flat out stating that he doesn’t like him. He also says that he does not compare wrestlers to each other, because he believes they are all individuals.
Rudman is now with Orton and Piper. He asks Piper about what Bruno just said as Orton believes that Bruno said this because he is passé and senile. Piper jokes about Bruno running eight miles a day, stating it is because he is trying to get away from his wife then laughs about Bruno losing weight for being old. Not the best work from Piper but entertaining enough.
“Cowboy” Bob Orton & Roddy Piper vs. Paul Orndorff & Bruno Sammartino
Bruno and Orndorff go right after the heels as soon as they enter the ring, with Bruno beating on Orton and Orndorff beating on Piper. They then chase them outside of the ring as they brawl all over the place. They get into the ring as the faces continue the assault as the fans are going out of their minds. Piper then wraps his shirt around the neck of Bruno as he and Orton take control. Orndorff gets dumped outside as Orton chokes out Bruno. Piper tosses Orndorff over the guardrail. In the ring, Piper has Bruno in a sleeper hold but Orndorff breaks that up with an axe handle off of the top rope. Piper tags Orton, who puts on a sleeper. Bruno fights back but Orton tags Piper then cuts off the tag. Piper goes after Bruno but he is able to escape and tag Orndorff, as the building goes crazy. Orndorff uses the double noggin knocker on Piper and Orton then chokes out Piper with a shirt. Bruno is beating on Orton outside of the ring. The action spills outside as Piper sends Orndorff into the post. Sammartino goes after Piper until Orton hits him from behind with a steel chair as the ref signals for the bell (7:52) ***1/4. After the match, Orndorff goes insane and starts throwing chairs and even a table into the ring towards the heels, who manage to escape. The official decision is a double count-out, which has the crowd start a loud “bullshit” chant.
Thoughts: The brawling wasn’t particularly special but the match was all action and it was all very intense. Bruno still looked decent at brawling at this point. The crowd reaction was insanely loud throughout the match.
Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Steamboat dodges an attack but runs into a knee. Muraco stomps away then chops him against the ropes. Steamboat leapfrogs Muraco then chokes him out with his belt, payback from being hung on TV last month. Steamboat is still wearing his robe as he locks on a sleeper hold. Muraco fights back but Steamboat chokes him out with his ring jacket. He hits a neckbreaker and a fist drop but Muraco reverses an Irish whip in the corner and Steamboat gets hung over the ropes. He falls outside where Fuji hits him in the chest with his cane. Steamboat goes after Fuji but Muraco shoves him into the post from behind. Muraco slingshots Steamboat back into the ring then goes to work on the back and neck. He works a nerve hold for a long time as the fans chant for Steamboat. The Steamer makes it to his feet and hits a few chops but walks right into a clothesline. Steamboat dodges a charge and goes right to work. He kicks Muraco in the corner. Steamboat chops him down. He hits a flying chop off the top rope that gets two. Then, in an incredibly contrived spot, Steamboat enziguiri’s Muraco, who stumbles all the way across the ring and knocks down the referee. Steamboat makes the cover but the referee is not there. Fuji comes in and hits Steamboat with the cane but Steamboat takes it away from him and beats on Fuji then Muraco. The referee tries to intervene but gets shoved down and the bell rings for the DQ on Steamboat (16:20) **. Muraco and Steamboat retreat backstage as Steamboat has the cane.
