June 21, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: April 19, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
This week, we find out what Bobby Heenan did to make Ken Patera serve time in Part Three of his vignettes, plus we've got matches featuring Koko B Ware, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Honky Tonk Man and Jake "The Snake" Roberts and we've got comments from the new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat as well as comments from the man he defeated at WrestleMania III, Macho Man Randy Savage.
Bill Howard vs. Koko B Ware w/ Frankie
We start the match, and Koko plays to the crowd straight away. Heenan points out Koko's glove, Monsoon passes it off as Koko having a hand injury. Hip toss by Koko doesn't faze Howard, who traps the BirdMan in an arm hold. Koko's new rival Dangerous Danny Davis cuts a promo in the corner of the screen as Koko reverses the hold. Mmmm, shoving a bird down your throat, ever the connoisseur was Danny Davis. Howard attempts to ram Koko's head into the turnbuckle, but the BirdMan reverses that too. Howard shows some offense by punching Koko in the corner. Irish whip by Howard, but he very blatantly puts his head down way too early, and Koko stops his run to punch Howard up. Those flurry of punches were initially no-sold by Howard, but Koko gets an Irish whip in and a flying back elbow to take Howard down to the canvas. Koko attempts to whip Howard into the corner, but Howard reverses and the BirdMan is sent into the corner, Howard charges, Koko ducks and Howard's shoulder eats the steel post. Koko goes up top and hits his flying dropkick perfectly. Koko hits his deadly Ghostbuster for the three-count.
Winner: Koko B Ware
The Wrestler's Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guests: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
Raymond says that good things come to those who wait, implying that the Rougeaus have been patient for their chance, which Dino Bravo took away at WrestleMania III and now they want revenge on the New Dream Team. Jacques says more or less the same thing in French. And he says it very fast.
Jim Powers and Paul Roma vs. The New Dream Team w/ Luscious Johnny V
This was the first match Dino Bravo wrestled with blonde hair, the look that many people remember him with. As Bravo proceeds with Jim Powers, it's the jobber team who are the ones given promo time. Back body drop by Powers, and the crowd pops. Hip toss by Powers and Paul Roma is tagged in. Roma goes up top and hits Bravo with a couple of fists. Bravo knees Roma in the midsection and gets an inverted atomic drop. Bravo's gimmick was that he was the former Canadian Heavyweight Champion. Roma reverses Bravo's attempt at a bodyslam, charges Bravo into the ropes, where Bravo gets a blind tag in to Greg Valentine, Roma rolls Bravo up, wonders why there's no count from Joey Marella and just as he realizes, Valentine lays a beating on him. Nice tag work there from the New Dream Team. Valentine chops Roma around the ring, knocks Roma down and drops an elbow on the back of Roma's neck. Nice methodical shoulderbreaker by The Hammer, he follows it up with a vertical suplex, and Dino Bravo's tagged back in. Bravo propells himself off the ropes, goes for an elbow, but Roma gets up and Bravo's elbow meets the canvas. Hot tag to Powers, he hits Bravo a couple of times, gives him an Irish whip and hits a dropkick. Bodyslam on Bravo, Valentine comes in and Powers bodyslams him as well. Bravo whips Powers right into Valentine, who knees Powers in the back and Powers is sent into a Bravo side suplex which gets two from Marella as Roma breaks it up. Bravo throws Roma out of the ring while Valentine straps on the Figure Four Leglock and Marella makes the mistake of thinking that The Hammer was the legal man by indicating that Powers submitted and calls for the bell. So in their first match together, the New Dream Team win but it wasn't one-sided. A sign of things to come from Powers/Roma.
Winners: The New Dream Team
Mean Gene Okerlund's here and he's got the British Bulldogs with him, along with their bulldog Matilda. Dynamite Kid says that they were screwed in Tampa back in February when Danny Davis cost the Bulldogs their Tag Team Titles in favor of the Hart Foundation, and the Bulldogs are willing to go through teams like the Killer Bees, the CanAm Connection and Demolition to get to Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. Davey Boy Smith says that Matilda is at ringside to keep people like Jimmy Hart and Danny Davis away so that they can get a fair shot at the Hart Foundation and win their Tag Titles back.
