WWF Superstars of Wrestling May 23rd, 1987

May 23, 1987

From the Convention Center in Anaheim, CA

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

Tonight, Hulk Hogan will be wrestling in our featured bout as he squares off against Cowboy Bob Orton. We cut it to Mean Gene as he declares this a special Memorial Day edition of Superstars as Hulk Hogan comes on and says the greatest Americans are the ones we will honor today as they dedicated their lives to freedom and Hogan promises to win and honor those veterans today.

Jerry Monti vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w Elizabeth

Once again, Savage flips out after being referred to as the “former Intercontinental Champion.” Monti surprises Savage with a quick rollup for two as Ricky Steamboat is shown in an insert promo taking about how he will not duck any challengers, including Savage, and will face him anytime. Savage then slams Monti to the mat after tossing him outside and gets the win with a flying elbow smash (1:33).

Thoughts: They certainly teased another Steamboat/Savage match here. Speaking on Savage, I loved how he was full on mental over losing the IC title at this point. He was great.

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. They no longer have the newasnchor-style desk as DeGeorge is sitting in what would be called the “Event Center.”  The opening music and graphics have changd as well and not for the best, IMO. This week’s subject is Superstar Billy Graham as he show a clip of him destroying a jobber as we hear a doctor tell us that Graham’s hip is destroyed and will need to be replaced and thus unable to wrestle. However, Graham is shown hobbling on crutches saying that no matter what the surgeons say his career is not over and he will come back. Next week we will get another update. There was no point of even pushing Graham at this point. He did come back for a few months but was practically immobile.

A vignette with Mr. Fuji and Killer Khan airs that shows him in his native land praying as we get creepy closeups of his face while Fuji talks about Khan being devastating and ugly. Khan’s push is getting stronger.

Buddy Ryder & Dave Barbie vs. Hillbilly Jim & Outback Jack

Jesse asks if either Jim or Jack can read and write then we get an insert promo of both guys tasting foods from their native land. The crowd seems to be digging this team. Barbie beats on Jack then tags Ryder, who works one of the worst sequences I have ever seen as Ryder’s offense is nowhere near Jack, who keeps moving out of position. Hot tag to Jim as he offers a handshake but Ryder kicks him low. Jim then catches him with a boot and drops an elbow. He cartwheels as Vince cackles like an idiot then tags Jack, who gets the win with a bulldogs (2:24). After the match, Jack and Jim do the do-si-do as Vince is in all his glory.

Thoughts: The wrestling in this match was nothing short of embarrassing but the crowd was into Jack & Jim enough for them to traction as a lower card tag team. Jack was one horrendous wrestler.

Okerlund is with Hogan, who hypes up his “Texas Death Match” in Boston against King Harley Race. They did this on the house show circuit for a month or so.

The Fabulous Moolah plugs the WWF Ice Cream Bar and wonders why one wasnt made for her. She was referred to as the WWF Women’s Champion as she seems to be back on the scene after an absence of two years.

Jesse Cortez vs. One Man Gang w/ Slick

This is the TV debut of Gang, who destroys Cortez immediately after the bell. Gang looks impressive in beating down Cortez as we get an insert promo from both Slick and Gang, who says that he likes to cripple people. Gang then bulldogs Cortez before putting him away with an elbow drop from the second rope (1:47). The crowd boos Gang after the match then Jesse Ventura breaks the news of Bobby Heenan having a new tag team before they cut away.

Thoughts: Strong debut here for Gang, who was moving around well for a man his size during the match.

Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who says that he doesnt care about Hogan and promises that Race will become the champion. Race comes on and promises to leave Hogan laying in a pool of his own blood as there is nothing he cannot and will not do. Heenan was funny when ragging on Okerlund and Race did a fine job during his portion as well.

Replay of Danny Davis costing George “The Animal” Steele is match against Randy Savage from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

The Gladiator vs. Ken Patera

Vince asks Jesse about his report of Heenan having a new tag team but Jesse just talks about how the Heenan Family is going to go after Patera. Billy Jack Haynes is shown in an insert promo putting over Patera as a changed man as Patera slams The Gladiator a few times before putting him away with a bearhug (2:04).

