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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 5/8 | Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Horizon (12,239)

Sam Houston defeated Barry Horowitz with a running bulldog. Big opening pop for Houston.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Honky Tonk Man by count-out, after Honky decided he’d seen enough of the biting, turnbuckle foam, and knockaround punches that pinballed him everywhere.

British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Scufflin’ Hillbillies with a Davey powerslam to Luke after a Heenan trip of Luke from the outside.

I-C Champion Tito Santana defeated Brutus Beefcake (w/Jimmy Hart) with a schoolboy after a miscue with Hart.

King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Paul Orndorff by count-out. Big-game feel. Great seesaw battle that spilled to the floor. Heenan clocked Orndorff from behind & Orndorff stalked him, allowing Bundy to Avalanche him from behind, into the ring post. Bundy beat the 10-count. Major heat. Orndorff recovered & grabbed a chair outside, Bundy/Heenan scurried out of the ring, leaving Orndorff in the ring wielding the chair. 

[Intermission]

Kevin Von Erich defeated Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) by DQ, when Saito slapped on the Bonsai Throat Claw & refused to break for the 5-count when Kevin got his feet on the ropes.

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Ivan Putski with the Rude Awakening. Big heat for Rude.

Tag Team Champions Tama/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated the Killer Bees with a Tama belt shot to Blair. WILD affair.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Big John Studd by DQ. Monster main event electricity. Flashbulbs popping like crazy throughout this spellbinding drama, as Hogan tries chopping down the cherry tree. Studd is the supreme immovable object to Hogan’s irresistible force. Ref gets KO’d, Hogan’s firing up to try slamming Studd, but Masa Saito runs down & ambushes for the 2-on-1 beatdown. Saito tries the Bonsai Throat on prone Hogan, but Hogan blocks it desperately until he knees Saito in the several times to break the attempt. 2-on-1 continues, until Tito Santana runs in & multiple dropkicks knock Studd over the top. Hogan’s now rocking Saito toe-to-toe & the place is shaking! A Hogan Big Boot off an Irish ship knocks Saito over the top, leaving Hogan & Santana ruling the ring. Studd & Saito head to the back separately, leaving Hogan to rock the house with Santana to end the night.
 

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Houston may be your most reliable babyface opener.

HTM says "peace out" against The Animal.

Chi-Town is good to the Heenan family with 2 big wins.

The Hart Coalition breaks even.

Saito loses but still looks like a beast.

The Samoans need a little extra to get past the Bees.

Wild ending as the 2 top Champs fend off Studd & Saito! That'd make a hell of a tag.

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 5/9 | Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena (17,828)

Kendall Windham defeated Barry Horowitz with a running lariat. Big welcome for Kendall.

Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie) defeated the Young Stallions (Roma/Powers) with a Boris legdrog from the middle turnbuckle on Powers.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated The Missing Link in 40 seconds with a double-arm DDT. Huge hometown pop for George.

Rick Martel and ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco (w/Jimmy Hart) fought to a double count-out. Wild brawl in & out of the ring, until the action finally spills up the aisle to the back at the 8-minute mark.

Kerry Von Erich defeated Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan) with a Discus Punch after a miscue with Valentine & Heenan. Massive pop throughout for Kerry.

[Intermission]

British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Putski/Arcidi with Dynamite’s Swandive Headbutt on Putski.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper defeated Hillbilly Jim (w/Lou Albano) with a foreign object shot. Massive heat for Piper.

Tag Team Champions Sika/Haku (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Tito Santana/Pedro Morales with a belt shot to Morales by Haku during the 4-man breakdown. CRAZY match.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) by DQ. Nuclear energy shook the building for Hogan’s entrance. High-drama main event seesaw battle. End came when Sheik used Blassie cane on Hogan as Blassie was being choked out on the apron. Sheik misses several axe-like strikes with it, as Hogan log-rolls to the outside & retrieves the Title belt. Hogan storms the ring with it to even the score, houses Sheik all over the ring, sending him staggering to the back with Blassie. Post-match pose-down to close out the big night.  
 

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Successful debut for Kendall.

Red Scare bring the heat.

Steele with the hometown squash.

Martel/Muraco continues to boil over.

Von Erich hammers Valentine.

Bulldogs gathering serious steam.

Piper continues to draw massive heat by doing literally anything.

The Samoans have developed a taste for wacking people with those belts.

Hogan continues to make every night a party.

Action packed night in the Motor city.

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I always loved when Piper praised the heels on Piper's Pit. Rude is becoming a heat magnet. 

Ok, Sting on Piper's Pit next week! That should be very interesting. 

Kendall makes one heck of a debut! The kid has guts going after the Samoans like that. 

Good couple of house shows. 

Bundy vs. Orndorff is a big box office match up. Bundy had to get the c.o. win building up to Mania but Orndorff remains strong. Good booking. 

Hogan and Studd defiantly packed the house. The attack by Saito is good heat going into SNME. 

The Muraco/Martel feud has been off the charts! You've got something big here.

 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 5/14 | Salisbury, MD @ Civic Center (5,128; Sellout)

Dino Bravo defeated Salvatore Bellomo with 2 sidewalk slams.

Kendall Windham defeated The Missing Link with a running lariat.

Ken Patera defeated Pedro Morales by count-out, when Patera ducked a running cross-body on the floor & beat the count.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Nikolai Volkoff (no Blassie) by DQ, when David Schultz ran down & attacked Slaughter with  the wooden Russian flag pole. Slaughter was left laying & had to be escorted to the back.

[Intermission]

Rick Martel defeated Virgil (no Blassie) with a Blockbuster off the middle turnbuckle.

Honky Tonk Man defeated Cousin Luke with the Shake, Rattle, Roll.

David Schultz defeated Sam Houston by DQ, when Sgt. Slaughter ran down & housed Schultz from pillar to post like madman. Schultz finally managed to escape to the back. Slaughter was ready to go all night.

Paul Orndorff/Sting/Fantastics defeated King Kong Bundy/Greg Valentine/British Bulldogs (no Heenan) in a Tornado Rules 8-Man Tag. WILD barn-burner. End came with all 8 men brawling & Orndorff reversed a rollup on Dynamite for the 1-2-3.
 

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An excellent run of house shows! Always great to see the Bulldogs getting wins, and Roddy Piper's a perfect heel - I hope Jimmy Hart can live up to his promise with his coalition!

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All the big men stay hot as we head towards Wrestlemania.  I have said a few times that your roster is awesome but I am always amazed that everyone knows their position and role.  The midcarders seem to win on TV and then they fall to the upper level guys in the house shows.  Really well done.  I need a course on how to set up my roster like you have it.  No matter what the territory or level of talent you have, your system would work well.

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You really have the WWF House Show feel down to a science!

Looking forward to hopefully seeing HTM get a bigger roll around here in the future.

The Schultz/Slaughter war is going to be a good one when it finally happens.

Liking Orndorff as a babyface! 

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Nice set of house shows that keep making all the important players stronger as we head to Wrestlmania.  Enjoying Orndorff here.  He was one of my favorites in Georgia as a babyface and I wish he did more of this.  

I must admit Pedro Morales needs a raise.  Great company man!

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 5/15

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(Canton, OH @ Civic Center: TAPING #1. 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 fired-up for this week, as they tee us up for a jam-packed hour!


‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (w/Big John Studd) defeated Pete Johnson by count-out. Massive heat for Piper & Studd as they sauntered to the ring. Smug Piper became a rabid hyena at the opening bell, ripping Johnson to shreds. He tosses Johnson outside & holds court with the ref, while Studd big-boots Johnson for added insult. Piper then brain-busters Johnson on the floor, and makes snow angels in the ring as the ref counts unconscious Johnson out on the floor. Post-match, Piper grabs the mic & tells Andre he’ll be begging for his life in DC.  

[WWF Update: “And We Danced” by The Hooters is the audio intro this week. Paul Heyman is in the bustling newsroom. Is psyched to announce that he’s got news on the first official match signed for  WrestleMania 2! Announces that the WWF Front Office has just finalized Sam Houston vs. Virgil for the big card. Kicks us to a pre-recorded studio promo with Blassie & an arms-folded, grinning Virgil. Blassie boastfully says Sam Houston is a snot-nosed punk who knows a few wrestling holds & kisses a few teenie boppers, and thinks he’s ready for the big time. Says this man (Virgil) is the big time Houston isn’t ready. Says Houston vs. the one-man security force is no match & WrestleMania will prove to be the event that swallows him whole. Heyman quickly re-hypes the landscape & how tonight’s Saturday Night’s Main Event will impact this WrestleMania card & the road leading to the big night, and re-hypes all the celebrities on tap so far for the show. Wraps the segment, with “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle as the audio outro.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs on the PHILADELPHIA FEED, hyping Saturday 5/22 as the big return to the Spectrum @ 8 PM. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco in a No DQ Match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine/Bobby Heenan in a Handicap Match, Honky Tonk Man vs. Hillbilly Jim, and a double main event of Roddy Piper vs. Andre the Giant and Rick Rude vs. WWF Heavyweight Champ Hulk Hogan in a return bout.]


Back from commercial…

[Mean Gene in the locker room with Ivan Putski, Ted Arcidi & Killer Bees. All 4 men are boisterous & excited for this week’s big main event. Putski says they’re the ones headhunting headhunters this week. Arcidi says they’re gonna show those jungle savages what real power feels like. Brunzell says he & Brian are here to put the world on notice, and this week they’re gonna put tears in Master Fuji’s eyes. All 4 men cheer each other on & Gene happily kicks us back into the arena.] 

Sam Houston defeated Tommy Brinn with the running bulldog. Post-match, Lord Alfred Hayes joins a fired-up Sam in the ring & asks him his reaction to being the first official match signed for WrestleMania vs. Virgil. Crowd roars. Sam says the ink is still wet on the contract & he was excited to sign on the dotted line. Says he’s excited to take on such a tough man, who doesn’t have to say a word. Says at WrestleMania, he’ll do all he can to make sure Blassie is silent too. Place gives him a big sendoff. 

[WWF Event Center for the greater TORONTO MARKET: “Controversy” by Prince is the audio intro.  Mean Gene hypes being down to 3 weeks away from WWF action returning to the Maple Leaf Gardens on Sunday 6/6! 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, Sting vs. Brutus Beefcake, Masa Saito vs. Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy vs. Sgt. Slaughter, and a main event of Hulk Hogan defending the Heavyweight Title vs. David Schultz. Sting comes into frame with a wide grin & Gene’s thrilled to see him. Sting says he can’t wait to touch down in the Great White North & go at it with ‘Bruti Fruitcake’. Says he & Muraco have been running roughshod lately, but Fate has a way of sending an invoice. Says Beefcake has a fight with a scorpion in Toronto & that’s a fight you lose! Gene happily wraps the segment, as Sting calmly does a "holler" & rests his arm on a thrilled Gene's shoulder. “Zulu” by The Quick 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…

[60-second dramatic hype package highlighting the Hogan/Saito rivalry, with dueling promos of Hogan & Fuji/Saito woven into the sequence. Fuji ends, saying Saito is World Champion who will end the Hulkamania fantasy once & for all. Hogan ends the piece, guaranteeing to finally beat “The Bulldozer” clean in the middle & send it back to Japan with a sticker reading “Defective”.]

The British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Kevin Smith/Rex Thomas with a Davey powerslam/Dynamite swandive headbutt combo on Thomas. Bulldogs look dominant & make the belt gestures during their post-match celebration.

[Pre-recorded promo from a private air strip in Minneapolis. Rick Rude & Jimmy Hart in the limo, headed to their runway. Hart says there’s no more perfect time to bring gold into the Coalition than right now. Rude agrees & says Tito Santana is 1 of the most impressive wrestlers in the world. Says he’s an outstanding I-C Champion. Says that’s all the more reason to expect history to be made in DC tonight. “As good as Tito is, he’s not ravishing”. Says Tito is the present, while Rude is the future & the future is coming to the nation’s capitol to collect gold. He puckers a kiss & Hart cackles. They get out of the limo & head up the steps of the private jet.] 


Commercial

[During the commercial break, an explosive national ad airs hyping tonight’s Saturday Night’s Main Event from Washington, DC on NBC - “Check your local listings!”]


Back from commercial...

[WWF Event Center for the greater TORONTO MARKET: “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton is the audio intro.  Mean Gene re-hypes being down to 3 weeks away from the big return to the historic Maple Leaf Gardens on Sunday 6/6 @ 8 PM. He runs down the big 9-match card again, including Tag Team Champs Samoan Headhunters vs. Tito Santana/Rick Martel, Sting vs. Brutus Beefcake, Masa Saito vs. Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy vs. Sgt. Slaughter, and a main event of Hulk Hogan defending the Heavyweight Title vs. David Schultz. Fred Blassie & Red Scare come into frame. Blassie says he’s bringing his Soviet forces into Canada, to show what a real world power looks like, when they put those 2 Italian meatheads, Roma & Powers, up a flagpole. Says Nikolai will then spread all the meaningful Russian propaganda to the pencil-neck geeks of Toronto, to teach them the true way of living. Says Boris will then serve as ambassador of immigration. Gene then wraps the segment, with “In My House” by The Mary Jane Girls as the audio outro.]

