June 28, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: August 16, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon announces that we are coming from the LaCrosse Center in Wisconsin, home of the legendary boat, "Delta Queen". Bobby Heenan is also in the commentary booth as usual, and the opening video package rolls to begin the show. This week we will see Superstar Billy Graham, The Hart Foundation, Paul Roma & Jim Powers, Koko B. Ware, Ted DiBiase and Ravishing Rick Rude.
Superstar Billy Graham vs. Barry Horowitz
Superstar has only recently just recovered from his hip injury, and gets a massive pop from the crowd upon his entrance. Superstar begins by pushing Horowitz half way across the ring, before lifting him up and doing the same again. Horowitz locks in a headlock but gets thrown right through the ropes, as Butch Reed says in pre-recorded comments that he has no remorse to what he has done to Superstar, and that somewhere down the line they will lock up. Horowitz is still on the outside getting a count from the official, and comes back in only to get on the receiving end of a massive backdrop. Superstar then locks in his bearhug, and Horowitz gives up almost immediately. Superstar is seemingly back at 100%, which is by no means good news for "The Natural" Butch Reed.
Winner - Superstar Billy Graham
Craig DeGeorge is in the studio with a special report on the managerial battle for Bam Bam Bigelow. Apparently he delivers dropkicks, cartwheels and other high risk moves that super heavyweights have never been able to do before. We go to comments from Jimmy Hart, who says that he has not acquired the services of Bam Bam. Classy Freddie Blassie, who claims to know the A-Z of managing, says that he doesn't know what Bam Bam should do, and he doesn't know what is happening. Hopefully we will find out soon enough what exactly is going on.
One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. Billy Beauman
The Gang pounds away on Beauman into the corner, before whipping him to the ropes and delivering a clothesline. The Gang executes a one handed bodyslam, followed by a huge legdrop. Comments from Slick reveal that even if he does not get the services of Bam Bam, he still has the One Man Gang. Meanwhile, Beauman is on the receiving end of some brutal punishment in the ring, as the Gang chokes him on the top ropes. Gang knocks down his opponent with an elbow to the head, before lefts and rights in the corner. The front layout suplex is delivered by the Gang for the easy 1-2-3.
Winner - One Man Gang
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who has recently experienced some physical problems, including neck and back surgery. But Jake says that you can't expect to play with fire and not get burned every now and again. They bring up the name of the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, The Honky Tonk Man, as Jake reveals his feelings for him - he says that he is not easily satisfied, but would take pleasure from defeating Honky for the belt.
We go to footage of Cowboy Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco on Superstars, and they are battling away with one another, even spilling out into the crowd at one stage, despite being partners. Monsoon can not understand how they can throw away a Tag Team Championship opportunity, but i guess that's just the way it goes.
Koko B. Ware vs. Brian Costello
The fans are up off their feet once again, and this time begin clapping their hands in unison also. The two combatants lock up, as Costello is whipped to the ropes. Koko leapfrogs over Costello before delivering a monkey flip, causing Costello to take a time out on the outside. He climbs back in, and gets on the receiving end of a dropkick followed by a powerslam, which earns Koko a one count only. Costello backs Koko into the corner and delivers a headbutt, but to no avail, as Koko has a hard cranium. Koko slams Costello right in the center of the ring, before delivering a big elbow drop. Koko stretches the left arm of Costello, before whipping him to the ropes and delivering a knee to the midsection. Koko slams Costello down, and then goes to the top rope and delivers a big dropkick. He then executes the fatal ghostbuster, and this one is history.
Winner - Koko B. Ware
Mean Gene Okerlund is now backstage with the new WWF Women’s Champion, Sherri Martel. She removes the belt from around her waist because it is feeling uncomfortable. She issues an open challenge to any female in the WWF today, and they then discuss the potential challengers. The Fabulous Moolah seems at the top of the list, as it seems as though she deserves a rematch.
