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Another hot night of wrestling in the big apple!

Santana definitely has another title shot coming after that finish.

Orndorf has to pull out 2 piledrivers to keep the Samoan warrior down.

The cage match descends into chaos as Shieky & Bruno get involved.

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 6/20 | Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena (9,879)

Sam Houston/Kendall Windham defeated the Moondogs with a Kendall lariat on Rex.

Tito Santana defeated Brutus Beefcake (no Hart) by count-out with a flying cross-body from the top to the floor. Both men down. Tito makes it back in by 9. Post-match, Muraco runs down & attacks Tito. 2-on-1 beatdown. Rick Martel storms down & helps Tito clean house.

Ken Patera (no Blassie) defeated Tommy Rogers with a Full Nelson Slam.

Kevin Von Eric fought ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper to a Double DQ. Crazy slugfest from the beginning - all action. Big back & forth at the end, and both men stereo-KO’d the ref so they could keep slugging it out. Piper narrowly escapes getting the Claw slapped on & bails to the back.

[Intermission]

King Kong Bundy (no Heenan) defeated Pedro Morales with a splash. Massive heat for Bundy.

I-C Champion ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (no Hart) fought ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff to a 20-minute time limit draw. High drama with 2 familiar foes. Main event-level heat. Near-falls everywhere. Orndorff hits the piledriver & the bell rings as he goes to cover Rude.

Tag Team Champions Samu/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Killer Bees with a Fatu splash on Blair.

Sgt. Slaughter (substitute for Hulk Hogan) defeated ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco (no Hart) by DQ. Two big hosses knocking each other from pillar to post like pinballs. Slaughter goes for the flying tackle from the middle turnbuckle & Muraco throws powder up to his face for the DQ. Slaughter wanders blindly & Muraco goes for the Asiatic Spike, but Slaughter ducks & hooks the Cobra Clutch. Slaughter hurls him over the top turnbuckle into the post - nasty spill down to the floor. Muraco staggers to the back, leaving Slaughter clearing the powder out of his eyes with a towel & standing tall for the crowd.
 

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Updated Card:

WWF Heavyweight Title: Philadelphia
Hulk Hogan©  vs.  King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan)

Million Dollar Challenge: Boston
Andre the Giant  vs.  Big John Studd

Grudge Match: Philadelphia
‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff  vs.  ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Boston:
Kerry Von Erich  vs.  Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji)

Street Fight: Boston
‘The Living Legend’ Bruno Sammartino  vs.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz

8-Man Tag Team Flag Match: Philadelphia
Sgt. Slaughter/Kevin Von Erich/Fantastics  vs.  Ken Patera/Iron Sheik/Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie)

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

Tag Team Titles: Boston
Samoan Headhunters© (w/Mr. Fuji)  vs.  British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan)

Grudge Match: Boston
Tito Santana  vs.  ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco (w/Jimmy Hart)

Philadelphia:
Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan)  vs.  George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano)

Philadelphia: 
Sam Houston  vs.  Virgil (w/Fred Blassie)
 

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Houston & Windham are always a crowd pleaser in the opener.

Santana/Martel vs Beefcake/Muraco would be a fun tag match.

Patera & KKB pick up a couple of nice momentum building wins.

Kevin got a little too "Rowdy" for Piper.

A few more seconds and we would have had a "Wonderful" I-C champ.

The Samoans squash the Bees like the bugs they are.

Sarge gives Muraco a "Magnificent" whipping to send the crowd home happy.

Wrestlemania 2 may very well tear both houses down!

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And just like that, Backlund snaps! This was a very entertaining story. Looks like we'll get a blow off at Mania. 

The Mania heat is on as Piper, Studd, Andre and Orndorff have a tremendous brawl! 

Great MSG card.

Hillbilly destroys HTM's guitar to the delight of many.

I'm thinking Beefcake is going to team with Bravo to get that Jeb juice recipe. 

Bulldogs look tuned up and ready for the Samoans at Mania.

Schultz might've gotten the win but Bruno takes it to him. Slaughter sends the fans home happy by beating up Sheik in the cage. 

 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 6/25 | Landover, MD @ Capital Center (8,882)

Virgil (no Blassie) defeated Salvatore Bellomo with the Russian Leg Sweep.

Kendall Windham defeated Barry Horowitz with the slingshot lariat.

Rick Martel defeated The Iron Sheik (no Blassie) by DQ when Sheik used a foreign object in plain view of the ref.

Rick Rude/Don Muraco/Brutus Beefcake (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Tito Santana/Killer Bees with a Rude Awakening on Brunzell. Chaotic, high-octane match.

[Intermission]

Dino Bravo defeated Pedro Morales with the sidewalk slam.

