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Default May 1987 Write-Up

May 1987 Write-Up


The Top 5 Promotions:

#1



World Wrestling Federation


Size: National


Cash: $21,987,633


Figurehead: Hulk Hogan



Champions:


WWF World Heavyweight: Hulk Hogan (1st Reign)


WWF Intercontinental: Ricky Steamboat (1st Reign)


WWF World Tag Team: The Hart Foundation (1st Reign) (Bret Hart 1, Jim Neidhart 1,)


WWF World Television: Hercules (1st Reign)


WWF Women’s: Velvet McIntyre (2nd Reign)



The Big Event: WWF Free For All 1987


Attendance: 50,000 (Sold-Out)


Main Event: Hulk Hogan Def. Harley Race to retain WWF World Heavyweight (A+, 96)


Match of the Night: Hulk Hogan Def. Harley Race to retain WWF World Heavyweight (A+, 96)


Overall Show Rating: A+, 97


Other News


New Signings: Jerry Lawler & Vladimir Petrov


Departures: Adrian Adonis


Financial Status: $701,974 GAIN



#2



Jim Crockett Promotions


Size: Cult


Cash: $5,612,004


Figurehead: Ric Flair



Champions:


NWA World Heavyweight: Ric Flair (6th Reign)


NWA United States Heavyweight: Adrian Adonis (1st Reign)


NWA World Television: Tully Blanchard (3rd Reign)


NWA World Six-Man Tag Team: Vacant


NWA World Tag Team: Awesome Twosome (1st Reign) (Rick Rude 1, Manny Fernandez 2)


NWA United States Tag Team: Ron Garvin (1) & Barry Windham (1)


NWA World Junior Heavyweight: Denny Brown (3rd Reign)


NWA Women’s: Linda Dallas (1st Reign)



The Big Event: NWA May Supercard 1987


Attendance: 20,104


Main Event: Ric Flair Def. Ron Simmons to retain NWA World Heavyweight (B, 81)


Match of the Night: Ric Flair Def. Ron Simmons to retain NWA World Heavyweight (B, 81)


Overall Show Rating: B, 77


Other News


New Signings: Adrian Adonis


Departures: Paul Ellering, Road Warrior Animal & Hawk, Vladimir Petrov


Financial Status: $200,542 GAIN



#3



New Japan Pro-Wrestling


Size: Cult


Cash: $5,286,974


Figurehead: Antonio Inoki



Champions:


IWGP Heavyweight: Masa Saito (1st Reign)


IWGP Junior Heavyweight: Shiro Koshinaka (1st Reign)


IWGP Tag Team: Kimura & Fujinami (3rd Reign) (Kengo Kimura 3, Tatsumi Fujinami 3)



The Big Event: Wrestling Dontaku 1987


Attendance: 23,437


Main Event: Masa Saito Def. Kengo Kimura to retain IWGP Heavyweight (B+, 85)


Match of the Night: Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada Def. Bad News Allen & Don Arakawa (B+, 86)


Overall Show Rating: B+, 83



Other News


New Signings: Yoshihiro Asai


Departures: N/A


Financial Status: $316,809 GAIN



#4



All Japan Pro-Wrestling


Size: Cult


Cash: $9,184,343


Figurehead: Riki Choshu



Champions:


NWA International Heavyweight: Jumbo Tsuruta (2nd Reign)


PWF World Heavyweight: Riki Choshu (1st Reign)


NWA United National: Genichiro Tenryu (2nd Reign)


NWA International Tag Team: Kakuryu (2nd Reign) (Genichiro Tenryu 2, Jumbo Tsuruta 2)


PWF World Tag Team: Footloose (1st Reign) (Toshiaki Kawada 1, Samson Fuyuki 1)


AJPW Junior Heavyweight: Masanobu Fuchi (1st Reign)


AJPW All-Asia Tag Team: Vacant



The Big Event: Super Power Series 1987


Attendance: 16,000 (Sold-Out)


Main Event: Riki Choshu Def. The Great Kabuki to retain the PWF World Heavyweight Championship. (B, 81)


Match of the Night: Stan Hansen Def. Animal Hamaguchi (A+, 96)


Overall Show Rating: B, 78



Other News


New Signings: Paul Ellering, Road Warrior Animal & Hawk


Departures: N/A


Financial Status: $103,258 LOSS




#5



American Wrestling Association


Size: Cult


Cash: $2,340,037


Figurehead: None


Champions:


AWA World Heavyweight: Nick Bockwinkel (6th Reign)


AWA World Tag Team: The Midnight Express (1st Reign) (Randy Rose 1, Dennis Condrey 1)


AWA World Women’s: Sherri Martel (3rd Reign)


AWA Light Heavyweight: Vacant



The Big Event: AWA SuperClash II


Attendance: 2,326


Main Event: Nick Bockwinkel Def. Jimmy Snuka to retain AWA World Heavyweight Championship. (B, 78)


Match of the Night: Larry Zbyszko Def. Curt Hennig (B, 81)


Overall Show Grade: B-, 71



Other News:


New Signings: Leon White


Departures: Curt Hennig & Jody Hamilton


Financial Status: $271,417 LOSS



Other Industry News:


Deaths: Bruno Sammartino (Age 51) & Terry Sullivan (Age 64)


Retirements: Stanley Blackburn (Age 70)

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I definitely think that you should jump on Curt Hennig. After all, we know how good he ends up being, and he's available now. But I'm sure you've thought about it already.
Defitnitely have been interested in Curt Hennig for awhile now. The only thing that prolong me from signing him was that he was AWA's figurehead. After the fallout between both of them, Mr. Perfect's arrival in the WWF is now on the horizon.
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Default June 1987 Roster Breakdown & Championship History Update

Championship History: May Update

(Note: All championship histories follow actual history up to March 1987.)

Updated As Of: June 1st, 1987

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WWF World Heavyweight Championship



Hulk Hogan (1st Reign)



Won From: The Iron Sheik on January 23rd, 1984 at a house show in New York City, New York

Days as Champ (Current Reign): 1,224



Previous Champions

The Iron Sheik: December 26th, 1983-January 23rd, 1984 (28 days)


Bob Backlund: February 20th, 1978-November 30th, 1979 (2,118 days)


Superstar Billy Graham: April 30th, 1977-February 20th, 1978 (296 days)


Bruno Sammartino (#2): December 10th, 1973-April 30th, 1977 (1,237 days)


Stan Stasiak: December 1st, 1973-December 10th, 1973 (9 days)


Pedro Morales: February 8th, 1971-December 1st, 1973 (1,027 days)


Ivan Koloff: January 18th, 1971-February 8th, 1971 (21 days)


Bruno Sammartino (#1): May 17th, 1963-January 18th, 1971 (2,803 days)


Buddy Rogers: April 25th, 1963-May 17th, 1963 (22 days)



Title Statistics


Most Title Reigns:


Bruno Sammartino, 2

No one else has more than 2 title reigns


Longest Title Reign (In days)


1. Bruno Sammartino (#1): 2,803 days


2. Bob Backlund: 2,118 days


3. Bruno Sammartino (#2): 1,237 days


4. Hulk Hogan: 1,224 days


5. Pedro Morales: 1,027 days


Total Days Spent as Champion


1. Bruno Sammartino: 4,040 days


2. Bob Backlund: 2,118 days


3. Hulk Hogan: 1,224 days


4. Pedro Morales: 1,027 days


5. Superstar Billy Graham: 296 days


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WWF Intercontinental Championship



Ricky Steamboat (1st Reign)



Won From: Randy Savage on March 29th, 1987 at WrestleMania III in Detroit, Michigan.

Days as Champ (Current Reign): 63 Days


Previous Champions


Randy Savage: February 8th, 1986-March 29th, 1987 (414 days)


Tito Santana (#2): July 6th, 1985-February 8th, 1986 (217 days)


Greg Valentine: September 24th, 1984-July 6th, 1985 (285 days)


Tito Santana (#1): February 11th, 1984-September 24th, 1984 (226 days)


Magnificent Muraco (#2): January 22nd, 1983-February 11th, 1984 (385 days)


Pedro Morales (#2): November 23rd, 1981-January 22nd, 1983 (425 days)


Magnificent Muraco (#1): June 20th, 1981-November 23rd, 1981 (156 days)


Pedro Morales (#1): December 8th, 1980-June 20th, 1981 (194 days)


Ken Patera: April 21st, 1980-December 8th, 1980 (231 days)


Pat Patterson: September 1st, 1979-April 21st, 1980 (233 days)



Title Statistics


Most Title Reigns:


T1. Pedro Morales, 2


T1. Magnificent Muraco, 2


T1, Tito Santana, 2


Longest Title Reign (In days)


1. Pedro Morales (#2): 425 days


2. Randy Savage: 414 days


3. Magnificent Muraco (#2): 385 days


4. Greg Valentine: 285 days


5. Pat Patterson: 233 days


Total Days Spent as Champion


1. Pedro Morales: 619 days


2. Magnificent Muraco: 541 days


3. Tito Santana: 443 days


4. Randy Savage: 414 days


5. Greg Valentine: 285 days


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WWF World Tag Team Championships



The Hart Foundation (1st Reign) (Bret Hart 1, Jim Neidhart 1)



Won From: The British Bulldogs on January 26th, 1987 at WWF Superstars of Wrestling in Tampa, Florida

Days as Champ (Current Reign): 125 days



Past Champions


The British Bulldogs: April 7th, 1986-January 27th, 1987 (294 days)


The Dream Team: August 24th, 1985-April 7th, 1986 (226 days)


The U.S. Express (#2): June 17th, 1985-August 24th, 1985 (68 days)


The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff: March 31st, 1985-June 17th, 1985 (78 days)


The U.S. Express (#1): January 21st, 1985-March 31st, 1985 (69 days)



Title Statistics


Most Title Reigns:


T1. Tony Garea, 5


T1. Mr. Fuji, 5


2. Chief Jay Strongbow, 4


(Several Others Tied With 3)


Longest Title Reign (In Days)


1. The Valiant Brothers, 370 Days


2. Mr. Fuji & Professor Tanaka (#1), 337 Days


3. The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid), 294 Days


4. The North-South Connection (Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch), 279 Days


5. Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito (#1), 258 Days


Total Days Spent as Champion


1. Mr. Fuji, 932 Days


2. Johnny Valiant, 600 Days


3. Tony Garea, 597 Days


4. Professor Tanaka, 569 Days


T5, Afa, 431 Days


T5, Sika, 431 Days


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WWF World Television Championship




Hercules (1st Reign)



Won From: 15-Man Battle Royal on April 9th 1987 at WWF Superstars of Wrestling #6 in Boulder, Colorado

