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Madison Square Garden in New York City

Attendance: 20,000 (Sell Out)


In a pre-show dark match, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert made his WWF debut, defeating S.D. Jones by pinfall with the Hot Shot. Missy Hyatt was said to have performed some good work at ringside.


Grade: 62


Announce Team: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse "The Body" Ventura




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Gorilla and Jesse welcomed the viewing audience to SummerSlam, live from a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. They hyped up the bitter grudge match that would pit the Macho Man against Terry Funk, and the big six man tag that would see Hulk Hogan team up with the most unlikely of allies in Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff to take on Kamala, King Kong Bundy and the mighty Hercules as Woman and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan were pooling their resources together to finish off Hulkamania once and for all. After that brief open, it was time for the first televised match:


Tito Santana vs. "Dangerous" Danny Davis w/Jimmy Hart




Jesse said that he would have to be biased for this match and pull for Tito. When Gorilla asked him why, Jesse made a remark that wouldn't hold up today when he asked "Well who's going to cater Tex-Mex Monday if Chico Santana leaves?" Gorilla, of course, scolded Ventura for the remark. Danny took it to Tito in this match, hoping to rid the WWF of the Hispanic fan favorite. But it was Tito who would get the better of him after banging Danny and Jimmy Hart's heads together with a double noggin knocker, then delivering the knock out blow with his patented Flying Forearm.


Winner: Tito Santana

Grade: 77


Mean Gene was backstage to interview Slick and the Twin Towers. The Twin Towers stood in the background, intimidating Mean Gene all throughout the interview as Slick went on about how those pesky Killer Bees were finally going to swatted away like the nuisances they were.


Grade: 87


The Killer Bees vs. The Twin Towers w/Slick




Pretty straight forward match and story here, as the Twin Towers had been bullying local wrestlers after their matches, and the Killer Bees were fed up and dared the Towers to do to that to guys like them who were a bit bigger and could hold their own. The Bees used their quickness to stick and move, but one mistake is all it took for the Towers to gain momentum the rest of the way and never look back as Jim Brunzell came flying off the top rope, only to get caught and powerbombed in one fluid motion by the Big Boss Man. Boss Man would punch B. Brian Blair off the ring apron with authority, then made the tag to the One Man Gang, who came crashing down hard onto Brunzell with the dreaded 747 Splash for the victory.


Winners: The Twin Towers

Grade: 76


Before the next match, we saw a brief highlight video package showing various events leading up to the Ultimate Warrior/Don Muraco match. We saw how Muraco would provoke Warrior into a fight at a photo shoot, and how he would attack Warrior during their Tug of War contest.


"Magnificent" Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji vs. The Ultimate Warrior




Nobody expected this match to be anything special, but Don Muraco was able to lead the Warrior to a good match that hid the Warrior's weaknesses and played to his strengths, even after the Warrior nearly blew himself up when he ran down to the ring and shook the ropes like a madman. These two relied on their strength and power to try and win the bout, with Mr. Fuji even getting in on the action for good measure whenever the referee's back was turned to scold Muraco about his (Muraco's) dirty tactics while Muraco crossed his heart to proclaim his innocence. Fuji decided that it was time for the final blow, as Muraco held the Warrior in position while Fuji went to grab his ceremonial "salt" while the referee warned them they would get disqualified, though the outcome didn't seem to matter as much as did putting the Warrior out of wrestling. But the Warrior ducked, and Fuji blinded Muraco by mistake, causing Muraco to swing wildly and almost hit Fuji. Fuji was quick enough to get down off the ring apron and start backing off while the Warrior punched away at Muraco, then lifted him up and dropped him down face first with a Gorilla Press Slam before running the ropes and coming down with a Big Splash to get the victory.


Winner: The Ultimate Warrior

Grade: 78


Craig DeGeorge was backstage with Missy Hyatt, who said that everyone should tune in to The Main Event the following Tuesday for a special edition of Missy's Dirt Sheet. When Craig asked her what was so special about it, Missy said just tune in and watch for yourself.


Grade: 63


Battle for the Crown

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. King Harley Race w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan




There was a lot on the line for both men here. If Harley won, Jim Duggan would have to swallow his pride and bow before the king. But if Duggan won, he would win the cape and crown and be declared King of the WWF. Needless to say, this was a wild brawl that the referee was pretty lenient on given the circumstances. Heenan provided a good distraction, which was a boon for Harley as he took advantage of Duggan being so easily distracted. Heenan even distracted the referee, allowing Harley to take Duggan's 2x4 and attempt to knock him out with it. But Harley's plan backfired as Duggan ducked out of the way, causing Harley to hit the top rope with the board, which in turn caused a ricochet effect as the board bounced up and hit Harley square in the head with it, knocking him out on his feet as he staggered around. Heenan frantically screamed at the ref to turn around, but the ref kept telling him to get down off the apron as Duggan tossed the board aside, then got down into the Three Point Stance as Harley continued to stagger around. The ref turned around in time to see Duggan take Harley down with the Three Point Stance Clothesline and to count the subsequent one-two-three.


