July 19, 2005
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE
Original Airdate: September 6, 1987
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan are in the Cow Palace Arena in San Francisco, home of the Golden Gate Bridge. Heenan is, as always, escorted to his broadcast position by a couple of federettes, the lovely females with the sex appeal that increases every week. The video rolls, and on today's show we will see Strike Force, The Honky Tonk Man, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, One Man Gang and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff.
Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Jerry Monti
It was just a week before when Honky infamously proclaimed that he was the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, which allegedly upset such former champions as Tito Santana, Pat Patterson and most of all, Randy Savage. Monsoon feels the same and says that he hasn't held the belt for long enough to be considered the greatest of all time. The bell sounds as Honky taunts the crowd, as he backs Monti into the corner, before delivering a snapmare takedown. Pre-recorded comments from Jimmy Hart show that he's disgusted at the fact that Hulk Hogan is on the cover of the new WWF Piledriver Album when it clearly should be Honky. Back in the ring the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion drops an elbow on his opponent, before delivering some lefts and rights into the corner. He drags Monti back out and delivers a bodyslam, before executing a fist to the sternum from the middle rope. He sets up the Shake Rattle 'n' Roll finisher, but instead throws Monti to the outside. Once on the outside he slams Monti right on the floor, but Monti manages to beat the count back in, and even gets some offense in, albeit momentarily. Honky finishes Monti off with the aforementioned finishing move, and scores the easy pinfall. After the match, Honky gets on the microphone and thanks the fans for their support, and reminds us all that he is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. He then begins to sing and dance, but the fans do not seem delighted in any way.
Winner - The Honky Tonk Man
It's time to catch up on the latest happenings in the battle for Bam Bam, as Jesse Ventura informs Bobby Heenan that he isn't the one who has the managerial rights to Bam Bam. That leaves only Slick in the race, who seems in a rather gloatful mood. Slick then announces that next week, he guarantees that Bam Bam will be here by his side. Monsoon, however, believes that Slick could be in for a very big surprise.
Strike Force vs. Steve Lombardi & Terry Gibbs
Strike Force formed just a week ago, and are making their tag team debut here on Wrestling Challenge. Strike Force consists of Tito Santana and Rick Martel. The bell sounds and Heenan begins discussing the new WWF Piledriver Album and it's apparent that Strike Force have their own track on this new "hot item". Gibbs is dominating Martel in the ring for the moment, but Martel runs the ropes and delivers a high cross body, before even more dazzling moves, as Santana tags in. We go to pre-recorded comments from Bruno Sammartino, who has never seen a better tag team than Strike Force. Meanwhile, Heenan is making jokes at Santana's expense, saying that, he can't even laugh in English!" Santana is wearing Gibbs down on the canvas, but Gibbs manages to make the tag to Lombardi, who instantly gets clotheslined down by Tito. Martel re-enters and delivers a hiptoss, before jumping up and executing a hurricarana. Santana nails Lombardi from the second rope with an axehandle, before going back to work on the left arm. Heenan continues to mock Santana, saying, "If i had him for a friend, I wouldn't want any friends!" Lombardi breaks Santana's armlock, and rams his head into the turnbuckle before Gibbs tags back in. Santana manages to fight his way out of the corner but a fantastic double team effort prevents him from making the tag. Martel eventually does tag in, and dropkicks both members of the opposition. Santana delivers a high forearm on Lombardi after receiving a quick tag, and scores the impressive pinfall victory.
Winners - Strike Force
Mean Gene Okerlund is backstage with Ravishing Rick Rude, who is the newest member of the Bobby Heenan family. They discuss how Paul Orndorff fired Heenan as his manager last week, and hired Oliver Humperdink as his new manager. However, Rude states that Orndorff was in fact going to be kicked out of the family, and was jumping the gun to save his integrity. Heenan promised Rude fame and fortune, and Rude promised Heenan that he would become the next World Champion. Okerlund talks of his marvelous physique, but Rude refuses to disrobe and show off his sparkling body, because he wrecked enough homes for one week.
