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WWF Wrestling Challenge November 16th, 1986

November 16, 1986

From the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight's featured match will be Koko B. Ware against Randy Savage in a non-title match. Also, Corporal Kirchner will take on Harley Race and Capt. Lou Albano's final match will take place as he teams with the British Bulldogs to face the Dream Team and Johnny V.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth vs. Koko B. Ware

Savage attacks Koko as he enters the ring and beats on him while still wearing his robe. He tosses Koko to the floor and roughs him up before going back into the ring. Koko finally fights back and takes Savage down with a dropkick. He hits a missile dropkick but Savage gets his foot on the rope. Savage ducks a crossbody and Koko spills out to the floor. He tries a double axe handle but Koko hits him with a punch to the gut then sends Savage into the railing then into the post as the ref counts to ten and its ruled a double countout (3:10). Savage is pissed off at the result.

Thoughts: Fun while it lasted. Koko was actually over despite the goofy gimmick and this result would have you to believe that a rematch would be happening in the near future.

We have "Wrestler's Rebuttal" with Ricky Steamboat as he is pissed at Randy Savage for mistreating Elizabeth and wonders what goes on behind closed doors with them. You're probably not the only one who wondered that, Ricky.

A clip of King Harley Race on "Piper's Pit" is shown when Piper puts the toilet seat over Race's head.

King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Corporal Kirchner

Johnny V. replaces Heenan in the booth. Danny Davis is also the referee for this match. Race attacks Kirchner from behind and takes him down with a kneelift. Race stops a comeback attempt with a thumb to the eye then hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Kirchner fights back and slams Race but misses a top rope elbow drop. Race then hits a flying clothesline before putting him away with the cradle suplex (2:20).

Thoughts: Kirchner is now just a TV jobber at this point and Race, despite Heenan's best efforts, was not getting the King gimmick over. To be fair, he was miscast in that role.

Ken Resnick is with Hulk Hogan, who tells Paul Orndorff will feel the brunt of his punishment and will be humiliated as he realizes you cannot cheat and stab your friends in the back. He says that the belt will stay where it is and promises to get both Orndorff and Heenan. They got a ton of mileage out of that feud.

John Jackson & "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal vs. Pedro Morales & Tito Santana

Regal slams Santana then struts around for a bit. Santana unloads on Regal as we get an insert promo from the Hart Foundation as Neidhart said the only thing Morales can beat them at is eating burritos. Morales tags and applies a side headlock then Jackson tags and Santana puts him in a front facelock then Morales tags and hits a backbreaker for the win (3:01).

Thoughts: Morales was dead weight as the crowds loved Tito and barely cared about Pedro. 1986 was not the year of Tito Santana, that's for sure.

Resnick is with Randy Savage. He congratulates Savage for having a top selling wrestling figure as Savage talks about how he just beat the Junkyard Dog. Resnick then asks him about Jake Roberts challenging him for the Intercontinental Title. Savage says that the "Snake Pit" is nothing to be proud of and that he is nobody until he beats somebody and that he can experience "Macho Madness." The were really hammering home the angle of everyone gunning for Savage's Intercontinental Title.

Kurt Koffman vs. Kamala w/ The Wizard & Kimchee

Koffman is about a half-foot shorter than Kamala and weighs at least half as much as he does too. Kamala tosses Koffman around to start. Koffman tries to use his speed as he crawls under Kamala's legs but gets tossed back down then Kamala finishes him off with a splash that looked like it killed the poor guy (0:53).

Thoughts: Kamala completely dominated this poor jobber and as a result the crowd bought him as a legitimate threat which is a good thing as he was about to start a program with Hogan.

Snake Pit with guests Slick and Butch Reed. The Slickster is afraid of the snake as Jake, sporting a vinyl jacket, talks to him about letting Hercules leave. Slick says that Hercules is great but wanted to see what it felt like to buy and sell a man as while he sold Hercules, he bought Butch Reed. Reed spoke briefly before the segment ended. Not a whole lot to this segment.

Johnny Mann & Nick Kiniski vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Slick

Sheik and Kiniski go back and forth as we get an insert promo from Slick, guaranteeing that he will lead Sheik & Volkoff to the titles. Mann hits Volkoff a few times but gets kicked by Sheik from the apron. Volkoff hits Mann with a backbreaker then tags the Sheik who hits a gutwrench suplex then makes Mann submit to the Camel Clutch as Danny Davis waits a long time before signaling for the bell (2:31).

Thoughts: More or less the same from Sheik & Volkoff that we have been seeing for the past year or so. Even still, Volkoff's singing of the Soviet National Anthem got them a ton of heel heat.

Johnny V. & The Dream Team vs. British Bulldogs & Capt. Lou Albano

Dynamite takes down Valentine then hits a snap suplex. Davey tags as Valentine hits him with a slam. Beefcake tags and hits a vertical suplex for a nearfall. Davey comes back with a slam but gets trapped in the opposing corner. Johnny V tags in and Davey slams him down then catches him with a sleeper as the match breaks down. The Bulldogs dropkick the Dream Team out of the ring then Davey hits Johnny V with a powerslam and Dynamite follows with a diving headbutt then tags Albano, who covers for the win (3:39). Heenan goes off on Albano for getting a cheap win.

Thoughts: Decent for what it was as Albano left the company with a victory.

They show Albano coming into the locker room as he gets sprayed with champagne by Corporal Kirchner and George Steele. Johnny V then runs in and shoves a cake into Albano's face before running out.

Next week, Moondogs vs. Hart Foundation and the Killer Bees vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton. Plus, Hulk Hogan will be the guest on the "Snake Pit."

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show. Albano's retirement was the main thing here. Koko vs. Savage was fine and they are still building towards a Steamboat vs. Savage match (It takes place on the 11/22 edition of Superstars that I will be posting Sunday evening) and continue to build up Kamala so he can be fed to Hogan. They continue the heavy push of Danny Davis' evil referee angle as well. The company is shaping things up for WrestleMania III.

Here is my schedule:

Saturday: RoH Night of Champions 3/22/03
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/22/86
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/23/86
Thursday: Shoot Interview TBD
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/29/86