Days As Champ (Current Reign): 52 Days


Past Champions:


None



Title Statistics


Most Title Reigns:


1. Hercules, 1


Longest Title Reign (In Days)

1. Hercules (#1): 52 Days


Longest Days Spent as Champion

1. Hercules: 52 Days


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WWF Women's Championship




Velvet McIntyre (2nd Reign)



Won From: The Fabulous Moolah on April 24th, 1987 at WWF Wrestling Challenge #8 in Springfield, Massachusetts

Days as Champ (Current Reign): 37 Days

Days as Champ (Total Reigns): 43 Days


Past Champions


The Fabulous Moolah (#3): July 9th, 1986 - April 24th 1987 (289 Days)


Velvet McIntyre: July 3rd, 1986-July 9th, 1986 (6 Days)


The Fabulous Moolah (#2): November 25th, 1985-July 3rd, 1986 (220 Days)


Wendi Richter (#2): March 31st, 1985-November 25th, 1985 (239 Days)


Leilani Kai: February 18th, 1985-March 31st, 1985 (41 Days)


Wendi Richter (#1): July 23rd, 1984-February 18th, 1985 (210 Days)


The Fabulous Moolah (#1): January 1st, 1984-July 23rd, 1984 (204 Days)


Title Statistics


Most Title Reigns:


1. The Fabulous Moolah, 3


2. Wendi Richter, 2


3. Velvet McIntyre, 2


Everyone Has No More Than 1


Longest Title Reign (In Days)


1. The Fabulous Moolah (#3): 289 Days


2. Wendi Richter (#2): 239 Days


3. The Fabulous Moolah (#2): 220 Days


4. Wendi Richter (#1): 210 Days


5. Leilani Kai: 41 Days


Longest Days Spent as Champion


1. The Fabulous Moolah, 703 Days


2. Wendi Richter, 449 Days


3. Velvet McIntyre, 43 Days


4. Leilani Kai, 41 Days


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WWF King of the Ring




1986 - Harley Race
1985 - Magnificent Muraco


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WWF Roster Breakdown

(Faces In Blue, Heels In Red)



Main Event:

Hulk Hogan (WWF World Heavyweight Champion)

Jake Roberts

Jerry Lawler

Paul Orndorff

Ricky Steamboat (WWF Intercontinental Champion)



Andre The Giant

Harley Race

King Kong Bundy

Randy Savage



Upper-Card:

Brutus Beefcake

Davey Boy Smith

Tito Santana



Bob Orton Jr.

Bret Hart (WWF World Tag Team Champion)

Butch Reed

Greg Valentine

Hercules (WWF World Television Champion)

Honky Tonk Man

Jim Neidhart (WWF World Tag Team Champion)

Kamala

Magnificent Muraco

Nikita Koloff

Nikolai Volkoff

Ted DiBiase

The Iron Sheik




Mid-Card:

Billy Jack Haynes

Dynamite Kid

Jacques Rougeau

Jim Duggan

Jim Powers

Koko B. Ware

Marty Jannetty

Paul Roma

Rick Martel

Ricky Morton

Robert Gibson

Tom Zenk



Afa

Demolition Ax

Demolition Smash

Dino Bravo

Ivan Koloff

Irvin R. Schyster

Cactus Jack

Sika

Vladimir Petrov



Lower-Card:

Brian Blair

Haku

Jim Brunzell

Lanny Poffo

Raymond Rougeau

S.D Jones

Shawn Michaels

Tama



Opener:

Brad Rheingans

Outback Jack



Iron Mike Sharpe

The Assassin



Enhancement Talent:

Tom Magee


Kim Chee


Occasional Wrestler:

George Steele

Hillbilly Jim

Omar Atlas

Roddy Piper

Siva Ali



Andre The Giant

Tiger Chung Lee



Women's Division:

Ashley Cartier

Desiree Peterson

Itsuki Yamazki

Velvet McIntyre (WWF Womens Champion)



Judy Martin

Leilani Kai

The Fabulous Moolah



Tag Team Division:

The British Bulldogs: Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid

The Hart Foundation (WWF World Tag Team Champions): Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart

The Rock N' Roll Express: Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson

Demolition: Demolition Ax & Demolition Smash

The Rockers: Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels

The Young Stallions: Jim Powers & Paul Roma

The Islanders: Haku & Tama

The Can-Am Connection: Rick Martel & Tom Zenk

Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster

The Wild Samoans: Afa & Sika

The Rougeau Brothers: Jacques & Raymond Rougeau


Stables:

The Heenan Family: Bobby Heenan, King Kong Bundy, Harley Race & Hercules

The Russian Alliance: Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik





WWF Creative Meeting

Franchise Players:

1. Randy Savage

2. Hulk Hogan

3. Ricky Steamboat

4. Jake Roberts

5. Roddy Piper


Next Big Things:

1. Davey Boy Smith

2. Shawn Michaels

3. Kim Chee


Hot Prospects:

1. Shawn Michaels

2. Leilani Kai

3. Vladimir Petrov

4. Dynamite Kid


Talk The Talk:

1. Hulk Hogan

2. Randy Savage

3. Roddy Piper

4. Jesse Ventura

5. Jake Roberts


Show Stoppers:

1. Ricky Steamboat

2. Randy Savage

3. Jake Roberts

4. Tito Santana

5. Ted DiBiase


Ring Generals:

1. Ricky Steamboat

2. Harley Race

3. Randy Savage

4. Ted DiBiase

5. Jake Roberts


Who's Hot:

1. Hercules

2. Tito Santana

3. Ricky Steamboat

4. King Kong Bundy

5. Randy Savage



Who's Not:

1. Omar Atlas

2. S.D. Jones

3. Lanny Poffo

4. Siva Ali

5. Tiger Chung Lee



Time Decline:

1. The Fabulous Moolah

2. Paul Orndorff

3. S.D. Jones

4. Andre The Giant


Hidden Gems:

1. Luna Vachon

2. Art Barr

3. Savio Vega

4. Rick Steiner

5. Johnny Ace


So I've came to the conclusion for the prediction contest prize and as of this moment, I will not be giving any out. The reason for this is because during my 2 months away, I had made several shows already, so that I could easily get back into the swing of things. Creating those shows have given me many ideas heading into Summerslam and all the way to WrestleMania. Incorporating prizes will mean changing several things up and perhaps ruining some planned suprises ahead. Another reason was due to the fact that with my hiatus being 2-3 months long, I'm unsure who is still in my viewing audience. As of now, I plan on posting shows and still holding prediction scoreboards. I just won't be doing a prediction contest for now.

If you are still following this dynasty, than I want to say thanks! As that is a big boost of motivation in continuing this dynasty. If you have any feedback or opinions at all, feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!

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Oh snap. That makes me pretty happy. So does Kim Chee being listed as the "next big thing".
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WWF Superstars of Wrestling #13

June 4th, 1987

From the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennesse

Attendance: 2,000 (Sold-Out)

Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura







Quote:

Gene Okerlund starts off the show, in which he is backstage informing the audience that he has received word on both Dynamite Kid and the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan. Okerlund informs viewers that Dynamite Kid suffered a concussion last week and that the attackers remain unknown still at this time. Afterwards, Okerlund informs the audience that Hulk Hogan has once again suffered an injury to his ribs after the brutal assault he suffered by The Heenan Family last week. Okerlund says that he'll keep everyone up to speed regarding these two injuries.




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WWF World Television Championship



Normal, Singles Match

Marty Jannetty Vs. Hercules © (/w Bobby Heenan)



Marty Jannetty took it upon himself to take a shot at the WWF World Television Championship tonight, as Vince McMahon revealed that his tag team partner, Shawn Michaels, was out sick with the flu. Hercules continued his path of dominance but probably faced his biggest challenger to date against Jannetty. Jannetty threw everything he could at Hercules and looked as though he could pull off the upset here in this one but tonight it wasn't meant to be. Hercules quickly rebounded on the offense after Jannetty was distracted by Heenan. Seconds later, Jannetty found himself tapping out to Hercules' Full Nelson submission hold.


Winner: Hercules

Defence: #7

Match Time: 6:57

Finish: Full Nelson by Hercules leads to Submission.





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Bobby Heenan quickly joined the ring and congratulated his client on another tremendous victory, as Hercules held his WWF World Television Championship up high in the air. After a few seconds of celebrating, the rest of The Heenan Family soon joined the ring. Bobby Heenan then took center stage to address Hercules' path of dominance and that it won't be long until Hercules cashes in the championship to challenge for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.


Bobby Heenan: "Ladies and gentleman, you are looking at a true man beast. Ever since Hercules seized the opportunity to become the WWF World Television Championship, he has marked himself a path of dominance never seen before. Everything is going as planned thus far and I'm filled with excitement! King Kong Bundy will soon be your new WWF World Heavyweight Champion and Hercules will soon conquer the WWF Intercontinental Championship, while Harley Race will remain your King of the Ring! Mark my words, The Heenan Family is here to stay FOREVER!"




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The audience is brought backstage, where Greg Valentine is warming up for his upcoming match against his former partner, Brutus Beefcake. Gene Okerlund appear just a few seconds and tries to get a word with both men. Greg continues to warm up as Johnny V decides to take the time to hype up his client. Johnny V claims that the only reason why The Dream Team worked was because Greg put in all the work to make it work. Johnny adds that Brutus was too fascinated with cutting hair and attending barber shops, that he never had his mind set on winning championship gold.


Johnny V: "Greg Valentine is the reason why The Dream Team worked, you don't have to take my word for it Gene but it's the truth! Greg put in all the work to make it possible for them to win the WWF Tag Team Championships a year back, not Brutus Beefcake. Brutus always had his mind set on cutting hair and attending barber shops. Greg on the other hand is like myself, he only wants one thing... Gold around his waist. It's exactly why Greg has held the WWF Intercontinental championship for 285 day! Regardless, Tonight, Greg Valentine will embarrass his former tag team partner and afterwards, continue on his path to becoming the WWF World Heavyweight champion."




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Normal, Singles Match

Brutus Beefcake Vs. Greg Valentine (/w Johnny V)



The battle between two former partner and tag team champions was on the horizon, as the fans looked really engaged throughout the match. Greg Valentine had the momentum going in his favor in the early going of the match but a fire would soon ignite inside Brutus Beefcake to fight back. The storytelling was really good in this one, as both men used their skills and experience to make this an entertaining bout.


Beefcake's offense was seemingly getting too hot for Valentine, as he quickly got out of the ring and began yelling about how this was a waste of his time. Valentine began walking up the ramp, as Johnny V would soon follow him shortly afterwards. The referee counted to 10 and then declared Brutus Beefcake the winner of the match.


