March 21, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped March 4, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone and Ray Stevens kick off the show from the booth. They run down the scheduled program before Shiavone points out that Stevens is wearing his wrestling gear. Stevens applauds Schiavone’s obvious observation before telling him he is wrestling tonight. Consider it a “warm up” for his match against One Man Gang coming up in Fresno. And with that Ray Stevens leaves the booth and heads to the ring.
Ray Stevens pinned Pete Sanchez after an atomic drop in 0:05:07. Rating: **
The crowd is really getting behind Stevens in his quest to stop Gary Hart & One Man Gang but everyone knows this could be the biggest challenge he’s ever faced. Stevens threw his shirt back on and joined Schiavone back in the booth to finish the show.
Ken Resnick interviews Hector Guerrero backstage. Hector talks about the upcoming Tag Team Championship defense in Fresno against The House of Humperdink. He puts them over for climbing back up the ladder and earning their spot but says just like last time it will be him & Tito Santana as the victors. Resnick notices Tito isn’t around and asks. Guerrero says Tito’s back has been giving him problems for a couple of weeks and was advised to take time off until the Championship match. But for tonight’s match he’s found a suitable replacement.
Hector Guerrero and Marty Jannetty defeated Chico Cabello and Jose Luis Rivera when H. Guerrero pinned Rivera with the Butterfly Suplex in 0:07:09. Rating: 3/4* (Tito Santana no-showed.)
Hector & Jannetty have never teamed up before but they sure did excite the live audience as a team tonight. It’s unfortunate that Tito couldn’t be here and hopefully he’ll be back to 100% before next weekend’s big title defense.
Paul Orndorff pinned Rick Gantner with the Piledriver in 0:05:08. Rating: * 1/2
This was the in-ring debut of “Mr. Wonderful” and an impressive debut it was. Schiavone and Stevens both admired the career Orndorff has had up to this point but they questioned his choice in friends, namely Roddy Piper. When it was over, Orndorff posed into the camera and reiterated his challenge to Magnum TA.
A video package runs of Jake Roberts giving Steve Williams the DDT on the floor back on February 15. After the clip Schiavone welcomes Williams to the booth for a prematch interview. Williams apologized for not appearing at The Cow Palace but says his match with Jake Roberts will happen in 2 weeks at the Selland Arena. When asked about his condition since being DDT’d on concrete, Williams tells Schiavone not to worry and that his head is exactly where it needs to be.
Sheepherder Luke defeated Steve Williams by countout in 0:09:01. Rating: ** 1/2 (Jack Victory and The Libyan interfered against Steve Williams.)
Sheepherder Luke is a bit in limbo right now but word on the street is that he’s looking for a new tag team partner. During the match Williams was tossed to the floor for Victory to do some damage. However The Libyan rushed to ringside, shoved Victory aside, and put the boots to Williams. This led to an argument between the two before Williams put an end to it by slamming The Libyan on the floor. Victory took the opportunity forearm Williams in the back of the head, crumbling him. It didn't look like a devastating shot by any means but Williams was unable to get back in the ring before the 10-count. Williams couldn't roll back in the ring until Luke & Victory had already left ringside. He grabbed the referee by the shirt collar, looking angry and confused. That’s when Jake Roberts hit the ring, spun Williams around, and short arm clotheslined him. Roberts then grabbed a microphone and cut a promo over Williams advising him that he shouldn’t show up in Fresno either if he knows what’s good for him. He goes on to question if Williams has recovered from the DDT or if maybe he’s just afraid of snakes. He goes to DDT Williams but a handful of babyfaces rush the ring forcing Roberts to retreat.
[Main Event] Magnum T.A. pinned Frankie DeFalco with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:06:49. Rating: ** 1/2
Following a dominant victory for Magnum, Ken Resnick joins him in the ring for a post match interview. Magnum first addresses Orndorff’s challenge saying he doesn’t back down from anyone and it’s going to be a long night in Fresno for “Mr. Wonderful”. Magnum then talks about defending the WWA Heavyweight Championship against Roddy Piper at the Cow Palace on April 19. Finally he comments on Mr. T, saying Piper and Orndorff tried to bully Mr. T but they haven’t seen the last of him. Terry Funk then interrupted the promo, shouting as loud as he could about getting his hands on Dusty Rhodes! Funk staggered into the ring, ripped the mic from Resnick’s hand and shouted for Magnum to get him Dusty. Magnum warns Funk to be careful what he wishes for and turns to leave the ring. Funk tells Magnum to look at him when he's talking and spins Magnum around. But Magnum was having none of it and landed a couple of punches before clotheslining Funk out of the ring! Funk angrily throws chairs into the ring shouting for Dusty! Magnum then gets back on the microphone and says Dusty Rhodes can speak for himself and he'll do just that next week right here on Prime Time Wrestling!
Next week is going to be huge! Dusty Rhodes will be in the studio! The House of Humperdink and more will be in action. Do not miss it!
3/29/86 - THE SELLAND ARENA - Fresno, CA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero (c) vs. The House of Humperdink NON-TITLE MATCH - “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Magnum TA One Man Gang vs. “Crippler” Ray Stevens Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum TA (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Post by kingofoldschool on Jan 22, 2016 14:48:31 GMT -5
I have just started reading this circuit in more detail and it is amazing stuff! Only today realised that you have a stable called the Gentlemen's Club as well, so apologies if you thought I had stolen this off you (I actually took it from CHIKARA). Hopefully mine will turn out as great as your group!
March 28, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped March 25, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone and Ray Stevens kick things off from the booth, hyping tonight’s show with emphasis on the fact that “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes is in the studio! We’ll have words from him later on the program but for now let’s get to the ring!
The Playboy pinned Guy Lambert after a second rope elbowdrop in 0:04:31. Rating: *
The Playboy was accompanied by The Hustler as usual. Before the match they made their rounds, tempting females with one-dollar bills. After finding no one worth giving the singles to they eventually stuffed each others tights with the bills. It was mentioned after the match that we likely haven’t seen the last of them tonight as The Gentlemen’s Club stablemate Chris Adams would be in action later.
Ray Stevens talked briefly about his match tomorrow night against One Man Gang before sending it to a training montage. In the video we see Stevens preparing with weights, doing cardio while smoking a cigar, and some in-ring work. Notable cameos by King Tonga and Pepper Gomez who are helping him prepare.
The House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude) defeated Alvin Cazaes and Tommy Montana when Rude pinned Cazaes after a Hotshot in 0:05:17. Rating: * 1/4
Sir Oliver Humperdink certainly seems to have his men prepared for their Tag Team Championship Match tomorrow. Eadie & Rude demolished their opponents tonight, sending a message to Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero. After the match Humperdink cut a promo in the ring saying that Fresno will be last stop for Santana & Guerrero.
Steve Williams made Ken Massey submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:05:57. Rating: * 1/2
It’s no secret that Williams has had a rough start to 1986, all due to Jake Roberts and his vicious DDT. “Dr. Death” hasn't looked much like himself lately but tonight he showed he’s still the same rough and tough powerhouse we’ve always known. His rematch tomorrow with Roberts is very personal and who knows which Steve Williams will show up, if one shows up at all?
Schiavone and Stevens shed some light on the feud between Magnum T.A. and Roddy Piper, mentioning the upcoming title match on April 19th at the Cow Palace. But first Magnum is going to climb in the ring with Piper’s ally, Paul Orndorff, in Fresno. Schiavone presents a clip sent in by Mr. T from the set of the A-Team. He sends encouragement to Magnum T.A. and says “I pity those fools” who step in the ring with the WWA Heavyweight Champion. He says filming wraps up soon and he might even make it to Fresno to see Magnum whoop Orndorff.
Chris Adams pinned Tim Shepard with the Superkick in 0:05:07. Rating: ** 1/4
As expected The Hustler & The Playboy were ringside to root on the West Coast Champion Chris Adams. And also to harass females in the studio. During the match Kevin Von Erich cut an insert promo where he talked about pinning Adams two weeks ago in a six-man-tag team match. He stakes his claim as the number one contender and wants a shot at the West Coast Championship.
After the match The Gentlemen’s Club bombards the booth in celebration. Schiavone takes advantage of the moment to question Adams about the rematch tomorrow with Billy Jack Haynes as well as how he feels about Kevin Von Erich. Adams says they’re all lining up to get in the ring with Adams because they’re all jealous of him and The Gentlemen’s Club. That’s when Missy Hyatt decided to crash the party. She snatched the microphone away from Schiavone and cut a rather seething promo on Adams. We’ve never heard Missy talk like this, not that The Gentlemen’s Club didn’t deserve everything she said, but she was aggressive, angry, and pretty unladylike. Billy Jack Haynes actually had to come out to restrain her. The Gentlemen’s Club laughed and taunted her as Haynes tried to calm her down but the teasing got the best of Haynes as well. Haynes sucker punched The Playboy before tackling Adams to the studio floor. The Hustler tried to pull Haynes off but Missy jumped on his back. Hustler was screaming and running laps around the studio with Missy piggybacking him and clawing at his face. Finally some wrestlers and officials were able to separate everybody. It’s going to be wild in Fresno!
[Main Event] Brad Armstrong and Terry Taylor defeated Gustavo Mendoza and Gerald Finley when B. Armstrong pinned Finley with the Russian Legsweep in 0:09:09. Rating: * 1/2
The thrilling duo of Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor excited the fans here in our main event. It’s obvious they’ve been doing their work together as the two are in great shape and working like a well oiled machine. The sky is the limit for this team and there is no doubt they have their sights on the Tag Team titles.
THE AMERICAN DREAM, LIVE AND IN COLOR
Ken Resnick stands in the middle of the ring, enthusiastic about making the next introduction. With a smile on his face he presents “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes! The fans erupt as Rhodes enters the studio and the ring. He captivates the audience the way only Dusty can. He says he’s been around the world and faced many men, claimed many Championships, and it seems as fate would have it he was destined to come to California to handle some “bidness.” He talks about backing up his friend Magnum T.A. because he knows when you’re on the top of the mountain, everyone is trying to pull you off. He says Magnum is gonna handle Piper & Orndorff but Magnum can leave Terry Funk to the Dream. He ends with a message to WWA President Howard Beauchamp. He says they haven’t negotiated any sort of contract but one way or another, whether it’s in this studio, in the parking lot, on the Golden Gate Bridge or anywhere else, very soon he and Funk are gonna lock horns like only two Texas outlaws can!
