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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 4/30 | Atlantic City, NJ @ Convention Hall (11,718; Sellout)

The Missing Link defeated Lose Luis Rivera with a spear.

Scufflin’ Hillbillies (w/Lou Albano) defeated Al Snow/Steve Lombardi with a Cousin Luke back-splash on Snow.

Rick Martel defeated ‘Magnificent’ Muraco (w/Jimmy Hart) by count-out.

‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff defeated King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan) by DQ when Heenan broke up an Orndorff pin. Orndorff stalked Heenan, Bundy recovered & ambushed Orndorff with an Avalanche. Mixed hometown reaction for Bundy.

[Intermission]

Sting defeated Ken Patera by count-out with 3 seconds remaining before the 15-minute time limit. Big pop for Sting & the dramatic finish.

The British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated The Fantastics with a Dynamite reverse-rollup on Rogers.

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Ted Arcidi with the Rude Awakening.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Greg Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan). Massive electricity for this main event. Toward the end, Hogan mounted a dramatic comeback & Heenan got on the apron. Hogan grabbed him as Valentine charged from behind. Hogan moved & Valentine clocked Heenan off the apron by accident. Hogan leveled him with a lariat for the 1-2-3. Huge post-match celebration to close the night.
 

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Muraco & Hart just feels right somehow.

I like the small detail of some still cheering hometown boy Bundy.

Patera must be kicking himself for losing so close to a draw.

A couple of big heel wins send the crowd into the main event maybe just a little nervous...

Which proves unwarranted as Hulkamania puts down The Hammer.

Another crazy way to spend the night in Atlantic city.

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 5/1

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(Erie, PA @ Civic Center: TAPING #2. 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 venue! Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura are standing at the commentary platform. Both are in fine form for this week’s show & make mention of some bombshells likely to drop during this hour!


The Fantastics defeated Harley Strong/Matt Siegel with a Rocket Launcher on Strong. Crowd noise at a fever pitch, as the Fantastics were at their sharpest, explosive & most fired-up.

[WWF Update: “I Love Rock n' Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts is the audio intro this week. Paul Heyman is in the bustling WWF newsroom. Heyman, excited at the pending news on tap, kicks us to pre-recorded footage of President Jack Tunney seated at the desk of his office, overlooking the NYC skyline. “Greetings to one & all. I am thrilled to be coming to you from my office, here in New York City, for what could be an earth-moving series of announcements. As all of you know by now, we have forged ahead on the road to WrestleMania 2, the dual-city spectacular, literally & figuratively pro wrestling’s Super Bowl, on America’s birthday weekend, 1986. An absolutely epic night for sports & entertainment, in 2 of America’s great & historic cities. Therefore, the following announcements have the potential to not only impact WrestleMania itself, but also the road leading TO WrestleMania. The first of those announcements does pertain to WrestleMania night. Based on turns of events throughout the year, in which certain competitors have earned key opportunities in some pretty high-profile events, Survivor Series chief among them, I am comfortable in formally announcing the NEW #1 contender for the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship. That individual, none other… than the 460-pound King... Kong... Bundy. We have concluded negotiations with Mr. Bundy’s business representative, Bobby Heenan, and can announce that King Kong Bundy will officially be challenging for the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in the main event of WrestleMania, on July 3rd. HOWEVER... More on that, in just a moment. I am ALSO delighted to formally unveil that, in what will be a major stop on that road to WrestleMania, Saturday Night’s Main Event will be returning. Saturday May 15th, from the Capital Centre just outside of Washington, DC, airing on NBC at 11:30 PM EST. The WWF Front Office has just finalized the card for this explosive night, and it is as follows: In the main event of Saturday Night’s Main Event, World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan has signed on the dotted line to defend his Title... against the ‘Japanese Buzzsaw’, Masa Saito. A rematch of galactic proportions. Therefore, as it pertains to WrestleMania, my original statement from 2 weeks ago in Philadelphia should be clarified. Hulk Hogan will be defending his Title at WrestleMania, provided he is still the reigning Champion at such time. King Kong Bundy is the #1 contender & will challenge for the Title on July 3, indiscriminate of the titleholder. Only time… will tell. Also on the Saturday Night’s Main Event card in DC, Sgt. Slaughter & ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz will continue their growingly personal feud 1-on-1, this time in the shadow of our nation’s capitol. In a by-popular-demand rematch from our last Saturday Night’s Main Event this past February, Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana will defend his gold against ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. Also signed, for the WWF Tag Team Titles, Mr. Fuji’s Samoan Headhunters will defend their coveted belts… against the former champions, Kerry & Kevin, the Von Erich’s. The ever-popular Hillbilly Jim will square off against his rival, new WWF sensation, The Honky Tonk Man. Speaking of rivalries, also signed, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine takes on the massively popular rising superstar, Sting. Plus, in a very special in-ring edition of Victory Circle, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper… and Andre the Giant. All that, and so much more! Again, truly an exciting time for the sporting world & cheers to what is sure to be an explosive journey toward our grandest night, in July. More WrestleMania announcements from our offices to come. Thanks for your time & attention. Enjoy this week’s events!”... FADE TO BLACK.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs on the NYC FEED, hyping Friday 5/21 as the big return to MSG @ 8 PM. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. Killer Bees/Ivan Putski in a 2/3 Falls match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine, King Kong Bundy vs. Paul Orndorff, and a main event of Roddy Piper/Big John Studd vs. Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant.]


Back from commercial…

The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) submitted Lance Mitchell with the Camel Clutch. Dominant, nasty, unyielding - that was Sheik. Thundering boos & “USA/Kevin” chants throughout, that got under Sheik’s skin. 

[Gorilla/Jesse @ broadcast position. Jesse is beaming about being right, having that anonymous tip last week that there’s a big announcement coming, and this SNME is gonna set this road to WrestleMania on its ear. Gorilla raves also about Bundy being the #1 contender for the Title @ WrestleMania. Jesse is thrilled for Bobby Heenan & says Bundy is gonna redefine the term ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ at WrestleMania - “I’m callin’ it right here, Guh-rilla!” Gorilla also raves about the stacked SNME card in DC in 2 weeks. Jesse says the casualties coming out of it will be many & Hulkamania might just be at the top of the list.]

