The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (7.27.1985)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 07.01.2014
Piper goes for $25,000...
-Originally aired July 27, 1985.
-Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino are your lovely and charming hosts.
TITO SANTANA (Intercontinental Champion) & PEDRO MORALES vs. LES THORNTON (Light Heavyweight Champion) & MR. X
-Tito still has the old belt design, shooting down the common misperception that he got the new belt after Greg destroyed the old one. He’s still walking to the ring wearing a jacket bearing the message “Arriva!” across the back, apparently commemorating his shyness when it comes to asking the designer for a refund. Across the ring, we actually have a recognized champion being used as a jobber, showing again that everything old is new again when you look at the current state of RAW booking.
-Morales applies a side headlock on Thornton as Mr. Fuji abruptly shows up uninvited to do guest commentary. Fuji reasons that because he dresses better than the other manager, he’s more deserving of your votes. He also cackles gleefully about what he did to Ricky Steamboat last week. Steamboat is “a little boy-san who thinks he’s a karate man.” Jesus, Mr. Fuji would last two weeks today before the outrage would require either significant repackaging or just getting rid of him altogether.
-Morales elbows down Mr. X and Tito follows with a flying forearm, getting the pin immediately. He proved his point to Greg Valentine and doesn’t need the figure four anymore.
-Lord Alfred Hayes takes a look at now-ex-champion Greg Valentine, who blames faulty officiating for his title loss. We take a look at the post-match actions in Baltimore, with Valentine destroying-but-not-really the title belt.
RANDY “Macho Man” SAVAGE vs. MARIO MANCINI
-Howard Finkel introduces Savage as “professional wrestling’s number one free agent.” Vince gives us an update about the managers scouting Savage saying that Arnold Skaaland is reportedly interested in managing Randy Savage, a booking plan that was apparently turfed when Vince McMahon couldn’t find a big enough toilet to flush away millions and millions of dollars.
-Savage rams Mancini in the corner a few times and beals him. Savage tosses him to the floor and comes off the top with the axehandle. Back in, he slams Mancini into position for the elbow…but Mancini forgets that’s the finish and stands up, and Savage nearly breaks his leg trying to land on his feet. He snapmares Mancini into position again and this time the flying elbow finishes. Savage celebrates the win by laying out a challenge for Hulk Hogan.
-Gene Okerlund hypes the next Boston Garden spectacular on August 3. Gene talks to Ricky Steamboat, both of them seated Pit-style. Ricky Steamboat says that he wants Junkyard Dog as a tag team partner because the Dog is “mixed” and got teased when he was a kid because everybody knew he was mixed race. I’ve never heard that about Dog. Steamboat says he got teased when he was a kid because he had slanted eyes and he promised himself that he would never let anybody embarrass him. That promise was broken when Muraco and Fuji hanged him…and now it’s time to pay.
GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE (with Jimmy Hart, Brutus Beefcake, and Luscious Johnny Valiant) vs. SALVATORE BELLOMO
-Punches are traded and Valentine wins that battle. Shoulderbreaker and stomping by Valentine as Uncle Elmer and Hillbilly Jim show up at ringside and stalk Brutus and Johnny, looking for revenge. Vince incredibly has forgotten the angle and says they’re trying to intimidate Valentine & Beefcake because they’ve been rising in the tag team ranks.
-Back in the ring, Bellomo gets his token offense, but Valentine blocks a roll-up attempt and Bellomo never really bounces back. Elbows and a backbreaker by Valentine, followed by an elbow off the second rope. Figure four gets the win by submission.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Roddy Piper, who fought the whole city of Boston once and isn’t worried about what will happen. In past matches in Boston, he’s left Andre the Giant a bloody mess and Hulk Hogan just BARELY clung to his title. And his next challenge in Boston is Paul Orndorff, the guy who lost at Wrestlemania. What does he have to worry about?
NIKOLAI VOLKOFF & IRON SHEIK (with Classy Freddy Blassie) vs. LEAPING LANNY POFFO & KEITH DIAMOND
-Jesus, Poffo got demoted from “push” to “jobber” so fast that it’s a wonder they didn’t just starting calling him Lanny “The Pug” Poffo.
-Sheik and Poffo start. Sheik misses an elbow right away and Lanny goes for the pin on the spot, but only gets two. Sunset flip gets another two. Poffo tags in Diamond and that’s the end of this match. Diamond gets tossed out to the concrete immediately. Back inside, Sheik goes in for the kill and finishes with the camel clutch.
-Piper welcomes Adrian Adonis & Bobby Heenan. Heenan has his briefcase with the $25,000. Adonis has his briefcase with the mystery contents. Piper asks what he has in the briefcase and Adonis says “It’s a secret.” He says he’s been abused and misunderstood his whole life and sometimes he’s even been saddled with bad tag team partners. But now he has a manager that he can count on and his career is going to turn a corner. Piper mentions that Paul Orndorff is scheduled to wrestle the next match, and coyly wraps up the segment immediately.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs. THE AXE
-Axe attacks from behind. Orndorff fires back with punches and a kneedrop. Big clothesline by Orndorff, and he wraps up with the piledriver in less than a min—oh, here’s Piper to break up the pinfall with a sneak attack. It turns into a very evenly matched brawl. Orton runs in to make it a 2-on-1 attack, but then Tito Santana runs in, quickly followed by an army of jobbers to pull everybody apart.
-Captain Lou Albano jumps in to remind you to wear a seatbelt.
JUNKYARD DOG & GEORGE “The Animal” STEELE (with Captain Lou Albano) vs. JERRY ADAMS & A.J. PETRUZZI
-JYD headbutts Adams and tags in Steele. Steele works the arm with bites and stomps. JYD stays with the arm; wow, THIS team comes to the ring with a game plan?
-Steele uses Adams’ head as a battering ram into the turnbuckle, and celebrates his cleverness by having a snack in the corner. He uses the head as a battering ram again. Petruzzi tags in, takes a headbutt from JYD, and calls it a night. Adams comes back in and winds up in a flying hammerlock, and Steele gets the submission victory. Post-match, Captain Lou and The Animal dance, a completely indescribable image.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Mr. Fuji about boy-san and banzai and whatnot.
The 411: Another good week in a series of them. After a very lackluster post-Wrestlemania spell, they absolutely caught fire over the summer.