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WWF Wrestling Challenge July 12th, 1987

July 12, 1987

From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.

This week's featured match will see the Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton. Also in action tonight will be the Junkyard Dog, Hart Foundation, One Man Gang, and Hillbilly Jim & Billy Jack Haynes & Tito Santana.




Brian Costello vs. Junkyard Dog

Gorilla notes the weight gain of JYD as Heenan said JYD recently bought flash cards so he could learn to count to ten. JYD hits a poor excuse of a clothesline then overpowers Costello for a bit, as he barely seems able to move, until he puts him away with the powerslam (1:53). After the match, JYD dances with a few kids in the ring.

Thoughts: Even the announcers are hinting at how terrible JYD looks now and its clear that he is being phased down the card.



Craig DeGeorge talks about Killer Khan as we see him use the mist on his opponents. They are playing this up as a threat to everyone, including Hogan. Well, they had to hype their house show matches somehow.



Jerry Allen & Mario Mancini vs. The Islanders w/ Bobby Heenan

Johnny V. replaces Heenan on commentary for this match. He also tells us that is the one who has signed Bam Bam Bigelow. Allen catches Tama with a slam and a dropkick. Haku tags in but Allen hits him with a crossbody for a nearfall. The Islanders trap Allen in the corner and beat him down for a bit. Allen makes the tag to Mancini, who immediately gets attacked then put away with the double flying headbutt (2:42).

Thoughts: Not much to this other than the continuation of the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.



Gene Okerlund is with Ken Patera, who tells us the emotional scars he deals with then refers to the Heenan Family as the "goon squad." Patera now has an insane look on his face that even Okerlund seems scared of him as Patera talks about taking out the Heenan Family one-by-one until its just Heenan himself and that "paybacks will be paid." This interview was something else.



Cowboy Bob Orton & Don Muraco vs. Killer Bees

Gorilla tells Heenan that Johnny V. told him he signed Bam Bam, which Heenan states is a lie because he is the one who signed him. Muraco and Blair start off the match. After a minute of back and forth action, Blair catches Muraco with a powerslam then Orton tries to break it up but accidentally leg drops his partner. Blair hits Muraco with an atomic drop as he collides with Orton, who then tags into the match. Orton pulls up on the ropes but in the process he slingshots Muraco into the ring. Muraco and Orton finally take control of the match. Orton goes to hit Brunzell, who ducks, and accidentally nails the referee then the bell rings as the ref disqualifies Muraco and Orton. After the match, Muraco and Orton argue until Orton storms off.

Thoughts: More of a comedy match with Orton & Muraco, former stars, reduced to doing goofy miscommunication spots leading to a breakup.



Okerlund is with Greg Valentine, who blames Brutus Beefcake for losing the Tag Team Titles and how he will never touch his hair and if Beefcake does try to cut his hair, he will put him in the figure four and snap his leg.



One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Jim Evans

Gang chokes out Evans with his own jacket to start. He rams him into the corner as Slick is shown in an insert promo telling us that he has the "inside track" on Bam Bam Bigelow as Heenan is irate. Gang then puts Evans away with a gordbuster.

Thoughts: Again, the main point here was adding further intrigue to the Bam Bam Bigelow angle.



DeGeorge is with the Heenan Family as they gloat over the fact they beat up and whipped Ken Patera. We are then shown footage of Patera in the locker room after the attack, with welts all over his back.



Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee & Terry Gibbs & Chris Curtis

Haynes works over Lee to start. Jim tags in and does a cartwheel as the fans applaud but Tito tags in after that and slams Gibbs around. Curtis, sporting a shaved head, enters as Tito works him over. Jim then catches Curtis in one of the sorriest attempts of a bearhug that I have ever seen. The jobbers break that up then Tito tags in and gets the win after hitting Curtis with the flying forearm (2:39). After the match the winners dance and clap with a few kids.

Thoughts: The action was pretty bad when Tito was not in the ring. Other than that, just a way to get three guys with nothing going on a chance to shine on TV.



A replay of footage from Ted DiBiase at a house show tossing money into the crowd.



Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Omar Atlas & Corporal Kirchner

The Hart Foundation beat on Atlas as we see Jimmy Hart in an insert promo saying he will be the one to sign Bam Bam Bigelow. Kirchner tags and cleans house then tags Atlas, who comes off of the rope with an elbow smash. Gorilla hypes the WWF Magazine and an article on the British Bulldogs and how they hope to regain the titles. The Harts are beating on Atlas in the corner then put him away with the Hart Attack (3:15).

Thoughts: More fuel for the Bam Bam angle and they seem to be hinting that the Bulldogs will be #1 contenders to the Tag Team Titles.



Okerlund is with Slick, who refuses to answer his question about the One Man Gang's signing bonus. Butch Reed comes out and runs down the top babyfaces in the company.



Next week in action will be Jake Roberts, Kamala & Sika, Honky Tonk Man, Can-Am Connection, and Randy Savage



Final Thoughts: The Bam Bam Bigelow hype and storyline over which manager will in fact manage him dominated the show. They also had more tension between Muraco and Orton and hyped up the cold Patera vs. Heenan Family Feud but other than that nothing really happened. They are at least pushing newer acts here but they are struggling to find a top TV feud and credible opponents for Hogan.



Here is my schedule for the next several days.

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/18/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/19/87
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/25/87

Comments

  1. "people"? Out of curiosity - who else has Joe injured? Maybe you're right and he is sloppy, but I've never heard of anyone else.

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  2. Shinsuke Nakamaru is the most overatted wrestler around

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  3. As though there's a difference.

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  4. Dude, why even bother.

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  5. Wow, I thought for sure they'd give it to Taguchi


    Sidenote, I subscribed to NJPW World a few weeks ago and tried watching some of the house show matches they put on there. Gedo matches never failed to put me to sleep.

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  6. Deleted comments.... deleted comments EVERYWHERE

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  7. I think Kushida takes it. With Shelly out there are no Time Splitters to fall back on, and Omega's character should be feuding with Japenese guys.

    I'll be happy either way. Both guys are great.

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  8. Maybe you should do a shitty review about it

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  9. I can concur with it being annoying Seth isn't doing that move, but it's such a douchebag Heel move that HHH gave him the Pedigree that it's kinda a better choice.

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  10. This is the worst thread in awhile.

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  11. I did too. When I saw Taguchi's last opponent was Chase Owens (who?) And that if he and O'Reilly tied Taguchi got the tie breaker I thought he had.

    Was presently surprised at the outcome.

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  12. I can't believe people take the time to make fake accounts.

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  13. TheBrazillianTrannyJune 5, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Come back to bed darling !

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  14. They should ban the Muscle Buster because someone could bump their head and get a concussion from it.

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  15. Then right on cue I got notification that a fake account with my name, 'Lax's icon, and zero comments.

    Sad folks.

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  16. TheBrazillianTrannyJune 5, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Not really

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  17. Styles Clash = Ganzo Bomb 2015

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  18. TheBrazillianTrannyJune 5, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Lol we're talking about the mucle buster here, pal

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  19. Well, I'm talking about the Styles Clash getting over in Japan for that culture's propensity for enjoying people getting dropped on their heads in the ring.

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  20. Which is odd, because no one gets dropped on their head if you take a styles clash right.

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  21. Someone's on a little troll tear.

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  22. I think we've been over it before, but basically you tuck your head for almost everything, being upside down disorients you for a bit and guys forget to force their body against instinct to throw their head back.

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  23. I tried to put the styles clash on a friend and he ended up putting to feet to my forehead on impact.
    aj styles and samoe have been the only 2 from tna that I have ever cared about.

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  24. I can only hope this is the end of his sad little push back to the indies ya go Steen.

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  25. I'm heading to the ROH show in the greatest town in history. Do they have cards for house shows up on their website or is a crapshoot what I'll see?

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  26. I always thought Gang's finisher was called a "front suplex." What did the commentators call it?

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  27. thesmartmarks.com/artman/uploads/kazarian.gif STYLES CLASH 2003

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  28. He can work, so could D'lo. Shit happens.

