WWF Wrestling Challenge June 21st, 1987

June 21, 1987

From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are the Islanders, Honky Tonk Man, Ken Patera, Koko B. Ware, and Demolition

Paul Roma vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Honky immediately goes to work on the arm of Roma, who fights back and hits an atomic drop. Roma comes back with a nice dropkick then a slam but misses an elbow drop. Honky beats down Roma then taunts the crowd before going to work in the corner. We get an insert promo from Randy Savage, thanking Honky for taking care of Ricky Steamboat as he proclaims he will climb to the top and beat Hogan. Back to the match as Honky catches Roma with an elbow to the neck before hitting the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (1:57). After the match, Honky dedicates his win to the fans then begins to dance.

Thoughts: Honky continues to get massive heel heat. The most hated WWF wrestler in 1987 if I had to choose.

Wrestler’s Rebuttal with Craig DeGeorge. He is with the British Bulldogs and Matilda as Davey tells us that Matilda gives them advice. A waste of thirty seconds.

Rick Renslow vs. Ken Patera

Before the match, Patera points at Heenan, who goes off about Patera being a “violent animal.” Patera shoves down Renslow a few times. Heenan puts down Patera constantly as Renslow takes a breather outside. Back in the ring, Renslow uses an eye rake but Patera fights back and slams him down. He follows with a suplex before getting the win with a bearhug (2:12).

Thoughts: Patera’s push continues to fizzle out as not even Heenan could ignite their feud. Patera had nothing left in the ring.

Gene Okerlund puts over the Tag Team Division before bringing out the Can-Am Connection. Martel puts over all the teams then wants to know why the Islanders aligned with Heenan in a promo that seemed like a struggle. Zenk then promises they will be all over the Islanders. Rough promo from these two.

Scott Casey & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Islanders w/ Bobby Heenan

Poffo’s pre match promo involved the Can-Am Connection beating the Islanders. Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary for this match, sounding more drunk than usual. Casey takes Tama over after an Irish whip sequence. Haku tags in and gets taken down with a few arm drags but is able to come back with a chop. The Islanders double-team Casey for a bit as they are in control of the match. Casey dodges a splash and tags out as Poffo runs wild. The match breaks down until Casey gets dumped then Poffo misses a dropkick as the Islanders hit the double diving headbutt for the win (3:27).

Thoughts: The heel push for the Islanders continues as their feud with the Can-Am Connection is getting a lot of TV time.

Okerlund is with Bob Orton & Don Muraco and brings up rumors of dissention between the two. Muraco tells us that sometimes in the heat of battle you can lose control but can easily rectify the situation as Orton says everything is alright and that they are ready to take on the competition. Muraco then cuts off Orton as he was talking as they are now both talking over each other. These two will be splitting soon.

Johnny K-9 vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko hits a backdrop as the announcers plug the WWF Magazine and how its now a monthly publication. Koko then hits a dropkick as the camera zooms in on Frankie. Koko gets the crowd going as K-9 takes a breather. Back to the action as Koko catches K-9 with a slam then hits a missile dropkick before hitting the Ghostbuster for the win (2:10). Man, that looked vicious.

Thoughts: Koko looked good here but had nothing going on at this point other than a feud against Danny Davis at house shows.

DeGeorge is with Danny Davis, who says the officiating has gone downhill since he was let go, something DeGeorge disagrees with. Davis then warns everyone that he is even better as a wrestler. Too bad his ring work never matched his mic skills because he could have been something.

Billy Jack Haynes tells us that he does not smoke, drink, or take drugs as there is not one positive thing you can get out of drugs as he pleads with the kids that drugs are negative while they are a positive influence to the world. This happened.

A repeat of the latest update on Superstar Billy Graham from this week’s “Superstars of Wrestling.”

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Brian Costello

Gang destroys Costello in the corner as Gorilla asks Heenan about Bundy and how he abuses the midget wrestlers. Costello is now in the tree-of-woe as Gang chokes him out with his foot. Gang roughs up Costello some more until he puts him away with a gordbuster (1:53).

Thoughts: Odd to see after a few weeks of putting over the Master Blaster that Gang switched to a new finisher.

Jim Powers & Jerry Allen vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji

Ax beats on Powers as we get an insert promo from Fuji, telling us that Demolition will destroy every other team in the WWF. Smash now beats on Powers as Heenan proclaims that Demolition will not last ten minutes against the Islanders. Allen tags in and also gets destroyed. Ax clotheslines Allen over the top rope then they slam him repeatedly when he re-enters the ring then Demolition get the win with the Decapitation (3:45).

Thoughts: Total domination by Demolition here. They were such an awesome team.

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who still states he is happy that the Honky Tonk Man beat Steamboat for the IC belt as he is now going to beat Hulk Hogan for the Heavyweight Title. Savage then guarantees he will win and is now doing things his own way as the “Macho Madness Bandwagon” has surpassed Hulkamania. Okerlund then brings up Elizabeth and when she is coming back with him for the interviews as Savage yells at him. They are subtle in planting the seeds for Savage’s face turn. In hindsight, it was very well done.

Next week in action will be Randy Savage, Can-Am Connection, and Greg Valentine vs. Raymond Rougeau

Final Thoughts: Not that bad of a show but again, the company was in a downswing here. I dont have a lot more to add other than that but I dont have a copy of the 6/27 edition of Superstars (which featured the first-ever Million Dollar Man vignette) so I will skip to the 6/28 edition of Challenge this Tuesday.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling March 21st, 1987

March 21, 1987

From the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH

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

Tonight’s featured bout is the Iron Sheik vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Also in action will be “Adorable” Adrian Adonis, British Bulldogs & Tito Santana, and the Honky Tonk Man

Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Slick are in the ring. Before the match, Craig DeGeorge is backstage with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who goes off on the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff then flips out and grabs his 2×4 when he hears the Russian National Anthem. Duggan chases the heels around the ring before they head backstage with his 2×4 then grabs the mic and talks about the Iran Hostage Crisis then gets the crowd going with some Pro USA stuff as he warns Volkoff that he will not be singing the Russian National Anthem in the WWF again as long as he is around. The crowd was going nuts for Duggan here. However, the match between Duggan and Sheik never took place on this show.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on the Billy Jack Haynes/Hercules feud. They another psychotic screaming promo from Haynes, which are my guilty pleasure. Decent piece to hype their WrestleMania III match.

DeGeorge is now backstage with Sheik, Duggan, and Slick. They are all livid as to what Duggan did to them.

Corporal Kirchner & Mario Mancini vs. Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji

Kirchner briefly works over Orton until he eats knee on a charge. They slug it out as we get an insert promo from the Can-Am Connection who warn Orton & Muraco that at WrestleMania they will show them what teamwork is all about. Muraco knees Kirchner from the apron then tags. Mancini also tags and gets drilled with a clothesline. Kirchner runs into the ring but gets sent to the floor as we hear a poem from Lanny Poffo about WrestleMania. Orton holds Mancini up for a suplex as Muraco comes off of the top rope with a crossbody for the win. That looked awkward (1:47).

Thoughts: Sad to see Muraco and Orton as just shells of their former selves. They still had a little bit of credibility as a team due to their past but that was starting to fade away.

Gene Okerlund is backstage with the Hart Foundation, Jimmy Hart, and Danny Davis. Neidhart makes all sorts of dog jokes about the Bulldogs then proceeds to bust out a Chihuahua impression and rants about how they hang around “the corners with the greasy taco stands.”

We get a vignette of the Rougeau Brothers in action as they are performing all sorts of Winter sports set to “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. Only in the 1980’s would this have been considered a good idea.

“Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Jim Young

Young gets in a few moves, that all looked terrible, until he runs into an elbow. Brutus Beefcake is shown in an insert promo telling Adonis that he hopes Roddy Piper cuts his hair after the match. Adonis then puts Young away with the Good Night Irene (1:48). Adonis attacks Young after the match

Thoughts: This was just as much geared towards Beefcake’s hatred of Adonis than putting over Adonis himself for his match against Piper.

Okerlund is with Mary Hart. They engage in some playful banner as Okerlund gives her the WWF Swatch, because Hart is the guest timekeeper at WrestleMania III. Quick segment to plug a celebrity appearance and showcase the WWF Swatch. That’s a two-fer!

Now, Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog who talks about his match against Harley Race at WrestleMania III. He then leaves when he sees Randy Savage entering. Savage comes in holding a chair then tosses it down to point at his belt, saying that he will be the Intercontinental Champion when he leaves WrestleMania III.

Bob Uecker is backstage with Jimmy Hart. He asks Hart how he will counter Alice Cooper’s snake as Hart ensures that he will take care of Cooper.

Al Navarro & Steve Lombardi & Rick Renslow vs. British Bulldogs & Tito Santana

Davey catches Lombardi with a hiptoss before hitting him with a press slam. Santana tags and ducks a clothesline before firing away. Renslow tags in as Santana hits him with an atomic drop. Dynamite headbutts him from the apron as Renslow gets trapped in the opposing corner. Navarro tags and lands a few shots on Tito but he escapes and tags Davey, who hits a running powerslam. He then backdrops Navarro before tagging Tito, who gets the win with a flying forearm (2:48).

Thoughts: A quick showcase for Santana and the Bulldogs before their match at WrestleMania III. Dynamite never tagged into the match and seemed like he could barely walk to the ring.

Piper’s Pit with guest Jack Tunney. Before Tunney come out, Piper warns Adonis about their match at WrestleMania III as the fans are going mental for Piper. Tunney shows us a new World Championship Belt that would fit Andre the Giant if he won the title at WrestleMania III. Heenan and Andre then come out as Heenan says that he will win the belt as Andre complains that the belt does not fit him. Piper then asks the crowd if Andre deserves to wear the belt right now as they scream no then Andre says that in one week they will finally see a real champion. Good segment as the new belt gave doubt as to if Hogan could beat Andre.