Paul Orndorff defeated Greg Valentine (no Heenan). Ref was KO’d & George Steele ran down, ambushing Valentine with an Armbar to Heaven. Orndorff capitalizes with a piledriver moments later for the 1-2-3. 

David Schultz defeated Ivan Putski with a slingshot into the post & schoolboy.

Tag Team Champions Samu/Tama (no Fuji) & the Von Erich’s fought to a Double DQ in a hellraiser that saw both teams eventually use the Title belts as weapons at the end. 4-man brawl continues after the bell. Kevin gets Tama in the Claw then passes him to Kerry for the Discus Punch. Samu drags Tama’s corpse away as the Von Erich’s stand tall to close the night with the rowdy crowd.
 

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When you say Windham is using a "slingshot lariat", am I supposed to picture something like what Sheamus does sometimes with a shoulderblock or more like Hangman Page's "Buckshot Lariat"?

Martel wins but Sheiky makes him pay for it.

The I-C champ brings victory home for the Hart Coalition.

Orndorf gets a win over Valentine with some help from the Animal.

"Polish Power" proves no match for "Dr D".

The Von Erichs send the Samoans into retreat to end the show on a high note.

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13 minutes ago, Autistic Dragon said:

When you say Windham is using a "slingshot lariat", am I supposed to picture something like what Sheamus does sometimes with a shoulderblock or more like Hangman Page's "Buckshot Lariat"?

Picture Hogan's boomerang clothesline off the opposite ropes following an Irish whip. But just imagine it done with that athletic, explosive Windham family flair.

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34 minutes ago, Den Scorpio said:

Picture Hogan's boomerang clothesline off the opposite ropes following an Irish whip. But just imagine it done with that athletic, explosive Windham family flair.

Oh!....Yeah that sounds like a finisher.

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 6/26

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(London, ON @ London Gardens: TAPING #1. Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura on commentary)

Attendance: 5,160 (SELL-OUT)


[OPEN] to a climactic highlight package of the Sting/Bob Backlund saga; Sting being repeatedly followed to ringside for matches & boisterously offering unsolicited coaching, house show clips of Backlund-caused miscues costing Sting victories, and footage of last week’s All-Star Wrestling with Backlund causing Sting to get DQ’d after snapping on his opponent & then ambushing Sting with the Chicken Wing. Backlund stares at his own hands on his knees afterward & vacates. Shot of Sting sitting on the apron moments later, grunting “He’s dead”.

[CUT TO BLACK] 

[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 hype the signing of Sting vs. Bob Backlund & Lou Albano vs. Bobby Heenan in a very special challenge match at WrestleMania next Saturday night!

 

Tag Team Champions Fatu/Sika (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Ant Ray/Don Jones. Fatu top-rope splash on Ray.

[WWF Update: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen is the audio intro. Paul Heyman is in the bustling newsroom. He excitedly recounts the Sting-Backlund saga with more recap videos & formally announces that Sting vs. Bob Backlund has been added to the WrestleMania card & will emanate from Philadelphia! Says Gene will reportedly have comments from both Backlund & Sting later this hour in the WrestleMania Report. He then sends us to recap footage from Piper’s Pit last weekend on All-Star Wrestling, with Capt. Lou Albano being interrupted by Bobby Heenan. They verbally barb & it ends in Albano assaulting a smug Heenan from behind, pulling Heenan’s shirt over his head & laying waste to him. Back to the control room, Heyman happily announces a match has been sanctioned by the Front Office this week between Heenan & Lou Albano with a special stipulation to also be announced later in the hour. Paul then switches to reaction from Heenan & King Kong Bundy about Hulk Hogan’s announcement that he’s not forfeiting the WWF Heavyweight Title & will be defending it, no matter what, at WrestleMania vs. Bundy. In a pre-recorded studio promo, Heenan’s livid that Hogan’s ego is out of control & he’s hell-bent on being a superhero. Bundy, smugly & calmly, calms down Heenan. Says Hogan just signed his own title reign’s death warrant, delaying the inevitable. Says, since Hogan won’t play ball & do the right thing, Bundy will be glad to pick the bones & take the rest of what’s left of Hulk Hogan apart. Says he could feel & hear the Hulkamania leaving Hogan’s body with each gasp when he broke Hogan’s ribs in Manhattan. Says Hogan is just an empty shell with a mouthpiece still replaying the words of the Ghost of Hulkamania Past. Says Bundy is the Ghost of Wrestling’s Future, and he’ll gladly smash the shell in Philadelphia next weekend, in front of Hollywood, music, the sports world & anybody else. Says, if Hogan won’t hand him what’s his, he’ll just have to take it by crippling force. Heyman then wraps the segment, with “Take Your Time” by the S.O.S. Band as the audio outro.]


