WWF Wrestling Challenge July 19th, 1987

July 19. 1987

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan (holding a video tape that he says contains TV footage of Bam Bam Bigelow) and Gorilla Monsoon.

In action this week will be Jake Roberts, Kamala & Sika, Can-Am Connection, and Randy Savage.

Sonny Rogers & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji

Poffo’s pre-match promo is about Bobby Heenan and his struggles with Ken Patera. Match starts with Kamala tossing around Poffo, who briefly fights back only to get taken down with a thrust kick. Rogers tags as Sika beats him down. Sika hits the Samoan drop as Mr. Fuji is shown in an insert promo saying he specializes in big men like Bam Bam Bigelow as he promises to be his manager. That gets Heenan all worked up then Kamala tags and finishes Rogers off with a splash (1:22).

Thoughts: The point of this was to further along the “who will manage” Bam Bam Bigelow storyline. Kamala & Sika were past the point of usefulness here and Kamala would be done with the company in several weeks.

Craig DeGeorge talks about Danny Davis as we see clips of him and his dubious officiating. It was the same thing they showed on “Superstars of Wrestling.”

Scott Casey vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Match starts with Casey in control as we get an insert promo from Hart telling all the other managers to back off as he is signing Bam Bam Bigelow. Casey hits a slam but Honky gets his knees up on a splash attempt as Heenan goes off on Hart. Honky rams Casey in the stomach as Gorilla talks about Honky visiting Graceland, which was detailed in WWF Magazine. Casey fights back but Honky elbows him in the back of the neck then hits the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (2:13).

Thoughts: They pushed Honky a bit on commentary but again, most of this was about hyping Bam Bam Bigelow.

Gene Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog, who talks about coming from the Mid South area to the WWF and how he started having bad luck lately so he talked to his grandma, who told him to go to his closet and grab his old chain. Gene talks about his new golf clubs as JYD rambles on and on about nothing.

We get a replay of the Million Dollar Man where he pays off the pool manager to kick out the kids so he can have it all for himself.

Can-Am Connection vs. The Shadows

Martel takes Shadow #1 down with a headscissors as the Can-Ams are shown in an insert promo saying they are going to take care of the Islanders before challenging for the titles. The Shadows take control of the match as they work over Martel while the announcers talk about the Million Dollar Man. The crowd rallies behind Martel, who kicks Shadow #1 after he ducked his head on a backdrop attempt then makes the tag. Zenk runs wild then the match breaks down as #2 gets dropkicked over the top rope then Zenk hits #1 with an atomic drop as Martel hits a crossbody for a win (4:11).

Thoughts: They put over the Can-Ams a lot here but this would end up being Zenk’s last televised match with the company.

Okerlund is with Tito Santana, who does not care for Ted DiBiase trying to buy his way to the top of the WWF and that you have to earn the title here. Tito then believes Mr. T will do an honest job as the enforcer as he states he wants a shot at the Honky Tonk Man before screaming “arriba!.” Looks like they are starting to give Tito something to do here instead of waste away in six-man tags.

A clip of Brutus Beefcake cutting off some of Greg Valentine’s hair from this past episode of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

Jerry Allen & Jim Powers vs. New Dream Team w/ Johnny V.

Powers works over the arm of Bravo to start. Allen tags but gets backed into the corner as we get an insert promo from Johnny V. as he claims to have the inside track at managing Bam Bam Bigelow because of his “grandma’s cooking.” Valentine beats on Allen as Heenan proclaims that all the managers are jealous of him as in college he had all the girls and the nice cars. Bravo hits Powers with a back suplex then an inverted atomic drop but misses an elbow drop as Allen tags. Bravo dodges a dropkick then hits a side slam before tagging Valentine, who gets the win with the figure four (3:25). Valentine refuses to break the hold as Johnny V. distracts the ref. Bravo tosses Powers to the floor as they finally stop the attack.

Thoughts: More Bam Bam Bigelow drama here as Johnny V. throws his name into the hat. The New Dream Team sucked and really never got over at all as heels. They were only useful as fodder for Beefcake.

DeGeorge is with “The Outlaw” Ron Bass. He asks Bass about his whip, Miss Betsy,  as Bass tells us that Miss Betsy is here and warns Tito Santana and even Hulk Hogan about her.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Dusty Wolfe

Wolfe briefly works the arm until Jake brushes him away. Wolfe gets tossed outside then Jake sends him out again with a clothesline. Wolfe finally gets up and Jake hits the DDT for the win (1:29). After the match Jake wraps the snake around Wolfe’s neck.

Thoughts: Jake looked rough with Wolfe in the ring. He beat the shit out of him.

We now see Heenan’s footage of Bam Bam Bigelow, which was the same exact clip Jimmy Hart showed us on “Superstars of Wrestling.” Gorilla tells Heenan that clip doesn’t prove anything about him managing Bam Bam.

Sivi Afi vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth

The crowd is cheering Savage here. Gorilla asks Heenan if he has anything to prove that he manages Bam Bam as the two guys in the ring lockup. Afi hits a hurricarana and a slam but misses a splash from the top rope. Savage tosses Afi to the floor and follows out with a top rope double axe handle. Back inside, Savage chokes out Afi against the ropes then hits a knee drop for a nearfall as Savage pulled him up. Savage then slams Afi then climbs up top and hits the flying elbow smash for the win (2:17).

Thoughts: The crowd treated Savage like a total face here, with Gorilla even being complimentary towards him. Another thing to note was how often Gorilla mentioned that Elizabeth looked worried.

Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji. He asks him about Demolition as Fuji holds an extension cord as he claims to train them by plugging it in as Demolition comes out, sporting new face paint, and tells us that they break bones while Fuji is laughing in the background. Demolition then plays with the cord and make electrical puns as Fuji is cracking up. Okerlund then asks them if the cord means that they are on the “juice” while they laugh. Funny stuff here and it seemed to have a lot of inside references.

Next week in action will be Ken Patera, Demolition, George Steele, and Killer Khan.

Final Thoughts: They are really pushing the newcomers like Bam Bam and DiBiase and its a good thing as the top of the card is lacking at the moment. The Can-Am push was for nothing as Zenk quit, which put a wrench in their hot feud they had with the Islanders. Plus, the Savage face turn was ever so slowly starting out here, with the announcers dropping subtle hints. It was a slow time still but they were putting the pieces in place to get the product going again.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot with Greg Valentine
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/25/87
Saturday: RoH Glory By Honor II 9/20/03
Sunday: WWF Madison Square Garden 7/25/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/26/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 19th, 1987

April 19, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Koko B. Ware, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, and Jake Roberts. Plus, comments from Randy Savage regarding his loss to Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III and more.

Bill Howard vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko takes Howard down with a hip toss as Danny Davis is shown in an insert promo promising to shut Koko up and even shove Frankie down his throat as Heenan laughs on commentary. The action is at a snails pace as Howard lands a few shots but ducks his head and gets punched in the face. Koko takes control and hits a back elbow smash. He dodges a charging attack from Howard and hits a missile dropkick before getting the win with the Ghostbuster (2:34).

Thoughts: Looks like they are starting the Koko/Davis feud now. Sucks to be Koko.

Jim Powers & Paul Roma vs. The New Dream Team w/ Johnny V.

Powers & Roma have matching tights but are not yet referred as the Young Stallions. However, they are shown in an insert promo stating that they will give 100% and are ready for any team in the WWF. Sleep-inducing mic work from those two. They work over the arm of Bravo until he hits Roma with an inverted atomic drop. Roma comes back with a reverse rollup but Valentine tagged himself in and takes control. Bravo misses an elbow drop then Roma tags out as Powers cleans house until Valentine knees him from the apron then Bravo hits a side slam. Roma breaks that up then get tossed outside by Bravo as Valentine slaps Powers in the figure-four and gets the win by submission (2:38).

Thoughts: This is the first time they have established Roma & Powers as a team. They were on offense most of the time and looked solid but its tough to look that good with a slug like Bravo in the ring. And they now have a feud for Roma & Powers too.

Gene Okerlund is with the British Bulldogs, who do not care who they have to face in order to get the belts back from the Hart Foundation. This was the best I have ever seen Dynamite on the mic. Davey was pretty bad here. The end focused on Matilda as the camera zooms in with Okerlund asking goofy questions about the dog.