The WrestleMania III report airs as it runs down the entire card. It lasts for about five minutes and it is nothing you haven’t seen before if you’ve been watching these shows.

“Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Poffo uses his speed on Honky but ducks his head on a backdrop attempt and gets booted in the face then Honky puts him away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (0:38). After the match, Honky grabs the mic and thanks the fans for their support then proceeds to dance as the crowd boos until his music gets shut off then they cheer. Honky demands to know who shut off his music then Jake Roberts voice is heard as he tells Honky that both Damian and himself were watching his match.

Thoughts: Very quick match. Honky insincere act with the fans got him some heel heat.

Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He asks him about his match against Andre at WrestleMania III. Hogan hints that he has god watching out for him as he hypes up the match. Not much out of the ordinary here.

Next week in action will be the Can-Am Connection, “The Natural” Butch Reed, Jake Roberts, and the Hart Foundation.

Final Thoughts: This was really just an infomercial for WrestleMania III as there were barely any angle advancements. Not much else to say about this other than that but the buzz remains strong as they are a week away from the show.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling February 21st, 1987

February 21, 1987

From the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon.

Tonight, we will hear from Roddy Piper on whether or not he is retiring. Plus, the Hart Foundation defend the Tag Team Titles against The Islanders. Also in action are Koko B. Ware, Billy Jack Haynes, and King Harley Race. And we will find out about more matches that have been added to the WrestleMania III card.

Before the first match, Jimmy Hart introduces Danny Davis as the newest member of the Hart Foundation. Davis comes out wearing a ridiculous pair of referee-striped trunks with a white jersey tucked into them.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis vs. The Islanders

Tama chops down Brett after a fast-paced Irish whip sequence. The Islanders beat on Brett for a bit until Neidhart catches Tama with a knee from the apron. Neidhart tags and beats on Tama as we get an insert promo from Hillbilly Jim hyping the Andre/Hogan match at WrestleMania III. The Hart Foundation are beating on Tama as they take advantage of the referee being out of position. Tama escapes and tags Haku, who runs wild. He chops down Brett before catching him with a thrust kick. The fans go nuts as Tama tags and goes up top for a splash but Davis pushes Tama in midair, who splats on the mat then Neidhart crawls back in the ring to make the cover and gets the win (4:33).

Thoughts: Decent action here. Also, the introduction of Davis in the Hart Foundation worked as he helped his fellow stable mates retain the belts. The crowd hated the Hart Foundation in this match.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s topic is Roddy Piper and whether or not he is retiring. Okerlund is then shown interviewing Piper in an empty arena where Piper confirms that he is in fact retiring. Piper cuts a promo and seems like he was on the good stuff. He really didn’t say anything other than his last match would be at WrestleMania III.

Salvatore Bellomo vs. King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan

Bellomo is sporting a moustache and gets pissed when the crowd boos him during the introductions. He starts the match by hitting a dropkick but misses on his second attempt. Race then takes control as we get an insert promo from the Junkyard Dog about how he will win Race’s crown at WrestleMania III then Race puts Bellomo away with a cradle suplex (1:09).

Thoughts: Race still is not impressing as the King but the fans still liked JYD so there was some interest in their feud. This was Bellomo’s last televised WWF match. He was transitioning to his heel role that lasted for about a couple of weeks until he quit.

Okerlund is with the Hart Foundation. Neidhart says that they are not going to hide behind the belts and will defend the titles. They then promise to destroy the Rougeau Brothers in Boston. Neidhart was awesome here and Bret was showing some improvement on the mic as well, although he was still not any good.

Jimmy Hart is with Danny Davis and announces that at WrestleMania III, Davis will make his in-ring debut teaming with the Hart Foundation against the British Bulldogs & Tito Santana

Morgan Bastien vs. Billy Jack Haynes

Haynes destroys Bastien as the announcers talk about the news of Danny Davis making his debut. The camera then shows Hercules watching the match backstage as he talks to Haynes through the monitor about how he has to go through him. Back to the match as Haynes hits a suplex then puts on the full nelson for the win (2:13).

Thoughts: They are keeping the Haynes/Hercules feud fresh. Haynes tossed Bastien like a rag doll after he got the win. Even Vince seemed surprised at how brutal it looked.

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who says that Ricky Steamboat is no problem at all and that George Steele is not a problem but rather a witness to his greatness. Savage was just money at this point.

Paul Roma & Frankie Rose vs. Dream Team w/ Johnny V. & Dino Bravo

Valentine slams Roma then drops an elbow as the Rougeau’s are shown in an insert promo saying that they will be facing the Dream Team at WrestleMania III. The Dream Team continue to work over Roma until he comes back with a dropkick on Valentine. Jesse breaks the news about King Kong Bundy & Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook vs. Hillbilly Jim & Haiti Kid & Little Beaver taking place at WrestleMania III. Rose tags and gets slammed by Valentine then Beefcake roughs him up until Valentine gets the win with the Figure Four (2:53). After the match, Roma tries to fight off the Dream Team but Dino Bravo comes out and holds up Roma so he can get destroyed.

Thoughts: Boring match as the Dream Team continues to fall down the card. Adding Bravo did not help things either. Only thing notable was the announcement of the tag match at WrestleMania III.

Snake Pit with guests Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man. Snake Pit is appearing tonight as “Piper’s Pit” has been preempted this week. Jake talks about how stupid the Honky Tonk Man name is as he then comes out and talks himself up as the crowd boos. Jake taunts Honky with the snake then promises to stop because he wants Honky to “make an idiot of himself” by singing. Honky does a great job of playing to the crowd by stalling. He then sings briefly but Jake puts the snake in his face and Honky runs away. Jake then goes halfway into the tunnel but Honky ended up sneaking back around then whacks Jake with the guitar. Honky continues to beat Jake with the guitar as Hart is laughing and jumping around all over the place as the crowd boos them out of the building. Awesome segment that began Jake’s babyface turn. Incredible stuff.

Gene Okerlund lets us know that Butch Reed vs. Koko B. Ware will take place at WrestleMania III then runs down the rest of the card. Five weeks away from the show and they almost have a full card in place. Gene also noted that the Can-Am Express might have a surprise in their corner. They then take it to the street to ask fans who will win the Hogan vs. Andre match as the fans seem to be 50/50. They then show the wrestlers opinion of the matches as the faces pick for Hogan and the heels pick Andre. Well, Zenk picked Andre.

Red Demon vs. Koko B. Ware

Demon misses a charge and gets dropkicked as a result. Butch Reed is shown in an insert promo with Slick talking about how he will destroy Koko at WrestleMania III, which causes Jesse to laugh because he threatened the bird. Demon takes control then mocks Koko by doing the bird. Koko comes back with a dropkick and a hiptoss then heads up top with a missile dropkick. Koko then does the bird before hitting the Ghostbuster for the win (3:10).

Thoughts: Koko had a cool moveset and was over with the fans but never got past the level he was here in the WWF. Too bad as he was a talented guy.

Okerlund is with Billy Jack Haynes and Hulk Hogan, who will be teaming with Piper to take on Adonis, Orndorff, and Hercules in an elimination match in Boston. Hogan does the talking as Haynes does a fine job of rubbing his hands and looking insane. Hogan tells Haynes he cannot wait to see what he does with his muscles. Haynes then tells us that he loves Hogan because they both do not smoke, drink, or do drugs. Haynes says he backs Hogan 100%, who says that he trusts his last dying breath in the hands of Haynes. This was awesome 80’s wackiness.

Next week in action will be Adrian Adonis, Honky Tonk Man, and the featured match of King Kong Bundy vs. Billy Jack Haynes.

Final Thoughts: Another tremendous show on the road to WrestleMania III. Piper announcing his retirement was huge news and the Snake Pit segment was awesome and they way WrestleMania III has been built has been fantastic. Every match on the card makes sense and the shows are a breeze to watch. Plus, the promos are fun, the character development is super, and the overall product is great. I really loved this time in the WWF.

WWF Wrestling Challenge December 21st, 1986

December 21, 1986

From the Community Center in Tuscon, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, and the main event of Hillbilly Jim & British Bulldogs vs. Moondog Spot & Dream Team

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo recites a pre match promo about Honky being a poor excuse of a Elvis impersonator then hip tosses him out of the corner. Poffo takes him down with a flying headscissors then Honky ducks outside. Back in the ring Honky takes control and targets the neck. Poffo fights back but Honky catches him with a clothesline then gets the win with the Shake, Rattle and Roll (1:42).

Thoughts: Surprisingly, the was not a lot of heel heat for Honky here. Regardless, his heel push was still in its infancy and he would continue to get opportunities.

Gene Okerlund is with two doctors as he asks them their opinions on whether or not Ricky Steamboat can return to the ring. One says that he can while the other says he should not.

Mike Lucca & Dennis Stamp vs. Rougeau Brothers

The Rougeau’s work over Stamp to start the match as we get an insert promo from the Rougeau’s wishing us a Merry Christmas in both English and French. Lucca tags and gets hit with a double dropkick and shortly after that the Rougeau’s put him away with the Rougeau Bomb (2:16).

Thoughts: The Rougeau’s were booked as a bland babyface team and were basically a better in-ring version of the U.S. Express.

Ken Resnick is with Hillbilly Jim and thanks him and his granny for their Thanksgiving dinner, especially the possum pudding and the catfish fritter. Jim then talks about how he has had a good year hanging with his friends and will have a “musical Christmas” and Resnick wants to come along and bring a special friend because granny will be cooking. The first of many Holiday themed backstage segments on this show.