Wow! Big words from Dusty Rhodes and it looks like the ball is in Beauchamp’s court on whether or not he wants this match to happen inside a WWA ring or not! Tune in next week to find out if Beauchamp has made a decision. Also Terry Funk, Roddy Piper, and more will be in action. Plus, just added, a big main event as Paul Orndorff will face the man who may possibly be the West Coast Champion, Billy Jack Haynes!
3/29/86 - THE SELLAND ARENA - Fresno, CA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero (c) vs. The House of Humperdink WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Billy Jack Haynes NON-TITLE MATCH - “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Magnum TA One Man Gang vs. “Crippler” Ray Stevens Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum TA (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
March 29, 1986 - WWA Live Pro Wrestling From the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA
1. The Playboy vs. Kevin Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich has made it clear he wants a shot at the West Coast Championship in the near future. After pinning current champion Chris Adams in a six man tag team match a few weeks ago on Prime Time Wrestling he has certainly earned the right to make that challenge. But one can’t just challenge Chris Adams without having to deal with the rest of the Gentleman’s Club. He and The Playboy locked up in tonight’s opener and after a match that mostly saw Von Erich on the offense and The Playboy, well, just being offensive, Von Erich was able to get the duke.
Kevin Von Erich made The Playboy submit to the Claw in 0:10:23. Rating: * 3/4
This was the first time we have seen Von Erich utilize the Claw in WWA and it was devastating. It’s just another tool this youngster has in his arsenal to become a major player.
2. King Tonga & Sheepherder Luke (w/Jack Victory) vs. “Terrific” Terry Taylor & Brad Armstrong
Sheepherder Luke has been on a mission to find a suitable replacement for his AWOL former partner, Butch. Jack Victory seemed to think he would team with Luke, however Luke locked in King Tonga as a partner tonight. It seemed like a good idea from the start of the match as Tonga & Luke held their own against the fiery duo of Taylor & Armstrong. But problems arose when Luke began barking instructions at Tonga. Eventually Tonga had heard enough, gave Luke a headbutt that floored him, and walked off. Jack Victory tried to stop Tonga he took a karate chop to the neck for his troubles. Taylor & Armstrong secured the victory shortly after.
Terry Taylor and Brad Armstrong defeated King Tonga and Sheepherder Luke when Taylor defeated Luke via pinfall in 0:09:06. Rating: * 1/2
It looks like Sheepherder Tonga will NOT be a thing after all and Luke’s quest for a replacement will continue. As for Taylor & Armstrong, if they continue their winning ways, they’ll be in the Tag Team Title hunt in no time.
3. [West Coast Championship Match] Billy Jack Haynes (w/Missy Hyatt) vs. “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c)
Adams won the West Coast title last month thanks mostly to help from his stablemates. Haynes certainly deserves this rematch after an impressive reign as Champion but no one has been more vocal about it than Missy Hyatt. She came to the ring with aggression, almost yelling at Haynes to destroy Adams and get the belt back. She was so boisterous throughout the match that she became a distraction to Haynes. At the end of the match, Haynes reversed an irish whip from Adams and planted him with a powerslam, a move that is more than adequate to get a win. But Missy shouted for Haynes make Adams suffer with the Full Nelson. At first Haynes tried to dismiss the request and go for the pin, but Missy jumped onto the ring apron! The disruption got the attention of the referee and soon enough, Haynes was pleading with Missy to get down. Now Haynes would try the Full Nelson but Adams recovered enough to slip out of his grip, spin around and land the Superkick!
Chris Adams pinned Billy Jack Haynes with the Superkick in 0:11:16. Rating: ** 1/2 (Chris Adams retained the WWA West Coast Title.) [Missy Hyatt interfered against Billy Jack Haynes.]
Even Chris Adams was a bit surprised that he won like he did, not to mention he didn’t even need help from The Hustler or The Playboy. Missy just fumed at ringside with her arms crosse, staring a hole through Haynes. As he regained consciousness Missy stormed back to the locker room without him.
4. Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
This feud between Roberts and Williams continues to escalate. Williams has been looking for an opportunity to get some measure of revenge on Roberts since he attempted to cut his career short with a DDT on the concrete. But each week that passes without resolution seems to weigh heavier on Williams. His wrestling matches are turning into fights and that’s exactly what happened here. The match was a grueling brawl that saw both men bleeding before the final bell. In the end Williams went for the Oklahoma Stampede but Roberts slipped out and tried retreating across the ring. But Williams charged and tackled him through the ropes sending both men crashing to the arena floor.
Steve Williams and Jake Roberts battled to a double countout in 0:15:16. Rating: *** 1/4
Neither guy had a chance at beating the count back in the ring but Williams didn’t so much as lift a finger after hitting the floor. Roberts was up first and referee Eddie Gersh checked on Williams. Roberts threw Gersh to the side and struggled to lift Williams back into the ring. Once there, Roberts let the snake out of the bag and threw it on top of Williams! This is a replay of what we saw last month in San Diego! Roberts sat in a corner, laughing, while the python slithered across Williams. It wasn’t until officials swarmed ringside before Roberts grabbed the python and left the ring.
5. One Man Gang (w/Gary Hart) vs. “Crippler” Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens was accompanied by Pepper Gomez and King Tonga for this bout. Gary Hart balked at the inclusion of them at ringside but referee Dean Ross wasn’t hearing any of it. Fresno was loud in their support for Stevens and he didn’t back down from Gang one bit. Gang laughed at Stevens in the beginning but soon found out he needed to take Stevens serious. Gang was on the defensive early, not expecting the fight Stevens was putting up. But Gang is a beast and once he was able to get the upper hand he didn’t let up. He taunted Pepper and Tonga at ringside as he took his time punishing Stevens. Stevens tried to fire back but his punches didn’t have much steam on them and in the end the 747 Splash finished him off.
One Man Gang pinned Ray Stevens with the 747 Splash in 0:08:24. Rating: ** 3/4
Pepper and Tonga slid in the ring right away to prevent any extra curricular punishment that Gang and Hart are known for. It wasn’t necessary though. Stevens was finished and Gary Hart couldn’t be happier. There’s no telling what’s next for Stevens. As for One Man Gang, he’s paving a path of destruction and it seems like no one is going to stop him any time soon.
6. [Non-Title Match] “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Magnum T.A.
The WWA Heavyweight Championship wasn’t up for grabs but it didn’t make this match any less important to either man. Roddy Piper walked his best friend Orndorff to the ring but he was quickly dismissed by referee Bill Alfonso. Magnum and Orndorff tore into each other as if they had been rivals for years. There is no doubt that Orndorff’s plan was to soften up the Champion for Roddy Piper, who gets a shot at the title next month. That’s easier said the done. Magnum is at the top of his game and he went hold for hold and blow for blow with Orndorff. When things started looking bleak for Mr. Wonderful, Roddy Piper snuck back to ringside. Orndorff noticed and distracted Alfonso. Piper slid into the ring unbeknownst to Magnum. The crowd was in a frenzy as Piper wound up but MR. T came out of no where, jumped into the ring and tackled Piper to the ground! Orndorff shoved Alfonso away and grabbed Mr. T. Before he could do anything Magnum was clubbing on Orndorff! It was a complete bedlam and Alfonso had to throw the match out.
Paul Orndorff and Magnum T.A. battled to a double disqualification in 0:22:06. Rating: ** 3/4
It took numerous officials and wrestlers to separate all four men. A couple of security took some heavy shots getting Piper and Orndorff back to the locker room. When the smoke cleared Magnum T.A. and Mr. T were standing tall in the ring. We know now that Mr. T is up for a fight and clearly Piper and Orndorff aren’t going to let an "actor” get away that easily. There will surely be fireworks when Piper and Magnum collide next month at the Cow Palace.
7. [Main Event for WWA Tag Team Titles] The House of Humperdink (“The Ax” Bill Eadie & “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) vs. Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero (c)
The heat between these two teams has been boiling for some time. Santana & Guerrero have had a tight grip on the Tag Team titles, defending against all challengers and becoming one of the top teams in the world. Eadie & Rude have earned this shot even if it took underhanded tactics to get it. Humperdink’s men honed in on Santana knowing he’s had a nagging back injury lately. But we’ve seen how durable and persistent Santana is and there was no quit in him tonight. He and Guerrero took some punishment from their opponents but they gave it right back. Eadie & Rude soon found themselves about out of gas and fully on the defensive. After the 20 minute mark all four men were in the ring and the referee desperately tried to gain control. Humperdink even hopped onto the ring apron adding to the chaos. Santana knocked Rude down and went after Humperdink. As those two tussled in the corner Guerrero locked Eadie’s arms for the Butterfly Suplex in the center of the ring. But Rude grabbed the ring bell from the time keeper’s table and clubbed Guerrero across the back of the neck! Eadie collapsed on top of Guerrero as Rude slid out of the ring and pulled Humperdink to safety. The referee turned, saw Eadie on top of Guerrero, and counted to three!!
The House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude) defeated Tito Santana and Hector Guerrero when Eadie pinned Guerrero in 0:23:33. Rating: *** (House of Humperdink won the WWA Tag Team Titles.)
Santana turned as the 3 count was coming down but it was too late to prevent it. He had no idea how it opened but he knew Humperdink’s team cheated somehow and he pleaded his case the referee. Rude slid back in the ring and blindsided Santana! He and Eadie then tossed Santana like a rag doll to the floor. They turned their attention to Hector, who was barely conscious anyway. They had something in mind and it wasn’t good. Eadie ascended to the second rope as Rude put Hector in a piledriver position. The crowd was overwhelmingly loud but it wouldn’t stop Rude & Eadie. Without hesitation they drove Hector into the mat with SPIKE PILEDRIVER! Hector lay motionless on the mat as The House of Humperdink grabbed their newly won Tag Team Titles and retreated before being caught up in a riot.
Card Rating: **3/4
What a night we have had in Fresno! Join us this Friday on Prime Time Wrestling as we will hopefully have an update on Hector Guerrero’s condition. We’re also going to see Billy Jack Haynes take on Paul Orndorff. Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, and more will be in action. And also, just signed after what happened earlier tonight, King Tonga will take on Jack Victory! Oh, and we can’t forget. Word is out that we’re going to hear from Howard Beauchamp himself regarding the situation between Terry Funk and Dusty Rhodes!
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Kevin Von Erich getting established as the next contender to the West Coast Title. The Claw! We will soon reach a time when the thought of the Claw being a legitimate move would be laughable, but this is not that time.
I am shocked you have kept Sheepherder Luke around this long after Butch left. I can't imagine there being a lot you can do with him. However, anything that gets Tonga a little rub I'm down for. And the team of Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor continues to make me happy.
Not quite the Missy Hyatt turn yet, but it's damn close. That makes me happy. Chris Adams keeps the title, and Hyatt is almost awesome.