Terry Gibbs vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Duggan runs into the ring with his 2×4 like a house of fire. He knocks down Gibbs a few times as we get an insert promo from Duggan, Sheik, and Slick, who calls Duggan “monkey head” as he warns Duggan that he will not stop Volkoff from signing the Russian National Anthem. Heenan is hilarious as he rags on Duggan by the way. Duggan hits a suplex as the fans are chanting along with him. He works a chinlock for a bit until he catches Gibbs with a powerslam before putting him away with a running clothesline (3:00).

Thoughts: The crowd was into Duggan’s antics big-time. I wonder what would have happened had not he got busted with the Iron Sheik because he was getting a mega-push here.

Okerlund is with Demolition and Mr. Fuji. This is the first televised promo from them with Mr. Fuji. Ax promises they will play “Demolition Derby” in the ring as Mr. Fuji will guide them to the titles. A solid job from Ax.

Jerry Allen vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Allen reverses an Irish whip then catches him with a shot to the gut. He hits a poor excuse of a dropkick before Honky decks him then takes control of the match. Jimmy Hart is shown in an insert promo stating that Honky is not afraid of the DDT but the move should be banned because it is dangerous. Honky Drops Allen throat-first on top of the guardrail then taunts the fans in the ring. Allen is back in as Honky knocks him down and roughs him up for a bit until he hits the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (2:31).

Thoughts: Total domination of Honky as this furthered along the “Ban the DDT” angle.

They replayed the interview segments between Elizabeth, Randy Savage, and the Bonnie & Ricky Steamboat announcement of the upcoming birth of their child. The gist of this is Savage has gone completely off the deep end since losing to Steamboat.

Blackjack Mulligan cuts a promo on Ron Bass saying that he has never ran from anyone except for the time his wife got drunk and chased him around with a meat cleaver.

Dusty Wolfe vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Jake knocks down Wolfe before hitting a back suplex. He slams him down then tosses him through the ropes a few times where he slams Wolfe on the floor. Wolfe hits a few shots that Jake no-sells then we see Jake in an insert promo pissed about the “Ban the DDT” movement. Jake fires away and roughs him up until he puts him away with the DDT (4:00). The fans popped huge for the DDT. After the match Jake dumps Damien on Wolfe then wraps it around his neck.

Thoughts: Jake destroyed Wolfe in this match. The crowd went mental over the DDT and the snake too as they have successfully promoted the “Ban the DDT” angle throughout the show.

Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tommy Sharpe

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Hercules beat the shit out of Wolfe as Billy Jack Haynes is shown in an insert promo begging Hercules to bring his chain with him in the ring. Man, Haynes cut some intense promos. Hercules drops an elbow as Johnny V. calls Monsoon “Monsignor.” He seems tanked tonight as he is just rambling. Sharpe gets tossed to the floor as Hercules suplexes him back inside. He drops a knee then locks on the full nelson for the win (2:43).

Thoughts: Dominant performance by Hercules as his feud with Billy Jack continues.

Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart, Danny Davis, and the Hart Foundation. The Hart Foundation let us know that they have made Davis as part of the Foundation because he was unjustly fired as a referee. The Harts laugh at the list of teams Gene names off as Bret demands that Gene call them the best in the world. Funny stuff from the Hart Foundation, especially Neidhart.

Next week we will have an “unusual” matchup between the Islanders and the Rougeau Brothers. Plus, George “The Animal” Steele, Hart Foundation, Can-Am Connection, and Billy Jack Haynes.

Final Thoughts: Good show this week as they furthered along and created some potential new feuds as well. Really not much more to say other than that.

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer), Disc One
Friday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer), Disc Two
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/25/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/26/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/2/87

January 19th Edition of RAW Billed to be a “Reunion” Show:

From F4WOnline.com

“In an attempt to boost eyeballs on the go-home show for the Royal Rumble, which takes place on 1/19, WWE will be doing a show called “Raw Reunion.”

Announces already as appearing on the show are Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, plus a 30-man Lumberjack match with John Cena vs. Seth Rollins.

An interesting note is that in the release for the show, Brock Lesnar’s name was not listed. Previously, Lesnar had been advertised for that date.”

Sounds like a good idea to me. What do you guys think?

WWF Houston Summit October 19th, 1986

October 19, 1986

Your hosts are Ken Resnick and Gorilla Monsoon

This show is headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and the $50,000 Tag Team Battle Royal.

The copy of the show that I have was from WWE Classics on Demand and it omitted the Bret Hart vs. Raymond Rougeau match for some reason.

Jim Brunzell vs. Mike Rotundo

The announcers talk about how this will be a scientific matchup, which is what was said when two babyfaces faced off against each other. These two go back and forth on the mat as the announcers talk about how Danny Spivey will be coming back soon from knee surgery. Brunzell hits a shoulderblock then applies a front facelock but Rotundo reaches the ropes. Brunzell takes him back down with a headscissors and retains the hold while on the mat. Rotundo escapes and takes Brunzell down with a side headlock and they trade hammerlocks until the ref breaks them up in the corner and warns Rotundo, who gets pissed. Things now get chippy as they shove each other, with Rotundo acting a little bit heelish. The announcers are telling a story that friendships are off of the table tonight due to the $50,000 prize. Makes sense at least. The crowd applauds when Brunzell takes Rotundo down with a hip toss but Rotundo knocks him down with an European Uppercut in the corner. He slams Brunzell but misses an elbow as it is clear that they have made Rotundo the “heel” in this match.Rotundo targets the knee then works a stepover toehold for a bit. Brunzell ducks outside to regroup as he sells his leg then comes back in and takes Rotundo down. He drops the leg but fails on a slam attempt as Rotunod goes back to work on the leg. The announcers kill time by talking about Danny Davis. Brunzell ends up hitting Rotundo with a monkey flip then starts working the leg of Rotundo. They roll around a fight on the mat until they are tied up in the ropes. Rotundo takes him down with a small package as the bell sounds as this match is ruled a 20 minute time-limit draw, although it was a lot shorter than that (13:55) **1/4. After the match these two shove each other and fight against the ropes as Brunzell leaves all pissed off.

Thoughts: Match was decent, especially for two babyface wrestlers going against each other. The story of everyone wanting the battle royal money thus acting ultra-aggressive worked here. The first five minutes were really dull though but it picked up after the shoving match.

S.D. Jones vs. Brutus Beefcake

Brutus taunts S.D. with his strut but S.D. mocks him then catches Brutus with an atomic drop that sends him to the floor. Back inside, Brutus knocks down S.D. after a break then stomps away. Brutus stays on the attack and slams S.D. then drops a forearm for two. S.D. comes back with a headbutt then punches away but misses a charge in the corner. Brutus goes to the second rope and drops an elbow for two but argues with the ref and that allows S.D. to fight back. Brutus begs for mercy but S.D. hits him with more punches. S.D. then ducks a clothesline but runs into the high knee as Brutus gets the win (5:35) 1/2*.

Thoughts: This was pretty bad. S.D was subbing for Danny Spivey here and his offense at the time consisted of three moves: punch, headbutt, and a bodyslam. Beefcake was also unable to carry guys in the ring and someone as deteriorated as S.D. needed a lot of help out there.

Big John Studd vs. Big Machine

Before the match, Studd talks about how no one can slam him. Big Machines tries but Studd stops him. Big Machine fights back and hits a back elbow smash then gets him up for the slam as the crowd goes nuts. The storyline about getting $15,000 for slamming him was still very much in play. Studd takes a breather outside then gets “rammed” into the steel post in an awful looking spot. Back inside, Big Machine knocks down Studd and works him over in the corner. Studd clotheslines a charging Big Machine then drops the elbow for two as Big Machine forgot to kick out with the announcers covering it up by saying his foot was underneath the ropes. Just a pitiful sequence from guys who have been wrestling for years. Big Machine is gassed and tries to slam Studd but fails and Studd falls on top for the win (2:57) -*.

Thoughts: Horrible match. The last minute was embarrassing and Big Machine (Blackjack Mulligan) was gassed right after the match begun. This was also one of Studd’s last appearances in the WWF until his brief return in 1989. Studd would be gone from the company a week later.