Winner: Brutus Beefcake

Match Time: 6:37

Finish: Greg Valentine Intentional Count-Out leads to Beefcake earning the win by Count-Out.





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The WWF President, Jack Tunney, appears at the top of the ramp and announces two more Qualifying Round King of the Ring tournament matches. He announces that the first match will be between Jake "The Snake" Roberts taking on Nikolai Volkoff of The Russian Alliance. Tunney than announces that the second match will be WWF World Tag Team Champion, Bret "The Hitman" Hart taking on former WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Bob Backlund!




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King of the Ring Qualifying Round

Normal, Singles Match

Koko B. Ware Vs. "King" Harley Race (/w Bobby Heenan)



Koko B. Ware came into this one looking seemingly confident after a big win over Kamala last week. Now his focus was on dethroning the current king, Harley Race, which would be no easy task. Koko delivered several chops and even a dropkick to Race in the start of the match, which had Race off-guard. Race would retreat several times to the outside to recoup himself, while the fans cheered for Koko B. Ware's steady and consistent offense against the wrestling veteran. Race eventually found his mark in the match, using his experience inside the ring to his advantage and a few dirty tactics along the way. A false mistake on the behalf of Koko B. Ware led to Race delivering the Piledriver to pick up the pinfall victory.


Winner: Harley Race

Match Time: 8:27

Finish: Piledriver by Race leads to the Pin.





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We're backstage again with Gene Okerlund, who is alongside the WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Okerlund acknowledges Steamboat's recent performances and says that Steamboat is really showcasing himself as being a fighting champion. Steamboat thanks Okerlund for the kind words and also thanks his fans for the amount of support he has received on his journey. Steamboat says he's looking to take on any challenge that comes his way, because he's going to be a prideful champion for his fans.


Ricky Steamboat: "Winning this championship and the way that I won it on the biggest stage of wrestling speaks on how big of an accomplishment this is to me. I've always taken pride in what I've accomplished and this is no different. Butch Reed gave me two big matches, in which he came very close to defeating the dragon, but this dragon's fire is too much to be put out. Whatever challenge awaits, I look forward to it. As your WWF Intercontinental Champion, I'll continue to be your fighting champion."






As Steamboat finishes his speech, he suddenly gets blasted from behind by Honky Tonk Man's guitar. HTM looks down at the fallen champion and says that he's not waiting anymore for his opportunity because starting tonight, he's going to take it. The camera closes in on one final shot of HTM before going back to the ring.




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King of the Ring Qualifying Round

Normal, Singles Match


Bob Orton Jr. Vs. Jerry Lawler



The Memphis crowd greeted their hometown hero with an enormous amount of cheers as Jerry Lawler made his debut in the WWF. Sickened by the ovation that Lawler was receiving, Orton decided to go on and attack him before the match could even begin. Both men fought outside for a few minutes, which really had the crowd going as they entered the ring. Both men fought openly in this one, trying to get the advantage over one another.


The support that Lawler was receiving from the Memphis crowd really helped him drive the offense countless times, as Orton struggled to get back into the mix at times. Orton would sneak a low-blow when the referee wasn't looking and almost stole the victory. Lawler, however, wasn't bound to let that happen under his watch. He threw several strikes at Orton, as he rallied behind the sold-out crowd and soon executed the Piledriver to earn himself the pin to advance to the next round.


Winner: Jerry Lawler

Match Time: 13:18

Finish: Piledriver by Lawler leads to the Pin.





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Jerry Lawler soaked in the cheers after winning the main event match in his hometown. The commentary team hyped Lawler and his next upcoming King of the Ring match against Harley Race at the King of the Ring PPV. Vince McMahon reminded the viewers to not miss next week's Superstars of Wrestling as it will be Jake Roberts facing Nikolai Volkoff and Bret Hart taking on the returning Bob Backlund. Lawler celebrated with the crowd for about a few more seconds until the show came to an end.





TV Rating: 1.37 (1,032,560 Viewers)

Show Overall Grade:



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• The reality of the story is that Shawn Michaels wasn't actually sick. Rumors are that Michaels showed up wasted and that he was in no condition to work tonight's scheduled match against Demolition, which led to plans being scrapped. Marty Jannetty versus Hercules was supposedly a last-minute thing, which didn't fare well as it was soon discovered that Marty Jannetty was high on drugs during the match. Jannetty has been fined for the incident, as for Michaels, nothing has been reported but some spectate that this could derail their push.






WWF Wrestling Challenge #13

June 5th, 1987

From the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennesse

Attendance: 2,000 (Sold-Out)

Announce Team: Lord Alfred Hayes & Gorilla Monsoon







Quote:
Pre-Show: Sting Def. Tiger Chung Lee in 5:35 (D+, 52)


Pre-Show: Irwin R. Schyster Def. Scott Armstrong in 7:26 (D+, 52)


A recap video is played showcasing the results from last night's 1st Round King of the Ring Tournament matches. Harley Race came out victorious against Koko B. Ware to advance to the Quarter-Finals, while Jerry Lawler came out victorious in his hometown of Memphis against Bob Orton Jr. Race and Lawler will face each other one on one at the King of the Ring tournament in the Quarter-Final Round. (B-, 72)


In what was hyped as a #1 contender match for the WWF Women's Championship, Leilani Kai defeated Desiree Peterson in 4:45 to earn the right to face WWF Women's Champion, Velvet McIntyre next week on Wrestling Challenge. (D, 41)


Ted DiBiase and his business partner, IRS, taunt Tito Santana backstage. DiBiase says that Santana can try to pull all the stops he wants to ensure he becomes the King of the Tournament winner but that eventually, Santana will have to face him once again. DiBiase then brings up the fact that he has defeated Santana twice already and that it will be a third time if Santana manages to beat his partner, IRS. (C, 64)


During the match between Jim Duggan and Dino Bravo, the commentary team revealed that inthe final two matches of the 1st Round, it will be Tito Santana facing IRS. While Ted DiBiase will face Jim Duggan. Duggan earned himself some momentum by getting the win over Bravo in 6:21 after delivering a running clothline tackle. (C, 60)


The WWF World Tag Team Champions, The Hart Foundation are backstage in which Jesse Ventura interviews Bret Hart, who will be taking on former WWF World Champion, Bob Backlund in the 1st Round of the King of the Ring Tournament. Hart claims he's confident in his abilities and that he's ready to move up the ladder and that there is no better way to start than by beating a former world champion. (C+, 70)


Cactus Jack made his debut for the WWF by making easy work of Brad Rheingans in 5:42 after delivering a Piledriver. (D-, 40)


Demolition make their way to the ring and in the past few weeks, they have been seen without a mouthpiece. Tonight, changed that as Mr. Fuji made a surpise appearance and officially walked them to the ring, signaling him as their new manager. (B-, 73)


Demolition continued their path of domination by crushing The Islanders in 4:23 after Demolition Smash got the pin over Tama. (C-, 55)


With the new mouthpiece by their side, Rick Martel and Tom Zenk of the Can-Am Connection found this to be a good opportunity to challenge the team that had attacked them at WWF Free For All. Mr. Fuji didn't hesitate and quickly accepted the challenge on the behalf of Ax and Smash. (C, 63)


Honky Tonk Man talks to Jesse Ventura about why he attacked Ricky Steamboat and that was due to the fact that he was sick of the image of Steamboat as champion. HTM claims the title belongs to a real man, somebody like himself. HTM adds that he'll be Steamboat's biggest challenge. (B, 81)


Koko B. Ware looked to bounce back from his loss last night against Harley Race but he fell short to Honky Tonk Man in 9:55 when HTM delivered the Shake, Rattle and Roll to get the pin. (B-, 71)


After the match, Honky Tonk Man celebrates the win as he earns himself momentum going into his rivalry against Ricky Steamboat. (B, 78)




TV Rating: 0.49 (372,630 Viewers)

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This Week’s News


Monday, June 1st

• The WWF let the contracts of Ken Resnick and Jimmy Jack Funk expire. While also releasing several superstars that management felt were a "hazard" to the backstage atmosphere. The list of employees who were let go is as followed; Danny Spivey, Noriyo Tateno, The Crusher and Michael Kirchner (Corporal Kirchner)


• A recent report was made today that featured the success of Hulk Hogan carrying the WWF throughout the months. Back in March this year, it was reported that attendance was up 14% whenever Hogan appeared and that the WWF was selling 55% more merchandise. As of the beginning of this month, attendance is up to 17% when Hogan appears and that merchandise sales are now at 60%. It should also be noted that since WrestleMania III, the WWF have been making more profit throughout each month.



Thursday, June 4th

• Roddy Piper appeared on a national TV show last night, in which he promoted both his new movie and the World Wrestling Federation. Piper did an excellent job in both representing the company and wrestling in general. Piper was also asked again whether we have seen the last of him inside a WWF ring, in which Piper responded that he's not 100% sure but admitted that he still has a big passion for the business.


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WWF Superstars of Wrestling #14

June 11th, 1987

From the Jadwinn Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey

Attendance: 6,854 (Sold-Out!)

Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura







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Vince McMahon welcomes viewers to the show, as we have a camera cut above the ring. The scene lasts for as little as 3 seconds when McMahon informs viewers that he has just received word that the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan is in the building. Viewers are then shown backstage in which Hogan is seen walking backstage with his injured ribs once again wrapped up. Gene Okerlund hurries to Hogan and questions why Hogan showed up when he should be resting up for his match against King Kong Bundy at the King of the Ring PPV. Hogan says that the Hulkster never rests and that with injured ribs or not, he doesn't back down from anyone.


Hulk Hogan: "Injured ribs or not Mean Gene, the Hulkster doesn't back down from a fight. I was told from my doctor to not attend tonight's show but I couldn't sit at home and watch The Heenan Family run havoc in front of my Hulkamaniacs, brother. Tonight, I'm bringing both Bobby The Weasel and his thugs down! Whatcha gonna do brother!?!?"




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Normal, Singles Match

Brutus Beefcake Vs. Hercules © (/w Bobby Heenan)



Vince McMahon informed the audience on commentary that Beefcake earned his right to face Hercules after Greg Valentine got himself counted out in their match last week. Beefcake brought the fight to Hercules and looked solid on the offensive end but Hercules' strength stopped Beefcake from getting too far on the offense. Hercules delivered some crushing strikes and kicks to Beefcake and looked like he was on the verge of defeating Beefcake until Beefcake bounced back. Brutus began to deliver a fury of strikes and delivered well on the offensive end. Brutus would come very close to defeating Hercules and becoming the new world television champion until...






