April 5, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This is the final show before WrestleMania 2. In action tonight are Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer, Adrian Adonis, and Don Muraco. Plus, special interviews from Mr. T and Hulk Hogan and a lot more.
Lord Alfred Hayes once again lists of all the celebrities that will be appearing at WrestleMania 2. Tommy Lasorda is the newest celebrity that has been announced and will be the ring announcer for the King Kong Bundy vs. Hulk Hogan match.
Chuck Simpson & Al Navarro vs. Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer
Elmer appears to be struggling just to walk around the ring and slap hands with the fans. Simpson fails to slam Jim then gets slammed himself as the announcers talk about the WrestleMania Battle Royal. We get a Cab Calloway insert promo as Jim clotheslines Navarro then tags Elmer, who gets the win with a leg drop (2:06).
Thoughts: A quick match that put over the hillbillies a bit for their WrestleMania matches. Elmer looked worse than ever here. He could barely walk.
Gene Okerlund is with William “Refridgerator” Perry, who puts over the Battle Royal. He mentions that he might have a new career if he wins the match.
Ivan MacDonald vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco looks motivted tonight as he beats the piss out of MacDonald. He tosses him outside as we get an insert promo from Darryl Dawkins, who says that wrestling is his passion. Not a bad promo, actually. Muraco continues his assault as Vince and Bruno discuss all of the celebrities in attendance then he finally puts away MacDonald with the tombstone piledriver (2:59).
Thoughts: Muraco looked pretty good in the ring. He was really entering the downside of his career though.
Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage and he yells about how Elizabeth will be there, even though she is not here tonight.
A.J. Petruzzi & Steve Lombardi & Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner
Spivey starts by catching Lombardi with a hiptoss and a slam. Petruzzi tags and Spivey armdrags him then works an armbar. Kirchner tags and wins a slugfest with Petruzzi then monkey flips him out of the corner. Lombardi tags as Cathy Lee Crosby is shown in an insert promo talking about how she wants Refridgerator Perry to eliminate Big John Studd from the Battle Royal. Spivey tags and they use a double suplex on Petruzzi then for some reason Kirchner stays in the ring and hits a Samoan drop for the win (3:03).
Thoughts: The team of Kirchner & Spivey was amateur-hour stuff. They were both pretty terrible. Spivey was starting to be referred to as the “Golden Boy” at this point too but was really just floundering.
Mean Gene talks with Paul Orndorff, who says that Don Muraco helped hurt his friend, Hulk Hogan, and will beat him at WrestleMania 2. He leaves and the Dream Team appears as Valiant talks about the stipulation of their WrestleMania match against the British Bulldogs and how it doesnt matter if there is a 1,000 referees because they will still win anyway.
Nelson Veilleux vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart
Adonis tones up his flamboyance as Hart sprays him with perfume before the match. He also comes out to “You’re so Vain” as his entrance music. He works the arm of Veilleux as we get an insert promo of Elvira. Adonis then puts him in a sleeper (the not yet named Good Night Irene) and gets the win (2:18). After the match, Adonis beats the shit out of Veilluex.
Thoughts: Adonis is becoming more flamboyant and as that happens, he is getting more of a push. The crowd hated him.
Piper’s Pit from Joe Frazier’s Gym. He looks around for Frazier and sees him then asks how he has been training Mr. T for the fight. Frazier shows him a heavy bag with a kilt taped to the bottom. Frazier then whips a medicine into his chest a few times as Piper tries to brush off the pain and tells Frazier that Mr. T better be ready for their fight. Not a bad segment but I would not classify this as memorable or anything.
Mean Gene introduces another video package about the battle royal with the football players on whether or not they are worried they will not be able to extend their football careers after the match. Russ Francis talked about his dad promoting in Hawaii and having wrestled Lou Thesz and Bruno Sammartino. Hillbilly Jim said he will win because he was trained by Hulk Hogan. Jim Brunzell looked like he was coked up during his promo. Bret Hart says that when he and the Anvil win the Battle Royal money, they will buy a house with a pool and invite over a ton of girls, because that is what they want. They were billing this as a prize of $100,000.
Don Driggers & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie
Poffo’s post-match poem was about WrestleMania 2. I was touched. A fan in the crowd held up a sign that suggested Volkoff enter a “hog calling” contest. It’s the wit that Poughkeepsie was famous for. The heels destroy Poffo as an insert promo of Lasorda is shown. Driggers tags then Volkoff hits a backbreaker then tags the Sheik, who finishes him off with the Camel Clutch (1:22). Sheik poses after the match as Vince talks about the football players that have entered the battle royal.
Thoughts: Just a brief squash to make the heels look decent for their WrestleMania matches.
Gene Okerlund runs down the WrestleMania card then shows us his interview with Hulk Hogan’s doctor, who said that he is concerned about Hogan’s condition and still needs 3-4 weeks of recovery. He also worries about his back and a possible herniated disk and despite multiple attempts to talk him out of the match, Hogan insists that he wrestle. We are back to the interview stage as Hogan appears and says that he is glad it has come to the cage match as he will come out to the ring “wired out of his mind” from “praying and taking his vitamins” then will take Bundy’s pride and beat him down. The wired out of his mind line was awesome.
Next week, we will have a report from WrestleMania 2.