Winner and NEW King of the WWF: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

Grade: 76


Backstage, Craig DeGeorge was with the Blue Blazer and his newfound friends, George "The Animal" Steele and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Craig asked them about the event so far, and Blue Blazer talked about how he was glad that now the WWF had a real king that wouldn't mistreat the fans. Snuka, meanwhile, talked about how that no matter who won, he would love to get his hands on the Honky Tonk Man one more time to shut that crybaby up for good. Craig then asked about the swimsuit competition later tonight, and Snuka didn't have any words to say. Blue Blazer said he hoped either Americana or Ivory would win because they were the prettiest. All George could say was... "... Ivory... nice! Nice!... Palestina... MEANIE! MEANIE!" Who would've expected this segment to actually come off as well as it did? But then again, you had two bonafide legends in Snuka and the Animal, and the Animal's ability to improv didn't hurt either.


Grade: 84


We switched gears over to Ken Resnick, who did a quick interview with the Hart Foundation that was straight and to the point. They were mad as heck at what Jimmy Hart pulled at WrestleFest and promised that the Rougeaus would go down in history as the shortest lived WWF Tag Team Champions in history. They were so mad that at times, they struggled a bit to get the words out of their mouth, but Ken Resnick was able to get them back on track as they said the time for talk was over and they were ready to march on out there and take back what was rightfully theirs.


Grade: 74




WWF World Tag Team Championship

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Champions) w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Hart Foundation (Challengers)




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While the challengers normally enter the ring first, the Rougeaus demanded they enter first as they wanted to debut their "new hit single" for all of their "loyal American fans" and to celebrate their move to Memphis, Tennessee, "All American Boys." Jimmy Hart even went so far as to wear a pink jacket to try and get into the Hart's collective heads. However, they didn't count on the Hart Foundation to enter to new music of their own in an attempt to upstage the Rougeaus with a harder metal rock sound that the crowd dug. With the theatrics out of the way, it was time to get down to brass tacks as the two teams battled back and forth in an attempt to steal the show. It did lead to the occasional mess up, but these men were professionals and knew how to work around it. Jimmy Hart would hop up onto the ring apron to distract the referee as Jim Neidhart had Jacques Rougeau down for the three count after a Hart Attack while the Anvil and Bret Hart had taken care of Raymond with a double clothesline that sent him tumbling to the outside. Neidhart was fuming with anger and grabbed Jimmy Hart by his collar and brought him down forcefully into the ring. Neidhart bodyslammed poor Jimmy, then grabbed his megaphone and blasted Jacques, who had staggered back up to his feet, in the head with the weapon, prompting a quick disqualification. Bret tried to get Neidhart to calm down, but Neidhart seemed to snap as he pummeled Jacques in the bread basket with the megaphone. Raymond entered the ring, only to get blasted with the megaphone himself. Neidhart then really snapped as he blasted the referee with it, causing Bret to bury his head in his hands then ask Jim what the heck had gotten into him. Neidhart threw the megaphone down and exited the ring, walking to the back in disgust while Bret tried to reason with him. Jesse noted on commentary how bloodthirsty these New York fans were as they cheered the Anvil's antics.


Winners by DQ and STILL Champions: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers

Grade: 81


Mean Gene Okerlund was backstage with the "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Elizabeth to talk about tonight's match against Terry Funk that would take place later on tonight. Macho Man delivered a passionate promo, telling Terry Funk that even when he tried to take Ricky Steamboat out almost a year ago, it wasn't out of hatred; it was to ensure he would be #1. "HowEVER, Terry, you have crossed that line, uh huh! I hate you with all of my being, with all of my soul and with all of my heart! YEAH!" Macho Man advised Jimmy Hart to stay in the back and get tended to by the doctors from his earlier beating because if he didn't, what the Anvil did to him would pale in comparison because "As far as I'm concerned, YOU'RE GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION! OHHH YEAH! DIG IT?!"


Grade: 100


"The Million Dollar" Man Ted DiBiase and the Marvelous Ones w/Cowboy Bob Orton and Luscious Johnny V. vs. Koko B. Ware and the Can-Am Connection w/Frankie








Koko and the Can-Am Connection got off to a fast start as DiBiase and the Marvelous Ones tried and failed to ambush them before the bell. All six men had started off in the ring, but before too long, only Koko B. Ware, Rick Martel and Tom Zenk were left standing in the ring as Luscious Johnny V called everyone over into a huddle to regroup. That seemed to help as it slowed things down and DiBiase and the Marvelous Ones were back on track. The babyfaces continued to take it to the heels as the match would go back and forth, but the bad guys managed to keep Tom Zenk in their half of the ring for some time before he made the hot tag to Koko. Once again, all the babyfaces were cleaning house, and it led to chaos and confusion. That allowed Tom Zenk to make a blind tag to Koko and nearly won the match for his team had the referee not been tied up with Luscious Johnny V while Koko and Martel brawled with Valentine and Bravo on the outside. Zenk had DiBiase down in a sunset flip for what seemed to be a twenty count until Cowboy Bob Orton quickly rolled into the ring and blasted Zenk in the back of the head with his cast, which he was conveniently wearing once again as Jesse claimed that Orton had an acccident haulling DiBiase's luggage at the airport and re-injured his arm. Orton quickly got out of the ring and yelled at the ref to turn around as DiBiase covered Zenk for the pinfall.


Winners: Ted DiBiase and the Marvelous Ones

Grade: 82


After the match


DiBiase, Orton and the Marvelous Ones quickly got out of dodge as Luscious Johnny V wasted his time taunting the fans and proclaiming what a great manager he was. He should've been paying attention because Koko and the Can-Am Connection all ganged up on him and gave him a good ol' fashioned beatdown that the fans enjoyed. The Can-Ams threw him into the ropes and nailed him with a double dropkick, and Koko finished him off with the Ghostbuster.


