The 1st show
The World Wrestling Federation- Monday June 1, 1986
Prime Time Wrestling
Commentators – Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
The intro for Prime Time flashes across the screen
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan stand at the announcers table in full tuxes
Gorilla- Welcome everyone to Prime Time Wrestling! I’m Gorilla Monsoon with my partner Bobby “The Brain” Heenan! Brain, how are you tonight?
Heenan- I’m fine Monsoon. I’m just ready to sit down and get to work
Pink Floyd’s “Money” blares over the speakers as “Superstar” Billy Graham walks to the ring.
The crowd, obviously puzzled, does not know how to react. Graham snatches the mike from Howard Finkle and stares him down until he runs out of the ring. As the crowd looks on, Graham stares out at them in disgust.
Graham- “How many of you even know who the hell I am?” he asks.
“You see, before the Wrestlemanias, before actors decided they wanted to be wrestlers and before all of you spoiled kids turned over from the cartoon shows, I WAS THE MAN! Greats like Bruno Sammertino, Stan Hansen, Bob Backland and a hell of a lot more guys that you people have no clue about, came in here and spilled their blood. Not for you, but for the REAL wrestling fans! It was about honor. It was about pride! It was about being the toughest S.O.B in the business. You people have ruined that.”
The crowd begins to boo as Graham stares at them in disgust.
“I am here to fix it. ‘How are you going to do that Superstar?’ you might ask. Well, an important investor has put me in a position to take this federation back. I’ve put up everything I’ve owned and I’ve used that money to BUY half ownership of this federation! Make no mistake people, that is all I will need to get ALL of it and make this a WRESTLING federation again.”
Heenan- “Well I don’t know about you Monsoon, but I’m glad someone finally said it! For those of you that have only watched wrestling for the last two weeks, that was Super Star Billy Graham! A former WWF champion and the man our current champion has been trying to be for years!
Monsoon- “Now hold it right there Brain. Not to take anything away from the Super Star, but don’t you think he was a little rough to these people watching? I mean they are the reason we are on air. They are who pays our salaries, y know?
Heenan- “Hey, if the shoe fits; wear it! You wanna be the one to go in there and tell your new boss different?
Monsoon- “Well, no, but that doesn’t mean he is right! I’m not taking anything away from Billy Graham, but I don’t think it’s a smart business move to come out and insult our customers. The thing that has always made the World Wrestling Federation the best wrestling organization on the planet has been ,and will continue to be, its fans. I think the Superstar would be wise to remember that”
Heenan- “Whatever you say, Monsoon. It’s always a good idea to tell the boss just how wrong he is. Go down there and do it. This is the same man who bested Andre the Giant in an arm wrestling match!”
Monsoon- “I don’t remember it that way.”
Heenan- “Oh you don’t? Well, that’s why my nickname is the Brain and yours is Gorilla! Just think about it. That’s all I’m asking.”
The show fades to commercial
Billy Jack Haynes vs. Steve Lombardi
A debuting Haynes locks up with Lombardi and throws him down after a lock up. Lombardi tells the referee that Haynes pulled his hair. This goes on for a few more times, before Lombardi gouges Haynes eyes. After a brief moment of offense, Haynes reverses a whip off the ropes and clotheslines Lombardi. A few body slams and shoulder blocks later, Haynes cinches a full-nelson to clinch the win.
Haku vs. Ric Martel
The bell rings and Haku charges at Martel
Monsoon- Whoa Brain! Looks like your client is really fired up tonight!
Heenan- You don’t know the half of it, Monsoon. I’m telling you, this man will make a statement tonight! He’s so viscous; I decided to stay up here with you. (under his breath) and we all know how I feel about you.
Monsoon- What was that Brain?
Heenan- Nothing. I said ‘I can’t wait to see Haku.”
Haku savagely rakes his claws across Martel’s back and begins to choke him. The referee breaks it up, but Haku grabs Martel by the hair and slams him to the canvas. Grabbing the ropes, the Samoan Savage stands on Martel's throat until the ref breaks it up
Heenan- You see what I mean, Monsoon? Nobody back there in the locker room wants to face this man in the ring! No offense to Ric Martel, but Haku is making him an example. You mess with the Samoan Monster you get hurt. It’s as simple as that. Oooh watch this!”
Haku throws Martel in the corner and pounds him with head butts until he falls limp. Letting loose an angry shout, Haku backs up and waits for a groggy Martel to stand.