Steve Gatorwolf vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

Gatorwolf would occasionally team up with Strongbow at house shows during this time. Valentine shoves Gatorwolf after a break then takes him down as they go back and forth on the mat. Valentine chops Gatorwolf then drops an elbow for two. Valentine now works on the arm for a while. He was still a very good worker at this point so it all looked good. Valentine chops Gatorwolf off of the apron but Gatorwolf comes back in and powers up. Someone in the crowd yells as he is on offense and hits a bunch of chops and gets nearfall with a slam. Valentine takes a breather outside then trips up Gatorwolf and drags him outside where they fight. Gatorwolf chases Valentine around but gets stomped while entering the ring then put in the figure four leg lock. Gatorwolf is able to reach the ropes then Valentine slams him down. Valentine misses an elbow from the second rope then Gatorwolf chops away. Valentine reverses an Irish whip in the corner then hits a few chops before putting Gatorwolf away with a suplex (8:30) *1/2.

Thoughts: Match was only decent when Valentine was on offense. Gatorwolf was a bad wrestler but a much, much worse human being. Gatorwolf, real name Stephen Ketcher, was charged with raping a 14 year old girl several times this past May. He had also served prison time for aggravated assault and violation of a protection order in the past.

Iron Sheik w/ Nikolai Volkoff vs. Davey Boy Smith

Sheik jumps Davey from behind then hammers away. He tosses Davey through the ropes then taunts the fans. Volkoff screams on commentary as Davey slams the Sheik then works the arm. Davey catches the Sheik’s leg and hits an atomic drop for two. Sheik boots Davey as he ducked his head then spits on him and taunts the crowd. Sheik hits a clothesline then gets two with a backdrop. Davey counters a suplex with a small package for a nearfall but Sheik gets up an puts Davey in an abdominal stretch. Davey blocks a suplex and hits one of his own and gets two as the crowd starts a “USA” chant. Davey catches Sheik with a sleeper. Sheik escapes and is able to put Davey in the Camel Clutch. Davey reaches the ropes and shortly after that, Davey catches him with a powerslam. Davey bounces off of the ropes but Volkoff trips him up and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (6:04) *3/4. Sheik & Volkoff attack Davey until the Dynamite Kid runs out for the save.

Thoughts: Not bad but too short to really amount to much. The fact that Dynamite was not out there with Davey pretty much telegraphed the finish. At the time, Sheik & Volkoff were being groomed for the tag titles but Dynamite Kid, according to Bret Hart and others, told Vince that the only team he would drop them too were the Hart Foundation so that was scrapped.

“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan

With Orndorff coming out to “Real American,” the song never stopped playing until the match began.  The stipulation here was that if Hogan lost by DQ, he would also lose the title.  Hogan was wearing a blue “Hulkamania” shirt and headband with a different style of lettering than usual. Heenan throws Orndorff’s robe right at Hogan’s face, allowing Orndorff to attack him before the bell. Orndorff chokes out Hogan with his headband then drops an elbow. Orndorff poses with the belt then misses an elbow drop as Hogan fires away. Hogan knocks Heenan off of the apron then hammers away on Orndorff, who comes back with a throat thrust. Heenan slides a chair into the ring near Hogan, who almost hits Orndorff but the ref warns him and he stops himself as he would have lost if he hit him. Heenan distracts Hogan so Orndorff can hit him with a running knee smash then Hogan gets sent to the floor. Back inside, Orndorff stomps away and chokes out Hogan with his knee. Backbreaker gets two then Hogan hulks up as Heenan is complaining about the officiating on commentary. Hogan knocks down Orndorff and slams him down then drops the leg but neglects to cover and tosses him outside instead and grabs the chair but the ref warns him again and he stops and rolls Orndorff back inside. Hogan then outsmarts Heenan by chasing him into the ring so the ref can stop him and that allows Hogan to sneak around and hit Orndorff with a chair then roll back inside and bet the ten count for the win (6:05) *1/2. The chairshot looked very, very weak too.

Thoughts: At the time, the WWF was using these stipulations for the Hogan/Orndorff matches at house shows across the country. I don’t know exactly when Orndorff hurt his arm but in this match, one of his arms appeared to be almost limp and he barely used it when on offense as he relied mostly on stomps and knee smashes. The end with Hogan outsmarting Heenan was good as the fans popped for that.

Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tama

Gorilla corrects the ring announcer after he referred to Tama as his old name, the “Tonga Kid.” Volkoff attacks Tama from behind to start. Tama fights right back but Volkoff catches him with a knee then tosses him through the ropes. Volkoff boots Tama off of the apron then gets dragged outside. Tama rolls Volkoff inside then takes him down. Tama applies a chinlock but Volkoff breaks that and dumps Tama outside. Volkoff works a bearhug in the ring for a bit. Tama escapes but gets caught with a spin kick. Tama comes back with a sunset flip and a small package for nearfalls. Tama catches Volkoff with an atomic drop then chops away. Volkoff reverses an Irish whip and sends Tama into the corner. He then catches Tama with a double axe handle off of the second rope then rolls him up with his foot on the ropes and gets the win (5:52) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Another bad match. Volkoff also appeared to be gassed early on and most of this was restholds. These matches tonight have been lackluster to say the least.

Moondog Rex vs. Dynamite Kid

Dynamite knocks down Rex after three shoulderblocks. Dynamite then hits a slam and a dropkick that sends Rex to the floor. Back inside, Dynamite uses turnbuckle smashes on Rex then whips him into the corner. Dynamite hits a snap suplex then applies a chinlock. Sunset flip gets two then Rex stomps away. Rex hits a clothesline then drops an elbow for two. Rex works a chinlock before beating on Dynamite in the corner. Dynamite fights back but gets tossed to the floor. Rex bites Dynamite on the apron then knocks him back to the floor. Back inside, Rex gets two with a powerslam then applies a bearhug. He rams Dynamite in the corner then gets two with a backbreaker. Rex catches Dynamite with another bearhug but Dynamite breaks that up with a bell clap then they slug it out until Dynamite takes Rex down with a crucifix for the win (8:15) **1/4.

Thoughts: Decent match, thanks to Dynamite. He always went all out in his matches which partly explains why he is in the condition he is in today. Rex was the least talented Moondog but did a passable job here.

$50,000 Tag Team Battle Royal
The Moondogs, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, The Dream Team, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd, Hart Foundation, The Machines, Rougeau Brothers, Killer Bees, S.D. Jones & Mike Rotundo, Islanders, Steve Gatorwolf & Chief Jay Strongbow, and the British Bulldogs.

The rules here are that if one member of the team is eliminated his partner is gone too. Studd immediately gets tossed out by several guys immediately after the bell. There are too many guys in the ring to tell what is going on at this point. Haku eliminates S.D. Jones then the Rougeau’s attempt to eliminate Neidhart but fail. Volkoff tosses Gatorwolf and shortly after that Raymond Rougeau and Hart eliminate each other. The Rougeau’s and Hart Foundation start brawling outside. The Moondogs dump big Machine then the Sheik runs from behind and tosses out both Moondog Rex and Jim Brunzell as we are down to just four teams: The Islanders, Dream Team, Sheik & Volkoff, and the British Bulldogs. The Islanders eliminate Beefcake with a double back drop. Davey and Haku trade punches until Dynamite tosses Tama. The Bulldogs and Sheik & Volkoff both regroup then the Sheik works on Davey as Dynamite hammers away on Volkoff. The Bulldogs now appear in control then Davey tries to dump the Sheik as he has him on the ropes but Volkoff hits him from behind and Sheik managed to hold onto the ropes as he pulled them down as Davey spills over the top and on to the floor as Sheik & Volkoff win the battle royal (9:10) *1/4.

Thoughts: This was dull until the last minute and even that was not all that exciting. At the time, they were doing these Tag Team Battle Royal matches across the country. The Islanders won it the following night at Madison Square Garden.