Yet another vignette of Blackjack Mulligan at his ranch. Holy shit did they air a ton of these.

David Gold vs. Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Hercules starts by having a tug of war with his chain and shows off his strength by using one hand to send him into the corner. The announcers talk about Danny Davis, who is the referee for this match, as Hercules destroys Gold. He knocks Gold to the floor then throws him back in and applies a chinlock then softens him up some more before getting the win with the backbreaker (2:59).

Thoughts: Hercules was getting a solid push here as a power wrestler and did okay for himself in that regards. He would get better as an in-ring performer as time went on too.

Resnick is with Tito Santana and asks him about his goals for 1987. Tito’s first priority is to get another shot at the Intercontinental Title and that Randy Savage better be in shape when the time comes. Hopefully Tito can start wrestling in some meaningful matches.

Jesse Ventura is with Andre the Giant and asks him what happened at his hearing and how the suspension got lifted as Andre said its none of his business as Jesse is beside himself over the fact he cannot get any information. They really did a great job with this angle as they slowly made Andre seem heelish with each passing week but not enough to really notice at first. This story is even more brilliant in hindsight.

Kevin Collins & Buddy Ryder & Tim Patterson vs. Billy Jack Haynes & Pedro Morales & Hillbilly Jim

Ryder looks like he traffics meth. We get an insert promo of Jim saying hi to granny. The match starts with Haynes grounding Patterson. Jim tags and sucks up to the fans then in a terrible looking spot, Collins tries to sneak attack him but runs into an inadvertent clothesline. The idea of the spot was fine, the execution was not. Pedro and Ryder are in now as Pedro hits a backbreaker. Patterson tags as the fans are into this match. The faces then all take turns beating on Patterson until Haynes makes him submit to the full nelson (4:32).

Thoughts: Enjoyable match that the fans liked featuring three guys without any feuds going on so the pairing made sense at least.

The Snake Pit with guests King Harley Race and Bobby Heenan. This really didn’t go anywhere at all to be honest as Race was failing in the role.

We now see the Junkyard Dog down on his hands and knees talking to Matilda and even rubbing his head against his. JYD looked like he was on a lot of cocaine here.

Moondog Spot & Dream Team w/ Johnny V vs. British Bulldogs & Junkyard Dog

Heenan is back on commentary. Before the match we get a funny insert promo from Johnny V about how he hates all types of dogs. Match starts with Davey hitting Spot with an atomic drop. Dynamite and Valentine are in now and trade chops until Dynamite hits a snap suplex. JYD tags and hits a crawling headbutt as Valentine begs for mercy. Dynamite tags and beats on Brutus until he gets hit with an inverted atomic drop as the heels beat on Dynamite until he knocks down Spot and makes the tag to JYD, who gets the win with a powerslam (3:25).

Thoughts: Decent in ring action in this one. Really not much more to add other than that.

Resnick is with Lanny Poffo who recites a promo about George “The Animal”  Steele then welcomes him out. Steele keeps saying “no” then tells us that all of the heel managers gave him their action figures but he does not like them then as Poffo recite a promo about Christmas then after that Steele writes a promo. Lots of wackiness here. It was entertaining though.

Next week in action will be Koko B. Ware, Kamala, and the Hart Foundation & Adrian Adonis vs. U.S. Express & S.D. Jones. Plus, Andre the Giant returns as the guest on the Snake Pit and much more.

Final Thoughts: A looser show due to the Holiday segments but it was all in good fun. The Andre storyline got advanced and nothing here was bad so it was fairly enjoyable overall.

WWF Wrestling Challenge September 21st, 1986

September 21, 1986
Your hosts are Ernie Ladd, Johnny V., and Gorilla Monsoon
In action this week are the Killer Bees, Sika, The Dream Team, and Dick Slater. Plus, the “Snake Pit” with guest Paul Orndorff and our featured match, the Islanders vs. The Hart Foundation.

 The Islanders vs. The Hart Foundation
The Harts attack the Islanders before the bell. Tonga is being called “Toma” and King Tonga “Hako.” here as the Hart’s are using quick tags to isolate him. We get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart as Toma continues to get destroyed. He promises that no one will make their reputation by beating the Hart Foundation. The match breaks down as the brawl outside, where Toma tosses Brett over the guardrail and the referee rings for the bell as this match is ruled a double-disqualification (2:37).
Thoughts: Not much of a match but they did establish the Islanders as a team going forward. The following week they did change the Islanders names to “Haku and Tama.”
We get a replay of last week on “Superstars of Wrestling” when Adrian Adonis challenged Roddy Piper to a showdown, which will happen next week on Superstars.
Tony Garea vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
This was the first time that they introduced Savage like this as they usually called him Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Match starts with Savage attacking Garea from behind as Gorilla blames referee Danny Davis for allowing that to happen. Garea comes back with a crossbody but Savage blocks a sunset flip. Garea comes back with a small package but Savage sends him to the floor with a knee smash then flies off of the top with a double axe handle. We get an insert promo from Superstar Billy Graham who calls out Savage, who rolls Garea back into the ring then sets him up for the flying elbow smash for the win (2:26).
Thoughts: Graham is another old-timer calling out Savage, who has been getting challenged by Steele and Pedro Morales.
Ken Resnick is with Jake Roberts, who will be facing Ricky Steamboat soon. Roberts also is asked about the “Snake Pit” as Roberts says he has real talent and does not need to brown-nose everyone as deep down the DDT is the best and the snake will always rule. Decent promo.
Al Navarro & Tiger Chung Lee & J.J Jackson vs. The Machines
Funny moment during the ring introductions as Lord Alfred Hayes has to stop and actually asks Jackson his name. Heenan cuts an insert promo on Albano about how no one outsmarts him. The jobbers are no match for the Machines then Super Machines whip Jackson near Giant Machine, who hits him with a chop from the apron and that gets the pin (1:30).
Thoughts: Crowd did not care about the Machines and Andre looking immobile and not in the ring was killing the gimmick. Crowd did not care about the other two.
Dick Slater & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Dream Team
Valentine chops the shit out of Poffo as Mr. Fuji cuts an insert promo on Slater, saying that he will be going away. Slater tags and unloads on Valentine. He gets two with an elbow smash and that causes Johnny V to leave the booth and head ringside. Slater gets two with a suplex then hits Beefcake with a neckbreaker. Poffo tags and hits a dropkick then fires away. Valentine breaks up a sunset flip as the match breaks down. Behind the referee’s back, Valentine yanks Poffo off of the top and clotheslines him on the top rope and that gets the pin (2:35).
Thoughts: They tried to establish Slater as a talent here but the crowd never warmed up to him and with his gimmick, could you blame them?
The Snake Pit with guests Paul Orndorff and Bobby Heenan. Roberts said that they are alike as Orndorff said when they were at the gym together, he saw that Hogan wanted to be a man, like himself. Orndorff then shows off his body and that ends the segment. Not a whole lot to this.
Sika w/ The Wizard vs. Rick Hunter
Sika chops down Hunter then chokes him out. He continues his assault then we get an insert promo from the Honky Tonk Man who talks about people entering the WWF from all over the world. Sika uses all sorts of chokes and gauges as the crowd seems really bored. Sika then finally puts him away with the Samoan Drop (3:22).
Thoughts: Dull match. Sika was not over like he was three years prior and the crowd just sat on their hands here.
Terry Gibbs & Jack Foley vs. The Killer Bees
Another WWF TV squash match for Mick Foley. The Bees work on Gibbs for a minute to start. Foley tags as Blair takes him over then the Bees hit him with a double backdrop. Brunzell takes Foley down with a jumping knee smash then the bees use quick tags to beat on Foley as Valiant makes fun of Foley then the Bees put him away with the Bee Sting (3:30).
Thoughts: Again, Foley took a bunch of bumps but the Bees were a lot more careful with him than the Bulldogs.
Resnick talks to Heenan about how big of a part that he had in Orndorff turning his back on Hogan. Heenan talks for a second then Orndorff himself comes out and declares that he will be the next Heavyweight Champion and that Hogan uses people so he nipped it in the bud then talks about how he was the one who out-performed him in the gym and that Hogan is jealous of him. Orndorff then said that he will give him another chance to prove himself to the people as he accuses Hogan of ripping of his music and taunts. Great promo by Orndorff, who was killing it here as the crazy, delusional, and jealous heel.
Next week in action will be Koko B. Ware, Harley Race, the debut of the Honkytonk Man and the featured match, which will be the British Bulldogs vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in a non-title match.
Final Thoughts: Brief show but then again, I had the WWE 24/7 Online copy of the show, which cut out a music video of the Rougeau Brothers on water skis to the song “Bad Boy” by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. What a damn shame that got cut. Lots of hype for the Hogan/Orndorff and Adonis/Piper feud and besides that, not a whole lot of note happened.

