June 22, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: May 31, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
We're introduced by today's commentary team of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, who still has a neck brace around his...well, neck. The opening video introduction rolls, before we get officially underway. On today's show, there is Koko B. Ware, One Man Gang, Demolition, Ken Patera and as promised, the injury update on Superstar Billy Graham.
Koko B. Ware vs. Dusty Wolfe
Koko enters with Frankie, who Heenan compares to Bruno Sammartino. The bout begins with a collar and elbow tie-up, before Koko breaks away and begins to flip his arms up and down, presumably to represent the actions of a bird. Another collar and elbow follows this, and Koko delivers a hiptoss, before riling up the crowd. Ware gets his opponent into a side headlock, before he gets an irish whip into the ropes. Wolfe then drops down as Ware runs over him, followed by another close collision as Ware leapfrogs him. Eventually a dropkick is executed by Koko, followed by yet another hiptoss. They lock up once again, but this time it is Dusty who takes the advantage, and begins to pound away on Koko in he corner. Wolfe uses many foul and deceitful tactics, such as choking Ware on the ropes. At this stage Heenan points out that the "B" in Koko's name actually stands for "buffoon". Wolfe goes for a sunset flip but Ware sits down and crushes his sternum, before going to the top rope and delivering a dropkick. This is followed by the devastating Ghostbuster, and Koko picks up the pinfall. In celebration, he starts dancing with the bird. "Turn that music off"!, says Heenan, who is seemingly frustrated.
Winner: Koko B. Ware
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guest: Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Craig DeGeorge is with Jake "The Snake" Roberts backstage. Next week, President Jack Tunney will be making an announcement as to whether or not the DDT will be banned. Jake says that the DDT is what makes him what he is, as well as the intimidation factor. As far as Jake is concerned, it's cruel, but it's fair. I guess we'll all find out next week what Tunney's decision will be.
One Man Gang (w/Slick) vs. Mario Mancini
Monsoon thinks that the One Man Gang looks much heavier than the 450lbs which he is introduced at. This is the Challenge debut of the Gang. The beast gets underway with some strong forearms, followed by some stiff stomps. He gets Mancini face down into the mat, before running the ropes and stamping his foot into the back of his head. At this stage we go to comments made earlier in the day, and Slick tells us that this is why he is so happy. Because the Gang can take care of business. But as far as the Gang is concerned, as long as he keeps getting his cash from the Doctor of Style, he'll be happy to deliver any amount of punishment necessary. The 450 pound giant climbs to the second rope, and drives Mancini face first into the canvas. He then goes up again, and drives an elbow right into Mancini's back, before rolling him over and scoring the three count. A complete squash.
Winner: One Man Gang
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with George "The Animal" Steele, who Okerlund proclaims to know very well. He expresses his like to Elizabeth by grunting. He recalls his match against Randy Savage at Saturday Night's Main Event, at which referee Danny Davis hit him with a steel ringbell. Steele looks around for Davis right there in the studio, but Okerlund reassures him "If there's anyone in this world you can trust it is me". He hugs Okerlund and gives a huge thumbs down.
We cut back to highlights of a match between Hercules and Ken Patera which took places a couple of weeks ago on Superstars. Harley Race is sent in by Heenan to interfere, and double-teams with Hercules against the olympian, Ken Patera. Heenan of course, claims that he had nothing to do with it whatsoever.
Ken Patera vs. Tim Patterson
The former olympian gets a standing ovation, and points right into the direction of Heenan, who is also on his feet. An obligatory "weasel" chant gets underway, as does the match. Patera opens with hiptoss, which frustrates Patterson, who rolls to the outside. We go to pre-recorded footage of Patera who says that he will go through any member of the Heenan family to get to him, and he will do whatever it takes. Patterson is back in the ring and is flexing the small amount of muscle that he has, before engaging in a test of strength which Patera wins with ease. Patera yet again looks at Heenan. Patera delivers a suplex followed by a jerkslam, followed with a match winning bearhug. After the match, Patera and Heenan stare each other down, before the crowd once again breaks out into a "weasel" chant.
Winner: Ken Patera
Mean Gene Okerlund is now backstage with WWF Women’s Champion, The Fabulous Moolah, the longest reigning women’s champion of all time at this stage. "It's all about the Moolah", she says. She considers the top contenders to be Velvet McIntyre, Leilani Kai, Debbie Combs, Judy Martin. There is word circulating that Moolah may in fact retire. Se denies all reports and says that she has no reason to retire.
