WWF Championship Wrestling February 9th, 1985

February 9, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

This week, Vince lets us know that three tag-team matches
will take place , one of which includes Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch. Also,
a training video with Hulk Hogan and Hillbilly Jim and we will finally see the
action from the December MSG show.
 

AJ Petruzzi &
Terry Gibbs vs. Tito Santana & Blackjack Mulligan

Tito gets a quick reverse rollup on Gibbs then hits a pair
of armdrags. Petruzzi tags as does Mulligan. Petruzzi stalls for a bit then
hits Mulligan with several forearms but Blackjack fights right back. He fights
of Gibbs then rams Petruzzi into Tito’s boot in an awful looking spot. Tito
cleans house on both men and the match breaks down completely with the faces
getting the advantage. The ref settles things down and Petruzzi gets a bit of
offense but Blackjack tags and roughs up AJ for a bit before tagging back to
Tito, who locks on the figure-four and scores the victory via submission
(3:40).

Thoughts: The only reason I have as to why these guys were
teaming is that they both had issues with Piper and would go up against them at
some of the upcoming house shows. However, Mulligan would leave the company and
go back to Florida just a few days after this match aired. They had very little
chemistry together anyway.

 

WWF Update with
Lord Alfred Hayes. They show a picture of Mr. T with Cyndi Lauper and Wendi
Richter at a recent concert. Hayes lets us know that Mr. T is angry at Roddy
Piper for interrupting the ceremony at MSG. On the screen, it says that Mr. T
will be on Piper’s Pit next week. They pushed that Mr. T would be appearing throughout
the show tonight. Speaking of Mr. T, David Schultz would get fired a few days
after this aired after he attempted to attack Mr. T on two separate occasions
at the 2/11 house show in Los Angeles.

 

 

A plug for the new issue of WWF Magazine.

 

 

Jim Powers vs. Greg “The
Hammer” Valentine

The crowd starts chanting for Tito as both men trade arm
wringers. They take it to the mat and that ends in a standoff. Powers stuns
Valentine with an enziguri momentarily. Valentine comes back with a shinbreaker
then works on the leg for a bit. Valentine hits a suplex then shortly after
that, makes Powers submit to the figure-four leglock (2:35). The crowd starts
another chant for Tito after the finish.

Thoughts: Despite having the belt, Valentine is almost like
an afterthought at this point. The fans are chanting for Tito but the feud isn’t
being pushed all that much on TV.

 

 

Freddie Miller runs down the card for the March 2nd
show at the Boston Garden. He interviews Cowboy Bob Orton, who will be facing
the Junkyard Dog. Orton calls JYD the “reject from the projects” and says that
he has no class. He also says that he has forgotten more holds than JYD will
ever know.

 

And now, the presentation from the MSG show back in
December. For those who need a refresher, Cyndi Lauper, along with Dick Clark,
Wendi Richeter, David Wolfe and Hulk Hogan presented an award to Albano on
behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis foundation. After everyone left, besides
Lauper and Wolfe, Piper and Orton come out and Piper smashes the record over
Albano’s head. He then kicked Lauper and slammed Wolfe. Hogan came out and the
heels escaped. If you hadn’t seen this angle until this recap, then I can
imagine that it would have blown your mind. Also, they are making sure to push
the fact that the WWF is cool to the kids, by having celebrities appear at the
shows.

 

 

Freddie Miller is with Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik. They
will be facing the new tag-team champions, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo. Sheik
rants about the USA while Volkoff periodically laughs in the background.
Typical Sheik promo.

 

Adrian Adonis &
Dick Murdoch vs. Salvatore Bellomo & “Quick Draw” Rick McGraw

McGraw takes down Adonis with a side headlock. He hits a
dropkick but Adonis gets a back suplex then tags Murdoch. He beats on Bellomo,
who makes a comeback ad tags McGraw. He runs into a back elbow smash then
Adomis goes up top and hits McGraw with a dropkick that barely connected.
Adonis went more than halfway across the ring with that. Murdoch tags then
finishes off McGraw with a brainbuster (3:16). McMahon notes how Adonis &
Murdoch did not look as good as usual.

Thoughts: Vince was pushing the
fact that these two were not as focused after losing the belts. Both men would
be gone in a few weeks, with Adonis returning before the end of the year.

 

Piper’s Pit with
Capt. Lou Albano. Piper berates Albano and calls him garbage. He and Orton
surround Albano as Windham & Rotundo come out, with Piper and Orton leaving
immediately, saying they do not have time for this. Windham & Rotundo cut a
promo, with the girls screaming for Barry. They have now established that
Albano will manage the new tag champs.

 

Here is the new training video with Hogan and Hillbilly Jim.
This time, Hillbilly makes the protein shakes and Hogan wants to what he put in
the blender. Hillbilly says it was “hog gizards” then Hogna drinks it and is
disgusted, despite the claims that it will make you powerful. A montage airs
then Hogan shows Hillbilly moves with jobber AJ Petruzzi. Hogan then gives Jim
the boots he trained with before he won the Heavyweight Title. As harmless as
the rest of these training videos. By the way, this stuff is way too corny to
even have a chance of getting over today but in 1985, this shit worked.

 

Jim Young & Joe
Mirto vs. Ken Patera & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan

Mirto fails to slam Studd then gets dropped with a
shoulderblock. Slam by Studd, who tags Patera. He works on Mirto in the corner
as a “weasel” chant breaks out. Young tags but gets dropped with an elbow. The
crowd now chants for Andre as Young gets double-teamed in the corner. Now a
Hogan chant breaks out as the heels beat on Young until he submits to Patera’s
full nelson.