Ring of Honor: Unscripted September 21st, 2002

September 21, 2002

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA
Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy (Gabe Sapolsky)

The show starts with London in the ring. He says that his scheduled tag team partner for tonight, Spanky, is not here but that he has found a new partner. The American Dragon comes out to a big applause as he and London shake hands but Michael Shane comes limping out. He grabs the mic and reminds London how he has never beaten him and said London made a mistake by not choosing him as a partner, using the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” analogy then slaps London, causing London to kick him a few times. Shane slides outside but London flies off the top rope and hits Shane with a shooting star press that looked great and it worked the crowd into a frenzy. London then gets in the ring and challenges Shane to a street fight. London then goes outside and reaches underneath the ring to pull out a ladder and sets it up in the ring as the fans chant his name. Shane accepts and yells at London as he retreats to the locker room. Dragon, who stood in the ring the entire time, is asked about what he is going to do tonight and he said that he has an idea.Well, this whole segment felt contrived but it was worth it at the end. 
RoH Tag Team Title Tournament
Quarterfinal Match
Spanish Announce Team vs. Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan w/ Simply Luscious
The SAT’s get the upper hand after they were jumped by Daniels & Morgan. They hit a wacky Boston Crab/Camel Clutch combo on both guys that gets the crowd going. Jose gets nearfalls on Daniels with a missile dropkick and a suplex. Joel tags but gets whipped into the ropes and Morgan backdrops him to the floor. The ref distracts Daniels so Morgan can beat him up. They both isolate Joel using quick tags and illegal double-team moves. Morgan puts Joel in a legscissors full nelson as Daniels pushes an unidentified woman in her seat. Joel comes back with a double clothesline and is able to make the hot tag to Jose. He messes up a tilt-a-whirl DDT on Morgan then fucks up another spot when he was supposed to get clotheslined to the floor. Joel sets up for a dive as everyone was outside but Luscious trips him up. The woman from the crowd then hops the railing and heads up top, flying to the floor and hitting Daniels & Luscious with a moonsault. She then carries Luscious over her shoulders and heads to the locker room. In the ring, Daniels breaks up a pin attempt after Jose hit Morgan with a DDT from Joel’s shoulders. The SAT’s attempt a Spanish Fly but Morgan breaks that up. Jose then hits a one man Spanish Fly on Daniels but Morgan breaks up the pin and shortly after that, hits him with a pedigree for the win (7:20) **.
Thoughts: Energetic enough for an opening match. The SAT’s were out of their element here going up against two very good wrestlers. The unidentified woman would go on to more fame as Trinity in TNA. 
Backstage, Dick Togo and Ikuto Hidaka are talking when the Christopher St. Connection interrupts and offers them a banana. They refuse as the CSC, along with Japanese Pool Boy and Allison Danger act sad. The CSC segments are grating. 
Tony Mamaluke and James Maritato are stretching before their match when the sound guy comes up and wants their CD so he can play their music. Maritato refuses to let Mamaluke hand in the FBI theme and gives the guy some other song. Mamaluke pretends to agree with him but makes the switch behind his back.
RoH Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Ikuto Hidaka & Dick Togo vs. Tony Mamaluke & James Maritato
Hidaka and Maritato go back-and-forth to start in a fast-paced sequence. Maritato gets two with a victory roll then uses a figure four neck lock. Hidaka breaks free and works the leg briefly until they end up in a standoff, drawing applause from the crowd. The crowd wants Togo in the match and he tags as Mamaluke also wants into the match. They grapple on the mat as neither guy can get the advantage as they are fighting back and forth. They end with a handshake as the crowd is digging this match a lot. Togo catches Mamaluke and tags Hidaka, who drills Mamaluke in the face with a dropkick. Maritato tags and Hidaka dropkicks him as well. He catches Maritato and goes for a slam but that gets countered into a leg lock. Mamaluke then tags himself in as Maritato is not impressed. He puts Hidaka in a single leg crab but he was able to crawl to the ropes and break the hold. Mamaluke then hits what I can best describe as a slingshot ass drop then tags Maritato, who viciously attacks the arm of Hidaka. Mamaluke tags himself in again and that sparks an argument with his partner as these two are unable to get on the same page. Hidaka comes back with a sitdown powerbomb as both men are down. Hot tag to Togo and he runs wild. The match breaks down as Maritato gets super-kicked off of the apron then Togo finishes off Mamaluke with a senton off of the top rope (9:42) ***.
Thoughts: Fun match. These two teams matched up well. They also contiuned the feud between Maritato and Mamaluke, which was at least a decent midcard feud. 
Gary Michael Cappetta is now in the ring as Maritato yells at Mamaluke for not wanting to drop the comedy act and to get serious. Mamaluke comes back and said that Maritato was nothing until he joined his group then challenges Maritato to a match.
Tony Mamaluke vs. James Maritato
Mamaluke takes down Maritato after the handshake. He attempts a Russian leg sweep from the apron but Maritato shakes him off and he goes flying into the guardrail, knocking it down in the process. They fight outside and Maritato gets busted open in the process. In the ring, Mamaluke gets two with a back suplex then hammers on Maritato in the corner. He charges but Maritato catches him with a dropkick that gets two. He argues with the referee and as that happens, Mamaluke catches him with a low blow then rolls him up for the win (2:55) ½*. After the match, Maritato says that the match does not count as there is no cheating in RoH. He then challenges Mamaluke to a match at the next show, Glory by Honor, with the stipulations being if he loses, the FBI gimmick continues but if he wins, the FBI gimmick will be dead.
Thoughts: Just a brief match to set up for a grudge match at the next show. 
RoH Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Divine Storm vs. American Dragon & Mike Modest
Dragon introduced Modest as his partner in a brief segment right before the match. Modest competed in Pro Wrestling NOAH along with Donovan Morgan at the time. Dragon grounds Storm to start. Storm comes back with a cross armbreaker then tags Divine as he hits a hurricarana that looked awful before putting him in an armbar. Dragon picks him up as Divine still maintains hold of the arm and holds him up for a bit. Dragon breaks the hold then tags Modest, who destroys Divine in the corner. He was laying into him with forearm smashes. Modest slams Divine then drops two elbows and stops short on a third attempt so he can walk across of his opponent. Dragon & Modest quickly tag in and out as they beat on Divine. Storm tags and hits Dragon with a Spinal Shock and they take it outside and beat the crap out of each other while in the ring, Modest hits Divine with a Super Fisherman’s Buster for the win (6:22) *3/4.
Thoughts: The match was entertaining when it was Storm/Dragon in the ring but Divine was horrible in this match. He was even worse than usual. 
Before the show, we see a clip of the Carnage Crew pissed over not being part of the Tag Team Tournament so Devito says that they will “make their own fucking tournament” as they destroy two guys setting up the ring.
Da Hit Squad come out for their match but the Carnage Crew attack them from behind and beat the piss out of them. The announcers state how Homicide and Boogalou were attacked too and that Boogalou might have career ending injuries. I do know that Boogalou left to sign with XPW and maybe this segment was the result of that.
RoH Tag Team Tournament Semifinal
Ikuto Hidaka & Dick Togo vs. Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan
Luscious is not present for this match. Morgan and Hidaka take turns beating each other until Morgan rakes the eyes. They go back and forth again until Daniels tags and the match breaks down with everyone brawling outside. Back inside, Daniels and Hidaka trade leg lariats. Togo tags and Hidaka slingshots him onto Daniels for a senton. Togo works a headlock on the mat then after that he switches to an STF until Morgan breaks it up. Hidaka tags back into the match and boots Daniels then goes to work on the arm. Hidaka connects with a dropkick then gets two with a back suplex after Morgan breaks up the pin. As the ref orders Morgan back, Daniels hits Hidaka with a low blow then makes the tag. Morgan suplexes Hidaka a few times then tags Daniels as they hit a few nice double team moves. Daniels gets two with a springboard split-legged moonsault then tags Morgan. Hidaka manages to get a sunset flip but Morgan comes right back with a clothesline. Daniels hangs Hidaka on the ropes and takes him off with a leg drop then Morgan locks on the Camel Clutch. Togo has had enough and locks on a figure four neck lock on Morgan, who had the hold on Hidaka, but Daniels breaks it up with an elbow drop from the top rope. Daniels tags but Hidaka hits a tornado DDT as both men are down. Hot tag to Togo as he destroys Morgan. Tornado DDT gets two. He locks Morgan in a crossface as Hidaka takes out Daniels outside of the ring with a springboard somersault senton. In the ring, Morgan gets a nearfall with an Exploder and a few more suplexes until Hidaka breaks that up. He slams Morgan then Togo hits him with a senton but Daniels breaks up the pin. He then hits Hidaka with the Angels Wings but that only gets two. He then goes for the Best Moonsault Ever but Togo breaks up that pin attempt. Hidaka chokes Daniels then connects with a missile dropkick. German suplex gets two. A reversal sequence leads to Hidaka hitting a powerbomb and that gets two. The match breaks down a bit as Daniels hits Hidaka with a STO and Morgan holds down Hidaka’s leg from outside the ring and that gets the win (13:55) ***1/2.
Thoughts: Really good match. It also helped that these guys all have experience working with each other. This puts the Prophecy into the finals, which should not surprise anyone. 
Dunn w/ Marcos vs. Alex Arion w/ Prince Nana
This was supposed to be a tag match but Nana is still selling the effects of the concussion he suffered from Low Ki and even puts on some head gear after a promo. Arion takes down Dunn and connects with a missile dropkick as a fan yells “boring.” Dunn hits a clothesline in the corner but runs into a monkey flip and Arion slams him down before putting him away with a top rope splash (1:34) ¼*. After the match, Marcos declares himself and his partner as the top team in RoH then offers to shake Nana’s hand but gets knocked down and destroyed after that. Nana grabs the mic as the fans start a loud “shut the fuck up” chant and when that finally settles down, Nana tosses off his headgear and orders Arion to shine his shoes. As Nana turns around, Arion drills him with a super kick. He leaves and the Christopher St. Connection come down to the ring and freak Nana out with their homoerotic acts. They then talk about having a wedding (this was right after the Billy & Chuck wedding from Smackdown) but Mace just wants a kiss but as that is about to happen, Alexis Laree runs in and hits Buff E with a low blow then dropkicks Mase. She then beats up the Japanese Pool Boy and plays up to the crowd afterwards
Thoughts: Lots of stuff going on in this segment but unfortunately, not a whole lot of it was interesting or entertaining. They showcased Laree (Mickie James) a lot and she seemed to get over but a lot of your typical CSC stuff happened and they got old really quick. 
RoH Championship Match
Xavier vs. Low Ki (Champion)
Low Ki is working this match with an injured ankle, which the commentators mention early in the match. Match starts with them battling over a key lock. Xavier then stupidly decides to get into a battle of kicks with Ki and loses that battle. Xavier uses his power and tosses Ki in the corner but gets hit with a barrage of chops and forearm smashes. They are trading stiff chops then Ki slams Xavier and drops an elbow. Ki takes
