WWF Wrestling Challenge August 22nd, 1987

August 22, 1987


From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI

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

In action this week will be Ken Patera, Butch Reed, Kamala & Sika, and the Islanders. Plus, more on the Battle for Bam Bam and Bobby Heenan will bring out Paul Orndorff.

 

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WWF Wrestling Challenge August 16th, 1987

August 16, 1987

From the Lacrosse Center in Lacrosse, WI

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Superstar Billy Graham, Koko B. Ware, and Rick Rude

Barry Horowitz vs. Superstar Billy Graham

Graham overpowers Horowitz, who is doing all of the work here. We get an insert promo from Butch Reed telling Graham he is proud after attacking him during the posedown and will attack his injured hip. Back to the match as Graham hits a backdrop then catches Horowitz in a bearhug for the win (1:40).

Thoughts: Graham was essentially immobile here as Horowitz bumped his ass of to make things look passable. This crowd was not that into Graham.



Craig DeGeorge gives us an update on the “Battle for Bam Bam” as he tells us he can do dropkicks and cartwheels. We then get a clip of Freddie Blassie who is unable to tell us which manager would be best for Bam Bam. A waste of Blassie here if you ask me and it did nothing to intrigue of the storyline.

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Billy Beauman

Gang attacks Beauman to start as the announcers talk about Gang being fined for attacking referees and wrestlers a few weeks ago after one of his match. Gang destroys Beauman as Slick is shown in an insert promo telling us that he will sign Bam Bam and put him together with Gang. Back to the match as Gang continues to beat the crap out of Beauman until putting him away with the front suplex (2:52).

Thoughts: They are gearing up Gang for the house show circuit against Hogan as he was being portrayed as a monster. I liked Gang here and too bad he couldn’t have done more with that character.



Gene Okerlund is with Jake Roberts and asks him about his recent surgeries while mentioning how the Honky Tonk Man hit him with his guitar. Roberts then tells Honky he is an easy man to find and he has been stirring up while awaiting a rematch. He tells us that his biggest goal is to abuse the Honky Tonk Man, like he did to him. As usual, solid stuff from Jake.

Clips of the Don Muraco/Bob Orton split, with Gorilla officially telling us that they are done as a team. Too bad no one cared as they were booked as afterthoughts for this feud.

Brian Costello vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko hits a monkey flip and a pair of armdrags to start. The crowd is behind Koko here, who is now working the arm. Koko hits a dropkick after blocking a reverse rollup and follows that with a powerslam as the announcers mention Koko singing the title track of the “Piledriver” album. Costello backs Koko in the corner and tries a headbutt but that fails as Koko drops an elbow then goes back to the arm. Koko keeps playing to the crowd, who is really cheering him on, then there is a big miscommunication spot as Costello ducked his head while Koko ram him over. Koko then hits a missile dropkick while landing on Costello before getting the win with the Ghostbuster (3:24). Koko dropped Costello right on his head with that one.

Thoughts: The last 30 seconds or so of the match broke down with Costello fucking up left and right. I don’t think Koko was too happy here. Anyway the crowd was firmly behind Koko, who got the biggest face reaction on the show.



Okerlund is now with newly crowned WWF Women’s Champion “Sensational” Sherri Martel. She tells all the women in the WWF that this belt belongs to her while egging on the others to try and beat her. Sherri then tells us that she has the best body and is the best wrestler and can cook the best as well. She closes by telling us she is so happy that she parties every night with the belt. Given her history that was probably a shoot. Good promo by Sherri. We were not used to them by the WWF women’s wrestlers at this point either.

We are shown the Hart Foundation vs. Jim Powers & Paul Roma match from the 8/8 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” where Mr. T as the enforcer overruled the match in the favor of Powers & Roma when he saw Hart cheat on a rollup.

DeGeorge is on the podium with “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase cuts off the introduction and says that everyone knows who he is and that he is wealthy. He then tells the crowd he is better than the crowd as they are poor, unlike himself. DiBiase then tells the crowd they all have a price and he will show us how generous he is by giving away $300 then calls a lady up as he makes fun of her for looking poor. DiBiase tells her she can make $300 by barking like a dog then tells her to get down on all fours and bark in front of him. She obliges and barely makes any noise so DiBiase tells us that he wants to hear a high-pitched bark. The lady does so and earns $100 then gets another $100 each of two other barks. DiBiase then asks Virgil if she earned the money as he says no as DiBiase agrees and calls the crowd all a bunch of poor “dog faces” and “suckers” as the woman walks away without any money. This stuff really was genius. A simple and effective way to get heel heat and a great gimmick for house shows.

Now, we are shown David Wolff as he talks about producing the “Piledriver” album. He mentions calling Rick Derringer then talks about how well the wrestlers sung as he hypes it up.

“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Sonny Rogers

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Before the match, Rude tells the men in the audience to be quiet so the ladies can see him remove his robe. Match starts with Rude slamming Rogers then taunting the crowd as he flexes. He then catches Rogers with a clothesline as we get an insert promo of Rude, with the camera zoomed in on his abs as he opens his robe. Rude then picks up Rogers and makes him submit to the backbreaker (0:57).

Thoughts: They are no starting to build up Rude’s heel persona as he begins his ascension up the card. Rude looked good in the ring here.



Lanny Poffo & Mark Richards vs. Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee

We get an insert promo from Fuji to start but we see a photo of Bam Bam in its place as he tells us Bam Bam can be a “volcano.” Poffo tags out after getting roughed up then Sika hits Richards with the Samoan drop and holds him down so Kamala can hit a top rope splash for the win (2:00).

Thoughts: Not much to this as Kamala & Sika were afterthoughts at this point.



Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji, who tells us that Killer Khan loves to be tortured. Khan comes out as Fuji tells us that all the “little Hulksters” will see Hogan get tortured. Okerlund keeps asking Fuji about Khan’s training as Fuji tells us that he teaches him martial arts and hits him hard when he screws up as Khan is hitting himself. Fuji cut a more serious promo than usual here. It was alright I guess.

The medics are shown taking Richards out of the ring on a stretcher.

Next week in action will be Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage, Demolition, Brutus Beefcake, and the Junkyard Dog.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. We saw the TV debut of DiBiase’s fan out of the crowd gimmick. We also got to see newer acts like the One Man Gang and Rick Rude pushed as well. The WWF was starting to build a nice collection of upper card heels at this time, which was a desperate need.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: RoH The Tradition Continues 10/16/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/22/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/23/87
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Brickhouse Brown
Friday: WWF Sam Houston Coliseum (Paul Boesch Retirement Show) 8/28/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge July 26th, 1987

July 26, 1987


From the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Ken Patera, George Steele, Demolition, Killer Khan, and the One Man Gang

Al Navarro vs. Ken Patera


Navarro got a haircut since the last set of tapings. Good for him. Navarro lands some truly horrendous offense into Patera, who then picks him up and places him on the apron. Patera knocks Navarro off then rams him into the stairs before the action heads inside. Patera tosses Navarro around before putting him away with the swinging neckbreaker (1:53). After the match, Patera points and stares at Heenan.

Thoughts: The Patera/Heenan Family feud has lost a lot of steam and at this point it is safe to say that Patera himself has failed in his new role.






Craig DeGeorge tells us that the Can-Am Connection is no more as Zenk quit. We are then shown Martel, who said his partner left because their feud against the Islanders was too tough for him. Heenan and the Islanders are shown as Heenan buries Zenk for being a coward and that Martel should follow suit and quit himself. They made sure to bury Zenk on TV.

Scott Casey & Steve Douglas vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji


Casey lands a few shots on Ax but Smash comes in as Demolition takes control. We get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji talking about how he will manage Bam Bam Bigelow as Heenan says he is lying. Douglas tags as Demolition beat the crap out of him until they put him away with the Decapitation (3:11).

Thoughts: More of the Bam Bam stuff but with regards to Demolition, they really need a feud at this point instead of just destroying jobbers.






Gene Okerlund is with “Ravishing” Rick Rude. Okerlund asks him about his alignment with Heenan as Rude says it is about money, while referring to Okerlund as “Little Man.” Okerlund brings up Heenan’s past failed promises as Rude says that is all in the past as he is the future of wrestling. Rude is asked about Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage as Rude says both of them will go down. They are giving Rude a solid push from the start.

We get footage of the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase at a house show. He pays a woman $100 to wipe the sweat off of him after his match while he tells us everyone has a price.

The Gladiator vs. George “The Animal” Steele


Gladiator tries to attack Steele but ends up getting tossed outside. Steele heads back in and bites open a turnbuckle then tosses the stuffing at the Gladiator before trying to rip off his mask. He tosses the Gladiator back over the top rope again and works on the arm before putting him away with the flying hammerlock (2:32).

Thoughts: The crowds loved Steele but he was really just a side attraction at this point. He would be pitted against lower card workers at house shows but that role was just fine.






Okerlund is with Koko B. Ware, who is playing the harmonica. Koko tells us about his feuds with Danny Davis and the One Man Gang. Not much to this interview other than to show us that Koko had music ability, which would continue to be on display as the year continued.

We get a WWF Ice Cream Bar plug from Little Beaver, who said he eats one of these to cool off when he gets upset about what King Kong Bundy did to him at WrestleMania III.

Killer Khan w/ Mr. Fuji vs. David Stoudemire

Stoudemire looks like a slightly more toned version of Bo Dallas. Khan does some sumo rituals before attacking Stoudemire. He stays on the attack then sprays the mist in his face. Khan then hits a backbreaker before going up top and hitting the flying knee drop for the win ( 2:59).

Thoughts: They are making sure to put over the mist so they can sell Khan’s house show matches against Hogan.






Snake Pit with guest Mr. T. This was shown in most markets on the 7/18 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Mr. T comes out and says that most referees do not know what they are doing so he is going to stand outside of the ring as the enforcer. Danny Davis comes out to interrupt and takes offense to Mr. T receiving his referee’s license. Mr. T says that Davis isnt much of a referee or a wrestler. Jake then talks for a little bit before scaring Davis with the snake. This feud ended just as soon as it started.

Steve Lombardi & Barry Horowitz vs. Jim Powers & Paul Roma


Powers works the arm of Lombardi to start. Roma tags and takes control until Lombardi blocks a monkey flip. Roma gets beaten down for a minute until Horowitz misses a leg drop from the second rope. Hot tag to Powers as one fan is screaming. His offense looks like shit as he works over Horowitz. Lombardi breaks up a pin attempt after a powerslam then the match breaks down until Roma tags himself in and jumps off the top rope with a sunset flip that puts away Horowitz (4:20).

Thoughts: Roma & Powers finally win a tag match. Roma looked like he just won the Powerball drawing. This win would lead to a mini-push for the duo.






DeGeorge is on the stage with Bobby Heenan, who brings out King Harley Race. But firsts, he tells the crowd to get up and bow to the king. Race comes out and says he tells, not asks, the crowd to get up and bow to him. He also says he is “the man in wrestling” today and that no one can beat him. Heenan closes by saying the one thing to top off his career will be the World Title as he guarantees that it will happen. I really didnt get the point of this at all as Race just lost a series of house show matches against Hogan, which drew poorly to begin with.

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Eric Cooper


Gang destroys Cooper as Slick is shown in an insert promo saying he is mad about the other managers saying Bam Bam will sign with them because “the brother is mine.” Gang continues his assault until he finishes Cooper off with the gordbuster (1:38).

Thoughts: A quick squash that also furthered along the Bam Bam angle.






Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Hart Foundation. Neidhart tells us that since they won the Tag Team Championships, everyone has been jealous of them. The Hart Foundation then make fun of the other Tag Teams as they leave. The Honky Tonk Man comes in as he lists off the guys he has beat and says no one else can beat him. This was done to put over Hart and all of his guys.

In action next week will be Koko B. Ware, Jake Roberts, Hart Foundation, and more.

Final Thoughts: The show was okay this week. The Bam Bam story continues to dominate and they were pushing other soon-to-be debuting acts like DiBiase and Rude. The Mr. T and Danny Davis stuff went nowhere though. The WWF had some bad luck with feuds after WrestleMania III, with several of them ending abruptly.

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/1/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Kevin Steen
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/2/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/8/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge July 19th, 1987

July 19. 1987

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

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

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

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

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

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



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

Scott Casey vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

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

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



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

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

Can-Am Connection vs. The Shadows

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Dusty Wolfe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

WWF Wrestling Challenge July 12th, 1987

July 12, 1987

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.

This week’s featured match will see the Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton. Also in action tonight will be the Junkyard Dog, Hart Foundation, One Man Gang, and Hillbilly Jim & Billy Jack Haynes & Tito Santana.

