The Name on the Marquee: WWF Championship Wrestling (11.9.1985)
Posted by Adam Nedeff on 08.11.2014
Hulk Hogan vs. Somebody with not enough credentials.
-Originally aired November 9, 1985.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino.
HILLBILLY JIM & UNCLE ELMER vs. DARRYL BOLEN & JOE MIRTO
-Jim outmuscles Mirto and elbows him down. Elmer connects with a “belly womper” on Bolen, and Jim gets the submission with a bearhug.
-Lord Alfred Hayes plugs The Wrestling Album, featuring “the lusty voices” of the WWF Superstars. And to prove that point, here’s “Land of 1,000 Dances.”
BIG JOHN STUDD (with King Kong Bundy & Bobby Heenan) vs. SAL G
-Sal stupidly goes for the $15,000 to start and it doesn’t end well for him. Studd dominates when Andre the Giant and Captain Lou Albano suddenly appear. Andre issues a challenge to Studd and Bundy and promises that he’ll never get tired of getting revenge on them. Nobody has beaten him yet, and he’s going to keep it that way.
-Back in the ring, Studd finishes with an elbow.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Junkyard Dog, congratulating him on the success of “Grab Them Cakes.” Dog says he’s going to feel like an alley cat pouncing a cat tonight in Boston Garden when he beats Terry Funk and then gets his hands on Jimmy Hart.
BRITISH BULLDOGS vs. MR. X & THE MENACE
-Bulldogs tell The Finkel that they’ve signed a new manager and introduce the fans to…gasp…Captain Lou Albano. Bruno thinks this is a good career move for the English Bulldogs.
-Dynamite knocks X out of the ring with an enziguiri and monkeyflips him. Menace almost kills himself by turning his back when Davey Boy is going for a bodypress, which causes Menace to fold like an accordion. Snap suplex by Dynamite, followed by Davey Boy’s running powerslam. Superplex by Dynamite gets a huge pop and more importantly, the win.
-Gene Okerlund has words with Ricky Steamboat. Everybody has seen the shocking incident that happened last week after Steamboat’s match with Mr. Fuji. He promises that Muraco will get burned by the Dragon’s fire tonight in Boston.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs. THE GLADIATOR
-Wow, a masked guy from Parts Unknown and whose weight is also unknown. Always nice to see something fresh in a job guy’s gimmick.
-Orndorff knocks Gladiator out of the ring. Orndorff tries to yank the mask off and when it turns out that he can’t pull it off, Orndorff just punches him over the top rope. They trade blows, but Gladiator misses a charge and Orndorff comes off the top rope with an elbow to daze him. Piledriver gets the three-count.
-Piper’s guest is Junkyard Dog, who insists on standing because he don’t trust no snakes. Piper tells “Cream”(?) to give him some skin. Piper mentions that JYD’s song is called “Grab Them Cakes,” bends over, and tells JYD to “please himself.” Piper mentions that Vicki Sue Robinson was supposed to be part of this week’s Pit and says straight up that she no-showed. JYD teases a brawl and Piper walks off.
HART FOUNDATION (with Jimmy Hart) vs. STEVE GATORWOLF & JIMMY JACKSON
-Steve Gatorwolf is identified simply as “Gatorwolf” on the chyron, and just the sight of the name makes me want to sit down and write a SyFy screenplay.
-Gatorwolf chops everything that moves, but makes the fatal mistake of tagging out. Jackson gets Irish whipped and slammed all over the place. Bruno says that it irritates him the way that Jimmy Hart’s team taunted “Gatorhart” before the bell, which is a tremendous mistake just because of how understandable it is. And hey, you know what? If Sean Connery ever comes out of retirement, he could make worse career moves than “Gatorheart.”
-Hart Attack gets the three-count.
NON-TITLE: HULK HOGAN (WWF Champion) vs. RUSTY BROOKS
-Hulk comes to the ring to “Hulk Hogan’s Theme,” the piece from The Wrestling Album that you’d know as the theme to “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N Wrestling.” It’s perfectly suited for what it was, the theme to a pro wrestling TV show, but it just has a completely wrong feel for entrance music.
-Randy Savage and Elizabeth show up. Elizabeth gets in the ring, takes the mic, gives Hulk a super-bitchy look, and asks, “Why don’t you wrestle anybody with credentials?” This is absolutely the one and only time that Elizabeth showed any semblance of character. Half of her allure came from the fact that she didn’t seem to fit in, and it’s crazy to see her cut a heel promo. And do it WELL. It was one line but she delivered the fuck out of it.
-Brooks attacks but gets clotheslined right down. Bodyslam by Hogan (paying off the last few weeks of other guys not being able to slam Brooks) and the legdrop gets the instant pin. Savage attacks after the bell, but Hulk makes his own save and clears the ring.
-Another local house show promo, although weirdly, it’s Jimmy Hart conducting the interview. He talks to his man Terry Funk about tonight’s bout in Boston. He’d rather fight Hulk Hogan or Tito Santana, but since that egg-suckin’ dog won’t stop messing with him and his manager, he has business to take care of first.
The 411: Neat to see how totally serious they were about Randy Savage. From the manager-scouting to the Wrestling Classic and now this, it took only four months for them to make him a main event and a staple of the company. On its own, this wasn't much of a show, but as a chapter of a larger story, it was a good week.