NWA Lutte Internationale TV
Taped at CHLT-TV Studios, Sherbrooke, QC
Broadcasted July 6th, 1985
(After the usual opening, Guy Hauray & Édouard Carpentier are awaiting the start of this week’s show)
Guy Hauray: Hello wrestling fans and welcome to NWA Lutte Internationale TV. We’re still feeling the aftermath of a shocking night in Charlotte, North Carolina last week where every title defended changed hands. Nothing shocked the world more than Andre the Giant capturing the NWA Canadian International Heavyweight Championship from Terry Funk. And it also didn’t take long for some challengers to ask a title shot. We already know that in 2 weeks, Super Strong Machine has challenged Andre the Giant to a championship match right here on this broadcast. We should hear from Andre a little bit later on this week because Andre will make his first appearance on this program in almost a year!
Édouard Carpentier: And it’s gonna be a busy day for Andre because he’s also defending the title tonight in Red Deer, Alberta against Rip Oliver!
Guy Hauray: And we can’t also forget that he’s also the JWA Tag Team Champion with Giant Baba and they have yet to lose those titles so Andre doesn’t seem to be willing to stop. Nevertheless, Andre promised to be a fighting champion and that’s exactly what he is. But in the meantime, that’s later and we’re ready for action, so let’s get going!
Dory Funk Jr vs Boris Zhukov
Dory Funk seems to be following up on his interview last week in which he promised to continue what he was doing in Lutte Internationale. Conspicuous by their absence are the two other members of the Bolshevik Revolution, Alexis Smirnoff and Baron Von Raschke but the broadcast team suggests that they’re probably not too far away and are ready to interfere at any moment. An evenly matched contest to start with Zhukov using some questionable tactics to get the upper hand in the middle of the match. However, Funk regains momentum and imposes his will on Zhukov, which of course, prompts Smirnoff & Von Raschke to get involved. But Funk is able to dispose of them and re-focus on the match. Zhukov falls prey to Funk’s infamous Spinning Toe Hold and he has no choice but to submit.
Winner: Dory Funk Jr
(After the match, just like last week, Dory Funk Jr goes to the broadcast booth for an interview)
Édouard Carpentier: Congratulations, Dory, on another victory and you kept your promise from last week with another solid performance.
Dory Funk Jr: Well, I said it last week, despite losing my tag team partner, I’m gonna continue doing what I do best and that’s carrying the Funk family name to new heights and whether it’s by myself or with my brother Terry, it’s gonna happen, no matter what. So...
(Dory Funk Jr is quickly interrupted by Dino Bravo who makes his way to the set, to much applause. Bravo is now facing Funk)
Dino Bravo: I’m sorry to interrupt, Mr. Carpentier, but I couldn’t help to hear about what Dory said and I thought this would be as good as a time to come here. You know Dory, how much I respect your entire family. Regardless of my personal feelings towards your brother Terry, he was a great NWA Canadian International Heavyweight Champion, despite how he won it. It takes a great wrestler to beat someone like Rick Martel and he did it. While that happened, I was away elsewhere, thinking that I could make a name for myself over there and be a world champion in my own rights but that didn’t exactly pan out that way. So I’m back here and I want to work my way back to the top of the heap and earn my opportunity against the cream of the crop. You saw what I did in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and despite coming up short against Stan Hansen, I proved that I could hang with him and deliver a beating like he could himself. And since I can’t currently face off with your brother Terry because of his feud with Magnum TA, I thought I would do the next best thing. Dory Funk Jr, you’re a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and this is something I aspire to be myself. In order to reach that step, I need to face the toughest guys around. Dory, it’d be an honor for me to wrestle you right here on this show, next week.
(The crowd definitely seems to be in agreement with Dino Bravo’s challenge and is expressing it)
Édouard Carpentier: So, Dory, what do you say?
Dory Funk Jr: You know, Dino, I did see your match against Stan Hansen last week in Charlotte and it was one helluva Street Fight so I commend you on your performance because you did hang with Hansen in this one. So, if you want a match with me to see where you stand in the pecking order around here, that’s fine by me. I know that you feel like you have something to prove around here with your return and that’s admirable. But I’m warning you that I don’t have any intentions on letting you use me as a stepping stone in your quest for redemption. I’m gonna bring everything that I got and you better do the same with me, kid.
Dino Bravo: That’s all I’m asking for. I’m looking forward to it.
(Dory Funk & Dino Bravo shake hands and leave on opposite ends of the studio)
Édouard Carpentier: There you have it, folks: Dory Funk vs Dino Bravo right here on this program next week!
Guy Hauray: This should be an exciting match indeed. When we come back, we will hear from Raymond Rougeau!
Guy Hauray: Welcome back to the show. And now, please welcome to the set former NWA World Tag Team Champion, Raymond Rougeau.
(Big crowd reaction as Raymond Rougeau makes his way to the set)
Guy Hauray: First of all, Raymond, before we talk about what happened last week & everything, we didn’t have the chance to hear your thoughts about you & your brother Jacques losing the NWA World Tag Team Championship to The Creatchman Family in Charlotte...
