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WWWF at Madison Square Garden 6/27/77

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Chui

WWE Old School intro.

Announcer Vince McMahon introduces the show.

Howard Finkel, sporting a powder blue suit and a full head of hair, is the ring announcer.

Jan Nelson vs. Jose Gonzalez.  I assume this is the same Jose Gonzalez who would murder Bruiser Brody in a dirty bathroom 11 years later.  He’s a big babyface here in New York.  An “Old School Flashback” in the bottom right corner informs me that Kanye West was born this month, June 1977.  That’s unfortunate for the world.  But I digress.  Gonzalez is the more experienced grappler, while Vince touts Nelson as a future star.  I don’t know that Nelson ever lived up to that.  Gonzalez makes the heel Nelson look foolish, and you can hear Nelson Muntz guffaw in the crowd more than a decade before The Simpsons debuted.  Lots of good ol’ fashioned arm work in this match. as Nelson works an arm lock for several minutes.  Gonzalez fights back with some arm wrangling of his own.  Nelson quickly cuts him off and then beats him  up.  Gonzalez avoids a charge in the corner and makes his comeback.  Gonzalez hits four dropkicks and scores the pin in 9:46.  *3/4

Rocky Tomayo vs. Larry Zbyszko.  Holy crap, Larry is young here.  I’ve never heard of Rocky Tomayo.  More basic, old fashined grappling.  They actually do a bit of chain wrestling, which always makes me giddy.  This is actually kind of fun.  Larry is a fiery young babyface here, very quick to take Tomayo down and grab a hold.  Of course, this is Larry Zbyszko, so there is some stalling.  Tomayo endures a lot of trauma to his hamstrings.  Larry catches Tomayo with an inside cradle for the pin in 7:30.  Man, this referee counts slow.  **1/4

Tony Garea vs. George “The Animal” Steele.  Fiery young babyface Garea is ready to fight, which befuddles the Animal.  Steele stalls a bit, then gets the advantage on Garea by wrestling heelishly.  Garea makes a fiery comeback.  The referee DQ’s Steele in 7:22 for hitting Garea with a foreign object.  Steele continues to lay the beating on.  Garea rallies and runs the big man off.  **

2/3 Falls: Ken Patera & Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Captain Lou Albano) vs. Andre the Giant & Chief Jay Strongbow.  The babyfaces run Albano off during the introductions.  This seems to be a grudge match.  Patera stalls a long time before getting in the ring to start the match.  Vince calls Strongbow a “fired up redskin.”  The ’70s were a different time.  Strongbow gets Patera in his own hold, the full nelson.  Patera escapes.  Andre tags in and puts Patera in the full nelson.  Patera manages to make the ropes.  Volkoff tags in.  The heels try to cut off Andre in their corner, but Andre is a giant, so he’s like “fuck that.”  Strongbow comes in.  Volkoff puts a hurting on him briefly.  Andre tags in and bear hugs Volkoff.  Volkoff gets free, but Andre punches him the face.  Strongbow tags back in and gets caught on the wrong side of town.  Andre gets a hot tag at point, but the referee didn’t see it.  Heels continue getting the heat on Strongbow.  Andre finally gets the tag and runs… well, he doesn’t really run wild, but he wrecks shit like a destructive giant briefly.  Clusterfuck breaks out, largely involving Strongbow running into Andre, causing him to shoulder block both heels in the corner.  Andre goes for a big splash on Patera, but Patera avoids certain death and makes the tag.  Strongbow comes in with a big babyface flurry and locks Volkoff in a sleeper hold.  Patera saves, but gets his man DQ’d in 13:46.  My stream turns shitty, which is just lovely.  After I get it straightened out, Volkoff and Patera get into it at ringside.  Presumably, Volkoff is pissed that Patera cost them the fall.  Insta-commercials.  Strongbow and Volkoff start the second fall.  Andre hold Volkoff for Strongbow to hit him, which is illegal.  The heels are still not getting along.  Patera shoves Volkoff.  Volkoff takes a swing at him.  Volkoff goes to leave the ring, but Patera clubber his back from behind.  Patera leaves.  Andre gives Volkoff a big boot and a splash for the pin in a little over two minutes.  Finkel gives the total time as 16:25.  Fun match.  **3/4