Commercial
 
[During the commercial break, a market-specific bumper airs on the NEW JERSEY/NYC MARKET, hyping TONIGHT 6/26 @ 8 PM as the big return to the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. Limited tickets remain. Visual shows the starry moving-through-space motion graphic & Mean Gene’s voice hyping the card, including Sting vs. Sika, Fantastics vs. Patera/Sheik, I-C Champ Rick Rude vs. former Champ Tito Santana, Sam Houston vs. Dino Bravo, and a main event of Roddy Piper/Big John Studd vs. Andre the Giant/Sgt. Slaughter.]


Back from commercial…

[WE see a 30-second elaborate Hogan vs. Bundy WWF Heavyweight Title hype package.]

[Gene Okerlund is in a locker room with Kendall Windham & Sam Houston. Hair pulled back in his customary ponytail & wearing his leather vest, Kendall says he’s excited to face Bundy this week. Says Bundy’s not just a big boy, he’s also got a big mouth that needs to get shut. Houston says he knows this man can take care of that man-mountain & make the world a happier place, etc.]

Rick Martel defeated Mario Niece with a Blockbuster from the middle turnbuckle. Post-match, during Martel’s celebration, Rick Rude appears in street clothes, across the way at the announce podium with a mic. Rude says Martel beating meatballs is not on the level of beating the greatest I-C Champion ever. Martel’s jawing from afar. Rude says assaulting Hart Coalitioners in public with gym equipment doesn’t make him a tough guy & having a pretty face doesn’t make him ravishing. Holds the Title belt up & says Martel’s fate is sealed at Mania with a kiss. Blows a kiss in Martel’s direction. Martel gets a mic & tells Rude that picking up a mic & running his mouth from 50 yards away is not a tough guy either. Says Rude wouldn’t know fate if it hit him in the face - incidentally, it’s going to. Rude tells him to bring fate over to hit him in the face right now. Martel tosses the mic, rolls out of the ring & heads up the aisle, as Rude gets off the podium to meet him in the aisle. Tons of officials run out of the tunnel & intercept both men before they get to each other. Both men are being held back as they aggressively are trying to get to one another.

[WWF Event Center for the CLEVELAND MARKET: “Whip It” by DEVO is the audio intro. Mean Gene hypes being 2 weeks away from the WWF returning to the Convocation Center, Saturday 7/10 @ 8pm, just 1 week after WrestleMania. Limited tix available @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He hypes the 9-match card, including Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco in a Lumberjack Match, Tito Santana vs. Greg Valentine, Hillbilly Jim vs. Brutus Beefcake, Ken Patera vs. Kevin Von Erich, and main event of Paul Orndorff vs. Big John Studd. Don Muraco comes into frame smugly, saying it looks like he gets to spend his post-WrestleMania weekend in Cleveland - the first weekend of the “Post-Santana Era”. Says he gets to wipe out Rick Martel finally, after he will have handled Tito Santana the week before. Says Martel will be licking his wounds from what Rick Rude does to him &, if he’s even able to show up in Cleveland, that’ll be Martel’s swan song, etc. Gene wraps the segment with an event hard-sell, with “Shining Star” by The Manhattans as the audio outro.]


Commercial


[Back from commercial, WE see a 30-second elaborate Andre vs. Studd $1 Million Challenge WrestleMania hype package.]

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper defeated Tony McDonald with piledriver, in mockery of Paul Orndorff. MASSIVE heat & flashbulbs as Piper calmly made his way to the ring. Totally wasted McDonald, wearing a smile the whole time. Post-match, Piper sits in a chair in the ring with a mic & shoves the ref aside as he talks down to McDonald’s corpse. Asks the corpse if he’s a Mr. Wonderful fan. No answer. Asks if he saw Paul Orndorff sleeping sitting upright in the middle of the ring, recently. No answer. Asks who he thinks is gonna win the match at WrestleMania between Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff. No answer. Crowd chanting ‘Won-der-ful!’. Piper says McDonald here is way too talkative & needs a nap. Snatches the corpse up to its knees & slaps the Sleeper on. Ref protests big-time. Piper lets go & hops out of the ring, heading up the aisle leisurely as if nothing happened. The heat in the building is as thick as molasses. 

[WE see a 30-second elaborate Bruno vs. Schultz Street Fight WrestleMania hype package.]