I-C Champion Tito Santana submitted Barry Mulholland with a Figure Four Leglock. Crowd was electric for Tito & hung on every move. Mid-match, Tito did the Rick Rude hip swivel at the hard cam, which ignited the crowd. He went on to level Mulholland with the flying forearm, passed up the pinfall & slapped on the Figure Four instead. Mulholland was unconscious & couldn’t submit. Ref called for the bell. Tito stands tall in the post-match, looking his most dominant.


Commercial

[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs again on the PHILADELPHIA FEED, hyping Saturday 5/22 @ the Spectrum, 8 PM bell time. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco in a No DQ Match, Sting vs. Greg Valentine/Bobby Heenan in a Handicap Match, Honky Tonk Man vs. Hillbilly Jim, and a double main event of Roddy Piper vs. Andre the Giant and Rick Rude vs. WWF Heavyweight Champ Hulk Hogan in a return bout.]


Back from commercial...

MAIN EVENT: 8-Man Elimination Tag - Samoan Headhunters (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Killer Bees/Putski/Arcidi

Hot & heavy showdown from the beginning, with big offense-o-plenty from both teams. Arcidi winds up the legal man early & cleans house on all 4 charging Samoans, knocking each one for a loop with a flurry of clotheslines! He charges Sika for another clothesline, but Sika ducks & Arcidi accidentally collides with Putski, knocking Putski to the floor! 

Dazed Arcidi then eats dominator-spinebuster from Sika & Fatu for the 1… 2… Arcidi gets a shoulder up at 2.8! Sika & Fatu immediately drop stereo falling headbutts on him & the legal Sika hooks the leg for the 1-2-3! Arcidi’s done, Samoans up 4-3!

Putski’s recovered & jumps in to continue the fight with Tama now. Putski’s on fire, knocking the young Samoan from pillar to post. Whips Tama to the corner & charges… Tama moves & Putski plunges shoulder-first through to the post! Samoans are in control now, with frequent tags & physical decimation of Putski. Moments later, Samu hits the 2nd turnbuckle & leaps for a back-first splash… but Putski moves & tags in Blair!

Blair jumps in & wrecks shop on Samu with dropkicks, backdrops & running cross-bodies. Blair finally goes up top & levels Samu below with a cross-body for the 1… 2… Sika makes the save! That brings in both armies & a Pier 6 ensues! Amidst the chaos, Tama grabs a Tag Title belt & CLOCKS Blair with it… but the ref happened to see it just in time & calls for the DQ on Tama! 3-on-3 now! 

Tama, confused, cocks his head to the side like a confused dog, then stalks the ref! Putski then CLOBBERS him through the ropes with a Polish Hammer out of nowhere! The ref restores order & Blair is still motionless on the canvas. Sika quickly covers for the 1-2-3! 3-on-2 now! Brunzell checks on his partner as he’s being rolled out to the floor, then gets it on with Samu. The frequent tags continue in this seesaw battle with continued big offense & tons of near-falls.

Several minutes later, Fatu has Putski down & goes up top for a splash! Putski moves! Both men eventually stagger up & Putski immediately tries a backslide, but Fatu’s fighting it! Sika jumps in to interfere, but the ref intercepts him! Meanwhile, behind the ref’s back, Brunzell sneaks in & dropkicks Fatu to help Putski win that backslide tug-o-war!! Fatu’s legs flailing as the ref turns & counts the flash 1-2-3!!! 2-on-2 now!! Fuji is irate at ringside!! 

The 2-on-2 battle rages on with frequent tags from both sides! Bruzell ends up going up top & leaping for a missile dropkick on Samu… but Samu moves out of the way & Brunzell lands with a thud! The impact bounces him up to his knees, dazed, and Samu superkicks his head off!! 1-2-3!! 2-on-1 now!

Putski, full of rage, welcomes the fight against 2 Samoans! He perseveres through their frequent tags, answering their brawling with his own. He’s got that Polish heart! Sika gains control & knocks him around. Sika tags in Samu & they whip him to the ropes… he ducks the clothesline & the momentum bounces him to the other side ropes… LEVELS BOTH SAMOANS WITH A STEREO CLOTHESLINE OF HIS OWN! He immediately rolls up Sika!! 1…… Samu hits the ropes…… 2…… Samu hits a running headbutt & knocks Putski backward, which reverses the Sika rollup for a leg-flailing 1-2-3!!

Sika & Samu stand tall in the ring, as Fuji happily re-enters with the Title belts. The Samoans scare off the ref & hold their belts high in the air, as Putski’s broken on the mat. Fuji then leads his 2 remaining savages out of the ring & up the aisle, as the crowd’s left exasperated from all the rising & falling action of this affair!!

Winners: Samoan Headhunters; Samu & Sika the Sole Survivors @ 13:55


Commercial
 
[During the commercial break, an explosive national ad airs hyping tonight’s Saturday Night’s Main Event from Washington, DC on NBC - “Check your local listings!”]


Back from commercial…

[Gorilla & Jesse stand at their broadcast position. They jaw-jack about the craziness of that 8-Man Elimination Tag war we just witnessed. They then switch to a hard sell for tonight’s SNME on NBC from DC & quickly run down the card. Action for next week’s show: #1 contender King Kong Bundy, Pedro Morales, Dino Bravo, Paul Orndorff, Kendall Windham, and Iron Sheik. Main Event: Tito Santana/Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco/Brutus Beefcake in a huge grudge match! Gorilla & Jesse are hyped for next week, and bid us farewell.]
 

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WWF has some major shows in the weeks ahead of WrestleMania 2 with some big matches that could seriously change look of the 2 night extravaganza.

The visual of Piper doing snow angels while his opponent is so unexpected yet so in character.

A action packed main event that sees the superior teamwork (& cheating) of the Samoans win the day.

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Creative c.o. finish as Piper and Studd humiliate poor Pete Johnson. Andre better keep an eye out for Studd. LOL, nice touch with Piper doing the snow angel. 

We get our first WrestleMania 2 matched signed as Virgil takes on Houston. I always loved the long build up and match announcements during the early Mania years. 

Bulldogs look impressive and look like they want their belts back.

Hart and Rude have their eyes on Tito's IC belt.

Tito rocks the crowd and sends a message to Rude.

Toronto, Philly and SNME! WWF is on fire! 

Electric main event as both teams go all out. Great write up. Sika and Samu stand tall in the end. 

Bring on SNME! 

 

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 5/15

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(Struthers, OH @ Fieldhouse: TAPING #1. 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.]


The Fantastics defeated Earl Bick/Pat Hathaway with the Rocket Launcher. Huge pop for the Fantastics.

[Piper’s Pit: Piper tells the crowd this is their 1 shot at education for the week, so they should pay special attention to the master class he’s about to put on, for how to handle brash positivity - brash negativity he gets, but not positivity. Says he’s less than 2 months away from being christened Mr. WrestleMania & a handful of hours away from being deemed Mr. Saturday Night. Intro’s “the man who’ll spend his career in my shadow, Sting!”. Place goes full-on nuts for Sting, who comes on-set calmly, smugly cautious of Piper, before giving the rocking crowd a mouth-cupped howl. Monster ovation. Piper’s stunned. Piper asks him how he defines luck. Sting says he defines it as a string of events that are out of one’s hands. Piper asks isn’t that the way Sting’s young career can be defined. Sting said yes… if it means he wasn’t around when those events happened - but since he was there every time, that’s called ‘success’. Piper asks what the hell this connection he has with these people, who’d just as soon turn on him the moment he’s not the new, shiny toy. Sting says that’s called being a human with a heart, a mind, and just a shred of character - and it stands to reason why that would leave a guy like Piper confused. Place goes nuts, as Piper snarls. Sting notices & smugly leans in on Piper, saying maybe that’s just it - Piper lacks all 3 & that’s the reason he’s the last guy to know that a giant train named Andre is fixin’ to run him over any minute now. Piper argues that he’s chopped down that cherry tree, but that doesn’t mean that’s all the cutting down to be done. Suddenly, Greg Valentine races up behind & ambushes Sting with a shot to the leg! Valentine’s stomping a mudhole in him! King Kong Bundy slowly arrives, enjoying what he’s seeing! He calmly hi-fives a smugly pleased Piper. Suddenly, Sting fights his way up & cleans Valentine’s clock! Bundy cuts him off & clobbers him back to the floor! Valentine snatches him up & slams him thru the coffee table! Valentine quickly slaps on the Figure Four, but the place explodes!!... Here comes Paul Orndorff wielding a chair! Valentine quickly releases the hold & clears away with Bundy & Piper, as Orndorff angrily hurries them off! Sting angrily pulls himself up out of the table rubble, slightly hobbled, and stands tall next to Orndorff!! Both are angrily daring them to come come get some now. Tons of officials race onto the scene to keep the sides apart! Piper, Bundy, and Valentine ease their way off-set on the other side, as both parties jaw from a distance. Sting’s angrily daring Valentine to come finish him off & beats his chest for emphasis. Place is coming unglued.]

The Honky Tonk Man defeated Gary Matthews with the Shake, Rattle, Roll. Post-match one-man concert, to a chorus of boos.

Pedro Morales defeated Mark Andrews with the spearing headbutt to the gut.

Virgil (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Nick Polk with the Russian Leg Sweep @ 22 seconds. Post-match, Virgil stands in mid-ring, stoic & arms folded, as Blassie happily shows him off to the crowd.

[Kendall Windham vs. Missing Link is announced as next week’s main event. Piper’s Pit: King Kong Bundy/Bobby Heenan]

MAIN EVENT: British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Young Stallions (Roma & Powers)

Stallions get a big ovation as they hi-five their way to the ring, all smiles. Bulldogs get a big mixed reaction. This is high-adrenaline affair, full of quick tags, teamwork, explosive offense & near-falls. The young upstarts are hanging with the former all-world Tag Champs!

Bulldogs gain control & maintain it for several minutes on Powers; snap backbreakers & snap-suplexes from Dynamite, military press slams & decapitating clotheslines from Davey, and tandem offense. Powers kicks out at 2 every time there’s a pin attempt & the Bulldogs are getting frustrated. Dynamite whips him to the far corner & charges… Powers moves & Dynamite collides sternum-first to the corner at 50 mph! Powers immediately whips him to the opposite side & monkey-flips him a mile out of the corner! Both men down & crowd urging Powers to make the tag! Dynamite crawls & tags in Davey… just as Powers lunges & tags in Roma!

Roma’s in like a house of fire, leveling both Bulldogs with dropkicks right on the button, backdrops, clotheslines, etc.  Dynamite rolls out & Roma continues unleashing on Davey. He plants him with a suplex, heads up top & hits a gorgeous splash down onto Davey for the 1… 2… Dynamite makes the save! Powers comes back in & battles it out with Dynamite! They tumble through the topes to the floor. 

Roma gets out to try going up top again, but Davey staggers up & lunges onto the ropes, toppling Roma off the top! What a nasty spill! Davey immediately scoops Roma up & PLANTS him with the powerslam for the 1-2-3! 

Dynamite slides in & rejoins his partner. Heenan joins them & the 3 celebrate the win, as Powers rolls back in to check on fallen Roma. Bulldogs mount opposite 2nd turnbuckles, posing & making belt gestures. Heenan’s in bliss. They finally exit & head up the aisle toward the tunnel. In the ring, Powers helps the beaten Roma gingerly up to a sitting position on the mat, as they watch the victorious Bulldogs leave & the show comes to an end.

Winners: British Bulldogs via Pinfall @ 8:53
 

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The interaction between Piper & Sting was perfect. Then the Heenan Family blindsides the stinger but Orndorf makes the save for another great episode of Piper's Pit.

The Young Stallions put up a good fight but just aren't on the Bulldogs level...yet.

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Saturday, May 15th
11:30 PM EST / 10:30 PM CST
Washington, DC @ Capital Centre
Broadcast Network: NBC

 

Final Card:

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

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

I-C Title Match:
Tito Santana©  vs.  ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart)

Tag Team Title Match:
Samoan Headhunters© (w/Mr. Fuji)  vs.  The Von Erich’s

Sting  vs.  Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan)

Hillbilly Jim  vs.  The Honky Tonk Man

Special Edition: Victory Circle with Lord Alfred Hayes:
Special guests Andre the Giant and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper  
 

 

 

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Nice work!  I really enjoyed the main event from Superstars this week.  The signing of the first Wrestlemania match was interesting as it might be make it or break for young Sam Houston.

No matter who is in, Piper's Pit is a great segment.  This one was a chaotic as could be and would be memorable for a long time.  It was like when Piper hit Snuka with the coconut.

AWEOME SATURDAY MAIN EVENT COMING.... CAN'T WAIT.

 

 

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Sting holds his own with Piper and then all hell breaks loose. 

Bulldogs and Young Stallions give the viewers one roller coaster main event ride. Looking forward to who the Bulldogs will be facing at Mania.

SNME is going to be an awesome set up for Mania. 

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I always love seeing the British Bulldogs getting a win! Imagining Sting on Piper's Pit is a little surreal - what a cool segment! The Samoans look really impressive heading into SNME.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event: 5/15 - Washington, DC @ Capital Centre

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(Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura on commentary.)

