Post by LillaThrilla on Jul 13, 2013 9:53:21 GMT -5
Fun stuff with Hogan and Orndorff. You've got some really interesting stuff with Savage-Henning and Lawler-Borne to see how they turn out. I suspect Maniac Matt is just going to go even further off the deep end. Looking forward to Survivor Series.
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | September 29, 1985 (Taped September 21, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We are only a few hours away from our huge huge TV special on TBS. The Clash of the Champions: Survivor Series promises to be one of the most can't miss wrestling shows of the year. Before we can get to the show, however, we had one last episode of Worldwide. And we were going to preview a couple of the upcoming Survivor Series matches as Greg “The Hammer” Valentine of the Horsemen would square off against Iceman King Parsons of the Fabulous Freebirds. And in our main event, Randy Savage would face “Superstar” Billy Graham. Jesse Ventura thought it would be such a treat to see Graham in action on Worldwide, something that didn't happen often. Graham wasn't going to wait to see Savage's decision on if he would compete later tonight. He would make that decision for him by leaving him injured in the center of the ring today. Solie thought Savage being involved in this match would help him determine that he can't leave Hulk Hogan's team one man down later tonight.
Match #1 “The World's Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi (w/ “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff) vs. Steve King
Normally Ted Arcidi would be accompanied by Billy Graham, but he was preparing for his match later on in the show against Randy Savage. So, instead, Arcidi was joined by the self proclaimed World Champion, Paul Orndorff. Arcidi's opponent was Steve King, the man who was under the Executioner's mask when Graham was trying to commit a ruse. King failed in his task when he was attacked by Larry Zbyszko in the locker rooms and lost his mask to him. King still wanted payment from Orndorff, Graham, and Arcidi for his failed attempt, but there was little change he would be receiving it. Arcidi made that clear when he brutalized him throughout this match. The Clean and Jerk put an end to this burial very quickly.
Ted Arcidi pinned Steve King with the Clean and Jerk in 0:02:43. Rating: DUD
After the match, Orndorff, counterfeit World Title and all, came into the ring to voice his displeasure about what aired last week. He demanded the respect that a World Champion deserves. He would not rest until he got it. Orndorff didn't care if he had to go through each and every member of Hogan's team later on tonight, he would have his hand raised as the sole survivor. Arcidi gave him a questioning look which had Orndorff retract his statement and say his team would all stand tall at the end of the night. Orndorff raised the “World Title” over his head to jeers from the crowd as Arcidi applauded him.
Match #2 Curt Hennig vs. George South
One man who will do his best to ensure that Paul Orndorff and his entire team are not survivors tonight is Curt Hennig. This has to be considered his breakout party since he will be involved in his first main event on live television. He'll need to be at the top of his game to deal with the likes of Orndorff, Graham, Arcidi, and Butch Reed. Not only will he have those top caliber wrestlers wanting to knock him out early, but he also has to prove Hogan's choice to put him on the team wasn't a bad decision. Especially if it comes at the expense of Randy Savage being there. He looked good today in finishing off George South with his Fisherman Suplex.
Curt Hennig pinned George South with the Fisherman Suplex in 0:03:14. Rating: **
INTERVIEW STAGE W/ BUTCH REED:
US Champion “Hacksaw” Butch Reed joined Sean Mooney in studio to talk about the upcoming match tonight. Reed was salivating at the possibility of getting his hands on Hulk Hogan, Curt Hennig, and Randy Savage in one match. Which is why he was upset to hear Savage was thinking about not competing. He knew the real reason Savage was thinking about skipping out on the match, and it had nothing to do with Curt Hennig. Savage was afraid that Reed would lay him out, just like he did in Little Rock when he took his title. Maybe this time he would take Savage's woman. Reed laughed as Mooney tried to turn the questions towards the rest of the team. Reed said he wasn't worried about Curt Hennig, a man he beat earlier this month, and everyone knew that Hulk Hogan had been running scared from Reed all year. When Mooney tried to counter by saying Hennig had Reed pinned had it not been for Savage's interference, Hacksaw told him to shut his mouth. The only person Reed had any questions about was Larry Zbyszko. He couldn't wait to see what happened when the Cruncher met the Hacksaw. The result would not be pretty. As for Reed's own partners, he couldn't care less what they did in the match. In fact, he almost wished they wouldn't even show up so he could handle the four men on his own. He doesn't need help, never has, and won't need help winning the match tonight.
Match #3 Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Iceman King Parsons (w/ Buddy Roberts)
Many fans are disappointed in Greg Valentine's decision to join Ric Flair and the Horsemen. You could hear it every time he comes to the ring and the fans let him hear it. Still, his career has been rejuvenated since his alliance with Flair, Ole Anderson, and Tommy Rich. Flair has said he is his right hand man, and what better person to be in that position than a former World Heavyweight Champion. And it looks like he will now be accompanied by JJ Dillon, the Horsemen's financial adviser. That didn't bother Iceman King Parsons, who brought his tag team partner, Buddy Roberts, to the ring with him. These men will be competing in a Survivor Series match later on tonight, and this was a good way to get a small preview of what that match will entail. What we didn't expect was the impact Dillon might have on future matches involving the Horsemen. Parsons was making a comeback after having his leg worked over for most of the match when Dillon hopped onto the ring apron. Referee Gil Roman went to get him down, but he missed Dillon tossing Valentine his shoe! Buddy Roberts ran around to help Roman get Dillon off the apron. In the meantime, Valentine hit Parsons in the throat with the shoe. That put an abrupt end to Parsons' comeback, and he was forced to submit a few seconds later to the Figure-Four Leglock.
Greg Valentine made Iceman King Parsons submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:10:00. Rating: ** ¼
Gordon Solie lamented what a disappointment Valentine has become. He never would have thought that Valentine would resort to using a foreign object to defeat his opponent. Valentine joined up with Dillon in the aisle as Roberts checked on his fallen partner. Hopefully Parsons can recover before tonight's match.
AT THE DESK:
Solie was still disgusted by Valentine's actions. And he wanted to know why Dillon was getting involved in the bout? Jesse Ventura tried to come up with an excuse that Dillon must have had a pebble in his shoe and he was simply trying to shake it loose. By tossing it to Greg Valentine? Solie told Ventura he was being preposterous. Solie looked forward to the rest of the Freebirds and Kerry Von Erich getting their hands on the Horsemen later on tonight. Ventura had yet to see any weakness from the Horsemen, and now with JJ Dillon by their side, giving them “financial” advise, he couldn't see them falling to the likes of the Freebirds.
Match #4 Kerry Von Erich vs. Gerald Finley
The Horsemen haven't exactly been secretive about their plan to eliminate the Freebirds one by one until they get Kerry Von Erich alone in the ring. Something must have really rubbed Ric Flair the wrong way when Von Erich was awarded the Best Athlete from Texas. Flair isn't even from the Lone Star State, but it was the Worldwide directly after the Horsemen became four strong. Flair isn't a fan of other wrestlers getting recognition and he showed it be interrupting the ceremony. He'll plan on making Von Erich pay later on tonight. Kerry, meanwhile, is at the peak of his career as shown here by finishing off Gerald Finley with little to no problems.
Kerry Von Erich pinned Gerald Finley with the Discus Punch in 0:04:05. Rating: * ¼
HARLEY RACE GETS A VOLUNTEER:
Back in the studio, Harley Race was standing with the Hart Brothers on the interview stage. Sean Mooney asked if Race had any previous history with the Hart Brothers. Race responded that he'd long been friends with their father, Stu Hart, and it would be a pleasure to team with them against the Dream Team, Nikita Koloff, and Manny Fernandez. He had seen them in action since their debut a few months ago, and he had no doubt they were future World Tag Team Champions. Bruce thanked Race for giving them the opportunity. While they were interested in the Tag Titles, first they wanted to deal with that CHICKEN known as Manny Fernandez. Keith added that they grew up to respect the sport of wrestling. Fernandez obviously had no respect. First, he abandoned them in a match against the Midnight Express and Big Bubba Rogers. Second, he couldn't admit defeat when Bruce got the better of him in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month. And he's been ambushing them from behind for nearly a month. That was the definition of a chicken in Keith's mind. Being able to get their hands on the Dream Team and showing they should be in consideration for the World Tag Team Titles was merely a bonus.
Mooney thought they were a strong team of three, but wanted to know who their fourth man would be. Race was open to suggestions as he felt they would only need the three to deal with “Luscious” Johnny V's men and Manny Fernandez. And wouldn't you know it, into the frame stepped SALVATORE BELLOMO. Salvatore reminded Race that he would be there for him whenever he needed backup! And the Italian Superhero was here to save the day. Race and the Harts were not impressed as they left the stage area, but you could hear Race telling Bellomo to come along if he was serious. Bellomo left, but not before saying while the Hart Brothers dealt with the Raging Bull and Race destroyed the Dream Team, he was going to put an end to the Russian Nightmare. Mooney said he would believe it when he saw it.
Match #5 “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham (w/ “The World's Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi)
A couple of stories coming into this match. It isn't often we see Billy Graham inside of a wrestling ring these days. The last time was his humiliating loss to Larry Zbyszko, who was under the Executioner mask. He wanted this match to show he still had it, get a little warmup before his Survivor Series match, and also show Savage that he would be making a wise decision on bailing out of the match later on tonight. Savage, meanwhile, was looking to show Hulk Hogan that he was the member of the team you couldn't do without. He still wants Curt Hennig off the team, and a victory here would show Hogan that the Macho Man should be listened to. As for the match, people often forget that Billy Graham is a former two-time World Champion. Six years ago he held the NWF World Title. He is not someone to be taken lightly, despite his embarrassment a couple of months ago, and if he is well prepared for a match, he is a hard win. Savage learned this first hand as Graham took great pleasure in working over the ribs of the Macho Man. He was obviously trying to set up Savage for his Bearhug. The crowd grew worried when Graham was able to lock it in, but Savage broke free with several elbows to the top of his head. The match went back and forth after that, but Graham couldn't get his momentum back. Savage had learned from his mistake of underestimating Graham. Savage kept up the pressure before catching Graham completely unaware with the high knee to his face. Three seconds later and Savage pulled out a marvelous victory.
Randy Savage pinned Billy Graham after a high knee in 0:08:54. Rating: ** ¾
Savage wouldn't have long to bask in his glory as Ted Arcidi assaulted him. Arcidi tossed him around the ring as Miss Elizabeth watched on nervously from ringside. Arcidi wanted to put an exclamation point on his attack by lifting Savage up for the Clean and Jerk, but Savage escaped by poking his thumb into Arcidi's eye. Savage exited the ring in a hurry while Arcidi bellowed in frustration. During his exit, Savage told the camera that he wanted to see Curt Hennig do what he just did. He told Hogan to make the right choice.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie wrapped up the show by reminding the viewers to tune in a few hours from now as Clash of the Champions: Survivor Series would be live on TBS! Jesse Ventura said it wasn't often you get to see the REAL World Champion on live television, and so you shouldn't miss out on the opportunity to see Paul Orndorff in action. Solie threw his hands up in frustration as the show came to a close.
September 29, 1985 – Clash of the Champions: Survivor Series Hulk Hogan/Randy Savage/Larry Zbyszko/Curt Hennig vs. Paul Orndorff/Butch Reed/Ted Arcidi/Billy Graham The Fabulous Freebirds/Kerry Von Erich vs. The Four Horsemen Road Warriors/George Steele/Paul Ellering vs. Midnight Express/Big Bubba Rogers/Jim Cornette Harley Race/The Hart Brothers/Salvatore Bellomo vs. The Dream Team/Nikita Koloff/Manny Fernandez and an interview with “Maniac” Matt Borne!
Post by snabbit888 on Jul 17, 2013 19:58:19 GMT -5
I really like this role for Arcidi. He's probably never going to elevate passed this, but he's like Big E if Big Ee wasn't white and couldn't work. I like the subtle verbal mistake by Orndorff to show there might just be a little bit of dissension in the ranks of the heel team too.
I really hope we get to see a Savage vs. Hennig match sooner rather than later.
Well Reed sure is confident going into tonight. This promo did a great job of setting the stage for the night, and a feud with Reed and Zbyszko over the US Title could be money, since Hogan/Orndorff are locked in with each other and Savage/Hennig look like their feud may be going for awhile.
Valentine is awesome, and Dillon is already showing what a great fit he is. So jealous you got to do the Horsemen.
I hope Kerry Von Erich can really break through soon. He's been the victim of circumstance a lot and I think he could still be a main event player if he catches a couple of breaks here and there.