Final Thoughts: I actually thought last week’s show did a better job hyping the show but this still a good job. Again, the overabundance of celebrity segments were grating and the Battle Royal interview segment went on for far too long. Even still, they put over the top matches strong and everything else was fine so it was a decent show overall. The WrestleMania 2 review will be posted on Tuesday night.
March 15, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon.
In action tonight are George “The Animal” Steele & Uncle Elmer, Killer Bees, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis
Jeff Grippley vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart
The crowd starts up a “faggot” chant at Adonis, who attacks Grippley before the bell. He tosses Grippley to the floor and follows him out, slamming him on the floor. The announcers point out how Adonis is overweight, with Bruno actually putting over his abilities, as Adonis is beating up Grippley in the ring. Grippley hits a backdrop but Adonis gets up and slaps him around until he puts Grippley away with the DDT, which Vince tells us Adonis named the “graham cracker” (3:19). After the match, the camera shows a sign in the crowd that has Adonis’s named crossed off with the word “fag busters” written underneath.
Thoughts: The crowd spent most of this match chanting “faggot” and Vince spent most of his time disgusted about Adonis’ physique. Adonis was pretty damn good with this gimmick though. He made it worked and heeled on the crowd every chance he could.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hayes talks about the WrestleMania 2 Battle Royal and runs down all of the competitors, which includes several football players.
Bob Bradley & Mr. X vs. Killer Bees
Blair and Bradley start out with some matwork. Oddly enough, these two were involved in a segment one on of the first episodes of “Tuesday Night Titans” when Blair was demonstrating some amateur wrestling holds. The Bees use quick tags to isolate Bradley then the match breaks down when Brunzell uses a headscissor/headlock takeover on his opponents. Mr. X breaks up a victory roll from Blair then the heels briefly work him over but Blair catches Bradley in an abdominal stretch then turns it into a cradle for the win (3:10).
Thoughts: A brief showcase for the Bees, who have fallen off to the wayside a bit with all of the attention on the Bulldogs.
Gene Okerlund runs down the WrestleMania 2 card then brings out the British Bulldogs, who say that it will all come down to WrestleMania. Interviews were not a strong suit of the British Bulldogs, that’s for sure.
Joe Mirto & Les Thornton vs. Uncle Elmer & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano and Cousin Luke
Luke came to the ring on crutches. Steele clears the ring before the match so Elmer and Albano can dance around. Elmer wins a test of strength against Mirto. The heels then tie up Elmer in the ropes until Steele runs in for the save. Elmer splashes Mirto in the corner then tags Steele, who makes Mirto submit to the flying hammerlock (2:10). After the match, Steele eats a turnbuckle and tosses around the stuffing.
Thoughts: The match was atrocious as was a majority of this segment. Luckily, it was just about the end of Elmer’s tenure with the company.
Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He says that this is the first time he is defending his title in a cage and that Bundy will never be a champion.
Tony Stetson vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Savage attacks Stetson from behind the hits a clothesline, setting up for the flying elbow smash and the win (0:19). Savage tosses Stetson to the floor then sees George Steele attempting to give flowers to Elizabeth and he hits him from behind with a double axe handle. Savage then rolls Steele into the ring and ties him up in the ropes and grabs the flowers from Elizabeth then uses them to slap Steele across the face and eventually smushes them in his face. Albano comes in and unties Steele as Savage carries Liz over his shoulder and hurries back to the locker room
Thoughts: Savage was great and this segment was effective.
Piper’s Pit with Johnny Valiant and the Dream Team. Piper has two ladies who he says are his friends that want to meet the Tag Team Champions. Orton ends up giving the ladies his hat and shirt as the champs give them their belts, in an attempt to show how their fans are better than those of the British Bulldogs.
Jesse Ventura gives us a special report on WrestleMania 2. We are then shown various guys at podiums spread across the three WrestleMania locations. Not a bad idea and the segment came across well.
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Jim Powers and “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Poffo’s post-match poem is a patriotic one that the crowd loves as Corporal Kirchner circles the ring waving the American flag. Sheik attacks Poffo, who still hasn’t had the chance to remove his ring jacket. Volkoff tags and rips off his jacket before hitting a knee smash. Poffo blocks a punch then hammers away. Powers tags in and lands a few punches until Volkoff rakes his eyes. Sheik tags in and hits a backdrop and a suplex then eventually uses the Camel Clutch for the win (2:51). After the match, the heels clear the ring of their opponents.
Thoughts: Not much of a match. I thought that Kirchner not coming out of the save was dumb but this feud isnt really all that exciting to begin with.
Okerlund is with Savage and Elizabeth. Savage tries to talk as Okerlund just decides to run down the WrestleMania 2 card, pissing off Savage.
Next week, the featured bout will be Junkyard Dog & Ricky Steamboat vs. The Funk Brothers
Final Thoughts: The show was basically an advertisement for WrestleMania 2. They did a hell of a job promoting the show too. They also really tried to make the fact that it would be held in three different cities even more special than the first WrestleMania. They really intensified the feud between Steele and Savage too. This show was also the last one of the taping cycle and it seemed as if the fans were a little burned out by this point.
March 8, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action tonight are the Dream Team, Don Muraco, and a midget match.
