NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | November 10, 1985 (Taped November 2, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We are back with another episode of Worldwide just one week after an amazing show in Kansas City, Missouri! Gordon Solie ran down some of the significant events that happened, Dick Murdoch reemergence as Harley Race's new partner, another scuffle between Butch Reed and Randy Savage, and the #1 contenders match signed for Starrcade between Ric Flair and Terry Gordy. But what both men really wanted to talk about was Paul Orndorff laying Hulk Hogan out with another Piledriver. Solie had footage that he wanted to show as to what happened that night after the exhibition in KC came to a close.
TAKING A RIDE:
We are told by Sean Mooney, standing in a hallway, that Hulk Hogan had been removed from the ring by a stretcher. He had suffered a severe neck injury after Nikita Koloff and Paul Orndorff focused on his neck for most of the match, and the Piledriver after the bell aggravated the injury even further. We see Hogan being wheeled around a corner and towards an ambulance waiting in the docking bay. Just as the medical crew try to open the rear doors to the vehicle, Hogan sits up off the stretcher and hops off. He grabs the stretcher and throws it on its side. This caused an obvious sharp pain as he clutches at his back. Several EMTs try to convince him to get in the ambulance, but Hogan refuses as he storms off. He slaps a few things off a nearby table as he storms back up the hall. Hogan is screaming for Mr. Wonderful to show his face while officials, EMTs, and several men in suits chase after him.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura openly wonders what type of an idiot would refuse medical assistance after Paul Orndorff had brutalized him for an entire match. He knew what Orndorff was capable of, and he wouldn't be surprised if Hogan's neck was broken. Gordon Solie refuted that claim as Hogan was eventually checked out by by a doctor and his neck was not broken. There were several torn ligaments and a weakening of the spine due to the actions of Orndorff. Hogan should be taking a few months off to heal, but he has refused and still wants Orndorff in the ring at Starrcade. Ventura lets the viewers know that Hogan searched the locker rooms of Kansas City for the better part of an hour before he found out that Orndorff, Graham, Koloff, and Johnny V had already left the arena immediately after their bout. Orndorff got one over on Hogan, and now it is only a formality that Orndorff will become the undisputed World Champion at Starrcade. Hesitantly, Solie agreed that things do not look good for Hulk Hogan with his neck injury and Orndorff's Piledriver in play at NWF's first pay-per-view.
Match #1 Salvatore Bellomo vs. Vernon Deaton
Salvatore Bellomo, a mainstay in the NWF for the past three years, was in action next against a young Vernon Deaton. Bellomo cut an insert promo during this match where he understood that Harley Race had to go with a wily veteran like “Dirty” Dick Murdoch, but Race would always have someone to watch his back in Salvatore Bellomo! While Bellomo is known for his hijinks, he is also a capable wrestler. His mixture of amateur style wrestling and aerial warfare would lead him to victory here, finishing the bout off with his Flying Headscissors.
Salvatore Bellomo pinned Vernon Deaton with the Flying Headscissors in 0:03:47. Rating: *
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie recapped that Manny Fernandez spent most of last week visiting a local chicken farm in preparation for his bout at Starrcade against Keith Hart. Fernandez would be in action next against Keith's older brother, Bruce, but first we were going to see another installment of Fernandez' trip to Hillbilly Jim's ranch.
ONE TOUGH CHICKEN:
Manny Fernandez is being led to a chicken shed by the owner of the farm, Hillbilly Jim. Jim explains that this is where the chicken live and the hens lay their eggs. Fernandez pats his belly and says nothing he loves more than a big Texan omelet in the morning. Jim tells him that there is a nasty hen inside that refuses to allow anyone to gather her eggs. Fernandez laughs at Jim's story since everyone knows chickens are the weakest of animals. That is why it is a total disgrace when fans chant “chicken” at him. They should all be chanting “RAGING BULL!” at the top of their lungs because that's what animal he portrays. Fernandez opens the door and steps into the shed. When the door slams shut we hear a ruckus from inside. Several shouts and hollers are heard before Manny Fernandez storms out of the shed slapping at the top of his head. He runs right past Hillbilly Jim and keeps going as a chicken slowly emerges in the doorway. Hillbilly Jim claps his hands together and gets a big laugh as Fernandez is heard screaming and hollering off camera.
Match #2 “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez vs. Bruce Hart
Directly after that embarrassing video was shown Manny Fernandez had to compete against Bruce Hart. The fans were more rabid than ever in their accusations of calling Fernandez a “chicken!” which really got under the Raging Bull's skin. Bruce Hart knew this was a prime opportunity to soften up his brother's opponent at Starrcade and also rack up a big win in his career. He used Fernandez concentrating on the crowd to get the upper hand. Several waistlocks led to him tossing Fernandez onto the mat. Fernandez looked completely lost. Whenever he would get Bruce on the ropes, he'd turn back to the fans and yell “shut your dumb face!” at specific rowdy fans. Bruce was rocking and rolling and ready to win the match when he went for a rolling reverse cradle. Fernandez had his wits about him, however, and he held onto the top rope. Bruce stumbled backwards and when he got back to his feet he was drilled with the Flying Burrito. Fernandez covered him and got the three count.
Manny Fernandez pinned Bruce Hart with the Flying Burrito in 0:07:25. Rating: ** ½
Fernandez retrieved the chicken suit he plans to use at Starrcade as referee Gil Roman checked on Bruce Hart. Fernandez walked up to the fallen Bruce and told him to prepare to know who the real chicken is. Fernandez leaned over and started to put the suit on Bruce when KEITH HART, from out of nowhere, slid into the ring and dropkicked Fernandez's backside. Fernandez bumbled forward through the ropes and fell to the outside. He got up hollering, but Keith was there standing over his fallen brother. Bruce soon joined Keith in motioning Fernandez to enter the ring, but he was not going to be goaded into a two-on-one situation. Fernandez raised the chicken head up and promised he'd be putting a Hart brother in it come Starrcade.
Match #3 Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. Phil Hickerson
JJ Dillon did not accompany Greg Valentine for this match as Gordon Solie let us know he was in a business meeting negotiating the purse for Ric Flair/Terry Gordy at Starrcade. It isn't like Valentine would need him as he was one unhappy camper after his loss to Gordy a week ago in Kansas City. He took out all of his frustration on Phil Hickerson, mostly done with vicious chops to the chest, and Hickerson was pleading for mercy by the end of it. Valentine locked Hickerson in his version of the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win when Hickerson quickly passed out from the pain.
Greg Valentine defeated Phil Hickerson when Hickerson passed out in the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:02:59. Rating: ** ½
Valentine left a message after the match as he gave a few vicious stomps to the wounded Hickerson. Valentine has a violent temper, and he's been in quite the mood since he was pinned by Gordy.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie announced that another match had been signed for Starrcade. There will be a fifteen man over-the-top battle royal. The winner of this match will go on to face the US Champion at a later date. With an opportunity like that on the line, wrestlers would be lining up to enter. Greg Valentine has already thrown his name into the ring. If he shows up with the attitude he had today, there is a good chance he'll be the one walking out with the future title shot.
THE DREAM TEAM PLANS ON HOLDING ONTO THEIR TITLES:
“Luscious” Johnny V and his Dream Team joined Sean Mooney in the studio for an interview. Brutus Beefcake and Hercules Hernandez proudly wore their title belts around their waists while Mooney began by congratulating them on retaining their titles against the Hart Brothers. Johnny V said the Hart Brothers might be a big deal in Canada, but here in the NWF it is the Dream Team that are the big dogs around here. When asked about Harley Race's reveal of Dick Murdoch as his new tag team partner, Hercules boasted that a couple of old dogs didn't scare him. Beefcake agreed that like with most old dogs, it was time to put them down. Mooney reminded Hercules that it was Race who defeated him to earn the Nightmare Squad's title shot at Starrcade but Hernandez didn't want to hear it. Johnny V thought Race should strongly consider retirement after the Dream Team retain at Starrcade because this was his one and only shot. There will be no rematch. The Nightmare Squad was in for a rude awakening at Starrcade. Hernandez, Beefcake, and Johnny V laughed and high fived as Mooney sent it back to the ring.
Match #4 The Mountaineers vs. Gene Ligon/Tommy Lane
Two big and tough men like Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow should have more success than they have seen so far in the NWF. They just haven't been able to find that groove that will lead them to more W's. The Mountaineers did look better today on Worldwide, more in-sync. Gene Ligon and Tommy Lane had no chance as they were pummeled from the minute the bell rang. The fans were solidly behind Blackwell and Darsow who put away Ligon with their Avalanche into the corner.
The Mountaineers (Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow) defeated Gene Ligon and Tommy Lane when Blackwell pinned Ligon with the Avalanche in 0:03:15. Rating: -1/2*
KERRY VON ERICH LAYS IT ALL ON THE LINE:
Sean Mooney was joined up on his interview stage by Kerry Von Erich and Michael “P.S.” Hayes. Kerry admitted that this year had been a rough one for the Von Erich family. It has been a little over a year since David's death, and they were still in pain. His feud with the man beside him, Michael Hayes, helped bring out a side in him he didn't know he had. Through their wars, he found a friendship with the Fabulous Freebirds, and, now, along with Jerry Lawler, he could honestly say he had found a new brotherhood. Then the Four Horsemen came along and tried to put an end to his career. He thanked the Freebirds for being there, but in his lust for revenge he made a mistake in putting his trust in too many people. Kerry assumed that the Dirty Cowboys would stand beside him since they had a long history with his brother David. He was obviously wrong since Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater were only out for a payday. David would have warned him about Orton and Slater, but he no longer had his older brother to watch out for him. He had to be the man of the Von Erich family now. That's why he was laying out a challenge to the Dirty Cowboys for Starrcade. He knew Orton and Slater would love another payday and that's why he was challenging them to recreate one of the NWF's biggest and best matches in its history. He wanted the Cowboys in a match they made famous against his brother David – a Street Fight! Kerry Von Erich already had his partner, Michael Hayes, lined up. All the Cowboys had to do was to sign the dotted line.
Kerry finished by saying he was no fool. He knew the Cowboys would try and find a way to weasel out of this match. They may want the money, but they wouldn't put their necks on the line in a Street Fight. So, to sweeten the pot, Kerry was willing to put his career on the line! If the Cowboys were somehow able to defeat him in this Street Fight, he'd leave the NWF for good! Michael Hayes was stunned by this announcement from Kerry, but Kerry walked off the stage confident in his decision. Hayes followed after trying to talk him out of this aspect of the match, but the challenge has been issued! We'll have to wait and see if the Dirty Cowboys are willing to accept.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura was aghast at what Kerry had just done. He thought Kerry had flushed his career away. No way would the Dirty Cowboys turn down an opportunity to run a Von Erich out of the NWF. Gordon Solie had to admit that Kerry may have let his emotions run wild, but he trusted that Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes would have a game plan for a match as violent as a Street Fight can be.
MATCH #5 Jerry “The King” Lawler (w/ “Maniac” Matt Borne) vs. “Wildfire” Tommy Rich (w/ Woman)
Jerry Lawler was coming off a tough loss to George Steele, albeit via countout, due to Matt Borne's interference. Borne may have been trying to give the King the upper hand, but Lawler has wanted no part in Borne's attempts to help him to victory. We heard later that he was adamant that Borne would no longer be accompanying him to the ring, but Borne reminded him that he was still hideously disfigured due to Lawler and that he owed him. Apparently they came to an agreement as Borne did follow Lawler to the ring, but he was sternly reminded by Lawler to not interfere in this match. Tommy Rich had his own accompaniment in Woman. She normally only valets for Ric Flair, but with JJ Dillon negotiating Flair's match with Terry Gordy, Woman had to step up to the plate.
While Borne was told not to interfere in this match, Woman was given no such orders. She happily tried to flirt with Lawler to distract him or grab his ankle to trip him up when he was near the ropes. Not only was Lawler growing frustrated with her involvement, so was Matt Borne! The match continued on while Borne went over to have a word with her. Borne shouted at her which led to Woman slapping Borne across the cheek! Borne went to grab her, but Lawler had seen enough. He was in the process of preparing Rich for his Piledriver, but he wasn't going to let Borne put his hands on a woman, even if she probably deserved it. Lawler scolded Borne and told him to get back into his corner. All of these distractions was all Rich needed. He is the ultimate opportunist and caught Lawler with a bulldog from the middle turnbuckle. Rich hooked the legs (and the tights) of Lawler and scored this huge pinfall.
Tommy Rich pinned Jerry Lawler after a flying bulldog in 0:09:19. Rating: ** ½
Wildfire grabbed Woman and celebrated in the aisle while Borne entered the ring. His face is still bandaged up, but you could tell he was upset. As Lawler got to his feet groggily, Borne demanded to know how he was going to pay for groceries this week? He needed the money Lawler would have earned for this match! Lawler almost had enough of Borne's chastising as he grabbed Borne and reared back his left hand. The crowd roared their approval, but Lawler just couldn't pull the trigger. Instead he released Borne, retrieved his robe, and pulled out some money from a pocket. Lawler counted out some money and handed it over to Borne. Borne thanked him, but then reminded Lawler that his daughter also had ballet class this week. Lawler angrily thrust another few bills into Borne's hand and stormed off. Borne slowly followed after him while counting the money.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie couldn't believe what a disgrace Matt Borne was. Jesse Ventura didn't agree, obviously, since it was Lawler that put Borne on the shelf. Lawler was lucky that Borne hadn't sued him for everything he owns. Solie was still waiting to see some proof that Borne was injured as his face had been taped up ever since he returned from the fireball. Ventura was appalled that Solie would question a disfigured man.