Thoughts: Dull match. Muraco was really lazy here too. The nerve hold was pathetic and the ref bump looked bad too. Steamboat did most of the work in this match. The feud will continue.
Barry O. vs. King Tonga
Barry attacks Tonga to start but gets chopped hard. Barry bails after getting dropkicked then gets headbutted down when he returns. Tonga puts on a chinlock but Barry escapes then tosses Tonga outside. Barry hits a few elbow smashes but Tonga blocks a suplex attempt and hits one of his own. Barry goes back on offense but misses an elbow smash from the top, allowing Tonga to fight back. He uses a stepover toehold and works that for a minute. Barry rakes the eyes but eats a sidekick then Tonga finishes him with a splash (5:42) *1/4.
Thoughts: Tonga would later go on as Haku. He made his debut on TV a couple of weeks before this show. He was small at this point too and fairly agile. He was a bit green in the ring though.
Mel Phillips plugs the October 26th show at the Spectrum, which includes Tony Garea vs. Masked Superstar, Moondog Spot & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Cousin Junior & Hillbilly Jim, Terry Funk vs. Junkyard Dog, Don Muraco vs. Tito Santana, and the main event will be Bob Orton & Roddy Piper vs. Paul Orndorff & Bruno Sammartino in a steel cage match.
WWF Heavyweight Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)
Hogan shoves Savage off of a lockup to start things out. Savage bails and yells at the fans before going back inside. Hogan works the arm then Savage retreats again. Back inside, Hogan mocks Savage and ducks outside but gets attacked by Savage when he goes back inside. Hogan blocks a turnbuckle smash then fires away. Savage bails and hides behind Elizabeth as Hogan chases after him. Hogan grabs a headlock when they go back into the ring. Savage then winds up in a tree-of-woe as Hogan chokes him with his foot. He hits an atomic drop that sends Savage to the floor where Savage hides behind Elizabeth yet again. Hogan, on the apron, feels out Savage who is standing in the ring. Inside, Hogan misses a charge as Savage chokes him out with the rope. Double axe handle gets two. Savage misses a knee drop but maintains control. Hogan knocks Savage outside again then picks up Elizabeth, gently placing her to the side, in order to get to Savage. Inside the ring, Savage kicks Hogan after he ducked his head for a backdrop. He goes up top but misses a flying elbow smash and Hulk drops the elbow a Joey Marella counts fast to three as Hogan checks if he won and he did (11:17) **1/2. After the Savage, Savage flips out and tosses Hogan and Marella outside. He then grabs the belt and leaps off of the top and hits Hogan with it before going back into the ring, where he puts the belt around his waist and celebrates.
Thoughts: You could see the chemistry right off the bat with these two. The match did not have a lot of action but Savage put on a clinic with his heel work. Savage and Hogan worked the crowd into a frenzy and barely did any “wrestling.” This also led to a few more months of Savage vs. Hogan matches at the house show circuit. Watching this also really made you want to see a rematch.
Final Thoughts:  Well, two out of the three matches really delivered, making it a solid card overall. The opening match was long and the Tonga match was a throwaway. I did find it a bit odd that none of the regular tag teams were on the card. Matches that took place that were not on the card include: SD Jones vs. AJ Petruzzi, Steve Gatorwolf vs. King Kong Bundy, and Rene Goulet vs. Scott McGhee.

