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Awesome Superstars....

Great opening segment for Dr. D.  I would love to see him go over Bruno but the WWF seemed to go with stop gap heel champs and I think Schultz might be better then that so we will see if he gets a shot.

Studd is beginning his rise to the top... Could Andre be in his sights>

Blassie and the Penthouse was awesome.

Valentine/Patera is a great match out and looking forward to our next installment of this feud.  

Moonson/Blassie have great back and forths and makes it a fun read!

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 9/11 | East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Arena (17,259)

Rocky King defeated Steve Lombardi with a high cross-body.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano) submitted Barry Horowitz with Armbar to the Heavens.

Al Snow defeated SD Jones with a rollup reversal.

I-C Champion Greg Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Ivan Putski with a pinning attempt using his feet on the ropes for leverage.

David Schultz defeats Sgt. Slaughter by count-out. Action spills to the outside. Schultz suplexes Slaughter on the floor & rolls inside. Iron Sheik sneaks down as Slaughter is pulling himself up & clotheslines him from behind into the post, knocking him cold. Sheik sneaks to the back. Ref never saw a thing & counts to 10.

[Intermission]

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

Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie) by DQ, when Zhukov used a Title belt on Kevin. Von Erich’s eventually fought them off & sent them packing.

Pedro Morales defeated Haku with the spearing headbutt to the gut.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated The Iron Sheik by count-out. Huge main event heat with high drama. Action spills to the outside & Sheik gains the advantage. Bruno backdrops out of a piledriver attempt & beats the 10-count. Slaughter runs down & pounces on Sheik outside the ring. David Schultz runs down to pounce on Bruno, but Bruno’s ready & rocks him toe-to-toe. Slaughter houses Sheik to the back, while Bruno pinballs Schultz & sends him packing. Bruno stands tall to send the rabid crowd home happy.
 

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 9/12

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(Binghamton, NY @ Broome County Arena. Gorilla Monsoon & Fred Blassie on commentary.)

 


[OPEN] to the customary dramatic WWF logo-in-space opener, with 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”.

[OPEN] to the opening credit package set to audio of “Some Like It Hot” by Power Station.

[FILTER IN] to the packed midsized arena. Gorilla Monsoon & ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie are on the podium across the way from the ring. Lively crowd going nuts!

Gorilla: “Fireworks in Autumn” is how one could describe the goings-on here in the World Wrestling Federation! Never more true than, perhaps, this week as The Superstars of Wrestling explodes to the airwaves! This is The Gorilla, alongside The Classy One, “Classy” Freddie Blassie! And Blass, what.. a WEEK… of explosives on tap!

Blassie: You better be ready, Monsoon! You can feel it in the air.

Gorilla: Indeed I can! Get ready, folks, for 1-on-1 action with the reigning World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion, ‘Wrestling’s Living Legend’ himself, Bruno Sammartino!

Blassie: Again I say… SHOWOFF! He better have eyes in the back of his head after that stunt he pulled that last week!

Gorilla: If there’s anyone who can handle themselves, I assure you it’s the Champ! Also in the huge main event, former WWF Champion Bob Backlund squares off with former Intercontinental Champion, the incomparable Ken Patera! Also in 1-on-1 action this week, the 1 & only George ‘The Animal’ Steele with the great Captain Lou in his corner! And then, batten down the hatches! The 468-pound monster, new Heenan Family member King Kong Bundy is gonna step into the squared circle as well!

[“Well Dressed Man” by ZZ Top hits & the place goes NUTS!]

Gorilla (cont’d): HUH! Speaking of fireworks! Let’s head to the ring!


[Place already going crazy, as Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton head out of the tunnel to the aisle in happy moods! Decked in their sequined bowties & tuxedo ring jackets, they wade through their adoring fans, headed to ringside! They continue hi-fiving & hugging the blissed women around ringside, before finally hopping up on the apron, gyrating a bit & working the crowd into even more of a frenzy!! Sonny Dougherty & Andy McFail are intro’d.]


Match #1: The Fantastics vs. Andy McFail & Sonny Dougherty

The Fantastics can do no wrong in the ring right now! Crisp tagging in & out, great teamwork with double dropkicks, stereo backdrop on both opponents, double flying head-scissors, and crisp individual offense by both men.

End comes with all 4 men in the ring. Fantastics toss McFail over the top & stereo suplex Doughterty to the mat. Rogers, the legal man, climbs to the top as Fulton gets in position… Rocket Launcher down onto Dougherty for the 1-2-3!! Place coming unglued as the “Well Dressed Man” hits again. Fantastics celebrate with the fans on all sides!

They finally exit & head up the aisle to a hero’s sendoff.

Winners: The Fantastics by Pinfall


[CUT] to WWF Update with “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds as the audio. Into the newsroom-like studio WE go, with Lord Alfred Hayes.

He leads in with the explosive ordeal last week with Bruno ambushing David Schultz, after Rocky King’s surprise return & challenge to Schultz. Alfred rolls the footage, then he hypes how personal things have gotten & ponders what the culmination will be like, etc.

He switches gears to the latest destructive run-in of the giants last week; Haystacks attacking Andre last week on The Penthouse. He hypes that a match has officially been signed between the 2, set to take place “somewhere in North America very, very soon”.

He then switches to the collision the Von Erich’s had last week with the Samoan Headhunter Collective. He runs the footage of Kerry cleaning house with the chairshots to the skulls & each of them rising from the ashes moments later like phoenixes, etc. 

WE get special pre-recorded comments from Kerry & Kevin: Kevin is wound-up & ready to face any or all 4 Samoans, he says. Kerry says they made it obvious what they wanted weeks ago & if last week is any indication, they’re happy to come TO the jungle to fight them - and they’ll bring these (re: Title belts).

Alfred ends the segment, as WE see the WWF logo graphic & instrumental of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner as the audio.


Commercial


Back from commercial, Mean Gene stands by in the locker room with Bob Backlund, who’s in his gear with a thick towel around his neck & both hands on his hips in an overly statuesque stance. Gene asks about his match later on against Patera.

The question clearly falls flat for Backlund, as it causes him to look over to Gene, eyeing him up & down.

Backlund (hint of disdain): Your inquisition is grossly inadequate for your chosen profession. Until further assessment, depart from my quarters, at once.

Gene: Wha--... But I’ve got important ques---

Backlund: At once!

[Gene, flabbergasted, shuffles off. Backlund remains in his chest-out, hands-on-hips pose as he stares off into the distance, as if posing for a portrait.]


[CUT] back into the arena. Luke Winchester warms up in the ring, as he’s intro’d. Crowd erupts in HUGE BOOS & rises to their feet, as a serious Bobby Heenan leads a brudish King Kong Bundy out to the aisle. They get to ringside, slowly up the steps & into the ring, as boos thunder now! Bundy argues with some of the fans around the building. Heenan snatches the mic from Finkel.

Heenan: And yes, you heard it right, through the grapevine! There IS an ongoing investigation I have officially opened, to track down the THUGGISH ASSAILANTS who cowardly attacked the British Bulldogs in their dressing room! We have our suspicions already. But the longer the investigation takes, the more pain & destruction this man, King Kong Bundy, will inflict on opponent after opponent, until the cowardly assailants are brought to justice. 

[Crowd booing huge! Bundy eagerly rubbing his hands together, scowling & nodding at Winchester.] 

Heenan (cont’d, looks at Winchester): Which means it’s about to be CURTAINS for YOU, PAL! In less than 3 minutes, you’re gonna be eating steak through a straw. In your SHOULDER! 

[Heenan gives the mic back to Fink, who exits the ring. Heenan gives last instructions to Bundy, whose eyes are locked on Winchester across the ring.]


Match #2: King Kong Bundy vs. Luke Winchester 

Bell rings & Bundy charges Winchester… but Winchester keeps dodging like a bullfighter. Winchester hits the ropes & comes off a few times with forearm shots that don’t even phase Bundy. Bundy dares him to keep trying… so he does! No effect. He tries 1 last time & Bundy catches him in a scoop & drills him straight down with a crushing powerslam! 

Bundy drags him like a rag doll to the corner & stands him up - Winchester’s already toast. Bundy backs up, jawing to the crowd, then charges… Avalanche! Winchester visibly looks flatter! Heenan urges Bundy to give him 1 more! Bundy happily charges again for a SECOND Avalanche! Winchester timbers face-first to the canvas. Bundy comes off the ropes & PLANTS the big splash across the back of Winchester. Flips him over for the 1-2-3… Bundy implores “FIVE!” from the ref, who academically counts the 4-5.

Heenan happily rejoins Bundy in the ring, happily showing him off to the booing crowd. Bundy’s arms are raised, praising himself, before they finally exit the ring to head toward the back to a monster villain sendoff.

Winner: King Kong Bundy by Pinfall


[CUT] to a special 30-second hype ad for WWF WrestleMania coming soon to VHS & Beta, courtesy of Coliseum Home Video.


Commercial


[SEEN IN NEW YORK CITY MARKET ONLY] -- Back from commercial, it’s the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene hypes NYC about the fact that the wait is over, as WWF action returns to the Big Apple at the mecca of sports & entertainment, Madison Square Garden, TONIGHT September 12th, 8 PM bell time. Says the Garden is all sold-out, but some tix still remain to watch via close-circuit next door at the MSG Theater. 

He quickly runs down most of tonight’s 9-match card, including Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks in the big main event, Sgt. Slaughter & Scufflin’ Hillbillies vs. Iron Sheik & Red Scare in a 6-Man Grudge Match, Bob Backlund vs. Ivan Putski, I-C Champ Greg Valentine defending vs. heated rival Ken Patera, newly-signed match of the British Bulldogs vs. the Fantastics, and a $50K 20-Man Battle Royal, etc.

Sgt. Slaughter comes into frame, baton tucked under his arm, to Gene’s delight. He says tonight, he & the Hillbillies are gonna be doing some serious butt-kicking on 3 men who have insulted this country long enough. 

Says Hillbillies will take out Red Scare & leave Sheik to him. Says if they need to tear NYC apart, up 1 side & down the other, then so be it, etc. 

Says NYC is the entertainment, fashion, and commerce capitol of the world & tonight it’ll become the world’s biggest battlefield. Says “Get ready, soldiers. Let the games begin. ATTEN HUT!”

Gene excitedly ends the segment with his hard sell of the event details.

WE see the in-space graphic with the event details with “New York, New York’" by Sinatra as the audio backdrop.


[CUT] to a hallway in the arena. WE see a dressing room door with the name “Paul Orndorff” on the nameplate. Suddenly, Jimmy Hart comes out of the room, tucking some folded papers into his jacket & quietly chuckling to himself as he walks the hallway with a giddy bop to his step.


[FADE] back into the arena. Richard Magdalene warms up in the ring as he’s intro’d. Suddenly, the place ERUPTS at the sight of Lou Albano marching out of the tunnel & ‘The Animal’ calmly following, head cocked to the side. They make their way through all the fanfare as they arrive at ringside & climb into the ring. What an ovation! George rests on the ropes, waving at the roaring crowd on that side. All the fans & kids are enthralled. Lou is clapping proudly to the crowd.


Match #3: George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Capt. Lou Albano) vs. Richard Magdalene

George barks “Hoo! Hoo!” at Magdalene, as the crowd chants along. George stalks him in an unorthodox way, still barking, until an unnerved Magdalene dives thru the ropes to the floor. 

Magdalene ends up taking a powder several more times in comical fashion, until George finally dives out with him! Magdalene congratulates himself, thinking he outsmarted George, turns around & George flattens him with a roundhouse! George then houses him all over ringside, slamming his head into anything not nailed down & everything that is!

Back inside, he knocks the stuffing out of Magdalene with backdrops, clothesline, gnawing on various parts of his upper body coming off Irish whips to the ropes! George then savages the top turnbuckle, exposing all the foam padding, and smothering Magdalene with it! Immediately double-arm suplexes him for the 1-2-3! 

George fetches a fistful more of turnbuckle cushion debris & chases the ref out of the ring with it. Capt. Lou rejoins him in the ring & pets him with pride. George enjoys the petting, then yells “YEAH!” to the crowd! He grabs a fistful more of cushioning, rolls out & happily rubs it gently in an adoring 5-year-old’s hair! Crowd loves it! George then happily briskly walks up the aisle, head cocked again & nodding, as Capt. Lou proudly follows.

Winner: George ‘The Animal’ Steele by Pinfall 


[CUT] back to Paul Orndorff’s dressing room door. WE see Bobby Heenan discreetly arrive at the door, look in all directions to make sure the coast is clear, then knocks & goes in.


[CUT] to a black screen with a deep guitar licking baseline as the audio. 

In white letters, “Impolite” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a well-defined abdominal fades in, then out.

In white letters, “Ill-mannered” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a lean yet bulging, flexing bicep fades in, then out.

In white letters, “Discourteous” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a chiseled shoulder fades in, then out.

In white letters, “Disagreeable” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a broad back fades in, then out.

In white letters, “Unpleasant” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a heaving chest fades in, then out.

In white letters, “Nasty” fades in, then out. A brief glimpse of a well-defined side ab fades in, then out.

A lit, white light bulb on a chain, swings into frame from the unseen ceiling of this blackened room. It continues swinging until an unidentified male hand catches the light in mid-swing. 

The hand pulls the light inward toward his head, revealing a familiar, handsome, scruffy face, now with a short boxed beard & wet hair slicked back. He smugly grins & snarls “Rrrruuuuuuuuuuude”. 

He abruptly swings the light bulb right at the camera, as the screen cuts to black on impact.

In white letters, “Rick Rude. Coming Soon” fades in.


Commercial


[SEEN IN SPRINGFIELD, MA AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, a 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show next Friday night, September 18th, at the Civic Center. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]


Back from commercial, David Armstrong warms up in the ring as he’s intro’d. “How Soon Is Now” by The Smiths hits & the place erupts in a mixed reaction. Big John Studd strides out of the tunnel in his red robe with “Studd” etched across the back of it in rhinestones. A towering object, he almost glides to ringside, up the steps & into the ring. His disrobes, staring an amused hole through Armstrong.


Match #4: Big John Studd vs. David Armstrong

They lock up & Studd immediately scoop-slams him for a mile, then follows with the big elbowdrop & leans against Armstrong for the 1-2-3! “How Soon Is Now” hits again & Studd gets back on his feet like nothing happened. Ref raises his hand in victory & he peels Armstrong up again, scoop-slams him another mile & drops another big elbow! He stands, laughing, raising his arms to the heavens in confident, dominant victory to the crowd on all sides. He climbs over the top & down to the floor, slowly heading up the aisle like he owns the place.