Brian Costello vs. Junkyard Dog

Gorilla notes the weight gain of JYD as Heenan said JYD recently bought flash cards so he could learn to count to ten. JYD hits a poor excuse of a clothesline then overpowers Costello for a bit, as he barely seems able to move, until he puts him away with the powerslam (1:53). After the match, JYD dances with a few kids in the ring.

Thoughts: Even the announcers are hinting at how terrible JYD looks now and its clear that he is being phased down the card.

Craig DeGeorge talks about Killer Khan as we see him use the mist on his opponents. They are playing this up as a threat to everyone, including Hogan. Well, they had to hype their house show matches somehow.

Jerry Allen & Mario Mancini vs. The Islanders w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny V. replaces Heenan on commentary for this match. He also tells us that is the one who has signed Bam Bam Bigelow. Allen catches Tama with a slam and a dropkick. Haku tags in but Allen hits him with a crossbody for a nearfall. The Islanders trap Allen in the corner and beat him down for a bit. Allen makes the tag to Mancini, who immediately gets attacked then put away with the double flying headbutt (2:42).

Thoughts: Not much to this other than the continuation of the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.



Gene Okerlund is with Ken Patera, who tells us the emotional scars he deals with then refers to the Heenan Family as the “goon squad.” Patera now has an insane look on his face that even Okerlund seems scared of him as Patera talks about taking out the Heenan Family one-by-one until its just Heenan himself and that “paybacks will be paid.” This interview was something else.

Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Killer Bees

Gorilla tells Heenan that Johnny V. told him he signed Bam Bam, which Heenan states is a lie because he is the one who signed him. Muraco and Blair start off the match. After a minute of back and forth action, Blair catches Muraco with a powerslam then Orton tries to break it up but accidentally leg drops his partner. Blair hits Muraco with an atomic drop as he collides with Orton, who then tags into the match. Orton pulls up on the ropes but in the process he slingshots Muraco into the ring. Muraco and Orton finally take control of the match. Orton goes to hit Brunzell, who ducks, and accidentally nails the referee then the bell rings as the ref disqualifies Muraco and Orton. After the match, Muraco and Orton argue until Orton storms off.

Thoughts: More of a comedy match with Orton & Muraco, former stars, reduced to doing goofy miscommunication spots leading to a breakup.



Okerlund is with Greg Valentine, who blames Brutus Beefcake for losing the Tag Team Titles and how he will never touch his hair and if Beefcake does try to cut his hair, he will put him in the figure four and snap his leg.

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans

Gang chokes out Evans with his own jacket to start. He rams him into the corner as Slick is shown in an insert promo telling us that he has the “inside track” on Bam Bam Bigelow as Heenan is irate. Gang then puts Evans away with a gordbuster.

Thoughts: Again, the main point here was adding further intrigue to the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.



DeGeorge is with the Heenan Family as they gloat over the fact they beat up and whipped Ken Patera. We are then shown footage of Patera in the locker room after the attack, with welts all over his back.

Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee & Terry Gibbs & Chris Curtis

Haynes works over Lee to start. Jim tags in and does a cartwheel as the fans applaud but Tito tags in after that and slams Gibbs around. Curtis, sporting a shaved head, enters as Tito works him over. Jim then catches Curtis in one of the sorriest attempts of a bearhug that I have ever seen. The jobbers break that up then Tito tags in and gets the win after hitting Curtis with the flying forearm (2:39). After the match the winners dance and clap with a few kids.

Thoughts: The action was pretty bad when Tito was not in the ring. Other than that, just a way to get three guys with nothing going on a chance to shine on TV.

A replay of footage from Ted DiBiase at a house show tossing money into the crowd.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Omar Atlas & Corporal Kirchner

The Hart Foundation beat on Atlas as we see Jimmy Hart in an insert promo saying he will be the one to sign Bam Bam Bigelow. Kirchner tags and cleans house then tags Atlas, who comes off of the rope with an elbow smash. Gorilla hypes the WWF Magazine and an article on the British Bulldogs and how they hope to regain the titles. The Harts are beating on Atlas in the corner then put him away with the Hart Attack (3:15).

Thoughts: More fuel for the Bam Bam angle and they seem to be hinting that the Bulldogs will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Titles.

Okerlund is with Slick, who refuses to answer his question about the One Man Gang’s signing bonus. Butch Reed comes out and runs down the top babyfaces in the company.

Next week in action will be Jake Roberts, Kamala & Sika, Honky Tonk Man, Can-Am Connection, and Randy Savage

Final Thoughts: The Bam Bam Bigelow hype and storyline over which manager will in fact manage him dominated the show. They also had more tension between Muraco and Orton and hyped up the cold Patera vs. Heenan Family Feud but other than that nothing really happened. They are at least pushing newer acts here but they are struggling to find a top TV feud and credible opponents for Hogan.

Here is my schedule for the next several days.

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/18/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/19/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/25/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge July 5th, 1987

July 5, 1987


From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Jake Roberts, Honky Tonk Man, Demolition, Brutus Beefcake, and Killer Khan.

Tony Leone vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts


Leone lands a few punches in the corner but Roberts comes back with a clothesline. Heenan then tells us that he has signed “Bam Bam Bigelow,” who he tells us weighs 396 lbs. Back to the match as Roberts hits a slam then shortly after that hits the DDT for the win (1:27). After the match, Roberts puts the snake on Leone, to the delight of the fans.

Thoughts: The fans loved Roberts but the announcers talking about Bam Bam was the theme of the show as Monsoon would goad Heenan about the other managers claiming to have signed Bam Bam as well.






“Leaping” Lanny Poffo recites a promo about the WWF Ice Cream Bars

Jim Powers vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart


Both guys trade off working the arm as Jimmy Hart is shown in an insert promo announcing that he has signed “Bam Bam.” Back to the match as Honky is in control then puts Powers away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (1:38). After the match, Honky thanks the fans then dances.

Thoughts: Honky did a good job getting heel heat here but the story of the show is still just exactly who is Bam Bam, as Hart told us that he is 6’6 and can do everything.






Gene Okerlund is with the Killer Bees, who tell us that they have been having fun this holiday weekend as Blair gives him some “orange blossom special.” Brunzell looks ungodly hungover here as he talks about masked confusion. These guys gave us a lot of really corny promos.

Frankie DeFalco vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake 


Beefcake is carrying a mirror to the ring. He starts the match by beating on DeFalco as the announcers talk about the haircut Johnny V. received. Beefcake then catches DeFalco with a sleeper and gets the win (1:46). After the match, Beefcake puts on his coats and cuts DeFalco’s hair before spraying it red.

Thoughts: Beefcake was another wrestler that found success with a post-match gimmick. During a time when the company needed help in the midcard, the success of Beefcake was welcome.






S.D. Jones & Paul Roma vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji


The faces briefly work over the arm of Smash to start. Smash comes back with a slam on Roma as Fuji is shown in an insert promo announcing that he has signed Bam Bam Bigelow. Back to the match as Roma comes back with a dropkick on Ax but gets caught with a stungun then put away with the Decapitation (2:21).

Thoughts: Most of the focus was on the Bam Bam situation. Demolition needs a feud.






We are shown the replay of the Heenan Family beating down Ken Patera after his match from the 6/27 edition of Superstars of Wrestling.

Killer Khan w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Mike Richards


Khan destroys Richards as Heenan thinks Khan can beat Hulk Hogan for the title. Khan hits a thrust kick then sprays mist into Richards eyes. Khan then hits a piledriver before putting Richards away with a flying knee drop (3:24).

Thoughts: They certainly tried to put over Khan as a credible threat to Hogan. As far as the match, it went on for too long. Khan should have put this clown away in half the time.






Next week in action will be the Junkyard Dog, Hart Foundation, One Man Gang, and Hillbilly Jim & Billy Jack Haynes & Tito Santana. Plus, the featured match will have the Killer Bees take on Don Muraco & Bob Orton.

Final Thoughts: They did a great job in making you want to see just who Bam Bam was but other than that, there was no real feud advancement to speak of besides a clip of Patera getting beat down. Not the most exciting show and really nothing you would have needed to see back in the day.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/11/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with New Jack (2004)
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/12/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/18/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge June 28th, 1987

June 28, 1987


From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match is Greg Valentine vs. Raymond Rougeau. Also in action are the Can-Am Connection and Randy Savage.

Dave Stoudemire vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth


Before the match, ring announcer Mel Phillips introduced Mr. T as the new enforcer of the WWF. He got a decent reaction here then tries to shake the hand of Savage, who turns his back on him, to the amusement of Heenan. The match begins as Savage immediately attacks Stoudemire. He slams him down then goes up top for the flying elbow smash and that gets the win (0:35). Savage did not even remove his shades here.

Thoughts: Easy work for Savage here. The big story from this match is that Mr. T is back in the WWF as an “enforcer.” This did not last long.






Wrestler’s Rebuttal with Craig DeGeorge. He is with the Junkyard Dog, who tells us that his new catchphrase is “fightin’ and a bitin'” before he teaches DeGeorge how to juke. Same old routine from JYD, who was past the point of usefulness here.

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Johnny V. & Dino Bravo vs. Raymond Rougeau w/ Jacques Rougeau 


Match starts with Valentine taking control as we are shown an insert promo from Brutus Beefcake, threatening to cut the hair of the New Dream Team. Back to the match as Vaentine stops a comeback with a knee to the gut then works the leg. Valentine heads up top but Raymond slams him off then gets a nearfall with a sunset flip. Bravo trips up Raymond from the outside and that sets off Jacques as he runs in and breaks up Valentine’s Figure Four as the match is ruled a no-contest (3:12). The teams then brawl for a bit.

Thoughts: This feud continues although it is not particularly exciting or anything.






Gene Okerlund is with Hercules. He asks him about Bobby Heenan as Hercules tells us the Heenan Family has never been stronger. He also says that he has never been stronger and that Ken Patera will pay for what he did to Heenan. Decent enough promo from Hercules.

We are now shown the first “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vignette. This was originally aired on the 6/27 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” He is in his limo holding a stack of money while he tells us that he can buy happiness, love, and even by any of us before introducing us to Virgil, who is driving the car. DiBiase then suffers a paper cut from flicking through his money as he orders Virgil to take him to the hospital, where he cuts ahead of everyone after giving the nurse $300. DiBiase then tells us that the nurse did what everyone watching would have done as she had her price, just like everyone of us has too. Great introductory vignette. This character was an awesome idea for a heel and these would continue on for the next several weeks.

Can-Am Connection vs. Terry Gibbs & Jimmy Jack Funk


Zenk starts the match by working the arm of Gibbs. The match breaks down as Zenk gets tossed but comes back in to help Martel take down Gibbs with a sunset flip. The Can-Ams then send Funk to the floor with a double dropkick as they take control of the match. Funk clotheslines Martel behind the referee’s back then tags in and gets two off of a shoulderbreaker. Martel blocks a suplex and hits one of his own as both men are down. Zenk gets tagged in and runs wild then Martel holds up Gibbs as Zenk connects with a missile dropkick and gets the win (3:47).

Thoughts: The crowd wasn’t that into the Can-Ams here but to be fair it was the final show of the taping and they looked burned out. Plus, this taping did not exactly produce the most compelling TV in WWF history.






King Harley Race & Hercules & “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Don Driggers & Mario Mancini & ?????


I have no idea who the third guy is on the jobber team. He never even tagged in here.  Before the match, Heenan cut off ring announcer Mel Phillips to introduce Orndorff as he has his own entrance in an attempt to re-establish him into the company. Match starts with the heels tossing around Driggers. Mancini tags in and gets clotheslined by Orndorff, who shortly after that puts Driggers away with the piledriver (2:12).

Thoughts: This was designed to put over the Heenan Family as a threat while spotlighting Orndorff and how he is ready to be a threat again to the top of the card.






Craig DeGeorge welcomes Mr. T, who is the new enforcer in the WWF. Mr. T tells him that he has been preparing by chopping trees as DeGeorge tells Danny Davis to look out. Nothing you haven’t seen before from a Mr. T promo.

“Cowboy” Frankie Lane vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass


Bass tosses Laine to the floor then we hear Bass in an insert promo talking about his whip, Miss Betsy, and how he wants to use it to humiliate people after he beats them. Back to the match as Bass is beating the crap out of Laine for a bit until he hits the Texas Gordbuster for the win (2:35).

Thoughts: Dull and the crowd sat on their hands for this one. Bass wasn’t a bad worker at all but he seemingly bored the crowd to tears in this match.






DeGeorge is with Slick and “The Natural” Butch Reed, who says that Superstar Billy Graham does not have the body or the mentality like he does as he runs down Graham further for being old and broken down. They are looking to start a Reed/Graham feud.