Barry O. & Johnny K-9 vs. “”Golden Boy” Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner
Kirchner overpowers Barry until he gets caught in a powerslam. Barry missed an elbow drop then Kirchner monkey-flipped him out of the corner. K-9 tags and the faces take turns going to work on his arm. Spivey then rips off Hogan by using the big boot, slam, and a leg drop on K-9. The crowd did not react at all during that sequence. Kirchner tags and dominates K-9 until Barry attacks him from behind. Kirchner quickly fights back though then tags Spivey, who hits one of the worst dropkicks I have ever seen before tagging Kirchner, who gets the win with a Samoan drop (4:07)
Thoughts: Spivey was not ready to be in a major promotion. His in-ring work was terrible at this point. Kirchner was nothing more than a cheap Sgt. Slaughter replacement that the crowd never got behind.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, they show us clips of the winners from the “Slammy Awards.”
Les Thornton vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
Thornton goes on offense for a bit to start, throwing a lot of European uppercuts. Orndorff then wins a slugfest and knocks down Thornton. Orndorff hangs onto the arm of Thornton, who took him down with a snapmare. After missing a charge, Thornton gets dropkicked to the floor. Orndorff brings him back in with a back suplex then hits a chop from the top rope, setting up for the piledriver and the win (3:12).
Thoughts: Not a bad match and they even gave Thornton quite a bit of offense. They played up Orndorff’s athletic background on commentary. Since his feud with Piper ended, Orndorff had nothing going on at this point.
Gene Okerlund introduces us to a pre-recorded interview from Hogan, who talks about his match with JYD against the Funk Brothers.
S.D Jones & Andre Malo vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart
S.D. cant knock over Neidhart but ends up outsmarting him during a criss-cross sequence and takes him down with an arm drag. Malo tags but Neidhart overpowers him then tags Brett, who beats on Malo against the ropes as the crowd chants for S.D. Brett hits a backbreaker then S.D. comes in for some reason and as the ref orders him back, the Hart Foundation destroy Malo and eventually put him away with the Hart Attack (2:54).
Thoughts: The Hart Foundation were becoming more impressive by the week and as a result, started to get more of a push. They werent at their peak yet, as they had not built up their personalities, but were trending upwards.
Gene Okerlund breaks the news that WrestleMania 2 will be divided up between three cities. In Los Angeles, Hulk Hogan will defend his World Heavyweight title against King Kong Bundy in a steel cage. In the Nassau Coliseum, Roddy Piper will face Mr. T in a boxing match. And in the Richfeld Coliseum, the first annual open invitational battle royal will take place, including Andre the Giant and from the Chicago Bears, William “Refridgerator” Perry. A list of locations to watch via closed circuit are then shown on screen.
Butch Cassidy vs. Haiti Kid
Butch knocks down Haiti to start. Haiti then hits a backdrop and a dropkick before using a side headlock. Crossbody gets two. Butch rakes the eyes and tries a turnbuckle smash, which had no effect. Haiti lays in with some chops but Butch rakes the eyes again and takes control. Haiti misses a charge in the corner then Butch hits a suplex, as Vince compares Cassidy to Jimmy Hart in terms of size. Butch missed a top rope leg drop then Haiti immediately gets up and bites him in the ass. Haiti bit the ref after he intervened then during a criss-cross spot, Haiti rolled up Cassidy for the win (3:02).
Thoughts: This was fine for what it was. Vince was cacking like a moron throughout the match, which was actually funny for some reason. Haiti was terrible in the ring but Butch actually had some decent ability and looked good.
Immediately after the last match, Roddy Piper and Bob Orton drag the Haiti Kid away and bring him to the “Piper’s Pit” set. Piper grabs some tape and says accuses Haiti Kid of saying that he hoped Mr. T beat him up and he confirms. Piper then grills Haiti Kid about liking Mr. T as Orton holds him by the hair on a seat. He then lifts him up as Piper cuts the Haiti’s Kid hair so he can look just like Mr. T. Piper then covers his mouth with tape because he was talking too much then goes back to work on the hair. He then tapes Haiti Kid’s hands together and slaps him around a bit. Wow, the crowd did not make much noise and it seemed like it was the “stunned silence” type. A memorable segment that made you want to see Mr. T destroy Piper in their boxing match at WrestleMania.
Okerlund hypes up WrestleMania 2 by showing clips from this past “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” I’ll say it again, that show did a hell of a job promoting the main events of the card. Mr. T, sporting a “Hulkamania” shirt cuts a promo on Piper, stating he did not have enough training against Orton due to the filming the “A-Team” but promises that he will have plenty of time to prepare for Piper. Hogan comes out, with his ribs taped up, and tells us that Mr. T dedicates his life to the “special children” and that they will not let the kids down at WrestleMania.
Nelson Veilleux & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant
Before the match, Poffo reads a poem about the British Bulldogs being the future Tag Team Champions. The Dream Team take turns beating on Poffo to start. Poffo fights off both guys then tags Veilleux, who gets hit by a flying knee from Brutus. Valentine tags and drops a few elbows as a “fruitcake” chant breaks out. Valentine hits a shoulderbreaker then Beefcake attacks Veilleux from the apron. The Dream Team takes turns tossing around Veilleux until Valentine makes him submit to the figure four (2:58).
Thoughts: A showcase for the Dream Team to make them look strong, due to the British Bulldogs having their number lately.
