WWF Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament: March 15th, 1987

March 15, 1987

Your hosts are Jimmy Hart, Johnny V, and Gorilla Monsoon

At this time, the WWE were doing tag team tournaments at house shows with the winner getting a title shot. This was one of those shows and it was televised due to it taking place at the Maple Leaf Gardens.

There were also two other matches on this card: Sivi Afi vs. Red Demon and Hillbilly Jim vs. Dino Bravo that were not on this broadcast but featured on future episodes of Prime Time Wrestling.

Opening Round
Kamala & Sika w/Kimchee vs. Killer Bees

I think the Wizard as gone at this point, which is a relief. Brunzell grabs Sika in a side headlock to start. Sika breaks then runs him over as this match is been wrestled at a snails pace so far. Kamala is in the corner and is struggling to grasp the rules of a tag team match. Blair tags and works the arm but that doesnt last long as Sika regains control. Kamala tags and beats on Blair, who is trapped in the opposing corner. Johnny V. seems absolutely tanked on commentary as the heels are neutralizing Blair. Sika holds up Blair but he avoids a charging Kamala as the heels collide. Blair makes the tag as Sika had him in a headlock ten Brunzell dropkicks Sika for the win (7:32) 1/2*.

Thoughts: This match sucked and the ending looked awful. The Bees tried here but Sika was just a slug at this point yet worked a majority of the match.

Opening Round
“Golden Boy” Danny Spivey & Jerry Allen vs. Can-Am Connection

The crowd loves the Can-Ams. They gave Allen & Spivey a light smattering of boos. Spivey and Martel start off the match. Martel hits a crossbody for two then tags out. Spivey and Zenk trade suplexes then end in a stalemate. Zenk gets two off of a backslide as Johnny talks up Spivey on commentary. They both get into a shoving match as Spivey is showing a bit more aggression than usual and has Jimmy Hart cheering for him on commentary. Spivey takes control as he drops an elbow for two. Backbreaker gets two then he puts Zenk in a bearhug. Allen tags in and gets two off if a suplex then locks on a bearhug of his own. Zenk fights back but Spivey tags then they completely botch an abdominal stretch spot. Martel makes the save after a double-team move then the match breaks down. Spivey tries to whip Zenk into Martel but he ducks and ends up hitting Allen with a crossbody for the win as Martel trapped Spivey in the corner (10:31) *1/2.

Thoughts: A lot of the focus was on Spivey as they hinted at a heel turn with him here with Johnny V and Jimmy Hart openly cheering for him on commentary and due to him taking control of the match and acting a bit more aggressive than usual. The problem with Spivey was that he just sucked at this point in his career and was not ready for any sort of push at all. The match itself was too long.

Opening Round
Demolition w/ Johnny V. vs. British Bulldogs

Demolition attacks the Bulldog from behind to start the match. Demolition works over Dynamite with a few restholds as Dynamite still appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain. Ax grabs a bearhug as this match is a bore. Dynamite makes the tag but the referee did not see that and orders Davey back as Smash grabs a bearhug. Dynamite breaks free after a couple of headbutts then make the tag as Davey runs wild. Davey looks great out there as he hits them both with the running powerslam. Johnny V. trips him up and that causes Jimmy Hart to laugh hysterically. Davey avoids an elbow drop then uses the chair that Dynamite slid into the ring as he takes out Demolition, causing the referee to ring the bell for the DQ as Demolition gets the win (4:50) 3/4*.

Thoughts: Davey looked great after the hot tag but due to Dynamite’s physical condition Demolition only used restholds and it made for a really boring match.

