August 11, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: December 13, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan are back in the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska this week, and yes, Heenan is still wearing a neckbrace, as a result of Hulk Hogan re-injuring the aforementioned area a few weeks back on Saturday Night's Main Event. On today's show will be Danny Davis vs. Sam Houston, along with The Bolsheviks, Ted DiBiase, Koko B. Ware, The Junkyard Dog and Bam Bam Bigelow. Let's head down to ringside!
Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Oliver Humperdink) vs. Brian Costello
The new edition of the WWF Magazine is advertised to kick things off, featuring exclusive photos of Bam Bam emerging triumphant in a battle royal. The bell sounds and Bam Bam goes to work immediately, delivering an elbow to the back of Costello, followed by a suplex. Monsoon reminds us of the upcoming 37th annual Slammy Awards show, in which Bigelow will be present, and may even be up for an award or two. The big man drops a headbutt onto Costello who is lying on the mat, and then scoops him up for a one arm bodyslam. Monsoon then informs us that Bigelow likes to play the saxophone. Bigelow drops a chop onto Costello, and then knocks him down with a reverse thrust kick. Bigelow then rakes the eyes, whips Costello to the ropes and knocks him down with an elbow, followed by another elbow. Bigelow lifts up Costello, and after many seconds, drops him down to the mat with a press slam. After another succession of chops, Bigelow once again delivers a one arm bodyslam, followed by a slingshot over the top rope for the pinfall victory.
Winner - Bam Bam Bigelow via pinfall, at 02:21
This week's Special Report with Craig DeGeorge is up next, and he is discussing the relationship between Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake. They were former Tag Team Champions, but are now bitter enemies. We see clips from Wrestlemania III when Valentine turned his back on Beefcake, followed by highlights of the first singles match between the two from WWF Superstars of Wrestling. However, Brutus did suffer a severe knee injury due to the figure four leglock, but DeGeorge believes that this feud is far from over.
The Bolsheviks (w/ Slick) vs. Jim Evans & Brady Boone
The Slickster swipes the microphone and demands that the audience should stand up to respect the Soviet's national anthem, as sung by Nikolai Volkoff. Of course, the fans are having none of it. The bell sounds and Volkoff kicks Boone to the midsection, but gets dropkicked thereafter, as Boone fights back. However, Volkoff reverses an irish whip and nails Boone with a 360-degree clothesline, which may have legitimately injured Boone, as he immediately makes the tag. Evans enters and receives similar treatment, and Zhukov tags in, and delivers a backbreaker. This in itself could have resulted in the pinfall victory, but he decided that he wasn't quite done yet, and so tags Volkoff back in. Meanwhile, we go to pre-recorded comments from Slick, who is looking forward to winning many Slammy awards. Back between the ropes, the Bolsheviks deliver a double back body drop to Evans, which completely screws up his leg upon landing. Zhukov tags back in and delivers a big boot to Evans, and Volkoff tags back in, delivers a belly-to-belly suplex, and re-tags Zhukov. He rams Evans into the corner and delivers several kicks, before going to the top rope and driving the face of Evans into the canvas.
Winners - The Bolsheviks via pinfall, at 02:43
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing backstage, and is discussing the harsh training regiments of Mr. Fuji. The manager comes in and declares all kind of destruction, and introduces Demolition, who swim across lakes and climb buildings, to train the hardest they possibly can. Smash says they hope to get to the top of the tag division, and hope to get their hands on the current belt holders, Strike Force. Ax then points out that he injured about 127 people in his training process, and it would've been 128, but he couldn't find the other guy.
"It's the Slammy Awards... television's premier awards show - bigger than the Oscars, and more elaborate than the Emmys. It promises to be a night of hams and a night of slams. Join Hulk Hogan and all the gang for the 1987 Slammy Awards show". This advert hypes up the upcoming show, which is now less than a week away.
Danny Davis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Sam Houston
This match is a result of a confrontation between the two on last week's edition of Wrestling Challenge. Houston is rather hyped upon his entrance, and goes after Davis before the bell has even rung! They trade blows with one another on the floor, and eventually spill out of the ring. The referee tries to come between them and eventually does, but they get back in the ring and just roll around with one another, before rolling outside once again. Houston finally gets an advantage by ramming Davis' head into the apron, and they get back in the ring. As Davis rides over Houston they spill to the outside once again. Davis kicks Houston in the midsection, and referee Dave Hebner has lost complete control. The two are inseparable, and return to the ring only to fall outside - again. We go to pre-recorded comments from Mr. Fuji who hopes Killer Khan will become WWF Champion in the near future, as both superstars in this match struggle to gain an advantage. Davis just about does by delivering some right hands, but they fall over the top rope to the mats outside, which results in Jimmy Hart trying to break them up. Houston inadvertently nails Hebner with an elbow, and Houston then begins to stalk Hart. As he does, Davis creeps up from behind and nails Sam with the megaphone, knocking him out. Jimmy Hart throws Danny Davis back into the ring, and then rolls Dave Hebner back in. He begins to count Houston out of the ring, and succeeds in doing so. After the bell Houston re-enters and delivers a hiptoss to Davis, as he leaves the ring for approximately the 74th time in this match. After the winners have left, Houston's music hits and he begins shuffling around the ring.
