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Sting and the Fantastics versus Valentine and the Bulldogs had to have been an absolute blast! Adding Billy Graham and King Kong Bundy to the mix should make for an excellent Survivor Series match-up.

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 3/5 | Pittsburgh, PA @ Civic Arena (18,225; Sell-out)

SD Jones defeated Steve Lombardi with the jumping headbutt.

Rick Martel fought ‘Magnificent’ Muraco to a double count-out.

Pedro Morales defeated Virgil (w/Fred Blassie) with a small package.

Brutus Beefcake defeated Salvatore Bellomo with the running high knee.

‘Superstar’ Billy Graham defeated Davey Boy Smith (no Heenan) with a schoolboy after a missed charge to the corner. 

[Intermission]

‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff & ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude went to a No Contest in a special arm wrestling match, when Rude’s Survivor Series partners Muraco & Beefcake attacked Orndorff moments before he won. Orndorff’s partners Rick Martel & Pedro Morales run down to help Orndorff clear the ring.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Sika (w/Mr. Fuji) by DQ when Fuji tripped Slaughter from the outside. Slaughter still fought off Sika, rolled out & knocked Fuji’s lights out.

The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) submitted Cousin Luke with the Camel Clutch.

Hulk Hogan/Tito Santana defeated Ken Patera/David Schultz. Mega heat for this one. Rapid-fire action the moment the fan favorites hit the ring. Seesaw the entire way. Toward the end, the action breaks down to a 4-man brawl & the ref gets KO’d. Masa Saito runs down & ambushes Hogan. 3-on-2 beatdown. Miscue with Patera & Saito leads to Hogan throwing down with Saito toe-to-toe & slingshot-elbowing him over the top to the floor. Hogan brawls with Saito outside the ring, while Santana flattens Patera with the flying forearm. Schultz ambushes Santana & sets him up for a piledriver, but Sgt. Slaughter hits the ring & clocks Schultz from behind with his army helmet. Hogan slides in & hits the legdrop as the revived ref counts the slow 1-2-3. Rabid party atmosphere in the post-match with the heroes standing tall in the ring, staring down their foes in the aisle. Posedown & showboating end the big night in the Steel City.
 

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Great night of wrestling.  When Muraco vs Martel is like the 3rd or 4th best match on a house show, it just tells you that roster is AWESOME.

Great ending to a great night for the fans.  Tito and Hogan getting some love is the way WWF is meant to end.  Good job.

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 3/6

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(London, ON @ London Gardens: TAPING #3. Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura on commentary)

 

[OPEN] to the customary dramatic WWF logo-in-space opener, with the colored galactic lasers galvanizing the logo to its dazzling golden hue, as the echoing voice bellows “The World Wrestling Federation. The revolutionary force in sports-entertainment”.

[CUT] to the opening credits package, set to “1999” by Prince as the audio underlay, featuring footage of Hulk Hogan walking the MSG hallway, then rapid-fire in-ring action flashes of the roster of stars, Hogan vs. Schultz @ MSG mixed in, and intercutting ecstatic sellout crowd shots, etc. Final dramatic shot of Hogan mid-double-bicep-pose during the emotional title-win celebration at MSG.

[FILTER] into the rocking mid-sized arena! Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura are standing at the commentary platform. Both are chomping at the bit for this combustible hour!


Putski/Arcidi defeated Ike Rudge/Paul Walton with Putski’s Polish Hammer on Walton. Crowd loves Putski & Arcidi!

[WWF Update: Set to “Torture” by the Jacksons as the audio intro. Paul Heyman is in the newsroom. Kicks us to footage of Iron Sheik’s shocking return last week on Superstars & his attack of Kevin Von Erich during the surrogates stipulation main event. He then exclusive from MSG last weekend during the Victory Circle segment; Blassie says his collective will come to Survivor Series with a reign of terror. He then introduces the returning Iron Sheik, Red Scare & Virgil. Sheik berates Kevin Von Erich & the USA, etc. Kevin emerges & is joined by the Scufflin’ Hillbillies, George ‘The Animal’ Steele & Capt Lou Albano. Blassie & his bunch ease out of the ring, as Kevin & co. get in! Kevin grabs the mic & says he has some comrades of his own, and they’re also coming to Survivor Series with a reign of terror… on Sheik, Red Scare & Virgil. Heyman announces the Survivor Series match was made official later that night & announced to the crowd @ MSG. Heyman switches gears to the ends the segment, with “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones as the audio outro.]

[30-second market-specific ads air, hyping Survivor Series on 3/13 @ 8 PM. Hypes the local closed circuit venues scheduled to be broadcasting the event & hard-sells grabbing tickets at any of the venues or any Ticketmaster locations in the local region.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific ad airs in the BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND area hyping being “TWO WEEKS AWAY” from WWF action returning to Boston Garden, Friday 3/19 @ 8 PM. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Sgt. Slaughter vs. Big John Studd, David Schultz vs. David Sammartino, Tag Team Champs Samoan Headhunters vs. Tito Santana/Pedro Morales, and a main event of Ken Patera vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Heavyweight Title!]