Before he can unleash his finisher, the Thrust Kick, Martel ducks and kicks Haku in the midsection. On cue, the crowd begins to cheer. Enlivened by the crowd, Martel begins to rock Haku with a series of dropkicks. The whole time Heenan rips into an amused Monsoon.
Martel runs off the ropes and attempts to shoulder block Haku, but the monster sidesteps and slams Martel throat-first into the top rope.
As Martel stands, Haku nails him with the thrust kick and quickly pins him.
After his hand is raised, Haku refuses to leave the ring, daring anyone to come out. As he turns to jaw with a fan, Jake Roberts slowly slinks to the ring with Damian, his python, in toe.
As Haku turns around, Roberts rushes into the ring with the snake sending Haku scurrying back to the dressing room.
Roddy Piper and Mr. T
Rowdy Roddy Piper comes out to a chorus of boos. Bob Orton stands near the back of the set and Piper grins at him.
Piper-“It’s always good to be back in Boston, Bob. I tell you these people love us!”
The crowd erupts further.
Piper- “You know what Boston? That’s ok because I’ve always been a Yankees man, myself! What about you Cowboy?”
As the crowd gets louder, Piper begins to laugh.
Monsoon- I wouldn’t want to be Piper trying to catch a cab out of here tonight, Brain.
Heenan- Well, we can agree on that, Monsoon. The truth hurts though. The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth for, what, a bag of doughnuts? How did that turn out?
Monsoon- Hush before you get us killed!
Piper- “Well, I don’t know about you folks, but I think the Superstar touched on some good points tonight. I mean, when I was coming up in this business is was all about how tough you were. It was about how good you were. It was about having the ability to make people come out and watch you kick another person until they stayed down for three slaps on the mat!
What it wasn’t about was of how big an actor you were! It wasn’t about how much make-up you put on before you went out on camera or how much jewelry you wore. My next guest is about all that. Come on out here, Mr. T!
The crowd cheers as Mr. T walks on the set.
Piper confronts T before he can say anything
Piper- “I do believe the last time I saw you, I was whipping you like a damn dog,” (referring to T and Piper’s boxing match at Wrestlemania II. Piper was disqualified for body slamming T. As Orton held him down, Piper used a belt on T’s back.)
T, visibly angry, grabs the mike from Piper.
T- “Seems to me you needed your boy over there to hold me, Piper! You would never dream of doing that by yourself! What’s all this nonsense about me wearing make-up? Coming from a man in a dress that is a little funny, but then again that isn’t the only thing about you that is a little funny. I mean, look at your sidekick over there in a Cowboy hat and leather vest! (Referring to Orton) What you going Village People on me Piper?
Piper grabs another mike and fires back
Piper- “You are such a funny guy aren’t you? You come in here, fresh off your Hollywood plane and you think I owe you something. I don’t owe you squat! I don’t care if you are friends with Hogan! I don’t care if you are friends with Stallone. When you come out here, you EARN respect. You don’t get it by being on the A-Team!
T- “Obviously, you are scared because you had to come out here with your boyfriend! Why don-“
Piper- “You don’t have to worry about Bob. I just keep him around so people like you don’t try to rob me. You don’t think I know how you got all that gold from the pawn shop MR. T? The fact is, I’m sending him home for the night, but if you try to rob me….. Go on Bob!”
Orton leaves with a worried look on his face as Piper continues.
Piper- “And your choice of barber, who cut that Ray Charles? Or was that one of those do it yourself jobs? You’d think with all that Hollywood money you could afford-“
Mr. T looks away for a moment, but suddenly knocks Piper prone with a right hand. As Piper attempts to get up, T removes his weight lifters belt and begins to whip him. The crowd hears T as he shout’s “Paybacks a bitch ain’t it, fool?” Orton returns as T walks away
A furious Piper tears apart his set as the show cuts to commercial.
The British Bulldogs vs. Nicolia Volkoff and the Iron Sheik
For the WWF tag team belts
Because the crowd is so pumped from the last segment, they really don’t get into the match. The Bulldogs are brilliant, but neither Sheik nor Volkoff are skilled enough to make the match look good. Heenan and Monsoon spend the whole match arguing about Billy Graham and whether he has a legitimate point. When Smith powerslams Volkoff and gets the pin, it is almost a relief.
The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) come out as the Bulldog’s celebrate.
Without a mike it is hard to hear what they are saying, but it is apparent that they are not impressed with the Champions win.