We go to Ken Patera backstage, who has seemingly broken his right arm. Well, it's in a cast anyway, and he doesn't know when it will be healed. It's hard to tell exactly what happened, but he's blaming Bobby Heenan for his troubles.
One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. Billy Anderson
Before we begin, Monsoon says that he's really surprised with Slick on the new WWF Piledriver Album as he jives "so pro". One Man Gang is destroying Anderson with lefts and rights, and takes his time to finish him off. Gang lifts up Anderson and bodyslams him. President Jack Tunney says that Gang is on a 30-day probation period, for assaulting a referee. In the ring, Gang is unloading with forearms, before squashing Anderson in the corner repeatedly. He rakes the face for several seconds, before finishing Anderson off with the front suplex. Easy victory, to say the least.
Winner - One Man Gang
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with Lanny Poffo, who has a poem for everyone at home. It's about Okerlund himself. Poffo says that he has never lost a match in 15 years, he only comes in second place. He says that he isn't afraid of competition because he is competition, and tries to look on the bright side of everything.
Paul Orndorff (w/ Oliver Humperdink) vs. Rex Farmer
Heenan is still upset with Orndorff thanks to last week, and is so upset that he decides to leave the broadcast position. Meanwhile, Mr. Wonderful and Farmer are on the outside, and Rex is rammed into to the ring announcer's table. Back in the ring he's incredibly aggressive, stomping away on the head of Farmer. Comments from Humperdink show that he thinks Orndorff's body is far superior to Rude's. Farmer is irish whipped into the corner, and comes out only to walk into a standing dropkick. This is followed up with a clothesline, and then the piledriver for the finish.
Winner - Paul Orndorff
Craig DeGeorge is conducting an interview in the arena with Bobby Heenan, who insults Orndorff and Humperdink, who are making their way out of the arena following the previous match. They keep on walking for some reason, so instead Bobby brings out the 8th Wonder of the World, Andre the Giant, dressed in a suit. The crowd isn't too happy, as Monsoon says, "he's in great shape". Andre is really upset at the negative response he received, and so he turns around and leaves. Just like that. Heenan blames the fans because they never show any respect, before the interview is closed.
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs. Mike Starr
Brutus pushes Starr away, as Starr mocks the strut that Brutus often does. They exchange hammerlocks, as Starr gets to the ropes for a clean break. Starr tries to whip Brutus into the corner, but it is blocked and Brutus reverses and throws Starr into the corner. He follows this up with a powerslam, before locking in the sleeper for the finish. As always, Brutus follows up the match by trimming his opponents hair.
Winner - Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
The Islanders (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Steve Gatorwolf & Jesse Cortez
Johnny V. takes over in the broadcast booth, as Tama begins the bout by hammering Gatorwolf. He gets hiptossed however, and Steve follows this up with a bodyslam. Haku tags in though who is the "immovable object", as we go to comments from Jesse Ventura who says he has never seen a team as tough as the Islanders. Haku is now dominating Cortez who has tagged in, as Tama tags in likewise. He delivers a flying elbow before knocking Gatorwolf off the apron, before Haku re-enters. He delivers a harsh chop before a reverse thrust kick, followed by a bodyslam. Haku and Tama deliver a double headbutt for the easy win.
Winners - The Islanders
Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with Slick, who manages Nikolai Volkoff, Butch Reed and One Man Gang among others. Slick says that his suit cost $1,200 and he can afford it because he is the "Doctor of Style". Butch Reed enters the frame, and disrespects the washed-up Superstar Billy Graham.
That's it for this week on Challenge.
Next week on WWF Wrestling Challenge... Superstar Billy Graham, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Danny Davis and the debut of Bam Bam Bigelow.
Thoughts... Another Squash-a-Rama, but what else is new for Challenge. However, we start to see the Randy Savage face turn.