Winner - Danny Davis via count out, at 04:03
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with Jimmy Hart, who has recently hooked up with Greg Valentine. He has also formed a relationship with The Glamour Girls, but for now, The Honky Tonk Man will grace us with his presence. He refers to himself as "The Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time", and begins to taunt Randy Savage. Apparently Peggy Sue is rather upset at the way Elizabeth has been looking at Honky, and he concludes by stating, "I'm going to shake, rattle 'n' roll - Elizabeth".
Strike Force vs. Dusty Wolfe & Steve Lombardi
Strike Force are the reigning Tag Team Champions at this point in time, and enter the arena accompanied by their theme, "Girls in Cars", which is up for a music award at the Slammys. The bell sounds and Lombardi starts out with Martel, and rams Rick into the turnbuckle, before winding his arm up. Martel leaps over Lombardi and goes for a roll up, but Lombardi holds on, and the two break up. After several cartwheels later, Lombardi kicks Martel in the midsection and whips Martel to the corner, but as Lombardi follows up he misses his target, and instead receives a hiptoss, before Santana tags in. Wolfe tags in likewise, but gets a pounding, followed by a back bodydrop, which sends him to the outside. Lombardi then enters, illegally, and gets identical treatment from Santana, as we go to pre-recorded comments from former Tag Team Champions, The Hart Foundation, who have their sights set on the gold once again. Wolfe re-enters but is on the wrong end of a fireman's carry by Santana, as Martel tags in and delivers a suplex to Dusty. He goes to work on the arm, but gets a finger to the eyes for his efforts. Lombardi tags in but gets armdragged, as Santana and Martel exchange consecutive tags. Lombardi delivers another thumb to the eye, as Wolfe tags in. They both whip Martel to the ropes, but he ducks their oncoming double clothesline and instead knocks them out with his double dropkick! Moments later, Santana delivers a spinebuster to Dusty and Martel locks him into the Boston Crab for the submission victory.
Winners - Strike Force via submission, at 03:30
Craig DeGeorge is standing by for this week’s arena interview with Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase points out that he is on the cover of the new WWF Magazine, and says that everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man, including the magazine's publisher. DeGeorge is shocked that be bought his way onto the front of the publication, but DiBiase intends on purchasing the WWF Title off Hulk Hogan in the very near future as well. DiBiase says that when he buys the title, he will become the first ever "Million Dollar Champion".
Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) vs. Lanny Poffo
Leaping Lanny starts out by reading a poem, in which he berates Bravo, as expected. They lock up and Bravo knocks Poffo down, and then delivers some reverse knife edge chops to Poffo in the corner. He whips Poffo to the opposite corner and delivers a clothesline, followed by an elbow drop. Bravo delivers a suplex variation, and hammers Poffo from behind, on successive occasions. Bravo once again whips Poffo to the corner but this time it is reversed, and Poffo delivers a hiptoss. The momentum switches back in Bravo's favor however, as he delivers his patented side suplex for the easy finish. After the bell, Bravo tosses Poffo out of the ring, and embraces his new manager.
Winner - Dino Bravo via pinfall, at 02:01
Craig DeGeorge is looking forward to the upcoming Slammy Awards, and is standing by with Koko B. Ware, who shares his sentiments. Koko's track off the Piledriver will be up for an award at the Slammys, and he will win in front of millions of people watching on TV. He then proceeds to sing his track.
Koko B. Ware & The Junkyard Dog vs. Barry Horowitz & Terry Gibbs
The bell sounds and JYD starts out with Horowitz, and they lock up. JYD shoulder blocks Horowitz down, and then hiptosses him to the mat. Koko tags in and dropkicks Horowitz, as Gibbs tags in. He's got the right idea and kicks Koko several times, but gets hiptosses right after. Monsoon then announces that Vince McMahon will be singing at the upcoming Slammy Awards. Horowitz tags back in and forces Koko back into his own corner, and so JYD enters and bodyslams Horowitz, followed by a headbutt to Gibbs. Koko then delivers the ghostbuster to Horowitz, and scores the victory.
Winners - Koko B. Ware & The Junkyard Dog via pinfall, at 01:59
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with Ravishing Rick Rude, one of Bobby Heenan's guys. Rude has Hogan in mind, and is looking to attain the WWF Title. Rude says that Orndorff is more than a stepping stone to get to Hogan, but he's not anywhere near as good as Rude, nor is any other superstar in the company today.
That's it for WWF Wrestling Challenge...
Next week we will see the One Man Gang, the "If You Only Knew" music video from Piledriver, The Hart Foundation, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, and a whole lot more!
Thoughts - At least there was one Feature Match this time... well I guess you can call it that. Also, I guess it was real apparent that the WWF had no ideas for JYD.