May 7, 1988
River City Wrestling #329
Troy Galveston defeated Gene Swan by pinfall after a double underhook suplex at 5:34
-a big victory for the up and coming Galveston, and his methods left no doubt in the crowds mind that he has completely
turned his back on the rulebook and the fans.
Troy Galveston decides to rant about how Shayne Tustin's inability to see the big picture, his fear
of failure, got in the way of them winning the tag belts. He calls Tustin a curtain jerker. This brings out Shayne
Tustin himself. He gives it one more shot telling Galveston that they have made great strides in a short time, that
he needs to be more patient. Galveston cuts him off at that comment, saying patience don't pay the bills. He then walks away
from Tustin only to turn right back around to try and get in a sneak attack...but Tustin has that move figured out and is
waiting for him, rocking him with a right hand. The two square off like two prize fighters in the middle of the ring, fists
high, circling. Galveston feigns a jab and brings a cross over the top to the chin of Tustin who is rocked. But he manages
to duck the next punch, come low and take Galveston to the mat with a double leg takedown. The two roll around the ring in
a clinch, to the edge of the mat, and then tumble to the ground below. RCW security and officials are on the scene and break
Bulldog Blades & Horace Curtis defeated Caveman Broda & Hoyt Daill by pinfall when Blades pinned Broda
after a flying bulldog at 8:38
-great premiere for the young team of Blades and Curtis as they fought the dirty tricks of the veterans tooth and nail,
making one comeback after another until they took over the match at the end.
Bulldog Blades introduces himself to the fans. He hails from Prince George, BC, is around 6'0 and 225
lbs., and was trained right here in Winnipeg by Vic Gate. He has a scientific approach to wrestling and says he has modeled
himself after Ricky Steamboat and Billy Robinson.
Horace Curtis is slightly older, mid 20's and hails from Wichita, Kansas. Originally trained in Central
States and had some matches there before heading North to get some more training sessions in with Vic Gate which is where
he met Blades. He says he patterns himself after Arn Anderson and Bobby Jaggers.
The WWF returns to the Winnipeg Arena on May 12th with WWF World Champion Randy Savage taking on Ted Dibiase, Jake Roberts
facing Rick Rude, and much more.
Susan Starr defeated Shelly Salter by pinfall after a starr-press at 5:59
-the athletic looking Starr outclassed Salter in a glorified squash match
Susan Starr says she came here to prove herself worthy of a shot at Hollywood's North American title.
Now that she has beaten Salter she has been signed for a match next week against "Mad Maxine" with the winner of that bout
to get a title shot.
"We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner plays while we see footage and stills of Mad Maxine, a tall, thin wrestler
sporting a mohawk and looking like something right out of a Mad Max movie, or a female version of the Road Warriors.
Bryan St. John defeated Ricky Rice by pinfall after a spinebuster slam at 6:47
-solid, even match, with Rice trying to keep the tempo high and St. John trying to slow things down a bit. St. John used
old school cheating tactics but was on the verge of losing this match until Rice telegraphed a back body drop.St. John took
advantage with a knee to the face, then hit his finisher to end it quickly.
Bryan St. John defends his decision last week to not continue to tag with Steve Regal. St. John says
he has been partners with some of the world's greatest, including carrying the over rated Stan Lane for years. St. John says
he knows about tag team wrestling and about chemistry and Regal just didn't have it. However, St. John says he has contacted
a guy down in Florida who will be coming up to RCW next week to join St. John, and together they will take the tag belts from
the Top Guns. St. John is about to leave but Ron Strong tries to get more information about the mystery partner. After teasing
a bit St. John says that he will be borrowing one half of the old "Fabulous Ones" name and combining it with his partner to
form a new team called; "Wonderfully Fabulous". Strong thinks it over and says that if St. John is Fabulous, his new partner
must be "Wonderful". As St. John winks and walks away Strong blurts out, "no way, THE Mr. Wonderful? This is going to be huge!".
