Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wrestling: Pay-Per-View Players #4 - November 1985

#1 Junkyard Dog [new] (4-0-0) (WWF)
As if anticipating the prestigious rankings of the PPV Players -- WWF launch a second pay-per-view event to counter the NWA's annual spectacular. Starrcade '85: The Gathering packed a punch with its catalogue of national stars, but WWF stormed the stats with their The Wrestling Classic tournament timed a deliberate three weeks ahead on November 7th. The result is (presumably) one of the most unlikely top ranked stars we'll see throughout the ages: Wrestling Classic winner "JYD" Junkyard Dog!

Ric Flair notably concedes the top spot, trading the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and his '84 victory back to Dusty Rhodes in '85. That lone loss has shocking statistical implications as the steadfast "Nature Boy" plummets beneath WWF's tournament challengers and crossover talent. Randy Savage sure knows how to make an impression, debuting as tournament runner-up and #2 PPV Player as of November '85. Hulk Hogan has the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and his first Top 10 ranking. Ever the second - workhorse Ricky Steamboat rides his Wrestling Classic campaign to remain steady at #3.

Tag team wrestling remains a little on the sparse side, but the big news this month is the official registration of new NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)! Also on the winners list is defending NWA National Tag Team Champions: "The Minnesota Wrecking Crew" Ole & Arn Anderson! We'll see if/how WWF respond!
Top Ten Singles PPV Players
#1 [new] Junkyard Dog (4-0-0) (WWF)
#2 [new] Randy Savage (3-1-0) (WWF)
#3 [--] Ricky Steamboat (3-2-0) (WWF)
#4 [new] Tito Santana (2-0-1) (WWF)
#5 [-3] The Assassin (2-0-0) (NWA)
#6 [new] Hulk Hogan (2-0-0) (WWF) [World Heavyweight Champion]
#7 [new] Manny Fernandez (2-0-0) (NWA)
#8 [-7] Ric Flair (2-1-0) (NWA)
#9 [new] Jimmy Valiant (2-1-0) (NWA)
#10 [new] Ron Bass (2-1-0) (NWA)
Top Ten Tag Team PPV Players
#1 [--] Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (1-0-0) (NWA)
#2 [--] Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik (1-0-0) (WWF) [Tag Team Champions]
#3 [new] Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (1-0-0) (NWA) [World Tag Team Champions]
#4 [-1] Bob Orton Jr & Dick Slater (1-0-0) (NWA)
#5 [-1] Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin (1-0-0) (NWA)
#6 [-1] Assassin #1 & Assassin #2 (1-0-0) (NWA)
#7 [-1] Ivan Koloff & Nikita Koloff (1-0-0) (NWA)
#8 [-1] The Assassin & Buzz Tyler (1-0-0) (NWA)
#9 [-1] Hulk Hogan & Mr. T (1-0-0) (WWF)
#10 [new] Ole Anderson & Arn Anderson (1-0-0) (NWA) [National Tag Team Champions]

Top Womens PPV Players
#1 [--] Wendi Richter (1-0-0) (WWF) [Womens Champion]
#2 [--] Leilani Kai (1-0-0) (WWF)
Recent Pay-Per-View Event Results
- NWA Starrcade '85: The Gathering (November 28, 1985)
- WWF The Wrestling Classic (November 7, 1985)
- WWF Wrestlemania (March 31, 1985)
- NWA Starrcade '84: The Million Dollar Challenge (November 22, 1984)
- NWA Starrcade '83: A Flair for the Gold (November 24, 1983)
The Pay-Per-View Players rankings intends to take into account pay-per-view events promoted by NWA, WWF, WCW, ECW, WWE & TNA wrestling organizations. Only broadcast results contribute to the cumulative tally of win/loss record of wrestlers.

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