Funk's promo was a classic and something that would eventually end up on Youtube in about 20 years. This upcoming feud with Piper should be great. Fun to see them fighting with their face/heel roles and even who the champion is reversed from the time they feuded in the NWF.
It's obvious that the Midnight Rockers are going far in the industry. Their match with the Sheepherders should actually be pretty good.
Good to see Roberts needed some outside interference to beat Bob Armstrong. Big victory for Roberts.
Terry Taylor is a good addition to any roster at this point in his career.
King Tonga could quickly become one of my favorites on your roster.
Ron Bass is going to have a hard time doing anything of too much note in this Universe, but you've done a decent job of building him up as solid foil for Magnum TA.
December 20, 1985 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped December 10, 1985 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Shiavone and Ken Resnick welcome us to another exciting edition of Prime Time Wrestling! They hype tomorrow’s event from the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles before going into detail about tonight’s program. They sound particularly intrigued with the Prime Time Wrestling debut of Piper’s Pit with Magnum T.A. as the guest.
Brad Armstrong pinned Billy Anderson after a back suplex in 0:04:34. Rating: ** ¼
The youngster Brad Armstrong looked impressive in the win. One person who has not been impressed with Armstrong is Gary Hart. He’s vowed to put an end to the Armstrongs starting in Los Angeles tomorrow night when Brad goes one-on-one with a member of the Ninja Express.
WWA Tag Team Champions Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero joined Tony and Ken at the broadcast booth. Tito talked about competing all over the country representing WWA. As proud Tag Team Champions, he and Hector would defend the titles against any team. Hector then commented on their upcoming match in LA against the rising team of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. He said he knows the Hart Foundation will give it everything they’ve got, but they’re stepping onto our turf in WWA. With the fans behind us, we will remain Tag Team Champions.
Steve Williams pinned Rip Rogers with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:06:10. Rating: **
“The Hustler” Rip Rogers is a newcomer here in WWA but he’s been wrestling for many, many years. One would think that with his experience, he would know to do some homework on his opponent. It’s a safe bet that the only preparation Rip did for this match was bleaching his long hair, choosing the brightest, pink tights he could find, and shining every sequin on his flashy robe. Dr. Death was relentless in his attack on Rip, who tried his hardest to keep his distance, before eventually falling to the Oklahoma Stampede.
Ken Resnick met up backstage with Sir Oliver Humperdink and his charges, Bill Eadie and Rick Rude, for an interview. Humperdink said he heard what Santana and Guerrero had to say earlier and warned them that they shouldn’t be so confident about letting any team challenge for the Tag Team titles. He put over the Hart Foundation saying they could possibly be the best team to come out of Canada and they may very well take WWA’s Tag Team titles back with them. But Humperdink pointed to his guys saying that if Tito and Hector retain the belts in LA and are still confident enough to defend against all challengers, he's got two guys who will gladly step up.
Gary Hart International (Kendo Nagasaki, Mr. Pogo and One Man Gang) defeated Jose Luis Rivera, Tommy Montana and Guy Lambert when One Man Gang pinned Lambert with the 747 Splash in 0:05:07. Rating: 3/4*
A lot of words can describe the men in Gary Hart International, especially “intimidating”. Their opponents here looked completely lost against the vicious strikes of the Ninja Express and the pure mass of One Man Gang. We know one of the Ninjas will step in the ring with Brad Armstrong, but we have no idea where Gary Hart’s other clients will be that night and that may not bode well for the young Armstrong.
Tony Shiavone welcomed “Gentleman” Chris Adams to the booth. Adams has challenged Ron Garvin to a Gentleman’s Rules match in LA. Despite not knowing the rules of the match, Garvin wanted to get his hands on Adams so badly that he accepted the challenge immediately. Here on Prime Time Wrestling Adams will explain the rules of the match. Adams said that Rule #1, the match will be conducted in five, three minute rounds. Rule #2, the match can be won by pinfall, submission, or, if the bout goes all five rounds, then judges will score the winner. And Rule #3, absolutely NO STRIKES ALLOWED! This infuriated the fans as they realized that Garvin’s advantage is his punches but he won’t be able to use them in LA. Adams winks at the camera and bids the fans a ‘good day’.
Ron Garvin defeated Ken Massey with a gutwrench suplex in 0:02:46. Rating: * 1/4
Upon hearing the stipulations for the match, Garvin came to the ring looking all business. Interestingly enough, Garvin kept Massey grounded with wrestling holds, choosing not to strike his opponent. In the end, he clinched his fist to signal the Hands of Stone Punch for Massey, but thought twice and executed a beautiful wrestling suplex to pick up the win. Chris Adams may have something worry about after all in LA.
A unique stage with a Scottish theme was set up in the studio where Roddy Piper would conduct Piper’s Pit. He welcomed everyone before inviting his guest, Magnum T.A. to the Pit. Magnum received a great ovation upon entering. Piper started by saying he and Magnum got off on the wrong foot last week and apologized for getting involved in Magnum’s match at The Cow Palace. It’s just that he reeeeally wanted to take out Terry Funk and it just so happened the opportunity presented itself during Magnum’s match. Magnum replied that he understands that and he knows there is history between both of them, but warns Piper not to get involved in his business. Piper smiles and paces a little. He replied, well ya know he was gonna hit you with that branding iron and if he did... well, you might not be standing here right now tough guy. Magnum responded that if Piper hadn’t gotten involved he could have pinned Funk in that match and it would be him getting a shot for the WWA Championship in Los Angeles, not Piper. Piper appears a bit irritated as he says, look pal, if you don’t want my help anymore, fiiine. If you would have preferred to be lying on the canvas unconscious by Terry Funk and his branding iron you shoulda said something! Magnum quickly retorts that if Piper gets any closer it might be him lying unconscious.
The two have a brief staredown before Piper takes a step back with a grin on his face and says, listen, fella, again we’re off on the wrong foot. Clearly we both want Terry Funk and clearly we both want to be WWA Champion, it just so happens I get the first crack at him. And Magnum, after I beat Funk I just might give you the first shot. But let’s make a deal, I’ll keep my nose outta your business and you keep your’s outta mine.
Magnum’s eyes showed he didn’t trust Piper one bit and after another intense staredown, Magnum left Piper’s Pit. Piper announced that it looked like Magnum agreed and in closing, he cut a promo on Terry Funk telling him the WWA Championship is leaving Los Angeles around the waist of the Rowdy One.
[Non Title Match]: Billy Jack Haynes defeated Ray Stevens by disqualification in 0:08:26. Rating: ** 1/2 [King Tonga interfered against Billy Jack Haynes.]
Our main event of the evening saw Billy Jack Haynes tangle with Ray Stevens in a non-title match. Stevens helped get his tag team partner, King Tonga, a title match in LA but in doing so talked his way into a match with Haynes just one day before the event. It was all part of the plan to get Haynes softened up, though. When it appeared Haynes was headed for a victory, King Tonga blatantly nailed him from behind causing a disqualification. Both men were stomping on the West Coast Champion as Missy Hyatt watched helplessly at ringside. The show closed with Stevens shouting about the next West Coast Champion, King Tonga!
December 21, 1985 - MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA - Los Angeles, CA
Post by snabbit888 on Jul 17, 2014 16:18:47 GMT -5
Quick win for Brad. I think he wins again at the house show, but I'm not entirely sure he's not going to get the stuffing beat out of him as a result.
I'm still putting my money on the Hart Foundation. At least they better win the titles if they want GCW officials to be happy!
Not the best debut for Rogers. Then again, drawing an up-and-coming Steve Williams as your first opponent doesn't help.
I'd be really excited to see a Santana/Hector vs. Eadie/Rude match, actually. Could be a nice match.
GHI has looked good, but I still think they need that one good feud where they get to come out on top to really establish themselves. A good OMG singles push, perhaps?