WWF Championship Wrestling September 28th, 1985

September 28, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action tonight are Randy Savage & Jesse Ventura, Ivan Putski & Lanny Poffo, and Uncle Elmer.

Chuck Greenlee & Moondog Spot & Tiger Chung Lee vs. Ricky Steamboat & Pedro Morales & Tito Santana
Before the match, Gene Okerlund comes out to present Tito with the new Intercontinental Championship belt. Santana cleans house on the heels. The faces take turns beating on Lee until Spot catches Tito in the back with a knee. Spot gets two off of a backbreaker but misses a splash off of the second rope. Hot tag to Pedro, who beats on Greenlee who then appeared to have unintentionally dead-weighted Pedro on a slam. Steamboat tags and finishes him off with a flying body press (2:47).
Thoughts: Besides Tito being presented with the new IC belt, this was unmemorable. Greenlee didn’t know what he was doing in the ring and that did not make Pedro too happy.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He shows us a video of Mean Gene Okerlund interviewing Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo outside of an eye clinic, which is for Windham’s injury sustained when he took a cigar in the eye. Windham is wearing an eye patch and vows to recapture the titles.
Jim Young vs. Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart
Adonis is now managed by Hart, who along with the Missing Link was traded by Bobby Heenan in return for King Kong Bundy. Adonis comes out to Hart’s song titled “Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield.” Adonis appears to have gained 10lbs per TV taping. He starts by showing off his speed before beating on Young in the corner. Heenan joins the booth and tells us that he does whatever he wants as Vince asks him about having his men attack Hillbilly Jim after he gave his votes to Captain Lou Albano, depriving Heenan of the “Manager of the Year” award. Adonis then finishes off Young with a flying clothesline (1:50).
Thoughts: The match was nothing more than a backdrop for Heenan to continue the “Manager of the Year” angle. The announcement of the trade that sent Bundy to Heenan for Adonis and the Missing Link basically sums up how the WWF felt about the latter two.
Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog, who is angry with Jimmy Hart for interfering in his match against Terry Funk.
Jose Luis Rivera & Sal Gee vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Iron Sheik
Sheik beats on Rivera then tags Volkoff. Rivera fights back and tags Gee, who has little success. He runs into a knee then Volkoff hits a backbreaker. Sheik tags and hits a gutwrench before making him submit to the Camel Clutch (2:54).
Thoughts: Not much to this but the Russian National Anthem still produces instant heel heat.
Okerlund brings out Paul Orndorff, who will be facing Roddy Piper in a Lumberjack Match at the next house show in Los Angeles. He cuts an intense promo that came off well. Too bad for Orndorff because once his feud with Piper ended, he was basically stuck in limbo until he turned on Hogan.
Gino Carabello vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff catches Carabello with a knee. He hammers away before applying a chinlock. He tosses Carabello outside then hits him with an elbow smash from the top rope when he re-enters the ring. He then hits a suplex and a clothesline as the crowd goes nuts. He finally finishes him off with a piledriver (2:50).
Thoughts: The crowd was super into Orndorff and went nuts for his poses after the match. He really spiked Carabello on the piledriver too.
Piper’s Pit with Uncle Elmer. Piper talks about how Elmer will be getting married next week on TV and asks who would marry him. Elmer insults Piper by stating his wife weighs 125lbs, just like him. Piper was not as funny as you would think in this segment.
Joe Mirto & Mike Gola vs. Ivan Putski & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Poffo reads a poem about Putski, the first poem he has read on WWF TV. They both work over Gola in their corner. Mirto tags and clotheslines Poffo, who fights right back. He tosses Mirto to the floor and rolls him back inside. Gola tags as does Putski, who puts him away with the Polish Hammer (1:27).
Thoughts: Putski was just about done with the company at this point and Poffo has already done jobs on TV so this was just two guys who the company had no plans for that were filling time. The crowd didn’t give a shit about this match at all.
Tito Santana gives us a PSA about the importance of eating a good breakfast. He appeared to have trouble with the cue cards here.
Mario Mancini & Mike Rice vs. Jesse Ventura & Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth
Vince was going gaga over Elizabeth during her entrance. Savage points and yells at Elizabeth before the match as the crowd boos him like crazy. The heels beat the piss out of Mancini to start. Savage yanks Rice into the ring and the heels use a ton of quick tags. These two are both working at a super fast-pace. Savage then puts away Rice with a flying elbow drop (1:55). After the match, Jesse calls out Bruno from the ring.
Thoughts: This team came about due to Ventura constantly praising Savage on commentary. Savage & Ventura worked at an extremely quick pace but didn’t display that much chemistry as a team.
Vince says he will unveil a major announcement next week.
Okerlund is with Terry Funk and Jimmy Hart. Funk calls JYD a “jackass” and brings up how he got knocked out by him in the Bahamas four years ago. Funk wants to beat and ridicule JYD during their match in Los Angeles. Funk cut some pretty damn good promos in his WWF run.
Vince lets us know that next week, Hillbilly Jim will return after being assaulted. Also, the Tag Team Titles will be on the line as Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake defend their titles against the British Bulldogs, who Bruno thinks will win the belts.
Final Thoughts: This show was skippable, with nothing major happening. Next week’s show with the Tag Title match and the major announcement sounds a lot better than matches filled with lower midcard guys.

WWF Championship Wrestling September 7th, 1985

September 7, 1985
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura (subbing for Bruno Sammartino) and Vince McMahon
Tonight, we will see footage of the Tag Team Title change from the Philadelphia Spectrum. In action are the Killer Bees, Don Muraco, Randy Savage, and Adrian Adonis.