[WWF Event Center for the greater Philadelphia area: “Rocky” theme is the audio intro. Mean Gene hypes being down to 3 weeks away from WWF action returning to ‘WrestleMania City’, Philadelphia @ the Spectrum, Saturday 5/22! Limited tix remain @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He runs down the big 9-match card, including Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco in a No DQ Match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine/Bobby Heenan in a Handicap Match after the events of last weekend’s debacle here in Philly, Honky Tonk Man vs. Hillbilly Jim, a double main event of Roddy Piper vs. Andre the Giant and Rick Rude vs. WWF Heavyweight Champ Hulk Hogan in a gigantic return bout! Hillbilly Jim comes in & Gene welcomes him in. Jim mentions the guitar shot recently on Piper’s Pit that was well-orchestrated. Says it scrambled his brains, but lit a fire in that he’s gonna use it to burn ‘Ole Honky’ to the ground with, since that’s how he wants to play this thing. Says he’ll take care of Honky & then he’ll make sure Cousin Luke brings some free Jeb Juice for the good folks of Philadelphia. Gene happily wraps the segment as Jim happily waves at the camera. “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder is the audio outro.]


Commercial


[30-second ad for WWF merchandise, with glamour shots of top WWF stars in some of the gear.]

George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Maury Reynolds with a double-arm DDT @ 29 secs. Huge pop for George as he aimlessly followed Capt. Lou down the aisle, and made short work of Reynolds. Tons of head-rubbing from the adoring fans at ringside in the post-match.

[Paul Heyman in the locker room with Paul Orndorff. ‘Mr. Wonderful’ says he knows the Heenan Family is probably flying high about the news that Bundy is the official #1 contender, but they should be sad that 1 of the British Bulldogs are about to get piledriven into the middle of 2021 after this week’s main event. Says 1986 is very much shaping up to be the Year of Wonderful, and the ‘World’s Best Tag Team’ is about to learn that the hard way. Orndorff then happily poses for the camera.]

‘Dr. D’ David Schultz defeated Jamie Atwell with an elbow-drop off the middle turnbuckle. Deep, thundering boos that rattle the building for Schultz, who breathed it all in. He taunted them while dismantling Atwell, giving mock salutes & soldier-like marching, further igniting the heat in the building. Post-match, he grabs the mic & says “YOU’RE DISMISSED, YOU MAGGOTS” in an obvious mock of Slaughter. He then struts to the back with a smirk, as the boos rain down.


Commercial

[During the commercial break, an explosive national ad airs hyping WrestleMania 2, hailing from Philadelphia & Boston on America’s birthday weekend. Available on closed-circuit TV - “Check your local listings!”]


Back from commercial…

[10-second hype video, advertising WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan being in action next week on Superstars, taking on Boris Zhukov 1-on-1!]

Tag Team Champions Sika/Samu (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Sammie Slain/Barry Arnold with a Sika splash from top on Slain. Savagery. Intimidation. Seeming invincibility. Fuji is riding high.

[Paul Heyman in the locker room with both British Bulldogs. Asks where Heenan is. Davey says Bobby is handling WrestleMania business, getting some major contracts signed for the Heenan Family, who will “own” WrestleMania. Dynamite says they’re on the road to regaining what’s rightfully theirs - the Tag Team Titles. They don’t care if they’ve gotta go thru jungle savages, high-flying pretty boys, backwoods hillbillies, or Russians. “We’re the British Bulldogs & we’re the global standard for tag team wrestling.” Davey says it seems Paul Orndorff got some bad information, because he’s facing a man this week who can match & exceed his power, his speed & his explosiveness. Says Mr. Wonderful is in store for a wonderful embarrassment at the hands of a man who’ll be wearing gold sooner than Paul Orndorff ever will.]

[Dino Bravo & Brutus Beefcake, both in their wrestling gear, are at a photoshoot & posing for separate shots. The director thanks them each for their time & says the trading cards should be out later in the year. Bravo & Beefcake convene, shaking hands & begin shooting the breeze. Bravo brags about hailing from Montreal, a far superior place to anywhere in the US. Beefcake agrees & makes Hollywood the exception. Both laugh & seem to become buds. Bravo picks up a nearby plastic water bottle of Beefcake's & asks Beefcake if he minds. Beefcake is fine with it & Bravo takes a swig, figuring it’s water. Bravo does a double-take, stunned by how good the taste was, and takes another swig. Bravo, stunned, asks what he’s got in there. Beefcake says, “Believe it or not, it’s Jeb Juice! Best tasting stuff ever.” Bravo is shocked, saying “You mean, that overhyped elixir from those 2 inbred hillbillies!?” Beefcake laughs, agreeing, saying it’s some of the best-tasting stuff he’s ever had. Bravo swigs again & an earth-changing idea illuminates his face. He tells Beefcake he just thought of a way to make him & Beefcake the next John D. Rockefeller’s. They laugh & walk off-set.]   


Commercial


[WWF Event Center for the greater PHILADELPHIA area: “Satisfaction” by Rolling Stones is the audio intro. Mean Gene re-hypes being 3 weeks away from WWF action returning to Philadelphia @ the Spectrum, Saturday 5/22. Limited tix remain @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He runs down the big 9-match card again. Rick Rude & Jimmy Hart come into frame, amused. Hart says Jack Tunney seems to have all kinds of plans, but he & the ‘Ravishing One’ have other plans. Rude smugly says Tunney sure is gonna have to manage his time well soon, when he goes to DC & beats “Chico Santana” to win the I-C Title, then comes on up to Philadelphia a week later & beats his comic book hero golden goose Hulk Hogan to become the WWF Heavyweight Champion right in the middle of the Spectrum. Says he’ll then take all the gold to WrestleMania on July 3rd & leave the wrestling world in a tizzy they won’t forget for the next 30 years. Says Hulk Hogan lucked out & managed to escape outta town with his Title & his tail between his legs, the last time they squared off in Philly not too long ago. Gene's face smells BS. Rude tells Philly not to worry - once he beats Hulk Hogan & leaves him laying this time, he’ll have a special custom hip gyration just for Philadelphia. Hart cackles, Rude puckers & poses, and Gene wraps the segment with the event hard well. “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Kahn is the audio outro.] 

