Taped from Phoenix, AZ

Airdate: March 1, 1986 (taped 2/15)

Attendance: 12,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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“Mean” Gene Okerlund stands by Clubber Lang Mr. T as the latter works the punching bag. In typical Mr. T fashion, he wasn’t very kind to Okerlund.

Prior to the first match, a segment of Piper’s Pit is shown (aired 2/22, taped 1/28) where Hogan accepted a challenge on behalf of Mr. T to face Orton here at SNME.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Piper with Orton.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Mr. T. According to Mr. T, “Rocky III was just a movie…and (he’s) going to slaughter “Battling” Bob Orton.” Yikes!

Match 1 (boxing): “Cowboy Battling” Bob Orton (w/ “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) versus Mr. T


Rating: NONE

Summary: Rigged faux boxing matches aren’t my style. Moving along.

After the match, Piper comes into the ring and spits at Mr. T. He then removes his shirt and kilt to challenge Mr. T. Just as Mr. T is about to start boxing with Piper, Orton puts a well-placed knee into Mr. T’s back. SNEAKY! They double-team Mr. T then Piper whips him with his belt.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Mr. T. According to Mr. T. “I’m gonna get (Piper)!”

Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews Bundy with Heenan. Bundy wants Hogan. Hold the mayo!

Match 2: Steve Gatorwolf versus King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: DUD

Summary: This match was here merely to prove Bundy’s presence here in Phoenix.

After the match, Bundy snatches the microphone from ring announcer Howard Finkel yelling that he wants Hogan. He reiterated: “Hold the MAY-O!”

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Muraco. The latter states that Mr. Fuji “has come down with the flu” and won’t be in Muraco’s corner. But, according to Muraco, Heenan will be his manager for the title match. Something’s afoot. I can smell it.

Back in the locker room, Mr. Fuji has an ice pack on his head and a hot water bottle on his stomach. In the meantime, Fuji is still wearing his top hat. HA!

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan. The champion believes that something is “fishy.” That ain’t mackerel, Hulkster!

Match 3 for the WWF World title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus the Magnificent Muraco (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: ***

Summary: Muraco held his own with the champ here, but Heenan’s managing him for a reason. What could that reason possibly be?

After the match, Hogan lifts Heenan up in a choke until Bundy hits the ring and delivers a double axe handle to Hogan’s back. A-ha! While Muraco held Hogan in the corner, Bundy unloads with an avalanche. After tossing referee Dave Hebner outside the ring, Bundy hits avalanches #2 and 3. With Hogan down on the mat, Muraco brings him to the center of the ring. Bundy then splashes Hogan. After Muraco turns Hogan over, Bundy splashes Hogan’s back. The WWF Champion is a mass of jelly as the British Bulldogs and Pedro Morales come to his aid.

After a commercial break, Hogan was removed from the ring via stretcher. Once Hogan is loaded into an ambulance, Gorilla Monsoon accompanies him.

Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews the tag team champions at the entrance.

Highlights from a non-title match (aired, 2/1, taped 1/7) where the British Bulldogs defeated the Dream Team are shown.

Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles: The Dream Team (champions w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant) versus the British Bulldogs (w/ Capt. Lou Albano)


Rating: ****

Summary: Excellent tag match that made the audience crave more. I smell an upcoming rematch.

After the match, Beefcake tries to help Valentine regain consciousness.

At the hospital, Okerlund states that cameras and microphones are not permitted in the emergency department; however, as soon as he receives word about Hogan, he’ll pass it along. Thanks, Gene!

Video promoting Rick Derringer’s “Real American” which was given to Hulk Hogan after Barry Windham left the WWF. The video contains Hogan playing the bass guitar along with historic and patriotic elements as well as great Hogan moments in the WWF. To say this video was cheesy would be an insult to the proud cheesemakers in Wisconsin.

Earlier tonight, Okerlund interviewed the Adorable One with Hart. Adonis bleached his hair blond, put holiday bows in it, and wore some pastel sashes. His effeminate mannerisms were over-the-top as well. According to Hart, they have a big surprise for JYD in their upcoming match.

Match 5: Junkyard Dog versus “Adorable” Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: This was definitely more sports-entertainment rather than technique. Adonis’ character did its job as he played an effeminate bitch to perfection.

After the match, JYD goes after Hart, but Adonis grabs Hart’s megaphone and wallops JYD in the back sending him between the ropes to the concrete floor. Upon hearing ring announcer Howard Finkel’s closing, Adonis throws a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs this.

Back at the hospital, Okerlund interviews Dr. Ponovich regarding Hogan’s condition. According to the doctor, Hogan has sustained injuries to his lower back, neck, and ribs. Further investigation via X-ray will provide the doctor with more information.

To finish the show, we recap the boxing match as Ventura applauds the flogging. We then revisit the destruction of Hogan by Bundy. According to Vince, Hogan’s leaving the hospital soon and won’t let anyone down. Ventura chimes in “(Hogan) has more guts than…brains.” HA!

Conclusion: Well, this show’s job was to set up WrestleMania II. With the boxing match and the two title matches, the WWF accomplished its job well. If you need the angles/matches that set up the big show, then this show provides worthwhile entertainment for you. The tag match is a definite must-see, so I can’t advise skipping this show.

See you for WrestleMania II!

TV Rating: 10.00

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