Grade: 72


Before the next match, we saw a brief video package highlighting what all went down to lead to Macho Man vs. Terry Funk. We saw Funk's surprise return at WrestleFest and how he attacked not only Rowdy Roddy Piper, but also the Macho Man. We then saw the number of times these two had to be separated by everyone before things got out of hand.


"Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Terry Funk w/Jimmy Hart




Poor Jimmy didn't even get a chance to change as he was being attended to backstage by the trainers before returning to ringside for this event, wearing a bandage over his head despite having not lost any blood as Gorilla Monsoon pointed out. Jesse claimed that "poor Jimmy" must have suffered a headache and needed to wear the bandage to dull the pain. All that aside, there weren't many, if any, drop toe holds or deep arm drags as these two men decided to let their fists fly and fight all around ringside. Referee Tim White tried to get them to bring the action back into the ring, but they wouldn't listen. Tim even tried separating them, but that was a big mistake as both men took turns shoving him down to the floor. Tim White had no choice but to call for the bell and disqualify both men as a host of officials ran out to get Savage and Funk separated.


Double Disqualification

Grade: 87


As officials attempted to restore order ringside, Ken Resnick stood by with the reigning Intercontinental Champion, Ricky Steamboat. The Dragon discussed how the past several months felt like a whirlwind, with all manner of challengers coming after him after he won the title. He said that many would be shocked to hear him say this, but he felt that the Honky Tonk Man might be his toughest challenger yet as Honky Tonk counted on his opponents to underestimate him because of his cowardice, and underestimating him is what has cost many of his opponents a victory against him. Steamboat stumbled over a couple of his words, but the point was clear.


Grade: 87




Mean Gene Okerlund was out in the ring for the Miss SummerSlam Swimsuit Competition. After hyping up the contest, he introduced the judges for this event: Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Mr. Perfect and the Genius.




Now it was time to bring out the contestants, who all would wear robes over the swimsuits for the contest.




Mean Gene welcomed Americana, Ivory, Godiva and Palestina to the ring as it was time for the contest to get underway. Don't worry, it stayed family friendly as Americana took off her robe to reveal a one-piece swimsuit with the American flag painted over it. Brutus gave it a 10, while Perfect and Genius looked to give it a 10, only to turn their signs upside down to give it a 01, which seemed to baffle the barber. Ivory was next, showing off a purple and gold one piece while wearing a tiara over her head. Again, Brutus gave it a 10, while Perfect and Genius turned their signs upside down for a 01. It was Godiva and Palestina's respective turns, but both ladies refused to show off their swimsuits. Godiva claimed that the common folk were beneath her and did not deserve to see what her body looked like in a bathing suit. Palestina, meanwhile, proclaimed that she came from her home land to the WWF to show off her superior wrestling ability, not her body. Godiva and Palestina garnered a 0 from Brutus Beefcake, while Mr. Perfect and the Genius gave them both perfect 10s despite neither one of them showing off their bathing suits! Brutus had enough and picked up the microphone that was lying down next to him on the judge's table and demanded that Mr. Perfect and the Genius explain themselves. Perfect and Genius said that they didn't need to see Godiva's and Palestina's respective swimsuits because they knew that those ladies had good taste and therefore, automatically had perfect bathing suits. Mean Gene then asked the crowd for their opinion, and it was clear that they were not pleased with either Mr. Perfect or the Genius. Americana and Ivory decided to take matters into their own hands and tackled Godiva and Palestina down to the mat, engaging in a wild catfight. Perfect and Genius were about to get into the ring to separate the ladies, but Beefcake got a hold of them, and we had respective wild melees as officials ran down to try to get everyone separated.


No Contest

Grade: 65


Lord Alfred Hayes was backstage with the Rockers and British Bulldogs, who were happy that they were able to get Matilda back, and fortunately for her, no harm had come her way while she was held hostage by the Islanders. The Rockers and Bulldogs talked about how that they had common enemies in Demolition and the Islanders, and they were going to show that Demolition's and the Islanders' bark was worse than their bite.


Grade: 82




WWF Intercontinental Championship

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Champion) vs. Honky Tonk Man (Challenger) w/Jimmy Hart




Jimmy Hart was still wearing the bandage over his head, but other than that, he looked like he had finally recovered from his earlier beating. Honky Tonk Man used his cowardice to perfection as he begged off Steamboat at every opportunity while getting in his fair share of cheap shots. But Steamboat would manage to fight back, laying into the Honky Tonk Man with his share of knife edge chops. Honky Tonk Man surprised many, Gorilla included, with his willingness to take it to Steamboat at certain points in the bout after the cat and mouse game earlier in the match. But Steamboat started getting on a roll as momentum shifted in his direction, and it looked inevitable what the final outcome would be. He came flying off the top turnbuckle with his patented Flying Cross Body, but Honky Tonk Man managed to roll him over and grabbed a hold of the tights out of sight of referee Dave Hebner as he counted one... two... THREE! Jesse Ventura shouted about what an upset this was as Honky Tonk Man rolled out of the ring and retrieved his newly won IC Title from Jimmy Hart, who was so ecstatic that it looked like he forgot all about the pain he was in. Steamboat was so shocked at what happened and tried arguing with the ref to no avail.


Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Honky Tonk Man

Grade: 91


First Craig DeGeorge was backstage with the WWF Women's Champion, Sensational Sherri, and the WWF Women's Tag Team Champions, the Prankster Punks. They talked smack about how they were going to take care of Velvet McIntyre and the Sirens. After their little promo, the production crew immediately switched over to Lord Alfred Hayes standing by with Mr. Fuji and Demolition, with the Islanders absent as they were already on their way to the ring. Fuji and Demolition said that the Rockers were in over their heads, and the Bulldogs showed that they were as dumb as dogs by sticking their nose into Demolition's business. "Even that flea-bitten mut Matilda is smarter than you two muscleheads!" shouted Ax. Smash talked about how after tonight, the girls would still scream for the Rockers every time they saw them, but not because of what pretty boys they were. Instead they would scream in horror of what the Rockers would like after they got done "kicking their stinkin' teeth in!"


Grade for the consolidated interviews: 81


Demolition and the Islanders w/Mr. Fuji


The Rockers and British Bulldogs w/Matilda








Gorilla and Jesse noted Bobby Heenan's absence, with Jesse saying that from what he understood, he had enough confidence in the Islanders to work well together with Demolition and Mr. Fuji that he could take this match off and take more time to try and work out a gameplan with Woman for the main event later tonight.


There was no love lost in this contest as there were all manner of scores to be settled. The Rockers and Bulldogs were off to a fast start, knocking both Demolition and the Islanders out of the ring. Fuji brought the respective teams together much like Johnny V did in the earlier six man tag, and much like in that earlier match, the regrouping paid off as the bad guys were able to slow the pace of the match a bit. After several minutes of back and forth action, with everyone tagging in and out, Demolition and the Islanders managed to cut off the ring and work over Shawn Michaels for a good portion of the match, which was a good way to cool off the crowd so that they would be ready for the main event later in the evening. Michaels would make a tag, only for the ref not to see and have to break the bad news to Marty Jannetty, Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid. The tide turned, however, when Tama held Shawn in position and ate an errant crescent kick from Haku as Shawn ducked in the nick of time and made the tag over to Davey Boy, who cleaned house. Marty Jannetty and Dynamite Kid ran in as well, and the match turned into a donnybrook. With the referee distracted, this allowed Smash to grab a hold of Mr. Fuji's cane and nail Davey Boy in the throat with it. Ax made the cover as Smash turned the ref around to allow him to see the pinfall attempt. A three count later, and Demolition and the Islanders stole a victory.


Winners: Demolition and the Islanders

Grade: 75


Vince McMahon himself was backstage with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Woman and their respective clients, King Kong Bundy, Hercules and Kamala. McMahon wanted to get to the bottom of the rumors and innuendo and hear from the horse's mouth if the rumors were true about King Kong Bundy being afraid of Damien, and he also questioned him about not being out there for the earlier eight man tag match. Heenan first mentioned that he knew that the Islanders could hold their own and that they understood that he had big business to attend to. Heenan then said that once again, the rumors were not true and that Bundy was not afraid of snakes. Bundy chimed in, reiterating how he would eat Damien for dinner after tonight's match. Woman got her three cents in to talk about how neither she nor Heenan could end Hulkamania on their own. However, their combined efforts would be too much for Hogan as he would wilt under the pressure and succumb to their attack.


Grade: 100


Sensational Sherri and the Prankster Punks vs. Velvet McIntyre and the Sirens








No titles on the line here, but it was a chance for Velvet McIntyre to prove she deserved a rematch against Sensational Sherri, and it was a chance for the Sirens to prove why they deserved a shot at the Women's Tag Titles after the Punks took care of the Glamour Girls a few weeks prior. While never mentioned on air, Sherri's newfound popularity from posing in a rather racy photo shoot didn't seem to die down. It helped that she knew how to draw heat from the crowd and enrage them with her tactics. Alundra Blayze and Vine looked like they had been improving, and working with the likes of Sherri and Velvet McIntyre couldn't hurt. After about just a bit over ten to eleven minutes of back and forth action, Alundra Blayze picked up the win for her team with a German Suplex to Hollywood.


Winners: Velvet McIntyre and the Sirens

Grade: 80


It was zero hour as Mean Gene was backstage to interview Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff and Jake Roberts. Mean Gene asked Hogan if he could trust either one of these men, and Hogan said that yeah, he and Orndorff had their differences, but Orndorff realized that he had been lied to by that no good weasel Heenan. And as for Jake, who better to help you battle the forces of darkness that Woman led than a man who walked on the dark side in Jake Roberts. Orndorff and Roberts both said that they definitely had their problems with Hogan in the past, but that the Heenan Family and the Dark Circle were a bigger problem that needed to be taken care of.


Grade: 100


Hulk Hogan, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and Jake "The Snake" Roberts


Kamala, King Kong Bundy and Hercules w/Woman, Kim Chee and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan








The main event didn't disappoint as Hogan and friends were in for the war of their lives by taking on three of the biggest and baddest in the WWF. The referee was pretty lenient throughout as all six men would brawl with each other at various points of the match. The bad guys would get the upper hand on Jake Roberts, cutting him off from his team for some time. However, he would make the tag to Hulk Hogan, and he came in like a house of fire. Kamala, King Kong Bundy and Hercules would swarm over him to try and put him out, but Paul Orndorff ran in to even the odds. Jake got in on the action as well, and it seemed like things were well in hand...