MAIN EVENT: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. Davey Boy Smith (w/Dynamite Kid) 

Huge crowd reaction as “Rule, Britannica” blares & the British Bulldogs head smugly down the aisle to ringside. They get into the ring, glaring out at the crowd on all sides. “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC kicks in & the place goes NUTS!! Orndorff comes out of the tunnel to a GIANT ovation, blue bedazzled robe, calmly hi-fiving adoring fans on the way down the aisle. He gets into the ring, fired-up with the rocking crowd!

Excellent back-and-forth battle, sometimes tipping in Davey’s favor when Dynamite manages to trip Orndorff from the outside, out of view of the ref. Orndorff battles through it & takes the fight to Davey in this seesaw affair. Great athleticism by both men & the crowd hung on every move.

Davey gains control with a sidewalk slam & manhandles Orndorff for several minutes with clotheslines, military slams, and a standing delayed suplex for the ages. But nothing can keep Orndorff down for the 3-count! Davey finally hoists Orndorff onto the top turnbuckle, steps onto the second rope & cinches in for a super-plex!... but Orndorff fights out of it with desperate roundhouses & knocks Davey back-first down to mid-ring with 1 last punch! 

Orndorff remains on the upper perch, as Davey slowly staggers back up to his feet on wobbly legs. Orndorff steps onto the top ropes & flies!...... FLATTENING Davey below with a cross-body for the leg-flailing 1… 2… Davey kicks out! Both men pop up & Orndorff dropkicks Davey… right into the ref accidentally! Ref tumbles through the ropes to the floor, dazed! 

Dynamite slithers into the ring & clotheslines Orndorff down from behind! Both Bulldogs stomp a mudhole in Orndorff! They plant him with a double-suplex! Davey hatches a plan with Dynamite, who immediately heads out to climb up to the top rope, while Davey rolls out to the downed ref. 

…… CROWD EXPLODES TO ITS FEET AS…… HERE COMES STING (red long tights, yellow boots) SPRINTING DOWN THE AISLE!! He running-hops up the ring steps & shoves Dynamite off the top rope from behind!!! What a nasty spill down to the canvas for Dynamite!!! Davey immediately slides into the ring & charges Sting for a clothesline… Sting ducks & face-plant-bulldogs Davey!!!! Orndorff slowly makes it to his feet, as Dynamite staggers up near the ropes. Orndorff & Sting stereo-clothesline Dynamite over the top to the floor!!! 

Sting quickly rolls out like a jungle cat & frantically helps the dazed ref to his feet, rolling him back into the ring!! Davey staggers up to his feet, wobbly & drunken. Orndorff immediately hoists him & PLANTS HIM WITH THE PILEDRIVER! HOOKS THE LEG… REF CRAWLS OVER… 1… 2… 3!! PLACE COMES UNGLUED!! ORNDORFF MAKES IT TO HIS FEET & THE DAZED REF RAISES HIS ARM IN VICTORY!!

“Hell’s Bells” hits again & Sting rolls back into the ring, exchanging a quick hug with Orndorff before they both keep an eye on their surroundings!! Sting’s pacing like a watchdog, as Davey groggily rolls out! Both Bulldogs are at the mouth of the aisle, holding their heads, foiled & battered!! They jaw at Orndorff & Sting from a distance, then stagger their way up the aisle toward the tunnel.

In the ring, Orndorff mounts 1 of the middle turnbuckles, hamming it up to the euphoric crowd, while Sting continues watching the Bulldogs depart the scene. Orndorff gets down & they exchange another quick hug with pats on the ass, proceeding to interact with the partying sellout!

Winner: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff via Pinfall @ 7:44


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs on the NYC FEED, hyping Friday 5/21 as the big return to MSG @ 8 PM. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. Killer Bees/Ivan Putski in a 2/3 Falls match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine, King Kong Bundy vs. Paul Orndorff, and a main event of Roddy Piper/Big John Studd vs. Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant.]


Back from commercial…

[10-second hype video, advertising WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan being in action next week on Superstars, taking on Boris Zhukov 1-on-1!]

[Gorilla & Jesse are standing at the broadcast platform. Jesse says Orndorff is flirting with disaster if he gets in the crosshairs of the Heenan Family, especially if he forms an alliance with the young punk who’s already got a big ‘X’ on his back with Team Heenan, etc. Gorilla scoffs at that. Both turns their attention to next week & the monster news about ‘The Hulkster’ being in action next week! Jesse teases that he just might challenge Hogan for the Title next week & shake up the whole WrestleMania picture! Gorilla says he’d pay good money to watch Jesse actually try that. Other action for next week’s show: Andre the Giant, Beefcake/Muraco, Von Erich’s, Sting, Honky Tonk Man. Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Nikolai Volkoff! Gorilla & Jesse are hyped for next week, and bid us farewell.]
 

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Jack Tunney with 2 huge announcements, First Bundy gets his deserved title match & the return of Saturday Night's Main Event! And what a return with all the biggest rivalries represented capped off by Hogan/Saito 2!

I literally lol'd when Orndorf promised to piledrive a Bulldog to the middle of 2021!

I'm legitimately amazed with how you manage to promote so many show simultaneously on your TV shows.

Beefcake & Muraco have a idea involving...Jeb Juice? Ok I'm curious.

Keep it up!

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 5/1

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(Troy, NY @ RPI Fieldhouse: TAPING #2. Vince 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.]


Virgil defeated (w/Fred Blassie) Manny Hale with a Russian Leg Sweep.

[Piper’s Pit: No Roddy Piper to be found. Jesse Ventura comes out to a massive ovation. Says he was scheduled to be the special guest, but instead he’s going to be the special guest AND host. Says it was a travesty to see what that oversized Giant dastardly orchestrated on Piper last week. Says he can declare that the Giant has officially bitten off more than he can chew. Says he (Jesse) is officially throwing his hat into the ring & thinks it’s time for ‘The Body’ to walk around here with some gold. Big pop from the crowd. Says Hulk Hogan & Tito Santana are officially on notice. Tosses the mic & walks off.]

