June 22, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: June 14, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan welcome us to Wrestling Challenge, as a "weasel" chant breaks out. Heenan still has a neckbrace on. The opening video package then rolls, as we get underway.
On today's show, will be Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Killer Khan, The Junkyard Dog, and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat will defend his Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship against The Honky Tonk Man.
Don Driggers & Mario Mancini vs. Kamala & Sika (w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee)
Sika starts out with Driggers, and Sika outpowers him right from the get-go. Stomps to the back of the head follow, and then the sternum. He begins ripping his mouth open with his hands, but is forced to break on the referee's count of five. Kamala is tagged in (who Monsoon is claims is 500 lbs plus), and allows Mancini to be tagged in, and knocks him down with a thrust kick. Sika is tagged back in, but as Mancini gets a Samoan Drop, Kamala gives a huge splash and gets the pinfall victory. Afterwards, he goes to the top turnbuckle while Sika holds Mancini down, but Kimchee and Mr. Fuji persuade him to come down.
Winners - Kamala & Sika
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guests: The Can-Am Connection Craig DeGeorge is backstage with the Cam-Am Connection, who are upset and shocked at the way they were treated by The Islanders. Just to recap, Heenan jumped them from behind and ruined a good match.
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs. Dusty Wolfe
Beefcake starts off by dummying a lock up, before strutting a little. He then catches Wolfe's leg, and gives him an atomic drop. In pre-recorded comments, the Rougeau Brothers talk about Beefcake's different hairstyles. Keep up the good work they say. Back in the ring, "The Barber" is on the receiving end of some hard knife edge chops, before Brutus delivers a power slam, followed by yet more strutting. He then delivers the deadly sleeper, putting Wolfe to rest in the process. The referee drops his arm three times and it's over. The Barber grabs his coat and scissors, and begins chopping off Wolfe's fine blonde locks. Meanwhile the referee stands by and watches Brutus, presumably noting down tips for his own use. He continues to hack away, and as Wolfe wakes up, he doesn't seem all that pleased.
Winner - Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with one of the hottest teams in the WWF, the Killer Bees. They say that there are many talented teams here, all wanting a tag title shot against the Hart Foundation. They spoke to none other than Hulk Hogan, who told them to pump up their arms.
Killer Khan (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Eric Cooper
Khan squats into his sumo-like position, and hammers Cooper down in one shot. He sends him to the ropes, and yanks him down, before kicking him in the back of the head. He knocks him down once again with a chop, before sticking his tongue out. He gives a side suplex, before delivering a karate kick right underneath the chin. He slams him down, goes up to the top, and drives his knee right into Cooper, followed by the inevitable three count.
Winner - Killer Khan
Mean Gene Okerlund is now with Slick, "The Doctor of Style". Okerlund is surprised at his latest acquisition - that being the One Man Gang. The Gang is then introduced, as Slick talks about his goals and aims. His ultimate goal is to win the WWF Title, and he believes the Gang can do that, by defeating current champion Hulk Hogan.
Footage is shown of Jesse "The Body" Ventura, in the film 'Claim to Fame'.
Steve Lombardi vs. The Junkyard Dog
Junkyard has had a triumphant return in the WWF so far, and is in great shape. Lombardi goes to work and attempts to shoulder charge the Dog to the mat, but to no avail. We go to pre-recorded comments from Slick, who is with Nikolai Volkoff. Nothing they say makes any sense, as he may have been speaking Russian. Meanwhile, the Dog delivers a big backdrop, followed by a headbutt, sending Lombardi crashing down. He whips Lombardi into the corner, gives an atomic drop, and then the THUMP powerslam for the three count. Afterwards, some guy gets in the ring and starts dancing with the Dog.
Winner - The Junkyard Dog
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guest: Outlaw Ron Bass
Craig DeGeorge is backstage with the Outlaw Ron Bass. He says that he never does anything behind anyone's back, and never breaks any rules. He has a friend to introduce called Betsy (a whip), and will use it to destroy Hogan, Santana, and the other guys.
