Live from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA!
The show begins with MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and Jim Cornette in the center of the ring for our opening match. The await their opponents as the crowd really lets them have it.
Commissioner Patrick makes his way ringside to make an announcement. He lets the crowd know that the team of FLYIN’ HIGH, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Koko B. Ware, were involved in an altercation at their hotel this morning. Details are sketchy. Both men are currently in the hospital and will not be able to wrestle tonight.
Heartless, Lane, Eaton and Cornette begin celebrating, assuming they have a bye to the next round. Commissioner Patrick cuts their celebration short, informing them that a newly signed tag-team will take their place. Lead by Mr. Fuji, the POWERS OF PAIN, two incredibly imposing figures make their way to the ring.
Jim Cornette cries fowl but Commissioner Patrick says the decision has been made.
– FIRST ROUND –
POWERS OF PAIN d. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS via pinfall when Barbarian covers Bobby Eaton after a power slam – SQUASH – Minutes after the bell rang it rang again. The Barbarian just ran roughshod over Eaton and finished him off in just a few short moves! These newcomers made quite a statement!
Cornette is FURIOUS! He argues with the ref that they had no contract to fight these monsters! The ref shrugs and leaves Cornette to rant.
MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION d. THE BUSHWHACKERS via pinfall when Virgil took Bushwhacker Luke out with a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP – ** – THE BUSHWHACKERS took turns beating on DiBiase until he was finally able to tag out to Virgil! Virgil hits Luke with a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP out of nowhere and is able to pick up the win. MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION advanced to the next round but DiBiase was a little worse for wear.
THE KILLER BEES head ringside in snappy new matching jackets. Their opponents make their way to the ring to the sound of bagpipes. Rowdy Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton look ready to prove a point.
PIPER & ORTON d. THE KILLER BEES via pinfall when Rowdy Roddy Piper locks B. Brian Blair in a SLEEPER – ** – The new matching jackets didn’t really help the BEES as they fell pretty quickly to Piper and Orton who worked incredibly well as a team. The crowd solidly behind them.
PIPER: We’re gonna win that cup and then we’re gonna take the titles from THE BOLSHEVICKS!
THE HILLBILLIES d. THE DREAM TEAM via submission when Hillbilly Jim traps Brutus Beefcake in a BEAR HUG – ** – Cousin Luke and Hillbilly Jim fluster the more experienced DREAM TEAM and pick up a huge win to advance to the next round. Lucious Johnny V is beside himself.
– SECOND ROUND –
POWERS OF PAIN d. MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION when The Barbarian covers Ted DiBiase after an impressive ELEVATED CLOTHESLINE – ** – Wow! These two monsters just devastated DiBiase and Virgil and the crowd loved every second of it! Mr. Fuji looked extremely please as his two new charges advance to the finals!
THE HILLBILLIES d. PIPER & ORTON via pinfall when Hillbilly Jim cover Cowboy Bob Orton after a leg drop – * – Piper and Orton went into the match far too cocky. Hillbilly Jim shocked Orton with a devastating leg drop. Piper was sure Orton would kick out he didn’t try to save him. THE HILLBILLIES advance to the finals!
We get a rundown of the eight men who will be competing in the CALIFORNIA CLASSIC, an eight man, single elimination tournament to crown the number one contender to the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. King Harley Race, Cowboy Bob Orton, Mr. Perfect, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, George “The Animal” Steele, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ravishing Rick Rude and Andre the Giant. The winner will face The Iron Sheik at LAST NIGHT!
POWERS OF PAIN d. THE HILLBILLIES when Warlord catches Hillbilly Jim in mid-air as he attempted a deathjump and then used the momentum to hit a running power slam – ** – The POWERS OF PAIN have done it! What a debut! They win the CALIFORNIA CUP and will now head to LAST NIGHT to challenge for the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!
Warlord and The Barbarian stood stoically in the center of the ring while Mr. Fuji laughs maniacally holding the CALIFORNIA CUP. The crowd cheered loudly at the awesome display and could not wait for this team to face THE BOLSHEVIKS!