Lenny Hurst vs. Stan “The Man” Stasiak.  This is Hurst’s MSG debut.  I wonder if he ever made it back.  Stasiak is a former WWWF Champion, and the father of a guy who would someday run into shit in backstage segments.  Stasiak is from Buzzard Creek, Oregon, which is a great name for a wrestling hometown.  Vince touts the 225 lb Hurst as the lightest wrestler in the WWWF.  I’ll bet he wishes that were still the case today.  Anyway, Stasiak is the ornery old heel, Hurst is the fiery young babyface, and they work the match accordingly.  Hurst delivers a dropkick that sends Stasiak to the apron.  Stasiak comes back in and puts a beating on the young man.  Hursts makes his comeback, then eats a boot to the face.  Stasiak lands the heart punch for the pin in 7:55.  **

Vince interviews WWWF Champion “Superstar” Billy Graham (w/ The Grand Wizard) in the ring prior to his match.  I’m almost certain I’ve seen this interview before.  “I am the man of the hour, the man with the power, the man too sweet to be sour.”

WWWF Heavyweight Championship Match: “Superstar” Billy Graham (c) (w/ The Grand Wizard) vs. Bruno Sammartino (w/ Arnold Skaaland).  Bruno has a mustache and a Jew fro here.  I think this is 2 months after Graham took the title from Bruno in Baltimore.  Graham taunts Bruno with the belt, and by god, Bruno wants that belt back.  The beauty of this is that Graham cheated Bruno out of his belt, so Bruno is PISSED OFF and wants it back.  He does not laugh it off and talk about how championships come and go.  Bruno attacks Graham to jumpstart the match and MSG comes UNGLUED.  Graham manages to subdue Bruno with a full nelson.  Vince notes that this hold is attacking Bruno’s neck, which was broken not all that long ago by Stan Hansen.  Bruno reverses it and almost puts the champ down with it.  Graham manages to avoid having his arm drop the third time and gets to his feet, but Bruno keeps the hold.  Graham finally manages to get free and takes a powder.  Graham comes back and manages to get the advantage, putting pressure on Bruno’s back and arms.  Bruno again reverses Graham’s hold and puts the pressure on him.  Graham manages to get some momentum going and puts the boots to Bruno.  They work a bear hug for a bit.  Bruno takes a spill to the outside, and Graham tries to keep him there.  Bruno gets back in and goes on the attack.  Graham begs off to no avail.  Graham rallies, but knocks down the referee in the process.  The guys brawl and the referee tries to break it up, only to get taken down repeatedly.  The ref finally calls for the bell in 18:15.  It’s a double DQ.  Fun strong guy match.  **3/4

Baron Von Raschke (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Ivan Putski.  Putski’s beer belly is a little bit less prominent here than on the last show I saw.  Raschke is announced as the “European Heavyweight Champion” 20 years before the WWF actually created a European Championship.  These two went to a 20 minute draw previously, so now we’ve got a 30 minute time limit.  Oh dear.  Blassie is taken to the back before the match starts, for some reason.  Raschke has a gimmick in his hand.  Putski informs the referee of such.  Raschke successfully conceals it on his person.  They finally lock up after a lot of stalling.  They also work the lockup for a long time.  This is going to be a long one.  Raschke with some desultory leg work.  Putski with a rear chin lock, then transitions into some kind of wonky head scissors hold.  Putski finally wakes up and shows some babyface fire.  They go back and forth a bit.  It goes to a 30 minute time limit draw in 19:13.  I don’t care if they lied about the time, I missed some editing, or what.  I don’t need to see these two wrestle for another minute ever.  Putski, that son of a bitch, calls for one more minute.  They brawl a bit.  Raschke takes a powder.  Long and boring.  *3/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. “High Chief” Peter Maivia.  Maivia is making his MSG debut.  His now-five year old grandson would later go on to some success in pro wrestling and Hollywood.  Scicluna gets the jump on him.  Maivia quickly rallies and kicks some ass.  Scicluna tries to use an object, but fails.  Maivia avoids Scicluna in the corner and pins him with a prawn hold in 1:08.  It’s announced at 2:09, which is a lie.  DUD