Final Thoughts: This was not a good show. The title match was big but everything else was filler leading into a battle royal. At the time, the WWF was on a grueling schedule and the travel that this crew had to endure was brutal. A quick look at thehistoryofwwe.com shows that in seven days, they went from Sacramento to Tacoma, then to Phoenix and Tuscon, then to Los Angeles, Denver, and Houston before wrestling the next night in New York City. That could have very well been partly why these matches relied on restholds. The older guys seemed to struggle the most. But this was a poor show and I would not even recommend the abbreviated version on the Network. The best thing I can say was that this show was a little over 90 minutes to watch.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/25/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Sabu, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/26/86
Saturday: RoH Revenge on the Prophecy 1/11/03
Sunday: (No review due to Night of the Champions)

WWF Wrestling Challenge October 19th, 1986

October 19, 1986

From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY. It was on this taping when the infamous match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee took place. For those who do not know, Magee was a 6’4 275lbs guy with a martial arts and weightlifting background who at one point was declared a future champion by Vince McMahon due to his look and athletic ability but never improved enough and only wrestled at house shows and dark matches sporadically into leaving the WWE in 1989.

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are Koko B. Ware, Paul Orndorff, and the The Dream Team.

Steve Lombardi vs. Koko B. Ware

The match starts with a criss-cross sequence that ends with Koko hitting a fist drop. Koko hypes up the crowd by flapping his arms as Heenan makes fun of him. Koko hits a pair of hip tosses but Lombardi rakes his eyes in the corner. Lombardi misses a charge in the corner then Koko hits him with a back elbow smash and a neckbreaker before getting the win with the Ghostbuster (2:36).

Thoughts: Koko was getting over surprisingly well with this gimmick. He was not going to be a main eventer or anything but was good enough to pump up the crowds instead of trotting out crappy lower card guys like Corporal Kirchner, Sivi Afi, and The Honkytonk Man.

Tony Parks vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny Valiant takes Heenan’s place on commentary. Orndorff is still using “Real American” as his theme song. Orndorff starts by hitting a suplex then stomps Parks on the mat before tossing him outside. Back inside, Parks gets drilled with a clothesline then Ordnorff finishes him off with the piledriver (1:26).

Thoughts: I loved Orndorff squash matches at this time. He looked like he killed these guys in the ring but I never heard anyone complain that he was stiff. The fans hatred of him was still there too.

Ken Resnick is with Tito Santana. He asks him about the feud between Roddy Piper and Adrian Adonis, Bob Orton, and Don Muraco. Tito talks about how he heard Piper was “coming around” (meaning he was turning face) then speaks Spanish for a minute before ending by saying he will take back his Intercontinental Title from Randy Savage. 1986 was not a great year in Tito Santana’s career to say the least.

Bob Bradley vs. “The Rebel” Dick Slater

Slater catches Bradley with a hiptoss then works a chinlock as we get an insert promo from Danny Davis, who addresses the fan mail about his antics by telling them they have no clue how to officiate and he will continue to officiate the way he has been. A light “boring” chant breaks out as this match is sucking the life out of this crowd. Slater ducks a crossbody and Bradley crashes onto the floor in a bad looking spot. Man, these two are really phoning it in here. Slater then suplexes Bradley back into the ring and finsihes him off with a top rope elbow drop (3:03). This win got no reaction from the crowd by the way.

Thoughts: Slater got a few boos from the crowd here and that was the only reaction he even had in the match.  He was completely miscast in this role. The match really did suck too as these guys either didn’t gel or just plain did not care.

Ken Resnick is with the Rougeau Brothers. He plays up how they have been undefeated since entering the WWF. The Rougeau’s say that they will wait until the promoters give them a championship match and put over the competition before saying how it is nice to interact with French fans throughout the country. I know this was how babyfaces acted in the 80’s but today, they come off as a couple of wimps.

Jerry Allen & Rick Hunter vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant

Valentine and Allen trade slams to start. We then are shown an insert promo from Valiant, who appeared coked out of his mind as he rambled about how the Dream Team is here to stay. Beefcake tags and beats on Allen for a bit. Hunter tags and catches Beefcake with a few shots but gets caught with a back elbow smash. Beefcake hits him with a powerslam then tags Valentine, who puts Hunter away with the figure four leg lock (2:39).

Thoughts: They were still clinging onto the Dream Team’s WrestleMania II title loss to the Bulldogs for a reason to keep them in the title hunt, despite the fact they have lost numerous times to the Bulldogs since.

The Snake Pit with guest the Junkyard Dog. Jake disses JYD and says that if a judge and a jury sentenced  him to death for being a great wrestler, they would have convicted an innocent man. JYD responds by saying that if they took Jake’s brain and weaved it into cotton they would not have enough to make “a nat a boot.” Hard hitting insult for sure. Anyway, Jake tells JYD he will make him “sing in the ring” as JYD tells him the only things people can make him do is to “stay black and die.”

Sika w/ The Wizard vs. Jose Luis Rivera

Sika chops Rivera out of the ring then rolls him back inside and works a chinlock as he we get another screaming insert promo from The Wizard. Rivera mounts a brief comeback until he gets caught with a knee to the face off of a charge then gets pinned with a falling headbutt (2:08).

Thoughts: Sika was just not over as a heel here. It didn’t help matters any that 75% of the match was him applying a chinlock. As a young kid, Sika legit scared me when he was on TV though.

We are shown a video of Bobby Heenan meeting up with the British Bulldogs and Matilda at a park. Heenan made fun of the dog for a few seconds and it ended. The whole thing felt contrived and Heenan wasn’t even that funny here.

Rudy Diamond & “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal vs. The British Bulldogs

The match starts with the Bulldogs beating on Regal, who did a great job at selling by the way. Diamond tags into the match and works an arm wringer on Davey, who easily reverses the hold. Davey hits him with a powerslam but Regal runs in to break up the hold so Davey puts him in a fireman’s carry and tags Dynamite, who climbs up top and launches off of Regal’s back to hit Diamond with a headbutt for the win (2:16).

Thoughts: The Bulldogs did not appear too comfortable walking Matilda to the ring. The fans loved the team though and their opponents bumped all over the place for them.

Resnick is with Slick. He talks to him about the money he has spent to acquire his stable. Slick said that he was here to establish “managerial supremacy” when he entered the WWF and brings out the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, who says the have a manager to get them title matches.

Next week in action are Bob Orton & Don Muraco, Hillbilly Jim, Butch Reed, and Kamala. Plus we get to see the Machines shopping for cars.

Final Thoughts: This was a really dull show this week. The crowd was dead for most of this too, which is a bad sign since it was the first show of the taping. Not a lot of crowd advancement in this one and two really poor matches made this a very skippable and unmemorable show.

Here is my schedule for the next several days

Saturday: RoH Final Battle 12/28/02
Sunday: WWF Houston Summit House Show 10/19/96
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/25/86
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/26/86

WWF Championship Wrestling July 19th, 1986

July 19, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

This week, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd will take on Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan in the main event.

Eric Cooper vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth

Savage starts by taunting the crowd then cheapshots Cooper against the ropes after refusing to break cleanly. He then puts Cooper in the tree-of-woe position and brutalizes him for a minute as we see an insert promo from Capt. Lou Albano on the behalf of George “The Animal” Steele and how he has detected a weakness and will make him pay because he is abusive towards Elizabeth. Savage then slams Cooper before putting him away with the flying elbow drop (2:35).

Thoughts: It looks like Savage is back to feuding with Steele based on Albano’s promo. The feud also made a star out of Elizabeth so it worked out.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. Once again, this week’s focus is on the Machines. We are shown a clip of the Machines wrestling in Japan as Okerlund says that the Machines are here to stay.

Al Navarro & Gino Carabello vs. The American Express

Yes, this is what they called the team of Dan Spivey and Mike Rotundo tonight. Spivey and Carabello start with an Irish whip sequence that ends with Spivey hitting a backdrop. Rotundo tags and uses a flying headscissors on Carabello then works a side headlock on the mat. Carabello tries to get something going but Rotundo takes him down with an enziguiri. Navarro tags and the American Express use quick tags to isolate him until Rotundo gets the win with an airplane spin (2:47).

Thoughts: With the matching tights and going on and slapping the fans hands, looks like Spivey and Rotundo are getting a push. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center crowd digs them (Rotundo did go to school in Syracuse) but the rest of the country wasn’t so hot for the team.