Oklerund is with Jimmy Hart and the Funk Brothers. Terry said that JYD & Hogan asked for this match and tells us the story of his brother killing the dog who bit him as a kid, even referring to him as “Hoss,” then says that after they send Hogan to the hospital, they will hog tie JYD. Hoss speaks and says they will have a “ropin’ and a tyin’ ” at the Boston Garden Tonight. I havent seen a whole lot of Dory Funk but here, he seemed to be awful at promos. I have no idea if he just struggled with the corny lines he had to work with or not.
Next week, Uncle Elmer will team up with George “The Animal” Steele. Also, Adrian Adonis, the Killer Bees, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be in action. Plus, more updates about WrestleMania.
Final Thoughts: This was a pretty good show. They broke the news that WrestleMania 2 will take place at three different locations and announced the main events for each building. I also found it weird that it took place on a Monday night. The key feuds going into the show have been built fantastically too. There were some throw away matches but overall, a fun hour of wrestling
March 1, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, the Funk Brothers will be in action. Also, we will see the Mr. T training video as he prepares to box Bob Orton for “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Plus, the British Bulldogs, Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga and much more.
Terry Gibbs & AJ Petruzzi vs. Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga
Steamboat & Tonga are attacked from behind to start but they are quickly able to gain the advantage. They use a few contrived double-team moves then the match settles down. Tonga and Gibbs completely fuck up a snapmare then Petruzzi tags and Tonga hiptosses him down. He beats on him for a bit then tags Steamboat, who does the same then finishes him off with a flying body press (3:01).
Thoughts: The action was pretty bad in this match. Tonga had a bad performance in particular. The team of Steamboat & Tonga isnt going anywhere.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He shows us a clip of Gene Okerlund trying to interview Mr. T as he warms up. Mr.T yells at Okerlund to leave as he pounds on the heavy bag then states it will be a war and he will make Orton look like Okerlund when he is done with him.
Joe Mirto vs. Tito Santana
The crowd loves Tito. Then again, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center crowd always did. Bruno says he finds it hard to accept that Tito lost the Intercontinental Title and claims he always defended it against everyone. Well, he didn’t and wrestled mostly in tag matches during this reign. Tito works the arm of Mirto to start as the announcers wonder whether or not Tito will find a partner to get the Tag Team Titles or stay in singles competition. Tito then targets the leg and finishes him off with the figure four (3:16).
Thoughts: The story of this match was on commentary, where they made us guess the direction Tito would take since losing the belt.
Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan, who will teaming with the Junkyard Dog to take on the Funk Brothers at the March 8th Boston Garden show. Hogan said that he visited JYD in the hospital after he was attacked by the Funk’s. Hogan started panting like a dog at one point and mentioned his feud with Don Muraco and King Kong Bundy. Lots of foreshadowing here by the Hulkster.
British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano vs. The Gladiator & Barry O.
The crowd is in love with the Bulldogs at this point. Dynamite works over Barry, who quickly tags out. Davey tags in and the Gladiator takes him down briefly with a side headlock. Davey comes back with a backdrop then hits a delayed vertical suplex. The Bulldogs hit a double clothesline then Dynamite uses a snap suplex. Davey tags and dropkicks Barry out of the ring then presses Dynamite over his head and launches him at the Gladiator for a flying headbutt, getting the win (2:41).
Thoughts: The Bulldogs wrestling was so much different than any other team on the roster that it got them over huge with the crowd.
Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who will be facing Tito Santana at the March 8th Boston Garden show. Savage denies cheating to win the title and says that the IC Belt has never had this much prestige.
Steve Gatorwolf & Mike Saxon vs. Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan
The Gatorwolf/Saxon pairing is quite odd to say the least. Studd shoves around Gatorwolf then tags Bundy, who does the same. Saxon tags in and the heels take turns kicking the shit out of him until Bundy hits hte avalanche then finishes him off with a splash, making the referee count to five (2:36).
Thoughts: They are building up Bundy as the unstoppable monster. He was also starting to be focused on a lot more than his partner, who was beginning to play second-fiddle to Bundy.
Piper’s Pit with guests King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan. Piper gives Bundy a humanitarian award for putting Hulk Hogan in the hospital, thus curing the people that had to suffer through his matches. Bundy then congratulates Piper and Orton for beating up Mr. T. They all laugh about the injuries they caused Hogan and all of his fans. They gave away the SNME finishes here, which aired the same day as this show.
Okerlund is in the studio showing us the same Mr. T workout video from earlier in the show. He then shows us the injuries that he suffered from Orton and Piper on SNME. Okerlund then said that after the show, Mr. T told him he wants to box Roddy Piper. He then tells us that Hulk Hogan got destroyed by King Kong Bundy after his match against Don Muraco on SNME and wound up in the hospital then released the next day. Okerlund interviews the doctor, who said that Hogan suffered a concussion and injuries to his spine.
Nelson Veilleux & S.D. Jones vs. Terry & Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart
After referring to him as Dory last week, he is now going by “Hoss.” The match starts with Terry running away from Jones and tagging Hoss. Veilleux tags and Hoss takes him down to the mat. The Funk’s then take Veilleux down with a double clothesline. They take turns beating the piss out of Veilleux until Hoss winds up in a tree of woe after missing a charge. SD comes in and he sends Terry into his brother as the crowd goes nuts. SD then tags in legally and headbutts Terry but ends up getting caught in a sleeper hold. SD fights out and hits another headbutt. Veilleux tags but gets suplexed then the Funk’s take turns beating on him until Hoss puts him in the Boston Crab (5:38).