Dan Spivey and the Undertaker sauntered down the aisle to make their way to the ring. But the referee ran out of the ring to tell them to get back to where they came from. A number of officials, President Jack Tunney included, came out to get them to the back. Tunney then walked over to Howard Finkel, who announced that if the Undertaker and Dan Spivey didn't go to the back, they would be banned from the WWF forever. Heenan and Woman were livid, and Spivey and Undertaker were none too pleased, but they knew that they had to go to the back. In the midst of all this chaos, Bundy, Kamala and Hercules were doing a number on Hulk Hogan as Orndorff was lying down on the floor after being knocked out by Hercules with his chain as the referee was distracted with all the chaos. Jake Roberts, who had been down and out, came to and opened the bag and got his pet python Damien out of the bag. Hercules and Kamala made a beeline out of the ring, but Bundy stood there, frozen with fear. The rumors and innuendo were true all this time! Bundy was indeed afraid of snakes! Herc and Kamala stood back, afraid of what to do as Jake threatened Bundy with the snake, with Bundy begging him to keep the snake away from him. Jake then threw Damien onto Bundy, with Bundy trying to get the snake off of him. He managed to Damien off of him, but then Bundy fainted and came crashing down face first like an oak tree. Hogan, meanwhile, was Hulking back up and saw the end result. Jake and Orndorff managed to cut off Kamala and Herc, and Hogan went to run the ropes, crashing down onto Bundy with the Big Leg Drop. The referee had turned around in time to see the pin and make the three count.


Winners: Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff and Jake Roberts

Grade: 94




Overall Show Grade: 94

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><em><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:Georgia;">HALL OF CHAMPIONS</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>

WWF World Heavyweight Champion</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>


Hulk Hogan</strong></p><p><strong>


Won title at MSG January 1984</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Champion: </strong></p><p><strong>

The Iron Sheik</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>WWF Intercontinental Champion</em></strong></p><p><strong>


Honky Tonk Man</strong></p><p><strong>


Won title at SummerSlam in August 1987</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Champion: </strong></p><p><strong>

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>WWF World Tag Team Champions</em></strong></p><p><strong>


The Rougeau Brothers</strong></p><p><strong>


Won titles on WWF WrestleFest in June 1987</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Champions:</strong></p><p><strong>

The Hart Foundation</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>WWF Women's Championship</em></strong></p><p><strong>


Sensational Sherri</strong></p><p><strong>


Won title at King Of The Ring in May 1987</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Champions: </strong></p><p><strong>

Velvet McIntyre</strong></p><p><strong>

The Fabulous Moolah</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>WWF Women's Tag Team Champions</em></strong></p><p><strong>


The Prankster Punks (Hollywood and Vine)</strong></p><p><strong>


Won titles on The Main Event in May 1987</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Champions: Titles were vacated by the Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) in October 1987</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>WWF King Of The Ring</em></strong></p><p><strong>