Thoughts: Patera is still not in ring shape. They were trying to sell and promote him as a great guy who was wronged by Heenan but I don’t believe too many people were buying that.

Snake Pit with the Heenan Family as his guests. This was the first time the “Snake Pit” was shown on Superstars of Wrestling. Missy Hyatt was going to have the show on Superstars but that did not end up working out. Heenan comes out with just Hercules and Race as he tells us that his other men are unavailable. Jake taunts Heenan about his neck injury as his family warns Patera that he will pay.

Cowboy Bob Orton w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Hulk Hogan

The place goes nuts for Hogan, who comes out holding the American flag. Match starts with Orton backing Hogan into the corner. They go back and forth as Orton pulls up to avoid a punch but ends up getting clotheslined over the top rope. Orton heads back inside and gets whipped into the corner a few times, taking overexaggerated bumps. Hogan hits a slam then a trio of elbows as he plays up to the crowd, who cheer in approval. Hogan hits the Axe Bomber for two then works a front facelock. He hits a corner clothesline as the top rope nearly snaps off as it is barely hanging up. Fuji jumps up on the apron and Orton attacks Hogan from behind. Orton then knees Hogan through the ropes where Fuji hits him with his cane in the throat as we head to commercial. Back from break, Orton beats on Hogan, who is draped over the apron. He targets the back of the neck before applying a side headlock. Orton gets a few nearfalls and roughs up Hogan some more before applying another headlock as the crowd rallies behind Hogan, who fights back. Orton boots Hogan, who dropped his head for a backdrop attempt then gets two with a Roll of the Dice-type move as Jesse astutely notes that the fact the top rope is snapped prevents him from using his finisher, the superplex. Hogan mounts a brief comeback but Orton knocks him down. Orton tries antoher pin attempt but Hogan hulks up then hammers away as the crowd goes nuts. Hogan hits the big boot then the leg drop for the win (8:12, not including the commercial break) **1/2. After the match, Hogan plays up to the crowd as Jesse wonders why Hogan is not honoring him as he is a veteran.

Thoughts: Good match. Not everything in the ring was smooth but it was at a decent pace. Orton spent most of the match on offense and looked the best he has in months. The story of Orton trying to put Hogan away without his finishing move, due to the top rope being broken, was fairly clever. It really was a treat to see Hogan on TV and they were smart making it part of a special holiday show, even if it did come off a bit corny.

Okerlund is with Danny Davis, who will be facing George Steele in Boston. Davis says he is booked to face Steele as some sort of conspiracy as Steele is a dangerous man. Okerlund accuses him of being paranoid as Davis talks about knowing everything there is to be a referee before leaving. Demolition then appears as Smash yells at Okerlund for getting his name wrong. They cut a promo on the Can-Am Connection, their opponents in Boston. Good stuff by Demolition, who were without Fuji here. They were not bad at all on promos.

Next week’s featured matchup is the Can-Am Connection vs. The Islanders. We will also see the Brutus Beefcake vs. Dino Bravo match from “Wrestling Challenge.” Bobby Heenan is shown and tells us that the Heenan family will be growing as his newest tag team will be revealed next week.

Final Thoughts: Fun show. We got a good main event and the debut of the One Man Gang. There were some negatives as Patera is way over pushed at this point and the Jim & Jack tag match was pathetic. This show also was a reminder that they needed to get away from pushing stale acts and older guys but the overall holiday theme and the long (by TV standards anyway) match featuring Hogan outweighed all of that for this show.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/24/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/30/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Al Snow, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/31/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge November 23rd, 1986

November 23, 1986

From the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight, the Moondogs will take on the Hart Foundation. Also, Hulk Hogan will appear on the “Snake Pit” and the featured match will be the Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Moondogs

The Hart Foundation attack the Moondogs before the bell. Rex then whacks Brett with his bone as the Moondogs take control of the match as we get an insert promo of the Moondogs that did not feature any sound. Neidhart trips up Rex as he had Brett up for a slam then the Hart Foundation beat on Rex in the corner. They continue to work over Rex until he elbows a charging Neidhart then tags Spot who is running wild. The Moondogs take down Neidhart with a double elbow smash then Brett breaks up the pin as the match breaks down. The ref orders Spot to the corner then the Hart Foundation hit Rex with the Hart Attack behind the referee’s back and Neidhart covers for the win (3:51).