[WrestleMania 2 Report: “Upside Down” by Diana Ross is the audio intro. Gene is in the control room. Boisterously hypes WrestleMania being 1 week away! Starts in with the Hogan vs. Bundy main event & how sports media from 13 countries are converging on Philly in the coming week to be on-hand live to cover this spectacle. He then runs down the celebrities already slated to appear in Philadelphia & Boston. Announces that Sylvester Stallone, already announced to appear, will be the Special Guest Ring Announcer for the main event. He then runs down the mega-card so far, with back-to-back promos from the principles in several of the matches. One of the promos is Kerry Von Erich saying Saito & Fuji stepped in it when they ambushed him last week for coming to the rescue of a young wrestler & friend. Says this isn’t Pearl Harbor, but WrestleMania might just be Saito’s World War 4, 5, and 6 - Texas style. In the Saito/Fuji promo, Fuji says Saito is coming to WrestleMania to not just defeat Kerry, but to rip his beautiful face off to break the hearts of all the girls & American kids. Gene then formally announces Sting vs. Backlund is a reality & slated for Philly! Kicks us to back-to-back WrestleMania promos. Backlund’s first up, stating calmly that he made the onerous decision to return to the fray to aid & assist a young man he’d personally chosen to intercept & influence before it was too late for societal norms to assuage him to avarice. But alas, young Steven’s defiance, inherent lack of appreciation for seniority & guidance from the purveyor of all that is wise & just, is proof he is merely a poster of more of the same for this society. Says he will impart a lesson to Steven at WrestleMania that rids this guttering society of the opportunity to see their depravity carried forward into a new generation piloted by 1 who calls himself ‘Sting’. “STEVEN will BREAK, and so will your NEXT GENERATION!” In the Sting promo, a fiery, pissed Sting says Backlund’s never one to share space with reality or rational thinking, but he’s the one who invited himself to stay hidden in the shadows & follow Sting around to arenas, showing up only when it’s time for Sting to hit the ring for a match. Says he knows Backlund is a legend from the recent past, but also a nutjob from the present who’s seen fit to sabotage his life. Says Bob just drew blood in this situation & now it’s Sting’s turn to pay him tenfold. Says, at WrestleMania, Sting is a wildebeest on the hunt for old, lunatic gazelles & Backlund is gonna get the relief from the misery he’s been praying to be put out of. And then, Sting will celebrate with the rest of America. “Backlund, for what you’ve done, I don’t need to use any overly studious words. At WrestleMania, I’m comin’ ta GETCHA . OWWWW!” Gene then announces the tag match over the legal rights to Papa Jeb’s Jeb Juice, is official: Scufflin’ Hillbillies vs. Dino Bravo/Brutus Beefcake in Philadelphia! Kicks us to a studio promo, where Hillbilly Jim says they don’t stand for someone bamboozling family & they’re drown Bravo/Beefcake in Papa Jeb’s cow wizz - something Bravo/Beefcake want no parts of. Luke says Bravo/Beefcake seem to have been plotting this for weeks. Well now they get their comeuppance in Philadelphia next weekend! Gene then announces that the special stipulation for the newly-signed Bobby Heenan vs. Lou Albano match, based on the near-disrobing of Heenan last week, will be a Tuxedo Match! Word is, Bobby Heenan & camp are LIVID, with Heenan refusing to comment. Kicks us to a pre-recorded promo from Albano, saying WrestleMania is his chance to come hunting for weasel, as our World Champion so eloquently says. Says Heenan’s mouth has gotten him in trouble & now he gets to get whipped & stripped down to his Scooby-Doo’s in front of the world by Yours Truly! Gene re-hypes the ‘Grandaddy of Them All’, coming in 1 week as the ultimate wrestling simulcast extravaganza ever. Wraps the segment, with “Little Jeanie” by Elton John as the audio outro.] 


Commercial

[During the commercial break, WE see the 30-second hype ad for WrestleMania, it’s top showdowns & celebrities.]


Back from commercial…

[Gorilla & Jesse at the broadcast perch. Jesse is outraged that the Front Office is trying to get away with forcing poor Bobby Heenan into a match with that a wild walrus in rubber bands, to get brutalized & humiliated! Gorilla says his heart’s bleeding & he should’ve kept his mouth shut last week on All-Star - what business did he have out there!? Jesse argues he had a right to debate Albano’s whining about Bundy dominating George ‘The Animal’. Gorilla says that’s not what the world saw.]

Brutus Beefcake (w/Dino Bravo & Jimmy Hart) defeated Monte Wayne with a running high knee. Bravo & Beefcake do the over-exaggerant handshake in the ring in the post-match, while Hart jumps around in laughter. Big heat for all this. 

[WE see a 30-second elaborate 8-Man Tag Team Flag Match WrestleMania hype package.]