I know Bellomo isn't that plan you wanted, but it should still work out to be pretty funny stuff. Race is so serious, and Bellomo is the exact opposite, so it's a fun dynamic.
Main event was what it should have been. No reason for Savage to be losing to Graham, but you have to make Graham look like a serious enough competitor for there to be a reason for him to be in the match tonight. Savage getting away from Arcidi was a nice touch too.
Now get SS posted before I get home from work tonight!
NWF Clash of the Champions: Survivor Series Atlanta, GA | Omni Coliseum | September 29, 1985 | LIVE ON TBS
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We are live on TBS for a spectacular super-show where all of the biggest names in wrestling would be competing. The Omni was sold out and very loud. Several fans were heard chanting for Gordon Solie, but there were also a few “Jesse!” cheers heard throughout the arena. Before our first match, Solie sent it to the back where Sean Mooney was standing by with the four man Dream Team.
THE DREAM TEAM TAKES TURNS BEING VOCAL:
Answering Sean Mooney's question on how prepared they were for tonight's match, “Luscious” Johnny V promised that his men and Manny Fernandez were ready to take it to another level. Harley Race may have goaded Hercules Hernandez into taking this match, but the only reason Hercules was hesitant revolved around the pity he had for his former mentor. Hercules told Race he should have stopped chasing him because now that he caught him, he was in for a long night of pain and misery. Brutus Beefcake looked forward to be the brightest star on television. People would be talking about him around the water coolers tomorrow morning. Manny Fernandez said the whole world would see him as the Raging Bull tonight, not some yellow chicken. In fact, he'd show who the chickens truly were when they got the Hart Brothers down to a 4-on-2. And Johnny V told Salvatore Bellomo he made the wrong decision by siding with Harley Race, and he was going to know why when Nikita Koloff got his hands on him. Koloff roared as his tongue hung loosely from his mouth.
Match #1 Survivor Series Match The Dream Team/”The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff/”The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez (w/ “Luscious Johnny V) vs. Harley Race/The Hart Brothers/Salvatore Bellomo
It would be extremely difficult to maintain order in a match with this many competitors. The Championship Committee knew this and that is why they not only had a referee in the ring, but several officials around ringside. It didn't look like it was going to do them much good, however, as this whole match was a cluster as soon as Harley Race's team entered the ring. An eight man brawl erupted which featured Race chasing Hercules Hernandez around the ring and to the outside. Somehow in the melee, Salvatore Bellomo was able to bring Nikita Koloff to the mat with his Flying Headscissors. As referee Randy Anderson was finally restoring order, Bellomo celebrated like he had just won the World Series. A move like the Flying Headscissors is pretty, but it isn't all that damaging. We saw that as Nikita stormed to his feet and nearly took Bellomo's head off with the Russian Sickle. Race couldn't get into the ring in time to break it up and we had our first elimination.
x N. Koloff beat Bellomo via the Russian Sickle in 0:01:36
Race was in the ring within seconds and blasting Koloff with open hand slaps. Koloff was on his heels, but he wouldn't stay that way for long. He was able to use his power to put an end to Race's flurry of offense, and tag in Manny Fernandez. Johnny V's team took turns working over Race while a groggy Salvatore Bellomo was being checked for a concussion at ringside by the officials. In the ring, Hercules took great joy in mocking Race as he put the boots to him. Johnny V didn't want Race to catch his breath so he had Hercules tag back out to Nikita. Koloff knocked Race's socks off with several clubbing blows. Race was almost out on his feet as Nikita bounced off the ropes to deliver his Russian Sickle. Bellomo, who was still outside the ring, shook off the officials checking on him and tripped Nikita! Nikita banged his forehead on the mat as he fell. Race saw his opening as he dropped a diving headbutt to the back of Koloff's cranium. Race turned him over, hooked the leg, and dealt Johnny V's team a massive blow.
x Race beat N. Koloff via a diving headbutt in 0:03:41
Koloff could hardly believe it. And Bellomo's interference answered the question as to if he had a concussion. You would have to have one to cost Koloff a match. Koloff chased Bellomo all the way to the back as Johnny V watched on horror-struck. Race used the opportunity to tag out and we were down to three on three. This couldn't have been what Johnny V wanted, Koloff being his insurance policy and all, and you could tell the game plan was off. The Hart Brothers took turns tagging in and keeping the Tag Team Champions guessing. Fernandez was hesitant to step into the ring it would appear, but finally did when he saw an opening to catch Keith Hart with the Flying Burrito and eliminate him.
x Fernandez beat Keith Hart via the Flying Burrito in 0:06:49
Fernandez acted like he had done something great by eliminating one Hart Brother, but he didn't account for the other one. Bruce Hart came in a house of fire and soon had Fernandez running for the hills. He was able to tag in Beefcake, who got much of the same treatment. Still, the odds finally caught up to him and the Dream Team and Fernandez took awhile pounding away on the eldest Hart. He would eventually duck under a double clothesline from the Dream Team, however, and tag himself out. Race cleared the ring in a hurry before nailing Beefcake with a high knee to get the three count.
x Race beat Beefcake via a high knee in 0:09:20
This left with the odd tag match of Harley Race and Bruce Hart against Manny Fernandez and Hercules Hernandez. Neither twosome could get the upper hand and mostly because they weren't working all that well together. Fernandez and Hercules finally were able to cut the ring off on Bruce and work him over. Several times Bruce was almost able to make the hot tag to Race, but it was broken up when the illegal man came into the ring to pull him back towards their corner. This happened one time too many for Race as he couldn't take it anymore. He burst into the ring, and got in a few licks on Hercules and Fernandez before referee Anderson was able to restore order. In the confusion, Bruce had recovered and rolled up Fernandez! Three seconds later and the Raging Bull was out of there.
x Bruce Hart beat Fernandez via a roll up in 0:11:59
Fernandez wasn't going to leave the ring without some sort of retribution. He drilled Bruce with a lariat before Anderson was able to push him to the outside. Bruce was loopy as Hercules slowly stalked his prey. He knew he needed to eliminate Bruce quickly if he wanted any chance of surviving this match. He was able to do just that by hammering away on Bruce and stopping him from making a tag to the outstretched hand of Race. Once he had him locked in the Full Nelson it was only a matter of time before he was forced to submit.
x Hercules beat Bruce Hart via the Full Nelson in 0:12:40
Hercules took the time to flex his muscles as if to say he was dominating this Survivor Series match. He must have forgotten he had one last opponent, and that man had been wanting to get his hands on Hercules for some time now. Hercules turned around to face his mentor and was steamrolled. Hercules was bounced from pillar to post. Race was finally able to get his hands on Hernandez inside of a wrestling ring, and he was not going to let this opportunity slip from his fingers. Unfortunately, he had no say in the matter when Johnny V grabbed Hercules by the ankle and pulled his man to the outside. Johnny V was not willing to let his man, one half of the Tag Team Champions, be possibly injured at the hands of Harley Race. Johnny V and Hercules backpedaled all the way to the locker room. Race would get his hand raised as the sole survivor, but he couldn't have been happy about the end result.
x Race beat Hercules via countout in 0:15:40
Survivor Series Match: Harley Race, The Hart Brothers (Keith Hart and Bruce Hart), and Salvatore Bellomo beat The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Hercules Hernandez), Nikita Koloff, and Manny Fernandez 4 falls to 3: Survivors: Harley Race Rating: **
ON COMMENTARY ABOUT A MATCH SIGNED FOR GREENSBORO:
After the bout, Gordon Solie heard through his earpiece that the Championship Committee was impressed with Race's victory. They were willing to give him what he wanted next month at the show in Greensboro, North Carolina on October 20th. Race will square off against Hercules Hernandez in a singles match, and get this, “Luscious” Johnny V, Brutus Beefcake, and Nikita Koloff will all be banned from ringside! Johnny V is going to be furious when he hears one of his Tag Team Champions has to compete in a match where he won't be able to rescue him.
Match #2 The Midnight Express/Big Bubba Rogers/Jim Cornette vs. The Road Warriors/George “The Animal” Steele/Paul Ellering
The Road Warriors have run roughshod over almost all of the other teams in the NWF, but they hit a roadblock in the Midnight Express. By using the strength of Big Bubba Rogers and the intelligence of Jim Cornette, they have earned more victories over Hawk and Animal than any other team can lay claim to. Tonight Paul Ellering was hoping things would be different since Rogers and Cornette would actually be legal participants in this match. The opening seconds saw Hawk and Animal clear the ring almost with ease. They lastly sent Big Bubba over the top rope with a double clothesline. This left Jim Cornette along in the ring. The chase was on as George Steele went after him. Cornette tried to get through the ropes, but Steele grabbed him from behind, laid a mighty chomp on his backside, and had the Prince of Polyester screaming obscenities.
The match calmed down with Cornette keeping his gnawed behind on the ring apron while he watched Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton do what they do best. Quick tags in and out had their opposition spinning back and forth. They looked well on their way to eliminating Animal when they nailed him with the double Flapjack, but they never saw Animal make a blind tag to Hawk. Condrey, the legal man, got back to his feet only to be drilled with the Flying Clothesline from Hawk. Eaton was already leaving the ring and barely noticed Cornette and Rogers screaming at him to break up the pin. Too late. Condrey was gone!
x Hawk beat Condrey via the Flying Clothesline in 0:05:49
Eaton was back into the ring like a shot, but Hawk slammed him hard to the mat. The next segment of the match saw Hawk and Animal take turns laying a beating on Eaton. You had to hand it to Beautiful Bobby though. He wouldn't allow himself to be pinned. Rogers found his way into the match, showcasing his power as he worked over George Steele in an extended sequence, but due to some miscommunication, we ended up with Cornette and Ellering in the ring! Cornette tried to bail, but Ellering nailed him with several big right hands. The crowd loved it as Cornette finally got what was coming to him. We thought we were going to see Ellering take Cornette to the woodshed for quite awhile, but it came to an abrupt end when Eaton distracted the referee and Rogers cracked Ellering with the tennis racket from the ring apron. Hawk and Animal tried to tell referee Gil Roman what had happened, but he was too busy counting Cornette's pin on Ellering.
x Cornette beat Ellering via a tennis racket shot in 0:07:42
Cornette hugged Big Bubba and Beautiful Bobby in their corner. He was hardly able to contain his joy. That all changed when he turned around and realized he was alone in the ring with Animal of the Road Warriors. Animal hoisted Cornette high above his head in a Gorilla Press and slammed him to the mat. You could hear a loud screech of pain as Cornette flopped on the mat like a fish out of water. Animal didn't let him get a chance to breathe either. He bounced off the ropes and delivered a huge splash to knock whatever wind out of him. Three seconds later and Cornette was gone.
x Animal beat Cornette via a splash in 0:08:19
Cornette was slowly rolled out of the ring by Roman while Big Bubba stormed into the ring. He was furious that his employer had been manhandled like that. It might have been his inexperience, but he still had the tennis racket in hand. He walloped Animal on top of his head. Hawk tried to get in there but received the same treatment. George Steele tried to break it up, but he was tattooed with another shot. Referee Gil Roman called for the bell, but the damage had already been done.
x Animal beat Big Bubba via disqualification in 0:09:50
Beautiful Bobby was in a world of trouble, being down to a 3-on-1 scenario, but he did have all three men laid out in front of him. Eaton covered Animal, but Animal kicked out at two. Eaton kept working on Animal, but it was pretty clear he didn't have the move to put him away for good. That's when he decided to take a risk and go for his Alabama Jam. Eaton didn't hit it, however, as Animal rolled out of the way and tagged in Steele. Steele came in a house of fire as he pounded Eaton's head into the turnbuckle. The Flying Hammerlock was soon locked in and Eaton was squealing in pain. Cornette saw all of this from ringside as he was still trying to regroup from the beating he took at the hands of Animal. Big Bubba helped him to his feet, but Cornette ripped the tennis racket out of Big Bubba's hands and smacked the knee of Steele from between the ropes. Referee Roman never saw it. All he saw was Steele collapse under the weight of Eaton, and Eaton on top of him! Three seconds later and we had another elimination.
x Eaton beat Steele via pinfall in 0:12:42
A great move in theory, but all it led to was Hawk grabbing a steel chair and chasing Cornette and Big Bubba away from ringside. Once he had finished his task, he and Animal took turns destroying Eaton. Cornette was no longer there to lend a helping hand, and the Doomsday Device put an exclamation point on this match.
x Hawk beat Eaton with the Doomsday Device in 0:15:42
Survivor Series Match: The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), George Steele and Paul Ellering beat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey), Big Bubba Rogers and Jim Cornette 4 falls to 2: Survivors: Hawk, Animal Rating: * ½
ON COMMENTARY ABOUT AN UPCOMING TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT:
Gordon Solie was pleased that the Road Warriors were finally able to get the upper hand on the Midnight Express. Jesse Ventura wasn't so impressed as he didn't think Hawk or Animal could do it when it mattered. A straight up tag team match and the Midnight Express would always emerge victorious. Solie said we might get the chance to see in the near future as the Championship Committee had just announced that there will be a four team tournament starting on Worldwide to crown new number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles. The Midnight Express will square off against the Mountaineers next Sunday on Worldwide in first round action. The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will be forced to compete against the Hart Brothers the week after. The winners of those two matches will compete in Greensboro on October 20th to be awarded the right to face the Dream Team for the titles in the future.