Back from commercial...

[Gorilla & Jesse are at their broadcast position, discussing the turmoil from last weekend on All-Star Wrestling, with David Schultz & David Sammartino showing down, and a shocking turn of events - kick us to footage from last weekend, with Sammartino being battered by Schultz at the end of the match & Sgt. Slaughter making the dramatic save. Schultz goaded Slaughter into a fight & Slaughter sent Schultz packing. Back at the broadcast position, Jesse says his sources confirm the Front Office has officially signed Sgt. Slaughter vs. David Schultz @ Survivor Series & will be making the announcement any time now. Gorilla is beyond excited to know that could be true.]

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (w/Big John Studd) submitted Phil Prophet. As Piper makes his entrance, Andre the Giant appears at the broadcast podium & calls the match with Gorilla & Jesse. Piper & Studd are both distracted the whole time, allowing Prophet to score several flash near-falls on Piper, as the crowd’s going nuts all the while. On commentary, Andre says Piper & Studd are about to go from being 2 men, to 1 man next Saturday night. Piper finally focuses & manages to put Prophet out with the Sleeper. Andre stands & applauds Piper’s win, saluting Piper & Studd as he leaves the broadcast booth. Piper & Studd are angrily confused by this. Andre goes down the aisle to the ring. Up the steps & into the ring, making this a real standoff! Piper & Studd eagerly strategize, as if mere seconds from pouncing on the waiting Giant. Piper & Studd, out of nowhere, roll out of the ring in unison & head up the aisle to a round of thunderous boos. Andre’s still smiling & resting forward against the ropes as they vanish into the tunnel. Andre then waves & does a twirling lasso gesture to the raucous crowd.

[90-second dramatic vignette, highlighting the full contrast between the charismatic Hulk Hogan & the sadistic Masa Saito. Vignette turns dark when Saito slaps the Bonsai Claw on Hogan at SNME & leaves him bloodied, to be carried out while gasping for air. Video ends with an explosive montage of images of both men in their dominance.]


Commercial


The Honkey Tonk Man debuts, defeating Ned Meyers with the Shake, Rattle, Roll. He came down boisterously to a custom Elvis-like tune called “Cool, Cocky, Bad”. After all the rubbery-legged pelvis dancing, he made short work of Meyers.

[60-second vignette, highlighting the ever-personal rivalry of Kerry Von Erich vs. Bob Backlund, and visual hyping of the Texas Death Match stipulation.]

[WWF Event Center shown in the PHILADELPHIA area only - set to “More Than a Woman” by The Bee Gees as the audio intro. Mean Gene hypes Friday 3/26 as the big return to the City of Brotherly Love for searing action & excitement at the Spectrum! He recaps the big 9-match card, including Rick Martel vs. Brutus Beefcake, Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. The Fantastics, Big John Studd vs. Andre the Giant, and a main event of Rick Rude/Masa Saito vs. Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff. Fantastics come into frame in street clothes & chummy up with Gene. Rogers says Samu & Fatu made their “triumphant” entrance into the WWF in Philly @ the Spectrum, at their expense. Now they’re walkin’ around with the Tag belts just because of who they know. Says that ends in a few more weeks when karma comes back around. Fulton says these 2 seem to like dining to human bodies. Says they can dine on these southern-boy fists with a side of butt-kickin’ & revenge for desert. Says those belts are comin’ home to the Fantastics in Philly. Gene happily ends the segment with an event hard-sell, with “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan as the audio outro.]


Commercial


[Back from commercial, Mean Gene in standing by in a back hallway with a gleeful Mr. Fuji & a tongue-flicking Tama. Fuji says they have more nightmares in store for the world. Says they will see Tama weaken Hulk Hogan even further. Says the trail of blood will get longer & longer, right into Survivor Series. Says enjoy the nightmare of Hulk Hogan being headhunted.]

‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff (w/Rick Martel & Pedro Morales) defeated Pete Terry with the piledriver. In the post-match celebration, a backstage staffer runs down frantically & gestures to them that there’s some kind of commotion happening backstage. Orndorff, Martel & Morales quickly exit the ring & jog behind him as he leads them to the back.

[60-second vignette highlighting the bitter Tito Santana/Ken Patera rivalry. The 2 of 3 Falls I-C Title Match for Survivor serves as the dramatic centerpiece of this hot-blooded montage.]

[30-second hype ad for WWF merchandise & the 1-800 number to order from anywhere in North America.]


Commercial


[Back from commercial, WE see a Salvatore Bellomo broken & out-cold on the floor of a locker room, surrounded by a bevy of frantically busy medics & other officials trying to tend to him. An outraged, concerned Paul Orndorff, Rick Martel & Pedro Morales are all barking for more help for their partner. Who could have done this!?]

