July 10, 2010
Superstars of Wrestling, September 13, 1986 (Taped August 26, 1986, Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI)
Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jesse Ventura, & Bruno Sammartino
On to the second episode now, which is a notable show in that it features two future stars making their WWF debuts as TV jobbers.
Sivi Afi vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/Bobby Heenan)
This is shortly after the big turn on Hogan, so Orndorff comes out to “Real American”, which has Vince appalled. The fans hate Orndorff so much that they cheer any offence Afi gets in, which isn’t really much. Afi eventually misses a crossbody off the top and Orndorff hits the piledriver for the 3 count at 2:36. ˝*
This week’s update with Gene Okerlund is a recap of Harley Race’s coronation from a few weeks back and his new status as King of the WWF.
Sika (w/King Curtis Iaukea) vs. Don Driggers
Sika attacks and beats the crap out of Driggers. He then spends an extended amount of time clawing at his face while ref Danny Davis does nothing about it causing Vince to cry foul. Sika then finishes this nothing match with a Samoan drop at 2:34. DUD
The Moondogs vs. The Islanders
The Islanders are still known as King Tonga and The Tonga Kid at this point, and have just recently been put together as a team. During the match we get an inset promo from the Honky Tonk Man, who is devastated about what Paul Orndorff did to his best friend Hulk Hogan. Just from this promo it’s clear that he was doomed to fail as a babyface. The Islanders control most of the match with little trouble. King Tonga hits Rex with the Thrust Kick, then tags Tonga Kid and slams Rex to set up the top rope splash from Kid for the 3 count at 2:29. ˝*
Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Miss Elizabeth) vs. Troy Martin
We come now to the first of our two “before they were stars” deals here as young Troy Martin eventually grew up to become Shane Douglas. For now though he’s just learning the ropes so first he gets outwrestled by Savage and then tossed to the floor where he gets hit with the double ax handle. Back in the ring, he takes another double ax and then the big elbow for the 3 count at 2:42. ˝*
Then we have, as announced last week, the return of Piper’s Pit. Killer Ken Resnick is allegedly the guest today, but he doesn’t even get a word in before Adonis, Orton, and Hart crash the set. Adonis challenges him to a battle of the bands style showdown in two weeks between their respective shows. Piper offers to do it right now, but ends up pulling Adonis’ chair out from under him instead.
The Machines vs. Rick Hunter, John “JJ” Jackson, & Al Navarro
Pretty much nothing exciting happens here as The Machines beat down the jobbers until Giant finishes Jackson off with a shot to the gut (seriously) at 1:29. DUD
The British Bulldogs (w/Lou Albano) vs. Jack Foley & Les Thornton
This is actually one of the more famous squash matches of all time, although not for any reason that was apparent at that point. The main reason for that is future star number two of the show, Jack Foley, better known as Mick Foley, who would go on to be a three time WWF Champion, making his WWF debut to no fanfare. Thornton starts with Davey and they do a sequence of holds and counters that ends pretty evenly. Then the tags are made and next thing you know, Foley is being snap suplexed by Dynamite. Foley takes a brutal beating here, including a double underhook suplex, backbreaker, and headbutt from Kid, and then a powerslam, and delayed suplex from Davey. Kid takes his head off with a clothesline and then mercifully finishes him off with a back suplex off the top at 3:43. ˝*
This was another good show here as the early matches of future stars are cool to look back on, and besides that we also got some pretty decent action by the standards of the time. Another Thumbs Up show.