 

[OPEN] to an explosive, rapid-fire montage of WWF stars obliterating opponents and/or showing off for crowds in their own unique ways, shot of the animated neon-like ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’ logo, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House, National Mall and the DC skyline -- all intercutting in the collage of shots. “Obsession” by Animotion is the vignette’s audio underlay. Final shot in the montage is Hulk Hogan in a ring, striking a post-match double-bicep pose in the foreground while the graphic of the ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’ logo sparks & explodes behind him. *BOOM!*...

[SMASH CUT] to a nighttime, aerial shot of the exterior of the Capital Centre. WE HEAR a rowdy crowd.

[FILTER] into the sold-out arena, brightly lit all around & tons of giant spotlight strobes bathing the building!! Place coming unglued!! The venue is trimmed in well-placed ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’-themed banner accessories. The ring sits dead-center with a long, bending aisle leading to ringside from backstage. The glossy giant ‘WWF’ logo hovers over the huge mouth of the entrance. 

WE PAN the rocking arena, as “Obsession” continues blaring & the capacity crowd is going absolutely nuts, with an endless ocean of merchandise & posters flying high!!

Vince (off-camera): Our Nation’s Capitol is the center of the solar system on this warm May night! Welcome to the SOLD-OUT CAPITAL CENTRE in Landover, Maryland, in the shadow of Washington, DC! A night sure to flip the road to WrestleMania UPSIDE-DOWN! 


[FADE] to a sequin-tuxedoed Vince McMahon & a snake-skin-suited Jesse Ventura on a mounted broadcast platform in a corner of the arena.

Vince (cont’): Hello once again, ladies & gentlemen! I’m Vince McMahon alongside a man, who CLEARLY has taken a position of royalty in the reptile kingdom by force, the incomparable Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura! And ‘Body’, calling this a night to remember might just be the understatement of the year!

Jesse: For once, and ONLY once, you may just be correct on ALL COUNTS, MCMAHON! Tonight, on the front lawn of the Washington Monument, a BRAND-NEW monument is being chiseled & prepped for erecting. A monument, memorializing our next WWF World Heavyweight Champion, the one & the only Masa Saito! He’s gonna END HULKAMANIA, bring the gold home to the Land of the Rising Sun tonight, and then get ready for 1 MASSIVE showdown with the 460-pound King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania 2! I’m callin’ it, McMahon! You heard it here, first!

Vince: I would suggest that list of events, while possible, is not 1 that I would lay any wagers on, Mr. Ventura. Indeed, ladies & gentlemen, THE HULKSTER gearing up for the rematch of rematches here tonight for the World Wrestling Federation Championship with ‘The Japanese Bulldozer’. A showdown sure to shock the world, 1 way or another! And then, from there, it’ll be---


“Born in the USA” by Springsteen hits & THE PLACE COMES UNGLUED! Sgt. Slaughter, in hard helmet & shades with baton under his arm, comes out of the tunnel & stands under the giant ‘WWF’ entrance logo, saluting the thundering crowd!! He then calmly marches his way down the aisle as the place continues rocking. He gets to ringside, up the steps & into the ring, saluting the crowd on all sides of the building. Song fades…… 

Crowd slowly turns to GIANT boos as David Schultz slowly emerges at the entrance with his normal scowl, headed for the aisle like the cocky badass that he is. He stops a few times & jaws at some fans who clearly want a piece of him. He cocks his fist & threatens to knock a few of their lights out! 

Meanwhile, Slaughter rolls out of the ring, runs to the aisle & UNLOADS on Schultz with fiery roundhouses before Schultz ever knows what hit him!! The fight is on!! Slaughter is rocking Schultz’s world in the aisle & the place is losing its mind!!


Sgt. Slaughter  vs.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz

Slaughter is rocking Schultz with piston jabs, then pinballs him with head-slams back & forth to the railings on either side in the aisle! Schultz staggers like he’s gonna timber to the floor like a tree… but Slaughter knocks him for a mile with 1 final roundhouse right between the eyes!! Place going nuts!! Slaughter is all fired-up!! Schultz never even made it to the ring!

Slaughter snatches him up & yanks him to the ring, rolling him in. Slaughter gets in & continues the onslaught with angry roundhouses, clotheslines, and a clobbering double-shot to the chest off an Irish whip, etc. 

Slaughter hurls him over the top to the floor & continues the onslaught at ringside with Irish whips into the railing on multiple sides. Schultz’s body thrashes against the steel each time & he’s in massive pain! One more whip against a railing bounces him forward into a towering backdrop on the floor! 

Schultz slithers in pain along the floor, as Slaughter’s fired up with the rocking crowd! Schultz crawls toward the ring steps & calls for timeout! Slaughter charges…… Schultz trips the oncoming Slaughter face-first down into the steps at 50 mph! Slaughter’s rolling in violent pain, covering his face, as Schultz recovers with a fatigued grin. He pulls Slaughter up & runs him face-first to the post! Slaughter drops like a rock, in bigger face pain.

Schultz tosses him back into the ring & Slaughter is rolling aimlessly, face still covered. Schultz happily stalks & capitalizes with face-plants to the mat, face-plant suplex, and a series of fist drops to the face as Slaughter’s body jolts from every shot! Schultz hooks the leg for the 1...2 …. Slaughter kicks out with authority! He then immediately resumes covering his face.

Schultz yanks him up to his knees & unloads stiff knees to Slaughter’s face repeatedly! Slaughter’s trying to cover up, but the kicks are starting to penetrate until Schultz’s shots are connecting flush to the cranium & jaw! What a vicious flurry! Schultz hits the ropes & comes off with a running double mule kick to the face, that levels Slaughter! Hooks the leg for the 1… 2… Slaughter drunkenly kicks out again!

Both men stagger up & Schultz flattens him with a running knee-lift! He hops on the middle turnbuckle & tries a fist drop from above, but Slaughter move & Schultz cracks his fist on the mat! Schultz rolling around in huge pain! Both men stagger up & Slaughter ROCKS him with a roundhouse! Schultz tries to return the favor, but his hurt fist is the only thing he hurts! Slaughter is empowered to empty the chamber with roundhouses that knock Schultz from pillar to post!

Slaughter whips him to the ropes & backdrops him to the heavens! Slaughter then moves prone Schultz’s arm out wide & STOMPS the hell out of his hurt fist! Schultz’s body fidgets like he’s being electrocuted by piercing agony! Slaughter yanks him up by his pained hand, bares his fangs & bites Schultz’s hand damn-near off!! Schultz jumps around in agony, the deeper Slaughter’s teeth sink into his hand! 

Slaughter lets go of the hand & Schultz immediately runs Slaughter into the corner at 60 mph… the momentum carries Slaughter clear over the top turnbuckle to the post face-first!! Slaughter pinballs backward to the mat, writhing in face pain!! Slaughter immediately hops on the adjacent middle turnbuckle & leaps for his airborne elbow-drop finisher… but Slaughter moves!! Both men writhing in pain on the mat!!

Both men woozily get to their feet & they trade blows toe-to-toe. Slaughter’s shots are more effective, as Schultz’s fist ails him on every shot & Slaughter’s staggering him with each of his! Schultz lunges for another roundhouse, but Slaughter ducks &....... SLAPS ON THE COBRA CLUTCH OUT OF NOWHERE!! PLACE GOING NUTS!! SCHULTZ IS FLAILING WITH ALL HE’S GOT!!

…… “Imagine” by John Lennon & THE ALREADY-RABID PLACE GOES INSANE!! IT’S… IT’S... BRUNO SAMMARTINO!! JOGGING DOWN THE LONG AISLE IN SHIRT & SLACKS, WITH VENGEANCE IN HIS EYES!! SLAUGHTER NOTICES HIS ARRIVAL & HAPPILY RELEASES THE COBRA CLUTCH ON WOOZY SCHULTZ, JUST AS BRUNO RUNNING-SLIDES INTO THE RING & SNAPS SCHULTZ IN-HALF WITH A SPEAR FROM HELL!!! BRUNO IS MAULING SCHULTZ LIKE A MAN POSSESSED, AS SLAUGHTER WATCHES IN SHOCK & ENJOYMENT IN THE CORNER!! BRUNO’S A ONE-MAN WOLFPACK, UNLEASHING PISTON-LIKE PUNCHES LIKE NO TOMORROW ON HIS SWORN ENEMY!! THE LIVING LEGEND IS BACK & HE’S GETTIN’ HIM SOME!! SCHULTZ INSTINCTIVELY  SLITHERS OUT FROM UNDER HIM & OUT OF THE RING!!

Bruno hurriedly slides out after him & runs him face-first to the post at 80 mph, immediately runs him across the timekeeper’s table at 80 mph, grabs a ring mic & beats the living hell out of Schultz with it!!! Schultz’s body’s floundering from this barrage like he’s a fish out of water!! This place is coming unglued!!!

A bunch of refs & other officials race onto the scene to try to pry The Living Legend off the helpless Dr. D!! Nothing’s working!!! Sammartino continues pounding the skull of Schultz with that mic & Schultz’s body jolts from every shot!! The officials are all pleading & imploring Bruno to not kill the man!! Bruno finally lunges at them, to clear them away!! He then resumes brutalizing Schultz, now head-slamming him into the ring bell on the timekeeper table. The officials step in again & resume trying to argue Bruno to not commit homicide, as the black-and-blue Schultz peels off the timekeeper’s table & aimlessly crawls to the ring, rolling back in to try fleeing.

In the ring, Schultz aimlessly staggers up & Slaughter steps toward him to cut him off!! Schultz is startled to see Slaughter!! Bruno breezes past the pleading officials outside & slides back into the ring behind Schultz!!! Schultz immediately turns away from Slaughter &....... Sammartino PLANTS HIM WITH A BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!!! BRUNO MOUNTS & CONTINUES BEATING HIM LIKE A RENTED MULE!!! The officials storm into the ring & aggressively try prying Bruno off him. 

Woozy Schultz rolls out of the ring amidst the chaos & stumbles his way the aisle drunkenly, to try fleeing the scene!! Bruno slowly stands up & takes the satisfaction for now, watching Schultz stagger away!! Place coming unglued for Bruno!!! Slaughter wades through the officials & approaches Bruno. They exchange a few calm words & shake hands!! Massive ovation!!! They continue chatting & Slaughter raises Bruno’s arm victoriously to the rabid crowd!!

Slaughter, Bruno & the officials slowly leave the ring & begin heading back up the aisle. Huge sendoff from the crowd!!

Winner: ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz via DQ


[CUT] to a footage taken earlier today of Hulk Hogan, in muscle shirt, sweats & snake-skin boots, arriving into the parking garage on a Harley Davidson. He parks the bike, tosses his gym bag over his shoulder & heads calmly for the building. He looks focused but friendly to passersby.

[CUT] to a 90-second dramatic video package highlighting the Andre/Piper rivalry.

[CUT] to the branded interview set with Mean Gene Okerlund standing by with a boisterous Honky Tonk Man, who’s in a red Elvis-like getup, strumming his guitar. Honky says he was considering tuning up “Ole Betty Lou” here (re: the guitar) on top of the Capitol Building, but figured Gene couldn’t make it up there. Says tonight, he & Betty Lou are in DC to play a special tune on that hillbilly, who clearly never got with it. Said he played 1 chart-topping hit on him in Piper’s Pit, but tonight he topples the Washington Monument with a mega-hit the world will never forget. Hillbilly Jim can lick his wounds for the next 20 years at the Heartbreak Hotel. Honky then swivels his hips, cackling, and walks out of frame.


Commercial


[Back from commercial, WE see the DC skyline lit up under the night sky as “Obsession” plays.]

 

Back inside, “Cool, Cocky, Bad” hits & the arena erupts at this unexpected arrival! The Honky Tonk Man boisterously parades his way out to the entrance. He happily makes his way down the aisle to the ring, brimming with smiles & confidence. He gets into the ring, swiveling up a storm as if this is part of a big concert. Song fades…

“Don’t Go Messin’ With A Country Boy” hits & the place erupts big-time!! Hillbilly Jim happily makes his way out to the entrance, stomping & clapping on-beat with the song, leading the crowd in a dosido party! He then happily makes his way down the aisle, as Honky watches in disdain. 

Jim gets to the ring, now focused on Honky, climbs in over the top aggressively & Honky takes a powder to the outside. Honky resumes the clap-stomp with the arena-wide party. Honky is annoyed that this is the music that got the crowd going. Jim is now pointing Honky’s way, gesturing “It’s just me & you now”!


Hillbilly Jim  vs.  Honky Tonk Man

Honky gets on the apron, starts to get inside, then waves Jim off & hops down to the floor, jawing with the crowd. Jim rolls out after him & Honky bails around the ring, with Jim in hot pursuit! Honky rolls in & clobbers Jim as he rolls in after him. Honky’s unloading stomps & axe-handles to the back of the neck! Honky is mudholing Hillbilly Jim here! 

Honky continues the mudstomp with boot-rakes across the eyes, punches & knees to the back of the head. Honky sends him to the ropes for a reverse elbow, but Jim ducks & unloads with stiff jabs that rock Honky’s world! Rights, lefts! Whips Honky to the ropes & levels him with the reverse elbow intended for him! Place going nuts! 

Honky’s begging off, retreated on his ass back to a corner as Jim is fired up! He’s got Honky all to himself now, for that guitar shot weeks ago! Jim dominates Honky now with his size advantage; running head-plants to the top turnbuckles around the ring, clothesline, body-heaves, towering slams, etc.

