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The Big Event

We move along to one of my favorite Coliseum Video releases, The Big Event. This show took place in the summer of 1986 in Toronto, Ontario with over sixty five thousand fans in attendance. This show is basically what Summerslam became as this was a huge show that highlight the feuds and stories of the WWF in 1986. Our headline match features World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defending against former friend Paul Orndorff. The Hulk/Orndorff feud went on and off for years in the WWF as it started in 1984 and ended the first time at Wrestlemania when Hulk and Mr T defeated Paul and Roddy Piper in the main event, Piper and Bob Orton then abandonded Paul along with Hulk and T. Paul and Hulk then became a tag team and were doing pretty good, until Adrian Adonis got in the middle. Adrian claimed that Hulk was using Paul and just pretending to be his friend so he didn’t have to face him. Paul said that was not true and that Hulk was always there for him, he then called Hulk from Adonis’ talk show, but was told Hulk was too busy to talk to him. Paul was irate and Bobby Heenan quickly jumped in to stir the pot. At Saturday Night’s Main Event Hulk and Paul teamed up against Heenan’s charges of King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd, and through the match Paul refused to tag Hulk in. After winning the match Bundy and Studd attacked Hulk until Paul made the save, or so we all thought. Paul helped Hulk to his feet only to blast him with a vicious clothesline and followed that with a piledriver on the champion. Paul left the ringside area with Bundy, Studd and a grinning Bobby Heenan, thus setting the stage for tonight’s Big Event.

The tape is bright blue and features only one face on the cover, King Tonga, no just kidding of course it’s Hulk Hogan. The box mentions the record crowd, and the main event plus The Machines, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Junkyard Dog and more. No opening video this time, instead we see overhead footage of Toronto from a chopper as Gene narrates what we will see. It looks odd not seeing the Skydome next to the CN tower, just feels like it’s been there forever. We see clips of some of the big names we’re going to see tonight, and an overhead shot of the CNE and we see the crowd, which looks amazing similar to Wrestlemania III.

1. Hoss & Jimmy Jack Funk v. B. Brian Blair and Jumping Jim Brunzell

   Jimmy Hart is the manager of the Funk’s tonight, Hoss is Dory Funk Junior while Jimmy Jack’s was known better as Jesse Barr and is not related to the Funk family at all. Gorilla Monsoon on commentary, with Johnny V and Ernie Ladd, says you’ll never see a crowd this big again, but they did seven months later at Wrestlemania III. The ring is on a small stage elevated up, which looks kind of cool and unique as Hoss and Blair start out with Blair tossing Hoss around which brings in Jimmy Jack who gets slammed as well and the Funks bail out. Hoss back in the ring and gets a shot in on Blair and the Funk’s try to double team but Blair fights back and sends the Funks too the floor again. This match is notable because it’s Hoss’ final match in WWF for almost a decade, as we didn’t see him again until the 1996 Royal Rumble! The Bees continue to sting Dory with their speed but Hoss makes the tag, however the Bees double team Jimmy Jack and Brunzell gets a sleeper on Jimmy Jack. Blair gets the ref distratced which allows Hoss to make the save and now the Funk’s finally have control, which they maintain with some great dirty tactics. Jimmy Jack slams Bunzell on the floor, and while the ref admonishes him this allows the Bees to put their masks on and switch guys. Blair in their now, under the mask and unloads on both Funks with clotheslines and quickly locks on the abdominal stretch but Jimmy Jack breaks it up. The Bees switch again and roll up Jimmy Jack for the cheap win, to the crowds happiness. 7/10 a fun fast paced opening match where the heels got played by the faces.