Thoughts: The star of the heel team is clearly Heenan. About
the same as every other Patera & Studd match. It is also a bit to note how
many chants the crowd had going here.

 

Freddie Miller is with Roddy Piper about his match in Boston
against Jimmy Snuka. Piper cuts a psychotic promo that might or might not have
been fueled by copious amounts of drugs. Most importantly, he made you want to
see the match.

 

The announcers run down next week’s show, which features
Tony Atlas & Junkyard Dog teaming up in action. Also, Iron Sheik &
Nikolai Volkoff, Brutus Beefcake, Ivan Putski, Jesse Ventura, and Tito Santana.

 

Final Thoughts: The
main point of the show was to promote the appearance of Mr. T on Piper’s Pit.
It did great in that regard. The matches were all useless for the most part but
you can tell that they are building towards something huge.

WWF Championship Wrestling February 2nd, 1985

February 2, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week Paul Orndorff and the Junkyard Dog are in action. Also, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart will make his debut and Don Muraco will return to action. Andre the Giant will be the guest on Piper’s Pit as well. .

Johnny Rodz vs. Junkyard Dog

Rodz ducks out but JYD slingshots him back inside. Rodz bails as JYD approaches then manages an eye rake as he re-enters the ring. JYD quickly takes the advantage then gets on all-fours and uses his headbutts. Rodz takes down JYD and bites his forehead but JYD bites back then shortly after that, hits him with the powerslam for the win (3:05).
Thoughts: The fans still go nuts when “Another One Bites the Dust” plays. Not much different that any other JYD TV squash from this time.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. After several weeks of promising to show us the footage from the December MSG show, we are shown backstage footage of Mean Gene with Cyndi Lauper and her manager David Wolfe, who is on a stretcher. Hayes will update us some more next week.
Peter Pompeii vs. Paul Orndorff w/Bobby Heenan
The crowd is screaming chants of “Paula” and “weasel” at the heels. Despite being called Pompeii, the graphic reads “Pompell” and the announcers call him that instead. Heenan grabs a stretcher from underneath the ring before the match. Orndorff beats the fuck out of Pompeii before tossing him outside. The fans are jacked right now. Pompeii gets dragged inside and clotheslined before Orndorff hits the piledriver for the win (1:45). After the match, Orndorff taunts the crowd as Heenan leaves the stretcher in the ring.
Thoughts: Orndorff squash matches are always fun. Also, Orndorff had nuclear heat, as this crowd hated him with a passion. Orndorff, despite being stuck wrestling midcarders, is starting to get more of a push with Heenan as his manager.
Gene Okerlund plugs tonight’s show at the Boston Garden. JYD and Andre come out and cut a promo on their opponents, Ken Patera and Big John Studd. Andre plays with JYD’s chain and puts it around Okerlund’s neck and starts playing with him.
Bruno and Vince show us clips from the match between Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis from the 1/21 show in Hartford in which Rotundo & Windham captured the tag team titles. The finish occurred when Windham, the legal man, was brawling with Adonis outside and sent him into the post then went back in the ring and pinned Murdoch with the sunset flip. Vince tells us that Capt. Lou aligned himself with Windham & Rotundo. The few minutes of action shown looked pretty good.
Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji and Don Muraco. Okerlund says that Muraco might be jinexed in Boston (where Muraco lost the IC Title to Santana last year) as Muraco says he is used to being a main eventer and not wrestling in the second match. He is facing George Wells. Muraco then mockingly congratulates Okerlund for figuring out that he is jinexed in Boston then starts to crack jokes about being in the second match on the card and as the interview ends, he says not to worry because he will leave the curtain open then proceeds to make a curtain-opening gesture as he is smiling. Funny stuff by Muraco.
Aldo Marino vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
Muraco slams Marino then stomps away. He beats the crap out of Marino for a bit. Muraco hits a dropkick then finishes him off with the tombstone piledriver for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: Muraco looked really good in this match and it is good to have him back. He made no mentions of Hogan, the man who he was attacking in his vignettes.
Piper’s Pit with Andre the Giant. Piper starts by stating he has been a longtime fan and says that what Patera and Studd did to him was terrible. Andre doesnt believe a word he is saying and leaves shortly after that. Piper then says he is an idiot and insults Andre with Orton, calling Studd the real giant of pro wrestling.  
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
The Anvil attacks Rivera from behind. He then impresses Vince by being able to do a dropkick at 280lbs. Rivera gets tossed on the floor then gets destroyed when he gets back inside the ring. Neidhart tosses Rivera halfway across the ring and after a brief comeback, Neidhart finishes him off with a running powerslam (3:04).
Thoughts: Solid in-ring debut for Neidhart. However, the crowd was silent and the announcers didn’t really do a whole lot to put him over on commentary.
Jeff Craney vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Vince calls Snuka a “kind and quiet” man outside of the ring. Snuka backs Craney in the corner to start. Craney briefly works the arm but Snuka takes control as Vince promises to show us what happened to Lou Albano at MSG last December. They take it to the mat and continue at a slow pace until Snuka hits a backbreaker then finishes off Craney with the Superfly Splash (3:24).
Thoughts: Snuka was still hurting badly as this was very slow-paced
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan and Paul Orndorff. Heenan tells Okerlund that Orndorff was just being modest last week as he didn’t buy out the entire first class section of the plane, the airline gave it to him. He also says that the Boston Garden will know be called the “Wonderful Garden.” Studd and Patera come in and talk about Andre, with Studd playing with Andre’s hair.
Next week, Vince says we will be shown the footage of Albano’s award presentation. Also, we will see a training session with Hillbilly Jim and Hulk Hogan. Plus, Greg Valentine, Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch, Ken Patera & John Studd and Tito Santana & Blackjack Mulligan will be in action.
Final Thoughts: Not the greatest show but Muraco looked good in his comeback and cut a funny promo at least. They are slowly revealing what happened at MSG, which will lead to the main event of WrestleMania. The debut of Neidhart was forgettable and Piper’s Pit wasn’t that great to be honest, but it at least had a purpose, as it continued the Andre/Studd feud and set up for a possible later feud between Piper and Andre.