[Survivor Series Report: Set to “Encore” by Cheryl Lynn as the audio intro. Mean Gene is the newsroom. He hypes the big event in East Rutherford, NJ on 3/13 being ONE WEEK AWAY! Confirms the signing of Sgt. Slaughter & David Schultz 1-on-1, given the events of last weekend on All-Star Wrestling. Also reiterates signing of the brand-new Survivor Series Elimination match, made official last Saturday at the live event at MSG: Kevin Von Erich/Scufflin’ Hillbillies/George ‘The Animal’ Steele vs. Iron Sheik/Red Scare/Virgil. He then runs down the existing card as WE see human graphics for each match. Kicks us to back-to-back promos from Kerry Von Erich & Bob Backlund. Kerry says Backlund has made Planet Earth his personal psychedelic playpen long enough. At Survivor Series, Backlund is gonna get broken into a million pieces & swallowed alive in this Texas Death Match. Says he was raised on it - Backlund wasn’t. Says Backlund will be ended on it - “Game over”. Backlund calmly says Backlund will continue to stand up to injustice, inappropriate behavior & immorality until the world reflects the values he has. Says Kerrith won’t ever stop him from reshaping the world into Backlund’s image. Says Kerrith will be prosecuted long before such a barbaric, immoral contest takes place. Says this broken society has had its final dose of Von Erich influence. Gene then kicks us to back-to-back promos from I-C Champ Tito Santana & rival Ken Patera. Tito says we’re finally 1 week away & he’ll be making the most out of beating Patera in every way imaginable, twice. Says this is the moment of truth & Patera has a receipt coming due. “ARRIBA!” Patera says Santana is building a legacy on Patera’s back & has been walking around with his property. Says he finally puts the boy who would be king, out once & for all. Gene kicks us to back-to-back promos from Kevin Von Erich/Scufflin’ Hillbillies/George ‘The Animal’ Steele & Iron Sheik/Red Scare/Virgil, railing the opposition about this showdown with old & new personal issues to settle. Gene hard-sells the event one last time, as “Shout” by Tears for Fears is the audio outro.]

[30-second market-specific ads air, hyping Survivor Series on 3/13 @ 8 PM. Hypes the local closed circuit venues scheduled to be broadcasting the event & hard-sells grabbing tickets at any of the venues or any Ticketmaster locations in the local region.]


Commercial


King Kong Bundy/Greg Valentine/British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Matt Girardi/Joe Thibedau/Pete James/Todd Joy in an 8-Man Tag, when Davey Boy powerslammed Joy & tagged in Bundy for a finishing splash. Post-match, Heenan gets a mic with all 4 Heenan Family members in the ring. Heenan says, no matter how personal the bad blood is with Graham & his clowns, nothing changes the fact that this (Heenan Family) is the greatest assembly of talent in this sport. And in a deadly game of survival, who’s more equipped to prevail? “That’s right. Nobody.” Tons of heat in the building for all this.

[WWF Event Center shown in the PHILADELPHIA area only - set to “Babylon Sisters” by Steely Dan as the audio intro. Mean Gene re-hypes Friday 3/26 as the big return to the Spectrum! Says tickets are flying fast. He recaps the big 9-match card, including Rick Martel vs. Brutus Beefcake, Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. The Fantastics, Big John Studd vs. Andre the Giant, and a main event of Rick Rude/Masa Saito vs. Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff. Rick Rude & Jimmy Hart smugly come into frame. Rude says Orndorff is the reason he didn’t beat Hulk Hogan last time in Philadelphia & the reason he’s not World Champion right this minute. Says Survivor Series will handle itself with Orndorff, but there’s unfinished business with these 4 men. Says Fuji & Jimmy are the true geniuses, aligning these nuclear forces, Saito & Rude. Says Hogan is a prima donna who can’t share the spotlight or praise with anybody, much less another prima donna who’s jealous of Rude. Says he & Saito will be the ultimate mercenaries who can’t be stopped & Hogan/Orndorff will be left on their backs counting the stars thru the Philadelphia smog. Says this night is gonna be simply ravishing. He then poses while Jimmy cackles wildly & Gene ends the segment with an event hard-sell, with “Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder as the audio outro.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific ad airs again in the BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND area hyping being “TWO WEEKS AWAY” from WWF action returning to Boston Garden, Friday 3/19 @ 8 PM. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Sgt. Slaughter vs. Big John Studd, David Schultz vs. David Sammartino, Tag Team Champs Samoan Headhunters vs. Tito Santana/Pedro Morales, and a main event of Ken Patera vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Heavyweight Title.]


[Back from commercial, WE see Salvatore Bellomo being loaded into the back of an ambulance in the parking garage. Concerned standersby watch on, including Orndorff, Martel & Morales. They murmur to each other, each seeming to be seething under their respective breaths.]


Back inside the arena…

MAIN EVENT: Non-Title -- WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Tama (w/Mr. Fuji)

Fuji gleefully leads a tongue-wagging Tama, with a Tag Team Title belt over his shoulder, down the aisle as the capacity crowd is already on its feet. Tama slides into the ring & lurches around, seeking something to sink his teeth into. Place is waiting to explode...