Jim comes off the ropes for an elbow-drop, but Honky moves! Honky capitalizes with knee-lifts, eye-rakes, and a running knee strike to the head of a kneeled Jim! Covers for the 1-2-... Jim shoulders up at 2! Honky gets up, gazes down at prone Jim & begins swiveling hips. Crowd booing up a storm! Honky pulls Jim up & locks in for the Shake, Rattle, Roll… but Jim backdrops out of it! Jim’s enraged! He houses Honky all over the ring with big-man offense! Jim finishes with a flying tackle that FLATTENS Honky! Jim gets up, fired-up, signaling the end to the rocking crowd! Jim peels Honky up & whips him to the corner for the follow-in Big Boot finisher!!...... but Honky hits the corner & bounces out of the way just in time! Jim’s semi-groined across that top turnbuckle! 

Jim frees his draped leg & limps against the ropes. Honky recovers & charges with a double-axe… but Jim backdrops him high over the top to the floor!!! Honky’s in shick & agony on the floor! He slowly pulls himself up, holding his back & angrily waves off Jim in the ring, staggering for the aisle!! Place erupts in huge boos! Jim’s ready to get it on some more in the ring & is beside himself seeing Honky retreating!! Honky’s limping backward up the aisle & the ref’s counting him out! 

Jim angrily sits on the middle rope, daring Honky to come back. Honky’s jawing “I don’t have to take this from anybody!” as he continues backing up the aisle! Ref gets to 10 & calls for the bell! Ref raises his hand & “Don’t Go Messin’.....” hits. Jim begrudgingly accepts the win, but clearly wanted more! He stands, hands on hips in the ring & begins clapping with the festive crowd. He then rolls out of the ring & heads up the aisle like he’s in a hurry.

Winner: Hillbilly Jim via Count-Out


[CUT] to a tuxedoed Paul Heyman in the hallway, outside an unmarked dressing room door. Paul says he has it on good authority that Bruno Sammartino is in this very room behind him. Says he’s been waiting outside to get a glimpse & maybe even a wor--- suddenly, Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich & Sgt. Slaughter emerge from the room, followed by Bruno & some officials. Von Erich’s & Slaughter pat him on the shoulders & depart, and Bruno agrees to have a word with Paul. Bruno says David Schultz has more arrogance than common sense, if he thought for a second he’d rid himself of ‘The Living Legend’ & would just go on about his life - “NOT after what he did to me & my family, my flesh & blood!”. Says tonight was only the beginning. Says he’s back & Schultz will never be the one to decide when he’s drawn his last breath in this business. Says he’s (Bruno) the one doing the Natural Selection now, and he’s selected Schultz! Says he’s gonna hunt him like wild game every day & night of his pathetic life now! Says, at the moment he sees fit, he’s gonna put him down like the maggot mut he is! Says it’s time for Jack Tunney to make the match & he’ll take Schultz out once & for all - even it means he has to fly to Mars to do it. Says Fate is about to bury Schultz alive & Bruno’s the guy holding the shovel. He storms away, leaving Paul speechless.

[CUT] to an explosive 60-second vid package highlighting the Hogan/Saito rivalry.

[CUT] to a shot of Saito quietly, intensely seething mid-Bonsai striking pose. Fuji is boisterously coaching him on, in approval.


Commercial


[Back from commercial, WE see a fly-over of the DC skyline as “Obsession” by Animotion blares over the PA system in the arena & the crowd roars for this visual.] 


[FADE] back inside & WE pan the rocking sellout crowd…… Finkel announces this next bout is scheduled for 1 fall & for the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship! The crowd is roaring up a storm already & jumps to its feet!

Place erupts in MONSTER BOOS, as Mr. Fuji & Saito slowly come out of the entrance, calmly striding down the aisle! Fuji is waving a massive Japanese flag, sending the place into a thundering heat frenzy! They get to ringside & slowly get into the ring. Saito is a calm machine, as Fuji continues waving the flag proudly. The place is rumbling at a fever pitch as the crowd loses its collective mind!!

[CUT] to the backstage area, just behind the tunnel leading out to the arena. Mean Gene stands by in anticipation of catching up with Hulk Hogan before he heads into the tunnel. As Gene talks into the camera, along comes Hogan, decked in white Hulkamania shirt with red lettering & excess red headband fabric dangling into his mouth, white tights, red knee pads & white boots, walking the Bad MF Walk of Purpose! Gene tries to step in his path to get his attention. Hogan, in mid-stride, says “Not now, Gene”, hoists Gene out of the way like a small child & keeps right on toward the tunnel without breaking stride!!! The Champ means business & he’s on his way!!!

[CUT] back into the rabid venue... 

…… “Eye of the Tiger” hits & THE ROOF LITERALLY BLOWS TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE!!!! FLASHBULBS ARE POPPING LIKE A LIGHTNING STORM INDOORS!! HULK HOGAN PARADES OUT TO THE ENTRANCE TO A SPINE-TINGLING OVATION!!! THE BUILDING IS SHAKING!!! HOGAN’S CARRYING AN AMERICAN FLAG & LEADING THE CHARGE DOWN THE AISLE TOWARD THE RING!! HE GETS TO RINGSIDE, HOPS ON THE APRON, WINDS BACK & HOMERUN-POINTS AT SAITO IN THE RING!! PLACE COMING APART AT THE SEAMS!!

He gets into the ring, rips off his t-shirt with 1 arm & keeps the flag hoisted high with his other hand as he stomps around in the ring!! Saito & Fuji casually get out of the ring. Hogan continues waving the flag high to the rabid building on all sides, then hands it off so he can remove the WWF Title belt from his waist. He holds it high for all to see & points tauntingly at the stoic killing machine outside the ring!! Saito watches in disdain, as Hogan eagerly warms up & interacts with the rabid DC crowd!! 

This place is shaking at its foundation for this moment!! Hogan’s all warmed-up & pacing, eagerly waving for Saito to get into the ring. Saito is unmoved.


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

Hogan’s riling up the crowd, boisterously taunting Saito from afar, daring him to get into the ring to get it on with him! Hogan’s a caged animal & is ready to war! 

Saito sneers, revs up with a teeth-gritting warrior striking posture, then heads around to the steps. He staunches up the ring steps & into the ring. He walks straight toward Hogan in mid-ring & the TWO WARRIORS UNLEASH HELL ON EACH OTHER LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW!! RAPID-FIRE HAYMAKERS FLYING LIKE CRAZY!! THIS PLACE IS COMING UNGLUED!! HOGAN BODYSLAMS SAITO OUT OF NOWHERE & THE PLACE GOES MAD!... BUT SAITO POPS RIGHT UP TO HIS FEET, UNPHASED! THE 2 WARRIORS RESUME UNLOADING HAYMAKERS TOE-TO-TOE! SAITO BODYSLAMS HOGAN OUT OF NOWHERE THIS TIME!... AND HOGAN POPS UP TO HIS FEET, UNPHASED & TELLING HIM TO BRING IT ON!! THIS IS CRAZY INTENSE!

They tear into each other a 3rd time, emptying the clip into one another! They then each hit the ropes in opposite directions, colliding at mid-ring with shoulder-blocks that knock neither man down! They then hit opposite ropes on other sides & collide shoulders-first in mid-ring again… neither man is rocked! They quickly hit the ropes hard in opposite directions again & come off… Hogan LEVELS Saito with a running high knee on collision!! Oh, the physicality!! Place goes nuts & Hogan immediately drops a running high elbow-drop for the 1… Saito kicks out with authority & rolls out of the ring!

Hogan rolls out after him, unloading on him with hot roundhouses & jabs! Saito swings & misses, right into a belly-to-back suplex to the floor by Hogan! Saito pops up to his feet, unphased!! He’s seething!! Hogan pops up to his feet, unaware of what’s behind him! Hogan turns & Saito LEVELS Hogan with a double-chop to the sternum! Hogan’s quivering on the floor mats, a Saito strikes several warrior poses. 

Saito houses Hogan all over ringside now, with headbutts, uppercut chops to the throat, bites, and a gut-wrench suplex on the floor! Saito rolls into the ring, stands tall dominantly in mid-ring with a silent look of intensity! Crowd rocking in shocked anxiety!! Hogan’s in trouble on the arena floor! Saito rolls out, peels Hogan up near the timekeeper’s table & locks in for a belly-to-back… the timekeeper & other scatter away… but Hogan blocks the attempt & elbows his way out of it! Hogan immediately… BELLY-TO-BACKS SAITO THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S TABLE!! THAT TABLE HAS BEEN OBLITERATED & BOTH MEN ARE MOTIONLESS IN THE WRECKAGE!! CROWD RABID IN SHOCK & AWE!!

Ref rolls out & tries to check the vitals of both men… neither have moved a muscle! Saito slowly begins to stir & the place goes super worried!! Suddenly… Hogan drunkenly sits straight up & the place comes unglued!! Ref’s now back in the ring, beginning to count both men out!! Hogan & Saito slowly crawl out of the table wreckage & desperately crawl their way to the ring, pulling themselves back in before the count of 10! Place rocking huge! Both men still down & broken on the mat!

Both men make it to their knees near each other & begin trading roundhouses! Each shot rocks the opponent! They end up knocking each other’s lights out simultaneously & they drop like lightweights… but Saito lands dead-fish on top of Hogan as the ref counts 1… 2… Hogan kicks out at 2.5!! Both men slowly manage to pull their way up. Hogan charges for a clothesline, Saito ducks & Hogan’s momentum carries him to the ropes… Saito catches him off the ropes & PLANTS him with a World’s Strongest Slam! Hooks the leg for the 1… 2… Hogan weakly kicks out at 2.8!! 

Saito pops up like a machine, hits the ropes & comes off with a diving headbutt… but Hogan moves & Saito’s forehead smacks the canvas!! Hogan staggers up, just in time for Saito to pop up unphased from the missed heabutt & LEVELS Hogan with a superkick out of nowhere!! Saito strikes an attack pose & bounces out of the corner for a rolling cannonball on Hogan… but Hogan gets the knees up & SKEWERS SAITO IN THE BACK ON THE WAY DOWN!! SAITO’S IN MONSTER BACK PAIN, GRITTING HIS TEETH!

Hogan slaps the mat & gets up, ready to get it on here! He houses Saito with a standing suplex & belly-to-back - both to work over Saito’s ailing back! Hogan then drops the high elbow-drops, 1 after anoher! Saito’s body jolts on every impact! Hogan goes for a 4th elbow-drop & decides to stomp his face instead! Place going nuts & Hogan’s fired-up along with them!! 

Hogan continues the onslaught with the follow-in clothesline to the corner!! Saito staggers out of the corner & Hogan immediately hits the ropes… comes off & FLATTENS Saito with the running elbow to the skull!! Hogan then measures & drops a knife-edge elbow across the throat! Hooks the leg for the 1-2-Saito kicks out! 

Hogan picks Saito up, whips him to the ropes & hits the opposite ropes for the slingshot clothesline… but Saito comes off & ducks it, Hogan turns around…… AND SAITO SLAPS THE BONSAI THROAT CLAW ON HULK HOGAN!!! CROWD IN RABID SHOCK & CONCERN!! HOGAN’S IN SHOCK & AGONY, FIGHTING WITH ALL HE’S GOT TO BREAK FREE… BUT HE CAN’T!! SAITO’S GOT IT CINCHED IN!! HOGAN’S DESPERATELY FLAILING & IN BIG TROUBLE!! SAITO’S SEETHING IN MANIACAL SATISFACTION!! HOGAN’S GASPING, SWIPING, PULLING & NOTHING’S WORKING!! HIS BODY IS BEGINNING TO GO LIMP!!! FUJI’S ECSTATIC OUTSIDE THE RING!! HOGAN’S BODY GOES FULL LIMP & SAITO DOES A TAKEDOWN NEAR THE ROPES, WITH THE CLAW STILL LOCKED IN!! THE REF COUNTS 1… 2… HOGAN’S FOOT JOLTS ACROSS THE BOTTOM ROPE AT 2.9!!!

SAITO POPS UP OFF HOGAN, THINKING HE’S WON THE TITLE! MR. FUJI CELEBRATES OUTSIDE THE RING AS WELL & GRABS THE TITLE BELT FROM THE TIMEKEEPER TABLE WRECKAGE! THE REF IS TRYING TO GET SAITO’S ATTENTION, BUT SAITO’S TOO INTENSELY ORGASMIC TO NOTICE! FUJI ROLLS INTO THE RING WITH THE TITLE BELT & HANDS IT TO A THRILLED SAITO! SAITO HOLDS THE TITLE HIGH WITH 1 ARM & JAWS DOMINANTLY AT THE SHOCKED CROWD!! THE UTTER SIGHT OF THIS IS SHOCKING THE WORLD AS WE SPEAK!

THE REF IS STEADILY TRYING TO GET SAITO & FUJI’S ATTENTION! SAITO FINALLY TURNS AROUND & THE REF POINTS AT PRONE HOGAN’S LEG ACROSS THE BOTTOM ROPE! SAITO’S FROZEN IN STOIC SHOCK & THE PLACE IS GOING NUTS!! SAITO BEGINS SEETHING! 