Xavier down and locks on a Fujiwara armbar as he is clearly out-wrestling Xavier in this match. The announcers talk about how they do not even agree with how Xavier got a title shot then bring up how their will be a Number #1 contender’s trophy starting in two months that you will have to defend until you get your title shot. What a dumb idea. Back to the match as the fans chant “AC Slater” at Xavier as they battle over a test of strength. Xavier then works a headlock but Ki escapes and dropkicks Xavier low before kicking him hard in the chest. Xavier blocks a kick but Ki connects shortly after that. They have a staredown after going back and forth as the crowd chants for Low Ki. They trade slaps and chops until Xavier completely botches a tilt-a-whirl when he just dropped Ki accidentally. Xavier then picks up Ki in the torture rack but drops him backwards into a gutbuster in a nice move. Xavier works a chinlock as it is clear having Xavier match Ki in the ring move-for-move was not the way to go tonight. He is about gassed at this point. Xavier hits a few knee strikes and that gets him a nearfall. Ki comes back with a rolling Koppu Kick then hits another one that knocks Xavier off of the apron.  Ki goes outside and sends Xavier into the guardrail before slamming him on the floor. He rolls Xavier inside and takes him down with a forearm smash. A bridging suplex gets two. Xavier dodges a charge then powerbombs Ki into the corner. He hits a butterfly suplex then flips over and turns it into a submission as the announcers question whether or not Xavier could wrestle a long match. He tosses Ki to the floor as he looks gassed. Ki then takes him down and kicks him off of the apron. Back inside, Ki drops an elbow from the top rope but that only gets two. He then chops Xavier hard as the crowd is not into this match. Ki hits a clothesline that gets two then signals for the Ki Crusher but it is blocked and he gets a rollup for two. Xavier fucks up a pinfall reversal sequence and Ki kicks him right in the face as they get up. Xavier’s tank is on empty right now. He hits a terrible looking powerslam that gets two as this match is heatless. Ki connects with an enziguiri as fans can be heard telling Xavier that he sucks. Ki kicks him hard some more then gets him in the Hanging Dragon but Xavier is able to drop him backwards. Xavier almost drops Ki as he caught him after a springboard move and hits a facebuster that gets two. Christopher Daniels comes down to the ring. Xavier hits a kneebreaker but misses a 450 splash and Ki takes control. He destroys Xavier with a bunch of kicks to the face but ends up falling down and selling his injured ankle. Ki sees Daniels outside and leaves to confront him then Xavier chop blocks Daniels from behind. Xavier and Daniels then smile at each other as they are seemingly in cahoots. Xavier takes a concrete slab and pushes it into Ki’s chest as Daniels has a chair. Daniels then holds the slab in place as Xavier whacks the top of it with a chair as Ki is spitting up blood as Daniels yells at him. Ki crawls to the ring as the announcers stress how there is no outside interference in RoH. The fans are slowly getting back into the match as Ki finally crawls inside and Xavier hits the 450 splash for the win (25:43) *1/2. After the match, Donovan Morgan comes out to congratulate Xavier as Morgan lays the RoH Banner over Ki, with Xavier posing over his body while holding the belt.
Thoughts: First, this match sucked. RoH has been built so far as a promotion that is geared around wrestlers who are technically sound and spectacular. Xavier was neither. He had a decent body but an average wrestler with not much in terms of charisma or presence. This match had him try to match Ki move-for-move and watching Ki’s strikes compared to what Xavier was doing was like night and day. I also remember a rumor about Xavier intentionally trying to look bad in this match in an attempt to piss off the crowd or show them that Ki was not all that good or something similar to that. With that being said, the post match angle was done well and I liked how they buried Ki under the RoH Banner. That was a nice visual. It also furthered the storyline between Ki and Daniels and having Xavier, built up as the 80’s smiling babyface, turn and join the Prophecy was shocking. Just too bad that Xavier was a below average talent. 
Takao Omori vs. Sonny Siaki
Siaki is wearing the Flying Elvis ring attire that he was using in TNA at this time. Omori cheapshots Siaki after the bell as the announcers tell us that Siaki was in this match because Michael Modest, originally scheduled to wrestle Omori, was teaming with Dragon. Siaki comes back with a super kick that gets two. They trade go-behinds until Siaki takes Omori down with a drop toehold. Omori works the arm then lays into Siaki with European uppercuts. Siaki turns the tide and beats on Omori in the corner. After a struggle, Omori hits a suplex then grabs a chinlock then into a bodyscissors as this match has grinded to a screeching halt. Omori continues with his basic heel offense as Siaki attempts to fight back but gets booted down. He piledrives Siaki, who is able to break the pin by getting his foot on the rope. Siaki blocks another piledriver with a backdrop as both men are down. Omori charges but Siaki clotheslines him down then hits a spinning neckbreaker for a nearfall but Omori comes back with a spinning heel kick then puts Siaki away with a backdrop driver (7:28) *1/2.  
Final Thoughts: This felt like a prolonged squash match. Omori never impressed me from what I saw of him (He had another weak match around this time in TNA against Ken Shamrock) but Siaki looked okay. Neither guy would appear for RoH again. 
CM Punk makes his RoH debut as he comes out to the ring with a shirt that reads “Drug Free,” prompting one fan to yell “smoke weed, bro.” Fans were starting a CM Punk chant as soon as he walked out too. He panders to the crowd and says how there is wrestling in Philadelphia again as the crowd chants “RoH.” Punk then says on November 9th, he will be the best that he can be when he wrestles for RoH and says that he is proud to know that the crowd takes pride in people who wrestle and it will be his pleasure to show how he is the best in the Midwest. Colt Cabana comes out to interrupt and said how he made CM Punk and is pissed that he will not be there and challenges Punk. Both guys came across well on the mic but overall, this was just a lot of pandering to the anti-WWE crowd. 
Jay Briscoe cuts a promo about how his brother Mark ruined his first win by being a jerk to him backstage. Jay then mentions how Mark cannot wrestle in Philadelphia until January before bringing up his loss to Mark and says that he is not losing in Ring of Honor anymore.
Mark is shown begging Amazing Red to manage him tonight against his brother but Red keeps refusing. Mark starts to get hostile so Red sends him through the locker room door with a super kick.
Jay Briscoe vs. Amazing Red
These two struggle to gain an advantage on the mat and end in a standoff, which the crowd applauds. Red hits Mark with a rana then catches him with a knee after a clunky Irish whip sequence. Red drags Jay outside and kicks him repeatedly as Jay pushes him off. Jay then hammers away but misses a kick and they have a standoff on the floor. They stare each other down as they enter the ring and Red hits a kick then an inverted DDT but runs full speed into a lariat. Jay lays into Red  then works the leg. Red comes back with a spin kick then a nearfall with some sort of powerbomb. He rolls through a dive but runs into a boot. Red is able to cut off Jay as he climbed up top then takes him down with a sunset flip powerbomb and follows that with the Red Star Press in an incredible sequence but that only gets two. Jay drops Red on his head from the pendulum position then folds him in half with a powerbomb before getting the win with the Jay Driller (7:47) **3/4. The fans applaud after the match then Dixie and Elax attack Red but the SAT’s run in for the save. They leave then the huge yet to be named black guy with dreadlocks (Slugger)comes in and destroys Elax before leaving to his spot in the back of the arena.
Thoughts: All action here. These guys worked well together too and had themselves a solid match. Jay looks to be on his way to a winning streak gimmick
Streetfight Match
Michael Shane vs. Paul London
These two immediately attack each other at the bell. London hits a spinning heel kick and a dropsault to start. He then backdrops Shane to the floor as they brawl outside of the ring. Back inside, London crotches Shane off of the top rope then hits him with an enziguiri for two. London chops Shane and skins the cat after getting backdropped but Shane spears him to the floor. He sends London into the guardrail then sets up a table but took to long as London rolls Shane back into the ring then grabs a chair from underneath the rind and holds it up as Shane flies out with a somersault plancha, smashing the chair into London’s face. London is now busted open as the match heads back in the ring with Shane bouncing the chair off of London’s head. Shane suplexes London on the chair then whips him hard into the corner. They trade chops as Shane wins that but London rams his head into a chair that was wedged in the corner as Shane is now busted open and pulls the ladder from underneath the ring and London kicks it into his face. London slides the ladder inside and heads up and tries some move and ends up crashing and burning. London gets up and sets the ladder up in the corner and a reversal sequence ends with Shane sending London into the ladder with an overhead suplex. Shane drops the ladder on London then ends up on the apron and taunts the fans, allowing London to take him off of the apron and through the table with a flying headscissors. Crazy shit from London. London pulls out a taller ladder and slides that into the ring before hitting Shane with a dropkick. Back in the ring, London hits Shane with a knee smash then backdrops him onto the ladder. As Shane slides outside, London runs up the ladder and flies out and hits Shane with a senton that has the crowd chanting his name. Crazy and it looked great too. London sets up a ladder and climbs up top and propels himself off but Shane catches him with a powerbomb and that only gets two. Shane pushes London off of the top rope and hits his elbow drop but that only gets two. London dodges a bicycle kick and connects with a super kick. London then climbs up top and hits a shooting star press but that only gets two as the fans are on their feet. London sets up the bigger ladder, which is bent and wobbly, but climbs it anyway as the crowd starts a “you sick fuck” chant. Shane takes London off of the ladder then climbs up top and hits another elbow drop but London kicks out of that too. Shane climbs the ladder again but takes him down with a springboard kick. He sets Shane up then climbs up the ladder as the “please don’t die” chant makes it debut and London hits the shooting star press from the top of the ladder for the win (20:38) ****1/4. After the match, London pulls up Shane and they hug and soak up the cheers for a minute but Shane clotheslines London as Levy calls him an asshole.
Thoughts: An incredible match that put Paul London on the map as someone to watch on the independent scene. Shane did a fine job too but London did all sorts of crazy moves and they all looked great. Easily the match of the night. 
Before the show, Donovan Morgan and Mike Modest are arguing as Modest won’t have what Morgan is trying to tell him about the Prophecy. Morgan flips on Modest and pushes him down, prompting Modest to attack him. Morgan flees as the segment ends. 
RoH Tag Team Tournament Finals
Donovan Morgan & Christopher Daniels vs. Michael Modest & American Dragon
Daniels and Modest start off the match. Morgan tags after Daniels beat him down and he gets an early advantage then they collide a few times until Modest knocks him down with a forearm. Dragon tags and they trade shots for a bit until Morgan rams Dragon into the corner. Daniels tags himself in and goes to work on the knee of Dragon before tagging Morgan, who does the same. Daniels tosses Dragon to the floor and Morgan sends him into the guardrail. Back inside, Daniels hits a kneebreaker but Dragon comes back with an enziguiri as both men are down. Daniels drags Dragon back as the ref did not see the tag and Dragon gets double-teamed behind the ref’s back. Outside of the ring, Morgan sends Dragon into the guardrail a few more times. Back in the ring, Morgan tags but Dragon hits a suplex as both men are down. Daniels tags in but so does Modest, although the crowd did not care. Modest hits a bunch of forearms then takes Daniels off of the top with a leg scissors. Morgan comes in and slams Modest then the match breaks down as all four men are on the mat. Morgan slides outside and drags out Modest but gets sent into the guardrail. Daniels takes down both men with an Arabian Press then Dragon takes him out with a tope but sells the knee when he lands. Back inside, Modest hits an Exploder then a Super Fisherman’s Buster but Morgan breaks up that pin attempt. Morgan then hits the Golden Gate Swing but Modest comes back with a clothesline. Dragon tags and struggles to put on a full nelson then hits a cradle suplex. He puts him in the Cattle Mutilation but Daniels breaks that up with a baseball slide. Up top, Morgan takes Dragon down with a sitout powerbomb then Daniels follows that with the BME but that still cant put Dragon away. Daniels hits the Blue Thunder Driver for two then puts him in the Koji Clutch after a reverse STO. Modest breaks it up as all four men are in the ring. Dragon and Daniels are left in the ring and Dragon tries a back suplex from the top rope but Daniels falls on top of him (14:42) **1/2. After the match, Dragon and Modest destroy the Tag Team Championship Trophy.
Thoughts: Slightly above-average match that I expected to be better. It also lacked that special feeling that a tournament final should have.This never really got out of first gear and all Morgan seemed to do was whip people into the guardrail. With the Prophecy holding all of the belts, RoH has built up their top heel stable well. 
Backstage, the Prophecy celebrate as Daniels informs everyone that at Glory by Honor, none of the titles will be defended and that Xavier will have a tuneup match with the biggest loser in the company as Mark Briscoe walks up and says his brother Jay is that person and Daniels agrees. Xavier looked by background fodder then entire time, not something you want from your Champion.