Tommorow night is a brand new episode of 21 Jump Street. In "Cory and Dean Got Married" Hoffs and Penhall must deal with
a pursuing husband when they are assigned to escort a girl arrested for killing her father when he tried to prevent her from
[end of first hour]
Nick Mercury surprises the crowd by coming out in a mask (red and blue) to wrestle in. He tells his fans he's still feeling
a bit selfconcious about the skin burns he suffered from the fireball. The Dungeon Master tries to goad him into taking the
mask off, but Mercury keeps it on.
Nick Mercury defeated the Dungeon Master by pinfall after a Hotshot at 5:14
-Mercury absolutely dominated DM, making him look like the manager he is. With Rogue banned from ringside there was no
interference and this match was over quickly. The only offense that DM was able to get in was a couple of choke holds and
scraping the masked face of Mercury across the top rope which drew the ire of the crowd.
Nick Mercury thanks all his fans, all the Mercury-maniacs out there, and says tonight he's going to
party like its 1999. That's what happens he says when its one on one, with either of those scum against the Mercury man. He
says that if Roge and DM want to see his burned face so bad then sign for a match next week. Rogue against Mercury one on
one, with DM banned from ringside. Mercury says he'll put his mask on the line against Dungeon Master's managerial contract.
If Mercury wins then DM is gone from RCW, but if he loses he will unmask in front of the fans.
"Naugty Girls (Need Love Too)" by Samantha Fox, currently #2 in the charts, provides the music while RCW shows footage
of North American Women's Champion, Hollywood.
Jack Steele defeated Cowboy Bob Orton Jr. by pinfall after a running kneelift at 8:22
-Orton controlled early with a side headlock, chokes, thumb to the throat and to the eye, bodyslams, an elbowsmash, and
a kneedrop from the 2nd buckle. He then stomped away at Steele and choked him using the bottom rope. Steele finally got in
some offense but lost control quickly when he telegraphed a backbody drop. Orton went back to work but when he went for his
piledriver, Steele fought it once, and then gave Orton a backbody drop the second time. After catching his breath Steele traded
punches with Orton, then whipped him to the buckle and caught him coming out with a clothesline. Short clothesline was followed
by a running shoulderblock then the finisher for a decisive win.
Jack Steele tries to be humble giving Orton credit for bringing it with him today. When asked what the
difference was in the match Steele says he had Orton's finisher well scouted and was able to counter it, but that Orton can't
counter his running kneelift because its the most devastating move in professional wrestling today.
Don't miss the season finale of "227" starring Marla Gibbs tonight. In "Best Friends" When Mary's high school friend
comes to visit, everyone is excited to meet her because she is a famous writer, psychologist, and romance adviser (like Dr.
Ruth). Mary imagines what it would be like to be that famous and well liked.
RCW Heavyweight Title Match
Vendetta and Terminator Riggs battled to a double countout at 7:20
[Vendetta retained the RCW Heavyweight title]
-not a great match. Vendetta controlled the first couple of minutes having out punched his challenger but was unable
to make him submit to the Indian death and then was pushed off when going for the DDT. Riggs took over and battered Vendetta
outside the ring, going back inside just to break the count and then back outside to punish him more. Inside he tried to finish
Vendetta off but the champ kicked out after a powerslam! The match once again spilled outside the ring. This time Vendetta
was in charge and laid out some payback. But when he tried to get back inside to break the count the challenger was able to
grab his ankle and hold him back long enough to effect a double count out.
That's it for another edition of River City Wrestling.
See ya next week!!
May 14, 1988
River City Wrestling #330
Terminator Riggs defeated Al Dusha by pinfall after a powerslam at 2:35
-Riggs was in a foul mood and squashed Dusha with a powerslam. However, he elected to lift his head up rather then take
the pinfall. He then nailed another flying clothesline followed up by a second powerslam and this time took the duke.
Terminator Riggs demands a rematch after his double countout with Vendetta last week.
Vendetta defeated Caveman Broda by pinfall after a DDT at 3:12
The RCW Heavyweight champion Vendetta confirms that Terminator Riggs will be given a rematch next week.
The champ says as much as he would like to think it will be a wrestling match, his challenger probably believes he can win
if it is a brawl instead. Well the champ says he has no problem with an old fashioned fist fight so he challenges Riggs to
bring it next week.