Thoughts: Long match to showcase Hoss Funk. Not much more to say other than that.
Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Funk Brothers. Terry said that he would be champion if it wasnt for JYD then cuts a promo on JYD & Hogan that was pretty great.
Next week, we will find out the winners from the “Slammy Awards.” Also, Paul Orndorff, the special “midget match,” Hart Foundation, Corporal Kirchner & Danny Spivey, and an update on WrestleMania 2.
Final Thoughts: They did a good job hyping up SNME, WrestleMania 2, and the March 8th Boston show (which I will review) but nearly everything else was worth skipping over. They also found something interesting for Tito, who really floundered in his last run as IC Champion.
February 22, 1986
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon
Tonight, we will see the Intercontinental Title match from the Boston Garden between Randy Savage and Tito Santana. Also, Adrian Adonis and Paul Orndorff are in action. Plus, Hulk Hogan will make an appearance and much more.
Dave Barbie & Les Thornton & Rusty Brooks vs. Pedro Morales & Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner
Morales looks thrilled to be here. He starts the match by taking down Thornton a few times with a side headlock. Kirchner tags but Thornton takes him down with a belly-to-belly and tags Barbie. They completely fuck up a side slam spot then Kirchner hits a backbreaker and tags Spivey, who gets caught in the wrong but is able to escape and tags Morales but quickly tags back in and hits the bulldog for the win (3:07).
Thoughts: The action was pretty bad and no one at all cared about any of these guys.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, he talks about Roddy Piper and “Boxing” Bob Orton. Hayes puts over Piper for being a champion boxer as a team and brings up his challenge aimed at any who has ever wrestled.
A plug for the “Wrestling Album” airs.
The WWF LJN “Thumb Wrestlers” commercial airs.
Jim Londos vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Before the match, Muraco dedicates his piledriver to Jesse Ventura, who he calls the greatest announcer ever. Londos’ graphic gives him the first name “Jeff,” despite him being used on TV several times. The WWF production team frequently fucked up names. Muraco beats the fuck out of Londos, who is frequently out of position. Vince brings up how Hogan’s “Real American” music video will debut at next week’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event” as Muraco finishes him off with the tombstone (1:50).
Thoughts: Muraco was in the midst of his last push of any signifigance. He was very entertaining here.
Mean Gene is with Tito Santana. This is the same exact promo as the following week. They kept the title change a secret until they showed the clip on TV, despite the match taking place two weeks before this aired.
Mohawk Kid (?) vs. Paul Orndorff
Vince called him the Mohawk Kid on commentary and he was never given any other name. He jumped Orndorff to start but that didnt go anywhere. Orndorff slams him on the floor as Jesse talks about how he is ruthless. Orndorff hits an elbow smash and a knee drop then rubs his face into the mat. Orndorff then takes his head off with a clothesline before finishing him off with a piledriver, complete with the arrogant cover. Jesse pointed out the hypocrisy of the crowd cheering Orndorff for that but booing him (2:10). After the match, Orndorff invites a kid into the ring who has a Hulk Hogan foam finger but has him put it down then takes off the kid’s shirt and teaches him how to pose before leaving the ring.
Thoughts: Orndorff beat the fuck out of this guy. Also, having the kid pose in the ring with him was new.
Mean Gene is backstage and breaks the news that Randy Savage beat Tito Santana for the IC Title. He then brings out JYD who says that one of the Funk brothers will bite the dust. This was also the same promo that aired last week.
Paul Roma vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart
Roma hits a few hiptosses and Adonis is pissed. Adonis fights back and drops Roma on the ropes and hits a slam. Roma fights back but misses a charge and Adonis finishes him off with the DDT (2:50). After the match, two heffers in the crowd wearing Hogan shirt’s hold up a giant bra in an attempt to taunt Adonis.
Thoughts: The Adorable gimmick really pissed off the crowd, especially at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. They hated him. Roma still showed a little something here, despite being squashed.
Piper’s Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. Piper makes fun of Hogan, calling him “Bozo,” for trying to box Orton. Hogan says that despite wanting to face Orton, he has a friend who asked him to make a challenge for him against Orton. Piper says that he can write any name that he wants on the contract and after Hogan signs, Piper learned that Hogan’s friend was Mr. T as he is pissed and yells that he has been tricked.
The last few minutes of the IC Title change at the Boston Garden are shown, with Savage beating Santana after hitting him with a foreign object.
Jim Powers & Scott McGhee vs. The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant
Powers briefly works the arm but Valentine takes over. He slams him then tags Beefcake, who rams Powers in the corner. Brutus uses a spinning toe hold then the Dream Team target the legs. Powers escapes and tags McGhee, who hits some nice European uppercuts and a dropkick. Powers tags and dropkicks Valentine then gets two off of a sunset flip. Valentine tags Beefcake, who hits a powerslam, then tags Valentine who gets the win with the figure four (3:06).
Thoughts: A showcase for the Dream Team, who looked alright. Match was pretty heatless, even with the “A” jobber squad in the ring, who the fans would sometimes buy as having a chance.
Next week, we will see a Mr. T boxing training video. Also, the British Bulldogs and King Kong Bundy will be in action.
