May 3, 1987
From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT
Your hosts are George "The Animal" Steele (subbing for Bobby Heenan, who was selling the injuries he suffered after Ken Patera threw him across the ring last week) and Gorilla Monsoon
Tonight's featured match is the Can-Am Connection vs. Kamala & Sika. Also in action are the British Bulldogs, Ricky Steamboat, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Butch Reed, and King Harley Race. Plus, the "Snake Pit" with guest Danny Davis.
Terry Gibbs vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Gibbs knees Steamboat during a lockup and throws him over the top rope but Steamboat skins-the-cat and ends up taking Gibbs to the floor with a headscissors. Back inside, Steamboat works the arm until Gibbs hits an inverted atomic drop. Gorilla asks Steele about the WWF Magazine as he just says "uh..uh...." as Gibbs takes control of the match and gets a few nearfalls with a slam and a neckbreaker but Steamboat fights back and hits the flying chop for the win (4:13).
Thoughts: Steamboat sold a lot here. Gorilla and Steele on commentary wasnt as bad as you would think as Gorilla played it straight as Steele did his usual stuff and it went together.
Sivi Afi & Mario Mancini & "Leaping" Lanny Poffo vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & "The Natural" Butch Reed w/ Slick
Poffo's post match promo is about Ken Patera and how "weasel hunting season" has now appeared. Before the match, Slick demands that everyone listen to him as he calls Hacksaw Jim Duggan a "yellow-bellied coward" and that Volkoff will sing the Russian National Anthem right now as Duggan answers the challenge and comes out. As Volkoff sings, Duggan cuts the microphone as the heels try to figure out why the mic does not work. Match starts with the heels attacking the faces from behind as they toss out Afi & Mancini. Sheik beats on Poffo until he tags Afi,who gets beat on by Volkoff. Afi uses his speed to avoid Reed and make the tag to Mancini as Gorilla asks Steele about his match against Savage. Reed beats on him and hits a gorilla press slam then tags who kills Mancini with a back suplex until he gets the win with the Camel's Clutch (3:00).
Thoughts: This was all about the Duggan vs. Evil Foreigners feud, which has been the most heavily pushed feud post WrestleMania III.
Gene Okerlund is with the Rougeau Brothers, who say that they are after Dino Bravo for costing them their match at WrestleMania III. Typical dull stuff from the Rougeaus.
Nelson Veilleux vs. King Harley Race
Race hits a high knee then he is shown in an insert promo talking about wanting to be the next World Champion then finishes off Veilleux with the cradle suplex (0:42).
Thoughts: They continue to make Race look dominant as a credible challenger for Hogan at house shows.
Okerlund is with Slick, who is wearing a Mercedes Benz medallion, prompting Okerlund to say he is missing the hood ornament on his car. Slick says that the first thing on his list is to take care of Tito Santana after what he did to him at WrestleMania III. Slick said he had his $2,300 tuxedo torn off of him as he calls Tito a "pepper-eating red..." as Okerlund tells him to keep it clean. Slick then says that Butch Reed will destroy Tito as that feud continues.
Rick Gantner & Rocky Stone vs. British Bulldogs
Davey takes care of both Gantner & Stone by himself as the Hart Foundation are shown in an insert promo taunting the Bulldogs with the Tag Team Titles. Dynamite and hits a clothesline then a snap suplex that barely saw him get Gantner over for the move. Man, he looked to be in tremendous pain here. Davey tags right back in as he launches Stone at Gantner before putting Gantner away with a running powerslam (2:48).
Thoughts: Sad to see Dynamite reduced to a pathetic shell of himself in the ring. Davey had to do like 90% of the work in their matches as a result.
The Snake Pit with guest Danny Davis. Roberts tells Davis, who struts on the set acting all cocky, that he is a wanted man as Davis tells us he is on his way to become one of the greatest wrestlers then asks Roberts who wants a piece of him as both Tito Santana and Koko B. Ware come out and threaten to kick his ass. Roberts then closes by telling Davis that he is like a man sitting in the electric chair. Good segment to make Davis look like the hunted.
Kamala & Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee vs. Can-Am Connection
The Can-Ams get jumped from behind after the bell. Zenk gets double-teamed until he dodges a charging Kamala, who accidentally hits his own partner. Martel tags and dropkicks Kamala over the top rope then works the arm of Sika. Zenk tags back in but Sika headbutts him as he gets trapped in the wrong corner. Kamala then appears to hit Zenk in the nuts with a crescent kick that looked fucking painful. Zenk continues to get destroyed but is able to fight back and make the tag. Martel hammers away at Sika then the match breaks down. Martel collides with Sika then gets tossed to the floor by Kamala as its 2-1 against Zenk. Sika holds down Zenk so Kamala can splash him but Martel breaks that up with a trip then hits Sika with a flying body press in a completely ridiculous spot for the win as the crowd goes mental (4:20). Sika walked right into the corner as Martel climbed up then backed up a few feet to allow Martel to hit the splash, which looked idiotic. The heels attack the Can-Ams after the match and set up Zenk for a top rope splash but Martel grabs Fuji's cane and clears the ring.
Thoughts: Big win for the Can-Ams as the WWF continue to build them up for the Tag Team Titles. The only problem about that was Zenk leaving the WWF before they were able to get the belts.
"The Outlaw" Ron Bass vs. Rick Hunter
Bass beats on Hunter as he is shown in an insert promo telling us that he is baddest and meanest in the WWF. Gorilla then asks Steele about his featured match next week on Challenge against the Honky Tonk Man as Steele says its good then Bass gets the win with a double axe handle (0:59).
Thoughts: Very brief and the point of this was to put over Bass for his feud against Mulligan, who was already done with the company.
Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who pretends that he has no idea who Elvis Presley is and why people keep comparing each other as Honky tells us what happens when you make fun of him as he points to his guitar. Okerlund then brings up his girlfriend Peggy Sue as Honky tells him shut up. They are building up Honky tremendously as a heel.
Next week we will have Demolition vs. Rougeau Brothers, George Steele vs. Honky Tonk Man, and also Randy Savage in action. Plus, the debate between Ken Patera and Bobby Heenan and more.
Final Thoughts: This show was okay. The Can-Ams win was huge, the "Snake Pit" was good and the Honky Tonk Man continues to improve as a heel. Other than that though, everything else felt like old hat and there has been too much of the Duggan feud on TV, IMO. Sure it was somewhat popular but to be on every show for weeks at a time was getting to be too much. The company is still struggling to get things going a month after WrestleMania III has ended.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/9/17
Thursday: RF Video Face Off with Honky Tonk Man & Missy Hyatt
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/10/87
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/16/87