Thoughts: They briefly built up the Moondogs here by mentioning how they were former champs and giving them in an insert promo in order to put over the Hart Foundation, who they were building up as potential champions. Thought this worked well for a rare heel vs. heel match.

The Gladiator & Barry O. vs. Can-Am Connection

Zenk takes down Barry with a flying headscissors before tagging out. We get an insert promo from the Can-Am as they proclaim that they are ready for action as Martel was speaking French with Heenan asking Monsoon to make sure he speaks English the next time he is on his program. The Can-Am’s hit their opponents with dropkicks. They then hit The Gladiator with an atomic drop/crossbody combo then after Zenk hits a powerslam, Martel gets the win with a slingshot splash (3:23).

Thoughts: The fans took a quick liking to the Can-Am’s. Their fast-paced offense won over the crowds.

Ken Resnick is with the Junkyard Dog as they plug the “WWF Superstars” magazine before JYD talks about all of the opponents he will have in the new year.

Bobby Heenan introduces us to his “tribute” to Capt. Lou Albano as he shows us his men, Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy, defeat The Machines from last week’s edition of “Superstars” in Albano’s last match as a manager.

Paul Roma vs. Sika w/ The Wizard

Roma briefly works the arm then takes Sika through the ropes with a dropkick. Sika regroups then heads back inside and takes Roma down with a headbutt. Sika then slams Roma and puts him away after catching him with a Samoan Drop (1:45).

Thoughts: Roma looked good in his brief flurry of offense against the washed up Sika. The fans really did not care enough about Sika to even boo him.

Resnick is with the British Bulldogs. Davey tells us that they got Matilda as a mascot to fen doff all of the cheating managers. Dynamite then cuts a promo in which he pretending to be listening to the dog as they both state that they plan on keeping the Tag Team Titles for a long time.

Dino Bravo w/ Johnny V vs. Mario Mancini

Bravo roughs up Mancini then takes him down with a dropkick. He hits a sideslam then follows that with a leg drop as we see an insert promo of Bravo teaching Johnny V to speak French. Bravo takes Mancini down with a knee lift then hits an atomic drop. He beats down Mancini some more then tosses him outside. Mancini crawls back inside and Bravo boots him down then finishes off Mancini with a back suplex (2:35).

Thoughts: Bravo could actually move around here and his offense looked fine but he was not getting over here in his first heel singles run with the company.

The Snake Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. Roberts says that he is the man that your kids can look up too then Hogan comes out and says that Roberts runs with the devil but that he runs with the Hulkamaniacs then tells Roberts when will he get enough courage to strike back then leaves. They were teasing a Roberts/Hogan feud big time here.

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. “The Rebel” Dick Slater

Slater takes down Sharpe with a hiptoss then drops a knee. Sharpe takes a breather outside then Slater chases him back into the ring. Slater headbutts Sharpe after he pleads for mercy then they take it to the mat. Sharpe beats on Slater in the corner but misses a charge then Slater hammers away. He works on the leg for a bit until Sharpe catches him with a right hand. Sharpe chokes out Slater then is able to hold up on a dropkick attempt. Sharpe pulls something out of his tights and into his protective gear but Slater blocks the attack and rams it into Sharpe’s own forehead before getting the win with a top rope elbow smash (3:47).

Thoughts: A heatless match but the in-ring portion was fine. Slater got booed as he won, something that happened often,  as this gimmick continues to be proven as a failure.

Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton w/ Mr. Fuji & Jimmy Hart

Orton & Muraco continue to mock Piper by wearing kilts and using the bagpipes as their entrance music. The Bees start the match by working on the arm of Orton. Muraco tags as Monsoon points out how Danny Davis is the referee for this match. Blair takes down Muraco with an armdrag then the Bees hit take him down with a double elbow. Davis orders Blair out of the ring as Brunzell works the arm of Muraco. Orton knees Brunzell from the apron then Davis yells at Blair as the heels beat down Brunzell in the corner. Brunzell eventually fights back and tags Blair. He beats down Muraco then hits the Bee Sting. Brunzell tags back inside and hits a dropkick but Orton breaks up the pin. Davis yells at Blair as that allows Orton to run in and attack Blair, who had Muraco in a sleeper. The heels continue to cheat as Blair has enough then pushes Davis out of the way then Davis signals for the bell as he disqualifies the Bees (5:00). After the match, Muraco & Orton attack the Bees from behind.

Thoughts: More of a match designed to further along the Davis angle than anything else. The in-rign part was solid.

Resnick is with Slick, who has convinced the Championship Committee to get the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff a shot at the Tag Team Titles due to his “geniustry.” Resnick asks Slick about selling Hercules as Slick is not worried about that as he brings out “The Natural” Butch Reed, who cuts a promo about how natural he is then challenges Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan.

Next week’s we will see the Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage match from the 11/22 edition of Superstars and Hillbilly Jim as the guest in the “Snake Pit.”

Final Thoughts: Not much of a show this week. The tease of a Hogan/Roberts feud on the Snake Pit was good and they showcased the Tag Division but the rest of the matches were just filler and besides the Danny Davis stuff, no other feuds were continued.

WWF Championship Wrestling August 23rd, 1986

August 23, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are the British Bulldogs, Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy, Rougeau Brothers, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana and the in-ring return of Roddy Piper.

The Gladiator & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano

Match starts with a long criss-cross sequence between Davey and Sharpe that ends with Sharpe missing a dropkick. Davey hits an atomic drop then tags Dynamite as the Bulldogs work the arm of Sharpe. An insert promo of the Dream Team are shown as they refer to themselves as the “uncrowned” Tag Team Champions and say they will get the titles back. The Bulldogs take turns beating on the Gladiator until he sneaks away and makes the tag to Sharpe. Gladiator tags back into the match and Davey hits him with a running powerslam for the win (3:26).

Thoughts: Not much of a match but the Bulldogs dominated as they continued to show the depth of the tag team division.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week is about The Machines as we are shown a video of the Machines in Japan then Heenan and Okerlund from “Tuesday Night Titans” in which an infuriated Heenan rants about how Giant Machine is Andre the Giant.

Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jimmy Jackson & Tony Garea

Studd starts off by overpowering Garea. Bundy tags and misses an elbow drop as Garea crawls over to his partner and makes the tag. Bundy brushes off two dropkick attempts by Jackson then hammers away. We are shown an insert promo from Superstar Billy Graham who will be back in the WWF very soon and is coming after Big John Studd. The heels take turns beating on Jackson as the crowd loudly chants “weasel” at Heenan. Bundy tags and hits the Avalanche then follows that for the win (2:44).

Thoughts: Besides pissing off Heenan, the crowd was not responding much to Studd & Bundy, who were very stale at this point. They have been feuding with either Hulk or Andre for about a year now.

Ken Resnick is with Capt. Lou Albano, who cuts a promo on Heenan and tells him that if he is man enough to yank the mask off of Giant Machine to prove that he is Andre the Giant, then prove it. Albano was good here.

Mr. X & Les Thornton vs. Rougeau Brothers

Ramon hits Mr. X with a crossbody and a dropkick to start. Thornton tags in and he gets met with a dropkick. Raymond works the arm then tags Jacques, who slingshots in with a sunset flip that gets two. Victory roll gets two. Jacques gets choked out behind the referee’s back then Mr. X takes control as the crowd chants “Rougeau.” Thornton tags and gets two with a knee drop. Mr. X tags but Jacques gets his knees up on a springboard splash attempt and makes the hot-tag. Raymond beats on Mr X then catches him with a powerslam. Tag to Jacques, who climbs up top and has Raymond pull him down for a senton and that gets the win (3:34).

Thoughts: The Rougeau’s looked good and were very over with this crowd too. Although very solid techincally, they lacked charisma as faces. They were like the Killer Bees but further down on the depth chart.