Final Thoughts: A big show in that they announced that Savage won the IC title and even bigger, that Mr. T will box Bob Orton on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Even Hogan appearing on “Piper’s Pit” was a huge deal. The opening match sucked and the fact they announced Savage winning the belt before they showed the clip after two weeks of teasing was odd, as was all of the repeated promos from last week.
February 1, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, The Dream Team will face the British Bulldogs in a non-title match. Also in action are Hercules and Adrian Adonis (who along with Jimmy Hart, interrupted Bruno and Vince as they gave us a preview of the show).
Steamboat works over Spot to start the match. Brooks tags and Steamboat takes him down with an amrdrag. Tonga tags and dropkicks Brooks. Spot tags and works over Tonga. He slams him down then they double-team Tonga for a little bit until he fights back and tags Steamboat. They hit Brooks with a double chop then the match breaks down. The faces use the double noggin-knocker then Tonga hits Brooks with a thrust kick then puts him away with a diving headbutt (3:31).
Thoughts: The crowd is into Steamboat but Tonga is not really getting over too much himself. He was miscast as this type of babyface. He didnt show any fire in his comebacks and had the demeanor of an opening match guy.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hayes lets us know that Mr. T is in peak condition and ready to step back into the wrestling ring in time for WrestleMania. They show a clip of Mr. T and Hogan training for Mania last year. With this segment, they lets us officially know that Mr. T would be at WrestleMania.
Jeff Crippley vs. “Adorable”Adrian Adonis
Adonis yells at the crowd, who are chanting “faggot” at him while Hart brushes his hair after he put his bow on the post. Adonis taunts Crippley to start the match. He then beats on him before putting the bow back in his hair and hitting the DDT for the win (1:22).
Thoughts: Adonis really played up his gimmick this week and the crowd was giving him all sorts of shit. His weight was out of control though and was getting to the point that he could barely move.
Gene Okerlund is with Bob Orton, who will be facing Paul Orndorff in Wyoming. Orton calls out Orndorff for wearing the cast, even though his arm is not really broken. He then briefly mentions to Okerlund how Judy Martin was going to be on the show in what had to be some sort of inside joke, then shits on the state and people of Wyoming. He then promises Orndorff that he will teach him how to lose.
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Jim Powers & S.D. Jones
Sheik starts off with Powers and yells at the crowd, who respond by throwing trash. Corporal Kirchner then makes his way down the aisle and walks around holding the American flag as the heels are angry. The crowd starts a “USA” chant. S.D punches Sheik then tags Powers, who gets kicked down. Sheik hits a back suplex then tags Volkoff, who hits a backbreaker. Sheik tags back in and hits a belly-to-belly before putting him away with the Camel Clutch (2:44). After the match, Kirchner runs into the ring and clears the ring of the heels then starts acting like a mental patient, jumping around and screaming. Well, he was legitimately crazy according to many in the business.
Thoughts: This was all just to continue the feud between Kirchner and Sheik & Volkoff. Kirchner did not have any partner though and at this point, they did not appear to want to give him one, either.
Okerlund is with Paul Orndorff, who talks up Wyoming. The audio guy kept on fucking up and played the cut away music about three times during the middle of the promo. Orndorff also tells Mean Gene that he will show him how to hunt.
Paul Dose vs. Hercules Hernandez
Blassie did not accompany Hercules to the ring. Herc starts the match by pounding away on Dose, stopping to flex his muscles on occasion. Blassie then interrupts the announcers and challenges Kirchner to a match against Sheik & Volkoff with any partner that he chooses. Hercules uses his trademark slow and lumbering style as no one cares about this match, except for the few guys chanting “boring.” He eventually puts him away with the Torture Rack (3:16).
Thoughts: God, Hercules was awful when he first came to the WWF. The only thing of note that happened was Kirchner getting to choose a partner to face Sheik & Volkoff.
Piper’s Pit with guest Captain Lou Albano. The heels make fun of Albano until George Steele comes out and keeps on saying that Elizabeth is “nice.” Orton laughs at him and says that Elizabeth stinks, which causes Steele to briefly chase him around. Piper then interviews Steele and tells him that he is dumb and ugly but Steele grabs Piper’s kilt and calls him Elizabeth, making fun of him. Another Piper’s Pit, another skirt joke. This was fine overall though as they are really going full speed ahead with the Steele/Elizabeth story.
Dave Barbie & AJ Petruzzi vs. The Killer Bees
This match is joined-in-progress. The Bees work over Barbie for a while until Petruzzi tags. The Bees beat on him briefly until Blair gets the pin with the powerslam.
Thoughts: The action shown was good and fast-paced. The Bees were a really solid team.
Another plug for the “Slammy Awards”
A brief commercial hyping up WrestleMania 2 airs, only stating that it will happen on April 7th.
The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant vs. The British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano
This is a non-title match. The crowd is pretty jacked for this contest. Dynamite hits Valentine with an atomic drop before sending him to the floor with a shoulder block. Valentine goes back in and outsmarts Dynamite. He slams him then tags Brutus, who beats on him for a bit. He gets a nearfall with a leg drop but Dynamite makes the tag to Davey, who overpowers Brutus. The fans are going nuts for this. Davey gets double-teamed in the corner then Valentine applies the figure-four but Dynamite breaks that up. He hits Valentine with a backbreaker then uses a snap suplex on Brutus. Davey tags and hits Brutus with a running powerslam. Valentine runs in for the save but Davey catches him and puts him in a fireman’s carry and backs into the corner. He then tags Dynamite, who goes up top then jumps off of Valentine’s back and connects with the flying headbutt and covers for the win (4:18) **1/4. The crowd erupts and gives the Bulldogs a standing ovation.