Though the match probably won't be pretty, I love a match with concocted rules to give the heel the clear advantage, i.e. Gentleman's rules. I imagine it ends with Garvin losing his cool and knocking Adams out, but it will never be a great fun moment.
Though with Garvin showing he might have more in the wrestling tank than I thought. Uh oh, Adams. What have you done?
Great Piper's Pit segment. I somehow don't think Magnum is going to be able to keep away.
Classic "soften up the face champion" match here. I don't see Haynes losing the title in LA though. He's too hot right now.
Brad Armstrong has been impressive in his WWA run. I could see him being a mainstay and the franchise of your organization as others come and go.
Looking forward to the upcoming WWA Tag Title match. Don't know how it will end up as Ryan may not want his new hotshot team losing, but can't see the WWA Titles going to another organization.
I love me some Rip Rogers!
If there's one thing I miss about late '80s and early '90s wrestling, it is the jobber six man tags. Those were always fun. Especially when the heels were as intimidating as the Gang and the Ninja Express.
That's a great way to get Adams some heel heat. Can't wait to see Garvin try and wrestle the Gentleman.
Haha! And immediately Garvin proves he can wrestle. Fun booking here.
Piper was always one of those guys, even as a face, that was a second away from turning heel and laying a beating on someone. You captured that feeling well here.
And a fine main event to build up a future title shot for King Tonga.
December 21, 1985 - WWA Live Pro Wrestling From the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA
1. “The Crippler” Ray Stevens and “The Hustler” Rip Rogers vs. The Fantastics
We were off and running here in LA with an entertaining tag team match pitting the popular Fantastics against the tandem of The Crippler Ray and The Hustler Rip. Rip looked to be in the Christmas spirit as he wore a Santa Clause hat to the ring and carried a bag of gifts and candy canes. However, he and Stevens proved to be a couple of Grinches when they pretended to hand candy to young fans in the audience only to snatch it away, eat it up themselves, and laugh about it. That made it all the more satisfying when the Fantastics picked up the victory!
The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeated Ray Stevens and Rip Rogers when T. Rogers defeated R. Rogers with a flying dropkick in 0:09:06. Rating: ** 3/4 (Buddy Rose no-showed.)
After the match The Fantastics got ahold of the bag full of candy and tossed handfuls into the crowd. They were having themselves some fun here tonight but you better believe they have their minds on the upcoming Cage Match with The Sheepherders next month.
2. Kendo Nagasaki (w/Gary Hart) vs. Brad Armstrong
The feud between the Armstrongs and Gary Hart International has grown every week since the Cow Palace last month. That night Hart’s men, as they do, saw fit to do a little extra punishment to “Bullet” Bob before Brad made the save. Hart has sworn to put a stop to the rising star that is Brad Armstrong. Brad was really tested against the unpredictable and unorthodox Kendo Nagasaki. Hart proved to be quite the distraction as expected and helped keep the momentum in Kendo’s favor. But the crowd in LA consistently supported Brad throughout the match and he mounted a comeback. Things were looking bleak for Kendo when Gary Hart hopped on the ring apron in an effort to prevent Brad from winning. This brought out “Bullet” Bob who pulled him off the ring apron. Referee Bill Alfonso hopped out of the ring to keep things from getting out of hand. With Alfonso’s back turned to Bob, Kendo reached out and grabbed Bob’s hair but Bob responded with a punch right in the nose. Kendo staggered back into the Russian Legsweep from Brad, Alfonso slid back in the ring, and Brad got the pinfall!
Brad Armstrong pinned Kendo Nagasaki with the Russian Legsweep in 0:08:04. Rating: *** ¼
Bob quickly slid into the ring and stood by his son. Gary Hart was furious, claiming Bob “cheated” to help his son win but the decision was final. Kendo, quite woozy from the Russian Legsweep, staggered back to the locker room while Hart shouted about payback the whole way.
3. [Number-One-Contenders-Match] The Sheepherders vs. The Midnight Rockers
This was a battle of the wily veterans taking on the young upstarts. The Sheepherders have been ruthless since joining WWA. Meanwhile, Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels, two guys who weren’t having much luck as singles, may have found their niche as a tag team. The Rockers teamwork is certainly improving week after week, but the Sheepherders have been teaming for many years and have wrestled all over the world. In the end, all four men were in the ring. Referee Eddie Gersh was threatening disqualification before Butch ducked out of the ring. Gersh now focused on the other illegal man, Marty Jannetty, who’s emotions were so high he didn’t want to stop fighting. With the ref occupied on Jannetty, Butch slid back in the ring, blindsided Shawn Michaels, and The Sheepherders hit their dreaded Double Gutbuster. Before Jannetty knew what happened, the referee had turned and counted to 3!
[Number-One-Contenders-Match] The Sheepherders (Sheepherder Butch and Sheepherder Luke) defeated The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) when Luke pinned Michaels after the Double Gutbuster in 0:12:08. Rating: ** 1/4
The Sheepherders are now the Top Contenders for the Tag Team titles, currently held by Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero. They want their shot as soon as possible, but first they have to climb into a Steel Cage with the Fantastics next month at The Cow Palace. The stakes have certainly been raised for that match!
4. “The Ax” Bill Eadie (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. “Terrific” Terry Taylor
Eadie is a bitter, stubborn, and angry man; even more so when things don’t go his way. This didn’t bode well for Terry Taylor as Eadie was looking for redemption after losing the Street Fight last month to Roddy Piper. Taylor is a terrific scientific wrestler but sometimes it takes more than that to beat a guy like Eadie. The size, strength, and tutelage of Humperdink were too much for Taylor tonight and The Ax chalked another notch in the column.
Bill Eadie pinned Terry Taylor after a clothesline in 0:12:25. Rating: ** 1/4
Sir Oliver Humperdink knows he has a future champion in Eadie and he’s been digging to get his man a title shot. It’s not hard to argue that if Eadie were to get a title shot, he stands a good chance at having gold around his waist.
Santana and Guerrero have worked hard to put the WWA and themselves on the map by defending the Tag Team titles against anyone, even challengers outside of the company. The Hart Foundation has not been teaming for long but they complement each other well and early discussions peg them both as future stars. They showed us why they get that label by putting up a spirited effort against the veteran Champions. Santana and Guerrero matched well against Bret Hart but struggled against the power of Neidhart. It took some clever tandem offense to bring the big guy down but a double flying dropkick was enough to send him through the ropes and to the floor. Guerrero kept him at bay with a slingshot cross body block while Santana hit the Flying Forearm on The Hitman for the win.
Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) when T. Santana pinned B. Hart with the Flying Forearm in 0:16:24. Rating: ** 1/2 (Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero retained the WWA Tag Team Titles.)
It was another successful defense for Santana and Guerrero. But they need to stay on their toes because there is no shortage of challengers in line. We saw The Sheepherders win the Top Contenders spot earlier and we know Humperdink is jockeying for his men to get a shot. Not to mention teams like The Midnight Rockers, The Ninja Express, and even The Fantastics would love to get some gold around their waists.
6. “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
Rick Rude wasted no time getting this match started as jumped Williams as soon as the bell sounded. Clearly Humperdink’s game plan for Rude was to strike early, strike fast, and strike often. Dr. Death weathered the early storm and showed off the impressive mix of power and agility that he is known for. A distraction from Humperdink outside of the ring enabled Rude to regain momentum. He could have been headed for a victory if he didn’t take so much time posing for the ladies in attendance. Even Humperdink shouted multiple times at Rude to stay focused. That lack of focus may have been his downfall when Dr. Death started to come back, laying into Rude with rights and lefts and knocking him down with a number of flying tackles. Williams finally hoisted Rude onto his shoulder, slammed him with the Oklahoma Stampede, and pinned him.