MR. WONDERFUL'S CREW:
Backstage, Paul Orndorff, “World Title” on his shoulder, was standing by with Billy Graham and the US Champion, Butch Reed. Noticeably absent was “The World's Strongest Man” Ted Arcidi. Sean Mooney questioned Orndorff about his absence, but Graham interjected and made the crowd aware that there was an incident in the parking lot earlier. And that despicable human being, Larry Zbyszko, had assaulted Arcidi from behind. Graham demanded that a clip be played to show Zbyszko's cowardice.
OUTSIDE THE ARENA:
The camera man was obviously not ready to record as the view was rather distorted. First we saw the pavement and then when the camera got its bearings, we saw a husky brown haired man laying on his stomach right beside a white Nissan. We never got to see the man's face, but Billy Graham was shouting for help. The camera turned around quickly and we caught a glimpse of Larry Zbyszko leaving the scene. The medical staff were just reaching the fallen man when the camera shut off.
BACK TO SEAN MOONEY:
Mooney asked if Graham was accusing Zbyszko of laying out Arcidi before tonight's show. Graham wasn't accusing Zbyszko of anything. The proof was right there. Arcidi would not be wrestling in the NWF in the near future, and we all had the Cruncher to thank for it. He was this close to demanding he be arrested, but he thought a better punishment would be what the have in store for him later tonight. They already found a replacement, a man that has proven before he can defeat Hulk Hogan with ease, and so while Hogan is stuck begging Savage to make his team complete, they are still going to be four strong. Mooney pestered Graham to give up who their fourth would be, but Orndorff cut him off. Orndorff said it didn't matter who their fourth was because he was the World Champion. Everyone knows the World Champion is the key to his team. Butch Reed laughed at Orndorff which led to Orndorff whipping around and staring him down. Reed told him he was champion of nothing, and he better stay out of his way later on. He was here to destroy the Mega Powers and Curt Hennig. He didn't want any part of Orndorff, Graham, or their games. Reed walked off as Orndorff seethed.
HULK HOGAN AND HIS SQUAD:
Hulk Hogan was in the back with Curt Hennig and Larry Zbyszko. Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth were nowhere to be seen, and that was the focus of most of Sean Mooney's questions. Hogan said he knew Savage, he was one half of the Mega Powers, and there was no way that he'd leave him or his guys out there to dry. Mooney also wanted to hear Zbyszko's story about what happened earlier tonight with Ted Arcidi. Zbyszko said whatever Graham was spewing was a bunch of bull. Arcidi had ambushed him in the parking lot with a tire iron, and he had simply wrestled it out of his grasp. What he did afterward with the tire iron, well, Arcidi had it coming. Curt Hennig also spoke, bringing attention back to Savage, saying he'd welcome Savage as a partner. But he was no one's whipping boy. He could handle his own, and he wasn't going to be pushed around, even by the Macho Man. Hogan once again said that he knew Savage, and he'd be there later tonight. And no matter what surprise Graham had in store for them with the fourth man, the “Hulkamaniacs are going to run wild all over you!”
At that point, as the promo came to a close, SALVATORE BELLOMO sprinted past Hogan and his team. Within seconds NIKITA KOLOFF also ran past. He bumped shoulders with Hulk Hogan and came to a sudden halt. It was obvious he was chasing after Bellomo due to what happened in the first match of the evening. Bumping into Hogan was mere coincidence. Hogan told Koloff to cool it, brother, leave the kid alone. Hogan turned his back on the Russian Nightmare to try and motivate his team when Koloff blasted him from behind with the Russian Sickle! Zbyszko and Hennig quickly came to his aid, demanding to know what was wrong with Koloff, and trying to check and see if the World Champion was okay. Koloff pounded his chest as he stormed off the set. Hogan slowly came to, but was having trouble getting to his feet as we went back to the ring.
Match #3 Ric Flair/Greg Valentine/Tommy Rich/Ole Anderson (w/ Woman/JJ Dillon) vs. Michael “P.S.” Hayes/Iceman King Parsons/Buddy Roberts/Kerry Von Erich (w/ Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy)
We all knew going into this match that the Four Horsemen's plan was to eliminate the Freebirds one by one until they got their hands on Kerry Von Erich. Something about Kerry Von Erich rubs Ric Flair wrong, and they were determined to leave him laid out. Unfortunately for the Horsemen, the Freebirds, Von Erich's old rivals, have been coming to his aid as of late, and they had his back here tonight. Terry Gordy was providing the moral support while standing on his crutches, but we found out quickly he might need to do a bit more. Because while the Freebirds' man on the outside was willing to stand by and let the match progress, JJ Dillon and Woman weren't. They became involved pretty quickly when Dillon tripped Iceman King Parsons as he bounced off the ropes. Parsons had trouble with Dillon earlier today on Worldwide so he wasn't about to let this slide. Parsons reached through the ropes to get a handle on Dillon, but that exposed him to a knee to the back by Tommy Rich. Rich rolled him up for the pin.
x Rich beat Parsons via a roll up in 0:05:12
Michael Hayes came into the ring immediately, but made it clear that he wanted Flair in the ring. Flair hollered at Hayes that “you want nothing of this” followed by a crotch thrust. Hayes said something negative about Woman which led to Flair becoming irate on the ring apron. He demanded Rich tag him in which he did. Flair and Hayes circled each other before Valentine slipped into the ring and nailed Hayes with a chopblock! What we saw next was typical Flair, taking full credit for Hayes being hurt on the mat, and delivering some sick blows to the knee. He was going to soften him up for the Figure-Four. All members of the Horsemen took turns on Hayes' knee before Flair came back in to give the coup de grace. The Figure-Four was almost applied, but Hayes somehow found it within himself to kick Flair off. Flair smashed his face into the turnbuckles and both men laid on the mat in pain. Flair and Hayes were able to eventually make tags to partners, Hayes to Roberts and Flair to Valentine. But Roberts came in so fired up that all the Horsemen were soon in the ring trying to stop Buddy Roberts. This sent Von Erich back in, a limping Michael Hayes slowly behind, and we soon had a ruckus on our hands. In the melee, Roberts had just dropped Ole Anderson with the DDT, but as he got to his feet was drilled with a kneelift by the Hammer. No one gets up from a Valentine kneelift.
x Valentine beat Roberts via a kneelift in 0:09:32
This left Michael Hayes and Kerry Von Erich in a scary situation. They had all four of the Horsemen still on one side while they were alone on theirs. Von Erich tried his best to keep the Horsemen at bay, but the numbers were too much. And since his only partner had a bum leg at this point, he tried to do it all for his team. This allowed the Horsemen to utilize their numbers. They couldn't keep Von Erich down, however, and Von Erich finally couldn't take anymore as he tagged out to Hayes. Hayes, sore leg and all, came in rocking and rolling. Each Horsemen took a left hand before catching Ole out of nowhere with the DDT to score a much needed pinfall.
x Hayes beat Ole via the DDT in 0:13:41
The momentum of that pinfall would be short lived as Flair was back in the ring in a hurry. He nailed Hayes with another chop block, and you could tell the immense pain Hayes was in. Flair quickly locked him in the Figure-Four Leglock, and this time Hayes would not be able to counter. Hayes' leg gave out within seconds of being in the hold, forcing him to submit.
x Flair beat Hayes via the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:15:12
Hayes had significant trouble getting out of the ring as he was in severe pain. Terry Gordy motioned to the back for his partners to return. Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts were soon there to help Hayes to the back. Gordy, however, refused to leave Kerry Von Erich. He stayed there, crutches and all, and tried to get the crowd behind Kerry Von Erich. Von Erich knew he was alone against three of the deadliest men in the sport. Not only that, but Ole Anderson had stuck around at ringside, and they had Woman and JJ Dillon for guidance. There was no way he had a chance against the likes of Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, and Tommy Rich. Yet somehow he was able to put up a fight. The Horsemen hit him with everything they had, but he was able to avoid the moves that would have knocked him out. And during a period where Rich had him locked in an abdominal stretch, Von Erich used the crowd to boost his adrenaline. He was able to hiptoss his way out of it, and when Rich got back to his feet, Von Erich knocked a few of his teeth loose with the Discus Punch. Rich almost did a 180 as he landed on the mat, and Von Erich quickly hooked a leg to get the three count.
x Von Erich beat Rich via the Discus Punch in 0:19:01
Von Erich continued to hold onto that adrenaline as he kept the upper hand against Flair and Valentine. The only problem was they repeatedly entered the ring illegally to break up any pin attempts. They were not going to let this match fall to a one-on-one. And with no one to tag in, Von Erich eventually grew exhausted and fell prey to a series of elbows from Valentine and a kneelift that knocked him out. Instead of going for the pin, Flair begged Valentine to tag him in. The Nature Boy came in just just so he could put the finishing touch on Von Erich. He locked him in the Figure-Four, and even though he refused to submit, his shoulders were eventually on the mat too long.
x Flair beat Von Erich via the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:23:50
Survivor Series Match: Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, Tommy Rich and Ole Anderson beat Kerry Von Erich, Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts and Iceman King Parsons 4 falls to 2: Survivors: Ric Flair, Greg Valentine Rating: ** ¾
After the match, Flair released the hold, but ordered the Horsemen back into the ring. Ole and Rich, who the referees for some reason never forced to leave ringside, joined up with Valentine and Flair. They knew that Hayes was being looked after by Parsons and Roberts, and that left Von Erich vulnerable. Flair obtained a microphone and told the crowd to bear witness to the end of another Von Erich's career. He then noticed Terry Gordy slowly making his way up the steps, crutches and all. Flair told Gordy to stop, this wasn't his fight, and they were going to let what happened earlier this month slide. They held no bad feelings towards Bamm Bamm, but if he stepped into the ring, they were going to snap his leg in two and ensure he never stepped foot inside of a wrestling ring again. Gordy appeared to take Flair's advice to heart as he stopped on the ring apron. Flair laughed that his threat worked and returned his attention to Von Erich.
Terry Gordy then tossed his crutches away! Gordy stepped into the ring, grabbed Ole from behind and hurled him over the top rope. Valentine saw what had happened and chopped Gordy across the chest several times only for Bamm Bamm to drive his knee into the Hammer's midsection. Valentine was tossed out of the ring and Rich soon followed. Flair realized he was alone in the ring and dropped to his knees, begging for his life. Gordy would have none of it as he plastered Flair with two right hands before violently pulling him to his feet. A kick to the midsection was followed by the Powerbomb! Flair barely had time to land with a thud before Valentine reached in and pulled Flair out of the ring. Ole tossed the Nature Boy over his shoulder and got the hell out of there as Gordy was all sorts of fired up in the ring. The crowd was white hot as Gordy looks to be back and ready for action. The Four Horsemen are in deep trouble.
THE KING MAKES A PROMISE:
As the crowd calmed itself down, “Maniac” Matt Borne came to the ring and he was accompanied by a homely looking woman and two children. Borne's face was half covered with bandages, including an eye patch over his left eye. Sean Mooney conducted the interview by first introducing Borne's wife, Nancy, and their two children, Jack and Lilly. Borne said the past month had been extremely difficult on his family. He had intended on pursuing his wrestling career as far as it would take him. He knew there was little money in it, but he did it because he loved the sport. Now, he was forced to retire early, no pension, no savings, and his family was practically going to be forced out onto the street. All because of one man. Jerry “The King” Lawler. He knew Lawler was a big name in the sport, and it was someone he looked up to. Someone that he could aspire to become like. But he didn't know Lawler had such a dark side. Why else would he end his career and take food out of his children's mouths? He thought maybe he could go back into construction, something he did before wrestling, but no one would hire a man who only can see out of one eye and is so disfigured that women scream when they see his exposed face. On a personal note, his wife, Nancy, can't even look at him in bed anymore. In fact, he has to sleep on the couch because Nancy can't sleep with his monstrous looking face beside her. His children wake up from nightmares, come to their father for safety, only to realize that their nightmare was his monstrous face.
