June 2, 1984
Your hosts are Gene Okerlund and Vince McMahon
This week’s show includes Greg Valentine vs. Chief Jay Strongbow and David Schultz vs. SD Jones. Plus, David Wolff is the guest on Piper’s Pit and Paul Orndorff and Sgt. Slaughter will be in action.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/Capt. Lou Albano vs. Chief Jay Strongbow
The Hammer attacks Strongbow before the bell. He beats on him in the corner before tossing him through the ropes. Valentine brings him back in and destroys him so more. He chokes him out and goes to work on the leg. Strongbow pushes Valentine through the ropes with his feet. He comes back in and Strongbow locks him in a sleeper. Albano jumps on the apron and Valentine escapes and sends Strongbow back to the floor. The Chief grabs Valentine out of the ring and the two brawl until Valentine slides back in the ring before the ten count, getting the win (4:14). After the match, Valentine puts the Chief in the figure-four leglock.
Thoughts: Match wasn’t much and there was no reason to protect Strongbow in defeat. The guy was in his mid 50’s and they were grooming Valentine for the IC belt so he should have won cleanly.
WWF Update with Vince McMahon. This week’s focus is on Capt. Lou Albano. Vince mentions him managing the tag champions 14 times and closes by showing him the music videos for Cyndi Lauper.
“Dr. D” David Schultz vs. SD Jones
Schultz starts by faking a handshake, which upsets Jones. He works the arm but Schultz grabs the ropes. Lots more stalling from Schultz as he is basically running away from Jones. SD lands a headbutt, turnbuckle smash and a few punches, which is 75% of his offense. SD falls for another handshake attempt but regains control. He lands a few more shots, even mo-selling a turnbuckle smash. Schultz goes outside after getting knocked down but comes back in and gets a slam then drops the elbow from the second rope for the win (6:04).
Thoughts: I have no idea why Schultz was playing the role of chicken-shit heel for SD Jones, a guy who was losing on TV every week. This match was very dull.
Gene Okerlund is standing in what is best known as the event center. He plugs upcoming house shows as Paul Orndorff wanders on the set. Okerlund mentions his upcoming match with Ivan Putski, as Orndorff says Putski is not a big deal and tells a Polish joke about odor eaters after calling him a “Polack.” 1980’s WWF racism really is something to behold. Roddy Piper comes in and Gene asks him about Rocky Johnson. Piper says that he has no brains and was trying to make a name for himself by going on Piper’s Pit. Slaughter gets interviewed about an upcoming boot camp match with the Iron Sheik. He talks about how this was like fighting behind the barracks in the Marines and talks about his specially made boots. I liked this segment as the interviews strayed from the regular format and they did a fine job in promoting the matches.
Another plug of the new WWF magazine.
Billy Travis vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff does his routine with the jacket. Travis catches Orndorff with an armdrag. Orndorff then backs Travis in the corner. He stomps him and gets in a kneelift. Orndorff pisses off the crowd then tosses Travis to the floor. The crowd just fucking hates Orndorff. Travis comes back inside and gets absolutely drilled with a back elbow smash. Backbreaker by Orndorff and he stomps away. He literally wipes the mat with the ace of Travis then kills him with a clothesline before finishing with a piledriver (5:49). After the match, Orndorff smiles and shrugs his shoulders. He was such a great heel.
Thoughts: For a squash match that lasted almost six minutes, this was quite entertaining. Travis took a beating, esepcailly with an ultra stiff elbow smash. Orndorff is really becoming a star, getting as much of a heel reaction than guys like Piper and Sheik.
Piper’s Pit with David Wolff. He says that he is the manager of Cyndi Lauper. Piper then asks why she needs two managers. He says that Albano is a liar and not the manager of Lauper. Wolff then states that he will bring Cyndi Lauper on the show. Piper then sticks up for Albano and yells at Wolff as the segment ends. Good stuff, although Wolff looks like a complete dick, making it tough to cheer for him. He was also the real-life boyfriend of Cyndi Lauper at this time.
We are shown clips of a match between the Masked Superstar and Hulk Hogan that took place at the Kiel Auditorium in February. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer here and hearing him is so much better than Joe McHugh. Anyway, they show the last few minutes of this match, with the Superstar getting caught hiding a foreign object in his mask. Hogan gets it and threatens to take off the mask but the Superstar escapes.
Okerlund is back in the studio plugging a house show in Cape Cod. Jimmy Snuka comes out and Okerlund, like a moron, asks him if the Cape reminds him of the Fiji Islands. Snuka babbles on for a few minutes, saying nothing of note.
Lanny Kean vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/Terry Daniels
Before entering the ring, Sarge and Daniels pass out American Flags to all of the kids. Sarge with a forearm to the chest of Kean then beats him up for a bit. He gets a backbreaker and hits a clothesline from the second rope as Kean was charging towards him. Sarge then locks on the Cobra Clutch for the win (1:23). After the match, the ring fills with the children and their flags as Vince talks about the Cobra Corps.
Thoughts: This whole match was designed to put over the Cobra Corps and market Slaughter to the kids. It worked perfectly for its time.
Next week’s featured bout is Terry Daniels vs. Iron Sheik
Final Thoughts: This show was alright. The matches weren’t much but it did advance the main angles and feature the top stars of the company. The interview segments with Okerlund was a nice addition too.