WWF The Wrestling Classic

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The Wrestling Classic
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 7, 1985[1]
VenueRosemont Horizon[1]
CityRosemont, Illinois[1]
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleManiaThe Wrestling ClassicWrestleMania 2
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The Wrestling Classic
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 7, 1985[1]
VenueRosemont Horizon[1]
CityRosemont, Illinois[1]
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleManiaThe Wrestling ClassicWrestleMania 2

The Wrestling Classic was a World Wrestling Federation (WWF) pay-per-view event that took place on November 7, 1985, at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.[1]

The main event was the finals of a 16-man tournament where Junkyard Dog defeated Randy Savage.[1] 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.[1]


Roddy Piper, who challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at Wrestling Classic

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 lead to a confrontation with Hogan.[2] 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.[3] Their feud lead to the development of WrestleMania. In the main event of the first-ever WrestleMania, Hogan and celebrity Mr. T defeated Piper and Paul Orndorff.[4] Hogan feuded with Piper and "Cowboy" Bob Orton for the rest of the year and often got disqualification victories over them,[5] 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 defeated Corporal Kirchner with a suplex. The Dynamite Kid faced Nikolai Volkoff, 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 defeated Ivan Putski by having both his feet on the middle rope for leverage as he pinned Putski. Ricky Steamboat faced Davey Boy Smith. Smith landed in the ropes to attack Steamboat but Steamboat sidestepped and Smith injured his groin. He was unable to continue, so Steamboat was awarded the match by forfeit. Junkyard Dog faced The Iron Sheik. 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 match was next. None of them wanted to wrestle, so they both left the ring. As Spot started to leave, Funk attacked him from behind. He tried to re-enter the ring but Spot prevented him from entering the ring and won the match by countout. Tito Santana faced The Magnificent Muraco. Santana pinned Muraco with a quick small package. The final match of the first round pitted Paul Orndorff against Bob Orton. Orton was disqualified after he hit Orndorff with his cast.[1]

The quarterfinals began. Adrian Adonis faced Dynamite Kid. During the match, Adonis accidentally hit his manager Jimmy Hart and collided with Hart. Kid took advantage and pinned Adonis to win the match. Ricky Steamboat faced Randy Savage. The referee was distracted by Miss Elizabeth as Savage took advantage and pulled out brass knuckles from his tights and hit Steamboat with the knuckles before pinning him to win the match. Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog Spot after a head butt. 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. 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.[1]

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 ending of Paul Orndorff vs. Tito Santana in the quarterfinals. A contest was held where over 250,000 fans participated. In the contest, a fan from Batavia, Illinois, 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.[1]


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 tournament at WrestleMania IV in 1988.[6][7] Ricky Steamboat also won the Intercontinental Championship, by defeating Savage at WrestleMania III in 1987.[8] 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.[9]


1Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Corporal KirchnerFirst Round Tournament match03:22
2Dynamite Kid defeated Nikolai VolkoffFirst Round Tournament match00:09
3Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ivan PutskiFirst Round Tournament match02:47
4Ricky Steamboat defeated Davey Boy SmithFirst Round Tournament match02:53
5Junkyard Dog defeated The Iron SheikFirst Round Tournament match03:27
6Moondog Spot defeated Terry Funk (with Jimmy Hart) by countoutFirst Round Tournament match00:27
7Tito Santana defeated The Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji)First Round Tournament match04:16
8Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton by disqualificationFirst Round Tournament match06:27
9The Dynamite Kid defeated Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart)Quarter Final Tournament match06:00
10Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ricky SteamboatQuarter Final Tournament match04:00
11The Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog SpotQuarter Final Tournament match00:45
12Tito Santana fought Paul Orndorff to a double count-outQuarter Final Tournament match08:00
13Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Roddy Piper by disqualificationSingles match for the WWF Championship07:00
14Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Dynamite KidSemi Final Tournament match05:00
15Junkyard Dog defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) by count-outTournament Finals match09:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament bracket[edit]

Pin-Pinfall; Sub-Submission; CO-Countout; DCO-Double countout; DQ-Disqualification; Ref-Referee's decision

Round of 16QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
Adrian Adonis  03:22  
Corporal KirchnerPin
Adrian Adonis  06:00  
Dynamite Kid    Pin
Dynamite Kid    00:09
Nikolai VolkoffPin
Dynamite Kid      05:00  
Randy SavagePin
Ivan Putski02:47
Randy SavagePin
Randy Savage04:00
Ricky SteamboatPin
Davey Boy Smith03:00
Ricky SteamboatRef
Randy Savage  09:00  
Junkyard Dog     CO
The Iron SheikPin
Junkyard Dog03:00
The Junkyard Dog00:45
Moondog SpotPin
Terry Funk00:17
Moondog SpotCO
Junkyard Dog
Don Muraco04:00
Tito SantanaPin
Tito Santana08:00
Paul OrndorffDCO
Paul Orndorff07:00
Bob Orton, Jr.DQ

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "The Wrestling Classic results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  2. ^ Milner, John (2005-03-22). "Rowdy Roddy Piper". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  3. ^ "The War to Settle the Score results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  4. ^ "WrestleMania I official results". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  5. ^ "WWF Show Results 1985". Angelfire. Archived from the original on 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [unreliable source]
  6. ^ "Randy Savage's first Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Randy Savage's first WWE Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Ricky Steamboat's first Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  9. ^ "British Bulldogs' first World Tag Team Championship reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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