1. The Killer Bees defeated the Funks 7/10

2. King Tonga v. Don Muraco

   Tonga is better known as Meng/Haku is the face here, as Don is managed by Mr. Fuji. We clip forward into the match as both men are locked up and Don with a side headlock, gets shot in and Tonga hiptosses him twice followed by a big slam. Muraco rolls to the floor to slow down Tonga, Don rolls back in and gets a knee in on Tonga but Tonga comes back with chops and a dropkick sending Don back to the floor. Ernie actually says that Tonga knows wants to be called Haku, well guess we know where the name change comes from, as we clip forward to Tonga with an armbar on Muraco. Fuji trips Tonga to break the hold and Don quickly unloads on him then tosses him to the floor, where Fuji smashes the cane across Tonga’s back. Fuji then drives the cane into Tonga’s ribs as well, as Muraco has the ref busy, Muraco pulls Tonga back in and powerslams him down then locks on a nerve hold, which is ironic as that was Tonga’s finisher as Meng. Tonga powers his way to his feet and breaks the hold unloading on Don with chops and a dropkick sends Don to the corner, but Tonga misses the corner charge. Don slides out of the ring and rams Tonga’s knee into the post repeatedly, Don quickly back in starts to work over the damaged knee. Muraco applies a figure four leglock on Tonga, who’s screaming in pain but he’s able to make the ropes and break the hold. Tonga is in a lot of trouble as Don climbs to the top rope, slowly, which costs him as Tonga catches him and slams him from the top rope. Tonga starts to make the comeback with a series of chops and then hits the cross body for the cover but the bell rings and Tonga thinks he won. 7/10 a good power match between two big brawlers who were able to keep in entertaining.

2. King Tonga and Don Muraco went to a draw 7/10

3. Ted Arcidi v. Tony Garea

   Well, the good match count will end at two as I don’t expect much out of Arcidi. Arcidi overpowers Garea to start as Ernie calls him the strongest man in the world. Garea tries multiple shoulderblocks which doesn’t work for him, and a side headlock doesn’t go well either as Arcidi walks him to the ropes. Arcidi gets a cheap shot in and then slams Garea down then hits a huge elbow before posing for the crowd. We get a cool visual over the shoulders of Gorilla, Johnny and Ernie, and they are way up in the nosebleed seats. Arcidi gets cuaght with his head down and Garea follows with a dopkick to knock down Garea. Tony comes off the ropes and runs into the bearhug and quickly submits. 2/10 at least they kept it short.

3. Ted Arcidi beat Tony Garea via submission 2/10

   We get an interview with Jimmy Hart who says tonight is the greatest night of his life as he gets his revenge on JYD for branding him as they head to the ring.

4. Adrian Adonis v. Junkyard Dog

   JYD comes out to Grab Them Cakes, as we clip to the start of the match and Adrian tries to get a cheap shot in but JYD catches him. JYD cracks Adonis in the face with the chain and then follows with the headbutts. JYD tosses Adrian into the corner and flips over the ropes to the floor. JYD pulls Adrian in by the hair and continues to clobber Adrian repeatedly, then tosses the ref across the ring. This allows Jimmy Hart to spray perfume in JYD’s eyes and this allows Adrian to get the advantage for the first time. Adrian with a clothesline and then drops a big knee across JYD’s chest. Adrian follows up with a elbow off the second rope for a near fall. JYD gets tossed to the floor and Jimmy distracts him allowing Adrian to get another shot in, Jimmy tries to hit him with the perfume sprayer but JYD nails him. Adrian tries to dive onto JYD but the Dog shakes the ropes and Adrian falls to the floor. Both men are sluggung it out on the floor as Dog gets the advantage and tosses Adrian in. Jimmy tries to get involved and JYD tosses Adrian into him as the ref finally calls for the bell. 4/10 was short which allowed it to be fast paced at least.

4. Junkyard Dog beat Adrian Adonis by DQ 4/10

5. Dick Slater v. Iron Mike Sharpe

   Not sure who thought this was a good match, but here we are. Sharpe is introduced as Canada’s greatest athlete, which is highly debatable. Gorilla says this should be an interesting match, that’s just a nice way to say this might suck. Slater quickly locks on a wristlock and Sharpe bails out to the apron, another lock up and Sharpe gets taken down. Sharpe finally gets a shot in as Gorilla talks about the fact that Sharpe has wore the arm brace for a long time which sends Johnny on a rant as we clip. Slater unloads on Sharpe in the corner and shoots him in, but Sharpe reverses and misses the clothesline. Slater quickly hits a neckbreaker but misses the elbow, Sharpe goes for a slam and Slater avoids it and hits another neckbreaker. Slater follows with an elbow to the head and then a rollup for the win. 5/10 nothing bad, as it was kept short and watchable.