Next week on Worldwide we will hear from the Dirty Cowboys, the Nightmare Squad will be in action, and so will the World Tag Team Champions. Not only that, but Gordon Solie had just heard from the Championship Committee that Hulk Hogan, to prove he is capable of stepping into the ring at Starrcade, has demanded a World Title defense next week! Repeat: Hulk Hogan will have a World Title defense next week on Worldwide. This is huge news, and even more so because his opponent will be Bob Orton Jr.! Orton will have no problems going after Hogan's weak spot, his neck, in a match of this importance. In Ventura's opinion Hogan may not even make it to Starrcade as champion. Solie wished everyone a good rest of the day as the show came to a close.
November 28, 1985 – Starrcade WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Paul Orndorff TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. The Nightmare Squad US TITLE – Butch Reed (c) vs. Randy Savage #1 CONTENDERSHIP – Terry Gordy vs. Ric Flair NIGHT OF THE SKYWALKERS - SCAFFOLD MATCH – The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express CHICKEN SUIT MATCH – Manny Fernandez vs. Keith Hart 15 MAN BATTLE ROYAL FOR SHOT AT US TITLE
The Immortal One refuses to be stretchered out! I love that we get to see the immediate reaction of Hulk following the incident rather than waiting for a revenge promo. After this I cannot wait for Hogan to get his hands on Orndorff!
Bellomo needs a win every now and then.
Another great bit with Manny on the farm!
Fernandez is getting over rather well with this chicken angle. Nice touch having him try to suit up Bruce. One way or another, though, Manny will be the one wearing the chicken suit!
Valentine can handle his own business better than anyone. That's why he'll be a threat in the Starrcade Battle Royal.
Good promo from the Dream Team. Race and Murdoch make a hell of a team and this upcoming match should be a good one.
The Mountaineers are still at in it and looks like they're starting to a gel a little better.
Wow! Huge challenge issued by KVE to the Cowboys! I'm secretly rooting for the Dirty Cowboys because I would really like to have KVE in WWA.
This Borne/Lawler angle is SO good! Borne is such a dick and Lawler is a complete pushover right now and the fans HATE IT!
Hogan defending the title on Worldwide next week is major! Should be an awesome show.
Starrcade is absolutely stacked! History in the making for sure.
Post by snabbit888 on Dec 19, 2013 20:37:53 GMT -5
Oh, c'mon Hogan. Be smart and get some medical attention. You can't let pride get in the way of your health. I don't think this is how it will go down, but this does leave the opening for a title change at Starrcade.
I love how Bellomo "has Race's back." It's kind of cute.
These chicken farm segments are great. Absolute quality Wrestlecrap at its finest.
Manny needs to get the win over Bruce going into the match with Keith. It's good booking, as is Keith making the save and making Fernandez look a little silly.
Quick but violent win for Valentine. Is there ever a time when he's not in a bad mood?
Picking a battle royal winner is going to be tough because I can't pick a Reed/Savage winner yet.
I think the Dream Team will retain at Starrcade, but the match will end in some sort of way where Race finally gets his revenge. Nightmare Squad just doesn't need the tag titles.
Silly Mountaineers. I'm just waiting until Demolition can make their debut at this point.
Is it sad if I am thinking Hayes is going to turn on Von Erich too? I just think that will be the narrative of his career.
Man, I can't wait until Lawler gets wise to Borne faking it and beats his ass. I forgot how awesome you've built up Borne.
Good stuff, and a big show next week. World Title defense is always big.
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | November 17, 1985 (Taped November 2, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Welcome to a championship edition of NWF Worldwide! Gordon Solie could hardly maintain his excitement as Hulk Hogan would be putting his World Title on the line against Bob Orton Jr. later on in the show. Jesse Ventura thought it was a match fraught with peril for the fraudulent World Champion. He was not only putting up his version of the World Title, but there was a great risk of further injuring his neck going into the unification match at Starrcade. Solie told Ventura that when Hogan was determined he was capable of doing anything. Even overcoming a significantly damaged neck. Ventura said we'd see if Hogan's neck was still attached to his shoulders after Bob Orton Jr. got a hold of him.
Match #1 “The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko vs. Vernon Deaton
Gordon Solie broke the news during this match that Larry Zbyszko would be competing against Nikita Koloff at Starrcade. Zbyszko and Koloff tore into one another in the tag team match in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago, and now they'll be able to square off without a partner there to make the save. A win for either man will go a long way into setting them up for a future World Title shot. Zbyszko did cut an insert promo during his match where he promised to deal with the Russian Nightmare like only the Cruncher can. He also didn't want anyone to forget that it wasn't just Hogan that was assaulted by Paul Orndorff in KC. He took a chair to the head as well. The Cruncher was happy to let Hogan get the main course, but he still had some issues with Orndorff, and he'd be happy to pick up the scraps after Starrcade. Zbyszko remains at the top of his game as seen here by quickly dispatching of Vernon Deaton.
Larry Zbyszko pinned Vernon Deaton with the Crunch Time in 0:04:18. Rating: * ½
AN UPSET BULL:
We are back at the chicken ranch where Manny Fernandez is stomping back and forth. Hillbilly Jim tries to calm him but says he did warn him that it was a vicious chicken that lived in that coop. Fernandez had it with these chickens. He thought it was time for to fry one of these bad boys up for lunch. Jim told Fernandez that this ranch focused on egg collection and not the slaughter of chickens. Fernandez didn't want to hear it as his stomach was grumbling. The Raging Bull wanted to know where the rest of the chickens were kept. He figured it was behind one door leading into a barn like structure. Hillbilly Jim warned him to not go in there, but Fernandez's hunger won out. He shouted out something about frying him up a leg and a wing as he opened the door. Immediately dozens of chickens burst out of the door, half in flight and half running by him, as Fernandez hollered and ducked his head for cover. When the chaos cleared, Fernandez stood in the doorway, peppered with stray bits of white on his shoulders, head, and back. Hillbilly Jim cackled as he told Fernandez it looked like they confused the Raging Bull for an outhouse! Fernandez clenched his fists as Jim slapped his knee in laughter.
Match #2 World Tag Team Titles Match The Dream Team (w/ “Luscious” Johnny V) (c) vs. The Mountaineers
When Harley Race revealed that his partner would be Dick Murdoch in his quest to exact revenge on Hercules Hernandez, Johnny V was extremely unhappy. He tried to convince the Championship Committee to scrap the match since the Nightmare Squad had done nothing to earn a shot at the titles. He was refused since Race won the match against Hercules in Greensboro back in October. This guaranteed him a future title shot. Johnny V must have expressed his concern to the Dream Team about the possibility of losing the straps at Starrcade because they came out here like they were on a mission. The Mountaineers are a formidable team, but they were no match for the teamwork of Hercules and Beefcake. Hercules somehow was able to lock Crusher Blackwell, a mountain of a man, in the Full Nelson. He had a tough time getting his fingers locked, but once he had it fully cinched in, Blackwell was soon forced to submit.
The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Hercules Hernandez) defeated The Mountaineers (Crusher Blackwell and Barry Darsow) when Hercules made Blackwell submit to the Full Nelson in 0:08:08. Rating: DUD (The Dream Team retained the NWF World Tag Team Titles.)
An impressive win for the Dream Team goes to show you that the Nightmare Squad are not a sure bet to take the straps at Starrcade. Even with the experience of Harley Race and Dick Murdoch, it's going to be a tough row to hoe.
NO ONE PUTS THEIR HANDS ON MACHO MAN'S WOMAN:
Randy Savage joined Sean Mooney in the studio for an interview. Miss Elizabeth was nowhere to be seen and it was obvious Savage was in an agitated mood. Mooney wanted to know Savage's feelings after what happened in Kansas City, Elizabeth being shoved to the ground, and Curt Hennig coming to her rescue. He warned Hennig that he knew exactly what was going on. Hennig might be playing the White Knight, but Savage would not be in the role of the Court Jester. Savage ordered Hennig to keep far away from Miss Elizabeth because she was his and his alone! Mooney wanted to know if Savage had apologized for scuffling with Reed causing Elizabeth to be possibly injured. Savage said the only apology Elizabeth would be getting is the one from Butch Reed. Savage put all of the blame on Reed for Elizabeth's fall. No one puts their hands on Savage's woman. No one! He'd beat the apology out of Reed at Starrcade and take the US Title back in the process. He was also going to keep a close eye on Curt Hennig. He could tell Hennig wanted what was his, the limelight, the woman, the fame, and the glory, but the only way Hennig was taking Savage's spot was over the Macho Man's dead body. Dig it.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura doesn't normally side with Randy Savage, but it was clear Curt Hennig was jealous of Randy Savage. He keeps getting involved in matters that do not concern him. Gordon Solie thought Hennig was simply looking out for Miss Elizabeth, like any noble man would, and Savage needed to concern himself more with Butch Reed. Ventura reminded Solie that Hennig had warned Hulk Hogan, Miss Elizabeth, and others that Savage would stick a knife in their backs if the timing was right. Didn't sound like a very good friend to the Body. Solie agreed but also stated that Hennig had been burned by Savage a couple of times and so there was reason for Hennig to question Savage's motives on certain issues.
Match #3 Big Bubba Rogers (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Phil Hickerson
Big Bubba Rogers has to have one heck of a headache after the attack from the Road Warriors in Kansas City. He was able to prevent Hawk and Animal from getting their hands on the Midnight Express or Jim Cornette, but he was on the receiving end of a vicious Doomsday Device because of it. I'm sure Mama Cornette cut him an extra bonus in his check for saving her little boy. Rogers was in a foul mood today and put away his opponent quickly with the Bubba Slam. That wouldn't be all, however, as he delivered another Bubba Slam to Phil Hickerson after the match to send a message. Cornette waved his tennis racket while shouting into the camera that Hawk and Animal were in for a fatal fall at Starrcade!
Big Bubba Rogers pinned Phil Hickerson with the Big Bubba Slam in 0:02:43. Rating: DUD
ENTRANTS FOR THE BATTLE ROYAL:
Back in the studio, Gordon Solie revealed some more names that will be competing in the battle royal to crown a number one contender to the US Title. Greg Valentine had already signed up, but he had received word that Big Bubba Rogers would also be competing. Other names included Crusher Blackwell, Bruce Hart, Ole Anderson, Iceman King Parsons, and Buddy Roberts. That gave us seven names entered into the battle royal. The eighth man would be revealed in an interview with Sean Mooney.
MATT BORNE AT IT AGAIN:
Sean Mooney was with the heavily bandaged “Maniac” Matt Borne. Mooney wanted to know just how long he was going to force Jerry Lawler to support Borne. Borne scoffed at Mooney, telling him that he wasn't forcing anyone. Lawler was simply doing what was right. Lawler took food out his kids' mouths, took away his wife's loving glances, and took Borne's livelihood away from him. Borne barely felt like a man anymore since Lawler took away his ability to provide for his family. This was all on Lawler. He refused to feel bad that Lawler was having to pay for his crimes. But he had a master plan that would make everything better. Borne signed Lawler up for the battle royal. We all know that being a champion in the NWF is where all the money is made, and Lawler winning that battle royal and moving on to become the US Champion is the payday the Borne family needs.
Match #4 The Nightmare Squad vs. Gene Ligon/Tommy Lane
The first time the Nightmare Squad were in action on Worldwide showed how much of a threat they are to become Tag Team Champions at Starrcade. Two ring veterans like Harley Race and Dick Murdoch controlled the ring, taking their time in dismantling their opponents, and doing it through a wide variety of moves. Race wrestled, Murdoch brawled, and vice-versa. The Gourdbuster from Murdoch earned the new team the win, and they now have their sights set on the Dream Team at Starrcade.
The Nightmare Squad (Harley Race and Dick Murdoch) defeated Gene Ligon and Tommy Lane when Murdoch pinned Lane 1 with the Gourdbuster in 0:02:38. Rating: * ½
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie said before our upcoming World Title Match, he wanted to air the Dirty Cowboy's response to Kerry Von Erich's challenge from last week. This was taped a few nights ago backstage at an NWF event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DIRTY COWBOYS POSE A QUESTION TO KERRY VON ERICH:
Sean Mooney motioned for the Dirty Cowboys to join him in frame of the camera, but before he could question them about Kerry Von Erich's challenge, Dick Slater wrapped Mooney up in a headlock. Bob Orton Jr. chuckled as Slater mussed the hair of the interviewer. Orton cut straight to the chase by accepting Kerry's challenge. He looked back fondly on that Street Fight the Cowboys had with Kevin and David Von Erich, but his only regret was that they didn't leave with their arms raised in victory. Now, he had a chance to rectify that wrong. As Slater continued to bully Mooney, Orton only had one question for Kerry Von Erich. With putting his career on the line, can he truly trust Michael Hayes? Hayes was out to end his career earlier this year, and now he wants to step into the ring against the Cowboys? And if he loses, he is gone from the NWF for good? Orton would have thought Kerry had better sense than to put his whole livelihood in a Freebird's hands. Orton and Slater walked off the stage as Mooney tried to gather himself.
Match #5 World Title Match Hulk Hogan (c) vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr.
Bob Orton Jr. might have had his attention on Kerry Von Erich in the interview just shown, but that was then and this is now. He had to be with the chance to win the World Title in this match, and those type of opportunities only come around every now and then. Hulk Hogan came to the ring as he normally does, but his trapezius muscle was still bandaged up. And if there was any doubt as to how seriously he was injured, when Hogan went to tear his shirt off he was unable to get it all the way torn. He grimaced as he held onto his neck. Orton saw the weakness and jumped on it. Within seconds of the match beginning, Orton had Hogan writhing on the mat in pain. Whenever the referee's back was turned, Orton used the cast on his arm to slam into Hogan's injured back and shoulder. Hogan kept trying to fight back, but Orton would cut it off with a shot from his cast. The crowd was getting anxious as they could see Hogan starting to fade. As the minutes ticked off, Orton slowly wore down Hogan to the point where he had him propped up for his Superplex. Orton joined him on the top turnbuckle, but Hogan had saved up one last bit of energy to push him off! Orton flew backwards and hit his head on the canvas as Hogan slowly climbed down. Orton got to his feet, but was whipped into the ropes and met with the Big Boot. The Big Leg Drop followed and Hogan had found a way to escape with his World Title.