1987 Winner: "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase</strong></p><p><strong>


Won title at King Of The Ring in May 1987</strong></p><p><strong>

Previous Tournament Winners:</strong></p><p><strong>

Harley Race</strong></p><p><strong>

"Magnificent" Don Muraco</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Expect an Observer style post within the next couple of days or so. There are some developments behind the scenes to come out of SummerSlam that do affect what happens in the coming recaps. Also, there might be times where I go several days or even a week or so without posting anything. Do not be alarmed as I'm not abandoning this project. I have a real life, as well as other TEW related projects to work on as well. Hope you all enjoyed SummerSlam.</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/L1u7xJl.jpg</span><p> </p><p> <strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:18px;">WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"> </span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"> </span></em></strong><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Week of September 7, 1987</span></span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong><span>http://i.imgur.com/hcqH85C.jpg</span></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> SummerSlam has come and gone, and there is a lot of news from behind the scenes of the WWF to come out of the event, as well an odd story to come out of The Main Event after SummerSlam (more on that in a bit).</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> If you're wondering why Jim Neidhart went ballistic to get the Hart Foundation disqualified, that was Vince's way to write Neidhart out after he found out that the Anvil had tested positive for steroids. Vince had planned on giving Neidhart a month long vacation to begin with to give him some rest, as well as to test out Bret Hart as a singles wrestler. However, the steroid test prompted Vince to instead suspend Neidhart for a month. The Anvil wasn't the only one to get popped for steroids though. After the Superstars and Challenge tapings, both Dan Spivey and Butch Reed had tested positive for steroids and were served with one month suspensions as well. This shouldn't negatively affect either the Undertaker or Steve Lombardi. Vince apparently sees Undertaker as a future main event singles heel, and teaming with Dan Spivey has basically been to give him something to do and to help get him over. As for Lombardi, he was set to feud with Butch Reed because of Slick turning on Reed and choosing to go with Lombardi. Speaking of Lombardi, expect to see him evolve into a gimmick change over the next few weeks of television.</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> The WWF has opted not to renew contracts for Johnny V, Corporal Kirchner, Bruno Sammartino and surprisingly, Kamala. Johnny V and Corporal Kirchner weren't expected to be renewed as most of the heels either had managerial relationships that were well established on TV. As for Corporal Kirchner, it was said that his drug test that prompted him to be sent to rehab was one factor in him not being renewed. Another factor was that with Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff both gone, and since someone with a military gimmick can only face Dino Bravo so many times, there wasn't much there creatively for Kirchner. Bruno's contract not being renewed was not much of a surprise to those who worked behind the scenes of the WWF. One can always point to Bruno not exactly being a great color commentator as he literally added nothing of value to the match, only speaking when it came time to do the replays. But it's been reported that he didn't get along with Pat Patterson at all. What that could be about is anyone's guess as all parties, even Bruno surprisingly, have opted to keep quiet.</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> The big shocker, though, was Kamala not being renewed. He did well in his brief summer time feud with Hulk Hogan, and Hogan apparently enjoyed working with the Ugandan Giant. What I can report was that apparently there is no bad blood between Kamala and Vince McMahon, and there were no ulterior motives in Kamala not being renewed and in fact, could always make a return down the road if Vince wants to feed him to an up and coming babyface that he intends to make into a headline attraction. As for why he wasn't renewed, it sounds like it was mutual between both sides. Kamala wanted to wrestle in Japan full time, and Vince felt that he had more than enough heels and wanted to give Kamala some time away from the WWF so he could bring him back at a later date and allow fans enough time to forget about him being fed to Hogan over the summer. Speaking of Kamala, his former manager, and Sika's former manager, Curtis Iaukea (the Wizard in the WWF) has been doing well for himself in the Continental territory after leaving the WWF back in April.</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong><span>http://i.imgur.com/41oDqx1.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/V644up8.jpg</span></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> The odd story I alluded to earlier. Dynamite Kidd decided that for whatever reason, he would start spreading the rumor that the reason Jim Duggan was receiving the push as King of the WWF was because he was a fluffer for higher ups in the company. Duggan was none too happy about it (I guess so, with him being married and all), and he flatly denied the rumor. Vince had questioned all of the higher ups close to him, and all of them denied the allegation as well. Finally, Dynamite fessed up and admitted he had made the whole thing up to try and get a rise out of Duggan. Vince reportedly warned Dynamite that if he ever pulled a stunt like that again, the consequences would be more severe. From what I have been told by my sources, it went in one ear of Dynamite and out the other.</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong><span>http://i.imgur.com/q2RdeMQ.jpg</span></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> There are rumblings of the local TV station that the Continental territory airs their TV shows on not being happy with the company's show underperforming. Reportedly, the Fullers were told by WCOV to start picking up the pace or else. While the Fullers have done the best they can do, and while they do have some good talent on their roster, one must wonder if the WWF's expansion is starting to hurt smaller regional companies as TV stations might see them as inferior compared to the WWF's production values. There have also been some issues behind the scenes as apparently Chris Colt appeared on a local TV interview and took shots at Tracy Smothers throughout. It was assumed that he was staying in kayfabe, but apparently everything he said was a shoot. Word has it that the Fullers have advised Colt to stay far away from Smothers backstage as they know that Smothers can handle himself well in a real fight.</span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></span></em></strong></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-family:System;"><span style="font-size:12px;"> And bad news for Rip Oliver as he suffered a very serious injury coming out of the recent AWA TV tapings when he teamed with Greg Gagne to pick up a disqualification victory over Buddy Rose and Doug Somers. The injury occurred right before he was to make the hot tag to Gagne, so Buddy and Doug apparently called an audible and got themselves disqualified so that Rip could get the medical help that he needed. After going to the hospital and visiting the doctor's office days later, Oliver was diagnosed with a Holstein-Lewis Fracture and could miss up to six months of action. Bad break for Oliver as he had received his AWA contract after working a number of WWF shows as enhancement talent when the WWF had visited his area, having put over the likes of the Ultimate Warrior, Owen Hart (as the Blue Blazer), Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Vince was said to have been pleased with Oliver's matches with Warrior because he felt that Warrior had improved his ring work a bit thanks to working with a ring veteran like Oliver.</span></span></em></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> <strong>OOC:</strong> So there is your Observer posting for the day. I will be combing through the prediction tallies next week and work out the winner from there and come up with a prize to be handed out. For those who had predicted which woman would opt not to show their swimsuit, everyone who had predicted Palestina will get at least one bonus point.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="RingRider" data-cite="RingRider" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43279" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Great show Matt. This is such a fun time in wrestling and you do it well.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Thank you sir. I definitely have tried my best to do this justice. This is probably the most fun I've had doing a diary because I'm not having to slog through each and every single show, and people seem to be satisfied with the brief synopsis of what's going on in TV land, then going all out for the bigger shows.</p>
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Mighty fine stuff man. I liked that even with it being a six man, the first Summerslam still featured a tag match main event <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> And of course, HULKMUSTPOSE
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Beejus" data-cite="Beejus" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43279" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Mighty fine stuff man. I liked that even with it being a six man, the first Summerslam still featured a tag match main event <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> And of course, HULKMUSTPOSE</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> You just reminded me of why I ran with the six man tag idea to begin with. And I should've made mention of this in the Observer-style post, but anyway... My original plan was going to be Hogan vs. Hercules for the title at SummerSlam. I figured Hogan could carry Herc to a good match, and it's something Vince would've ran with because Hogan/Bundy was pretty much beating a dead horse at this point, and Hogan had already beaten Kamala. Alas, Hogan and Herc had terrible chemistry, so thus the six man tag main event was born. And of course, HOGAN HAS TO POSE! DAMMIT, HE MUST POSE, PAL!</p>
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WWF Magazine