Tiger Chung Lee & Jerry Adams vs. Killer Bees
Ventura puts down the trunks of the Bees before joking how they need antennas on their heads. He then puts over the bodies and wrestling ability. The Bees work over Lee as Freddie Blassie joins the booth and says that he will win the “Manager of the Year” award as he has votes pouring in from Russia and Iran. He then makes fun of Albano for being fat as Brunzell dropkicks Adams for the win (2:24). After the match, the announcers put over Brunzell’s dropkick.
Thoughts: Not much of a match as it was short and the focus on commentary was about the “Manager of the Year” award.
Vince asks Jesse who he is voting for the “Manager of the Year” award and he says Bobby Heenan, after being told that Elizabeth was ineligible.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, the focus is on Paul Orndorff and how he is destroying all of his opponents.
Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Jimmy Jackson
Jackson has a great physique but doesn’t look more than 5’8. The crowd starts up a “beach bum” chant before the match. Muraco destroys Jackson to start. He grabs a front facelock then takes him to the mat. He then knocks Jackson down a few times before putting him away with the tombstone (2:04).
Thoughts: Dominate squash for Muraco. Surprisingly, no mention of his feud with Steamboat on commentary.
We are shown a commercial for “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” cartoon.
Gene Okerlund brings out Hulk Hogan, who will be facing Big John Studd in Los Angeles on Spetember 18th. Hogan says that he talked with his brothers in LA and how he won’t be able to come back home if he loses the match. He will also be “Wired on high-test” and the title will stay with him.
Ron Shaw vs. Cousin Junior w/ Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer
This is the TV debut for Cousin Junior, the former TV jobber Lanny Kean. The Hillbillies slap hands with the fans for a few minutes before the match. Vince mentions that Elmer will be married soon, which has Jesse wondering if he is marrying a sow. The match finally starts and with Junior backing Shaw into the corner repeatedly. Junior hits a clothesline then hits a mule kick for the win (1:21). After the match, Junior danced in a wacky way that had to be seen to be believed.
Thoughts: The match itself was terrible and the crowd didn’t seem to give a shit about it but they were digging when the celebrated with them before and after the match.  
Freddie Miller is backstage with the Junkyard Dog. He says that he is not scared of Terry Funk and wishes luck to Hogan in his match against Studd.
Adrian Adonis w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mike Saxon
Saxon was a jobber with a jheri curl that did a bad impersonation of Michael Jackson. Before the match, Howard Finkel introduced the Canadian Heavyweight Champion, Dino Bravo, to the crowd. Bravo was in a suit and had black hair, which was his normal color. He was more slender then too. Adonis, on the other hand, as gained a lot of weight since the last set of TV tapings. The crowd starts an “Orndorff” chant at Heenan. Saxon lands a headbutt but Adonis fights right back. He chops him down then works the leg before hitting a running powerslam for the win (1:31).
Thoughts: Adonis could still go in the ring but was really packing on the pounds at this point. He had bigger tits than Elizabeth.
Piper’s Pit with guests Bobby Heenan and Big John Studd. Piper puts over Studd as the true giant in wrestling. He then shows us a clip of the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” cartoon before bringing out the action figure of Andre the Giant, wondering why Studd doesn’t have one of his own, when Heenan pulls out a Studd figure from his coat pocket. Piper and Studd then re-create what will happen when they meet, with Studd destroying Andre. Piper was pretty funny here.
Joe Mirto vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth
This is the first time that Elizabeth managed Savage on TV. It is also the debut of Savaage using “Pomp and Circumstance” as his theme song. Jesse is still upset that Elizabeth is not eligible for the “Manager of the Year” award as the crowd goes crazy for Elizabeth. Savage is wearing an American Flag robe with “Savage” written on the back. Savage starts by toying with Mirto. He dumps him outside and follows with a double axe handle before rolling him back inside and getting the win with the flying elbow smash (1:22). After the match, Savage goes back on top and hits another elbow.
Thoughts: Savage was fucking awesome as a heel. Adding Elizabeth added a whole new dynamic too. They were a great act the moment they started.
Gene Okerlund is with Cowboy Bob Orton. He questions Orton about his cast, who is tired of hearing about his cast and lets everyone know that his arm didn’t heal right and he will have to wear it until he quits wrestling. He assures us that Roddy Piper will be sitting on top of the world for a very long time.
We are shown the last few minutes of the Tag Team Title change in Philadelphia when Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake defeated Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo after using Johnny Valiant’s cigar on Windham’s eye.
Now, we are shown an interview from Maple Leaf Wrestling which Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura speak with Valentine & Beefcake and Johnny Valiant.
Final Thoughts: The matches were a lot shorter than usual tonight. It was good to see how the tag titles changed hands too. But other than that, you didn’t really miss much here. My copies of the next two shows are screwed up so I will post the September 28th show this weekend and the Spectrum September house show next week.

WWF Championship Wrestling August 31st, 1985

August 31, 1985


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Ricky Steamboat & Junkyard Dog and Tony Atlas & Ivan Putski. Also, Terry Funk, Nikolai Volkoff and the debut of Corporal Kirchner. Plus, we will be shown a match from the August 18th show at the Maple Leaf Gardens between Big John Studd and Andre the Giant.

Mr. X &  Gino Carabello vs. Junkyard Dog & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Vince is going nuts for JYD as he dances. Match starts with an Irish whip sequence that ends with Steamboat using a hip toss on Mr. X. He works the arm before tagging JYD. He also works the arm and takes over Mr. X with a monkey flip. Carabello tags and lands a few shots on Steamboat as Jimmy Hart comes out for a second to briefly state his case for the “Manager of the Year” award. Steamboat comes back with a chop and tags JYD. He slams Carabello then Steamboat finishes with a flying body press (2:56).

Thoughts: The fans were crazy for JYD, who was probably the third most popular babyface on the roster, behind Andre and Hogan.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. Don Muraco is the focus for this week, who Hayes calls the most dangerous challenger to Hulk Hogan’s belt. They then show a clip of him and Mr. Fuji when they hung Steamboat.

Nikolai Volkoff w/Freddie Blassie & Iron Sheik vs. Rick McGraw


Volkoff beats the tar out of McGraw in the corner. He busts out a cartwheel before continuing his assault. McGraw fights back with a pair of dropkicks but gets caught and dropped throat-first on the ropes then hits the backbreaker for the win (2:01).