Winner: Big John Studd by Pinfall in 9 Seconds 


[CUT] to a special 30-second hype ad for WWF WrestleMania coming to VHS & Beta on Tuesday October 6th, courtesy of Coliseum Home Video.


[FADE] back inside, where Fred Blassie is standing on the plush Penthouse suite interview set with soft jazz playing in the background. Security detail Virgil, whose shiny, arms cut-out tuxedo-like getup is tinted red this week, stands stoically behind the sofa as per usual.

Blassie: Welcome once again to The Penthouse, the “Page 6 of Sports”, starring Yours Truly, ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie. (Crowd booing!) Ya know, I’ve had the who’s-who of pro sports as guests on this show, but this week is a get of a different breed. He’s been making waves since BEFORE he walked in the front door of the WWF, and he’s been making waves ever since. In addition to being possibly the hottest commodity in the sport, he’s also the hottest FREE AGENT! Please welcome my guest at this time, and quite possibly the NEXT member of the Blassie Stable! MR. WONDERFUL! PAUL! ORNDORFF! (cackles)

Crowd exploding huge!! “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC kicks in & Orndorff saunders onto the set in sweats & Tony’s Gym Tampa tank top. He happily shakes Virgil’s hand & Virgil happily ushers him Blassie’s way. Blassie & Orndorff hug it out like 2 old friends. Song fades…

Blassie: It’s GREAT to have you in The Penthouse - especially you! Won’t you join me in taking a load off?

[The 2 men happily take a seat on the sofa. Orndorff’s very relaxed.]

Blassie (cont’d): Anything you desire, snap your fingers & I’ll make it happen. That’s what we do here in The Penthouse. (Orndorff shrugs that he’s fine) Paul, I have to say it’s exciting, not just to have ya here in The Penthouse, but here in the WWF. Why, I can’t see a sky limiting you. You have all the makings of a World Champion. The look, the talent, the undeniable charisma, the drive. My Iron Sheik resembles all those remarks, but it’s not all the time a talent like you comes along. What’s your outlook?

Orndorff: Ya know something, “Class”, there’s a reason a man like you is running a show like this. There’s a reason this is considered the Page 6 of Sports. But you’re right, there is a lot I bring to the table. Everybody else seems to have some of this, or some of that. Rarely is there ever a man who possesses the talent, the body, the mind for business, the will to be the #1 man anywhere in the sport, worldwide. I’ve traveled the world, made a lotta pretty girls smile & made just as many grown men cry. And since the moment I walked into the World Wrestling Federation, I’ve done more of the same. And I’m gonna continue to do just that. There are some faces around here that need slappin’, some butts that need kickin’, and people who need to get beat. You’re lookin’ at the man to slap those faces, kick those butts, beat those men & take all their little shiny belts. Who, but the study in human genetics known as “Mr. Wonderful”!?

[Crowd roars mixed. Blassie’s laughing in enjoyment, Orndorff continues his smug grin.]

Blassie: That’s just tremendous. Now, let’s also not ignore the elephant in the room here. Should I tell them, or do you wanna?

Orndorff (taken off-guard): Wel-- Well, Class, I mean I’m not sure if that’s needed right this sec---

[Suddenly, Jimmy Hart blows onto the set unexpectedly, and Blassie & Orndorff stand to greet him. Crowd booing! Hart is almost howling in high-pitch laughter.]

Blassie: Jimmy, fancy seeing you here at a time like this!

Hart: Well, Freddie, thanks for welcoming me into the Penthouse, daddy. Maybe 1 day soon, you’ll have your good friend, ‘The Mouth of the South’, back on. It’ll be a special occasion, to celebrate this man, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ making his very first public appearance after he’s become the World Wrasslin’ Federation Heavyweight Champ & I’M at his side, baby! (Cackles wildly)

[Crowd booing! Blassie raises 1 eyebrow, looking from Hart to Orndorff. Orndorff has an “alrighty then” look.]

Blassie: That’s… that’s interesting, Jimmy. See, cuz the thing that strikes me as odd---

[Suddenly, Bobby Heenan struts confidently onto the set with a grin!! Huge boos!! Blassie & Hart are both surprised to see him. Orndorff has an “Oh boy” expression.]

Blassie (curious about all this): B-- Bobby. Fancy seeing YOU. What brings you back to The Penthouse?

Heenan (giddy): Well I figured I’d take a few moments away from the ongoing investigation into the cowardly ambushing of the best tag team in the world, the British Bulldogs. (Crowd booing!) But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to break big news right here on The Penthouse, about this man right here! (re: Orndorff) Jimmy, I’m not sure what you’re talkin’ about exactly, but (pulls out folded paperwork & holds it high) the materials I hold in my very hands signify that Mr. Orndorff & I are embarking upon an intent to negotiate for a potential athlete-to-manager relationship! And in case you humanoids don’t know what that means, it means you’re LOOKIN’ (re: Orndorff) at the next blue chip acquisition for the Heenan Family!! (Laughs boastfully)  

[Crowd booing huge! Blassie & Hart look at each other, incredulously. Orndorff not sure what to say.]

Hart: Bobby, lemme see if I heard you right. Those “materials”, I think you called them… did they happen to look anything like this? (pulls similar paperwork out of his jacket pocket!)

[Crowd roars! Heenan’s permanent smile dampens a bit. Orndorff is gesturing to calm down.]

Blassie: I’ll go ya one better, because I’ve got the very same paperwork!

[Crowd explodes! Heenan & Hart look at Blassie in shock, then to each other. They then look at Orndorff.]

Orndorff (takes Blassie’s mic): Guys, let’s reel this one in before it gets any more outta wack than it is. OK, FINE, if we have to do this here, then let’s do it. Yes, all 3 of you guys are some of the finest managers this sport has ever seen. And I totally understand you engaging me since the moment I walked into this company. But let’s call it what it is. The paperwork we all signed, just like Bobby said, are statements of INTENT to negotiate! Each ONE of you guys knows full well those are NOT contracts. Not yet anyway. You guys know how it works, you’ve all had papers like this drawn up for years with guys. Just seems like ALL of ya are so confident that negotiations will automatically lead to closin’ a deal. And hell, you may be right! That’s what makes you great at what you do - your confidence! But that’s just it - ONE of ya… may be right!

[Crowd roars, intrigued! Blassie, Heenan & Hart are all thinking “Uh-oh”, looking at each other.]

Orndorff (cont’d): So gentlemen, let’s stay on the path we’re on. Let’s NEGOTIATE! You 3 know me well enough to know I’ll make the best deal. I do everything first-rate. And when a deal gets done, you’re not gonna say “That’s great”. You’re not just gonna say “That’s tremendous!”. You’re gonna say “Now THAT’S… wonderful.” (Laughs proudly) I’m certain I’ll be in touch, gentlemen! Class, thanks again for having me. The Penthouse is everything it’s cracked up to be!

Crowd roaring mixed! “Hell’s Bells” hits again & he shakes hands with all 3 mystified men. He backs away, shakes Virgil’s hand 1 last time & happily gives the crowd a smiling double-bicep pose, which gets 1 last huge reaction! He then struts off the set, leaving the 3 managers sternly talking amongst each other!


Commercial


Back from commercial, crowd EXPLODES to its feet in monster heat as Bob Backlund marches down the aisle with his lecturing scowl. He gets into the ring, continuing to march until he stops to look at the rabidly booing crowd! “I Love America” by Alice Cooper hits & the place erupts! Ken Patera comes out of the tunnel to a huge ovation! He hi-fives cheering fans as he comes to ringside & climbs into the ring. He works the crowd on all sides of the building & Backlund is annoyed by the crowd’s reactions!


Match #5: Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera

An all-action showdown of great amateur mat wrestling, catches-catch-can, and some knockdown-dragout mixed in! A seesaw affair the entire way, with Backlund executing hiptosses & gut-wrench suplexes & uppercuts when in control, while Patera executes invested armdrags, flattening elbows off Irish whips & a military press slam. Both seem to love the art of war!

Midway through, Backlund is in firm control & has Patera down in a reverse chin-lock. Patera eventually fights his way up & drops to his knees, smashing Backlund’s chin with the top of his cranium! Patera mounts a comeback from way down deep! Flooring dazed Backlund with roundhouse after roundhouse, launching him skyward with a massive backdrop, and back-elbows him over the top to the floor!

Patera rolls out & houses Backlund around ringside, before tossing him back inside. Backlund manages to get back to his feet as Patera rolls into the ring behind him, sizing him up for the Full Nelson!! Crowd on its feet in anticipation!...... 

Crowd good super anxious… HERE COMES GREG VALENTINE IN STREET CLOTHES BARRELLING TO THE RING WITH THE I-C TITLE BELT, SLIDING IN BEHIND PATERA & FLATTENS HIM WITH A FOREARM TO THE BACK OF THE NECK!! Ref calls for the DQ!! 

Valentine stomps a mudhole in battle-torn Patera!!! Backlund recovers & joins in!!! 2-on-1 beatdown!!! Bell rings repeatedly!! 

Crowd EXPLODES!!!... HERE COMES TITO SANTANA SPRINTING TO THE RING IN STREET CLOTHES!!! HE SLIDES IN & ROCKS BACKLUND WITH PUNCHES, THEN THE SAME FOR VALENTINE!!! PATERA RECOVERS & A 4-MAN BRAWL IS ON!!!! PATERA CLOTHESLINES VALENTINE OVER THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!!! TITO DROPKICKS BACKLUND BACKWARD OVER THE TOP ON THE OTHER SIDE!!! PATERA & SANTANA STAUNCH AROUND IN THE RING, ANGRILY DARING FOR BACKLUND & VALENTINE TO COME GET SOME MORE!! TITO MOUNTS THE 2ND TURNBUCKLE, WORKING THE CROWD INTO A FRENZY!!

BACKLUND IS HEADING FOR THE AISLE, CLEARING THE COBWEBS!! VALENTINE IS GETTING UP, REALIZING PATERA IS HOLDING THE I-C TITLE BELT HIGH TO THE RAUCOUS CROWD!!! VALENTINE IS LIVID & WANTS HIS BELT BACK!! PATERA ANGRILY TAUNTS HIM WITH IT, SAYING IT’S RIGHTFULLY HIS!! VALENTINE HOPS ONTO THE APRON & PATERA LEVELS HIM WITH A ROUNDHOUSE, BACK TO THE FLOOR!

Backlund is jawing from the aisle at both men in the ring!! Several arena staffers rush to the ring to try to restore order, as Patera keeps the I-C belt, dangling it to taunt Valentine!! Valentine’s beside himself!! “I Love America” hits again & the place celebrates!! Backlund’s yelling “FALSE!” repeatedly in the aisle.

Tito & Patera share a friend one-arm hug in the ring, as Valentine joins Backlund in the aisle & both continue jawing at the crowd favorites in the ring. Valentine’s angrily yelling “You better get me my belt back!” to a nearby arena staffer! Tito’s pumping his fists to the celebrating crowd, while Patera’s still waving to Valentine to come get some more!!

Winner: Ken Patera by DQ


[SEEN IN NEW YORK CITY MARKET ONLY] -- It’s the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ again with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene re-hypes NYC about tonight being the big night for WWF action returning to the Big Apple at Madison Square Garden, 8 PM bell time. Says some tickets remain for the closed-circuit broadcast at the Theater, as the arena is full-on sold-out.

He quickly runs down most of this 9-match card again, including Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks in the monster main event, Sgt. Slaughter & Scufflin’ Hillbillies vs. Iron Sheik & Red Scare in a 6-Man Grudge Match, Bob Backlund vs. Ivan Putski, I-C Champ Greg Valentine defending vs. heated rival Ken Patera, newly-signed match of the British Bulldogs vs. the Fantastics, and a $50K 20-Man Battle Royal, etc.

King Kong Bundy comes in, wearing his gear. Says he’s heading up the turnpike tonight from Atlantic City & winning $50,000. Says it’s the easiest 50 grand he ever won, getting to throw normal-sized guys around.

Says he may just spend the whole night throwing guys around, by interfering in every match, flattening man after man with the Avalanche. Says the Heenan Family will rule the Big Apple tonight - “Just you watch, pinhead!”, he says. He then cackles & rubs his hands together as Gene wraps the segment with his hard sell for tonight’s show.

WE see the in-space graphic with the event details. “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra is the audio backdrop.


Commercial


[SEEN IN SPRINGFIELD, MA AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, another 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show next Friday night, September 18th, at the Civic Center. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]


Back from commercial, Al Snow is warming up in the ring as he’s intro’d. Crowd already standing in anticipation… “Imagine” by John Lennon hits & THE PLACE COMES UNGLUED!!! Here comes the Living Legend coming out of the tunnel to the aisle with the WWF Heavyweight Title around his waist!!! He nods genuinely at the adoring fans as he walks the aisle to ringside!!! He climbs into the ring & holds the Title high to the rabid crowd on all sides of the building!!! He’s pointing & putting a fist to his heart, nodding in appreciation!!!


Match #6: WWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino vs. Al Snow  

Al Snow jumps Bruno from behind, unloading a barrage of kicks & forearms to the back! He’s relentless! Bruno actually drops to a knee as Snow is kicking & forearming for all he’s got! Bruno’s beginning to fire up!! Snow keeps right on whaling away! Bruno’s shaking & feeling no pain, through the barrage now!! Crowd going NUTS!! He gets to his feet & Snow gets right on swinging for the fences! Snow realizes his time’s up!! 

Bruno LEVELS him with roundhouse after roundhouse, knocking him from pillar to post like a rag doll!! Fall-away slam, Samoan drop, German suplexes that fold Snow up like an accordion!! Bruno jumps up & fires up to the rabid crowd!! The Champ is looking dominant!! He yanks Snow up, whips him to the ropes &...... BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX FOR THE 1-2-3!!

“Imagine” hits again & the place is coming apart at the seams!! Ref gives Bruno his belt & hoists it high for all to see on all sides!! He works the crowd as only he can, jawing & gesturing that the belt belongs to the fans! He finally gets out of the ring & heads slowly up the aisle with the belt raised high, wading through the rabid arms reaching for him!!

Winner: Bruno Sammartino by Pinfall


[CUT] to the broadcast podium, as Bruno is still heading up the aisle adjacent to them -- the big fanfare continues. 