Paul Roma/Jim Powers defeated Ant Rooney/Jake Dorian with a suplex/splash combo on Dorian.

Kevin Von Erich submitted Paulie Sights with a Claw that blacked Sights out. Huge pop for a fired-up Kevin.

Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (no Heenan) submitted Jose Luis Rivera with the Figure Four Leg Lock.

[Sam Houston vs. Sika is announced as next week’s main event. Piper’s Pit: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude]

MAIN EVENT: Honky Tonk Man vs. Ivan Putski

Hillbilly Jim joins Vince & Jack on commentary for this match. Putski gets a huge ovation as he heads down the aisle, ready for action. Honky parades down the aisle to his theme, in full performance mode in the ring as he grabs the mic & plays to the booing crowd on all sides. He then taunts Hillbilly Jim from a distance, asking if he’s still having nightmares about guitars. Jim is pissed.

Putski attacks Honky & knocks him from pillar to post, delighting this raucous crowd. Honky’s still in his Elvis onesie as Putski’s pinballing him all over the ring. Jim is almost in ecstasy on commentary. Honky gains control as Putski charges for a spear in the corner, Honky moves, and Putski’s momentum hurls him shoulder-first through to the ring post at 50 mph.

Honky gets the onesie off & goes to work on Putski’s hurt shoulder; chicken-wing bodyslam, Downward Shoulder Spiral, etc. Honky continues knocking Putski around, despite the rowdy chants urging Putski on. Honky backs to the ropes & comes off…… Putski FLATTENS him with a clothesline using that hurt arm! Putski fights through the pain & proceeds to crash-dummy Honky; reverse elbows off Irish whips, clotheslines with either arm, knee-lifts, etc. Putski’s all fired-up & so is the crowd! 

Putski whips Honky to the ropes & dips his heads for a backdrop… Honky comes off the ropes & catches him with a Shake, Rattle, Roll out of nowhere! Hooks the leg (and a fistful of trunks for good measure) for the 1-2-3! Honky celebrates with his theme, swiveling & sashaying like Elvis himself for the booing crowd on all sides. He grabs his guitar & glances as Putski, who’s still in a heap on the mat, holding his neck. Honky gets a sadistic idea!

Suddenly the crowd explodes to his feet, as they see Hillbilly Jim making a b-line from the announce platform, through the crowd toward ringside! He hops the railing & Honky notices!! Honky hightails it out of the ring, just as Jim running-slides in & gives cover to his fallen friend!! 

Honky’s all-smiles in the aisle, continuing to gyrate & brandish his guitar. Jim is pissed & stands at the ropes, jawing at Honky in the aisle. Honky finally parades to the tunnel & Jim kneels next to Putski, who’s back up to a sitting position on the mat & beginning to regain his senses. He slowly helps Putski up & “Don’t Go Messin’ With A Country Boy” hits. He raises the battered Putski’s hand in moral victory to the roaring crowd. They acknowledge the crowd, before finally getting slowly out of the ring to a hero’s sendoff, as the show goes off the air.

Winner: Honky Tonk Man via Pinfall @ 4:34
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 5/1 | Long Island, NY @ Nassau Coliseum (15,591; Sellout)

Pedro Morales defeated the Missing Link with a small package. Link ambushes Morales afterwards.

Killer Bees defeated Red Scare by DQ, when Nikolai used Blassie’s cane on Blair to break up a pin. The Bees cleared the ring moments later with stereo dropkicks, sending them packing.

Rick Martel and Don Muraco fought to a double count-out. Wild fight right from the outset, spilling to the outside multiple times, near-falls galore, etc. They end up slugging it out in the aisle until the 10-count. Muraco bails when Martel tries to make a run for the ring to try beating the count. 

Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Cousin Luke with a splash from the top rope. 

Kerry Von Erich defeated Brutus Beefcake @ 43 secs with a Discus Punch. Giant pop for Kerry. 

[Intermission]

I-C Champion Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine by count-out. Great seesaw match. End came when Tito cross-bodied Valentine & himself over the top. Battle outside ends in Tito slingshotting Valentine into the ring post & beating the 10-count.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper/Big John Studd defeated The Fantastics. High-drama, fluid tag battle. 4-man breakdown at the end, resulting in a Studd standing powerslam of Fulton for the flash 1-2-3.  

Honky Tonk Man defeated Sam Houston with the Shake, Rattle, Roll.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik. Roof-rattling heat for this knock-around battle. Hogan & Sheik each looked dominant at times. Sheik ends up getting the Camel Clutch on Hogan, as the place is standing in rabid shock/fear. Hogan manages to get to his feet with Sheik on his back & drops back-first to the mat, smashing Sheik beneath him! To the ropes, legdrop, 1-2-3. Roof blows clean off & Hogan rocks the house in the post-match party to send everyone home happy.
 

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Breaking news on All Star as Ventura launches his quest for gold.

Killer Bees make a statement beating Red Scare.

Muraco & Martel boil over.

Kerry with a blink and you'll miss it win over Beefcake.

Santana gets physical with the Hammer.

Piper/Studd score huge with a win over the Fantastics.

Hogan with another patriotic win.

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 5/2 | New Haven, CT @ Coliseum (9,759)

Salvatore Bellomo defeated Marty Sinada (local worker) with a sunset flip.

Dino Bravo defeated Ted Arcidi with a face-plant to the exposed turnbuckle.

Sting defeated Virgil (no Blassie) with a splash from the top rope. Big pop for Sting.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Brutus Beefcake by DQ after a Don Muraco run-in. Slaughter fought them off with a stereo clothesline that sent them packing.

Killer Bees defeated Tag Team Champions Samu/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) by count-out.

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Sam Houston with a Rude Awakening.

Tito Santana/Von Erich’s defeated Iron Sheik/Red Scare with a Kerry Discus Punch to Nikolai Volkoff. Great 6-man battle with non-stop action. Kerry, Kevin & Tito stand tall in the end, hamming it up with the crowd in the post-match to send the place home happy.
 