Final Thoughts: The purpose of this show was to establish the Prophecy as the biggest threat in RoH. I thought that it was a bit weird to have the stable leader hold the Tag Titles as the newest and least impressive member was the company’s Champion. Xavier as the new champ seemed like a bad move at the time and he had an forgettable run as the champ. The rest of the show revolved around the Tag Title tournament and that was not all that impressive. London vs. Shane was easily the best thing on this show and they did a good amount of segments to set up the next two shows so that is a positive as well. These shows remain inconsistent as a whole. 

WWF Championship Wrestling June 21st, 1986

June 21, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are the Killer Bees, Hart Foundation, and the debut of Billy Jack Haynes

Killer Bees vs. Steve Lombardi & Terry Gibbs

The Bees start by working the arm of Lombardi. We see an insert promo from the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff talking about how the Bees confused them by putting on masks in their match, causing them to lose by countout. Blair hits a crossbody on Gibbs then the Bees hit him with a double elbow smash. Lombardi tags but Brunzell gets the best of him. Blair tags and Brunzell hits Lombardi with an atomic drop then Blair hits him with a clothesline from the second rope for the win (3:24).

Thoughts: They are trying to get over the mask gimmick with the Bees, who would take them off before the match then put them on in order to confuse their opponents during the match.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He reads a page from the WWF Magazine that is about Jimmy Hart as they show a clip of the Junkyard Dog yanking off Hart’s pants during his match at WrestleMania 2.

Tony Park & Jerry Monti vs. Hercules Hernandez & “Cowboy” Bob Orton

The heels take turns destroying Monti. Hercules then takes Monti and drops him across the top rope. Park tags and Hercules clotheslines him down. Orton tags and hits a dropkick and a backbreaker then Hercules puts him away with his backbreaker (2:54). Bobby Heenan joins the booth and gloats about Andre the Giant being suspended as Vince questions what actually happened to Andre.

Thoughts: The match was really a backdrop for the Heenan/Andre feud. Both Orton and Hercules got a chance to show off their offense but that was all. Orton has been doing nothing of note since Piper left for film roles as Hercules still has yet to get over as a heel.

Ken Resnick is with Hulk Hogan, who will be facing Randy Savage in Boston on June 27th. He cuts a promo about the Hulkamaniacs and how his mother is in the kitchen mixing up protein.

Jimmy Kent vs. Billy Jack Haynes

Haynes beats on Kent to start. He then hits a suplex and a press slam as the announcers talk about his physique. Haynes no-sells some kicks and chops then takes Kent down with a bell clap. Kent bounces off of Haynes, which causes Vince to laugh, then gets caught with a backbreaker before Haynes puts him away with a full nelson (3:01).

Thoughts: Haynes looked alright in his debut. However, he moved around the ring and wrestled as a heel, when he was supposed to be a face. He would have been a good, aggressive heel for the WWF if they let him.

Ken Resnick is with Don Muraco, who will be facing Paul Orndorff in Boston. Muraco calls Orndorff a backstabber then tells Orndorff that he is the number one contender. Muraco also brought up last week’s “Flower Shop” appearance by Orndorff in which Adonis  reminded him how Hogan was more popular.

George Wells & Rudy Diamond vs. Hoss & Jimmy Jack Funk w/ Jimmy Hart

The Funk’s attack their opponents before the bell. Wells, who has gained a lot of weight since WrestleMania 2, fights back and clears the Funk’s from the ring. Back inside, Wells misses a charge and Hoss takes control. Diamond tags as Hoss hits a back suplex. Jimmy Jack tags as we see an insert promo from Mike Rotundo & Danny Spivey about how they want to challenge the Funk’s to get through the top of the tag division. Wells tags and hits a few slams but Hoss gets his legs up. Wells makes the tag but Diamond gets destroyed then Hoss puts on the Texas Cloverleaf for the win (3:29). After the match, the Funk’s tie up Diamond until Wells makes the save.

The Flower Shop with guest Bobby Heenan, who talks about how Andre the Giant is gone from the WWF. Hulk Hogan interrupts and tells Heenan to hit the road then yells at Adonis for trying to cause friction between him and Paul Orndorff, putting over how they are like blood brothers and that with a friend like Orndorff, you ever have to look over your back. The fans went nuts for Hogan here.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mario Mancini & Bob Boyer

Boyer looks to be at least 50 years old. The Anvil pushes him around to start. Mancini tags and the Anvil hip tosses him out from the corner. Brett tags and hits a backbreaker then places Mancini in a tree-of-woe, allowing the Anvil to beat on him. Anvil tags then right after that they put away Mancini with the Hart Attack (2:21).

Thoughts: Another impressive showing from the Hart Foundation. They are frequently showcased on television winning matches, which gets you over.

The Killer Bees give us a PSA about making sure to swim with a buddy and not by yourself.

Les Thornton & The Moondogs vs. David Sammartino & King Tonga & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo

Poffo’s pre-match promo is about the David Sammartino and how he deserves a break about being compared to his father, Bruno. Easier said that done. Moondog Rex and Tonga start things off. Tonga gets the better of that battle then slams all of his opponents. David tags and pushes around Moondog Spot until he tags Lanny. Poffo shows off his agility until Rex knees him from the apron. Thornton tags and beats on Poffo. After some quick tags, Poffo fights back and tags Tonga. He dropkicks Thornton then takes care of the Moondogs before putting Thornton away with a side kick (3:49).

Thoughts: Most of this was to showcase Tonga, who they are pushing after he slammed Big John Studd last week. Sammartino barely did anything and his return did not last long at all, as he was gone by the beginning of July.

Next week, Paul Orndorff will be in action. Also, Danny Spivey & Mike Rotundo, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, and the British Bulldogs.

Final Thoughts: Not a whole lot happened this week besides Hogan’s appearance in the “Flower Shop.” Billy Jack Haynes debut was alright and no one seemed to care about David Sammartino’s return to the company. There was a lot of filler too, with the Funk Brothers and Orton & Hercules tag matches.

