June 22, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: June 7, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan are our commentators for Wrestling Challenge once again, and Heenan is still wearing a neckbrace as he has been for the past few weeks. The entrance video rolls as usual, and we find out on today's show we will have in action: The Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, George "The Animal" Steele, and Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
But before we get to any of that, a Killer Khan vignette is shown. Mr. Fuji talks while Khan makes himself look intimidating, and it looks like this intimidating individual is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the WWF.
The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Jerry Allen
Jimmy Hart comes to ringside carrying a "ban the DDT" sign, in reference to recent events which leaves President Jack Tunney deciding as to whether or not Jake "the Snake" Roberts' finishing move should be banned. Before the bout gets underway, ring announcer Mel Phillips says that he has an announcement to make regarding the decision. "Due to overwhelming public support, and a few of the board of directors, the DDT will NOT be banned", were the exact words of President Tunney. Before Honky even has a chance to comprehend what was happening, Allen wastes no time and goes straight to work. Allen has much of the early advantage whilst Honky is reeling, but when Allen misses a dropkick, Honky seizes his opportunity and takes out his frustrations on Allen. Hart screeches through his megaphone throughout the match. Honky delivers a bodyslam, followed by an elbow which is missed, but to no advantage. Honky sets up his finisher, the "shake rattle 'n' roll" and polishes Allen off with a pinfall victory. Honky gets the microphone afterward, and says that he will not give up on his quest to get the DDT banned. Of course, Heenan agrees with him one hundred percent. Following this, he grabs the guitar, and in a moment that should never be forgotten, starts swinging his hips like a madman.
Winner - The Honky Tonk Man
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guests: The Hart Foundation
Craig DeGeorge is in a studio backstage and believes that the current tag team champions, the Hart Foundation, are avoiding all challengers. However, the duo can not believe such a claim has been made against them. They will take on anyone at any time, in any city and in any time zone. They fear nobody. They begin to chant "we are not afraid".
The Cam-Am Connection vs. The Islanders
This from last week's edition of Superstars of Wrestling, with Vince McMahon on commentary, alongside Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bruno Sammartino. The bell rings with Martel and Haku starting out, and they tie-up as we go to earlier comments made from the Islanders. In fact, they say nothing at all, and just laugh their hearts out. I couldn't quite work out what the joke was myself. Martel gives Haku a hiptoss followed by a sunset flip, before the action breaks. Haku bodyslams Martel, but is rolled into a small package for a two count. Martel is whipped into the ropes but jumps up and leaps onto Haku. Martel tags in Tom Zenk, who applies an armlock on Haku. He gets chopped however, followed into a slam. Zenk quickly gets back into it though, before Tama is tagged in. Zenk rolls him up for a two count, before both teams stand back. Bobby Heenan comes to ringside, and nobody can work out exactly why. All four men go at it in the ring, as the Islanders deliver a double headbutt to Zenk as he is lying on the floor, before bodyslamming and headbutting him once again on the outside. Martel runs over to help his fallen buddy, but his team is counted out. Afterwards, Heenan gets in the ring and embraces the Islanders, his new tag team.
Winners - The Islanders
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with Ken Patera, who competed in the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. He talks us through his background, and says that to become a professional wrestler, you not only have to big and strong, but you have to be witty. He then goes on to talk about Heenan, saying he is wise, sneaky, treacherous and malicious. He is seemingly upset at what Heenan has been saying regarding his family. "When the going gets rough, the tough get going" he blurts out.
Jerry Monti vs. Hercules (w/ Bobby Heenan)
Monsoon is joined by Johnny V and he sympathizes greatly with Heenan. Hercules' chains are removed out of the ring, and he begins pounding on Monti. In pre-recorded comments, he says his best asset is his strength, and he's right on the money with that observation. Hercules clotheslines Monti and puts him in the full nelson, which leaves him with no choice but to submit.
Winner – Hercules
Mean Gene Okerlund is now backstage with the team of Jim Powers and Paul Roma. They say there are many great teams here in the WWF, and they hope that the people will get behind them, as they have nothing to lose. All they want is to be Tag Team Champions. They say that they spend all their time together, while both travelling and training.
We go to highlights of a lumberjack match between Randy Savage and George "The Animal" Steele, which took place on Saturday Night's Main Event. Steele is in control, and tosses Savage over the top rope, as all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Danny Davis sneaks in and nails Steele with the ringbell. What a nasty little runt.