Hulk Hogan pinned Bob Orton Jr. with the Big Leg Drop in 0:10:14. Rating: ** 1/2 (Hulk Hogan retained the NWF World Title.)
Hogan staggered to his feet while clutching at his neck. Referee Dave Hebner went to raise his arm, but Hogan immediately pulled his arm out of Hebner's grasp in pain. Hogan left the ring, forgoing his normal routine of flexing his muscles in celebration, and headed to the back with title in hand.
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie and Jesse Ventura were beside themselves with how Hogan looked in that match. Solie said he had never seen Hogan in such bad shape. Ventura wondered if Hogan would even be able to compete at Starrcade. Before they could get much further, PAUL ORNDORFF stormed the set. He grabbed Solie's microphone from its holder and angrily questioned if this is who the NWF wants to represent them as champion? Hogan could barely even lift his arm during the match! That is why he proudly recognized himself as the true World Champion. And after Starrcade there would be no doubters left! Look at how weak Hogan was in that match and then, as Orndorff flexed, he demanded that people take a look at him! Orndorff was leaving Starrcade with his real World Title, Hogan's fraudulent belt, and would forever be known as the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.
Orndorff continued to flex into the camera as Solie sent the show off the air.
November 28, 1985 – Starrcade WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Paul Orndorff TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. The Nightmare Squad US TITLE – Butch Reed (c) vs. Randy Savage #1 CONTENDERSHIP – Terry Gordy vs. Ric Flair NIGHT OF THE SKYWALKERS - SCAFFOLD MATCH – The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express STREET FIGHT/KERRY'S CAREER ON THE LINE – Kerry Von Erich/Michael Hayes vs. Dirty Cowboys CHICKEN SUIT MATCH – Manny Fernandez vs. Keith Hart Nikita Koloff vs. Larry Zbyszko 15 MAN BATTLE ROYAL FOR SHOT AT US TITLE
Post by snabbit888 on Jan 30, 2014 14:59:05 GMT -5
Zbyszko and Koloff is bound to be an all-out war. Both men have a real sadistic side that could make that match a real sleeper at Starrcade.
Haha. These chicken farm segments are great. That is my greatest regret from being so slow on news cards - getting to see Fernandez humiliated. I know it will be hard to take him super seriously in the future, but this may give Fernandez a job for a long time. I can see him becoming a face eventually because of all of this.
Good little title defense for the Dream Team. Mountaineers are a tier below, but still respectable (really waiting for our first signs of Demolition though). I think Race/Murdoch win at Starrcade though. Doubtful they have a long reign, but it will be a good moment for sure.
I like the progression of Savage's craziness. I think he goes back to full-out heel at Starrcade. He's just too unstable.
I'm looking forward to Cornette tearing his knee up when he falls off the scaffold.
Lawler in the battle royal is nice. I don't think he wins though. I'm guessing Starrcade is where he finds out that it has all been a ruse! A ruse I say!
Basic squash for the Nightmare Squad to show what they can do. These jobbers weren't Dream Team though.
I hope Hayes doesn't turn on Von Erich. The story has been great, and the timing is wrong. I think we'll see those two apart again one day, but Starrcade isn't the time, IMO.
Hogan is definitely vulnerable. I think if Orndorff is ever going to sneak out a World Title reign in NWF, this has been the build for it. Hogan has a perfect out with the injury, and the rematches would be easy to set up.
How is 'Zbyszko' an actual, pronouncable word? I will never hire him just to save myself from ever having to type that name! Anyways, him and Koloff is an excellent feud. It feels like they're both in the same position in NWF but in the big picture, Koloff can benefit tons from this feud.
Hillbilly Jim's farm must be set on top of goldmine because that's exactly what we see in each of these vignettes.
The Moutaineers are fun, but not threatening. The Dream Team has a lot going for them, most of which seems to be a lengthy title reign. Their upcoming defense against the Nightmare Squad should be brutal.
Savage is intense and his persona allows him to get away with being borderline good and bad. I don't whether to cheer or boo him during his promo.
Big Bubba needs all the tv time he can get. He's going to be quite the hand in a few years.
Interesting development with Lawler seeing that Borne entered him in the battle royal. Lawler's gotta be a favorite and Borne could actually find a way to help Lawler win.
That's exactly the squash the Nightmare Squad needed going into their shot against the Champions.
Thoroughly enjoyed the visual of Slater bullying Mooney in the background throughout Orton's promo. Orton brings up some good points. Fans are going to be on edge during this match hoping Hayes keeps his word and Kerry stays in NWF.
Ouch, when Hogan leaves without posing for the fans you know something is terribly wrong. Orndorff's promo at the end was brilliant. Such a good time to chime in and pretty much kick all the Hulkamaniac's while they're down. With the way Hogan struggled tonight it's hard to bet against Orndorff at Starrcade.
The time has finally come for me to pull myself off the Xbox and write again!
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | November 24, 1985 (Taped November 23, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We are back on Worldwide with only a few days until the biggest show of the year, Starrcade! Starrcade is the NWF's first pay-per-view event and with history waiting to be made, the entire roster has been amped up all week. Gordon Solie recapped what happened last week, including clips of Hulk Hogan successfully defending his World Title against Bob Orton Jr. They also showed him walking from the ring in noticeable pain. Jesse Ventura thought this ensured Paul Orndorff would be walking out of Starrcade as the undisputed World Champion. Solie, though, has learned to never count the Hulkster out.
We also talk about the upcoming main event where Hercules Hernandez will do battle against Dick Murdoch. This is a preview of the upcoming World Tag Team Title Match. Jesse Ventura thought this was a sure-fire way to give the Dream Team an advantage going into the match at Starrcade, but Gordon Solie felt Harley Race may have given him some suggestions that would let Murdoch pull out a victory. We all know that no one knows Hercules better than Race.
CURT HENNING EXPLAINS HIMSELF:
Curt Hennig joined Sean Mooney in-studio to discuss his recent altercations with Randy Savage. Mooney reminded everyone that Savage defeated Hennig to become the number one contender, albeit through questionable tactics. Hennig accepted the loss, but what he could not accept is Randy Savage running around spreading poison throughout the NWF. He had Hulk Hogan fooled, Miss Elizabeth fooled, and the entire roster in the back. He knew Savage was the type of man that would do whatever it takes to reach the top of the mountain. Hogan and Elizabeth were mere stepping stones to a guy like the Macho Man. There was no secondary motive for saving Miss Elizabeth from the likes of Butch Reed, it is merely what a true gentleman does. When he sees a lady in distress, he comes to her aid. This is obviously something Savage does not comprehend since he is so absorbed with his own interests. He hoped Savage was able to defeat Reed and win back his US Title because he was throwing his name into the upcoming battle royal. And once he won that, he was headed directly for another match with Savage for the US Title. And this time, it would be him doing whatever it takes to win the match. You can count on it.
Match #1 The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Jeffers Brothers
Hawk and Animal have had a rough year. They began the year as World Tag Team Champions, but thanks to Winning Perspective they were cheated out of their titles. Then, after they had dealt with them, they were about to win back the titles but a debuting team cost them that chance. That team was the Midnight Express. Ever since July, the Midnight Express have had the Road Warriors' number. No team has controlled the Warriors quite like Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton. But there will be nowhere to run come Starrcade as the two teams will do battle twenty-five feet in the air on a scaffold. One team is going to get a decisive victory in this feud. As for the Jeffers Brothers, the were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It only took Hawk a few minutes to have Jim Jeffers dead to rights with the Doomsday Device.
The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Jeffers Brothers (Mack Jeffers and Jim Jeffers) when Hawk pinned Jim Jeffers with the Doomsday Device in 0:02:18. Rating: 1/2*
Match #2 Fabulous Freebirds (Iceman King Parsons/Buddy Roberts) vs. Dirty Cowboys
With the big match coming up with Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes, the Dirty Cowboys needed to be at the top of their game against a pair of Freebirds in Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts. A win here for the Freebirds would provide a lot of momentum for Hayes and Kerry Von Erich. They appeared to be well on their way to that win when Orton clobbered Roberts with his cast from the ring apron. The legal man, Dick Slater, did not waste the opportunity to drop the Freebird with the Piledriver while Orton cut off an angry Iceman King Parsons.
Dirty Cowboys (Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater) defeated Iceman King Parsons and Buddy Roberts when Slater pinned Roberts with the Piledriver in 0:07:54. Rating: * ¾
This will definitely give the Dirty Cowboys a boost of momentum going into their tag team war with Michael Hayes and Kerry Von Erich. And just to twist the dagger of doubt a little further, Orton got on the microphone after the match and reminded Von Erich he should reconsider his choice for a tag team partner. Michael Hayes would be the only man happier than the Dirty Cowboys to see Kerry Von Erich out of the NWF for good.
MICHAEL HAYES MAKES A PROMISE:
Back in the studio, Michael “P.S.” Hayes and Kerry Von Erich joined Sean Mooney on the interview stage to discuss the theory put forth by the Dirty Cowboys. Hayes hated to admit it, but Orton and Slater had a point. There was reason for Kerry Von Erich to doubt Hayes as a partner, but he was a man of his word. He promised Von Erich that he would do whatever it takes to defeat the Cowboys in this Street Fight at Starrcade. Kerry Von Erich shook Michael Hayes hand and said that was all he needed to hear. He knew that the Freebirds were capable of many downright dirty things, but they were men of their word. That was something the likes of the Cowboys could not understand because they'd sell their own mother out for an extra dollar. Kerry Von Erich had trusted them once to help him in his battle with the Four Hoursemen, but they left him for dead. Now, it was time for them to feel the wrath of a Von Erich.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura refused to believe that Michael Hayes had Kerry Von Erich's best interest at heart. Gordon Solie would have agreed with Ventura a few months ago, but Hayes has proven to be a trustworthy ally in Kerry's past battles with the Horsemen and new war with the Dirty Cowboys. Solie thought Von Erich made a wise decision in picking Hayes as his tag team partner in what was sure to be a bloodbath at Starrcade.
Match #3 Ole Anderson (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Tony Zane
Once the financial adviser of the Horsemen, JJ Dillon, heard that a US Title shot was being put up for grabs in the battle royal at Starrcade, he wasted no time in getting Greg Valentine, Tommy Rich, and Ole Anderson signed up for it. He knows where the money is made and that's with championships. Having all three men in that battle royal is going to be a huge advantage, and it leaves a good chance that it will be a Horseman walking out with the title shot. Ole Anderson, as grumpy as ever, showed why he might be a favorite in that fifteen man battle royal as he decimated Tony Zane with some hard shots to the ribs, head, and face. The Spinebuster Slam sent Zane to the showers early.
Ole Anderson pinned Tony Zane with the Spinebuster Slam in 0:02:09. Rating: **
THE RAGING BULL SEES RED:
We are back on Hillbilly Jim's farm as Manny Fernandez sits on the grass trying to wipe himself clean of the chicken feces that covers him. He is having an overly rough time with trying to get it out of his hair. Hillbilly Jim can hardly contain his laughter as he wonders aloud if the Hart Brothers had it right all along. Maybe he really was a chicken! After all, he seems to fit right in here on his chicken farm. Jim guffaws at his own joke, but the Raging Bull did not appear to find it humorous in the least. We could hear a quiet “what did you call me?” uttered by him as he slowly got his feet and grabbed a nearby shovel. Jim had his back turned, laughing, and so he never saw Fernandez take a mighty swing. The shovel connected with the back of Jim's head and laid him out. Hillbilly Jim laid unconscious on his own lawn as Fernandez shouted, “I AM NO CHICKEN, DAMMIT!” Fernandez gave Hillbilly Jim one more whack with the shovel, this time right across the back, before hurling it aside. Fernandez told the camera that the Hart Brothers better be ready because Starrcade would be his chance to show that he is truly the Raging Bull!
AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie was appalled at Manny Fernandez's actions. He couldn't believe that he'd attack a helpless cowboy on his own ranch! Jesse Ventura questioned if Solie saw the size of Hillbilly Jim? He wouldn't exactly call Jim helpless. Besides, Hillbilly Jim brought it on himself when he humiliated the Raging Bull. And with Fernandez finding a mean streak, it was a mere formality that it will be Keith Hart wearing the chicken suit at Starrcade. There's no way that Fernandez would ever allow himself to be further humiliated by getting forced into that suit.
Match #4 “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez vs. The Golden Terror
Most men would be slightly intimidated against a masked wrestler that they knew little about, but most men aren't the Raging Bull. So, while the Golden Terror was wearing his gold mask and bodysuit, Fernandez paid it no attention and went right after him. It has been awhile since we've seen this vicious side from Manny Fernandez. There is no doubt he is well prepared for his upcoming match with Keith Hart. And if he hits him with the Flying Burrito, like he did the Golden Terror, it will be Keith donning the chicken suit.
Manny Fernandez pinned The Golden Terror with the Flying Burrito in 0:03:35. Rating: -1/2*
THE DREAM WON'T END SOON:
Hercules Hernandez and Johnny V joined Sean Mooney on the stage for the next interview. Hercules promises that he will leave Dick Murdoch in such a terrible shape that he will be of no help at Starrcade. Johnny V thought it was ridiculous some people thought the Nightmare Squad could possible defeat the Dream Team after only being a team for several weeks. Race and Murdoch are old and miserable while Hercules and Beefcake are the team of the future. Race may have taught Hernandez all of his tricks, but Johnny V gave him all of the info he really needed to be a success. It will all come to an end at Starrcade with the Dream Team having their hands raised.