Ken Resnick is running down the August 9th show at the Boston Garden. He brings out Adrian Adonis & Randy Savage, who will be facing Hulk Hogan and his hand-picked partner, George “The Animal” Steele. Interesting that they would announce Hogan picking Steele instead of his friend Orndorff before their match against Studd & Bundy.

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Jimmy Jackson & Don Driggers

The heels take turns beating on Driggers then we see an insert promo by Corporal Kirchner, who looks as crazy as ever. Jackson tags but Nikolai beats him up for a minute. He hits a backbreaker then tags the Sheik who suplexes to set up the Camel Clutch and the win (3:02).

Thoughts: Odd not seeing Blassie out there this week but he was nearing the end of his managerial career and would be gone within the year.

Resnick is with Jimmy Hart and Freddie Blassie. They will have their teams face off in a number one contender’s match as the Hart Foundation will face off against Sheik & Volkoff at the next Boston Garden show. They go back and forth about who has the better team with Blassie tripping all over his lines. This would be the beginning of the Hart Foundation push.

Lane Anderson & Gary Semones vs. Sivi Afi & King Tonga

Tonga starts off the match and ends up clearing both men from the ring. Afi tags and catches Anderson with a drop toehold and a slam. He tags after hitting a dropkick and Tonga takes control. They take turns beating on Anderson then Tonga pushes him towards his partner and ends up hitting Semones with a thrust kick before getting the win with a splash (2:50).

Thoughts: Poor Tonga. He went from having a potential feud with Studd to stuck tagging with Sivi Afi in the span of less than a month. Afi was never seen as anything more than a cheap Jimmy Snuka knock off which was unfortunate as he was not that bad in the ring.

The Flower Shop with guest Hercules Hernandez. Adonis asks him if he is in fact the real Hercules and if Blassie found him in Mount Olympus. Adonis takes this further by asking if he parties with Zeus and brings up some other mythical stuff as Hercules plays along as if he actually is the character. Odd stuff that ends with Hercules telling Hulk Hogan to watch out.

As Bobby Heenan, Studd, and Bundy are waiting in the ring, the camera cuts backstage to Orndorff and Hogan. Orndorff paces back and forth, still angry over Hulk not picking up the phone at the gym, as Hulk said that he was at the squat rack and after the fourth ring, he went over to get the phone and no one was there. Hulk then tells Orndorff to forget about the phone call and take care of business in the ring.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan

The crowd is amped for this match. Orndorff and Studd start of the match. Studd goes to slam Orndorff, who floats over then takes down Studd with a sunset flip after pulling him down by the tights and that gets two. Orndorff takes down Studd with a hiptoss then Bundy tags into the match. Bundy takes down Orndorff with an elbow smash but misses the splash then a charge in the corner and Orndorff hammers away. Studd tags as Orndorff signals that he is going to slam him but fails. Orndorff takes down Studd then Bundy with a dropkicks, who then regroup outside with Heenan. Hogan reaches out for a tag and Orndorff finally tags him. Studd and Hogan trade punches then Hogan catches Studd with a slam that has the crowd going nuts. Orndorff is shown looking upset on the apron as we go to a commercial. Back from break, Hogan hits Studd with an atomic drop then chops him in the corner. Hogan whips Studd into the corner but ends up getting clotheslined. Bundy tags as he and Studd double team Hogan. Bundy slams Hogan then Studd comes in but Hogan headbutts him then get pushed backwards and ends up inadvertently knocking Orndorff to the floor and sells that he got hit in the ear. Hogan gets double-teamed as the announcers state how the match has been ruled a DQ, despite us not hearing a bell, then Orndorff finally comes in and clears Studd & Bundy from the ring (6:04). Orndorff helps Hogan get up and raises his hand then takes him down with a clothesline!!! The crowd is completely stunned as Orndorff then hits him with a piledriver and even mocks Hogan’s hand to his ear pose. He then waves in Studd and Bundy but Spivey, Rotundo, Sivi Afi, and King Tonga come out for the save as Orndorff leaves with the heels.

Thoughts: This was of the most memorable moments ever in WWF history. It started the Orndorff/Hogan feud which lasted through the Summer, leading up to a huge show in Toronto, “The Big Event.” One of the biggest moments in WWF history.

The camera follows Orndorff to the locker room as he is congratulated by Adrian Adonis. Heenan comes in the locker room and yells “Wonderful” as the camera shows Hogan being carried out as the crowd loudly chants his name.

Ken Resnick comments on what we just saw then bring out Tito Santana, who also is shocked by what Orndorff did and mentions how he became close friends with Orndorff who has not been returning his calls lately. He will be facing Bob Orton at the August Boston Garden show. He leaves then Ricky Steamboat enters and says that he likes watching the Boston Celtics play as much as he likes beating on Jake Roberts. He then says that he will play mind games with Jake in Boston.

Bruno and Vince comment on the main event then show a replay of the finish, providing commentary.

Final Thoughts: The main event made this a must-see show. Just wonderfully done and it gave Hogan a feud, which he had been lacking. With Studd, Bundy, and now Orndorff joining Heenan, the WWF has an impressive heel stable to work with. The rest of the show wasn’t much, other than a segment in which we learned that the winner of the Hart Foundation vs. Sheik & Volkoff match in Boston will become the #1 contender for the Tag Team Championship. If you have not seen the main event, do so immediately.

And just a quick programming note, I have now made a schedule for when and what I will be posting my reviews. Here is the schedule and give or take about 30 minutes for the times.

Tuesday: 80’s WWF 8:00pm
Thursday: Shoot Interview Recap 12:30pm (If a two-disc shoot, the second disc will be posted on Friday at the same time)
Friday: 80’s WWF 3:00pm
Saturday: RoH Shows 8:00pm (starting from the company’s debut in 2002 going in order.)
Sunday: 80’s WWF 8:00pm (unless their is a WWE PPV)

Any feedback is welcome at [email protected]

