I did a three part podcast on this show here:
I've been reviewing the Primetime Wrestling's leading up to this, so I figured I might as well do it. Please note that a lot of the back story I'm providing is from the PTW's I've seen, so there is going to be stuff I can and can't provide more detail on.
|"Welcome to the beautiful Pontiac Silverdome and welcome to Wrestlemania 3!" - Vince McMahon|
"Ace Cowboy" Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco vs The Can-Am Connection
This one was kind of thrown together without any real build. The Can-Am's were almost guaranteed to take the belts off The Hart Foundation and get a huge push, which of course they didn't get since Zenk ended up leaving due to pay issues from this show. On the other hand, the heels were both on the tail ends of their WWF runs and weren't doing much aside from having their house show matches shown on PTW.
|"It's just like thousands of years ago when I put down these chains and took out the pillars of Rome." - Hercules, The World's Oldest Man|
|"We're gonna find out who the true master of the full nelson is tonight at the Pontiac Silverdome." - Hercules | "And get it right, it's Billy Jerk Haynes." - Heenan|
Billy Jack Haynes vs Hercules
http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-321987-review.html and see here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-2231987-review.html
|"The name of the game is "win", Jess." - Gorilla | "Not always, sometimes it's punish and then win." - Jesse|
|"You know what that's called, Gorilla? That's called winning the battle." - Jesse|
|"You gotta give the nod to Hercules on that one. He definitely came out the winner on that one." - Jesse | "He's not the winner, Jess. Both men were counted outside the ring." - Gorilla | "Well, he won the match after the bell." - Jess|
|"Well, I've heard that big trouble comes in little packages." - Gene | "Well, once again Okerlund, you have to be corrected because big trouble comes in big 450 pound packages like King Kong Bundy." - Bundy|
|"Hillbilly Jim, I want you most of all, but if those two little midgets get in my way, I'll squash them in the middle of the ring." - Bundy|
|"I'm gonna do my darndest to make sure everything's okay with you little fellas." - Jim|
King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook vs Hillbilly Jim, The Haiti Kid and Little Beaver
http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-321987-review.html ) and on PTW, they showed a midgets match with Littlebrook(see here - http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-2231987-review.html ). In case you are wondering why Heenan wasn't out there, it's because he said he didn't like midgets.
|"What would you have done if you had big King Kong Bundy barreling in and readying to slide into you at the plate." - Jesse to Uecker | "Well, I'd have taken my shot at him." - Uecker|
|Yeah, good luck seeing anything from back there kiddo.|
|"Tell me something, Ueck, you think you can take one of these little midgets." - Jesse | "I don't think so. I don't want my kneecaps rearranged." - Uecker|
|"Little Beaver reminds me of the same girl I used to go out with 25 years ago. She had the same haircut." - Uecker|
|"I thought this was gonna be a car race when I got there." - Uecker|
|"That knee in the boiler really oughta take something out of ya." - Uecker|
|"I'm still hoping to see Bundy put the big kibosh on one of these guys." - Jesse | "They'll have to bring Aunt Jemima's spatula out for them." - Jesse|
|"I'm thinking if Little Beaver is out there smacking Bundy then Bundy's got every right to return it." - Jesse|
|"I can't believe it, those turncoats! Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook turning on their man." - Jesse|
|"They could throw him into the garbage bag and stick him into the dumpster." - Jesse|
|"You wanna talk? My phone number's on the back of my license plate." - Savage | "You are a real charm." - Hart|
|"Just as sure as I'm black in the days sun..." - JYD on whether he would win or not|
The Loser Must Bow - King Harley Race vs The Junkyard Dog
This one got zero focus on PTW, but I was told they had some brawls leading up to this one.
|"The moon is full and so am I, I gotta get with Moolah." - Uecker|
|"To beat me man, you gotta beat Hulkamania, every little Hulkster in the world." - Hulk|
|"The Rougeau's are going down the drain. Parlez-vous scrambled eggs, Rougeau Brothers." - Johnny V|
The Rougeau Brothers vs The Dream Team
There wasn't a real big story for this match other than the Dream Team having problems. Johnny V mentioned there was trouble in the camp on an episode of PTW leading up to this. They also hinted at a possible Beefcake face turn here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-321987-review.html . The Rougeau's had very little going on prior to this as I think Raymond was injured and they weren't far away from their eventual heel turn.
|"You know they were chasing me around all last night." - Jesse on the Federette's|
Hair & Retirement Match - Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Adorable Adrian Adonis
Piper had promised to retire leading up to this, basically so he could focus on Hollywood (See here - http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-2231987-review.html ). I don't think anyone bought that it would be his last match though. They did a good job recapping this feud but apparently I missed most of it, as I believe most of it took place on Saturday Night's Main Event. Believe it or not, I've probably not seen more than one SNME even though I have all of them.