WWF Championship Wrestling December 21st, 1985

December 21, 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Eberhart vs. Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart

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

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

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

Another plug for the “Slammy Award” ballot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another plug for the “Slammy Award” ballot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

WWF Madison Square Garden: June 21st, 1985

June 21, 1985
Your hosts are Gene Okerlund and Gorilla Monsoon

Terry Gibbs vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
The MSG debut for Poffo, who has not even made his TV debut. Gibbs hits a shoulderblock but Poffo kips up then shows off his quickness. He works the arm for a bit then gets two off of a crossbody block before going back to the arm. Gibbs yells at the ref about how Poffo is breaking his arm then backs Poffo into the corner. He misses a corner attack but cheapshots Poffo and stomps away. Elbow drop gets two. He tosses Poffo through the ropes. Gibbs follows him out and slams him on the floor. Back in the ring, Gibbs blocks a sunset flip then gets two off of a suplex. He grabs a bearhug but Poffo manages to take him over. Poffo whiffs on a senton and Gibbs covers for two. Poffo fights back and hip tosses Gibbs out of the corner. He then hits a dropkick before putting him away with the moonsault (6:34) **1/2.
Thoughts: Solid match that was all action and minimal restholds. The crowd popped for the moonsault but were quiet for everything else. Gibbs did a good job as a heel, easily the best I have seen from him. Poffo looked good in his debut and his perm was something else.
Tony Atlas vs. Matt Borne
Borne shoves Atlas off of a lockup then mocks him by flexing his arms. Atlas responds by shoving him away then hitting a few armdrags. He then sends him to the floor with a poor excuse of a dropkick. Borne goes back inside as Atlas outsmarts him before hitting an atomic drop. Borne works the arm the fires away when Atlas tries to power out. He works a chinlock then targets the back. Borne starts to punch Atlas in the face but he no-sells the attack. Borne tries to escape but Atlas drags him back in by his tights, exposing his ass in the process. Atlas beats on Borne then rams his head off all four corners of the ring. Back suplex gets two. Borne lands a few shots in the corner but misses an elbow drop from the middle rope and that allows Atlas to hit a press slam then put him away with a splash (7:03) *1/2. Borne attacks Atlas after the match but ends up getting tossed over the top rope.
Thoughts: Borne looked good and carried the whole thing. The match was designed to make Atlas look good and Borne did everything that he could to make that happen while Atlas basically did poses.
Jose Luis Rivera vs. The Missing Link w/Bobby Heenan
Link takes forever getting into the ring as he kept on running backstage. Heenan eventually gets him to go inside as some of the crowd taunts him but most really do not care. Rivera attacks him before the bell but ends up eating elbow off of a charge. Link then hits a headbutt from the second rope and uses a few more headbutts . Link hits a slam then another headbutt off of the middle rope for the win (1:43) ¼*. After the match, Heenan prevents Link from ramming his own head off of the post.
Thoughts: Fine for what it was I guess. The match probably would have been a lot worse if it had gone any longer. Link just did not get over at all in the WWF and I think that part of that was due to George Steele having the same gimmick.
Moondog Spot vs. “Jumping” Jim Brunzell
This is also the MSG debut for Brunzell, who is sporting the Killer Bees tights. Okerlund said it is about time that Brunzell got into the WWF and they both put over the Killer Bees team with Brian Blair. Spot works a leadlock but Brunzell escapes and uses a flying head scissors. Brunzell works a key lock before working using another head scissors. He works the arm some more as the camera shows a hot blond in the crowd that has Okerlund going out of his mind. Spot begs for mercy after a headbutt then Brunzell goes back to the arm. Brunzell leapfrogs Spot but ends up walking into a forearm. Spot hits a backbreaker then a fist drop. He then lands a kneelift before hammering away in the corner. Brunzell comes back with a bell clap but misses a corner charge and ends up getting booted out of the ring. Spot follows him out and rams his head off of the steps. Brunzell is able to pull Spot’s leg down after he went in the ring and rams it off of the post. Spot comes back with an inverted atomic drop, while selling the leg, then uses a chinlock. Spot kicks him repeatedly and gets two before going back to the chinlock. Brunzell comes back and works the leg but ends up getting clocked in the face.  Both men slug it out then end up colliding, which starts to wake up the crowd. Brunzell is up first and lands an uppercut. Spot begs for mercy in the corner then Brunzell ends up firing away. Atomic drop gets two. He ducks his head for a backdrop and gets elbowed but manages to duck down then plants Spot with a dropkick for the win (12:22) ***.
Thoughts: Really good match that the crowd didn’t seem to care about that much. Despite not being advertised on TV yet, the announcers put over the Killer Bees team on commentary. Okerlund was putting over Brunzell strong, likely due to their connection from the AWA.
Rick McGraw vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Before the match, Finkel refers to Savage as “wrestling’s number one free agent.” Savage yells at everyone before the match then orders that the camera lenses get cleaned. The announcers talk about how all of the managers have their eyes on Savage. Macho starts by stalling then both guys jockey for position. Savage ducks outside and picks up a chair then jumps on the guardrail to stir up the fans, getting hit with debris in the process. Savage continues to taunt the crowd, who already hate him. Savage finally goes into the ring and works an armbar. He pulls him back down by the hair then dumps McGraw throat-first onto the top rope after he attempted a head scissor takedown. McGraw manages to put Savage in the airplane spin but Savage is able to put his foot on the ropes. Savage boots him in the face after a backdrop attempt then fires away. McGraw blocks a turnbuckle smash then monkey flips Savage out of the corner. Backslide gets two. Savage ducks outside for a breather and chases the camera man up the aisle. He then yells at an old couple at ringside and taunts the crowd some more then attacks McGraw from the apron. Elbow drop gets two. Suplex gets two. He sends McGraw to the floor with an elbow smash then follows him out with a double axe handle off of the top rope. The crowd was amazed by that spot. He then suplexes McGraw on the floor as the crowd is pelting him with trash. Savage hits him with a running knee smash that sends him flying over the stairs. Back in the ring, Savage hits a flying attack on McGraw, who was hunched over the middle rope , but misses a second attempt. McGraw sends Savage into the corner, who ends up in the tree of woe. He works on Savage but gets clotheslined after he charged at him and that allows Savage to climb up top and hit the flying elbow drop for the win (12:52) ***.
Thoughts: Despite being somewhat of a glorified squash match, Savage put on an absolute clinic on how to be a heel. He went from being an unknown to loathed by the crowd in a matter of minutes. The wrestling was good too.
Adrian Adonis & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham & George Steele w/Capt. Lou Albano
Adonis is back after five months, carrying more weight in his gut. Match starts with Steele chasing Heenan around the ring, which gets a big pop from the crowd. Adonis enters and Steele goes nuts but Windham calms him down and tags into the match. He takes down Adonis with a few armdrags. He then hits three straight slams as Adonis goes into the wrong corner and Steele rakes his eyes on the ropes. Adonis then tags Studd and heads up the aisle, eventually going back to the apron. Windham slugs away and almost slams Studd, who is able to grab the rope. Windham comes back with a crossbody block as the crowd is going insane. Studd comes back with a few elbow smashes then tosses Windham into the corner. Heenan tags but Windham reverses an Irish whip then beats on him in the corner. Heenan then takes a crazy bump over the rope and Steele catches up to him this time and rams his head against the guardrail as the fans go crazy. Albano settles down Steele then Rotundo and Studd tag into the match. Rotundo works the arm for a bit but gets overpowered. Adonis tags and stomps a mudhole into Rotundo. Adonis hits a jumping DDT and that gets two. The match breaks down after the heels beat on Rotundo in the corner. Steele grabs a chair then chases out the heels before hitting the referee, who then rules the match a DQ (9:59) **1/4.
Thoughts: Even though this had a good amount of stalling, it was still enjoyable. The crowd was more pumped for this match than anything else to be honest.
Desiree Peterson vs. Judy Martin
Okerlund makes a comment about Martin having the biggest set of eyes that he has seen on a woman. Martin uses a hairpull then hammers away. Petersen ducks a chop and hits a sitout atomic drop. Martin ducks outside after a punch to the mid-section then gets caught in an arm wringer when she returns. Petersen continues to work the arm until Martin chops away then throws her out of the ring as she lands awkwardly on the announcers table. Christ that looked painful. Martin then catches her with a reverse Death Valley Driver then throws some chops and kicks before tossing her outside. The bell keeps ringing for some reason. Martin rams Petersen against the post then roughs her up inside the ring. She places her in the tree of woe as the referee tries to intervene. Martin goes outside and pulls her hair then goes back in and places her on the ropes. She uses a mat slam on Petersen then gets two off of a chop before throwing her outside of the ring yet again. Martin stomps Petersen, who landed on the table, then continues to stomp her in and out of the ring as the announcers are yelling for the ref to disqualify Martin. Back inside, Martin powerbombs Petersen and that only gets two. She uses a chinlock for a minute then tosses her back outside. Back inside, Martin works a headlock then puts her between the ropes and kicks her to the floor. Petersen fights back then slams Martin’s head off of the table repeatedly. They go back inside as Petersen fires away. She tries a flying headscissors but Martin counters with a backdrop. Petersen is able to reverse an Irish whip then uses a reverse rollup with a bridge to get the win (16:05) **1/2. The win got a bog pop from the crowd.
Thoughts: A much better match than I ever would have thought. Although it didn’t need to last this long, it was well worked. Martin was really good here and was pretty underrated as a worker in general.
Tony Garea vs. King Kong Bundy w/Tony Garea
Garea bounces off of Bundy a few times. He the punches away at Bundy but it has minimal effect. Bundy catches Garea with an elbow but misses an elbow drop. Garea takes down Bundy and works the leg as Hart is going nuts on the megaphone. Bundy gets back up as Gorilla claims that Bundy is 500 lbs. Bundy chokes out Garea with his foot and the ropes. He pulls him up after an elbow drop then applies a chinlock. Garea comes back with a dropkick and punches away in the corner but Bundy reverses an Irish whip and finishes him with the Avalanche (6:17) ½*.
Thoughts: Dull match and there was no reason on earth for Bundy to sell this much for Garea.
Intercontinental Title Match
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Greg Valentine (Champion) w/Jimmy Hart
This was the first time I have heard Steamboat called “The Dragon” since joining the WWF. Steamboat looks absolutely ripped. Steamboat uses his poses and that angers Valentine. Steamboat takes over Valentine then chops away in the corner. Valentine bails as Hart is screaming “no karate” into his megaphone, with the fans going nuts. Back inside, Steamboat hits a barrage of chops before working on the neck. Steamboat catches him with a heel kick and Valentine retreats to the corner. Steamboat chops him down then uses a chinlock. Crossbody gets two. Valentine backs Steamboat into the corner then kills him with forearm smashes. Steamboat fights back from the apron then hits a chop from the top rope, which gets two. He hits a slam and goes for a splash but Valentine gets his knees up. Valentine stomps away then goes to work on the leg. Steamboat manages a small package but fails on a slam attempt then gets knocked to the floor, where he gets taunted by Hart. Valentine continuously kicks Steamboat off of the apron until both guys have an intense slugfest in the ring. Steamboat wins that as the fans are going crazy. Steamboat uses more of his “martial arts” then heads up top and hits the flying body press but Valentine is able to get his foot on the ropes. Valentine catches him with a back suplex and both men are down as the fans chant for Steamboat. Valentine gets two off of a pair of elbow drops then tries for the figure four but Steamboat sends him into the corner. He sends him to the floor with an enziguiri then the bell rings when Valentine enters the ring but both guys continue to slug it out until Steamboat chops him through the ropes, then it is announced that Steamboat won by countout (14:20) ***1/4.
Thoughts: Good, but certainly not great. Steamboat’s karate gimmick slightly hindered his in-ring work though and just made him look life a goof.
B. Brian Blair vs. Barry O.
Blair is rocking the Killer Bee trunks. Barry attacks him before the bell but Blair reverses an Irish whip and hits a backdrop. Barry bails and gets chased around until he runs into a punch. Blair works the arm then takes Barry down with a shoulder block. Barry catches him with a clothesline then gets two off of a backbreaker. He uses a chinlock then catches Blair with a running knee smash before tossing him outside. Barry attacks Blair then puts on another chinlock. Blair comes back with a crossbody but gets dumped outside. Blair goes back inside and fights back, knocking Barry to the floor. He drags him back inside and hits a clothesline. He then hits a top rope elbow smash and a series of punches but misses a charge in the corner. Blair goes behind Barry then locks on the sleeper and after the ref drops his hand three times, Blair gets the win (8:13) **1/2.
Thoughts: Good action. No one cared though. Blair could work but really had no personality to back it up.
Okerlund interview Don Muraco and Mr.Fuji in the locker room. They promise victory tonight.
Okerlund know interviews B. Brian Blair. He asks him about his new team with Jim Brunzell as Blair says that the Killer Bees were named after the Miami Dolphins defensive line. This interview was quite generic.
Okerlund is now with Hulk Hogan. He says that Hulkamania lives one day at a time and that steel cages are for animals but that this is the only way to win the war. He also says that he doesn’t care about fame, just the WWF title and that he has been training with “Rambo” and does not feel pain.
Steel Cage Match
WWF Heavyweight Title
Don Muraco vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)
Fuji is not ringside with Muraco. Hogan tosses the belt at Muraco. He picks it up but Hogan ducks the shot then uses it to whip him as the ref grabs it then shuts the cage door. Both guys try to ram each other into the cage. Muraco hits a low blow then stomps away. He hits a kneelift then tries to go out of the door but Hogan stops him. Muraco hits several chops but Hogan hulks up and chops back. He drops an elbow then rams his head into the cage, busting him open. Hogan picks him up and launches him into the cage as Muraco is dripping blood. He charges but Muraco pushes him into the cage. He slingshots Hogan into the cage then tries to climb out but Hogan stops him. They fight on top of the cage as they are both covered in blood. Hogan gets booted down then Muraco slowly comes down and beats on Hogan, who is wearing a crimson mask. Muraco runs into a boot and ends up getting caught in the ropes and Hulk scrambles to the door and tries to go out but Muraco grabs his leg. Hogan manages to fight him off then steps outside for the win (9:05) **1/4.
Thoughts: Bloody match but they really didn’t do a whole lot in the ring. The outcome was never in doubt though and the crowd didn’t react a whole lot.
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a very good house show. Most of the matches were fine and the MSG debut of Savage was great. One of the better house shows you will see in this time period.