Jack Steele defeated Yuri Gordienko by pinfall after a running kneelift at 5:01
-squash match, the return of Gordienko to RCW TV
As Jack Steele set up for his interview he was attacked from behind by Cowboy Bob Orton Jr.
Orton laid the boots to Steele before nailing him with the piledriver. He grabs the microphone and screams/spits at Steele
that the running knee is not the most dangerous move in pro wrestling, he just felt the effects of the most dangerous move,
Cowboy Bob Orton Jr's piledriver.
"Hollywood" by Streetheart...clips of North American Women's Champion, Hollywood...again
#1 contenders match
Mad Maxine defeated Susan Starr by pinfall after a chokebomb at 6:05
-Starr had her moments but it became obvious that she would have problems with the reach, leverage, and strength of Mad
Maxine. The Road Warrior-esque amazon nailed a couple different types of suplexes before wrapping her hand around the throat
of Starr, the other behind her neck, lifting her high into the neck and slamming her down to the mat.
Mad Maxine throws her head back and laughs a wicked and insane laugh several times during the brief
interview. She says Hollywood won't stand a chance against her because there has never been another woman wrestler like her.
She won't know what hit her.
[end of first hour]
Shayne Tustin defeated Troy Galveston by disqualification for use of closed fists at 7:41
-Galveston came to the ring with his fingers and knuckles taped up, and every time he ran into trouble against his former
tag partner his answer was a closed fist punch to the head. He had received repeated warnings from referee Buddy Lane, but
continued the tactic. The end of the line came when he backed Tustin into the corner, ascended to the 2nd buckle and peppered
him with closed fists beyond the ref's 5 count.
Buddy Lane did his best to shield Tustin from the punches but it only slowed down the rain of fists from Galveston until
Jurgen Hermann, Vic Gate, and Al Dusha were able to hit the ring and seperate the two men. Tustin slumped to the mat and when
Gate and Dusha helped him up he was trickling blood from a cut right above an eyebrow.
Ron Strong brings out Bryan St. John. He tells St. John that last week he left them all with the impression
that his mystery partner for tonight would be "wonderful", a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff. St. John laughs and says that
indeed his new partner is wonderful, and now half of "Wonderfully Fabulous". And just like St. John was the true Fabulous
One, his new partner is the real "Mr. Wonderful". Ladies and gentlemen, Orndorff...Terry Orndorff?
A cocky, laughing Terry Orndorff comes in and clinches with St. John. Orndorff says just like how the promoters picked
the wrong partner to make as part of the Fabulous Ones when they picked Stan Lane, the promoters picked the wrong Orndorff
brother. Terry says he has been held back because his brother Paul is a butt-kisser and plays to the promoters. Well now the
entire wrestling world is going to feel the wrath of their mistake, because "Wonderfully Fabulous" is born, and after they
capture the River City Wrestling tag team titles, they will go gunning for the WWF World tag champions, or maybe the NWA world
Bryan St. John & Terry Orndorff defeated Bulldog Blades & Horace Curtis by pinfall when Orndorff pinned
Blades after a flying clothesline at 6:59
-St. John and Orndorff worked well together, as if they both graduated from the same school of cheating. They frustrated
their opponents, the fans, and inept referee Jurgen Hermann with their tactics. St. John nailed Blades with the spinebuster
and probably could have finished him off but elected to allow Orndorff the honors.
Nick Mercury comes to the ring in his blue and red mask. Rogue tries to taunt him into taking the mask off but Mercury
sticks to his guns and the special stipulation for tonight's main event; Mask versus Manager.