Resnick is with the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff who will be facing the British Bulldogs on September 6th for the Tag Team Titles in Boston. Sheik says that all of the intelligent American kids will be back in school and that he will win the belts for his “Italian Paisans” and Iranian people. Once again, Sheik seemed fucked up but he was very entertaining.

A.J. Petruzzi vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Piper gets a standing ovation from the crowd but looks pissed off and focused as he makes his way down the aisle. Petruzzi hits Piper in the face a few times and he just slowly backs up. He then puts his hand behind his back and into his tights as he begs Petruzzi to hit him again. Piper ducks a punch then knocks Petruzzi down. He is now stomping away then slams his head off of the mat all with his hand behind his back. The crowd is screaming for Piper as he beats the shit out of Petruzzi. He knees Petruzzi right in the face before blowing snots on him. Piper roughs him up some more then takes his hand behind his back and whips Petruzzi against the ropes and hits him with a double axe handle then covers him with his foot on Petruzzi’s face for the win (2:25).

Thoughts: Crazy stuff from Piper, who beat the absolute shit out of Petruzzi. The crowd was crazy for Piper, who was not acting like a face and has yet to officially turn. One of the most memorable squash matches in WWF history.

The Flower Shop with host Adrian Adonis. This week’s guests are Freddie Blassie, Slick, Hercules and Sheik & Volkoff. However, Piper interrupts, calling Adonis “Fluffy,” then proceeds to insult Adonis’ guests. He tells Slick that is lips look like “bicycle pedals” before leaving then Slick yells about Piper and threatens to slap him. More continuation of the Piper/Adonis beef.

Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. The Moondogs

Pedro gets the better of Rex then hits a backdrop. Tito tags in and dropkicks Rex after he dodged an attack. We get an insert promo from the Honky Tonk Man who tells us he is ready for the WWF as Pedro is in trouble. He comes back with a neckbreaker and tags Tito, who puts Rex in the figure four but Spot breaks it up and the match breaks down for a bit until Tito puts away Rex with the flying forearm  (3:06).

Thoughts: The match was meaningless but Honky’s insert promo was incredibly annoying for someone who was supposed to be a babyface.

Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Bob Bradley

Bradley starts the match by grabbing a side headlock that Muraco struggled to escape from. Muraco knees Bradley then takes control of the match. He tosses Bradley outside as we get an insert promo from Heenan who says that he will personally inspect the Machines next week in “The Flower Shop” so he can finally reveal that one of them is in fact Andre the Giant. Muraco stops a comeback attempt from Bradley with a knee to the mid-section then drives his knee into Bradley’s chest. Muraco hits a shoulderbreaker and a powerslam then softens him up some more until putting Bradley away with the tombstone (4:52).

Thoughts: Just a backdrop for Heenan to go off about the Machines. Muraco was being put on the backburner and no longer part of any top feuds.

Resnick is with Savage, who wants to let everyone know that all of the chicks will have “Macho Madness” when he comes to town then runs down George Steele to hype their upcoming match. Savage was pretty funny here.

Next week, Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog & George Steele will be in action. Also, a special announcement about Harley Race and Dick Slater vs. Jimmy Jack Funk.

Final Thoughts: The Piper match was memorable but everything else was skippable. Superstar Graham coming back was some big news I guess but that stopped being the case after he made his debut. They pushed the Machines angle hard but that has not been clicking.

Here is my schedule for the upcoming week:

Tuesday: WWF The Big Event 8/28/86
Thursday: 1992 WWE Timeline with Bret Hart
Friday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/30/86 (Final Episode)
Saturday: RoH Unscripted 9/21/02
Sunday: WWF Superstars 9/6/86 (Debut Episode)

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WWF Championship Wrestling November 23rd, 1985

November 23, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Saxon vs. Don Muraco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Menace vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

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

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

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

Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Gary Starr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WWF Championship Wrestling: March 23rd, 1985

March 23rd, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action tonight are the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, David Sammartino, Tito Santana, Brutus Beefcake and the Junkyard Dog. Also, we will see footage from the live “Piper’s Pit” at Madison Square Garden with Mr. T.