Steve Williams pinned Rick Rude after the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:17:10. Rating: ** 1/4
Humperdink was frustrated with the loss. After all, he’s vouching to get Rude and Eadie a shot at the Tag Team titles but he doesn’t have much of an argument if Rude can’t put away his opponents. Williams looked as impressive as ever. He’s beaten nearly everyone he’s been in the ring with and surely he’s eyeing another shot at Terry Funk and the WWA Championship.
7. [Gentleman’s Rules Match] “Gentleman” Chris Adams vs. “Hands of Stone” Ron Garvin
Before introducing the wrestlers, ring announcer Ken Resnick runs down the rules for the match; 3, 5-minute rounds, if no winner after 3 rounds it will go to judge’s decision, and finally, NO STRIKING. The three judges for the match were situated at a ringside table. Chris Adams came to the ring first flanked by trainers and strangely, Rip Rogers was leading the way. Ron Garvin came to the ring with a towel around his neck and a look of determination in his eyes. The first round of action saw a lot of back-and-forth chain wrestling with Adams growing more and more frustrated at Garvin’s ability to counter holds. When the bell sounded to end the first round, Adams stomped back to his corner, pouting like a child.
The bell sounded to start the second round. When they locked up, Adams appeared to jam a finger into Garvin’s eye. Garvin backed away instantly and referee Bill Alfonso stepped between them. He gave Adams an earful as Adams claimed it was an accident. The crowd erupted when Alfonso pulled a yellow card from his pocket and deducted a point from him! The judges took note as Adams pleaded his innocence. When Garvin was ready, the two locked up again, but this time Garvin took control and began hitting a variety of tosses and throws, bouncing Adams all over the ring! After a hard bodyslam, Adams clutched his eye claiming Garvin and had thumbed in during the bodyslam! Alfonso didn't believe a word of it and demanded Adams continue. Rip Rogers hopped onto the ring apron to help Adams’ cause, but was quickly decked by Garvin. Rogers flew off the ring apron onto the judge’s table, knocking it and all three judges to the ground. Alfonso was distracted by that commotion, giving Adams an opportunity to land a perfectly placed Superkick to Garvin’s jaw! Adams covered Garvin to steal the win!
Chris Adams pinned Ron Garvin at 0:04:20 in the second round. Rating: * 1/2
Adams’ trainers stormed the ring and hoisted him onto his shoulders to celebrate. Adams smiled and waved at the crowd who were all jeering him, some even throwing things in his direction. Rip Rogers groggily joined in on the celebration which continued into the locker rooms.
8. “Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Magnum T.A.
Bass and Magnum have had quite a violent rivalry that started back on October 5 in the Cow Palace Battle Royal. Ever since, the two have been slugging it out up and down the bay area. Bass tried to get an early advantage by attacking Magnum before the opening bell, but Magnum was prepared and fired back with some very aggressive offense. The ring couldn’t contain these men as the brawl spilled to the floor within minutes. There, Bass took over and really put some punishment on Magnum, bloodying the fan favorite in the process. But Magnum’s resiliency really showed here as he battled back with blood in his eyes before hitting his patented Belly-to-Belly Suplex for the victory!
Magnum T.A. pinned Ron Bass with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:14:45. Rating: *** 1/4
Magnum looked worse for wear but the adrenaline was pumping through his body as the fans cheered him to his feet! Magnum and Bass may have just had their last battle and by all accounts it looks like Magnum has won the war.
Ray Stevens has really helped to elevate King Tonga in recent months. Tonga has always been dangerous inside the ropes, but Stevens has kept him disciplined. Stevens may have provoked Billy Jack Haynes into defending the West Coast title against Haynes, but Haynes would be the first one to tell you that Tonga is worthy of the opportunity. It was just yesterday’s episode of Prime Time Wrestling that saw Tonga do a number on the Champion after his match against Stevens. Here tonight, Tonga was looking for gold and Haynes was looking for retribution. Tonga’s attack was slow and calculating as Stevens shouted instruction. Meanwhile, Missy Hyatt shouted encouragement for Billy Jack and rallied the fans behind him. In the end, after withstanding a barrage of martial arts strikes from Tonga, Haynes ducked a high front kick and locked in his Full Nelson. When he locked his fingers, Tonga could do nothing but submit.
Billy Jack Haynes defeated King Tonga the Full Nelson in 0:10:46. Rating: * 1/4 (Billy Jack Haynes retained the WWA West Coast Title.)
Tonga rolled out of the ring clutching his neck and into the arms of Ray Stevens who helped him to the back. Missy Hyatt entered the ring with the West Coast title, jumping up and down with joy. She hugged Haynes as he raised the title above his head. Another impressive defense for the champion.
Before tonight, Piper and Funk had never locked horns in WWA. But they’re not strangers to one another. These two have squared off in some brutal matches in the past, before WWA’s time, and you can bet that there is still bad blood. Before this match began Terry Funk was going absolutely insane. The fans were so loud for Piper that Funk was at ringside for a good five minutes threatening to fight everyone in the front row. When Piper had seen enough he snuck up behind Funk outside of the ring, spun him around, poked him in the eye, and threw him back in the ring. Piper stayed on the offensive, mainly utilizing his fists to keep the Champion reeling. It wasn’t until Piper went for a back suplex that Funk kicked backwards hitting Piper with a low blow. Funk went to work on the challenger, effectively using his own wrist tape to choke Piper when he had the chance. He couldn’t keep Piper down, though. The more Funk beat on Piper, the more Piper fought back until he was finally on the offensive again. Piper was mounting a tremendous comeback with rights and lefts. Piper scooped Funk up for a bodyslam but as he spun the Champion around to slam him, Funk’s legs hit referee Dean Ross in the head, knocking him senseless. Piper didn’t even notice as he applied the Sleeper Hold on Funk. Funk was fading fast. His sidekick Ron Bass slid into the ring with a cowbell. Bass clocked Piper in the back with the cowbell, dropping him to his knees. Magnum TA then slid in the ring, yanked the cowbell out of Bass’s hands, and tossed Bass clear out of the ring. Piper shook off the cobwebs to see Magnum standing in the ring holding the cowbell. An enraged look came across Piper’s face as he stared at Magnum, thinking he just hit him from behind. Magnum tried to explain the situation, but Piper wasn’t hearing any of it. The two were nose-to-nose. Funk took this time to get his hands on his branding iron. He rushed up behind Piper, but Magnum shoved Piper to the side and nailed Funk in the forehead with cowbell! Referee Dean Ross, who saw Magnum hit Funk, called for the bell…
Terry Funk defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification in 0:15:25. Rating: ** (Terry Funk retained the WWA Heavyweight Title.) [Ron Bass interfered against Roddy Piper.] [Magnum T.A. interfered against Terry Funk.]
Piper had been disqualified due to Magnum hitting Funk with the cowbell. Therefore, Terry Funk is still the Champion! Piper looked out of crowd, completely irate at what went down. He watched as Dean Ross handed the WWA Championship to Terry Funk, who was finally waking up. Then he looked to Magnum TA. Magnum knew the look in Piper’s eyes meant business. Magnum threw the cowbell to the ground and put his fists up. Piper charged Magnum and tackled him to the mat! They were rolling on the mat, throwing punches at each other as a number of wrestlers emerged from the locker room area to pull them apart! There was chaos and confusion in the Memorial Sports Arena as the fans watched two of their favorites go at each other’s throats!
Card Rating: ** 1/4
January 18, 1986 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
Steel Cage Match - The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2014 15:10:24 GMT -5 by vertigo
Loved the stuff with Rogers and Stevens. It's cheap heat, but tremendous at the same time. And a feel good moment at the end with the Fantastics giving away candy for the Christmas show. Fun bit.