Thoughts: Only a little over four minutes long but it was all action and very good too. The Bulldogs win got one of the loudest pops I have heard from these shows.
Mean Gene is with Jimmy Hart. Okerlund makes fun of his suit. Hart then brings out Adrian Adonis and Terry Funk, who starts sniffing. Funk asks what smells and then turns to Adonis and wonders if it is the “jackass” known as the Junkyard Dog that he smells. Adonis, referring to Funk as “Torrance,” says that he does think that “black lassie” was here earlier. When Funk asks Adonis why he refers to him as that, Adonis says it was because his mother was a sewer rat and his father a German Shepard. Funk then talks about how T. Boone Pickens came into his living room and Funk told him of his problem, which was the WWF and Vince McMahon Jr. After that, they kept talking but the music played and we could not hear them. A bizarre promo with a touch of racism that the 80’s WWF featured.
Corporal Kirchner comes out but does not tell Vince and Bruno who he is picking as a partner for next week.
In action next week are Ivan Putski, Randy Savage, and Tito Santana & Pedro Morales.
Final Thoughts: Good show this week. They had a major announcement with Mr. T appearing at WretleMania 2. They also had an awesome tag match that will lead to a feud and possible title bout down the line. Just about everything was enjoyable this episode.
Roll the opening video. Can anyone tell me what the theme song was for the intro at this point?
Tonight, we get Paul E. Dangerously unveiling a brand new Dangerous Alliance. ECW Tag Team Champions, Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody defend against the team of The Sandman and J.T. Smith; Tommy Dreamer makes his NWA debut against The Tazmaniac, an update on Sabu and Badd Company take on The Public Enemy.
Match #1: Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) vs. The Public Enemy (“Flyboy” Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge).
Diamond and Grunge start off, and we get a little stalling. A lock up takes it to the ropes, and Johnny breaks clean. Anothe lock up, to the ropes again, as Diamond breaks clean, but Grunge hits a right hand. Whip off the ropes is reversed by Diamond, he goes up and over and hits a dropkick, then a Japanese arm drag, a flying elbow and Grunge hits the floor. The show takes a break here. When we come back, Grunge is tagging in Rock and he wants Tanaka tagged in, with Diamond obliging. Lock up, and Rock armdrags Tanaka. Another lock up, and this time Rock gets a hip toss. Lock up again, and Rock hits a body slam. Tanaka comes back and hits Rock with the same, only in very quick succession. They trade kicks, with Tanaka winning that exchange with a foot sweep, which the crowd appreciates. Whip off the ropes, Rock tries to go over but Tanaka hits a sit out power bomb for 2 as it’s broken up by Grunge. Grunge and Diamond tagged in. Diamond takes Grunge to the corner and hits all the buckles with Grunge’s head, then the mat. Whip to the opposite corner, and a leg lariat by Diamond. Diamond working on the arm, stopped by an eye gouge from Grunge. Diamond comes back with a float over DDT. 1…2…broken up by Rock. Tanaka tagged in. Tanaka catches the kick and hits a leg sweep to take Grunge down. Rocco tagged back in, and locks up with a tagged in Diamond, taking it to the PE corner. A double team takes Diamond down. Rocco works Diamond over in the corner now. Diamond goes down, and Rocco lays in headbutts to the knee. With the referee distracted, Grunge works over the knee on the apron. Rocco misses a move, and tags in Grunge who cuts off Diamond trying to get the tag to Tanaka. Grunge takes it to the mat for some leg work. Diamond breaks it up with a series of legs to the head, and an enziguiri puts Grunge down. Grunge quickly tags in Rocco before Diamond can get to his corner. Whip is reversed, blind tag for PE, Diamond dodges a charging Rocco and PE collides. Diamond gets the hot tag to Tanaka. Grunge is taken to the floor, and Badd Company hit the leapfrog guillotine on Rocco. Back suplex for Diamond, but the pin is broken up by Grunge. Diamond goes for another back suplex, but Rocco floats behind Diamond, runs him toward Grunge in the corner, but Diamond ducks and Grunge hits Rocco instead. Diamond rolls up Rocco…1….2….3! ***
WINNERS: Badd Company. Good match between these two teams. Standard tag formula applied here, and it was never dull.
“Daddy, we love you! We don’t need a TV star for a father…just you!” -Salvatore, Jr., Mario, Sofia and Antonino, the Bellomos. We see video of Salvatore Bellomo playing outside with his kids. The music is somber piano, while Sal appears to be very happy running and sliding and spinning and running some more. The dude shouldn’t run so much, as it appears that physics is working against him. Physics and biology. Physics, biology and sociology. We close with a get well wish from the ECW fans.
We come back with Jimmy Snuka getting introduced in the ring, and a plea to NOT call the ECW Hotline number, because if you call it, you will hear spoilers for every episode of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper!
Match #2: Chad Austin vs. Jimmy Snuka.
