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WWF Superstars of Wrestling #8

April 23rd, 1987

From the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts

Attendance: 5,406

Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura







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To kick off the show in a big way, we open up to a pre-recorded video of the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan, where he is at a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida. Hogan says that he's been training like crazy here in Tampa as he gets ready to head to the Madison Square Garden this Sunday to face King Kong Bundy. Hogan says that this will be a difficult match, having to pin King Kong down to the mat but that he'll beat the odds. Hogan adds that all his Hulkamaniacs will be by his side Sunday night and will witness The Hulkster rise up once again. Hogan ends his message with one final message about both King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan.

Hulk Hogan: "Ya wanna know somethin' brother?! Bobby "The Weasel" Heenan is for once right in his life about one thing. That is that I have never pinned King Kong before, but I plan to change that this Sunday, brother! Once King Kong comes out and faces me eye to eye, he's going to realize that it's no longer going to be about size differences. Bobby "The Weasel" Heenan believed that at WrestleMania 3, I was bound to lose to that big nasty giant named Andre The Giant due to the size differences. Though, with the support of my Hulkamaniacs, I came back and bodyslammed that big nasty giant in front of 93 thousand screaming fans. New York City, get ready because Hulkamania is running wild right now! This Sunday, I'm going to prove to Bobby Heenan and to the world once again, why I'm the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, brother! I only got one question for you King Kong Bundy, whatcha' gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?!"




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Normal, Singles Match

Koko B. Ware Vs. Bob Orton Jr.



Both men have seemed lost in recent weeks, with neither men getting any wins or building any kind of momentum for themselves. However, this match gave them both a chance to get off on the right path but as with any match, there can only be one winner. Bob Orton looked more focus on winning than anything here tonight, when he took the offense to Koko. It quite easy to see that Orton was still upset with Koko B. Ware eliminating him from the 15-men battle royal a few weeks back on Superstars. However, a few missteps cost Orton badly, as Koko B. Ware rebounded and delivered the Bird Buster to pick up the pin.


Winner: Koko B. Ware

Match Time: 5:21

Finish: Bird Buster by Koko B. Ware leads to the pin.





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The announce team hypes up "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's appearance tonight. They talk briefly about how Piper may have put his retirement to a halt after he was viciously attacked by the newly formed, Russian Alliance.




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WWF World Television Championship



Normal, Singles Match

Jim Duggan Vs. Hercules (/w Bobby Heenan)



Coming off of a successful title defense last week, Hercules looked prepared to earn to his second title defense here against Jim Duggan. The announce team talked about how Jim Duggan had informed WWF President, Jack Tunney, that he would accept the open challenge, which is why we have this match. Duggan brought the offense and charisma to Hercules, as the fans cheered Duggan on. Hercules eventually began to fight back and once he did, it was all over for Jim Duggan. Hercules soon locked in the Full Nelson and made the crowd's favorite tap out.


Winner: Hercules

Match Time: 5:14

Finish: Full Nelson by Hercules leads to the submission.





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Tito Santana heads to the ring and once inside addresses the on-going issue he has with Ted DiBiase beating him 3-weeks ago on Superstars. Santana says that he disagrees with the referee's decision to declare DiBiase the winner after a low-blow. He adds that he knows he isn't the only one annoyed by the finish, referring to the crowd who show their approval. Santana then calls-out DiBiase once again, after he went unanswered on last week's Wrestling Challenge.


Tito Santana: "Say what you will Ted about you beating me, but everyone in this arena can tell you that your win was nothing more than a fluke. If it wasn't for your cheap tactics, I would have had you tapping out to the figure four leglock. If you honestly believe that you can skate by here in the WWF with your wealth, then think again pal! You know what you signed up, so come out here and fight me like a man!"




"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase shows up at the top of the ramp, wearing one of his expensive suits. DiBiase claims himself to be the true winner, regardless of what these fans or what Tito thinks. DiBiase adds that he wouldn't mind winning again here tonight but says that he's clearly not in his wrestling gear. DiBiase goes on to accept Santana's challenge but adds that it will be under his rules, not Santana's.


Ted DiBiase: "Seems to be that you just can't get over defeat, Tito. Regardless of what you or these fans think, the referee counted the three count in my favor, not yours. I wouldn't mind upstaging you again, but as you can see, I didn't bring my wrestling gear. I'll tell you what though, since I'm a men with class unlike you or any of these low life bums, I'll accept your desired rematch against me. However, we're doing the match under my terms, not yours. Way I see it, this match isn't about redemption to you Tito, it's about money. The only real reason why you want a match against me, is because you need the money. Unlike me, you depend on wrestling to pay your bills and to put food on the table. So, here's what I'm going to do for you, I'm going to give you your rematch at this Sunday's The Big Event. So that way, once I beat you again, you'll still make a decent amount of income than you would if I had defeated you on TV. I'm not so sure what value you'll still have after I defeat you again, so if worst case scenario, you get fired... Well, you can always come work for me, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase! Because everybody has a price! HAHAHAHAHA!"