2/3 Falls: Dominic Denucci & Haystacks Calhoun vs. Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka.  Calhoun’s kayfabe hometown is Morgan’s Corner, Arkansas, which endears him to me.  I know of all of these guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of them wrestle.  Denucci and Tanaka brawl.  Denucci applies a full nelson and allows Calhoun to hit a lackadaisical punch.  Tanaka beats on Denucci a bit.  Denucci fires back with Mongolian chops.  Fuji tags in and hits a “Kamikazi Necktie” (think Sling Blade) for the pin in 3:06.  Denucci makes a comeback as the second fall starts.  Tanaka and Fuji double team Denucci in the corner.  Calhoun comes in to help out, but only distracts the referee.  We’ve got a curfew draw in 1:00 of the second fall!  Calhoun comes in to beat the heels up for a bit, having never actually tagged in to the match.  Fuji & Tanaka win the match, having won the only fall in a 2/3 falls match.  3/4*

And there’s another 1970s WWWF show from the Network.  There’s one more show from the 70s, then we’ll move into the 80s.

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WWWF at Madison Square Garden 3/17/75

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by Chui

“WWE Old School” opening.  This is from the WWE Network.

Straight to the ring introductions for our first match.  A young Vince McMahon is the play-by-play man.  I have know idea who the ring announcer is, but he does the old school “repeat the guy’s last name” thing that Ken Anderson would turn into a gimmick 30 years later.

Paul “Butcher” Vachon vs. “Indian” Jay Strongbow.  Yes, “Indian” Jay Strongbow.  The ’70s were a different time.  Neither of these guys are what you’d call “in shape” by modern standards, but Strongbow is actively flabby.  The match is slow, plodding, and exactly what you’d expect from 1970s WWWF.   Vachon spends an impressive amount of time working a hold on the neck muscles.  Strongbow comes back and slams him around.  Vachon heels on Strongbow some more.  Vachon bites Strongbow, which is about as heelish as you can get.    Vachon gets a near fall, but pulls Strongbow up at 2.  He is immediately shown to have been a fool, as he shoots Strongbow into the ropes, but Strongbow catches him with a Thesz press for the pin in 6:26.  **

Texas Style Match for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship: Bruno Sammartino (c) (w/ Arnold Skaaland) vs. Spiros Arion (w/ Freddie Blassie).  Main event time!  You see, back now, the WWWF always puts the champion on before intermission at MSG, so they can announce the main event for the next card prior to the last match.  This is announced as a “Texas Style Match,” which I assume means it’s a Texas Death Match.  Despite that stipulation, the referee still checks the wrestlers for weapons.  Arion takes advantage of the situation by jumping Bruno before the bell, but Bruno immediately rallies and kicks his ass.  Arion cuts him off and gets the heat briefly.  The style here is pretty realistic, as they largely just kick the shit out of each other.  The momentum swings back and forth.  Maybe I’m imagining this, but there seems to be a lot of emphasis on liver/kidney attacks and blows to the lower back, which I enjoy a lot.  Bruno makes a big comeback with hip tosses and body slams.  Arion cuts him off, but Bruno comes back again with another body slam for the pinfall in 11:52.  Arion’s foot was in the bottom rope, but the referee didn’t see it.  I assume that will lead to a rematch.  I also don’t know what was “Texas” about this match.  The match time is announced as 14:52.  Either they’re lying, or exactly 3 minutes was cut out of this.  **1/2