WWF Championship Wrestling January 26th, 1985

January 26th, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week, Hillbilly Jim makes his in-ring debut, with Hulk Hogan in his corner. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo (called the American Express by Vince) will be in action as well. Plus, George Wells makes his Championship Wrestling debut.

Gino Carabello & AJ Petruzzi vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo
The camera shows a guy in the crowd who looks just like Matthew McConaughey’s character from “Dazed and Confused.” Petruzzi gets one off a hiptoss then gets dropkicked by Rotundo. Windham tags and gets two off a back elbow smash. Carabello tags and gets knocked down. Windham hits a vertical suplex then drops the elbow. Rotundo tags and hits a dropkick before working a hammerlock. They use a few quick tags before Windham hits the bulldog for the win (3:45).
Thoughts: Although not mentioned here, Windham and Rotundo actually were the tag-team champions when this match aired. They defeated Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch at a house show in Hartford, CT. The crowd wasn’t that into this match but seeing as this was the 4th and final show of the taping, you cant blame for being tired. Anyway, its clear that Windham and Rotundo are being pushed as the top bayface team and it has gotten off to a promising start.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He lets us know that they will show us thestill photos of what happened at the December 28th MSG show between Piper and Albano as soon as they are available. Some update this was.
Dave Barbie & Rusty Brooks vs. Tonga Kid & Jimmy Snuka
Snuka can barely move here. Brooks school-boys Tonga for one before getting put in a headlock. Snuka tags and gets shoved in the corner. Tonga tags and slams Barbie then Snuka hits the Superfly Splash for the win (2:29).
Thoughts: Tonga did all the work and Snuka hit a splash for the win. Snuka was really broke down at this point and Tonga was no-showing all the shows at this time, including the recent MSG show, and was gone from the company within days of this match airing. Had Tonga, who admitted that he lefty because of the pressure from being on top, stuck around, he definitely would have been involved in WrestleMania and had a prominent role in the company during the 1980’s. He did come back at the end of 1986 to form the Islanders with Haku but was never able to capture the momentum that he had here.
Gene Okerlund runs down the card for the February 2nd show at the Boston Garden. Big John Studd comes out, with his bag containing Andre the Giant’s hair, plugging his Texas Tornado tag with Ken Patera against Andre & Junkyard Dog. He puts himself over for being strong enough to bench 700lbs and clip Andre’s hair. Studd really needed Heenan to help him out on interviews.
S.D. Jones & Aldo Marino vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik w/Freddie Blassie
As Volkoff sings the Russian national anthem, Windham & Rotundo appear ringside waving the American flag, upsetting the heels. The crowd erupts in a “USA” chant. SD headbutts the Sheik then tags Marino. Sheik kicks him and tags Volkoff, who puts him in a backbreaker. Sheik tags and hits a suplex before making him submit to the Camel Clutch (2:04). After the match, the heels toss their opponents to the floor.
Thoughts: The match was forgettable but they found their next tag feud, even if it was a bit contrived. Its nice to see the tag division get built up again as it was awful during 1984.
Okerlund is with Andre, who is also plugging the tag-match at the Boston Garden. He mumbled lot here and nothing of note happened.
George Wells vs. Paul Kelly
This is the Championship Wrestling debut for Wells, who left Mid-South to come here several weeks prior. He starts with a crescent kick off an Irish whip spot. He takes Kelly down with a headscissors then an armdrag. Kelly throws some forearms in the corner but Wells comes back with another headscissors then works the arm. Kelly doesn’t break cleanly then takes Wells down with a kneelift. Wells hits a European uppercut then finishes Kelly with a diving shoulder block (2:05)
Thoughts: An action packed two minute match that was sloppy at times. The crowd gave Wells a nice ovation after he one and they seemed to respond favorably to him. His run in the WWF was mostly forgettable, with his most famous moment jobbing to Jake the Snake Roberts at WrestleMania II, while foaming at the mouth from selling the effects of Damien.  
Piper’s Pit with guest Blackjack Mulligan. Piper mocks Blackjack, who comes out with a bag with chewing tobacco. He tells him that he doesn’t have the qualifications to interview anyone and tells him that he stinks. Piper also tells him he is not afraid of him then introduces him to his bodyguard, Bob Orton. Blackjack lets the people decide who makes the better host then they cut to commercial. Piper spoke for 95% of the segment, which didn’t really click at all to be honest.
The Moondogs vs. Steve Lombardi & Jim Young
Spot hits Lombardi with a thrust kick the Rex chops him against the ropes. The Moondogs continue their assault on Lombardi as Vince plugs Hillbilly Jim’s debut, which will be coming up next. Young tags in but Rex powerslams him then they hit their finisher (backbreaker/elbow drop combo) for the win (2:48).
Thoughts: The Moondogs, a very underrated team, looked really good in this match.
Another vignette of Don Muraco and Mr. Fuji in Hawaii. Muraco says that Hawaii is not for “comic book hulks” or “moron, retarded superflies” then says he will be back to the WWF shortly as Fuji is laughing in the background.
Terry Gibbs vs. Hillbilly Jim w/Hulk Hogan
They come out to “Eye of the Tiger” as the crowd goes nuts. Vince is cackling like a moron during all of Hillbilly Jim’s antics. The match starts as Jim breaks out of a full nelson. He sits Gibbs on the top rope and pats him on the chest. Gibbs bounces off Hillbilly a few times before getting caught with a slam. Gibbs rakes the eyes and lands several shots but is unable to take him down. Jim blocks a slam and hits one of his own before catching Gibbs in a bearhug for the win (2:58). After the match, Jim poses with Hogan as Vince is in all his glory.
Thoughts: Gibbs did all of the work in the ring but that did not stop Jim from getting over big with the crowd. Vince was also enamored with Jim, doing anything he can on commentary to put him over.
Gene Okerlund is with Paul Orndorff, who faces Ivan Putski at the next Boston Garden show. Orndorff looks glum and talks about how sad it is to be so wonderful. I cant do this interview justice but Okerlund was awesome here in playing off Orndorff. At the end, Orndorff sheds his robe and calls Putski a “turtle head” who will cower up and never be seen again after their match.
Bruno and Vince praise Hillbilly Jim at the end of the show. Next week, Don Muraco and Andre the Giant will be here.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad show. The debuted Jim and started a new tag feud so that was good. The matches were all shorter than usual too. The crowd was cold for most of this but next week will be the first show from the new taping so that usually means a more energetic crowd. The WWF continues to shape up their feuds too as they are dragging out the process of showing us what happened to Albano at MSG so you know there will be a big feud as a result of that. Plus, Muraco will be coming back to presumably feud with Hogan, seeing as he has been insulting him in all his vignettes.

