July 18, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: August 23, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Our hosts for today's show are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, and today's action is coming from the LaCrosse Center in Wisconsin. It's packed to the rafters of course, but before we get right down to business, we see the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase's recent antics, in which he was handing out cash to those at ringside. On today's show we will see the in-ring debut of the aforementioned DiBiase, along with matches from Macho Man Randy Savage, Demolition, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, and the Junkyard Dog. Let's head to the ring for bout number one.
Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil) vs. Chris Curtis
Before the bell the Million Dollar Man gets hold of the microphone and reminds us of his great levels of wealth. He's filthy rich and loves it. He sees many poor people in the audience today, and says that he's therefore a better person. He then instructs Virgil to hold the stick for him, as DiBiase waves around $5,000 in his hand. DiBiase says that because he is a main event wrestler, he doesn't need to wrestle superstars such as this one, so he hires Mr. Washington to take his place. He climbs in the ring, and Virgil hands over the cash. Washington happily accepts it, and looks absolutely delighted. He puts the money down his trunks, as Curtis begins to take out his frustrations. Curtis locks in a front facelock, as DiBiase and Virgil remain at ringside looking on. Curtis whips Washington to the ropes and delivers a kick to the midsection, followed by a backbreaker. He hooks the leg and gets an easy three count. DiBiase does not look at all pleased, and so gets in the ring as Virgil locks in a full nelson on Washington, as DiBiase retrieves his $5,000 from his employee's trunks. He then stomps away and delivers an elbow to Washington, as Monsoon says that he has never seen such despicable actions.
Winner - Chris Curtis
Craig DeGeorge informs us that Rick Martel is still recovering from the shock of his partner quitting, but is moving on with his career nonetheless. We hear that the Islanders were assaulting Martel, when Tito Santana hit the ring and made the save. At the time Santana was at the announcing table, but it is now possible that he and Martel will be forming a tag team of their own.
At ringside two of the WWF federettes are munching away on the WWF Superstars ice creams bars.
The Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Renslow
The bell sounds and they lock up, as Renslow is pushed to one side. They lock up again, and this time Junkyard backs him into the ropes and makes a clean break. Renslow runs into JYD in an attempt to knock him down, but to no avail. He tries once again but JYD delivers a hiptoss, followed by a headbutt, before taking him down and administering a chinlock. Renslow begins to battle back though with some right hands, but JYD outpowers him by sending him straight down. JYD then delivers the THUMP powerslam, for another easy victory.
Winner - The Junkyard Dog
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with Ravishing Rick Rude, the newest member of Heenan's Family. Rude makes sure that everyone knows that he has the best physique in the world today. Okerlund begins to disrespect Heenan, saying that he has gone to great extents to make Ken Patera suffer. Rude then says that he has been made promises by Bobby, and he believes that they will indeed come true. He's promised Rude a whole lot of money, and several title shots.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Johnny V. are standing by, as the battle for Bam Bam Bigelow continues. Not only is Jimmy Hart out of the running, but it is revealed that Johnny V. also is. This therefore leaves Bobby Heenan, Mr. Fuji and Slick in the picture.
The Dream Team (w/ Johnny V.) vs. Sivi Afi & Jim Evans
Sherri Martel, the new WWF Womens Champion informs us at the start of the match that she will now be referred to as 'Sensational' Sherri - and then leaves. Dino Bravo starts out with Sivi Afi, and it is the latter who scores the first knockdown. Afi follows this up with a high cross body, before Bravo knocks Afi down after an attempt at winding up the arm. He backs this up with an elbow, and then a jumping elbow. The impact! Greg Valentine tags in and delivers a shoulderbreaker on Afi, scoring a two count. Meanwhile, Monsoon asks if Heenan is a second generation wrestler, and he responds by saying, "No, my mother never wrestled"!! Valentine delivers some hard reverse knife-edge chops, but as Valentine whips Afi out of the corner, he is able to escape and tag in Evans. Valentine bodyslams him immediately, before Bravo tags back in. He delivers three right hands, before a side suplex is executed. He throws him onto the top rope, as Valentine gets back in and delivers a great vertical suplex, driving Evans into the mat. Bravo delivers a side suplex before Valentine tags in again, this time locking on the figure four leglock for the impressive submission victory.