Greg Valentine came down the ramp with his manager, Johnny V. Brutus noticed both men walking down and kept his focus on his former tag team partner. It was only a matter of seconds until Hercules came from behind and locked in the vicious Full Nelson submission hold. Brutus attempted to fight out of the hold but just like all of it's victims, Beefcake had no choice but to tap out.


Winner: Hercules

Defence: #8

Match Time: 5:40

Finish: Distraction by Valentine leads to Hercules locking in the Full Nelson on Beefcake to earn the Submission.





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The audience is shown a pre-taped video ofa new face here in the WWF, who is inside of a basketball court with a basketball in his hands. He welcomes the fans and introduces himself.


Mr. Perfect: "Hello ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Perfect. You may be wondering why they call me Mr. Perfect, well allow me to demonstrate."


Mr. Perfect turned to face the hoop behind him before taking a shot with the ball in his hands. Perfect's shot was nothing but net, however Perfect wasn't quite done there. He retrieved another ball and took another shot, once again it was nothing but net. He took several more shots, with each and every one of them being nothing but net. Now showing off, Perfect turned his back towards the hoop and shot the ball over his head without even looking. The ball flew in the air, as the camera caught it flying and falling straight through the hoop for another shot made. Perfect showed a slight smirk as he heard the shot go in.


Mr. Perfect: "Absolutely perfect."




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Bob Backlund Vs. Bret Hart (/w Jimmy Hart)



Tonight, Bob Backlund made his first WWF match in years and he looked ready to return to the promise land, which is to hold the WWF World title for a 2nd time. As for Bret Hart, he looked forward to this one as he feels he has so much to prove and that he knew a win over Backlund would help elevate his career. The match featured technical holds in the early moments, until both men began to use psychology to their advantage. Backlund looked great despite not having a match in several years and the performance of Bret was also great. Backlund attempted his finishing Cross Face Chicken Win submission hold but Hart was able to get out shortly afterwards, and soon executed his own submission finisher, the Sharpshooter. Backlund tried desperately to reach the ropes but he soon fell victim to tapping out.


Winner: Bret Hart

Bret Hart Advances To The Quarter Finals Of The King Of The Ring Tournament.

Match Time: 10:22

Finish: Sharpshooter by Hart Leads To Submission.





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The commentary team hypes up the final two matches of the Qualifying Round, which were announced previously on last week's Wrestling Challenge. Next week, Tito Santana faces IRS and Ted DiBiase faces Jim Duggan one on one.




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The audience is brought backstage, to where Randy Savage and Jake Roberts are shown backstage arguing over who should be the next #1 contender. Savage says that he should be the #1 contender since he was the one who saved Roberts and Smith's butt. Roberts makes the claim that he's number one contender because he was given a spot on the King of the Ring tournament, while Savage wasn't.





Davey Boy Smith shows up and splits Savage and Roberts apart. Smith tells them to argue about that stuff once they take down this Russian Alliance first. Smith assures them that he cannot continue to babysit them. Savage tells them both that he's not with either one of them and that he's only fighting for himself. Roberts decides to call Savage a selfish prick, which starts stuff once again between both of them. Smith tells them to calm down and that this kind of stuff is what is going to have them end up like his tag team partner. Savage tells Smith to fight his own battles before leaving, Roberts and Smith stare at one another without a word. Seconds pass, as Jake Roberts heads to the ring for his upcoming King of the Ring Qualifying match against Nikolai Volkoff.




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Jake Roberts Vs. Nikolai Volkoff (/w Ivan Koloff)



Uncertain of what may happen tonight, Jake Roberts was at least determined to defeat Nikolai Volkoff and move one step closer to becoming the King of the Ring winner and #1 contender for the WWF World championship. Nikolai Volkoff came to the ring accompanied by the leader of the Russian Alliance, Ivan Koloff. Volkoff delivered his vicious strikes and was very aggressive on Roberts, it was as if his intent was to just punish Roberts instead of actually trying to win. Volkoff made very few pin attempts and followed most of Koloff's orders as he was delivering offensive move after offensive move. Roberts made a comeback mid-way through the match, delivering a sequence of strikes. Koloff would attempt to distract Roberts but it didn't do him any good. Roberts avoided a big takedown by Volkoff and soon finished him off with a DDT, to earn the pinfall victory.


Winner: Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts Advances To The Qualifing Round of the King of the Ring.

Match Time: 10:03

Finish: DDT by Roberts leads to the Pin.





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Ivan Koloff entered the ring and was soon about to hit Roberts with a heavy chain to the face but Roberts quickly dodged the attack and began to dish out strikes to the Russian leader.






Nikolai Volkoff stopped Roberts' offense on his leader and it didn't take long for the rest of the Russian Alliance to enter the ring. Nikita Koloff brought Roberts' down with a devastating chain strike to Roberts' forehead. Roberts was then unconscious, as the Russian Alliance began to beat him up inside the ring. Ivan Koloff ordered his men to pick Roberts up, as he would then spit in Roberts face and call him pathetic like the rest of these Americans.






Davey Boy Smith hurried to save Jake Roberts, despite the numbers being against him. Smith delivered a decent amount of offense against the Russian Alliance, quickly sending Nikolai Volkoff over the top ropes but Nikita would soon bring him down with a hard hitting clothline. The Russian Alliance began to stomp Smith down as the fans in the arena waited on Randy Savage to come out and make a heroic save but... he never appeared.


Ivan Koloff marked his stamp against both Smith and Roberts, as he stood in the middle of the ring with both men laid out flat in front of him. The Russian Alliance raised their right arm in the air as a symbol of their dominance as the commentary team called this scene sickening to watch.




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Billy Jack Haynes Vs. King Kong Bundy (/w Bobby Heenan)



Billy Jack Haynes' history with The Heenan Family is not unknown with his feud back in March with Hercules and tonight, he had a chance to throw off the #1 contender for the WWF World championship, King Kong Bundy. However, Bundy completely demolished Haynes and delivered the Big Splash to pick up the easy pinfall victory.


Winner: King Kong Bundy

Match Time: 3:21

Finish: Big Splash by Bundy leads to the Pin.





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King Kong Bundy continued his dominance over Haynes after the match and soon afterwards, the rest of the Heenan Family came to the ring. Fans knew that Hulk Hogan was in the building and that the reason why the rest of the Heenan Family showed up was to ensure Bundy was safe.





It didn't take long for "Real American" to begin playing, as the fans cheered loudly for their favorite superstar, their world champion, Hulk Hogan. Hogan made his way to the ring as fast as he could but the rib injury certainly was slowing him down slightly. Once in the ring, Hogan came face to face with King Kong Bundy, while Harley Race and Hercules stayed behind Bundy. Bobby Heenan began to speak on the fact that Hogan was stupid enough to think he could overcome their sheer power of strength.


It didn't take long for "Real American" to begin playing, as the fans cheered loudly for their favorite superstar, their world champion, Hulk Hogan. Hogan made his way to the ring as fast as he could but the rib injury certainly was slowing him down slightly. Once in the ring, Hogan came face to face with King Kong Bundy, while Harley Race and Hercules stayed behind Bundy. Bobby Heenan began to speak on the fact that Hogan was stupid enough to think he could overcome their sheer power of strength.



Bobby Heenan: "Hulk Hogan, look at you, coming out here and asking to be put on the shelf! Do you not realize what situation you are putting yourself in? I admire your courage to bring yourself out here against doctors' orders while it's also your courage that I cannot stand! You and your pathetic little Hulkamaniacs drive me nuts and I'm sick of it! I'm glad you're out here tonight, because my family is going to ensure you don't come back!"


Heenan had looked as though he was about to tell his men to beatdown Hogan but Hogan began to speak back. Hogan made it clear that he will not stop until he brings The Heenan Family down, once and for all. Hogan says that no matter how many times he gets knocked down, he's always going to get right back up because of all the support he gets from his Hulkamaniacs.


Hulk Hogan: "It doesn't matter how many times you knock me down, as I'm always going to get back up and become even stronger than I was before, brother! I told you already that you can't kill Hulkamania and even after your goons attacked me previously, I'm still up despite my broken ribs, brother! What makes me sick is how you and your goons run around thinking' you own all of this with your dominance but let me tell you somethin' Bobby "The Weasel" Heenan! I'm Hulk Hogan and I'm going to stop you and your goons from running around here like you're the ones in charge. I won't stop until I deliver a you know what to each and every one of your goons, believe that brother!"


Heenan talks about how Hogan's speech makes him so sick and then he orders his men to break Hogan down and to not stop until they are certain he won't comeback. Hogan fights back, doing the best he can to fight off the Heenan Family's strength but the broken ribs play a major part in Hogan falling to the ground. The Heenan Family deliver a large amount of punishment with each men delivering their own finisher, with Race's Piledriver to Hercules' Full Nelson. Afterwards, the #1 contender, King Kong Bundy delivers an Avalanche following 2 Body Splashes to Hogan. The commentary team talk about how Hogan's ribs must be crushed at this point, as they express their concern that Hogan may not be able to compete at King of the Ring. Bobby Heenan stands above the injured Hulk Hogan, as he lays on the mat holding his ribs in agony. WWF medical staff rush into the ring to put Hogan onto a stretcher, as Bobby Heenan and the rest of his family make their exit. The camera gets one final shot at Hogan on the stretcher, as his fans look on in disappointment. The commentary team talks about what a sick scene this was to close out the show.





TV Rating: 1.33 (1,000,560 Viewers)

Show Overall Grade:



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• Ricky Steamboat was backstage teaching his protege, Kim Chee, how to work a microphone.

• Ricky Steamboat was also teaching his protege, Mick Foley (Cactus Jack), psychology skills.






WWF Wrestling Challenge #14

June 12th, 1987

From the Jadwinn Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey

Attendance: 6,854 (Sold-Out!)