QOTD – August 21st, 2013

Greetings, sweetiepeeties.

Today’s question comes from BoDHoF’er, Jobber123.

Hey cal,
Did you see cena is #1 the pwi 500 again? I think you should put up a
thread with a link to the list so we can discuss. I think it should have
been punk. I know the pwi 500 isn’t what it once was but I still love
it. You agree with cena being #1? I love cena but if we’re going august
to August its gotta be punk yeah?

Couldn’t find a list of the current PWI list, so anyone in the comments section who has it, feel free to throw it up for us. 
As for Cena being number one, well, PWI is via kayfabe, right? He won the Rumble, beat The Rock in the main event of WM to win the WWE championship, defeated all on-comers, had a MOTYC with Punk. Speaking of which, once he lost the title, he just kept losing. 
How say you?
Tune in to scrublife.wordpress.com to get Caliber’s recap/reviews of Breaking Bad, and the season finale of True Blood.

Sunday Matinee – July 21st, 2013


Alright, on today’s Matinee I’d like to talk about what film you were most excited about coming out.

There have been quite a few in my life. Rambo 4, Rocky Balboa, and Punisher: War Zone.

Two films tie at number one. First up, Expendables 2, because I was so insanely excited to finally see Van Damme back on the big screen. My anticipation was rewarded with the film being fantastic, and Van Damme getting a ton of praise for his performance. Praise he’s been deserving since Double Impact. The other, well, it was in the making for 10 years. Freddy vs Jason. Since I was a child I was looking forward to this film. I had a babysitter who dug both series and would draw pictures for me of them fighting. Then when I saw Jason Goes To Hell they had the greatest final scene ever with Freddy’s glove. It stayed in developmental hell for 10 years, with just as many script drafts. Then it finally happened. I went to the first showing in my town and just couldn’t believe what I was about to see. Not to mention they did a hell of a job on the film, Kane Hodder not being involved and the Freeberg character not-withstanding. It’s great to look forward to something so much, and have it be rewarded.

How say you?

QOTD – June 21st, 2013

Hola and hello, buckshots. Today we have another double dose. The first up is from future BoD Hall of Famer, as well as future cirrhosis of the liver survivor, Mr. Ryan Murphy.

questions, really: How important is timeliness in hip hop? It seems like
even the best stuff ages quickly; Watch the Throne already sounds
played, and guys like TI and Wacka Flocka feel like dinosaurs. So is it
just, in your opinion, not important that rap has replay value? Is it
just a bonus if it does? And what are some hip hop tracks/albums that,
IYO, have longevity? Illmatic, Enter the Wu Tang, the first Black Star
record, and Illadelph Halflife all still feel essential to me, for
example. Whatcha think?”

It’s important for rap to have replay value, otherwise it would have died out like disco. However, since the year 2000 basically, all hip-hop has absolutely, completely sucked. Ever since then, rappers weren’t trying to make real music. They only cared about having a chorus, or a new dance, or a catchphrase, or some bullshit like autotune. 2Pac didn’t give a damn about that type of shit. He just wanted to make real music. That’s why you can throw on Me Against The World, or The 7th Day Theory and no one is gonna complain. Same with License to Ill, or Est. 1999 Eternal, Straight Outta Compton, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, 187um Killa, The Chronic, The Slim Shady LP, Doggystyle. Look at Lil Wayne, arguably the biggest rapper today. Is anyone dying to crack open his old Hot Boyz bullshit? Does anybody want to listen to “Bling Bling”? Hell no. Because it’s garbage. Is anyone clamoring for some Ja Rule? No, because he was a joke too. Do you think ‘Pac, Biggie, Redman, or KRS-One would ever do a song like Hit Me With A Txt, or I’m In Love With A Stripper? God no. Do you think Wakaflakaflame, or Lil Wayne, or Drake could ever do a song as brilliant as 2Pac’s Me And My Girlfriend? Or cut a verse as insanely crazy and brilliant as Biggie’s from Notorious Thugz? Not on their life. To quote a brilliant rapper

“It was sink or swim, last time I checked/
but now these pussy-assed artists wear three life-vests/
None of it is timeless, reason & rhymeless/
Cow-tow to the dollar, easy rich being spineless/
While ya’ll fabricate, I matter of fact’em/
Only decent like you’ll ever kick, bitch, is a flat one/” – Caliber Winfield

2nd up is from a Mr. Southern, and he writes in:

“For the question of the day mine is simple. What’s the best wrestling match and/or sporting event you have ever seen in person?

For a wrestling match for me it’s Triple H vs Cactus at the 2000
Rumble. For a sporting event it’s game 2 of the 1995 Division Series
playoffs between the Yankees and Mariners. The game went 15 innings, the
lead changed hands several time and ended with Jim leyritz hitting the
game winning home run in the rain. The game gets kind of forgotten about
because the Yankees went on to lose the series and would have way
bigger moments in the coming years but as a stand alone game it was

I always enjoy reading answers to questions like these. For me, it’s Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho from WrestleMania 19. Everyone around me was really excited, since most of them hadn’t seen Shawn live, and this was during his return tour. One of the greatest WM matches of all time. As for other sporting events, well, I don’t follow sports. But I did enjoy going to my little brothers Park & Req basketball games. Man, parents use to get PISSED.