Clips of the Hart Foundation vs. Killer Bees match from the 6/20/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

Okerlund is with Billy Jack Haynes, who talks about the grand opening of his new gym in Oregon. Okerlund then asks him about his workout regime as Haynes tells us that he works out 1.5 hours a day six days a week. He then asks him about his feud with Hercules as Haynes tells Hercules what goes around, comes around, and is not ranting and raving like a psychopath this time as he wants to settle the score with Hercules once and for all. A calm Haynes almost worries me more than a screaming psychotic Haynes.

In action next week will be Jake Roberts, Brutus Beefcake, and the British Bulldogs

Final Thoughts: The Million Dollar Man vignette was cool and the Mr. T as an enforcer angle was intriguing. Plus, they established that JYD and Orndorff returned, which is fine, but they were past their primes. The WWF was trying to get things going at this time but a lot of plans got derailed one way or another.

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Jerry Lynn
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/4/87
Saturday: RoH Beating the Odds 9/6/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/5/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/11/87

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 Wrestling Challenge June 14th, 1987

June 14, 1987


From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY. This was the TV taping in which the Rockers showed up to and got fired a few days afterwards.

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Killer Khan, Junkyard Dog, and the Ricky Steamboat vs. Honky Tonk Man match from the 6/13/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.”

Don Driggers & Mario Mancini vs. Sika & Kamala w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee


Mancini has shaved off his trademark mustache this week in an attempt to look younger but it fails as Sika kicks his ass. Kamala tags and beats him down some more. Driggers tags in and gets kicked down a few times and tags Sika, who catches Driggers with a Samoan Drop then tags Kamala, who gets the pin with a splash (2:21).

Thoughts: Kamala & Sika weren’t really doing much here other than TV squash matches. They were not set up for any feuds or even being discussed in the Tag Team Title picture.






Wrestler’s Rebuttal with Craig DeGeorge, who is with the Can-Am Connection. They are still pissed off at the Islanders for turning on them. Their promos were not good at all.

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Dusty Wolfe


Beefcake frustrates Wolfe by strutting around as we get an insert promo from the Rougeaus as they talk about haircuts. It went nowhere and was terrible. Back to the match as Wolfe lands a few shots but Beefcake struts around then catches him in a powerslam before putting him away with a sleeper (2:29). After the match, Beefcake puts on his smock and cuts the hair of Wolfe.

Thoughts: Beefcake started to do his signature taunts (Strut, go to sleep motion) and this was good in that the crowd was responsive to him. The haircutting after the match is also catching on with the crowd. All important things when pushing a new character.






Gene Okerlund is with the Killer Bees. They talk about the WWF Tag Team Division as Blair tells us a story about talking to Hogan as he gets lamer and lamer until it eventually ends. As talented in the ring as the babyface teams of the 80’s, they were the exact opposite on the mic.

Killer Khan vs. Eric Cooper


Khan beats on Cooper while screaming like a lunatic. He hits a Russian leg sweep, which Gorilla calls a “suplex” then shortly after that he puts him away with a top rope knee drop (1:56).

Thoughts: They continue to build up Khan as a possible threat to the World Title.






Okerlund is with Slick and puts him over for bringing in the One Man Gang, who eventually enters the interview. Slick said the ultimate goal in wrestling is the World Title and he is convinced the One Man Gang can bring it home. They are building up another monster heel as a possible World Title threat.

Steve Lombardi vs. Junkyard Dog


Match starts with JYD tossing Lombardi around. We get an insert promo from Slick and Nikolai Volkoff as they both tell him he will be sent back across the tracks. JYD works the arm then hits a few headbutts and an atomic drop before getting the win with a powerslam (2:11).


Thoughts: JYD really looks awful at this point and as a result, spent the rest of his run putting guys over or winning over lower card guys but never involved in any major storylines.






DeGeorge is with Ron Bass, who does not attack people from behind but rather looks them in the eye. He then calls out Hulk Hogan and a few other babyfaces as he promises to bring in his whip “Miss Betsy.” They are trying to get over Bass and his whip.

A replay of the Superstar Billy Graham recovery piece.

The replay of the Honky Tonk Man vs. Ricky Steamboat match from the 6/13/87 edition of Superstars is shown.

Iron Mike Sharpe & Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Hillbilly Jim & S.D. Jones & Billy Jack Haynes

Orton hip tosses Haynes then celebrates. Haynes comes back with one of his own then hits a few more. He then takes down Muraco as he runs in while Heenan calls him a “show off.”The announcers talk about the Honky Tonk Man winning the IC Title as Gorilla wonders if Heenan is jealous of Hart for managing the IC and Tag Team Champions. The match breaks down as all the faces ram the heels in the corner. S.D. headbutts Muraco a few times but gets caught with a powerslam. Muraco is dazed and tags in Sharpe as Orton is pissed. Muraco and Orton argue on the apron then Muraco tries to clothesline S.D. from the second rope behind the referee’s back but he ends up hitting Sharpe by accident then S.D. covers for the pin (3:25). After the match, Muraco and Orton argue in the aisle as the faces celebrate.

Thoughts: This is the beginning of the split between Orton and Muraco. The way in which it happened was not all that exciting. It’s shocking to see S.D. score the pin here too.






Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart, who is gloating about the Honky Tonk Man’s win. The Hart Foundation walk in and say there is not stopping them and that Danny Davis will be Hulk Hogan to win the World Title. The Foundation then turns their attention to the Killer Bees and call them cheaters, wondering how they can even sleep at night. Neidhart says that they do not have to hide their faces under masks then talk about the other teams. Great interview here.

We are shown the heel locker room celebration as the Honky Tonk Man enters after winning the IC Title. Randy Savage was the first person to congratulate him.

Next week in action will be the Honky Tonk Man, Ken Patera, The Islanders, Koko B. Ware, and Demolition.

Final Thoughts: Not that much going on here, unless you missed the title change on Superstars. They focused on the Tag Team Division and focused on building up some of the midcard guys but beyond that it was forgettable. Its clear the WWF was struggling at this time due to firings, injuries, and pushing stale talent. It was a real down time until the end of the year.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Saturday: RoH Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies 8/16/03
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 6/14/87
Thursday: 1989 WCW Timeline as told by Jim Cornette
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/20/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge June 7th, 1987

June 7, 1987


From the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA


Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, George “The Animal” Steele, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Jerry Allen vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart


Before the match, Phillips lets the crowd know that the DDT will not be banned, causing Honky and Hart to flip out. Allen then attacks Honky and takes him down with a dropkick. He tries another one but Honky pulls up on the ropes then goes to work. He clotheslines Allen down and hammers away until getting the win with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (1:34). After the match, Honky plays guitar for the crowd, who respond by pelting him with garbage.

Thoughts: Honky is probably the hottest heel on WWF TV at this point and time. The crowd hated him and the Honky/Hart pairing was money. Those two together were heat magnets. 







Wrestler’s Rebuttal with the Hart Foundation, who dismiss the rumors that they are hiding behind the Tag Team Titles. Both guys let us know that they will defend the belts anywhere at anytime then close out the segment by starting a “we’re not afraid” chant. This was truly a great heel team and firing on all cylinders in 1987.

Replay of the Can-Am Connection vs. Islanders match from the 5/30/87 edition of Superstars. This is when the Islanders turned heel and aligned with Bobby Heenan.

Gene Okerlund is with Ken Patera, who cuts an awful promo about Heenan saying stuff about his family and how he will get his revenge on him. Patera seemed like he was reading off of a teleprompter here and barely showed any emotion. His face turn and push continues to flop.

Jerry Monti vs. Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan


Johnny V. has replaced Heenan in the booth. He seems hammered tonight. Hercules beats the piss out of Monti then gets shown in an insert promo talking about his strength as he puts Monti away with a full nelson (0:31).

Thoughts: No mention of Haynes on commentary as they are phasing away from that feud.






Okerlund is with Jim Powers & Paul Roma. They both talk about being a young and up-and-coming team and in the process come off as two guys just happy to be wrestling and not guys you would ever take seriously.

Clips of the George “The Animal” Steele vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage lumberjack match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” are shown, with Danny Davis whacking Steele with the timekeeper’s bell.

Rudy Ryder vs. George “The Animal” Steele


Ryder was referred to as “Buddy” previously. Steele goes right after Ryder and tosses him through the ropes. He beats on Ryder some more as we get an insert promo from Davis, telling us he is afraid of no man or beast and how Steele is in the middle of the two. Davis’s smug look was priceless here. Steele then puts Ryder away with the flying hammerlock (0:40). After the match, Steele tosses Ryder to the floor then takes down the referee, who is able to escape.

Thoughts: Designed, along with the previous segment, to push a Steele/Davis feud.






Craig DeGeorge is with the One Man Gang and Slick. They put over Gang’s finisher, the Master Blaster, as Slick says that Gang is so scary that he is even afraid of him. Gang tells us that his hobby is beating people up. A decent segment to put over Gang as a monster. He had a good look.

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


Roma catches Bravo with a hiptoss and a dropkick as we get an insert promo from the Rougeaus, telling the New Dream Team will be where ever they are. Back to the match as Bravo takes control. Valentine tags in and hits a suplex as the announcers hype the IC Title match next week. The New Dream work over Roma, using quick tags, until Roma dodges an attack and tags Powers. Valentine goes after Powers, who fights back. Johnny V. is  on the apron and distracts the ref as Bravo clotheslines Powers from the apron after he attempted a reverse rollup then Valentine drops an elbow for the win (4:21).

Thoughts: Nowhere near as competitive as the past several Roma & Powers tag matches on TV. The New Dream Team really do suck though. No wonder these two were split up soon afterwards as there was zero chemistry here.






Another replay of Superstar Billy Graham’s comeback piece.

Bill Anderson vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth


Anderson shocks Savage with a takedown to start. Savage attacks him then hits a suplex. He tosses him outside and follows out with a double axe handle from the top rope. Back inside, Savage hits a gutwrench then shortly after that puts him away with a flying elbow smash and covers him with one foot  (2:31).

Thoughts: Savage got a decent amount of cheers after dropping the elbow. Him going mental since losing the IC Title has been fun.






Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji and asks him about his guys until Kamala, Sika, and Kimchee come out. Okerlund tries to interview as Fuji tells us it is lunch time for them as they leave. A goofy promo to put over the least impressive tag team in Fuji’s stable.

Next week, the IC Title match between Ricky Steamboat and Honky Tonk Man will be shown.

Final Thoughts: The WWF is still trying to come up with new feuds since WrestleMania III ended but they are not very successful. And the firing of Duggan and Sheik killed their hottest TV program, which meant more of the Patera vs. Heenan Family stuff that was failing. The one positive thing going on was with the tag team division as they had several teams considered in the running for the #1 contender and a majority of them looked strong. But the next few months of the WWF would remain stagnant until several newcomers came in and they would shape up the WWF for the rest of the decade.








Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/13/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/14/87
Saturday: Ring of Honor Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies 8/16/03

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 31st, 1987

May 31, 1987

From the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Koko B. Ware, One Man Gang, Demolition, and Ken Patera. Plus, another update on the status of Superstar Billy Graham and more.

Dusty Wolfe vs. Koko B. Ware

Heenan tells us that Frankie’s nose looks just like Bruno Sammartino’s as Koko takes comtrol of the match. He hits a dropkick and a hip toss as Gorilla reminds Heenan that Patera will be appearing tonight. Wolfe lands a few shots but Koko blocks a sunset flip attempt then hits a missile dropkick before putting Wolfe away with the Ghostbuster (2:35).

Thoughts: Not a whole lot to this other than a backdrop for Gorilla and Heenan to talk about the top happenings in the WWF.



Mario Mancini vs. One Man Gang w/ Slick

Gang immediately attacks Mancini and chokes him out with his vest. He continues his assault as we get an insert promo from Gang and Slick, who tells us he is ecstatic to have Gang, who says he will cripple everyone on his way to the top. Gang then sits on the top rope and uses his weight to drive Mancini’s face into the mat then puts him away with an elbow drop from the middle rope (2:03).

Thoughts: Dominant performance from Gang, who is getting pushed strong a few weeks after his debut.

Gene Okerlund is with George Steele, who does his usual routine. It was fine as it was all good-hearted stuff and the two had solid chemistry to make these pieces work.

Clips from the Patera/Heenan Family feud are shown.

Tim Patterson vs. Ken Patera

Patera points at Heenan in the booth before the match, which got the crowd going. Patera tosses Patterson then taunts Heenan. We get an insert promo from Patera in which he proclaims the whole Heenan Family will fall. Patterson flexes and attempts to engage in a test of strength but loses that as Patera continues to point at Heenan, who threatens to leave. Back to the match as Patterson lands a few shots but Patera fights back and it looks awful but Heenan sells it like Patera is a madman. Patera then puts Patterson away with a bearhug (2:42).