WWF Championship Wrestling January 19th, 1985

January 19, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Vince immediately lets us know that Hulk Hogan will be in action this week, making a rare TV appearance. Also, the Junkyard Dog, Brutus Beefcake, Blackjack Mulligan, The Spoiler, and Big John Studd & Ken Patera will wrestle tonight. Plus, Piper’s Pit with guest Tito Santana.

R.T. Reynolds vs. Blackjack Mulligan
Blackjack overpowers Reynolds to start. Reynolds is unable to slam Mulligan and ends up getting slammed himself. He gets tossed then rolls outside. Back inside, Mulligan works the leg. Reynolds gets off a few shots but they have no effect and Mulligan boots him down. Mulligan no-sells a few shots then catches Reynolds with a back elbow smash before dropping the elbow for the win (3:36).
Thoughts: Man, this was dull. Blackjack got a bit of a push before flaking out a few months later. He would come back periodically until 1988.
Capt. Lou Albano is with Cyndi Lauper, David Wolfe, and Hulk Hogan. He talks up Hogan and apologizes for his past behavior. This is the final step in turning Albano face.
Jim Powers vs. Brutus Beefcake w/”Luscious” Johnny Valiant
The announcers gloat over the physiques of both men. Beefcake and Valiant stall for a while until they lock up. Valiant distracts Powers, allowing Beefacke to attack from behind. Powers gets a sunset flip and a slam but Beefcake blocks a second slam attempt and knocks him down. Beefcake then catches him with a running knee smash for the win (2:43). After the match, Beefcake stomps Powers.
Thoughts: No matter how hard Vince tries, the crowd doesn’t care about Beefcake.
Gene Okerlund Interviews Andre the Giant about his upcoming tornado tag match with JYD against John Studd & Ken Patera in the Boston Garden. Not much of an interview but Andre and Gene seemed to be having a good time.
Rusty Brooks vs. Junkyard Dog
The crowd goes apeshit for JYD. He grabs an arm wringer then toys with Brooks for a bit. Clothesline gets two then JYD applies a chinlock. Brooks escapes then whiffs on a dropkick, allowing JYD to hit a clothesline for the win (2:09). After the match, JYD helps a stunned Brooks get back up on his feet then leaves to dance at ringside, which has Vince quite excited.
Thoughts: Damn, JYD was over huge. You could tell  that Vince loved is act, especially the ringside dancing, as he would be screaming when he cheered him on. This match was as bad as you would expect but it doesn’t matter when you are over that much.
Okerlund interviews the Iron Sheik about his upcoming match against Mike Rotundo at the Boston Garden. Sheik goes off on another one of his tangents as Gene stops to occasionally correct him.
The Spoiler w/”Luscious” Johnny Valiant vs. Salvatore Bellomo
Spoiler works on Bellomo in the corner. Salvatore fights back but the Spoiler overpowers him. He hits Bellomo with the ropewalk forearm then stomps away. He hits several elbow smashes to the chest before Bellomo comes back with a dropkick. He ends up eating boot on a charge but manages to come back with a headbutt to the mid-section. Bellomo floats over on a slam but fails on a reverse rollup attempt and shortly after that the Spoiler makes Bellomo submit to the iron claw (2:54).
Thoughts: One of the last TV appearances for the Spoiler, who would actually wrestle on house shows, usually in the opening matches, for another several months before leaving. Vince was phasing out the Masked Wrestlers at this time and at age 44 the Spoiler was not in his future plans.
Piper’s Pit with Tito Santana. Piper rips on Tito, saying they usually do not have wash-ups on the Pit. He calls him a former champion as Tito tells him he can make anyone submit to the figure-four leglock, including Piper. Roddy then has Orton take his place and before he can submit, Piper attempts to hit him with a chair.
Ken Patera & Big John Studd w/Bobby “The Brain” Heenan vs. Paul Roma & Jim Young
Heenan lets us know that the $15,000 reward is still valid if you can slam Studd. Both men fail to slam Studd. Both men take turns tossing around Roma as the crowd chants for Andre the Giant. Young tags and Patera hits him with a vertical suplex then Studd makes him submit to the backbreaker (2:41). After the match, they rough up their opponents.
Thoughts: These squash matches are fun to watch, mostly due to Patera. He was rough and would just toss around his opponents. Studd was really bad in the ring and had nothing going on for him other than being big.
Another vignette with Don Muraco from Hawaii. He is with Mr. Fuji and tells us that we should be jealous because he is in Hawaii and you are not. These vignettes have just about run out of steam at this point. Its been two months.
Johnny Rodz vs. Hulk Hogan
The fans are going ballistic for Hogan, who is still using “Eye of the Tiger” as his theme song and wearing the baby blue trunks. Rodz stalls then gets taken down with a drop toehold. Hogan grabs a front facelock as Beefcake and Valiant make their way down the ring. Rodz uses an eye rake and works on Hogan, who hulks up and knocks him down. Hogan slams Rodz then works the arm. Rodz gets in a few moves but Hogan powers up and fires away before hitting him with the Axe Bomber then finishing him off with a leg drop. (4:13).
Thoughts: Hogan looked good in the ring and it was interesting seeing him use a variety of moves that he all but abandoned several months later. He had the ability to put on good matches and work at a much faster speed but with his brutal travel schedule and the fact it was dumb to risk injury and miss out on millions, he made the wise choice to switch up his style as he can barely walk now. Anyway, it was a rarity to see the Heavyweight Champion wrestle on TV. The Beefcake stuff was pointless as no one in the world bought him as a threat to Hogan.
Okerlund is with Don Muraco. Okerlund asks about the influence that Mr. Fuji has on him as Muraco wants to know why Okerlund didn’t go party with him in Hawaii. Anyway, this is a pretty funny interview as Muraco lets him know how Fuji is psychic and spiritual.
Vince promises that Hogan will here for the debut of Hillbilly Jim next week. Plus, Mike Rotunda & Barry Windham, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy Snuka & Tonga Kid, and The Moondogs will all be in action. Also, George Wells will make his Championship Wrestling debut.
Final Thoughts: Besides the appearance of Hogan, this show had nothing else going on. The interviews were fun but did not really factor into anything and the rest of the matches were dull. Nothing much was progressed in terms of feuds. Also, you could tell that the crowd was getting fatigued as this was the 3rd show of this TV taping. They still had one more left.  