The Hart Foundation vs. Paul Roma & Jim Powers (Courtesy of WWF Superstars of Wrestling)
Before the bout begins, Howard Finkel introduces the special guest enforcer for this match, Mr. T! Danny Davis is alongside the Hart Foundation, and looks none too happy about the arrangements. Danny Davis gets in the face of Mr. T, but then turns his back and talks with the Harts. The bout begins as Bret delivers a backbreaker to Powers, before ramming his face into Neidhart's boot. Neidhart tags in and throws Powers into the ropes, as pre-recorded comments from Davis state that he is appalled at the quality of refereeing, which is why he is at ringside. Bret has tagged back in and gives Powers a back suplex, as Neidhart delivers a scoopslam. Neidhart locks in a chinlock, before Bret tags back in and delivers some stiff kicks to the abdomen. Bret is sent chest first into the turnbuckle, as Roma tags in and sends Bret to the ropes delivering an elbow. He dropkicks Neidhart off the apron, and begins pounding away on Bret in the corner. Bret is sent to the ropes, but manages to catch Roma while he is approaching, and delivers a powerbomb. As the pinfall is made, Bret puts his legs on the ropes for additional leverage (which the referee does not see), enabling the three count. Mr. T jumps in the ring and informs the referee of what happened, and the decision is oddly reversed. Powers and Roma then clear the ring of the tag team champions, as Mr. T delivers a hiptoss to Danny Davis to a huge ovation.
Winners - Paul Roma & Jim Powers
We now go to an interview in the arena with the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, alongside Virgil. DiBiase says that if you have been watching WWF TV over the recent weeks, you will know that he is a very wealthy man. He says that the fans in attendance look like poor people, and because he's rich, he is a much better man compared to them. He then says that they all have a price for the Million Dollar Man, and offers $300 to any volunteer. A flock of hands are raised, as DiBiase picks someone suspiciously close to the action. A relatively middle-aged lady steps up looking less than glamorous, and DiBiase says that if she barks like a dog, the $300 is hers. She then proceeds to get down on her hands and knees and makes her bark like a dog. She barks away into the night like there's no tomorrow, and DiBiase and Virgil agree that she doesn't deserve the money. DiBiase calls the fans dog-faces, and calls them suckers. He didn't even give her the money!
We go to comments from Dave Wolff, the manager of pop queen Cyndi Lauper, who was asked to help in the production of the WWF's "Piledriver" Album. He says that wrestling fans and music fans alike will get an amazing kick out of the record.
Ravishing Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Sonny Rogers
Johnny V. takes over in the commentary position, as Rude gets on the microphone. He demands that all the men in the arena keep the noise down so that the ladies can enjoy him disrobing. The bell rings, and Rude hammers a few elbows into the back on Rogers' head. Rude gorilla presses Rogers down before posing for the fans, before a big clothesline is executed. Rude locks in a backbreaker, and Rogers submits without hesitation.
Winner - Ravishing Rick Rude
Mean Gene Okerlund reminds us of the WWF's fund raising efforts for charities.
Kamala & Sika (w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee) vs. Lanny Poffo & Mark Richards
Poffo starts out with Kamala, as comments from Mr. Fuji state that Bam Bam Bigelow will be his property in the very near future. Kamala delivers a headbutt to Poffo, as Sika tags in, and delivers a hard shot to the sternum area. Richards tags in and gets choked on the bottom rope by Sika. Sika delivers a samoan drop, before Kamala tags in, goes onto the top rope and delivers a huge splash for the victory.
Winners - Kamala & Sika
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with Mr. Fuji, who is manager of Demolition, among others. But for now he introduces another member of Fuji's clan, Killer Khan, who has a very impressive background. He is a former sumo champion we hear, and one of the greatest ever athletes from Japan. Fuji says that he has a very tough training regime, which includes walking across spikes and going to the gym.
That brings a close to today's show, as we see footage of Richards leaving the arena on a stretcher, thanks to the mighty splash by Kamala.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Demolition, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and the Junkyard Dog will all be in action.
So the feature was a squash turned DQ for the faces, Roma and Powers. That from Superstars (of course). Nothing else was very special. Rude used a backbreaker for his win after a superplex the week before.