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  29. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Chase Owens is a CAW that somehow got out of WWE 2K14.

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  30. Jay Diesel vs Mark Briscoe in a badly lit arena match

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  31. Taguchi is one of the most horrible wrestler in NJPW

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  32. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Cody Hall and CNJ take the prize.

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  33. Cody Hall is still a young lion and can devellop. Captain is a comedy act, but Taguchi is seriously pushed beyond his actual talent

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  34. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I foung someone worse, BUSHI.

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  35. That's the gourdbuster.

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  36. That's the gourdbuster, isn't it?

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  37. Hall, I think, has potential.

    I have never gotten the Captain New Japan thing, and his bumping/wrestling is really bad.

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  38. It's amazing how much different JYD looked between 1986 and 1987. He was the number two face in the company a year ago but in 1987 he just looked pathetic and was a shell of his former self.

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  39. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Well, Hall is in the perfect spot, Bullet Club's fall guy.

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  40. Look like WWE have quite the line up for their next try out camp : Gargano, Chucky T, TMDK (from Noah), Athena, Jessica Havok, Ciampa, Biff Busick ...

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  41. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Get Gargano, Busick and TMDK. I like Chucky T, but WWE is not gonna work for him.

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  42. The gordbuster name is used for two moves: the front suplex (when Arn Anderson did it) and the without-the-underhook pedigree (when Ron Bass did it). Gang's finish was called the "Master Blaster" at one point but I think they mostly just called it a front suplex.

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  43. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Too bad Kurt Angle is in there anymore.

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  44. I think they should give Ciamppa another chance, he was really good in ROH

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  45. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Ciampa seems like a guy HHH drools over, if they let Steen/Owens be the way he is in the WWE, I can see Ciampa too.

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  46. All their cards are on the website. What city is the greatest on earth?

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  47. I second this

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  48. HHH should be drooling, half of Ciampa's offence USES THE KNEE!!!1!!!!

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  49. Yeah I was very confused at first when I started hearing the Arn Anderson move called a gordbuster because I was familiar with Bass's first.

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  50. ThebrazilianpsychoJune 5, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Specially Shane Haste.

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  51. The Master Blaster was when he sat on the top rope and drove his knee into the opponents back, knocking him to the mat. It was odd as they hyped it for weeks and he switched to a new finisher out of the blue

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  52. Yeah, the crowds even stopped caring about him

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  53. You're an idiot for doing wrestling movez to your friend. What are you seven?

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  54. He needed to stop grabbing them cakes.. and by cakes.. I mean actual cakes.

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  55. ROH shows are a lot of fun! The full card will be on the website. Hopefully you'll get The Young Bucks.

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  56. You liked your own comment?


    WHAT A TOOL!

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  57. Pretty good spelling for seven years old, to be fair.

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  58. Years ago my 20-something roommate and his equally idiotic friend were bragging to me
    About how they dropped each other on their heads doing DDTs in the backyard.

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  59. It was an untelevised match, so we don't know how the injury happened. Sometimes people get hurt doing their own moves.

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  60. They should ban putting your arms in the air to acknowledge audience applause because that's how Sami Zayn got injured

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  61. I've seen this Patera promo and it's batshit crazy.


    So what was Hogan doing in the summer of 87 for a feud?

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  62. Killer Khan and the One Man Gang

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  63. Is this the famous red headed step-son one?

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  64. When was it changed to the 747?

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  65. They should bring him in as Cesaro's crazy cousin.

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  66. The 747 is the big splash that may or may not come off the middle turnbuckle.

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  67. He was hurt when he got hit with Joe's finish so thats not doing his own move.

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  68. Collinsville, IL was the greatest city on earth well not really but its my hometown so it's gotta be up there.

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  69. So you saw the match?

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  70. Needs more BIG DADDY YUM YUM!

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  71. This topic should be renamed "DELETE safe moves"

    AMIRITE?

    *high five*

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  72. But I was planning on waving them like I just don't care.

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  73. They should also ban bouncing off the ropes.


    I knew a guy who knew a guy who went to a wrestling match once; the wrestler bounced off the rope, and his head snapped clean off.

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