July 10, 2010
Superstars of Wrestling, September 20, 1986 (Taped August 26, 1986, Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI)
Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jesse Ventura, & Bruno Sammartino
And then we come to the third show. They’re all from the same taping and the usual pattern for that is that the last show ends up being the worst because they want to get all the important stuff out there earlier. But we’ll see how it goes.
The Dream Team (w/Johnny V) vs. The US Express
The announcers talk about the winner here being in line for a shot at the Bulldogs. Rotundo and Valentine start with Rotundo nailing a slam, as well as one for Beefcake. Tag to Spivey who gets a slam and a legdrop for 2. Spivey ends up briefly worked over in the corner, but he makes it over for the tag. It quickly breaks down into a four way during which Rotundo gets the airplane spin and goes for the cover on Beefcake, but Johnny V breaks it up with an elbow for the DQ at 3:09. DUD
This week’s Update with Gene Okerlund talks about the Honky Tonk Man coming to the WWF. He sends in another doomed babyface promo from the recording studio.
Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele (w/Lou Albano) vs. Tony Nardo & Steve Lombardi
The less said here the better. JYD pins Nardo with the Thump powerslam at 1:23. DUD
Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, & Hercules Hernandez (w/Fred Blassie & Slick) vs. Mario Mancini, Nick Kiniski, & Billy Jack Haynes
Kiniski, who is acknowledged as the son of Gene Kiniski, starts with Sheik and holds his own. So Sheik forces the tag to Mancini and starts throwing him around. He tags Hercules, who then puts Mancini in the backbreaker for the submission at 1:20. A big deal is made over Haynes never getting a chance in the ring, but hey, that’s the breaks. DUD
Another Superstar Billy Graham promo airs. He’ll be back next week. And then not again until next summer.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Tony Garea
Another quick match which sees Garea make a good showing of himself for a bit , but he makes the mistake of putting his head down on an Irish whip and eats the DDT for the 3 count at 1:50. Garea’s tenure does save him from having to get the Damian treatment though as he’s allowed to get away while Roberts goes for the bag. DUD
Hulk Hogan then gets promo time to talk about what he’s going to do to Paul Orndorff. That’s followed by a short preview of Adrian Adonis and Roddy Piper getting ready for the showdown next week.
The Killer Bees vs. Joe Mirto & Jack Kruger
During the match, King Curtis, Kimchee, and Kamala (wearing what I guess is the Ugandan headhunter version of street clothes) come out and wander around ringside for no apparent reason. No issue with the Bees is teased, they’re just there. Meanwhile, the Bees get to show off some of their stuff leading to Blair hitting Mirto with the Bee Sting for the 3 count at 2:48. ˝*
Dick Slater gets an introductory vignette here as he drives a pickup truck to his ranch and introduces us to his mule.
Magnificent Muraco (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Leaping Lanny Poffo
Poffo has a poem, of course, but then he proceeds to get overpowered. Muraco works him over with some questionable tactics and that means that for the third straight week Vince gets on the case of Danny Davis about his poor refereeing. Finally Davis gets on his case, but that only allows Fuji to take a shot with the cane on the outside. Poffo makes a brief comeback in the ring, hitting a dropkick for 2, and then the moonsault, but Muraco kicks out of that as well. Muraco then catches him with a powerslam and finishes with a Jesse Ventura dedicated tombstone piledriver at 3:43. ˝*
Well, I called at the beginning that this would probably be the weakest of the three, and I turned out to be right. Not that it was bad, it just had less going for it then the previous two shows including a DQ in the feature match instead of a finish, generally worse matches overall, and no interesting developments. This one only gets a Thumbs in the Middle.