Mr. X vs. Junkyard Dog
I have no idea who is playing Mr. X here. JYD lands a few headbutts before Mr. X ducks outside for a breather. Back inside, JYD hits a clothesline then puts him in a bearhug. Mr. X breaks the hold with an eye rake but JYD comes back with an atomic drop then hits the powerslam for the win (2:41). After the match, JYD scouts the crowd for someone to dance with and invites two kids who start to break dance. This has Vince cackling like an idiot the entire time.
Thoughts: At this point, they were putting over JYD as a threat to Valentine’s Intercontinental Title, which makes sense since he was getting the biggest face reactions besides Hogan and Snuka at the time.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He mentions how Andre will retire if he cannot slam John Studd. We see a clip of Andre on TNT being asked by Vince about having a yellow streak for not putting up anything against Studd in their match and Andre responds by yanking Vince up by his tie.
Another video package hyping WrestleMania airs.
Brutus Beefcake w/Luscious Johnny Valiant vs. Joe Mirto
Beefcake attacks Mirto from behind as he was distracted by Valiant. Mirto reverses an Irish whip and hits a slam but runs into a knee in the corner. Beefcake beats on Mirto until he hits him with a running knee smash for the win (2:31).
Thoughts: No one cares about Beefcake after several months but that doesn’t stop Vince from trying to get him over. Bruno, who was useless on commentary, really does refrain from ever talking about his son, David, who will be Beefcake’s opponent at WrestleMania.
Gene Okerlund is with Greg Valentine and Jimmy Hart. They run down Tito Santana and promote their lumberjack match in Boston. Valentine promises to put Santana out of wrestling forever.
Leilani Kai w/Fabulous Moolah vs. Susan Starr
Starr was dressed as a cowgirl. She hits a dropkick but Kai quickly gains the advantage with a few snapmares. Starr uses a hair pull but gets slammed. Kai tosses Starr in the corner and chokes her out with the assist from Moolah, who continues her assault behind the referee’s back. Kai boots down Starr but she comes back with a monkey flip. Starr eats a knee of a charge then Kai scores the win with a feeble attempt at a splash (2:03).
Thoughts: The fans are not really responding to Kai at all. Besides Richter and Moolah, they do not care about the women.
Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He asks Hogan about Mr. T being his bodyguard tonight against Don Muraco. He runs down Muraco and promises that he will protect Boston.
Bobby Wade vs. David Sammartino
Sammartino drops Wade on his head with a release German suplex. He hits a press slam and Wade lands on head yet again before Sammartino finishes him off with a powerslam (1:01).
Thoughts: Wade seems like one of those “weekend wrestlers” that Heenan talked about in his shoot interview. Bruno, who was useless on commentary, really does refrain from ever talking about his son, David. You can tell in his voice that he is uncomfortable talking about him in any aspect.
Rick Savage vs. Tito Santana
This match starts immediately after the Sammartino match. Savage lands a few punches before getting killed with a clothesline. Vince calls Tito a “fiery Mexican” as he has Savage on the ropes. Santana the hits the flying forearm then uses the figure four leglock to get the win via submission (1:59).
Thoughts: Tito was aggressive the entire time. Usually, his squash matches put you to sleep so this was an improvement.
We are shown the Piper’s Pit segment from Madison Square Garden. They cut out the Mr. T speech at the end. The WWF did a masterful job promoting that match.
Jim Powers & Tony Garea vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Vokoff w/Freddie Blassie
Sheik gets a hiptoss but Garea dodges an elbow drop then takes control with the only three moves he knows how to perform. Powers tags and manages to get a sunset flip before Sheik knocks him down. Volkoff tags and uses a lifting chokehold. He hits a backbreaker then tags the Sheik. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex then makes Powers submit to the Camel Clutch (3:12). After the match, the heels toss their opponents to the floor.
Thoughts: A match to make the challengers look strong. It was nice to see Garea get tossed outside after the match. There are very few wrestlers that have even less charisma than Garea.
Okerlund runs down the WrestleMania card. He is joined by Heenan, who is overly confident in regards to Andre claiming he will retire if he cannot slam Studd. Patera and Studd come out and run down Andre. .
Next week, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo will be in action. Also, Ricky Steamboat, Don Muraco, King Kong Bundy and Greg Valentine will be in action. We will also see the final training montage between Mr. T and Hulk Hogan plus Piper’s Pit with Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton.
Final Thoughts: This show was built around the promotion of WrestleMania. It did a great job at that and it was a decent show in general. All of the feuds are going along well and the celebrity involvement adds that special feeling to the show. If I was ten years old at this time (I was only 3), I would have begged my parents to let me see the show on closed circuit. With just eight days away until the show, things are looking good.