Gorilla (mid-sentence): --to quite the climactic ending! The Champ is leaving ringside here & it’s still pandemonium!

Blassie: These people are brainwashed, pencil-neck geeks!

Gorilla: I can always have the Champ stop on by, if you wanna share that opinion with him, personally! (Blassie cuts him a look) I didn’t think so. Folks, another jam-packed week is in the books! Join us next week, why don’t you, as we’ll see action from the tag team sensation of ‘Polish Power’ Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi! Also in action, the great Pedro Morales will join us! Mr. Fuji’s destruction machine, Masa Saito will do battle in the squared circle! 2 of the 4 members of the Samoan Headhunters Collective will be on the hunt in tag team competition! And just signed, hot off the presses, what a main event on tap! The returning Rocky King will get his official moment of reckoning with ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz, right here on The Superstars of Wrestling!

Blassie: Guess you can say your PERMANENT goodbyes to Rocky King this time, since you’ll see it coming!

Gorilla: We’ll just have to see what happens, Blass!

Blassie: And my guest in The Penthouse, that Mexican ambush artist himself, that Tito Santana! He better watch himself!

Gorilla: HUH! I think someone else might be more ripe for that advice. Proceed with caution, if ya ask me!

Blassie (scoffs): Who asked you, anyway…

Gorilla (re: Blassie): He’s not a happy guy in general right now, folks. Join us for another chocked-full edition of The Superstars of Wrestling next week! Until then, this is The Gorilla, along with The Classy One, saying SO LONG EVERYBODY!


[CUT] to a shot of Captain Lou Albano in the passenger seat of a red Ferrari convertible pulling out of the arena parking garage, onto the main road. The driver of the car… Paul Orndorff…  

 

[FADE TO] still clips of this week’s highlights as “Some Like It Hot” plays at full volume.

[FADE TO BLACK]

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 9/12

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(Brantford, ON @ Civic Centre. Vince McMahon & Jack Reynolds on commentary.)

 


Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated Garrett Johnson & Derrick Newton with a Discus Punch by Kerry on Newton.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Hunter Gerry with the Cobra Clutch. Afterwards, he dares Iron Sheik or Red Scare to come jump him like they did to Pedro Morales last week. They don’t show. He’s not surprised. He then leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

[Victory Corner w/Lord Afred Hayes: Special guest David Schultz. Says he can sense he’s fixing to be World Champ any day now, that Sammartino’s days are numbered & Sammartino knows it. Says he can pull all the coups he wants with his BOY, Rocky King, but time’s up on the Italian movie dream. Says Bruno’s not even safe at home anymore. “Just watch”, etc.]

Haku (w/Tama) defeated Salvatore Bellomo with a splash from the top rope.

Tito Santana defeated Vincent McMulligan with a flying forearm.

[George ‘The Animal’ Steele vs. Tama is announced as next week’s main event. Big John Studd is announced as Lord Alfred’s guest on Victory Circle.]

Scufflin’ Hillbillies fought I-C Champion Greg Valentine & King Kong Bundy to a No Contest. High-energy tag team battle, with a raucous crowd reacting to every single thing the 2 teams did. The Hillbillies hit the ring like a house of fire, gaining the early stand-tall in the ring.

Team Heenan gains the advantage on Cousin Luke with Valentine’s methodical, technical battle style & Bundy’s immense size. Bundy finally tries an elbowdrop & Luke moves out of the way! Tags in Hillbilly Jim, who gets in & cleans house on Bundy & Valentine. Jim whips Valentine into the brick wall of Bundy! Valentine timbers backward thru the ropes to the floor.

Jim charges Bundy in the corner, but Bundy yanks the ref in front of him & the ref gets sandwiched on impact in the corner. Ref collapses to the mat. Heenan hops on the apron & Jim knocks him for a flip with a punch to the face! Place comes unglued!

Hillbilly Jim charges again & running big-boots Bundy in the corner! Bundy timbers forward… down right onto the ref! Collateral damage. Bundy rolls to the outside. Valentine rolls back in to ambush Jim, but Cousin Luke cuts him off & powerslams Valentine in mid-ring, then drops a big legdrop. Valentine slowly rolls out to the floor & the Heenan group all stagger for the hills, battered & bruised.

Paramedics arrive & frantically load the ref onto a foldable stretcher, carrying him away. The Hillbillies theme hits & they eventually break out in a dosido with the celebratory crowd to end the show.  
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 9/12 | New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden (22,689 Sellout; Including 3,500 at Felt Forum Theater)

(Televised on the MSG Network. Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes on commentary.)

Rocky King defeated Barry Horowitz @ 7:42 with a cross-body from the top rope.

Paul Orndorff defeated Ted Arcidi @ 5:31 with a schoolboy.

George Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Steve Lombardi @ 6:22 with a double-arm gut-wrench suplex. 

Big John Studd defeated Salvatore Bellomo @ 4:19 with the elbowdrop. 

Sgt. Slaughter & Scufflin’ Hillbillies defeated The Iron Sheik & Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie) @ 7:21. Wild brawl, inside & outside from the start. 6-Man breakdown spills outside at the end. Inside, Slaughter clotheslines Boris from the 2nd rope for the 1-2-3. Afterward, Sheik clobbers Slaughter in the skull with his own helmet, busting him wide open & leaving him laying as the Hillbillies check on Slaughter.

[Intermission]

The Fantastics defeated the British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) by DQ @ 13:56. Heart-pumping tag affair, full of high spots, storytelling & big heat. Bulldogs still showing ill effects from the locker room ambush from weeks ago. End comes when King Kong Bundy comes down & attacks both Fantastics during the breakdown. Ken Patera runs down & helps the Fantastics clean house.

Bob Backlund defeated Ivan Putski with a bridging rollup @ 14:43.

I-C Champ Greg Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated Ken Patera by DQ @ 12:33. Heenan slid the I-C belt to Valentine to use as a weapon, but Patera blocks it & knocks Valentine out-cold with the belt instead. Ref sees it & calls for the DQ. Patera ran Heenan along the apron into the ring post afterwards & left with the belt. 

[Ring announcer Howard Finkel announces Friday 10/9 @ 8 PM as next month's return date. Show will have a double main event. Matches just signed include: Big John Studd vs. Pedro Morales, Masa Saito vs. George Steele, Greg Valentine defending the I-C Title vs. Ken Patera in a 2/3 Falls Match, the Von Erich's defending the Tag Titles vs. Afa/Haku, Iron Sheik vs. Sgt. Slaughter in a Bootcamp Match as 1 main event, and Bruno Sammartino defending the WWF Heavyweight Title vs. David Schultz!]

Andre the Giant fought Giant Haystacks to a No Contest @ 11:22. Crowd in shock & awe for this toe-to-toe battle of the titans. Near the end, Haystacks blasts Andre with the double-forearms to the traps, sending Andre tumbling back into the ref. KO! Back-Avalanche finally puts Andre down, but no ref to count. Haystacks checks on the ref, as Andre makes it to his feet & hits 2 Big Boots to Haystacks - the 2nd is from behind & it knocks him over the top, like a lightweight, to the floor against the ring, sending the place into a frenzy. Dazed Haystacks lands on his feet, vows revenge & angrily backs up the aisle on wobbly legs as the 2 monsters jaw from a distance. 

Tito Santana won a 20-Man $50,000 Battle Royal @ 15:14. Santana eliminated Sika at the end with a flying forearm that knocked Sika backward over the top, to send the crowd home happy. 
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 9/13 | Hartford, CT @ Civic Center (13,753)

Rocky King defeated Barry Horowitz with a flying cross-body from the top rope.

Paul Orndorff defeated Ted Arcidi with a schoolboy.

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Dan Severn with a gut-wrench powerslam.

King Kong Bundy defeated Ken Patera by count-out. Afterward, Bundy tried to steal the I-C belt most likely for Valentine, but Patera fought him off & kept possession of it.

David Schultz defeated SD Jones with an elbowdrop from the middle rope.

Tito Santana & Pedro Morales defeated Sika & Tama by DQ, when Afa & Haku interfered. Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi storm to the ring to help their friends clean house.

Bob Backlund & Ivan Putski fought to a 15-minute time limit draw. Backlund attacks Putski afterward, but Putski levels him with a Polish Hammer. Backlund eventually staggers away.

Tag Team Champions the Von Erichs defeated Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie). Big main event heat. 4-man breakdown toward the end. Boris swings Blassie’s cane at Kerry, but he ducks & Nikolai gets KO’d instead. Kerry covers for the 1-2-3, to send the crowd home happy.
 

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Once again your details are amazing. I'm sure you've done quite a bit of creative writing. So well done. 

The Heenan investigation is one of my favorite storylines in the game. Who ambushed the Bulldogs is bigger than who shot J.R. LOL. 

Anytime Backlund does an interview, it's priceless. 

The monsters of the WWF are in full showcase this week. Bundy, Steele and Studd all get solid TV squashes. I wonder if Studd sent a message with that 9 second win? 

Rick Rude gets quite the introduction. Looks like big things are planned for him. 

I wanted answers from Mr. Wonderful on the Penthouse and so did the other managers. Orndorff being the savvy business man that he is, says the negotiations are still going on. It's going to be interesting when Rude arrives. Can two muscle men with two of the biggest egos in wrestling co exist?  

Backlund and Patera tear the house down! Valentine causes the DQ but Tito isn't far behind. All out brawl ensues! Great stuff. 

WWF champ Bruno ends the show on a super high note! No doubt that Bruno still has it. Tremendous showcase! 

To All-Star, 

Rocky King might of had his moment in the sun already because next week Shultz is going to want to take out some angry frustrations out on him. 

Fun main event as the Hillbillies give Bundy and Valentine more than they can handle. That poor Ref. I hope he gets a bonus for the punishment he took. 

And to MSG,

Nice touch giving Rocky King a win to build him up for Shultz. 

Slaughter gets the fall but Sheik gets the last laugh with a brutal helmet shot. More heat! 

Fantastics and Bulldogs put on another classic. Bundy interferes but luckily Patera was around. 

Valentine and Patera are really battling for the IC Title. No clear winner yet. 

WOW! Look at next month's card! Bootcamp match and Bruno/Shultz on the same card! Another easy sell out. 

Andre gets in the last blow but Haystacks gave him a true fight. Sets up another go round. Has Andre met his match? 

Nice to see Tito get the rub with that battle royal win. 

Next month's MSG card is going to be a historic night of action. 

 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 9/18 | Springfield, MA @ Civic Center (7,792)

SD Jones defeated Al Snow with the jumping headbutt.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies defeated Afa & Haku by DQ, when Afa used a chair from outside the ring to whack Jim in the back as he hit the ropes. 

George Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Mr. Fuji with a double-arm gut-wrench suplex.

The British Bulldogs (no Heenan) defeated Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi, when Dynamite dropped to his knees in Putski’s sunset flip attempt & held onto the ropes for leverage for the 1-2-3.

Paul Orndorff defeated Pedro Morales by count-out.

Tito Santana defeated The Iron Sheik (no Blassie) by DQ, when the ref tried to stop Sheik from using a chair & Sheik shoved the ref down. Tito then hit the flying forearm.

Bob Backlund & Ken Patera fought to a 15-minute draw.

Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated Greg Valentine & King Kong Bundy (no Heenan) by DQ, after all 4 Samoan Headhunters interfered for a 6-on-2 beatdown. Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi stormed the ring to help the Champs clear the ring. Chaotic finish to the night.
 

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 9/19

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(Gorilla Monsoon & Fred Blassie on commentary.)

 

[OPEN] to the customary dramatic WWF logo-in-space opener, with 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”.

[OPEN] to the opening credit package set to audio of “Some Like It Hot” by Power Station.

[FILTER IN] to the packed midsized arena. Gorilla Monsoon & ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie are on the podium across the way from the ring. Lively crowd!

Gorilla: Welcome to the roller coaster ride that is The Superstars of Wrestling! Hello again everyone, I’m Gorilla Monsoon alongside ‘The Classy One’, and boy oh boy, is the action & excitement on tap ever hot & heavy this week, Blass!

Blassie: I hope you’re ready to read eulogy when ‘Dr. D’ takes Rocky King’s wrestling career to its final resting place!

Gorilla: Yet to be seen, my good man! That’s our big main event this week, and after what happened a couple weeks back, Mr. David Schultz may have bitten off more than he can chew! Also this week, 2 of the 4 Samoan Headhunters - we don’t know which two - will see tag team action. Speaking of tag team action, the ever popular duo of ‘Polish Power’ Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi will do battle in the squared circle. If that’s not enough, the wrecking ball from the Orient - managed by Mr. Fuji - Masa Saito sees action this week.

Blassie: And you might have TWO career eulogies on your hands if this sniveling punk gets out of line. That cocky, thinks-he’s-tough Tito Santana is coming into The Penthouse this week.

Gorilla: In case you’ve been sleepwalking again, he’s MORE than tough. I suggest you tread lightly, unless you plan on finding out for yourself! (Blassie cuts him a look)

[Mariachi music kicks in & the place goes WILD!]

Gorilla (cont’d): Looks like the party’s getting started with a great multiple champ! Let’s get to ringside!


[FADE] the aisle as Pedro Morales happily arrives from the tunnel, hi-fiving the fans as he heads to the ring! He gets to ringside, climbs inside & throws a fist to the heavens to great the adoring crowd! Mike Coons is intro’d, as he warms up.


Match #1: Pedro Morales vs. Mike Coons

Pedro teaches Coons quite the lesson in mat wrestling & throwin’ down! Spinning toe-holds, front face-locks, & armdrags mixed in with big-time roundhouses, backdrops & clotheslines! Coons is out of his league & all battered. Pedro raises a finger high to the crowd, signifying the end is near, hits the ropes as Coons staggers to his feet… Pedro FLATTENS him with the spearing headbutt to the gut for the 1-2-3!

Pedro’s fired-up & celebrates the dominant win! The Mariachi tune hits again & he hams it up to the crowd on all sides of the building, before finally exiting & heading for the aisle.

Winner: Pedro Morales by Pinfall


[CUT] to WWF Update with “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder as the audio. Into the newsroom-like studio WE go, with Lord Alfred Hayes.

He leads off with the seeming manager sweepstakes for Paul Orndorff. He takes us to footage of last week’s Penthouse, with Blassie, Jimmy Hart & Bobby Heenan all finding they each have negotiation paperwork with Orndorff. Lord Alfred then kicks us to footage of Orndorff & Lou Albano leaving the building last week in Orndorff’s Ferrari. Alfred hypes how there’s lots of mystery surrounding how this will all unfold.