Thoughts: McGraw fucked up everything he did on offense and appeared to be juiced to the gills in the process. The poor guy would end up passing away a few months later.

A plug for “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” cartoon airs

Gene Okerlund informs us that the Tag Team Titles have changed hands and we will see footage of that in the future. JYD comes out and runs down Terry Funk.

John Rizzo & Matt Borne vs. Ivan Putski & Tony Atlas


Putski backs Borne into the corner then hits a back suplex. Rizzo tags and Putski unloads on him. They then take turns beating on Rizzo until Putski gets the win with the Polish Hammer (2:51).

Thoughts: The match was nothing but Putski looked really stiff with Rizzo. He killed him with the Polish Hammer. Atlas is floundering at this point, teaming with any available midcard worker at this point.

Okerlund is with Terry Funk, who compares himself as a gift from above, like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. He then slams down his branding iron, with Okerlund selling like it hit him in the leg, and promises that in the Boston Garden, he will choke out George Wells until his tongue turn purple. Great interview by Funk.

Terry Funk w/Jimmy Hart vs. Red Walsh


Walsh is a pasty white, bearded jobber who is billed from Ireland. Just as Funk starts to beat on him, Hart lets him know that ring attendant Mel Phillips is wearing his hat again. He chases him around the ring until Phillips runs behind JYD, who is now standing in the aisle. They go in the ring and JYD headbutts him out then continues to protect Phillips. Hart hangs from Funk’s waist in an attempt to prevent him from going back inside and they end up going back to the locker room as I presume the match was ruled a no-contest.

Thoughts: This was the start of the feud between the two. The fans reacted well to this segment too.

Piper’s Pit with guest Randy Savage, who identifies his new manager as Elizabeth. She comes out and tells us how it is an honor to be with a man like Randy. Decent enough segment and Elizabeth did a fine job

Terry Gibbs vs. Corporal Kirchner


Gibbs attacks Kirchner as soon as he enters the ring. Kirchner fights back and hits a backdrop and an atomic drop. He hits a clothesline but ducks his head on a backdrop attempt and Gibbs takes control. He heads up top but Kirchner slams him then finishes off Gibbs with a Samoan Drop (1:29).

Thoughts: After weeks of buildup, Kirchner did not impress. The crowd was quiet for most of the match too. For those who do not know, they took TV jobber RT Reynolds and cut his hair and shaved his beard then turned him into Kirchner. The real problem with Kirchner is that he spoke like he was reading off of cue cards and lacked charisma.

We are now shown the end of the Studd vs. Andre match from Toronto. Andre takes the scissors from Studd and clears the ring of Heenan. He tries to cut Studd’s hair but King Kong Bundy runs out and attacks Andre. Studd takes Andre down and hold his legs as Bundy hits three consecutive splashes until several lower card guys run off the heels. The crowd was going out of their minds for this.

Now, we see the interview with Andre after the match conducted by Billy Red Lyons. He says that will get Lou Albano in his corner and will be back.

Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who is gloating because his men hurt Andre. He then promises that Bundy will walk out of Boston the new Heavyweight Champion on Septemer 7th. Heenan was awesome here.

Final Thoughts: Solid show tonight. The wrestling wasn’t much but the angles were good, as were the interview segments. Kirchner bombed in his debut though. Anyway, Funk/JYD and Andre vs. Heenan’s feuds got off to a great start and the push for Savage continues.


WWF Philadelphia Spectrum August 24th, 1985

August 24, 1985
Your hosts are Dick Graham and Gorilla Monsoon
My copy of the show omits the first two matches, which were Steve Gatorwolf vs. Terry Gibbs and Corporal Kirchner vs. AJ Petruzzi
Tonight, Bruno Sammartino appears as a special guest referee for a match between Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper plus the Tag Team Titles are on the line when the champions, Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham defend their belts against Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake.

“Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton
The crowd is all over Orton, who starts by backing Poffo into the corner. Lanny comes back and hits a dropkick that has Orton retreat outside. Back in the ring, they engage in a test of strength then take it to the mat where Poffo uses his quickness to his advantage. Poffo hits a pair of armdrags after a criss-cross spot. Poffo kips back up after getting bodyslammed and slams Orton before going back to the arm for a while as the announcers talk about the rest of the card. Orton finally escapes and goes to work in the corner but misses a forearm smash from the top rope. Poffo knocks down Orton and gets two then goes to work on the injured arm. Orton asks for a timeout, selling his arm in the process. He tries to outsmart Lanny but that fails and he gets rolled up for two. Orton walks up the aisle, holding his arm. Back in the ring, Orton takes control. He drives Poffo face-first into the mat then drops him throat-first on the top rope. Poffo is draped over the apron and Orton elbows his throat. Poffo fights back from the apron and slingshots in with a sunset flip that gets two but Orton kicks his ass after that. He hits a slingshot suplex but misses an inverted corner splash. Poffo hits a monkey flip and an atomic drop that has Orton beg for mercy. Poffo hits a dropkick but gets caught with a knee on a charge and Orton hits the superplex for the win (14:10) **1/4
Thoughts: The match was alright, but it had a ton of stalling on the part of Orton. Lanny looked alright and was on offense for a majority of the match. Its been established right off the bat that Lanny was nothing more than a lower card worker. Orton continues to work the angle with the cast and looked okay here but this was the period when he started to get really lazy as a worker.
Special Guest Referee: Bruno Sammartino
Roddy Piper w/ Bob Orton vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff comes charging into the ring, nearly falling down in the process. Bruno sends Orton to the locker room and orders each competitor into their corners. Orndorff starts by winning a slugfest. Piper’s foot is stuck in the ropes and Orndorff hammers away, with the crowd going crazy. Piper uses an eye poke to take control but Bruno blocks his punch in the corner and that allows Orndorff to fire away. Piper again cheats to take control then they have a major miscommunication during a neckbreaker spot but Piper just poses afterwards to get the crowd to hate him even more. Piper shoves Bruno then roughs up Orndorff before sending him to the floor. He rams Orndorff’s head off of the table then back inside the ring, he continues his assault. Bruno shoves Piper away after he was stomping Orndorff near the ropes and they go back-and-forth, allowing Orndorff to fight back. He locks Roddy into a sleeper but refuses to break the hold. They spill outside where Roddy throws a drink at his face. He rolls him in the ring then grabs a chair and “hits” Bruno with the chair when he tried to stop him. It was more like a bunt to be honest. Orndorff clotheslines Piper and goes for the piledriver but Orton runs out and attacks him. Bruno gets up and unloads on Orton then the heels retreat as Orndorff wins by DQ (8:09) **1/2.
Thoughts: This match had a ton of heat. It wasn’t a technical masterpiece by any means but the brawling looked solid, if not sloppy at times. Bruno did not do much as a referee but he was really only there to set up the tag match at next month’s show. Piper was awesome as usual here.
Backstage, Gorilla is with Bruno and Piper. Bruno says he is bitter due to Piper and Orton as they have no respect for anyone. Gorilla informs us that Bruno & Orndorff will team against Piper & Orton at the next Spectrum Show, which will be reviewed on the site.
Now, Piper and Orton are with Gorilla. Piper was absolutely hilarious in this segment.
Tony Garea vs. Missing Link
No Heenan tonight. Link retreats after a few punches. He misses a corner charge and Garea works the arm as the crowd is completely silent. Garea works the arm for a bit until Link escapes and takes him outside. He rams Garea into the post twice then tries to bring the ring steps into the ring with him but the ref stops him. Garea fights back outside and basically walks him into the ring post. Back in the ring, Garea rings his bell as the crowd starts to boo as this match is shit. Kneelift gets two. He hits an atomic drop before knocking him down with a forearm smash. He now works on the leg as absolutely no one cares about this match. Crossbody gets two. Garea walks into a headbutt but is able to roll away from the flying headbutt. He gets a few nearfalls but ducks his head and Link hits a headbutt for a win (8:08) -*.
Thoughts: Holy shit was this terrible. Garea’s offense was abysmal and Link just acted like a regular guy here, which was much worse than his character. I have no idea who thought that this should go eight minutes long, with Garea taking 90% of the offense.
