It Came From YouTube: Let’s catch some WWF action at the 1986 Michigan State Fair

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A couple of news reports on the WWF event at the Michigan State Fair in 1986.

I don’t think you’d see WWE running any State Fairs these days.

I love the interviews with the fans.

I believe these people would be classified as “Humanoids” by Bobby Heenan.

For those wondering, the full card courtesy of The History Of WWE was:

WWF @ Detroit, MI – Michigan State Fair – August 25, 1986 (12,000 paid)
Lanny Poffo vs. Steve Lombardi
Harley Race vs. SD Jones
King Tonga vs. Greg Valentine
Little Coco vs. Little Tokyo
Don Muraco defeated Ricky Steamboat
The Junkyard Dog defeated Bob Orton Jr.
The Junkyard Dog won a $50,000 battle royal; other participants included Ted Arcidi, Harley Race, Jim Brunzell & B. Brian Blair, the Moondogs, George Steele, Jacques & Raymond Rougeau, Don Muraco, Cousin Luke, Steve Lombardi, Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, Ricky Steamboat, and Bob Orton Jr.

It’s a virtual cornucopia of WrestleCrap at this show!

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15 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Let’s catch some WWF action at the 1986 Michigan State Fair"
  1. Walt says:

    Over the past couple of years at the Miami-Dade County Fair they have had NXT as an attraction at the fairgrounds with some WWE roster members. So in a way WWE still does fairs, obviously not with the high profile roster but the lower tier talent.

    I kinda like the atmosphere of the state fair, reminds me of the time when wrestling was a part of the carnival scene and wrestlers would take on all comers. Back when wrestlers knew how to hook and it wasn’t about flopping, getting apps downloaded or trying to do 1340 degree splashes through flaming tables

  2. DP says:

    I WUV WESSLING! (:52)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not gonna lie… That Battle Royale sounds badass and the midget match looks legit awesome.

    Also, WAS THAT JACQUES IN FACE MODE?!? I was not prepared for that!

    • Third String Point Guard says:

      The Rougeaus were babyfaces until 1987, I believe, and back when they were faces, they hardly ever won. They did get a better push when they turned heel and got Jimmy Hart as their manager, and even had their own self-performed, Hart-composed theme. Didn’t hear anything as goofy as that until 3 Count’s themes…which were also composed by Hart.


    • Caveman says:

      Is it just me or did the young Jacques look eerily similar to a young Shane Douglas in this interview? Perhaps Jacques is Shane’s French Canadian brother or something.

  4. John says:

    “IT’S STILL REAL TO ME DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thank you for showing our best pal Ed Leslie being interviewed but what he really meant to say was, “I’m sure at some point I’ll be semi-main eventing in a high school gym in my mid to late fifties hoping some toothless rat will remember me.” That wasn’t nice of Linda McMahon to let out how she hated watching wrestling.

  5. Eric S. says:

    Wow, who is Jacques Rongeau? And the first lady said this was WrestleMania III.

    • I'm Not Using My Real Name says:

      I remember there was a local newscast that, whenever any wrestling came to my area, would say “There was a Wrestlemania in town tonight at…” WWF, WCW, or anything else, it was a Wrestlemania. It bugged the hell out of me. It’s like the sports guy covering all the Super Bowls going on every Sunday.

  6. Glen says:

    They were hanging from the rafters at the fair grounds that day

  7. theJawas says:

    I saw the WWF at the 1987 Wisconsin State Fair, which was my first ever live event. Here’s what I got:
    WWF @ Milwaukee, WI – State Fair – August 9, 1987 (matinee) (7,831)
    Rick Rude defeated Lanny Poffo
    Killer Khan pinned Hillbilly Jim
    Davey Boy Smith & Jim Brunzell vs. Bob Orton Jr. & Frenchy Martin (sub. for Don Muraco)
    Superstar Billy Graham (sub. for Ken Patera) defeated Hercules; Bobby Heenan was handcuffed to the Crusher for the duration of the bout
    Koko B. Ware defeated Danny Davis
    WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Sika

    I think there were technically more stars at the Michigan ’86 one, though we did get the Hulkster. I liked how we got a Bulldog and a Bee, and Frenchy Freakin’ Martin replacing Don Muraco in that team. Billy Graham for Patera was kind of an upgrade; at least I can say I saw him wrestle.

  8. zombie ducky says:

    i just love how that guy talk with all wwwwwwwwwww on his hat

  9. Down With OPC says:

    I think my brother was here!

  10. Down With OPC says:

    Also, there’s a Meijer now where these fairground used to be (and it’s funny seeing that apartment complex in the background during the Bob Orton match, I pass by that almost every day).

  11. Drew says:

    Oh, poor Brother Bruti!

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