THE US TITLE IS GOING NOWHERE:
As Hercules and Johnny V left the stage, “Hacksaw” Butch Reed, the US Champion, joined Sean Mooney on the stage. Reed and Hercules appeared to give each other the once over, but there was no animosity. Mooney wanted to know about Reed's upcoming US Title defense against Savage. Reed said he feared no man, especially one that uses his woman to get popularity. Savage will fall like he did last time. Hacksaw knew that Savage was afraid to step into the ring with him because the Macho Man had big plans. His goal was all based around the bright lights, but Reed ends peoples dreams for a living. After Starrcade, Randy Savage is going back to square one while Reed will go on to be known as the best US Champion in history. He was going to destroy Savage, pummel the winner of the battle royal, and eventually the plan was to dismantle Hulk Hogan like he promised to do earlier this year. No one can stop the Hacksaw, no one!
Match #5 “Dirty” Dick Murdoch vs. Hercules Hernandez (w/ “Luscious” Johnny V)
We all know that the Dream Team's title defense against the Nightmare Squad is going to be a barnburner, so it came as no surprise that got a preview of the brawl here on Worldwide. Dick Murdoch and Hercules Hernandez took turns hammering away at the other, both trying to simply stun their opponent long enough to score a three count. Their partners were banned from ringside, but “Luscious” Johnny V is as valuable as any tag team partner. He kept trying to distract Murdoch, annoying him by jumping up on the apron, and trying to reach through the ropes to trip up Murdoch. This got to Murdoch eventually who reached through the ropes and grabbed Johnny V by his lapel. Murdoch hoisted Johnny V up onto the ring apron and cold-cocked with a right hand. Johnny V fell to the ringside floor, but Murdoch turned right into a vicious lariat from Hernandez. Murdoch kicked out, but it was a second too late as Hernandez stole this one going into Starrcade.
Hercules Hernandez pinned Dick Murdoch after a lariat in 0:07:34. Rating: **
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura was nearly ecstatic as we were a mere four days away from Starrcade. He couldn't wait to proclaim Paul Orndorff the undisputed World Champion after Mr. Wonderful took care of the fraudulent champion known as Hulk Hogan. Ventura reminded the audience that Hogan is nowhere near one hundred percent due to the injury to his neck. It practically guaranteed Paul Orndorff would walk out of Starrcade with the title, but he had made up this little video in case someone still doubted what was going to happen. It would highlight the move that will put Hulk Hogan on the shelf for good and make Orndorff the undisputed reigning NWF World Champion.
A short music video to some rock and roll music showed Paul Orndorff spiking several different opponents with the Piledriver. This normally results in the opponent convulsing in the middle of the ring or holding their neck in obvious pain. This always results in Orndorff laying atop his opponent and earning a three count. A slow motion replay of his most deadly Piledriver is shown at the end of the video which clearly shows the impact to the neck and shoulders as Orndorff drives his unnamed opponent into the mat.
World Champion Hulk Hogan joined Sean Mooney on the interview stage with the World Title on his shoulder. The title almost hid the bandages wrapped around his trapezius muscle that had been injured at the hands of both Paul Orndorff and Nikita Koloff. He first nodded over to the commentator's table where Jesse Ventura and Gordon Solie sat. He thanked Ventura for showing him that video since it only reminded him how important it was to avoid the Piledriver. Hogan knew he was in for the fight of his life, not just because he couldn't lift his arms above his head without immense pain, not because he could barely turn his head to the left, but because Paul Orndorff is a tremendous wrestler. Orndorff could give Hogan a challenge even if he was fully healthy. And he isn't. He is not healthy at all. Hogan did not know how he was going to do it, had no idea how he could wrestle in his current situation, but the one thing he did know was the the Hulkamaniacs were going to be fully behind him. And when the Hulkamaniacs were cheering him on and chanting his name, anything is possible. And at Starrcade the Hulkamaniacs are going to drive him to victory! “Whatcha gonna do, Mr. Wonderful, when the Hulkamaniacs run wild all over you?!”
November 28, 1985 – Starrcade WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Paul Orndorff TAG TEAM TITLES – The Dream Team (c) vs. The Nightmare Squad US TITLE – Butch Reed (c) vs. Randy Savage #1 CONTENDERSHIP – Terry Gordy vs. Ric Flair NIGHT OF THE SKYWALKERS - SCAFFOLD MATCH – The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express STREET FIGHT/KERRY'S CAREER ON THE LINE – Kerry Von Erich/Michael Hayes vs. Dirty Cowboys CHICKEN SUIT MATCH – Manny Fernandez vs. Keith Hart Nikita Koloff vs. Larry Zbyszko 15 MAN BATTLE ROYAL FOR SHOT AT US TITLE
The Hennig/Savage feud has been really good. Can't stress that enough. I hope they get a long series of matches out of this. Hennig promo was on the money.
The Scaffold match is going to suck ass, but in that awesome spectacle kind of way.
Dirty Cowboys have done too much to try to imply that Hayes will turn on Von Erich for me to believe it will happen. Almost makes me think Von Erich will turn. Not necessarily to join the Cowboys, but the Freebirds have given him hell.
Lot of Horsemen in the battle royal. Don't think any of them win though. Not sure which direction you're going with that yet.
Pretty intense segment for the last chicken farm. It had all been comedy to this point, but a shovel shot is ouch. I'm guessing this all but guarantees a Hillbilly Jim appearance at Starrcade.
Still calling the Nightmare Squad getting a short title reign. Or if I didn't call it, that's what I'm calling now.
Reed is awesome. "I end people's dreams for a living" is a great line. He keeps the title.
Hercules pinning Murdoch has me thinking Nightmare Squad wins all the more.
Great final push for the World Title match as well. Lots of ways you can do with this one.
You've booked one helluva show, my friend. Looking forward to it.
NWF Starrcade '85 Atlanta, GA | Omni Coliseum | November 28, 1985 | LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
The Omni was sold out with a jam-packed crowd to witness the dawning of a new era in professional wrestling! The NWF was live on pay-per-view to present a showcase involving the best talent in the world of wrestling. Gordon Solie and Jesse Ventura were up on a stage far away from the ring and right in front of a rowdy set of audience members. They could hardly be heard as the crowd roared behind them while the Hart Brothers made their way to the ring. A tall man in overalls was with them, and it took a moment for Jesse Ventura to identify him as HILLBILLY JIM! Jim was the farmer that allowed Manny Fernandez on his ranch only to be assaulted with a shovel. It looked like he had fully recovered as he clapped hands with the fans on the way to ringside. Solie promised a night no one would soon forget as the cheers turned to boos as “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez stormed down the aisle.
Match #1 Loser Must Wear A Chicken Suit “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez vs. Keith Hart (w/ Bruce Hart/Hillbilly Jim)
While Jesse Ventura spent most of the match wondering what that loser Hillbilly Jim was doing at ringside, Manny Fernandez tried his best to maintain focused on the match and forget that Bruce Hart and Jim were even there. One thing that did keep getting his attention, however, was the chicken suit stacked on the ringside table and also the fans chanting “CHICKEN!” at him at the top of their lungs. Fernandez would have won this match pretty easily it looked like as he had Keith on the ropes numerous times, but he just couldn't keep from letting the fans get under his skin. Soon he was hollering at the fans to shut up. He went so far as to leave the ring and tried to backhand one specifically loud fan, but Hillbilly Jim grabbed his arm in mid-swing! Jim whirled Fernandez around, hoisting him up in an airplane spin, and spun him around ringside! Fernandez was screaming at Hillbilly Jim to let him go, but Jim continued to spin around before delivering him onto the ring apron. Fernandez was so dizzy as he rolled into the ring that he had to use the ropes to get his feet. He almost fell over immediately, but Keith Hart was there and locked him in a sleeper! Fernandez was already battling his equilibrium and the sleeper only made things worse. Seconds into the hold and he was down on both knees and clearly unconscious. Referee Dave Hebner, who probably should have already disqualified Keith for Jim's interference, was right there to check on Fernandez and call for the bell. The first match of Starrcade '85 was in the books!
[Chicken Suit Match]: Keith Hart made Manny Fernandez submit to a sleeperhold in 0:07:02. Rating: ** ½ Manny Fernandez suffered a back injury. He will be out for approximately 2 months.
The crowd jumped to their feet as Bruce Hart quickly gathered the chicken suit off of the table. He rolled into the ring along with Hillbilly Jim. They wouldn't need to force the Raging Bull into the suit though. He was still out. A few moments later and they had Fernandez in the body part of the suit and Hillbilly Jim put the finishing touch on it by putting the oversized chicken head on him. The Hart Brothers and Hillbilly Jim got a good laugh as Fernandez lay unconscious on the canvas in a full chicken suit. They eventually left the ring and clapped hands with the fans on the way while Fernandez slowly started to stir. Once he got to his feet and realized what he was wearing, he bellowed out in fury. He quickly ripped the head off and then went about trying to tear the chicken suit off of him. In the process he ended up landing on his backside and having an even harder time in trying to remove the fowl equipment. He couldn't reach the zipper in back, however, and eventually had to walk his way back up the aisle while the fans chanted “CHICKEN!” at him. You almost have to feel sorry for whomever Fernandez finds to unzip him.
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW W/ GEORGE “THE ANIMAL” STEELE:
Sean Mooney was standing by with George “The Animal” Steele who was holding a bouquet of flowers. Mooney tried to question Steele about the upcoming battle royal and what he thought his chances were. Steele didn't pay much attention to him as he sniffed at his flowers. Mooney, realizing he wasn't going to get an answer about the battle royal, changed topics and asked him who he was planning on giving the flowers to. Mooney went to touch the flowers, but Steele growled at him. Mooney quickly pulled his hand back as Steele continued to snarl. Mooney thanked him for his time and sent it back to the ring.
Match #2 World Tag Team Titles Match The Dream Team (w/ “Luscious” Johnny V) (c) vs. The Nightmare Squad
Back in Greensboro, North Carolina on October 20th, Harley Race garnered revenge against Hercules Hernandez by defeating him in a No Disqualification bout. Due to that win, Race was also granted a title shot at the Dream Team's Tag Team Titles. Race may have beaten Hercules in Greensboro, but he knew the best way to hurt Hercules was to take away his gold. Race had taken Hercules under his wing and was tutoring him in how to become a top star, but Hercules wanted to take a shortcut and did so by turning on Race and joining up with Johnny V and Brutus Beefcake. You could hardly blame Race for going to a man that has a history in leaving beaten and bloodied competitors behind him in “Dirty” Dick Murdoch. They have formed the Nightmare Squad, and were hell bent on putting an end to the Dream Team's title reign. The match itself saw Beefcake and Hernandez wisely try to separate Race from his partner and cut the ring in half. An extended sequence saw Race fighting for every breath as they worked over the veteran. The Dream Team saw they were dominating the match and became a little cocky. They weren't working Race over quite as zealously. It would eventually lead to Race escaping from their grasp to make a diving tag to Murdoch. Murdoch came in the ring and cleared house with several right hands. Johnny V even ate one as he hopped up on the ring apron. In all of the chaos, Race tagged himself back in. It was a good thing, too, as Hercules had crept up behind Murdoch and locked him in his deadly Full Nelson. Hercules had his fingers locked, but Murdoch was no longer the legal man! Race capitalized on Hernandez being unaware of this fact as he delivered a series of vicious headbutts to the back of Hercules' cranium. Hernandez released the hold and staggered into a big slam from Race. Race climbed up to the middle turnbuckle as Murdoch stopped Beefcake from interfering. Race dove off with a headbutt which connected perfectly. Three seconds later and we had new World Tag Team Champions!
The Nightmare Squad (Harley Race and Dick Murdoch) defeated The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Hercules Hernandez) when Race pinned Hercules after a diving headbutt in 00:09:02. Rating: ** (The Nightmare Squad won the NWF World Tag Team Titles.) Dick Murdoch injured his right knee. He will be out for approximately 1 month.
As Race was handed his title, he wasted no time in sticking it directly in Hercules' face. Race trash talked Hernandez briefly before Beefcake pulled him to the outside. Hercules was still loopy from the finish, but he did try and reenter the ring. Beefcake and Johnny V were there to hold back the angry muscleman. Race and Murdoch gave each other a handshake in the ring before lifting the belts high over their head. A great night of retribution for Harley Race while Hercules Hernandez might need to second guess his decision to ditch the wily veteran.
Sean Mooney was with the three Horsemen that will take part in the 15 man battle royal to crown a number one contender to the US Title. Ole Anderson, Greg Valentine, and Tommy Rich were having a good time as they appeared very confident that one of them would emerge victorious tonight. Anderson told Mooney it didn't matter which one of them won the match since they were all about the team. Valentine, Ole, and Wildfire gave each other a few pats on the back, but they were distracted when HILLBILLY JIM walked by and cut in front of the camera. Hillbilly Jim realized he was interrupting their discussion and then saw he was in front of the camera. He apologized and admitted he was completely lost in this huge arena. He hadn't seen an arena this big since he went to the State Fair with his blue ribbon hog, Porkchop. Ole Anderson told him to get lost which Jim took offense to. Jim reminded him that he had apologized, and there was no reason to be rude. Ole wanted to get physical with Hillbilly Jim, but Tommy Rich reminded him that they had more important things to take care of. While Rich and Valentine walked away, Hillbilly Jim tried to ask Sean Mooney which direction the outhouse was. With his back turned, he never saw Ole Anderson's elbow coming. It connected directly with the back of Jim's neck and sent the large farmer flailing forward. Jim landed on his face as Ole chuckled at the rancher's misfortune. Ole growled that Hillbilly Jim should go back to his chickens and pigs where he belonged before following after the other two Horsemen.