Mask v Manager [Dungeon Master barred from ringside]
Nick Mercury defeated Rogue by disqualification for outside interference at 9:09
-Rogue started this match in a hurry with some knees to the gut, forearm uppercuts, bodyslam, bow and arrow submission,
and a clothesline from the top rope for a 2 count. He tried for his inverted DDT finisher but Mercury was able to slip out,
pushing Rogue to the buckle. After a short comeback by Mercury though Rogue was back in control, but this time he seemed more
interested in taking the mask off of Mercury then in making a pin. This was a bad mistake and Mercury made him pay with a
fireman's carry into a slam. Mercury then hit a splash from the second rope for a 2 count that seemed to hurt both men. Next
though Mercury smashed Rogue's head off of each turnbuckle in rotation then monkey flipped him to the middle. He dropped an
elbow and got the 2 count. Mercury then set up Rogue and hit him with his Hotshot finisher. He covered, 1, 2, the Dungeon
Master hit the ring to break up the pin and cause the disqualification.
Dungeon Master and Rogue laid a two on one beating on Mercury for a few seconds before Al Dusha and Vic Gate hit the
ring once again. This time though they were promptly thrown right out. Then the fans got to their feet when the new commissioner
Baron von Raschke came into the ring. The Dungeon Master made the mistake of going after him. The Baron hit him with an elbow
between the eyes and then locked on the clawhold as the place went nuts. He backed DM down into the corner, and then kicked
him out of the ring. Rogue slipped away and left for the back.
Baron von Raschke remains in the ring with Nick Mercury. Raschke says that he is tired
of the antics of those two and was glad to get his hands on them. By the rules of the match, and his authority as the commissioner
of River City Wrestling, Raschke says that the Dungeon Master can now return to his parents basement because he is gone from
RCW!! The fans chant "na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye". Raschke turns to Mercury and tells him he is very brave
for coming back and facing them after the fireball and to take all the time he needs under the mask.
Nick Mercury thanks Raschke for his words and for the save, but says he doesn't need any more time to show his face to
the fans. He says though that small children and the squeamish might want to turn away. After a short pause he removes his
mask...and says "I'm back baby, and its time to party like its 1999". His face looks perfectly normal. He says his burns were
only superficial and have healed 95% of the way. Mercury says he knew they would need some incentive to put the contract of
the Dungeon Master on the line so thats why he donned the mask. He then sings along with the fans "na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na,
That's it for another edition of River City Wrestling.
We are pre-empted next week so,
See ya in two weeks time!!
May 28, 1988
River City Wrestling #331
Nick Mercury defeated Dr. Gold by pinfall after a Hotshot at 4:10
-squash match, Mercury appeared no longer wearing a mask.
Nick Mercury says he is back in the saddle, and its going to be a gnarly good time over at the Diamond
Club tonight in Winnipeg! He says he spent last night jamming with his good friends from Harlequin and they are going to party
again tonight. Ron Strong points out that Mercury still has not been able to secure a clean win against Rogue. Mercury says
that is true, only because the Dungeon Master made the save last week, and now that problem is gone. Mercury says that if
Rogue is dumb enough to try again he's welcome to get his butt handed to him, like Kenny Shields sings "one more
time...get it up...one more time."
Nick Mercury is showing making an appearance along with Vendetta at Winnipeg Children's
Hospital burn ward where they spread some cheer for the children. Mercury cuts a public service announcement about the dangers
of playing with fire.
Troy Galveston defeated Catfish Charlie by pinfall after a discus punch at 5:30
-squash match. Galveston was still using the taped fingers and knuckles and risked DQ again with many closed fists including
Ron Strong informs Troy Galveston that he has a rematch scheduled for next week against Shayne Tustin
and this time Tustin will be ready for his new tactics. Galveston asks Strong what Tustin is going to do to him? Hit him with
his purse? Cry on his shoulder? He says he thought he was already past that whiner cry-baby nothing of a wrestler, but if
he needs to punch his lights out again next week then that is what is going to happen...again.
Paramount pictures is proud to release to theatres this Memorial Day Long weekend Crocodile Dundee II starring
Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski.
Mick and Sue continue where they left off in "'Crocodile' Dundee". New York gangsters are pursuing Sue, so for her safety,
Mick takes her back to Oz. When the gangsters follow them, Mick demonstrates his outback skills once more.
The world's favourite adventurer is back for more! much more!
Ricky Rice defeated Yuri Gordienko by pinfall after a flying dropkick at 6:26
-fairly competitive match for one half of the tag team champion Top Guns, but still pretty much filler stuff.