|They showed an Adrian video after his entrance(as they had been doing all night and I had been formatting different) and he didn't say much aside from different hairstyles he could give Piper.|
|"One of these guys is gonna look awfully funny when this is all over. We're either gonna have a bald Scot or Humpty Dumpty." - Jesse|
|"I'll bet he could take Uecker." - Jesse on Hart | "I'd buy a ticket to see that one." - Gorilla|
|"It did not drop the third time, no." - Gorilla|
|"Look at that, Brutus out of nowhere. Bringing Piper back to life, back to reality" - Gorilla|
|A fan jumped the ring to congratulate Piper|
They had intermission after this. Jesse was introduced in the ring for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis vs The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana
Danny Davis had cost the Bulldogs the tag titles due to his cheating and cost Tito the IC title. He was pushed rather hard, being mentioned multiple times every week on PTW. Arguably, he was the biggest heel in the promotion atleast in word of mouth. The Bulldogs and Tito were both on similar unsure paths, especially with Dynamite having injury problems. Both had lost their titles and a longer feud with the Foundation seemed to be their immediate path.
|"Do they work out in those hot pink numbers?" - Mary Hart|
|"We're gonna have to rename Dynamite - Firecracker, if he doesn't shape up here now." - Mary Hart|
|"WE DID IT!" - Jimmy Hart|
|"Hulkamania is over, Hulkamania is dead." - Heenan|
"The Natural" Butch Reed vs Koko B. Ware
There was absolutely no build for this one whatsoever and I honestly forgot it was even on the card, even after seeing this many times prior.
|"You know of course Gorilla, the B stands for Buckwheat." - Jesse|
|"This dragon will scorch your back. I will come away with the championship belt and see new horizons." - Ricky Steamboat|
WWF Intercontinental Title - "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
This was a very well built feud that pretty much culminated here for fans who didn't get to go to the house shows. The house show fans got a nice run of Steamboat/Savage cage matches. Savage had injured Steamboat's throat with elbows, the rails and a ring bell. Steamboat was feared to never wrestle again and made his miraculous comeback. IIRC, Savage may have also mocked Steamboat at points about his inability to talk due to the injury.
|"Honky Tonk, when you take a shot like that at a man like me then you better make that shot count, and you didn't." - Jake Roberts on the guitar shot|
The Honky Tonk Man vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
This wasn't built up too bad. Honky nailed Jake with a non-gimmicked guitar on an edition of The Snake Pit(see here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/wwf-primetime-wrestling-2231987-review.html ) and they cut some promo's on each other to build it up(See here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/wwf-primetime-wrestling-3161987-review.html ). The one thing I like about this combo is that Jake's character was one of the more realistic characters while Honky was a parody, which made for a nice contrast. Alice didn't have much reason to be here aside from being a Michigan resident and a star.
|"They should of made a deal with Honky where if he won he got Damien to make a pair of boots out of him." - Jesse|
The Iron Shiek and Nikolai Volkoff vs The Killer Bees
I'm pretty sure this had no build to it whatsoever and was just thrown together.Slick ripped the Bees once though on an inset. See here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/wwf-primetime-wrestling-3161987-review.html
|Slick had his shirt ripped up earlier in the show|
|"This man right here is gonna make me famous." - Heenan | "I'm ready. Hogan, you better be ready." - Heenan|
WWF World Heavyweight Title - Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant
What can you say about this one? This was a well built feud that drew one of the biggest gates of all-time and is seen as the most important match in wrestling history. Prime Time Wrestling really made this one seem even better as Heenan was the host and really pushed the feud. There was reasonable doubt that Hulk wouldn't win this one and overall, this was a pretty huge match featuring the two biggest stars in wrestling.
The feud went way back. These two feuded previously in the WWF, though it was never mentioned here. They had been tag team partners in the AWA and the WWF and Hogan helped Andre with issues with Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy in the past. Hogan got an award before this for being the champ for 3 years and Andre walked out while Hogan was proclaiming Andre was #1. Heenan got to Andre and got Andre to want a world title match. Andre ripped Hogan's cross and shirt off on an edition of Piper's Pit and while Hogan was hesitant to accept the challenge, he eventually did.
|"This is the biggest match in the history of professional wrestling." - Jesse|
Overall thoughts:We had a few really good matches here which helped the show a ton. The main was good, Savage/Steamboat was good, Piper/Adonis was good and Hercules/BJH was good too. The bad stuff was mostly just the finishes. Wrestlemania clearly was still kind of another show along the road here as we left a lot of matches without truly decisive finishes and we got some angles. It's hard to imagine that in this day and age but it was very clear here. There was filler too which really wasn't needed but nothing was truly awful here. I'd have to say that I enjoyed the show as a whole. There was enough good stuff to make up for the inconclusive stuff and Uecker/Hart really did good in their roles. I recommend this one and give it the thumbs up, but I do think a few matches could have been subtracted from the card and it wouldn't have hurt anything.