Thoughts: The crowd was into Patera pointing at Heenan for a little bit but did not seem to be into him all that much. The crowd likely would have been into anyone threatening Heenan at this point. Patera was just not in ring shape her either and most of what he did looked terrible.



Okerlund is with the Fabulous Moolah. He puts her over as the longest reigning champ then asks her about the top contenders as she names off several of the ladies who wrestled at this time. Okerlund then questions Moolah about the rumor she will be retiring but Moolah proclaims that false and says there is no one worthy enough to take the title from here. They are once again trying to reestablish the Women’s Division with the story that everyone was going to be gunning for Moolah.

Billy Graham is with Craig DeGeorge as they are shown walking. Graham falls while on crutches but is determined to get back up and climb the mountain all by himself.

Bill Anderson & Jerry Allen vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji

Smash destroys Anderson as we get an insert promo from Fuji and Demolition who promise to inflict pain until they capture the titles. Allen tags and lands a kick but gets his ass kicked after that. He comes back with a kick then tags out as Anderson lands several shots on Ax with minimal effect until he gets whipped into the corner then Demolition gets the win with the Decapitation (2:39).

Thoughts: Another strong showing from Demolition. They were really an impressive team once Darsow joined.

DeGeorge is with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake as he promises to turn the New Dream Team into a nightmare and threatens to shave off their hair. He then teases DeGeorge with the clippers as the segment ends.

Killer Bees vs. Jimmy Jack Funk & The Raider

Brunzell gets the best of Funk to start as the Bees start off the match in control. They then hit just about the lamest double-team move I’ve ever seen when Brunzell leap-frogged Funk, who got caught in a small package by Blair. The Bees are still in control as this is lasting much longer than necessary as Heenan makes convict jokes and references about Patera. Heenan is just great on commentary for this match by the way. The match finally ends when Brunzell puts the Raider away with a dropkick (4:42).

Thoughts: This went on far too long. I don’t think the jobbers even got in a single move.



Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & “The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick vs. Joe Mirto & Brad Rheingans & S.D. Jones

Before the match, Slick taunts Jim Duggan as Volkoff sings the Russian Natioanl Anthem. Rheingans blocks a suplex from the Sheik and hits one of his own. Sheik comes back as we are shown an insert promo from Slick and his guys as he tells us that they do like something about the U.S. and that is the money as they all proceed to pull out a fan of dollar bills. Funny stuff. Back to the match as Reed and Jones bore us to tears and the match drags along until Sheik makes Mirto submit to the Camel’s Clutch (3:41).

Thoughts: Dull match. This was Sheik’s last TV appearance for over a year as he was fired by then time this made it to air.

Okerlund is with Danny Davis, Jimmy Hart, and the Honky Tonk Man. Amusing segment as both Davis and Honky were great characters at this point, making all their appearances entertaining. Honky accused Jack Tunney of hiding votes that were cast for the “Ban the DDT” movement.

Next week in action will be the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, George Steele, and Randy Savage.

Final Thoughts: Not a good show tonight. The last two matches dragged badly and the only feuds being pushed was Patera vs. Heenan Family and Patera was not getting over enough to warrant the push. They did push the One Man Gang and Demolition continues to look awesome but that was about all.

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 24th, 1987

May 24, 1987

From the Sports Arena in San Diego, CA

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match is Brutus Beefcake vs. Dino Bravo. Also in action will be Rick Steamboat, Kamala & Sika, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Dino Bravo w/ Johnny V. vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Beefcake frustrates Bravo to start the match. He hits a slam then Bravo bails as he regroups with Johnny V. Back in the ring as Bravo works the arm then hits a gutwrench suplex. Elbow drop gets two. We get an insert promo from the Rougeaus, who cut some unbelievably lame promo about how after the Barber Shop, the New Dream Team will have to go to the “Rougeau Shop.” Back to the match as Beefcake comes back with a clothesline then hammers away. He hits an inverted atomic drop as Heenan hilariously questions why Beefcake turned on his former team. Beefcake knocks Johnny V. off of the apron then puts Bravo in the sleeper but Greg Valentine runs in and attacks Beefcake for the DQ (3:50). Beefcake gets triple-teamed briefly until the Rougeau Brothers run out for the save.

Thoughts: Nothing more than a segment to continue the feud between all these guys. I will say that the Beefcake turn has yielded positive results.



Ron Bass tells us that it is “Round Up” time as he will be going around the country branding people with his iron. They have now given Bass a gimmick since his feud with Mulligan was all done but the problem is that he still does not have a feud.

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Sharpe works over the back of Steamboat to start. Steamboat hits Sharpe after an Irish whip sequence then sends him to the floor with a dropkick. Back inside, Steamboat skins-the-cat then backdrops Sharpe to the floor. We get an insert promo from the Honky Tonk Man asking Steamboat since he claims to be a fighting champion he should give him a shot at his Intercontinental Title. Sharpe works over Steamboat until he gets outsmarted then hit with a flying body press as Steamboat gets the win (2:32).

Thoughts: The story here was that Steamboat was a fighting champion and with the insert promo from Honky it seems that these two would be facing off in the future. This was aired before the tapings in which Honky beat Steamboat for the belt took place.



Gene Okerlund is with Koko B. Ware. He asks Koko about his hometown as he talked about it being small as Koko talks about loving what he does then Okerlund asks him to sing as Koko sings some a capella about “doing the bird.” The main point here was that Koko can sing.

Jerry Monti vs. King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Race dropkicks Monti then we get an insert promo from Race about how his crown is above and beyond any man. Race beats on Monti as the camera zooms in on the crown then hits a powerslam before getting the win with a cradle suplex (1:36).

Thoughts: Another match to build up Race for his house show run against Hogan.



Okerlund is with the Killer Bees. Just a lame, generic interview to illustrate the depth of the WWF Tag Team Division at this time. The Bees were definitely starting to get phased out at this time.

Carl Schmidt & Terry Gibbs & Dave Barbie vs. Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Billy Jack Haynes

Haynes chops the shit out of Schmidt before taking him down with a dropkick. Jim and Gibbs are in the ring now as Jim hits him with an atomic drop and a slam after getting attacked when offering a handshake. Tito beats on Barbie now then Schmidt tags as Tito puts him in an armbar as Gorilla makes fun of Heenan’s neckbrace. Haynes tags and beats on Schmidt until he puts him away with the full nelson (2:52). After the match, all three faces do the do-si-do. You haven’t lived until you see Haynes and Tito dance around together.

Thoughts: Just a match with three guys thrown together to pop the crowd.



Craig DeGeorge is with Danny Davis, who tells us that everything is coming together as far as him being a wrestler. Davis had arrogance like no one else.

Rick Hunter & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee

Poffo’s pre match promo is about how Kamala & Sika belong in the zoo. We get an insert promo from Outback Jack and how they look ugly, as Heenan laughs at Jack calling someone ugly. Poffo manages to kick Sika then tag out but Hunter gets knocked down then hit with a Samoan Drop then finished off by a splash courtesy of Kamala (1:31).

Thoughts: Quick squash to put Sika & Kamala over like monsters.



We get a replay of the Superstar Billy Graham segment from “Superstars of Wrestling” where he tells us that despite what the doctors say he will return to the ring.

Steve Lombardi vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Duggan overpowers Lombardi to start the match. He yells “Hooooo!!!!!” throughout the match as he beats on Lombardi until getting the win with a running clothesline (1:49). After the match, Duggan sings “God Bless America.”

Thoughts: The crowd was into Duggan a lot. However, two days after this aired was when Duggan and Sheik got arrested together and that was the end of his mega push.



Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who refers to himself as the “uncrowned Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Champion.” He tells us that he and Elizabeth know that “Macho Madness” has had a minor setback but that he is a rock and everything will get better and better. Savage was in the zone here.

Next week in action we will see Koko B. Ware, One Man Gang, Demolition, Ken Patera, and the Killer Bees.

Final Thoughts: Not much of a show. They pushed some feuds but they were not terribly exciting or anything. I really dont have much more to add other than that.



Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/6/87


WWF Wrestling Challenge May 17th, 1987

May 17, 1987

From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan (returning to commentary from the beating he received from Ken Patera and sporting a neckbrace) and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match is “The Natural” Butch Reed vs. Ricky Steamboat in a non-title match. Also in action will be Killer Khan vs. Outback Jack, Islanders vs. Killer Bees, and the Hart Foundation.

“The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Reed attacks Steamboat as he enters the ring and attempts to take off his belt so he can choke him out. Reed suplexes Steamboat into the ring then chokes him out with his own jacket as Heenan rants about how he is not done with Patera. Reed briefly targets the back then tosses him through the ropes as Slick gets caught trying to hit him with his cane. Steamboat slides underneath Reed’s legs then chops him down but ends up running into a big boot. Reed works over the back and tries a press slam but Steamboat floats over and hits Reed with a back suplex as both men are down. They both get up then collide as they are down again. Reed heads up top but Steamboat slams him off of the top. Slick jumps up onto the apron to distract Steamboat, who follows him outside. He chases him around and into the ring then chops away at Reed. Steamboat tries a crossbody as Reed catches him but the momentum takes both guys over the top rope then Steamboat slides back in just before the ten count as he wins the match (6:08) *1/4.

Thoughts: Not much of a match. Reed was generally awful in the ring during his WWF run. Maybe he was hurt for most of it but is offense looked weak and he seemed blown up halfway through the match. Steamboat did not look too strong during the match.



Joe Mirto & Jack Miller vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

Neidhart runs through Mirto as we get an insert promo from Danny Davis, who says he is taking applications for his refereeing academy. Man, Davis was awesome as a heel. The way he delivered his lines was fantastic. Too bad he sucked in the ring. Back to the match as Miller gets his ass kicked. Speaking of Miller he has a beard and the most random rat tail I have ever see. He then gets put away quickly with the Hart Attack (2:10).

Thoughts: Quick squash for the Hart Foundation, who are without a team to feud with at the moment.



Gene Okerlund is with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, who cuts a zany promo with many hair styling puns. Main point of this was to establish that Beefcake was 100% babyface and had fan support, which he did at the start of the gimmick.

Dave Wagner vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko takes down Wagner with an armdrag then rallies the crowd. Koko uses his speed to frustrate Wagner as the camera zooms in on Heenan and his neck brace. Koko clotheslines Wagner then hits a missile dropkick before getting the win with his Ghostbuster (2:20).

Thoughts: Poor Koko had nothing going on at this point, besides jobbing to Honky on the house show circuit. He came around about 10 years too late. His size hamstrung him a lot more in 1987 than it would have today.



Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man. Okerlund asks Honky where his guitar went as Honky says he will not bring it out because of Okerlund “badgering” him into singing all of the time. Good stuff from Honky and Hart, who truly came off as a hateable duo.

Outback Jack and Killer Khan are in the ring for their scheduled match but Khan attacks Jack before the bell then chokes him out with Mr. Fuji’s cane as he screams like a lunatic. Several referees run out to break it up as Khan and Fuji leave Jack behind in the ring. Jack finally gets up as he clutches his throat. Designed to get Khan over as a killer and somewhat protect Jack, who was all but a lost cause at this point anyway.

Snake Pit with guests the New Dream Team and Johnny V. Jake talks about how the original is always the best. He then asks why they got rid of Brutus Beefcake as Johnny is hiding out with his hands over his head to hide the haircut he received from Beefcake two weeks ago. Jake then taunts the New Dream Team if they are next to receive a haircut from Beefcake as Johnny promises Beefcake will pay. Man, the New Dream Team just did not work. They never got over enough as heels. But they did have a role in getting Beefcake over as a face.

The Islanders vs. Killer Bees

Both teams shake hands before the match, prompting Heenan to call them “sissies.” Match starts with Blair and Tama going back and forth in a nice sequence. Haku and Brunzell tag in and trade moves until Haku shoves Brunzell down off of a break as Heenan talks about the Islanders missing the ability to want to hurt someone and if they had that they could be the Tag Team Champions. The Islanders work over Brunzell for a few minutes until Brunzell hits Tama with a shinbreaker. Blair tags and runs wild for a bit until Haku puts a stop to that. Blair hits Tama with the Bee Sting then tags Brunzell, who hits a dropkick, but Haku breaks up the pin. Haku tosses Brunzell to the floor then breaks up a pin attempt from Blair. The Islanders double-team Blair then Haku shoves the referee down when he tried to intervene as the match is ruled a DQ in favor of the Bees (5:32) **1/4. After the match, Tama climbs up top and plays to the crowd.

Thoughts: Really good action here. And the subtle heel turn of the Islanders continues. Tama acting cocky on the top rope after the match was a nice touch.



Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Billy Jack Haynes

Haynes slams Sharpe then hits him with an atomic drop. Haynes is then shown in an insert promo where he tells us he has no sympathy for Heenan and his neck. Sharpe attacks Haynes for a bit but misses an elbow drop as Haynes fires away. Sharpe reaches into his tights but Haynes ducks then gets puts him in the full nelson for the win (2:40).

Thoughts: These two seemed testy here and I’m pretty sure this was the match in which Haynes legitimately knocked out Sharpe backstage after it took place, with Haynes feeling Sharpe was shooting on him and not selling his moves. From what I saw, Sharpe’s offense looked stronger than usual and he seemed to not want to take the full nelson at all.



In action next week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the debut of the One Man Gang and the featured match of Dino Bravo vs. Brutus Beefcake. Plus, the “Snake Pit” with the entire Heenan Family as the guests of the show.

Final Thoughts: Fun show this week. You had two competitive matches and they were pushing some newer acts. Heenan back on commentary made for some good banter between him and Gorilla too. The midcard was shaping up well at this point but the top of the card was getting really stagnant.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: 1986 WWE Timeline as told by George Steele
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/23/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/24/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/30/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 10th, 1987

May 10, 1987


From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT
Your hosts are “The Outlaw” Ron Bass (Substituting for the injured Bobby Heenan) and Gorilla Monsoon
Tonight’s featured match is the Honky Tonk Man vs. George “The Animal” Steele. Plus, Demolition vs. The Rougeau Brothers and Tito Santana & Paul Roma & Jim Powers vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton & Tiger Chung Lee. Plus, a replay of the Ken Patera/Bobby Heenan debate and the Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny V. match from the 5/2/87 edition of Superstars of Wrestling”
Nick Kiniski vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth

Kiniski bails before Savage can sneak attack him. Match starts with Kiniski taking Savage down a few times as we get an insert promo from Elizabeth on how out of control Savage has been since losing the Intercontinental Championship. Kiniski sends Savage to the floor with  dropkick then follows outside where Savage outsmarts him. Back inside, Kiniski misses a charge then gets sent to the floor with a clothesline. Savage follows him out with a double axe handle then rolls Kiniski back inside and hits the flying elbow smash for the win (2:16). 
Thoughts: Kiniski looked good in the brief amount of offense he got in but the story here was Savage continuing to act crazy since losing the IC Title.
 


 

Wrestler’s Rebuttal with Jimmy Hart, who is not flattered with his advertisement of the WWF Ice Cream Bar inside of the WWF Magazine. 
Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. The Rougeau Brothers

Bass puts over Demolition for loving to hurt people and having Mr. Fuji as a manager. Both teams go back and forth to start until Jacques gets caught in the opposing corner. Demolition continues their assault until Raymond breaks up a double-team. The Rougeaus take control then both teams brawl outside until the match is ruled a double count out (2:29). After the match they continue to brawl inside of the ring until the referee (former enhancement talent Jack Kruger) breaks things up.
Thoughts: Just a quick showcase of both teams here that would later on be used as a feud to build up Demolition.
 

 

Gene Okerlund is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who tells us he makes sure to carry his 2×4 at all times in case he sees a Russian then talks about Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik and how he has his eyes on them. 
Replay of the Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny V. match from the 5/2/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” This was the first match in which Beefcake was billed as “The Barber” and ends with Johnny V. getting his haircut after the match.
Okerlund is with the Iron Sheik, who runs down his accomplishments and how kids should go to school before going off on a tangent about “Jim Doogan” for breaking up the Camel’s Clutch he had on Brunzell at WrestleMania III. Okerlund correcting Sheik on Duggan’s name was pretty funny but other than that it was nothing special.
Tiger Chung Lee & Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Paul Roma & Jim Powers & Tito Santana

Bass does not care for the pretty boy team of Roma & Powers. Match starts with Orton and Roma trading holds. Roma works the arm and tags out as Powers does the same. Orton comes back with a dropkick then Muraco tags in and beats on Powers. As Muraco has Powers in a full nelson, Lee tries to chop him but accidentally hits Muraco, who tags in Lee then leaves the ring with Orton. Lee misses an elbow drop then Tito tags in and hits the flying forearm for the win (2:39). 
Thoughts: Roma & Powers actually get a win on TV. The story here was Orton & Muraco bailing on Lee and leaving. Those two were also plummeting near the bottom of the card at this time too.

 
Snake Pit with guests Killer Khan and Mr. Fuji. Jake asks Fuji about acquiring Demolition, Kamala & Sika, and Kahn. Fuji says all he cares about is managing guys who embody is spirit while Khan made faces standing off to the side. They are pushing Fuji and his stable of monsters.
Replay of the Patera/Heenan debate. 
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who is sporting a neck brace. Heenan is pissed at Okerlund’s claim that his injury is just a mere sprained neck as he then promises to make Patera suffer more than he ever has in his life. 
Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Steele chases Honky out of and around the ring. Honky leaves the guitar behind as Steele chases him around with that and smashes it on the stairs before chasing him up the aisle as the ref awards the match to the Honky Tonk Man via disqualification (0:23). 
Thoughts: Pretty weak for a match that was advertised a week in advance. Regardless, the fans still loved to see Steele do his act, especially when it comes at the expense of Honky, and that is much better when it occurs in short matches like this.

 

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who is holding a coffee creamer in his hand. Savage tells us that the cream rises to the top then tosses the creamer as he pulls out yet another creamer as he tells Jack Tunney he is the cream at the top and promises that he will get both the IC and the World Heavyweight Title as he balances the creamer on top of his head. Okerlund asks about Elizabeth as he says yet again that he is the cream at the top before walking off. Possibly Savage’s greatest promo, which is saying a lot. This was fantastic.
Next week will have the Islanders vs. Killer Bees, Outback Jack vs. Killer Khan, and the featured match of Ricky Steamboat vs. Butch Reed in a non-title match. We get promos from both Steamboat and Reed to close the show. 
Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. The action was generally okay and the action breezed by even if it had a few segments that were replays from “Superstars of Wrestling.” They continued a lot of storylines here and created a new Tag Team feud. Also, they announced a pretty huge TV match next week in Steamboat vs. Reed.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/16/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/17/87
Thursday: 1986 WWE Timeline as told by George Steele
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/23/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 3rd 1987

May 3, 1987


From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT

Your hosts are George “The Animal” Steele (subbing for Bobby Heenan, who was selling the injuries he suffered after Ken Patera threw him across the ring last week) and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured match is the Can-Am Connection vs. Kamala & Sika. Also in action are the British Bulldogs, Ricky Steamboat, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Butch Reed, and King Harley Race. Plus, the “Snake Pit” with guest Danny Davis.



Terry Gibbs vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Gibbs knees Steamboat during a lockup and throws him over the top rope but Steamboat skins-the-cat and ends up taking Gibbs to the floor with a headscissors. Back inside, Steamboat works the arm until Gibbs hits an inverted atomic drop. Gorilla asks Steele about the WWF Magazine as he just says “uh..uh….” as Gibbs takes control of the match and gets a few nearfalls with a slam and a neckbreaker but Steamboat fights back and hits the flying chop for the win (4:13).

Thoughts: Steamboat sold a lot here. Gorilla and Steele on commentary wasnt as bad as you would think as Gorilla played it straight as Steele did his usual stuff and it went together.






Sivi Afi & Mario Mancini & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & “The Natural” Butch Reed w/ Slick


Poffo’s post match promo is about Ken Patera and how “weasel hunting season” has now appeared. Before the match, Slick demands that everyone listen to him as he calls Hacksaw Jim Duggan a “yellow-bellied coward” and that Volkoff will sing the Russian National Anthem right now as Duggan answers the challenge and comes out. As Volkoff sings, Duggan cuts the microphone as the heels try to figure out why the mic does not work. Match starts with the heels attacking the faces from behind as they toss out Afi & Mancini. Sheik beats on Poffo until he tags Afi,who gets beat on by Volkoff. Afi uses his speed to avoid Reed and make the tag to Mancini as Gorilla asks Steele about his match against Savage. Reed beats on him and hits a gorilla press slam then tags who kills Mancini with a back suplex until he gets the win with the Camel’s Clutch (3:00).

Thoughts: This was all about the Duggan vs. Evil Foreigners feud, which has been the most heavily pushed feud post WrestleMania III.






Gene Okerlund is with the Rougeau Brothers, who say that they are after Dino Bravo for costing them their match at WrestleMania III. Typical dull stuff from the Rougeaus.

Nelson Veilleux vs. King Harley Race


Race hits a high knee then he is shown in an insert promo talking about wanting to be the next World Champion then finishes off Veilleux with the cradle suplex (0:42).

Thoughts: They continue to make Race look dominant as a credible challenger for Hogan at house shows.






Okerlund is with Slick, who is wearing a Mercedes Benz medallion, prompting Okerlund to say he is missing the hood ornament on his car. Slick says that the first thing on his list is to take care of Tito Santana after what he did to him at WrestleMania III. Slick said he had his $2,300 tuxedo torn off of him as he calls Tito a “pepper-eating red…” as Okerlund tells him to keep it clean. Slick then says that Butch Reed will destroy Tito as that feud continues.

Rick Gantner & Rocky Stone vs. British Bulldogs


Davey takes care of both Gantner & Stone by himself as the Hart Foundation are shown in an insert promo taunting the Bulldogs with the Tag Team Titles. Dynamite and hits a clothesline then a snap suplex that barely saw him get Gantner over for the move. Man, he looked to be in tremendous pain here. Davey tags right back in as he launches Stone at Gantner before putting Gantner away with a running powerslam (2:48).

Thoughts: Sad to see Dynamite reduced to a pathetic shell of himself in the ring. Davey had to do like 90% of the work in their matches as a result.






The Snake Pit with guest Danny Davis. Roberts tells Davis, who struts on the set acting all cocky, that he is a wanted man as Davis tells us he is on his way to become one of the greatest wrestlers then asks Roberts who wants a piece of him as both Tito Santana and Koko B. Ware come out and threaten to kick his ass. Roberts then closes by telling Davis that he is like a man sitting in the electric chair. Good segment to make Davis look like the hunted.

Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee vs. Can-Am Connection


The Can-Ams get jumped from behind after the bell. Zenk gets double-teamed until he dodges a charging Kamala, who accidentally hits his own partner. Martel tags and dropkicks Kamala over the top rope then works the arm of Sika. Zenk tags back in but Sika headbutts him as he gets trapped in the wrong corner. Kamala then appears to hit Zenk in the nuts with a crescent kick that looked fucking painful. Zenk continues to get destroyed but is able to fight back and make the tag. Martel hammers away at Sika then the match breaks down. Martel collides with Sika then gets tossed to the floor by Kamala as its 2-1 against Zenk. Sika holds down Zenk so Kamala can splash him but Martel breaks that up with a trip then hits Sika with a flying body press in a completely ridiculous spot for the win as the crowd goes mental (4:20). Sika walked right into the corner as Martel climbed up then backed up a few feet to allow Martel to hit the splash, which looked idiotic. The heels attack the Can-Ams after the match and set up Zenk for a top rope splash but Martel grabs Fuji’s cane and clears the ring.

Thoughts: Big win for the Can-Ams as the WWF continue to build them up for the Tag Team Titles. The only problem about that was Zenk leaving the WWF before they were able to get the belts.






“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Rick Hunter

Bass beats on Hunter as he is shown in an insert promo telling us that he is baddest and meanest in the WWF. Gorilla then asks Steele about his featured match next week on Challenge against the Honky Tonk Man as Steele says its good then Bass gets the win with a double axe handle (0:59).

Thoughts: Very brief and the point of this was to put over Bass for his feud against Mulligan, who was already done with the company.






Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who pretends that he has no idea who Elvis Presley is and why people keep comparing each other as Honky tells us what happens when you make fun of him as he points to his guitar. Okerlund then brings up his girlfriend Peggy Sue as Honky tells him shut up. They are building up Honky tremendously as a heel.

Next week we will have Demolition vs. Rougeau Brothers, George Steele vs. Honky Tonk Man, and also Randy Savage in action. Plus, the debate between Ken Patera and Bobby Heenan and more.

Final Thoughts: This show was okay. The Can-Ams win was huge, the “Snake Pit” was good and the Honky Tonk Man continues to improve as a heel. Other than that though, everything else felt like old hat and there has been too much of the Duggan feud on TV, IMO. Sure it was somewhat popular but to be on every show for weeks at a time was getting to be too much. The company is still struggling to get things going a month after WrestleMania III has ended.



Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/9/17
Thursday: RF Video Face Off with Honky Tonk Man & Missy Hyatt
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/10/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/16/87



WWF Wrestling Challenge April 26th, 1987

April 26, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight’s featured bout is the rare babyface vs. babyface between the Islanders and the Rougeau Brothers. Also in action will be George Steele, Billy Jack Haynes, Can-Am Connection, and the Hart Foundation.