How on earth did Steve Williams knock himself out attacking Roberts? I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say it's from his concussion and not being a giant clod. This match was more a platform for Roberts to put his snake on people. Boom.
I imagine Stevens' time as an in-ring competitor is done after that beating. I could also see him being done as an announcer too. Like we were talking about earlier, there are a lot of announcers at our disposal much cooler than Stevens. One Man Gang needs a big feud now.
I knew in the back of my head the Orndorff/Magnum would serve as a vehicle for the Mr. T angle, but damned if it didn't sound like an awesome match. That's a great showing for Orndorff who has a bright future in WWA I'm sure. Meanwhile, Mr. T might not know what he is getting into.
Finally! Hell of a main event, and Eadie & Rude are the new tag team champions. Not only that, but they about murdered Hector Guerrero. My guess is one of two things - Hector quit, or you want to give Tito a singles push. Either way, hell of a match to end the show, and the long and fantastic reign of Hector & Tito finally comes to an end.
April 4, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped March 25, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone welcomes us to Prime Time Wrestling. He points out the absence of his cohost, Ray Stevens, citing the loss to One Man Gang in Fresno. He isn’t sure when or if Stevens will be back in the booth any time soon. Next he announced that we have new Tag Team Champions. He sent it over to a clip showing Rude & Eadie defeating Santana & Guerrero and giving Guerrero the spike piledriver. Back in the studio we’re ready for the opening match.
Tito Santana pinned Phil Hickerson after a waistlock suplex in 0:05:05. Rating: ** 1/4
Santana made it look easy as he steamrolled Hickerson. Following the match, Ken Resnick caught up with Santana at ringside to get his thoughts. Santana says Rude & Eadie will pay the price for what they did to Hector. He says they crossed the line and in doing so they’ve become public enemy number one. It was one thing to take the Championship belts from us but they also tried to take Hector’s career and his livelihood away. If you think you had a lot of enemies before, Rude & Eadie, you have no idea.
King Tonga pinned Jack Victory with a falling headbutt in 0:8:33. Rating: *
The crowd seems to have taken a liking to Tonga in recent weeks, especially after putting Sheepherder Luke in his place in Fresno. Luke joined Schiavone in the booth during the match. He said Tonga was a lousy partner in Fresno and he won’t make that mistake again. He challenged any tag team to a match next week on Prime Time Wrestling saying he will find a new partner. Schiavone asked why he doesn’t give Jack Victory a chance. Luke said Victory is only good for flying the New Zealand flag. Just as he said this Victory lost the match.
Roddy Piper pinned Rick Renslow after a back elbow in 0:04:06. Rating: * 3/4
Following the match Piper cut a promo on Mr. T and Magnum T.A. He said he made a mistake thinking that Mr. T was smart enough to know not to come around here anymore. He says Mr. T should just stick to acting and leave the professional wrestling to the men. He then says since Mr. T is too stupid to take his advice, he invites him to the Cow Palace. In fact, he wants Mr. T at ringside to watch him beat Magnum T.A. and take the WWA Heavyweight Championship.
Up next we get a promo video hyping the debut of “BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN” JIMMY VALIANT next week right here on Prime Time Wrestling!
Terry Funk made Perry Jackson submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:06:54. Rating: ** 1/4
Funk was his usual wild and out-of-control self. Jackson had some impressive offense, knocking Funk around the ring a bit. Funk almost got himself disqualified by tossing a chair into the ring out of frustration. He eventually got it together and was able to win the match. Funk then exploded into the booth, snatching the microphone from Schiavone and shouting about Dusty Rhodes. WWA President Howard Beauchamp came out to try to settle Funk down but Funk grabbed him by the collar of his suit jacket and continued shouting that he wanted Rhodes. Funk had to be restrained by a few wrestlers before he did something he might regret. When he finally stopped shouting, Beauchamp took the microphone. He was pretty upset and rattled by what happened and said that if Funk wanted Rhodes, it would have to be an unsanctioned match since Rhodes doesn’t even work for WWA. Beauchamp said if Rhodes accepted the terms of the match, it means WWA isn’t responsible for what happens. The same goes for Funk. Funk shouted he didn’t care and he wanted Rhodes! As Funk was being dragged back to the locker room Beauchamp said he would invite Dusty onto Prime Time Wrestling next week to find out if he would step in the ring in an unsanctioned match against Terry Funk.
[Main Event] Paul Orndorff pinned Billy Jack Haynes after a schoolboy cradle in 0:09:49. Rating: * 3/4
Roddy Piper accompanied Orndorff for this match as did Missy Hyatt for Billy Jack Haynes. The only difference is Piper and Orndorff were happy in each other’s company. Missy looked disinterested for most of the match, even when Haynes had the advantage. She eventually started shouting instructions which Haynes seemed to ignore. It didn’t help matters that Piper was at ringside stirring things up. After constant badgering from Piper, Missy hopped onto the ring apron and demanded Haynes attention. She wanted Haynes to stick up for her and do something about Piper. Haynes was dumbfounded and tried to explain to her the he was in the middle of a match and he didn’t have time for this. It was then that Orndorff rolled up Haynes and won with a handful of tights. Piper and Orndorff celebrated with smiles on their faces while Missy stomped her way back the dressing room, Haynes following like a puppy dog.
Join us next week as it’s sure to be a doozy of an episode! The Midnight Rockers have accepted Sheepherder Luke’s challenge to a tag team match! Also, Kevin Von Erich will step in the ring with The Hustler! Not to mention, DUSTY RHODES has been invited to the show AND we’ll have the in ring debut of “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant!
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
With Ray Stevens gone, are we getting David Crockett Jr.!?
With Hector out for the foreseeable (if not forever), Tito's going to need some help against Eadie & Rude. Emotion will only get you so far against the tag team champs.
King Tonga rules. He needs that new name though. We want Haku! And by we, I mean I. I want him in GCW. Release him now.
We talked about just how ridiculous Mr. T is, but man, all of these promos Piper gives in regards to him have to just be amazing. You have to fill in the blanks in a circuit, but these promos have to be insane. I am looking forward to the eventual Mr. T match though, oddly enough.
I was actually just watching some old NWA WCW shows and Jimmy Valiant is just pure 80s silliness. I am super excited to see what you do with this gem of a comedy character.
That Funk segment was great. An unsanctioned fight in 1986 between Funk & Rhodes would be a sight to see. Getting Rhodes I feel will be looked at in the long run as the big game changer for WWA. Add that and Mr. T's mainstream appeal at the time and we got ourselves a national promotion.
Yeah, we're definitely getting that Missy Hyatt heel turn. Only question is now, who will she ultimately align herself with? Originally I would have said Adams, but now I'm not entirely sure. She could end up with someone new. Either way, she's money.
April 11, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped March 25, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone is solo in the booth as he welcomes us to Prime Time Wrestling. He plugs the card at The Cow Palace and says more matches for that event will be announced throughout the broadcast. For now, let’s get to the ring!
Jimmy Valiant defeated Jerry Monte when Monte passed out in the Sleeperhold in 0:04:40. Rating: * 3/4
The "Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant has arrived in WWA and what an attraction he is! The crowd was drawn in by his colorful attitude and they were thoroughly entertained as he jooked and jived his way to a victory. Poor Monte was asleep in seconds once Valiant applied his Sleeperhold.
Missy Hyatt invites herself into the booth and talks to Schiavone about how the West Coast Championship was stolen from her and that Chris Adams should return it immediately. Schiavone questions how Missy thinks the belt was ever hers and that Adams is not obligated to return it since he beat Billy Jack Haynes for it. Missy looks dumbfounded. Schiavone attempts to explain while the next match begins.
Kevin Von Erich defeated The Hustler by disqualification in 0:13:11. Rating: * 3/4 [The Playboy interfered against Kevin Von Erich.]
Schiavone announced to Missy that Kevin Von Erich is actually challenging Adams at the Cow Palace for the West Coast title. Missy then turned her attention to Kevin, speaking highly of his physique and ability as he wrestled The Hustler. The Playboy eventually came to ringside and got caught tripping Von Erich’s feet as he hit the ropes earning The Hustler a disqualification. The Playboy jumped onto the ring apron and attempted to pay off the referee with a wad of singles he had stuffed in his trunks but the ref was having none of it. Von Erich then knocked The Playboy off the apron and put The Claw on The Hustler but Playboy pulled Hustler out of the ring before any real damage was done.
Von Erich joined Schiavone in the booth to talk about his upcoming match against Adams. As he spoke Missy just gazed at him with a giant grin on her face. Missy then said she would be rooting for him and if needed her services, managerial or otherwise, to let her know. As she said this she ran her finger down Kevin’s chest. He took a step back and asked “don’t you have a boyfriend?” Just as he said that Billy Jack Haynes came out and he and Missy argued with one another as we cut to commercial.
One Man Gang defeated Brodie Chase and Mike Simani when Gang pinned Chase with the 747 Splash in 0:05:29. Rating: 1/2*
Back from the break and One Man Gang is decimating two opponents at the same time. Gary Hart is encouraging his monster to inflict as much damage as possible. Once Gang was done toying around he laid them side-by-side and hit the 747 Splash for the win. Gary Hart then cut a promo saying that Gang has left such a long trail of bodies in his wake that everyone in WWA is afraid of him. That brought out Jimmy Valiant who had no problem climbing in the ring and going face-to-face with Hart and Gang. Hart admired Valiant’s courage but reminded him that his run in WWA has just begun. He would hate to have to end it so quickly but if that’s what Valiant wants then he should step in the ring with One Man Gang at the Cow Palace. Valiant accepts the challenge and shoves Gang back a couple of steps. Gang squares up but Gary Hart puts a stop to it telling him to save it for the Cow Palace.
We’re shown a clip of the finish of the Jake Roberts/Steve Williams match from Fresno when Williams tackled Roberts through the ropes and was knocked out on the floor. Schiavone says if doctors have cleared Williams to wrestle, he and Roberts will have a rematch at the Cow Palace.
Jake Roberts pinned Rick Gantner with the DDT in 0:08:00. Rating: * 1/4
During the match Dr. Death cut an insert promo on Roberts about the rematch coming up. He said no injury, snakes, doctors, or anything else could stop him from taking out Roberts. The match ended with Roberts patented DDT. Then Roberts let the snake out of the bag and just watched as it slithered all over Gartner’s unconscious body.