Announce Team: Lord Alfred Hayes & Gorilla Monsoon







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Pre-Show: Bob Holly def. Tom Magee in 7:29 (E, 29)


Pre-Show: The Rougeau Brothers def. Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon in 8:05 (D+, 51)


The show begins with Lord Alfred Hayes and Gorilla Monsoon discussing the participants who have made it into the Quarter-Final round of the King of the Ring tournament. The following are Nikita Koloff, who was granted a bye pass when his opponent was unable to compete. Davey Boy Smith who defeated The Iron Sheik to advance. Jerry Lawler, who achieved his win in his hometown of Memphis against Bob Orton Jr. Harley Race, who defeated Koko B. Ware to advance. Bret Hart, who pulled off a big win over the former WWF World champion, Bob Backlund. Jake Roberts, who defeated Nikolai Volkoff to advance. Monsoon reminds viewers that next week will be the final Qualifying matches before we head into the King of the Ring PPV. (B-, 71)


Leilani Kai received her championship match against Velvet McIntyre, that she earned last week but fell short. McIntyre defended in 6:17 after executing a McIntyre Roll to retain the WWF Women's Championship. (C, 61)


Jesse Ventura was backstage with the newly debuting star, who goes by the name, Cactus Jack. Ventura congratulates Jack on his debut win last week and asks what his intentions are now that he's a part of the WWF. Jack responds by claiming himself to be a man of pain and that his intentions are to inflict pain upon people. (C+, 66)


The Can-Am Connection issued a challenge to Demolition last week and tonight they got their match, but not the result that they had hoped for. Demolition continued their dominance once again by defeating the Can-Am Connection in 8:04 after Smash delivered a running clothline. (C+, 67)


Demolition's new manager, instructed his dominant tag team to continue delivering pain to Martel and Zenk but the attack wouldn't last long as the Rock N' Roll Express showed up and chased Demolition out of the ring. Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton then hurried to check on Martel and Zenk. (C, 65)


It's been awhile but Butch Reed made his return since losing to Steamboat at the Free For All PPV. Monsoon informed viewers that Reed had taken time off to relieve his thoughts and it paid off, as he dominated Brian Blair easily in 4:10. (C-, 56)


Jesse Ventura conducts an interview with the former WWF World champion and questions whether that match he had with Bret Hart was one and done. Backlund says that he's looking to add more gold to his resume and that he serves that as motivation to stay. (B+, 87)


Randy Savage faced The Iron Sheik in the main event, as Savage looked determined to face his own problems head on. Savage pulled off the big win in 6:56 after delivering a Flying Elbow Drop. (B-, 76)


Despite the win, Savage wasn't able to overcome the numbers of the Russian Alliance, as they delivered a beat down on him after the match. Due to Savage not helping Roberts and Smith last night, Savage was left on his own as he was dismantled by the Russian Alliance to close out the show. (A+, 97)



TV Rating: 0.51 (383,050 Viewers)

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• Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon have great chemistry, as was shown from their pre-show match and could be seen as a team being developed going forward.


• Demolition Ax sustained a dislocated shoulder during his match against the Can-Am Connection. Rumor is that the injury should only keep him sidelined for 2 weeks.


• Hercules has made an open complaint about being pushed as an upper-mid-card act and that he feels he should be pushed as an main event star. Management seems to agree that Hercules has made big improvements since WrestleMania and have granted him the role.


• The Iron Sheik was clearly wasted in his match against Randy Savage and management were not too pleased about it per reports. It's being reported that Sheik has been fined and that management could be looking into replacing Sheik in the Russian Alliance group, as a way of punishment.


• Bob Backlund has taken Bob Holly under his wing, as he looks to teach his new protege the in and outs of the industry.



This Week’s News


Saturday, June 6th

• A few veterans of the industry are very high on 27 year old, Ben Bassarab, who has been trained by the legendary, Stu Hart. Bassarab is one of the few wrestlers WWF didn't pick up when they purchased Stampede.



Sunday, June 7th

• Kevin Sullivan has been widely rumored to become the next head booker of Jim Crockett Promotions and last night, the rumor became official. Sullivan has made a statement announcing that he plans to bring JCP to bigger heights and that he'll be looking to bring in more talent in the next coming months.


• Apparently, Scott Casey "Went Nuts" on WCWA head booker, Fritz Von Erich last night, which could spell the end of his run with the promotion. Insiders believe that the dispute was about Casey's push as a lower card talent and that he wasn't pleased with that. Rumors has it that Casey was dragged out of the headquarters by wrestlers as things began to get tense.



Monday, June 8th

• NJPW has announced Monday morning that they have released Umanosuke Ueda. This comes as a surprise due to Ueda and Masa Saito recently defeating Kimura & Fujinami for the IWGP Tag Team Championships. As of this time, the prestigious titles are now vacant.



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its really interesting in reading this as I'm playing the same time period and barring one or two differences we've more or less followed the same path.

Good read so far :-)
That's crazy how that all seemed to happen! Thanks man, glad to know your enjoying it!
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WWF Superstars of Wrestling #15

June 18th, 1987

From the Bing Crosby Hall in San Diego, California

Attendance: 3,500

Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura







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Gene Okerlund starts the show off with news regarding the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan. Okerlund informs viewers that Hogan has left the hospital over the weekend and that he is now at home resting up. Okerlund continues by saying that Hogan's condition on whether he'll be able to compete at the King of the Ring PPV is still up in the air but that if he cannot, he'll be forced to vacate the world championship.


Afterwards, the commentary team thanks Okerlund and informs viewers that due to the severity of the injury that the Heenan Family caused on Hulk Hogan, they will all be banned from tonight's show by orders of WWF President, Jack Tunney.




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Normal, Tag Team Match

The Rock N' Roll Express Vs. The Wild Samoans (/w King Curtis Iaukea)



The Rock N' Roll Express are riding high off of last week's Wrestling Challenge, when they helped the Can-Am Connection fight off Demolition. Now, they look forward to adding a bit more momentum as they face off against former 3-time world tag team champions, the Wild Samoans. Afa and Sika brought the offense in this one as they looked to redeem themselves from their previous encounter with the Rock N' Roll Express. The match went back and forth throughout until Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson began to break away and steal the match. They executed a Double Dropkick on Afa, which helped Morton get the pin over him.


Winners: The Rock N' Roll Express

Match Time: 7:07

Finish: Double Dropkick by RnR Express leads to Morton getting the Pin on Afa.





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The announce team hypes up the final 2 Qualifying matches for the King of the Ring tournament which will both happen tonight. They remind viewers that Ted DiBiase will be facing Jim Duggan, while Tito Santana will be facing Ted DiBiase's business partner, Irwin R. Schyster, which is upcoming next.




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King of the Ring Qualifying Match

Normal, Singles Match


Tito Santana Vs. Irwin R. Schyster (/w Ted DiBiase)



Tito Santana knew that if he were to get a chance at redemption against Ted DiBiase, it would have to happen with a win over DiBiase's business partner, IRS. DiBiase watched from the sidelines, as both Santana and IRS traded strikes among each other. Santana began to put IRS in holds and had DiBiase looking nervous at times throughout as well. IRS wouldn't let Santana get one over him easy though, as he pulled the offense back into his favor and began to use dirty tactics to somehow pull off an upset victory. Santana steadily broke out of the 2-count, which the fans applauded him for numerous times throughout. Tito began a big wave of momentum and soon, was able to lock in the Figure Four Leglock, the same submission hold he locked in on IRS at Free for All. DiBiase demanded IRS to not give up and that he better find a way out of the hold. DiBiase helped IRS reach rope break, which caused Santana to have a slight argument outside with DiBiase. As much as Ted wanted to put his hands on Santana, he refused too as he knew it would be an automatic entry for Tito for the next round. IRS tried to take advantage of the distraction once they were inside the ring, but Santana quickly rolled him over to get the pinfall victory.


Winner: Tito Santana

Tito Santana Advances to the Quarter-Final of the King of the Ring Tournament.

Match Time: 8:01

Finish: A Quick Roll-up by Santana leads to the pin.





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The audience is welcomed by Lord Alfred Hayes, as he's pays a visit to Mr. Perfect in a bowling alley. Mr. Perfect informs viewers that last week's miracle shot, wasn't based off of luck and that in fact, it was based off of his perfection. Mr. Perfect goes onto further prove his point by delivering back to back strikes. Afterwards, he asks Lord Alfred Hayes if that was enough in which Hayes wonders if he can execute a strike with his eyes closed. Without saying a word, Mr. Perfect closes his eyes, takes a deep breath and lets the bowling ball out of his hand. The bowling ball makes a fast charge towards the pins and once it collides, Perfect opens his eyes and witnesses the perfect strike. Perfect looks at Hayes, who looks absolutely stunned and then looks into the camera.


Mr. Perfect: "Once again, absolutely perfect."




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The audience is brought backstage, where the Honky Tonk Man and his manager, Jimmy Hart are shown, laughing and taunting the WWF Intercontinental Champion, Ricky Steamboat. Jimmy Hart taunts Steamboat on how he's still recovering from the vicious guitar shot he suffered by the hands of the HTM. He adds that he'll never be 100% for their match at the King of the Ring and that he should just relinquish the title now before he wounds up getting seriously hurt. HTM says the similar thing about Steamboat but talks mainly about how he's going to be the best Intercontinental champion of all-time.


Honky Tonk Man: "It's no secret that I'm the best good looking wrestler here in the WWF and perhaps the best looking man of all-time! Not only am I the best with my looks, but I'm also the best at the guitar, whether that be playing a tune or knocking somebody's lights out with it. This Sunday, I'll show that I'm not only the best at those two things but that I'm also going to be the best WWF Intercontinental Champion! It doesn't matter how many days I hold the title or how many defenses I have, what's going to make me the best is that I'm the Honky Tonk Man and I'm the best at everything!"






The segment seems to look as though it has reached its end until Ricky Steamboat makes his way onto the set and begins dishing out strikes to HTM. Jimmy Hart frantically runs off, as Steamboat continues with his strikes. HTM attempts to push Steamboat off, so that he can reach to his guitar he does so unsuccessfully. Steamboat throws HTM into some backstage equipment and afterwards, quits his attack on HTM, who seems to be in a lot of pain. Steamboat tells him that he's 100% ready for their match at the King of the Ring PPV, as he leaves the scene.




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Jim Duggan begins to make his way down to the ring and as he does, Vince McMahon informs viewers that before the match, they caught backstage footage of Ted DiBiase trying to bribe Jim Duggan into quitting the match and giving him the win. The footage shows DiBiase along with his business partner, IRS, approaching Jim Duggan earlier in the night. DiBiase tells Duggan that if he lays down in the middle of the ring, he'll receive a payment of $1,000. Duggan doesn't answer, which leads to DiBiase attempting to persuade him into believing that that amount is much more valuable than an attempt to have a chance to face the WWF World Heavyweight champion at Summerslam. DiBiase waits on his response and when he gets the answer, it's not what he expected...


Jim Duggan:"Hahaha, I'll see you in the ring pal!"


Duggan heads out to the ring, as DiBiase stands, wondering whether Duggan accepted his proposal or declined it.




