WWF The Wrestling Classic
|The Wrestling Classic|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||November 7, 1985|
The main event was the finals of a 16-man tournament where Junkyard Dog defeated Randy Savage. The undercard featured a 16-man single-elimination tournament, Hulk Hogan versus Roddy Piper for the WWF Championship and a contest where Michael Hamley won a Rolls Royce.
The Wrestling Classic is notable for being the first WWF PPV event not to include a tag team match of some form on the card. It would take until the 2005 Royal Rumble before there would be another PPV without a tag team match. As a result, the World Tag Team Champions The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) did not appear on the card. Former champions The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff both wrestled as single competitors in the tournament, as did Davey Boy Smith and the Dynamite Kid, otherwise known as The British Bulldogs (who were also the #1 contenders for the tag team titles).
The main feud heading into Wrestling Classic was between Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, with the two battling over the WWF Championship. In 1985, Piper became the top heel of the promotion after he spoke out against the burgeoning Rock 'n' Wrestling connection, which led to a confrontation with Hogan. In February, they faced each other at MTV special The War to Settle the Score for Hogan's WWF title, where Hogan retained his title by disqualification. Their feud led to the development of WrestleMania. In the main event of the first-ever WrestleMania, Hogan and celebrity Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff. Hogan feuded with Piper and Bob Orton for the rest of the year and often got disqualification victories over them, leading to a WWF title match between Hogan and Piper at Wrestling Classic. A tournament was also being promoted on WWF television "Wrestling Classic" which was to take place on the pay-per-view event.
The pay-per-view event featured a 16-man tournament dubbed "The Wrestling Classic". The first round of the tournament began when Adrian Adonis (with manager Jimmy Hart) defeated Corporal Kirchner with a DDT. Dynamite Kid then faced Nikolai Volkoff (with manager Freddie Blassie), and before the match began, Volkoff began his customary singing Russian national anthem. As he finished his singing, the bell rang and Dynamite, who had climbed to the top turnbuckle while Volkoff sang, hit the Russian with a missile dropkick. He then quickly covered him to win the match in an actual time of about six seconds (the official time given was 9 seconds, equaling the 'record' King Kong Bundy had set earlier in the year when defeating S.D. Jones at WrestleMania, though that match actually lasted 23 seconds bell to bell). Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) then defeated "Polish Power" Ivan Putski by having both his feet on the middle rope for leverage as he pinned Putski. Ricky Steamboat faced Davey Boy Smith in a rare match pitting two fan favourites against each other. The match moved back and forth until Smith landed in the ropes trying attack Steamboat, but Steamboat sidestepped and Smith injured his groin and was unable to continue, so Steamboat was awarded the match by forfeit. Junkyard Dog then faced The Iron Sheik (with Freddie Blassie). The match began with Sheik choking JYD with his jacket. He applied a camel clutch on JYD before releasing the hold. JYD quickly hit a headbutt on Sheik and pinned him to win the match. Moondog Spot and Terry Funk's (with Jimmy Hart) match was next. It appeared that neither of them wanted to wrestle, so at Funk's suggestion they both left the ring. As Spot started to leave, Funk attacked him from behind and tried to re-enter the ring for a countout win, but Spot prevented him from entering the ring and himself won the match by countout after Funk backdropped him into the ring before the ten count. Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana then faced The Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji). Santana pinned Muraco with a quick small package, but suffered a groin injury that would hamper him later in the tournament. The final match of the first round pitted Paul Orndorff against Bob Orton. Orton was disqualified after he hit Orndorff with his cast.
The quarterfinals began with Adrian Adonis facing Dynamite Kid. During the match, Adonis accidentally hit his manager Jimmy Hart and collided with Hart. Dynamite took advantage and pinned Adonis to win the match. Ricky Steamboat then faced off against Randy Savage. The referee was distracted by Miss Elizabeth as Savage took advantage and pulled out brass knuckles from his tights and hit Steamboat before pinning him to win the match. Junkyard Dog then defeated Moondog Spot after a head butt. Strangely, there was no referee for this match and JYD counted the 3 himself. Commentators Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura then announced that a judge was at ringside and that JYD's count was legal. Tito Santana and Paul Orndorff fought to double countout, eliminating both wrestlers from the tournament in the process. This led to Bobby Hennan's $50,000 storyline bounty on Paul Orndorff not being collected.