Opening Round
Don Muraco & Cowboy Bob Orton vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff & King Kong Bundy

No Heenan tonight. Match starts with Orndorff and Bundy beating on Orton. Bundy sets up for the Avalanche but Orton is able to duck outside. Muraco sneaks in and rakes the eyes of Bundy, who tags Orndorff. Muraco tags and distracts the ref so Orton can choke out Orndorff. Muraco and Orton isolate Orndorff in their corner until Muraco locks on a bearhug. Orndorff breaks free and tags Bundy, who cleans house. He hits Muraco with the Avalanche but Orton punches Bundy to prevent a pin attempt. Muraco drops a few elbows then tags Orton but Bundy makes the tag as Orndorff runs wild. The match breaks down as Fuji slips Muraco the cane. He swings but Orndorff ducks and he accidentally hits his partner as Bundy takes Muraco out as Orndorff covers for the win (6:20) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Neither of these guys seemed to give a fuck out there as the match was disjointed. This is the first time they have teased any sort of tension between Muraco and Orton.

Can-Am Connection vs. Demolition w/ Johnny V. 

Demolition beat on Martel to start the match. That lasts for a while and it is quite boring. He tries to make the tag but the ref did not see that as Demolition double-team Martel behind the referee’s back. Martel dodges an attack and finally makes the tag as Zenk runs wild. The match then breaks down as outside of the ring, Ax rams Zenk into the post then rolls back inside just to beat the ten count as Demolition gets the win (9:21) *.

Thoughts: This was pretty bad and sleep inducing as well. Demolition is not really doing much in the ring tonight to impress. And the end was a lame way for a team to win.

Paul Orndorff & King Kong Bundy vs. Killer Bees

The Bees put on their masks before the match as Johnny V is screaming about that from the apron then when he rejoins the booth. Orndorff misses a charge as the Bees use quick tags to work the arm. Orndorff puts on the brakes as Brunzell tried a dropkick then tags out as Bundy knocks around Brunzell. Orndorff tags in again as Hart proclaims that Jim Neidhart throws the best dropkick in wrestling. The heels work over Brunzell in the corner as Johnny V repeatedly ask if the Bees get “stingers.” Bundy hits Brunzell with the Avalanche then taunts the crowd for the piledriver as the heels get distracted then Blair rolls himself in and plays possum as he catches Orndorff with a rollup for the win (4:22) *.

Thoughts: Messy but it was mostly action and at this point of the show that was a huge plus. Bundy was never a great worker by any means but he was putrid in this tournament.

Killer Bees vs. Demolition w/ Johnny V.

Ax and Blair go back and forth in a slugfest to start. Ax knees Blair and grabs a front facelock then tags Smash, who tosses Blair through the ropes. Johnny V. cheapshots Blair, who is trapped in the opposing corner. Ax distracts the ref is Blair makes the tag then Smash knocks him through the ropes. The Bees are on the mat as they put on their masks while out on the floor. Brunzell is in as he dropkicks Ax for two as Smash made the save. The ref orders Smash on the apron then Blair heads up top and gets a sunset flip on Ax for the win (6:21) *1/4.

Thoughts: If you think the finishers are lame today then watch this tournament. It will seem like Eddie Graham booked RAW last night by comparison. The Bees won this unimpressive tournament and get a title shot. This match was alright compared to the other garbage we have seen.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis vs. Killer Bees

The Bees come out with their masks as the Hart Foundation head up the ramp. They do come back when the Bees remove them as they break huddle in the ring before starting the match. Neidhart and Brunzell run into each other to start as they are both down on the mat. Brunzell has Anvil up for a slam but Bret sneaks in ehind the referee’s back and dropkicks him down but Brunzell rolls through and gets a nearfall. Bret tags and hits a backbreaker for two then slaps Blair across the face before tagging out. Bret tags back in and has a front facelock but Neidhart distracts the ref so he missed the tag. Bret then accidentally knocks Neidhart off of the apron as Brunzell makes the tag. Blair runs wild then the match breaks down as the Bees clear the ring. The Bees put the masks on as Jimmy is screaming as the Bees use stereo sleeper holds on the Hart Foundation. Davis jumps up on the apron as Blair knocks him off then the ref struggles to maintain control as Blair has Bret in a small package, Davis runs in and reverses the move then the ref finally notices and counts to three as the Hart Foundation retains (4:20) **1/2.