Next up is the dreaded injury update on Superstar Billy Graham, which never seems to end. Allegedly, he is shocking everyone with his immensely fast recovery. We see footage of him at home, followed by highlights of the operation he underwent. His leg is in a cast, and he is attempting to exercise with the aid of a doctor. More footage of him is shown as Heavyweight Champion, but it still appears that a return to the ring will be impossible. But he is determined to prove those doubters wrong.
Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Match: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (c) vs. The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Howard Finkel introduces the superstars in one of the most important matches in a long time, and courtesy of Superstars of Wrestling the commentary is provided by Vince McMahon, Bruno Sammartino and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. McMahon believes that this title opportunity is undeserved, but he will get his shot nonetheless. The crowd pops huge for Steamboat, as he takes off his robe and prepares to compete. Honky attacks Steamboat before the bell, and send him flying over the top rope. But Steamboat skins the cat, and reverses the move sending Honky to the outside. Back suplex delivered by the Dragon, followed by a chop. More punches continue to be thrown by Steamboat, who is on top of things. Steamboat rolls up Honky and gets a two count, but Honky kicks out and sends Steamboat flying into the turnbuckle in the process. Honky takes advantage, and gives Steamboat a bodyslam. He goes to the middle rope, but misses with an elbow, and the tide is turned once again. Steamboat begins to chop away on Honky, but puts his head down as Honky sets up his finisher. Steamboat reverses and gives a backdrop though, and then Ricky goes to the top rope himself. He hits the chop and makes the cover, but Jimmy Hart is on the apron distracting the referee. Steamboat goes over to Hart and tries to punch him, but turns around, ducks Honky's attack, and knocks down Honky with a dropkick. Steamboat rolls up Honky, but it appears as though the referee viewed the decision the other way, and awarded the pinfall to The Honky Tonk Man. He leaves with the belt after a very controversial decision, and after watching a replay, it can be seen that Honky Tonk had held on to the bottom rope for leverage. Either way, Steamboat has lost his belt, and in a very exciting match, the Honky Tonk Man has started his Intercontinental Title reign.
Winner, and new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion - The Honky Tonk Man
Iron Mike Sharpe, Cowboy Bob Orton & Magnificent Muraco vs. Hillbilly Jim, SD Jones & Billy Jack Haynes
As the world recovers from the crucial title change previously, Hillbilly's theme hits and sends the crowd gets all hyped up. Haynes starts out with Sharpe, who hiptosses Haynes down right away, and then repeats his success a second time. Haynes then leapfrogs over Sharpe, and delivers a hiptoss of his own. Hillbilly tags in as does Orton, and Hillbilly locks him in a headlock. He whips Orton into the corner, as SD enters, and all three members of Sharpe's team are lined up, and are dismantled as SD and friends charge into them. Jones tags in, and goes to work on Muraco, who delivers a scoopslam, and then makes the tag to Sharpe. Meanwhile, Muraco and Orton are arguing. As Muraco inadvertently nails his own team mate, SD Jones makes the cover and scores the pinfall victory.
Winners - Hillbilly Jim, SD Jones & Billy Jack Haynes
The WWF ice cream bars are plugged once again, as man and child alike enjoy the creamy delights.
Mean Gene Okerlund is still backstage, now with Jimmy Hart, who believes that this is the greatest day of his life. He claims that everyone is jealous of his success. Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart then enter, with the tag titles on their shoulders, and say not to underestimate them. They babble on about the Killer Bees among others, but it's clear nobody will beat them. Or so they would have you believe.
We go to footage of Honky Tonk's celebration immediately after winning the Intercontinental Title, and many superstars are there to help him, including Randy Savage, Greg Valentine, Danny Davis, Killer Khan and Sika.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... The new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, The Honky Tonk Man will be in action as well as Ken Patera, The Islanders, Koko B. Ware and Demolition.
Show was good just for the Steamboat/Honky match which I always cringe watching it as Steamer was one of my all-time favs and McMahon not giving Ricky the time off he requested while also keeping the strap will always leave me scratching my head. Plus the fact that after the exciting Wrestlemania 3 match with Savage, Steamer loses the belt in under 4 minutes. Sad to see how far down the totem pole Orton and Muraco were at that time. I mean come on, tagging with Sharpe? This was obviously furthering the angle between those two but why did Sharpe have to be involved. And there was no Fuji either who managed them at WM3.