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Huge announcement as King Kong Bundy gets the opportunity of a lifetime at WrestleMania. Oh how I miss those Tunney announcements. 

SNME will be a pivotal stop on the way to WrestleMania. 

Schultz has been one of my favorite heels in the game. Him and Sarge are heading for an epic blow off.

LOL, something hilarious is going to go down between Bravo/Beefcake, the Hillbillies and Jeb Juice.

Orndorff and Davey Boy go toe to toe. Wild main event that also sees Dynamite and Sting get involved. Crazy scene as Sting helps Orndorff get the big win. Jesse is right, Sting has a big target on his back. 

All-Star,

We don't get Piper but we do get a big announcement from Jesse. Looks like the Body wants one last run with some gold. 

Hillbilly Jim saves Polish Power as things continue to heat up between him and HTM.

House shows continue to pack in the fans. That's no surprise when they get to see matches like Martel/Muraco, Santana/Valentine and Hogan/Sheik. 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 5/7 | Milwaukee, WI @ Mecca (12,285)

Sam Houston defeated Al Snow with a running bulldog.

Rick Martel defeated Virgil (no Blassie) with a running Blockbuster.

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) pinned Ted Arcidi with the Bonsai Throat Claw locked in.

Hillbilly Jim defeated The Missing Link with a follow-in Big Boot to the corner.

Kevin Von Erich defeated The Iron Sheik by DQ in a wild match, after Kevin had the Claw locked on Sheik & Sheik low-blow-kicked the ref. Kevin houses Sheik to the back.

[Intermission]

Tag Team Champions Samu/Sika (w/Mr. Fuji) and The Fantastics fought to a 20-minute time limit draw.

Roddy Piper defeated Ivan Putski with a jackknife & both legs on the ropes. Monster Piper heat.

Dino Bravo defeated Salvatore Bellomo with a sidewalk slam.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Big John Studd by DQ. Out-of-body crowd energy for this throttling battle of the titans. Toward the end, Hogan manages to floor the big man with a lariat & has the place coming unglued in anticipation of a body slam! Piper runs down & ambushes Hogan for the 2-on-1 beatdown. Studd holds Hogan as Piper gets the Title belt. Piper charges, Hogan moves, and Piper clocks Studd with the belt to the face by accident, sending Studd tumbling thru the ropes to the floor. That leaves Hogan & Piper 1-on-1 circling in the ring like they’re gonna get it on, as the roof blows clean off! They unleash roundhouses toe-to-toe & Hogan rocks his world, whips him to the ropes for a Big Boot, but Piper holds on to the ropes & slithers to the outside in the nick of time. Piper & Studd head for the hills as Hogan stands tall, rocking the house to close out the show.
 

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Saito gathers steam ahead of his rematch with Hogan.

Nice visual to end the Von Erich/Shiek match.

The Samoans & The Fantastics have a nice banger.

Hogan fights off Piper & Studd,ending on a high note.

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I remember somebody said Dusty Rhodes would talk about keeping 2 big name wresters separate for awhile and then say "Can you imagine if they just touched" After reading that Hogan/Piper tease, I totally get what he meant. What a moment! The Milwaukee fans will be talking about that for awhile.   

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Such a cool main event on Superstars! This company is absolutely star-studded and Sting just adds that extra pinch of spice! It's so easy to picture a crowd losing their minds for a punch-up between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper.

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 5/8

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(Erie, PA @ Civic Center: 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 venue! Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura are standing at the commentary platform. Both are in fine form for this week’s show & make mention of some bombshells likely to drop during this hour! Not to mention, as advertised, the Heavyweight Champ, the Hulkster, in the building this week to do battle with Classy Freddie's Boris Zhukov! Jesse can't wait! 


Andre the Giant defeated Ted Bice. Massive ovation for Andre, who came down the aisle with a quiet intensity & focus, still hi-fiving adoring hands on the way. In the ring, Bice is D.O.A. as Andre flings him from pillar to post, chopping his chest to Kingdom Come, standing-squashing him to a pancake in the corner. Calls for the mic & says “Piper you OK? Enjoy my gift to you.” Resumes with headbutting Bice’s head off, and obliterating him with a tree slam. Sitdown splash. 1-2-3. Crowd loved every moment. Andre stands with finger to the sky & doing the lasso gesture. Sheer dominance.

[WWF Update: “Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins is the audio intro this week. Paul Heyman is in the bustling WWF newsroom. He hypes Saturday Night’s Main Event, now 1 week away, and runs down the monster card President Jack Tunney unveiled last week. Kicks us to a pre-recorded promo of Hillbilly Jim vowing to sing a new tune on the Honky Tonk Man, after what Honky did a few weeks back. Paul kicks us to a pre-recorded promo of I-C Champ Tito Santana, who tells Rick Rude I-C gold is not in his future. Says he & Jimmy can load up on all the henchmen they want, but the Golden Rule will come calling them in DC. Heyman then kicks us to a pre-recorded promo with David Schultz, who says he couldn’t write a better movie script than to beat Sgt. Slaughter in Washington, DC. Says Slaughter’s patriotism & misguided need to be a hero are no match for Natural Selection. Says DC should enroll in anger management classes in advance. Heyman then announces WrestleMania tickets in both host cities are officially sold out! Wraps the segment, with ‘PYT’ by Michael Jackson as the audio outro.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs on the NYC FEED, hyping Friday 5/21 as the big return to MSG @ 8 PM. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. Killer Bees/Ivan Putski in a 2/3 Falls match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine, King Kong Bundy vs. Paul Orndorff, and a main event of Roddy Piper/Big John Studd vs. Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant.]


Back from commercial…

[Gene Okerlund is in a plush dressing room with Fred Blassie. Asks Blassie what happened to the Penthouse, to which Blassie scoffs that Gene, king of the pencil-necked geeks, should mind his business & says it’s undergoing property upgrades. Says this week is the public crucifixion of Hulkamania, using a Russian hammer & sickle. Says comrade Boris will shock the world, before Masa Saito or King Kong Bundy ever lay a finger on Hulk Hogan.]

The Honky Tonk Man defeated Benny Boone. Honky was in a great mood, even mocking the hillbilly dosido mid-match, clearly proud of that recent guitar-shot. He finished Boone with the Shake, Rattle, Roll for the 1-2-3. Concert time after the match, to a round of boos.