Match #3 15 MAN BATTLE ROYAL FOR THE #1 CONTENDERSHIP TO THE US TITLE
ENTRANTS: Iceman King Parsons, Buddy Roberts, Curt Hennig, Greg Valentine, Ole Anderson, Tommy Rich, Billy Graham, Crusher Blackwell, Barry Darsow, Salvatore Bellomo, George Steele, Bruce Hart, Jerry Lawler, Big Bubba Rogers,
We thought we knew who all the entrants would be, but when it came time to announce the fifteenth man, the Golden Terror, no one appeared. After several confusing seconds in which Gary Michael Cappetta discussed this with a Championship Committee representative, Cappetta announced that if there was any wrestler in the back wanting the shot of a lifetime to come on down the aisle! After a few more seconds, HILLBILLY JIM emerged to a large ovation from the crowd. He slid into the ring and started to send his fists flailing at a surprised Ole Anderson. The bell rang and the match was underway.
Hillbilly Jim was a house of fire early on and Ole was on the receiving end of most of it. Jim's offense was nothing too flashy, it was all lefts and rights, but Ole was being bounced around. Valentine and Rich tried to intervene, but they each ate a right hand as well. Bruce Hart saw his friend from earlier in the evening might need some help as he pulled Rich into an opposite corner. Valentine had enough of this rookie taking liberties with his stablemate, though, and chop blocked Jim from behind. This felled the large man and finally put a stop to his assault. While Ole and Valentine took turns working over the newcomer, the rest of the battle royal started to develop.
Normally the larger men in the match either are eliminated quickly or win the whole thing. Unfortunately for Blackwell, it was the former for him tonight as a group of men (Graham, Parsons, Rogers, and Lawler) all grouped up and were able to wrestle him over the top.
x Four men threw out Blackwell in 0:02:24
Darsow couldn't have been happy that his tag team partner was eliminated so quickly. He went straight after the four men who did the deed, but he ran right into Big Bubba. The two strong men took turns wailing on one another as Jim Cornette shook his tennis racquet from ringside. Bruce Hart and Tommy Rich were actually able to have nice chain wrestling sequence, but it would end badly for Bruce as Buddy Roberts came from out of nowhere to grab him by the hair and hurl him out of the ring.
x Roberts threw out Bruce Hart in 0:03:45
This would leave Hillbilly Jim all alone in the ring with the three Horsemen. They wanted to send a message to everyone in the ring as they regrouped and continued to attack Jim. Valentine hooked Jim's arms from behind and allowed Ole and Rich to get some free shots on him. Everything was working as planned for the Horsemen until Jim ducked out of the way of an Ole lariat! Ole blasted Valentine which sent the Hammer falling to the mat. Rich's mouth fell open, but it was closed quickly by a Hillbilly Jim left hand. Ole Anderson was still stunned by what had happened. It would cost him as when he turned around Hillbilly Jim drilled him with a lariat so hard that it sent both men falling over the top rope and to the outside.
x Hillbilly Jim and Ole Anderson were eliminated in 0:04:45
Valentine and Rich were extremely upset that their numbers advantage was already dwindling. And while the Hammer and Wildfire watched on from inside the ring, Hillbilly Jim and Ole Anderson continued to tear into one another on the outside. For being such a fun loving guy, Hillbilly Jim can apparently fight with the best of them. JJ Dillon tried to get in-between them but in doing so made contact with a few officials. All that did was lead to JJ Dillon being ejected from ringside! Dillon threw a fit, but he would not be allowed at ringside for the rest of the match. Thankfully, the officials were also able to get Hillbilly Jim and Anderson back to the locker rooms.
The foursome that had eliminated Crusher Blackwell was obviously going to be a temporary thing. Billy Graham, Iceman King Parsons, Big Bubba Rogers, and Jerry Lawler aren't going to be sitting down together for a beer anytime soon. So, while Big Bubba was still trying to deal with equally sized Barry Darsow, Graham took the opportunity to cheap shot Lawler from behind. Parsons had no interest in trying to save the King, so he went to find his partner, Buddy Roberts, and they began their attack on Salvatore Bellomo.
One man who was causing some confusion in the battle royal was George Steele. He had come to the ring with his bouquet of flowers, and snarled at anyone that came close. Curt Hennig had tried to persuade him to join the action, but soon realized that he was a lost cause. Valentine and Rich, on the other hand, saw an easy victim. They started to corner him up against the turnbuckle when Hennig returned to pull Valentine away. Hennig and the Hammer exchanged vicious chops with one another with neither man getting the upper hand. This left Rich alone with Steele, but the Animal was still more concerned with protecting his flowers. Rich, ever the opportunist, pinched a single flower out of the masses and tossed it to the ringside floor. Aghast at what had occurred, Steele quickly tried to retrieve it by climbing over the ropes to get to the floor. Rich gave him a helping hand by lifting Steele's legs and causing the Animal to be eliminated as he tumbled to the floor.
x Rich threw out G. Steele in 0:06:03
Steele quickly collected his lost flower, putting it back in the midst of the others, and walked to the back with no trouble caused. Rich was all smiles until he saw his fellow Horseman, Greg Valentine, getting the worst of an exchange with Curt Hennig. He went over to aid his ally while the Fabulous Freebirds unceremoniously dumped Bellomo out of the ring.
x The Fabulous Freebirds threw out Bellomo in 0:06:52
Big Bubba and Barry Darsow, having realized that neither man was going to give an inch to the other, actually ended up joining forces to attack the Freebirds. Cornette was barking orders from ringside to Big Bubba, and by following them he was almost able to eliminate Parsons. Valentine and Wildfire had Hennig in a predicament as they tried to wrestle him over the top rope. He showed off his agility, however, by desperately clinging on to the ropes with his legs, arms, and even his teeth. Lawler, meanwhile, was having a rough time with Graham. Graham had him perched up on his back and was trying to give him the old heave-ho. Lawler held onto the top rope, but his grip was loosening. Right when it looked like Graham would succeed in eliminating the King, out ran “MANIAC” MATT BORNE! Graham got Lawler out of the ring, but Borne basically caught Lawler and rolled him back into the ring. Lawler quickly got to his feet as Graham was celebrating and drilled Superstar with a lariat that sent him out of the ring!
x Lawler threw out B. Graham in 0:08:02
At first Lawler was excited that he had eliminated Billy Graham, but upon realizing that he had probably been saved by Borne, he ordered Borne to leave ringside. Borne gave a “who, me?” shrug. While Lawler was reading the bandaged up Borne the riot act for getting involved, he was almost eliminated by Rich who came from behind. This time Lawler saved himself by landing on the ring apron and sliding back into the ring. On the other side, Parsons ducked under a big right hand from Darsow and used his shoulder to lift the powerful Mountaineer over the top rope and to the outside.
x Parsons threw out Darsow after a duck-down move in 0:08:42
Roberts was having a little more trouble dealing with Big Bubba. Bubba had used his size to push Roberts up against the ropes, and it was only a matter of time before he was able to get the Freebird out of the ring. Parsons saw an opportunity as he snuck up Rogers and hoisted him up and over. Only problem was that in the process Roberts went along for the ride!
x Parsons threw out Rogers and Roberts in 0:10:03
Roberts was not happy when he landed, but Parsons quickly apologized. Roberts took him at his word and told him to go win the thing. Parsons turned around and we now had our final five.
FINAL FIVE: Greg Valentine, Tommy Rich, Jerry Lawler, Curt Hennig, and Iceman King Parsons
Valentine and Rich still had Hennig clinging on for dear life, but they didn't realize they had actually lost the numbers game now. Lawler has no love lost for Greg Valentine or Tommy Rich and Iceman King Parsons (along with the rest of the Freebirds) have been helping Kerry Von Erich in his feud with the Horsemen for the last few months. So, Lawler and Parsons quickly joined forced to tear Valentine and Rich off of Hennig, and started the process of trying to wear them down. Hennig soon joined in. Valentine was once a huge fan favorite, even winning the Most Popular Award back in 1982, but he has picked up some dastardly tactics from his fellow Horsemen. He saw the numbers were against him so he brought Lawler down with a clubbing low blow. Lawler squeezed his knees together in pain as he fell to the mat. Parsons saw what had happened and decided to try and finish Valentine off as he came off the ropes with his Butt Bump. Valentine simply ducked his head and Parsons flew right over the ropes.
x Valentine threw out Parsons in 0:12:01
Curt Hennig had been getting the upper hand on Rich, alternating between chops and punches on the corner, but he could see Valentine starting to gain some momentum. Valentine was one of the more established stars in this battle royal, and the last thing you need is for him to start getting on fire. Hennig quickly tangled himself up with Valentine and worked him towards the ropes. What neither man saw was MATT BORNE, who was still at ringside, reach up and pull down the top rope. Both men were trying to wrestle each other towards the ropes and in the process they fell out of the ring thanks to Borne's illegal tactic.
x Hennig and Valentine eliminated one another in 0:12:52
Hennig and Valentine were both obviously upset, but I don't think either of them fully realized that it was Borne who had cost them the match. They both left ringside dejected, Hennig especially because he wanted nothing more than to get his hands on either Randy Savage or Butch Reed once again. But this left Jerry Lawler and Tommy Rich in the ring. One of them would become the number one contender for the US Title.
Rich hopped right on top the still hurting Lawler. These two men met in the ring back on the November 10th edition of Worldwide where Rich came out on top. If it happened again, Rich would be right in line to challenge for the US Title (he was the first ever US Champion back in 1979). Valentine had left Lawler in a precarious position after the low blow, and Rich was having an easy time in handling Lawler. What he couldn't have expected was MATT BORNE to enter the ring and catch him with a back suplex! For a guy whose face is covered in bandages, he sure can spot an opening. Borne slid back under the bottom rope as the officials scolded him for getting involved once again. Lawler slowly was able to get back to his feet, but Rich was right behind him. Rich should have stayed down, though, as he was wobbling. Lawler sent a series of right hands his way that sent Rich backpedaling into the ropes. One last big uppercut sent Rich flying over the top rope and giving Lawler the victory!
x Lawler threw out Rich in 0:014:31
15-Man Battle Royal: Jerry Lawler won a 15-man Battle Royal: Rating: ** ½
Jerry “The King” Lawler is the new number one contender for the US Title! Lawler happily had his hand raised by referee Randy Anderson, but his happiness was quickly subdued when “Maniac” Matt Borne entered the ring to celebrate. Borne had dollar signs in his eyes as he gave Lawler a huge non-reciprocated hug. Instead of enjoying his victory, Lawler left the ring while Borne climbed up on each turnbuckle to raise his arms in triumph. Gordon Solie thought Borne should seek a second opinion on if he really isn't able to wrestle. Ventura chided Solie for doubting Borne's well-paid (by Lawler) doctor. As for when Lawler will be granted his title match, it looks like it will happen in Atlanta, Georgia on December 22nd.
Match #4 “The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko vs. “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff (w/ “Luscious” Johnny V)
These two men squared off earlier this month in a tag team match also involving Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff. Koloff's team was on the losing side of that match, but he had an opportunity to rectify the loss by defeating the Cruncher here tonight. Both of these men are as tough as nails so you knew it would be a hard hitting affair. Neither man was willing to back down as they traded blow for blow. Zbyszko had an edge when it came to straight up technical wrestling and had to lean on it to get the advantage. This quickly started to frustrate the Russian Nightmare who wanted the match to be more of a fistfight. Each time Zbyszko would bring Nikita to the mat, Koloff would bellow out in anger. When he would work his way back to his feet an argument with referee Gil Roman would commence. Koloff kept arguing that Zbyszko was pulling his tights, something that Johnny V was also shouting, but Roman never saw anything. Probably because Zbyszko was doing no such thing. Still, Koloff lost his temper on the third time he was brought to the mat with an armbar. He roared to his feet and nearly took Roman's head off with the Russian Sickle! Zbyszko could hardly believe it, but he knew the match was over at that point. Several other officials stormed the ring as Zbyszko left the ring. Koloff was circling the unconscious referee, but thankfully he was pulled away by Johnny V.
Larry Zbyszko defeated Nikita Koloff via disqualification in 0:10:12. Rating: *** ¼
Koloff is going to be a little lighter in the wallet after his actions tonight, but Ventura thought Gil Roman brought it all on himself by not issuing a warning to Zbyszko. Solie demanded to know what Roman should have warned Zbyszko about since he hadn't cheated? Ventura wasn't so sure Zbyszko was innocent.
Match #5 Street Fight If Kerry Von Erich's Team Loses, He Must Leave the NWF Kerry Von Erich/Michael “P.S.” Hayes vs. Dirty Cowboys
It is not very often that you are going to see a match with this much history behind it. It was back in December of 1980 that David and Kevin Von Erich defeated the Dirty Cowboys in a Street Fight to exact revenge on Bob Orton Jr. for turning his back on David and losing the Tag Team Titles in the process. Now, five years later, David's younger brother, Kerry had looked for support from the Cowboys in his war with the Four Horsemen, but the Cowboys showed that the dollar was more important to them as they left him for dead in the hands of Ric Flair and his stable. The Freebirds have stepped in to help Kerry, Michael Hayes especially, and this brings us to this match. The question of the night was if Kerry Von Erich could trust Hayes, a man he had feuded with for the better part of 1985. Von Erich showed a great deal of faith in Hayes by agreeing to put his career on the line in this match. The Dirty Cowboys are always decked out in jeans and cowboy boots, but Hayes and Von Erich ditched their normal wrestling gear to also compete in the clothing more suited for a Street Fight. Hayes had his fists taped as well. He planned on doing some serious damage in the match. The crowd had an anxious feel to it as while Kerry may trust Hayes, we really didn't know if Hayes would double cross Von Erich and force him out of the NWF.