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Jim Duggan Vs. Ted DiBiase (/w IRS)



The commentary team hypes this match as the final Qualifying match for the King of the Ring. They discuss whether Duggan will accept the money or not before the opening bell. Once the bell rings, DiBiase tells Duggan to lay down and let him get the pin if he wants his money. Duggan stands looking at the mat and back at the fans, who are shouting for Duggan to say no. DiBiase tells Duggan to not let these bums make his decisions and that he better lay on the mat right now. Duggan looks at the mat one final time, before charging at DiBiase with a running clothline. They end up fighting it out, with Duggan controlling the match with his out of the gate momentum all throughout. The fans rally behind Duggan as he looks to close in on the win but IRS decides to get involved. He distracts Duggan from the outside of the ring, by taunting him. The distraction helps give DiBiase enough time to recover, which he then grabs Duggan from behind and locks in the Million Dollar Dream. Duggan attempts to break out of the hold but ultimately taps out, giving DiBiase the submission victory.


Winner: Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase Advances To The Qualifying Round

Match Time: 9:25

Finish: Distraction by IRS leads to DiBiase locking in the Million Dollar Dream on Duggan to earn the submission.





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Davey Boy Smith and Jake Roberts are backstage discussing whether they go out there and attack the Russian Alliance tonight or wait till next week when they build a strength in numbers. The discussions between both men soon came to silence as...






"Macho Man" Randy Savage and his beautiful velvet, Ms. Elizabeth appeared. Savage tells both men that before they go swinging at him or coming at him with any harsh words, he has a few words of his own. Savage explains that the beat-down he suffered from the Russian Alliance on Wrestling Challenge made him realize a lot of things. It made him realize that he was letting his ego get in the way of bringing this dangerous group down. He adds that he soon found out that this alliance cannot be taken down alone and that in order to bring them down, they must work as a team.


Randy Savage: "Look guys, I've done a lot of thinking in the past 5-6 days and I have to admit that I let my ego get the best of me. Reclaiming my WWF Intercontinental championship has been my goal ever since I lost it and since then, that's all I have thought about. I come to you guys to say that I apologize for my ego. I have come to terms on the fact that this group isn't going to stop and that they are not going to be defeated unless we form our very own alliance."


Both Smith and Roberts looked at each other on whether or not to accept Savage's apology, after giving each other the nod, they agree to put all personal feelings aside. All three men agree that next week, they are going all-out against the Russian Alliance and that they won't see it coming.




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Jerry Lawler Vs. The Iron Sheik (/w Ivan Koloff)



Jerry Lawler came into this match with a nice bit of momentum, as he was fully focus on gathering some more ahead of his King of the Ring Quarter-finals match against Harley Race at the PPV. The Iron Sheik looked to impress his leader, Ivan Koloff, as Sheik has lost to both Davey Boy Smith and Randy Savage in the past month. Lawler brought his all to the table, as Sheik struggled to keep up with his offense. Koloff looked on, offering no help to his alliance member. Sheik made a short comeback mid-way through the match but ultimately, Lawler put the match to rest with a Piledriver.


Winner: Jerry Lawler

Match Time: 6:05

Finish: Piledriver from Lawler leads to the pin.





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Jerry Lawler hurried out of the ring to avoid any confrontation with the Russian Alliance, as they began to come down the ramp and enter the ring. The Russian Alliance didn't have their focus on Lawler though, they had their focus on the loser of the match... The Iron Sheik. Sheik got down on his knees and attempted to apologize to Ivan Koloff, as he knew he was disappointed with the loss. Nikita Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff were both in the ring now, as Ivan Koloff expressed his frustration with Sheik on the microphone.


Ivan Koloff: "The Iron Sheik.... I accepted you into my alliance because I needed strength, I needed someone who could provide to the alliance. You and I were the only ones in this group who has held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, which helped give you this spot. I knew all along that you were not Russian blood, but regardless, I accepted you and took you away from that deadbeat American manager. I gave you a new start here in the WWF. Yet you have not yet proven your worth to me. Instead, you have failed me. I expected you to defeat that British boy, Davey Boy Smith and you failed... I expected you to defeat Randy Savage and yet you failed me... Enough is enough! Your failures will not be accepted into the alliance anymore. Your replacement has arrived..."






A big Russian men with a chain similar to both of the Koloffs begins to make his way to the ring. Ivan Koloff welcomes his longtime friend, Vladimir Petrov to the alliance. Koloff than instructed his men to beatdown The Iron Sheik. They did as was told, even Volkoff, who had ties with Sheik before the alliance. Afterwards, Ivan welcomed Vladimir once more into the group with a fist pump. Ivan then lifted Sheik up and let Vladimir get the final strike with his chain on Sheik, who went crashing down hard to the mat. The Russian Alliance celebrated inside the ring with their right arm up as the show came to a close.





TV Rating: 1.37 (1,030,140 Viewers)

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Backstage News / Incidents / Opinions

• Being obnoxious, The Iron Sheik provoked Billy Jack Haynes into a heated argument. Iron Sheik has been fined. The Iron Sheik found the action annoying and now has simmering tensions with Vince McMahon. Billy Jack Haynes was pleased with McMahon's decision.


• Jacques Rougeau was antagonizing Slick so much that a fight almost broke out between both men. Jacques has been fined as he had an incident awhile back with Don Muraco. Jacques and Raymond Rougeau were unhappy with the decision while Dynamite Kid and Slick were pleased.


• Ricky Steamboat has been passing tips of being a babyface to Kim Chee.


• Ricky Steamboat has been giving tips on psychology to Mick Foley.


• The Iron Sheik was wasted on drugs during his match against Jerry Lawler. Sheik has been doing this a lot lately, which explained his push for being kicked out of the Russian Alliance early. While he was expected to eventually be kicked out of the group, this trend of him showing up wasted every night made the move happen sooner rather than later. It's being rumored that no second chance has been given to the Sheik and that he has been dealt his termination papers. While this may have improved his behavior, Sheik now officially dislikes Vince McMahon and that he may no longer work for him in the future.


• While The Iron Sheik's news was a bit disappointing, McMahon has to be happy with the debut of Vladimir Petrov, who ate up the heat that the fans gave him during his final shot at Sheik. His comrade gimmick received a great reaction and that he should find good success with the Russian Alliance.






WWF Wrestling Challenge #15

June 19th, 1987

From the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 9,708

Announce Team: Lord Alfred Hayes & Gorilla Monsoon







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Pre-Show: Steven Regal Def. Tom Magee in 5:50 (E, 29)


Pre-Show: Sting Def. Rex King in 7:20 (E+, 31)


The show opens up with WWF announcer, Gene Okerlund informing viewers that he has just been informed by WWF President, Jack Tunney, that next week, Randy Savage, Jake Roberts and Davey Boy Smith will face The Russian Alliance in the main event. (B-, 71)


WWF Women's Champion, Velvet McIntyre and Ashley Cartier def. Luna Vachon and Linda Dallas in 6:48 after McIntyre performed her McIntyre Roll on Vachon. (D, 47)


Jesse Ventura interviews Jerry Lawler on the King of the Ring tournament next Sunday and his thoughts on facing current King of the Ring, Harley Race. Lawler says that there can only be one king and that that title doesn't fit anyone else other than Jerry "The King" Lawler! (B, 82)


Koko B. Ware looked to earn back some much needed momentum by getting the win over Tiger Chung Lee in 7:35. (C-, 55)


Jesse Ventura interviews Brutus Beefcake on his loss last week to Hercules and how Greg Valentine cost him the match and perhaps the championship. Furious over Valentine's involvement costing him the WWF World Television Championship, Beefcake challenges Valentine to a Loser Leaves Town match next week on Superstars of Wrestling. Moments later, Johnny V and Greg Valentine appear to accept the challenge. (C+, 68)


The Rockers made their return to television in a match against Kamala and his manager, Kim Chee. Michaels delivered a Sweet Chin Music to Kim Chee to pick up the pin in 5:09. (C-, 58)


Despite taking the pin, Kim Chee blamed Kamala for the loss and began to whip the giant for defeat. Kamala began to get angry and soon turned on his manager, by attacking him instead. (C, 60)


Jesse Ventura appears on-screen to bring viewers breaking news that the WWF World Heavyweight champion, Hulk Hogan will be on next week's Superstars of Wrestling to announce his status for the King of the Ring PPV. (B, 82)


The main event featured Bob Orton Jr and Jim Duggan, both men who failed to advance to the 2nd round of the KotR tournament. Orton looked to get himself out of his recent losing streak but fell short against Duggan who finished Orton off in 7:40 After delivering a running clothline tackle. (B-, 74)


The show closes with Jim Duggan celebrating his main event win over Bob Orton Jr. (C+, 67)




TV Rating: 0.49 (371,260 Viewers)

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• Jacques Rougeau has been receiving heat backstage for his selfish attitude inside the locker room. It's rumored that he and Vince McMahon had a sit-down conversation, in which McMahon gave him a slap on the wrist. Some have reported that the discussion has improved Rougeau's behavior and mood.


• King Curtis Iaukea lifted the locker room's mood by bringing in some cartoon drawing he made of some of the wrestlers and personal backstage.


This Week’s News

Monday, June 15th


• Shawn Michaels has reportedly requested a pay raise of $2,000 more than what he's currently making $3,500. Rumor is that McMahon agreed to the full pay rise as the creative team informed McMahon that Michaels has potential all over him to guaranteed the raise. The only concern management has is Michaels substance abuse.


• Jesse Ventura has made his Hollywood debut by staring alongside mega-movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new blockbuster movie, Predator.



Wednesday, June 17th


• Paul Boesch has informed the WWF that in one month, he will be retiring from the wrestling business.



Thursday, June 18th


• It is being reported that a "working agreement" is now in place between UWF and CWA in which will see both promotions potentially share wrestlers in the near future. The deal was made, reportedly, when company owners Bill Watts and Jerry Jarrett happened to meet at a business function last week.



Friday, June 19th


• Some industry veterans are reported to be very high on WWF star, Koko B. Ware. While hardly a household name at the moment, some of the biggest and most respected names in the industry have said that he is one of their picks to be a break-out star in the next few years.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling #16

June 25th, 1987

From the Binghamton Events Center in Binghamton, New York

Attendance: 7,500 (Sold-Out!)

Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura







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The show kicks off with The Heenan Family heading to the ring, as Hercules prepares to defend his WWF World Television Championship against Koko B. Ware. Before Koko B. Ware makes his entrance to the ring, Bobby Heenan speaks in the middle of the ring about the WWF World Heavyweight champion, Hulk Hogan. Heenan says that Hogan better be here to hand King Kong Bundy the championship or he risks a possible career-ending injury.