[WWF Event Center for the greater MONTREAL MARKET: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is the audio intro.  Mean Gene hypes being down to 3 weeks away from WWF action returning to the Great White North, in Montreal, QB on Saturday 5/29 @ the Forum! 8 PM bell time. Limited tix remain @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He runs down the big 9-match card, including Tag Team Champs Samoan Headhunters vs. Tito Santana/Rick Martel, Iron Sheik vs. Kevin Von Erich, Honky Tonk Man vs. George Steele, and a main event of Rick Rude/Masa Saito vs. Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff. Sam Houston comes into frame, welcomed by Gene. A super nice guy, Houston says he’s excited to be in 1 of wrestling’s great cities, Montreal, to compete. Says he’ll do everything in his power to use his speed, agility, and fighter’s heart to make sure Honky won’t be in much mood or shape for singing & dancing when it’s all said & done. Gene happily wraps the segment, with “Heatwave” by the Supremes as the audio outro.]

[30-second ad for WWF merchandise, with glamour shots of top WWF stars in some of the gear.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, an explosive national ad airs hyping WrestleMania 2. Available on closed-circuit TV - “Check your local listings!”]


Back from commercial…

The Von Erich’s defeated Tony Ortiz/Shane Steene. Huge ovation for Kerry & Kevin as they wade through the rabid, reaching arms in the aisle toward ringside. The brothers are as sharp as ever, as if they haven’t missed a day teaming up. Crowd hung on every move. Kevin slapped the Claw on Steene & pinned him with the Claw still locked in. Post-match love fest with the crowd.

[A pre-recorded studio promo with Rick Rude, a chest-taped Don Muraco, Brutus Beefcake & Jimmy Hart. Rude says Phase 2 of Jimmy’s master plan is now underway & you’re looking at it. Strength in numbers is what it’s all about & you’re looking at a collection that cannot, will not be stopped. Muraco says Rick Martel was the perfect first victim to unveil this new alliance & says they’re not close to done with Victim 1 before they start adding to the list. Beefcake says Tito Santana playing hero is expected, but he needs to be careful because they’ll be relieving him of his golden artifact pretty soon if he’s not careful. Hart adds it’s been the plan all along, to have Rick Rude as the centerpiece, and then grow it out from there. He says “The nightmare before your eyes is REAL, daddy! The Hart Coalition is officially born!” All 4 men smugly cackle in enjoyment.] 


Commercial


[WrestleMania Report: “Party All the Time” by Eddie Murphy is the audio intro. Lord Alfred Hayes is in the switchboard/AV room. Hypes what we know about WrestleMania 2 as of this hour; Tickets in Philadelphia AND Boston have officially sold out, #1 contender King Kong Bundy will challenge for WWF Heavyweight Title in the main event, and ALL championships will be on the line as part of this epic card. Film & TV stars Sylvester Stallone, Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal & others appearing, live performances from superstar rock bands Tears for Fears & Survivor, and a live rendition of “America, the Beautiful” by the legendary Ray Charles. Announces that Sammy Davis, Jr. has now signed as special guest ring announcer on this epic night! Hypes that more WrestleMania news can break at any moment & they’ll be sure to pass it along as soon as it becomes official. Wraps the segment, with “Groove With You” by the Isley Bros. as the audio outro.]

Sting (white long tights, red boots) defeated Nick Benaldo @ 39 secs. Thundering ovation for the rising supernova as he hi-fives his way down the aisle to ringside & riles the crowd up in the ring before the bell. Lock-up, armdrag, dropkick, hiptoss, dropkick, backdrop, Stinger Splash leading to Benaldo faceplanting to the mat. 1-2-3. Place goes nuts. 

[Pre-recorded promo with Rick Martel in shades & open button-down shirt, leaning against his red Porsche convertible in a plush area, with palm trees blowing in the breeze behind him. Says he’s enjoying his gift from the WWF (the car); one of the perks from being a Survivor Series sole survivor -- says he’s been proud to add it to his collection. Adds that something he’s gonna add to his collection of accomplishments, is the health & well-being of Don Muraco. Says Muraco like to whine every chance he gets about the barbell weight he caught with his chest a few weeks back, but doesn’t wanna own up to trying to put him on the shelf for good before that. Says Muraco has no one’s sympathy & he’s (Martel) not close to being done with this. Invites Muraco to bring it on - he’s a sole survivor for a reason. Says, it’s time to enjoy some sun, fun & beauties before getting back to business. “Seeya around, Magnificence”. Gets into the car & speeds off.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper re-airs on the NYC FEED, hyping Friday 5/21 as the big return to MSG @ 8 PM. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Tag Team Champs Samu/Fatu vs. Killer Bees/Ivan Putski in a 2/3 Falls match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine, King Kong Bundy vs. Paul Orndorff, and a main event of Roddy Piper/Big John Studd vs. Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant.]

 
Back from commercial…

Brutus Beefcake/Don Muraco (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Steve Smith/Arnold Hasche. Bellowing boos rain down as this smug new team is led to ringside by their boisterous new mouthpiece. Fluid teamwork in the domination & downright mockery of their opponents. End comes with a Muraco Asiatic Spike on Smith for the 1-2-3. “RICK MARTEL” chants rained down throughout, getting under the skin of Muraco, Beefcake & Hart. 

[Recap video from the Paul Orndorff vs. Davey Boy Smith main event last week, where Sting came to Orndorff’s rescue, evening the odds after the ref had been knocked out of the ring & Orndorff going on to get the win.] 

[Pre-recorded promo with all Heenan Family members on a Learjet during a flight. Heenan, pouring a drink, says it’s obvious some housecleaning is far overdue. Valentine says to consider it done, because next weekend in DC he’s going to exterminate the nuisance once & for all -- “Sting, you’re history & I think you know it”. Bundy says he’ll make sure Paul Orndorff has seen his last day being wonderful, if he even steps in Valentine’s direction while he’s handling Sting. Valentine says he should almost want it, because it’ll give him some warm-up action before he wins the Title at WrestleMania. All 5 men laugh. Davey Boy says next Saturday in DC, the British Bulldogs get fresh bones to chew on as a treat. Dynamite says it’s been a long time coming. Heenan finishes, saying “The ride’s not quite as fun when it’s over, Sting. What goes up, must come crashing down - usually in a million pieces”. The 5 chuckle smugly.] 