Thoughts: All action and good but very short. No idea why they didn’t have matches this short for the rest of the tournament. Bret was phenomenal in this match and might have been the best in-ring technician the company had at this point. He was definitely top 3.

Final Thoughts: Man, this tournament sucked. Just about everyone involved was uninspired in the ring and the matches all seemed to have the same spots and pacing. The crowd even seemed burned out by the end. While the six-man tag elimination matches were a hit on the house show circuit, the tag tournaments were the exact opposite. Strong recommendation to avoid.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Thursday: RF Video Shoot interview with Blue Meanie and 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
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/29/87

IC Tournament Quarterfinals!

This is a pretty boss set of matchups, actually.  No place for the likes of Marty Jannetty or The Mountie, of course.  Frankly anyone who voted for them was objectively a bad person. Also, an online poll is a legally binding document here in Canada, so Mountie will be locked up and probably getting shanked with a sharpened tooth brush by tomorrow. http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_   IC Tournament Group BE IC Tournament Group BF IC Tournament Group BG IC Tournament Group BH

IC Tournament Round Three: Groups BA-BD

http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED!  Now I hope that a lesson was learned by everyone who thought that fixing the results of a professional wrestling match could lead to anything good.  And now, the other half of the third round: IC Tournament Group BA IC Tournament Group BB IC Tournament Group BC IC Tournament Group BD BONUS QUESTION: Should the Mountie be jailed for voter fraud after his loss?

IC Tournament Round Three: Groups AW-AZ

http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ Fair warning:  All voting from here on in will be IP-locked so no more bullshit spam voting like what people tried with the Miz in the Rock match.  Like, really, get a life.  You can vote one time every six hours, and that’s it.  Good luck to all.  Except the Mountie.  Fuck him. IC Tournament Group AW IC Tournament Group AX IC Tournament Group AY IC Tournament Group AZ

IC Tournament Round One: Final Groups

http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ Really, Marty Jannetty over Magnificent Muraco?  Do you think Marty could handle the acting skill of Fuji Vice while messed up on pills?  For shame. Here’s your last eight matches: IC Tournament Group Y IC Tournament Group Z IC Tournament Group AA IC Tournament Group AB IC Tournament Group AC IC Tournament Group AD IC Tournament Group AE IC Tournament Group AF

IC Tournament Round One: Groups Q-X

No more percentages because people are obviously rigging the votes somehow.  http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ Although much of this bracket is spectacular mismatches, there’s certainly one barnburner to be had with Savage-Angle. And how did we end up with “Dolph Ziggler” vs “Val Venis” as a match? Are we seeding by ridiculous names now? IC Tournament Group Q IC Tournament Group R IC Tournament Group S IC Tournament Group T IC Tournament Group U IC Tournament Group V IC Tournament Group W IC Tournament Group X