He switches gears to hyping that Rick Rude is coming soon to the WWF, based on the video from last week.

He switches gears again to the ongoing investigation into the assault on the British Bulldogs that Bobby Heenan opened. Alfred has obtained word that the private investigation firm Heenan hired has come into possession of security footage that may identify the assailant(s). He hypes the idea of perhaps attaining the footage at some point.

Alfred ends the segment, as WE see the WWF logo graphic & instrumental of “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner as the audio.


Commercial


Back from commercial, Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by in the locker room area with ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz. He asks what his last-minute thoughts are before his showdown with Rocky King.

Schultz tells him he’s right for calling these thoughts “last-minute”, because this short nuisance chapter of the book is about to end as quickly as it began. 

Says Rocky King wins the award for “Dumbest Wrestler in the Territory” because he couldn’t leave well enough alone. Says King was better off with Schultz not knowing who he was. Now that King has his attention, imagine what life is fixin’ to be like for him. 

Says, “Sammartino. I hope you feel nice & good about yourself when this is done, cuz the blood is gonna be on your hands. And that much faster, that World belt is gonna be on MY waist.”

He ends, saying “King, boy, this is gonna hurt you a heck of a lot worse than it’s gonna hurt me. (to Gene) Now hit the bricks, pinhead.”

Gene, intimidated, kicks us back out to ringside.


[CUT] back out to the arena, as Marty Monroe & Sheldon Peters warm up in the ring while being intro’d. Upbeat Polish folk music hits & the place goes crazy, as Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi come out of the tunnel & make their way to the ring. They climb into the ring, raising fists to the crowd in acknowledgement of the huge welcome!


Match #2: Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi vs. Marty Monroe & Sheldon Peters

Putski & Arcidi are on top of their game, and enjoying the showcase of their great friendship & teamwork; one-arm bodyslams by Arcidi on both opponents, clotheslines by Putski, military press throw of Monroe onto Peters, who was coming to his partner’s rescue, etc! Place going crazy!

The end comes when Putski whips Monroe to the ropes & POLISH HAMMERS him out of his boots for the 1-2-3! Polish folks music hits again & the popular duo celebrates with each other, and then the roaring crowd! Both do a bit of posing to various sides of the building - impressive physiques! They hi-five again & finally exit the ring, heading up the aisle to a big sendoff.

Winners: Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi by Pinfall


[CUT] to a black screen, with ominous music as the audio.

In white letters, the word “Rude” fades in, very small, then fades out as the music gets more ominous.

In white letters, the word “Rude” fades in a bit bigger in size, then fades out as the music grows in ominousness.

In white letters, the word “Rude” fades in, even bigger in size, then fades out as the music goes even more ominous.

In white letters, the word “Rude” fades in, in much larger font, then fades out as the ominous music crescendos. 

Rick Rude’s Voice: Time for a rude awakening.

In dramatically large white letters, the words “Rick Rude. Coming Soon” SMASH ONTO SCREEN as the ominous music kicks in with a rhythm now.

The words fade out to black again.


Commercial


[SEEN IN PHILADELPHIA MARKET ONLY] -- Back from commercial, it’s the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene hypes Philly about being down to ONE WEEK AWAY from WWF action returning to the City of Brotherly Love @ the Spectrum, next Saturday night September 26th, 8 PM bell time. Hypes us to snatch up the few remaining seats from the box office or Ticketmaster outlets all across the Philadelphia & greater Delaware Valley while we still can.

He quickly runs down most of the 9-match card, including the big double main event of Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik in a Bootcamp Match, Von Erich’s defend the Tag Team Titles vs. 2 Samoan Headhunters, Greg Valentine defending the I-C Title vs. Hillbilly Him, King Kong Bundy vs. Ken Patera, etc.

Big John Studd comes into frame in street clothes, dwarfing Gene. He discusses his match vs. Ted Arcidi. Says Arcidi is a first-rate strongman & he congratulates him for it. Says that’ll have to be his biggest accomplishment, because beating Studd won’t be added to the list. 

Says there’s a difference between man & mountain. Says he’ll introduce the mountain to the man & it’ll be a brief introduction. Ends with saying Philadelphia is a big city - maybe Arcidi can help construct some new high rises, since this wrestling thing will no longer be an option. Says Putski can find a new meathead to pal around with, etc.

Gene ends the segment with his hard sell of the event details. WE see the in-space graphic with the event details with the Rocky theme as the audio backdrop.


[CUT] back into the arena, as Joey Marone warms up in the ring while he’s intro’d. Crowd erupts in big boos as Mr. Fuji grinningly leads the stoic Saito out of the tunnel to the aisle. They make their way to the ring. Once inside, Saito’s eyes lock on Marone without an expression. He pulls off his gi & his eyes never leaves Marone. His eyes are deadly enough. 


Match #3: Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Joey Marone

Saito eases to mid-ring, never even gestures to Marone, and Marone tries to open fire on him, but Saito levels him with a shot to the face. Marone foolishly charges again & Saito levels him with a shot to the head this time… then again with a double-chop to the chest. 

Saito wastes no motion, scoops Marone up & drops him waist-first across the top rope, powerslams him off an Irish whip, yanks him right up into a gut-wrench powerslam for the 1-2-3! He stands up leisurely & the ref raises his hand in victory, as Fuji rejoins him. 

Fuji then pelts the Marone corpse with his cane, infuriating the ref! Saito then slaps the Bonsai Throat Claw on the prone, broken Marone! The ref is beside himself. Saito finally releases the hold & raises his arms to the booing, awed crowd. He & Fuji exit the ring, heading up the aisle like nothing happened.

Winner: Masa Saito by Pinfall


[CUT] to a special 30-second hype ad for WWF WrestleMania coming soon to VHS & Beta Tuesday October 6th, courtesy of Coliseum Home Video.

Commercial


[FADE] back inside, where Fred Blassie is standing on the plush Penthouse suite interview set with soft jazz playing in the background. Security detail Virgil, whose shiny, arms cut-out tuxedo-like getup is tinted silver this week, stands stoically behind the sofa as per usual.

Blassie: Welcome once again to The Penthouse, the “Page 6 of Sports”, starring Yours Truly, ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie. (Crowd booing!) My guest this week is a man, who seems to delight in his own popularity more than his drive to be a champion. But he’s a headliner & that’s what the Penthouse is about. We make headlines with headliners. Welcome my Mexican guest, TITO! SANTANA! (Crowd explodes!!!)

“Breaking Out” by Santana hits & the place continues going crazy! Tito arrives onto the set in street clothes & cool tan shades, pumping his fists to the roaring crowd!!! Virgil steps in his path… the tension… then Virgil steps aside. Tito shoots a few words his way & steps forward to Blassie as the song fades. “Tito” chants from the crowd! Blassie’s annoyed.

Blassie: Good to see you could make it. I’d offer you some refreshments or libations, but you’re probably too good to partake, for fear that these people might think less of you. But if it suits you, please feel free to join me on the sofa.

[Tito gestures for him to go right ahead to the sofa, and he does as well. They sit.]

Blassie (cont’d): Tell me something. How long do you plan to sacrifice the trajectory of your career, in exchange for fanfare?

Tito (grins, crowd roars): Fred, it’s clear to me that people like you just don’t understand how it works for people who don’t live their lives like you. You, the people on your payroll, (looks up at Virgil) your GOONS, (Crowd roars!)... all you guys know is your money, your cars, your fancy houses, and cheating & conniving your way to the top. People like ME, we VALUE hard work. We VALUE things like family, like dignity, like friendship, like heart... 

[Crowd roaring big! Blassie’s annoyed & so is Virgil.]

Tito (cont’d): Don’t get me wrong. We LOVE great cars & houses too. And trust me, I’m not hurting for any money, Papa. (Crowd roaring!) People who value the things I do, we still get to the top. But we didn’t have to cheat anybody over to get there. And we get there, in part, BECAUSE we had the love & support of family, friends, and these people. (Crowd goes nuts!)

Blassie: Is that something you were brainwashed by your folks to think, or these people?

Tito: Fred, brainwashing is when someone convinces you into thinking the sun revolves around the earth, my friend. INSTILLING is when your mind & heart are filled with the right things to build a foundation for being a good person & have a good life. If I was brainwashed, I wouldn’t be a top contender for the Intercontinental Title. I wouldn’t be a top contender in all of the WWF. I wouldn’t be in main events in tons of cities, fighting tooth & nail to bring home gold. But I AM! And I WILL bring home gold, even if it means mowing down 1 of YOUR goons to get it done.

[Crowd explodes! Blassie’s pissed.]

Blassie: My GOONS, as you call them, are not wearing gold for you to mow down at the moment.

Tito (chuckles): So then, who’s brainwashing who?

[Crowd goes rabid!! Blassie started to answer, then Tito’s point sinks in. This pissed Blassie off!]

Blassie: Don’t get out of your lane, Santana. Everybody knows that the Blassie Stable is the finest, most imposing collection of talent anywhere, and it’s just a matter of time before we command the Tag Team AND World Heavyweight Titles!

Tito: Best of luck to you, Freddie. I sure hope your men were brainwa-- I mean INSTILLED with the confidence it takes to bring your words to reality. (Crowd exploding! Blassie offended) See, I heard every word you said out here before I came on. Yes, the love & support of these people is important to me. But never mistake it, brother, I am a champion at heart & I will be a champion that defends a belt night after night against the best & the brightest in this sport. Mark my words. I've been a champion multiple times BEFORE, in my career, and I will be again!

[Crowd loving it!]

Blassie: Who are you after, around here? Who do you have your sights set on?

Tito: Greg Valentine is the Intercontinental Champion & he knows I’m hot on his heels, Papa. There are very few men in that locker room who wouldn’t partner up with me to challenge for the Tag Titles, held by 2 men I love, respect & would fight alongside of, any day of the week. And we know our WWF Heavyweight Champion is a man I have nothing but honor & respect for. I’m wrestling for Titles all over the country & it’s very possible, the next time you see me, you just might be asking ME for a Title shot for 1 of your men! (Crowd roars!)

Blassie: Or MAYBE it’ll be 1 of my men that bring home the gold & you’ll be coming to ME for a shot!

Tito: Freddie, there are a million ways to get something done around here. If I ever needed to come to you like a man, seeking a shot a Title one of your men would hold, and you cowardly decide to say no, that’s the reason we have a Championship Committee. And it’s clear they already KNOW how capable & deserving I am. That’s how I get the Title shots I do, already. So don’t think you OR your men can hide from me, Freddie. And I won’t go hiding from you if the belt is on MY waist - that I can promise you. 

[Crowd roaring big! Blassie jaws off-mic. Tito just smiles at his disdain.]

Tito (cont’d): So now, you know where I stand, where I’m heading, and more importantly, you know that no one like you, or your men, has anything to say about it. That should about wrap it up for you, my good man. Thanks for the invite, Freddie baby! And to all of you great people out there, THANK you for all your love & your support. I’ll keep fighting for you, mi familia! (Pumps his fist) ARRIBAAAA!  

[Crowd exploding! “Breaking Out” hits again as Tito gets up, pumping his fists high to the crowd. Blassie’s voice is being drowned out, as he claims he’s not done with Tito yet! Tito parades his way toward off the set, as Blassie gets more animated! Virgil angrily grabs Tito from behind & Tito spins around with his fist cocked for action! Virgil’s ready also! Virgil finally looks back at Blassie who’s begging him to stand down. Virgil backs off a bit & Tito jaws at him, before finally pumping his fist to the raucous crowd 1 last time & leaving the set! Blassie is jawing, totally beside himself, motioning for the camera to get away from him.]


Commercial


[SEEN IN BOSTON, MA AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, a 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show TONIGHT, September 19th, at the Boston Garden. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]


Back from commercial, Rick Stanza & Mario Chibata warm up in the ring as they’re intro’d. Suddenly, the sound of a tribal set of drums & battle cries is heard over the PA system as all 4 Samoan Headhunters slowly stalk out of the tunnel to the aisle. The crowd is in awe & fear spreads all over the building. The 4 unorthodox savages, faces adorned in black tribal war paint, wag their tongues & snarl, looking like any 1 of them can jump the railing at any moment to pounce on fans! These fans are horrified. Samoans arrive at ringside & get into the ring, lustfully looking at their 2 prey. Two Samoans step forward, then back, almost randomly, to confuse the opponents. Finally Haku & Sika remain forward as the 2 selected.


Match #4: Haku & Sika (w/Afa & Tama) vs. Rick Stanza & Mario Chibata

A complete kill in the wild. Sika with power-drive slams, Haku with an array of kicks & crippling chops to various parts of the body, Sika is leveling headbutts, Haku with nerve holds to all parts of the body that stunt the opponent’s motor skills, etc. Those 2 guys have no shot.

Haku crescent-kicks Stanza off the apron out of nowhere. Afa & Tama then wolfpack him on the floor!

Sika running powerslams Chibata, tags in Haku who climbs to the top. Sika hits a running, falling headbutt onto Chibata. Haku leaps & flattens Chibata with a rainbow splash from the top for the 1-2-3. 

The tribal music starts again & the other 2 Samoans rejoin in the ring. Each takes 1 side of the ring facing the crowd & they perform their tribal, synced war dance. They finally end with the belt-around-the-waist gesture. They roll out of the ring & run up the aisle as if in pursuit of something/someone.

Winners: Haku & Sika by Pinfall


[CUT] to a video vignette showing a busy-looking desk in an office setting with a Manila folder on top, reading “Heenan Files”.

WE see security cam footage taken from the ceiling looking down at the hallway, close to the British Bulldogs’ locker room from that fateful event. The Bulldogs, in their street clothes, leisurely arrive back to the room, laughing & finishing can beverages. They casually walk into their room.

Investigator Voice: We see Mr. Smith & Mr. Kid head into their locker room, after making a stop at the arena’s VIP catering area. It would appear they’re preparing to gather their belongings & leave the venue, presumably to head to the airport, as Mr. Heenan previously mentioned to us.

[Footage fast-forwards to a mysterious masked man, seemingly fit in stature with a good build, in all black with gloves, teetering toward the room, making sure the coast is clear.]

Investigator Voice: And now, you can see the individual who, based on build, posture & range of motion, would appear to be somewhere in his early to mid-20’s. Clearly, he had been scoping the area for just the right moment.