Winners - The Dream Team
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage and is discussing the new WWF Album, entitled "Piledriver", and brings in someone with a great interest in it - Koko B. Ware. He comes into view with his bird Frankie on his shoulder, and says that he's really excited about the album. But then the topic switches, and he says that the Ghostbuster finishing move he applies is extremely devastating. To close, he sings a few lines from the upcoming album release.
The British Bulldogs are standing by with exercise tips. Davey Boy says that all the kids need to get plenty of rest and exercise to be big and strong. As for the dogs, they deserve lots of walks and be cared for.
Macho Man Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) vs. Scott Casey
This one's a no-brainer (as usual), but at least we can avoid the weekly 5-minute rant from Savage, which we've had to endure in recent weeks. They lock up and Casey backs Savage into the ropes, before Savage reverses it and yanks him back into the center of the ring. Savage runs straight into a scoopslam by Casey, and manages to score a two count. Savage rolls to the outside to regain his composure, and moves Elizabeth in front of him to avoid further assault. Back in the ring Casey applies a small package and gets another two count, but runs into a stiff elbow from the former Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. Back and forth match as Casey looks to deliver a bulldog, but gets thrown right into the turnbuckle. He ends up on the outside, as Savage leaps to the top rope and nails an axehandle all the way down to the outside. Savage rolls him back in and goes to the top rope once again, and delivers the finishing elbow to a mixture of cheers and boos.
Winner - Macho Man Randy Savage
Craig DeGeorge is standing by somewhere in the arena, along with his guest, Jimmy Hart. He also seems very excited about the new Piledriver album and especially likes his own song. It's called "Cranking It Up", and he then introduces the newest member of the Hart Foundation, Danny Davis (the only referee ever to be banned for life). He has allegedly beaten every wrestler and humiliated all of his opponents, and is ready to become the biggest TV star in the history of the WWF. And at the end of each match, they're going to "crank it up".
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs. Tom Stone
They lock up as we go to a still photo of Brutus receiving hairdressing tips from Salvatore. Stone is begging off in the corner, as Beefcake leapfrogs Stone before delivering a bodyslam. He applies the sleeper hold right in the center of the ring, and the arm drops three times, signifying the end of this match. Brutus then grabs his bag, props his opponent up in the corner, puts on the robe, and begins chopping away at Stone's hair. He the rolls him on his back and spray paints the letter "B" on his chest, before spraying blue paint in Stone's remaining hair. Brutus wakes his opponent up, shows him the mirror, and he is horrified.
Winner - Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
We are reminded that last week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, as we go to comments from the Honky Tonk Man. He says that in 10 years he'll still be the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, because nobody can possibly beat him.
We go to a special music video on the campaign to ban the DDT, Jake Roberts' finishing device. We see footage of Jake randomly applying the move in past matches, as well as unleashing his snake onto his opponents.
Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Pete Sanchez & Omar Atlas
Both members of Demolition begin by pounding away on Atlas, who is bodyslammed by Ax, and then elbowed down by Smash. We go to pre-recorded comments of Demolition, who also plug the Piledriver album. Back in the ring Demolition hit the Decapitation to Sanchez, scoring the simple win.
Winners – Demolition
Mean Gene Okerlund is alongside the #1 contenders for the WWF tag team championships, the Rougeau Brothers. They thank all those that have supported them, and also the compliments that Okerlund gave them. He says that they have the right attitude to succeed, and they want a chance to put their hands on the Hart Foundation. Good things come to those who wait they say, and have now been in the WWF for over a year now. They believe that the Harts are beginning to get a bit nervous of them. That brings an end to this week's show.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... Competition involving Koko B. Ware, George "The Animal" Steele, "The Natural" Butch Reed, Killer Khan (who is said to be the biggest threat to Hulk Hogan's WWF Title at the moment) and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
Thoughts : Other than DiBiase's antics and Johnny V getting eliminated from the Battle for Bam Bam the show sucked.