I think Brad Armstrong is going to be your mainstay star. He has the look, the talent, and as long as he can cut a promo, he's always going to be a hot commodity. Much more so than in real life, I think.
The Sheepherders used their experience to outsmart the Rockers. It's obvious the Rockers are going to go a long ways in this Universe, but now is the time to use them to put over some other teams.
Kind of surprised Taylor ate the loss against Eadie, but someone has to be used to build Eadie back up.
Extremely impressive win for Santana/Guerrero. Goes to show you that they are holding onto those titles for awhile. Pretty equal trade off for WWA and GCW in what their talent was able to accomplish on the other's shows. But I think WWA may have come out slightly on top in being able to cleanly defeat the Hart Foundation.
Looks like we've found a weakness in Rick Rude. Wonder how Humperdink is going to get him in line?
Garvin is going to be pissed when he wakes up. Rip Rogers is stealing the show! Love that guy.
There was never any doubt that Magnum was going over Bass, but you did a good enough job of making Bass feel like a threat. That way Magnum's win feels a little more important.
Good win for Haynes, but I am having a hard time trusting Hyatt. Don't know why.
What a crazy way to end the night! Piper and Magnum would have tore the roof off the arena. Don't know how this will all work out since both have to be massively over as faces. Can't blame Piper for being upset, but Magnum did the only thing he could. Hopefully we get another Pit with Magnum.
Hey, only forever behind on feedbacking this, so, here we go!
Classic heel stuff with the Santa bit. Not a legendary match by any means, but a good way to kick off a Christmas show.
I really like the build for Brad Armstrong. It's a good use of Bob Armstrong to help build up his son. Eventually Brad will have to break out on his own, but for now, the rub he is getting is nice. I also don't think Gary Hart is done with them though.
Good showcase for the Rockers, but it's not their time yet. I'm happy to see the Sheepherders getting a good serious run before they inevitably become the freakin' Bushwhackers.
Eadie is really positioning himself well to be a star. I hate to say it because Demolition is awesome, but I can theoretically see the team never forming. I hope they do, but Eadie has been awesome.
Hart Foundation, you guys are in a lot of trouble when you get back to GCW!
Rude may have lost, but it's not his fault. It's the fault of the women in the audience! Those bitches!
I love Chris Adams. What a delightfully old school heelish display. Plus any time Garvin loses, I become a happy boy.
Not surprised to see Magnum finish off Ron Bass. Now it's a matter of, does Magnum now move on to be the next official challenger of Terry Funk?
Not a bad showing for Tonga, but he's still just too new to win some gold. However, you continue to make Haynes interesting, which is a testament to you.
Awesome main event. This was a good example of how to make a screwjob clusterfuck ending actually help move stories along. Funk keeps the title, and we have ourselves a huge blood feud brewing between Piper and Magnum. Their matches should be brutal, and someone (probably Magnum) emerges to be Funk's next challenger. Meanwhile, who does Funk defend against now?
December 27, 1985 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped December 10, 1985 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone welcomes the viewing audience to another exciting hour of Prime Time Wrestling. He runs down this evening’s card headlined by Hector Guerrero locking horns with “The Ax” Bill Eadie. Schiavone then introduces a clip from last weekend’s show in L.A. of the brawl between Magnum T.A. and Roddy Piper. We then head to the ring for our first match.
Magnum T.A. pinned Rick Gantner with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:02:07. Rating: * 1/2
After the match, Ken Resnick joined Magnum at ringside for an interview. Resnick mentioned rumors of Magnum getting a WWA Championship match against Terry Funk at the Cow Palace on January 18th. The fans in the studio roared when Magnum confirmed those rumors saying he had signed the contract earlier today. Resnick then asks Magnum about the situation with Roddy Piper. Magnum urged Piper to watch the footage from L.A. to see that he did him a favor. But since he realizes the outcome wasn't exactly what Piper wanted, he promised Piper that after he beats Terry Funk on the 18th, Piper will get the first shot at the WWA Title.
Following a commercial break, Tony Schiavone welcomed “Gentleman” Chris Adams to the booth to discuss his recent victory over Ron Garvin. Adams said he told everyone he was the superior wrestler and he proved it. Schiavone pointed out that in a match where strikes were barred, Adams used the Superkick behind the referee’s back to get… Adams cut him off and said we’ve all wasted enough time talking about Ron Garvin.
Adams pulled a business card from his jacket. He told Shiavone it was a membership to the most exclusive club in all of wrestling, The Gentlemen’s Club. He then went on to introduce the first two card-carrying members of the Gentlemen’s Club… “Playboy” Buddy Rose and “The Hustler” Rip Rogers! They both came out flashing their membership cards, strutting, and just being outright crude towards the studio audience. “The Playboy” boasted about access to the all the finest nightclubs across the country while “The Hustler” talked about all the beautiful women that want a piece of The Gentlemen’s Club. The three of them continued bragging as they stepped into the ring for a six-man tag team match.
The Gentlemen’s Club (Chris Adams, Rip Rogers, and Buddy Rose) defeated Alvin Cazaes, Chico Cabello, and Tim Shepard when Adams pinned Shepard with the Superkick in 0:05:03. Rating: 1/4*
During the match, Schiavone announced that next week we would see The Playboy and The Hustler step in the ring with the Midnight Rockers. As for the match, The Gentleman’s Club showboated most of the time before Adams finished the match with his Superkick.
A promo music video is played highlighting the WWA Tag Team Champions, Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero, and their spectacular run thus far.
Rick Rude pinned S.D. Jones with the Rude Awakening in 0:05:39. Rating: **1/4
Rude’s manager, Sir Oliver Humperdink joined Shiavone at the booth to commentate the match. He put over his guys, Rude and Bill Eadie, and reminded the viewing audience that they had their eyes on the Tag Team Champions. Just as Humperdink began talking about how Eadie would destroy Hector Guerrero later tonight, Rude lost the advantage in his match. S.D. Jones was mounting a great comeback ending it with a fantastic sunset flip! Humperdink hit ringside just in time to get the referee’s attention. Jones released the pin attempt to have a few words with Humperdink which gave Rude the opening he needed to hit the Rude Awakening. A close call for Rude and Humperdink let him know he was not pleased as they walked back through the curtain.
Roddy Piper pinned Perry Jackson after a bulldog in 0:02:10. Rating: 1/4*
Piper didn’t bother to wait for the opening bell as he charged Jackson right away. Piper wasn’t going to be bothered with applying wrestling holds. He just laid in strikes repeatedly. Jackson was defenseless all the way to the end when Piper laid him out with a bulldog for the win.
Ken Resnick met with Piper at ringside asking him to comment on what took place in L.A. Piper paced back and forth before telling Resnick he’s got a lot of comments to make about what happened. So much so that there wasn’t enough time allotted this week for him to really speak his mind. He said next week on Prime Time Wrestling he’ll comment on Piper’s Pit. And he’s sending out invitations to Terry Funk and Magnum T.A. to join him in the Pit!
Bill Eadie and Hector Guerrero battled to a draw in 0:10:00. Rating: * 3/4
Our television main event was quite the battle between Eadie and Guerrero! Guerrero has been such a successful tag team wrestler but in singles matches like this he reminds us that he can hold his own one-on-one. Eadie was petulant as ever as he got under the crowd’s skin right away. In the end, as time was winding down, Humperdink jumped on the ring apron just as he did earlier in the night. However, this time he paid for it as Guerrero met him with a dropkick sending the manager to the studio floor. Eadie tried to capitalize on the distraction but Hector was quick to react as he ducked a haymaker from Eadie sending him to the floor with a dropkick as well! The time limit expired but the jaw-jacking resumed. Rick Rude then came out and he and Eadie jumped in the ring ready to do some double-teaming. Unfortunately for them, Tito Santana was in the building and he rushed to the ring to even the odds. Humperdink backed his men off while the Tag Team Champions encouraged them to stay in the ring and fight. Instead, Humperdink took Ken Resnick’s house mic and called the Tag Team Champs… chumps! He went on to say The House of Humperdink were wasting their time fighting with Santana & Guerrero if the gold wasn’t on the line. Resnick then handed the microphone to the Champions. Santana said he and Hector never back down from a challenge and if it’s a shot at the titles they want, they’ll get it at the Cow Palace!