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Normal, Singles Match

Rick Martel Vs. Randy Savage (/w Miss Elizabeth)



Rick Martel, who is one half of the Cam-Am Connection with Tom Zenk, faced his biggest opponent to date, "The Macho Man" Randy Savage. Determined to make a big name for himself, he went all out on Savage. He delivered a good amount of offense to Savage, which made the fans cheer and showcased his ability to hang with the big star. Savage would however, rebound not long afterwards and once he got the ball rolling, he wasn't going to stop. Savage soon delivered the Flying Elbow Drop and scored the pinfall victory.


Winner: Randy Savage

Match Time: 6:23

Finish: Flying Elbow Drop by Randy Savage leads to the pin.





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As Randy Savage began to celebrate in the ring with the beautiful Miss Elizabeth, a familiar face began to walk down to the ring.





Randy Savage's opponent this Sunday, Jake "The Snake" Roberts was now at ringside and he wasn't alone. Roberts opened up the big bag he had carried with him to the ring and inside was his pet snake, Damien. Savage stood in the ring, trying his best not to look intimidated while Miss Elizabeth on the other hand looked absolutely terrified. Roberts than entered the ring along with Damien, as Savage escorted Elizabeth out of the ring and away from Jake Roberts. Roberts stood in the ring with a slight smile on his face, as Randy Savage fled up the ramp along with Elizabeth, as they both looked freaked out by the gigantic snake. Once they got to the top of the ramp, Roberts got on the microphone to send Savage one final message before their match at The Big Event.


Jake Roberts: "Awww don't be scared Randy, all Damien wanted to do was greet you and remind you of how terrible it's going to be for you, once I defeat you in Madison Square Garden and prove why I'm next in line for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Run all you want for now, but come this Sunday, you're going to have to face reality that I'm walking up that ramp with the victory in my hands."




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"Rowdy" Roddy Piper was here on the Piper's Pit to address the attack that he was a victim of from the hands of The Russian Alliance. Piper talked about how he had planned to retire in peace but that this newly formed group prevented him from doing so. Piper added that he was furious with the assault and that his fans know that he doesn't back down from any fight. Piper claimed his in-ring career is coming to a hiatus soon, but that he still has enough gas left in the tank for one more match. Piper than issues a challenge to anyone who is associated with The Russian Alliance to come face him this Sunday at The Big Event.


Roddy Piper: "As much as I love this business and especially all of you fans who help keep this business running, I was ready to move on to the next chapter of my life. I almost was able to ride off into the sunset two weeks ago, until some Russian goons had to attack me. Now, I can say that I respect that these guys want to make a name for themselves, but they picked the wrong guy to come after and attacked. I told you all that I was leaving the business temporary but that's all going to have to change now! Because "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has gas in the tank for one more match and I'm issuing a challenge to any member of the so called Russian Alliance to face me, one on one this Sunday at The Big Event!"




The Russian Alliance make their presence felt once again on Piper's Pit, as they walk on the set, looking to intimidate Piper. However, they don't attack him, instead Ivan Koloff grabs a microphone and accepts Piper's challenge on the behalf of his nephew, Nikita Koloff. Koloff adds that since Piper is choosing to stay, he's going to be brought down so hard, that he'll no longer have that option.


Ivan Koloff: "You Americans seem to always be foolish. Two weeks ago, we sent you packing and luckily, we didn't hurt you enough to ruin your Hollywood career. Now, you want to issue a challenge to anyone of us? You Americans must be braver than what I thought. You'll soon regret this Piper, as you're going to be facing my nephew, Nikita Koloff this Sunday. He's the most destructible force in the WWF today and you're going to be his first victim..."


Ivan Koloff orders his men to beat down Piper, who begins to try and protect himself but the sheer force of the Russians overcome him. Ivan than begins to stomp on him and orders for Sheik and Volkoff to raise Piper up. After they do, Nikita Koloff strikes Piper in the head with his big chain. They drop Piper down, who appears to be unconscious. They ruin his set and leave the scene, in which the announce team share their concerns for Piper and his upcoming match this Sunday.




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Backstage, Gene Okerlund interviews Bobby Heenan and the #1 Contender for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, King Kong Bundy. Okerlunds questions Bundy on whether he's nervous about Hulk Hogan defeating him, like he did to Andre The Giant. Heenan quickly answers that question by claiming that Bundy is not nervous at all and that unlike Andre, Bundy will get the job done. Heenan says that this Sunday is about Bundy's redemption and the long-awaited rematch will happen in which Bundy will bring home the gold.