We got our answer to that question as a few minutes into the match Von Erich and Hayes had cleared the ring with a flurry of fists. The crowd was going crazy. Kerry went over to the ropes to say a few choice words to Orton who was shaking the cobwebs loose on the outside. Hayes appeared behind Kerry and the crowd held its breath. Never would there be a better opportunity for Hayes to turn on Kerry then now. But instead Hayes whipped Kerry around and gave him a high five! The crowd applauded as Kerry and Hayes watched each others backs for the rest of the match. Slater and Orton may have been holding out hope that Hayes would turn on Von Erich. Once they saw it wouldn't be the case, they picked up their game and soon had eliminated Hayes from the ring and were taking turns teeing off on Von Erich with right hands. Von Erich would soon be busted open above his right eye, but Orton would soon follow after Hayes introduced the hammer used to ring the bell. He popped Orton on the top of his head with it and soon a crimson mask covered Orton's face. Hayes then started to use the hammer to pull at the cast of Orton and soon had completely removed it! The crowd exploded in cheers as Hayes had removed Orton's favorite weapon, his cast that should have been taken off a long time ago. Slater ran to help his partner and forced Hayes from the ring as he choked him with his bare hands. The two men fell through the ropes with the hammer falling to the wayside. This left Kerry alone in the ring with “Cowboy” Orton. Both men were battling the blood in their eyes, but Orton was able to gain the advantage as he hammered Kerry with several punches from his newly exposed arm. It clearly showed that Orton's arm was not injured. The crowd got behind Kerry, however, and he soon was impervious to the pain and firing back with his own closed fists. Hayes broke free from Slater, grabbed a chair, and tossed it into the ring to Kerry. Kerry plastered Orton across the head with the chair and made the cover. There was no doubt that Orton wasn't kicking out of that.
Street Fight: Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes defeated Dirty Cowboys (Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater) when Kerry Von Erich defeated Orton via pinfall in 0:13:37. Rating: **** ¼
Von Erich was exhausted as the bell rang. He wrestled his way to his feet only to fall into Hayes. Hayes propped Von Erich up and helped him to the back to a large ovation from the crowd.
Match #6 US Title Match “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (c) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth)
“Macho Man” Randy Savage had big plans when he won the US Title. The general idea was that he'd use the US Title to catapult himself directly into World Title contention. He ran into a Hacksaw that ruined his plans. Butch Reed has successfully held onto the US Title since defeating Savage in August, but there has been some extra curricular activities hovering around the belt. Savage has been trying to work his way back to the title, and Curt Hennig has been a thorn in the side for both men. The hope was that this match would finally settle the issues and determine who the rightful champion should be. It wasn't meant to be. As the match wore on we could see that Reed and Savage were evenly matched. Reed's strength matched up well with Savage's speed. It would be a matter of who made the first mistake, but before that could happen, GEORGE STEELE walked down the aisle with his bouquet of flowers in hand. He shyly approached Miss Elizabeth and tried to hand them to her. Elizabeth was unsure of what to do. She smiled at Steele but seemed reluctant to take the flowers. Savage, on the other hand, knew exactly what to do as he left the ring. He tore the flowers out of Steele's hands and tossed them into the crowd! Savage scolded Steele for having the audacity of trying to woo his woman! Elizabeth tried to calm him down, but Savage pushed her aside. As Savage stuck his finger in Steele's face, shouting at Steele to get his ugly face away from Elizabeth, out ran CURT HENNIG! Hennig stood up for Steele and it was soon Hennig and Savage shouting at one another. Reed had enough of this as he joined the chaos. Reed pulled Savage away from Hennig and started to hammer away at the Macho Man. Reed had a match to win and he couldn't have cared less about anything else. Unfortunately for him, as he was wrestling with Savage on the outside, he bumped into Elizabeth and caused her to fall. She was fine as she quickly hopped back to her feet and quickly ran to the other side of the ring.
George Steele didn't take too kindly to the woman of his dreams being bumped. He reached into his tights and pulled out some sort of foreign object and rammed it into Reed's throat! Referee Randy Anderson was busy trying to restore order and never saw it happen. One person who did was Savage, who quickly tossed Reed into the ring. Reed was trying to catch his breath as he laid on the mat, but he was in perfect position for the Flying Elbowdrop! Savage drilled his Elbow into Reed's chest while Hennig watched on. And just like that, we have a new US Champion!
Randy Savage pinned Butch Reed with the Flying Elbowdrop in 0:14:19. Rating: *** (Randy Savage won the NWF US Title.)
Steele went to collect his flowers, but Hennig convinced him it was time to leave ringside. I don't know if Hennig and Steele are friends, but Hennig knew that Steele probably should leave ringside before Savage saw him or Reed woke up. Savage, meanwhile, happily accepted the US Title and raised it over his head! Savage is now a two-time US Champion while Reed, a man of ill-temper normally, will have even more of a reason to be in a foul mood.
Match #7 “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ JJ Dillon & Woman) vs. Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy
We knew this match was going to be good going into it, but we had no idea just how good. This will go down in history as one of the best matches in both men's careers, and will go a long way in putting Starrcade on the map as a premiere PPV event. Terry Gordy has had his leg tested since returning from his torn meniscus, but no one focuses on the knee quite like Ric Flair. Everyone knew what Flair's game plan would be. He didn't disappoint. Minutes into the match and Gordy was hobbling around the ring. Flair smelled blood in the water, and knew he had to keep up the attack. Flair got a little too cocky, however, when he started to slap Gordy in the face and calling him 'boy' as if he were a child. You don't anger a man the size of Gordy, and Flair should have known better. Gordy roared to life, virtually on one leg, and began to throw Flair around the ring like a rag doll. Flair was bounced from pillar to post before being whipped into the turnbuckles. Flair flipped over the buckles, landed on the ring apron, ran over to the other corner and climbed to the top. He was doing this all on reflexes though, and he had no idea what to do when he got up there. Gordy caught him and slammed him hard to the canvas. Gordy was fired up and for the next few minutes he kept attempting pinfalls on Flair. He was getting closer and closer to holding him down for the count of three, but Flair kept escaping at the last second. Right when Gordy was about to finish the match off for good, having him in position for the Power Bomb, JJ Dillon climbed onto the ring apron. Gordy left Flair to handle the financial adviser. He did so easily with a big right hand that had the crowd going crazy. It would be a fatal mistake on Gordy's part. Flair groggily got back to his feet and chop blocked Bamm Bamm. Gordy fell to the mat and within seconds Flair had him locked in the Figure-Four Leglock. Gordy was in the center of the ring and there was nowhere for him to go. You have to hand it to him, he refused to submit, but the pain had to be something enormous. When it became clear that Gordy was going to risk injury to avoid surrendering to the Nature Boy, Michael “P.S.” Hayes ran down to the ring and threw in a white towel.
Ric Flair defeated Terry Gordy when Michael Hayes threw in a white towel in 0:22:07. Rating: *****
Flair wanted nothing to do with the Freebirds after the bell rang. He quickly left the ring and celebrated with Dillon and Woman. Gordy had nothing to be ashamed of as Hayes helped him to his feet. Sure, he can't be happy about this loss, but he went toe to toe with one of the greatest wrestlers and was seconds away from earning the victory. Gordon Solie was sure that Flair would be gloating about this victory for some time. Jesse Ventura hated to admit it, but he was impressed by the guts of Terry Gordy. Sometimes you just run into a better man. Solie argued that it wasn't because Gordy ran into a better man, but because he ran into a numbers game. Three on one is never fair.
Sean Mooney was standing by with Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. Savage had his newly won US Title around his waist. His eyes were as crazy as ever as he twirled with his finger in the air. Elizabeth was all smiles as her man let out a “OOH YEAH!” into Mooney's face. Macho Man said this was the best night of his life as he had reclaimed what was rightfully his. The plan was back on! The World Title was back in his sights. Mooney questioned Elizabeth about George Steele's advances, but Savage stuck his finger in Mooney's face and told him to shut his mouth. How dare he try to dampen Savage's celebration? George Steele belongs in an asylum, not anywhere near his woman. Savage repeated that Elizabeth was HIS woman. He uttered one final warning to both Steele and Hennig, leave him and his woman alone. Macho Man was going to handle the business with Jerry Lawler next month in Atlanta. The sky was the limit after that.
Match #8 Night of the Skywalkers - Scaffold Match The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering)
The Road Warriors knew there was only one way to ensure that they could square off against the Midnight Express without having Jim Cornette or Big Bubba Rogers interfere on their behalf. That would be to have both teams twenty-five feet in the air. The only way to win this match would be to hurl the other team off the scaffold. The Midnight Express have had Hawk's and Animal's number since coming into the NWF, but in this unconventional match, it was anyone's guess who would have the advantage. Hawk and Animal quickly climbed the ladder that would put them on the scaffold, but “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey and “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton were far more reluctant. It took several minutes of the officials at ringside trying to persuade them to get on the ladder before they started to climb. Jim Cornette was obviously nervous that his meal ticket could be injured and it showed with the sweat coming off his brow.
The scaffold swayed back and forth as all four men stepped out onto it. Hawk slowly stalked to the center of the scaffold while Dennis Condrey began to crawl. They met up in the center and Hawk pummeled him with right hands. Eaton tried to crawl over Condrey to help, but all that did was give Animal a few shots. Animal side-stepped Hawk and Condrey, and was able to square off with Eaton. The Road Warriors were winning the battle of fists pretty easily, and it escalated with Hawk slamming Condrey's face into the scaffold. Condrey sat on his knees, a cut opened up over his eye, and squinting in pain. Animal nailed Eaton with a few hard shots to the chest and Eaton almost fell off the scaffold before dropping to his knees and clutching onto it for dear life. In doing so, it allowed Animal to use his legs to push Eaton. Soon Eaton was hanging onto the side of the scaffolding and then made a daredevil move of climbing down under the scaffold! He was hanging onto the bars underneath the scaffold and swinging like a wildman. It was almost like a kid on the monkey bars in the playground. Animal, never to be deterred, went back to the ladder and climbed down so he could swing across the bottom of the scaffold as well! Meanwhile, Hawk picked up a bloody Condrey and slammed him onto the steel. It looked like Condrey was out of it, but when Hawk went to roll him off, Condrey low blowed the Road Warrior! Hawk fell to his knees and almost fell off the scaffold before catching himself. Condrey tried to push Hawk off with his feet, but Hawk refused to budge. Underneath the scaffold, Animal swung across the bottom of the scaffold, moving from one bar to the next, catching up to Eaton near the middle. Eaton was holding on, but he had lost all momentum and was stuck in the middle of the scaffold. Animal had some momentum behind him as he grabbed the next bar, brought his feet up, and used both of them to kick Eaton square in the back. Eaton let loose a yelp as he released his grip and flew in the air. A hard thud was heard as Eaton landed on the mat. Eaton immediately rolled outside of the ring while clutching his back in obvious pain.
Back on top of the scaffold, Hawk had recovered slightly from Condrey's cheap shot, and was now back in control. In fact, he had Condrey reeling after a few punches. Condrey rolled over to the side of the scaffold and tried to hold on, but once Hawk started to pry his fingers loose, he knew it was going to be a lost cause. Instead, he tried to lower himself off the scaffold, much like what Eaton did, but Hawk stomped his fingers as he was dangling. Condrey's fingers gave out and he went flying off as well! The crowd exploded with cheers as Condrey landed with a splat.
Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey). Rating: 1/4*
Animal had swung across the rest of the bars to get back to his ladder. He started to make his slow climb down to the ring. Jim Cornette was furious at ringside, but he was going to try and get some retribution of his own. He had his tennis racquet in hand and was slowly sneaking up behind Paul Ellering. Ellering must have been warned by a fan that he was coming, however, as he quickly turned around and snatched the racquet out of Cornette's hand. Cornette backpedaled very quickly, but Big Bubba Rogers came to his rescue. Roger was about to take care of Ellering when Animal rushed him with a lariat! It nearly took the big man of his shoes as Rogers rolled to the mat. This left Ellering chasing Cornette around the ring with his own tennis racquet. Cornette had nowhere else to go so he quickly jumped on the ladder and started to climb up to the scaffold! Cornette had never moved so fast as he reached the scaffold in record time and walked out on it. It took him a second to realize that Hawk was still up there as well! Cornette tried to beg off from Hawk, but Hawk was having none of it. He grabbed Cornette by his red jacket and slammed him onto the hard steel. Cornette yelled in pain as Hawk used his boot to slowly roll him to the edge of the scaffold. With one last push Cornette flew into the air. Big Bubba was back on his feet and ran to catch his falling manager, but he misjudged the landing spot and Cornette landed hard, knee first. Big Bubba quickly picked up his manager like a baby and carried him out of there as the crowd roared their approval at the Road Warriors and Paul Ellering. With the Midnight Express in immense pain at ringside and Big Bubba carrying an obviously injured Jim Cornette from the ring, the Road Warriors have to be happy that they exacted some revenge.
Match #9 World Title Match Hulk Hogan (c) vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/ “Superstar” Billy Graham)
Our main event of the evening had the whole crowd amped up. You could cut the tension with a knife as Paul Orndorff came to the ring carrying his own World Title. Orndorff has laid claim to the World Title ever since his countout victory over Hulk Hogan in September. This was his opportunity to show that he truly is the rightful World Champion. The crowd nearly exploded when Hulk Hogan emerged from the dressing room. There was a new song to accompany him, “Real American”, and as it blared over the speakers Hogan slapped hands with the fans. The back, shoulders, and neck were all heavily taped on Hogan, and any thoughts of him showing up for this match at 100% were quickly thrown out the window. Hogan was still the World Champion, though, and there was no way he would back out of a title defense. Hogan handed his title over to referee Dave Hebner. Hebner also retrieved Orndorff's title belt. He held both over his head to show the crowd what was on the line in tonight's match.