Wow! Join us next week as the Midnight Rockers will take on the The Playboy and The Hustler of the Gentlemen’s Club! And don’t forget the Piper has extended an invitation to Magnum T.A. and WWA Champion Terry Funk to appear on Piper’s Pit! We’ll see ya next week!
January 18, 1986 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
WWA Championship Match - Terry Funk (c) vs. Magnum T.A. WWA Tag Team Championship Match - Terry Funk & Hector Guerrero (c) vs. The House of Humperdink Steel Cage Match - The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics
Magnum T.A. gets the next title shot. It's deserved, but I don't think it sits well with Piper. Even if Magnum was in the right, I don't see Piper letting this go. Logic isn't exactly Piper's strong suit.
I like the Gentleman's Club a lot. Not huge on Rose and Rogers, but right now, Chris Adams is sheer money.
Rude and Eadie I think have a really good shot at unseating Guerrero and Santana. Not positive they'll do it, but they have as good a shot as anybody. Rude may have had a close call tonight, but a win is a win.
Oh man. That Piper's Pit sounds like it will be volatile. It's unfortunate there are no triple threat matches in 1985, as this would be a awesome one.
Nice, standard way to set up the tag match. Now let's see if the House of Humperdink can get those titles away.
January 3, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped December 31, 1985 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
It’s time for another tremendous hour of Prime Time Wrestling! Tony Schiavone welcomes us from the booth before kicking it over to ring announcer Ken Resnick for the opening match.
One Man Gang (w/Gary Hart) defeated Terry Taylor via pinfall in 0:07:34. Rating: * 1/4
Taylor was at a serious size disadvantage but his savvy and technique kept him in the match. One Man Gang was getting winded and staggered by Taylor’s offense, but Gary Hart hopped onto the ring apron to slow the momentum. Taylor turned his attention to Hart, giving Gang the seconds he needed to squash Taylor in the corner with an avalanche and pick up the win.
Tony Shiavone talked about the Von Erich family, mentioning how successful Fritz and his sons have been, before taking us to a music video highlighting KEVIN VON ERICH. The youngster makes his debut right here on Prime Time Wrestling next week! RAY STEVENS had heard and seen enough of Von Erich already, though. He interrupted Tony to boast about next week, the “punk kid’s” debut would be a losing effort because he was stepping in the ring with KING TONGA!
The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeated Billy Anderson and Rick Renslow when T. Rogers pinned Renslow with the Rocket Launcher in 0:05:37. Rating: * 3/4
After handily dismantling their opponents, The Fantastics were joined by Ken Resnick at ringside for an interview. They talked about the upcoming Cage Match against The Sheepherders in the Cow Palace on January 18th. They said The Sheepherders are tough and unpredictable but they're ready for anything!
The House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude w/Sir Oliver Humpderdink) defeated Jose Luis Rivera and Pete Sanchez when Eadie made Sanchez submit to the Cobra Clutch in 0:05:29. Rating: * 3/4
Oliver Humperdink joined Tony Schiavone in the booth for commentary during this match. He advised the current Tag Team Champions, Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero, to pack their bags because after January 18th; after Eadie & Rude lay the beating of a lifetime on them and take their Championship belts; they’ll never want to show their faces around here again.
The set was lit up in the back of the studio and Roddy Piper took the stage. He was greeted with a mixed reaction before introducing Magnum T.A., who received a chorus of cheers. There was tension in the air from the get-go. Piper was still hot about Magnum getting involved in his Championship Match, meanwhile Magnum was defending his actions saying Piper wouldn’t even be standing here if he wasn’t looking out for him. Tempers were beginning to boil over when WWA Champion TERRY FUNK entered the Pit. Funk asked Piper about his invitation to “your little pit party” before spitting a wad of tobacco juice on Piper’s boot. Piper looked down at his boot, then back up with a smile on his face before charging at Funk, knocking Funk and the back wall of Piper’s Pit to the ground. Magnum TA intervened only to get blindsided by “OUTLAW” RON BASS! It wasn’t long before Funk & Bass were in control, throwing props and chairs onto the fallen Magnum & Piper. The cowboys left, proud of what they had done; Funk screaming into the camera about “NO ONE WILL NEVER EVER TAKE THIS BELT FROM ME!”
The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Gentlemen’s Club (The Playboy and The Hustler) when Michaels pinned Hustler after The Rocker-plex in 0:09:41. Rating: ** 1/2
Both teams looked great in the ring, but the fans are disgusted by the arrogance and creepiness of The Playboy & The Hustler. Throughout the match they would make crude gestures towards the females in the crowd. This made everyone in the building queasy. The Rockers were able to pick up the win but their post match celebration didn’t last long. The Playboy grabbed Michaels immediately following the 3-count and launched him shoulder-first through the turnbuckles and into the ring post! Jannetty landed a couple of shots before The Playboy ducked out of the ring. He and The Hustler hightailed it to the back as Jannetty and the referee checked on Michael’s well-being.
Join us next week as Kevin Von Erich makes his WWA debut against King Tonga; the West Coast Champion Billy Jack Haynes wil be in action with the lovely Missy Hyatt by his side; The Sheepherders will also be in action; and in the main event, Brad and Bob Armstrong will battle their arch rivals, The Ninja Express! See ya next week!
January 18, 1986 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
WWA Championship Match - Terry Funk (c) vs. Magnum T.A. WWA Tag Team Championship Match - Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero vs. Bill Eadie & Rick Rude Steel Cage Match - The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics
Post by snabbit888 on May 23, 2015 23:11:56 GMT -5
In matches like that, someone like Terry Taylor can still look in a losing effort. When your opponent is literally half your size, there's no shame in losing.
Pretty standard 80s style debut forthcoming for Kevin Von Erich. Tonga's young enough to lose the feud without it being that big of a deal, and Stevens is at the point where he should be doing nothing but putting guys over.
Cage matches are almost always awesome. This should be no different.
Tito and Hector have been tag champs for awhile. I'm starting to sense a loss could be on the horizon. Eadie and Rude could use the titles, truthfully. I'm calling title change.
Great Pit segment. It's a shame there are no triple threat matches yet, because this feud is set up for one perfectly.
I am stealing the Rockers within the next couple of years. Know this. Accept this.
Post by snabbit888 on May 25, 2015 19:33:53 GMT -5
I haven't ever been able to find specifically what the first one was, but SMW supposedly was running triangle and four corners matches as early as 1993. ECW was for sure doing a version of them by 1994.
Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm not terribly familiar with Lady Blossom but in this Universe she's likely to stay in World Class, if she's even actually debuted by 1986. I've been cherry picking from World Class and I don't plan to use her.
The first Triple Threat I know of was Sabu vs. Douglas vs. Funk in ECW in 1994, but a quick Google search favors a Smoky Mountain 3-way tag in March of '93.
Post by hammerfist on May 26, 2015 14:19:41 GMT -5
Here's the earliest four-way I could find. It's from Mid-South:
Four Way Tag Team Elimination Match: The Rock 'n' Roll Express vs. The Road Warriors vs. The Dirty White Boys (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts) - 1985-03-30, New Orleans, LO
As for Lady Blossom, I think she did not get involved in wrestling until about 88-89. Chris Adams' wife at the time, Toni Adams, did act as his valet from 85 onwards though.
