Friday, April 10, 2015

WWF Wrestling Challenge May 10th, 1987

May 10, 1987

From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT

Your hosts are "The Outlaw" Ron Bass (Substituting for the injured Bobby Heenan) and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight's featured match is the Honky Tonk Man vs. George "The Animal" Steele. Plus, Demolition vs. The Rougeau Brothers and Tito Santana & Paul Roma & Jim Powers vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton & Tiger Chung Lee. Plus, a replay of the Ken Patera/Bobby Heenan debate and the Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny V. match from the 5/2/87 edition of Superstars of Wrestling"



Nick Kiniski vs. Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth

Kiniski bails before Savage can sneak attack him. Match starts with Kiniski taking Savage down a few times as we get an insert promo from Elizabeth on how out of control Savage has been since losing the Intercontinental Championship. Kiniski sends Savage to the floor with  dropkick then follows outside where Savage outsmarts him. Back inside, Kiniski misses a charge then gets sent to the floor with a clothesline. Savage follows him out with a double axe handle then rolls Kiniski back inside and hits the flying elbow smash for the win (2:16). 

Thoughts: Kiniski looked good in the brief amount of offense he got in but the story here was Savage continuing to act crazy since losing the IC Title.
 

 

Wrestler's Rebuttal with Jimmy Hart, who is not flattered with his advertisement of the WWF Ice Cream Bar inside of the WWF Magazine. 



Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. The Rougeau Brothers

Bass puts over Demolition for loving to hurt people and having Mr. Fuji as a manager. Both teams go back and forth to start until Jacques gets caught in the opposing corner. Demolition continues their assault until Raymond breaks up a double-team. The Rougeaus take control then both teams brawl outside until the match is ruled a double count out (2:29). After the match they continue to brawl inside of the ring until the referee (former enhancement talent Jack Kruger) breaks things up.

Thoughts: Just a quick showcase of both teams here that would later on be used as a feud to build up Demolition.
 

 
Gene Okerlund is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who tells us he makes sure to carry his 2x4 at all times in case he sees a Russian then talks about Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik and how he has his eyes on them. 



Replay of the Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny V. match from the 5/2/87 edition of "Superstars of Wrestling." This was the first match in which Beefcake was billed as "The Barber" and ends with Johnny V. getting his haircut after the match.



Okerlund is with the Iron Sheik, who runs down his accomplishments and how kids should go to school before going off on a tangent about "Jim Doogan" for breaking up the Camel's Clutch he had on Brunzell at WrestleMania III. Okerlund correcting Sheik on Duggan's name was pretty funny but other than that it was nothing special.



Tiger Chung Lee & Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Paul Roma & Jim Powers & Tito Santana

Bass does not care for the pretty boy team of Roma & Powers. Match starts with Orton and Roma trading holds. Roma works the arm and tags out as Powers does the same. Orton comes back with a dropkick then Muraco tags in and beats on Powers. As Muraco has Powers in a full nelson, Lee tries to chop him but accidentally hits Muraco, who tags in Lee then leaves the ring with Orton. Lee misses an elbow drop then Tito tags in and hits the flying forearm for the win (2:39). 

Thoughts: Roma & Powers actually get a win on TV. The story here was Orton & Muraco bailing on Lee and leaving. Those two were also plummeting near the bottom of the card at this time too.

 
Snake Pit with guests Killer Khan and Mr. Fuji. Jake asks Fuji about acquiring Demolition, Kamala & Sika, and Kahn. Fuji says all he cares about is managing guys who embody is spirit while Khan made faces standing off to the side. They are pushing Fuji and his stable of monsters.



Replay of the Patera/Heenan debate. 



Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who is sporting a neck brace. Heenan is pissed at Okerlund's claim that his injury is just a mere sprained neck as he then promises to make Patera suffer more than he ever has in his life. 



Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George "The Animal" Steele

Steele chases Honky out of and around the ring. Honky leaves the guitar behind as Steele chases him around with that and smashes it on the stairs before chasing him up the aisle as the ref awards the match to the Honky Tonk Man via disqualification (0:23). 

Thoughts: Pretty weak for a match that was advertised a week in advance. Regardless, the fans still loved to see Steele do his act, especially when it comes at the expense of Honky, and that is much better when it occurs in short matches like this.

 

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who is holding a coffee creamer in his hand. Savage tells us that the cream rises to the top then tosses the creamer as he pulls out yet another creamer as he tells Jack Tunney he is the cream at the top and promises that he will get both the IC and the World Heavyweight Title as he balances the creamer on top of his head. Okerlund asks about Elizabeth as he says yet again that he is the cream at the top before walking off. Possibly Savage's greatest promo, which is saying a lot. This was fantastic.



Next week will have the Islanders vs. Killer Bees, Outback Jack vs. Killer Khan, and the featured match of Ricky Steamboat vs. Butch Reed in a non-title match. We get promos from both Steamboat and Reed to close the show. 



Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. The action was generally okay and the action breezed by even if it had a few segments that were replays from "Superstars of Wrestling." They continued a lot of storylines here and created a new Tag Team feud. Also, they announced a pretty huge TV match next week in Steamboat vs. Reed.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/16/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/17/87
Thursday: 1986 WWE Timeline as told by George Steele
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/23/87

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