…… “Eye of the Tiger” hits & the roof blows off the place!!! Hulk Hogan grins his way out of the tunnel, flanked by security, as the arena’s coming unglued!! He parades through the rabid humanity along the aisle toward ringside in his yellow tights, yellow boots with blue knee pads & blue ‘Hulkamania’ shirt with white lettering. 

Up the steps to the apron, high-stepping, hair whipping & a massive “you’re next” point at Fuji & Tama, Hogan gets in the ring. He confidently jumps in place to loosen up & casually rips off his shirt, eyes fixed on Tama. This place is rumbling!!! He pulls off the Title belt, holds it high & points at the rabid crowd on all sides as if to say “This is yours”. What amazing shape the young Champ is in!! He gives the belt to the ref… 

Tama ambushes Hogan out of nowhere, unloading with kicks, forearm shots & savage headbutts to the small of Hogan’s back! Hogan’s reeling & stumbling around the ring on wobbly legs, as Tama’s pouring it on!! Hogan suddenly straightens up amidst the barrage, with a wild eye like nothing happened!! Place erupts!!! Tama looks like a perplexed wild animal!! Hogan angrily unleashes the heavy artillery that obliterates the Samoan with every shot! Wild piston roundhouses & backhand jabs that knock Tama recklessly all over the ring like a pinball from shot after shot!! 

Hogan’s an all-business man possessed now, with the follow-in clothesline to the corner that sends Tama barreling face-forward out of the corner to the mat, the slingshot-whip elbow to the skull that KO’s the savage, a sky-high backdrop that bounces him back to his feet on impact & Hogan levels him with a running Big Boot! Hogan quickly comes out of the corner with a running elbowdrop attempt… but Tama moves & Hogan crash-lands back-first! His body implodes on impact!

Tama pops up & drops elbows, falling headbutts, and legdrops across Hogan. Hogan’s body jolts on each impact & Fuji’s in total bliss outside. Tama hops out & climbs to the top rope, and leaps…… superfly splash down across Hogan below!! The impact bounces Tama high off Hogan’s body! Tama hooks the leg for the 1… Hogan kicks out before 2 with authority! Place going nuts!! Tama stunned! Hogan, still hurting on the mat, rolls over & woozily drapes himself on the middle rope. Tama resumes stomping Hogan like a mad dog & the ref finally backs him away since Hogan’s on the ropes. 

Fuji hops on the apron & pulls Hogan to his feet. Fuji hooks Hogan from behind by the arms & holds him for Tama, despite the ref now seeing & protesting! Tama charges with a running high knee… but Hogan moves & Tama high-knees Fuji off the apron instead!! Place comes unglued!!! Hogan immediately hits the ropes as Tama turns around… Hogan running-lariats Tama heads-over-heels for a loop!!! Hogan immediately comes off the adjacent ropes & PLANTS a towering legdrop that implodes Tama on impact!! Hooks the leg for the automatic 1-2-3!!! The place blows to high heaven!!

“Eye of the Tiger” hits again & the ref hands Hogan his Title belt. Standing tall, he calmly raises it to the rocking crowd as the ref raises his free arm in victory! Tama’s corpse groggily rolls out of the ring. Fuji’s pulling himself up with the ring apron skirt. Hogan walks around to all sides, belt raised & pointing/thumbs-upping the rabid populous!!

Suddenly…… Samu, Fatu, Afa & Sika storm to ringside, surrounding the ring!!! Hogan sees he’s surrounded & clutches the belt like a massive whip, readily swiveling in a wide stance like a warrior ready to take on the world!! Song fades... The 4 Samoans are cautiously, slowly climbing onto their respective aprons, seeking an opening to pounce - just like Saturday Night’s Main Event, weeks ago!! They’re all licking their chops! Hogan’s lunging at anything that moves on all 4 sides, backing them off the apron to the floor whenever it seems 1 gets closer! Hogan's pointing & jawing at all the destructive humanity surrounding him.

Crowd EXPLODES… here comes Putski, Arcidi & the Killer Bees sprinting to ringside & pouncing on the Samoan mercenaries!! The battle is on at ringside & the place is coming unglued!! Hogan’s jawing in angry satisfaction, as he swivels to see all the chaos unfold on all sides below! Battered Tama hops back onto the apron & Hogan agilely hops over to knock him a mile off the apron to the floor with a roundhouse!! 

Suddenly, Masa Saito is slowly arriving to ring, up the steps & into the ring, rubbing his hands… just as Hogan turns around!! Hogan’s eyes turn to saucers & he snarls like a tiger, ready to go at it!!! Hogan’s jawing across at Saito, who’s silent & expressionless!! The chaos continues at ringside, as Hogan angrily tosses the belt down like he’s drawing the line in the sand! The 8-man chaos (+ Tama) spills up the aisle to the back!