Ricky Rice is joined by tag partner Derrick Dukes in the ring. Rice says he's not impressed
by this new tag team fabulous and stupendous or whatever they call themselves. Dukes chimes in that he has never met two guys
who have done so little in the ring but think so much of themselves.
Bryan St. John & Terry Orndorff come to the ring early for their next match and go chin to chin
with the tag champions. No punches are thrown, just some posturing and a little pushing. The tag champs decide to walk away.
Bryan St. John & Terry Orndorff defeated Bulldog Blades & Horace Curtis by pinfall when St. John pinned
Curtis after a spinebuster slam at 8:03
-no real reason for a rematch but St. John and Orndorff dominated this encounter. This time it was Orndorff hitting a
flying clothesline and instead of taking the pin tagged out to St. John to hit his finisher and win the bout.
"Wonderfully Fabulous" Bryan St. John & Terry Orndorff demand a title shot next week saying they
have just proved they are the #1 contenders.
Tri-Star pictures is proud to release to theatres this Memorial Day Long weekend Rambo III.
Rambo's Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan, and its up to Rambo to rescue him.
God would have mercy John Rambo won't!
[end of first hour]
Cowboy Bob Orton Jr comes out to loud jeers from the crowd. Ron Strong verbally attacks him for his
treatment of Jack Steele last week and suggests that Orton is nothing short of a sore loser. Orton says he can take losing
a match fair and square, thats like losing a battle in a big war. But what he wont stand for is after the match for this young,
nobody from Texas Jack Steele going on and on about his finisher the running kneelift to be better then the piledriver. Orton
says thats losing the war right there, saying the other army is better then his. Uh-uh, says Orton, that can not be left untested.
Os, Orton says, this is what we are going to do about it. We are going to have another match, or rather a contest tonight
bewteen himself and Jack Steele. The Running Kneelift against the piledriver. We'll have the ref flip a coin and the winner
gets to hit his finisher on the other man. Then its the other man's turn. Each time the man gets a 10 count to get back up.
First man to not get back up loses. Orton says "that's if Jack Steele can put his money where his big fat mouth is."
TV Title Bout
Mike Lozansky defeated Derrick Dukes by pinfall after a springboard backelbow at 11:33
[Mike Lozansky retained the RCW Television title]
-one of the highest tempo scientific matches in RCW in quite a while, with both men going full tilt. Lots of moves off
the middle buckle, off the apron, baseball slides, and both men took a superplex and kicked out. Dukes telegraphed
a backbody drop, Lozansky set him up for a piledriver in a standing headscissors, but Dukes then completed the backbody drop.
But Lozansky held on and rolled up Dukes for 1, 2, kickout. Scramble to their feet, Lozansky goes for a clothesline but Dukes
ducks under, and then nails Lozansky with a back kick to the gut, another to the thigh, and then goes for a suplex, but
Lozansky counters by lifting Dukes up and delivering an inverted atomic drop. Lozansky tried to follow up with a clothesline
but again Dukes ducked, and then whipped the champ to the buckle. But instead of hitting hard in the corner Lozansky
lept to the second buckle and flew back with the back elbow catching a charging Dukes unaware right in the chin,
for the 1, 2, 3.
Mike Lozansky talks about how much fun that match was, and how lucky the competitors and the fans are
here in RCW that they would allow such a match to happen.
Once again "Hollywood" by Streetheart and clips of North American Women's champion Hollywood.
A short message from Hollywood saying she is coming next week to defend her title against Mad Maxine
and looks forward to seeing all her great RCW fans again.
Jack Steele comes out and says he's willing to accept the challenge as laid down by Cowboy Bob Orton Jr, finisher versus
finisher. Send down Jurgen Hermann.
Finisher versus Finisher
Jack Steele (/w Running knee lift)
Cowboy Bob Orton Jr (/w piledriver)
Jurgen Hermann does the coin toss after some monkeying by Orton, but Steele wins. Orton almost flips out and wants to
make it 2 out of 3. When Steele refuses at first Orton says he's leaving. So Steele agrees and after Orton wins the 2nd toss
(and totally forgets its 2 out of 3 and tries to go first), Steele wins the 3rd toss.
