June 22, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: June 21, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan welcome us to this week's edition of Wrestling Challenge as usual, except this week, Heenan is escorted up to the announcer's position by two Federettes.
Monsoon hopes that he won't ever have to wait for Heenan again, and proceeds to announce the schedule for the show. We'll have in action the brand new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, The Honky Tonk Man in singles competition. Also in action will be Ken Patera, The Islanders, Koko B. Ware and Demolition.
Non-Title Match - The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Paul Roma
Honky is very proud to be the new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and wiggles the hips to let us know. Thankfully, Jimmy Hart did not do the same. The bout starts with Honky delivering elbows to Roma, as Hart yells through his megaphone at ringside. Roma takes advantage with some rights followed by an atomic drop, a dropkick, and then a bodyslam, sending Honky to the mat. He misses an elbow however, allowing Honky to take over. We go to pre-recorded comments from Randy "Macho Man" Savage, who congratulates Honky for winning the belt. Honky, meanwhile, delivers a bodyslam of his own, and then sets up Roma for the "shake, rattle 'n' roll", Honky's ever-lovable finishing device. As Monsoon correctly states, he didn't even mess his hair up this week. The Tonkster gets on the microphone after the match, and thanks the fans, dedicating the belt to them. The music hits and we're through.
Winner - The Honky Tonk Man
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guests: The British Bulldogs
Craig DeGeorge is standing by with The British Bulldogs, and of course their mascot, Matilda. Davey Boy Smith says that Matilda gives them good luck, and also some great advice. But no marriage guidance.
Ken Patera vs. Rick Renslow
The former Olympian has crossed paths with Bobby Heenan in recent weeks, and just as we are reminded that Heenan is still in a neckbrace, we cut to fans in the crowd who also have neckbraces, mocking Heenan. Heh! Needless to say, he is none to happy. He points in the direction of Heenan, who is on his feet. And while the Brain blurts out many inaccurate statements, he does express this: "He shouldn't be in professional wrestling". Anyway, the bout gets underway, and they lock up. Patera shoves Renslow right down, and then does so again. Renslow runs straight into Patera but falls straight down, in what surely should've been seen as good comedy. Monsoon, meanwhile, is saying that Patera is probably the strongest man in the world. Renslow slips under the bottom rope to take a breather, but comes back in and rakes the eyes of Patera. He goes to work on him in the corner, until Patera reverses him and begins to unload with the heavy artillery. He delivers a huge slam across the ring, followed by a suplex. He then gives a bearhug, and Renslow submits almost immediately. Somewhere down the road, Patera and Heenan will surely settle their differences. But for now, the fans are content to chant "weasel".
Winner - Ken Patera
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with one of the hottest tag teams in professional wrestling, The Cam-Am Connection. Martel says that he has never been in a situation in which more great teams have been involved. They are keen to learn what deals have gone down between The Islanders and Bobby Heenan, and is also interested to know if they have been given a Tag Team Title shot. They want their match as well though, and so they will make sure that they will not turn their backs on anyone. It would be hard not to notice that both Martel and Zenk seem completely out of breath here.
The Islanders (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Scott Casey & Leaping Lanny Poffo
Before the opponents arrive, Poffo reads out a poem, stating that at some stage, The Islanders will have to meet the Cam-Am Connection. As Heenan has now left the commentary position, Johnny V. takes his place. Casey starts out with Tama, who claims that he had his hair pulled. A nice sequence sees Tama leapfrog over Casey on a couple of occasions, before being on the receiving end of an armdrag. Casey then delivers an atomic drop, before Haku tags in. Another armdrag is delivered by Casey, but Haku takes the advantage and begins to slow down the pace. Tama tags back in and knocks Casey down with a clothesline, scoring a two count. Haku returns, and gives Casey an inverted atomic drop, followed by a bodyslam. Casey makes a break for it though and tags in Poffo, who gives right hands to Haku before drop-kicking Tama off the apron. Before long all four men are going at it in the ring, but Haku manages to avoid a dropkick. Haku picks up Poffo and drops him down on the outstretched knee of Tama, before they both deliver simultaneous headbutts, allowing Haku to cover Poffo for the victory.