5. Dick Slater pinned Iron Mike Sharpe 5/10

   Gene is with Bobby Heenan at ringside and Heenan talks about his six man tag match coming up as he promises to unmask the Machines and take the World title from Hulk Hogan. Gene calls this the largest event in pro wrestling history and Heenan says he makes history and he is why all these people are here.

6. The Machines and Lou Albano v. King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan

   The Machines were supposedly from Japan, but are actually Bill Eadie aka Demolition Ax as Big Machine, Black Jack Mulligan as Super Machine and of course Andre the Giant as Giant Machine. Only two Machines are in the match, and it’s Big and Super Machine. Big starts out with Studd and overpowers him into the corner as Heenan is dwarfed by all these big men. The crowd is already on Heenan’s case as Big hits a series of clotheslines sending Studd to the floor where Giant rolls him back in. Studd tags in one of my favorites, Bundy who’s in there with Super Machine and quickly applies the side headlock, but gets shot in and both men collide and neither moves. Bundy misses a clothesline and eats a series of rights but Super gets shot in and Bundy misses the avalanche. Bundy makes the comeback and hammers Super down then tags in Studd who continues to unload on Super Machine which finally brings in Heenan who stomps on Super and tries to remove the mask. This brings in Big for the save and Heenan quickly tags in Studd. Big comes back but gets caught by Bundy and Big is down again as Bundy legally in and taunts Super and Albano. Studd holds Big as Bundy charges but Big moves and Bundy squashes his own partner. Big still can’t get things going as Bundy gets a knee in and tags in Studd who continues to unload on Big. Heenan tagged in but takes to long and Albano gets the hot tag as we have a manager battle, Lou offers Heenan first shot which Heenan takes and Lou hammers Heenan then sends him into the corner. Heenan comes back with a rake of the eyes and tags in Studd who crushes Lou, the Machines try to make the save and Studd takes the two out. This finally brings in Giant, illegally, and he tears apart all three men as the ref calls for the bell. 6.5/10 another good match as it was exactly as expected, a power battle between some big men and managers.

6. King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd and Bobby Heenan beat the Machines and Lou Albano by DQ 6.5/10

7. Jake Roberts v. Ricky Steamboat

   This was billed as a snakepit match, which basically means no holds barred. This feud started on Saturday Night’s Main Event when Jake Roberts hit the DDT on Steamboat on the cement floor. Jake tries to get the cheap shot in but Ricky blocks however Jake slingshots him in. Jake misses the clothesline and Steamboat backdrops Jake to the floor. Back in the ring and Steamboat continues the offense with the armbar as Jake begs off and Ricky flips him over while maintaining the armbar. Jake gets shot in and Steamboat chops him back down, as Gorilla gives an excuse why Jake’s snake and Ricky’s dragon are not there, as he says the WWF decided it was to dangerous to have them, actually it was the Humane Society that decided for them. Steamboat has been relentless chopping Jake repeatedly and hits a nice reverse kick, sending Jake back to the floor. Ricky follows and sends Jake to the cement, but Jake finally comes back with a big left and then slams Steamboat on the cement. Jake tries to use a chair but Ricky blocks and clobbers Jake in the face with the chair before throwing him in the ring. Ricky follows via the top rope with a big chop for a near fall, as the crowd is going crazy as Ricky locks on a half nelson to wear down Roberts. Steamboat unloads on the face of Jake with series of rights and then sends him to the opposite corner, but Jake reverses and Steamboat flies over the top rope to the floor. Jake follows outside and smashes Steamboat’s head into the steel post followed by slamming him into the barricade. Roberts is relentless hammering the face of Steamboat and Ricky is split open as Jake tosses him into the ring. Someone in the crowd screams DDT as Jake hits the short arm clothesline before signalling for the DDT, but Steamboat counters by driving Jake into the corner. Steamboat tries to come back with chops but Jake hits the reverse atomic drop followed by the stomach breaker for a near fall but gets to confident as Steamboat reverses into a pin of his own for the win. 9/10 a great battle between two of the best with a surprising ending but too many restholds for a street fight and not enough blood knocks it down a peg.