George "The Animal" Steele vs. Rudy Ryder
Steele 'runs' to the ring to get this bout underway, and tosses Ryder right over the top rope. He then goes to the top rope and empties out the turnbuckle by biting it open, before Ryder comes back in and gets on the end of some heavy duty punishment. Comments from Danny Davis earlier in the day are shown, as he says that he is not afraid of Steele. He begins biting Ryder's arm before slamming him down, and then yanking him up high before Ryder submits. He then pushes the referee down and tries biting him, but luckily he escapes within an inch of his life. He then stands by a turnbuckle and speaks utter nonsense.
Winner - George "The Animal" Steele
The Wrestlers' Rebuttal w/ Craig DeGeorge
Special Guests: The Hart Foundation
Craig DeGeorge is standing by with the One Man Gang alongside Slick, who claims that he is absolutely devastating. Even Slick is scared of him, as footage is shown of the move he calls the 'master-blaster', in which the Gang drives down his opponent into the mat whilst standing on the second rope. Most entertaining.
Jake Roberts is backstage by himself, and says there are things in life you just shouldn't do. Things such as drinking and driving, smoking cigarettes and cheating on your wife. Of course, Jake would never dare do any of these. He doesn't need drugs to help him to be a man, or so he professes.
The New Dream Team (w/ Johnny V) vs. Jim Powers & Paul Roma
Before the match gets underway, Monsoon has informed us that right here next week on Wrestling Challenge, Ricky Steamboat will defend his Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship against The Honky Tonk Man. Roma and Bravo start out the match, and Bravo gets hiptossed and bodyslammed, before Bravo rolls out and recuperates. We get comments from The Rougeau Brothers, who are out for the New Dream Team. Bravo executes an atomic drop before tagging in Greg Valentine, who suplexes Roma, before dropping a knee to the neck. He then puts on a sleeper, before tagging Bravo back in, who scores a two count. Valentine is tagged once again, who pounds away on Roma, before dropping a leg. Bravo tags back in and gives a bodyslam, before tagging back in Valentine, who drops a leg. Valentine plants Roma with a scoop slam, but misses a hammer allowing Roma to tag in Powers, who takes care of both opponents. Valentine gets back into the match though, and drills Powers into a clothesline delivered by Bravo, followed by a three count for the victory. Johnny V embraces his team as the match ends.
Winners - The New Dream Team
Craig DeGeorge is backstage for part 3 of the injury update on Superstar Billy Graham. If you remember last week he fell down while attempting to walk, but also commented that his wrestling career will continue, no matter what. We see clips of the operation, and Dr. Lawrence Dorr says his career is over. Next week he goes back to the gym.
Macho Man Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) vs. Bill Anderson
The former Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion is introduced, and dismisses Elizabeth as the bout starts by telling her to "get out of the ring". The two lock up, and Savage gets in a suplex, followed by a kneedrop. Just as the three count looks ominous, Savage pulls his opponent up at two in order to dish out more punishment, and goes up to the top rope and delivers a flying axehandle onto Anderson, who is on the outside. He pulls Anderson up at two once again, before delivering a gutwrench suplex, and again refusing to let the referee count to three. This happens once again, and goes to the top rope and delivers the flying elbow, and pins him by placing one foot on his chest.
Winner - Macho Man Randy Savage
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with Mr. Fuji, who is sporting some face paint. He says that Demolition are very good, and they go training every day. Killer Khan was found in Mongolia he says, and is a former Sumo Champion in Japan. Strong legs, strong body, strong mind. Kamala and Kimchee come onto the scene, and you can see the moon on his belly. Looks like Sika is here as well. The Ugandan Giant begins bellowing into the night, but Kimchee has to restrain him. Okerlund gets lost in the crowd.
We go to comments of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, who formally challenges the Honky Tonk Man to an Intercontinental Heavyweight Title match next week. Honky Tonk Man, with Jimmy Hart, says that he can not lose. He thanks the fans for their support.
That's all for this week, but on next week's show we will get the much-awaited match for the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, between current champion Ricky Steamboat, and the challenger, the Honky Tonk Man.
Not the best of shows again... another match from Superstars as the feature between the Can-Ams and The Islanders. We did get to see Heenan unite with the men from Tonga. I don't know if you would call it a feature but The New Dream Team and Powers and Roma could be one as the latter team was getting some Interview Time.