[He readies himself & darts inside. Chaos ensues, unseen from camera view. Thuds, banging, grunting, yelling, heavy objects breaking, etc. Footage then goes fuzzy, as if someone damaged the camera.]


Commercial


[SEEN IN PHILADELPHIA MARKET ONLY] -- Back from commercial, the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ again with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene hypes Philly again about being down to ONE WEEK AWAY from WWF action returning to Philadelphia @ the Spectrum next Saturday night September 26th, 8 PM bell time. He reminds us only a few tix remain & implores us to snatch them up asap.

He quickly runs down most of the 9-match card again, including the big double main event of Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik in a Bootcamp Match, Von Erich’s defend the Tag Team Titles vs. 2 Samoan Headhunters, Greg Valentine defending the I-C Title vs. Hillbilly Him, King Kong Bundy vs. Ken Patera, etc.

Hillbilly Jim happily comes into frame & Gene is thrilled to see him. Jolly Jim says he can’t to take on that no-good Greg Valentine in Philadelphia next Saturday night & excited to take the I-C Title back to the house, so Aunt Myrtle & Papa Jeb can put it on the mantle - at least until it’s time for Jim to defend it.

Says Greg Valentine is a great wrestler but a real lowlife who needs a good ole country whuppin’, cuz clearly he hasn’t gotten that in a long time. Says he (Jim) is ready to shut his mouth up & that no-good Bobby Heenan too. 

He waves at the camera, saying “Seeya next weekend Philly! I love ya like always, swear I do!” Gene happily ends the segment with his hard sell of the event.

WE see the in-space graphic with the event details. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston is the audio backdrop.


[CUT] back into the arena. “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder hits & the place erupts in big cheers! Rocky King jogs out of the tunnel, happily hi-fiving the roaring fans as he makes his way down the aisle. He hops onto the ring apron & catapults himself into the ring, getting the crowd riled up by clenching his fists & shadow boxing. Song fades… Suddenly, the crowd EXPLODES in monster boos as David Schultz smugly walks out to the aisle, chewing gum slowly, and heading toward the ring - stopping a few times to look at the booing fans. He gets to the ring & climbs inside, grinning at King who’s seriously jumping in place to warm up. Schultz snatches the mic from Finkel & steps to mid-ring.

Schultz (grinning): Now BOY, despite having met you already, I’m still gonna give you the same chance I’ve given to countless other hapless los---

King DROPKICKS him out of his boots & the mic goes flying! King pounces on him, unloading haymakers like a man possessed! Place going insane! Schultz is legit being rocked, rapid-fire! He heaves King off of him.


Match #5: ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz vs. Rocky King

Both men pop up to their feet & King Thesz-presses him right back down, unloading with wild punches! Schultz flips him off of him again, they both pop up to their feet & King monkey-flips Schultz for a mile! Schultz writhes on impact! He pops up again & King charges… Schultz backdrops him over the top to the floor! King took a nasty spill!

Scultz rolls out & unloads a stomping frenzy on King! He peels him up & houses him all over ringside, slamming his head & neck into the railing, ring steps, timekeeper’s table & ring post! Schultz is good & mad now, stomping another mudhole in King with all his might now! Schultz has been embarrassed!

Schultz tosses him back inside. He dominates now; backbreaker, belly-to-back suplexes, forearm drops down across the sternum, legdrops to the back of the neck, etc. Crowd rumbling, urging King on. But it doesn’t look good! He’s in huge pain, reaching for their energy amidst this barrage by Schultz!

Schultz mocks the crowd, begins clapping & jumping like a cheering child. He scoop-slams King to the canvas, hops on the 2nd rope & measures him, leaps for the elbowdrop… but King moves & Schultz crash-lands! Schultz is flopping like a fish out of water on the mat! King’s banging the mat, pulling himself up in a fiery rage!

Schultz staggers up & King levels him a few times with dropkicks, then hits a big backdrop! King’s dancing & moonwalking for the rabid crowd! He catapults himself out to the apron, climbs up top, as Schultz gets up. King dives for a high cross-body from the top, but Schultz dives out of the way! The impact bounces King high off the mat & he's doubled-over in sternum pain on the mat! 

Schultz yanks him up like a child… PILEDRIVER! The impact bounces King high off the mat & back down to the mat, motionless like a corpse. Schultz isn’t satisfied, yelling at the crowd. He gets up & demands the mic from Finkel outside. Finkel hands it up to him & he snatches it.

Schultz: SAMMARTINO! THIS IS WHAT YOU SEND ME!? THIS IS WHAT YOU STUCK UP FOR!? (Crowd booing up a storm!) THIS IS ON YOUR HANDS, CHAMP! 

Schultz yanks King up again, who’s limp & barely conscious……. PILEDRIVER #2! Schultz hovers over him & uses both hands to smother King's face as the ref mercifully counts 1-2-3! Just like that, it's over! 

Schultz stands, angrily satisfied. Ref tries to raise his hand & he snatches it away. He yells into King’s unconscious face, then jaws at the booing, deflated crowd. He finally rolls out with a grin & starts up the aisle as the ref checks on King.

Schultz gets an idea…... & runs back to the ring! He shoves the ref aside, hops on the 2nd rope & drops the big elbowdrop onto the corpse! He rolls out, snatches up a chair & rolls back in! He lays the chair down flat & starts to peel King up! Is he gonna to try a damn piledriver on that chair!?!? 

...... THE CROWD EXPLODES AS PUTSKI & ARCIDI RACE TO THE RING, JUST IN TIME! Schultz lets go of King & rolls out quickly, just as the fan favorites slide into the ring & cover King!! Schultz walks away with a cocky smile, arms raised in self-victory! Crowd is irate! Schultz heads slowly up the aisle, jawing calmly.

In the ring, Putski & Arcidi are kneeling over unconscious King. They’re scared to move him, in case of neck re-injury. Some medical officials arrive & slide into the ring to check on King as well. Schultz happily makes his way back into the tunnel.

Winner: ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz by Pinfall


 Commercial

 

[SEEN IN BOSTON, MA AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, another 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show TONIGHT, September 19th, at the Boston Garden. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]

 

Back from commercial, Gorilla & Blassie are standing at the broadcast platform.

Gorilla: Another jarring edition of The Superstars of Wrestling is in the books. And I think “jarring” is probably the best word to describe it.

Blassie: Monsoon, ya look sad. (cackles) Get over it, ya knew it couldn’t go any other way! All hail our NEXT WWF Heavyweight Champion!

Gorilla: Oh, what a piece a-work! Heaven only knows how much worse things could’ve gotten for a very game, passionate Rocky King. Hoping the best for him. Perhaps we’ll get an update next week. And SPEAKING of next week, folks, strap yourselves in for this main event! In a tag team showdown of a very personal nature, Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers, The Fantastics, get their hands on Heenan Family members, just like they wanted! They’ll be squaring off with the Intercontinental Champ Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine & the 468-pound TANK, King Kong Bundy right here next week! 

Blassie: We’ll see how much trouble The Fantastics’ mouths got THEM into when they claimed they’re huntin’ Heenan Family members in Billy Graham’s honor. Hey, maybe they’ll end up sharing the room WITH Graham after next week. And next to Rocky King too! (cackles)

Gorilla: Hopeless. You’re HOPELESS. Just be glad you AND your security detail didn’t end up eating knuckle sandwiches earlier. (Blassie cuts him a look) Also in action next week, Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s, Kerry & Kevin! ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff will step into the squared circle! Your guy, The Iron Sheik will be in 1-on-1 competition. And also, Olympian Ken Patera will join us in action as well!

Blassie: And in The Penthouse - get the motorcade ready - none other… than the PRESIDENT of the World Wrestling Federation, Mr. Jack! Tunney! (cackles)

Gorilla (in disbelief):... You’re serious…

Blassie: I kid you not! NEXT WEEK! I suspect headlines are a-comin’!

Gorilla: I second that emotion! Folks, you won’t wanna miss a minute of the action, excitement & intrigue, right here next week on The Superstars of Wrestling! Until then, this is a very STUNNED Gorilla Monsoon alongside ‘The Classy One’, saying SO LONG EVERYBODY!


[FADE TO] still clips of this week’s highlights as “Some Like It Hot” plays at full volume.

[FADE TO BLACK]
 

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 9/19

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(Vince McMahon & Jack Reynolds on commentary.)


The Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Pudge Rodriguez & Hank Gibbs with a Nikolai press backbreaker on Gibbs.

Paul Orndorff defeated Dusty Wolfe with the piledriver. 

[Victory Circle w/Lord Alfred Hayes: Special guest Big John Studd. Says he’s the WWF’s 1-man hostile takeover. Says he’s surveying the land & handpicking his prey. Says men all the way up to Bruno Sammartino shouldn’t be sleeping comfortably at night, etc.]

Bob Backlund submitted Salvatore Bellomo with the Crossface Chicken Wing. Afterwards, he gets the mic & lectures his prey, calling him ‘Kerrith’. He snaps & tries another Chicken Wing. Kerry Von Erich comes down & the place goes insane! He gets in the ring & calmly gestures, as if to say “Well here I am”. Backlund retreats, speechless, almost in a trance at Kerry. Kerry casually watches him back away.

Ken Patera submitted Barry Horowitz with a Full Nelson Airplane Spin.

[Greg Valentine defends the I-C Title vs. Pedro Morales in next week’s main event. British Bulldogs will be Lord Alfred’s guest on Victory Circle.]

George ‘The Animal’ Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Tama (w/Haku) by DQ. Wild crowd for this clash of the wilds! Back & forth fight between the 2; leveling punches & backdrop by George, back-elbows & clotheslines by Tama, biting shoulders & chest by George, crescent kicks by Tama, etc. Tama levels George with a Samoan headbutt… but George pops right back up, turns Tama around & almost bites his nose off!

George face-plants Tama, then re-plants him with a double-arm suplex for the 1-2-Haku slides in & saves the count, stomping a mudhole in George & leveling him with a clothesline off an Irish whip. After a double-suplex, Haku & Tama climb to opposite top ropes…… Crowd EXPLODES as Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Luke storm to the ring, sliding in & ready for bear as Haku & Tama ease off the top ropes, down to the floor! Haku & Tama lurch toward the aisle, surprised to see the Hillbillies this time. 

Meanwhile, George ravages a top turnbuckle & exposes the foam cushioning. He comes over & tosses it down on the 2 Headhunters, who are unfazed. “Don’t Go Messin’ With A Country Boy” hits & the Samoans stalk their way to the back. The Hillbillies finally start to enjoy the moment & begin a dosiedo with each other, then with the ref! Then with Albano! Crowd on fire! Is this a new union!? George watches, head cocked, perplexed. So he just rolls out to the floor, circling ringside, rubbing the heads of adoring fans.

Party atmosphere to end the show.
 

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The fans have reason to cheer early as Morales gets them going. The cheers keep going as the powerhouse team of Purski and Arcidi rock their opponents. 

Love the hyping of Rick Rude. 

Monsoon is right, Saito is a wrecking ball! I think a title match with Bruno would make some money. 

Another good Penthouse as Tito and Blassie engage in a battle of wits. No matter how hard Blassie tried, Tito responded with all the right answers and the fans agreed with him all the way. Tito always knew how to fire up a crowd. 

Having to deal with 4 Samoans and never knowing who you're going to get is pretty damn scary. This might be the most dangerous faction in the WWF.

Oh man who was that masked man! What were his motives? Will the case ever get resolved? Whoever he is, he must be one brave and tough dude to attack both Bulldogs like that. 

Action packed main event as Rocky King starts off with a blaze! King had a very energetic showing but once Shultz took control it was all over. Shultz gives King a brutal beating and might have ended his career if Putski and Arcidi didn't show up. The Bruno/Shultz match at MSG is going be freakn nuts! That New York crowd is going to be bonkers! This feud has so much heat. 

To All-Star,

Studd cuts an ominous promo on the Victory Circle. To me, he comes off even more menacing by remaining calm and watching his prey. I feel bad for his first target. 

Tensions heat up between Backlund and Kerrith LOL. 

I like the main events All-Star puts out every week. We just knew a match involving Steele and Tama would be all sorts of crazy and it was! 

WOW! IC title match scheduled for next week! Right on! 

 

 

 

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HOUSE SHOW: Saturday 9/19 | Boston, MA @ Boston Garden (17,353)

(Televised on the SESN Network. Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes on commentary.)

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Dusty Wolfe @ 3:20 with the Bonsai Throat Claw.

George Steele (w/Lou Albano) submitted Al Snow @ 3:29 with the Armbar to the Heavens.

Paul Orndorff defeated Pedro Morales @ 8:47 with an inside cradle after a missed spearing headbutt.

The British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) defeated The Fantastics by DQ @ 12:33. During Bulldogs’ entrance, Heenan blindly accused The Fantastics for the locker room attack. Fantastics arrive & it’s a high-energy, personal battle. Heenan slips knucks to Davey near the end, but Fulton intercepts & KO’s Davey, then Heenan in plain view of the ref. Bulldogs stagger out with Heenan over Dynamite’s shoulder.

[Intermission]

Big John Studd defeated Dan Severn @ 4:11 with a bodyslam & elbowdrop.

Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated Sika & Haku by DQ @ 13:28. Afa & Tama ran down, ambushed the Von Erich’s & left them laying. Bob Backlund snuck to the ring & hooked prone Kerry with the Crossface Chicken Wing. Backlund then ran for the hills when officials rushed to the ring.

[Ring Announcer Frank Chrzanowski announces Saturday 10/17 @ 8 PM as next month’s return date. Matches just signed include: Masa Saito vs. Ivan Putski, King Kong Bundy vs. George Steele, Von Erich’s/Scufflin’ Hillbillies vs. Samoan Headhunters in an 8-Man Tag signed moments ago, and Bruno Sammartino defends the WWF Heavyweight Title vs. David Schultz.]

I-C Champion Greg Valentine (w/Bobby Heenan) & Ken Patera fought to a 20-minute time limit draw. Patera slapped on the Airplane-spinning Full Nelson in the final 10 seconds. Patera & the place went nuts at the bell, thinking he won the Title by submission, only to find that time had run out.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated The Iron Sheik in a Bootcamp Match @ 17:15. Huge heat & insane brawl, with both men busted open. Action spilled everywhere, including into the crowd. Sheik used a chair as a weapon. Slaughter wouldn’t submit to the Camel Clutch, gets to his feet with Sheik on his back & drops him backward onto the chair. Red Scare runs in for a 3-on-1, but the Hillbillies rescue & brawl them to the back. In the ring, Slaughter pulls off Sheik’s boot, discovers it’s loaded, and KO’s him for the 1-2-3 to send the place home in a happy frenzy.
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 9/20 | Worcester, MA @ Centrum (8,423)

Salvatore Bellomo defeated Dan Severn with the sunset flip. 