Bobby Heenan: "King Kong Bundy isn't nervous, the men who is nervous is Hulk Hogan! Hogan knows that his time is up this Sunday as world champion, so he's trying to live in the moment for as long as he can! Hogan may have beaten the odds against Andre The Giant, but I can ensure you that the same will not happen with King Kong Bundy! Bundy will annihilate Hogan this Sunday, because Bundy's mission is to claim redemption. Unlike that steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, this Sunday, Hogan will have nowhere to run! This time, Hogan must defeat Bundy clean inside the ring and we already know that that is not going to happen! So Hulk Hogan, enjoy your time on the beach while you underestimate the sheer force of King Kong Bundy! Not much more time left until all your hulkamaniacs realize that The Hulkster isn't immortal like he seems to be!




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Normal, Singles Match

George Steele Vs. King Kong Bundy (/w Bobby Heenan)



King Kong Bundy has been on a path of destruction, defeating any opponent who came in his way and tonight, he looked to do the same to George Steele. Steele survived Bundy's onslaught in the opening minutes and at one point, delivered a decent amount of offense himself. Though, it would not be long for Bundy to take full control of the match and finish Steele off with the Big Splash, to earn the pin.


Winner: King Kong Bundy

Match Time: 5:47

Finish: Big Splash by King Kong Bundy leads to the pin.





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After the match was over, Bobby Heenan got in front of the camera and sent a message to Hulk Hogan, saying that he'll meet his demise this Sunday! Heenan gets out of the camera and it then puts its focus on King Kong Bundy who says one thing about Hogan.

King Kong Bundy: "Hogan, that WWF World Heavyweight Championship is... MINE!"




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Normal, Six-Man Tag Team Match

Ricky Steamboat & The British Bulldogs Vs. Butch Reed & The Hart Foundation



In the main event of the final Superstars of Wrestling before The Big Event, both teams looked to get an additional boost of momentum on their side. The WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ricky Steamboat got to fight Butch Reed a few days early and realizing what strength Reed processed. The British Bulldogs got some retribution against the tag team champions, The Hart Foundation. Everyone got a good amount of offense but nobody was ever really able to get going. However, the match ended up getting counted as a draw quickly, as chaos broke outside the ring between The British Bulldogs and The Hart Foundation. Steamboat and Reed began fighting in the ring, going all out with their fists, as the referee attempted to separate them. The strength of Reed proved to work wonders for him as he soon got the upper-hand over the champion.


Winner: Draw

Match Time: 4:55

Finish: Referee declares match as draw as chaos between both teams gets to the point that it is uncontrollable.





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The brawling continued minutes after the match had been called off but began to die down, as The Hart Foundation chose to flee up the ramp. The British Bulldogs came into the ring and helped Ricky Steamboat fight off Butch Reed, which they soon sent him over the top rope. Reed decided to not reenter the ring and fled up the ramp with his manager, Slick. The British Bulldogs and Ricky Steamboat celebrated inside the ring afterwards.





TV Rating: 1.37 (1,029,030 Viewers)

Show Overall Grade:




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Backstage News / Incidents / Opinions

• Lord Alfred Hayes organized a quick game to boost morale backstage before the show began.



WWF Wrestling Challenge #8

April 24th, 1987

From the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts

Attendance: 5,259

Announce Team: Lord Alfred Hayes & Gorilla Monsoon







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The show begins with a video clip from last night's Superstars of Wrestling's main event, in which a brawl broke out between The British Bulldogs and The Hart Foundation. The brawl also featured Butch Reed and the WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ricky Steamboat. In the end, Ricky Steamboat and The British Bulldogs stood tall in the ring. Lord Alfred Hayes and Gorilla Monsoon talk briefly about the six-men match and hype up their respective matches at The Big Event, this Sunday. (B-,73)


We head backstage with Superstars of Wrestling commentator, Jesse Ventura, who is seen with the new tag team on the block, The Rock 'N Roll Express. Ventura asks them how it feels to be on the big stage now, which Robert Gibson answers "It feels absolutely amazing!" The team discusses their intentions to rise up the ranks and eventually win tag team championships here as they have outside the WWF. (C+, 69)


For the first match of the night, The Fabulous Moolah defends the WWF Women's Championship against Velvet McIntyre. McIntyre won a match against Itsuki Yamazaki to earn this opportunity. McIntyre pulled off a surprising McIntyre Roll in 5:33 to earn her second WWF Women's Championship reign. (D+, 50)


Backstage, Gene Okerlund interviews the new signee to the WWF, Shawn Michaels. Okerlund asks Michaels about his debut in the WWF, which Michaels says it wasn't how he wanted it to start. Michaels then tells Okerlund that he plans to rewrite that debut, because next week here on Wrestling Challenge, it's going to be himself and his best friend... Marty Jannetty. Jannetty arrives and says that the world will be amazed when they see what The Rockers can do. (C-, 54)