A mouth-bloodied Hogan is convulsing in coughs, barely conscious near that bottom rope! Saito’s face is full of silent rage & disdain!! Saito snatches Hogan’s foot & drags him to mid-ring. Saito hops on the middle turnbuckle, with the belt strap partially wrapped around his fist!! The ref’s frantically imploring him not to use the belt as a weapon!! Saito measures Hogan from above with the belt & angrily leaps…… Hogan gets the boot up into the face of the diving Saito!!!! Saito’s out on his feet & goes down like a tree in the woods - the belt went flying!!! Hogan finally sits up & turns over onto all 4’s, seething now!!! Crowd is coming unglued!!! Hogan slaps the mat repeatedly & shakes up a storm of rage!!!

Saito groggily pulls himself up, stunned to see Hogan alive!!! Saito charges & unloads all kinds of strikes all over Hogan’s body, but Hogan’s still shaking up a storm of rage!!! Hogan feels no pain!!! He blocks another strike & UNLOADS roundhouses to the face that ROCK Saito with every shot!!! Saito’s not impervious to pain now!!! Hogan’s lighting him up!!! Hogan whips him to the ropes & hits the opposite ropes for the slingshot… they come off the ropes & Saito ducks the clothesline, German-suplexing Hogan with a bridge for the 1-2-Hogan kicks out with authority!!!

Both men pop up & Saito comes off the ropes…… BIG BOOT BY HOGAN THAT KNOCKS SAITO BACKWARD THRU THE ROPES TO THE FLOOR! HOGAN SKIPS AROUND THE RING LIKE A TRIBAL WARRIOR READY FOR MORE!! PLACE COMING APART AT THE SEAMS!!

Hogan rolls out & pulverizes the killing machine with head-slams to the railing, apron, and ringpost! Hogan hoists him up belly-to-back-style & RUNS HIM WISHBONED SKULL-FIRST INTO THE POST!!! SAITO PLUMMETS TO THE FLOOR, HALF-BROKEN!! MOUTH-BLOODIED HOGAN IS STILL SHAKING HIS FISTS TO THE CROWD!! He peels Saito up & tosses him back into the ring, rolling in after him.

Fuji desperately slides into the ring & tries to sneak-attack Hogan… BUT HOGAN TURNS AROUND & WAGS HIS FINGER AT FUJI!!! PLACE IS SHAKING!! Hogan grabs Fuji by the collar, as Saito snatches up the the Title belt!!! Saito charges for the Fuji save with the belt… BUT HOGAN SIDESTEPS & SAITO ACCIDENTALLY CLOCKS FUJI WITH THE BELT!!!!!!! FUJI’S OUT-COLD!!!!!

HOGAN IMMEDIATELY HITS THE ROPES, AS SAITO TURNS AROUND…… HOGAN COMES OFF & LEVELS HIM WITH THE LUNGING LARIAT!!!! HOGAN POPS UP, WASTES NO TIME HITTING THE ROPES & COMES OFF WITH THE HIGH LEGDROP!!!! HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE 1… 2… 3!!!! THE ROOF BLOWS CLEAN OFF THE BUILDING!!!! HOGAN BEAT THE BULLDOZER!!!

“Eye of the Tiger” hits & Hogan’s 3 fingers emotionally soar skyward, signifying the moment!!! He crawls over & pulls himself up with the ropes, receiving the Title belt from the ref. Ref raises his free arm high in victory in mid-ring & Hogan raises the belt high with his other!! Saito groggily rolls out to the floor, dragging Fuji’s corpse out with him. Hogan’s jawing & wagging his finger at the departing Bulldozer. Saito seethes at the sight of Hogan victorious in the ring & turns his attention to helping groggy Fuji up the aisle.

In the ring, Hogan’s jawing up a storm as he grabs the American flag he brought to the ring. He begins waving it high to the super-rabid crowd!!!! Flashbulbs popping like crazy all over the building!!!! Saito notices this from halfway up the aisle & roars in a defeated rage!!! Hogan sits the flag in the corner, picks the Title belt back up & hoists it high with 1 hand to the ecstatic populous on all sides of the building!! He drops the belt & begins popping his pecs on beat with the music!!! He begins striking a litany of bodybuilder poses, different for all 4 sides of the ring!! He enjoys playing 1 rabid side of the crowd off another, as the party is like none other in DC!!! Hogan continues the big, rabid love fest…… 

…… Suddenly the crowd turns insanely anxious as…… HERE COMES BOBBY HEENAN SMUGLY LEADING A CALM KING KONG BUNDY, IN FULL WRESTLING GEAR, DOWN THE AISLE!!! HOGAN DOESN’T NOTICE, AS HE’S ENJOYING HIS WELL-EARNED POST-MATCH CELEBRATION!!! Heenan & Bundy arrive at ringside, smugly waiting for Hogan to notice!! Looks like the #1 contender has chosen this moment to make his mark, now that he knows who his date with destiny is at WrestleMania II!!!

Hogan happens to turn & sees what’s outside the ring!! Heenan immediately points out Bundy to Hogan & cackles!! Bundy begins rubbing his hands eagerly!! Hogan’s jawing their way & also to the crowd, pointing & gesturing!! Hogan then gladly gestures, inviting them to get in the ring!!! Heenan & Bundy cackle from a distance!!! Hogan’s boisterously welcoming them to step to him, and it seems Bundy & Heenan are keen to remain where they are, at ringside!! The imposing size of Bundy!! 

Hogan finally gets tired of inviting them in & boldly decides to get out of the ring with the Title belt, to meet Bundy face-to-face!!!! Heenan ducks behind Bundy, just as Hogan comes nose-to-nose with this human condominium!!! Both these titans are jawing into each other’s faces with great intensity!!! 

Meanwhile, Heenan crouches down & sneaks around ringside as Hogan & Bundy continue jawing!! Heenan’s pulling out a lead pipe from his suit jacket as he sneaks!! He crouches around the final corner & Hogan doesn’t notice him sneaking up behind him with the lead pipe!! Crowd anxious!! Heenan rares back with the pipe… AND HOGAN TURNS HIS ATTENTION AWAY FROM BUNDY JUST IN TIME!! HEENAN JUMPS OUT OF HIS SKIN LIKE HE’S SEEN A GHOST!! HOGAN BALLS HIS FIST AT THE PETRIFIED HEENAN! HEENAN ROLLS INTO THE RING & BUNDY STEPS IN DISTRACTED HOGAN’S DIRECTION… HOGAN ROLLS IN AFTER HEENAN BEFORE BUNDY GOT TO HIM!

In the ring, Heenan’s squirming backward on his ass on the mat, begging off!! Hogan’s threatening to beat him up & getting the rabid approval of the crowd!!!! Bundy’s angrily jawing outside the ring!!! Heenan hops up & tries lunging for the nearby ropes… but Hogan lunges & snatches him!!! Hogan drags him to mid-ring, about to punch his lights out…… BUT BUNDY’S IN THE RING NOW & CHARGES… HOGAN SHOVES HEENAN AWAY & SIDESTEPS JUST IN TIME FOR BUNDY’S CHARGE TO MISS & HIT THE CORNER CHEST-FIRST AT 40 MPH!! THIS BUILDING HIS SHAKING!!

Bundy staggers backward out of the corner, dazed, and Hogan locked & loaded…… Bundy turns around & HOGAN UNLOAD WITH ROUNDHOUSES TOE-TO-TOE IN MID-RING, ROCKING BUNDY WITH EVERY SHOT!! PLACE GOING APESHIT!! HOGAN HITS THE ROPES & COMES OFF… BUT BUNDY SCOOPS HIM UP IN MID-STRIDE, CARRIES HIM AROUND THE RING AS HOGAN’S HEAD IS SHAKING ‘NO’, AND RUNNING POWERSLAMS HOGAN TO HELL IN MID-RING!! HOGAN’S BODY IMPLODES ON IMPACT!! CROWD ROCKING IN SHOCK!! BATTERED HEENAN’S CHEERING, DOWN IN THE CORNER!! Bundy gets up, wiping his hands as if to say this is easy!!! He looks dominant!!! 

Bundy immediately hits the opposite corner, measuring Hogan’s prone body, and runs forward for a monster splash!!!…… BUT HOGAN MOVES JUST IN TIME & THE MAMMOTH BUNDY CRASHES STERNUM FIRST TO THE MAT!!! WHOLE RING SHOOK!! PLACE BLOWING THE ROOF OFF!! Bundy immediately, instinctively rolls out of the ring, just as Hogan staggers back to his feet!! Heenan rejoins Bundy outside near the aisle, as Hogan’s on his feet now & clutching his ribs!! Hogan’s daring Bundy to come on back & an unphased Bundy is angrily jawing up at Hogan!! A bunch of officials arrive on the scene.

“Eye of the Tiger” hits again & the celebration resumes in the crowd!! A ref hands Hogan his Title belt back & Hogan continues grandstanding, daring the human condo to come get him some more!! Bundy & Heenan are angrily arguing towards him! Bundy’s making the belt gesture & Hogan angrily dangles the belt in the ring, taunting him!! Bundy & Heenan slowly back their way up the aisle, as Hogan mocks them to the capacity crowd & continues his posing, keeping an eye on the aisle just in case!! He finishes his poses with dropping to a knee with the belt over his shoulder, and popping 1 last bicep pose - the epitome of cool! 

He then points to the sky & leaves the ring with the belt in the air. He heads up the aisle, wading through the rabid reaching arms on either side, as he’s bookended by security in front. The road to the main event of WrestleMania is now ablaze! 

Winner: Hulk Hogan via Pinfall; Retains WWF Heavyweight Title


[CUT] to Paul Heyman, with a mic & 1 finger on his earpiece. He announces he has a bombshell that’ll rock the wrestling world. Says he’s just been informed by the office of President Jack Tunney that, as of this hour, Bruno Sammartino vs. ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz in a Street Fight has been sanctioned for WrestleMania 2!
  
[CUT] backstage to a shot of Piper in a small catering room, feeding a ravenously hungry group of midgets. He’s talking to them as if he’s feeding his dogs & they happily continue gorging on the meats, cheeses, and juice. Mean Gene comes in, asking what all this is. Piper laughingly says this is what he does whenever he conquers giants - he brings them down to size & make pets out of them. “Don’t believe me? Watch. Again”, he says. He then walks out with a suddenly-seriously expression. 


Commercial


[Back from commercial, Mean Gene stands by with Kerry & Kevin Von Erich at the interview set. Gene asks about their shot tonight to regain their WWF Tag Team Titles. Kerry says those belts are something they’ve lost nights of sleep over losing, knowing how they were basically stolen from them. Says tonight they’ve come full circle & make all the wrong things right. Kevin adds that the Samoans are jungle killers, but he & Kerry are the team of a lifetime. And tonight, Life calls. Gene asks what they discussed tonight in the locker room with Bruno, and if they knew in advance of his return. Kerry smiles & tells Gene some things need prior announcement & some things don’t. They’ll let Gene figure out which is which. Kevin says “Samoans, get ready. The nightmare ends tonight!” Both brothers pat Gene on the shoulders & depart.]

[CUT] back in the arena, as Vince & Jesse are seated at the broadcast podium. Jesse is wound-up about Hulk Hogan being the “luckiest & most hunted man in America” right now. Says he had a true World Champion moment tonight, defeating Saito. Pouts that Saito deserves to be Champion right now. Then, says the stars aligned to keep Hogan from being turned into a pile of mush at the hands of the NEXT WWF World Heavyweight Champion, King Kong Bundy! Says, at WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan’s luck finally runs out! Says Hulkamania is no match for Bundy! “You know it & I know it, McMahon!” Vince argues that Hogan is the epitome of World Champion moments & it’s no one’s fault that Jesse got his hopes up. Jesse says, if Hogan were any TRUE champion, he’d defend the title against ‘The Body’! Vince says “So THAT’S what this is about!” Jesse seems caught red-handed, as Vince sends us to the ring.]


The ring is red-carpeted now with 2 large stools. Lord Alfred Hayes stands between the stools, hyping the crowd for a very special Victory Circle. Crowd roaring. Mid-speech, the Bagpipe Symphony hits! Crowd goes NUTS! A line of bagpipe players marches down the aisle, playing their instruments. Roddy Piper slowly struts out to a MASSIVE ovation! He’s strolling down the aisle as the bagpipe players line the aisle on each side now. 

Piper gets to the ring, slowly up the steps & calmly peers out at the rocking crowd! He then slowly gets into the ring. He slowly steps to Alfred, eyeing him up & down with a smirk, ignoring Alfred’s polite greeting. Piper interjects, saying Alfred has quite a set, to be offering himself up as roadkill for the crossfire likely coming his way. Says he knows DC is a place for fighting - after all, it’s been fighting with civility & legitimacy as a capitol city of a first-world country for 2 centuries. Place exploding in boos!!