Steve Lombardi & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Can-Am Connection

Martel starts off getting the best of Lombardi. He then gets backed into the opposite corner and worked over briefly until he ducks an attack from Sharpe that nails Lombardi. Zenk then tags and flies halfway across the ring with a missile dropkick that gets two as we get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji telling the Can-Ams that Kamala & Sika are coming after them. Sharpe works over Zenk in the corner until he misses a charge. Lombardi then yanks Zenk by the hair as the heels regain control of the match. Sharpe and Zenk collide then Martel gets the hot-tag as he runs wild on both guys then puts Lombardi away with a slingshot splash after a powerslam from Zenk (3:11).

Thoughts: Good action from the very popular Can-Am Connection. The main goal here was to start a program with Kamala & Sika, which would progress as the show continued.


We get a repeat of the “Wrestler’s Rebuttal” by Brutus Beefcake from this past episode of “Superstars of Wrestling” in which he promises to go after Adrian Adonis. Oddly enough, Adonis was fired the day after this show aired at a house show in London, Ontario to what Dave Meltzer described as frequent dress code violations and being a slob in general.

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee

Lee sidesteps a crossbody then roughs up Haynes as we get an insert promo from Hercules promising to use his chain on Haynes, who is now in control of the match. He backdrops Lee, who is too lazy to take the move correctly, then hits a suplex before using the full nelson for the win (1:56).

Thoughts: The Haynes/Hercules feud continues. That is really all I have to say here.



Gene Okerlund is with Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart, who is holding the “Ban the DDT” sign as they talk about that throughout the promo as Honky tells us everyone in the WWE wants him to sing and ask his fans for support in getting the DDT banned. Honky was truly great in this role.

Hillbilly Jim and Outback Jack are talking about the different animals they are accustom to in their homelands. Look likes they were trying to make a team here but these two were pretty low on the card and unable to be saved at this point anyway so making them a team wouldn’t have been the worst idea in the world.

Nick Kiniski & Joe Mirto vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis

Danny Davis is shown in an insert promo saying that he is at ringside to make sure the officials are doing there job. Kiniski gets the best of the Anvil then tags Mirto, who immediately gets slammed. Bret tags and beats on Mirto as the Hart Foundation are in full control of the match then put Mirto away with the Hart Attack (2:29). After the match, they let Danny Davis clear the ring of Kiniski and Mirto as they were already down on the mat.

Thoughts: Most of the focus here was on Davis as they further establish him as a chickenshit heel.



Okerlund is with Koko B. Ware and Frankie. Koko, wearing shades and an Adidas track suit, cuts a preacher-like promo on Danny Davis. He seemed coked out of his mind here. There feud seemingly lasted forever too and it was not good. The beginning of the end for Koko here as he became a curtain-jerker as the result of this feud.

The Islanders vs. Rougeau Brothers

Haku and Raymond start off the match with Raymond getting the upper hand. Jacques tags and grabs a headlock. Haku gets two off of a sunset flip then tags Tama, who goes to work on the arm. Jacques comes back with a monkey flip that saw Tama fly through the air as both guys tag out. Good action so far in this match by the way. Tama tags back in and works over the arm of Raymond as the Islanders are getting a bit more aggressive. Tama breaks up a sleeper by Raymond with a double axe handle then tags in as he hits a side slam. The Islanders get even more aggressive as Tama yanks Raymond down by the hair and goes for the cover but Jacques breaks it up. He then tags as he hammers away on Tama before catching him in an abdominal stretch. Haku breaks that up with a throat thrust then all four guys are inside as the action spills outside as they brawl until the match is ruled a double countout (6:10) **1/2. The teams fight until a few referees break up the melee.

Thoughts: Good match that was all action. This also planted the seed for the Islanders eventual heel turn as they wrestled aggressively and were doing heel tactics such as breaking up pins and pulling hair as well. Tama in particular looked great in this match. Oddly enough, the Rougeaus would turn heel about a year later after wrestling the Killer Bees in a babyface match on TV.



Snake Pit with guest Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Jake asks Duggan about why he came to the WWF as Duggan said he saw Sheik & Volkoff putting down America and was sick of it as they do not know what America is all about. Duggan said he does not go to “discotheques to read Zodiac signs” before saying that as long as he is alive, Volkoff will not sing the Russian National Anthem in this country again. Another well-received patriotic promo from Duggan.

Alex Knight & S.D. Jones vs. Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee

S.D. works the arm of Sika then lands a few shots until Sika rakes his eyes. Kamala tags in and destroys Knight as the Can-Am Connection issue a challenge to Kamala & Sika for a match next week as Kamala puts Knight away with a splash (1:21).

Thoughts: Quick match to make the team of Kamala & Sika look dominant in preparation for a probable match against the Can-Am Connection. Smart idea to build up a



Jesse Cortez vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Steele immediately bites the arm of Cortez then beats him down until he gets the win with a flying hammerlock (0:50). After the match, Steele takes down the referee and calls him nice before getting up and eating a turnbuckle.

Thoughts: The fans still loved Steele and quick TV matches like this were a great use of his talents.



Okerlund is with Johnny V and his snazzy new tights. The New Dream Team then come out as they call Beefcake the “weak link” of the team as the refer to him as “Fruitcake.” Bravo promises us that this is the most devastating team the WWF fans will ever see. Bravo was terrible here and in general when it came to wrestling.

Craig DeGeorge is in the locker room asking Mr. Fuji if he will accept the challenge from the Can-Am Connection and he does, saying that Kamala & Sika will rip off their faces. So our featured bout for next week is all set.

Next week’s featured bout will be Kamala & Sika vs. Can-Am Connection. Plus, Ricky Steamboat, King Harley Race, and Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff.

Final Thoughts: Solid show. Most of the focus was on the tag team division as they had a good TV match and built up next week’s featured bout well. The midcard was interesting at this time but unfortunately the top of the card as still murky post-WrestleMania III.

Schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/2/87
Tuesday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 5/2/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/3/87


WWF Wrestling Challenge April 19th, 1987

April 19, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

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

Bill Howard vs. Koko B. Ware

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

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



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

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

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



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

Terry Gibbs vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

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

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



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

Jerry Allen vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

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

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



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

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

Dusty Wolfe vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

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

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



Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tommy Sharpe

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

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



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

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

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

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

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

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 12th, 1987

April 12, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are Demolition, Killer Bees, Butch Reed, and the British Bulldogs & Tito Santana. Plus, highlights from last week’s last from “Superstars of Wrestling” between Iron Sheik vs. Jim Duggan.

The Gladiator & Jimmy Jack Funk & Barry O. vs. Tito Santana & British Bulldogs

Before the match we get an insert promo from Danny Davis stating that he is not impressed by Tito or the Bulldogs. Match starts with the faces making quick tags as they beat on Barry. Dynamite is only able to do chops and headbutts as he can still barely move. Funk tags in as he now gets beat down by the faces. Davey is looking really impressive tonight by the way, displaying speed and power. Funk drops Tito throat-first across the top rope then tags the Gladiator but Tito fights him off and tags Davey, who is now beating on all three guys. He then tags Tito, who puts the Gladiator away with the flying forearm (3:58).

Thoughts: Looks like they are still keeping the feud going between the guys in the WrestleMania III six–man tag match. Davey looked awesome



Craig DeGeorge is with Brutus Beefcake, who is holding a bag that contains the hair of Adrian Adonis. Beefcake also said that it was his pleasure to cut his hair in front of the world.

“The Natural” Butch Reed vs. Sivi Afi

Afi gets the best of Reed to start as we get an insert promo from Slick warning Tito Santana that Reed will make him pay for destroying his suit at WrestleMania III. Reed now takes advantage with his methodical offense. Christ, Reed is blown up out there. Afi dodges an attack in the corner then lands a few kicks and a headbutt then ducks his head as Reed smashes him then drops Afi with a press slam while covering him with his foot for the win (3:02).

Thoughts: Reed looked horrendous in the ring. Looks like he is also gearing up for a feud with Santana, who is busy with midcard feuds at the moment.



Gene Okerlund is with the Rougeau Brothers, asking them about the New Dream Team. Jacques runs down Bravo for not doing things the right away and for ditching Brutus Beefcake. Raymond tells us that they have their eyes on him. Lame stuff here from the Rougeaus.

Brutus Beefcake is no shown telling Adrian Adonis that he will do everything in his power to make sure that he is bald then tells the Dream Team he will turn them into a nightmare. They are really putting over Beefcake as a babyface now. Gorilla even prefaced this promo by saying how Beefcake has changed his ways.

Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner vs. Killer Bees

The Bees are wearing the masks here. Blair works over the arm of Renslow to start. Brunzell then slams Wagner on top of his partner as the jobber team take a breather outside as we get a replay. Blair is now beating on Wagner then hits him with the Bee Sting but Renslow breaks up the pin. Brunzell tags in then hits Wagner with a dropkick for the win (2:35).

Thoughts: The Bees get a win to stay in the Tag Team Title hunt. Gorilla referred to them as a “Top 5” tag team as well so they will be in the mix of teams to contend with the Hart Foundation.



Okerlund is with Steve Lombardi, who talks about Paul Roma and warns him that the best thing he can do is to not show up. Lombardi tells Gene he does not need a manager and that Roma lacks the talent to belong in the ring. Okerlund then asks him about Danny Davis as Lombardi said he was unfairly fired from his job and that he has Jimmy Hart behind him so he can succeed in the ring. After a few month layoff they are rekindling the Roma/Lombardi feud. For all I know this interview was shot a few months before this aired.

Replay of Part Two of the “Ken Patera Story.”

King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Young

Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary. Race catches Young with a clothesline and follows that with a suplex. He hits a bunch of elbow drops as we get an insert promo from Outback Jack who tells Race he looks more like a queen as Race puts Young away with a cradle suplex (1:28). Johnny V. then tells us that he has an important announcement coming in a few weeks.

Thoughts: A win for Race to keep him looking strong for his house show run against Hogan.



Snake Pit with guest “The Outlaw” Ron Bass. Roberts asks Bass why they call him the Outlaw as Bass tells us that he was not given the name but rather earned the name from every opponent is faced in the ring. Roberts cuts off his tangent to ask him about Blackjack Mulligan and how he is the biggest and baddest man to come out of Texas as that gets Bass pissed off then he runs down Mulligan’s family until the segment ends. Mulligan was already gone from the company by the time this aired.

Highlights from last week’s match on “Superstars of Wrestling” between Jim Duggan and Iron Sheik and Duggan coming out with his head bandaged and bloodied running off Sheik and Volkoff during Volkoff’s match. This really was an excellent show-long angle to get Duggan over.

Johnny V. tells us that he sold the contracts of Demolition to focus on The New Dream Team. With decision making like that he could be the GM of the Cleveland Browns.

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo & Billy Anderson

Ax beats down Anderson as we get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji, wearing facepaint, telling us that he will make Demolition torture their opponents. Smash tosses Anderson around then Poffo tags but gets tossed around himself. Ax tags and slams Poffo down as he crawls back over to Anderson. Smash destroys Anderson for a bit until Demolition puts him away with the Decapitation (2:42).

Thoughts: Demolition looked so awesome here and the fans appeared to be in awe of them as despite being heels they were not getting booed.

In action next week will be Koko B. Ware, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Final Thoughts: Solid show. Where as “Superstars of Wrestling” put over Duggan strong as a face all show long, this show did a similar thing with Beefcake. Other than that, they kept plugged some other midcard feuds as the action was fine as a whole.

Schedule for next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/18/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/19/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/25/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 5th, 1987

April 5, 1987


From the Ohio Center in Columbus, OH

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are The Islanders, Kamala, Honky Tonk Man, and Billy Jack Haynes.

Al Navarro & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. The Islanders


Heenan lets us know that the names Haku and Tama mean “Dumb and Stupid.” Haku catches Sharpe with a slam as we are shown the Islanders in an insert promo telling everyone that they can beat the Hart Foundation. Back to the match as the Islanders maintain control of the match. They now beat on Navarro using a lot of quick tags and double-team moves as Heenan continues to make fun of them for being stupid on commentary. Haku kills Navarro with a chop then takes him down with an enziguiri before he allows him to tag Sharpe. He catches Tama with a forearm smash then tags Navarro, who gets slammed then shortly after that the Islanders put him away with a suplex/top rop splash combo (3:53).

Thoughts: A showcase for the Islanders, who were being tossed into the list of teams to take on the Hart Foundation for the belts. Fun fact: Iron Mike Sharpe was fired by the WWF in 1984 for refusing to put over Tama, who was going by the Tonga Kid at the time.