WWF Championship Wrestling: January 12th, 1985

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

 

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

WWF Championship Wrestling: January 5th, 1985

Since I haven’t done a WWF Syndicated TV show review since the November 17th show, I will recap the major angles that took place between these shows. I do have all of the Championship Wrestling shows from this one until August 1986, when it became Superstars and taped on the road.
On the November 17th episode of All-Star Wrestling, Blackjack Mulligan’s “Mulligan’s BBQ” talk show debuted. This was created in response to him being upset over Piper basically burying the faces on his show. Piper would send jobber Ted Grizzly to challenge Mulligan and he got squashed the following week. Also, a series of vignettes featuring Don Muraco would air, with him in Hawaii on the beach. This was to build him up for his return.  On the November 24th episode of Championship Wrestling, Cowboy Bob Orton debuted as Roddy Piper’s bodyguard on Piper’s Pit. On the December 8th episode of Championship Wrestling, Albano was a guest on Piper’s Pit and was not given a chance to speak as Piper cut him off and ranted about Lauper. The following week, Vince McMahon interviewed both men about Cyndi Lauper receiving an award. Piper trashed her while Albano thought she actually deserved the award. The slow turn for Albano carried into next week as he was shown reading Christmas stories to children. On the December 15th episode of Championship Wrestling, The Hillbilly (Hillbilly Jim) was a guest on Piper’s Pit. He said that he was “Big Jim” as Piper offered him to be his manager. Jim said he had to think about that. The next week on Piper’s Pit, Piper, along with guests Buddy Rose and Bobby Heenan, all made fun of Jim. On the December 29th episode of Championship Wrestling, Hogan asked Big Jim to come out of the crowd and he followed Hogan into the locker room. Later in the show, Jim returned to Pit and told Piper he was making fun of him and decided to go with the best. Piper thought that meant him but Hulk Hogan came out and said that Jim was his man and they left.