Commercial


[WWF Event Center for the greater MONTREAL MARKET: “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean is the audio intro. Mean Gene re-hypes being down to 3 weeks away from WWF action returning to the Forum in Montreal, Saturday 5/29 @ 8 PM bell time. Limited tix remain @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He re-runs down the big 9-match card, including Tag Team Champs Samoan Headhunters vs. Tito Santana/Rick Martel, Iron Sheik vs. Kevin Von Erich, Honky Tonk Man vs. George Steele, and a main event of Rick Rude/Masa Saito vs. Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff. Mr. Fuji comes into frame, with a devious smile. Says he thinks it’s cute Tito Santana & Rick Martel have found each other, but they’re gonna be no match for his Samoan Headhunters. Says they’re hungrier than ever, even though they’ve got the gold. Says they’ll rip those 2 smiling heads right off in Montreal & then Gene can clean up the mess. Says Gene can’t even deny, because he’s seen what his Headhunters can do to mortal men. Plus, how will Tito & Martel know which 2 they’ll face? Says he’ll put Tito’s I-C belt on his mantle at the compound, just as souvenir. Cackles wildly. Gene worriedly wraps the segment, with “Against the Wind” by Bob Seger as the audio outro.]

MAIN EVENT: WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Boris Zhukov (w/Fred Blassie) 

Freddie Blassie leads both members of Red Scare to the ring, with Russian flags flying high as deafening boos rain down from all sides of the building. Nikolai holds court to sing the Russian anthem… when “Eye of the Tiger” interrupts & the place explodes into a FRENZY! Hulk Hogan, in white tights/boots, blue knee pads, ripped white cloth with a ‘Hulkamania’ logo as a headband with excess cloth dangling into his mouth, WWF Title belt around his waist, calmly walks the backstage hallway toward the tunnel… He comes out of the tunnel & his inner beast immediately clicks on like a switch, parading his way down the aisle as the house is shaking! 

He hops on the apron, loaded for bear, boisterously pointing out both Russians in the ring! Blassie takes a powder. He gets into the ring & both members of Red Scare pounce on him with their flags! They’re beating the fire out of Hogan! They whip him to the ropes… he ducks the double-clothesline & barrels off the opposite ropes… STEREO-CLOTHESLINES BOTH RUSSIANS TO HELL & THE ROOF BLOWS OFF THE PLACE!! Nikolai staggers up & Hogan unloads sudden backhand punches! Straight throttle shot sends Nikolai tumbling thru the ropes to the floor! 

Boris ambushes Hogan with forearms from behind, as the opening bell finally rings! Boris whips Hogan to the ropes & catches him off the ropes with a knee to the gut… but Boris is in excruciating knee pain from that shot because he'd accidentally kneed the Title belt around Hogan’s waist! Hogan stands un-phased, watching the rabid crowd as Boris limps in violent pain. Hogan pulls the belt off, hands it to the ref like a waiter serving a fine dish, then knocks Boris from pillar to post with leveling punches, running head-slams to the turnbuckles on multiple sides, and hurls him over the top to the floor!!! Hogan finally rips off the white ‘American Made’ shirt, skipping around in the ring, all full of piss & vinegar!! This place is a madhouse!!

Hogan rolls out & continues the onslaught, housing Boris all over ringside as Nikolai/Blassie angrily struggle to stay clear. Hogan scoops Boris up & runs him shoulder-first to the post! Nikolai charges from behind, Hogan moves, and Nikolai collides with the post at 50 mph!!! Hogan LEVELS him with a roundhouse!! Building is shaking!! Blassie’s beside himself! The Champ’s in the building & he’s dominant!

Hogan tosses Boris back into the ring. Belly-to-back suplex on the Russian! Hogan immediately bounces to the corner & comes out with a running elbowdr--- Boris moves!! Hogan’s body implodes on impact! Boris capitalizes with forearm drops, falling headbutts, chokes, etc. Boris PLANTS Hogan with a standing suplex & Hogan’s in major back pain! Boris works him over more with a backbreaker, sidewalk slam, powerslam, etc. Boris signals to end it! He hops on the middle turnbuckle, leaps for his flying knee-drop… but Hogan moves! Boris is rolling around with that same hurt knee!!

Prone Hogan slaps the mat & rolls over angrily onto all-fours, huffing & puffing in wide-eyed rage!! He slaps the mat several times & storms to his feet, pumping his fists & war-marching around the ring!! Boris staggers up & Hogan unloads with wild lefts & rights like a man possessed! Whips Boris to the ropes & hits a towering backdrop! Nikolai hops onto the apron & Hogan immediately runs him along the apron, chest-first to the post!! Hogan wastes no time bouncing off the ropes & PLANTS the legdrop on Boris in mid-ring!! Hooks the leg for the 1-2-3!!! Place coming out of its skin!!!

“Eye of the Tiger” hits again, as Hogan calmly pops up to his feet, standing tall as the ref raises his arm in victory!! He's popping his pecks on-beat with the opening guitar licks of the song!! Song fully kicks in & Hogan happily accepts the Title belt from the ref, holding it high with 1 hand for all to see as the flashbulbs pop like crazy again!! Boris slowly rolls out groggily, rejoining his battered partner & an outraged Blassie at the aisle. They jaw at Hogan from afar, as Hogan’s waving them goodbye. They storm back to the tunnel. 

In the ring, Hogan’s hamming it up with this rabid, adoring populous, striking all different sorts of bodybuilder poses - a different set of poses for each side of the building, it seems. He notices a kid in the front row with a poster of a hand-drawn US flag & calls for it. A stagehand passes it up to Hogan from the floor. Hogan holds it up to the super-rabid crowd on all sides, lays it down & continues posing. He finally reaches thru the ropes to hand the poster back to the ecstatic kid & his family. 

