Taped from Cleveland, OH
Airdate: October 4, 1986 (taped 9/13)
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
First, Jesse welcomes us to the show and notes that the pleasure is all ours. Woohoo!
Meanwhile, Roberts cuts a promo with Damian in the shower. Thank goodness he’s wearing his trunks.
In the meantime, Valentine tells us his Dream Team will regain the tag titles and send the “dogs to the pound.”
Afterwards, King Curtis Iaukea yells about the freshly acquired Kamala to the WWF.
Next, while Orndorff poses in the mirror, Heenan states that “Mr. Wonderful” will be the new WWF champion.
In the last of the opening segments, Hogan refers to Orndorff as “Benedict Arnold.” That’s funny because I don’t recall Orndorff wearing a aired 8/16, taped 8/5). Second, Piper serves notice that Piper’s Pit is returning (aired 9/6, taped 8/26). Third, Adonis challenges Piper to a debate over whose show is better (aired 9/13, taped 8/26). Fourth, Adonis, Orton, and Muraco attack Piper injuring his left leg, humiliate him, and destroy Piper’s Pit (aired 9/27, taped 9/16). Finally, as a means of retribution, Piper destroys the Flower Shop once and for all (aired 10/4, taped 9/16). THAT’S how to build a face turn. During the interview, an “injured” Piper vows to wrestle against doctor’s orders. Why not? He was injured three days AFTER this taping.
After we see the piledriver that solidified Orndorff’s heel turn, Hogan cuts a promo about loyalty and trust.
Backstage, Okerlund interviews Orndorff and Heenan. They’re ready to take the title from Hogan.
Match 1 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)
Summary: The feud of the year continues. I wonder how it will climax. Yeah…I know…that’s what she said.
After the match, Piper hobbles to the ring as Adonis and Orndorff double-team Hogan. He then WALLOPS Adonis with the crutch sending him over the top rope to the floor. Piper swings the crutch wildly and almost nails Hogan. The champion gets ready to nail Piper but relents. To appease the huge crowd, Hogan poses to a raucous reaction.
Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews Roberts with Damian in the shower. We revisit the DDT on the concrete floor perpetrated by Roberts then the finish to their match at the Big Event.
Earlier tonight, Steamboat cut an interview with a Komodo dragon.
Match 2: Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Summary: I must give credit where it’s due. Steamboat found intriguing ways to win matches.
After the match, Roberts puts a well-placed knee into Steamboat’s back sending him between the ropes to the floor. Upon ramming Steamboat’s back into the ring post three times, Roberts tosses him back in and goes for his bag. When he brings Damian over to Steamboat, he must retreat because Steamboat unleashes his dragon. As Steamboat charges, Roberts heads for higher ground.
Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Hogan who uses a judicial analogy to cut his promo.
Earlier today, Jesse interviews Slick and the Iron Sheik outside the arena as they exit a white limousine.
Pedro Morales comes out for the next match, but Piper hobbles to the ring and shoos Morales away.
Pedro Morales “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus the Iron Sheik (w/ Slick)
Summary: The match needed to be short more than likely because Piper’s ring stamina needed more grease. Pitting him against the Sheik instantly caused the crowd to side with him.
Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews the Dream Team with Valiant. We then revisit the ending to the tag title match at WrestleMania 2 where the Dream Team lost their belts. The former champs inform us that they are ready to regain them.
Back in another locker room, Okerlund interviews an exhausted Piper who dumps an ice cold Coke® on himself. He then cuts an insane promo on Adonis. Can someone check the caffeine content of that soda PLEASE?
Earlier today, Okerlund interviewed the British Bulldogs in a quick segment.
Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles (2 out of 3 falls): The British Bulldogs (champions) versus the Dream Team (w/ "Luscious" Johnny Valiant
Between falls, Okerlund reports that Adonis has a possible shoulder separation thanks to the earlier crutch shot by Piper. Ventura refutes the claim of shoulder separation due to the area where Piper actually hit Adonis.
Summary: Superb match between these teams. The only thing missing was the impending drama with the near falls. This was definitely a match to stay up late back in ’86.
Earlier today, Okerlund interviewed
King Curtis Iaukea “The Wizard” with Kamala.
Match 5: Kamala (w/ “The Wizard” & Kim Chee) versus “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Summary: Showcase match for the returning Kamala.
After the match, Kamala mounts the top turnbuckle, but the commercial break robs us of seeing any further shenanigans.
Conclusion: This is a MUST WATCH episode as the feuds between Hogan-Orndorff, Piper-Adonis, and Roberts-Steamboat are both well-written and advanced during the show. In addition, a practically flawless two out of three falls match for the tag team titles blows anything else seen on a national level in 1986 out of the water.
See you for NWA Starrcade ‘86!
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