Jerry Lawler could take no more of this. He came to the ring. Nancy Borne didn't let him get a word out before she slapped him across the face. Lawler took it without resentment. He apologized to the Borne Family. He never meant to end Borne's career, and he will do whatever it takes to make it up to them. No matter what Borne had done to him and others before, it was no reason to mutilate Borne for the rest of his life. Lawler said from now on, what is his is Borne's, what money he makes in this business will go towards the Borne Family, and he will not rest until they want for nothing. Borne told him that he could never pay back what he had taken from him, but this was a start. And he would hold him to his word. Borne left with his family as Lawler slowly followed after.
ONE MAN FOR THE JOB:
The entrances for the main event were very interesting. First off, it should be noted, that Hulk Hogan was obviously favoring the back of his neck. He was still feeling the effects of the Russian Sickle. Hulk Hogan had Larry Zbyszko and Curt Hennig by his side, but Randy Savage was nowhere to be seen. Gordon Solie even said on commentary that he had yet to see him in the arena. Ted Arcidi was also not there due to what apparently happened earlier in the evening when Zbyszko laid him out in the parking lot with a tire iron. Hogan had no way to fix Savage's no-show, but Superstar Graham had something up his sleeve. He was proud to announce someone stepped up to the plate when he heard Arcidi could not compete. And it was the only man worthy of a spot on Mr. Wonderful's team, the only man that has the right to say he has pinned Hulk Hogan in 1985, and that man was JESSE “THE BODY” VENTURA!!! The crowd roared their disapproval as Ventura stepped away from the commentator's table, took off his jacket, and walked towards the ring. Solie could hardly believe it as the Body entered the ring and hugged Graham and Orndorff. Ventura has a long history of friendship with Orndorff and Graham, and was even teammates with Butch Reed when he did pin Hulk Hogan back in Charleston, South Carolina in late July. What a shocker!
Match #4 Hulk Hogan/”Macho Man” Randy Savage/Curt Hennig/”The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff/”Hacksaw” Butch Reed/”Superstar” Billy Graham/Jesse “The Body” Ventura
The shock the crowd felt at realizing they were going to witness Jesse Ventura wrestle only lasted a moment. Because as soon as the bell rang, Hulk Hogan nearly decapitated Jesse Ventura with an Axe Bomber! Mr. Wonderful and Superstar were still primping and posing, Butch Reed was stepping outside to the ring apron, and not a one of them realized that Hogan was pinning Ventura!
x Hogan beat J. Ventura via an Axe Bomber in 0:00:09
The crowd came unglued. Hogan had evened up the match in less than ten seconds. Ventura rolled out of the ring, obviously woozy, and started to walk back up the aisle. Graham, Orndorff, and Reed were beside themselves. The match slowed down at that point, it almost had to, with Reed and Orndorff doing a lot of the heavy lifting for their team. They tried to single out Curt Hennig, the man most people (including Randy Savage) thought would be the weakness of the team. They were doing a good job of it, too. You could tell Zbyszko and Hogan were chomping at the bit to get back in the ring, but Hennig was unable to break free to make the tag. He was showing great resiliency by not allowing himself to be pinned however. There didn't look to be much Hennig could do, though, when Reed hit his Flying Shoulderblock tackle. It has put away a great number of men, and Hennig would be no different. Reed took awhile to jaw at the crowd some before making the cover. And that gave RANDY SAVAGE the time to sprint down the aisle! Reed finally decided to make the cover as Savage climbed up to the top rope. At the count of two, HENNIG KICKED OUT. Somehow, Hennig kicked out of the Flying Shoulderblock. And at that exact moment off came Randy Savage with the Flying Elbowdrop! It connected perfectly – with Curt Hennig! Savage got to his feet, shocked by these developments, but quickly exited the ring and joined Hogan's team on the apron. Reed recovered Hennig, and this time he got the three count.
x Reed beat Hennig via the Flying Elbowdrop in 0:06:57
You could see some remorse on Savage's face, albeit not as much as you would expect, but Zbyszko didn't care one way or another about Savage's intentions. He was in the ring quickly and hammering away at Reed. This was an interesting match that we've yet to see, and if this brief encounter was a preview, it is one we all would like to see. Both men tore right into another without either man getting a distinct advantage. They finally tagged out, exhausted, as Orndorff and Savage came into the ring. Hogan had been questioning Savage the whole time on the apron, but it didn't appear he was getting an answer that he liked. Savage paid it no mind, however, as he kept his attention on the match at hand. He even got the upper hand on the World Champion imposter when he slammed him to the mat. The Macho Man scaled to the top rope to deliver his Flying Elbowdrop when CURT HENNIG returned to ringside and pushed Savage off! Savage only had a second to squirm on the mat in pain before Orndorff had lifted him up with the Piledriver and pinned him.
x Orndorff beat Savage via the Piledriver in 0:10:52
Hogan had his head in his hands as he could hardly believe how his team had fallen apart. Hennig didn't stick around and Miss Elizabeth ran down to ringside to help her fallen boyfriend to the back. Orndorff gave Graham a high five as Zbyszko entered the ring for his team. What Orndorff didn't realize was that referee Dave Hebner took the high five for a tag. Graham and Orndorff disputed this, but he ordered Graham into the ring. He gave him a count of five before he was going to count him out, and this forced Superstar into the ring. During the argument with the referee, I don't think Graham ever realized who was in the ring opposite of him. He soon found out that it was the Cruncher. And he soon found out – again – what Crunch Time feels like.
x Zbyszko beat Graham via the Crunch Time in 0:12:03
We were down to a tag team match, and it wasn't one you would expect. Hogan and Zbyszko may be allies, but I wouldn't call them best of friends. And we already know that Reed and Orndorff don't exactly get along. Still, mutual enemies can cause formidable alliances, and that's what we got here. The US Champion, Reed, and Orndorff were able to get an extended heat sequence on Hogan. They were wearing down the World Champion and purposely focused in on Hogan's injured neck. They knew it had to be weakened from Koloff's attack earlier. But the communication still wasn't strong between Orndorff and Reed, and nowhere was it more obvious than when Reed locked up Hogan from behind to give a free shot to Mr. Wonderful. Orndorff bounced off the ropes with a clothesline, but Hogan ducked under it! Orndorff drilled Reed and sent him falling through the ropes and crashing into the guardrail. Reed quickly realized what had happened and was done with Orndorff. He threw his hands up in disgust and walked out! Orndorff could hardly believe it as his last remaining partner left ringside.
x Hogan beat B. Reed via countout in 0:16:57
A two-on-one is bad. When the two are Hulk Hogan and Larry Zbyszko it becomes insurmountable. Luckily for Orndorff, Graham returned to ringside to cheer on his “World Champion.” At least that is what we thought, but we quickly found out his true meaning for being out there. Hogan had got the upper hand on Orndorff and was preparing to deliver his Big Leg Drop when Graham pulled down the top rope. Hogan fell to the outside and collapsed in a heap. Somehow all of the referees at ringside missed this as no disqualification was called for. But as so often is the case with Hogan, he was down, but definitely not out. But instead of getting back into the ring, Hogan chased Billy Graham around ringside! The crowd exploded when he finally got a hold of him and slammed him on the ringside floor. Graham screamed out in pain, but just as Hogan went to reenter the ring, the bell rang. It took a few seconds to understand what happened, but Gary Michael Cappetta's announcement sent a huge uproar throughout the arena.
x Orndorff beat Hogan via countout in 0:19:40
Hogan couldn't take it. He tore into Orndorff, nailing him with right hands, whipped him into the ropes, and delivered the Big Boot. The Big Leg Drop followed. The crowd cheered him on, having no mercy for Mr. Wonderful. Hogan was eventually persuaded to leave the ring, but he stuck around ringside to watch Larry Zbyszko enter the ring. You could see the sadistic smile on his face as he was finally able to get his hands on Paul Orndorff. As Orndorff staggered to his feet, he was obviously unaware of where he was, and walked right into Crunch Time! Three seconds later and we had our sole survivor.
x Zbyszko beat Orndorff via the Crunch Time in 0:21:20
Survivor Series Match: The Mega Powers (Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan), Larry Zbyszko and Curt Hennig beat Paul Orndorff, Butch Reed, Jesse Ventura and Billy Graham 4 falls to 3: Survivors: Larry Zbyszko Rating: *** (Ted Arcidi no-showed.)
The crowd roared their approval as Hogan joined back up with Zbyszko to give him a celebratory hug. Hogan's music came over the speakers so he could pose in front of the crowd while the Cruncher looked like he wanted seconds of Orndorff. For the sake of Orndorff's career, it was a good thing that Superstar had recovered enough to pull him from the ring, grab the fake World Title, and hightail it to the back. Hogan tried to get Zbyszko to do a few poses, but Larry was more than happy to sit back and let Hogan bask in the glory. Hogan was handed the REAL World Title which he raised over his head to a loud ovation from the crowd.
October 20, 1985 – Greensboro, NC: #1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE TAG TEAM TITLES – The Road Warriors or The Hart Brothers vs. The Midnight Express or The Mountaineers EVERYONE BANNED FROM RINGSIDE – Harley Race vs. Hercules Hernandez
November 3, 1985 – Kansas City, MO TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. Number One Contenders
Fun opener. A big surprise with Nikita getting bounced so early, and in the way he did. The story of the match was great, and ending up with Race and Hercules was the right call. My guess is we won't get the blow off until Starrcade.
Or maybe not... singles match next month. Interesting.
The Road Warriors surviving was the right choice. They were eating a few too many losses for my liking at this point, so great to see them get back on track. Everything else was about what I would have expected from the match.
Stealing my tag tournament idea! The outrage! That being said, looks like the Road Warriors' tournament to lose.
Wow... this is the biggest shot Arcidi has and Zbyszko takes him out. The rascal! Wonder who the 4th is, and obviously Reed doesn't care one way or the other.
That angle with Nikita is big. Hogan/Nikita is a huge match if it happens. You've done a great job of setting up a lot of great challengers for Hogan. Realistically, through some chicanery, any of them could end up champion too.
Great booking all around with the Horsemen vs. Freebirds/Von Erich match. Maybe would have liked to see Von Erich get it down to 1-on-1, but really, that's a minor nitpick. Gordy being healthy again is great news. He has a lot of bring to the table and could be a big time face here.
Oh man, when Borne reveals that he's not really hurt at it, it is going to be crazy awesome. Borne is nuts, and this angle rules.
Well, any thought of Savage and Hennig getting along is done now. I for one am really looking forward to their series of matches. Should be **** affairs. Zbyszko getting to be sole survivor was a bit surprising.
Fun show all around. Puts you in some interesting positions with new feuds. Figure Orndorff and Zbyszko need to settle their issues soon, and Orndorff can say he beat Hogan once again (even if it was nonsense).
Oh, Graham in action on Worldwide! I'm expecting an absurd amount of shinanigans from Graham in order to try to beat Savage.
Ugly squash for Arcidi but anything to get Orndorff and the fake World title on TV is nice.
Hennig has a lot of momentum going in Survivor Series. I don't think he outlasts everyone but he'll turn some more heads for sure.
You do so well with Reed. I hope he stays near the top of the card for a long time. So long as his entire career is NWF, I think he goes well beyond what he accomplished IRL.
I liked the interference from Dillon to beat Parsons. It makes Parsons look like he had a chance to win, even though there was no way he was pinning The Hammer in a singles match. Plus it adds another dimension the the Horsemen.
I'm such a fan of KVE. I'm really pulling for him to come out with an even bigger push following his run with the Horsemen and the Freebirds. There's very little room for anyone to sneak into the World title picture but my fingers are crossed for Kerry.
The Harts are getting a tremendous rub from Race. If Race sees them as future World Tag Team Champions then I believe it! And Bellomo is stellar. His positivity is off the charts. Nikiti will decapitate him.
Graham impressed me. I was expecting outside interference, dirty tactics, and more from him. Instead he showed he's still got a lot of pure wrestling in him. This proved to be a hard fought win for Mach.
I thought we would see an annihilation of Savage with no help from his Survivor Series teammates but instead we get Savage proving a point to Hennig and Hogan.
COTC:SS is awesome. You've done so well in wrapping nearly your entire roster up in storylines heading into this groundbreaking event.
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2013 11:34:52 GMT -5 by vertigo
I knew Bellomo was in for a Russian Sickle tonight!
Oh wow. I didn't see Bellomo being involved enough to help with an elimination. He's a dead man!
Fernandez, ever the opportunist. I can't see him eliminating BOTH Harts, can he?
A little surprised to see Beefer eliminated here. Things aren't looking good for Herc now.