Commercial


Sgt. Slaughter/Kevin Von Erich defeated Ben Tink/Hal McGee. Slaughter & Kevin paraded to the ring with US flags. Rabid crowd. Pure dominance in the ring, as the crowd hung on every offensive move. Fluid teamwork. Kevin slapped a Claw on McGee & tossed him to Slaughter who got the win with the Cobra Clutch. Fantastics paraded to ringside in the post-match, cheering their WrestleMania teammates on. All 4 men led ‘USA’ chants in the ring.

[WE see a 30-second explosive Kerry Von Erich vs. Masa Saito WrestleMania hype package.]

[WWF Event Center for the CLEVELAND MARKET: “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel is the audio intro. Mean Gene re-hypes the big return to Cleveland Saturday 7/10 @ 8pm @ Convocation Center, just 1 week after WrestleMania. Limited tix available @ Ticketmaster outlets everywhere. He re-hypes the 9-match card, including Rick Martel vs. Don Muraco in a Lumberjack Match, Tito Santana vs. Greg Valentine, Hillbilly Jim vs. Brutus Beefcake, Ken Patera vs. Kevin Von Erich, and main event of Paul Orndorff vs. Big John Studd. Paul Orndorff comes into frame, fired up to meet Studd in Cleveland. Says Studd is cruisin’ for a bruisin’, no matter how big & bad he thinks he is. Says he’s going to Philly to take Piper apart, then he’ll come to Cleveland to finish off Piper’s overgrown waiter. He then poses as Gene happily closes the segment, with “Fire Lake” by Bob Segar as the audio outro.]


Commercial


[Back from commercial, WE see a 30-second dramatic Sting vs. Backlund WrestleMania hype package.]

MAIN EVENT: King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan)  vs.  Kendall Winham (w/Sam Houston)

A real buzz in the air, as the crowd is on its feet. “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd hits & the place gives a loving welcome to Kendall, who comes down the aisle with his pal Sam Houston. Gets in the ring & throws a Hook-em Horn up to the rousing crowd. Song fades & Bobby Heenan leads a smug King Kong Bundy down the aisle, to jarring heat. Bundy comes up the steps to the apron, taking in the massive heat raining down on him. There’s a real feeling in the air. He gets into the ring, walking around like he owns the place.

Kendall uses his speed & suddenness to try attacking Bundy with edgewise jabs, elbows to the cranium, snap dropkicks, etc. All of them stagger Bundy only for split seconds at a time & piss him off more than anything else. Kendall continues peppering with quick shots to the stalking Bundy. Kendall hits the ropes & comes off with a cross-body… but Bundy catches him & PLANTS him with a powerslam.

Bundy rag-dolls him with headbutts, forearms to the back that flatten him to the mat, body slams across the ring, and a bearhug. Kendall rakes his eyes to break the hold. Kendall opens up with flying forearms, dropkicks, running reverse-elbows, uppercuts, etc. Bundy staggered & on spaghetti legs from every shot now! Kendall hits the ropes again & Heenan grabs his ankle. Ref didn’t see, but Houston did! Houston chases Heenan around the ring several times!!

… Meanwhile Virgil jogs down the aisle!… 

Just as Heenan rounds the nearby corner at top speed with Houston in hot pursuit, Virgil lunges forward & intercepts Houston with a decapitating clothesline out of nowhere! Virgil then snatches him up & Russian-Leg-Sweeps Houston on the floor! Virgil wipes his hands clean like it was easy & strides to the back.

In the ring, Bundy reverses a whip to the corner & follows in with an Avalanche to Kendall! Kendall staggers out of the corner & face-plants to the canvas, broken!

…… “Eye of the Tiger” hits & THE PLACE GOES ABSOLUTELY RAVENOUS!!! BUNDY’S EYES ARE SAUCERS!!! IT CAN’T BE!! IT CAN’T BE!! A SHIRTLESS HULK HOGAN IN JEANS, SNARLING & GROWLING, SLOWLY EMERGES OUT OF THE TUNNEL TO THE AISLE!!!! THE CROWD IS LOSING ITS MIND!! THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD IS HERE!!!! BUNDY & HEENAN JUST SAW A GHOST!!! 

HOGAN SLOWLY, CALMLY, INCHES DOWN THE AISLE WITH HIS TEETH RARED, AS THE RABID FANS ON EITHER SIDE IS LIKE A SEA OF DRAPING HUMANITY!!!