January 5th, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Charlie Fulton & Rusty Brooks vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo
Windham & Rotundo are using Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” for the first time. Fulton and Rotundo take it to the mat. Rotundo uses a hiptoss and goes to work on the arm. Tag to Windham and all the women scream with delight. Double dropkick and Brooks tags in the match. Windham catches him with a dropkick and a slam. Tag to Rotundo and they hit a double elbow smash. He uses a fireman’s carry takedown but Brooks takes control. He hits a slam and a knee drop then tags in and out quickly but Rotundo fights back and tags Windham, who hits the bulldog for the win (3:13). Crowd goes nuts.
Thoughts: Windham & Rotundo were over big with the crowd. They also connected a lot more with the audience than the Brisco’s did, who were the number one contender’s at the time. The WWF was starting to add to it’s depleted tag-team division around this time and it would start to get much stronger over the course of the year.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He is at Studio 54 as the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation presents an award to Cyndi Lauper and Capt. Lou Albano. Lou puts over Cyndi and David Wolfe as Lauper states she always knew there was a great man inside of Albano. This segment cemented the face turn of Albano. Too bad, as Albano was a lot more entertaining as a heel and appeared subdued as a face.
We are shown a training video between Hulk Hogan and Hillbilly Jim. This was first shown on TNT the day prior. Hogan teaches him how to eat healthy but Hillbilly doesn’t like Hogan’s drink and wants grits and stuff cooked with fatback. They go to the gym and we are shown a montage, complete with Hulk’s “Eye of the Tiger” theme song. They then train in the ring, with Hillbilly embarrassing himself some more. Hogan says he will stick with him all the way as Hillbilly says just wants to wrestle. They would show a few more of these montages over the next couple of weeks.
Mean Gene runs down the card at Boston Garden, which took place on the same date this show aired.
Mario Mancini & Steve Lombardi vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/Classie Freddie Blassie
The heels piss off the crowd with their evil foreigner act before the match. Sheik takes down Lombardi, who managegs to get a sunset flip. He tags Mancini but Sheik knocks him down then hits a back suplex. Volkoff tags in and stomps Mancini before hitting the backbreaker for the win (1:37). After the match, Sheik tosses Mancini to the floor.
Thoughts: A dominating squash for Sheik & Volkoff. Since Slaughter left the company last month, there was no one really left for them to feud with so they are building them up until they can find new opponents.
Mean Gene is with Blackjack Mulligan, who is facing David Schultz at the Boston Garden. Mulligan is selling the effects of overeating during Christmas and calls out Schultz for his bigotry and promises that they will have a brawl, just like he does back home in Texas. Mulligan was alright on the mic at least.
Paul Roma & Salvatore Bellomo vs. Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch
Murdoch takes down Roma and tags Adonis, who drops an elbow. He works a chinlock as Murdoch yells at the crowd. Roma finally makes the tag. Bellomo gets a hiptoss but Adonis tags in and hits Bellomo with a back elbow smash. Adonis holds him over his knee and Murdoch comes off the middle rope with a knee for the win (2:23).
Thoughts: A dominating squash for the champs to help them look strong for their matches against the Brisco Brothers.
Piper’s Pit with Ken Patera, Big John Studd, and Bobby Heenan. Bob Orton stands in the background as Piper’s bodyguard. He had been introduced as Piper’s bodyguard several weeks ago. Heenan says that he planned to attack Andre the Giant as the crowd goes nuts chanting for Andre. Patera said he didn’t realize it would be so easy to knock him out as Studd pulls out a bag containing his hair. They let Piper pick a lock and he is ecstatic and grossed out as he holds it up. An effective segment as Piper was great at making heels look good and Heenan is one of the best managers of all-time.  
Jim Young vs. “Dr. D” David Schultz
They shake hands to start. Schultz takes Young down with a side headlock as the announcers talk about how he is always miserable. Schultz grabs a front facelock then takes him down. Schultz gets a slam then puts him away with an elbow drop from the middle rope. (2:30). After the match, Schultz looks into the camera and says that everyone is running from him.
Thoughts: It looks like they were building up Schultz but he would get fired five weeks after this show aired for attempting to attack Mr. T on two separate occasions at a show in Los Angeles.
A vignette of Don Muraco in Hawaii is shown. He is getting rubbed down by three chicks wearing bikini’s. He calls out Hogan for being a phony, unlike himself, and promises that there will be blood if they fight. They continue to build up Muraco strong for his return. He had been out most of 1984 after losing the IC belt to Tito Santana.
Gino Carabello & Dave Barbie vs. Jack & Jerry Brisco
Jack puts Barbie in a headlock for a bit. The Brisco’s tag in and out, grounding Barbie. Carabello tags and they double team Jack in the corner. Jack gets a kneelift and a snapmare. He tags Jerry after a knee drop, who hits a back suplex, the tags Jack. He gets two off a cradle and hits a scoop slam. Jerry tags and hits a double underhook suplex as Vince puts over the toughness of Carabello. Jerry then puts him in a figure four, getting the win via submission (4:23).
Thoughts: The Brisco’s could still go even though they were in their forties. However, the crowd wasn’t that into the match. They tuned out during the headlock spot at the beginning. The Brisco’s would be gone from this company in a month.
Mean Gene is with Adrian Adonis. He asks him about their match against the Brisco’s. Adonis says their win on TV was a fluke as they both had the flu. Adonis says that the Brisco’s kiss up to the promoters and refs to get what hey want and promises victory tonight.
Mean Gene is now with Junkyard Dog. He cuts a promo about his match with Andre the Giant against Big John Studd & Ken Patera. JYD cuts a promo that is difficult to understand as he just names off people who are on the card.
We were supposed to be shown footage of Roddy Piper smashing the gold record over the head of Lou Albano but Vince says they were not allowed.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad show but it is interesting to see that with the first Wrestlemania less than three months away, most of the wrestlers on this show were gone from the company. Sheik & Volkoff and Windham & Rotundo were the only ones who were on the roster for Wrestlemania. Adonis did come back to the company later in the year. A lot of emphasis on the tag division and they are hyping the return of Muraco, seemingly for a feud against Hulk Hogan.

WWF Primetime Wrestling: January 1st, 1985

January 1, 1985

 

This
is the debut episode of Primetime Wrestling. For those who are not familiar
with this show, it featured a lot of house show matches, especially for the
first few months. Over time, they incorporated studio interviews and even
filmed exclusive matches at the television tapings. Although Gorilla Monsoon
and Bobby Heenan are remembered the most, they were not the original hosts.
That honor belongs to Jack Reynolds and Jesse Ventura. Anyway, I will
occasionally review this show over time.