Magnum T.A. pinned Bill Tabb with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:02:17. Rating: 1/2*
The WWA Heavyweight Champion was all business tonight. He seemed to be letting off a little steam while he decimated poor Bill Tabb. Following the match Magnum stopped by the booth for an interview with Schiavone. He talked about his upcoming title defense against Roddy Piper saying it was going to be a war but Piper would be the only casualty. He then says Orndorff would be collateral damage if he got involved. WWA President Howard Beauchamp then came out to address a couple of things. First off, he said Magnum wouldn’t have to worry about Orndorff because he was in the process of adding a special stipulation to the match that would keep Orndorff from getting involved.
Beauchamp then introduced “THE AMERICAN DREAM” DUSTY RHODES to the studio! Rhodes received a tremendous ovation and his good friend Magnum welcomed him with a hug. Beauchamp reiterated the challenge made by Terry Funk and reminded Rhodes that if he accepted the challenge it would be a non-sanctioned match since he is not contracted by WWA. Rhodes cut a fiery promo on Funk saying “The Dream never backs down from a challenge”. He apologized to Beauchamp only because he was going to blow the roof off the Cow Palace! He almost blew the roof off Studio 2 with his promo! The Cow Palace is getting STACKED!
After a break, Schiavone announced WWA is expanding its reach. He sent it over to footage of WWA correspondent Vince McMahon who was on the strip in Las Vegas. McMahon said he was in the city that would host a huge WWA event called Parade of Champions to take place on May 17th from The Thomas & Mack Center. More details would be announced in the coming weeks but tickets will go fast for this blockbuster event.
[Main Event] The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated Frankie DeFalco and Sheepherder Luke when Jannetty pinned DeFalco after The Rocker-Plex in 0:02:49. Rating: ** 1/2
Sheepherder Luke is determined to find a replacement for his long time partner Butch. He enlisted Frankie DeFalco tonight. Luke had high expectations for DeFalco but he did NOT deliver. Jack Victory, who was in Luke’s corner, constantly complaining to Luke about DeFalco’s lack of ability. Luke and Jack eventually got into an argument on the floor leaving DeFalco on his own which ultimately ended with a win for the Midnight Rockers. It sounds like Jack Victory wants to be an official Sheepherder but Luke isn’t giving him the opportunity.
Join us next week for another exciting edition of Prime Time Wrestling! We’ll have lots of great action, plus President Beauchamp will be here to announce an additional stipulation the WWA Heavyweight Championship Match.
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich UNSANCTIONED MATCH - Terry Funk vs. Dusty Rhodes Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams One Man Gang w/Gary Hart vs. “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
Jimmy Valiant should bring months of laughter to my soul.
That Missy Hyatt segment got a chuckle out of me as well. I like that you're inserting Missy being a bit of an airhead.
Ooh, Missy, you gold digger! Kevin Von Erich is a good and noble man! He's not going to be lured in by your girlish ways! ...Or will he?
Jimmy Valiant wasting no time in getting in the mix, but I don't know if stepping up to One Man Gang is the smartest move right out of the gate.
Jake Roberts just putting his snake on everyone! Glad to see Williams get a little personality, but I think Roberts has his number.
Lot of big announcements after the Magnum T.A. squash. Dusty officially fighting Funk unsanctioned, which should hopefully be a bloodbath. Not only that, but there's VINCE MCMAHON making an official Universe debut. It's going to be odd seeing him in the position where he's not necessarily always the man in charge. Seeing him come to power could be a fun trip though. And not only that, Parade of Champions! It looks like you may finally have your big event.
Rockers win as expected. The Sheepherder Luke/Jack Victory storyline at least gives them both something to do, but I can't see that being a super long program.
April 18, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped April 14, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone kicks off Prime Time Wrestling from the booth. Right away he welcomes viewers from new TV stations as WWA has expanded into more markets, reaching further east in the U.S. and even some exposure north and south of the border. We’ve got a great night of action ahead as the stars of WWA are gearing up for the big event at The Cow Palace tomorrow night!
1. Tito Santana vs. Gerald Finley
Former Tag Team Champion Santana has had a fire lit under him since losing the Tag Team titles and having his partner taken out for the foreseeable future. He took out some of his frustrations on Finley on his way to a victory.
Tito Santana pinned Gerald Finley with the Flying Forearm in 0:04:24. Rating: 1/2*
Ken Resnick joins Tito Santana at ringside for a post match interview. Santana cuts a promo on the House of Humperdink saying he would get revenge for what they did to Hector Guerrero. He was so fired up he said he would take all three of them on at The Cow Palace! Well Sir Oliver, Bill Eadie, and Rick Rude had heard enough and they confronted him, accepted his challenge, and asked what's stopping them from getting started early? Santana rolled back in the ring to gain ground but he was ready to fight them all off. As they were about to climb in the ring THE MIDNIGHT ROCKERS slid in showing they had Santana’s back. The House of Humperdink backed off but said at The Cow Palace they would finish what they started.
2. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Phil Hickerson & Mike Simani
Piper and Orndorff were in good spirits, oozing confidence. It's obvious they think Piper is taking the Heavyweight title from Magnum TA at the Cow Palace and they had no problem stating that fact throughout this match. President Howard Beauchamp joined Schiavone on commentary. They plugged the Cow Palace tomorrow night as they watched Piper and Orndorff finish off their opponents.
Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff defeated Phil Hickerson and Mike Simani when Orndorff pinned Simani with the Piledriver in 0:09:12. Rating: **
Piper & Orndorff celebrated their win as they entered the booth. With smiles across their faces they shook Beauchamp’s hand and complimented him on his suit. Piper then said he’s looking forward to WINNING the Heavyweight Title at the Cow Palace, “ain’t that right Mr. Wonderful?” Orndorff responded “That’s right Hot Rod!” and with a wink, “I guarantee it!” They chummed it up, having a good ole’ time before Beauchamp broke some news to them. He said that yes, Orndorff has been approved by the Board of Directors to act as a Cornerman for Piper during the title match. Piper and Orndorff popped for that and high-fived one another. Then Beauchamp said that Mr. T has ALSO been approved as a Cornerman! Piper and Orndorff looked a little peeved before convincing themselves that he wouldn’t be a problem. But Beauchamp wasn’t finished. He said he’s made the executive decision that, to prevent both Orndorff and Mr. T from physically getting involved in the match, they would be HANDCUFFED TO EACH OTHER AT RINGSIDE! Piper & Orndorff went into a frenzy protesting the decision but Beauchamp wasn’t hearing any of it and just walked away as we went to a commercial break.
3. The Gentlemen’s Club (The Hustler & The Playboy) vs. Rick Gantner & Chico Cabello
The Hustler & The Playboy were really turning up their act knowing WWA was debuting in a lot of new homes this week. They both had dollar bills dangling from their tights and The Hustler specifically looked as if he had stashed an enormous amount right in the crotch region. Chris Adams joined Schiavone on commentary where he made himself sound like god’s gift to wrestling and women. He also put over his upcoming match with Kevin Von Erich before TERRY FUNK basically highjacked the broadcast. He shouted into Schiavone’s headset about Dusty Rhodes and got himself so worked up he walked right into the ring and started throwing haymakers in everyone’s direction!
Rick Gantner and Chico Cabello and The Gentlemen's Club (The Hustler and The Playboy) wrestled to a no contest in 0:09:17. Rating: 1/2*
All three of The Gentlemen’s Club and referee Bill Alfonso were able to escape without any harm but the other two weren’t so lucky. They felt Funk’s fury of wild punches before being tossed unceremoniously to the studio floor. Funk then continued to rant about Dusty Rhodes while smashing a steel chair against the booth and the studio wall! Schiavone did his best to plug Funk’s Non-Sanctioned Match with Dusty at the Cow Palace while watching for flying debris. Funk is a lunatic!
4. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams vs. The Libyan
Williams made quick work of The Libyan and picked up a much needed win. With Williams’ recent struggles with Jake Roberts, Schiavone questioned whether or not Williams is in his own head, psyching himself out at this point.
Steve Williams pinned The Libyan with the Oklahoma Stampede in 0:02:33. Rating: * 1/4
We haven’t seen the “Dr. Death” we’re used to seeing ever since that fateful DDT on concrete but a big win over Roberts at The Cow Palace could put him back on track.
At this time Schiavone introduced JIM CORNETTE to the booth. Cornette hastily snatched the mic from Schiavone’s hand and said he needs no introduction. "Everyone knows who I am unless they’ve been living under a rock. But judging by the faces in the studio you’ve probably got a lot of cavemen tuning in so I’ll tell you who I am.” Cornette raved about himself before saying no Parade of Champions would be complete without him or The Midnight Express. He put over his team as the greatest of all time before saying they were wrestling Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor tomorrow night at The Cow Palace. He says after they win that match they’ll be making their Prime Time Wrestling debut right here next week. And then he says after they win that match they expect to become Champions at the Parade of Champions in Las Vegas. Schiavone says he’s not so sure it will be that simple but Cornette claimed that was nonsense and questioned aloud how Schiavone got his job. The Midnight Express is a hell of a pickup for WWA but unfortunately that means Jim Cornette is going to be around A LOT!
[Main Event] 5. One Man Gang w/Gary Hart vs. King Tonga
A match of two bruisers went down in this week’s main event. Gang has been destroying everyone in his path so our hat goes off to King Tonga for stepping up and giving Gang quite the challenge. Tonga started picking up some momentum but was slowed when Gary Hart tripped him as he hit the ropes. This brought out "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant who chased Hart around the ring a couple of times before being cutoff by Gang. Tonga then came outside and slugged it out with Gang as the referee counted them out.
King Tonga and One Man Gang battled to a double countout in 0:12:10. Rating: 1/4*
As the bell rang Jimmy Valiant regained his bearings and pounced on Gang. He and Tonga had the big man staggering before rolling him into the ring. The crowd cheered them on as they shot Gang into the ropes, but Gang dropped down and rolled back out to safety. He and Gary Hart left the studio shouting that Valiant made a big mistake and he’s finished at The Cow Palace!
Schiavone closed the show with a rundown of the huge Cow Palace show tomorrow night. He also added that Tito Santana & The Midnight Rockers would take on The House of Humperdink, and yes, that includes Sir Oliver himself! He then sent it over to a prerecorded promo from Magnum TA, Dusty Rhodes, and Mr. T. Rhodes said the Cow Palace will never be the same again after tomorrow night. Magnum said we’ll find out just what Piper is made of as the two of them will go to war without any outside interference. Mr. T said he pities the fool that calls himself “Mr. Wonderful” and with handcuffs around their wrists Orndorff can do nothing but watch as Magnum puts a beating Piper.
Join us next week as we already know we’ll see the TV debut of Jim Cornette’s Midnight Express. Also, Magnum TA will be in action but will he still be the WWA Heavyweight Champion? Also, Terry Funk is scheduled to compete but after he and Rhodes’ Unsanctioned Match at the Cow Palace who knows what kind of condition he’ll be in? All that and more next week!