Beefcake gets a mike
Beefcake- “Whoa, that was a totally amazing display of wrestling against two guys that do not deserve a shot. I mean, when you two clowns were chasing us for those titles, did we duck you? It seems to me, after Wrestlemania II, you two pups won’t even stay at the same hotel we are in. Wonder why that is Greg?”
The Bulldogs shout at them from the ring, but with no mike; they are ignored.
Beefcake- “Tell you what Bulldogs, if you guys really want to be champions why don’t you take on me and my partner this Friday in Pittsburg? Unless of course, you want to keep running.”
Of course, the Bulldogs nod yes. The crowd is apparently all in the bathroom or grabbing beers, judging by the reaction.
Billy Graham’s music hits again. He walks to the ring and grabs the mike again as Rick Steamboat and Chris Walker wait to start their match.
Graham- “In case you fans have all ready forgotten, I’m still Billy Graham. The original Hulk Hogan, the original Jesse Ventura, the original SUPERSTAR! I didn’t say it before, but I’ll say it now. That hunk of medal hanging around Hogan’s waist is a shell of what it once was when I held it. You know why, Boston?”
Graham-“The reason is because real wrestlers fought for it! Not the cartoons that prance around this ring now! You think Hogan has arms? I’m damn near twice that boy’s age and my arms are still bigger than his!”
Graham rips the sleeves off his shirt and flexes several times.
Graham-“You know why he wears shirts with no sleeves? Because I wore shirts with no sleeves! You know why he says the word brother, every other word? Because I said it once in an interview! What you people don’t realize, because you just started watching wrestling last week, is that Hogan is nothing new. He’s just a poor copy of me. You see the stuff Hogan is trying to do now, I’ve already done.”
The crowd boos.
Graham-“You can boo all you want because I don’t need your love. You can say all the prayers you want. You can take your vitamins. You can do all that crap and you still won’t be me! You won’t be a Superstar! Some of us are born that way. Hogan! No matter how hard you try, you don’t have the genetics, boy! You’ve been faking it your whole damn career! The real deal is back now! Are you ready?”
Graham stares at the camera and flexes as the camera fades to commercial
Ricky Steamboat vs. Chris Walker
Ricky Steamboat and Walker square off. Steamboat hits Walker with his signature deep armdrags and whips him off the ropes. A leapfrog and a dropkick later, Walker in on his back. Steamboat knife hands Walker, putting him back on the mat. Steamboat attempts to pick Walker up, but is caught in a small package. One, Two, ….Steamboat kicks out. Walker runs off the ropes and knocks Steamboat down with a shoulderblock. As Walker, picks Steamboat up and attempts a suplex, Steamboat takes his back and gives him an atomic drop. As Walker attempts to shake it off he is unaware that Steamboat is climbing the top turnbuckle, he turns around and is caught flush with a Flying Cross-body press!
1,2, 3! The match is over. The crowd gives Steamboat a round of applause.
Segment 10 & 11
Tito Santana vs. “The King” Harley Race
For the vacant Intercontinental Championship
Before the match starts, Randy ‘Macho-Man’ Savage and Elizabeth join the broadcast team at ringside.
Monsoon- We are joined by ‘The Macho-Man’ Randy Savage and his lovely manager, Elizabeth here in the broadcast booth. Randy what brings you out-“
Savage- Can it Monsoon! I would think it was obvious why I am out here! How in the hell does Tito Santana get to wrestle for the Intercontinental championship again? I mean when is a DESERVING contender, like myself, going to get his chance. How many guys do I have to beat up to get MY chance?
Heenan- I couldn’t tell you Randy. As a the manager of “The King”, I can tell you it would have been an honor to have you in there with him tonight.
Savage- Thank-you Bobby. No disrespect to Harley, but that title should be mine. I should be in there winning it tonight.
The match begins and Race gouges Santana’s eyes as they begin to lock up. Taking advantage, he clubs Santana with a few forearms before picking him up and bodyslaming him.
Heenan- You see guys, “The King” has a few servants like Santana at his home. How do you think he keeps them in line?
Monsoon- Easy Brain.
Heenan- What? You think “The King” makes his own beds and cleans his own home?
Race backs Tito into the corner and shoves his shoulder into his midsection as the referee attempts to get him to break. Race ignores him and snapmares Santana towards the middle of the ring.
Savage- This is exactly what I’m saying. The guy doesn’t have the ability to compete for this title!
As Savage grows increasingly belligerent in the broadcast booth, Race drops a few of his famous knee drops on Tito’s temple. He goes for the pin, but Santana kicks out immediately.
