-Originally aired May 19, 1984.
-Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Gene Okerlund.
“Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs SALVATORE BELLOMO
-I feel a little bad for Jjjjjjjjjoe McHugh, who has apparently been told to stop introducing himself. Giant “Paul is queer” chant goes up in the arena this week; meanwhile, in the front row, a fan can be seen being handed a sign and given instructions by somebody.
-Bellomo gets the upper hand early on and Orndorff goes to the floor to recover. Back in, Bellomo takes Orndorff down with a side headlock, and a dropkick sends him back out to the floor. If I ever meet Paul Orndorff face-to-face, I’m just going to ask him point blank why he had an “OP” monogram on his tights. How the hell would you do that on purpose on multiple pairs of tights?
-Orndorff tries a backdrop, Bellomo attempts a sunset flip, and Orndorff just punches him to stop it. Orndorff puts the boots to Bellomo. Orndorff finally gets the backdrop he wanted. He lays a beating on Bellomo. Bellomo comes back with dropkicks, but runs into a clothesline, and an elbow is enough to put Sal away.
-New graphics for the intro this week, including a nice shot of Andre the Giant on the set of “Late Night with David Letterman.” This week, Vince profiles Hulk Hogan, who is known to fans in Japan as Ichiban. We see a photo of Hulk putting a hold on Antonio Inoki, who is not identified.
B. BRIAN BLAIR vs COWBOY BOB ORTON
-Forearm knocks Orton backward into the ropes. Blair applies an armbar. Hiptoss by Blair, and the hold does not “meet the approval of Cowboy Bob Orton” according to Gene. Armbar by Blair, but Orton lifts him and powerslam. Series of knees by Orton, and then a headlock. Blair elbows free and shoulderblocks him, but Orton targets the midsection to block the comeback.
-Blair gets his second wind and gets a bunch of offense before missing an elbow. Blair goes for a suplex, but Orton counters it with the cradle suplex to get the three count. Damn, they must have liked Orton, that’s the second time they’ve given him a clean pin over a name guy.
“Dr. D” DAVID SCHULTZ vs BILLY TRAVIS
-So I guess Piper’s managing days are over. Schultz offers a handshake and then just slaps Travis. Howard Finkel jumps in to plug a house show at the Cape Cod Auditorium. This is going to sound weird, but I’m actually pretty amazed at how many venues Massachusetts are suitable for a pro wrestling event, given the state’s physical size. I’m from West Virginia. Compare those two states on a map. And in West Virginia, I’d say we have four venues, TOPS, where you’d have anything bigger than indy guys.
-Forearm by Schultz knocks Travis out to the floor. Back inside, Schultz sends Travis into the ropes and meets him with a dropkick. Schultz chokes Travis with his foot, then complains to the referee that Travis is holding his foot. “We want Hulk!” chant goes up and Schultz gets fired up and finishes with the elbow.
-Piper has Captain Lou Albano with him. Piper reads a letter from Mr. David Wolff, sent to WWF Headquarters, denying that Captain Lou does not have any authority over the career of Cyndi Lauper, does not have the right to schedule Lauper or promote her as appearing on television, and any further attempts by Albano to claim that Cyndi Lauper will appear on Piper’s Pit will result in legal action. Albano vows that Cyndi Lauper will be here next week.
SGT. SLAUGHTER (with Pvt. Terry Daniels) vs BUTCHER VACHON
-They trade blows to start and Sarge gets the upper hand there. Iron Sheik and Ayatollah Blassie show up to watch the match from the curtain, and Slaughter is completely distracted by it and falls victim to a sneak attack by Vachon. Sheik begins taunting Daniels nand attacks him. Slaughter sprints out of the ring and chases him off, but unfortunately, that gets him counted out, and Vachon gets the win. Slaughter doesn’t take it well and puts him in the cobra clutch anyway.
-Gene Okerlund talks to Slaughter after the match. Sheik is accused of maggotry by the Sarge.
BOB BACKLUND vs LANNY KEAN
-This was touted the previous week as Backlund vs. Mr. Fuji, but once again, Fuji pulls out of a scheduled match. Backlund gets a takedown and an armbar, Kean reverses the armbar, but Kean reverses it right back. Vince and Gene are amazingly preoccupied with the whereabouts of Mr. Fuji and won’t shut up about it. Vince gets an update from the locker room saying Fuji has a groin pull, a knee injury, and the flu, but Vince & Gene both say the info seems suspect.
-Back to action, and Backlund gets the submission with the crossface chickenwing.
FINAL THOUGHT: A fun week and more slow build for the Cyndi Lauper saga. Thumbs up.