June 2, 1983
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Ted DiBiase, still sporting his cast.
This week, we have Mr. Wrestling II vs. Mr. Olympia, Butch Reed vs. Tony Zane, Magnum TA vs. Kendo Nagasaki, and Jim Duggan vs. Super Destroyer
Pierce asks DiBiase when his cast is coming off and brings up how many people do not think its a legitimate injury. DiBiase says he will bring his x-rays next week to prove his hand is broken.
Clips of last week with Reed calling out King Kong Bundy only to lose the match, which was unofficial. After that, we learn that Reed is not here and will be replaced by Johnny Rich as DiBiase makes fun of Reed for being a coward.
Tony Zane vs. Johnny Rich
Rich runs over Zane then takes him over with a side headlock. Rich then hits a slam and follows with a knee drop that gets two before going back to the side headlock. Zane escapes and targets the arm but Rich runs wild then puts Zane away with a cradle (3:20).
Thoughts: Incredibly dull match between two boring guys. Crowd was silent throughout the match but the real story is what happened to Reed.
Mr. Olympia w/ Skandor Akbar vs. Mr. Wrestling II
Olympia goes after Mr. Wrestling before the bell. They slug it out as Mr. Wrestling wins that battle before sending Olympia outside with a power knee lift. Olympia heads back in as Mr. Wrestling hammers away then uses a front facelock. Olympia escapes then catches Mr. Wrestling with a sleeper. Mr. Wrestling runs Olympia into the turnbuckle then runs wild. Akbar gets up on the apron and Mr. Wrestling smacks him around but Olympia attacks from behind. Akbar gets back on the apron as Mr. Wrestling shoves Olympia into him then hits the power knee lift for the win (5:22) *. After the match, Akbar tries to attack but Mr. Wrestling fends him off.
Thoughts: This was slow-paced and lacked heat. They really tried to put over Mr. Wrestling II strong but he is way overpushed at the moment and has deteriorated in the ring.
Boris Zurkhov vs. Tom Jones
DiBiase puts over Zurkhov as the newest member of his Rat Pack while putting over his toughness. Zurkhov beats on Jones, who fights back. Pierce tells us that Zurkhov & Olympia will defend the Tag Team Titles next week against Duggan & Junkyard Dog as Jones works over the leg. Jones heads back in and they mix it up until Zurkhov hits a hotshot then uses a reverse neckbreaker before hitting a middle rope knee drop for the win (2:36) DUD.
Thoughts: The action was embarrassing at times as Zurkhov is doing nothing worthy of his spot in Akbar’s Army.
King Kong Bundy comes out for his match against Art Crews. However, Mr. Wrestling II comes out instead to say he bought Crews’ contract because he wants to get revenge.
King Kong Bundy vs. Mr. Wrestling II
Bundy hammers away then drops Mr. Wrestling with a forearm smash. Mr. Wrestling fights back then avoids an avalanche and hits a pair of knee lifts but Bundy takes him out with a back drop and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (1:50). Bundy then heads out and piledrives Mr. Wrestling on the floor as a few officials and wrestlers come out to check on Mr. Wrestling.
Thoughts: The piledriver on the floor spot is a big one and that will be followed up on in the coming weeks.
Kendo Nagasaki vs. Magnum TA
Kendo swings and misses with his stick then Magnum hits a dropkick. Magnum grabs the stick and whacks Kendo a few times as Kendo bails. The crowd awakes for the first time then Kendo returns to the ring as DiBiase mentions the “Magnum” name is because people think he looks like a movie star. They both completely fuck up a back drop spot then Magnum slugs Kendo down. Magnum stays on the attack and hits a slam then drops the leg for two. Backslide gets two. The crowd stirs up now as Yoshi Yatsu appears on the apron. Magnum drags him inside then takes down both men as referee Rick Ferrara waves his arms around like an idiot. Magnum ducks the mist and it hits Yatsu then Magnum uses an atomic drop for the win (2:45) *.
Thoughts: The fans are quickly taking to Magnum and he looks like a star. Expect more of him in the coming weeks.
Super Destroyer vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Huge reaction for Duggan. Match starts out with Duggan firing away. Destroyer bails as DiBiase cannot believe the fans cheer for Duggan, who stays in control. Destroyer lands some shots but Duggan rakes the eyes and hits a clothesline before the spear gets the win (2:30) 1/2*.
Thoughts: Duggan is now getting the biggest reactions on TV, even bigger than JYD.
Rip Rogers vs. George Weingeroff
Weingeroff is the son of manager Saul Weingeroff. DiBiase tells us that Weingroff is legally blind but wrestled in college. Weingroff grounds Rogers with a side headlock then uses a hip toss as Rogers retreats in the corner. Weingroff stays in control as Pierce tells us next we will have Buddy Nichols as the guest commentator. Weingroff uses a sunset flip and a few small packages for two counts but runs into a back elbow smash. Weingroff avoids an elbow drop but whiffs on a dropkick and soon after that we run out of time (5:29) *1/2.
Thoughts: This action was decent enough but Rogers was really low on the totem pole and Weingeroff, while technically sound, was an unknown and dull.
Final Thoughts: The big angle here was Bundy piledriving Mr. Wrestling II on the floor while the rest of the show was forgettable with subpar in-ring action. I thought the commentary was really bad as Pierce struggles when having to be the lead. Hopefully we get a more exciting program next week.
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/2/91
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/3/91
Tuesday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 2/4/91
Wednesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/9/91
Thursday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/10/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 2/16/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/9/83