George Steele defeated Mr. Fuji with a rollup.

Pedro Morales defeated Al Snow with the spearing headbutt.

Tito Santana defeated Tama with a crucifix.

Ivan Putski defeated Bob Backlund by DQ when Backlund snapped & Crossface Chicken Wing’d the ref. Putski made the save & Polish Hammered Backlund.

The Red Scare (no Blassie) defeated the Scufflin’ Hillbillies when Boris used his feet on the ropes for jackknife leverage on Cousin Luke.

Ken Patera defeated David Schultz by DQ when Schultz used a chair on Patera. Patera eventually fought back, managed to get the chair from him & hit a backshot over the top, sending Schultz staggering for the hills to close out the night.
 

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Sorry I fell a bit behind here.  How do you produce so much!  You must not sleep at night and it always done with such great detail!

To me, this is a slightly different WWF then I am used to as the heels seem to be on top right now which makes it even better.  

Backlund and Blassie continue to be two of my favorite reads each week.   I liked how Tito wouldn't give an inch in his back and forth with the "Classy One"

Such a great show loop you have going with all your major cities getting a big event each month it seems.

The Fantastics seem to be hanging in there in this wild tag division.  If Vince had them in real life and started pushing the roids it would have been real interesting to see where they could have gotten to.  I always see them as the poor man's RnR Express or Fab Ones.  They seemed to have to move around a lot to stay hot.

Rick Rude is going to be huge here!  Great hyping of this superstar!

I will try to do better staying in top of things!

 

 

 

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No worries at all! I'm always happy and welcoming for feedback, whenever it comes. Trust me, in past lives, Wahoo and I both know what it is to see life get in the way of creative outlets. So you're preaching to the choir there.

In turn, I have to commit to doing a bit more, because there have been plenty of times I planned to sit and review some more shows of yours, and got pulled away. So thanks for chiming in on occasion. I'll continue working on doing more and more of that as we go along.

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 9/25 | Toronto, ON @ Maple Leaf Gardens (16,423)

Giant Haystacks defeated 3 local Toronto workers.

Tito Santana defeated Mr. Fuji with the flying forearm.

Boris Zhukov (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Cousin Luke with a rollup & handful of overalls.

Kerry Von Erich (w/Kevin Von Erich) defeated Sika (w/Afa) with the Discus Punch after a miscue from an interfering Afa.

[Intermission]

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Ivan Putski by count-out.

Hillbilly Jim defeated Nikolai Volkoff (w/Fred Blassie) with the legdrop.

The Fantastics & the British Bulldogs fought to a double count-out, in a wild affair.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Bob Backlund by DQ. Backlund brought the Title belt into the ring & Bruno bearhugged him. Backlund clocked him with the belt, for the DQ. Backlund continued to batter Bruno, but Bruno fought back & planted him with the belly-to-belly, sending him slowly staggering for the hills to end the big night.
 

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 9/26

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(Gorilla Monsoon & Fred Blassie on commentary.)


[OPEN] to the customary dramatic WWF logo-in-space opener, with 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”.

[OPEN] to the opening credit package set to audio of “Some Like It Hot” by Power Station.

[FILTER IN] to the packed midsized arena. Gorilla Monsoon & ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie are on the podium across the way from the ring. Lively crowd going nuts!

Gorilla: The livewire of the sports world, otherwise known as The Superstars of Wrestling, is on the air & ready to blast off! Hello again folks! Gorilla Monsoon alongside ‘The Classy One’, Freddie Blassie. And the hits are just gonna keep coming! The WWF Tag Team Champions, Kerry & Kevin, the Von Erich’s join us in action! The Classy One’s crown jewel, The Iron Sheik from Iran, will be on full display in 1-on-1 competition! ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff, quite possibly the biggest free agent in the sport, will take to the squared circle & the guy to my right will probably be somewhere, eyes glued to the monitors for that one! And not to be outdone, this week’s main event; a main event anywhere in North America! The Fantastics are in the building, set to collide with 2 members of the Heenan Family, the Intercontinental Champion Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine & the 468-pound TANK… King Kong Bundy!

Blassie: They wanted a piece of the Heenan Family for what happened to the “Superfool”! Well now the Fantastics are gonna be getting tips on hospital etiquette when this is over! But Monsoon, today is about headlines. And what bigger headline is there, than to be hosting, in The Penthouse, the PRESIDENT of the World Wrestling Federation, JACK TUNNEY!

Gorilla: It’s been the buzz all week, I admit! And we’ll all be strapped in for that one!

[“I Love America” by Alice Cooper hits & the place EXPLODES big-time!]

Gorilla (cont’d): Stars & stripes forever here! There’s an OLYMPIAN coming in! Let’s head to ringside!


[FADE] to the aisle as Ken Patera strides out of the tunnel to a huge reaction from the crowd! He hi-fives the fans as he heads to the ring, this week in a U.S. flag-designed cape. He climbs into the ring & spreads his wings, showing off the cape design for all to see, like a peacock! David Morgan is intro’d as he warms up across the ring.


Match #1: Ken Patera vs. David Morgan

Patera is at his most stout & sharp! Not even a hint of mending injury any longer! Sidewalk slam, mile-long hiptosses, towering backdrops, fall-away slam, fireman-carry slam, swinging neckbreaker, etc. Patera looks like he’s having the time of his life & the crowd eats up every bit of it! He then slaps on the Full Nelson & airplane-spins it for the submission! He keeps on spinning Morgan even after the bell, until finally he lets him flop to the canvas in a whirl! 

He then celebrates with the crowd as “I Love America” resumes! He shows love to all sides of the building, before finally exiting the ring & leaving up the aisle to a big sendoff.

Winner: Ken Patera by Submission 


[CUT] to WWF Update with “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder as the audio. Into the newsroom-like studio WE go, with Lord Alfred Hayes.

He leads in with David Schultz beating Rocky King last week & taking matters too far to try to reinjure him. He takes us to the footage. He then reports King fortunately didn’t suffer serious reinjury this time, as he’s been run through a battery of tests from physicians. 

Says word is that WWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino is fuming at Schultz’s clear attempts to end a man’s career, as an overture to him.

Alfred changes gears to inform us that ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham is on the mend from his bruised & broken ribs, suffered from the Heenan-produced coup with Bundy weeks ago. Says Graham still has tons of healing yet to do, but word is he’s been touched by the outpouring of prayers & well wishes, etc.

He switches gears to inform us that more evidence has surfaced regarding the locker room attack on the British Bulldogs - evidence that we’ll get to examine soon, we're told.

Alfred ends the segment, as WE see the WWF logo graphic & instrumental of “Thriller” by Michael Jackson as the audio.


Commercial


Back from commercial, Mean Gene is standing by in a locker room, flanked by the Fantastics, still in their street clothes for now. He excitedly asks them about this week’s big main event vs. Valentine & Bundy.

Fulton says it’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Says they made it clear they’re on the trail of Heenan Family hide for what they did to Superstar, and this week is just the shot of adrenaline they’ve been aching for.

Rogers says they would’ve gotten their hands on Heenan Family members 1 way or another anyway, but getting the I-C Champion in the deal & the AC monster who personally broke Superstar’s bones, is a good day at the office.

Gene asks them their thoughts on the locker room attack on the Bulldogs some weeks back - especially now that Heenan has begun accusing them of being behind it, based on their calling out of the Heenan Family for what they did to Superstar.

Fulton says all’s fair in love & war, and this is definitely war. “But as for whether that was Tommy & me behind that, well… all we can say is we didn’t lose a wink of sleep to see what happened.”

Rogers adds, “The sooner we have fewer Heenan Family members running around, the better the sports world’ll be. Bundy & Valentine, get ready to get a taste of your own medicine”.

Gene excitedly thanks them & kicks us back out to the arena.


[CUT] back into the arena, Brady Shawn loosens up in the ring as he’s intro’d. “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC kicks in & the place EXPLODES HUGE as Paul Orndorff struts out of the tunnel in a blue robe this time, smugly sauntering down the aisle to a mixed ovation. He gets to ringside & gets inside, nodding at the roaring crowd with a chuckle. He takes his time disrobing the bedazzled robe with ‘Wonderful’ across the back in rhinestones. 


Match #2: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. Brady Shawn

Orndorff utterly destroys Boone, dismantling him with his full arsenal - which wasn’t even necessary beyond Orndorff simply enjoying himself. 

Jimmy Hart comes down to ringside, basically joining the Orndorff cheering contingent. 

Orndorff plants Shawn with a Russian Leg Sweep, hops on the 2nd turnbuckle & drops a knife-edge forearm down across the throat - which jolts Shawn on impact! Orndorff walks around, taking in the roaring crowd gesturing for the piledriver! Orndorff then mirrors the gesture & the place goes wild!

Suddenly, a smiling Mr. Fuji arrives to ringside, enjoying what he sees in the ring. Hart is stunned to see Fuji there. Orndorff nails a vicious piledriver on Shawn & counts along with the ref - 1-2-3! 

Place celebrates as “Hell’s Bells” kicks in again. Orndorff celebrates the easy win, flashes the crowd a double-bicep pose & the place loves it. He notices Hart at ringside & happily thumbs-ups him. He spots Fuji & rolls out to ringside, handshaking & hugging Fuji like they’re old friends. Orndorff then happily walks the aisle solo to the back, as Fuji watches with a smile & Hart doesn’t know what to think.

Winner: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff by Pinfall


[SEEN IN PHILADELPHIA MARKET ONLY] -- Back from commercial, it’s the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene hypes Philly that TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT WWF action returns to the City of Brotherly Love @ the Spectrum, 8 PM bell time. Says it’s a near-sellout, so snatch up the few remaining seats from the box office or Ticketmaster outlets all across the Philadelphia & greater Delaware Valley while we still can.

He quickly runs down most of the 9-match card, including the big double main event of Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik in a Bootcamp Match, Von Erich’s defend the Tag Team Titles vs. 2 Samoan Headhunters, Greg Valentine defending the I-C Title vs. Hillbilly Him, King Kong Bundy vs. Ken Patera, etc.

Sgt. Slaughter comes into frame, baton under 1 arm, as Gene welcomes him in. Asks Gene what better place than the birthplace of Independence to wage a war like this. Says Sheik is gonna pay for every heinous act, every slanderous word & every cockamamie thought that’s crossed his mind about America. 

Says he’s gonna walk to Hell to dole out a price that Sheik is gonna be paying for the rest of his life - starting tonight. Says this Bootcamp Match at the Spectrum is a match made in Heaven. Says Rocky will be proud, but will blush his face off at how brutal, how gruesome, how gory, how jarring this fight is gonna be. 

Says survival is the only rule & he’s ready to turn the Liberty Bell on its ear & stuff the Iron Sheik in the bottom of it, for good. “ATTEN HUT!” Gene ends the segment with his hard sell of the event details. 

WE see the in-space graphic with the event details with the “Eye of the Tiger” theme as the audio backdrop.


Commercial


Back from commercial, Joey Fontaine is intro’d in the ring as he warms up. Suddenly, the place erupts to its feet in MONSTER boos as Classy Freddie leads Iron Sheik, in his headdress, out of the tunnel to the aisle. Place shaking in big heat! They arrive at ringside, up the steps & into the ring. Sheik starts arguing with fans on various sides of the building, as if he’s gonna backhand every one of them! He grabs the mic from Finkel.

Sheik: EEE-DAUHN, NOOMBAIR VUN! U.S.A., UGHHHH (hocks a loogie. Place booing up a storm.)


Match #3: The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) vs. Joey Fontaine

Sheik schools the young man in pain, being pummeled & stretched beyond his breaking point. Total dominance , as Blassie enjoys the show. “USA” chants rain down & Sheik covers his ears, damned by them. Sheik takes out his frustrations on Fontaine with gut-wrench suplexes, elbowdrops, stomps, etc.

Sheik spits on his fallen prey a few times, then straddles him & yanks him up into the Camel Clutch! Fontaine can’t even indicate submission, so the ref calls for the bell to end the misery. Sheik lingers with the hold locked in! Ref reprimands him, as Blassie gets back into the ring. 

Sheik finally lets go of the hold, stands back up & enjoys his dominance, celebrating another win with Blassie. Blassie hands him the Iranian flag to wave proudly, as the boos reach a fever pitch! Blassie couldn’t be more proud as Sheik continues defiantly waving the flag amidst the downpour of “USA” chants.

They finally exit the ring & head up the aisle, as Sheik has the flag held high.

Winner: The Iron Sheik by Submission


[CUT] to a backstage hallway, where Mean Gene pursues Mr. Fuji, who’s walking the hallway in a hurry. Fuji has a cheeky grin, as Gene asks him about his scouting of Paul Orndorff earlier. Fuji says Orndorff is a mighty impressive man & he wanted to get a good look.

Gene asks if there’s been paperwork for negotiations with Orndorff, similar to the other high-level managers. Fuji laughs & says it’s none of Gene’s business, but adds that maybe the ink is drying already on even more paperwork. 

Gene is stunned & wants to know more… as Fuji happily walks off with a boisterous cackle, leaving Gene almost frothing for more info.


[CUT] to a special 30-second hype ad for WWF WrestleMania coming soon to VHS & Beta Tuesday October 6th, courtesy of Coliseum Home Video.


Commercial


Back from commercial, Fred Blassie is standing on the plush Penthouse suite interview set with soft jazz playing in the background. Security detail Virgil, whose shiny, arms cut-out tuxedo-like getup is tinted orange this week, stands stoically behind the sofa as per usual.

Blassie: Welcome once again to The Penthouse, the “Page 6 of Sports”, starring Yours Truly, ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie. (Crowd booing!) My guest this week is unlike any other guest you’ll ever see in The Penthouse. This particular guest contacted US & asked to use our immense platform to share some information to all of YOU, that I’m told will be very notable information, indeed. So without any further ado, please welcome my guest at this time… The President of the World Wrestling Federation, the honorable MR. JACK… TUNNEY!

[Crowd erupts in a mixed roar, as a grinning Tunney steps onto the set. He shakes a now-polite Virgil’s hand & Virgil ushershim toward Blassie. Tunney & Blassie shake hands politely.]