In the ring, Hogan’s ready to rumble & Saito explodes forward with a strike… but Hogan blocks it & unloads a roundhouse!! Saito fires back! Hogan fires back!! Rapid-fire exchange of blows!! Hogan’s winning the exchange, out-striking Saito!! Rocking Saito toe-to-toe with every shot!! Building is coming apart at the seams!!! Hogan whips him to the ropes… LEVELS him with a Big Boot!! The impact pinballs Saito back to his feet… Saito's seething & feeling no pain from that Big Boot!! He roars like a lion with his arms extended & Hogan immediately running big-boots him a mile backward, over the top to the floor!!! 

Saito pops up on the floor, woozy this time, and tries to hop back onto the apron… but Fuji holds onto his leg for dear life!! Hogan’s beside himself, waving Saito in to come get some more!! Hogan even lays down on the mat & does snow angels, daring Saito to come pick the bones!! Saito’s seething with a bloodied mouth now, as Fuji’s hanging onto his leg!! Hogan pops up in the ring, still goading & daring. Saito… finally backs away!! Hogan comes over & steps onto the bottom turnbuckle, dangle-swinging the belt at Saito, whose assassin-like eyes are locked on Hogan. The bloody-mouthed Saito turns & walks up the aisle like nothing happened. Fuji follows.

Hogan resumes jawing to the rabid crowd on all sides. “Eye of the Tiger” hits again & the place resumes the party. He stands mid-ring, popping his pecs on-beat with the guitar licks! The young champion strikes some impressive, random poses on each side while the place comes unglued!! He notices a young fan with a poster of the US flag & Hogan motions for it. A staffer gets it from the fan & hands it up to Hulk, who holds it high to the rabid crowd, as he’s clearly still jawing about Saito, who’s now backstage! Hogan lays the poster down, drops to a knee beside it & points to the Man Upstairs! He then hands the poster back down to the staffer at ringside & the staffer returns it to the ecstatic fan. Hogan holds the belt high to his adoring populous, then exits the ring. He heads up the aisle amidst the mob of outreached arms, with 1 hand holding the Title belt up victoriously. 

Winner: WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan @ 3:46


Commercial

[During commercial break, 30-second market-specific ads air, hyping Survivor Series on 3/13 @ 8 PM. Hypes the local closed circuit venues scheduled to be broadcasting the event & hard-sells grabbing tickets at any of the venues or any Ticketmaster locations in the local region.]


[Gorilla & Jesse are standing at the broadcast platform. Action for next week’s final show before Survivor Series: Ken Patera, Kerry Von Erich, Iron Sheik, Team Rude Survivor Series partners 'Magnificent' Muraco & Brutus Beefcake in tag team action, and the Scufflin’ Hillbillies. Main event: Davey Boy Smith vs. ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham! Gorilla & Jesse can’t wait for next week & bid us farewell until next week!]
 

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Superstars does a unbelievable job getting us ready for Survivor Series hyping all the  big matches for everything their worth!

I can't say I'm thrilled by the idea of Andre on commentary as I can never understand what he's saying but the after match confrontation was worth it.

Good job with the main event. Hogan got a win quick enough to be called a squash but still gave Tama enough to look like the savage he is.

I'm legitimately in awe of your ability to describe things like the mood in the building, what the wrestlers are feeling and things like that. Would love to be able to do that eventually.

The WWF is as hot as can be heading into Survivor Series!

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The build to Survivor Series has been an amazing ride. All the pieces are in place. 

I liked that you put Putski and Arcidi together. They're the perfect 80s muscle mid card team. 

Looks like Andre is playing some mind games of his own with Piper and Studd. Seems to be working.

Honkytonk Man debuts and is ready to shake rattle and roll the competition. 

Bellomo takes a beating! Not sure he's going to make it to Survivor Series. Good heat.

Heenan Family is tuned up and ready. 

It was always special when Hogan wrestled on TV. Tonight was no exception. Tama's got his working boots on tonight but HulkaMania triumphs. Awesome post match brawl. Hogan gets a confidence booster by winning the exchange with Saito. I can't wait for their Survivor Series showdown! 

Only one week away! 

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Survivor Series is going to be HUGE!

Piper and Studd together might take out any man.... except for Andre.

Nice to see HTM here in the WWF.

Hogan on TV... the fans loved this treat.

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 3/6

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(Binghamton, NY @ Broome County Arena: TAPING #3. Vine McMahon & Jack Reynolds on commentary.)

 

[Opening Credits package plays. WE then filter into the building with a lively crowd. Vince & Jack are at the commentary platform.]


[‘Superstar’ Graham, Sting (black long tights, orange scorpion, orange boots) & the Fantastics come down to the ring to massive fanfare. Lord Alfred welcomes them into the ring. Graham says they’re 1 week away from the ultimate test of survival & the Heenan Family is gonna fail that test. Sting boisterously says it’s huntin’ season & he couldn’t be more thrilled to go into battle alongside men like these. Fulton says those Heenan boys don’t know the meaning of down-home butt-kickin’, but they got a special package coming giftwrapped next Saturday night. Rogers says the world’s greatest tag team will be exposed, supposed in-ring greatest tactician will get shown up, and the human milk truck will have an oil spill. Graham says, as the unofficial captain, he’s not giving Valentine the pleasure this week. Instead, Bobby Fulton has happily stepped up to “hammer ‘The Hammer’, brotha!” Crowd goes wild & the 4 men leave to great fanfare; the same way they came.]