WWF Madison Square Garden May 19th, 1986

May 19, 1986
Your hosts are Lord Alfred Hayes and Gorilla Monsoon

Tiger Chung Lee vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Lanny works the arm then shows off his agility before hitting a dropkick. Lanny goes back to working the arm for a while as Gorilla is impressed that all sorts of Asians are competing in the WWF. Lee chops down Poffo before hitting him with a pair of gutbusters. Lee lands some awful chops before hitting yet another gutbuster. Poffo fights back as Lee is on his knees begging for mercy. He is gassed too. Poffo hammers away on Lee in the corner for a bit. Lee comes back and beats on Poffo but misses a charge in the corner in a terrible looking spot as Lee paused before bumping. Poffo fights back then grabs a chinlock as the crowd starts to shit on this match. Lee is chopping Poffo against the ropes in the slowest manner possible until Poffo comes back with a mule kick. Lee comes back and beats on Poffo some more. Dropkick gets two. Lee then sends Poffo to the floor then brings him in and roughs him up for a bit. Poffo fights back and sends Lee upside down in the corner. Bcakdrop gets two. Poffo charges and Lee sends him to the floor. Back inside, Lee slams Poffo but ends up getting tossed off of the top rope. Poffo misses a splash but reverses an Irish whip and hits a hurricarana for the win (11:19) ¼*.
Thoughts: Oh, this was one shitty way to start off a show. Lee was blown up a few minutes into the match and everything he did look terrible. Lanny busting out the hurricarana was cool, especially for 1986, and really that was the only thing good about this match.
S.D. Jones vs. Brett “The Hitman” Hart
Gorilla tosses out the “this match can main event anywhere” line right off the bat. Match starts with Hart trying to psych out the referee and S.D. It’s the opposite of thrilling, really. Hart briefly works the arm then catches S.D. with an inverted atomic drop then taunts the crowd, showing some personality for basically the first time in the WWF. Hart then puts SD in a chinlock for a while as a few in the crowd chant “boring.” Hart takes down S.D. then kicks him out of the ring. Back inside, S.D. knocks down Hart with a headbutt but eats boot on a charge in a telegraphed spot. Hart drops an elbow from the second rope and that gets two. S.D. uses an eye poke as Hart begs for mercy in the corner. S.D. dances around before firing away at Hart. He then takes him out of the corner with a hiptoss and hits a shoulderblock. S.D. charges at Hart but gets caught with a backbreaker and Hart covers for the win (10:15) *1/2.
Thoughts: A must-see for fans of restholds. Brett showed a bit of personality here at least. I am almost positive that this was the result of B. Brian Blair’s injury, which had he been healthy would have at least given us the Killer Bees vs. Hart Foundation.
Sivi Afi vs. Hercules Hernandez w/ Freddie Blassie
Hercules shows off his power by shoving around Afi. Herc then stalls after Afi lands a few punches. Herc ducks outside then goes back in to work a headlock as Blassie is yelling to Monsoon. Afi comes back with dropkicks and armdrags but Herc kills him with a back suplex then distracts the ref so Blassie can ram Afi in the back with his cane. Herc drops Afi on the ropes then works a headlock on the mat. Afi fights out but runs into a clothesline and Herc covers for a nearfall then goes right back to the headlock. A loud “boring” chant breaks out then Afi fights out and gets two off of a sunset flip. Herc hammers away then uses a reverse chinlock. Again, Afi fights out then catches Hercules with an atomic drop and I am pretty sure Herc iced his balls immediately backstage due to that move. Afi uses the momentum of Hercules to take him outside then hits him with a crossbody off of the top rope that woke up the crowd and nearly gave Lord Alfred a heart attack. Back inside, Afi gets a nearfall with a falling headbutt as the crowd is still going nuts. Afi heads up top and hits Hercules with a crossbody but Herc rolls through the move and grabs onto the tights for the win (13:07) *1/4.
Thoughts: It picked up a bit at the end but everything else was dreadful. Afi wasn’t bad at all in the ring but he flopped so badly in his TV debut (if you think Adam Rose’s debut sucked, he has nothing on Afi, who was booed out of the building as the fans rejected him as a Snuka knock-off. The crowd went nuts for his crossbody to the floor spot.
The crowd shows New York Yankees stars Dave Winfield and Dave Righetti in the crowd.
Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Corporal Kirchner
Kirchner wins a slugfest to start. Small package gets two. Kirchner hits a dropkick but Nikolai rakes the eyes then beats on Kirchner in the corner. Blassie rams Kirchner with his cane then Nikolai goes back to work. Nikolai keeps working a bearhug then knocks Kirchner down with a shoulderblock. Kirchner manages a reverse rollup but Nikolai puts him in a bow and arrow lock. Kirchner fights back and hits an atomic drop before putting Nikolai in a Boston Crab. Kirchner whiffs on a dropkick and Nikolai goes right back to work. Double underhook suplex gets two. Gutwrench suplex gets two. Kirchner gets Nikolai over with a sunset flip then goes to work on the knee. The fans start a “USA” chant as the wrestlers stall for a bit, mostly because Nikolai is gassed. Nikolai hits Kirchner with a spin kick then headbutts him down. Kirchner dodges a charge in the corner and tries for a Samoan drop but Nikolai holds on to the ropes and escapes. Back elbow smash gets two for Kirchner. He charges but Nikolai puts up his knees then rolls up Kirchner while holding the ropes for leverage and gets the win (11:30) *1/4. After the match, Kirchner chokes out Nikolai then sends him over the top rope with a dropkick.
Thoughts: Kirchner tried but Nikolai was awful tonight. This feud continued, sadly.
Gorilla Monsoon is backstage with Dave Righetti and Dave Winfield. Righetti notes how Ron Darling is not here tonight as Bundy and Heenan come out, with Heenan joking that it’s Little League camp and forgets Dave Righetti’s name then some guy claiming that he is the manager for the baseball players and this ends with them challenging the American League East. Fun for Yankee’s fans.
Monsoon is with Ricky Steamboat. He says that Roberts taught him a lesson after he turned his back on him but that will be the only mistake that he will make.
Special Guest Referee: Bruno Sammartino
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth (Champion) vs. Tito Santana
The match starts with both guys jockeying for position then Savage bails as the crowd boos. Savage stalls outside then comes back in as Tito gains the upper hand then ducks back outside and uses Elizabeth as a shield. The crowd is jacked as Tito works the arm. Savage gets knocked to the floor with an elbow smash then takes his time getting back in the ring. They trade armdrags then Randy starts yelling at Bruno, who yells right back. Savage snaps Tito’s neck off of the middle rope then hits a double axe handle off of the top rope. Savage takes Tito back down with a running knee smash then covers for two. Tito tries to fight out of a headlock but Savage yanks him down by the hair. Savage gets pissed at Bruno for taking his time counting then puts Tito in a chinlock. Tito fights back but Savage tosses him to the floor and follows him out with a top rope double axe handle. Savage sneaks around the ring to knock and attacks Tito then takes the action back inside of the ring. Bruno takes his time counting as Savage made a pin attempt then both men are down after colliding. Savage is up first and goes for another double axe handle but Tito catches him with a shot in the midsection. He then sends Savage to the floor with a kneelift and shoves him back in the ring to inflict more punishment. Tito backdrops Savage and goes for the figure four but Savage frantically crawls to the ropes. Tito eats boot on a charge but comes back with a small package for two. Tito slugs away and takes him down with a forearm smash. Savage escapes another figure four attempt as this crowd really wants Tito to win this match. Savage comes back with a suplex for two. Tito blocks an atomic drop and turns it into a figure four as the crowd is going out of their minds but Adrian Adonis, wearing a blond wig, runs in and attacks Tito for the DQ (13:25) ***1/2. Adonis knocks down Bruno then goes to beat on Tito but walks into a slam by Bruno. Savage attacks Bruno from behind then he and Adonis attack Bruno until Tito chases them away with a chair.
Thoughts: Fun match. Savage was tremendous in working the crowd too. He put on a clinic and always saved his best stuff for the bigger shows. Tito remains a crowd favorite and MSG nearly erupted when he applied the figure four and would have gone crazier if he won. They even got a way to hype a big match for next month’s show too.
“Mr. USA” Tony Atlas vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan
Atlas is sporting black tights tonight. Bundy shoves Atlas into the corner to start. Bundy then works a side headlock then they have a miscommunication spot as Atlas falls on top of Bundy. Atlas staggers Bundy with a headbutt and goes to work on the arm but ends up running into an elbow smash. Bundy beats on Atlas then slows things down further with a chinlock. Atlas finally escapes then avoids a splash as my tape loses audio. Bundy eats boot on a charge then Atlas takes him down with a flying headbutt. He goes for a splash but Bundy gets his knees up then puts Atlas away with an elbow drop (8:05) DUD.
Thoughts: Awful match. Atlas was just about done with the WWF at this point due to his drug habit and Bundy was really just a generic big guy. These two had zero chemistry together.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
The match starts with a brawl at ringside. Jake catches Steamboat with a kneelift as he enters the ring and goes to work. Steamboat escapes for a DDT attempt and hits a suplex then has to get pulled off of Roberts, which has the crowd and the announcers pissed. Roberts comes back in and catches Steamboat with a shot in the jaw after a fast paced sequence. Jake blocks a sunset flip attempt then hits an inverted atomic drop. Jake is talking to Steamboat as he hits him in the face then tells him to get up. Jake reaches for the snake but notices Steamboat getting up so he runs over and ends up getting his leg kicked out from underneath him. Steamboat hits a pair of swinging neckbreakers but Jake got his knees up on a splash attempt. Jake tosses Steamboat over the top rope, who lands on the apron before getting knocked down. Jake signals that he is going to DDT Steamboat on the floor again but Steamboat rams him into the apron then into the ceiling. In the ring, Steamboat busts open Jake with a flying chop then attacks the cut until the referee stops him. Jake beats on Steamboat in the corner then yells at the ref. Steamboat boots Jake down, who knocks over the ref in the process, and the ref calls for the bell as Steamboat is pounding on Jake (7:36) ***. All of the midcarders in the locker room come out to break up the fight and struggle to keep them separated and the brawling continues all the way to the locker room as the match is announced as a double disqualification. Steamboat then comes back to the ring to show the fans that he is okay and they applaud. 
Thoughts: Good stuff as they have made a hot, new midcard feud. In 1986, Jake looked so good in the ring, moving around fluidly and quick. That was not the case a few years later. Jake was really starting to get over with the crowds too.
Howard Finkel introduces Sammy Hagar to the crowd. He comes into the ring and struggles to roll inside then asks the crowd how they are doing. Sammy looked pretty fucked up here.
“Golden Boy” Danny Spivey vs. Paul Christy
Spivey works a headlock to start the match. They work a criss-cross spot that ends with Spivey stomping Christy. Spivey wrenches Christy’s neck then pie-faces him down. Christy comes back with some basic heel offense before tossing Spivey to the floor. He celebrates that achievement but Spivey comes in and goes to work. Elbow drop gets two then shortly after that, Spivey finishes him off with a bulldog (3:14) 1/4*.
Thoughts: A useless, but quick match. Spivey was floundering here and Christy was just a jobber but with this match, it seemed like they were trying to give Spivey a minor push.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. “Jumping” Jim Brunzell
The announcers put over Brunzell’s dropkick. Anvil works a headlock for a bit. Brunzell takes the Anvil down and grapevines the legs. Anvil makes it to the ropes then ducks outside for a breather. He comes back inside and knocks Brunzell through the ropes with a forearm smash then knocks him off of the apron. Lots of “boring” chants in the crowd for this match. Brunzell drags Anvil outside and they slug it out until Brunzell sends him into the post. Back inside, Brunzell works a hammerlock and that does nothing to stop the boring chants. Brunzell hits a crossbody for two then goes back to the hammerlock as the announcers talk about the Anvil’s football career. Anvil catches Brunzell with an inverted atomic drop then starts to bite and gauge Brunzell, who is able to roll outside. Back inside, Brunzell gets a small package but Anvil immediately grabs a chinlock. The crowd is going restless as this is fucking dragging badly. Anvil catches Brunzell with a throat thrust after a leapfrog then goes back to the chinlock as the crowd is getting restless. Brunzell catches Anvil with a sleeper but gets rammed into the corner. Anvil works a front facelock but Brunzell escapes and goes to work on the leg. He rams the Anvil’s knee against the post then locks on a figure four. Brunzell breaks the hold and chokes out the Anvil in the corner but ends up running into a clothesline that gets two. The crowd actually booed when the match didn’t end. Both men collide and are down as the crowd just wants this to end. Brunzell tries to slam the Anvil but fails and Anvil covers for two. Brunzell dropkicks the Anvil and covers but the bell rings as the match has reached the 20 minute time-limit (20:00) ¾*.  
Thoughts: A painful match to watch. Anvil was terrible here and the crowd shit all over the match.
WWF Tag Team Title Match
British Bulldogs (Champions) w/ Capt. Lou Albano vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant
Davey and Beefcake start off, with Davey getting the upper hand. He slams Brutus, who asks for time in the corner. Valiant is on commentary as the Bulldogs take turns working the arm of Beefcake. Valentine tags in and hits Davey with an elbow smash. Shoulderbreker gets two. Valentine works the arm then chops Davey in the corner but walks into a clothesline. Dynamite tags and he beats on Valentine for a bit. He tries for a snap suplex but Valentine blocks that and takes control of the match. The Dream Team uses quick tags to isolate Dynamite. Beefcake gets two off of a backbreaker then tags Valentine, who beats on Dynamite in the corner. Dynamite gets cut off as he tries to make the tag then Valentine knocks Davey off of the apron. Beefcake tags and hits a delayed vertical suplex but Beefcake also sells his neck and Dynamite makes the tag to Davey, who cleans house. He powerslams Beefcake but Valentine breaks up the pin then the match breaks down. Valentine tags and hits a suplex but misses a pair of elbow drops then Dynamite tags and unloads on Valentine. He gets nearfalls with a falling headbutt and a clothesline but Valentine shoves him into the corner. He puts Dynamite in the figure four but Davey breaks it up. Valentine drops an elbow and the ref counts to three as Valiant held Dynamite’s legs. The bell rings and Valentine thinks he has won the match then Dynamite rolls him up from behind and the ref counts to three for the win as he apparently waved off the first pin due to interference. (11:54) **1/2.
Thoughts: Solid match. Valentine did most of the work and that is a good thing .The finish was really, really lame though. Other than that, a fun way to send the crowd home happy.
Final Thoughts: A few decent matches but everything else was pretty much terrible. There was not a whole lot of feuds going on at this time but that would luckily change in a couple of months. I would check this out if you were a big fan of Savage but you could probably seek that out individually.