In what was to be described as a squash match, Demolition ran through The Killer Bees in 4:15 after Demolition Ax picked up the pinfall. (D+, 49)


A video package is played showcasing how the match between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Jake "The Snake" Roberts came about. The video claims that this match between both men will determine who goes on to face either Butch Reed or Ricky Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. (B, 77)


King Harley Race is backstage with his manager, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Heenan claims that since there is no official match for Race at The Big Event, you can be sure that the king will be issuing an open challenge. (B+, 83)


Paul Ordnorff took on Hillbilly Jim in what was a typical squash match. Ordnorff dominated the match with ease and ended it in 3:44 with the Piledriver. (C-, 58)


Once the match ended, Ordnorff told Bobby Heenan that he is the real star of The Heenan Family, which Bobby Heenan seemed to brush away. This only seems to add fuel to the flame. (B-, 76)


Another video package is displayed hyping up the WWF Intercontinental Championship match between "The Natural" Butch Reed and the champion, Ricky Steamboat. The video mentions that Reed earned his right to face Steamboat at The Big Event after winning the 15-men battle royal at WrestleMania III. (B, 80)


Brutus Beefcake is backstage, telling his manager, Johnny V. how furious he is that Johnny didn't get him that WWF TV title match. Johnny V assures Beefcake that everything will be fine, because next week, Greg Valentine will be ready for in-ring competition and that they'll return as The Dream Team. Beefcake doesn't seem pleased about Valentine returning and walks off. (C, 62)


Tito Santana took on Honky Tonk Man in the main event tonight, in which featured great action and heat. Tito Santana was able to pick up the submission in 7:44 after performing the Figure Four Leglock. (B-, 75)


Tito Santana celebrates with the crowd, as he prepares himself for his rematch against "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase this Sunday. (C+, 68)


Before the show comes to an end, Lord Alfred Hayes and Gorilla Monsoon hype up this Sunday's The Big Event and the WWF World Heavyweight Championship match between King Kong Bundy and the champion, Hulk Hogan. Afterwards, a video is played hyping up the big match, while also promoting other matches on the card such as The British Bulldogs versus The Hart Foundation, Nikita Koloff versus Roddy Piper and Tito Santana versus Ted DiBiase. It also features high profile matches between Randy Savage and Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat and Butch Reed for the Intercontinental Championship. The video finish off ensuring fans that this will be a night you will not want to miss. (B+, 84)



TV Rating: 0.49 (372,750 Viewers)

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Backstage News / Incidents / Opinions

• Roddy Piper believes that Shawn Michaels is good in the ring and believes he should be pushed pretty well.

• Hulk Hogan thinks that Demolition Smash needs to learn how to sell, before he's pushed.


This Week's News

• Bull Ramos has reportedly walked out on Pacific Northwest Wrestling on April 22nd, after a huge argument broke out between Ramos and management regarding late payments. Some have even pointed out that the situation got so bad that at one point, police got involved.



• Former one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, Tony Parisi announced that he plans on retiring in 3 months. Parisi is known for his time Toronto, Canada in which he had some good success. He also enjoyed a run in the WWF, in which he won the tag titles and was billed as Bruno Sammartino's cousin. Whether the WWF decides to contact him for one more run, is yet to be determined.



• Wrestling insiders believe that 24-year-old, Bob Holly is on the rise. They have said that he possesses strong in-ring skills at an early age and when given time to develop, could become a great in-ring worker.



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The Big Event Match-Card/Prediction Scoreboard

WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan (C)

WWF Intercontinental Championship: "The Natural" Butch Reed Vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (C)

WWF World Tag Team Championships: The British Bulldogs Vs. The Hart Foundation (C)

Stipulation: If The British Bulldogs lose, they will no longer be able to compete for the World Tag Team Championships as long as The Hart Foundation hold the titles.

#1 Contenders Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: Jake "The Snake" Roberts Vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage

"The Russian Brute" Nikita Koloff Vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

Tito Santana Vs. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

The Royal Challenge: "The King" Harley Race Vs. ???

(3Pts) Match of the Night?

(3Pts) How Many Championship Change Hands?

(6Pts) Wild Guess Question: Who Will Answer Harley Race's Open Challenge?

Reminder: Every match is worth 2Pts.



I went ahead and posted back to back sets of shows due to the fact that I'll more than likely be going out of town this weekend. Since I won't be able to post The Big Event PPV during that time, I went ahead and got the shows out of the way so that everyone can predict in time. I plan on posting the PPV Friday, but if plans change then it will have to be Thursday. I'll post an update on whenever I'll be getting ready to post the show.

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