Bobby Heenan: "I heard about the news on Hulk Hogan coming here to New York tonight to address this Sunday's matchup against my unstoppable, King Kong Bundy. Though, who are we even kidding?! Hogan isn't here to talk about losing the championship to Bundy, in fact, Hogan is here to hand The Heenan Family the championship. I mean, let's face the facts here ladies and gentleman, Hogan is in no shape to compete against King Kong Bundy! He barely even defeated my giant at The Big Event and if it wasn't for that good for nothing, Paul Orndorff, Bundy would be here today as your world champion. Hogan, I know you're watching right now, so I'm going to say this the best that I can... Hand us the world championship or risk having your career end here tonight!"




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Koko B. Ware Vs. Hercules © (/w Bobby Heenan)



After the hot-start from the opening segment, the fans were hyped for this big title match between Koko B. Ware and Hercules. Koko had his past with The Heenan Family, as Race defeated him in the Qualifying round of the KotR tournament. As for Hercules, this was a new challenger looking to take his championship away. Hercules fought like the brute he is to ensure that the championship was not leaving his waist. The match was evenly balanced in the opening minutes but Hercules quickly took the ball and ran with it half-way through. It wouldn't be long until Koko B. Ware became trapped in Hercules' Full Nelson submission hold. Koko B. Ware tried his best to resist tapping out but after 30 seconds of the hold, he gave up, giving Hercules the submission win.


Winner: Hercules

Defence: #9

Match Time: 8:21

Finish: Full Nelson by Hercules leads to the Submission.





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Hercules picked up his 9th defence during this title reign and is now only one win away from being able to cash in and face the WWF Intercontinental Champion.. Heenan celebrated in the ring for his client's success and began a rant on how Hercules will be the next #1 contender for the WWF Intercontinental championship.


Bobby Heenan: "The Heenan Family was built on dominance, it is why I'm regarded as one of the best managers in this industry, it's because I know talent when I see it. Believe me or not, Hercules is your next #1 contender for the WWF Intercontinental championship. Whether he faces Ricky Steamboat or the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules will demolish them! Next Week on Superstars of Wrestling, I want somebody to come out here and bring my client a challenge for him to seize his 10th title defence. It will not be long before The Heenan Family has it's taste of glory soon!"




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Gene Okerlund is backstage in which he's interviewing "The Barber" Brutus Beefcake, moments before he faces Greg Valentine in a "Loser Leaves Town" match. Okerlund wonders what is going on in Brutus' mind before such a big match, that could possibly cost him his WWF career. Beefcake answers that the WWF is perhaps the biggest wrestling promotion to date but regardless of how big it is, there is no room for him and Greg Valentine to be in the same company. Beefcake says that tonight he's sending Valentine packing and with a new haircut.


Brutus Beefcake: "I'm going to be completely honest, a part of me is nervous for what's to come but I'm ready than never before. Greg Valentine cost me perhaps the biggest match to date for me and tonight, I'm going to cost him his career! A part of me didn't want to do it but I had to issue the challenge because if I hadn't, Valentine would have continued to get in my way. Tonight, he and I put it all on the table. When it is all said and done, Valentine will be packing his things and sporting a brand new haircut by yours truly, Brutus Beefcake!"




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Brutus Beefcake Vs. Greg Valentine (/w Johnny V)



The final showdown between these two men was tonight, as the loser of this match would be forced to leave the WWF. Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine brawled as soon as the opening bell rung, with neither men getting the advantage in the early going. Johnny V urged his client to stay vicious and aggressive, as he was dominating Beefcake after their short brawl. Beefcake would soon counter one of Valentine's strikes and began to deliver several strikes of his own to the face of Valentine. Beefcake began picking up steam, as Johnny V began to panic. Johnny V soon got on the apron to distract Beefcake, which helped Valentine stop Beefcake's momentum. He continued the offense once more, doing his best to seal the victory.


However, Beefcake once more made a tremendous comeback, knocked Johnny V off the apron and delivered a high knee to the face of Valentine. The high knee did a significant amount of offense as Valentine was out for the count. Beefcake hurried to make the pin, the referee made the 3 count and soon declared Brutus Beefcake the winner of the match.


Winner: Brutus Beefcake

Greg Valentine Must Leave The World Wrestling Federation

Match Time: 8:17

Finish: High Knee by Beefcake leads to the Pin.





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After the match was over, Valentine was still unconscious, while Johnny V was beginning to get back up after being sent to the outside mat. Brutus Beefcake decided to hold off the celebration, as he pulled out some scissors and looked more than ready to cut off Greg Valentine's hair. Johnny V hurried into the ring and threatened Beefcake to put down the scissors but Beefcake refused and looked to cut of Johnny V's hair. As Beefcake closed in on Johnny V, Johnny would hurry out of the ring and leave. Beefcake then focused his attention back on Valentine, who was beginning to wake up from the high knee. Beefcake began to cut Valentine's hair, which Valentine finally became aware of the clipping. He punched Beefcake in the face and ran out of the ring.


Beefcake stood in the ring with his pair of scissors, as the crowd began to cheer for him.




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The WWF World Heavyweight champion, Hulk Hogan made his way to the ring once the show came back from commercial break. Hogan had one of his Hulkamania shirts on, looking as though he was hiding the taped injured ribs. Once in the ring, Hogan made his intentions clear to all of his Hulkamaniacs that whether he was injured or not, he is going to go into this Sunday's King of the Ring pay-per-view and defending the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.


Hulk Hogan: "Bobby The Weasel, you and your thugs got 3 days, only 3 days brother until Hulkamania emerges victorious once more against your cowardly acts. I've been told by my medical staff to drop the title and let my body heal but you know what?! That's not happening, brother! Hulkamania is never going to die and whether I have broken ribs or not, Hulkamania will continue to fight on! You claim to say that you and your crew are unstoppable, but that is where your wrong! You see the real unstoppable force in the WWF is all of my Hulkamaniacs. With them, they make Hulkamania unstoppable and come this Sunday, King Kong Bundy, you're going to know that first hand, brother!"






Bobby Heenan begins walking down the ramp along with the rest of the Heenan Family. Once inside the ring, Heenan calls Hogan foolish for thinking that he can defeat King Kong Bundy all by himself without any help. Heenan tells Hogan that he has one final chance to hand Bundy the WWF World Heavyweight championship or risk being put on the shelf for good. Hogan looks at his championship and then back at the Heenan Family. Hogan brings to extend the championship to Bundy, while the fans boo... Suddenly, Hogan takes a quick right handed punch to the face of Bundy, dazing him. Hercules and Harley Race quickly respond by fighting Hogan, but Hogan can't be stopped by them both. Hogan quickly sends Race and Hercules over the top ropes. Bundy and Hogan are head to head in the ring, as they begin to fight it out. Bundy rips Hogan's shirt off and the taped broken ribs become visible. Hogan continues to battle with Bundy until Hogan delivers a powerful clothline to Bundy, that sends him over the top ropes too. Heenan, dissatisfied by what he has seen tells his men to retreat and shouts to Hogan that his time as champion ends this Sunday.




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The Russian Alliance make their way to the ring as they get ready for their 4 on 3 tag team match scheduled for the main event. Ivan Koloff informs the audience that his opponents tonight are not worth his time and that he will not be competing tonight. Ivan then informs the audience that neither will his cousin, Nikita Koloff be fighting tonight as he needs to save his energy for the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday. Ivan states that he's changing the rules and that Nikolai Volkoff and the newest member of the Russian Alliance, Vladimir Petrov, will be fighting alone.


Ivan Koloff: "The WWF President, Jack Tunney, believes he can tell us what to do, who to fight and when to fight. Sadly, he is mistaken. The Russian Alliance picks when they want to fight, who they want to fight and where they want to fight. That foolish American isn't in charge of us. Tonight, you Americans won't get to see Nikita and myself fight. I'm sure many of you thought we would get what was coming to us, hahahaha. Though, that would never happen! I'm the leader and I fight people who are worthy to share the ring with me. My cousin Nikita, isn't fighting tonight because he needs to save his massive strength for the tournament this Sunday. We decide the rules, nobody is above the Russian Alliance."




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Jake Roberts & Davey Boy Smith Vs. The Russian Alliance (/w Ivan & Nikita Koloff)



With no Randy Savage in sight, Jake Roberts and Davey Boy Smith had to face Nikolai Volkoff and the newest member of the Russian Alliance, Vladimir Petrov. Volkoff and Roberts started things off with Roberts getting most of the offense in. Once Vladimir entered the ring, he let his strength do the talking as he quickly put the match in his team favor. Smith used his strength to match Vladimir and proved to show that he's going to one day be a big star in the WWF. Ivan didn't like the way things were looking once Roberts began to take the match to an end and instructed Nikita to hit Roberts with his chain. Nikita almost got the strike in until Roberts dodged the bullet. An all-out brawl broke loose inside the ring which led to the referee counting the match as a draw.


Winner: Draw

Match Time: 10:01

Finish: All-out brawl turns the match into a draw.





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The all-out brawled continued with The Russian Alliance beginning to beatdown both Roberts and Smith but it wouldn't be long until rescue came their way...






Suddenly, Randy Savage headed to the ring but he didn't come alone, he brought Davey Boy Smith's tag team partner, Dynamite Kid along with him, who was injured by the Russian Alliance awhile back. The duo made a big impact once they entered the ring as they took the battle to the Russian Alliance. It wouldn't be long until both Jake Roberts and Davey Boy Smith joined back in to help drive the offense. The brawl continued with all 8 men battling it out. The commentators informed the audience that we were out of time and reminded everyone to not forget to tune into this Sunday's King of the Ring PPV.





