November 13, 2007
WWF Championship Wrestling
Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Poughkeepsie, New York
Televised on May 18. 1985 (Taped on May 7, 1985)
Our hosts this week are Vince McMahon and wrestling’s living legend, Bruno Sammartino.
Vince and Bruno are on the interview platform to open this show. Vince runs down the card, which will include a “live” Piper’s Pit, which Vince quickly mentions in an edited version. How that makes it live is beyond me, but welcome to the WWF in the 80s.
To the ring we go for our first match:
Big John Studd & Ken Patera (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Paul Roma & Jose Luis Rivera
Heenan is spotted at ringside with a briefcase, which he opens to reveal a huge wad of cash. Bruno speculates that it could be the $15,000 from the Big John Studd bodyslam challenge.
Roma starts off with Studd and attempts a bodyslam. He almost gets him up, but Studd quickly puts an end to that. Roma quickly tags Rivera and the future Conquistador also attempts a slam, with even less success than Roma.
Studd picks up Rivera and tosses him across the ring and tags to Patera. The former Olympian and soon-to-be jailbird hits a similar slam on Rivera. Rivera manages to tag Roma back in, but no difference is made. Patera works over Roma with an elbow drop and some punches before tagging Studd back in. Studd bodyslams Roma and tags Patera back in. Patera hits a shoulderbreaker before locking in the spinning full nelson on the Young Stallion for the submission. Oh, and Bruno calls Roma “Tony”, just for good measure.
Winners: Big John Studd & Ken Patera via submission at 2:18
Interview: Bobby Heenan w/ Studd & Patera
Vince interviews Heenan along with his team on the platform right after this match. Vince asks about the briefcase and Heenan says that’s $25,000 for the person who puts Paul Orndorff out of wrestling for good.
WWF Update w/ Lord Alfred Hayes
Alfred profiles the WWF tag team champions this week, that being Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. Alfred stumbles and bumbles his way through the report, I guess the guy that runs the teleprompter must’ve been drunk or something. The report shows the end of the title change at Wrestlemania and Alfred mentions how remarkable it is that the team has been successful despite “communication difficulties”…..you know, since they both speak English (Well, we all know that Sheik uses quite the unique English).
“Magnificent” Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Aldo Marino
Muraco starts the match off by working over Marino’s knee. Muraco then tosses Marino to the floor before smashing his knee into the ring post….twice. Vinnie Mac thinks that Muraco should be disqualified. Back in the ring, Muraco hits a chop and a snapmare before going back to work on the knee. Muraco gets Marino in the corner and then proceeds to climb the turnbuckle. Muraco jumps off and slams Marino awkwardly onto the mat. The Rock then hits his patented reverse piledriver (a.k.a. Tombstone) for the win.
Winner: “Magnificent” Don Muraco via pinfall at 2:51
Taped Interview: Roddy Piper, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Don Muraco & Mr. Fuji
Mean Gene is standing by with Roddy Piper and Ace Orton. Gene says that tonight at the Boston Garden, it’ll be Piper and Orton against Hogan and Snuka in the main event. Piper says that he can’t make it to Boston tonight and he needs the help of a genius to explain why he won’t be there. Enter Mr. Fuji along with Muraco. Fuji says he doesn’t know what he’s thinking, but he’s always thinking something different, whatever that means. Muraco says he’s glad to help out with Orton’s war against Hogan.
David Sammartino vs. Charlie Fulton
Of note in this match is the referee, Rita Marie. She stuck around for about a year until Vince allegedly forced himself upon her in a limousine.
Anyways, on to the action, and it’s about as dull as your typical David Sammartino match. Lots of armbars and hip-tosses in this one. Bruno mentions that Fulton has about the same amount of pro experience as David, which I guess is true if you ignore the first 10 years of Fulton’s career. Anyways, this one ends with Sammartino catching Fulton in a powerslam following a missed corner charge.