Craig DeGeorge is with an irate Randy Savage, who says “no more Mr. Nice Guy” as everyone will see the difference when they step into the ring with him. They are portraying Savage as a lunatic out for revenge.

A replay of Part One of the Ken Patera story. Only difference here is that Heenan getting flustered that this is happening then in disbelief over the preview for Part Two.

Sivi Afi vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart


Honky brings a guitar with him to the ring for the match. Afi starts off the match in control with a chop and a slam as we get an insert promo from Honky stating that if Jake Roberts can birng a snake to the ring with him then he can bring a guitar. Honky comes back with a clothesline the goes to work on Afi as Heenan puts over his singing abilities. The crowd chants for Jake Roberts as Afi makes a brief comeback until Honky blocks a monkey flip out of the corner then he puts Afi away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (2:47).

Thoughts: Honky was starting to get over well as a heel as all of his taunts and even bringing the guitar into the ring threatening to sing all worked in getting him heat.





Gene Okerlund is with Outback Jack, who states that he has been working with Hulk Hogan because he was a “little chubby” when he first arrived. Not too much to this interview.

The Gladiator vs. Billy Jack Haynes


Match starts with the Gladiator attacking Haynes, who then no-sells the offense before beating the crap out of him. We then get an insert promo from Butch Reed, who tells Haynes that he lacks natural ability. The announcers talk about how the WWF Magazine will now be issued monthly as Haynes puts the Gladiator away with the full nelson (1:44).

Thoughts: No real mention of Hercules here as they appear to be moving Hercules into a feud with Reed.






Okerlund is now with Paul Roma, who he hails as a future star. Okerlund even proclaims that Roma will be a champion one day before putting over his physique. After cooling off his brief push and feud with Lombardi they are giving him another chance to get over a bit.

Sam Cody vs. Kamala w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee


This is Fuji’s debut as Kamala’s manager. Also, Kamala is sporting green and yellow face paint here. Match starts with Kamala backing Cody into the corner where he destroys him. Kamal then tosses him around a few times before putting him away with the top rope splash (0:56). After the match, Kimchee prevents Kamala from hitting another splash as Fuji stands there and does nothing.

Thoughts: New manager same results for Kamala. Beyond the minute-long squashes and stretcher jobs, Kamala’s act didnt offer a whole lot of anything else. Its easy to see why he always bounced from territory to territory. The act doesnt have a long shelf-life in one place.






Snake Pit with guest Blackjack Mulligan, who comes out eating a WWF Ice Cream Bar. He then pulls out a few more bars as Mulligan tells them that they taste great as Roberts tells him that they are kids but then has one himself as this turns into a complete schill for the Ice Cream bars, from Blackjack Mulligan of all people. A total waste of time. Blackjack even talked about putting BB sauce and jalapenos on the ice cream.

“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Joe Mirto


The announcers put over the feud between Bass and Mulligan, a feud that ended as quickly as it started due to Mulligan leaving the company. Match starts with Bass taking Mirto down with a hiptoss then beating on him for a minute, mixing in illegal heel tactics, before putting him away with a jumping back elbow smash (2:32).

Thoughts: A boring squash that the fans didnt seem to care about. This was to set up Bass for his feud with Mulligan but Blackjack was just about gone from the company by the time this match aired.






Okerlund runs down the results from WrestleMania III.

Another vignette of Outback Jack trying and failing to adapt to American customs as a cop prevents him from jumping into the water as Jack wanted to cool himself off after a walk. This was a very, very lame Crocodile Dundee knockoff segment.

Jerry Allen vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/  Johnny V. & Dino Bravo


Valentine chops the piss out of Allen as Brutu Beefcake is shown in an insert promo calling out his former friends, declaring that their nightmare is about to begin. Allen takes control after Valentine misses an elbow drop. He gets a nearfall off of a monkey flip then hammers away in the corner. He nearly botches a snapmare then gets caught with an inverted atomic drop and shortly after that Valentine makes Allen submit to the Figure Four (2:45).

Thoughts: Allen looked bad here but the main purpose of this was to push a feud between Beefcake and his former pals.






Okerlund is now with Jimmy Hart. He messes up Hart’s name then Danny Davis comes out and says he was glad that the WWF fired him as a referee because he can now take on anybody in the WWF. He calls out Koko B. Ware, saying he will be first of the many that he will run through in the company.

Next week in action will be Demolition, Butch Reed, and highlights from the Iron Sheik vs. Jim Duggan match that took place on the 4/4/87 edition of Superstars.

Final Thoughts: This show did not offer a whole lot. They pushed some minor new feuds that were not particularly exciting and combined with unmemorable promos and vignettes it made for a dull show.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/11/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Curt Hawkins
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/12/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/18/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 29th, 1987

March 29, 1987


From the Ohio Center in Columbus, OH


Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This show aired the same day as WrestleMania III

In action tonight will be Tito Santana, King Harley Race, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.

Mary Hart is backstage with Andre the Giant and Bobby Heenan. She asks him about tossing Hulk Hogan from the ring during the SNME battle royal as he tells her to take care of her business while he will take care of his business.

Greg Valentine w/ Johnny V. & Brutus Beefcake & Dino Bravo vs. Tito Santana w/ British Bulldogs


Tito wins a slugfest to start the match. Danny Davis is shown in an insert promo speaking about how he is not afraid of Tito or the British Bulldogs as Valentine takes control of the match. He puts Tito in a chinlock after getting two with a fist drop. Tito fights out then hits Valentine with a forearm smash. They slug it out again until Valentine counters a mounted punch attack with an inverted atomic drop. He then tries an atomic drop but Tito blocks that then puts Valentine in the Figure Four as the crowd goes nuts. Johnny V. jumps up on the apron as Bravo slides in and pulls Valentine over to the ropes then starts hammering away on Tito as Johnny V. joins in but Beefcake distances himself from the duo until the Bulldogs chase them away with Matilda as the ref signals for the bell as the match is ruled a double DQ (3:58).

Thoughts: Good action between longtime rivals. The end, with Beefcake distancing himself from his allies was the story here as they continue to play up his anger from Adonis accidentally cutting his hair.






Craig DeGeorge is backstage with King Kong Bundy, who warns the midgets that they will get hurt if they try to stand in his way. DeGeorge, the dumbass that he was, then asks Bundy if he is going to be kind towards the midgets as Bundy tells him he has never been kind to anyone in his life. Generic big man promo from Bundy.

Replay of Hacksaw Jim Duggan chasing off the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Slick with his 2×4.

Rick Hunter vs. King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan


Johnny V. has replaced Heenan on commentary and says that Hunter looks like Robert Redford. Race ambushes a distracted Hunter from behind. He continues to beat the shit out of him then puts him away with the cradle suplex as JYD is shown in an insert promo talking about how he will be the king after WrestleMania III (0:38). After the match, Heenan makes Hunter bow then Race knees him in the face.

Thoughts: They actually got Race some heat at the end of this match but his feud with JYD was somewhat of a disappointment as Race was never over as a heel and JYD’s popularity was not what it was two years prior.






Gene Okerlund is backstage with Sheik, Volkoff, and Slick as they hype their WrestleMania III match against the Killer Bees. Not much of note other than Sheik referring to Okerlund as “Gene Mean” during his tangent.

Dino Bravo warns the Rougeau Brothers that at WrestleMania III the Dream Team will tear those “French Frogs” apart. Funny moment as when they cut back to the ring, Monsoon joked how Bravo “isnt exactly Irish” himself.

Rougeau Brothers vs. Dave Wagner & Rick Renslow


The Rougeaus use their speed to take control of the match. Johnny V. is shown in an insert promo denying the rumors about dissension within the Dream Team. Renslow slams Raymond but misses a splash off of the middle rope. Jacques tags and slingshots in with a sunset flip that gets broken up by Wagner. Raymond tags back in and hits a crescent kick but Wagner also breaks that up then the Rougeaus double-team both guys in a clunky sequence before putting away Renslow with the Rougeau Bomb (2:23).

Thoughts: Good action here from the Rougeaus who were just not good enough to be near the top of the tag team division due to the depth it was boasting at the time.






“Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Corporal Kirchner

These two lockup as we get an insert promo from Piper cuts a promo on Adonis, who gets sent outside. Adonis re-enters the ring then beats on Kirchner in the corner until he gets the win with a splash from the top (1:42).

Thoughts: This was okay I suppose and really just another segment to hype the hair vs. hair match at WrestleMania.



Jimmy Jack Funk vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Match is joined in progress as Funk suplexes Steamboat as Savage cuts a promo on Steamboat about how Steamboat is overmatched and that he will not lose the title. Steamboat fights back with his “martial arts” offense. He follows with a vertical suplex but ducks his head on a backdrop attempt and gets booted in the face. Steamboat skins-the-cat then backdrops Funk over the ropes as he goes out and roughs him up for a bit. Back inside, Steamboat catches Funk with a back elbow smash then climbs up and hits the flying chop for the win (2:10).

Thoughts: Really fun two-minute match. This was all action. Savage cut an awesome promo on Steamboat here too as they were really making Steamboat out as the underdog here.



Okerlund is with Hogan, who addresses all of the non-believers. He then says that there is no way, with all of the people behind him and all of the prayers and vitamins, that he will stay on top of the mountain. Really promo from Hogan, who sold this match even more here if that was possible.

Next week we will get part one of the “Ken Patera Story” as Heenan is shocked about this. Also in action will be Kamala, Honky Tonk Man, The Islanders, and Billy Jack Haynes.

Final Thoughts: This show was fine. WrestleMania III did not need anymore hyping at this point as I’m sure everyone watching was ready for the PPV. Very few shows have been built up as good as WrestleMania III.

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Koko B. Ware
Friday: WrestleMania III
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 4/4/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/5/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 22nd, 1987

March 22, 1987

From the Ohio Center in Columbus, OH

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be the Hart Foundation, Koko B. Ware, and the Can-Am Connection. Plus, highlights from the battle royal from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”

We are show clips from the battle royal that took place at SNME. It lasts for a few minutes.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis vs. Jim Powers & Paul Roma

Here are Powers & Roma are teaming before they officially became the Young Stallions. Also, the feud between Roma and Lombardi was dropped out of nowhere as that has not been mentioned on TV in a while. Roma and Powers are sporting matching trunks though. Hart slams Roma to start then grabs a headlock. Roma catches Bret with a backdrop then a dropkick before he tags out. Powers shoves Hart into the corner but stands around as Bret attacks him from behind. Bret drops him throat-first on the top rope then kicks him out of the ring where Davis lands a few kicks. The Harts use quick tags to isolate Powers before they put him away with the Hart Attack (2:37). After the match the Hart Foundation attack both guys as Davis drops an elbow on Powers after the attack then tosses him to the floor.

Thoughts: Decent action as the Hart Foundation continues to be the most impressive tag team in the WWF. They really had their act down pat in 1987.



Craig DeGeorge is with Roddy Piper. DeGeorge was such a cornball. Anyway, Piper talks about the stars he has faced then mocks Adonis for not being one of them. Not much to this segment.

Johnny K-9 vs. Koko B. Ware

Koko starts the match off on fire as he hits Johnny with a armdrags and a slam. Reed and Slick taunt Koko in an insert promo as Johnny nearly drops Koko while performing a backbreaker. Koko hits a missile dropkick after getting whipped into the corner then gets the win with the Ghostbuster (2:10).

Thoughts: The fans still loved Koko. Poor guy got no push despite that too. He was facing K-9, who is truly one of the lowest forms of life to enter the wrestling business. You can Google all of the crimes he has committed.



Okerlund tries to interview Andre the Giant as Heenan interrupts to tell him that he does the talking for Andre. Heenan then hypes up Andre as the next champion and calls Okerlund a “dummy” for trying to speak to Andre. They are hammering home the point that Heenan is the voice for Andre and that he was somehow brainwashed Andre into aligning with him

A Hacksaw Jim Duggan vignette as he is mopping a floor to show that Americans have not gone soft as he will rid the WWF of Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. These vignettes were goofy but Duggan was over quickly with the fans.

King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Mario Mancini

Johnny V. takes over for Heenan on commentary. As Bundy beats on Mancini, Hillbilly Jim is shown in an insert promo telling Bundy that he better not hurt one of his “little buddies” as Bundy finishes off Mancini with a splash (0:53). After the match, Bundy grabs the mic and warns the midgets that will happen to them if they get in his way as Mancini gets taken out on a stretcher.

Thoughts: The angle of Bundy potentially crushing a midget at least gave the WrestleMania match some sort of storyline as it has been one of the least hyped matches on the card.



Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan who says that WrestleMania III is a big deal unlike his other encounters against Andre. He then asks Gene how he would feel if a kid looked up to Andre and started to “lie, cheat, and steal” as Gene did not appear like he would

Aretha Franklin is with Okerlund, who says that the wrestlers are as big as her “hits.” Brief but Franklin did not come across as embarrassed to be here or anything.