Hogan then holds the belt up for all to see, throws it over 1 shoulder, drops to a knee with 1 final bicep curl with his free arm - the epitome of cool ass-kicker! He gets up & triumphantly points thankfully to the Man Upstairs, then leaves the ring. He wades through the crazed sea of reaching arms in the aisle, belt raised high like a hometown hero riding out of town.  

Winner: Hulk Hogan via Pinfall @ 4:49


Commercial


[Gorilla & Jesse stand at their broadcast position. They recap the wild ride we just took & re-hype SNME next weekend. Action for next week’s show: Sam Houston, British Bulldogs, Roddy Piper, I-C Champ Tito Santana. Main Event: Samoan Headhunters vs. Killer Bees/Putski/Arcidi in a Survivor Series Elimination match! Gorilla & Jesse are hyped for next week, and bid us farewell.]
 

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WWF's got some big shows coming up in the next few weeks. And that's not even mentioning Wrestlemania!

The Hart Coalition officially debuts with a win & have their sights set on some big names.

Love the image of The Heenan Family giving a group promo from a Learjet.

Wrestling's ultimate "Real American" puts down the Soviet Invader & has one hell of a celebration with the live crowd.

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Andre kicks things off in a big way! What has Piper gotten himself into.

SNME will be a crucial stop on the way to WrestleMania.

One thing about HTM, he knows how to entertain. 

Von Erich's are on fire tonight. Could they be gearing up for another tag title run? 

The Hart Coalition is born. Jimmy's got himself a pretty solid group of heels.

The stars are lining up to be a part of WrestleMania. Add Sammy Davis Jr. to the list.

Sting no doubt will have a spot at Mania. So much charisma.

Rick Martel showing off some style. I enjoy these character segments.

Speaking of that, Heenan Family living large on a Learjet. 

It's always special when Hogan wrestles on TV. He brings the electricity tonight as he takes care of both Russians. Big TV moment. 

The road to Mania is going to be one fun ride. 

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Man, since I stepped away, Hulkamania has truly begun to run wild on the WWF!

I appreciate that you've kept some of the pieces I put in place going, and it's neat to see how you've taken them, made them your own, and to see where they've gone.

Wrestlemania 2 is shaping up to put the first one to shame! So many moving parts, so many rivalries! Looking forward to seeing how you tie them all up on the biggest stage of them all!!

The Piper/Studd pairing is amazing. Roddy with a giant to back up his mouth.... Great Plan!!

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 5/8

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(Troy, NY @ RPI Fieldhouse: TAPING #3. Vince 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.]


Scufflin’ Hillbillies defeated Biff Jennings/Pete Spoon with a Luke back-splash on Spoon. Arena-wide Dosido party after the match.

[Piper’s Pit: Piper’, serious & still seething a bit from the Andre attack weeks ago, called the crowd ‘bloodthirsty animals’ that are gonna be crying themselves to sleep for the next 50 years soon. Intro’d Rude & Jimmy Hart, who got thunderous boos as they entered. Hart says Piper is in good company & has the full support of the Hart Coalition - a group of unstoppable athletes than can bring this sport to its knees, with this man (Rude) as the centerpiece. Rude says Piper has a friend in him & Jimmy, as well ‘Bruti’ & ‘The Magnificent One’. Piper seems moved. Rude says he’s about score gold for the Coalition next weekend in DC when he dethrones Santana. Says Tito has been protected too long in his little popularity campaign. “In DC, he & the world are gonna get a rude awakening they won’t soon forget.” Piper’s excited for them & they raise each other’s arms in victory, to rattling boos.] 

I-C Champion Tito Santana defeated Barry Horowitz with the flying forearm. 

Dino Bravo defeated Terry Gibb with the sidewalk slam.

Big John Studd (w/Roddy Piper) defeated Harry Andrews with a bodyslam & elbowdrop. Massive boos.

[British Bulldogs vs. Roma/Powers is announced as next week’s main event. Piper’s Pit: Sting.]

MAIN EVENT: Sam Houston vs. Sika (w/Mr. Fuji)

Heavy boos for Fuji & his gold-bearing savage. Big, young cheers for a confident, eager Houston. Crisp & explosive exchange from both men; whamming clotheslines & headbutts from Sika, dropkicks, armdrags, and hiptosses from Houston to hold his own.

Sika overpowers Houston & dominates for several with his savage, bone-jarring offense. He plants Houston with a powerslam, then goes up top for a splash… but Houston moves! Houston fires up & unleashes wild roundhouses, lariats, backdrop & dropkicks right on the button! 

Houston’s a house of fire & signals for his big running bulldog finisher! Houston locks in & goes it… but Sika pushes out & Houston barrels right into the ref! Wipeout! Suddenly… here comes Samu & Fatu! 3-on-1 beatdown! Groggy ref calls for the bell!

Crowd erupts as… here comes a young, rugged blonde in leather pants, leather vest & cowboy boots… that’s Kendall Windham! Here in the WWF!! He snatches a chair at ringside, gets into the ring & CRACKS all 3 Samoans in the skull with the chair!!! What thundering shots!! All 3 Headhunters tumble backward through the ropes to the floor, but all land on their feet!! Windham’s beside himself, swinging the chair against the ropes on all sides, keeping them at bay! 

Fuji leads the smiling, chops-licking Headhunters up the aisle!! Kendall then kneels next to Houston, who seems a little surprised & relieved to see him. Kendall helps him up & raises his arm to the cheering crowd! Houston embraces him & they make sure the coast is clear to end the show.

Winner: Sam Houston via DQ @ 6:52
 

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Piper's Pit gets molten heat by having Rude & Hart. I think we may have a riot in DC if Rude wins the IC title.

Sam Houston fights from underneath & had Sika rocking until the other Samoans charge in. But thankfully my boy Kendall Windham arrives in the nick of time! Windham & Houston just sounds like it will work.

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Great week for WWF!

The Hart Coalition, Heenan's Family, Hogan vs Boris!  This feels just like WWF 1986 where every match was about the stars.  

Great Piper's Pit where the stars on the bad side are really starting to join forces... While we are all looking forward to Wrestlemania, I feel like you might be setting us up for Survival Series.

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