Ah, I had a feeling one of the Harts would get a pin on Fernandez. Of course he wouldn't leave without sending a message. The Harts and Raging Chicking feud will go on.
It was a great moment when Race got his hands on Hercules, if only momentarily. Such a dick move for Herc and Johnny V to take a walk on this match. Glad the match makers are stepping up and forcing Hercules to go toe-to-toe with Race. Really looking forward to that match.
Oh no, Cornette pinned Ellering!? We'll never hear the end of it!
Had to laugh a bit about Cornette taking that press slam and splash. It feels like the Road Warriors are on their way to victory.
Eaton has a mountain to climb with Bubba being DQ'd.
Cornette with assist and Eaton is somehow looking like he's got a fighting chance.
Nope. Doomsday Device!
Looks like Arcidi's no-showed and we have a burly, brown haired replacement knocked out in the parking. I LOVE this cover up for a no-show. And Graham has made it sound like Arcidi's either been fired or quit. Whoever the replacement is is coming in with a lot of heat already.
Wait, what?! As hilarious as it is that Nikita is still chasing Bellomo, did I just see that he RUSSIAN SICKLED HOGAN!?
It took awhile we've got a 4-on-2 with Hayes and Von Erich having their backs against the wall. We'll find out now just how trustworthy Hayes and the Freebirds are.
Ole's out! Huge pin for Hayes/KVE. And almost instantly Hayes is eliminated. Von Erich's chances are very slim... I'm pulling for him though.
Awesome to know that Gordy has KVE's back. Yes! Rich is out! 2 more to go!
Awww, Flair and Valentine survive. Boo!
Gordy is back!! Very awesome way to announce his return! Babyface Gordy is going to be incredible and a feud between him and Flair is money if you go that route.
Bourne's promo made me laugh out loud. I know I'm supposed to feel sorry for him, and it worked, but when he said the kids nightmares were his monstrous face I couldn't hold back. This such an odd twist in the Lawler/Bourne saga. I can't imagine the fans are falling into this trap as well.
Could Arcidi's no-show have worked out any better? You couldn't have scripted this better with Ventura coming in as the replacement.
Oh ha!! Ventura's out! So good!
Savage is batshit crazy. And Hennig will not be pleased when he comes to the realization that Savage was the reason he lost. Come on, Hennig kicked out of Reed's finisher!
And now Hennig costs Savage the match. This feud is HOT right now.
Now Reed walking out isn't much of a surprise. In fact, I bet the crowd cheered his decision to leave.
Good way of getting Hogan out. He doesn't necessarily need to win here. It's time to give someone a rub. And that someone is Larry Z! A huge win for him here. It seems like he's settled the score with Graham's men... so does he move on to Reed?
This was one hell of a writeup. Kudos for making this so damn good. By the way, Survivor Series '87 is my favorite PPV of all time and it looks like you took some excellent notes. This show is one of my favorite writeups from you.
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2013 15:18:22 GMT -5 by vertigo
Thanks for the comparison to SS '87. I grew up watching old tapes I could rent from the grocery store. SS '87 was a favorite of mine. Would watch it over and over. It was awhile before I could start watching wrestling weekly and not just whatever I could find. So, this era is probably my favorite.
I always love Ventura's justifications for heel's shenanigans.
I am really looking forward to SS. Survivor Series that is, not the german guys. I can't really remember watching the old WWF Survivor Series where all the matches were elimination matches. Must have taken a whole lot of good planning and booking to pull off so many meaningful elimination matches and rivalries. It also cleans the slate, so to speak, for many feuds, giving you the chance of a clean canvas.
Bellomo! I've missed him.
Good win for Savage. Interesting to see what Hogan does with his team.
Nice win for Race's team, but I really thought he would get the pinfall, as I think a 4 on 4 loss against Race doesn't harm Hercules as much as a 1 on 1 loss would do, which I'm pretty sure will happen. Even though pushing Hercules over Race is the right thing to do, the face needs to get a measure of revenge. Hercules has already grown a lot since the split with Race. Ah, there you have it. Greensboro with managers and allies banned from ringside.
A fun second match, Cornette and Steele bringing the comedy. I did not know Cornette used to be this involved in matches, but he must have some basic wrestling training. Probably thought he would stay on the apron and be eliminated last.
Interesting developments with Arcidi. No-show? Quit? Attacked by a yeti? The Yeti, perhaps? Oh, I can't wait to see which one of you brings out the Dungeon of Doom.
Koloff attacking Hogan sows doubt before the Survivor Series match, and helps Hogan's superhero image. Might also set up a Koloff vs Hogan match. Well done.
You're turning Kerry into a huge star, even in a losing effort. I love Flair's antics and the way Gordy protected von Erich. The "face-pretend-he's-injured"-schtick was done by Race a few weeks back though. Bamm Bamm has been injured for so long though, that I never saw it coming.
The Borne/Lawler storyline is intriguing. And somewhat scary. I don't know how it'll turn out, but I'm pretty sure Borne's faking it.
Hennig and Savage are ruining the match for Hogan's team, just like I warned Hulk about. Stupid Hulk, never listens to me.
As much as I am positive to sending the fans home on a happy note, I would have preferred Orndorrf (who is the top contender, yes?) to have won the match, at least when Hogan already was out.
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | October 6, 1985 (Taped September 21, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Just seven days after the first Clash of the Champions, Worldwide was back on TBS and ready to go. The four team tournament to crown number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles will begin today with the Midnight Express facing the Mountaineers. Gordon Solie also had a huge announcement about an upcoming World Title match. Jesse Ventura wondered who Paul Orndorff would be defending against. Solie, frustrated as ever, told Ventura he knew that Hulk Hogan was the World Champion and Orndorff had a fraudulent title.
Match #1 “The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko vs. Gerald Finley
Gordon Solie made sure to rub it in Jesse Ventura's face that Larry Zbyszko was the sole survivor in the Survivor Series match at the Clash of the Champions. Ventura said it didn't matter because Paul Orndorff was still the true World Champion. Solie, after asking how Ventura's neck felt due to Hogan's Axe Bomber, announced that Zbyszko was now signed on to face Orndorff in singles action on October 20th in Greensboro, NC. Zbyszko has been dying to get his hands on Orndorff once again, and he will get that chance in two weeks. If he performs like he did today on Worldwide, there is a good chance he'll be getting his hand raised.
Larry Zbyszko pinned Gerald Finley with the Crunch Time in 0:01:48. Rating: 3/4*
After the bell rung, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff came to the ring accompanied by “Superstar” Billy Graham. They were smart enough to stay in the aisle as they did not want to have a physical confrontation with Zbyszko. Orndorff raised his “World Title” up with one arm as he announced his first title defense would be against Zbyszko in two weeks in Greensboro. He promised that the result would be vastly different than what happened at the Clash of the Champions. Zbyszko had his own microphone and laughed at the idea of challenging for Orndorff's World Title. He made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with that piece of crap Orndorff holds, we all know Hogan is the real World Champion. And so Orndorff can leave that piece of tin at home because all he wanted was PAULA Orndorff in the ring, one-on-one. The crowd picked up the chant of “PAULA!” which sent Orndorff into an uproar. He slowly made his way to the back while promising that he would successfully defend his title against the Cruncher.
Match #2 George “The Animal” Steele vs. “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez had a decent showing at the Clash, but was ultimately eliminated by Bruce Hart. He took it out on Bruce afterward and caused Bruce to be eliminated by Hercules Hernandez. George Steele also was eliminated in his match, only he was the recipient of the nefarious actions of Jim Cornette. Both men were looking to bounce back here on Worldwide. The crowd got into the action early as they started up their chant of “chicken!” aimed at Fernandez. The Raging Bull threw a fit, but he became even more upset when Steele started to flap his wings and bob his head like a chicken! Steele got the crowd behind him as he danced around the ring like a chicken as Fernandez kicked at the ropes and ordered referee Gil Roman to put a stop to it. The whole match was based around Steele trying to get under the skin of Fernandez, and he was doing a good job of it. Fernandez even had Steele in a hammerlock, but when Steele started flapping his free arm like a chicken, Fernandez released the hold to complain. The Raging Bull almost lost the match several times due to his lack of focus, but would eventually stick a thumb in Steele's eye during a bearhug by the Animal. The Flying Burrito connected beautifully and finished off the bout.
Manny Fernandez pinned George Steele with the Flying Burrito in 0:07:48. Rating: 3/4*
Fernandez looked like he wanted to continue the assault after the bell, but the Hart Brothers were there in a hurry to prevent that from happening. Fernandez retreated quickly due to the numbers. This will have to be resolved at some later date.
Once we went back to the studio, Gordon Solie quickly sent it to a video of Curt Hennig after the Clash.
CURT HENNIG IS FED UP:
Curt Hennig, still in his wrestling attire, was slamming his fist into a locker when Sean Mooney caught up with him. Mooney wanted to know Hennig's feelings about what happened in the Survivor Series match where Randy Savage accidentally helped eliminate him. Hennig told Mooney he was a fool if he thought it was by accident. He knew Savage had it out for him because he was the next big thing. Savage wasn't ready to give up the limelight. And while Savage has shown the inability to defeat Butch Reed, Hennig felt he has come close twice now. He had him beat for the title in Atlanta on September 1st, and he would have eliminated him from the Survivor Series match. The time has come to settle this. He told the Macho Man to meet him in the ring in Greensboro, and they could settle this like men.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura is no fan of Randy Savage, but he thought Hennig was getting in over his head. Solie disagreed as Hennig has time and again proved that he is capable of competing with the big boys. Word has it that the match will take place in two weeks as Savage was completely happy to be able to get his hands on Hennig inside the ring.
Match #3 “Wildfire” Tommy Rich (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Ricky Reeves
Tommy Rich has to be considered the perfect choice by Ric Flair to be the Fourth Horseman. No man has mastered the art of deceiving a referee and getting away with illegal tactics like he has. We saw some of that here as he took great joy in choking Ricky Reeves with the top rope, dropping a knee into the groin area, and clawing at his face. All of this while JJ Dillon did his job of distracting the referee. It's difficult to watch since we all know Rich doesn't need to use these tactics to win. The Piledriver wasn't needed by the time the match had run its course, but Rich used it anyway to pick up the victory.
Tommy Rich pinned Ricky Reeves with the Piledriver in 0:02:09. Rating: 3/4*
Jesse Ventura mentioned in his commentary that Tommy Rich was especially upset with how Terry Gordy treated the Nature Boy and the rest of the Horsemen at the Clash of the Champions. Rich had promised to Ventura that he was going to call out Gordy next week on Worldwide. Gordon Solie thought that it was a great idea – if Rich wanted to find out what hospital food tasted like.
Match #4 The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes/Iceman King Parsons) vs. Tommy Lane/Dale Williams
Two men who will be listening next week to Tommy Rich's challenge to Terry Gordy were in action next. Michael Hayes has stuck mostly to singles competition since Gordy's injury while Parsons has formed a steady team with Buddy Roberts. They might want to take a look at teaming together now and again because they looked great here. Parsons picked up the win with his Flying Clothesline. Hayes entertained the crowd after the bout with a little moonwalking while donning his leather jacket.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Iceman King Parsons) defeated Tommy Lane and Dale Williams when Parsons pinned Lane with the Flying Clothesline in 0:03:07. Rating: * ¼
DIRTY COWBOYS ARE READY FOR PAYDAY:
Back in the studio, Sean Mooney was standing beside two of his least liked interviewees, the Dirty Cowboys. Bob Orton Jr. showed his bullying ways immediately as he grabbed Mooney's tie and used it to wipe his mouth. Orton thanked Mooney as he had just had a plate full of fried chicken with no napkins to be found anywhere. Orton started wiping his hands down on Mooney's jacket, trying to cleanse his fingers of the grease, while Mooney was appalled at Orton's actions. Dick Slater said the reason for them asking for TV time was to explain why they were not in the tournament to crown new number one contenders. They wanted the Tag Team Titles more than most, but not more than the payday they were promised by their former employer. Their former employer had promised them one hefty paycheck if they took care of one Ric Flair. It was time to cash in. The Cowboys officially laid out a challenge to meet Ric Flair and a Horseman of his choosing in Greenboro. Bob Orton Jr., having properly cleansed himself with Mooney's clothing, said he was going to make sure and wipe the mat clean with Flair's big honker. But just to keep things nice and fair and to keep JJ Dillon and Woman from interfering, he asked for KERRY VON ERICH to accompany them to the ring. He knew the Cowboys had a past with the Von Erich family, but he once held the Tag Team Titles with David Von Erich. Six years ago that was. And he was ready to mend some bridges. David would have wanted it that way. This was an ideal time for Kerry Von Erich to exact some revenge on the Horsemen, the men who had made his life a living hell over the past couple of months. He looked forward to hearing Kerry's response.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura was a man of mixed emotions as he couldn't blame the Cowboys for going after the paycheck promised them for handling Ric Flair. But he didn't know if trying to side with Kerry Von Erich was the smartest decision. Gordon Solie thought Kerry had become a popular man. First, he was allies with Jerry Lawler, then he earned the Freebirds' respect, and now the Dirty Cowboys wanted him to be their backup in a match against Ric Flair. He thought Von Erich might want to sit this one out.