WWF Championship Wrestling April 19th, 1986

April 19th, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action this week are Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik, “Adorable” Adrian Adonis, Killer Bees, Hoss Funk and Randy Savage. Plus, we will see highlights from the Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania 2 and “Piper’s Pit” with guests King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd

Terry Morgan & Ivan MacDonald vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik w/ Freddie Blassie
Macdonald looks hilarious as he tries to run and charges at the Sheik but gets clotheslined. The heels beat on MacDonald then Morgan tags and Volkoff hits him with his backbreaker. Sheik tags and sets up Morgan for the Camel Clutch and the win (3:01).
Thoughts: Although Nikolai’s rendition of the Soviet National Anthem got a lot of heat, this team was descending down the card and it made sense as they were both getting older. 
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The focus was on the celebrities who participated at WrestleMania 2 as we see clips off several of them on the show. They are even pushing the celebrities after WrestleMania.
Mario Mancini vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis
Adonis takes Mancini down and works the leg. He takes him down again and works a headlock as Bruno is disgusted over his leg warmers. The crowd starts a “faggot” chant then Mancini hits a pair of armdrags. Adonis takes off his bow then knocks Mancini down. He hits a neckbreaker then locks on a sleeper for the win (1:55).
Thoughts: The Adonis heel push is still going strong. I’ve said it before but the Poughkeepsie crowd hated him. 
Gene Okerlund is with Capt. Lou Albano. He goes insane then says that his team, the British Bulldogs, are ready and will successfully defend the Tag Team Titles against the Dream Team. The Bulldogs were fucking terrible on the mic by the way and if you ever wanted to know why they were given Albano, there is your answer. 
Killer Bees vs. Tiger Chung Lee & Joe Mirto
Blair and Lee work a sloppy sequence that ends up on the mat. Blair catches him with a drop toehold then tags Brunzell, who is wearing a cast due to a broken hand caused by Greg Valentine. Brunzell gets trapped in the opposite corner then ends up against Mirto. Mirto eats boot on a charge then Blair tags and hits a sunset flip off of the top rope for the win (2:55).
Thoughts: The Bees have been around for about a year but haven’t really done much of note. They were a solid but unspectacular team. 
Mean Gene is with Ted Arcidi, who will facing Big John Studd at the Boston Garden. Gene asks Arcidi about wrestling in his home city and he says that he loves his city. Arcidi’s Boston accent is certainly present. Arcidi said that he feels like he is the “World’s Strongest Man.” Arcidi was horrendous in the ring but he started as a heel then they just decided to make him a face only to turn him heel again before he left.
Nelson Veilleux vs. Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart
Hoss takes down Veilleux to start. Veilleux manages a nearfall but Hoss sends him to the floor. Back in the ring, Hoss beats Veilleux in the corner. He then hits a suplex before locking in a front facelock. Veilleux manages a cradle but Hoss comes back with a piledriver for the win (1:54). After the match, Hoss whips Veilleux with a bullrope.
Thoughts: None one cared about this match as Hoss never fit in with the WWF. It was a bad idea from day one. 
Piper’s Pit with guests Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy. They come out to make a challenge to Andre the Giant and a partner of his choice to a match next week. Piper then asks them how would they go about slamming Andre and volunteers Orton for them to use. He then as Orton volunteer to take a splash but stops them short. Interesting. 
We are shown a highlight package of the Tag Team Championship Match at WrestleMania 2. It lasts several minutes long.
Sal Gee vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth

Gee schoolboys Savage to start then gets another nearfall but runs into a knee on a charge and Savage takes control. He tosses Gee outside and follows him out with a double axe handle from the top rope. Back inside, Savage destroys a bouquet of flowers that someone gave to Elizabeth then knees Gee in the back. Savage tosses Gee outside again and rams him into the post before rolling him back into the ring. He beats on Gee some more before tossing him outside yet again and hitting another double axe handle. Savage then goes mental and tears up a fan’s sign as other fans throw trash at him. Back in the ring, Savage softens him up until he puts him away with the flying elbow drop (3:46). After the match, Savage backs Finkel into the corner and yells at him then leaves the ring and starts yelling at the fans as he walks up the aisle.

