Taped from Tampa, FL

Airdate: January 4, 1986 (taped 12/19/85)

Attendance: not given

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan/Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Out by the swimming pool, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan mixes a concoction referred to as a “python protein drink” while conversing with “Mean” Gene Okerlund. The latter takes a swig and quivers all over then flexes his biceps. HA!

In the meantime, the hillbillies are inner-tubing in the Gulf of Mexico while “Rowdy” Roddy Piper spies on them with binoculars. Alongside him, while getting a rub down from a gaggle of lovely ladies, is Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Piper vows to rid the WWF of Uncle Elmer.

Back in the Sun Dome, McMahon welcomes us to the show and runs down the card, Ventura interrupts to hype his match coming up next. Since Ventura won’t be available for commentary during his match, he introduces Bobby “The Brain” Heenan as his replacement.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Piper and Bob Orton. Piper runs down the hillbillies.

After a brief trip down SNME memory lane, Okerlund interviews the hillbillies.

Match 1: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, & Jesse “The Body” Ventura versus Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer, and Cousin Luke


Rating: **

Summary: Chicanery by the heels stole this one. It’s great to see Ventura in the ring.

Back at what appears to be appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

In a special report, Monsoon describes a match from “last month” (11/27) between Hogan and Funk. As Hart distracts referee David Hebner, Funk knocks Hogan silly with his branding iron. After the match, Funk brands the WWF champion. When Funk realizes that he didn’t win the title, he tossed Hebner outside the ring like a bag of garbage.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan. The WWF champion informs us that JYD will be in his corner tonight. Speaking of the Dog, JYD notifies us that he’s going to be closer to Hart than his BVDs. Thanks for the TMI, JYD.

Match 2 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion w/ JYD) versus Terry Funk (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Close call for Hogan there. Funk definitely had a chance to win the title here.

After the match, Funk takes Hebner to task for his loss including shoving him into the steel railing. He then tossed a pair of plastic chairs into the ring.

After a commercial break, Funk towed a distraught Hart back to the dressing room. In the ring, Okerlund interviews Hogan and JYD.

We revisit some scenes involving Steele then Okerlund interviews the “Animal” along with Capt. Lou Albano at Adventure Island. Meanwhile, Steele holds a rubber duck.

In another part of the park, Ventura interviews Savage with Elizabeth. Savage then tosses a scared Elizabeth into the pool. The scoundrel!

Match 3: George “The Animal” Steele (w/ Capt. Lou Albano) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Savage made the most out of this match as he possibly could.

Back at Adventure Island, Okerlund was listening to music on headphones then told Hogan that he was ready for the music video for the highlights of 1985 in the WWF.

After the video, Ventura takes exception for not being in the video even going to the extent of insulting Dick Ebersol. Tsk, tsk, Body. After all, he’s the one putting you on broadcast TV.

At the entrance, “Gene Mean” interviews Volkoff and the Iron Sheik.

Back at Adventure Island, Ventura interviews Kirchner. The latter then zip-lines into the pool.

Match 4 (Peace): Corporal Kirchner versus Nikolai Volkoff (w/ “Classy” Freddie Blassie & the Iron Sheik)


Rating: **

Summary: It took a dirty underhanded trick for Volkoff to sneak a win in this match.

After the match, Kirchner attacks both Volkoff and the Sheik and rams their heads together. I don’t think this rivalry is over.

Back at Adventure Island, Muraco has a surfboard and a few ladies on his arm. Truly magnificent!

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Muraco and Fuji. The latter wants to put the JYD in a rice cooker. HA!

After the heels enter the ring, Okerlund interviews Steamboat and JYD.

Match 5: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Junkyard Dog versus the Magnificent Muraco & Mr. Fuji


Rating: **

Summary: JYD sold well, but Steamboat’s involvement after the hot tag contained most of the excitement in the match.

After the match, Steamboat continues the attack on Muraco until the latter exits the ring to regroup. As referee Dave Hebner restrains Steamboat, Muraco nails him.

Before going off the air, Ventura challenges any other commentator to lace up the boots and hit the ring just like Ventura did tonight.

Conclusion: This was a much more exciting episode than previous incarnations. While the wrestling wasn’t spectacular, it was definitely enjoyable. Sink your teeth into this one.

See you for NWA Superstars of the Superstation!

TV Rating: 10.40

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