I love the Gentleman's Club. Rip Rogers is one of my favorites, I had so much fun booking him in UWC (darn you computer failure!).
One Man Gang going over Terry Taylor is a pretty big win. I'm a sucker for the big guys so love that he continues his push.
Kevin Von Erich, a NWF alumni, will surely do the Von Erich name proud. Surprised he's immediately put into a match with King Tonga instead of getting a jobber in his first match.
That Fantastics/Sheep Herders match is going to be a blood bath.
Not many people will say this, but I've always liked Ron Bass. Such a traditional cowboy heel. Plus he's the weak link in this foursome so it'll be easy enough for him to take the pinfall in the eventual tag team match.
No one better to take a beating than Shawn Michaels. I bet the girls in the crowd were going crazy.
Good stuff. Looks like you got the smaller show down pat. Hope I can follow suit.
I like Kevin because he's such a blank canvas outside of World Class. His gimmick is just... he's a Von Erich, which wouldn't hold much weight in 1986 San Francisco so the possibilities are limitless with him.
And I've always liked Bass, too. He's been quite the hand since I signed him and he's easy to write for.
I hope you guys have the success with simplifying your TVs that I did. I didn't get burned out halfway through and I was also excited to move on to the next taping, rather than just feeling relieved when I was done. I'm also switching my model up slightly to feature more name guys wrestling each other.
I have no intentions of running a triangle match in 80's.
January 10, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped December 31, 1985 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
WWA is back with another Friday night of pro wrestling action! Tony Shiavone runs down the evening’s card before kicking it over to ring announcer Ken Resnick for our opening contest.
Kevin Von Erich pinned King Tonga (w/Ray Stevens) after a schoolboy cradle in 0:08:48. Rating: * 1/4
This was Kevin Von Erich’s highly anticipated debut in WWA and he looked great! He dazzled the fans with his agility and showed he could take a fair share of punishment from Tonga and keep fighting. In the end, Tonga went for a high angle belly-to-back suplex but Kevin backflipped out of it and caught Tonga with a schoolboy for the win!
A lived Ray Stevens pulled Ken Resnick aside after the match claiming Kevin Von Erich did everything from hair pulling and eye gouging, to holding the tights and having his feet on the ropes to beat Tonga! He went on to demand a rematch for the Cow Palace where he said Tonga will make Kevin wish he was back in Texas!
The Sheepherders join Shiavone at the booth before their match. They’re flanked by a man waving the New Zealand flag. The Sheepherders verbally run down the Fantastics, saying on January 18th, those “yankees” will be left in a pool of their own blood after the Cage Match at the Cow Palace.
The Sheepherders (Sheepherder Butch and Sheepherder Luke) defeated Rick Gantner and Chico Cabello when Luke pinned Gantner with the Double Gutbuster in 0:07:32. Rating: * 1/4
As expected, the Sheepherders mercillessly laid a beating on their opponents. After putting Gantner away with their patented Double Gutbuster, the flag bearer entered the ring waving the New Zealand flag. The fans showered them with boos.
Following a brief commercial break, Tony Shiavone made a huge announcement. Next week right here on Prime Time Wrestling we would see WWA Champion Terry Funk team up with Ron Bass to take on the team of… Roddy Piper! .. AND Magnum TA!
Billy Jack Haynes made Tim Shepard submit to the Full Nelson in 0:03:10. Rating: 1/2*
Billy Jack Haynes, looking to be in the best shape we’ve ever seen him, showed us why he’s the West Coast Champion with a dominant performance here. However, near the end of the match, The Gentlemen’s Club trio of The Playboy, The Hustler, and Chris Adams came to ringside. It only appeared they were there to tease and taunt Missy Hyatt. Billy Jack didn’t notice until after the match but he immediately slid out of the ring to protect her. The Gentlemen’s Club kept on their shenanigans until The Midnight Rockers showed up! The situation looked like it would escalate to an all out brawl before The Gentlemne’s Club thought better of it and walked away.
Bob Armstrong and Brad Armstrong defeated The Ninja Express (Kendo Nagasaki and Mr. Pogo w/Gary Hart) when Bob Armstrong pinned Mr. Pogo after a back fist in 0:09:21. Rating: *** 1/4
Our main event saw long time rivals face off in a hard-hitting, exciting match. The father-son duo of The Armstrongs are known for their resiliency and kept on fighting despite all of the questionable tactics and martial arts strikes from the Ninjas. Gary Hart was getting concerned as his men failed numerous times to put the Armstrongs away. He jumped onto the ring apron, looking to interfere in some way, but was pulled down by TERRY TAYLOR! Hart begged off while Taylor threatened to do more if Hart tried it again. The Ninjas gameplan was completely thrown off and The Armstrongs were able to take advantage and get the big win!
Don’t miss another night of action next week as WWA Tag Team Champions Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero will compete; as well as “The Gentlemen” Chris Adams, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, and don’t forget the HUGE tag team main event when Roddy Piper and Magnum TA take on Ron Bass and WWA Champion Terry Funk!
January 18, 1986 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
WWA Championship Match - Terry Funk (c) vs. Magnum T.A. WWA Tag Team Championship Match - Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero vs. Bill Eadie & Rick Rude Steel Cage Match - The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics King Tonga vs. Kevin Von Erich
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2015 15:32:11 GMT -5 by vertigo
Post by snabbit888 on Sept 20, 2015 22:31:43 GMT -5
Good to be back in business. Let's see what we got.
Good debut for Kevin Von Erich. Seemed like a great way to showcase what he can do against a guy whose best days are definitely ahead of him. The rematch should be more of the same.
The Sheepherders are so bad ass during this time. The cage match should be an absolute blood bath.
That tag team main event next week is huge. I think this is when Piper and Magnum really fall apart.
Billy Jack Haynes is honestly having more success in the universe than I would have ever thought. Not only that, but you've made him interesting, so well done. The Gentlemen's Club is fun too, but Haynes isn't losing the title yet.
Decent main event between two teams I'm just honestly not huge on at this point. Brad Armstrong is going to be something special though.
January 17, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped December 31, 1985 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone is joined in the booth tonight by on-and-off again color commentator, Ray Stevens. Stevens skews from the match rundown and cuts a quick promo on Kevin Von Erich reminding him that tomorrow night in the Cow Palace King Tonga is going to beat him from pillar to post. Schiavone gets the show back on track and sets up our opening match...
Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana defeated Jerry Monte and Gerald Finley when T. Santana pinned Monte after a backbreaker in 0:04:35. Rating: *
Tag Team Champions Guerrero & Santana looked focused throughout the match on their way to victory. Ken Resnick interviewed them at ringside after the match about their title defense tomorrow night against The House of Humperdink. They put over their opponents as two of the toughest in WWA but said they’re firing on all cylinders and Eadie & Rude have no chance of taking the belts from them.
Back from break and Gary Hart has entered the booth with Schiavone and Stevens. Still upset about what went down in last week’s main event, Hart challenged The Armstrongs and Terry Taylor to face his stable in a six-man tag team match at the Cow Palace! Hart then decided he would add his two cents on play-by-play for the next match.
Steve Williams pinned Phil Hickerson with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:03:28. Rating: 1/2*
As Williams made quick work of his opponent, Hart didn’t seem to be too impressed. Schiavone was irritated with Hart’s poor critiquing of Dr. Death but Stevens seemed to enjoy it. When the match was over, “Bullet” Bob entered the studio with a microphone to accept Hart’s challenge!
Chris Adams pinned S.D. Jones with the Superkick in 0:06:43. Rating: *
During the match Schiavone made the announcement that Billy Jack Haynes would defend the West Coast Championship against Chris Adams tomorrow night. After the match, Adams cut a promo on Haynes. He said not only would Haynes lose the West Coast Championship, but Haynes would probably also lose Missy Hyatt because she’ll be so impressed with “The Gentleman”.