Orton takes his sweet time getting into place and when he finally does he moves away just before Steele hits him, feigning
something in his eye. The next time Hermann holds Orton's head down steady. Orton still moves a bit at the last second but
Steele nails him pretty good with the running knee lift and Orton flips backward and is knocked out.
Hermann applies the count, gets to 5 before there is any movement from Orton, and 8 before Orton is back on his feet.
After a few seconds to shake the cobwebs out Orton nails Steele with his piledriver. Steele does not start moving until the
count of 6, and just by the barest margin uses the ropes to get to his feet to beat the 10 count.
After shaking off the cobwebs he takes his second shot at Orton. Once again Orton does some negotiations and other stalling
tactics but this probably favors Steele who is able to recover more. Steele hits him even harder with the running kneelift.
Hermann's counts are pretty slow and Orton again starts to move at the count of 5, but this time just barely gets to his feet
to beat the 10 count.
After 20 seconds of holding his knees he gets into place and nails Steele with a second piledriver. Hermman counts as
Orton implores him to count faster while at the same time trying to shake and blink the pain out of his head. Steele shows
signs of life at the count of 7, and is just about to his feet to beat the 10 count when Orton rushes by Hermann and clocks
Steele with a righthand.
The beat down is on and after some kicks and punches Orton leaves the ring and comes back with a chair. He lays the chair
down on the mat and would have piledriven Steele's head onto it but Hermann managed to kick it away. Orton retrieved the chair
though and went after Steele but thankfully the Top Guns were on hand to drag Steele out of the ring.
Jack Steele defeated Bob Orton in the contest by disqualification. No official time.
"We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner provides the music as we see clips of Mad Maxine who will challenge Hollywood
next week for the women's title.
RCW Heavyweight Title Match
Vendetta (champion) v Terminator Riggs
Riggs wanted to turn this rematch into a brawl, and while Vendetta was not a pacificst he decided to take the match in
another direction. After a minute of fisticuffs he took Riggs down to the mat where he kept him for the next 5 minutes. He
worked a front facelock, bodyscissors, side headlock, and several armbars. Riggs would try and stand up in an armbar only
to have Vendetta yank him down. The fans may have thought this was a boring match but they seemed to understand what Vendetta
was trying to accomplish and they enjoyed watching Riggs suffer.
Finally Riggs was able to stand and go toe to toe with the champ. But after all that body punishment he was gassed and
sluggish. Vendetta shuffled around him nailing him almost at will with punches, then a standing dropkick, a vertical suplex,
and a front layout suplex for a 2 count. Finally after a standing headlock Riggs was able to get some leeway and toss the
champ out of the ring. When Vendetta tried to get back in the first time he ate a knee, the second time a boot, and the third
time Riggs used the middle rope to crotch the champ. The 4th time was the charm though as they traded punches and then Vendetta
snapped Riggs' throat off the ropes. Sliding back into the ring Vendetta pursued his dominace over the challenger with a running
clothesline, then a running shoulderblock, a bodyslam, and an elbowdrop from the second rope. He covered and only got a 2
count. Once again the two men traded punches and this time Riggs landed a haymaker that dropped Vendetta. Riggs pounded away
and then locked on the camel cluch. But he was too worn to sit far back on it and the champ was able to reach the ropes. Riggs
refused to break clean and attacked the lower back of the champ. He bodyslammed Vendetta, gave him a double bootrake,
then a double stomp. He lifted him up for a powerslam but Vendetta slid down and wrapped up Riggs for 1, 2, kickout. Riggs
went for a punch that Vendetta blocked, countered with a hammerlock into a slam, and then when Riggs regained his feet the
champ took him down again with the DDT, for the 1, 2, 3 !!
Vendetta defeated Terminator Riggs by pinfall after a DDT at 15:14
[Vendetta retained the RCW Heavyweight Title]
That's it for another edition of River City Wrestling.
See ya next week!!