Can-Am Connection vs. Terry Gibbs & Iron Mike Sharpe

The match breaks down off of the bat. The Can-Ams clear the ring with a double dropkick as we get an insert promo from Muraco & Orton, who tell the Can-Ams that its power and knowledge, not excitement that wins matches. They go back and forth for a bit until it breaks down again. The Can-Ams reverse a double noggin-knocker and come back with dropkicks then Zenk catches Gibbs with a powerslam and Martel puts him away with a slingshot splash (2:40).

Thoughts: Nice showcase for the Can-Am Connection as they have a lot of momentum heading into WrestleMania III



Replay of “Piper’s Pit” from the 3/21/87 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling” where Jack Tunney shows us the custom-made belt that Andre the Giant will wear should he become the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania III.

Snake Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. Roberts first runs down the Honky Tonk Man, saying that he is a bonebreaker and not a tailshaker like Honky. Hogan then talks about how he has to be beaten before Andre can wear his special belt. Roberts points out how the WWF doesn’t think he will win as they already made the belt for Andre as Hogan gets where they are coming from as Jake asks him about people questioning his routine of saying his prayers and taking his vitamins as Hogan tells the non-believers can play with Andre’s toy (as he holds up the special belt made for Andre) until WrestleMania but after that day they can put it in a box as they will not be needing it any longer.

Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Young

Johnny V. is back on commentary. Hercules destroys Young to start the match then we get another psychotic promo from Haynes as Hercules makes Young submit to the Full Nelson (0:41).

Thoughts: They have done all they could to hype up the Haynes/Hercules match as these two are ready to fight. And its not been a bad feud at all, in fact it was a good one, but its time for these two to fight after months of feuding.



Okerlund is with Randy Savage. He says that Steamboat is nervous as he is just hyper. Ain’t that the truth. Savage says that he will be peaking at the Silverdome and that Steamboat will be unable to take away his Intercontinental Title.

Next week in action will be Tito Santana, King Harley Race, and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.

Final Thoughts: Not bad but the WrestleMania III card does not need to be hyped anymore. Luckily the show is just eight days after this aired as a few more weeks of build up would have been tiresome. As far as PPV builds go, WrestleMania III might have been the most impressive of all-time.

Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with D’Lo Brown
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/28/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge: 3/29/87
Tuesday: WWF WrestleMania III

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 15th, 1987

March 15, 1987


From the Civic Center in Springfield, MA


Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Billy Jack Haynes, Ricky Steamboat, and the Junkyard Dog. Plus, another “WrestleMania III” report.

A clip of Haynes being attacked by King Kong Bundy and Hercules after his match a few weeks ago.

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Moondog Spot


Spot attacks Haynes to start. Haynes then comes back with a chop before sending him outside with a dropkick. Haynes is then shown cutting an insane promo on Hercules and Bobby Heenan. Spot rolls back inside and very shortly after that Haynes makes him submit to the full nelson (1:10).

Thoughts: Quick match to put over Haynes and his full nelson. They really did give the Hercules/Haynes feud a lot of time on TV.






Jesse Ventura is with a shirtless Bob Uecker telling him to flex as to show off all the training he has done. Fine for what it was.

A clip of Adrian Adonis accidentally cutting Brutus Beefcake’s hair is shown.

Dino Bravo & Dream Team w/ Johnny V. vs. Mike Lucca & Paul Roma & “Italian Stallion” Salvatore Bellomo


I had no idea that Bellomo’s Rocky-knockoff character even made it to TV. Beefcake is selling his accidental haircut by wearing a bandana. Match starts with Bravo and Roma going back and forth. Bellomo tags but immediately gets hit with an inverted atomic drop as we get an insert promo from the Rougeaus on Bravo. The Dream Team takes advantage of the match for a while until Roma hits Beefcake then yanks of his bandana to a slight round of cheers from the fans. Lucca tags and taunts Beefcake with the bandana but ends of getting his ass kicked until Bravo tags and gets the win with a back suplex (3:53).

Thoughts: They were portraying Beefcake as an angry lunatic since getting his accidental haircut from Adonis. It didnt really work out to well in this match though.






Gene Okerlund is with the Can-Am Connection as they talk about facing Don Muraco & Bob Orton at WrestleMania III and how they will be keeping an eye out for Mr. Fuji. Really basic promo from these two.

Another segment with Bob Uecker as he hypes up WrestleMania III. Great job by Uecker, who was quite enthusiastic here.

Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Renslow

Before the match we get an insert promo from Heenan and Harley Race as Heenan gives JYD a lesson on how to bow and put the crown onto the King’s head. Match starts with JYD roughing up Renslow then taking him down with a headbutt. He then follows that with a clothesline before getting the win with a powerslam (1:02). After the match JYD dances with a few kids in the ring.

Thoughts: The JYD/Harley feud was not really clicking. The fans popped for JYD’s entrance but were silent during the match and his deteriorating skills were not helping with that.






Okerlund is with Adonis, who is dressed in a regular polo shirt as he tells Piper he has to decide on how he will cut his hair. He leaves then Hercules and Heenan come in as they warn Haynes that his neck will get broken when he is gets locked in the full nelson. Heenan then tells us that he will be managing the World Heacyweight Champion after WrestleMania III as Okerlund teases him about making a bet on that as Heenan tells Okerlund he will end up a loser, just like Hogan. Decent interviews from both.

Demolition w/ Johnny V vs. Tommy Sharpe & Sivi Afi


Demolition toss their opponents to the floor before the match starts. They then beat the shit out of Sharpe for a bit as we get an insert promo from Aretha Franklin as the talks about performing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania III and after that they put Sharpe away with the Decapitation (1:20).

Thoughts: Demolition looked like killers here and that was a good thing as Sheik & Volkoff were getting stale as the powerhouse heel team.






Snake Pit with guests Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant. Jake as Andre why he turned on Hogan as Heenan tells us all that Hogan has used him. Jake asks Andre about losing respect of the fans as he just stares straight ahead as Heenan does the talking, proclaiming that Hulkamania will die at WrestleMania III. Nice segment that furthered portrayed Andre as a man who was completely turned his back on the fans.

The same “WrestleMania Report” from Superstars airs.

Pete Doherty vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Steamboat works the arm as we are shown an insert promo from Randy Savage telling Steamboat that having George Steele in his corner will not help him one bit. Steamboat catches Doherty with a dropkick after an Irish whip sequence then goes back to the arm. Doherty misses a pair of elbow drops as Steamboat goes back to the arm as the announcers talk about the WrestleMania III card. Steamboat then hits a delayed vertical suplex before climbing up top and getting the win with a flying chop (4:53).

Thoughts: This was way too long for a squash match. The crowd still loved Steamboat though.






Okerlund is with Roddy Piper and asks him about Hollywood and the celebrities he will be meeting like Brian Dennehy and Pee Wee Herman. Piper then says that he is in the peak of his career at 32 years old and the only man that is in his class is Hogan, who comes out and tells us that all of the Hulksters will walk tall with pride and that he can live forever through Hulkamania as well. Not as crazy as their interview from a couple of weeks ago but still a bit out there.

Next week in action will be King Kong Bundy, Hart Foundation, and Hercules. Plus, highlights from the Battle Royal at “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and more.

Final Thoughts: This show was just okay. Being the final show of the taping, the crowd was somewhat dead and nothing really memorable happened but it did a fine job of hyping WrestleMania III, which was the main purpose.

Here is my schedule for the next week:

Tuesday: WWF Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament 3/15/87
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Blue Meanie & Jasmin St. Claire
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/21/87
Saturday: RoH Wrath of the Racket 8/9/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/22/87

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 8th, 1987

March 8, 1987


From the Civic Center in Springfield, MA


Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight are the Can-Am Connection, Tito Santana, and Kamala. Plus, a special “WrestleMania” report.

Can-Am Connection vs. The Gladiator & Jimmy Jack Funk


The Can-Am Connection take the advantage early using quick tags while wrestling at a quick pace. We get an insert promo from Don Muraco, Bob Orton, and Mr. Fuji about how they are not flashly and just win matches. Back to the match as the heels work over Zenk while the announcers hype WrestleMania III. Funk gets a nearfall with a shoulderbreaker then the Gladiator tags in as Heenan tells us he has a new outfit designed for WrestleMania III. Zenk comes back with a dropkick on both guys then tags Martel, who runs wild. He hits the Gladiator with a backbreaker then tags Zenk and slingshots him in with a splash as he gets the win (5:03).

Thoughts: Nice showcase for the Can-Am Connection, who continue to rise quickly in the tag team division.






Gene Okerlund is with Bob Uecker, who talks about his parents used to wash the clothes of The Crusher. Not much to this but shows that Uecker at least has some knowledge about professional wrestling in that he is aware of the past stars.

Brutus Beefcake cuts a promo on Adrian Adonis, who accidentally cut his hair a few weeks ago. Beefcake hopes that Piper shaves Adonis’s head after their match at WrestleMania. The promo was terrible but we can see the face turn for Beefcake developing.

Don Driggers vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart


Adonis brushes off a dropkick attempt from Driggers then tosses him to the floor. Piper is shown in an insert promo holding a pair of scissors taunting Adonis, who is in control of the match. Adonis then chokes out Driggers for a bit before putting him away with the Good Night Irene (2:20).

Thoughts: Adonis could still work and the fans hated him but he was really at his fattest here. It was sad.






Okerlund is with Hercules and asks him about his match against Billy Jack Haynes at WrestleMania III. Hercules promises to put Haynes in the full nelson in a decent promo.

Highlight of Tito Santana going after Slick when he interfered in his match.

Barry O. vs. Tito Santana


Tito grabs Barry in a waistlock as Heenan tells us that Jimmy Hart spoke to him and says that Davis will surprise everyone in the ring. Davis is then shown in an insert promo blaming Tito and the British Bulldogs for getting suspended for life as a referee and promises to make them pay. Tito dropkicks Barry as we get a replay of that. Tito grabs a side headlock but Barry breaks that up with a hair pull then goes to work. He sends Tito to the floor then knees him off of the apron. Slick then runs out and whacks Tito in the back with his cane as the referee was dealing with Barry. Tito slugs it out on the apron but Barry slams him back in and gets two. Barry then whips Tito against the ropes but gets hit with a flying forearm as Tito gets the win (4:40).

Thoughts: It finally looks like they are breaking Tito away from his dead end team with Pedro Morales. Tito still had a lot of fan support at the time too.






Mary Hart is interviewing Okerlund and not letting him get in a word for a comedy segment. It worked fine as Okerlund was always great in these and Hart seemed to understand her role in these promos.

Okerlund is now with Savage, who proclaims that WrestleMania III will be his night. Typical Savage promo.

Another vignette for Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who was in a forklift inside of a warehouse to show us that he is not here for fame and fortune.

Jerry Monti vs. Kamala w/ The Wizard & Kimchee


Kamala starts the match by hitting Monti with a crescent kick. He then tosses him around briefly before slamming him down then hitting a pair of splashes for the win (1:03).

Thoughts: Without a feud and repetitive squash matches for months, Kamala lost a lot of heel heat among the fans as they even seemed to grow tired of the same thing happen over and over again.






Snake Pit with guests Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, and the Haiti Kid. Before the match, Jake runs down the Honky Tonk Man. Hillbilly then talks about how he will be protecting his partners as Jake tells them not to be afraid of the snake as he was just friend in a sign of Jake turning face.

Replay of the Andre the Giant/Hulk Hogan contract signing at WrestleMania III.

David Stoudemire vs. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart


Hart is shown in an insert promo running down Alice Cooper, joking about how tough could a man named Alice be as Honky beats on Stoudemire. Honky poses as the fans boo as Heenan makes fun of Cooper’s first name too. Honky takes Stoudemire outside then follows him out to hit a backbreaker and shortly after that rolls him back in to hit the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the win (2:46).

Thoughts: Lots of hype for the Honky/Roberts match but it was mostly about Alice Cooper’s involvement.






Okerlund is with Billy Jack Haynes who again cuts a scary promo on Hercules about how he will not quit until his neck is broken. Dude is a lunatic.

Next week in action will be Billy Jack Haynes, Ricky Steamboat, and the Junkyard Dog. Plus, Andre the Giant as the guest on the Snake Pit.

Final Thoughts: Solid show as the build for WrestleMania III continues to be superb. “Wrestling Challenge” highlighted the midcard feuds as well as showing all of the top storyline advancements that happened on “Superstars of Wrestling.”

And my schedule for the week:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/14/87
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Ernie Ladd
Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Even 3/14/87
Saturday: RoH Death Before Dishonor 7/19/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/15/87