October 1987 issue (hit news stands September 1987)






To say that Jake "The Snake" Roberts has been on a roller coaster ride since arriving in the WWF in early 1986 is an understatement. When he first entered the Federation, he was one of the most devious individuals to arrive on the scene. His cunning evil genius when he spoke was unlike anyone in the World Wrestling Federation, and maybe it was that calm, cool demeanor that drew fans over to his side. You see, he hasn't really changed all that much ever since the fans started cheering him. They were cheering him even when he fought tooth and nail against various fan favorites. He still hits that patented DDT out of nowhere; he still takes Damien, his pet python, out of the bag and drops it all over his downed opponent; he even still speaks in a way that would make Jim Jones take notice. He even still likes to take a walk on the dark side. If anything has changed, it has been that the vocal crowd support has grown stronger for the Master of the DDT. One could say that the turning point was on Saturday Night's Main Event back on Thanksgiving weekend last year. On that night, he challenged then WWF Intercontinental Champion "Macho Man" Randy Savage for the title, and throughout the match, the crowd chanted "DDT! DDT! DDT!"


They further sympathized with him when the Honky Tonk Man blasted him in the head with his guitar on the Snake Pit. And just like a criminal with a great defense lawyer, the Honky Tonk Man tried to portray himself as the victim when he went on his failed "Ban the DDT!" campaign, which further brought the fans over to Jake's side. All throughout the spring and summer, Jimmy Hart and various others joined Honky Tonk Man in his cause to try and rid the World Wrestling Federation of the DDT, but it was for naught as President Jack Tunney ruled that like the piledriver, another controversial move, it was a legal wrestling move and that wrestlers know what the risks they take when they step foot into the ring. Not long after that, Jake would finally get his hands on the singing and gyrating greaser and knock him out cold with the move he dreaded the most, the DDT. Then Jake's career took an unexpected path: going to war with the Heenan Family and siding with Hulk Hogan.


It wasn't that long ago that Jake had his sights set on the WWF Championship and went to battle against the Hulkster in Rhode Island. However, Hogan was now locked in a war against not only the Heenan Family, but the Dark Circle as well. And who knew the darkness better than Jake Roberts? It was only fitting, then, that Hogan would look to Jake as an ally, and so far, Jake has been a great ally for Hogan, as has surprisingly "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, who only just one year ago betrayed Hogan in an attempt to wrestle the WWF Championship away from him. Along the way, we have learned that just about everyone in the Heenan Family is afraid of snakes. Even the monsters in Woman's Dark Circle have distanced themselves whenever Damien has been let out of the bag. But it seems one individual in particular this past summer has been more afraid than anyone else: King Kong Bundy. Bundy had denied being afraid of snakes, but his actions have spoken louder than his words. Bundy may outweight Jake by a good margin, but Jake might just have the upper hand with his cunning grey matter.


Congrats to crackerjack. Getting to select who would receive a WWF Magazine style write up was his prize for winning the SummerSlam prediction contest. Hope you all enjoy it.

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="The_Monk" data-cite="The_Monk" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43279" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>The Snake was such a great character and a shame that he could never get the real push he deserved (own fault)</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Jake (or as my late grandfather loved to call him, Snakeman Roberts) was always a favorite of mine, though I did have to warm to him at first (kayfabe was strong within me when I was little). He feuded with the Von Erichs before coming to the WWF, and he was playing it up as a villain when he first entered the Federation. Even though I was five at the time, I still remember watching one of the WWF's syndicated shows on a Saturday night and being confused as to why the fans were cheering someone who had been pushed as a villain. </p><p> </p><p> That said, we are now getting into one of my favorite storylines involving Jake that I got to run in this save, and I hope everyone here enjoys reading about it as much as I enjoyed playing it.</p>
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Matt Shannon" data-cite="Matt Shannon" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43279" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Jake (or as my late grandfather loved to call him, Snakeman Roberts) was always a favorite of mine, though I did have to warm to him at first (kayfabe was strong within me when I was little). He feuded with the Von Erichs before coming to the WWF, and he was playing it up as a villain when he first entered the Federation. Even though I was five at the time, I still remember watching one of the WWF's syndicated shows on a Saturday night and being confused as to why the fans were cheering someone who had been pushed as a villain. <p> </p><p> That said, we are now getting into one of my favorite storylines involving Jake that I got to run in this save, and I hope everyone here enjoys reading about it as much as I enjoyed playing it.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Im having a lot of fun with him in my save...... i'll be interested to see what you do with him</p>
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<p>Hey Matt,</p><p> </p><p>

Just getting caught up after being away for a short bit. Summerslam was great! Lots of fun up and down the whole card! I'm very interested in what's in store for your big Fall programs. Hogan needs some challengers...will Jake double-cross him? I can't imagine Orndorff will (been there, done that). Does the Circle have more baddies up it's sleeve? (Feels premature for Taker here). Is DiBiase ready to make that leap? And, of course there's always Savage... </p><p> </p><p>

Lots of options for sure!</p>

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SummerSlam was a great success that I was very proud of. Believe it or not, the six man tag wasn't the original idea for the main event of the evening. Originally I was going to do a tag match pitting Jake and Orndorff against Bundy and Kamala, and Hogan would defend the title against Hercules in the main event. Alas, when I did a trial run dark match at a TV taping, it turned out that Hogan and Hercules had awful chemistry. So I figured why not consolidate these issues into one big match? It turned out much better than I expected it to.