Kal Rudman is backstage with Hillbilly Jim and his Cousin Junior (jobber Lanny Kean) who will be facing Big John Studd. The interview runs a little long with Junior playing up that he is a complete moron. The Hillbilly stuff would really go into overdrive in the WWF shortly after this show.
Rudman is with Big John Studd, who runs down all of the Hillbillies and also takes shots at Andre. He calls himself the strongest man in wrestling and issues a challenge to anyone in the WWF.
Big John Studd vs. Cousin Junior w/Hillbilly Jim
Junior had not yet made his debut on television. The Hillbillies start by dancing in the ring. Studd attacks Junior from behind. Junior fights back with a mule kick then hammers away. He sends Studd outside with another mule kick, who teases a confrontation with Hillbilly Jim. Back inside, Studd beats on Junior. He slams him then gets two off of a forearm smash. He then ties Junior’s head in the ropes and the referee signals the bell for the DQ (3:44) DUD. After the match, Jim comes in and knocks down Studd, who retreats to the back.
Thoughts: The match was useless but at least it was short, which is what you want from these guys. Looks like they are also going for a match between Studd and Jim down the road.
WWF Tag Team Championship
Dream Team w/Johnny Valiant vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham w/Capt. Lou Albano (Champions)
The heels jump the champs to start. The faces take control with a double noggin knocker. The match settles down as Valentine and Rotundo are in the ring. Rotundo wins that battle then tags Windham. He hits an elbow smash off of the top rope then uses an arm wringer. Valentine catches him with a knee and makes the tag. Windham dodges an elbow drop and tags Rotundo, who grabs an armbar. The faces take turns working on the arm of Beefcake as Valentine complains to the ref. They hit Beefcake with a double dropkick that gets two. Rotundo puts him in a front facelock but Beefcake makes the tag behind his back and Valentine hits an elbow smash from the top rope. He softens up the leg of Rotundo as the fans start a “USA” chant. The heels isolate Rotundo using sleeper holds, who has the crowd solidly behind him. He finally makes the tag but the ref did not see it happen and orders Windham back to the apron. Rotundo catches Valentine with a punch as he comes off the top rope. Brutus tags in and cuts off Rotundo before applying another front facelock. Valentine tags and goes after Windham, who fires away, but the ref steps in between them. Shoulderbreaker gets two. Rotundo fights off a figure-four attempt but is still not able to make the tag. He collides with Beefcake as both men are down. Valentine outsmarts the ref and Windham by dragging Beefcake on top of Rotundo but that only gets two. He tags but misses a few elbow drops and that allows Rotundo to finally make the tag. The crowd goes nuts as Windham runs wild on the Dream Team. He bulldogs Valentine but that only gets two. He tries it again but Beefcake breaks up the pin. The match breaks down as the ref is distracted, allowing Valiant to slip Beefcake his cigar. He puts it in the eye of Windham then Valentine covers for the win and the belts (19:00) ***. After the match, Windham is rolling around in pain as the crowd is pissed off.
Thoughts: Good match. The second title reign for Windham & Rotundo did not last very long at all. These two were supposed to work a program but Windham quit the company. In his shoot interview, Windham said that he and Rotundo asked for a few days off after being on the road for 96 days and said that after being denied the request, he flipped out on George Scott and Chief Jay Strongbow at a show in Boston and ended up taking a plane back home to Florida. Windham said that the insane travel schedule made them both snap at the time.
Rick McGraw vs. Brett Hart
McGraw looks absolutely ripped here. Hart bails after a hiptoss. McGraw hits a few armdrags and a dropkick before Hart retreats to the corner. He works the arm of McGraw as the crowd starts a loud “boring” chant. McGraw takes control but Hart yanks him down by the hair. Hart takes control after raking the eyes as the boring chants are not stopping. McGraw boots down Hart after he ducked his head then runs his face along the ropes. Suplex gets two. Backslide gets two. Hart holds up on the rope as McGraw attempted a dropkick. Hart hits a backbreaker then drops an elbow from the second rope for the win (5:32) *.
Thoughts: Basic match that the crowd turned on instantly. Bret had no charisma at this point and McGraw never had any to begin with.
Dick Graham, who was awful as an announcer, runs down next month’s card that features Orndorff & Bruno vs. Piper & Orton, Don Muraco vs. Ricky Steamboat, and Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan.
Final Thoughts: The show was memorable for the Tag Title switch and Bruno getting involved with the Piper/Orndorff angle. The rest of the card was completely forgettable but next month’s show looks a lot better at least.