Match #5 Semifinals The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette/Big Bubba Rogers) vs. The Mountaineers
Jim Cornette was in a foul mood after what happened last week at the Clash. His team not only lost to the Road Warriors, but he had a chunk of his derriere bitten off by George “The Animal” Steele. He has promised that he is done with the Road Warriors and Steele after that humiliating loss, but he may not have the say in the matter if they meet up in the finals of this tournament. Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow were in their biggest match since forming a team together, and were well aware of what a victory over the Midnight Express would do for their careers. The only problem was that Crusher Blackwell was intent on keeping Big Bubba Rogers from interfering. Several times throughout the match the two large men were caught mouthing off at one another. You can't do that with a team led by Cornette. The Midnight Express took full advantage of this as they worked over Darsow in the ring. Things finally boiled over for Blackwell after he had been in the ring manhandling Eaton. He tagged back out to Darsow, but almost immediately jumped off the apron and went after Big Bubba. The two behemoths collided on the floor and started throwing haymakers at one another. While this was going on, Condrey caught Darsow with a drop-toe hold allowing Eaton to sail off the middle turnbuckles with a version of his Alabama Jam. Immediately after Eaton climbed back to the top, propped up by Condrey, and hit the Rocket Launcher to score the three count.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) defeated The Mountaineers (Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow) when Eaton pinned Darsow with the Rocket Launcher in 0:10:06. Rating: 1/4*
The Midnight Express are now going onto Greensboro to face either the Road Warriors or the Hart Brothers in the finals to crown new number one contenders. The Dream Team defending their titles against the Midnight Express would be quite the match, but “Beautiful” Bobby and “Loverboy” Dennis still have a long ways to go.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie applauded the well fought match by the Midnight Express. But he had to figure the Road Warriors were the odds on favorite next week against the Hart Brothers. We might just get the straight up tag team match we've all been waiting to see between the Road Warriors and the Midnight Express in the finals of this mini-tournament. Jesse Ventura said it didn't matter who made it to the finals, there was no way they would be able to match up with the amazing teamwork of Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey.
Jesse Ventura switched gears and wanted to know what Gordon Solie was going to announce in regards to the World Title. Or, as he referred to it, the fake World Championship. Solie said there was no better man to tell the world than the World Champion himself, Hulk Hogan! Ventura let out an audible grown as Hogan entered the studio and joined Sean Mooney on the interview stage. Mooney was still wiping off his jacket with several napkins.
WORLD TITLE MATCH FOR GREENSBORO:
Hulk Hogan mockingly asked Jesse Ventura how his neck was feeling, obviously referring to the Axe Bomber Hogan used to quickly eliminate Ventura at the Clash. Ventura shouted across the studio that Hogan was not HIS World Champion so he didn't have to sit there and take that type of abuse. He got up from his chair and briskly walked out of the studio. Hogan laughed alongside Mooney and Solie before refocusing on the reason he was out there. He said there the number one man on his hit list was Paul Orndorff, but he knew that he already had plans for Greensboro. He prayed that Zbyszko would leave just a little piece of Orndorff after their match so Hogan could get his hands on him one last time. But, in the meantime, there was another matter to deal with. That matter, or man as the case might be, was NIKITA KOLOFF. Hogan hadn't forgotten how Koloff had attacked him while his back was turned at the Clash. He said that while it may be kosher to do such things in Russia, that it was not the way that wrestlers do it in the United States of America. Men face off nose to nose and settle any issue they have in the ring. Since Orndorff would be wrestling Zbyszko, Hogan challenged Nikita Koloff to meet him in the ring on October 20th! He had seen how Koloff had destroyed nearly all of his opponents thus he was willing to even put the REAL World Title on the line. “Whatcha gonna do, Nikita Koloff, when me, the Hulkamaniacs, and all of America run wild all over you?!”
AT THE DESK:
Sitting there alone, Gordon Solie was astounded by Hogan's challenge. We would hear from Nikita Koloff and his manager, “Luscious” Johnny V, next week on Worldwide. But if they accept, it is sure to be a match for the ages. We also will witness the other semifinal match in the tag team tournament between the Hart Brothers and the Road Warriors. All that and much more next week on Worldwide!
October 20, 1985 – Greensboro, NC: #1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE TAG TEAM TITLES – The Road Warriors or The Hart Brothers vs. The Midnight Express EVERYONE BANNED FROM RINGSIDE – Harley Race vs. Hercules Hernandez Larry Zbyszko vs. Paul Orndorff Randy Savage vs. Curt Hennig
November 3, 1985 – Kansas City, MO TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. Number One Contenders
Post by snabbit888 on Jul 30, 2013 14:26:31 GMT -5
Ha... Ventura is great.
I think this is the first instance of Orndorff being called Paula, right? Such a fun, cheap heat thing. Tough match to book coming up. Zbyszko feels like he needs to win, but if Orndorff loses, it kills a lot of his momentum.
You've done a good job at booking both Steele and Fernandez. Both guys I don't care much for, and neither are going to be future World champions or anything, but they've added an entertaining aspect to the shows. Fernandez needs to win more than the Animal does though, so good call here.
There we go. Hennig vs. Savage could go ***** depending on how much time you give them.
Rich continues to impress as a Horseman. Gordy will kill him though.
Well of course Hayes and Parsons looked great - look at their opponents.
Yeah, Von Erich should keep his distance from the Dirty Cowboys. To trust the Freebirds is one thing - the Cowboys are entirely different. Wonder what Von Erich is going to say - his desire to get a hold of the Horsemen might cloud his good judgment.
Decent showing by the Mountaineers, but this was clearly the Midnights' match to win. I'm thinking we have one more confrontation with the Road Warriors coming where Hawk & Animal can finally get that decisive win.
Hogan vs. Nikita is big. Though I think Nikita has a World Title match in him, I don't think it will be coming this soon. Will be a good test to see where he is in the grand scheme of things though.
I love it that you're using crowd chants to build angles - both "Paula" and "Chicken" helps both tremendously, especially Fernandez. Steele doesn't really need that many wins, so no problem with "The Raging Bull" coming out on top in this one.
I'm a little baffled by the Cowboys. Taking on the Horsemen and reaching out to von Erich is clearly signs of a turn, but they still behave like jack-asses.
Midnight Express going into the finals is the right choice. Not sure if I want to see a Blackwell vs Rogers match at this point.
Nikita Koloff may be the smartest guy in your locker room, he just doesn't know it. One sneak attack on Hogan, and he has a world title match.
Orndorrf needs to win over Zbyszko to be a credible title contender. Zbyszko got his lick in at the Survivor Series.
I think it's great Orndorff anounced he would be making his first title defense against Larry Z as if he is some sort of fighting champion.
You write Steele good. He may never be involved in a big angle again but he doesn't really need it. He's a guy you can put out there with an up and coming heel, have an entertaining match, and not lose credibility. Fernandez seems like he's on the verge of breaking out a bit if he can get the Harts off his back.
Greensboro just got even better with the addition of Hennig vs. Savage. Not so sure Hennig is in a position to defeat Savage and I think the outcome could force a full blown turn by one of the current fan favorites.
I'm looking forward to Rich calling out Gordy. There has to be a good reason why he's waiting to do it.
Squash for the Freebirds. Interesting seeing Hayes teaming with Parsons but it's the Freebirds, they'll be a good tag team no matter who the duo is.
An awesome proposition from the Dirty Cowboys to Kerry Von Erich. I'm totally for it! I'm really anticipating how this plays out.
With that win it looks like the Midnight's are on a collision course with the Road Warriors again because I can't see the Harts ever pulling off an upset over the LOD.
Hard to believe Nikita and Johnny V won't accept Hogan's challenge. I have my fingers crossed that this is an angle that will last a lot longer than 2 weeks.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Aug 1, 2013 0:21:22 GMT -5
You're doing a great job with Orndorff and his claims to being the real world champion. I love how he's acting as if he really is, and is handing out title matches. I have to think he goes over setting up the epic clash at Starrcade.
This is cleary not Koloff's time, but I don't think this will be the last we see of him against Hogan. I think Hogan gets the win, but Koloff won't go away and quite possibly could cost him the title down the road.
Gotta expect another Midnight/Warriors match, coming off the tournament, I think whichever team wins has a great shot of taking the straps.
Hennig and Savage is gold. Someone turns. Not sure who.
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | October 13, 1985 (Taped October 12, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
In the beginning of the show, the only thing Gordon Solie and Jesse Ventura could discuss was Hulk Hogan's bombshell challenge that happened last week at the end of Worldwide. Hogan had offered to defend his World Title against “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff simply so he could get his hands on him. We had yet to hear from “Luscious” Johnny V or Koloff about this challenge, but that would be the first issue handled today on Worldwide.
JOHNNY V WANTS THE WORLD TITLE:
Johnny V and Nikita Koloff stepped onto the interview stage to talk to Sean Mooney. Mooney wanted confirmation that Nikita Koloff would accept Hogan's challenge for Greensboro, NC. Johnny V asked if Mooney was an idiot, of course he accepts the challenge. Koloff was going to end the reign of Hulkamania. He reminded Mooney and the viewers that it was he who brought Hulk Hogan into the NWF, and he was going to be the one responsible for taking him out. Johnny V claimed he knew all the secrets of Hulk Hogan, all his weaknesses, and he was going to lead the Russian Nightmare to championship gold. Koloff, a man who rarely speaks, growled that Hogan was in for a lifetime of pain in one match. He should never have got in his way at the Clash. For his disrespect, he'll pay for it with his gold. Johnny V spoke again, saying that Koloff defeating Hogan would accomplish his main goal for entering the NWF, to prove without a doubt that Mother Russia reigns supreme as the one true superpower.
AT THE DESK:
And there you have it. The main event for Greensboro has been confirmed and it will be Hulk Hogan defending his World Championship against Nikita Koloff. What an epic match! Ventura tried to play it down some by saying the REAL World Title would be defended by Paul Orndorff against Larry Zbyszko, but Gordon Solie wasn't having it. The two argued as we went to our first match of the show.
Match #1 Non-Title Match The Dream Team vs. Gene Ligon/George South
The Dream Team has been extremely impressive since their debut as a team. They won the World Tag Team Titles in short order, and have had no real competition for those titles since winning them. They would be without “Luscious” Johnny V today as he was prepping Nikita Koloff for his upcoming World Title shot. Johnny V wants all the gold in his stable of wrestlers, and he has the opportunity to pull that off in one week when Koloff squares off with Hulk Hogan. The Dream Team didn't seem to mind being left to their own devices, quickly dismantling their opponents to the point that Hercules had Gene Ligon locked in tight with the Full Nelson. No one has yet found a counter to Hercules' deadly Full Nelson, and Ligon wouldn't find one here on Worldwide.
The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Hercules Hernandez) defeated Gene Ligon and George South when Hercules defeated Ligon when Ligon passed out in the Full Nelson in 0:03:37. Rating: * ¾
After the match, Hercules told the camera that Harley Race was going to be sent to the nursing home after what he does to him in Greensboro. Brutus Beefcake, meanwhile, strutted around ringside with his purple mesh wrestling tights, and annoyed several women at ringside by attempting to flirt with them.
Match #2 “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff (w/ “Luscious” Johnny V) vs. Salvatore Bellomo
Worldwide was beginning to feel like a highlight reel of Johnny V at this point. This match was signed after Salvatore Bellomo helped in eliminating Nikita Koloff from the Survivor Series match at the Clash of the Champions. Koloff chased Bellomo throughout the arena only to have an altercation later with Hulk Hogan. Koloff had not forgotten Bellomo, however, and was ready to rip his head off from the minute the bell rang. Johnny V, unlike the last match, was there at ringside to urge Nikita to show his ruthlessness. Bellomo had no time to try any of his tricks or games to throw Koloff off. He was mauled as soon as the bell rang and soon ate the Russian Sickle. What a showing from the Russian Nightmare!