Bob Backlund submitted Jerry Easter. Thunderous heat for Backlund, with chants of ‘Kerry’ the entire time. Backlund, sullen & seemingly concerned, is defiant about it. He takes his aggression out on Easter with suplexes-o-plenty & an even stiffer-than-usual Crossface Chicken Wing. He keeps it cinched in well after the bell & pops up to his feet in a sullen trance. He then randomly b-lines for the aisle, as if headed somewhere important.

I-C Champion Tito Santana defeated Harry Richardson. Place went crazy for him & every move. Tito’s at his sharpest, with pinpoint dropkicks, armdrags, monkey-flips, etc. Flying forearm = Goodnight Irene.

[Lord Alfred Hayes w/Bob Backlund in locker room: Backlund is livid about the Texas Death Match stipulation & implores Tunney’s Front Office to prove they’re not party to the immoral underground movement being perpetuated by Kerrith Von Erich, his kin, or his brainwashed supporters. He storms off.]

Brutus Beefcake defeated Glenn Jennings with the running high knee. 

Kevin Von Erich pinned Roberto Moreno with the Claw locked in. Huge welcome from the crowd & chants of ‘USA’ the whole time. Crowd hung on all of Kevin’s high-octane offense & went nuts for the finish.

[Honkey Tonk Man vs. SD Jones is announced as next week’s main event.]

 

MAIN EVENT: Bobby Fulton (w/Tommy Rogers) vs. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/King Kong Bundy)

Up-and-down match with great seesaw action. Fluid high-energy offense from Fulton. Physical, methodical, tactical work by Valentine. Fulton hits the ropes during a flurry & Bundy trips him from the outside, unseen by the ref, giving Valentine the advantage. Rogers, who saw what happened, is beside himself & b-lines for Bundy across the way - ref leans through the ropes & cuts it off! 

Valentine works Fulton over with knee-drops, suplexes, forearm-drops, etc. Valentine signals for the Figure & tries to cinch it in… but Fulton thrusts Valentine down with his legs! Valentine pops up & tries it again… Fulton thrusts Valentine forward this time with his legs, sending Valentine barrling over the top to the floor! 

Valentine angrily pops back onto the apron, as Fulton charges at him… Valentine shoulders him in the gut & slingshots himself in for a sunset flip… but Fulton sidesteps & Valentine crash-lands! Fulton fires up with the crowd & unloads a flurry of dropkicks, roundhouses, and backdrops that floor Valentine with every shot! 

Bundy pulls himself onto the adjacent apron & Fulton immediately dropkicks him! Bundy tumbles to the floor on wobbly legs, where Rogers is waiting to dropkick the behemoth again! Bundy’s reeling, but still on his feet! Place going nuts!

In the ring, Fulton climbs to the top rope & leaps for a splash onto Valentine below… but Valentine gets the knees up! Valentine immediately cradles him over for the leg-flailing 1-2-3! Rogers slides in, shocked. Bundy rolls him behind Rogers & tosses him a mile over the top to the floor! Fulton’s still down in rib pain from that landing on Valentine’s knees. Bundy immediately hits the ropes &... SPLASHES Fulton into oblivion! Fulton’s body obliterates under Bundy on impact! Valentine gets in some insult-to-injury stomps on Fulton, as Bundy leisurely remains on top of him! Ref calling for the bell.

Rogers is recovered outside & angrily snatches up a chair. He slides in with & Valentine instinctively rolls out to escape. Bundy doesn’t see him & Rogers WALLOPS him across the back! Bundy’s back straightens & he’s wincing in pain! Rogers cracks him a second time & Bundy rolls off Fulton, to the outside with Valentine! 

Valentine walks to the aisle with both arms raised in victory, with Bundy walking behind him, angrily jawing at Rogers in the ring. Rogers is ready for more, wielding the chair. Valentine & Bundy head up the aisle to a big round of boos, while Rogers kneels next to Fulton who’s trying to gingerly sit up. Fulton is wincing in pain, as Rogers is gingerly helping him up as the show goes off the air.

Winner: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine via Pinfall @ 7:21
 

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As a writer who writes his weekly TV show as a " one match show " let me just say you've really got it down pat.

Bob Backlund tries to appeal to Tunney's sense of morality to get him to call off the Texas Death match. I'm not holding my breath.

Valentine gets the main event win but Bundy takes some lumps for his trouble. Hope Fulton's gonna be ok come Survivor Series.

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25 minutes ago, Autistic Dragon said:

As a writer who writes his weekly TV show as a " one match show " let me just say you've really got it down pat.