WWF Championship Wrestling August 24th, 1985

August 24, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action tonight are the Killer Bees, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and Tony Atlas & George Wells. Also, Randy Savage will choose his manager, with Bruno thinking it will be Jimmy Hart and Vince guessing Freddie Blassie. Plus, Terry Funk will be on Piper’s Pit.

Barry O. & Rusty Brooks vs. Killer Bees
Blair uses his speed to elude Brooks. He hits a flying forearm before tagging Brunzell. Brooks rakes the eyes and tags Barry. They trade arm wringers and slams until Blair tags. He hits a flying elbow smash and the Bees work the arm of Barry, who is able to tag Brooks. Brunzell hits him with a flying knee smash, landing right on top of him when he landed, getting two. Brunzell then slams Brooks and Blair finishes him off with a sitdown splash from the top rope (3:57).
Thoughts: Decent action. The Bees were really good as a team in the ring. In terms of charisma, not that much but there have been a lot worse than them in that department.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The subjects for this week are Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo. They show a clip of them winning the tag titles. The day this show aired, Windham & Rotundo lost the belts to the Dream Team at the Philadelphia Spectrum. I will be reviewing that house show next.
Pedro Morales vs. A.J. Petruzzi
Morales slams Petruzzi, who rolls outside for a breather. Mr. Fuji joins the booth and states his case for winning the “Manager of the Year” award. He says he should win because he is great. Morales slingshots Petruzzi back into the ring, who begs for mercy in the corner. Morales is incredibly lazy here by the way. He sends Petruzzi back outside with some forearm smashes. Back inside, Morales hits a backdrop then puts him away with the Boston Crab (3:09). Loud chants for Pedro after the match.
Thoughts: Most of the focus was on Fuji stating his case for the “Manager of the Year” award. The match was dreadful but the fans still dug Pedro in the Northeast.
Gene Okerlund runs down the September 7th show at the Boston Garden. Hulk Hogan comes out and says that he has “traveled miles to deal with piles of trials” before running down King Kong Bundy not only for being ignorant but also for not saying his prayers of taking his vitamins.
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Keith & Al Diamond
Volkoff kicks one of the Diamond’s (the announcers couldn’t even identify them) from behind. He beats the piss out of him before tagging the Sheik. He continues the assault then throws him in the opposite corner. The other Diamond tags in and gets suplexed before submitting to the Camel Clutch (1:55). After the match, the jobbers get tossed to the floor.
Thoughts: The heels were ultra-aggressive as they are still angry over losing the belts.
Mean Gene is now with Corporal Kirchner. He talks to Gene about never quitting and going all the way. Kirchner was not very good on the microphone.
Susan Starr vs. Spider Lady w/Fabulous Moolah
Starr kicks the Spider Lady away after she attempted a leg lock. Starr then goes to work on the arm as Moolah is up on the apron. The Spider Lady takes control with an elbow smash as Vince tells us that Savage will surprise everyone with his choice as manager because it is not someone we are familiar with .Moolah chokes out Starr behind the referee’s back then Spider Lady puts her away with a powerslam (2:44).
Thoughts: I don’t know who played the Spider Lady this time (Judy Martin?) but several different woman played her at this time. It was her debut on Championship Wrestling.
Piper’s Pit with guest Terry Funk. He talks about JYD, calling him a clown and a buffoon. Funk then does an impersonation of a cattle getting branded before he and Piper call JYD a “jackass.” Funk ends the segment by spitting tobacco onto the camera lens. This was pretty funny, actually.
Tony Atlas & George Wells vs. Bolo & John Rizzo
Wells knocks down Rizzo, who immediately tags out. Atlas tags and goes to work on Bolo, who bails after Atlas attempts to remove his mask. The faces go to work on Rizzo until Wells gets the win with a flying shoulder tackle (2:36). After the match, Atlas is shown hugging fans at ringside.
Thoughts: This was pretty bad, actually. Wells & Atlas showed absolutely nothing as a team. It was like they hated each other the way they acted as a team. Atlas would flame out soon enough due to drugs.
Hillbilly Jim gives us a PSA, telling us to always listen to our parents.
Jim Young vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
All of the active heel managers in the WWF are at ringside. Macho beats the piss out of Young before throwing him to the floor. He follows out with a double ax handle then rolls him back inside. He hits a delayed vertical suplex before putting him away with the flying elbow drop (1:46). After the match, he tosses Young back to the floor. Savage grabs the mic and tells us this is the big day and thanks all of the managers for their consideration, giving them compliments in the process, before announcing his new manager. He says they are right behind the door and it opens to reveal a smiling young woman, who has the crowd whistling and Vince going out of his mind. Savage doesn’t reveal her name as the announcers refer to her as a mystery lady.
Thoughts: At the time, I am sure this was a shock. For those who hadn’t figured out, this was the debut of Miss Elizabeth. I wonder how this angle, with all of the hype only to debut an unknown hot woman, would have gotten over today, in the day and age of needing immediate gratification?
Gene Okerlund is with Pedro Morales. He tortures us with a boring interview. Then speaks in Spanish at the request of Mean Gene. Even in his promos, it was clear that Morales didn’t give a fuck at this point in his career.
Bruno and Vince close the show by discussing the Macho Man’s choice of manager. Vince also lets us know that next week, Corporal Kirchner will be making his debut.
Final Thoughts: The theme of the show was finding out who was going to become the manager of Savage. The decision of the beautiful young woman was a shock to the crowd and I assume everyone at home too. You just didn’t see woman who looked like that in wrestling back then. The rest of the matches were basically meaningless but Piper’s Pit was entertaining at least.