 

Your
hosts are Jesse Ventura and Jack Reynolds

 

The
show starts with Reynolds and Ventura welcoming the viewers. Reynolds seems
really uncomfortable and glued to the cue cards. Ventura informs us that TNT
has been moved to Friday nights. He also says that despite having blood clots a
few months ago, he is training and promises that 1985 will be his year. Not a
lot of chemistry at all between these two.

 

Just
to let everyone know, all of the matches and interviews on this show were from
the 10/22/84 house show at MSG.
 

 

 

Salvatore Bellomo vs. “Dr. D” David
Schultz

Bellomo
starts with a few arm wringers but Schultz is able to duck between the ropes.
Bellomo grabs a hammerlock and Schultz ducks out again as the crowd boos.
Bellomo grounds him with a headscissors for a bit. Schultz escapes and knees
Bellomo, then goes to work. He catches him with a back elbow smash then chokes
him out in the corner. Schultz gets a slam then drops the elbow from the second
rope but Bellomo kicks out. Schultz is pissed then roughs him up in the corner
before putting him away with a suplex (4:02) *.

Thoughts:
I have no idea why Bellomo kicked out of Schultz’s finishing move. The guy was
a scrub. Pretty much a squash for Schultz, which it should have been.

 

After
the match, the hosts give their thoughts. They put over Bellomo as being a
fighter but state he was no match for Schultz.

 

 

Ventura
puts down the Samoans, saying they should not be able to wrestle as they cannot
read or write, which he states should be a prerequisite.

 

 

Afa vs. Dick Murdoch

This
match is joined in progress with Afa chopping Murdoch. Afa no sells a
turnbuckle smash then and does the same to Murdoch, who comically oversells the
move by stumbing all over the place before falling through the ropes. Afa works
the arm, using headbutts, then knocks Murdoch down. Afa goes for a chinlock but
Murdoch rakes the eyes then tries to one-up Afa by ramming his own head into
the turnbuckle repeatedly but just stumbles around and falls over. The crowd is
eating up the comical overselling from Murdoch. Afa covers and gets two as
Murdoch struggles to get up. The Hillbilly is shown at ringside as Murdoch
knocks Afa to the floor. He goes out and chokes Afa with a cord. Murdoch kicks
him from the apron then chokes him by using the ropes. He unties the tag rope
and chokes out Afa but the ref is able to intervene. Afa finally makes it back
into the ring and no sells a ton of shots to the head. Afa fights back and
catches him with a chop. He bites Murdoch then hits him with a pair of atomic
drops. Falling headbutt gets two. Mrudoch oversells everything as Afa gets a
few nearfalls. Murdoch goes outside then puls out a paperbag that appears to
have a bottle inside and hits Afa. He drops a few elbows to the throat of Afa,
who is laying underneath the ropes. Murdoch goes to work but both men collide
and are down. Afa headbutts Murdoch down from his knees and gets two. Murdoch
tries a slam but Afa falls on top and gets two. Afa slams Mrudoch down on the
mat. Afa plays to the crowd then hits another headbutt and goes for the cover
but the bell rings, signaling they reached the twenty minute time limit. About
twelve minutes of this was shown. After the match, Murdoch challenges Afa for
five more minutes but gets destroyed shortly afterwards.

Thoughts:
Fine for what it was. Afa was in a ton of pain at this time and couldn’t do
much and they worked around that by having Murdoch do a lot of comedy spots.

 

Gorilla
Monsoon interviews Mad Dog Vachon in the locker room. Mad Dog says no one will
stop him. That was basically all he said.

 

 

Rick McGraw vs. Mad Dog Vachon

This
is also from the October show at MSG.  Vachon
backs McGraw into the ropes and breaks cleanly. He takes McGraw down with an
armdrag and puts on a headlock as Okerlund makes a joke about losing his dog
this weekend. McGraw eventually escapes and manages to ground Vachon with a
headlock of his own. Vachon escapes then bites McGraw. He rakes the back and
chokes him out, then goes back to biting. McGraw fights back and gets two off a
snapmare. Vachon chokes out McGraw but gets dropkicked. Vachon misses a charge
in the corner and McGraw covers for two. Dropkick gets two. Scoop slam gets
two. Vachon dodges a dropkick and chokes out McGraw with the ropes then hits a
terrible looking piledriver for the win (7:04) DUD.

Thoughts:
Vachon was of no use to this company. His antics did not fit in with the WWF at
this time. He fit in a decade earlier. McGraw was alright but these two did not
work well together.

 

 

Reynolds
promises that David Sammartino will be a superstar as Jesse calls him a
“beer-bellied punk.” They show Monsoon interviewing him at MSG. He is vanilla
and they were calling him David Bruno Sammartino at this time, which was an
attempt to get him over. The poor guy tried but didn’t have any star qualities
about him.

 

 

Moondog Spot vs. David Sammartino

This
is joined in progress. Sammartino catches Spot with a shoulder block and goes
to work on the arm. Sammartino ducks a clothesline and knocks Spot down. He
catches him with an armdrag and goes back to the arm. Sammartino charges but
runs into a superkick. Spot kicks him again then rams him into the corner. Slam
gets two. Spot sends him down with a kneelift as Sammartino eggs him on. He
fights back but Spot gets an eye rake. Sammartino gets two off a sunset flip but
Spot hits him with a forearm smash from the second rope. He grabs a chinlock
but Sammartino escapes. He sends Spot down with a shoulder block but misses an
elbow drop. Spot gets two off a backbreaker the fires away. Sammartino fights
back as Spot begs for mercy. They trade shots and Sammartino tries to fire up
the crowd. Kneedrop gets two. Suplex gets two. Spot catches him with a knee on
a backdrop attempt then picks him up for a 
slam but Sammartino countered with a small package, which looked
terrible, for the win.  About eight
minutes shown of this match, which went 12:23. After the match Spot jumps
Sammartino then grabs the bone but Sammartino fights back and the bone falls.
He grabs the bone from the ref, and the crowd goes nuts. Spot bails afterwards.

