January 30, 2005
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We then see the classic All American opening video with clips of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Hogan again, the Iron Sheik and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. All American is brought to us this week by Winchester - Load up with the legend!
A preview of this week’s feature bout - Hercules Hernandez vs. Billy Jack Haynes from Madison Square Garden
Mean Gene Okerlund welcomes us to the show from the Sports Control Center and previews this week’s matches…
To begin we have comments from the Honky Tonk Man, who tells us he went out with Betty Sue (not Peggy) and danced all night long. He’s also feeling so good and says he is heading to the WWF soon and can’t wait to get his hands on people like Paul Orndorff and he will be taking care of business, Tennessee style baby!
Match #1 - Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Roger Kirby
Lord Alfred Hayes is the ring announcer here, and Gorilla Monsoon, Luscious Johnny V and Ernie Ladd are in the booth to provide commentary. Kirby is from Kansas City, and has a beard and long hair. Ricky gets a standing ovation on his way to the ring. Monsoon notes that Ricky has been wearing a red headband ever since he was DDT’d on the floor by Jake Roberts on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Some great moves by Steamboat during the match with leapfrogs and armdrags and Kirby gets a lot of offence in throughout the match. Johnny V continuously refers to Ricky as an ego-maniac throughout the match, but Steamboat gets the pin with a flying bodypress from the top rope at 4:32
Winner - Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Gene is back in the Sports Control Center and mentions the WWF is loaded with great talent, specifically mentioning all the current champions and that Randy Savage won’t talk to him anymore and Elizabeth only does sometimes.
The WWF is on tour in Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Boston, Rosemont, Long Island, Rockford and Providence - be a part of it when it comes to your area!
From the pages of the WWF Magazine, it’s Update with Gene Okerlund - this week’s subject is Harley Race and Gene mentions how Race came to the WWF with exceptional credentials and impressive win-loss record. We also get footage of Race’s coronation as King with all the other WWF heels in the ring to share the moment. Okerlund closes by saying one of Race’s main objectives is to win the WWF Title.
Match #2 - “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. Tony Garea
Hayes is the ring announcer again here, and Monsoon, Ladd & Johnny V are still in the announce booth. Savage is the Intercontinental Champion at this point, but this is a non-title match. Garea is from Auckland, New Zealand in case you don’t know and is nearing the end of his career at this point and had been wrestling mainly as an enhancement talent for the past year and longer. Quite a turnaround for the former 5-time Tag Team Champion. Garea does get a nice pop however, but so does Savage, who is wearing a blue robe and headband to the ring this week. (Or is that for Elizabeth?) Monsoon notes that he no longer refers to Savage as the “Macho Man” for a number of reasons including for stealing the IC title from Tito Santana in the Boston Garden on February 8th (Gorilla actually says November 8th but we’ll let him off there). Danny Davis is the referee here and pulls Garea back before the match, allowing Savage to attack Garea from behind, which leads to Gorilla again complaining about Davis’s officiating which he had been doing for several weeks by this point. All the classic Savage moves are here including the double axe handle from the top rope to the floor. We also get comments from Superstar Billy Graham during the match where he says he is in “the remote stretches of the unknown” (or a desert) and he is Bad to the Bone and is coming back to hurt somebody in the WWF and says that Savage should get ready incase he has to feel the wrath of the Superstar. (No match ever took place as far as I know as Graham’s comeback in 86 was very short-lived and he lasted no more than a couple of matches until they began hyping a second return in 1987) Savage then finishes off Garea with the top-rope elbowsmash at 2:26
Winner - “Macho Man” Randy Savage
“Killer” Ken Resnick is standing by backstage for an interview with Leaping Lanny Poffo. Resnick notes a new hairdo for Poffo, before Poffo mentions he’s being involved recently with the Special Olympics and has a poem to share with us about it.
Match #3 - The Dream Team (w/ Luscious Johnny V) vs. the U.S. Express
The Dream Team is of course former World Tag Team Champions Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake. The U.S. Express are former Tag Team Champion Mike Rotundo & Danny Spivey. The Express come out to theme music later used by Lex Luger in 1993. Howard Finkel is the ring announcer here and Vince McMahon, Bruno Sammartino and Jesse “The Body” Ventura are in the booth for this bout. Jesse gives the edge to the Dream Team to win the match. Valentine immediately goes for the leg of Rotundo but is kicked away instead. Bruno says he things the U.S Express will win the match, disagreeing with Ventura. Both teams get the advantage throughout the match and all 4 men end up in the ring fighting at once. Rotundo gives the airplane spin to Beefcake and goes for the cover but Johnny V comes in for the DQ at 3:08 and breaks up the pinfall with an elbow drop to Rotundo. Spivey then chases all the 3 heels out of the ring before any more damage can be done to Rotundo.