Nikita Koloff pinned Salvatore Bellomo with the Russian Sickle in 0:02:50. Rating: ** ¼
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie said if Nikita Koloff performs in Greensboro like he did tonight, there was a great chance that we will see a new World Champion. Jesse Ventura agreed with Solie, saying how terrific it will be to witness Hogan get the butt kicking he has deserved for so long. He couldn't wait to see Koloff raise the World Title over his head. After a second of realization, Ventura quickly backtracked and said it WOULD be great for Koloff to raise the World Title over his head, but the real champion was Paul Orndorff so it would be impossible. Solie, once again frustrated by Ventura's refusal to acknowledge Hogan as the World Champion, sent it back to the ring where “Wildfire” Tommy Rich would soon be appearing.
TOMMY RICH ALWAYS HAS A PLAN:
“Wildfire” Tommy Rich came to the ring by himself, no JJ Dillon in sight, and soon had a microphone in hand. Rich called Terry Gordy a coward for attacking his best friend, his leader, his mentor, Ric Flair from behind at the Clash of the Champions. He had obviously forgotten that Gordy was in a 4-on-1 situation and still was able to win that battle to lay out the Nature Boy. Rich told Gordy that he was out here to defend the honor of the Horsemen, and if he wanted to put his hands on Ric Flair, he needed to go through him first. You don't call out Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy without a response, and we soon got it as Gordy walked to the ring. He only got about halfway, however, when OLE ANDERSON crashed a chair across his back! Gordy was dragged into the ring so Rich and Ole could put the boots to him. Rich called him a fool for interfering with the Horsemen's business. Ole draped Gordy's knee across the bottom rope and started to drop his weight onto it. He was obviously trying to reinjure Gordy's knee. Soon we had MICHAEL “P.S.” HAYES hitting the ring and clearing it of the two Horsemen. Gordy was quickly back to his feet, but, unfortunately, Rich and Ole were already gone. Gordy hollered that this wasn't over. Hayes chimed in that the original Freebirds were back together again, and the Horsemen had a thing or two to learn about being a team. The challenge was issued for them to meet up at Greensboro. We learned later that Ole and Rich had accepted the tag team match.
Match #3 George “The Animal” Steele vs. Phil Hickerson
George Steele was once considered the most feared man in the wrestling business. He has mellowed with age, and now the fans absolutely love him. They all line up to have the top of their heads pet before he enters the ring. Even while competing, he still has some zany antics. Nowhere was that more obvious than when he took a timeout from his match with Phil Hickerson to chow down on a turnbuckle. He soon had exposed the stuffing and was sticking great mounds of the stuff into his mouth. Despite all of that, he knows his wrestling holds and soon had Hickerson passing out from the pain of the Flying Hammerlock.
George Steele defeated Phil Hickerson when Hickerson passed out in the Flying Hammerlock in 0:04:36. Rating: 3/4*
A match between George Steele and Big Bubba Rogers has been signed for Greensboro. Rogers is looking to pay Steele back for the way his manager and employer was treated at the Clash of the Champions. The match probably won't be pretty, but it is guaranteed to be violent.
Match #4 The Mountaineers vs. Rocky King/Tommy Lane
The Mountaineers were not happy with how their match against the Midnight Express went down last week. They had no one to blame but themselves since Crusher Blackwell started the brawl with Big Bubba Rogers, but they certainly didn't see it that way. The Mountaineers took that fire and used it in this match. Rocky King and Tommy Lane had no chance. The Darsow assisted Avalanche by Crusher put this match in the win column quickly for these two considerably sized men.
The Mountaineers (Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow) defeated Rocky King and Tommy Lane when Blackwell pinned Lane with the Avalanche in 0:03:14. Rating: -1/2*
Ric Flair was all smiles as he complimented the two other Horsemen, Tommy Rich and Ole Anderson, for a job well done. Sean Mooney wanted to know if it was on Flair's orders that Rich and Ole assaulted Terry Gordy. Flair couldn't help if Rich and Ole wanted to defend the honor of the Nature Boy. Speaking of honor, he knew that the Dirty Cowboys had issued a challenge to Ric Flair and Greg Valentine. He would not deny a man the chance to put food on his table. Flair knew that the Cowboys were looking for a payday, and he was going to give them the chance to cash in. Greg Valentine said it was going to be harder to cash that check than they ever could have thought because the Cowboys are going to have to get through the Hammer to get their hands on the Nature Boy. As for Kerry Von Erich, Flair thought it was a great idea for him to accompany the Dirty Cowboys. While he had shown him at the Clash what a real man could do in the ring, maybe he needed to see a repeat. Flair walked off with Woman in arm and JJ Dillon and Valentine following.
AT THE DESK:
Solie wasn't a fan of the Dirty Cowboys or their actions, but he couldn't blame them for wanting to get their hands on Ric Flair and Greg Valentine. They blamed the Horsemen for their employer being forced out of the NWF, and were promised a huge paycheck if they could take care of business. Watching these four men beat the hell out of one another is going to provide a great deal of entertainment. Ventura, meanwhile, wasn't so certain Ric Flair should be taking a match like this. It was guaranteed to turn into a brawl, and there was a good chance of injury. Once the Horsemen had left the studio, security allowed Kerry Von Erich in. Security was obviously keeping close tabs on there whereabouts of Von Erich and the Horsemen so a brawl wouldn't erupt inside the NWF Studios.
KERRY VON ERICH WILL BE PRESENT:
Kerry Von Erich took several huge sniffs with his nose and stated that he smelled something terrible. Once he realized the Horsemen had been here, he recognized the smell of manure. That's all he could smell wherever Ric Flair and his posse went. As for the upcoming match between the Horsemen and the Cowboys, he will be there. Not because Bob Orton Jr. played the David Von Erich card, but because he wanted nothing more than to be there at ringside to see Flair and Valentine get their heads bashed in. He was sick and tired of groups like the Horsemen using their numbers as an advantage and he'd be happy to try and put an end to it. Bob Orton Jr.'s history with David and Kevin aside, he held no ill will towards them. And if they had Flair's and Valentine's' blood on their hands, he'd be happy to give them a handshake after the match.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie reminded everyone that Bob Orton Jr. once held the World Tag Team Titles with David Von Erich. It was no surprise that there would still some allegiance there. Jesse Ventura said it was a surprise to him since David and Orton had a brutal feud after their team broke up that culminated in one of the best matches in NWF history, the Street Fight in Denver, Colorado at the end of 1980.
Match #5 Semifinals The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Hart Brothers
This was a big match for both teams. The winners of this bout would go on to face the Midnight Express to crown new number one contenders to the Tag Team Titles currently held by the Dream Team. The Road Warriors have had their troubles recently with Jim Cornette and the Express, but they wanted to put that all behind them in this match and get back into the title picture. The Hart Brothers have never had an opportunity quite like this, and they weren't going to let it slip by. All four men have the fans' respect, but it was clear that Hawk and Animal were the ones they wanted to come out victorious. It isn't like Bruce and Keith were booed. It was just the cheers for Hawk and Animal were vociferous. The match started out on the mat with Bruce and Keith having the decided advantage. That changed quickly after Bruce elbowed Hawk square in the nose. This angered the Road Warrior and he soon had Bruce on the ropes. Once this match saw fisticuffs becoming the key element in the match, the Hart Brothers were in severe trouble. It was around this point that JIM CORNETTE thought he would come to the ring to scout his team's future opponents. Anyway, that was the excuse he'll probably use later. Because it didn't look like he was trying to scout, it looked like he was trying to interfere. In the chaos, Animal nailed referee Gil Roman by accident with a lariat. Cornette took the opportunity to hop up on the ring apron and shake his tennis racket around. It was enough to get Animal's attention. Animal had just drilled Keith with the Powerslam when he stormed over to where Cornette was standing. Animal grabbed the racket out of Cornette's hands and pushed him off the apron. Cornette took a nasty fall to the concrete.
Animal turned around with tennis racket in hand just as referee Gil Roman was getting back to his feet. He looked, saw Keith down on the mat, and immediately called for the bell. There was an audible groan from the crowd as Gary Michael Cappetta announced the Hart Brothers the victors via disqualification.
The Hart Brothers (Bruce Hart and Keith Hart) defeated The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) when Keith Hart pinned Animal via disqualification in 0:09:28. Rating: * ¼
An astounding scene followed as Hawk, Animal, and Bruce Hart all argued with the referee about his decision. Roman was having none of it as his decisions stood. Cornette hobbled to the back, but it would appear he was successful in his goal of eliminating the Road Warriors from the tournament. Bruce and Keith refused to have their hands by Roman. No matter, they will go on to face the Midnight Express in one week to determine who moves on to face the Dream Team. Hawk and Animal, while disappointed, did not take out their frustrations on the Hart Brothers. Instead they stormed to the back with Paul Ellering. One of these days Cornette will learn to keep his nose out of their business.
AT THE DESK:
Back in the studio, Ventura was appalled at how Cornette was treated. A man like Cornette should be treated with honor and respect. Solie thought differently, and figured Cornette wanted Hawk and Animal out of the tournament so that the Midnight Express wouldn't have to face them again. He hated to break it to them, but the Hart Brothers would not be an easy win either. He wouldn't be opposed to placing a bet that the Hart Brothers could actually beat the Midnight Express. Ventura said he'd take him on the bet, but he didn't like to take money from colleagues.
With the show coming to a close, Solie made sure that the viewers tune in next week where he just learned we will get a small preview of the show in Greensboro. Not only will Bruce Hart face Bobby Eaton, but the team of Ole Anderson and Tommy Rich square off against two other members of the Freebirds, Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts. We will also hear from a great deal of the competitors heading into Greensboro.
October 20, 1985 – Greensboro, NC: WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Nikita Koloff #1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE TAG TEAM TITLES – The Hart Brothers vs. The Midnight Express EVERYONE BANNED FROM RINGSIDE – Harley Race vs. Hercules Hernandez Dirty Cowboys vs. Ric Flair/Greg Valentine The Fabulous Freebirds (Gordy/Hayes) vs. Ole Anderson/Tommy Rich Larry Zbyszko vs. Paul Orndorff Randy Savage vs. Curt Hennig George Steele vs. Big Bubba Rogers
November 3, 1985 – Kansas City, MO TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. Number One Contenders
I completely forgot to make the connection that Johnny V knows Hogan from managing him before. That adds another cool element to this match. I don't think it will be enough to get Nikita the gold, but from a mark's standpoint, it does absolutely put Hogan's reign in more jeopardy.
I always enjoy the small touches like Johnny V not being with the Dream Team because he was preparing with Nikita. Makes sense, and especially in a match where the tag champs didn't need the help.
Ha, Ventura. Bellomo getting slaughtered is why Bellomo is here. Makes Nikita look strong going in.
Good old school heel segment with Tommy Rich. You know, even though he's not going to win a World Title (probably), I think he may still end up having a better career in this universe than he did in real life. Excited to see the original Freebirds back together too.
Steele vs. Rogers is going to be bowling shoe ugly.
Quick win for the Mountaineers to keep them kind of relevant.
That tag match is going to be interesting. I know the Cowboys are probably the lesser of two evils here, but I don't see them getting a lot of cheers if Von Erich isn't with them. I also like how you've managed to do the storyline with Piper without ever directly talking about Piper.
And Von Erich will be there. Makes sense. Nice ode to one of your two five star matches too.
Great finish to the tag match. Cornette strikes again. I thought we'd be getting our showdown, but apparently not. Even if the circumstances were as they were, this is big for the Hart Brothers. They look like they could end up #1 contenders, because I don't see the Road Warriors not trying to return the favor. Also, small editing thing, you have it saying Keith Hart pinned Animal by disqualification instead of defeated Animal by disqualification.
The card for Greensboro looks good. Don't know if it will be an all-time best show or anything, but as far as a transition show as you go into Starrcade, there are some interesting matches.
The Dream Team has been impressive but I think they'll really start looking good once they get around to defending the tag straps.
Poor Bellomo. He's such a likeable guy that you can't help but feel sorry for him when he's absolutely obliterated.
Good to see the classic combination of Hayes & Gordy reforming for a match against the Horsemen.
I'm not expecting much from the Steele vs. Big Bubba match but it will be a good one for Big Bubba to get his feet wet.
Nice to see the Moutaineers still sticking this tag team thing out. I kind of like this duo.
Great promo by Flair followed up by Kerry's best promo thus far. He doesn't talk much but it's good to see it every now and then. Dirty Cowboys vs. Horseman with KVE at ringside is very unique and it's a match I'm thoroughly anticipating.
Wow! The Harts over the Road Warriors! Sure, the Midnight's have a better shot at beating the Harts, but now the Road Warriors want to kill Cornette more than ever!