Says tonight is honestly a waste of his time. Says the big, bad giant must’ve been real proud of himself, ambushing him recently - a real Pearl Harbor job. Crowd booing! Says, ever since, he’s been ducking out of restaurants every time Piper comes in, turns tail & runs out of airports when Piper arrives to catch a flight, comes down with the flu every night in the arenas when Piper shows up to fight, etc. “And now, I’m supposed to believe Andre the Giant has the guts to show up in DC to face him like a man on your little show, Alfred?” Piper scoffs & continues ranting…

…… Crowd finally shoots to its feet as…… HERE COMES ANDRE OUT TO THE AISLE IN STREET CLOTHES, ANNOYED & WALKING WITH PURPOSE! Piper sees this & suddenly finds himself choked up. Piper then argues with Alfred for 0 reason. Andre gets to ringside, up the steps & over the top into the ring! Piper eases back to a corner, as Andre smirks calmly at him from afar. He summons Alfred, who nervously approaches with the mic. Andre tells Piper that was a funny story, nobody believes. Says this is a waste of his time too, because he’d much rather be tearing him apart in a match here in DC. Place going nuts! Piper is pissed!

Andre continues, saying the night is still young, Piper should leave with his big mouth & give his funny stories to somebody else. Piper’s miffed, slowly pulls off his shift as if he’s heard enough. Piper dramatically, slowly steps toward him. Andre slowly pushes Alfred aside & welcomes Piper to bring it! Place on its feet! Piper kicks over the 2 stools, as if he’s gonna pounce on Andre! But he paces angrily instead, as if he’s stalling! Alfred slithers out of the ring!

Piper snatches up a stool & charges at him with the stool legs like a spear… Andre stops the charge with 1 hand on the stool legs & jolts it backward… the seat smacked Piper in the face!! Piper’s staggering dazed & Andre WAFFLES him with a chop! Andre then headbutts him & he tumbles backward, his arms getting tangled in the top & middle ropes!! Piper’s stuck in the ropes!! Place going nuts!! They want Andre to capitalize!! Andre slowly pulls his jacket off & the place is coming unglued!! Piper’s groggily shaking his head ‘no’!! Andre slowly picks up 1 of the stools & the place goes wilder!! Piper’s squirming in fear for his life!!

…… HERE COMES BIG JOHN STUDD RUSHING DOWN THE AISLE IN STREET CLOTHES!! STUDD HOPS ON THE APRON & CLIMBS IN OVER THE TOP BEHIND ANDRE!! ANDRE TURNS & CHARGES WITH THE STOOL… CLOCKS STUDD RIGHT IN THE FACE & STUDD STUMBLES BACK TO A CORNER!! ANDRE DROPS THE STOOL & UNLOADS ROUNDHOUSES THAT SNAP STUDD’S HEAD WITH EVERY SHOT!! 

PIPER MANAGES TO GET FREE FROM THE ROPE ENTANGLEMENT, SNATCHES UP A STOOL & CRACKS ANDRE IN THE BACK!!...... ANDRE TURNS AROUND, UNPHASED!! PLACE COMES UNGLUED!! PIPER RARES BACK AGAIN WITH THE STOOL & ANDRE BLOCKS IT!! PIPER’S THRASHING TO BREAK FREE AS ANDRE’S MOVING FORWARD!! STUDD LUNGES OUT OF THE CORNER, SNATCHES UP THE OTHER STOOL & OBLITERATES IT OVER THE BACK OF ANDRE!! THE PIECES WENT FLYING!! ANDRE TUMBLES FACE-FORWARD TO THE MAT!! BOTH MEN STOMP A MUDHOLE IN THE GIANT!! PLACE BOOING LIKE CRAZY!!

They pull Andre up to his knees & Piper slaps on the Sleeper! Andre fires up & gets to his feet with Piper on his back!! Andre quickly gets to the ropes & flips him forward off his shoulders to the floor below!!! Andre turns around & Studd is smugly readying himself in mid-ring!! Andre steps to him & the 2 behemoths unleash roundhouses on each other!! Trading haymaker after haymaker, each man rocked from every shot!! 

Piper hops back onto the apron, just as Andre hits a monster haymaker that knocks Studd backward, knocking Piper off the apron to the floor!!! Studd gets out to the apron, concerned for fallen Piper!! Meanwhile, Andre grabs the other stool!! Studd turns around on the apron & Andre hurls the stool…… IT CLOCKS STUDD RIGHT IN THE FACE!! STUDD FALLS DAZED OFF THE APRON TO THE FLOOR WITH PIPER!! PLACE GOES INSANE! ANDRE’S BESIDE HIMSELF IN THE RING, DARING THEM TO COME GET SOME MORE! 

Piper pops back to his feet, livid!! He hops on the apron, but jumps back down when Andre comes for him!! Studd gets to his feet, holding his face, jawing in Andre’s direction! Andre’s ready for either or both! Studd & Piper angrily decide to live to fight another!! They begin backing up the aisle, as Andre claps to the rabid crowd! He picks up 1 of the broken stool legs & holds it as a weapon, as he watches Studd & Piper continue leaving!


[CUT] to a split screen of live shots of Rick Rude being psyched up by Beefcake/Muraco in the locker room as he puts his robe on, and of Tito Santana loosening up quietly in his locker room, deeply in thought.


Commercial

[During the commercial break, an elaborate 30-second WrestleMania 2 ad bumper airs with Howard Finkel’s voice hyping the banner night for July 3rd in Philadelphia & Boston.]


[Back from commercial, WE see Cousin Luke with a concessionaire’s beverage pack over his shoulders, in the crowd on the cascading lower level rafters of the arena, gladly giving out bottles of Jeb Juice to adoring fans.] 


“Smooth Operator” by Sade hits & Jimmy Hart boisterously leads a calm, smug Rick Rude down to the aisle to THUNDERING round of boos! They get to ringside & get into the ring. Hart jumps around, cheerleading & yammering into the megaphone. Rude grabs the mic.

Rude: Cut the music. (Song fades out. Boos are enormous!) What I’d like to have right now… is for all you fat, out-of-shape, DC DIMWITS… (Crowd irate!)... to keep the noise down, while I take my robe off & show the WORLD what a REAL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION looks like. Hit the music!

Song resumes & Rude teases off his robe, revealing custom long tights with an airbrushed mural of himself wearing the I-C Title. He swivels his hips for all sides of the building to see, before finally getting set to warm up. Song fades…

“Breaking Out” by Santana hits & the place erupts!! Tito Santana jogs out to the aisle, happily hi-fiving the fans as he continues his jog to ringside! He hops into the ring, mounts a middle turnbuckle as he pulls off his Title belt & hoists it high to the rocking sellout! He gets down, as the ref hoists the belt up to the crowd on all sides, while Tito pulls off his t-shirt. He calls for the mic as his song fades…

Tito: Rick Rude, the only thing you’ve shown the world is how to throw your damn money away. (pointing at Rude’s tights. Place goes wild! Rude is miffed & Hart is objecting. Tito pumps his fist to the roaring crowd.)

Tito disposes of the mic & Rude ambushes him! Rude’s punching, forearming, kicking & stomping him into oblivion! 


Intercontinental Title: Tito Santana©  vs.  ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart)

Rude’s unleashing holy hell on Tito! Tito battles his way up! Rude overpowers him & continues rocking him in the corner, until Tito overpowers Rude for good measure with fiery out of the corner! He swings Rude into the corner & unloads a massive barrage of punches & kicks, rocking Rude for all he’s worth! He hiptosses Rude a mile out of the corner & dropkicks him backward over the top the floor! Hart rushes to an ailing Rude’s aid outside, as Tito’s fired-up for the rocking crowd in the ring!

Tito tries a baseball-slide dropkick under the bottom rope, but Rude sidesteps & clotheslines Tito to Hell on the floor! Rude drops knife-edge elbows to the back of the neck like a man possessed! Rude peels him up & tries a belly-to-back, but Tito flips out of it & dropkicks him from behind, right into the ring post shoulder-first! Rude crashes & burns from the impact! Rude crawls cartoonishly, clutching his shoulder. Tito’s more fired up & the place is going nuts! Tito tosses him into the ring.

Back inside, Tito continues the onslaught; Dragon-screw armdrags to work over the arm, falling shoulder-breaker, arm-behind bodyslam, and all-around knocking him around from pillar to post with flooring punches, dropkicks, etc. Tito whips him to the ropes & runs a crisscross…… Tito tries to complete the sequence with a running cross-body, but Rude ducks & Tito crashes/burns sternum-first to the mat!! 

Rude, arm hurting, angrily capitalizes; leveling elbow off an Irish whip, back-breaker, clotheslines, flapjack, etc. Rude continues brutalizing with sharp, explosive, knife-edge elbow to the prone throat or back of the neck, etc. Tito tries fighting back, but Rude cuts him off every time! Rude standing-suplexes him, hops on the middle turnbuckle, dives for a elbow-drop… Tito moves & Rude lands back-first to the canvas! Tito immediately snatches his legs up & flips forward in a pinning bridge for the 1-2-Rude kicks out!

Both pop up & Rude schoolboys him for a leg-flailing 1-2-Tito kicks out! They pop up again & Rude charges… Tito leapfrogs & Rude barrels shoulder-first past the middle turnbuckle to the post!!... Tito sunset-flips him over in 1 continuous motion for the 1… 2… Rude kicks out! Both pop up again & they level each other with a double-clothesline! What hot & heavy action!! Both men slowly  fight their way back to their feet & the match hits the seesaw, with explosive offense from each man & near-falls everywhere!

Minutes later, Tito reverses a whip to the ropes & ducks his head for a backdrop… Rude comes off with a boot to the head that knocks Tito a mile backward near the ropes! He pulls himself up groggily as Rue charges… Tito backdrops Rude to the heavens over the top to the floor!!! What a nasty spill for Rude!! Tito rolls out to the apron & pulls himself up near the turnbuckles. Rude pulls himself up on the floor & Tito running-leaps off the apron for a running missile dropkick… but Rude moves & Tito lands back-first to the floor!! Wipeout for Tito!! Rude rolls in & distracts the ref, while Hart stomps a mudhole in the fallen Tito! Crowd is irate!

Rude rolls back out & tosses Tito back inside. Back inside, Rude gives the crowd the swiveling hips! Rude had a hard time raising his arm behind his head though! Rude pulls Tito up & cinches in for the Rude Awakening!... But Tito counters it into a backslide for the leg-flailing 1-2-Rude kicks out at 2.8!! They pop up & Tito immediately hits a running guillotine cross-body for the 1-2-Rude kicks out at 2! They pop up & Rude immediately decapitates him with an uppercut heard round the world! Tito goes down like a tree in the woods! Rude hooks the leg for the 1-2-Tito shoulders up at 2.8!

Rude sits him up & slaps a reverse chin-lock on him to wear him down. Crowd rumbling to urge Tito on! Tito’s arm is extended, drawing energy from them! He finally starts to battle his way up, elbows to the gut repeatedly to break the hold! Tito comes off the ropes on all sides, leveling Rude with shoulder blocks! Tito has his 2nd wind & unleashes fiery, leveling punches that pinball Rude all over the place! TOWERING BACKDROP! The impact bounces Rude up to his knees & he’s crawling around the ring in awkward, excruciating back pain while Tito’s in mid-ring doing the Rude hip swivels in mockery! Place coming unglued! Hart is livid outside the ring!

Tito stalks the kneeling Rude & Rude yanks him forward, chest-first into the corner. Rude schoolboys him out of the corner, this time using his hand on the ropes for leverage for the 1-2-Tito kicks out at 2.9!! Both men pop up & hit the opposite ropes…… Tito comes off & CLOBBERS RUDE WITH THE FLYING FOREARM ON THE COLLISION!!!! RUDE FALLS BACKWARD LIMP TO THE MAT & SLOWLY ROLLS OUT TO THE FLOOR BEFORE TITO COULD MAKE THE COVER!!! TITO KNEW HE HAD IT WON!!

Tito rolls out to try peeling up Rude’s corpse & Hart sneaks up behind him with his megaphone, in plain view of the ref! Tito turns around & blocks Hard’s flimsy attempt at a megaphone shot!! The ref leans thru the ropes, points at Hart & gestures to GET OUT OF HERE!!! JIMMY HART HAS BEEN EJECTED!! HART IS BESIDE HIMSELF!! Tito peels Rude up & rolls him back inside. Hart is protesting, refusing to leave, and the ref’s lividly arguing with him!! Tito’s stalking a cowering Hart at ringside!!...

…… Meanwhile, Don Muraco comes running down the aisle, hunched-over like he’s sneaking to ringside!!! He gets to the ring & crawls on all-fours to avoid being seen by the situation on the other side! Suddenly, Jimmy Hart mysteriously becomes extra happy to follow the ref’s directions & leave the premises! He walks to the aisle, as the ref continues arguing him out! Hart’s begging for forgiveness. It’s as if he knows Muraco’s here! Muraco crawls around & pulls a steel chair from under the ring. He pops his head up, just enough to notice Rude in the ring face-down. Tito rolls in, snatches Rude’s leg & slaps on the Figure Hour!! 

Suddenly, Muraco rolls into the ring out of nowhere & drills the edge of the chair down onto Tito’s sternum!! Tito’s out! Rude quickly frees himself from the Figure Four & Muraco lays the chair down flat. Rude quickly peels Tito up & RUDE-AWAKENINGS HIM ON THE CHAIR!!! MURACO SLIDES THE CHAIR OUT & DIVES OUT OF THE RING, TAKING COVER BEFORE THE DISTRACTED REF EVER NOTICED A THING! 