4/19/86 - THE COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper - Mr. T and Paul Orndorff Handcuffed at Ringside WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich UNSANCTIONED MATCH - Terry Funk vs. Dusty Rhodes The House of Humperdink vs. Tito Santana & The Midnight Rockers Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams One Man Gang w/Gary Hart vs. “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant The Midnight Express vs. Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
WWA better not expand into GCW territory if they know what's good for them!
Good to see Tito getting a chance at a singles push, and getting some help from the Midnight Rockers means Michaels & Jannetty should be in the tag title mix here very soon. I'm interested to see how Humperdink handles himself in the ring.
The cornermen handcuffed together gimmick is some nice 80s action right there. You've done a good job of utilizing Mr. T without him really being around much, which is good too.
Terry Funk being crazy is the best Funk. I also like how the Gentleman's Club got enough time to get themselves over before Funk lost his damn mind.
Nothing too spectacular with Dr. Death's win but he needed a little moment before meeting the Snake.
Oh man. Midnight Express were a big pickup for you. Helps your somewhat struggling tag division a lot, and I think you'll book them far better than I did, which makes me happy that they'll get a good shot. Plus, Jim Cornette is money, even with his knee still being tore up from NWF.
Fun brawl at the end. Jimmy Valiant needs a huge push.
April 19, 1986 - WWA Live Pro Wrestling From the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA
1. The Midnight Express (w/Jim Cornette) vs. Brad Armstrong & “Terrific” Terry Taylor
Never in the short history of the WWA has a tag team walked into a building the night of their debut with such arrogance like The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette. But they found out quickly that it’s going to be a lot tougher to climb the ranks than they expected. This match was back and forth but any time Armstrong & Taylor really started putting the pressure on, Cornette would get involved. As the clock ticked away the Midnights were getting desperate to get the win, but they were also getting sloppy in their offensive execution. This opened numerous opportunities for Armstrong & Taylor, the final one coming in the form of a Terry Taylor Five Arm which knocked Stan Lane unconscious. Taylor made the cover but unfortunately the time limit expired as the referee was counting the fall.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and Brad Armstrong and Terry Taylor battled to a draw in 0:20:00. Rating: * 3/4 [Jim Cornette interfered against Brad Armstrong.] [Jim Cornette interfered against Terry Taylor.]
Eaton dragged an unconscious Lane out of the ring and along with Cornette they headed to the back, disappointed they didn’t win but satisfied that they didn’t actually lose. Armstrong & Lane were a bit more frustrated but it’s a safe bet both of these teams will want to settle the score in the future.
2. One Man Gang (w/Gary Hart) vs. “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant
It took Boogie Woogie just a couple of weeks to make bitter enemies of One Man Gang and Gary Hart. Gang has basically run rough shod over everyone in recent months, convinced no one else would stand up to him. But Valiant did, and with all the confidence and charisma he could muster he took the fight to Gang here at the Cow Palace! No fancy offense like we saw in the opener; just a grueling slugfest, one that was too big for the ring to contain.
Jimmy Valiant and One Man Gang battled to a double countout in 0:12:06. Rating: *
The bell sounded as both men were counted out but the fists didn’t stop flying until Gary Hart and some officials were able to separate them. It looks like this war is just getting started.
3. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Billy Jack Haynes (w/Missy Hyatt)
Billy Jack Haynes and Missy Hyatt are a perfect example of why you don’t mix business and pleasure. His girlfriend/manager, Missy Hyatt, has been rather vocal about Haynes’ poor in-ring performances as of late, especially after he lost the West Coast Championship. Billy Jack certainly wants to regain the title but not as much as Missy it seems. It’s almost as if she’s grown more fond of that gold Championship than she is with him. She was at ringside but proved to be more of a distraction than anything else. This was a pretty good match that could have went Billy Jack's way had he and Missy not got into an argument in the middle of it. It took’s Billy Jack’s head out of the game and he eventually lost.
Paul Orndorff pinned Billy Jack Haynes after a backbreaker in 0:10:50. Rating: ** 1/2
Missy didn’t bother to stick around after the three count. She left ringside completely aggravated with another loss by Billy Jack. As for Orndorff, he earned an impressive victory here but his night isn’t done yet. He’ll be handcuffed to Mr. T at ringside for our main event between Magnum T.A. and Roddy Piper.
4. Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
“Dr. Death” hasn’t been the same since his rivalry with Roberts started. The mind games have sent him down a road of defeat and embarrassment. It’s gotten to the point that Roberts may not even be Williams’ worst enemy; he is his own worst enemy. Williams stormed the ring and wasted no time knocking Roberts all over the ring. Roberts was taking an incredible amount of punishment but consistently rolled out of the ring to safety. In the end, Roberts was on the receiving end of a flying shoulder tackle and in a last ditch effort for survival he managed to get his foot across the bottom rope to save himself from a three count. Moments later, as Roberts pulled himself up in a corner, Williams charged with his head down. Roberts slithered out of the way and Williams hit the corner so hard he may have shifted the ring a few inches! He went down and Jake covered. 1… 2… Williams got his foot on the rope but the referee didn’t see it… 3!!
Jake Roberts defeated Steve Williams by pinfall in 0:14:29. Rating: ***
Roberts immediately rolled out of the ring, grabbed the burlap bag containing his pet python, and hit the road. Williams was furious. Referee Eddie Gersh looked scared out of his mind as he informed Williams he didn’t see the foot on the ropes. Williams snapped and nearly decapitated Gersh with a lariat! Williams stormed out of the ring, sucker punching the kid who takes the ring jackets and flipping over a table before leaving ringside.
5. [Unsanctioned Match] Terry Funk vs. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
Our next match wasn’t sanctioned by any athletic commission, nor will you find Howard Beauchamp or any other WWA official’s name on the contract. WWA simply supplied the ring and the building for the inevitable war we’re going to witness between Rhodes and Funk. Everyone in the building was on their feet as soon as Rhodes came through the curtain. Funk met him halfway down the aisle and the fight was on! They must have had some agreement with the official who took on this match because he was very, very lenient with the rules. Within 5 minutes Terry Funk was bleeding from the head. Rhodes beat on Funk from every pillar to post in the Cow Palace as the crowd cheered him on. Funk's resiliency kept him in the match and soon enough it was him on the offense and Rhodes who was bleeding from the head. After 20 minutes both were exhausted and likely dazed after the blood loss but it was Rhodes with the last burst of energy as he landed a series of elbows to the top of Funk’s head followed up with a massive elbowdrop for the win!
[Unsanctioned Match] Dusty Rhodes pinned Terry Funk after an elbowdrop in 0:23:56. Rating: *** 1/2
The crowd roared as Dusty’s hand was raised in victory but the celebration was short lived as Orndorff and Roddy Piper rushed the ring. Piper blindsided Rhodes, knocking him to the ground where Orndorff rained punch after punch down on him. They don’t want Rhodes in any condition to get involved in the main event. Magnum T.A. came to the rescue but Piper and Orndorff scattered to avoid him. Rhodes required assistance to get back to the locker room area.
OOOOOH YEAH!! A BIG NAME GETS ANNOUNCED FOR PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
Ken Resnick has an announcement before our next match. He plugs the upcoming HUGE event, Parade of Champions, which will take place in Las Vegas on May 17th. He says a number of Champions will be featured on the show, including WWA’s finest as well as some international flavor. And as of this afternoon, the man who has been defending the United States Championship all around the country for the past several months is coming to defend it at Parade of Champions. Talking about none other than “THE MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE! Be sure to tune in to Prime Time Wrestling this Friday as Savage will be appearing to discuss what will certainly be an historic event; Parade of Champions.
6. [West Coast Championship Match] “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich
Adams was joined by his pals from the Gentlemen’s Club, The Playboy & The Hustler. Before the match could begin Adams cut a promo mocking Kevin Von Erich for not wearing shoes in the disgusting Cow Palace. In his thick British accent he put himself over as “The Toast of the West Coast”, which drew more laughter from the fans than anything else. He then ordered The Hustler & The Playboy to “butter him up” to which they doused him in baby oil, an action that earned them a quick ejection from ringside by referee Bill Alfonso! After being forced to dry off, Adams and Kevin finally locked up. The match was quite technical with a lot of holds and counters. One person who was especially intrigued was Missy Hyatt who appeared at ringside and was clearly rooting for Kevin. At one point while Kevin was recouping outside of the ring she began rubbing his shoulders. Kevin shrugged her off with a confused look on his face. That’s when Billy Jack Haynes came to ringside and he and Missy started arguing. Haynes grabbed Missy by the wrist to pull her away, but Kevin stopped him and suggested he doesn’t put his hands on a woman like that. Billy Jack turned his ire towards Kevin but before things got really heated Alfonso got in between them. Kevin rolled back in the ring and went after Adams. But with Alfonso forcibly removing Billy Jack and Missy from ringside, Adams was able to reach into his trunks for a foreign object and lay out Kevin with it.
Chris Adams pinned Kevin Von Erich after using a foreign object in 0:10:07. Rating: *** (Chris Adams retained the WWA West Coast Title.) [Missy Hyatt interfered against Kevin Von Erich.] [Missy Hyatt interfered against Chris Adams.]
Kevin worked hard to earn this title shot but it was overshadowed by Missy Hyatt and Billy Jack Haynes. That relationship is quickly spiraling out of control and unfortunately for Kevin Von Erich it took down with it tonight.
7. The House of Humperdink vs. Tito Santana & The Midnight Rockers
Tito Santana has sworn vengeance on The House of Humperdink after they effectively eliminated Hector Guerrero from in ring action for the near future. The Midnight Rockers are looking at getting a shot at the Tag Team Titles and there is no better way than getting in the ring and proving it to the Champs themselves. As for The HOH, Sir Oliver has so much faith in his team that he agreed to actually participate in the match just to have a hand in showing how dominate he feels his stable is. Eadie & Rude did the majority of the work in this match, but Sir Oliver got his licks in. It was Jannetty who took the brunt of the punishment but he surprised The HOH with his toughness. Sir Oliver happened to be in the ring at the wrong time when Santana got the hot tag. He knocked Eadie & Rude off the ring apron and then went to work on Sir Oliver with a 10-punch in the corner. As Eadie & Rude got back to their feet on the floor, Michaels & Jannetty dove on them with stereo cross bodies! That gave Santana the opening to hit the Flying Forearm and defeat Sir Oliver.