Winners - The Islanders
Mean Gene Okerlund is now standing by with Cowboy Bob Orton and the Magnificent Muraco. Okerlund wonders if there is any dissension in the ranks, but Muraco says that in the bitterness in defeat, some people can simply not control themselves. But matters can be rectified, and all seems to be well. Orton says that they both have egos, but Muraco seems to take the comment as an insult, and the two start arguing.
We go to clips of the film "The Predator", starring former wrestler/commentator, Jesse "The Body" Ventura. In the clip he is shown hunting down some kind of animal, and Monsoon believes that it was probably a weasel.
Koko B. Ware vs. Johnny K-9
Koko comes to ringside, alongside his mascot Frankie, who sits on a perch on the outside. Koko gets the crowd excited by banging his hands together, as Monsoon plugs the brand new WWF Magazine. Koko hiptosses K-9, followed by a great dropkick. K-9 backs off momentarily. He shoves K-9 down to the mat, followed by a scoop slam. He then goes to the top rope, and delivers a dropkick right to the sternum. After this comes the Ghostbuster, finishing off the mighty K-9.
Winner - Koko B. Ware
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guest: Danny Davis
Craig DeGeorge is alongside Danny Davis, who was barred for life as an official here in the WWF by President Jack Tunney in February. Since then he has become a wrestler. He says that when guys like Tito Santana, George Steele and Koko B. Ware, or anybody for that matter get involved, they will find out how dangerous he is. He concludes by saying that he's going to get a shot at Hogan.
Billy Jack Haynes is backstage by himself, which isn't surprising after hearing what he says. He claims that he doesn't smoke, drink or take drugs, as there is no positive aspect of taking drugs. If you are approached to take drugs, say no.
Craig DeGeorge is back with the weekly update on Superstar Billy Graham. He has recently had a hip operation as we are reminded of week after week, and of course he will refuse to quit wrestling, despite doctor's orders. We see footage of him training, in order to make his magic comeback.
One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. Brian Costello
The Gang, not too surprisingly, begins pounding away on Costello. The Gang hangs Costello upside down on the turnbuckle, and gives him the boot. He then picks him up and starts choking him, before raking the eyes. He whips Costello into the corner, and gives him a suplex face first into the mat, scoring the pinfall.
Winner - One Man Gang
Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Jim Powers & Jerry Allen
Jim Powers begins with Ax, as we go to pre-recorded comments from Mr. Fuji. He says that if anybody gets in Demolition's way, they will be buried. Meanwhile, Smash is going to work in Powers, and whips him into the ropes, before dropping him onto the rope. He then gives a bodyslam, as Allen tags in. He doesn't make much impact though, as Demolition begin to double-team, and clothesline Allen out onto the floor. Ax rolls out and throws him back in, as Smash drives him straight down to the mat. Ax delivers three consecutive bodyslam to Allen, making yet another tag to Smash. Ax then jumps from the second rope and delivers the Decapitation for the win.
Winners – Demolition
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage, and is now with Randy "Macho Man" Savage. He says that he is delighted that Steamboat is no longer Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, and congratulates Honky Tonk for taking the belt. Savage says that he wants to be the new WWF Champion, and says that if Hogan has a problem with that, then it is just too bad. He says that he doesn't need Elizabeth by his side right now, as he is doing things his way. I for one, can dig it.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... Feature bouts include Greg "The Hammer" Valentine of the New Dream Team taking on Raymond Rougeau of The Rougeau Brothers and in a non-title match the WWF Tag Team Champions, The Hart Foundation face The Killer Bees. Plus, Randy Savage and The Can-Am Connection will be in competition. Not too good of a show... No feature matches. Powers and Roma are separated this week with Powers tagging with jobber deluxe, Jerry Allen. They plug the Can-Ams for next week and it's really not too much further down the line that Zenk says "See ya."