Lock up, to the ropes and Snuka with a knee to the gut. Whip off the ropes, and Snuka lays in a chop that takes Austin down. Another whip, and a kick to the stomach. Head to the buckle a couple of times. Whip to the opposite corner. Snuka lays in a punch, then hits a power bomb where he quickly let go, almost dropping Austin on his neck. Whip and a thrust to the midsection. Slingshot suplex for Snuka. Foot on the chest…1…2…3. 1/2*
WINNER: Jimmy Snuka. Match was Snuka slowly squashing the guy. There’s the ECW Hotline again. DO NOT CALL! Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper was on for five years! The number is blurred out but Joey provides the number verbally because he’s a big Mark Curry fan.
From the ECW Newscenter it’s a Special Report, with Jay Sulli. Paul E. Dangerously has promised to unveil a new Dangerous Alliance. Joey Styles conducted the interview in the ring, as we cut to said interview. Dangerously has the ECW Heayweight Champion, Shane Douglas, with him. Paul names Sherri Martel as the Director of Covert Operations (like Madusa in the original Alliance). The newest member of the Dangerous Alliance is Sabu! Sabu is wheeled out strapped to the gurney, as Douglas doesn’t like this addition, and says that Sabu is not welcome. Sherri takes umbrage at Paul disagreeing with Shane. Sherri screams some stuff that gets bleeped, and Paul goes to leave with Sabu. We cut to the Matty Cam, courtesy of Matty in the House, and Willie Watts is trying to get the scoop outside the dressing room of the Dangerous Alliance. A lot of arguing going on behind that door. The line appears to be drawn with Shane and Sherri on one side, and Paul and Sabu on the other.
Matty in the House is backstage with Jason Knight, who prefers to be called just Jason. Matty wants to know who Jason is going to be managing in ECW. Jason keeps dodging the question and MATTY IS THE MOST ANNOYING BASTARD. Who the fuck was this guy?
Match #3: The Sandman and J.T. Smith vs. Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody (c) – ECW Tag Team Championship.
Terry Funk is in the corner of the challengers. The Sandman in his wetsuit starts off with Stetson. We hit the headlock! Stetson powers out, and he and Hotbody lay in the kicks on Sandman. Double whip off the ropes, and double back elbow. Another whip and Sandman with a crossbody on both guys. Sandman clears the ring. Smith gets tagged in, and Stetson kicks the wrapped knee of Smith. Now we go to the mat for some leg work. Stetson comes off the top with a legdrop on the injured knee. The champs turn their backs, allowing Smith to tag in Sandman. Stetson dumps Sandman over the top rope and on top of Funk outside. We get some weird edit that has Sandman back in the ring with a sleeper on Stetson. Funk gets in the ring with a chair and hits the referee and then hits The Sandman. That’s a DQ. *
WINNERS: And STILL ECW Tag Team Champions, Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody Not a good match, and some untimely cuts in the editing. Not long enough to be anything special. Funk is pissed with The Sandman while Smith wants to know “ooooooooweeee, what’s up with that, what’s up with that?”.
Footage from later that week: J.T. Smith had a title match with Shane Douglas. Douglas gets a figure four on Smith with his injured knee. Funk was in Smith’s corner and threw in the towel, ending the match. Smith threw the towel back at Funk’s face, and Funk turns on Smith and proceeded to beat the tar out of him. So, basically, Funk had turned on two babyfaces in a week.
Match #4: Tommy Dreamer vs. The Tazmaniac.
Early look for Dreamer with the suspenders. Taz still in caveman mode at this point. A body slam for Dreamer and a clothesline puts Taz outside. Dreamer brings Taz back in and hits a back elbow off a whip. Dreamer splashes the arm a couple of times, then hits the armbar. Whip by Dreamer, but Taz catches Dreamer in a sweet looking suplex. Taz hits the rear chinlock. Dreamer elbows out, and gets a sunset flip for 2. Taz with a big clothesline coming back, and another chinlock. Taz hits a powerslam off a whip for 2. Bodyslam for Taz, and another chinlock. Whip off the ropes, and Dreamer hits a corossbody for 2. Dreamer going for a suplex, but Taz another nice suplex. Taz misses the diving headbutt. Flying shoulderblock for Dreamer. Bulldog for Dreamer, but he misses an elbowdrop. Taz dumps Dreamer outside, and whips him into a post. Now a chairshot. Dreamer grabs the chair and wraps the chair around Taz’s head, then hits a DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Dreamer with an enziguiri for 2. Body slam for Dreamer, and he goes up top. Taz crotches him, and climbs up for a northern lights suplex! Damn! Taz gets the 3! ***
WINNER: The Tazmaniac. Both guys with some nice offense. Tommy was still a little green here, but still made a good showing and Tazmaniac showing the various suplexes that everyone loves.
Tommy leaves to applause from the mutants, with Joey acting incredulous at that showing. And we’re out.
The Post-Game Opinion: A couple of good matches on this show make it an easy thumbs up. Badd Company was a team that was undervalued after their AWA run, as so far in ECW, they have looked pretty good. The Dangerous Alliance unveiling went awry, but it’s leading to a Shane Douglas-Sabu feud for the ECW Heayweight title, as Sabu gets the rocket push from day one. Tommy Dreamer’s debut looked good, and I have never seen the “pretty boy” gimmick before now. These early shows have definitely given me reason to backtrack a little on my overall feelings about the company. Thanks for reading.
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