7. Ricky Steamboat pinned Jake Roberts 9/10

8. Billy Jack Haynes v. Hercules

   Well this would be the calm down match after the exciting previous match, much like a diva match nowadays. Gorilla is calling this match alone, as Ernie and Johnny used this match as the bathroom break! Gorilla mentions Slick has purchased half the contracts of Hercules, Sheik and Volkoff from Blassie, as Blassie was retiring at this point. Hercules overpowers Billy from the start with big clothesline followed by a bear hug, a little early for a submission, as Haynes rings the ears of Herc to break the hold but Herc continues to pound on him with a series of elbows. It’s been all Hercules so far as I think the crowd is chanting boring, as both men collide head to head but Herc up first, however Billy finally starts to make the comeback. Billy hits the reverse elbow and then a side backbreaker, as Billy goes to the second rope and hits the elbow for a near fall. Billy goes for the full nelson, but Hercules fights him off before he gets it locked in and now Herc is back in control sending Billy to the floor. Everytime Billy tries to get back in Herc hammers him, he then brings him in with a suplex for another near fall. Herc hits the clothesline and covers, but Billy had a foot under the ropes. Herc thinks he won, as Billy sneaks up and rolls him up for a near fall. Billy gets another roll up and this time wins the match. 5/10 wasn’t a bad match but nothing memorable.

8. Billy Jack Haynes pinned Hercules 5/10

9. Jacques & Raymond Rougeau v. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake

   Greg and Brutus cheap shot the Canadian teams before the bell, but the Rougeaus make the comeback quickly and unload on the Dream Team and then tosses them to the outside. Raymond pulls Greg back in and they get a near fall with a sunset flip, Jacques in now and drops a big knee on the Hammer then tags in Raymond as they double team Greg again. Quick tags from the Rougeaus keep Hammer on the defense, but Hammer breaks free from an abdominal stretch and tags in Brutus. Brutus gets caught in the wrong corner and gets nailed by Raymond then snapmared down. Brutus overpowers Raymond into the corner and drives a series of knees into him then rams him into Hammer’s boot before tagging in Hammer. Greg begins living up to his nickname with a series of elbows on Ray for a near fall. Ray ducks under a clothesline and hits the cross body for a near fall, this allows a tag to Jacques and a double dropkick knocks down Hammer. Hammer able to make a tag and brings in Brutus, as they now get to double team Jacques. The Dream Team start making quick tags now and work over Jacques and Ray has had enough as all four men are in the ring. The Rougeaus sends the Dream Team into each other and Jacques quickly slams Brutus, they hit the big drop on Brutus, but Greg breaks it up. I thought that was it, as that was chaos and a good near fall. Brutus sends Ray to the outside and Greg drives him into the post, as Jacques makes the save, as we get a great shot of the massive crowd. The Dream Team are still double teaming Ray on the floor, Jacques tries to get the crowd into the match as the Dream Team send Ray into the ring. Brutus with a big back breaker and gets a near fall, Greg back in now and unloads on Raymond. Greg and Brutus maintain control with a series of fast tags, but Brutus suplexes Raymond and he’s close to his corner and Brutus quickly pulls him back to his corner to bring Greg back in. Greg locks on the bearhug but Ray fights his way free to break the hold and tries to make the tag, but Greg prevents it and goes back to the bearhug. Jacques tries to make the save but makes it worse for Ray who gets double teamed as Ray really needs to make the tag, but the Dream Team wisely keep Raymond in their corner. Greg misses a series of elbows and Jacques gets the hot tag and takes it to both men, but Hammer catches him from behind with the big elbow. A double team fails for the Dream Team and Jacques dropkicks both men, then misses diving knee drop from the top rope. Greg quickly goes for the figure four, but gets kicked off, however Greg goes for it again and this time he gets it applied. Ray finally breaks the hold and we got chaos again, Greg knees Ray in the back as Brutus tosses him out. Greg once again goes back to the figure four but Ray jumps over him and makes the pin. Johnny is irate on commentary as Ray was the wrong guy. 9/10 a great tag team match that was very fast paced and exciting with non stop action.