The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) and Tito Santana defeated House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude and Sir Oliver Humperdink) when T. Santana pinned Humperdink with the Flying Forearm in 0:13:07. Rating: *** 1/4
Eadie & Rude thought about climbing back in the ring to continue the fight, but on second thought they dragged Sir Oliver out of the ring and wisely left. Santana gained a measure of revenge tonight and since he and Hector Guerrero are unable to claim a rematch, The Midnight Rockers may very well have put themselves at the front of the line for a Tag Team titles shot.
8. [WWA Heavyweight Championship Match - Mr. T and Paul Orndorff handcuffed to each other at ringside] “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Magnum T.A. (c)
When all four of these men stood in the ring you could have cut the tension with a knife. Referee Dean Ross was assigned the unenviable task of keeping Mr. T and Orndorff handcuffed to each other at ringside while also keeping them from attacking one another! Orndorff protested being cuffed but when he was distracted with arguing with Mr. T, Ross snuck the cuffs on him. When the bell sounded to begin this match, both Piper and Magnum were very aggressive. Magnum gained the early advantage, landing a series of moves before Piper bailed out of the ring. Magnum continued the beating on the floor. Orndorff jumped out of his seat to try to sneak a shot in but Mr. T yanked Orndorff back down into the chair. He and Mr. T almost came to blows right then and there. Eventually Piper was able to turn the tides in his favor. He didn’t shy away from taunting Magnum and Mr. T all the while, feeling confident he was leaving the Cow Palace as the WWA Heavyweight Champion. His arrogance caught up to him, though, and the tough-as-nails Magnum started fighting back. In the midst of Magnum's comeback, referee Bill Alfonso was flattened by a Magnum shoulder tackle when Piper ducked out of the way. Ceasing the opportunity, Orndorff sucker punched Dean Ross and threw powder in Mr. T’s eyes. Orndorff was able to get the key from Ross’s pocket, uncuff himself, and jump Magnum in the ring. Piper and Orndorff double teamed Magnum for a minute before a bloody and bandaged Dusty Rhodes hit the ring. He was attacked immediately upon entering the ring though and the beating he sustained earlier in the night proved to be enough to prevent Rhodes from really doing any damage. But Orndorff and Piper failed to realize just how tough Mr. T is. After clearing his eyes, T grabbed a steal chair and slid in the ring. He waffled Orndorff across the back sending him flying through the ropes. Piper begged off but Mr. T showed no remorse as he winded up and crashed the chair down across Piper’s shoulder. He followed that shot up with a solid one to the back! The crowd was eating it up but Alfonso had gained his senses, witnessed the chair-wielding Mr. T and immediately disqualified Magnum.
Roddy Piper defeated Magnum T.A. by disqualification in 0:18:03. Rating: ** 1/2 (Magnum T.A. retained the WWA Heavyweight Title.) [Paul Orndorff interfered against Magnum T.A..] [Mr. T interfered against Roddy Piper.]
The title doesn’t change hands on a disqualification, but this wasn’t exactly the way Magnum or Piper wanted things to go. But although Piper may not be leaving with the Championship, he still has a win over Magnum and rightfully deserves another match for the title. Magnum and Dusty were both grateful of Mr. T’s help, knowing he was only defending them and all three had somewhat of a laugh at the expense of Piper and Orndorff.
Card Rating: ** 3/4 Wrestling Observer’s Match of the Night: [Unsanctioned Match] Dusty Rhodes vs. Terry Funk
You can expect a lot of fallout from this event in the coming weeks so don’t miss a minute of action every Friday night on Prime Time Wrestling. In fact, this week, RANDY SAVAGE will be on the show to talk about Parade of Champions and the lovely Miss Elizabeth will be with him! Also, Terry Funk, Magnum T.A., and Kerry Von Erich will be in action! And in the main event, Jake Roberts and Billy Jack Haynes will compete to determine who faces Randy Savage at Parade of Champions!
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. TBD
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2016 10:11:44 GMT -5 by vertigo
Post by snabbit888 on Mar 19, 2016 22:25:24 GMT -5
Been looking forward to this, so let's make the magic happen!
Good opening match. Showcased what the Midnight Express could do, but didn't bury Armstrong & Taylor with a loss. I can see this being a good little rivalry to really put both teams on the WWA map.
Again, like that we will be getting more OMG/Valiant in the future, but don't know about match placement. Obviously just being nitpicky, but two very similar finishes to start the show was a bit odd.
Liked the Orndorff/Haynes match. Furthered the Hyatt storyline and gave Mr. Wonderful a win against a very formidable opponent. Let's see what kind of shenanigans takes place with Mr. T later though.
That's the fire we need to see out of Williams. The loss is fine now that it's the last straw to light a fire under his ass. Let's see if Roberts can handle this monster he created... provided Williams isn't suspended for his post-match actions. By the way, the actual result didn't seem to match up the writeup of the finish.
Great fight with Rhodes and Funk. The right result as Funk looked good but Rhodes can't be taking a loss in his in-ring debut. And he's had those run ins with Piper, so would make sense for Piper and Orndorff to want to make sure he didn't get involved in the main event no matter what happened.
Wow... Macho Man looks to be a free agent no more. I had a feeling you picked him up so I didn't try because you would have gotten him debuted first. That's a huge signing though. You have some big names, but now you have that potential crossover guy.
I'll be goddamned if you haven't managed to keep Haynes interesting. I like Von Erich trying to be the white knight which is leading to tension with Haynes, but I still think Missy ultimately ends up with Adams. All around good stuff here. The pre-match stuff was gold.
Expected result of the 6-man. Humperdink can take the fall, Tito can more or less move on to what he's going to do, and now you can position the Rockers for their title shot. Don't have to reinvent the wheel to get a solid booking in place.
Wouldn't say it was a great "match" but the spectacle of the whole main event made it worth it. All the key players were involved, and the fact that the heels did so much treacherous stuff and Piper still got his hand raised is just enough to make people want to pay to see him get his head ripped off. And you even had Dave Meltzer there! Good stuff all around.
I agree with Ryan that two non-finishes in the two first matches is not generally a good idea. Other than that, I am very much enjoying WWA, and I see that there are a lot of shows since last time I dropped by. Your talent pool is growing with the addition of NWF wrestlers, so again, I fear for the job security of your original guys :-) Haynes will probably drop out as soon as his program with Hyatt and whoever she goes for next, is over.
April 25, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped April 14, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone welcomes us to another thrilling edition of Prime Time Wrestling! He runs down the names we can look forward to seeing on tonight’s program before hyping our HUGE upcoming event, Parade of Champions. He said that immediately following what went down between Roddy Piper and Magnum T.A. at the Cow Palace, which we’ll see a clip of later, the two have signed on for a rematch which will headline Parade of Champions. We’ll have more details on that big match and more throughout this evening.
1. The Midnight Express w/Jim Cornette vs. Alvin Cazaes & Ken Massey
Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane were aggressive and remorseless in this match. After being denied a victory in their debut at The Cow Palace last Saturday they wanted to prove a point here. This was tag team dominance, technique, and execution at its finest.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated Alvin Cazaes and Ken Massey when S. Lane pinned Massey after the Veg-O-Matic in 0:08:08. Rating: * 1/2
Jim Cornette, alongside his team, cut a promo at ringside on Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor. He announced that next week Brad & Terry are getting a shot at The House of Humperdink for the Tag Team Titles. He says first of all, The Midnight Express are the greatest tag team in wrestling today and they should be getting that shot. And B, Brad & Terry didn’t even beat them at the Cow Palace so how in the world are they granted a title shot?! He says his mama warned him that the powers that be were going to try to hold down The Midnight Express. But just like they’ve always done in the past, they’ll beat up everyone in their away at TAKE what they deserve.
2. Terry Funk vs. Rick Renslow
The man from the Double Cross Ranch got the jump on Rick Renslow before the bell and didn’t let up. That is until Renslow caught him in a series of quick pin attempts; a backslide, small package, and sunset flip respectively. Funk took a powder, acting like a tornado at ringside knocking everything down, went back in the ring, snuck a thumb into Renslow’s eye and then finished the youngster off with the Spinning Toe Hold.
Terry Funk made Rick Renslow submit to the Spinning Toe Hold in 0:06:06. Rating: ***
Tony Schiavone wanted to get a word with Terry Funk. He brought up the fact that at the Parade Of Champions we would see a 20-Man Battle Royal and that Funk was the first to sign up to participate. Funk, spitting all over the microphone as he spoke, said he couldn’t wait to eliminatethat gutless Dusty Rhodes from the Battle Royal. Schiavone informed Funk that Rhodes isn’t in it because he isn’t a contracted WWA wrestler. Funk flew off the handle and in the midst of cutting a promo about destroying every individual in the studio we had to cut to commercial.
3. Kevin Von Erich vs. Bill Tabb
After the break we were treated to four and half minutes of Kevin Von Erich melting the hearts of the women in the studio while wrestling circles around his opponent.
Kevin Von Erich made Bill Tabb submit to the Claw in 0:04:31. Rating: * 1/2
Ken Resnick joined Kevin in the ring after the match. Resnick said just moments ago he was informed that upon reviewing the footage from Saturday, the Board has granted Kevin a rematch against Chris Adams for the West Coast Championship at Parade of Champions. The fans pop and Kevin pumps his fist in approval. Kevin then talks about the series of unfortunate events that happened at the Cow Palace, including Adams using a weapon to win and Missy Hyatt coming to ringside. At the mention of Missy, Billy Jack Haynes storms the ring. Haynes says he doesn’t want to hear Kevin utter her name again, while Kevin tries explaining to Billy Jack that Missy is up to no good. After a brief but intense stare down Haynes leaves but not before warning Kevin to watch who he’s messing with.
4. [Non-Title Match] Magnum T.A. vs. Guy Lambert
Before this match we are shown a clip from the Cow Palace. We see Piper & Orndorff doing a number on Dusty Rhodes and then Mr. T clearing the ring with a steel chair leading to the disqualification loss of Magnum T.A. Cut to the match in the studio and Magnum makes quick work of Lambert, hardly giving him room to breath before putting him away with his patented finisher.
Magnum T.A. pinned Guy Lambert with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:01:33. Rating: 3/4*
Schiavone runs down the already announced lineup for Parade of Champions. He adds that Howard Beauchamp and the Board are looking into a stipulation for the WWA Heavyweight Title rematch that will not only ensure we have a clear cut winner, but also prevent outside interference.
MACHO MAN AND MISS ELIZABETH ARE IN THE STUDIO! DIG IT!
