January 4, 2009
July 13, 1985, Taped June 17, 1985, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Announcers: Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino
By now the production is starting to look much better in comparison to the earlier shows as they’ve added more music and better graphics. I also think this venue looks better than the Allentown one for TV purposes, but maybe that’s just the better production influencing me. What they should have had though was some sort of entrance way with a curtain so we don’t see the wrestlers entering through a fire door.
Opening Match: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Mr. X
Lockup into a wristlock by Orndorff and they break on the ropes. X tries a slam, but Orndorff gets it instead and tosses him outside. Orndorff is very over as a babyface here, no doubt about it. He rams X to the table and gets him back in the ring. Snapmare and he drops an elbow from the second rope as Bobby Heenan joins us to remind everyone about the $25,000 bounty on Orndorff’s head. Orndorff gets a sloppy slingshot suplex, followed by a clothesline and finishes with the piledriver at 2:33. DUD
Update, with Lord Alfred Hayes. He talks about the recent arrival of Macho Man Randy Savage and the scramble for managers to sign him.
Pedro Morales & Leaping Lanny Poffo vs. J.A. Rizz & Barry “O”
This is Poffo’s debut here, on the same taping as his brother, and most likely only hired as a favour to said brother. To show how much they care, the onscreen graphic identifies him as “Leaping Lenny Poffo”. Also, in case anyone is unaware, Barry O(rton) is Bob Orton’s brother and Randy Orton’s uncle. Poffo and Barry start out with Barry getting a side headlock takedown. Poffo escapes that to a hammerlock until Barry makes the ropes. Lockup and Barry gets a wristlock, but Poffo flips out and reverses. Barry sends him off the ropes and gets shoulderblocked, followed by Poffo getting a dropkick and arm drag, then making the tag to Morales. He hooks an armbar, but gets sent off the ropes by Barry and comes of with a shoulderblock. Barry gets a slam, but Morales is right back up and gets one of his own, followed by an armdrag. Tag to Poffo who gets an armbar, but is sent off the ropes and Barry hits a clothesline. Tag to Rizz who tries an Irish whip but Poffo just boots him down. Poffo is soon caught in the jobber corner and hooked. Rizz gets a suplex, but Poffo is right back up with a crescent kick. Tag to Morales who gets a bodyslam and Boston crab for the submission at 3:35. They didn’t even let the new guy get the winning fall. ½*
Vince reminds us to vote for manager of the year. I wonder who would win if they held another contest in 2008? And why are they doing this in the middle of the year? (Yes, I know it’s just an angle.)
The Missing Link (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Jim Young
Young slugs away, but is soon caught with several headbutts. A headbutt from the 2nd rope follows, and then Link mixes it up with an elbow. Corner whip is reversed, but Link just no sells it and hammers Young again. Powerslam and 2nd rope elbow finish at 1:52. DUD
George “The Animal” Steele (w/Lou Albano) vs. Jerry Adams
Adams attacks, but Steele just stomps him down and tosses him. He rams Adams to the apron and gets him back in, only to toss him on the other side now, and rams him to the table. In the ring he rams Adams’ arm to the buckle, applies an armbar briefly, and then stomps it. He stops to eat a buckle pad and hooks the flying hammerlock for the submission at 2:57. Believe it or not, George Steele used some psychology in building to the finish. ¼*
Piper’s Pit with Macho Man Randy Savage as the guest. Pretty short segment as Piper sings Savage’s praises and Savage lets him try on the “million dollar robe”.
Terry Funk vs. Mario Mancini
Lockup and Funk slaps him on the break. Side headlock and Funk is fired off but gets a shoulderblock. Funk runs the ropes and almost falls over the top in a funny moment. Funk backs Mancini to the ropes and gets in some good shots. Neckbreaker and piledriver look to finish, but Mancini actually kicks out, which is strange. Funk hits a rope straddle, but when he tries another one, Mancini moves and Funk gets hung up. Mancini knocks him to the outside. Back in, he grabs a side headlock, but Funk fires him off the ropes and then just clubs him to the outside. Delayed suplex back in from the apron hits and spinning toe hold gets the submission at 3:40. ½*
WWF Tag Team Title Match: Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik (w/Fred Blassie) vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo (w/Lou Albano)
This is the big rematch from Wrestlemania, and the crowd seems pumped about it. Volkoff starts with Windham and Windham controls with a side headlock. Volkoff tries to suplex out, but Windham flips over and nails a dropkick. Lockup and Volkoff nails him when the make the ropes. Tag to Rotundo who comes in with a rollup for 2. Lockup and again Volkoff uses a cheap shot on the ropes. Rotundo fires back and runs the ropes but gets kneed by Sheik and Volkoff makes the tag. Irish whip and backdrop by Sheik, followed by some stomps. He rams Rotundo to Volkoff’s boot. Chop to the throat gets 2, followed by a slam for another 2 count. Gutwrench suplex sets up the camel clutch, but Windham breaks that up. Rotundo gets a small package, but Volkoff comes in and rolls Sheik on top. While the ref is putting Volkoff out of the ring, Windham comes in and rolls Rotundo back on top, just in time for the ref to turn around and count 3 and give Windham and Rotundo the titles back at 3:17. That’s way short for a title change. A couple of the squashes were even longer than that. But I guess in this case the result was more important than the road they took to get there. ½*
A couple of interesting squashes and a bit of history with the Tag Title change means thumbs up.