Race complains to the ref that the count was slow as he picks Santana up. Santana jumps out the backdoor as Race attempts to body slam him and dropkicks “The King” to the mat.
The crowd, enlivened by Santana’s comeback, begins to cheer.
Santana pounds Race with a few punches and sends him off the ropes. As Race rebounds back, Santana flips him with a back drop. As Race holds his back, Santana signals that he will be going for the flying forearm!
As Race gets up, Santana bounds off the ropes and nails him with the move! As Race lies prone, Santana applies the figure-four leglock! Race tries for the ropes, but can’t make it! He submits!
As Santana celebrates, Savage rails against how undeserving he is of the title. Apparently, the crowd feels the same way because they aren’t very into it.
As Santana waits for his belt, Savage leaves the broadcast booth and rushes into the ring. He brutally clubs the new champion with an axe-handle and kicks him repeatedly. Referees attempt to break it up, but Savage threatens them and goes back to pounding Santana. As Tito lies on the matt in pain, Savage mounts the top rope and drops the Flying Elbow!
Before he leaves, Savage grabs the mike. “Congratulations, champ!” he growls into the mike.
“Real American” blares over the speakers as the crowd comes to life. Hulk Hogan comes down and does his traditional shirt rip/hard of hearing routine. The crowd goes nuts for it.
Hogan grabs the mike. A serious look creased across his brow.
Hogan- "I was backstage when a hero of mine came out here earlier and spoke to all of my Hulkamaniacs. It makes me sad, brother. Billy Graham was one of the greatest world champions to ever hold the belt around my waist right now. Believe me when I tell you this, it is a very sad thing to see how bitter the man has become.”
Heenan- “Oh give me a break. The only reason the man is bitter is because people like you are ruining the business he built up.”
Monsoon- “Shut up Brain!”
Hogan- "That’s exactly what it is Hulkamaniaics. I'm not like billy Graham because I'm still saying the prayers and eating my vitamins and thanking the big man upstairs every day for being given the privilege of entertaining fans like you, for being given the ability to be the WWF heavyweight champion, for living in the greatest country in the world! Billy Graham couldn’t be satisfied. He wanted more! He wanted today to be yesterday and that is not how it works, brother! The world moves on! This isn’t 1976; its 1986! You can’t go back, man! So right now, I’m begging you, Billy Graham! I’m on my knees asking you to put aside the bitterness and join the nation of Hulkamania! Let me tell you brother, you can’t move forward by looking backward and if you try to pull my Hulkamaniacs down I will be the one with the REAL 24 inch pythons to set you down the correct path!”
The crowd goes nuts as Hogan’s music kicks in. As Hogan poses for the ground, the scene fades.
Behind the Scenes
McMahon was happy with the way Graham and Hogan were received.
He is also thrilled the way that the Piper’s Pit segment played out.
Some things concern him, however.
The crowd’s reaction to Santana and the Dream Team were cold at best. For his gambit to work he wonders how he can turn their characters up a notch. Of course, Beefcake has tons of ideas, but they are consistently bad and involve him in the main-event.
Steamboat is increasingly becoming unhappy with the way the WWF is going. He misses his family in North Carolina and he has no friends in the WWF’s locker room. Vince flew him to Manhattan to talk with him about his position in the company.
“Listen Rick, I understand your concerns, but I want you to be happy here. I see so much potential for a guy with your abilities.”
Steamboat is clearly uncomfortable, but tries to remain polite.
“Thanks Vince. I appreciate the vote of confidence. I’m just not finding a guy on the roster I ‘click’ with. I see what you are trying to do, but there isn’t one singles guy on the roster that ‘wrestles’.
Vince smiles and puts his hand on Steamboat’s shoulder.
“Well I’m glad you brought that up, Rick. I want to share my plans for you. You see Rick there is a guy on the roster that is made for you. Can you look me in the eye and tell me Randy Savage and you can’t do something special in the ring?”
Steamboat’s eyes light up for a second, but he remains cautious.
“Yeah, I can see us putting together a good match, but you have him in a program with Tito. How are-“
“Hold on right there, Rick. Santana is a steping stone for Randy. By the time I’m done with both of them, the Intercontinental title will be built up and Randy will have enough heat to get in the ring with you.”
“You don’t think he is already?”
“He might be, Rick. I’m not going to lie to you. I guess my question is, can you wait until Wrestlemania? I can see you two putting on the greatest match ever.”
Steamboat seems content for the time being.