Hogan gets to ringside, eyes locked on Bundy, and snarling wilder!!! His eyes go wild & his head begins shaking, whipping that platinum-like mane!!! He inches past the dazed Sam Houston who’s on his knees against the ring apron & pats Houston on the head on the way by, still never breaking his glare up at Bundy!!! He gets to the steps, steps up to the apron, seething, eyes full of vengeance!!! Bundy’s still in disbelief!!! Song fades… 

Hogan gingerly steps through the ropes & Bundy charges…… HOGAN BLOCKS BUNDY’S LUNGING SHOT & UNLOADS WITH A ROUNDHOUSE TO THE FACE THAT ROCKS BUNDY LIKE A BOMB WENT OFF!!! AND ANOTHER!!! AND ANOTHER!!! HOGAN’S ROCKING HIM TOE-TO-TOE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE!!! HE SPRINGS BACK TO THE ROPES & COMES OFF WITH A BIG COWBOY BOOT TO THE FACE OF BUNDY THAT LEVELS ALL 464 POUNDS LIKE A LIGHTWEIGHT!!!! DOWN GOES BUNDY!! THE RING SHOOK!!! BUNDY QUICKLY, AGILELY, ROLLS OUT TO THE FLOOR AS HOGAN’S BESIDE HIMSELF, ANGRILY WAVING FOR BUNDY TO COME ON BACK!!! THE PLACE IS COMING UNGLUED!!!!

BUNDY & HEENAN CONVENE AT THE AISLE, AS BUNDY’S FLUSTERED & STILL PLENTY SHOCKED!! THE LIVID HOGAN IS GINGERLY CLUTCHING HIS RIBS ON OCCASION WITH 1 HAND & STILL DARING BUNDY TO COME BACK TO GET SOME MORE!! BUNDY & HEENAN ARE OUTRAGED!!

Hogan grabs a mic.

Hogan: Hey Bundy! Why don’t you bring that oversized load back down here & I’ll bring that house to the ground, brick by brick, with 1 good rib & an ounce of breath in my body! Come make my day! (Place going nuts! Hogan tosses the mic & resumes jawing, demanding Bundy to come back down.)

Bundy’s beside himself, tempted to go back to the ring, and Heenan’s pleading for him not to!! Bundy’s objecting with Heenan’s pleading, as Hogan continues goading from the ring!! Bundy finally points & gestures he’s gonna break him in-half. Hogan kisses his own hand & smacks his own backside, implying Bundy can kiss his ass & the place goes wilder!!!! 

“Eye of the Tiger” hits again & the place is a madhouse!!! Hogan leans forward against the ropes, gingerly jawing & gesturing at Bundy in the aisle!! Angry Bundy & Heenan jaw back at him as they back into the tunnel. Hogan calmly checks in with Windham, who’s groggily pulling himself back up in an opposite corner. Houston groggily rolls into the ring.

Hogan then turns to the crowd on all sides, walking calmly in the ring as the place is coming apart at the seams!!! Hogan’s nodding & jawing. He then body-slam gestures to the crowd on all sides, then fist-bumps his heart to everyone on all sides of the building!!! Houston & Windham both exchange loose hugs & pats on the ass with him. 

Calm Hogan then resumes interacting with the rabid crowd, thumbs-upping & some leisurely ear-cups to the crowd with a loving grin!! He then carefully drops to a knee & smoothly pops a single bicep curl with 1 arm!! He then gets up & resumes interacting with the battered Houston & Windham. 

They finally start to leave the ring, as Hogan confidently gestures “I got this” to the crowd on all sides!! He then gingerly exits the ring with Houston & Windham, down the steps. The 3 head back to the aisle & head toward the tunnel, with Hogan playfully patting the heads of some of the rabid fans reaching for him!!!

Winner: King Kong Bundy via DQ @ 4:39


Commercial

[During the commercial break, WE see the 30-second hype ad for WrestleMania, it’s top showdowns & celebrities.]


[Gorilla & Jesse standing at their broadcast position. They’re reeling over this crazy hour. For next week: British Bulldogs in tag action, Paul Orndorff, David Schultz, Virgil, Kerry Von Erich, and Big John Studd. Lord Alfred Hayes speaks in-ring to Bob Backlund. Gorilla & Jesse are hyped for next week, and bid us farewell.]
 

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WOW... the road to Wrestlemania has been awesome to follow.  The pop when Hogan to ringside at the end of the show would have been huge!!  You have done a great job of making each match a huge deal.  Can't wait for the big show!

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What a episode of Superstars! 3 huge matches announced for Wrestlemania, Sting vs Backlund! Heenan vs Albano in a tuxedo match & The Scrufflin Hillbillies vs The Hart Coalition for the rights to Jeb Juice! +Sly Stallone as announcer for the main event!

Piper interviewing the corpse was classic.

Hogan returns to take the fight to KKB. Great moment that really gives more heat to a match that honestly didn't need it. Nice touch having Virgil blindside Houston putting a little something extra on their match at mania.

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 6/26

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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.]

Attendance: 4,301 (SELL-OUT)


I-C Champion ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (wJimmy Hart) defeated Toby Breckenridge with a Rude Awakening.