9. Jacques & Raymond Rougeau beat Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine 9/10

10. Pedro Morales v. Harley Race

   We are joined in progress as Morales unloads on Race who tumbles to the floor. Morales is the former WWF champion and Race is the former seven time NWA champion, but at this point Pedro was almost a jobber. Race drags Pedro to the floor and drives his head into the time keepers bell. Harley continues to clobber Pedro on the floor and then drives him hard into the steel post, as Race breaks the count Pedro crawls back in. Race goes for a suplex but Pedro reverses and hits one of his own and then goes for a small package for a near fall. Pedro back on the offense but gets sent to the corner, Pedro catches him coming in with the sunset flip for another near fall. Pedro unloads and the ref gets in the middle, this allows Race to sweep out Pedro’s legs and pin him  with his feet on the ropes. 5/10 nothing bad but nothing memorable either as the crowd is chanting bs!

10. Harley Race pinned Pedro Morales 5/10

11. Paul Orndorff v. Hulk Hogan for the World Title

   This is our big main event, and both men come out to the same music which was funny at the time as the crowd is going insane for the Hulkster. As the ref is checking Hulk’s boot, as lost gimmick now, Paul clotheslines him down hard. Paul unloads on Hulk who reverses and clobbers Paul. Hulk hammers Paul to the floor and Orndorff shoves Heenan, who’s still in his wrestling gear, aside and Hulk comes after him. Hulk rams the challenger’s head into the ringpost before throwing him in the ring. Hulk hits a big clohesline and drops an elbow, as this crowd is getting even louder. Heenan distracts Hulk which allows Paul to try to get a shot in, but Hulk blocks and clobbers him again then goes after Heenan, and this finally allows Paul to get the advantage. Paul clotheslines Hulk to the outside and quickly follows, Paul suplexes Hogan on the outside and proudly goes back in the ring. Hulk crawls to the apron but Paul knees him right back down, Hulk finally rolls back in the ring only to get stomped by the challenger. Orndorff is relentless as he clobbers the champion repeatedly and makes the cover but Hulk kicks out and Paul complains to the ref. Hulk slammed down hard in the middle of the ring, and Paul follows with the big elbow for a near fall. Paul signals for the piledriver but Hulk powers out however Orndorff quickly chokes the champion and then he bites Hulk Hogan followed by a nice back suplex and covers but Hulk is under the ropes. Paul thinks he won, and this gives Hulk a chance to begin his comeback, Hulk drives a knee into the back of Paul but that sends him into the ref. Hulk pull Paul up and then clotheslines him down before setting him up for a piledriver. This brings in Heenan who crack Hulk in the back of the head with a stool and Orndorff covers as the ref slowly crawls over and taps Paul’s shoulder three times. Paul thinks he wins as Heenan brings in the title and they celebrate with the championship belt, Howard makes the official announcement that Paul was disqualified and Hulk wins the match. Paul snaps and stomps on Hogan repeatedly then takes off the belt and goes to crack Hulk with it, but Hulk blocks and clotheslines Paul then hits the big boot sending Paul to the floor. 7.5/10 a very good match and a great way to end the show without ending the feud.

11. Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff via DQ to retain the World Title 7.5/10

MATCH RESULTS

1. The Killer Bees defeated the Funks 7/10

2. King Tonga and Don Muraco went to a draw 7/10

3. Ted Arcidi beat Tony Garea via submission 2/10

4. Junkyard Dog beat Adrian Adonis by DQ 4/10

5. Dick Slater pinned Iron Mike Sharpe 5/10

6. King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd and Bobby Heenan beat the Machines and Lou Albano by DQ 6.5/10

7. Ricky Steamboat pinned Jake Roberts 9/10

8. Billy Jack Haynes pinned Hercules 5/10

9. Jacques & Raymond Rougeau beat Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine 9/10

10. Harley Race pinned Pedro Morales 5/10

11. Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff via DQ to retain the World Title 7.5/10

OVERALL 67/110 which average to a 6.1 per match

   This was a fun show with some great matches and only two really bad matches but they were kept short. We had eleven matches shown in under two hours, some clipped which probably made them better then seeing the full match (Arcidi/Garea & JYD/Adonis). The six man match was shorter then I remembered but still fun and the Jake/Steamboat and Dream Team/Rougeau matches made this a must see for 1986 fans. Our next show is Inside the Steel Cage, an all cage match collection which should be awesome.

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