Craig DeGeorge is back with the second part with the special report of Superstar Billy Graham, who has suffered a severe hip injury. Graham gives comments just hours before his operation, and although everyone claims that his wrestling career is over, he is determined to return once again. They caught up with him at his home in Arizona, and he uses a walking frame to assist his walking. On next week's show, there will be a further update on his condition.
Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Bill Anderson & Partner
The two superstars in opposition are not even introduced, showing just how important they are. Demolition, in pre-recorded comments, vow to demolish anything in their path. Viscous forearms, and a bodyslam are delivered by Smash, before making the tag to Ax. An elbow is missed, allowing the opposition to make the tag, but to no avail, as Ax executes a brutal bodyslam. Smash tags in and the duo double-team their opponents. Smash throws around Anderson for his own pleasure before they deliver the Decapitation for the pinfall.
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guest: Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Craig DeGeorge is backstage with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, who has had several problems with Greg Valentine as of late. He is planning on destroying the New Dream Team, and may even give DeGeorge a trimming in the process.
Mr. Fuji's new superstar, Killer Khan, is shown in China, in a temple. He is sitting in the dark by candles and meditating. Monsoon indicates that "somebody will have to put a leash on him".
The Killer Bees vs. Jimmy Jack Funk & The Raider
Flying headscissors by Blair onto the Funk, to open up the match. Blair goes to work on the shoulder, who delivers an armdrag, before tagging in Brunzell. Leapfrog by Blair before Brunzell puts Funk into a small package for the count of two, before The Raider makes the save. Brunzell clotheslines Funk over the top rope, as Monsoon babbles on about the new WWF Magazine. The Raider tags in, and is whipped into the ropes, but gets an armdrag from Blair. The Raider gets taken down by Blair, who delivers a fireman's carry. Frequent tagging by the Bees is great teamwork. Brunzell eventually delivers a patented dropkick, before pinning the Raider in style.
Winners: The Killer Bees
A shot in the crowd shows a child enjoying the WWF ice cream bars. Monsoon can't wait to get his hands on at least one of those.
The Iron Sheik, The Natural Butch Reed & Nikolai Volkoff (w/Slick) vs. Joe Mirto & Brad Rheingans & SD Jones
Slick gets on the mic and bad mouths Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who was not happy at the way he cut off Nikolai Volkoff's singing of the Soviet National Anthem last week. Unfortunately Duggan is not in the arena, and so Volkoff goes right ahead and sings his heart out. The Sheik starts out with Brad, as the crowd chants "USA". Rheingans is a former Olympic star we are told, and runs into Sheik and knocks him right down. Sheik gets in a few kicks before tagging in Reed, as Brad tags in SD Jones. Reed backs off as they get tied-up in the ropes. SD leapfrogs before a side takeover, into a pinning predicament. Jones makes the tag to Mirto, who walks straight into a headlock, but manages to reverse it. Volkoff delivers a kick into the kidney area of Mirto behind the official's back, giving their team the advantage. Volkoff tags in and capitalizes on the situtation, and executes a huge clothesline in the process. Reed then tags in for a clothesline, before the Sheik prepares for the Camel Clutch. Mirto has no choice but to submit, while his teammates stood on the outside and watch it all happen.
Winners: The Iron Sheik, The Natural Butch Reed & Nikolai Volkoff
Mean Gene Okerlund is still backstage, and is with Jimmy Hart, manager of Tag Team Champions the Hart Foundation. The Honky Tonk Man and Danny Davis also come into the picture, and Davis is questioned about his actions towards George Steele, but he denies all accusations. Seems they are fed up of their unfair treatment. Honky Tonk is awaiting Tunney's decision to ban the DDT, and he believes that everyone has voted for the move to be banned.
That's all for this week, and Monsoon recaps the feud between Patera and Heenan that has developed in the past hour.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... Singles competition from The Honky Tonk Man, George "The Animal" Steele and former Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Randy "Macho Man' Randy Savage. Plus an update on the condition of Superstar Billy Graham and a final decision on whether or not WWF President Jack Tunney will ban the DDT.
Crappy Show... not features unless you count the highlights of Hercules and Patera from Superstars. Plus, I thought they were going to show some footage of SD Jones' operation. Maybe I heard it wrong and they really said Superstar Billy Graham. Whatever... Not the best of shows and next week doesn't shape up better.