Thoughts:
Good action. The Sammartino push did not work as he lacked charisma and looked
like a bloated Rick McGraw but he really wasn’t that bad in the ring. Spot, who
was underrated, did a fine job.

 

 

The
hosts talk about Tito Santana, with Jesse referring to him as “Chico,” for what
I believe was the first time. He says that being the Intercontinental Champ was
a big jump from him selling tacos in Tijuana.

 

 

Monsoon
interviews Tito. He promises to get the IC belt back from Greg Valentine and
says that he will make him pay for every night he spent thinking about him. A
good, intense promo from Tito.

 

 

Intercontinental Title Match

Greg Valentine (Champion) w/Capt. Lou
Albano vs. Tito Santana

The
crowd goes nuts for Tito. He goes right after Valentine, who is still wearing
the belt. He takes it off and tries to use it but Tito knocks him down. He
continues his assault as the crowd is going nuts. Valentine grabs a hold of
Tito’s leg but gets knocked back down. Valentine fight back then they trade
shots. Tito knocks Valentine to the floor with a forearm smash. Back in the
ring, they trade shots with Valentine winning that battle. He punches Tito, who
turns him around and starts hammering away. Valentine hits a few forearms then
an atomic drop. Tito fights back but Valentine rakes the eyes. He kicks Tito
the floor and gets booted by Albano. Tito drags Valentine out of the ring and
they fire away. Valentine gets an eye rake and grabs a chair but Tito ducks and
fires away. In the ring, Tito whacks Valentine with a chair and Tito fires
away. Valentine is busted open and Tito opens him up some more. The ref tries
to intervene but Tito shoves him away and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (5:52)
***. Albano runs in the ring but Tito knocks him down and he and Valentine
leave ringside.

Thoughts:
Great stuff. Although short, this was all action and these guys really laid
into each other. I loved this feud, as these two just hated each other.

 

 

Back
in the studio, Jesse calls Tito a disgrace to wrestling as he cheated the
entire match.

 

 

Sika vs. Adrian Adonis

Sika
works the arm for a bit until Adonis bails. Back in the ring, Sika goes back to
the arm for a long time. Adonis eludes Sika with a cartwheel but gets caught
with a slam. Sika works a nerve hold for a bit. Adonis manages to catch Sika
with a clothesline then takes control. Adonis climbs up top but Sika knocks him
down then hammers away. Adonis reaches into his tights for a glove but Sika
moves and he accidentally hits the ref, who calls for the bell (9:29) ¼*. Sika
grabs the glove but Adonis is able to escape. Howard Finkel informs us that
Sika has won by DQ.

Thoughts:
Bad match with a shitty finish.  The tag
team division really stunk at this time. Luckily, 1985 brought some new tag-teams
to the WWF.

 

 

Tony Garea vs. Brutus Beefcake
w/Luscious Johnny Valiant

Beefcake
starts things off by strutting around. Garea ducks under Beefcake but gets
trapped in the corner. Garea reverses a whip in the corner then takes him down
with a side headlock. He does it again as the crowd doesn’t care. He gets two
off a crossbody then takes him down with yet another side headlock. Beefcake
takes control and connects on several forearm smashes. He chokes him out in the
corner but misses an elbow smash. Garea punches away then dropkicks Beefcake to
the floor. He chases him around and gets two off a reverse rollup. They do an
Irish whip spot and Beefcake connects with a jumping knee smash for the win
(5:20) ½*.

Thoughts:
Another dull match, which is no surprise with these two. Garea is one of my
least favorite wrestlers of all-time. He is awful in the ring and on the mic.
Beefcake still cannot get over, despite his push and new manager.

 

 

World Heavyweight Title Match

Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk
Hogan (Champion)

Studd
ducks outside and when he comes back in, Hogan spits at him. Hogan fires away
and Studd ducks out again but Hogan chases after him. Studd fights back and
sends Hogan into the post. Back in the ring, Studd hits Hogan with an elbow
smash. He grabs a chinlock and Hogan tries to escape but Studd knees him down.
He hits Hogan with a forearm smash from the second rope then grabs another
chinlock. Studd knees him down again then drops him throat-first on the top
rope. Studd roughs up Hogan outside of the ring, who barely makes it in before
the ten count. Hogan blocks a slam attempt and fires away. Hogan then ducks an
attack and hits Studd with a lariat for the win (7:38) *1/4.

Thoughts:
Decent enough, considering Studd was in the match. It was pretty cool to see a
World Title match on TV, even if it was over two months old.

 

 

Jesse
refuses to comment on the Hogan match when asked by Reynolds. When they come
back from break, Jesse rips off his jacket and flexes while yelling about
Hogan. Reynolds runs down next week’s show, which features the Tonga Kid vs.
Roddy Piper match from the November MSG show.

 

 

Final Thoughts: Although some of these matches sucked, it was rare to
see not only an Intercontinental Title match, but a Heavyweight Title Match on
television. The show was long and the hosts had no chemistry but it was a new
format that featured competitive matches, which was uncommon at that time. It
was especially cool to see footage from house shows that most across the
country were not able to see. The debut show was okay but some felt at that
time that it was overexposure on the WWF’s part as they had several other
weekly shows at this time.