Killer Kowalski (w/ The Grand Wizard) vs. Victor Rivera.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kowalski wrestle.  He’s very lanky.  The original tape here skips and goes wonky at a couple of points early.  Kowalski works the knee.  He’s a rather vicious fellow.  Rivera attacks Kowalski’s shoulder when the match is going in his favor.  At one point, Rivera gets Kowalski tied up in the ropes and beats him up a bit.  Kowalski breaks free and bites Rivera.  They brawl a bit.  Then they bite each other.  Kowalski bites Rivera again, and the ref calls for the DQ (13:04 shown).  So you’re allowed three bites until you get DQ’d?  Rivera is announced as the winner in 15:50-something.  *3/4

The Wolfman vs. Ivan Putski.  I have no idea who the Wolfman is.  Vince refers to Putski as a “one man gang.”  He also states that this is Putski’s wrestling debut.  I cannot confirm for deny.  Putski is 275 lbs., and most of that is his beer gut.  I miss fat wrestlers.  Putski grabs a headlock and hammers Wolfman in the head.  Repeat.  Putski with a shoulder block.  Wolfman cuts him and wins on him briefly.  Putski fights back with punches and headbutts.  Wolfman with bites and claws.  Putski retaliates in kind.  They beat on each other some more.  Putski gets the bear hug for the win in 5:51.  Fun little mean guy match.  **  Wolfman tries to attack Putski after the match, but gets punched in the face.  The match time is announced at 6:45.  Again, I didn’t notice any editing.  Putski drinks beer in the ring 20 years ahead of Steve Austin.

This was interesting.  Obviously, modern WWE is very different from 1975 WWWF, but fundamentally, they are very much alike.  The psychology of the Bruno match was much like a John Cena match today, and as I mentioned before, the show closed with a beer drinking, working man-type babyface.

WWF The Wrestling Classic (Repost)

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by Chui

This post was originally written on 12/21/09.

Here we have The Wrestling Classic from November 1985.  It’s a common misconception that it was the WWF’s first PPV, but the inaugural WrestleMania was available on PPV in some markets.  I’ll be watching the WWE 24/7 version.  We get some opening comments from current-day Ricky Steamboat, talking about the show we’re about to view.

Opening video, then Vince McMahon welcomes us LIVE to the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.  Tonight’s show will be a 16-man tournament.  Vince, Lord Alfred Hayes, and some broad named Susan go over the brackets.  Cut to some of the wrestlers drawing their first round opponents out of a fish bowl with Mean Gene Okerlund earlier today.

Mean Gene interviews WWF President Jack Tunney.

Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  Howard Finkel is the ring announcer.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Corporal Kirchner.  They lock up.  Adonis backs Kirchner into the corner as Hart shouts encouragement through that annoying megaphone.  Kirchner with a couple of sloppy arm drags.  Kirchner grounds Adonis with a side headlock.  Adonis gets up and hits a backdrop suplex, then nails Kirchner with an elbow to the back of the head, a snapmare, then an elbow to the throat.  Adonis with another snapmare into a rear chin lock.  Kirchner fights out and tries a suplex, but Adonis plants him with a DDT for the win at 3:21.  I liked the finish.

Mean Gene interviews the victorious Adonis and Hart.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: Dynamite Kid vs. Nikolai Volkoff.  As soon as Volkoff finishes singing the Soviet national anthem, Dynamite comes off the top with a dropkick and scores the pin in 8 seconds.

Mean Gene interviews Randy Savage, along with Miss Elizabeth.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1:Ivan Putski vs. Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  Savage stalls.  The bell finally rings and Savage bails.  They finally lock up.  Putski spits in Savage’s face.  Savage bails again.  He tells Elizabeth where to stand, then locks up with Putski again.  Savage tries a shoulder block, but Putski is like a stocky brick wall.  Putski rams Savage’s head into the turnbuckle.  Gorilla points out that there’s no pad, just steel covered with tape.  Putski beats up Savage.  Savage trips him up in the corner and gets the Flair pin at 2:47.