A non-tournament match occurred where Hulk Hogan defended his WWF Championship against Roddy Piper. Hogan applied a bearhug on Piper. Piper responded with a sleeper hold. The referee was knocked out and Piper hit Hogan with a steel chair before Hogan applied a sleeper hold of his own on Piper. Bob Orton came out and hit Hogan with his cast. The referee saw this and disqualified Piper in the process. Piper and Orton continued to assault Hogan until Paul Orndorff came out and cleared the ring.
The semifinal match between Randy Savage and Dynamite Kid was next. Dynamite Kid superplexed Savage off the top rope but Savage countered it into an inside cradle for the victory. Junkyard Dog drew a bye in the semifinals because the double count out between Orndorff and Santana and went straight into the final match causing Jesse Ventura to vent his anger that Savage should have to wrestle more times than the JYD to try and win. As part of the show, a contest was held where over 250,000 fans participated. In the contest, a fan from Batavia, Illinois named Michael Hamley won a Rolls-Royce. This segment was cut from the Coliseum Home Video release for time. However, it was restored when the show aired on WWE Classics on Demand, WWE's archival video on demand service.
The main event and the finals of the Wrestling Classic tournament occurred between Junkyard Dog and Randy Savage. JYD hit a back body drop on Savage off the top rope who landed on the arena floor. Savage was unable to get into the ring and was counted out. As a result, JYD won the match and the tournament.
Many wrestlers received pushes by this tournament. Junkyard Dog, the winner of this tournament got a push as he became the man to win the first-ever major tournament in WWF history. Randy Savage went on to win both the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Tito Santana on February 8, 1986 and the WWF Championship in a similar tournament at WrestleMania IV in 1988. Ricky Steamboat also won the Intercontinental Championship, by defeating Savage at WrestleMania III in 1987. Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith who together were the successful British Bulldogs would go on to win the WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.
|1||Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Corporal Kirchner||First Round Tournament match||03:22|
|2||Dynamite Kid defeated Nikolai Volkoff (with Freddie Blassie)||First Round Tournament match||00:09|
|3||Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ivan Putski||First Round Tournament match||02:47|
|4||Ricky Steamboat defeated Davey Boy Smith by forfeit||First Round Tournament match||02:53|
|5||Junkyard Dog defeated The Iron Sheik (with Freddie Blassie)||First Round Tournament match||03:27|
|6||Moondog Spot defeated Terry Funk (with Jimmy Hart) by countout||First Round Tournament match||00:27|
|7||Tito Santana defeated The Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji)||First Round Tournament match||04:16|
|8||Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton by disqualification||First Round Tournament match||06:27|
|9||The Dynamite Kid defeated Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart)||Quarter Final Tournament match||06:00|
|10||Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ricky Steamboat||Quarter Final Tournament match||04:00|
|11||The Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog Spot||Quarter Final Tournament match||00:45|
|12||Tito Santana fought Paul Orndorff to a double count-out||Quarter Final Tournament match||08:00|
|13||Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification||Singles match for the WWF Championship||07:00|
|14||Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Dynamite Kid||Semi Final Tournament match||05:00|
|15||Junkyard Dog defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) by count-out||Tournament Finals match||09:00|
Pin-Pinfall; Sub-Submission; CO-Countout; DCO-Double countout; DQ-Disqualification; Ref-Referee's decision
|Davey Boy Smith||03:00|
|The Iron Sheik||Pin|
- "The Wrestling Classic results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- Milner, John (2005-03-22). "Rowdy Roddy Piper". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "The War to Settle the Score results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
- "WrestleMania I official results". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 1: WWF 1963 - 1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1492825972.
- "Randy Savage's first Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "Randy Savage's first WWE Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "Ricky Steamboat's first Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "British Bulldogs' first World Tag Team Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- Wrestling Classic results at Online World of Wrestling
- The Wrestling Classic results at Pro Wrestling History
- The Wrestling Classic review at pWwew - Everything Wrestling