Schiavone introduces his guests, the current United States Champion Randy Savage and the lovely Miss Elizabeth. The crowd gives them one hell of an ovation. Savage gets right into it saying "Macho Madness has come to WWA and Prime Time Wrestling is the danger zone, yeah! Las Vegas is the place where the lord and the master of the ring, the Macho Man, live and in color, will continue his legacy as the greatest United States Champion that ever lived, yeah!” Elizabeth gives Savage a kiss on the cheek as Schiavone asks her if she’s excited for Parade of Champions. She simply says “yes” before Savage dismisses her and says they’ll be watching tonight’s main event closely.
5. [Winner Challenges for the United States Championship at Parade of Champions] Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Billy Jack Haynes w/Missy Hyatt
Stakes were high in this match as the winner would not just be in a featured match at Parade of Champions, but also given the chance to wrestle Savage for the U.S. Title. We were reminded of this over and over and over because Missy Hyatt continually shouted to Billy Jack that he HAD to win this match because he HAS to be the next U.S. Champion. With both men getting fatigued, a double clothesline had them both looking at the lights. Missy distracted referee Randy Anderson while tossing one of her high heels to Billy Jack. He shook the cobwebs off and grabbed the high heel. With a confused look he moved the referee to the side and asked Missy what she was thinking. She shouted “helping you win you idiot!” Then Jake spun him around and planted him with the DDT, securing a victory and earning the spot against Randy Savage at Parade of Champions.
Jake Roberts pinned Billy Jack Haynes after the DDT in 0:12:07. Rating: *** 1/4
Missy stomped angrily on the ring apron, but drops down quickly when she realizes Roberts is going to his burlap bag which can only mean one thing! As he lets the snake out, Missy takes off screaming towards the locker room. Roberts taunts Billy Jack with the snake before Missy returns, dragging Kevin Von Erich by the hand. When Kevin sees what’s going on he slides in the ring as Jake takes his snake and retreats. Kevin momentarily checks on Billy Jack who is still groggy but slowly coming to. Missy pulls Kevin away and gives him a big hug, to which Kevin does not entirely reciprocate. But Billy Jack is now aware of his surroundings and sees the embrace. He separates the two and gets in Kevin’s face. The two exchange heated words before Missy steps between them and forces Billy Jack to leave. As she shoves him over and over until they are through the curtain, she looks back at Kevin in the ring and gives him a wink and smile. Kevin looks flustered by the entire situation.
Don’t forget next week we have a big time main event as The House of Humperdink will defend the Tag Team titles against Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor. Plus, the Midnight Rockers, “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, West Coast Champion Chris Adams, and more will be in action! And we will have more details about Parade of Champions!
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (STIPULATION TBA) - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP - “Macho Man” Randy Savage (c) vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts 20-MAN BATTLE ROYAL: Terry Funk, more TBA
Post by snabbit888 on Mar 23, 2016 15:56:05 GMT -5
You made a great use of the post-match interview all night. Midnight Express are surely are to cause problems in the tag title match next week.
I like what you're doing with Funk. He'd been at the top for awhile but he is still in interesting segments and matches even though he's not currently in the main event program. A battle royal is the perfect time for him to shine and be generally bat shit nuts.
Missy Hyatt is playing Billy Jack Haynes and Kevin Von Erich so hard.
My guess is we're getting a cage match with Magnum and Piper, which I am not at all upset about.
Great promo from the Macho Man. Simple and to the point. It's also interesting to see you essentially take over the NWF United States Title. Wondering if that will translate into being a full-time WWA championship.
Great main event to end the show. We're going to get Savage/Roberts which will be awesome, and the furthering of the Missy Hyatt storyline was well done. Great stuff all around.
May 2, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped April 14, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone was jovial as ever as he introduced us to another fantastic hour of pro wrestling! After putting over tonight’s lineup, he mentioned that Parade of Champions is starting to shape up and Howard Beauchamp would be on later in the program to explain the stipulations he’s assigned to the WWA Heavyweight Championship Match!
1. Jack Victory & Sheepherder Luke vs. Pete Sanchez & Jose Luis Rivera
After weeks of Jack Victory pleading with Luke to be his tag team partner and rebuild The Sheepherders, Luke finally gave him the chance tonight. Luke started the match and gained control early. He then handed the match over to Jack and gave instructions from the ring apron. Unfortunately, Jack was flustered by the constant badgering of Luke and ended up getting caught in a small package.
Pete Sanchez and Jose Luis Rivera defeated Jack Victory and Sheepherder Luke when Rivera pinned Victory with a small package in 0:07:43. Rating: -3/4*
Luke was downright furious. Jack looked like a lost puppy dog as Luke scolded him, calling him worthless and saying he’ll never be a Sheepherder. He said the only thing Jack was ever good at was waving the flag before throwing the New Zealand flag and pole at Jack. As he stepped away, he reconsidered and said “as a matter of fact, you aren’t even good at that!” and yanked the flag from him before walking off. Jack put his head down, embarrassed and ashamed.
2. [Non-Title Match] “Gentleman” Chris Adams vs. Brodie Chase
Gentlemen’s Club members The Playboy and The Hustler bogarted their way onto commentary. They said Las Vegas is custom made for The Gentlemen’s Club and after they BOTH win the Battle Royal and Adams successfully retains the West Coast Championship at Parade of Champions, they’re going to tear that city up! Females beware! The Playboy invited Schiavone to join them and one second later The Hustler uninvited him.
Chris Adams pinned Brodie Chase with the Superkick in 0:04:05. Rating: *
The Hustler and The Playboy celebrated Adams’ win as if he had won the lottery when he joined them in the booth. Schiavone was caught in the middle but somehow managed to ask about Kevin Von Erich. As Adams cut the promo, Schiavone was being bounced back and forth off The Hustler and The Playboy’s bodies before he dismissed himself from the situation. After Adams said he’s already beaten Von Erich and that Parade of Champions will be more of the same, he switched his focus onto the United States Champion, Randy Savage. He claimed the West Coast Championship is the most prestigious title in the United States, not the gold Savage wears around his waist. He said once Elizabeth feasts her eyes on him she’ll forget all about the Macho Man and want to be with a real Gentleman.
Ken Resnick makes the ring introductions for our next match but before he could exit, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty ask for the mic. Marty Jannetty said that since it looks like Jim Cornette and The Midnight Express are here to stay, we want to clear ourselves from any kind of affiliation with those three miscreants. Micheals adds that while he and Jannetty are midnight Rockers; morning, noon or night they’re always up for a fight. From here-on-out, they are simply The Rockers because they like to rock n’ roll all night and party every day!
3. The Rockers vs. Gustavo Mendoza & Frankie DeFalco
They may have modified their name a bit but it was the same fantastic and high energy team we’re accustomed to seeing. Michaels & Jannetty had the studio audience all fired up as they handily defeated their opponents.
The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated Gustavo Mendoza and Frankie DeFalco when Michaels pinned Mendoza after the Rocker-Plex in 0:04:09. Rating: * 1/2
Howard Beauchamp joined Tony Schiavone with an important announcement regarding the upcoming WWA Heavyweight Championship rematch between Magnum T.A. and Roddy Piper. He said that due to excessive outside interference every time these two meet in the ring, measures have been taken to prevent more of this at Parade of Champions. First, Mr. T and Dusty Rhodes will be denied access to the building that evening meaning they cannot even purchase a ticket to the event. The fans scoffed at this. He added that Paul Orndorff will also be escorted out of the building after he participates in the Battle Royal. A mixed reaction from the fans, but Beauchamp added one more stipulation. To make sure we have a clear winner we’re putting Magnum T.A. and Roddy Piper inside the STEEL CAGE! 4. “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant vs. Tommy Montana
Valiant was all flash and flare as he whipped Montana all over the ring. He was having a good ole time juking and jiving for the fans before he locked in the Sleeperhold.
Jimmy Valiant defeated Tommy Montana when Montana passed out in the Sleeperhold in 0:05:01. Rating: **
Of course Boogie Woogie had to stop by the booth with Schiavone and cut a promo. He threw his name into the Battle Royal at Parade of Champions. He dared One Man Gang to sign up because nothing would be better than throwing the largest man in the WWA over the top rope! PIPER AND ORNDORFF IN LAS VEGAS
Schiavone throws it over to our correspondent Vince McMahon on location in Las Vegas. McMahon is standing in front of the fountains at the Bellagio with news regarding Parade of Champions. He says The Midnight Express will clash with Brad Armstrong & Terry Taylor and if Brad & Terry are successful on tonight's program, this match would be for the WWA Tag Team Championship. Also, with this event getting a lot of attention not just stateside, but worldwide, a number of international stars have expressed interest in getting a spot on the show.
McMahon then brings in his guests, Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Piper is in his usual kilt and white t-shirt but also has on a party hat and fun glasses! Orndorff, meanwhile, is all suited up with a pretty girl on each arm. Both men are grinning ear to ear as they talk about what a great time they’re having. As they speak about their plans for the night of Parade of Champions, Vince asks if they’ve heard the latest announcements from the offices of Howard Beauchamp? Orndorff says yes, and that it will be a walk in the park throwing out 19 guys in the Battle Royal. Piper exclaims he’s very happy that Beauchamp has given him the rematch for the WWA Heavyweight Championship because he very much deserves it. Vince asks had he heard the match would take place inside of a steel cage? Piper lowers his fun glasses to be sure Vince is serious. When he realizes Vince is, he throws the glasses and party hat to the ground and goes wild. Orndorff tries to calm him down before Vince adds that Orndorff is also being forced to leave the Thomas & Mack Center before the cage match takes place. This sends Orndorff into a tirade while his lady friends disappear into the ogling crowd. Apparently any game plan Piper & Orndorff had for Parade of Champions has just been ruined by these new stipulations.
5. [WWA Tag Team Championship Match] The House of Humperdink (c) w/Sir Oliver Humperdink vs. Brad Armstrong & “Terrific” Terry Taylor
Brad & Terry have been underdogs since they joined the tag team ranks but the last couple of months have proven they are not to be taken lightly. In fact, they were on the offensive for most of the this match as Sir Oliver struggled to get Eadie & Rude on the same page. Jim Cornette, who has been very vocal about Brad & Terry getting a title match without actually defeating The Midnight Express, showed up at ringside along with “Beautiful” Bobby & “Sweet” Stan. These three, along with the Sir Oliver, proved to be an overwhelming distraction eventually leading to a victory for the Champions when Rude rolled up Taylor with a handful of tights.
The House of Humperdink (Bill Eadie and Rick Rude) defeated Brad Armstrong and Terry Taylor when Rude pinned Taylor with a schoolboy in 0:16:11. Rating: *** (House of Humperdink retained the WWA Tag Team Titles.) [Sir Oliver Humperdink interfered against Terry Taylor.] [Jim Cornette interfered against Terry Taylor.]