Vince is with Lord Alfred and the broad at the bracket board.  Volkoff intrudes, unhappy about how he got beat.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: Ricky Steamboat vs. Davey Boy Smith.  They’re both babyfaces, so they shake hands before locking up.  Nice wrestling to start.  Really quick action, too quick to call it all.  Steamboat with a backslide for 2.  Davey Boy with a press slam for 2.  Smith with a front face lock, then press slams him again.  Cover gets 2.  Steamboat counters a suplex attempt and hits a big vertical suplex of his own.  Steamboat with a splash, but Smith gets the knees up.  Smith with a pair of dropkicks.  He charges Steamboat against the ropes, but Steamboat moves.  Smith crotches himself on the ropes, prompting a referee stop at 2:54.  The fuck?  Oh well, this ruled until the silly finish.

Mean Gene interviews Junkyard Dog.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: The Iron Sheik vs. Junkyard Dog.  Sheik jumps JYD at the start and chokes him with his robe, then puts the boots to him, then chokes him with his turban.  JYD fights back with headbutts.  Sheik bails.  He comes back in and applies a full nelson.  JYD powers out and hammers Sheik with punches.  JYD with a clothesline for 2.  Sheik avoids a falling headbutt and locks in the camel clutch.  Sheik lets him go and hits him with some more shots in the corner as the ref admonishes him.  Sheik throws the referee across the ring.  JYD hits a headbutt for the pin at 3:27.  Not technically great, but fun while it lasted.

Mean Gene interviews Terry Funk, with Jimmy Hart.  Funk spits chewing tobacco on the camera.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: Moondog Spot vs. Terry Funk (w/ Jimmy Hart).  Funk convinces Spot that they should take a double count-out instead of fighting each other.  As the referee starts the count, Funk double crosses Spot and tries to beat the count into the ring.  They fight, and Funk backdrops Spot into the ring just in time for Spot to win by count-out at the 27 second mark.  Funk jumps Spot after the match.

Mean Gene interviews Don Muraco, with Mr. Fuji.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana vs. Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji).  They lock up.  Muraco out powers Santana.  Muraco hammers Santana.  Tito ducks a clothesline and hits a crossbody for 2.  Muraco nails him again.  Tito gets a sunset flip for 2.  Tito with a backslide, but Muraco gets out of it.  Muraco begs off before Tito starts to hammer him.  Muraco gets whipped into the corner and does the Flair flip.  Santana puts the boots to him and applies an arm lock.  Muraco picks up Santana and drops him across the top rope, allowing him to get the upperhand again.  Muraco with a knee drop for 2.  Muraco gets the pin with a powerslam at 4:01, but then the referee notices that Tito’s foot was on the rope.  Tito pins Muraco with an inside cradle at 4:16.  Good little match.

Mean Gene interviews Bobby Heenan.  None of his charges are in the tournament, but he’s always scouting for new talent.  Oh, and apparently he’s put a $50,000 bounty on Paul Orndorff.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 1: “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr. vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff.  Orndorff attacks the casted arm of Orton.  They do some quick wrestling on the match, and it’s good.  Orndorff continues to work the arm.  Orton retaliates by dropping Orndorff across the top rope, then putting the boots to him.  Orndorff gets a sunset flip for 2.  Orton clamps a rear chin lock on Orndorff.  Orndorff gets out and they do the bridge spot into a backslide from Orton for 2.  Orton charges and ends up crotching himself on the ropes, leading to Orndorff’s comeback.  Orndorff decks Orton, who flips out of the ring.  Orndorff follows him out and punches him back in.  Orton decks Orndorff with the cast to get DQ’d at 6:30.  Good match.  They brawl afterward until Orton bails.