[Piper’s Pit: Piper comes out to the set & introduces a group he says he holds in high regard. A group who will be grabbing the Russian & Iran flags at WrestleMania on their way to a convincing victory & out down Sam Houston easily, Team Blassie! Huge boos as the group comes out. Blassie says everyone’s in an uproar about Patera coming to his senses & getting behind a winning country who values its patriots, but they’ll learn to live with the fact that this athletic killer is in this elite group now. Sheik says the Flag Match will be easy for them & hard on Americans. They give way to Nikolai singing the Russian anthem. Place coming unglued in heat. Piper gladhands with them as the segment ends.]

Scufflin’ Hillbillies defeated Jay Boone/Maury Elway with a Cousin Luke falling back-first splash on Elway.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele submitted Barry Horowitz with the Armbar to Heaven.

The Missing Link defeated (w/Fred Blassie) Mannie Taylor with a spear.

Salvatore Bellomo fought Prudence McQueen to a No Contest before the match started, when David Schultz storms the ring with a chair & viciously ambushes both men. He laid the chair down flat & laid Bellomo on it. Schultz then hit the elbowdrop from the middle turnbuckle. Grabs the mic & says “That’s more on your head, Sammartino!” before finally walking like a walk in the park. Massive heat.


MAIN EVENT: Kerry Von Erich vs. Samu (w/Mr. Fuji)

Solid heat as Fuji leads his caged animal to the ring. “Tom Sawyer” by Rush then blares & the place comes apart at the seams as Kerry Von Erich charismatically makes his way to the ring.

High-octane, physical throwdown between these two; slams, clotheslines, suplexes, uppercuts, back-and-forth punches, etc. Kerry gets the advantage with dropkicks, armdrags, and a bulldog in addition. Samu gains control after a missed elbowdrop & unloads more of his high-impact, unorthodox offense as the crowd’s rumbling the place, urging Kerry on. 

Toward the end, Samu powerslams Kerry & hops on the second turnbuckle. He leaps for a falling headbutt… Kerry springs up in time & catches him in the Claw on the way down!! Samu’s flailing like a fish on wobbly legs! Kerry winds up & LEVELS him with the Discus Punch! Hooks the leg for the 1-2-3!

Celebration is on, as Samu groggily rolls out to the floor & staggers to the back with a miffed Fuji. Kerry stands tall in the ring, mocking with Saito-like warrior poses to Fuji who’s watching in the aisle. Fuji waddles into the tunnel & Kerry mounts the second turnbuckle, hamming it up to the crowd as the flashbulbs pop like crazy around the building.

Kerry works the crowd on all sides as the show goes off the air.

Winner: Kerry Von Erich via Pinfall @ 5:18
 

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Piper's Pit were always one of my favorite part of the WWF.  Thanks for bringing back those memories.  

Rude, Schultz, Animal and Kerry all make a big push to the big day!  Can't wait.

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It's official. Sting and Backlund have a date for WrestleMania! 

Stallone in Philly! Epic! 

Love all the Mania hype pieces and promos.

Rude tries to play verbal games with Martel but Martel isn't having it. I've said it before, this match is going to rock! 

Damn, was anybody better at getting heat than a heel Piper? Him and Orndorff are going to tear the house down! 

Bravo celebrates Beefcake's win. Will these guys get control of the Jeb Juice? We'll find out at Mania.

Slaughter and Kevin Von Erich win one for USA. 

Exciting main event. Chaos ensues as Virgil puts down Houston. Bundy is ready to finish off Kendall but wait! HULK HOGAN is in the house! I know that crowd went bonkers. Hogan gets in some good shots leaving both Bundy and Heenan livid. What a way to end the show. You did a great job giving this match some red hot heat. 

All-Star,

Piper's Pit gives Blassie the platform to hype his men. 

Schultz sends a brutal message to Bruno. Bruno vs. Schultz might be the bloodiest Mania match. 

Saito better be ready because after that match, I know Kerry is. 

Only one more week! 

 

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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 6/26 | East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Arena (16,432)

The Missing Link defeated Salvatore Belloma with a spear.

Kendall Windham defeated Barry Horowitz with the slingshot lariat.

Virgil (w/Fred Blassie) defeated B. Brian Blair with a schoolboy & fistful of trunks.

Sting defeated Sika (w/Mr. Fuji) with a stereo cross-body from the top on Sika & Fuji. Huge pop for Sting.

Paul Orndorff defeated King Kong Bundy (no Heenan) by DQ, when Bundy purposely Avalanched-sandwiched the ref with Orndorff. Bundy then missed a splash on Orndorff, who rolled out to grab a chair. Bundy rolled out as Orndorff made it back in with the chair, and headed for the hills. Big heat for this showdown.