Blassie (cont’d): Mr. Tunney, welcome to The Penthouse. If there is anything I can offer you sir, by all means, let me or Virgil know & it’s yours. Shall we relax on the sofa to chat?

Tunney: Mr. Blassie, you’re so kind - thank you. But this particular visit, I’d like to remain standing if I can, so that I can more directly address all of our great fans in the arena & around the world.

[Crowd roaring huge! Blassie nodding at the fans, fine with Tunney’s choice.]

Tunney (cont’d, faces the crowd): Mr. Blassie, thanks for opening this venue for a purpose such as this. I was fine with the idea of having a video made & program-distributed to the populous. But I admit, the prospect of doing this in front of a sellout crowd, in a setting broadcast to the world, just felt right, given the circumstances. We, the World Wrestling Federation, already pride ourselves in being the revolutionary force in sports-entertainment. Well, I am excited to share with all of you that that revolution… is about to go bigger.

[Crowd EXPLODES all over the building!! Blassie’s eyes get big in anticipation.]

Tunney (cont’d, grinning): We already changed the face of our sport with the advent of the worldwide phenomenon known as WrestleMania, this past Independence Day in New York City. It garnered critical acclaimworldwide, international sports & media coverage from all points of the globe, and I look forward to it being an annual spectacular that captivates the world, every year hence! But ON that path, with captivating the world & launching new traditions to carry us all forward, I am pleased to announce that we are unveiling a BRAND-NEW event... to join WrestleMania as the SECOND of our annual, worldwide extravaganzas. The new event, heretofore to be known......… as “WWF Fall Classic”. (Crowd roars big!! Blassie’s intrigued) Fall Classic will henceforth be our Thanksgiving Night tradition! And this year, the inaugural Fall Classic event will take place Thursday Night, November 26th from the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, Illinois!

[Crowd roaring! Blassie mouthing back at Virgil, super-impressed.]

Tunney (cont’d): While the match-ups themselves are still being initiated, negotiated, and in some cases finalized, we’re excited at the prospect that we’ll have a truly EXTRAORDINARY card for that evening - 1 that is sure to leave the collective sports & entertainment worlds on their ears. We’ll be unveiling this mega card as we go forth, as the details cross the finish lines. However, I CAN inform all of you that, on that fateful night in the Windy City, the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championships will be on the line. (Crowd roars!) The World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Championship will be on the line. (Crowd roars!) And the World Wrestling Federation HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP will be on the line as well! 

[Crowd going nuts!!! Blassie all smiles! Virgil even nodding in approval.]

Blassie: This is monster news, sir! The buzz will resonate from 1 end of the earth to the other! I cannot wait to experience it! Tell me - how did you settle on Chicago as the location for this maiden event?

Tunney: GREAT question. As you know, Chicago is 1 of the top 5 major markets in the United States, in terms of media presence, population, sports presence & citywide footprint in the rich tradition of American professional wrestling. There was a shortlist of great cities that we couldn’t have gone wrong with. But Chicago just felt right for this event, for THIS night. And I, for one, am ecstatic about rolling into Chi-Town on this most momentous of occasions.

Blassie: I wholeheartedly agree! Also, I happen to own 4 properties in that city.

Tunney (chuckles): That’s certainly a plus, to be sure, Mr. Blassie.

Blassie: Indeed, indeed!

Tunney: Along with a host of other great & exciting showdowns to be slated for this card, and what I’m sure will feature some fun surprises as well, the inaugural WWF Fall Classic will be a night, not soon to be forgotten. Everyone, you’re all invited to JOIN US via closed-circuit TV nationwide, as we’ll be announcing the various locations in cities everywhere, very soon. 

Blassie: I’m sure they won’t wanna miss a moment of it.

Tunney (nods): Couldn’t agree more! Now Mr. Blassie, while I don’t have the wherewithal to come out & lay a challenge to a heated rival, or to hurl another human being across this palatial room - I’ll leave that to the Superstars that make this Federation what it is. However, I am proud to have had the chance to provide & announce another very special battleground, on which they can wage some of the memorable future battles of our generation. Thanks very much to you sir, to all of you in this arena, and to those of you at home! (Crowd going nuts, big-time!) Onward to WWF Fall Classic, everyone!

Blassie: Ladies & gentlemen, the President of the World Wrestling Federation! Mr. JACK! TUNNEY!

[Crowd roaring huge, as Tunney’s waving to the crowd on all sides of the building! He finally shakes Blassie’s hand 1 last time, then Virgil’s, and heads off the set to much larger-than-usual Tunney fanfare! Blassie tosses his mic on the couch, proudly blown away by the news he’s gotten. Virgil’s rubbing his hands eagerly, for some unspoken reason.]


Commercial


[SEEN IN MONTREAL, QB AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, a 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show next Saturday night, October 3rd, at the Forum. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]


Back from commercial, Ron Archer & Terry May warm up in the ring as they’re intro’d. “Still of the Night” by Whitesnake hits & the place COMES UNGLUED! Here come Kerry & Kevin out to the aisle, wearing their velvet jackets & Tag Team gold glistening underneath as they walk! Rabid arms of adoring fans reaching over the barricade, to get a touch of these 2 as they wade their way to the ring! 

They get to ringside, hop onto adjacent aprons & work the rocking crowd into an even bigger frenzy before getting into the ring!! They pull their belts off, holding them high to the crowd on all sides of the building, then pull off their jackets to begin warming up! What electricity in the air for these 2 men!!


Match #4: Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s vs. Ron Archer & Terry May

The Tag Champs are in fine form, showcasing their great cohesion & great athleticism; Kevin using a crisscross to flatten May with a flying cross-body, Kerry giving both opponents a stereo backdrop (!), double-dropkick by the Champs on Archer, etc. Place coming unglued for all of it!

In the end, The Champs stereo-clothesline May over the top to the floor. Kevin slaps the Claw on Archer & tags in Kerry. Kevin shoves Archer right into a Discus Punch from Kerry that FLATTENS Archer, dead! Kerry happily covers dominantly for the 1-2-3! Pace going nuts!

“Still of the Night” hits again & the Champs are given their Title belts. They celebrate with the raucous crowd, mounting opposite 2nd turnbuckles & holding the belts high for all to see. They finally get down & exit the ring, heading up the aisle to a monster sendoff.

Winners: The Von Erich’s by Pinfall


[CUT] to a dramatic vignette of Giant Haystacks in in-ring action, crippling bodies left & right - 1, 2, and 3 at a time. Ominous, almost demonic music serves as the audio undelay.

His immense girth, his sadistic mean streak, his unspeakable power, the bodies imploding on impact from back-Avalanches, legdrops, etc. are eye-popping in visual compilation.

Several shots of Haystacks with his arms raised in intense, animal-like roars as he enjoys his dominance with bodies at his feet.

Final shot of Haystacks looking into the camera, with a black background, calmly & intensely flexing his fists and grunting the words “Andre. The end... is... near.” He exhales menacingly, as the ominous music intensifies.


Commercial


[SEEN IN PHILADELPHIA MARKET ONLY] -- Back from commercial, the market-specific ‘WWF Event Center’ again with Mean Gene standing by with the WWF logo on the wall behind him.

Gene hypes Philly again about WWF being back in town TONIGHT @ the Spectrum, 8 PM bell time. He reminds us only a few tix remain & implores us to snatch them up asap.

He quickly runs down most of the 9-match card again, including the big double main event of Andre the Giant vs. Giant Haystacks, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik in a Bootcamp Match, Von Erich’s defend the Tag Team Titles vs. 2 Samoan Headhunters, Greg Valentine defending the I-C Title vs. Hillbilly Him, King Kong Bundy vs. Ken Patera, etc.

The Iron Sheik comes into frame, now in a gym shirt & his gear. Gene asks him about waging war in the big Bootcamp Match in a town like Philadelphia. Sheik responds, “Ex-cee-llent question, Mr. Gene”. He says all the intelligent people in “the Philadelphia” know that Slaughter is a weak, scared American soldier. 

Says Slaughter went in front of the world, begging for a match he cannot win. A match with no rules, like 2 men on a battlefield - no hold barred. Says Slaughter will be beaten almost to death in his own match. 

Says the best place to lay Slaughter to rest is in the same place the USA was born, and he (Sheik) is the supreme warrior in this sport. Says he’ll end him, then lay the Iranian flag across him & declare “Amme-dika is now the new Ee-dahn!”

Gene ends the segment with his hard sell of the event, as Sheik remains, bloviating in the background in the Farsi language.

WE see the in-space graphic with the event details. “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead is the audio backdrop.


[FADE] back into the arena. “Well Dressed Man” by ZZ Top hits & the place EXPLODES to its feet! Rogers & Fulton come out of the tunnel with confident grins, but clearly focused. Place going nuts as a sea of arms reaches for them as they make it to ringside. They have their game faces on! They hop on the apron, giving the rocking crowd an abbreviated gyration this time before hopping into the ring, firing up the already-rocking crowd. They pull off their ring tuxedos & bowties, readying themselves. Song fades… 

Crowd explodes in boos as Bobby Heenan confidently walks the aisle alone. He gets to ringside & demands the mic from Finkel above. Finkel hands him the mic.

Heenan: In case you humanoids are wondering, I decided we’d do things a little differently this week! You 2 teenie boppers have been flappin’ your gums about gettin’ your hands on the Heenan Family, just because of what happened to your rib-less idol. Well, ask & you shall RECEIVE, PALS! Cuz you’re just moments away from JOINING him! 

[Crowd booing huge! Fanatics both focused & readying themselves eagerly.]

Heenan (cont’d): I’m gonna introduce your fates 1 at a time. FIRST UP, the man who can crush multiple human beings at a time. The man who can topple skyscrapers & pulverize even the stoutest of men! The man… who weighs 468 pounds! A pound for every nightmare he’s about to add to your plates, Fulton & Rogers. I give to you, the INDESTRUCTIBLE!... KING! KONG! BUNDY! 

Crowd exploding in monster boos as Bundy smugly walks the aisle. He looks like a tractor among Matchbox cars, arriving to ringside. He hi-fives Heenan & begins rubbing his hands eagerly. Fulton & Rogers are all wound-up in the ring, telling Bundy to bring it on! They see him as the centerpiece, most responsible for injuring the Superstar. 

Heenan (cont’d, happy): And now, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you… the MAN… who stands as the #1 contender for the most prestigious prize in this great sport! The man, deemed as the single best in-ring technician known in all the world. The REIGNING Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion! The one! The only! Greg! “The Hammer”! VALENTINE! (cackling, Bundy applauding heartily)

Crowd booing up a storm. Heenan & Bundy are happily applauding, inviting the appearance of Valentine…… No Valentine. Heenan & Bundy look at each other - their smiles still intact, but a smidge of curiosity etching onto their faces as well.

Heenan (cont’d, tries it again): Greg “The Hammer”! VALENTINE!

Crowd still booing up a storm… but still no Valentine! Bundy is becoming a bit confused, jawing to Heenan, gesturing they were both backstage moments ago. Bundy is eagerly gesturing for Valentine to come on out. Still nothing. Heenan’s full-on confused now. Fantastics are also gesturing for Valentine to appear.

Heenan (unsure of himself now): Come on, Champ! It’s time to rock & roll! (Bundy is pacing now, perplexed).

Suddenly, an arena staffer sprints to ringside & frantically informs Heenan of something off-mic, pointing backstage.

Heenan (half off-mic): Oh NO, you gotta be kidding me… (tosses the mic & anxiously starts up the aisle, following the staffer! Crowd going nuts! Bundy watches on, confused.) 

Bundy turns & faces the ring, and both Fantastics baseball-slide him from inside the ring, staggering the big man at ringside! Place going nuts! Rogers & Fulton roll out, and take turns & UNLOADING on Bundy with roundhouses! They’re punching his lights out with all they’ve got! They’re rocking Bundy at ringside, 2-on-1! What a barrage!!!!

[CUT] backstage, where Greg Valentine is lying motionless, face-down in his black ring robe, on a hallway floor. A bunch of debris lies all around as well. Several officials are frantically trying to figure out what happened. 

Heenan & the staffer speed onto the scene. Heenan is beside himself in horror & is revisiting a nightmare, it would seem!! He falls to his knees, yelling into Valentine’s ear in hopes he can hear him. No dice. 

Heenan frantically asks the onlookers who did it & no one knows. One person offers up “It happened so fast. Couldn’t get a good look at him. 1 shot & he bolted out that (EXIT) door right there, like a ghost”. 

Heenan notices 1 object in particular lying near Valentine. Heenan picks it up & looks at it like his life is flashing before him…… WE pan down to see the object in his hands...  a slick, black, aluminum bat.

[CUT] back to the arena, where Fulton & Rogers have Bundy in the ring now, still staggering him with high-flying double-team offense!!! Bundy's woozy in the corner. The corner's the only thing holding him up right now!! Fulton slingshots Rogers into Bundy in the corner! Bundy staggers forward on spaghetti legs, Rogers gets on all-fours behind him, Fulton dropkicks Bundy & he falls over Rogers like a lightweight, crashing to the mat in a thunderous impact!!! Place going nuts!!!

Bundy instinctively rolls to the outside & he’s angrily seen enough, waving both men off as he heads up the aisle!!! The Fantastics are in the ring, daring him to come back & get some more! Bundy continues staggering to the back, seemingly on a mission!! This match never started, but the Fantastics are angrily celebrating with the rabid crowd nonetheless!!! Is karma catching up to the Heenan crew!?!?!?

Winners: The Fantastics vs. Greg Valentine & King Kong Bundy Ruled a No Contest - Match Never Officially Started


[CUT] backstage to the hallway of chaos, where Valentine is slowly beginning to stir on the floor. Medics are checking his vitals, but trying to keep him still. Heenan is pacing, practically pulling his hair out. 

Bundy arrives & Heenan frantically shows him the carnage, filling him in on what supposedly happened. He then picks up the aluminum black bat, still intimidated by it, and hands it to Bundy. Bundy even takes a big gulp at first! Heenan’s in complete distress, demanding to know from the medics if Valentine will be alright. Bundy’s transfixed on the black bat in his hands.


Commercial


[SEEN IN MONTREAL, QB AREA ONLY -- During the commercial break, a 30-second ad bumper featuring a moving-through-space graphic with Mean Gene’s voice hyping the big house show next Saturday night, October 3rd, at the Forum. Written graphics of the match-ups show as Gene hypes the card.]