TV Rating: 1.38 (1,038,890 Viewers)

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WWF Wrestling Challenge #16

June 26th, 1987

From the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York

Attendance: 6,241

Announce Team: Lord Alfred Hayes & Gorilla Monsoon







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Pre-Show: Bob Holly Def. Art Barr in 5:56 (E, 25)


Pre-Show: Velvet McIntyre Def. The Fabulous Moolah in 5:52 to retain the WWF Womens Championship (C-, 54)


Pre-Show: The British Bulldogs Def. Bob Orton Jr & Steven Regal in 7:28 (B-, 72)


Gene Okerlund opens up the show from the Event Center, in which he runs down the 8 participants in the 1987 King of the Ring Tournament. (C+, 69)


Tito Santana cuts a pre-taped promo talking about how he's been unsuccessful twice at beating Ted DiBiase but that this Sunday, he will make sure to walk out victorious. (B-, 74)


Newcomer, Linda Dallas made an ecstatic statement by defeating Ashley Cartier with a missile dropkick in 5:32 (E+, 35)


The Hart Foundation cut a backstage promo on how Jake Roberts needs to focus more on The Hitman rather than Nikita Koloff for this Sunday's tournament. Hart informs Roberts that he will emerge victorious and will go on to defeat the rest of the competition. (B+, 83)


Bobby Heenan and Harley Race talk about Race's historic run as the 1986 King of the Ring winner and that his reign as king will continue throughout the year of 1987. Race adds that he'll make Jerry Lawler bow down this Sunday. (B-, 74)


Cactus Jack continued his winning streak in the WWF by earning himself an easy win over S.D Jones in 5:06 (D+, 48)


The British Bulldogs talk about their desire for this Sunday's King of the Ring tournament. Smith claims that this Sunday, he will defeat Nikita Koloff, while Dynamite Kid ensures that he'll have his partner's back. (B, 81)


After the Can-Am Connection lost to Demolition, The Rock N' Roll Express made it their mission to stop Demolition's domination. They challenged Demolition to a match this Sunday, while the team did not come out, their manager, Mr. Fuji did. He accepted their challenge and promised them a world full of pain. (C, 59)


The Islanders picked themselves up a win over the new duo of Doug Furnas and Phil LaPhon in 5:50. (D+, 48)


Ted DiBiase talked about how he's not looking forward to defeating Tito Santana again but in fact, looking more forward to claiming his seat at the throne. (C+, 70)


Mr. Perfect demonstrates his perfection once again by doing several perfect dives to further prove his point. (C-, 55)


WWF Intercontinental champion, Ricky Steamboat earned himself some more momentum after defeating Jim Neidhart in 6:57. (C+, 70)


While Steamboat celebrates, Honky Tonk Man tries to sneak in an attack with his guitar to Steamboat but instead he misses. Steamboat tries to attack him but Honky Tonk Man quickly escapes, while Jimmy Hart says he'll see Steamboat this Sunday. (B-, 76)


To close out the show, Gene Okerlund wraps things up in the Event Center by summing up some of the other big matches this Sunday including, Hulk Hogan defending the WWF World title against King Kong Bundy, Ricky Steamboat defending the WWF Intercontinental title against Honky Tonk Man. Okerlund ensures fans that they are in for a big night and to not miss this Sunday's King of the Ring PPV. (B, 77)




TV Rating: 0.49 (371,720 Viewers)

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Monday, June 22nd


• Fans of Portland National Wrestling (PNW) can expect a surprise appearance on an upcoming show, as it has been confirmed that Dusty Rhodes, who works for Jim Crockett Promotions, will be "loaned out" for a one-off match. The deal has come about because promotions are a part of the National Wrestling Alliance, who brokered the deal.



Tuesday, June 23rd


• Congratulations are in order after Miss Elizabeth and Randy Savage announced last night that Elizabeth is pregnant. The 26 year old is expected to start her maternity leave three months from now. As for Savage, no word yet has been announced on whether he'll be taking a leave of absence in the months to come.


• Recently, we at Pro Wrestling Illustrated ran a poll in our recent magazine, where fans could vote for who they thought was the "Most Entertaining Wrestler In The World". After thousands of votes, the results are finally in, the winner was today announced as the current WWF World Heavyweight champion, Hulk Hogan.


Wednesday, June 24th


• Jackie Gleason, who brightened television's Golden Age with blowhard bus driver Ralph Kramden's half-baked schemes and threats to send wife Alice to the moon on "The Honeymooners," has passed away at the age of 71 from colon cancer.


Thursday, June 25th


• In another poll we held in our June edition of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, we asked fans who they thought was the "Best Colour Commentator In Wrestling" Many fans have responded and the results are in... WWF's Jesse Ventura wins the award for this month's poll.



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WWF King of the Ring 1987 Match Card / Predictions

WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan ©

KotR Finals: Smith/Koloff/Roberts/Hart Vs. Race/Lawler/Santana/DiBiase

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Honky Tonk Man Vs. Ricky Steamboat ©

KotR Semi-Finals: Roberts/Hart Vs. Santana/DiBiase

KotR Semi-Finals: Smith/Koloff Vs. Race/Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Tito Santana Vs. Ted DiBiase

KotR Quarter-Finals: Jake Roberts Vs. Bret Hart

KotR Quarter-Finals: "King" Harley Race Vs. Jerry Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Davey Boy Smith Vs. Nikita Koloff

#1 Contenders WWF World Tag Team: Demolition Vs. Rock n' Roll Express

Match of the Night:

How Many Championship Change Hands?

Wild Guess Question: Will Randy Savage show-up?
As noted awhile back, I'm putting the prediction rewards on hold, as I have already pre-written several shows up to Summerslam. However, predictions are still welcomed as I would like to know where everyone's head is at on the match card.

I have made a format that works great with me, which is posting Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Not posting on weekends helps me not get burned out on this project and allow readers to catch up, if they are behind. As for PPVs, after the final show is posted, a 4-day timer will be set from the time of the post. Which gives readers not only time to catch up, but time to predict. So, I have it set in stone that the King of the Ring PPV will be posted Friday. I'll post both a 48 & 24 hour warning when the time comes. Thank you to all who has been reading, giving feedback and predicting.
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WWF King of the Ring 1987 Match Card / Predictions

WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan ©
--When it comes crashing down and hurts inside!

KotR Finals: Smith/Koloff/Roberts/Hart Vs. Race/Lawler/Santana/DiBiase
--I think there are a number of ways the tourny could play out. I could see Koloff powering through, DiBiase sneaking through, an opportunity to put a jetpack on either Bret of Davey, or christening Lawler as a legitimate top guy in this WWF.... in the end I think it'll be Koloff to get him ready for a big Hogan match down the line.

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Honky Tonk Man Vs. Ricky Steamboat ©
--Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time!

KotR Semi-Finals: Roberts/Hart Vs. Santana/DiBiase
--The only babyface for Koloff to beat at the end, plus should be a good trainer for Koloff to get them performance skills up

KotR Semi-Finals: Smith/Koloff Vs. Race/Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Tito Santana Vs. Ted DiBiase

KotR Quarter-Finals: Jake Roberts Vs. Bret Hart

KotR Quarter-Finals: "King" Harley Race Vs. Jerry Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Davey Boy Smith Vs. Nikita Koloff

#1 Contenders WWF World Tag Team: Demolition Vs. Rock n' Roll Express

Match of the Night: Bundy/Hogan

How Many Championship Change Hands? 1--IC

Wild Guess Question: Will Randy Savage show-up?
Yes...of course!
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WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan ©

KotR Finals: Koloff/Roberts Vs. Lawler/DiBiase (The Russian Alliance gains tremendous credibility, and bring themselves to the attention of Hulk Hogan.

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Honky Tonk Man Vs. Ricky Steamboat © (Since it appears Ricky Steamboat's wife is not pregnant in this timeline, I see no reason to end his reign here.

KotR Semi-Finals: Roberts/Hart Vs. Santana/DiBiase (DiBiase is rising, but The Snake is still a main event player.)

KotR Semi-Finals: Smith/Koloff Vs. Race/Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Tito Santana Vs. Ted DiBiase

KotR Quarter-Finals: Jake Roberts Vs. Bret Hart

KotR Quarter-Finals: "King" Harley Race Vs. Jerry Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Davey Boy Smith Vs. Nikita Koloff

#1 Contenders WWF World Tag Team: Demolition Vs. Rock n' Roll Express (Sorry, RNR Express, but Demolition's dominance will not be stopped here.)

Match of the Night: The IC title match.

How Many Championship Change Hands? 0.

Wild Guess Question: Will Randy Savage show-up? I think so, yes.
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Hulk Hogan - As fun as "The Walking Condominium" is, he isn't bringing home the belt.
Honky Tonk Man - For realism purposes, I'm saying Honky wins so that Steamboat can take a few weeks off.
Demolition - The RNR have a solid chance, but the Demos keep rolling through them.

Okay I can't get the KOTR listing through my mind so I'll just do it this way. Nikita defeats Davey, Lawler defeats Race, Roberts and Hart have a no contest (time limit?), and DiBiase over Santana. In the semi finals, Lawler pulls out a win over Koloff (disqualification?) and DiBiase advances due to the no contest, before the Million Dollar King wins the whole deal.

MOTN: World title match
Titles: 1
Savage: Yes, maybe he helps Lawler push past Nikita in my scenario
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WWF King of the Ring 1987 Match Card / Predictions

WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan ©
-Hogan must pose!


KotR Finals: Smith/Koloff/Roberts/Hart Vs. Race/Lawler/Santana/DiBiase
-If you go to the trouble of bringing Lawler in, you need to crown him! Lawler and Koloff in the finals with Savage distracting Koloff

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Honky Tonk Man Vs. Ricky Steamboat ©
-No reason to have him drop it now

KotR Semi-Finals: Roberts/Hart Vs. Santana/DiBiase---I see Snake/DiBiase going to some king fluke finish here

KotR Semi-Finals: Smith/Koloff Vs. Race/Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Tito Santana Vs. Ted DiBiase

KotR Quarter-Finals: Jake Roberts Vs. Bret Hart

KotR Quarter-Finals: "King" Harley Race Vs. Jerry Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Davey Boy Smith Vs. Nikita Koloff

#1 Contenders WWF World Tag Team: Demolition Vs. Rock n' Roll Express

Match of the Night: Hogan vs. Bundy

How Many Championship Change Hands? -0

Wild Guess Question: Will Randy Savage show-up? Ooooh Yeah!
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WWF World Heavyweight Championship: King Kong Bundy Vs. Hulk Hogan ©
Not convinced it will be clean so DQ win for the Hulk, and he must pose

KotR Finals: Smith/Koloff/Roberts/Hart Vs. Race/Lawler/Santana/DiBiase
I like the idea of King Snake - savage to make it happen

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Honky Tonk Man Vs. Ricky Steamboat ©
Sets him up to face Hercules

KotR Semi-Finals: Roberts/Hart Vs. Santana/DiBiase

KotR Semi-Finals: Smith/Koloff Vs. Race/Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Tito Santana Vs. Ted DiBiase

KotR Quarter-Finals: Jake Roberts Vs. Bret Hart

KotR Quarter-Finals: "King" Harley Race Vs. Jerry Lawler

KotR Quarter-Finals: Davey Boy Smith Vs. Nikita Koloff

#1 Contenders WWF World Tag Team: Demolition Vs. Rock n' Roll Express

Match of the Night: Roberts v Hart

How Many Championship Change Hands? 0

Wild Guess Question: Will Randy Savage show-up? OHHHH YEAH!!!!
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To all who have predicted so far, thank you! You're feedback has been great thus far and I'm excited to get the show posted Friday.

To anyone who haven't predicted, this is officially the 48-hour time warning! Would love to hear your feedback!
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