REF RUNS BACK & SLIDES BACK INTO THE RING, JUST AS RUDE WEAKLY LAYS AN ARM ACROSS TITO’S DEAD CHEST FOR THE 1… 2… 3!!!!! PLACE EXPLODES MIXED IN SHOCK!!!! HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE!!! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!! RUDE’S THE I-C CHAMPION!! MURACO’S JUMPING FOR JOY AT RINGSIDE & JIMMY HART’S DOING THE SAME IN THE AISLE!!! MURACO SLIDES EAGERLY INTO THE RING & PULLS WOOZY RUDE TO HIS FEET!! REF HANDS HIM THE I-C TITLE BELT, AS ECSTATIC MURACO’S HOLDING RUDE UP!! 

BRUTUS BEEFCAKE JOYFULLY SPRINTS THE AISLE, JOINING ECSTATIC JIMMY HART IN RACING BACK TO THE RING. BEEFCAKE & MURACO HOIST THE GROGGY RUDE ON THEIR SHOULDERS IN CELEBRATION, AS HART JUMPS AROUND THE RING LIKE IT’S 1999! RUDE WEAKLY RAISES THE BELT HIGH, WITH A GROGGY SMILE ON HIS FACE! THIS WAS A DAMN COUP FOR SURE! TITO SANTANA IS MOTIONLESS ON THE MAT! 

Rick Martel & Pedro Morales run down the aisle in street clothes!! Muraco & Beefcake put Rude off their shoulders & the Hart Coalition quickly scatters out of the ring, just as Martel & Muraco running-slide into the ring!! Martel & Morales are pissed!!! In the aisle, groggy/happy Rude’s got the belt raised & being helped up the aisle to the back!!! Martel & Morales watch them leave, then quickly tend to their fallen compadre!! Tito’s eyes are just beginning to open, as Morales gently taps his face with an open palm. Does he even know he’s lost the Title!?

Winner: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude via Pinfall; NEW Intercontinental Champion


Commercial


[Back from commercial, Mean Gene is in the Hart Coalition locker room, where Rick Rude is being showered in champagne by his boisterous cohorts Muraco, Beefcake & Jimmy Hart. Gene’s trying to hide his outrage & doing a horrible job. An on-top-of-the-world Rick Rude goads Gene to admit 1 of his heroes fell off their pedestals tonight & it’s killing him (Gene). Gene won’t admit it. Rude says what you’re seeing right now is all part of the master plan he & Jimmy have been talking about since Day 1. They’ve been curating all this, piece by piece. And now the Hart Coalition has welcomed gold into the family & they’re not close to done. Beefcake & Muraco ecstatically agree with everything being said. Rude says you’re looking at the new #1 contender for the WWF Heavyweight Title & soon-to-be the most dominant Intercontinental Champion in WWF history. Hart boastfully exclaims the Ravishing One is the light that’s about to lead ‘wrasslin’ into the future & there isn’t a dang thing Mean Gene can do about it. Rude holds the belt out to the camera & says “Get a good look, Tito! I decided to help myself, don’t mind if I do!” Gene angrily wraps the segment as the party rages on around him.]

[Paul Heyman is standing by with Greg Valentine & a smugly confident Bobby Heenan in a different locker room. Valentine says tonight is a night of housecleaning. Says Hulk Hogan’s officially been put on notice that his days as World Champion are numbered, and now it’s time to stop this oil spill to this sport, known as Sting. Says this young punk has been riding a lightening bolt all this time & even stole a bogus 3-count from him with a crooked referee. But tonight, Sting gets exposed to the world in our nation’s capitol as the fraud he is. Heenan congratulates Rick Rude on winning I-C gold & tells Jimmy Hart they may have some business to be worked on soon. Says the Heenan Family is the finest collection of wrestling talent in the world & all of them have run out of patience with that young punk. Tonight, the name of the game is “hammer”. They depart with smug grins.]


[CUT] back into the arena…

“Rattlesnake Whip” hits & THE PLACE JUMPS TO ITS FEET IN A MONSTER OVATION!! Sting comes out to a GIGANTIC ovation!!! Decked in blue tight, white scorpion, blue boots & a bedazzled custom red/white/blue jacket, he’s all fired-up as he parades his way down the aisle!! Hi-fiving his way through the sea of excited arms flanking the aisle, gets to ringside, hops up the steps to the apron & takes in the monster ovation raining down from everywhere. He hops into the ring, giving the mouth-cupped howl on all sides. WHAT AN OVATION! He’s raring to go! Song fades…… 

Crowd erupts in monster boos as Bobby Heenan confidently leads a lavishly-robed Valentine out to the entrance. Both scoff at the boos & continue down the aisle, as a pacing Sting pulls off his jacket & warms up confidently in the ring. Heenan & Valentine get into the ring. Sting’s standing tall in mid-ring with a cocky smirk in their direction. Valentine’s miffed at his confidence.


Sting  vs.  Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan)

They lock up & Valentine catches Sting off-guard with a couple armdrags. Valentine’s very proud of himself, almost mocking Sting to the booing crowd. Veteran seems poised to school the young lion! They lock up a 3rd time & Sting snatches him over with 2 headlock-takedowns! Armdrags! Hiptoss! Dropkick on the button that knocks Valentine through the ropes to the floor!! Place goes nuts & Sting owns the ring!

Valentine’s miffed, slaps the apron & storms back into the ring. They lock up again & Sting schools the veteran with a chain wrestling clinic! Counters every Valentine counter, ending in Sting drop-toe-holding, swooping up his back & slapping the back of Valentine’s head! When Valentine looks pops up to his knees, a squatting Sting slaps him right in the mug! Place goes nuts! Sting stands & walks over to the neutral corner, letting Valentine stew in his rage!! Place going nuts! Heenan’s pissed outside!

Valentine’s in a rage, gets up & charges… right into a series of Sting clotheslines, a standing head-scissor takedown, followed by another dropkick that knocks Valentine over the top to the floor! Valentine gets up in a flustered daze, just as Sting comes off the ropes with a running charge & swandive plancha over the top & FLATTENS VALENTINE ON THE FLOOR BELOW!! PLACE GOING ABSOLUTELY NUTS!!! Sting rolls back, does the big holler, and walks the ring standing tall as the house comes down!! Heenan’s worried as he checks on Valentine!

Sting rolls out this time & Heenan angrily clears away. Sting tosses Valentine back inside to continue working him over; whip to the corner & hiptosses him coming out, inverted armdrags, more clotheslines, etc! Sting goes for a second head-scissor takedown, but Valentine counters by dropping neck-first on the top rope! What a counter!

Valentine dominates now; snap-mares, knee-drops, gut-wrench suplexes, standing delayed suplexes, neck vices, etc. Every time Sting tries to mount a high-impact flurry, Valentine cuts him right off! “Let’s Go Sting!” chants ring out all over the arena & Valentine is big-time annoyed! Valentine nails a fisherman suplex for the 1-2-Sting kicks out! 

Valentine plants Sting with an airplane fireman’s carry slam! Hooks the leg for the 1… 2... Sting kicks out with authority! Valentine picks him up & works him over in the corner with punches, measured forearms, kicks to the leg, uppercuts, etc. He flings Sting out of the corner with a hiptoss, hits the nearby middle turnbuckle, and PLANTS a flying knee-drop to the throat that implodes Sting on impact! Hooks the leg for the 1… 2… Sting kicks out at solid 2! Place roars big & Valentine’s worried now!

Valentine wastes no time now & tries to slap on the Figure Four, but Sting kicks Valentine down with his free leg! Valentine gets up & tries again, and Sting levels him again with his free leg! Both pop up to their feet, Valentine snatches him by the leg & Sting standing-enziguri’s his head off!! Valentine timbers face-first to the mat! Sting flips him over on his back, quickly climbs to the top rope as the crowd rises!! Sting leaps for the flailing frog spl--- VALENTINE GETS THE KNEES UP & STING LANDS SKEWERED!! Crowd was ready to explode!

Both lay there recovering, until Valentine gets up gut-busters Sting. He then tries & finally cinches in the Figure Four!! Sting’s in excruciating pain! He’s flailing like a fish out of water! He finally manages to get to the bottom rope to break the hold! Valentine angrily drags him back to mid-ring by the leg & tries to cinch in for the Figure Four again… but Sting reaches up & small-packages for the 1-2-Valentine kicks out!!! They both pop up & Sting roundhouses him right in the jaw! Valentine’s out on his feet! 

Sting whips him to the far corner, sprints across & NAILS THE STINGER SPLASH!!! HEENAN’S SHAKING HIS HEAD IN SHOCKED DISBELIEF OUTSIDE!! VALENTINE STAGGERS FORWARD LIKE A ZOMBIE…. RIGHT INTO A MILITARY PRESS SLAM BY STING!!! STING HOPS OUT & CLIMBS UP TOP! HE LEAPS & NAILS THE FLAILING FROG SPLASH!!! THE IMPACT IMPLODES VALENTINE, AS STING HOOKS THE DEAD MAN’S LEG… HEENAN TRIES TO HOP ON THE APRON IN STUNNED DESPERATION... 1-2-3!!! THE ROOF BLOWS OFF THE PLACE!!! HEENAN HOPS BACK TO THE FLOOR, LIVIDLY TANTRUMMING “NO! NO! NO!” 

Ref is raising Sting’s arm in victory over the fallen Valentine! Heenan slaps the mat repeatedly in anger. Sting notices & quickly drops to his knees on the mat, mocking Heenan’s slaps on the canvas!! Heenan’s livid!! Sting quickly mounts the middle turnbuckle, doing the mouth-cuffed holler to the celebrating crowd!! Flashbulbs popping big!! 

Valentine groggily rolls out of the ring & Heenan’s already heading up the aisle alone, hand on his head in frustration! Sting continues hamming it up with the rocking crowd. Valentine gets halfway up the aisle, holding his head, gritting his teeth in disdain & defeat as he looks at Sting from afar. Sting waves him goodbye from the ring, then continues interacting with the rocking crowd! A coming-out party of sorts tonight for the Stinger!

Winner: Sting via Pinfall


[WE see a special Coming Up graphic with ‘Hulk Hogan’ in the Hulkamania font. Jesse reveals he’s the one getting the exclusive.]


Commercial

[During the commercial break, an elaborate 30-second WrestleMania 2 ad bumper airs with Howard Finkel’s voice hyping the banner night for July 3rd in Philadelphia & Boston.]


Back from commercial, WE see Jesse holding a mic in the locker room. Next to him is a confident Hulk Hogan, who’s still in his gear, wrist tape is off now, wearing a silk skull cap, necklace with a crucifix, and the WWF Title belt draped on his shoulder. Ventura states he has the pleasure of providing this world exclusive. Asks Hogan what his frame of mind is, knowing he’s the most marked man in the history of this sport - perhaps present company included! Hogan says, “Well ya know somethin’, Body, the Hulkster likes to keep his ear to the streets, man! And the word is, present company, as you call it, seems to be having some issues with where they fit on this circle of life! Like, maybe they see a certain piece on the board that they wanna knock off, so they can have that spot, brother! Well, my advice to present company is, if you’re feeling froggy enough to jump, I have it on good authority that that piece at the top of the board would be more than happy to scratch that itch you got, dude! Scratch it well enough to make you feel a whole lot better about that spot you had on the circle of life in the first place, brother! Deliver that message from me to Present Company, will ya? (Jesse’s miffed, speechless) Now, onto REAL business, JACK! Oh yeah, the Hulkster rode that lightning bolt against that Japanese Bulldozer! Knowing a human condominium was just chompin’ at the bit to come split the Earth in two at the first opportunity, if the Hulkster was able to take that bulldozer apart, man! Well I came, I saw, and I TOOK THAT JAPANESE ASSASSIN DOWN, BROTHER - JUST LIKE I PROMISED, BROTHER! CEMENTING THE ROAD TO THE MAIN EVENT OF WRESTLEMANIA AS THE WWF HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! I WALKED THE LIGHTENING BOLT & NOW IT’S STRAPPED TO MY BACK LIKE A SWORD, BROTHER! So, if this 460-pound King Kong Bundy thinks he’s gonna turn Hulk Hogan or the million of Hulkamaniacs around the world into Jello, that he’s gonna make Hulkamania his next pulverized victim, like he’s done to so many others, then he’s in for the disappointment of his life come WrestleMania, dude!! I looked right in that brother’s eyes out there tonight, man! Saw right into his soul! At that moment, I knew he was empty inside, man! I knew Bobby Heenan didn’t just have a 10-ton wrecking ball on his hands. He has himself a 10-ton cold, heartless bone-crusher. But Body, NOT ONLY is Hulk Hogan looking FORWARD to defending this Heavyweight Title belt against that Sherman Tank, he’s gonna give the entire international sports world 2 for the price of 1 the night of July 3rd, brother! First, I’m gonna do the unthinkable, by lifting that earth mover into the air & BODYSLAMMING him right in the center of the ring, in front of the whole world! MARK MY WORDS, DUDE! IT WILL HAPPEN! And second, after I’ve slammed him & sent tremors across the globe from the impact, I’m gonna BEAT him like a drum for the 1-2-3 clean in the middle, man! Faith is like a mustard seed - the essence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. And, at WrestleMania, I’m walking in on the faith rod, with that lightning bolt as my weapon of war, brother! It’s you & me, King Kong Bundy! No frills! Just a battle of the titans for the People’s Title belt, man! And when the stars align, the only question for YOU is gonna be, ‘What’cha gonna DO!? When Hulk Hogan, the lightning rod, faith in all things big & small, and the 24-inch pythons (strikes the side double-bicep pose) RAIN DOWN ON YOUUU!?’ Pleasure’s been all yours, BODY!" Hogan departs & Jesse’s stunned at Hogan using his own phrase against him. He begrudgingly admits to the camera that the Champ is ready for WrestleMania.