Back from commercial, Gorilla & Blassie are standing on the broadcast platform. Both are stunned.

Gorilla (dumbfounded): You won’t find Yours Truly with fewer words to say than right now, folks. Where does 1 even BEGIN!? First, the chaos happening in the dressing room area as we SPEAK! And then, there’s the bombshell that broke on The Penthouse! WWF Fall Classic, are you kidding!? This all is gonna send shockwaves worldwide!

Blassic (visibly shaken): I can’t even bring myself to GLOAT about all the news broken in my Penthouse! I mean, I CAN, but--

Gorilla: HUH! I know just what ya MEAN! We’re gonna need to unpack all this, as another shot heard round the world has been fired squarely on the Heenan Family, it appears! Once we’ve unpacked all the headlines from this hour, we’ll be back next week to witness more shockwaves all over again! In 3-on-1 handicap action, the mighty Giant Haystacks!

Blassie: That’s the NEW 8th Wonder of the World to YOU, Monsoon!

Gorilla: The world already has an 8th, thank you very MUCH! Also doing battle next week, those Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Hillbilly Jim & Cousin Luke! And we're told they'll be joined by their new manager & friend, Captain Lou Albano! Also, one-half of The Classy One’s Red Scare, Boris Zhukov, will be in action as well! Not to mention the former WWF Heavyweight Champion, Bob Backlund & the many, apparently, voices in his head will join us in 1-on-1 competition! And in the big main event, the Mexican sensation Tito Santana squares off with one-half of the British Bulldogs, the Dynamite Kid! THAT’S if the ranks of the Heenan Family can even make it to next week, Blass!

Blassie: Bobby’s gonna figure this out, I just KNOW it! And next week in The Penthouse, my guests are gonna be that… that… recluse! That K9! That… that George ‘The Animal’ Steele & that no-good Lou Albano!

Gorilla: HUH! What a happening & a half that’s likely to be! Folks, there’s so much still unfolding at this very moment! We’ll update you next week, as soon as we have more! Until then, this is the Gorilla alongside The Classy One, saying SO LONG EVERYBODY! 

[FADE TO] still clips of this week’s highlights as “Some Like It Hot” plays at full volume.

[FADE TO BLACK]
 

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TV: All-Star Wrestling - Saturday 9/26

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(Vince McMahon & Jack Reynolds on commentary.)

 

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) defeated Alex Warren with the Bonsai Throat Claw.

[A shaken Bobby Heenan to the ring: Borrows the mic & announces he got the OK from Jack Tunney’s office to postpone the I-C Title defense, due to the ambush Valentine suffered on The Superstars of Wrestling. Tunney’s placed the contingency Valentine must fulfill the contract for this match within 30 days, etc. Heenan has a replacement to face Pedro Morales, to be announced.]

Ivan Putski & Ted Arcidi defeated Terry McMichael & Jason Bates with a Polish Hammer on Bates.

[Victory Circle w/Lord Alfred Hayes: Special guests the British Bulldogs, sans Bobby Heenan. Davey says they were attacked by a faceless coward, avenging Billy Graham. Dynamite says there’s reason to think the Fantastics are behind it, since they publicly said they’re hunting the Heenan Family. Davey says it’s all a distraction to protect the Von Erich’s from the Bulldogs winning their gold back - nothing will stop them, etc.]

Tito Santana defeated Maurice Williams with the flying forearm.

Big John Studd defeated Dusty Wolfe by count-out with a bodyslam over the top rope.

[Ken Patera vs. Nikolai Volkoff is announced as next week’s main event. Rocky King announced as Lord Alfred’s guest on Victory Circle.]

Pedro Morales defeated Davey Boy Smith by DQ. Crowd very hype for this back-and-forth, high-velocity battle of the tanks. Davey gains & maintains control, further cementing it with the standing delayed suplex on the fiery veteran! Davey is looking his studly best. 

Pedro eventually fights up out of a reverse-chinlock, elbowing his way out of the hold & mounting a dramatic comeback with clotheslines, roundhouse that level Davey repeatedly, and a dropkick that knocks the big Brit backward over the top to the floor! Pedro takes the fight to him outside as well!

Back inside, Davey cuts him off & goes for the big powerslam… but Pedro pushes out of it, sending Davey to the turnbuckle. The velocity bounces Davey out of the corner & Pedro FLATTENS him with the spearing headbutt to the gut! Dynamite sprints down & slides in, stomping Pedro for the DQ. Dynamite keeps stomping like a madman, as Davey slowly recovers & pulls himself up, as the bell keeps ringing.

Crowd EXPLODES as Tito Santana sprints down the aisle with a steel chair! He running-slides into the ring & the Bulldogs scatter to the floor. Tito kneels next to Pedro, as the Bulldogs walk up the aisle with the arms raised as if they won! Pedro is able to make it back to his feet a moment later, fired up & gesturing for the Bulldogs to come on back! All hugs with Tito & celebrating with the crowd to end the show.
 

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HOUSE SHOW (2 PM Matinee): Saturday 9/26 | Long Island, NY @ Nassau Coliseum (15,549)

Tama defeated Salvatore Bellomo with a splash from the top rope.

George Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Al Snow with a double-arm suplex.

Masa Saito (w/Mr. Fuji) & Pedro Morales fought to a Double DQ in a hard-nosed affair.

Ken Patera defeated Bob Backlund by DQ, when Backlund snapped & Chicken-winged the ref. Patera made the save, full-nelson-suplexing Backlund. Backlund then heads for the hills.

Paul Orndorff defeated Ted Arcidi with a schoolboy.

Hillbilly Jim (w/Cousin Luke) defeated Afa (w/Sika) by DQ, when Sika intervened. The Hillbillies then fought them off.

Big John Studd defeated Ivan Putski by count-out when Studd dodged the Polish Hammer outside, hit the elbowdrop & beat the 10 count.

WWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino & Tito Santana defeated Red Scare (w/Fred Blassie). 4-man breakdown near the end, leading to Bruno catching Boris with the belly-to-belly for the 1-2-3 to send the hot crowd home happy.
 

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HOUSE SHOW (8 PM): Saturday 9/26 | Philadelphia, PA @ Spectrum (19,297; Sell-out)

(Televised on the PRISM Network. Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes on commentary.)

Rocky King defeated Dan Severn @ 5:33 with a flying cross-body from the top rope.

Tito Santana & Pedro Morales defeated Masa Saito & Mr. Fuji @ 8:17 with a Morales spearing headbutt to the gut of Fuji.

George Steele (w/Lou Albano) defeated Haku @ 7:24. Haku missed a charge to the corner & collided face-first with the exposed turnbuckle, allowing Steele to schoolboy him for the 1-2-3.  

Valentine vs. Hillbilly Jim I-C Title Match substituted: Ken Patera & Scufflin’ Hillbillies (w/Lou Albano) defeated King Kong Bundy & British Bulldogs (w/Bobby Heenan) by DQ @ 10:20. Lively battle. Heenan interferes for the DQ, prompting Albano to jump & aid the fan favorites in cleaning house, sending Team Heenan packing.

Andre the Giant defeated Giant Haystacks by DQ @ 9:18. Galactic seesaw showdown. Each giant succeeded in knocking the other off his feet during the battle. End comes when Haystacks yanked the ref into the path of an Andre Big Boot. They continue battling until Andre knocks Haystacks over the top with 2 Big Boots. Haystacks angrily decides to retreat, leaving Andre standing tall.  

[Intermission]

Big John Studd defeated Ted Arcidi @ 6:21 a short-clothesline & elbowdrop.

Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated Afa & Tama by count-out @ 14:14.

[Ring Announcer Mel Phillips announces Saturday 10/24 @ 8 PM as next month’s return date. Show will have a double main event. Matches just signed include: Fantastics vs. British Bulldogs, Greg Valentine defends the I-C Title vs. George Steele, Big John Studd vs. Tito Santana, and Bruno Sammartino defending the World Title vs. David Schultz in a No DQ Match! More matches to be announced in the coming weeks on local feeds of The Superstars of Wrestling on FOX 29 & All Star Wrestling on WPHL-17.]

Paul Orndorff defeated Ivan Putski @ 8:29 with a rollup reversal.

Sgt. Slaughter defeated The Iron Sheik (no Blassie) in a Bootcamp Match @ 16:39. Total chaos that kicks off right on Slaughter’s arrival, spilling all over the place - in & out of the ring. Both men end up busted open & use everything not nailed down as weapons, leading to near-falls all over the place or objects of torture. Near the end, Sheik charges with the ring bell & Slaughter backdrops him onto a nearby chair. Moments later, Slaughter KO’s Sheik with the ring bell for the 1-2-3, sending the frenzied place home happy. 
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Sunday 9/27 | Landover, MD @ Capitol Center (14,679)

Rocky King defeated Steve Lombardi with a sunset flip from the top rope.

Al Snow defeated SD Jones with a schoolboy & handful of trunks.

Tito Santana & Bob Backlund fought to a 20-minute time limit draw.

The Fantastics defeated Red Scare (no Blassie) by DQ, when Boris used the Russian flag on Rogers.

Sika defeated Cousin Luke with a splash from the top rope.

Pedro Morales defeated Mr. Fuji (no Saito) with the spearing headbutt to the gut.

Big John Studd defeated Dan Severn with the bodyslam & elbowdrop in 32 seconds. 

Tag Team Champions the Von Erich’s defeated the British Bulldogs (no Heenan) 2-1 in a 2 of 3 Falls Match. The 4 Samoan Headhunters ambushed the Champs in Fall 3. Fantastics ran in with chairs for the save. Champs & Fantastics stood tall to close the night.
 

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HOUSE SHOW: Friday 10/2 | Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre (8,279)

SD Jones defeated a local Ottawa worker.

Masa Saito (no Fuji) fought Pedro Morales to a Double DQ.

Hillbilly Jim defeated Boris Zhukov (no Blassie) with a legdrop.

The British Bulldogs (no Heenan) defeated The Fantastics when Dynamite reversed a small package on Fulton.

George Steele (no Albano) defeated Haku with an inside cradle after a missed Haku splash from the top.

David Schultz defeated Ken Patera with a jackknife pin with the feet on the ropes for leverage.

Rocky King defeated Al Snow with a cross-body off the top rope.

Tito Santana defeated King Kong Bundy by DQ, when the British Bulldogs interfered. The Fantastics ran in for the save, sending the Heenan crew packing to end the night.
 

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TV: Superstars of Wrestling - Saturday 10/3 (Abbreviated for Accelerated Production)

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(Glens Falls, NY @ Civic Center. Gorilla Monsoon & Fred Blassie on commentary.)

 


Scufflin’ Hillbillies (w/Lou Albano) defeated Bobby Terry & Arnie Ray with a legdrop by Jim on Ray.

[WWF Update: Lord Alfred hypes the announcement last week on The Penthouse by President Jack Tunney of the inaugural 'WWF Fall Classic' in Chicago on 11/26. Then covers the mysterious hallway attack on Greg Valentine last week & shows the footage. Says Valentine was knocked out, but no long-term injuries thankfully. Alfred hypes the mysterious black bat, etc.]

Boris Zhukov (w/Fred Blassie) defeated Steve Lacey with a running headbutt drop.

[Hype promo: 2 Weeks Away -- Rick Rude Arrives.]

Giant Haystacks defeated Jared Arnold, Marcus Thomlin & Curt Shore after Back-Avalanching all 3 & choosing to pin Shore.

[WWF Event Center f/BOSTON AREA -- Hyping of the house show @ Boston Garden on Saturday 10/17. Bruno Sammartino comes in & cuts a fiery promo about his title defense vs. David Schultz.]

[The Penthouse w/Fred Blassie: Guests George ‘The Animal’ Steele w/Lou Albano. Albano says George sees the WWF as his home, his habitat, and he’s here to become king of his own jungle. All the while George is roaming around the Penthouse, sniffing, lifting, examining things - completely unsettling to Blassie & Virgil. Albano continues the George is his own man with his own brand of communicating, but his in-ring fighting is the universal language. George picks up a sofa pillow & bites open - pillow feathers flew everywhere! Virgil snatches it from him. George ambushes Virgil, wrecks him all over the place & tosses him over the bar. Albano reigns him in & they politely leave, etc. Blassie's horrified & Virgil angrily recovers quickly behind the bar, but still dazed.]

Bob Backlund submitted Greg Ritchie with the Crossface Chicken Wing. Afterward, he gets the mic & lectures him as if he’s ‘Kerrith’ Von Erich. Backlund snaps & re-hooks the hold, then slaps it on a nearby official who was trying to help Ritchie roll out of the ring. Backlund walks away in a daze.

[WWF Event Center f/BOSTON AREA -- Hyping of the house show @ Boston Garden on Saturday 10/17. Masa Saito & Mr. Fuji come in. Fuji runs down Ivan Putski, saying he’ll be obliterated vs. Saito, etc.]

Tito Santana defeated Dynamite Kid (no Heenan) by DQ. Crowd on FIRE the whole time for this high-throttle, seesaw match between 2 amazing athletes, full of high spots, great psychology & gutsy storytelling. Dynamite finally gains majority control with that explosive offense. He goes to end it with a swandive headbutt from the top, but Tito moves! Both men down! They slowly struggle to their feet & Tito gets his second win with a huge barrage of leveling roundhouses, dropkicks, backdrops, etc. 

HERE COMES KING KONG BUNDY! Tito greets him getting into the ring with a hello dropkick! Tito’s rocking both men toe-to-toe, until they finally overtake him! HERE COMES DAVEY BOY SMITH! 3-on-1 beatdown now!!! Bulldogs whip Tito to the corner & Bundy avalanches!!! 

HERE COME THE FANTASTICS WITH CHAIRS! They running-slide into the ring, and the Bulldogs/Bundy scatter to the wind!! Fantastics are beside themselves as they rule the ring, daring their foes to come on back to get some more! Bundy & the Bulldogs are proud of themselves, jawing at them while retreating up the aisle. Fantastics are helping a pained Tito to pull himself up slowly.

[Announced in action for next week: David Schultz, 4 Samoan Headhunters in an 8-Man Tag, George Steele, and Rocky King. Main event will be Big John Studd vs. Ted Arcidi. Blassie’s guest on The Penthouse will be Paul Orndorff, to discuss the state of the managerial sweepstakes. Also, Jack Tunney will make the very 1st major announcement regarding the Fall Classic card.]
 

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