Winner: David Sammartino via pinfall at 2:55
At this point, Vince tells us that coming up is an interview and Piper’s Pit, and we’ll see the combination of Bruce Hart & Jim Neidhart along with Jimmy Hart. That’s not a typo, he actually said it was Bruce Hart and they didn’t edit it out of the broadcast.
Taped Interview: Greg Valentine & Jimmy Hart
Mean Gene says that he’s appalled by the developments that Piper won’t be showing up at the Boston Garden tonight. He brings in his guest, Intercontinental champ Greg Valentine along with Jimmy Hart. Greg cuts a pretty controversial promo here, even by ‘80s standards, I think.
Greg goes into his spiel about his Boston Garden opponent, Junkyard Dog, until he stumbles a bit and drops this line:
“How many more times am I going to have to listen to that horrible rock ‘n roll song *brief silence* everytime that nasty black man comes out to the ring…”
Gene looks legitimately annoyed by Hammer’s choice of words, but he brings it up again. “I’m going to rub your nasty black face right into the ring, you understand, and all that’s going to be left is a big black spot.”
Just try and get away with that one today, Greg.
Bret “Hitman” Hart & Jim “Anvil” Neidhart (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. “Quick Draw” Rick McGraw & Jim Young
This was about six months before McGraw’s untimely death, thanks to years of steroid and painkiller abuse. As for the match, McGraw and the Anvil start it off. They exchange punches before Neidhart gets the upper hand and hurls McGraw into Bret’s boot. Bret is tagged in and he works McGraw over in the corner. McGraw turns the tables when he catches a Hitman boot coming off the ropes and turns it into an atomic drop and follows up with a dropkick.
McGraw then makes the fatal mistake of tagging in Young. While putting Bret in an armbar, Neidhart attacks Young from behind while the referee was distracted. Young is worked over by the soon-to-be Hart Foundation for a couple more minutes until Bret hits the Hart Attack on Young for the duke.
Winners: Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart via pinfall at 4:00
Piper’s Pit w/ Roddy Piper & Bob Orton – Guest: Paul Orndorff
A short portion of the Piper’s Pit from the first Saturday Night’s Main Event was shown, in which Orndorff turned face.
Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Sal “G” & Mario Mancini
As always we get the Russian national anthem from the tag team champs prior to the bout. This one starts with Sheik and Mancini, and the Sheik dominates with his “loaded” boot and his various suplexes. Volkoff comes in and sends a solid kneelift into Mancini’s abdomen. Volkoff follows up with a stun-gun across the top rope, and Mancini over-sells it greatly. Volkoff hits a double-underhook suplex.
Sheik is tagged, he hits one elbow off the ropes and then tags Volkoff back in. In this time, Mancini manages to get over to tag Sal “G”. Sal doesn’t last long. Volkoff hits a backbreaker and then Sheik comes in with a back suplex, which sets up the camel clutch for the finish.
Winners: Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik via submission at 3:18
Taped Interview: Tito Santana, Jimmy Snuka & Hulk Hogan
Gene runs down the Boston Garden card once again, before brining in guest Tito Santana. Tito is facing Brutus Beefcake and says that he’s going to cut off Beefcake’s nose for sticking it in his business with Greg Valentine. Arreba!
Hogan and Snuka come in next. Hulkster says that Boston has been the site of a lot of wars and tonight will be yet another one. Hogan says that he and Snuka had a plan for Piper and Orton, but plans have changed and now he feels sorry for Muraco because he’s going to do the same thing to Muraco that he had planned to do to Piper.
Back in the arena, Vince and Bruno run down the show for next week.
Final Thoughts: Pretty standard syndie show. Always fun to see the Hart Foundation before they really took off. Watching David Sammartino is just about as dull as it gets. He had too much of his father’s 60s and 70s style and it just didn’t fly anymore. Jobber squashes were obviously not the most aesthetically pleasing wrestling, but they served a purpose and it worked at this point in time.