Taped from Providence, RI

Airdate: May 3, 1986 (taped 5/1)

Attendance: not given

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

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Hogan promises a surprise for the Funks.

Back in the locker room, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Jimmy Hart and the Funks. Next, we revisit the end to the Funks-JYD/Santana tag match at WrestleMania II. Afterward, Hart introduces Jimmy Jack Funk.

At the entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan with JYD and the Haiti Kid. While Hogan and the Haiti Kid are wearing American Made t-shirts, JYD wears a Hulkamania t-shirt.

Match 1: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan & Junkyard Dog (w/ the Haiti Kid) versus Terry & Hoss Funk (w/ Jimmy Hart & Jimmy Jack Funk)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: More sports-entertainment than wrestling for my tastes, but it wasn’t terrible.

After the match, a knee to the back by Hoss knocked Hogan down to the concrete floor. He and Terry then toss JYD down there as well. From there, they hold the Haiti Kid up so that Hart can nail him. As Hart holds the Haiti Kid, Terry tries to brand him. Just in the nick of time, Hogan drags Hart out by the legs. He then grabs Hart’s arms so that the Haiti Kid can nail him. As JYD possesses the branding iron and Hogan the ring bell, the Funks (including Jimmy Jack) head for higher ground. JYD dances as Hogan poses to “Grab Them Cakes.”

Prior to the next match, Okerlund hosts a “weigh-in” between Bundy and Elmer. Bundy weighs in at 468 pounds. That’s a lot of sliders from White Castle! After eating some of “Uncle Elmer’s Fried Pig Parts,” the super-heavyweight hillbilly weighed 430 pounds. That’s a truckload of bacon!

Match 2: Uncle Elmer versus King Kong Bundy (w/o Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Goodbye, Uncle Elmer. Get off my screen! The only highlight of this match (if you can call it that) was that Tim White was the referee. Notably, he was Andre the Giant’s handler during this period.

Back in the dressing room, Okerlund interviews Adonis with Hart. The effeminate one has a standee of Orndorff with him.

Earlier today, Okerlund interviewed Orndorff in the sauna. The latter is ready to take on the “blimp with the wimp.”

Match 3: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus “Adorable” Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: The WWF formula of sports entertainment over wrestling didn’t work well here for these guys. Perhaps Orndorff’s face turn needs some modification.

After the match, Orndorff continues to rip the dress from Adonis. He then tries to nail Adonis with a steel chair, but White stops him.

Earlier today in the empty arena, Okerlund interviews Hogan. We revisit the previous SNME where Bundy attacked the Hulkster. Next, we revisit the main event from WrestleMania II. Afterwards, Hogan describes his reasons for competing in the steel cage match.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Steamboat. The “Dragon” accurately notes that this match is a battle of reptiles. We then revisit the aftermath of Roberts’ match at WrestleMania II.

Earlier today, Roberts handles his python Damian while cutting a promo on Steamboat.

Match 4: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts


Rating: NONE

Summary: Booking 101 on how to start a white-hot summer feud right here.

Shortly thereafter, officials place Steamboat on a stretcher as a frightened Bonnie Steamboat looks on.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews the British Bulldogs with Captain Lou Albano. We then revisit the tag title victory from WrestleMania II.

According to Vince, Steamboat sustained a concussion but will return soon.

Earlier today, Okerlund interviewed the Iron Sheik, Volkoff, and Blassie.

Match 5 for the WWF tag team titles (2 out of 3 falls): The British Bulldogs (champions w/ Capt. Lou Albano) versus Nikolai Volkoff & the Iron Sheik (w/ “Classy” Freddie Blassie)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Really good tag match that established the Bulldogs as solid champions. The only gripe I have is that Smith and Dynamite Kid were not wearing matching tights.

Conclusion: I like the SNME formula of using the main event talent (Hogan/JYD) to hook the crowd then deliver a solid true main event at the end of the program. I also liked the subtraction of fluff that perpetuated this show in previous episodes and look forward to seeing more from this series.

See you for WCCW Parade of Champions ‘86!

TV Rating: 9.30

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