Back to Vince, Lord Alfred, and Susan with the bracket to recap the first round and hype the second round.  Terry Funk intrudes and rants crazily about being screwed.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 2: Dynamite Kid vs. Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart).  Dyamite with some quick arm drags that prompt Adonis to take a breather.  Adonis gets some momentum going as Ventura leaves to go talk to Savage before his second round match with Steamboat.  Adonis with a suplex for 2, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Dynamite gets to his feet and hits a backdrop suplex to get out of it.  Adonis avoids a big diving headbutt and attacks Dynamite’s leg.  Jimmy Hart and that damned megaphone are really annoying.  Adonis applies a Scorpion Death Lock, but Dynamite gets a rope break.  Dynamite with a sunset flip out of the corner for 2.  Adonis attacks the leg again.  Dynamite sends Adonis into the post and hits a knee drop to the face.  Dynamite with a clothesline and a diving knee drop for 2.  Dynamite hits the snap suplex and a falling headbutt.  Hart gets on the apron.  Dynamite grabs him.  Adonis with a reverse cradle.  Dynamite powers out and sends Adonis into Hart on the apron.  Dynamite gets the pin on Adonis at 5:28.  This was good.  Adonis throws a tantrum after the match.

Mean Gene interviews Ventura, who’s been tutoring Randy Savage.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 2: Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  Savage hides behind Elizabeth, then jumps Steamboat before the bell.  They brawl outside for a moment, then go at it in the ring.  Steamboat sends Savage out of the ring with a head scissors.  Sweet.  Steamboat follows him out and hits an atomic drop on the floor.  Back inside, Steamboat with the karate chop.  Savage with a backdrop suplex.  This match is quick.  Jesse comes back to the commentary table.  Savage goes up top and tries to double axe handle, but Steamboat catches him with a shot to the gut.  Steamboat with a suplex, then up top  for a diving crossbody for 2.  Steamboat with more chops.  Savage pulls a pair of knucks out of his trunks.  Steamboat dodges the blow and goes for a backdrop suplex, but Savage nails him with the knucks and gets the pin at 3:18.  That was awesome for a few minutes.

Mean Gene interviews Moondog Spot, who just mumbles and gnaws on his bone.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 2: Moondog Spot vs. Junkyard Dog.  They fight, but there’s no referee.  JYD with a headbutt, then makes the 3 count himself, which is somehow legit.  No time, because there was no opening bell.  At least it was quick and painless.

Mean Gene interviews Heenan again.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Round 2: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana.  They shake hands and lock up.  Santana grabs a headlock and they work it a bit.  I have to mention that I love the “roll the guy that has you in a headlock into a pinning predicament” bit.  Orndorff powers out with his arm strength, but Tito gets him back on the mat with a head scissors.  Orndorff escapes and grabs a headlock, but Tito clamps the head scissors back on.  Orndorff head stands out of it into a jackknife hold for 2.  Orndorff with a hammerlock.  Tito eventually manages to reverse it.  Orndorff gets a rope break.  They lock up again.  Tito backs Orndorff into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Lock up again, and Tito grabs a side headlock.  Orndorff hits an atomic drop, which hurts the leg Tito has bandaged from the Muraco match.  Orndorff goes after the leg.  Tito kicks away a spinning toe hold attempt and hobbles to his feet.  Orndorff puts Tito against the ropes and decks him instead of giving a clean break.  They fight on the floor, leading to a double count-out at 8:06.  Good match.

Back to Vince, Lord Alfred, and Susan at the bracket board.  Lord Alfred seems smitten with Susan.  They go over the next round, where Savage takes on Dynamite while JYD gets a BYE.

Roddy Piper makes his entrance for the WWF Championship Match.  Cut to Mean Gene interviewing the champion, Hulk Hogan.