Winners by DQ - The U.S. Express
A Moment with Gene Okerlund – Gene is in the Sports Control Center once again and “speaks on the phone to Pat Robertson”, noting he has his eyes on the presidency of the United States and that there had been some talk to change the national anthem. Robertson suggests the Old Rugged Cross.
Gene is back in the Sports Control Center with the new WWF Magazine which has Miss Elizabeth on the cover. He notes the article title “Sounding Off” where the wrestlers can get things off their chest, noting that Hulk Hogan and Jake Roberts are included. He then sends us over to Roberts in the Snake Pit…
The Snake Pit - Hillbilly Jim
Jake tells us “the wisest of men can be made a fool, but this week’s guest already has a head start” and introduces Hillbilly Jim. Jake says he is an innovator, and not an imitator, Hillbilly responds saying “most wise men keep their mouths shut, and let the fools do the talking”. Jakes give a quote of “when the bird is flown, the nest is empty” and Hillbilly responds with his own saying “Sometimes the lights are on, but there sure ain’t anybody home”.
Gene is back and says Hillbilly is “something else” and has put Jake in his place. Gene also has some news that on next weeks show, the distinguished host of Prime Time Wrestling will be the special guest. Kevin Dunn, one of the crew sat near Gene asks if its Bobby Heenan, but Gene reminds him it’s the “distinguished” host, which is Gorilla Monsoon.
The WWF is still on tour, now in Spokane, Buffalo, Rochester (NY), Syracuse, Clayton, Springfield (MA), and St. Paul - be a part of it when it comes to your area! (Most noticeably of those shows announced is that Adrian Adonis was previewed to appear at the Syracuse show (a TV taping), but never did as he was briefly released from the WWF for a couple of months)
Gene is back and again confirms Gorilla Monsoon to be a guest next week on the show. He says maybe they can get some other people to join him in the future such as Jesse Ventura, Johnny V, and some other guy Gene can’t remember - oh yes, Bobby Heenan! He then takes us over to Madison Square Garden to join the feature match in progress…
Match #4 - Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules Hernandez (w/ Slick) (joined in progress from MSG)
Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes are at ringside for this bout. Slick is making his MSG debut here, after recently acquiring half of the contracts of Herc, and also Nikolai Volkoff & the Iron Sheik from Freddie Blassie. We appear to be several minutes into the bout here. Hercules gives a blatant low blow to Haynes, and Monsoon says there should be a disqualification immediately. Hercules is in control after this, including several moves such as a back suplex, powerful clothesline and backdrop, but Haynes will not stay down. Shortly thereafter the bell rings for the expiration of the time-limit and the match is announced as a draw. But wait... both men appear to ask for a further 5 minutes which the referee verbally agrees to the wrestlers, but no formal announcement is made which could have confused the crowd in attendance. Haynes then begins to take the upper advantage and goes to lock in the full nelson, but Slick pulls Hernandez out of the ring and leads him backstage. The referee begins to count out Hernandez and Monsoon & Hayes seem extremely shocked that he is counting Hercules out, and didn’t see the extra 5-minute period as part of the match, and suggest that Hercules & Slick wouldn’t have realized it either.
Winner via count-out in the extra 5-minute period: Billy Jack Haynes
Ken Resnick is standing by backstage for another interview, and this time is joined by Slick, Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. Resnick talks about Slick’s recent purchase as mentioned before. Slick says he wanted to become the first black professional wrestling manager in the world, which he accomplished. Volkoff says his and Sheik’s performance is better with two managers and Sheik talks and says Russia and Iran are number 1.
Gene is back, and once again confirms Gorilla Monsoon to be a guest next week. Okerlund also speaks to Lord Alfred Hayes off camera and tells him to get a tuxedo as he will also be appearing to talk about the Piper’s Pit/Flower Shop feud. Also next week, we will see a special feature match where the British Bulldogs will take on the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in a non-title match, the Islanders will meet the Hart Foundation, there will be a special update on the Honky Tonk Man and Corporal Kirchner will meet “The King” Harley Race in singles action.