Observations from watching more weekly December 1986 Wrestling Challenge:
The main storylines were Roddy Piper vs Adrian Adonis, Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat, and Andre the Giant being reinstated.
Other storylines were Danny Davis as an evil referee and the Honkytonk Man turning heel.
Jobbers to the Stars (JTTS) like Paul Roma, Lanny Poffo, and S.D. Jones were much more exciting than the pale skinned or overly hairy local jobbers.
Harley Race’s reputation for making a broomstick look good in the ring as an opponent is true: Harley yet young Paul Roma knock him out of the ring, and actually put on the crown!
Slick sold Hercules to Bobby Heenan in a funny skit.
Jimmy Hart really helped Honkytonk Man with interviews and got him over quickly since Hart was a top manager.
Mid-carders: Billy Jack Haynes, Butch Reed, Koko B. Ware, Pedro Morales, Tito Santana, Junkyard Dog
The late Dino Bravo was bad on the microphone, but had the muscles.
The Machines gimmick was just stopped; Blackjack Mulligan “returned” without his mask with a series of vignettes cutting wood, hammering iron, and rounding up cattle. Andre the Giant was “reinstated”, so the Giant Machine no longer had a reason to exist. Mulligan would mention King Kong Bundy, ironically enough (they feuded with the Machines storyline.)
King Kong Bundy went to singles after the Machines feud. Speaking of Bundy, there was a nice brief heel vs heel confrontation with Kamala. Big John Studd wasn’t mentioned.
Hillbilly Jim’s family: Jim teamed with other partners and singles, and his extended hillbilly family were no longer mentioned.
The Hulk Hogan-Paul Ordorff feud was taking a break on Wrestling Challenge as they were wrestling each other at house shows across the U.S.
Captain Lou Albano’s wrestling career came to an end on Wrestling Challenge, which was kinda embarassing for such major player. He won a six man tag team match with the British Bulldogs vs The Dream Team and Johnny V. Behind the scenes, Albano wanted to cash in on his fame and make movies and TV shows on his own, so that’s why he got the shaft at the end- Vinnie Mac style.
My other Wrestling Challenge articles:
Wrestling Challenge 1
Wrestling Challenge 2
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