After the bell sounded, Brad & Terry disputed the call pointing out that Rude clearly had the tights. Cornette and his Midnight Express taunted them, calling them sore losers. Brad & Terry challenged them to get in the ring to which Eaton & Lane accepted. The four men brawled briefly before Rude & Eadie stepped in giving the heels the advantage. But The Rockers soon hit the ring, evening the odds. Tony Schiavone said the cameras would keep rolling but we were out of time!
Next week you can expect to see a lot of great wrestling including the Prime Time Wrestling in ring debut of Randy Savage as he prepares to defend the U.S. Championship at Parade of Champions. Also, we’ll get words from Magnum T.A. regarding his Championship defense against Roddy Piper inside of a steel cage!
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH (Dusty Rhodes, Mr. T, and Paul Orndorff banned from the building) - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP - “Macho Man” Randy Savage (c) vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts 20-MAN BATTLE ROYAL: Terry Funk, The Playboy, The Hustler, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, and more TBA
I like Chris Adams, but I'm not entirely sure it is wise of him to be taunting Savage. Savage is downright nuts, especially when you talk about Elizabeth.
Simple promo to drop the Midnight part to just get the Rockers. It's too bad they will soon be mine when they both quit and join the top wrestling promotion of 1986.
Steel cage isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it should be one helluva fight. This one is basically a pick 'em. I could see you easily picking either guy to go over.
I love Jimmy Valiant.
International stars? Hrm... makes me wonder what you have in mind.
Haha. Nothing like some heels losing their mind and having their fun ruined. I wouldn't be surprised if Piper/Orndorff still have a plan up their sleeves.
Didn't think we'd get a title change tonight, but good showing from Taylor/Armstrong. Not only that, but looks like we have four strong teams to fight for those belts in the coming months. I've liked Rude and Eadie, but I don't see them holding the titles for a long time. Demolition is coming, and Rude needs a big singles push because he's awesome.
Oh, you forgot to add the Midnight Express vs. Taylor/Armstrong match to the Parade of Champions card.
May 9, 1986 - WWA Prime Time Wrestling (Taped May 6, 1986 at Studio 2 in San Francisco, CA)
Tony Schiavone hypes tonight’s great lineup featuring WWA Champion Magnum T.A., the debut of United States Champion Randy Savage along with Elizabeth, and the main event featuring Paul Orndorff and “Dr. Death”. We will also have updates throughout the broadcast regarding Parade of Champions including this big one...
TAG TEAM NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS NAMED
Schiavone brings The Rockers to the booth saying they have been named the Top Contenders for the WWA Tag Team Titles and they will challenge for the belts at Parade of Champions. Jannetty says they’ve been putting in the work to become the best tag team in wrestling. Michaels said the goal when they started teaming up was always to become WWA Tag Team Champions and they’re looking forward to making that a reality on May 17th in Las Vegas.
1. Tito Santana vs. Gerald Finlay
Santana has adjusted just fine to being a full time singles wrestler. He had very little trouble in this match as he was able to show off his speed and technique on his way to a victory.
Tito Santana pinned Gerald Finlay with the Flying Forearm in 0:04:43. Rating: * 3/4
Ken Resnick meets up with Santana for an interview at ringside. Santana puts over Parade of Champions as not just an important event for WWA but for all of professional wrestling. He says every match is a big one including the Battle Royal which he is entering. He plans on leaving an impression on the 19 other wrestlers involved as well as everyone watching. Finally he adds that he’s looking forward to watching The Rockers take the Tag Team Titles from The House of Humperdink. He tells The Rockers that no one knows Humperdink and his guys like he does and he’ll be watching that match closely.
2. [Handicap-Match] One Man Gang (w/Gary Hart) vs. Phil Hickerson, Mike Simani and Rick Gantner
Gary Hart wanted to send a message to everyone involved in the upcoming Battle Royal. That message: it doesn’t matter how many guys try to eliminate One Man Gang because he’s the biggest, strongest, and most dominate wrestler in WWA and he cannot be thrown over the top rope. Gang showed his dominance here as he had little trouble beating up three men at once.
One Man Gang defeated Phil Hickerson, Mike Simani and Rick Gantner when One Man Gang pinned Simani with the 747 Splash in 0:05:24. Rating: DUD [Gary Hart interfered against Rick Gantner.]
After the bell rang, Gary Hart encouraged One Man Gang to toss his opponents over the top rope just like he will at Parade of Champions. He did so with ease and great pleasure but as Gang basked in his small victory, “BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN” JIMMY VALIANT slid into the ring and landed some solid shots that staggered Gang! He then bounced off the ropes and with a ton of momentum he gave Gang one last shot that sent the big man tumbling over the top rope to the floor! Boogie wiggled his hips and clapped his hands as Gang and Gary Hart retreated.
Before our next bout, President Howard Beauchamp joined Tony Schiavone in the booth. Together they watched a clip from the last event at the Cow Palace where “Dr. Death” Steve Williams seemingly lost control and took his anger out on referee Eddie Gersh and a ringside attendant. After the clip, Williams joined them and apologized for what happened saying he let frustration get the best of him that night. Beauchamp said he couldn’t let a transgression like that go unpunished and he would have to fine Williams $1,000. If something like this happens again, the fine will be much more severe. Williams was upset but realized he was in the wrong and agreed. The segment ended with Beauchamp and Williams shaking hands.
3. [Non-Title Match] United States Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/Miss Elizabeth) vs. Chico Cabello
There was a different vibe inside Studio 2 when Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth came to the ring. The combination of Savage’s robe glistening under the lights, the United States Championship gold around his waist, and the sheer beauty of Elizabeth made this in ring debut feel special. Macho Man hit all of his signature moves while Elizabeth smiled and applauded at ringside until it was time for the Flying Elbowdrop to end the match.
Randy Savage pinned Chico Cabello with the Flying Elbowdrop in 0:03:55. Rating: **
The duo joined Shiavone in the booth to discuss Parade of Champions where Savage will defend against Jake Roberts. Savage said “I may be new to WWA, yeah, but tales of Jake “The Snake” have been going around professional wrestling for quite some time, yeah. Jake is a snake, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, but I aaaam the “Macho Man” Randy Savage, United States Champion, yeah, the lord and MASTER OF THE RING! Macho Madness!” Shiavone then reiterates comments made by Chris Adams last week regarding Savage, to which Savage says “it’s real simple, Chris Adams. You’re the West Coast Champion, yeah, which is just a fraction of the entire United States. Which tells me you’re only a FRACTION of the man that the Macho Man is, DIG IT? Ain’t that right Elizabeth?” Miss Elizabeth smiles bashfully and nods in agreement. Schiavone then says that next week here on Prime Time Wrestling, Savage will be teaming with Kevin Von Erich and Billy Jack Haynes to take on all three members of The Gentlemen’s Club. Savage says “I’ll hold up my end, yeah, and those other two had better put their differences aside and hold up their ends and everything willuhhhh, yeah, go smoooth. Ooooooh yeah!"
4. [Non-Title Match] WWA Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A. vs. The Libyan
Week after week Magnum T.A. proudly represents himself and WWA as the Heavyweight Champion. He’s always improving and up for any challenge. He’s got a huge challenge on his hands at Parade of Champions but watching him here tonight we could see he’s focused and prepared for battle.
Magnum T.A. pinned The Libyan with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:03:18. Rating: * 1/2
Schiavone interviewed Magnum in the booth after the match. Magnum talked about defending his title against Piper in the Steel Cage Match at Parade of Champions. He said it’s about time they settle things like men, one-on-one inside of an unforgiving cage, without having to worry about outside interference. He puts over Piper’s accomplishments and abilities and says it will undoubtedly be a war that everyone will remember.
Vince McMahon is on location in Las Vegas, standing in front of Caesar’s Palace, where he plugs Parade of Champions. He puts over some of the big matches already announced including the 20-Man Battle Royal. He says a lot of stars of the WWA are entering the match, but many wrestlers around the globe are reaching out with interest in getting a spot in the match. One such wrestler is joining him here as he introduces JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER. Lawler steps into view in full regalia, including crown, robe, and scepter. He says it’s fitting they’re standing in front of Caesar’s Palace because royalty has finally graced the WWA. He wants to make it clear when he says “finally” because for too long, royalty has been given a bad name by some lowly islander calling himself King Tonga. Well he’s got news for Tonga and everyone else in the Battle Royal. When he throws 19 other guys out of the ring they’ll know who the top of the hierarchy is and everyone, including that blasphemous ‘king’ Tonga, will bow at his feet. He then says next week the peasants in San Francisco better roll the red carpet out because he is coming to Prime Time Wrestling to claim his thrown.
5. [Main Event] “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
Schiavone and Resnick were still discussing Jerry Lawler as our main event began. Schaivone added that Lawler wasn’t the only wrestler tonight who signed on to that big Battle Royal because moments ago “Dr. Death” put his name on the dotted line to be in the match. Speaking of Williams, he was certainly tested here in the main event against Orndorff. These are two of the toughest and strongest men in WWA, not to mention a couple of stubborn bastards. Neither budged throughout the match and it broke down into a slugfest. Williams’ punches had a lot more on them and Orndorff tried retreating into a corner. Williams continued, though, and referee Randy Anderson tried to separate them. Williams, apparently caught up in the moment, threw Anderson to the mat which earned him a disqualification.
Paul Orndorff defeated Steve Williams by disqualification in 0:08:07. Rating: **
The sound of the bell ringing got Williams’ attention and when he heard the announcement that Paul Orndorff won the match via DQ he grabbed Randy Anderson by the collar. He threw him down again, this time with such force that Anderson bounced off the mat and went through the ropes and out of the ring. Williams climbed out of the ring with bad intentions in mind but a number of wrestlers stormed ringside and held Williams back while the show came to a close.
Join us next week for a huge six man tag team match pitting The Gentleman’s Club against Kevin Von Erich, Billy Jack Haynes, and Randy Savage! Also in action are Roddy Piper, The Rockers, and more! Plus, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes will be in the studio to comment on Parade of Champions! It’s the final stop before Parade of Champions and you won’t wanna miss it!
5/17/86 - PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH (Dusty Rhodes, Mr. T, and Paul Orndorff banned from the building) - Magnum T.A. (c) vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP - “Gentleman” Chris Adams (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP - “Macho Man” Randy Savage (c) vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts The Midnight Express vs. Brad Armstrong & “Terrific” Terry Taylor 20-MAN BATTLE ROYAL: Terry Funk, The Playboy, The Hustler, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, Tito Santana, One Man Gang, Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, and more TBA