Match of the Day: 23rd Anniversary of Battle Kat’s WWE debut

This has it all!  Brady Boone in a stupid gimmick!  Jobber extraordinaire BOB BRADLEY!  Gorilla Monsoon shilling Hulk Hogan’s vitamins!  Actual vitamins, not just the metaphorical ones.

Fun fact:  Boone got shitcanned and they wanted to keep this retarded gimmick for some reason, so it went to… Bob Bradley.  For like two weeks and then they really did cut it loose for real.  And now you know.

WWF Championship Wrestling February 23rd, 1985

February 23, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week, Paul Orndorff and the tag team champions, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo are in action. Also in action are David Sammartino and Don Muraco. Plus, a special update on Wendi Richter and a clip from the Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan match from the “War to Settle the Score” special.

Steve Lombardi & Johnny Rodz vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo w/Capt. Lou Albano
The crowd goes crazy for the champs. It was weird seeing Albano as a face manager and I didn’t care for it to be honest as he was toned down. Albano was much better as a raving lunatic. Back to the match, Rodz stalls before they take it to the mat. Rotundo tags and beats on Rodz before grabbing a side headlock. Lombardi attempts to sneak behind the ref but is stopped. The champs work on Rodz some more until he is able to tag out. Lombardi enters and Rotundo immediately gets him up in the airplane spin for the victory (3:03).
Thoughts: The crowd was really into the champs and “Born in the USA” as their theme song immediately popped the crowd. Then again, this was the first match of the TV Taping and the crowd is always loud for that. They were pushing the champs heavy on commentary too.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s topic is on Wendi Richter, who lost her title to Leilani Kai at Madison Square Garden. Hayes promises us that we will see footage of the match next week.
Joe Mirto vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/Jimmy Hart
This is Hart’s WWF debut. Mirto grabs a hammerlock to start. They trade slams and Valentine ducks outside for a bit then re-enters and rakes the eyes. He roughs up Mirto on the apron then drops a few elbows before putting on the figure-four leglock, causing Mirto to submit (2:44).
Thoughts: Very little mention or focus on Hart. Speaking of that, Valentine recalled in his “1985 WWF Timeline” for Kayfabe Commentaries that he found out that Hart was going to be his manager after receiving a phone call while extremely hungover in his hotel room.
Mean Gene is with Freddie Blassie, who proclaims that Windham & Rotundo will have the shortest title reign in history. Blassie then jokes that he is a commie.
David Sammartino vs. R.T. Reynolds
Rita Marie is the referee for this match. Sammartino gets a pair of armdrags to start. He works the arm as Vince compares him to Bruno, who puts over his son. They fuck up a powerslam reversal spot as Sammartino goes back to the arm. Reynolds catches Sammartino with a knee and a slam but misses a charge. Sammartino suplexes Reynolds around before hitting the powerslam for the win (3:14). After the match, Andre the Giant comes to the ring and congratulates David on his win.
Thoughts: They haven’t given up yet on David’s push. In fact, they are trying harder than ever.
Okerlund is now with Albano. He puts over Jimmy Snuka and says that he will defeat Roddy Piper at the Boston Garden. Albano puts over Hogan and the tag champs before mentioning his work with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Albano is now just a bland babyface manager.
Tony Garea vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco catches Garea with an elbow smash then misses consecutive elbow drops. Garea takes control and slams Muraco, who ducks outside. Back in the ring, Muraco gets caught with a sunset flip. Garea is able to escape from a bearhug and boots Muraco to the apron. After a brief struggle, Garea suplexes Muraco back into the ring but Muraco is able to turn it into a small package and gets the win (2:56).
Thoughts: This match really didn’t serve a purpose as Garea was in control for most of the time and Muraco only won with a small package. Garea always got in a lot on offense during these matches. He was protected as well as you could be for a job guy.
Piper’s Pit with Bobby Heenan, Ken Patera, and Big John Studd. Piper compliments everyone and asks Heenan about the $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge and how the fans ask him why Heenan doesn’t always bring the money for the contest. Just as Heenan is about to say why he doesn’t always bring the money, the segment ends. A forgettable segment.
The Piper/Hogan match from “War to Settle the Score” is shown in progress.
Jim Young vs. Paul Orndorff w/Bobby Heenan
Heenan takes the stretcher out from underneath the ring. The fans are all over Heenan and Orndorff, who is beating on Young. He hits a pair of suplexes then tosses him to the floor. Orndorff slams Young on the floor then taunts the fans for a bit. In the ring, Orndorff continues his assault, stopping at times to talk with Heenan, before hitting the piledriver for the win (3:44). After the match, Heenan brings the stretcher into the ring and Young has to get carried out by officials.