Many were wondering why I didn't renew Kamala. Truth be told, we had no issues with each other. Kamala talked about wanting to go to Japan, and I knew he wasn't going to be the main heel I built the main event around. But he was a good enough talent that I didn't want him being fed to every single up and coming babyface on the roster. So we agreed to part ways for the time being and he could always return down the road if he so desired.


But when old talent leaves, fresh new talent arrives, and did it ever when Missy Hyatt brought out Jesse "The Body" Ventura for a special edition of Missy's Dirt Sheet that took place on The Main Event after SummerSlam. Missy noted that it was such a special edition of the show that she actually asked Jesse to come on as the guest host to ask her the questions, and ask he did. He told her that he had heard rumblings of her getting into the managing business. She said that those rumors were true and that she was ready to bring out her guest at this time...




It was none other than "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, who had quietly debuted in the SummerSlam dark match against Special Delivery Jones. However, we didn't acknwoledge that match on TV for obvious reasons. Eddie thanked Jesse for always being a perfect gentleman to Missy, unlike all the other lovesick puppies in the WWF who had been making Missy uncomfortable. Eddie said that he would take care of anyone who tried to take his woman away from him.


But Eddie Gilbert wasn't the only new talent to have arrived on the scene recently. "Ravishing" Rick Rude had been brought in as the latest member of the Heenan Family, and he made his in-ring debut in an easy win against DJ Peterson, who had a good enough body, but didn't exactly have the look. Thus, he was hired on as an enhancement worker to put over other talent. Rude looked like he was getting comfortable in his new "Ravishing" persona as well, doing a pre-match promo. "What I'd like to have right now... is for all you filty... disgusting... Philadelphia Fatties... to keep the noise down while I take my robe off and show the few good looking women that are stuck here in this dump what a real man looks like. Hit the music!" And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Sting hype videos that we had started airing. After wasting away doing nothing in the UWF, I was ready go give Sting something to sink his teeth into.


After what happened with the first (and possibly last) ever Miss SummerSlam Swimsuit competition, Mr. Perfect and the Genius came out onto the Brother Love Show to lay down a challenge to Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. Brutus came out to confront the so-called "Flawless One" and told him that anytime, anywhere, he would be more than happy to cut his perfect record to shreds. Perfect, the Genius and Brother Love all backed away as Bruti got out the big hedge clippers and started cutting the air with them, acting as if he was going to cut the three men standing in front of him.


The rivalry between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Terry Funk was about to get even more heated after a rather controversial segment, at least for us in 1987. Macho Man had just finished his match against King Kong Bundy, which he won via count out when Jake Roberts appeared from behind the curtain with Damien around his shoulders. Bundy was doing a number on Savage when he turned and saw Jake had made it to ringside. Bundy started to hyperventilate, begging Jake not to come into the ring. Jake had no intentions of doing so, and while Bundy was distracted, Savage had gotten back to his feet and ran the ropes, ramming his knee into the back of Bundy, causing him to fall out to the floor. Jake backed away from Bundy, but as the big man got back up to his feet, he panicked and started running... well, more like rumbling... to the back as Jake gave chase after him. The ref counted to ten, and the Macho Man was declared the winner. As he and Elizabeth were celebrating, Terry Funk came running out from the back and blindsided Macho Man from behind, blasting him in the back of the head with his patented branding iron. Elizabeth was pleading for Funk to stop as he branded the Macho Man, then he inched over towards Elizabeth. Elizabeth was wearing a business like women's jacket and it's a good thing, because with Savage unconscious, Funk tore the jacket off, revealing what looked like part of a dress underneath. With it being a dress and nothing revealing, that wasn't the issue. The issue was the blowback we got from some people for Funk putting his hands on a defenseless woman. Yet they tuned in to WWF shows afterwards, so they got worked like no other.


Knowing the kind of backlash we might receive, I thought it would be a good idea to tape a sit down interview that Gorilla Monsoon conducted with Hulk Hogan the day before to end the show on a good note. Hogan talked about his recent battles with both the Dark Circle and Heenan Family, and how while he may not have totally destroyed either group, he did manage to send the Ugandan Giant, Kamala, packing. Gorilla asked him about potential challengers, and Hogan mentioned the likes of the Undertaker, Dan Spivey, Ted DiBiase, newcomers like Rick Rude. He even mentioned fan favorites that could challenge him like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Tito Santana and the Ultimate Warrior. He said he would take on any and all challengers that President Jack Tunney sent his way, and even if somehow he didn't manage to turn away a challenge, Hulkamania would still live forever.




Hey Matt,


Just getting caught up after being away for a short bit. Summerslam was great! Lots of fun up and down the whole card! I'm very interested in what's in store for your big Fall programs. Hogan needs some challengers...will Jake double-cross him? I can't imagine Orndorff will (been there, done that). Does the Circle have more baddies up it's sleeve? (Feels premature for Taker here). Is DiBiase ready to make that leap? And, of course there's always Savage...


Lots of options for sure!


So many options indeed. But just who will it be? *dun-dun-dun*


Thank you for the kind words as always. And glad to see that your 1997 WCW diary has become a great success. :cool:

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