This a great video from 1986 from the WWF. This video is action packed and should be a collector's item for anyone who loves wrestling from the 1980's. At first, I was dissapointed with this video because the matches were so short, but after a couple viewings, I realized how great this event was. This video shows the sixteen man elimination tournament held on November 7, 1985.
First Round matches:
Adrian Adonis vs. Cpl. Kirschner
The Dynamite Kid vs. Nikolai Volkoff
Randy Savage vs. Ivan Putski
Davey Boy Smith vs. Ricky Steamboat
The Junkyard Dog vs. The Iron Shiek
Terry Funk vs. Moondog Spot
Tito Santana vs. Don Muraco
"Cowboy" Bob Orton vs. "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorf
Second round matches:
Kid vs. Adonis
Savage vs. Steamboat
Spot vs. JYD
Santana vs. Orndorf
Third round matches:
Savage vs. Kid
Savage vs. JYD
Plus, a world title match between Hulk Hogan and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. It doesn't go that long, but I love seeing these two guys in the ring together. All in all, this is a great video even though the matches are short. The Orton-Orndorf and Santan-Murco matches are worth the price alone in my opinion.
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Thanks once again to WWE's "Classics On Demand", I relived not just an old PPV..but the WWE's first ever PPV (WrestleMania was closed circuit only) in the 1985 Wrestling Classic. The setup for this PPV would be used again in later years for such events as King Of The Ring, WrestleMania IV, Survivor Series '98 amongst others as this was a one night single-elimination tournament. It should be noted as well that I saw the PPV replay, not the VHS version so I don't know what's been edited & what hasn't.
Copr. Kirchner vs. Adrian Adonis - Nothing noteworthy here past the impressive reversal of an attempted suplex into a DDT by Adoins.
Dynamite Kid vs. Nikolai Volkoff - All I have to say here is that this is probably the best version of the National Anthem that Nikolai ever sung.
Ivan Putski vs. Randy Savage - Putski outpowered Savage throughout this entire match resulting in Randy Savage pulling out a quick heel tactic to score the upset.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Davey Boy Smith - This was a personal dream match from me during this period. Davey relied on his power with various slams while Steamboat relied on his quickness & unique offense while also taking a page out of Smith's playbook at times like delievering a standing vertical suplex of his own. Unfortunally the match ended right when it was starting to get good due to a mistiming on Davey's part that caused him to be unable to continue.
Junkyard Dog vs. Iron Sheik - This was pretty short & what you would expect from both men.
Moondog Spot vs. Terry Funk - The only way to summerise this is that it's classic comedic Terry Funk once again being the butt of the joke. (Legends Of Wrestling: Roddy Piper & Terry Funk)