Orndorff knew that this would be the best opportunity he'd ever get to win the World Title from Hogan. He attacked the neck area as soon as the bell rang, trying to put a quick end to the match. Hogan has made his living by absorbing damage, however, and that's what he did here. In fact, in the opening minutes, Hogan was able to shake off most of what Orndorff offered, and fired back with his own offense. It almost looked like it would be Hogan ending the match quickly after he nailed Orndorff with the Big Boot. Hogan came off the ropes with his Big Leg Drop, but it was too early and Mr. Wonderful was able to roll out of the way. The impact of missing the move and hitting the mat caused a thunderous wave of pain roll through Hogan's back and saw him rolling around the mat in pain. It was the opening Orndorff needed and he quickly took advantage. Orndorff threw the book at him with a varied offense that focused in on the neck and back region of Hogan. Most of it involved locking Hogan in painful chinlocks, bearhugs, and Orndorff even broke out a full nelson to try and end Hogan's title reign. Hogan somehow was able to hold on through it all and refused to surrender. Hogan would use the crowd's support to mount his comeback, but with the damage Orndorff had done, we all wondered if it would be too late. Hogan fired at Orndorff with several right hands. A bodyslam followed. Hogan stood in the corner and waited for Orndorff to get back up. Once he had, Hogan flew out of the corner with the Axe Bomber! It connected perfectly and Orndorff crumpled to the mat. The Axe Bomber almost always guarantees a three count, Ventura even commented that it was the move that defeated him at the Clash of the Champions, but Orndorff somehow kicked out at two. Hogan was in shock, and in an uncharacteristic move, started to argue with Dave Hebner.
This allowed Orndorff enough time to regroup and drill a knee into Hogan's lower back. A vicious neckbreaker followed and Hogan lay on the mat, almost shaking in pain. Orndorff called for the finish, he was going to end the match and Hogan's career with the Piledriver. “Superstar” Graham cheered on from ringside as Orndorff set Hogan up. He lifted him up and spiked him into the mat with his deadly finishing move. The Piledriver sent Hogan into convulsions and Hebner almost ended the match right there. Orndorff pushed him away. But for some reason, Mr. Wonderful was refusing to go for the cover. He was going to do it again! Hogan was fading in and out of consciousness as Orndorff lifted Hogan back up to his feet. He dropped him with a second Piledriver that would surely signal the end of the match. But something astonishing happened. Hogan jumped right back to his feet! Orndorff shot a look at Graham as if to say “What do I do now?” Hogan was reading Orndorff the riot act, waving his finger in Orndorff's face, and telling him that he wasn't going to go down that easily. Orndorff tried to fire off a right hand, but Hogan blocked it and nailed Orndorff with one of his own. Three more quickly followed. A whip into the ropes led to the Big Boot. The Big Leg Drop followed...And Hulk Hogan is still the NWF World Champion! And it can't be disputed this time!
Hulk Hogan pinned Paul Orndorff with the Big Leg Drop in 0:18:23. Rating: *** (Hulk Hogan retained the NWF World Title.)
Hogan was handed the two World Titles. He mimicked wiping his rear end with Orndorff's belt before tossing it over the top rope. It landed with a thud as Hogan threw the REAL World Title around his shoulder. He was still in some pain, but the adrenaline he was getting from the crowd motivated him to do a few muscle flexes as “Real American” blared over the speakers. When it looked like everything was going to end well tonight, RIC FLAIR walked down the aisle. Flair wrestled the house microphone away from Gary Michael Cappetta. From ringside, he told Hogan to enjoy this moment because 1986 was the year of the Horsemen. 1986 was the year of the Nature Boy. Whoo! There would be no more avoiding the inevitable, Ric Flair as World Champion.
Hogan motioned that he wanted Flair to get in the ring, but Flair simply smiled. And we saw why as OLE ANDERSON, TOMMY RICH, and GREG VALENTINE all came from out of the crowd and slid into the ring behind Hogan. They converged on an unsuspecting Hogan and took turns pummeling him. Hogan tried to fight back, but the odds were too much. It only got worse for him when Flair entered the ring and dropped a few knees directly across Hogan's forehead. Flair let out another “WHOO!” as he looked to lock the Figure-Four on Hogan. Thankfully that never happened as RANDY SAVAGE sprinted down to the ring with a chair in hand. He quickly cleared the ring, but the message had been sent by the Horsemen. Their new target: the World Heavyweight Title.
Due to Ric Flair's victory over Terry Gordy tonight, and at Hulk Hogan's request, the World Title will be on the line in Atlanta on December 22. Hulk Hogan will meet Ric Flair in the ring for the first time ever with the World Title up for grabs! This is going to be a night you do not want to miss!
December 22, 1985 – Atlanta, GA: WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Ric Flair US TITLE – Randy Savage (c) vs. Jerry Lawler
There is some truth to what Hennig says for sure. Savage is the type of guy to step all over someone to get ahead. He and Savage are likely to have a number of excellent matches.
The Road Warriors have become human thanks to the Midnight Express. The upcoming Scaffold match will be history in the making.
The Hayes/Von Erich dynamic is so good. I could see headlines in PWI magazine questioning Hayes agenda. In my opinion, Hayes has a little to gain by sticking to his word but A LOT to gain by turning on KVE and forcing him out of NWF.
I wonder if Ole's career in this universe gets as big as Arn's did in real life. He's certainly been given new life with the introduction of the Horsemen.
Oh no! Hillbilly!! Too far, Manny! You took it too far!
Fingers are crossed that the Dream Team retain and have a lengthy title reign. They compliment each other well and they're so young that singles careers in NWF right now could be rough.
Reed had a lot of momentum earlier in the year but he's slowed down significantly. If he can hold on to the United States Championship for a bit longer he may be able to get himself back in the World Title hunt.
Hercules defeating Murdoch doesn't bode well for the Nightmare Squad. I was already questioning if they still had what it takes to hang with the Champions. I think the champs retain.
I would love to see this Piledriver vignette even today. But playing it before Orndorff challenges Hogan really makes Orndorff look dangerous. Hogan is in trouble. Starrcade will be a HUGE success!
Hillbilly Jim makes his appearance, and figured he might do a little more to get even than an airplane spin. But Fernandez gets chicken suited, which is really the only way this could have ended. And with Fernandez out for a couple months, it just piles on him.
I think we all know who those flowers are for.
Good story for the tag title match, and ended how I thought it would. I don't think Race/Murdoch hold the titles long, but this was a fun story.
Weird to see Hillbilly Jim already pushed into another feud. I figured there'd be more to go with the Fernandez deal, but I guess with his injury, Jim needs to go somewhere. Ole is about as no nonsense as they come, so this should be interesting.
Like Lawler winning. I thought for sure the blow-off with Borne would happen here (or at least the Lawler getting wise to it part) but the saga continues. No problems with that whatsoever. Lot of good stuff here. I'm hoping we get to see some Hennig/Valentine clashes coming up.
Expected a more decisive ending to Zbyszko/Koloff. Looks like you're really protecting Koloff here though. More battles from these two won't be unwelcomed.
Great streetfight, and glad to see no Hayes turn. Only question is now, what do you do with the Freebirds and Kerry next?
The US Title match was a little overbooked for my tastes, but it all made sense. Savage being the US champ leads to Hennig getting a reign, and you found a nice transition feud for Reed as he clearly will want to get his hands on Steele.
A five star match! Awesome. Glad you finally got another one.
The scaffold match was basically what happened in real life, which is fine. It was an awesome moment, so why not recreate it? Cornette out for awhile, and really, you could still milk this feud. Imagine how many lawyers Mama Cornette is going to get to get revenge for her baby boy?
And though the main event was predictable based on it being Hogan in the 80s, you still told the story perfectly. And the post-match stuff was great. This match will probably be Orndorff's last shot up top for awhile, and now we get to Hogan/Flair in their primes, which has me salivating. I imagine Flair gets a hold of the title soon, because Hogan trying to overcome the Horsemen to get his title back is too good of a story to miss out on.
Excellent choice for an opener. The crowd had to be hot for this. This was a great time to bring Hillbilly in front of the fans too. Sucks for Hillbilly that Manny got injured, though. He'll have to find something to do when Manny comes back. But when Manny does I'd imagine he'll be very, very angry.
I don't think it's any surprise who those flowers are for...
Wow! Didn't expect the Nightmare Squad to take the belts. Great finish! Back to back injuries though? Looks like everyone is putting it on the line for the biggest show of the year.
With the way you write Hillbilly Jim I hope he stays with you forever and you find a way to work him into programs consistently. Him getting blindsided all the time needs to stop. Was this always in the works or ad libbed due to Manny's injury?
HILLBILLY JIM IS OVER! He didn't need a win, just revenge and he got it by taking out Ole. Clever elimination of the Animal. Great assist by Bourne. King's got a good shot at winning this thing. Borne strikes again getting out two favorites, Hennig and Valentine! Such a good ending. Hilarious touch of Borne celebrating the win alone in the ring.
The Koloff/Larry Z ending was strange. I'm not sure what the point of it was and why the poor referee had to feel Koloff's wrath.
Hell of a Street Fight! I held my breath too as I read wondering what Hayes would do. He showed his loyalty and secured his position as babyface. Sucks for me because I was hoping Kerry would be a free agent after this.
Quite the turn of events in the US title match. Savage is such an opportunist to pick up a win knowing his opponent was hit with a foreign object. The Savage/Liz/Steele story has started but it will be interesting to see how Reed and Hennig stay involved. Plus Savage is going to have Lawler to deal with next month.
5 stars!? This solidifies the fact that Gordy belongs at the top of the card. At least as the number 2 babyface behind Hogan. Awesome that Hayes had to throw in the towel and Gordy never quit. I don't envision any animosity about the towel incident, I just expect Gordy to pursue a rematch.
The historic Skywalkers match played out just as it should have! Cornette will be talking about this for years and years to come.
Great storytelling in the main event! Both guys come out of this match bigger stars than when they entered. Hogan popping up after two Piledrivers and going right to the finish was a thing of beauty.
I wasn't expecting any shenanigans at the end of the show but that's what we from the Horsemen. And Savage making the save isn't quite a head scratcher but it kinda is. Savage is all over the place, feuding with heels and babyfaces.
Great show, top to bottom. Probably my favorite to date!
The Hillbilly Jim stuff in the battle royal was added last moment due to Fernandez's injury. No guarantee that the Raging Bull/Jim will even continue their feud when he returns since two months is a long time in this Universe.
I'm hoping Jim can find himself a nice niche in the NWF and fall into the Butch Reed and Matt Borne categories where he is able to accomplish more than he did in real life.
Booked myself into a corner with Larry Z/Koloff and did what I could to get out of it.
I didn't know what else to do with the Scaffold Match. So, I tried to recreate whatever magic/silliness I could from the original bout.
And Savage is walking that fine line. He is still good friends with Hogan, but he is having troubles with the rest of the faces in the locker room.
I'm eagerly anticipating watching Hennig and Savage blow up at each other, and Savages' anticipated heel turn.
I can understand the mind games of the Cowboys, but I don't think the Freebirds would betray von Erich. I mean, where would he turn to then?
I think it's just a matter of time before Hillbilly Jim makes his in-ring debut in this universe. Golden Terror? Is that.. a dog?
Win or lose at Starrcade (probably lose), Hernandez has undoubtedly been elevated by his program with Race.
Nice touch with the Piledriver video! The go-home interview also struck gold, having Hogan injured before the title match is so stereotypical of Hogan's face reigns.
Good call opening with the comedy match. Hillbilly Jim one step closer to in-ring debut!
Me thinks you will have George Steel ask Miss ELizabeth out.
Race gets his revenge! I don't think a 1 month injury will give you too much trouble, but I doubt Race and Murdoch are more than transitional champs.
More Hillbilly Jim! This is shaping up to be a great show. I hope Jim will be in the Battle Royal too. He is! Yes! Much better choice than the Golden Retriever.
Lawler as a winner is a good choice due to the Borne angle. A US Title win bonus will certainly be welcome for Borne with his "injuries".
Don't know where the Cowboys go after this, but seeing von Erich and Hayes high five and not betray each other, was a feelgood moment for me, anyway.
Interesting dynamics in the US title match. I mean, Savage is not a full-blown heel yet. We know what'll happen due to history and wrestling logic, but I don't think we can call him a bad person just for being mad at Steele wooing his woman. Slow heel turns are still good, and my bet is that we'll see an even more clear-cut heel version of Savage before long.
Wow, I didn't see a 5-star match coming, but that was awesome. I'm not sure if this is over now or not. Towel match maybe? Or will Flair go after Hogan?
The scaffold match was ugly, but someone had to do it, right?
Hogan no-selling two piledrivers is atrocious but still true to wrestling history. Looks like it's going to be Flair and the Horsemen going after Hogan. He needs allies then!
NWF WORLDWIDE Atlanta, GA | December 1, 1985 (Taped November 23, 1985)
Commentators: Gordon Solie and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Only a few days out from the very first Starrcade and much of the landscape had changed here in the NWF. While Hulk Hogan may still be World Champion, he is now facing his most dire threat in the Four Horsemen. The Horsemen made it clear that they are targeting Hogan's World Championship after they heinously brutalized him following Hogan's successful title defense against Paul Orndorff. We have new World Tag Team Champions in the Nightmare Squad. Harley Race's quest for vengeance was completed as he and Dick Murdoch won the gold against the Dream Team. Randy Savage regained his US Title after chaos ensued when George Steele and Curt Hennig became involved. Jerry Lawler got his career back on track by becoming the number one contender to the US Title, but he still has Matt Borne as a thorn in his side. And Kerry Von Erich put to rest his issues with the Dirty Cowboys while Michael “P.S.” Hayes showed the world that he is a trustworthy ally.
Amazingly enough, Gordon Solie and Jesse Ventura covered most of this in the opening before returning to the topic of Hogan/Horsemen. Ventura knew it was only a matter of time before Flair put his focus on the World Title, a championship that Flair probably should be holding right now. Solie wanted to know how Ventura could say something so preposterous. Ventura's statement came from his opinion that Hogan had been dodging Flair all this year and never gave Flair a rightful title shot. Solie was beside himself as he reminded Ventura that just last week Hogan was embroiled in a heated feud with Paul Orndorff, and that Ventura himself had said Orndorff would walk out of Starrcade as the champion. With all of that going on, when was Hogan supposed to defend his title against Flair? Ventura told Solie that Hogan always claimed to be a fighting champion. He should have found time. The two men continued to argue as we went to the ring for our first match of the show.