Terry Gibbs vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
As you well know, Duggan at this time was embroiled in a big feud with the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. Duggan is right now ready to wrestle Terry Gibbs. Heenan says that Duggan has a similar mentality to Frankie the "Pigeon". Gibbs tries to charge into Duggan, but Hacksaw's steady poise means that the jobber just bounces off him. Duggan counters all of Gibbs' punches and atomic drops him. As Duggan continues to pound on Gibbs, Volkoff, Slick and the Iron Sheik cut a promo in the corner of the screen. Duggan drops a couple of knees, says Hoooo, and has Gibbs in a headlock. Irish whip by Duggan, Gibbs ducks the forearm, but on the rebound Duggan catches him with a clothesline. Vertical suplex by Duggan, goes for the pin, and strangely for a face, commits a heel act by pulling the jobber up at one and puts Gibbs in a chinhold instead. Chop to the chest by Duggan and an elbow drop to the chest is followed by an Irish whip and a delayed bodyslam. Duggan's patented Three Point Stance and clothesline gets Hacksaw the pinfall win. USA chants from the crowd.
Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Mean Gene's got Mr Fuji with him, and Fuji's got his face paint on, so that means that Demolition are being brought in, and instantly Mean Gene gets their names wrong, as he calls Smash, Ax. Smash gives Mean Gene a verbal lashing, then says that Fuji will guide them all the way to the top. Ax says that Demolition Derby is in effect and that the Demos will go through any team in the WWF to get to the Hart Foundation and the WWF Tag Team Titles. They don't wrestle, they fight and they fight to win.
Jerry Allen Vs The Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart
This week, Jimmy Hart's starting a new campaign, already subscribed to by Honky AND Bobby Heenan, that campaign being BAN THE DDT. That of course is after Honky BEAT Jake Roberts at WrestleMania III. Honky has Jerry Allen forced into the corner, gives him a couple of knees and tries to whip Allen into the other corner, but Allen's having none of it and reverses the whip, making HTM eat turnbuckle. A dropkick by Allen, he goes for a punch, but Honky ducks it and gives Allen a back suplex, kicking him in the back afterwards. As Honky's choking Allen on the ropes, we see Jimmy Hart explain his BAN THE DDT petition by saying that too many wrestlers have been put out of commission by the move and that he doesn't want any of his wrestlers to suffer the same fate. Honky uses his knees to force Allen out of the ring and on the outside, Honky picks Allen up and drops his neck right across the steel guard railing. As Allen tries to come to, Honky dances in the ring to everyone's utter distaste, and HTM thinks better of it by pulling Allen back into the ring. Irish whip by Honky leads to a Honky punch sending Allen down. Whip to the corner by Honky is followed up by a violent clothesline to the neck, the result looks inevitable now. Sure enough, Shake Rattle And Roll is hit, and Joey Marella counts three for Honky. They've been a beautiful audience, and now Honky's gonna play the guitar, dance and sing for us.
Winner: The Honky Tonk Man
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The Wrestler's Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guest: Elizabeth
Technically NOT a wrestler's rebuttal, more a valet's one here. DeGeorge asks her how she's feeling being with a man who's just lost the Intercontinental Title, and she says that Randy's possessed, all he thinks about when they're in bed is getting that title off of Ricky Steamboat.
We join Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat who's at home with his pregnant wife Bonnie, and he says that after the initial match he and Randy Savage had back in November of 1986 when Savage drove a ringbell into Steamboat's throat, he never thought he'd be back in wrestling, let alone win the Intercontinental Title. Now that he's champion and now that he's about to become a father, he's determined to not let all that he's earned be taken away from him.
Craig DeGeorge is looking to get a comment from Randy Savage about his losing the IC Title to Steamboat, but the Macho Man storms past him saying that he has no comment on the situation. DeGeorge continues the report unabashed, saying that some critics say that Savage will never regain the IC Title, and at that point Savage snaps. He says that he will take the title back, and nobody can do anything about it.
Blackjack Mulligan cuts a promo on Ron Bass, saying that he hasn't been running away from The Outlaw, rather he's been looking for him, and that he's ready to deal some knuckle sandwiches onto Bass in the near future.