I've known Den for years and when it comes to writing, he's absolutely one of the very best I've ever encountered, so I'm not surprised that he's killing it with this project right now ;)

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3 minutes ago, SirEdger said:

I've known Den for years and when it comes to writing, he's absolutely one of the very best I've ever encountered, so I'm not surprised that he's killing it with this project right now ;)

Thanks, brother. All this is a real hoot for me.

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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 3/6 | Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Coliseum (17,193)

Rick Martel defeated Steve Lombardi with the Blockbuster.

Bob Backlund defeated Cousin Luke with a jackknife in the corner with both feet on the ropes.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Tama with a flying shoulder from the middle turnbuckle.

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Pedro Morales with a flying cross-body reversal.

The Von Erich’s defeated Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie) with a Kerry discus punch to Boris Zhukov. Post-match, Backlund comes halfway down the aisle, jawing at Kerry in the ring. Both Von Erich’s invite him down & he thinks better of it.

[Intermission]

‘Magnificent’ Muraco defeated Jim Powers with the Asiatic Spike.

The Fantastics fought the British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) to a 20-minute time limit draw.

Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Hillbilly Jim with a Blassie foreign object KO when the ref was distracted.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz by DQ, when Masa Saito runs in for the ambush on Hogan. 2-on-1 beatdown. Sgt. Slaughter runs down for the save & helps Hogan clean house. Slaughter & Schultz brawl to the back, leaving Saito to stare Hogan down from afar. Hogan sends the rabid crowd home happy to close out the night.
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 3/7 | Cleveland, OH @ Convention Center (16,658; Sell-out)

Sam Houston defeated Al Snow with a bulldog.

Sting (pink long tights, white boots) defeated King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan) by DQ. Sting hit a superfly splash on Bundy for a 2-count. Heenan interferes, Bundy recovers & capitalizes. 2-on-1 beatdown. Bundy misses a splash & Sting clocks Heenan for a loop. Bundy & a battered Heenan rolling away, leaving Sting standing tall for the wild crowd.   

‘Magnificent’ Muraco/Brutus Beefcake fought Rick Martel/Pedro Morales to a 20-minute time limit draw. Martel hit Muraco with the Blockbuster, but time ran out before the ref could count the pinfall.

Honky Tonk Man defeated Monsoon Castro with the Shake, Rattle, Roll.

Andre the Giant/Tito Santana defeated ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper/Big John Studd by DQ. Main event-level heat in this physical affair. Piper avoided Andre at all costs & picked the bones whenever the chances presented. Great fire back-and-forth. During the breakdown, Piper & Tito brawl outside while Andre big-boots Studd down in the ring. Piper bolts in with a chair & cracks Andre with it for the DQ. Tito slides in with his own chair & helps Andre clear the ring. Fan favorites stand tall in the end.

[Intermission]

The Iron Sheik (w/Freddie Blassie) submitted Jim Powers with the Camel Clutch.

‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff fought ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) to a No Contest. Major heat & red-hot brawling right off the bat. Fight spills to the outside, into the crowd, then back to ringside. Around the ring, both men use everything but the kitchen sink as weapons. Back in the ring, each fails to nail their finishers & they spill over the top to the floor. They battle to the back.

Tag Team Champions Samu/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated the Scufflin’ Hillbillies with Fatu clocks Luke with Fuji’s cane during the pier-4 brawl at the end.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan (yellow tights/boots, white knee pads) defeated Ken Patera by count-out. Pure electricity, seesaw, high-drama. Toward the end, Patera super-plexes Hogan & both men are down. But Hogan is the first to stir, seething his way to his feet. Patera’s shots no longer work & Hogan unleashes Hell on Patera, knocking him from pillar to post, before Big-Booting him to the outside. Hogan follows him out & the battle hits the seesaw again. Patera tries to swing the ring bell at Hogan, Hogan ducks & belly-to-back suplexes him on the floor, then beats the 10-count. Party’s on in Cleveland, as Patera wobbles to the back while Hogan hits the pose randomizer to close out the big night.
 

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First Cincinnati.

Martel gets the crowd warmed up with a nice win.

Not very moral of Backlund to use the ropes like that.

Sarge put down Tama in what must have been a hard-hitting affair.

What better way for Saito to prepare for his Heavyweight Championship match then to put down a former champion?

The Magnificent one brings us back from intermission with a win courtesy of the dreaded Asiatic Spike.

The Fantastics vs The British Bulldogs sounds like a great way to spend 20 minutes.

The classiest manager in wrestling helps his man shiek get the w over the man from Mudlick Ky.

Hogan vs Dr D ends in chaos as Saito & Slaughter get involved. Great way to mix two hot feuds.

On to Cleveland!

Sam Houston is enjoying a nice little push here.

Sting continues his meteoric rise br fighting off Bundy & Heenan.

Nothing worse than a time limit draw in which the faces almost win.

Honky Tonk Man continues his winning ways.

Piper wisely picks his spot against Andre. Luckily for him Tito won't be watching the gaint's back come Survivor Series.

Always good to see Shieky baby making people humble!

The bad blood between Rude & Orndorff boils over yet again. I'm starting to wonder if WWF is big enough for both of them.