Thoughts: Pretty long for a squash match but Savage was so damn entertaining that it was decent. The Steele feud was good because of Elizabeth but Savage feels underutilized in his role at this time. He was one of the best in the company.

Gene Okerlund is with Johnny Valiant and the Dream Team. Valiant says that his team was railroaded at WrestleMania and Beefcake claims that Boston wants to see them take the titles back.

The announcers speculate as to who Andre will select as his tag team partner next week.

Also appearing next week will be Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga, Junkyard Dog & George Steele, Jake Roberts, Hercules Hernandez, and Pedro Morales & Tito Santana.

Final Thoughts: The big thing this week was Bundy & Studd challenging Andre and a partner of his choosing to a match for next week. What actually happened is a different story. Other than that, the WWF does not have a whole lot going on in terms of feuds post Mania. They are continuing the Bulldogs/Dream Team feud but other than that, the biggest current feud is Savage vs. Steele. Overall, this was an alright show.

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 Tuesday Night Titans: July 19th, 1985

July 19th, 1985
Your hosts are Lord Alfred Hayes and Vince McMahon
This week’s guests include Freddie Blassie, Rick McGraw, and Pedro Morales. Also, “Macho Man” Randy Savage will have all of the managers in the WWF make their pitch to him.

Blassie is the first guest. He is pissed that his team had the Tag Team Titles “stolen” from them. We are shown the clip of the match as Blassie points out how the count was fast and Lord Alfred and Vince actually agree with him. Vince then brings up how at one point the referee was out of position when his man was being pinned and Blassie goes off on a politically incorrect tirade about the referee not being able to count past two due to the fact that he is Puerto Rican and a midget. He also thinks that he should be officiating the women instead of championship matches. Blassie then says that he will get the titles back as Vince shows us some photos in the WWF Magazine from a music video shoot as an attempt to show us how he and his men were not training but in reality, it was Vince showing the public that his wrestlers were crossing over into the mainstream. Blassie said that the made a lot of money and Vince says that he will be back later on the show making his pitch to Randy Savage. Blassie is usually funny (and racist) on TNT and this was no exception.
Rick McGraw is the next guest. He is geeked out of his mind right now, with his jaw grinding all over the place. Vince puts over McGraw for his “never say die” attitude and tells us how he will be getting married shortly. Sadly, McGraw would pass away in a few months. We are shown a clip of his match against Brett Hart from the May 20th house show at MSG. After that, Hayes pleads with McGraw not to get married. McGraw is a fucking mess as this is going on, as he is barely able to speak coherently. Vince then welcomes Opheila, who married Butcher Vachon on TNT last year. She also tells McGraw not to get married and said that the only clothes that she had is her gown and veil, which she is wearing, and that her honeymoon was spent as a “wrestling camp.” Opheila is actually a bit funny here and names off a bunch of wacky wrestling moves that Chris Jericho would have been proud to have read off of his scroll back in WCW. This ends uneventfully. McGraw has to be seen to be believed here. The guy was a wreck.
Randy Savage is out next. He says that he will be the next WWF Heavyweight Champion and guarantees victory over Hulk Hogan. They then show a clip of his WWF TV debut. After that, he continues to guarantee that he will take Hogan’s Title and loves the fact that the managers will be joining the set to make their pitch. Savage was fucking great the minute he debuted with the company.
Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart, and Freddie Blassie come out. They will each make an offer to Savage. They all start fighting with each other, pointing out their recent mistakes. Heenan starts and says that he will make more money and wear better clothes. Savage is impressed with his pitch. Hart says that he will not only make Savage money, but save his money and notes that he has his own clothes made in Memphis, prompting Heenan to joke about Hart getting clothes at K-Mart. Hart continues to tell Savage to save his money. Blassie tells Savage he is the only one on the panel that has managed a champion and gave give him diamonds and walking around money, pulling out a stack of cash. He then says that he will up any offer by 25% and will not take a penny until he wins the belt. It ends with the managers all trying to plead Savage to sign with them.
Pedro Morales is the next guest. Vince puts him over for holding all three titles (Heavyweight, Intercontinental, and Tag Team) then we are shown a clip of him in a TV squash. He then talks briefly about the big matches in his career but his voice is incredibly monotone and soft that you just want to fall asleep. A waste of time. Morales was absolutely dreadful during this run.
Freddie Blassie and Jimmy Hart join the set. Vince brings up both men were insulting each other but they just blame Vince and Heenan for what was said earlier. They talk about the “Manager of the Year” award as each man believes that they will win. Vince then says that next week’s guest will be a late entry for the award, which has them worried.
Next week’s guests include Tito Santana, Terry Funk, Uncle Elmer and the newest entrant for the “Manager of the Year” Award, Hillbilly Jim. After Jim is mentioned, Hart and Blassie start to laugh hysterically. It was pretty damn funny to watch them crack up.
Final Thoughts: The Savage and Blassie stuff was fun. Watching McGraw fucked up out of his mind was something else too. This episode was good though, as it continued the angle of Savage being the hottest free agent in wrestling, which was refreshing.

QOTD – August 19th, 2013


The creator of Glee & Nip/Tuck, Mr. Ryan Murphy, sent in the following question;

Best song to [have relations] to

He used a different word, but I thought I’d class it up a bit. I’d also like to expand the question.

How was everyone’s first time? I mean, as a kid, as a youngster, you’re told to wait for marriage, wait for the special girl, all that business, yet I don’t think anyone does. For most it’s usually in a party, or it involves booze and/or drugs.

For your old boy, I actually did wait for the right girl. I’ve always been terrified of STDs/unwanted pregnancy and such, so I waited until I found the right girl. I was 22 at the time, and the first time is like all jokes go, it only lasted a cool 15 seconds or so. I immediately called my best friend to tell him, as I was the last of my group of friends. He was proud. The next night I did much better, happy to say.

Anyone have any interesting stories about sex getting them into trouble? Or stupid things you did that killed any chance of having sex? There’s someone here with a funny story about wanting to watch Nitro instead of getting down to the business of getting down, but I’ll let him reveal himself and tell the story, if he wants. Ay, Tops?

As for best song, I was never really one for “setting a mood”. Sometimes music would be on, but it was never a per-requiset. Angels & Airwaves made for some tuneage, as did the brothers Blink. 2Pac was always great.

How say you?

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.  

QOTD – July 19th, 2013


Today we have a question from the world’s greatest editor in the world, Mr. Steven Ferrari.

“don’t know if you’ve seen this:


The story also includes a link to another story that talks about the Marlins having a “Legends of Wrestling” night featuring Goldberg, Bret Hart and others.

So, my question – what other sports teams should have a wrestling-based mascot?”

I’m not sure about mascots, because what else could you do besides a lucha? I mean, unless some team owners were extremely awesome and did something like change LA Dodgers to the LA Repo-Men and the Repo-Man was their mascot.

But I always felt like star players should have enterance music. Hell, that was proven just how awesome it would be when Kenny Powers came out to Real American. You could even use it as insentive. You become a kick-ass player, you get music. You don’t, and you have to watch The Big Bang Theory before every game.

How say you?

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QOTD – June 19th, 2013

Hey, guys. Thanks for all those who’ve been sending in questions. For those who haven’t, the address is [email protected]l.com. For today’s question, we’ve got one that I’ve had in the reserves for a while, and I’m interested in finding out what everyone says.

Your last meal. You’re on death-row. Why? Well, let’s say you saw two people fighting at a sporting event and you broke it up. Anyway, what’s the meal? You get the main course, beverage, and desert.

For your boy, it’s gonna be a large, extra cheese pizza from Dominos, a liter of Wal-Mart brand OJ [I don’t know what it is, but they make the best], and for dessert it’s gonna be a Cinnabon cinnamon roll.

How say you?