WWF Championship Match: Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Roddy Piper.  Piper jumps Hogan to start and throws him out of the ring.  They brawl outside, then brawl in the ring.  Piper pokes Hogan in the eyes.  Hogan rams Piper into the corner.  Piper flops onto his face.  Hogan with a backdrop suplex.  Hogan with a slam and a pair of elbow drops.  Hogan hammers Piper with punches.  The referee gets in the way, allowing Piper to land a cheap shot and get the advantage.  Piper dives off the middle rope and gets caught in a bear hug.  Piper pokes him in the eyes again.  Piper hammers Hogan and covers for a 2 count.  Piper clamps on the sleeper hold.  Hogan’s arm drops twice, but he wakes up on the third, stands up, and falls through the ropes with Piper on his back.  Piper tries to post Hogan, but gets posted himself.  Piper lands some punches, but Hogan Hulks up.  Back into the ring, Hogan with the big boot and an atomic drop.  Piper sends Hogan into the referee, then goes outside to grab a chair.  Piper hits Hogan with the chair.  He tries again, but Hogan catches the chair and snatches it away.  Hogan hits Piper with the chair and clamps on a sleeper.  The referee wakes up to see Orton run in and hit Hogan with the cast to cause the DQ at 7:14.  The heels put the boots to Hogan until Orndorff makes the save.

Mean Gene interviews Junkyard Dog.  Jimmy Hart interrupts and yells at JYD.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Semifinal: Dynamite Kid vs. Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  They lock up and Dynamite pushes Savage away.  Repeat.  They get on the ground and Dynamite is too quick for Savage, so Savage bails for a moment to collect himself.  They lock up again and roll around against the ropes.  The referee gets in between them to break it up and Savage lands a punch to the head of Dynamite, allowing him to get the advantage for a moment, but Dynamite retaliates.  Dynamite with a big backdrop and a crossbody, but they’re too close to the ropes.  Dynamite tries a sunset flip, but Savage sits on him.  Savage ducks a blow from Dynamite.  Double clothesline spot.  Savage goes up top, but Dynamite dropkicks him, then hits a superplex.  Savage manages to roll back and hook Dynamite’s legs with his own for the pin at 4:52.  Good match and a nifty finish.

Vince and Susan talk the Rolls Royce they’re giving away.

Finkel is in the ring with Tunney, Lord Alfred, and a couple of other suits.  Tunney and the suits talk, then Lord Alfred announces the winner, Michael something from somewhere, Illinois.  The crowd boos through all of this.

Mean Gene is in the locker room to interview Hogan and Orndorff.  He reminds the camerman to keep it above the waist, as guys could be getting out of the shower.

Wrestling Classic Tournament – Final: Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. Junkyard Dog.  One again, Macho hides behind Elizabeth.  Macho bails and grabs a chair.  The throws it at JYD, who hits himself in the head with it and doesn’t sell it, to intimidate Savage.  Savage stalls for a while.  They finally lock up and go at it.  JYD gets the better of it early and hits an atomic drop.  Man, people loved that move in the 80’s.  JYD with a bear hug.  Savage is showing damage from the Dynamite match.  He takes a beating here.  Okerlund joins Gorilla and Jesse for commentary.  Savage’s selling is over the top and awesome.  Savage finally manages to drop JYD with a clothesline for 2.  JYD kicks out with authority.  JYD is sent outside.  Savage goes to the top and hits an diving axe handle.  Savage rolls in the ring, sneaks out, and attacks JYD from behind on the outside, sending him into the post.  Savage hits another diving axe handle to the outside.  Savage hits JYD with a chair.  And that’s not a DQ why?  Savage continues to beat JYD on the outside.  Savage finally rolls JYD back into the ring and goes for a double axe handle, but JYD catches him in the gut.  JYD with headbutts.  Savage gets tied up in the ropes.  When he gets untied, he gouges JYD’s eyes, then gets backdropped out of the ring.  Savage gets counted out, giving JYD the match and the tournament at 9:44.

Okerlund interviews a victorious JYD in the ring.  Ventura gets in the ring to bitch about JYD getting a BYE in the semifinals.  Jesse’s claim that Savage should be declared the winner on the basis of having wrestled more times is ludicrous, but the babyface winning after having a much easier tournament than the heel is kind of strange.

Jesse bitches to Gorilla.

Cut to Vince, Lord Alfred, and Susan one more time, then the closing credits.

Fun show.  Too bad the “First Annual Wrestling Classic Tournament” never made it to year two.