Dusty Wolfe vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Roberts shoulderbarges Wolfe. Back suplex by The Snake is followed up by a bodyslam. Roberts throws Wolfe out of the ring, but Jake changes his mind and decides to throw Wolfe back into the ring. Again he changes his mind, and Wolfe's out of the ring again. Roberts bodyslams Wolfe on the outside onto the padded concrete, breaks the count by rolling in and out of the ring and throws Wolfe into the ring. Roberts throws Wolfe into his own clothesline, and at that point, Jake Roberts cuts a prerecorded promo on his opinions of Jimmy Hart's attempts to have his DDT banned. Bodyslam by Roberts gets an arrogant two-count. Heenan complains that his face isn't on the WWF Ice Cream Bar, and Monsoon says that he'd rather see his own face on a banana. Another arrogant two-count by Roberts, he whips Wolfe to the corner, the signal is given, and sure enough Jimmy Hart's favorite move is delivered. Academic three-count for Jake "The Snake" Roberts' DDT. Roberts gets Damian out of his bag and places him on top of the defeated Wolfe.
Winner: Jake "The Snake" Roberts
The Ken Patera Story
Mean Gene presents once again, as we pick up the story on a snowy night in a Wisconsin town that I can't spell to save my life. Patera was hungry after having wrestled earlier that night in nearby Green Bay but was denied service by the fast food restaurant he visited, they said the restaurant was closed for the night. Patera, who had someone with him at the time, got angry and threw a rock through the restaurant's window, and the restaurant owner called the police. At Patera's hotel, the police came to arrest him and his associate, and a big fight broke out. He was sent to trial, found guilty of the crime and was sentenced to 2 years in prison. Many felt that a two year sentence was too long for someone who was a first time offender and who had represented his country in the Olympics, but he ended up serving that long anyway. We cut to Ken Patera who's sitting in a mock prison cell, and he says that he takes full responsibility for his actions. He says that Bobby Heenan gave him bad advice and led him off the path. When Patera ended up being imprisoned, Heenan never called, never sent letters and never visited. Patera asks Heenan what he thinks it feels like to sit in jail for two long years and goes on to say that when he comes out of prison he's gonna rid the WWF of Bobby Heenan. Next week, we'll see Patera come out of prison and back into the free world.
Hercules w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs. Tommy Sharpe
Luscious Johnny V is covering for Bobby Heenan at the commentary position for this match due to The Brain being at ringside for Hercules. As Hercules gets the early advantage on Sharpe, Billy Jack Haynes cuts a promo in the corner of the screen about the man he went to a double count-out with at WrestleMania III. Hercules Irish whips Sharpe and gives him a hard clothesline. Another clothesline by Hercules, and Monsoon talks about how Bobby Heenan will react to the Ken Patera vignette that aired previously. Hercules has Sharpe in a headlock for a long time and after a while, he starts punching at him. Hercules throws Sharpe out of the ring, and upon impact, Heenan taunts Sharpe to try and get back in the ring. Vertical suplex over the top rope into the ring by Hercules, and he follows it up by dropping a knee. Hercules signals for the Full Nelson and slaps it on, forcing Joey Marella to call for the bell.
Mean Gene has Jimmy Hart with him, and Mean Gene brings up a prediction Jimmy Hart made a year earlier that he would be the manager of the WWF Tag Team Champions, and on that note, the Hart Foundation and Dangerous Danny Davis are brought on. Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart says that the Foundation aren't hiding behind their Tag Team titles like the British Bulldogs did, and Bret "The Hitman" Hart agrees with him. Mean Gene wonders why Danny Davis is with them, not realizing that Davis is permanently part of the Foundation. Bret Hart dismisses the claims of all their challengers, Neidhart says that they tried to arrange a match against the Islanders, but there's only one phone in Tonga and nobody's answering. Bret says that Danny Davis is there to study the Foundation's matches so that he can be a better wrestler and also to protect the Foundation from sneak attacks. They say that there's no-one who will take those belts from them.
That's it for this week on the WWF Wrestling Challenge. Next week, we've got a tag team match between The Islanders and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, a non-title match with The Hart Foundation, plus ring action from George "The Animal" Steele, Billy Jack Haynes and the CanAm Connection, and we've got Part Four of the Ken Patera vignettes.
Not bad of a show... We get to see the early trials of the Young Stallions and good interviews from Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage. However, we all know what happens with Steamer and Mach.