Tournament, Continued

OK, we'll go with this mess as the bracket, and I'll do the qualifying four-way polls tonight.  Any objections, speak now or forever hold your peace:
1. Pedro Morales vs. Winner of Fatal 4-Way: Rikishi vs. Test vs. The Mountie vs. Dean Douglas
2. Don Muraco vs. Winner of Fatal 4-Way: D'Lo Brown vs. Marty Jannetty vs. Billy Gunn vs. Road Dogg
3. Honky Tonk Man vs. Winner of Fatal 4-Way: JBL vs. Albert vs. Lance Storm vs. Luke Harper
4. Tito Santana vs. 61. Big Show
5. Razor Ramon vs. 60. Mark Mero
6. Ultimate Warrior vs. 59. Booker T
7. Randy Savage vs. 58. Curt Angle
8. Curt Hennig vs. 57. The Godfather
9. Shawn Michaels vs. 56. CM Punk
10. Shelton Benjamin vs. 55. Ahmed Johnson
11. The Rock vs. 54. Ezekiel Jackson
12. Jeff Hardy vs. 53. Kane
13. Chris Jericho vs. 52. Davey Boy Smith
14. Wade Barrett vs. 51. Chyna
15. Jeff Jarrett vs. 50. Steve Austin
16. Bret Hart vs. 49. Ricky Steamboat
17. Greg Valentine vs. 48. Roddy Piper
18. Dolph Ziggler vs. 47. Val Venis
19. Kofi Kingston vs. 46. Kerry Von Erick
20. Cody Rhodes vs. 45. Carlito
21. Pat Patterson vs. 44. Eddie Guerrero
22. Ken Patera vs. 43. The Miz
23. Rob Van Dam vs. 42. Umaga
24. Randy Orton vs. 41. Ken Shamrock
25. John Morrison vs. 40. William Regal
26. Triple H vs. 39. Rey Mysterio
27. Christian vs. 38. Owen Hart
28. Edge vs. 37. Diesel
29. Goldust vs. 36. Chris Benoit
30. Big E vs. 35. Rick Rude
31. Santino Marella vs. 34. Curtis Axel
32. Drew McIntyre vs. 33. Ric Flair

IC tournament

I'm fine with running an IC tournament next, but I ain't seeding 64 guys myself. So you nerdlingers can work out the order amongst yourselves and someone can email me a list of seeds from 1-64.  Then I'll run the tournament and take all the credit and ad revenue. 

David Crockett Memorial Tag Tournament FINALS

And now after our gruelling 128 team tournament has run its course (and oh how the world has changed since we started all those…uh…days ago!  Remember when RAW was terrible and Cena was booked like superman constantly?   Good times.), we are down to the final two.  Both close votes in the semifinals, but after tomorrow only one team will get to hoist the prestigious trophy (which the runner-up will promptly destroy).  Will it be the Hart Foundation, previous winners of the tournament?  Or the Road Warriors, face-painted ripoffs of the Ascension?  Tag Tournament Final

Tag Tournament: Round of 32!

Let’s do it.  Some pretty awesome matchups in this round, actually.  Tell me that Quebecers v. Rock N Sock wouldn’t be the most entertaining match in history? Tag Tournament Group CS Tag Tournament Group CT Tag Tournament Group CU Tag Tournament Group CV Tag Tournament Group CW Tag Tournament Group CX Tag Tournament Group CY Tag Tournament Group CZ Tag Tournament Group DA Tag Tournament Group DB Tag Tournament Group DC Tag Tournament Group DD Tag Tournament Group DE Tag Tournament Group DF Tag Tournament Group DG Tag Tournament Group DH

Tag Tournament Round Two: Second Half!

Funeral arrangements for Damien Sandow should probably be made now. That bottom portion of the bracket has some teams that are getting a totally undeserved free ride and shows the dangers of random seeding. Bulldog/Owen v. WGTT should be a hell of a deal, though. Tag Tournament Group CC Tag Tournament Group CD Tag Tournament Group CE Tag Tournament Group CF Tag Tournament Group CG Tag Tournament Group CH Tag Tournament Group CI Tag Tournament Group CJ Tag Tournament Group CK Tag Tournament Group CL Tag Tournament Group CM Tag Tournament Group CN Tag Tournament Group CO Tag Tournament Group CP Tag Tournament Group CQ Tag Tournament Group CR

Tag Tournament: Round Two!

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Tag Tournament Round One: The rest!

Should we just dispatch with the voting and send the Smoking Gunns right to the quarterfinals out of this group of losers?  Voting below the break!   Tag Tournament Group AW Tag Tournament Group AX Tag Tournament Group AY Tag Tournament Group AZ Tag Tournament Group BA Tag Tournament Group BB Tag Tournament Group BC Tag Tournament Group BD Tag Tournament Group BE Tag Tournament Group BF Tag Tournament Group BG Tag Tournament Group BH Tag Tournament Group BI Tag Tournament Group BJ Tag Tournament Group BK Tag Tournament Group BL