Raymond Rougeau: Vous savez, M’sieur Hauray, ce serait de mentir de dire que Jacques pis moi, on est pas déçus de les avoir perdu, encore plus contre Eddy Creatchman pis sa gang de sauvages. Mais si y a une chose que Jacques pis moi on a appris de notre père pis de mononc’ Johnny, c’est que quand tu tombes, tant que tu te relèves, ç’a pas d’importance si t’es tombé. Pis c’est ça que Jacques pis moi on veut faire. On va se relever pis on va regagner ces ceintures-là. Ça prendra le temps qu’y faut pour que ça se produise mais je peux vous garantir qu’on va être encore champions de la NWA!
(Translation : You know, Mr. Hauray, I’d be lying if I told you that Jacques and I are not disappointed that we lost them, even more against Eddy Creatchman and his savages. But if there’s one thing that Jacques and I have learned from our father and from Uncle Johnny, that’s that if you fall, it doesn’t matter if you did as long as you keep getting up. And that’s what Jacques and I want to do. We will get up and we will regain those titles. No matter how long this will take, I can guarantee you that we’ll once again be NWA World Tag Team Champions!)
Guy Hauray: I think that we need to also address the elephant in the room, Raymond; during that match, you got temporarily blinded by a substance thrown in your eyes by Eddy Creatchman; this also came into play 2 days later when you challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Kansas. And again, last week, just like in Charlotte, Eddy Creatchman did it to you again, although you weren’t his primary target. We need to know, Raymond: how’s your sight right now?
Raymond Rougeau: C’est certain que ma vision est pas à 100% présentement à cause des “accidents” répétés mais elle va de mieux en mieux. J’aurai heureusement pas de séquelles, selon les médecins, mais je dois juste être prudent pour m’assurer que ça prenne pas plus de temps avant que ça revienne à la normale. Aussi…
(Translation : It’s obvious that my vision currently isn’t at 100% yet because of repeated “accidents” but it’s still improving. I’ll fortunately make a full recovery, according to doctors but I must just be careful to make sure that I don’t have other setbacks. Also...)
(Raymond doesn’t have time to finish his sentence that he’s ambushed by Baron Von Raschke! Raschke slams Raymond’s head on the broadcast table and pummels him down while Boris Zhukov and Alexis Smirnoff keep officials at bay! Von Raschke locks in the Claw on Raymond’s face and keeps it for a long moment until finally more officials can come in and separate Von Raschke from Raymond Rougeau. As they’re escorted from the studio, The Bolshevik Revolution are celebrating, visibly proud of what they just did to Raymond, who’s being checked out by officials and Bruno Sammartino, who just came out from the back...)
NWA Canadian International Heavyweight Champion Andre The Giant vs Hector Guerrero
Great ovation for Andre, as he’s making his first TV appearance in almost a year on Lutte TV. Before the match, Andre shook hands with Hector Guerrero but when the match went under way, Andre was all business. Hector tried to use his speed as much as he could to destabilize the champion but to no avail. Andre was dominant throughout the duration of the match until the Strong Machines made their way to the ring to circle it at the moment where Andre was about to hit his double underhook suplex on Hector. Andre immediately lets go of Hector and focuses his attention on the masked Asians at ringside. Each Machine carefully steps on the apron while Andre tries to keep an eye on everyone. And then, Strong Machine 2 is the first one to make a move on Andre and jumps on him, immediately followed by Strong Machine 3 & Super Strong Machine. It’s a 3-on-1 on Andre and Hector Guerrero tries to help out the champion but he’s greeted with a nasty Machine Lariat by Super Strong Machine! Super Strong Machine returns to the beatdown on Andre but Andre then mightily shrugs off ALL 3 of the Machines! Crowd goes crazy as the Strong Machines must retreat outside. Édouard Carpentier tentatively steps into the ring to speak to Andre.
Édouard Carpentier: Andre, it looks like the Machines aren’t through with you. What do you plan to do, do you accept their challenge?
Andre The Giant: Je voudrais d’abord m’excuser à mon ami Hector Guerrero pour la façon dont ce match s’est terminé. Ce n’était pas de cette façon que je voulais que ça se termine. Mais dans 2 semaines, ici dans ce studio, ça se terminera de la manière dont je voudrai. J’accepte le défi des Machines. Peu importe lequel, je l’affronterai et je l’écraserai. Sauf que nous allons faire ça partout dans le studio : Falls Count Anywhere!
(Translation : I first want to apologize to my friend Hector Guerrero for how this match ended. It wasn’t how I wanted it to end. But in 2 weeks, in this studio, it will end like I want to. I accept the Machines’ challenge. No matter which, I will wrestle him and I will crush him. Except we will do this Falls Count Anywhere in this studio!)
(The crowd goes nuts at the announcement and while we can’t see the expression under the Machines’ mask, their body language tells the viewers that they didn’t expect Andre to throw the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation in there! The show ends with a staredown between Andre, with his title in his hands and Super Strong Machine!)
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