Thoughts: The stretcher gimmick was a good way to get Orndorff over even more than he was. Speaking of Orndorff, he was really underpushed around this time but that would change shortly.
Okerlund is with Hillbilly Jim. He gives Okerlund some whiskey as a gift and tells him he needs to take it internally. Okerlund jokes that he will only use it for medicinal purposes. He leaves and Piper enters, referring to Hillbilly as a goof and asks if he is related to Snuka. He then cuts a promo on Snuka, saying that he should be gone after all the damage he has caused him. He promises to beat him in Boston.
Next week, we will see clips from the Women’s Title change at MSG. McMahon then breaks the news that Hogan as chosen Mr. T as a partner to face Piper and a partner of his choosing for a match at a yet to be determined date and location.
Final Thoughts: The biggest news coming from this show was that Hogan and Mr. T were going to team up. Other than that, not much else of note happened. For historical purposes, Jimmy Hart made his debut but made very little impact here. The tag champs seem to be getting over, which is good seeing as the tag division was horrid the year prior.   

QOTD – August 23rd, 2013

Greetings, buckaroos.

Today’s question comes from a Mr. Jeff Bailey

Favourite referees.
I’m always partial to the
ones you don’t notice: Joey Marella, Tim White, Jack Doan, etc. Much
better than Earl Hebner, Charles Robinson and the like who may as well
have a sign above their head saying ‘Look at me!’
In fact Hebner and his shitty exaggerated counting really gets up my piss hole.
Actually, Robinson is my favorite. I often find he just disappears once the match get’s going. Plus, he doesn’t do obnoxious things like when it’s a No-DQ match, and someone is in a submission, then reaches the ropes, he’ll just stand there like “what do you want me to do about it?”. Other refs will forget and call for a break. Or they’ll do things like try and prevent certain weapons being used, or like Hebner and his favorite “That’s enough!” he’d always yell at Triple H. Plus, who hauls ass better than him?
As an addendum to his question, I’ll add; what’s your all time favorite ref bump?
Mine is Tim White’s from the Triple H vs Jericho HIAC. He took that bump full force, and then a stomping afterwards. Not to mention it ended his career, which then caused him to commit suicide numerous times.
How say you?
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QOTD – June 23rd, 2013


Today we have a question from The Cooler:
“Going with a movie theme…how about funniest movie lines? I figure it’s good for at least 300 responses” 

For me, I go directly to what I believe is the greatest comedy of all time; Dumb n Dumber. There’s so many moments and lines that I could be here all day, but perhaps the most brilliant is when Lloyd & Harry arrive in Aspen. They’re huddled around a fire outside, and through chattering teeth, Harry says that he can’t feel his fingers anymore, because they’re numb. Lloyd then offers up his second pair of gloves, because his hands are getting sweaty. That alone is worth inclusion, but soon after Harry snaps and tries to choke out Lloyd, to which he screams “HARRY! Your hands are freezing!”. Typing it now makes me laugh. That is such fantastic writing.

How say you?