[CUT] to Paul Heyman, standing by with 1 finger on his earpiece. He announces he’s just gotten word from the office of President Jack Tunney of another NEW match just made official for WrestleMania 2, based on the goings-on here tonight! The ever-formidable Big John Studd will square off with the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ Andre the Giant in what’s sure to be a battle of behemoths!

 

[CUT] to a live shot of Kerry & Kevin Von Erich walking a hallway, heading for the tunnel leading out to the aisle! Crowd goes nuts for this in the arena as they watch on the jumbotron… Suddenly, 2 Samoan Headhunters ambush them out of nowhere! Looks like Sika & Tama! Stomping a mudhole in the Von Erich’s!! Suddenly, Samu & Fatu appear. 4-on-2 now! They’re decimating Kerry & Kevin! Suddenly a bunch of officials converge to try to break this up, but to no avail! Suddenly, the Killer Bees ambush the Samoans out of nowhere to even the odds! It’s chaos! The Von Erich’s fight their way back up & it’s now a 4-on-4 brawl! Bodies flying over tables & into locked doors! 

The 8 men brawl their way to the tunnel & out to the entrance! Place already going nuts! The war rages its way down the aisle, amidst the horde of officials trying to gain control of this runaway train, but no dice! The battle reaches ringside & the wild physicality is out of control! The action spills all over ringside! Kerry’s rocking Tama’s world & Kevin’s nearby, housing Sika! Both Von Erich’s finally roll into the ring, daring any Samoans to get in & take them on! The crowd’s on fire & so are the Von Erich’s!! The battle rages on with the Bees & Samu/Fatu below.

Enough officials are on the scene now & Fuji’s arrived as well. Suddenly, Samu & Fatu stop brawling with the Bees & roll into the ring, as if this was all part of a well-orchestrated plan. Thank goodness the Bees were on-hand to keep that backstage ambush from potentially preventing this Tag Title match! The Bees want more of Samut & Fatu, but the officials are keeping them at bay outside the ring!

The official ref arrives & gets in the ring, gesturing down to the sea of humanity at ringside, that they all have to vacate the premises! Fuji’s pissed off! Place going crazy! The Von Erich’s are pacing like caged animals! Samu & Fatu are eyeing the Von Erich’s & wagging their tongues.


Tag Team Titles: Samoan Headhunters©  vs.  The Von Erich’s

The 4 men in the ring suddenly tear into each other! The sea of humanity starts to edge its way toward the back as a donnybrook breaks out in the ring! Champs vs. former Champs! Kerry’s out-striking Samu, while Kevin’s taking the fight to Fatu! Kerry clotheslines Samu over the top & Kevin hiptosses Fatu over the top on the other side! The Von Erich’s rule the ring & Fuji’s pissed outside! Samu & Fatu are pacing like caged animals outside. The Bees, Sika/Tama, and other officials have all cleared away by now.

Fuji coaches his savages outside the ring & they return to the ring, to make this a high-energy tag battle. Kevin goes at it with a Fatu in a high-drama seesaw battle; Kevin’s dropkicks right on the button, spinning wheel-kicks, backdrops, etc… the high-impact running cross-headbutts, military-drop powerslam, etc. Fatu tries a Vade Bomb on Kevin, but Kevin moves! Kevin lunges & tags in Kerry!!

Kerry gets in & wrecks shop on Fatu!! And Samu, who gets in to stunt his momentum! Kerry’s beating both Samoans to a pulp with clotheslines, backdrops, flying tackles, etc on each Samoan! Kerry hits the ropes & stereo-clotheslines both Samoans for a loop!!!! Place going nuts for Kerry’s dominance as he soaks up their electricity!!! Samu rolls out to the apron & Kerry continues housing Fatu all over the ring. Kerry tries another flying tackle, but Fatu ducks this time & Kerry crashes/burns! 

The champs are in control now with frequent tags in & out, working Kerry over with high-impact teamwork & individual power offense. Each Samoan takes liberties with biting, using the bottom rope to step on to choke Kerry out, etc. Fuji takes liberties with getting cane shots in from the outside, whenever the ref isn’t watching! But Kevin spots it & chases Fuji around the ring! They turn the 4th corner & a ducking Samu catches Kevin with a superkick out of nowhere!!

Samoans continue the great championship teamwork in taking the fight to Kerry in the ring for several minutes. Kerry has the heart of a lion, fighting back before being cut off. Crowd is rumbling this building, urging him on. 

Samu hoists Kerry on the top perch & tries a Samoan Drop from the top!!... but Kerry counters in mid-flight with a sunset-flip-bomb that lands square in mid-ring for the leg-flailing 1-2-Samu kicks out at 2.9!!! Crowd was ready to come unglued!!!! Both men down!! Samu rolls out & tags in Fatu. Fatu comes in & cuts Kerry off from crawling to tag in Kevin! Fatu continues the savage offense, as the crowd continues rumbling to urge Kerry on.

Fatu whips him to the corner & follows in for a running cross-body in the corner…… but Kerry moves & Fatu crashes/burns into the corner at 50 mph, skewered sideways in the turnbuckles!! This is Kerry’s shot!!! Kerry’s crawling ever so slowly!!.... Fatu plops down in the corner & instinctively tries crawling after Kerry… Kerry dives…. TAGS IN KEVIN!!!

Kevin comes in like a house of fire, knocking Fatu for loops with roundhouse kicks to the head!! Samu comes in & Kevin does the same to him!! Kevin’s all afire!!! Kevin hops to the top rope & leaps, FLATTENING both Samoans with a stereo cross-body!! Hooks Fatu’s leg for the 1-2-Samu dives & makes the save!!! Kerry hops back in & unloads on Samu for breaking up the count, housing him from pillar to post!! It’s a 4-man brawl now!! Place on its feet!! Fatu lunges at Kerry, who ducks, and Fatu flies over to the floor!! What a major spill!! Kerry rolls out after him! 

Across the ring, Fuji gets on the apron close to Kevin & Samu crawling. Kevin randomly stops throwing punches at Samu & SLAPS THE CLAW ON FUJI!!!!! Samu charges as Kevin turns around…… SAMU CROSS-BODIES KEVIN & HIMSELF OVER THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!! WIPEOUT!!

Kerry & Fatu are brawling like there’s no tomorrow! On the other side, Kevin & Samu are slowly pulling themselves up & they begin rumbling all over ringside as well!! This looks like the Pier 6 that broke out a bit ago!! The ref is counting both teams out, as the the brawl is out of control now!! Reg gets to 6… 7… 8… 9… 10!! Ref calls for the bell!! Crowd deflates!

Fuji gets out of the way of the brawl, by rolling into the ring & barking orders from mid-ring. What madness is this brawl!! Near the corner of the railing Fatu lunges at Kerry… Kerry backdrops him over the railing into the crowd!!!! Fuji sees & cringes!! On the other side, Kevin reverses an Irish whip & sends Samu into the ring steps!! The momentum flips him over the steps & down in a violent heap!!! Fuji;s incensed by this!!

Kerry slides into the ring behind Fuji!! Place comes unglued!! Kevin slides into the ring, in front of Fuji! Kevin strikes a ninja post at Fuji, then points behind him!! Fuji turns around & KERRY FLATTENS HIM WITH THE DISCUS PUNCH!!!! PLACE BLOWS THE ROOF OFF!!! FUJI’S OUT-COLD ON THE MAT, SPASMING!! HIS HAT NEVER CAME OFF!!! KEVIN STANDS TALL OVER HIM, HEAD COCKED SIDEWAYS LIKE HE’S ADMIRING HIS PREY!! KEVIN’S NEARBY, SQUATTING & DOING THE TSK-TSK PITY AT FUJI!!

The ref raises the Von Erich’s in count-out victory to the delight of the crowd, just before Finkel clarifies that the Titles can only change hands on a pinfall or submission, therefore the Samoan Headhunters remain Tag Team Champions. Sika & Tama race back down the aisle to ringside. Tama ever-so-cautiously slithers into the ring & pulls Fuji’s corpse out to the floor. Samu & Fatu are bruised, but back on their feet now & staggering over to rejoin their compadres & fallen sensei. Kerry & Kevin watch, crouched & ready for anything. Team Fuji slowly makes their way up the aisle with their Tag Titles still in-hand.

“Tom Sawyer” by Rush hits & the celebration’s on in DC!!! The Von Erich’s mount the opposite middle turnbuckles on all 4 sides of the ring, interacting with the rocking crowd as the flashbulbs pop like mad to immortalize them!! They finally get down from their perches, give the crowd the I-Love-You hand gestures, and get out of the ring to head up the aisle to a hero’s sendoff!!!

Winners: Double Count-Out; Samoan Headhunters Retain Tag Team Titles


Commercial


[Back from commercial, it’s back to the broadcast platform. Vince & Jesse are standing again with their mics, as the sellout crowd is festively filing out of the building behind them. Vince hypes WrestleMania & the 3 blockbuster matches officially added to the card tonight & Jesse says those 3 matches are already stellar enough on their own to make WrestleMania the biggest night ever in wrestling - not to mention what’s yet to be signed. Vince festively hypes next weekend of TV follow-ups to all the explosive events of tonight in DC & hypes their next Saturday Night’s Main Event sometime in the near future. They bid us goodnight from our nation’s capitol.]


ROLL ENDING CREDITS: Set to highlights of Hulk Hogan’s post-match posing for the rabid crowd, with “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins as the audio underlay
 

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Wow, wow, wow! You always do such a good job capturing the showbiz feel of the WWF, but this was something else! There was electricity in the air! Tito Santana versus Rick Rude was always going to be a great match but - sorry saying it - I'm so glad Rick Rude won, he's going to be a great IC champion! Sting is really coming into his own here!

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SNME is finally here!

I agree with Scarlett, you always have the best intros for your shows.

I could almost feel the stiffness of Schultz/Slaughter. And then Bruno runs down and they give him such a whipping i doubt the fact he won is gonna be any comfort. Especially now that he has to deal with Sammartino in a street fight at Wrestlemania.

I'll be honest Jim/HTM wasn't exactly the match I was dying to see but you structured it great. Honky as the clever chickenshit, Jim as unstoppable face powering through Honky's bullshit, and finally HTM throwing a hissy fit and walking out.

IT'S ALL OUT WAR FOR THE WWF TITLE! Saito has nothing to be ashamed of as he nearly pries the title away on several occasions but the champ just has to much in the tank. An exciting post match brawl sees Bundy got some hard shots in but adrenaline is a incredible thing and Hogan is still standing when the dust settles. The promo later in the night was fire!

The Victory Circle featuring Piper & Andre ends in utter chaos! Who could have seen this coming?

The WWF has a Ravishing new Intercontinental Champion thanks in no small part to some Magnificent interference. I love the image of a sulking Okerlund surrounded by a partying Hart Coalition.

Sting wins what is undoubtedly the best match of his career so far. I can see him thanking Valentine in shoot interviews years from now for helping him prove himself.

A prematch attack leads to utter insanity in the main event. The double c.o ending gives hope for a rematch at Wrestlemania.

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 5/16 | East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Arena (17,702)

Sam Houston/Kendall Windham defeated Oger Reynolds/Darren James with a Houston bulldog on James. Big pop for Houston & Windham to kick off the night.

Virgil (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Ted Arcidi with a schoolboy & hands on the ropes for leverage.

Killer Bees defeated Tag Team Champions Sika/Tama (w/Mr. Fuji) by DQ. Bees hit Sika with a stereo missile dropkick & Tama dropped splash on the ref to break up the pinfall.

NEW I-C Champion ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Pedro Morales with the Rude Awakening. Giant heat for Rude as the new I-C Champ.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper defeated Kevin Von Erich by count-out. Hot & heavy kinetic showdown with huge energy from the crowd. End came when Kevin slapped the Claw on Piper outside the ring, Piper pulled him into the post to break the hold & beat the 10-count. Kevin grabbed a chair & chased him off in the post-match.

[Intermission]

Kerry Von Erich defeated Brutus Beefcake (w/Jimmy Hart) with the Discus Punch. Giant pop for Kerry.

‘Dr. D’  David Schultz defeated Ivan Putski with the elbowdrop off the middle turnbuckle. Huge “Bruno” chants throughout.

Rick Martel fought Don Muraco (w/Jimmy Hart) to a double count-out. Martel hit the ring & the brawl was on, spilling outside the ring multiple times before the 2 men finally brawled to the back.

Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff defeated British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan). Massive main event heat for this & a barn-burner team affair. End came with a Pier 4 brawl & Heenan jumped on the apron. Hogan big-booted Davey into Heenan, knocking him off the apron. Davey went down from the collision & Hogan hit the legdrop for the 1-2-3. Orndorff kept Dynamite from making the save. Post-match celebration for the ages with Hogan & Orndorff to end the show.
 

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