[Main Event] “The Outlaw” Ron Bass & WWA Champion Terry Funk vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Magnum TA
The tension and electricity for this match was so thick in the studio that you could cut it with a knife. Piper and Magnum don’t like one another but they’ve put their differences aside to take care of mutual foes in that of Terry Funk and Ron Bass. Magnum is challenging Funk for the WWA Championship tomorrow night and was looking to get some momentum going in. As the match was winding down, Magnum was mounting a comeback before being blindsided by an illegal knee to the back from Bass as he was hitting the ropes. Magnum staggered into a piledriver from Funk. Funk covered, but Piper made the save! Magnum and Funk then crawled to their respective corners. Magnum made the hot tag to Piper before Funk could get to Bass. Piper knocked Bass off the ring apron before focusing his attack on Funk. As he bounced Funk around, Bass entered the ring with Funk’s branding iron. Piper ducked a shot from Bass and knocked him back out of the ring. Funk then snuck up behind Piper, caught him in a backslide, and picked up the win!!!!
Ron Bass and Terry Funk defeated Roddy Piper and Magnum T.A. when T. Funk pinned Piper after a backslide in 0:14:05. Rating: **
Funk slid out of the ring quickly, grabbed his belt, and he and Bass left the studio celebrating their victory. Meanwhile, Piper was HOT! He immediately put the blame on Magnum. Piper was shouting that he saved Magnum from losing the match but when Piper was in trouble Magnum was no where to be found! Magnum defended himself but when Piper shoved him his blood started boiling! The two were in a full on shouting and shoving match now! Officials and some wrestlers hit the ring to keep them separated.
Tony Schiavone wondered where Magnum’s head would be at tomorrow night as he challenged for the WWA Championship. That match, plus The Fantastics and The Sheepherders in a STEEL CAGE, the Tag Team Titles and the West Coast title will be on the line, and more LIVE from the Cow Palace!
January 18, 1986 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
WWA Championship Match - Terry Funk (c) vs. Magnum T.A. WWA Tag Team Championship Match - Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero vs. Bill Eadie & Rick Rude WWA West Coast Championship Match - Billy Jack Haynes (c) vs. Chris Adams Steel Cage Match - The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics King Tonga vs. Kevin Von Erich Gary Hart International vs. The Armstrongs & Terry Taylor
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2015 17:52:57 GMT -5 by vertigo
Post by snabbit888 on Sept 23, 2015 17:38:44 GMT -5
I picture Stevens, who is a fantastic legend, just sounding like a rambling old crazy person on this show. And I love every second of it.
Eadie & Rude rule, but they don't seem like long-term enough team to be the ones that dethrone the champs.
I know it was just an oversight that it didn't get changed, but I love the idea of there being a wrestler named "Jobber 1."
I am a huge fan of what you've done with Chris Adams so far. I can see him being West Coast champ... just not yet.
You've done a great job of building the tension between Magnum and Piper. Kept them both faces, but very believable in their dislike of one another. I think they need to settle their differences first before either is dethroning Terry Funk.
January 18, 1986 - WWA Live Pro Wrestling From the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA
The first thing the fans saw as they piled into the Cow Palace was the Steel Cage surrounding the ring. The anticipation was at a fever pitch as the bell rang to start the opening grudge match!
1. [Steel Cage Match] The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics
The Sheepherders came into the WWA in July and on their very first night they made bitter rivals out of The Fantastics. They’ve been outright disrespectful and even put Bobby Fulton on the shelf for a couple of months with a rib injury. This, in turn, brought out a mean streak in The Fantastics that we haven’t seen before. The only way to settle this feud was to lock all four men inside of a Steel Cage and let them go to war! We weren’t long into the match before both Sheepherders were lacerated. The Fantastics seemed to be enjoying themselves as they dished out the punishment. They were set on doing significant damage before escaping the cage and winning. Sheepherder Luke was able to tilt the advantage back into his favor when he removed his belt, complete with oversized belt buckle, and rocked Tommy Rogers over the head with it. The Sheepherders liberally used their belts from that point on to choke and whip The Fantastics. The Fantastics fought back, though, and eventually had The Sheepherders looking to escape the cage as soon as possible. Luke and Fulton brawled up and over the cage and continued to fight on the floor leaving Butch and Rogers in the ring. Butch was in the dire straights when the flag bearer entered the cage swinging the flag pole wildly. Rogers was able to dodge the attack, snatch the flag away, and break the pole over his knee to a huge pop from the crowd! He followed that up with a dropkick to the flag bearer. Unfortunately for Rogers, the dropkick was so forceful it knocked the flag bearer into Butch who stumbled through the ropes, through the doorway which had been left open by the flag bearer, and to the floor giving The Sheepherders the win!
The Sheepherders (Sheepherder Butch and Sheepherder Luke) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) by escaping the cage in 0:22:03. Rating: * 3/4
Fulton entered the cage with Rogers who was infuriated with what went down. All they could do was take out their frustrations on the flag bearer. The crowd roared as they bounced the poor guy off of every cage wall before The Sheepherders were able to pull him to safety.
After a brief intermission to take down the cage we were ready for our next match; a big six man tag. After everyone had made their way to the ring, “Bullet” Bob grabbed the house microphone and said there has been a change. He said with Gary Hart managing at ringside this was essentially a 3-on-4 match. So, to keep things fair, he’s decided to manage his team and his replacement would be… “Dr. Death!"
2. Gary Hart International (w/Gary Hart) vs. Brad Armstrong, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, and “Terrific” Terry Taylor
It’s safe to say that Gary Hart was none too happy about the change, nor was he prepared for it. The good guys worked well together, outwrestling and outwitting their opponents in the opening minutes. One Man Gang was a problem, though. His size was too much in the beginning of the match and he took charge, focusing most of his offense on Terry Taylor. Referee Bill Alfonso had his hands full trying to keep GHI from double and triple teaming while trying to keep Brad and Williams from jumping into the ring without a tag. Finally, after a miscue between the Ninja Express, Taylor made the hot tag to Williams. Williams bumped the Ninjas around until One Man Gang blindsided him, forcing Brad to come in the ring. All hell had broken loose and Alfonso had totally lost control. In the melee, Pogo went to throw powder in Williams’ face but inadvertently blinded One Man Gang. Williams then hit the Oklahoma Stampede on Pogo to get the victory!
Brad Armstrong, Steve Williams and Terry Taylor defeated Gary Hart International (Kendo Nagasaki, Mr. Pogo and One Man Gang) when S. Williams defeated Mr. Pogo with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:13:57. Rating: * 3/4
Gary Hart is going to have his hands full after this debacle. It’s clear that he’s lost his feud against The Armstrongs, but he’s also realizing that his stable isn’t working with the current lineup. Gary Hart might also want to think about sending The Ninja Express back to Japan before One Man Gang kills them when he can see again.
3. “Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
For as much as these two dislike one another, you may not have realized that they’ve never actually squared off one-on-one. Their heat stems from Bass’s association with Funk and the fact that he had a hand in last month’s house show main event where Piper failed to take the WWA Heavyweight Championship from Funk. Piper has been irate ever since that loss. And after last night’s loss on television when Funk pinned him, Piper was coming into this match red hot! This match was a slugfest, pure and simple. Both guys had a respectable showing but it was Piper pulling out a piledriver to secure a win.
Roddy Piper pinned Ron Bass after a piledriver in 0:08:13. Rating: ** 1/4
Piper was satisfied with the win but he is still focused on the WWA Heavyweight Championship. He will most definitely be watching tonight’s main event closely.