Fuji shows the Scufflin Hillbillies how devious he can be in route to a successful title defense by the samoans.

Hogan sends the crowd home happy by sending off Patera.

A great couple of house shows.

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Nice set of house shows.  I agree with Edger.  You have such a great writing style and give us so many little descriptive details that is paints a vivd picture.  I have also said it before, you do such a great job of writing for such a deep roster.  

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Thanks very much for that. In your case, you do an amazing job managing & presenting stories and events of multiple rosters, as the pro wrestling governing body entity that serves as the tent to multiple orgs underneath it. That's quite the haul & you manage it extremely well.

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Final Updated Card:

WWF Heavyweight Title Match:
Hulk Hogan©  vs.  Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) 

Texas Death Match:
Kerry Von Erich  vs.  Bob Backlund

Grudge Match:
Andre the Giant  vs.  ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Grudge Match:
Sgt. Slaughter  vs.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz

I-C Title | 2 of 3 Falls Match:
Tito Santana©  vs.  Ken Patera 

Survivor Series 8-Man Elimination Tag Team Match:
'Superstar' Billy Graham/Fantastics/Sting  vs.  King Kong Bundy/Greg Valentine/British Bulldogs 

Survivor Series 8-Man Elimination Tag Team Match:
'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff/Rick Martel/Pedro Morales/ ?  vs.  'Ravishing' Rick Rude/Big John Studd/'Magnificent' Muraco/Brutus Beefcake

Survivor Series 8-Man Elimination Tag Team Match:
Kevin Von Erich/Scufflin’ Hillbillies/George ‘The Animal’ Steele  vs.  The Iron Sheik/Red Scare/Virgil
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 3/12 | Hartford, CT @ Civic Center (16,777; Sellout)

Bob Backlund defeated SD Jones with the bridging rollup. Gets on the mic & berates the crowd afterwards for being ‘enabling immoralists’. Says Kerrith is soon to be crucified for their sins. Major heat.

Hillbilly Jim defeated the Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) by DQ. ‘Kevin’ chants throughout. Sheik yanked the ref in front of him as Jim charged for the running Big Boot in the corner.

‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff defeated Brutus Beefcake with a flash backslide. Big pop for Orndorff.

Kevin Von Erich pinned Boris Zhukov with the Claw locked in. 

Hulk Hogan/Tito Santana defeated Tag Team Champions Sika/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) by DQ. Building shaking for this wild seesaw affair. Toward the end, Hogan hits Fatu with the legdrop, as Saito ambushes Hogan to break up the pinfall. 3-on-2 mayhem. Ken Patera arrives to make it 4-on-2. Putski/Arcidi hit the ring & even the score, helping to clean house. Hogan/Santana/Putski/Arcidi stand tall, as Hogan begs Saito to come get some more. Major post-match celebration with a 4-man posedown for the rabid crowd.   

[Intermission]

‘Superstar’ Billy Graham defeated Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan). Heenan held Graham on the apron as Valentine charged, Graham moved & Heenan ate Valentine’s high knee. Graham schoolboys Valentine for the 1-2-3.

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Pedro Morales with the Rude Awakening. Huge heat for Rude.

Kerry Von Erich defeated Virgil (w/Fred Blassie) with the Discus Punch. Red-hot crowd for Kerry. Post-match, Kerry says he won’t be crucified for anyone’s sins, but after Survivor Series, Backlund will be lucky to rise again even after the 3rd day. Place goes wild with a huge sendoff.

Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd (w/Roddy Piper) by count-out. Battle of the Behemoths with both men unloading with thunderous shot after shot. Each time Piper stuck his nose into things, Andre wack-a-mole’d him off the apron. Toward the end, Andre sent Studd tumbling over the top from a Big Boot. Piper hopped on the apron with a chair & Andre immediately flung him off the apron onto Studd below. Both men irately threw chairs into the ring, but Andre swatted them down & finally caught one, wielding it as a weapon. Piper/Studd thought better of it & retreated, with Studd taking the count-out. Big ovation for Andre to close out the night.
 

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As for Hartford. The go-home house show sets the stage as (almost) all the big matches are hyped with some big matches. The Tag Title match could have main evented any other night. But as far as main events go you really can't top two literal giants pounding on each other. Can't blame Piper & Studd for taking a walk when faced with a chair wielding Andre. I couldn't be more ready for Survivor Series!

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Oh man I can't wait for Survivor Series! Damn, look at that lineup! 

Backlund has had one of the best heel runs in this game. 

Hogan and Tito are tearing up the house shows. I think that momentum will carry over to Survivor Series. 

It's nice to see Superstar Graham getting love. He's been in some high profile storylines. 

Piper better have something up his sleeve for Survivor Series, which knowing Piper, I'm sure he does. 

Like AD mentioned, I don't know which match I'm most excited for. Every match has had a tremendous build. You made me happy by booking Hogan/Saito. I've wanted to see them go at it since Hogan won the title. It all happens at the Survivor Series!!! 

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