Match #1 Hillbilly Jim vs. Jim Jeffers
We learned from Gordon Solie during this match that Hillbilly Jim had been signed to a wrestling contract by the NWF at Starrcade. Apparently after his brief run in the battle royal at the PPV, Jim found his true love in wrestling. He is very raw, but his size and strength makes up for a lot of his mistakes. Case in point was Jim not having the killer instinct in his match with Jim Jeffers. He kept knocking him down, but didn't go for a move to put the match away. That all ended when Jeffers slapped him across the face. Jim quickly locked him in a bearhug, a move that utilizes his tree trunk sized arms, and Jeffers was quick to submit.
Hillbilly Jim made Jim Jeffers submit to the Bearhug in 0:02:47. Rating: - 1/4*
After the match, Hillbilly Jim celebrated his victory by doing a dosey doe with referee Randy Anderson. Jim clapped hands with all the fans at ringside and made sure to mess the hair of a few younger fans. What a true fan favorite Hillbilly Jim is!
AN UNIMPRESSED HORSEMAN:
Ole Anderson was in the studio with Sean Mooney. Anderson thought it was ridiculous that Hillbilly Jim was given a contract simply because of his ability to relate to the viewing audience and his likability. He pointed to the scars on his forehead from his battles with the Brisco Brothers and the Funk Brothers back in the late '60s. Those were the proof that he had earned his stripes. Hillbilly Jim was useless and not worthy of the name of wrestler. A challenge was issued for Jim to find two stupid enough partners to meet up with him, Greg Valentine, and Tommy Rich. At that point the Horsemen would show him what true wrestling is all about.
Match #2 Four Horsemen (“Wildfire” Tommy Rich/Greg “The Hammer” Valentine) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Gene Ligon/Tommy Lane
Speaking of the Horsemen, two of them were in action next. Tommy Rich and Greg Valentine have distinctly different personalities. Valentine is a bruiser while Rich relies more on his wiles. Despite this, they worked well together and promptly disposed of their opponents. This could almost be seen as a warning to the rest of the roster, especially Hulk Hogan, of what they will have to deal with in the future.
The Four Horsemen (Tommy Rich and Greg Valentine) defeated Gene Ligon and Tommy Lane when Rich pinned Ligon with the Piledriver in 0:04:34. Rating: 3/4*
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura almost felt sorry for Hillbilly Jim. His career might be over before it even gets the chance to begin! Gordon Solie agreed that Jim might be in over his head if he is trying to compete against the Horsemen, but a man of his character should have no problems finding two other men to side with him. Ventura didn't think it would matter who his partners were. The Horsemen are on a roll and couldn't see it coming to an end at the hands of a country bumpkin.
THE DREAM ISN'T DEAD:
“Luscious” Johnny V and his Dream Team joined up with Sean Mooney on the interview stage before our next match. Johnny V said it was an outrage that his Dream Team were no longer Tag Team Champions. Brutus Beefcake complained about two old men walking around wearing their gold. No one wanted to see two old fogeys when a couple of studs like him and Hercules were around. Hercules shouted into the camera that Harley Race was a has-been that should have taken the hint when he left him. No one wants him around anymore. He would be better off in a nursing home than trying to compete with the likes of the Dream Team. Mooney reminded Hercules that, while the Nightmare Squad is older in age, they were successful in dethroning the Dream Team at Starrcade. Hercules growled for Mooney to shut his pie-hole. In Johnny V's opinion, the titles would be back around the Dream Team's waists soon, and this would all be just a bad nightmare.
Match #3 Non-Title Match The Nightmare Squad (c) vs. The Hart Brothers
The Nightmare Squad didn't have their titles with them as Gordon Solie explained that they were getting new name plates installed. Still, they are the tag champions and this was a big match for both teams. The Nightmare Squad needed to prove they were worthy as champions while the Hart Brothers needed a victory to stay in the title picture. Given the experience of Dick Murdoch and Harley Race, they were able to control any nerves they had. The Hart Brothers, on the other hand, were a bit too antsy as they kept making mistakes early. You can't do that against the likes of Murdoch and Race without paying the price, and for the majority of the match they were on the receiving end of some severe punishment. It took a turn when Bruce Hart was finally able to break free and make a hot tag to Keith Hart. Keith came in a house of fire, having been stuck on the ring apron for quite some time, and had the new champions reeling. He couldn't find the right move to put one of them away, though, and it soon broke into a donnybrook. As all four men wailed away on one another, the bell rang. There was some slight confusion before ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta announced that the match was a time limit draw.
The Nightmare Squad (Harley Race and Dick Murdoch) and The Hart Brothers (Keith Hart and Bruce Hart) battled to a draw in 0:10:00. Rating: * ¾
For a second it looked like both teams wanted to continue the fight. Murdoch and Bruce were especially hard to separate as they threw fists at each other. Race and Keith were finally able to pull their partners away. After a few more moments of discussion, the two teams shook hands with one another. A well fought match ended with a showing of good sportsmanship. This display made Jesse “The Body” comment that he wanted to vomit all over his announcer's table.
AT THE DESK:
Jesse Ventura thought the previous bout was proof that the Nightmare Squad didn't do the titles justice. The titles were in far better shape around the waists of Hercules Hernandez and Brutus Beefcake. Gordon Solie commended the Nightmare Squad for being in action so soon after Starrcade. He figured they would hold onto those titles for a considerable amount of time. Ventura wasn't so sure after the news they were given before today's show. The Nightmare Squad would defend their titles against Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes in Atlanta, Georgia on December 22nd. Ventura wasn't a fan of Hayes and Von Erich, but he grudgingly admitted they looked like a well-oiled machine against the Dirty Cowboys at Starrcade.
A NEW GOAL:
The new number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles, Kerry Von Erich and Michael “P.S.” Hayes, joined Sean Mooney in studio for an interview about their upcoming match. Von Erich was pleased that his business with the Dirty Cowboys was over with, and he felt he could put all of his troubles of the past year behind him. The numerous bloody battles with the Freebirds, the Horsemen, and the Cowboys are over, and now he was able to aim his focus on a new goal. The World Tag Team Titles. Hayes said he had tasted championship gold once before, and he was chomping at the bit to get those titles back. While Hayes respected the likes of Dick Murdoch and Harley Race, he didn't see any way they could put a stop to two of the hottest wrestlers today. Hayes promised that he looked 'oh so good in gold' and that he'd be wearing it again come December 22nd. Von Erich and Hayes high fived one another as they walked off stage while Mooney sent it back to the ring.
Match #4 “Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. Stoney Burke
You aren't going to find a guy as miserable as Butch Reed no matter how long you look. The man always has a scowl on his face and losing his US Title to Randy Savage at Starrcade wasn't going to change that fact. You had to feel sorry for Stoney Burke. He signed on for this match long before he knew this would be Reed's first match since losing the gold. Reed didn't even let the bell ring before he started the assault. Burke held on as long as he could, but a bearhug had him squealing in pain and telling referee Dave Hebner to ring the bell.
Butch Reed made Stoney Burke submit to a bearhug in 0:03:08. Rating: DUD
Reed tossed Burke to the side and headed to the back rather quickly. Reed may have lost his title, but he certainly didn't lose his aggressive style. It is only a matter of time before he is back on top.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE DESK:
Gordon Solie was happy to relay that another match had been signed for Atlanta, Georgia. “The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko had patiently awaited another turn to get his hands on Paul Orndorff, and he will get it in Atlanta. Jesse Ventura wanted to know whose bright idea this was. Orndorff deserved better than a match with Zbyszko. He should be able to rest and then be given another shot at the World Title. Solie figured Orndorff would surely get another shot at the World Title IF he could get past Zbyszko. Solie sent it over to Sean Mooney with the Cruncher joining him on the interview stage.
IT'S CRUNCH TIME FOR MR. WONDERFUL:
Larry Zbyszko cut Sean Mooney off before he could even begin asking him any questions. He talked into the camera about how Paul Orndorff's time had finally come. He was sick of waiting around for Orndorff to chase his championship dream. Hulk Hogan had put an end to any fantasy Orndorff had of being a World Champion. Now it was the Cruncher's turn to put an end to Paul Orndorff. This feud goes all the way back to when Orndorff put Zbyszko's mentor, Bruno Sammartino, in the hospital, but putting all of that aside, he admitted that he just didn't like Paul Orndorff. His arrogance, his better than everyone else mentality, his damned face. Everything about Paul Orndorff rubbed Zbyszko the wrong way. It all was going to come to an end in Atlanta when the Cruncher showed the world that Paul Orndorff wasn't so Wonderful after all.
Match #5 “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (w/ Woman) vs. Iceman King Parsons
Our main event of today's show pitted Ric Flair against Iceman King Parsons. Flair is coming off not only a huge victory over Terry Gordy, but also the brutal assault of Hulk Hogan after the main event of Starrcade. The crowd tried their best to get under Flair's skin, but he is as cool as a cucumber when he wants to be. The Nature Boy and the Horsemen have had their problems with the Freebirds over the past few months, and this would be another battle between the two stables. Parsons was on fire early as he bounced Flair around the ring with right hands. Flair resorted to begging Parsons for mercy several times. Parsons would have none, however, as he continued the onslaught. It w wasn't until Woman became involved, tripping Parsons as he bounced off the ropes, that Flair was able to show some offense of his own. BUDDY ROBERTS ran to the ring to try and provide support for Parsons, but his momentum was gone. A brief comeback was put to an end after a chop block from Flair. The Figure-Four followed quickly thereafter. Parsons held on as long as he could, but the pain became too much. He was so focused on not submitting that he let his shoulders stay on the mat too long.
Ric Flair pinned Iceman King Parsons with the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:09:26. Rating: *** ½
Roberts entered the ring a hurry, but Flair wanted no part of the Freebird. He quickly left the ring and grabbed Woman by the hand. As he escorted her away from ringside, he threw four fingers up in the air to signify the Four Horsemen were riding high.
AT THE DESK:
After tonight's impressive performance, Ventura was certain we would all see a new World Champion on December 22nd. Gordon Solie was about to offer a retort when HULK HOGAN walked onto the set! Ventura quickly jumped to his feet and demanded to know what he was doing here. Hogan reared back like he was going to deliver a right hand which sent Ventura falling backwards into his chair. The chair and Ventura toppled over as Hogan got a big laugh at Ventura's expense. Ventura shouted that he did not need this type of aggravation as he got to his feet and stumbled off the set.
Hogan turned to Solie and shook his hand. Hogan wanted this time to clarify he was still the World Heavyweight Champion. Hogan walked off camera to retrieve both his World Title and the title Paul Orndorff had been carrying around with him. Hogan handed the real World Title to Solie before dropping Orndorff's title on the floor. The Hulkster said it was time to deal with this counterfeit belt once and for all. Hogan once again left the view of the camera to grab a sledgehammer. Within a few solid smacks the belt was in a bunch of broken pieces. Hogan lifted the broken title and flung it away. He then grabbed his World Title and threw it over his shoulder.
Solie commented that Hogan looked remarkably good since before his match with Paul Orndorff it looked like he had a significant injury to his neck. Hogan admitted that he may have played up the injury just a slight bit. The Hulkster wasn't against gamesmanship when needed. Solie thought it was a great plan that worked perfectly, but now he has Ric Flair and the Horsemen chasing the gold. Hogan was not worried as he has proven time and again that the the Hulkster and the Hulkamaniacs could accomplish anything. Flair, Valentine, Anderson, and Rich were scum that he would scrape off the bottom of his boot. The Horsemen may be a tight knit group, but what were they going to do when “Hulkamania runs wild all over you?!”
The show came to a close as Hogan flexed his muscles in his standard poses.
December 22, 1985 – Atlanta, GA: WORLD TITLE – Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Ric Flair TAG TEAM TITLES – The Nightmare Squad (c) vs. Kerry Von Erich/Michael Hayes US TITLE – Randy Savage (c) vs. Jerry Lawler Paul Orndorff vs. Larry Zbyszko
Post by snabbit888 on Mar 10, 2014 21:39:17 GMT -5
Good way to recap Starrcade to kick off the show. Love how Ventura has already switched horses from Orndorff to Flair in no time. That's classic Ventura.
And the goofiness that is Hillbilly Jim is about to hit its stride.
As much as I don't really care much for Ole, his serious nature (aka lack of personality) is a great foil for Hillbilly JIm.
Valentine/Rich is an interesting team. Could have some legs as a full-time installation.
Not surprising that the Dream Team is going to want a rematch. I like the team, I'm just hoping we're not going to get a lengthy addition to the feud. It ended the way it should have, so I don't want it to be soiled with too much shenanigans.
Weird tag match here. Makes sense they wouldn't have the belts because of it being taped before Starrcade (good explanation with the name plates) and it looks like Murdoch's knee injury will be able to be worked around pretty easily. Did not see the Harts going to a time limit draw though. I'm digging that the Harts are getting a decent run. In my opinion, Keith and Bruce have a very small window before everyone realizes they were the less talented of the Harts.
Interesting to see that Von Erich/Hayes get the first title shot against Nightmare Squad and not doing the rematch. Short title reign, maybe? I could get behind a Von Erich/Hayes title reign.
One thing I really like about what you're doing with Von Erich/Hayes is that the longer they work together, become good friends, etc., the more impressive the eventual heel turn will be. It will be awesome.
Not sure what you do with Reed now. You've built him up legit, but I don't know what opportunities he has with the current landscape.
Nice add of Zbyszko/Orndorff. Looking forward to that match a lot.
Parsons did what he could, but Flair is red hot right now, and I'm guessing the next World champion. Not bad getting 3 1/2 for a tv match.
Simple promo to end the show, but the sledgehammer was a nice visual. The first big Hogan/Flair match doesn't need more story than it has already. We'll get deeper into it as the months go on, surely.