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | October 20, 1985 (Taped October 12, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We are just hours away from the big show in Greensboro, NC where Hulk Hogan will defend his World Title against Nikita Koloff. That is the only title that will be on the line, but what a title match it promises to be. As for the Tag Team Titles, one half of the champions is scheduled to face his former mentor, Harley Race. And the US Champion, Butch Reed, will not be defending his title, but he has to be interested in one specific match in Greensboro. We were going to get word from him to start the show.
HACKSAW'S PLAN FOR GREENSBORO:
“Hacksaw” Butch Reed, US Title around his waist, stood by with Sean Mooney on the interview stage. A smart man, Mooney gave Reed the floor to discuss whatever he'd like. Reed said that while he may not be competing later tonight in Greensboro, he was going to be watching the match with Randy Savage and Curt Hennig very closely. He knew that the match was basically to determine who would be the next challenger for his US Title. His thoughts on that? Who cares. No matter if it were Hennig or Savage, he would do what he does best to the winner. Beat the hell out of them and walk out of the ring with his US Title.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie had to agree with Reed that the winner of the Hennig/Savage match would get a US Title shot. He hoped Reed would not interfere in the match as it had the possibility of being a match of the year candidate. Jesse Ventura was insulted on Reed's behalf due to Solie's insinuation that Hacksaw might get involved. Solie couldn't wait to see who would come out on top in the Savage/Hennig match, but with Reed saying he would be paying attention and the bad blood between the two fan favorites, he was afraid the match could get out of hand.
Match #1 Curt Hennig vs. Phil Hickerson
Curt Hennig has been on fire over the past few months. Some writers from PWI have even said he is a future superstar. It would be hard to argue with them since there is an argument that he should be the US Champion right now. We will get to see just how far he has come in one of his most important matches to date later on tonight when he goes one on one with Randy Savage. He had an easy time today with Phil Hickerson, but the Macho Man is sure to give him a tougher fight.
Curt Hennig pinned Phil Hickerson with the Fisherman Suplex in 0:03:58. Rating: ** ½
MACHO MAN IS IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT:
Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth joined Sean Mooney up on the interview stage. Mooney questioned Savage about the Flying Elbowdrop that hit Curt Hennig and caused Hennig's elimination. Savage said he had warned his team that they shouldn't run with Hennig and side with the Macho Man. It wasn't his fault that Hennig failed the team. All he hears is that Hennig is the next big thing, the next Macho Man, but all he sees is a man getting lucky. Right place at the right time. The Macho Man is at the pinnacle of his career and he wants to culminate it with winning the World Title. He has long stated that his road to the title goes straight through the US Title. Hennig is a roadblock, and that is all he is. That roadblock gets run over later tonight.
Match #2 Bruce Hart vs. “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (w/ Jim Cornette)
It was obvious that the Road Warriors were going to be upset that Jim Cornette cost them the semifinals match last week. Another team that wasn't happy with the result was the Hart Brothers. Even though they actually benefited from the result, earning the right to face the Midnight Express for the number one contendership later tonight, they were upset that Cornette became involved. This would be a preview of the bout in Greensboro in a few hours time, and both men wanted to pick up the momentum. Big Bubba Rogers, Keith Hart, and Dennis Condrey had already made the trip to Greensboro, and so we only had these three men at ringside for this match. Bruce uses mat wrestling to control his opponents, and Eaton was no different. Eaton kept trying to go to the air with no luck. Bruce did a great job of trying to wear Eaton down and was well on his way to victory. Despite having Eaton on the ropes, he tried to mix up his game when he went for a massive superplex off the top rope. Eaton somehow blocked the move and sent Bruce flying backwards. Bruce hit his head as he landed, but Eaton wanted to guarantee this match would be over as he drilled him with the Alabama Jam. A big win going into tonight's match.
Bobby Eaton pinned Bruce Hart with the Alabama Jam in 0:08:45. Rating: ** ¾
THE RAGING – CHICKEN?:
Sean Mooney was a busy man today as his next guest in the studio was Manny Fernandez. In his hand was some sort of costume. Once he lifted it up we got a better view that it was some sort of chicken suit. Fernandez was laughing at Bruce's misfortune in the previous match, but what he really wanted was to get his hands on one of the Hart Brothers. He said he can't go anywhere anymore without hearing fans shouting that he's a chicken. The other day his waitress called him cannibalistic for ordering a batch of fried chicken. And he's no chicken, dammit! The Hart Brothers are the chickens. And he's going to prove it once and for all. He challenged Keith Hart to meet him at Starrcade and the loser must don the chicken suit in his hands. He was going to put Keith Hart in this chicken suit and show the world that he is the Raging Bull and the Hart Brothers are Canadian Chickens!
Match #3 “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff (w/ “Luscious Johnny V) vs. Gene Ligon
Nikita Koloff, just hours away from the biggest match of his career, was here on Worldwide to get a proper warmup match. Johnny V could hardly contain his beaming as his Russian monster tore into Gene Ligon. The Russian Sickle ended this brutal destruction practically before it could begin.
Nikita Koloff pinned Gene Ligon with the Russian Sickle in 0:01:18. Rating: DUD
After the match, Johnny V got on the house microphone and proclaimed Nikita Koloff as the future World Heavyweight Champion. Nikita bellowed and pounded on his chest as the fans rained down boos upon them.
Match #4 Dirty Cowboys vs. Tommy Lane/Rocky King
Dirty Cowboys are in for a difficult fight later on tonight as they square off with the two heads of the Horsemen, Ric Flair and Greg Valentine. According to Kerry Von Erich, he will be there to try and ensure JJ Dillon and Woman do not get involved, but that still leaves them trying to deal with two former World Champions. Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater aren't going to back down from anyone, though, and will certainly clean a few clocks before their match is over. They want the payday promised to them if they handled the Horsemen. Tonight is their opportunity. Rocky King and Tommy Lane were in a world of hurt in the match here. Slater and Orton bullied their opponents, pushing them around the ring, slapping them upside the head, but they were having a good time. The Superplex finished the match and sends them into tonight with some momentum.
Dirty Cowboys (Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater) defeated Rocky King and Tommy Lane when Orton pinned Lane with the Superplex in 0:02:33. Rating: 1/2*
THE KING OVERRULED:
We haven't seen much of Jerry Lawler since he promised to help Matt Borne and his family as much as possible. He even said at the Clash that he would support them financially as Borne struggles to rehabilitate from the fireball Lawler threw into his face. Lawler joined Sean Mooney on the interview stage to talk about the show later on tonight in Greensboro. He told Mooney he wasn't certain Kerry Von Erich, his old friend, was making a wise decision by being at ringside for the match between the Cowboys and the Horsemen later on tonight. To lend him a hand, he was going to join Kerry at ringside. He was cut off at this point by “Maniac” Matt Borne stepping onto the stage.
His face was still bandaged up, but he had one good eye to look out from and his mouth was visible. Borne said it was nice of Lawler to think of his friends, but what about his promise to support him and his family in their time of need? After all, it was Lawler who took the food out of his children's mouths. So, while Borne would normally encourage Lawler to stand beside his friend, tonight he needed to earn the winner's purse of a match he had lined up. Lawler was not happy as he demanded to know who he was facing. Borne revealed he would face off against Brutus Beefcake, a match certain to put some money in his checking account. Lawler held his temper in as he agreed to this match, but openly wondered when Borne would be recovered enough to get back into the ring and support his own family.
Match #5 The Four Horsemen (Ole Anderson/Tommy Rich) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Iceman King Parsons/Buddy Roberts)
Ole Anderson and Tommy Rich pulled off a terrible ambush on Terry Gordy last week. Rich called out Gordy to pay for what he did at the Clash, but it was all a ruse as Anderson attacked him from behind. Before it could get too out of hand, Michael Hayes made the save for his longtime friend. Ole and Rich will face the original Freebirds, Gordy and Hayes, later on tonight, but first they had to get through a tough test in Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts. Parsons and Roberts were able to control the early moments of the match, but couldn't find a way to capitalize to get the quick victory. It didn't help that JJ Dillon was on the outside constantly trying to distract them. If given enough distractions, it is only a matter of time before a guy like Rich will find an opening. He did so after Roberts, who was yelling threats at Dillon to stay out of the match, took too long to charge into the corner. Roberts hit the buckles chest first. Rich followed that up nicely with a flying bulldog to get a big win going into tonight's match.
The Four Horsemen (Ole Anderson and Tommy Rich) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts) when Rich pinned Roberts after a flying bulldog in 0:08:53. Rating: ** 1/4
Iceman King Parsons was furious after the match, but Ole Anderson wisely got Tommy Rich out of the ring and to the back before Parsons could get his hands on either Dillon or Rich. Gordy and Hayes better be at their best or Gordy's return to the ring could end in disappointment.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie and Jesse Ventura ran down the show in Greensboro that was to take place in a few hours. They argued with one another as the match between Paul Orndorff and Larry Zbyszko was mentioned. Ventura said adamantly that it was a title match and should be treated as such. Solie obviously disagreed, but they were interrupted by “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Superstar” Billy Graham! Orndorff held his “World Title” in one hand and shoved it in Solie's face He demanded Solie admit that it was the proper World Title. Solie stuck to his ground, but he was obviously becoming uncomfortable. Orndorff said it didn't matter what some pipsqueak commentator said, he knew, the fans knew, and Hulk Hogan knew that he held the real World Title. He had defeated Hulk Hogan for the title, and he was going to be successful in his first title defense later tonight. Jesse Ventura and Billy Graham proudly applauded their champion as Orndorff lifted the title over his head.
Our first match has been signed for Starrcade. Keith Hart happily accepted Manny Fernandez' challenge and the two men will meet at the biggest show on NWF's calendar, Starrcade, in late November!
October 20, 1985 – Greensboro, NC: WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Nikita Koloff #1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE TAG TEAM TITLES – The Hart Brothers vs. The Midnight Express EVERYONE BANNED FROM RINGSIDE – Harley Race vs. Hercules Hernandez Dirty Cowboys vs. Ric Flair/Greg Valentine Brutus Beefcake vs. Jerry Lawler The Fabulous Freebirds (Gordy/Hayes) vs. Ole Anderson/Tommy Rich Larry Zbyszko vs. Paul Orndorff Randy Savage vs. Curt Hennig George Steele vs. Big Bubba Rogers
November 3, 1985 – Kansas City, MO TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. Number One Contenders
November 28, 1985 – Starrcade CHICKEN SUIT MATCH – Manny Fernandez vs. Keith Hart
Post by snabbit888 on Aug 13, 2013 14:02:43 GMT -5
Simple but effective interview from Reed. Doesn't need to reinvent the wheel here. He wants to fight, and he'll get a fight. Though I can't see him not getting involved in some fashion.
Really looking forward to Savage vs. Hennig. It's a match we could see in various incarnations over the years too, which is exciting.
In a situation like this with Cornette at ringside, Eaton should get the win. He also has a brighter future as a singles competitor. I always liked Eaton - I think he could be US/IC Title level if booked properly (and with a mouthpiece). Bruce Hart loses today, but I think it is the Harts' to win tonight.
YES! I know they're corny, but I absolutely love angles like this with Manny Fernandez. Stips where someone has to wear a chicken suit, or a dress, or whatever are always funny to me. This one is no exception.
Simple but effective is the theme of the day. Nikita will have a little more difficulty with Hogan, I presume.
Cowboys win on tv, but I don't think they're walking away victorious tonight. Even with Von Erich in their corner, too much Horsemen.
Borne is so great. This is such a shady angle on his part, and you know it's something the fans can't wait for when Lawler finally snaps and gets his revenge. Plus, Lawler vs. Beefcake shouldn't be bad either.
Makes sense the Horsemen would beat the "lesser" Freebirds to set up the match with the originals. Glad to see Gordy back in the ring. I'm hoping the momentum he was building can come back. Injury returns are always tricky. Either the wrestler blows up and becomes a big star, or sometimes they can lose their footing they had before they were gone.
Decent card for tonight. Obviously not the strongest undercard you've ever done, but that makes sense since you have Starrcade on the horizon. I know you gotta hold off a bit on some big matches.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Aug 14, 2013 14:06:26 GMT -5
Not sure if I've said this before, but I've really liked how you've booked Hogan in his reign. He has huge value as world champ so its highly unlikely the title will come off him. Yet you've always made it seem there was a possibility he could lose the belt in any number of matches against Gordy or Reed or Orndorff. That little bit of doubt Hogan would win was always present. Greensboro should be a great way to start the build to Starrcade.