4. The Gentlemen’s Club vs. The Midnight Rockers
The Playboy and The Hustler have been an absolute menace of a team since coming into WWA. They’re even worse now that they’ve joined forces with Chris Adams. Their arrogance and narcissism makes the fans sick. It also doesn’t sit too well with The Midnight Rockers. This was an exciting match that had a little bit of everything; technical mat work, brawling, and high flying. The Rockers abilities are uncanny and they’re poised to break out in the future. Meanwhile, as good The Playboy and The Hustler actually are between the ropes, their constant strutting and posing gets them into a lot of trouble. Tonight they got out of trouble when The Playboy used a foreign object he pulled from his tights to knock Jannetty’s block off while The Hustler distracted the official.
The Gentlemen’s Club (The Playboy and The Hustler) defeated The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) when The Playboy pinned Jannetty after using a foreign object in 0:12:19. Rating: ****
This was not the outcome The Midnight Rockers or the fans had expected. Rest assured that Jannetty and Michaels won’t take a loss like this without looking for some revenge. We expect them to demand a rematch in the near future.
5. WWA Tag Team Championship Match The House of Humperdink (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero (c)
Santana & Guerrero take pride in what they’ve accomplished as a tag team, and they very well should. A lot of eyes have been on the WWA because of them. The hispanic demographic, which is so prominent in this area, are proud of them and they’ve made a great showing for themselves on a national level in the Grand 16 Tournament. But Oliver Humperdink doesn’t believe the hype. All he believe is that he has two guys who can take the WWA Tag titles from Santana & Guerrero. And he may be right, but not tonight. Eadie and Rude are very impressive on their own but they’ve still got some kinks to iron out as team. Their teamwork just wasn’t up to the level of the Champions and that was really the deciding factor in this one. After a very good back and forth match, Santana landed his patented Flying Forearm out of nowhere to get the win for his team!
Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero defeated The House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude) when T. Santana pinned Rude with the Flying Forearm in 0:15:35. Rating: *** 3/4 (Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero retained the WWA Tag Team Titles.)
Eadie heard the bell ring and knew the match was over but that didn’t stop him from attacking. He leveled Santana with a brutal stomp to the back of the head before Santana could get to his feet. Hector was cut off as he stepped through the ropes and Eadie promptly slapped on his Cobra Clutch until Hector was unconscious. Santana & Guerrero have retained their Championship but their wouldn’t be a celebration tonight. It doesn’t feel like we’ve seen the last between these two teams.
6. WWA West Coast Championship Match “Gentleman” Chris Adams vs. Billy Jack Haynes (c) (w/Missy Hyatt)
Chris Adams hasn’t been around for too long but his success can’t be denied. On top of that, he’s found allies in The Playboy and The Hustler and in this age of pro wrestling, generally speaking, strength is in numbers. Even Billy Jack Haynes attributes some of his success to having Missy Hyatt with him in and out of the ring. Adams is a damn good wrestler and he knows it. That’s probably what makes him so unlikeable. Anyone watching this match would agree that Adams had a very good chance at taking the title off of Haynes. However, he insisted on impressing Missy Hyatt. After every move, he’d look over and wink at Missy. Once he even blew her a kiss. Hyatt was non entertained to say the least and this annoyed Adams. After verbally confronting Missy, telling her he KNOWS she’s impressed, Billy Jack rallied with a number of clotheslines and throws. He had finally locked in the Full Nelson with The Hustler and The Playboy slid into the ring to break it up!
Billy Jack Haynes defeated Chris Adams by disqualification in 0:14:19. Rating: ** 1/4 (Billy Jack Haynes retained the WWA West Coast Title.) [The Hustler interfered against Billy Jack Haynes.]
Almost as quickly as The Gentlemen's Club hit the ring, the Midnight Rockers hopped in and cleared house. The Gentlemen’s Club retreated vowing revenge. Adams blew one more kiss towards Missy before leaving.
7. King Tonga (w/Ray Stevens) vs. Kevin Von Erich
This was a rematch from last night, requested by Ray Stevens. He didn’t like what he saw when Kevin pinned Tonga and claimed it was just a fluke. Tonga had a much better showing tonight but KVE was on top of his game. KVE can use his speed and agility to get himself out of nearly any predicament and he did just that here, countering a lift from Tonga into a pinning combination for the 1, 2, 3.
Kevin Von Erich pinned King Tonga after a rana in 0:08:09. Rating: **
It’s back to the drawing board for Stevens and Tonga. Meanwhile, Kevin Von Erich looks to really start making an impact here in the WWA.
8. WWA Heavyweight Championship Match Terry Funk (c) vs. Magnum T.A.
Magnum TA has worked very hard to get this opportunity. He’s been labeled as a guy with a very bright future, one full of many Championship reigns. He wants nothing more than to capture the WWA Heavyweight Championship as he builds his legacy. But he’s trying to take it from Terry Funk; a champion who has found a way to keep the title despite almost always being on the verge of defeat. Chalk it up to experience or chalk it up to luck; either way Funk has been a defending champion for 10 months. Magnum gained the early advantage, winning the brawl that opened the match. Funk tried taking a powder multiple times but Magnum followed him outside the ring and continued the fight. Mid-match, Funk countered a charging Magnum in the corner with a stiff boot to the face. Funk took over from there, pummeling Magnum until blood was running from Magnum's forehead. The crowd really started rallying around Magnum at that point, generating energy for him to mount a comeback. Magnum took over again, first using his fists, then launching Funk high in the air with a big body drop. Magnum whipped Funk corner to corner in a frenzy and then scooped him for a powerslam. As he swung Funk around, Funk’s legs caught referee Eddie Gersh and knocked him out cold! As Magnum tended to Gersh, RON BASS slid into the ring and went on the attack. He pummeled the bleeding challenger until Funk got to his feet, grabbed Magnum’s arms, and ordered Bass to knock him out with the branding iron. As Bass wound up for the killshot, RODDY PIPER hit the ring, grabbed the branding iron, and flattened Bass with it. Piper then looked over to see Funk still holding up the helpless Magnum. Instead of helping Magnum, Piper just analyzed the situation. He smirked as he picked the branding iron up and pointed it at Magnum. The fans didn’t want to believe what they were seeing! Funk was shouting for Piper to hit him and Piper was pointing his finger right in Magnum’s face, telling Magnum he’s had it coming. Piper reared back and swung the branding iron but Magnum ducked and Funk took the hit! Piper was furious but when he turned back around Magnum planted him the Belly-to-Belly Suplex! Magnum covered Funk as referee Dean Ross slides in the ring to make the count. 1… 2… 3!!
Magnum T.A. pinned Terry Funk in 0:23:18. Rating: *** 3/4 (Magnum T.A. won the WWA Heavyweight Title.) [Ron Bass interfered against Magnum T.A..] [Roddy Piper interfered against Magnum T.A..] [Roddy Piper interfered against Terry Funk.]
The crowd roared as Dean Ross raised Magnum’s hand in victory! But then Piper grabbed Ross by the back his shirt and launched the poor ref through the ropes! He then cracked an unknowing Magnum in the head with the branding iron! Piper dragged Funk on top of Magnum and then pushed original referee Eddie Gersh towards them. Gersh shook off the cobwebs from the blow he took earlier and slowly counted a second pinfall!
Terry Funk pinned Magnum T.A. in 0:25:17. Rating: *** 3/4 (Terry Funk retained the WWA Heavyweight Title.) [Roddy Piper interfered against Magnum T.A..]
Gersh handed the WWA Heavyweight title belt to Terry Funk who had no idea what was going on! Piper left the ring in a hurry as fans pelted him with trash. The official announcement was that Terry Funk has retained his WWA Heavyweight Championship but this has got to be the most controversial finish to a match ever! Even Eddie Gersh and Dean Ross were confusing each other as they tried to inform one another about what happened. Tune in to Prime Time Wrestling this Friday for the fallout of this exciting event!