[Intermission]

Dino Bravo defeated Sam Houston by count-out after hitting a sidewalk slam on the outside.

I-C Champion Rick Rude (w/Jimmy Hart) defeated Tito Santana by DQ, when Tito couldn’t resist the urge to clock Rude with the I-C Title belt in plain view of the ref. Wild roller coaster of a match.

Bob Backlund defeated Jim Brunzell with a rollup reversal. Mixed heat for Backlund.

Ken Patera/Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) defeated the Fantastics, when Sheik flipped a Rogers small package on Patera.

Andre the Giant/Sgt. Slaughter fought Roddy Piper/Big John Studd to a Double DQ. Monster electricity for this & pure chaos from the word go. Great seesaw battle the whole way. Toward the end, the ref couldn’t restore order & found himself knocked aside by members of both brawling teams. End comes with Andre/Slaughter stereo-big-booting both men over the top & standing tall to end the night.
 

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Sting defeats Fuji's chief Samoan warrior.

Orndorf sends the monster Bundy running with the help of a chair.

In Tito's defense, cracking Rude with the belt must've felt great. Still should've waited until the ref wasn't looking though.

Blassie's boys go 2-0.

Andre & Slaughter booting Piper & Studd over the top must've gotten quite the pop.

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 6/27 | Providence, RI @ Civic Center (10,722)

Kendall Windham defeated Barry Horowitz with the slingshot lariat.

Big John Studd defeated Ted Arcidi with a powerslam.

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) pinned B. Brian Blair with the Bonsai Throat Claw locked in.

Kevin Von Erich defeated The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) with a schoolboy after a Blassie miscue from the apron.

The Fantastics defeated Tag Team Champions Samu/Fatu (w/Mr. Fuji) by DQ when Sika ran in to save the pinfall after the Fantastics hit the Rocket Launcher on Samu. 3-on-2 beatdown.

Paul Orndorff defeated Greg Valentine (no Heenan) with a small package in a great up-and-down match.

Ivan Putski defeated The Missing Link with the Polish Hammer.

Tito Santana/Rick Martel defeated Rick Rude/Don Muraco (no Hart) by count-out. Barn-burner of a showdown, full of aggression, near-falls, and high drama. 4-man breakdown spills to the outside. Tito & Muraco brawl to the back, while Martel slingshots Rude into the ring post & beats the 10-count. Martel stands tall with the delighted crowd, as Rude staggers to the back with his belt to end the night.
 

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Windham seriously has Horowitz's number.

Blair falls to the deadly claw!

Kevin must've gotten quite the ovation for beating Shiek.

Sika saves the Tag Titles for his tribe.

"Mr Wonderful" vs "The Hammer" sounds like an old-school mat classic.

Santana & Martel send the people of Providence home happy & the Hart Coalition back to the drawing board.

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Updated Card:

WWF Heavyweight Title: Philadelphia
Hulk Hogan©  vs.  King Kong Bundy (w/Bobby Heenan)

Million Dollar Challenge: Boston
Andre the Giant  vs.  Big John Studd

Grudge Match: Philadelphia
‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff  vs.  ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Boston:
Kerry Von Erich  vs.  Masa Saito

Street Fight: Boston
‘The Living Legend’ Bruno Sammartino  vs.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz

8-Man Tag Team Match: Philadelphia
Sgt. Slaughter/Kevin Von Erich/Fantastics  vs.  Ken Patera/Iron Sheik/Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie)

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

Tag Team Titles: Boston
Samoan Headhunters© (w/Mr. Fuji)  vs.  British Bulldogs

Grudge Match: Boston
Tito Santana  vs.  ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco

Philadelphia:
Sting  vs.  Bob Backlund

Rights to Jeb Juice Formula: Boston
Dino Bravo/Brutus Beefcake  vs.  Scufflin’ Hillbilies

Philadelphia:
Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine  vs.  George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Tuxedo Match: Philadelphia
Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan  vs.  Captain Lou Albano

Philadelphia: 
Sam Houston  vs.  Virgil (w/Fred Blassie)
 

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WOW! I've always heard that wrestling events that were held across multiple arenas didn't go over well with the live audiences but I'd say you've got it figured out. Both halves are worth the price of admission by themselves.

One thing I noticed is that you mostly kept the factions in the same city...with 2 exceptions. Both the Hillbillies & the Bulldogs have to go into their matches without their managers against opponents that still have the extra man.

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Again, the detail is second to none. I once wrote over 300 consecutive Monday Night Raws and 5 WrestleManias during that time. The task of two cities is something I never attempted so I credit you for this endeavor.  I know I have my own picks but really it comes down to who can survive and then find a way to continue any momentum afterwords.

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