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93,173 April 21st, 2013 21:29 GMT Print this post
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Viewing 1987 Superstars recently and was reminded of the Mr.T angle as a referee in 1987 which got me to do some research how much he was really used. In all, he really wasnít used too much (15 apperances) so wondering what the long term plans for this angle were when Vince initially decided to go with it.  

Does anyone have any information how this angle came about? Who contacted who about Mr.T taking this role (Vince called Mr.T or Mr.T called Vince)? Did Mr.T receive a big pay day for his appearances? Finally, were there any plans for Mr. T to wrestle a match during this stint? Based on his appearances he pretty much was paired up with Danny Davis.

From the results Mr. T didnít do that many appearances (15 in total) and was done at summerís end 1987:

WWF @ Buffalo, NY - Memorial Auditorium - June 2, 1987; WWF Superstars taping:
* WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned David Stoudemire in a non-title match with the Shake, Rattle, & Roll at the 24-second mark; prior to the bout, Howard Finkel introduced Mr. T as the new enforcer of the WWF

* The One Man Gang (w/ Slick) pinned Eric Cooper at 2:30 with an elbow drop from the middle turnbuckle; during the bout, Mr. T did guest commentary and confirmed that he was the new enforcer of the WWF

WWF @ Rochester, NY - War Memorial - June 3, 1987 (8,150); Wrestling Challenge taping:
Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) pinned David Stoudemire at the 35-second mark with the flying elbowsmash; prior to the match, Mr. T was introduced as the new enforcer of the WWF

WWF @ Indianapolis, IN - Market Square Arena - June 23, 1987 (10,555; sell out); WWF Superstars taping:
7/18/87 - in some select markets this episode included WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan as a guest of the Snake Pit, which was interrupted by Killer Khan & Mr. Fuji, with Khan spitting the green mist in Hogan's eyes; featured Mr. T as a guest of the Snake Pit, which was interrupted by Danny Davis, with Roberts eventually scaring Davis from the set with Damien

WWF @ Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens - June 24, 1987 (5,761; sell out); Wrestling Challenge taping:
included an 'Special Report' segment, included Craig DeGeorge interviewing Danny Davis, who was upset over the announcement that Mr. T would be the new enforcer in the WWF

WWF @ Glens Falls, NY - Civic Center - July 15, 1987; WWF Superstars taping:
* Jake Roberts pinned WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man in a non-title match after guest ringside enforcer Mr. T punched the champion

* Paul Roma & Jim Powers defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart (w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis) via reverse decision in a non-title match; the champions originally won the match when Bret pinned Roma with his feet on the ropes at 2:56 but Mr. T, acting as the enforcer of the WWF, overruled the pinfall

WWF @ Toronto, Ontario - Maple Leaf Gardens - July 18, 1987 (6,000):
Jim Brunzell & the Junkyard Dog (sub. for B. Brian Blair) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart via count-out; Mr. T was the guest referee for the bout and bodyslammed Danny Davis after the match

WWF @ Houston, TX - Sam Houston Coliseum - July 24, 1987 (2,704):
Randy Savage defeated WWF IC Champion the Honktyonk Man via disqualification; Mr. T was the guest referee for the bout

WWF @ Baltimore, MD - Arena - July 25, 1987 (4,197):
Ken Patera pinned Paul Orndorff when Mr. T, who was the outside official, made the pinfall after the original referee had been knocked out

WWF @ New Haven, CT Ė Coliseum Ė July 26, 1987 (2,859):
Featured an appearance by Mr. T (I attended this show & Mr. T was the referee for the George Steele vs. Danny Davis match. From what I recall T & Davis got into it and Steele pinned Davis)

WWF @ St. Louis, MO - Kiel Auditorium - August 1, 1987 (2,025):
Randy Savage defeated WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man via disqualification; Mr. T was the guest referee for the bout

WWF @ Chicago, IL - Rosemont Horizon - August 8, 1987 (14,967):
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Randy Savage (w/ Danny Davis & Miss Elizabeth) at 7:49; Mr. T was the special referee for the bout

WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - August 15, 1987 (5,102):
Superstar Billy Graham (sub. for Ken Patera) (w/ Ken Patera) pinned Hercules (w/ Bobby Heenan) in a whipping match at 6:50 after reversing Hercules' powerslam attempt from the outside into a cradle; Bobby Heenan was handcuffed to Mr. T for the duration of the bout; after the match, Hercules tried to protect his manager but was ordered to leave the ring or face a 6-month suspension and fined $10,000; then, due to pre-match stipulations, Heenan was whipped with a belt by Graham and Patera; had Hercules won, Heenan would have been able to whip Patera with the belt

WWF @ Denver, CO - McNichols Arena - August 16, 1987 (6,974):
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Randy Savage; Mr. T was the guest referee for the bout

WWF @ Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena - August 21, 1987 (2,000):
Billy Jack Haynes (sub. for Ken Patera) (w/ Ken Patera) pinned King Kong Bundy in a whipping match; after the bout, Haynes and Patera took turns whipping Bobby Heenan; Heenan was handcuffed to Mr. T for the duration of the bout

WWF @ Atlanta, GA - Omni - August 22, 1987 (2,200):
* Paul Orndorff (sub. for Ken Patera) (w/ Ken Patera) pinned King Harley Race after Patera hit Race with his arm cast; Bobby Heenan was handcuffed to Mr. T for the duration of the bout

* Koko B. Ware pinned Danny Davis with the Ghostbuster; Mr. T was the guest referee for the bout

WWF @ Montreal, Quebec - Forum - August 31, 1987:
Brutus Beefcake defeated Pat Patterson; Mr. T was the guest referee for the match
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Stephen Gennarelli April 21st, 2013 22:03 GMT Print this post
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          Thanks for the recap !

           I think it was just Vince trying to spice up his shows with a "Special Guest" and Mr. T was likely thinking he could make some Cash as long as his name still meant something.

           I know Hogan brought him to WCW about 7 years after this and it was even less effective then,  thought I think T. had a couple of matches in WCW.
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Hawkeye April 22nd, 2013 02:38 GMT Print this post
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Mr. T did some stuff in World Class as well in '88 or 89, although not sure what angle he was in.

He did referee Hogan-Flair at Halloween Havoc '94 and wrestled Kevin Sullivan at Starrcade '94, getting the win when Dave Sullivan KOed Kevin.

Hopefully he goes into the WWE HOF eventually.
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Quoted from: 93, January 01st, 1970 00:02  GMT


WWF @ Chicago, IL - Rosemont Horizon - August 8, 1987 (14,967):
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Randy Savage (w/ Danny Davis & Miss Elizabeth) at 7:49; Mr. T was the special referee for the bout



Saw this match live.  Super hot Saturday Night in Chicago....must have been in the 90s that day...people had been partying all afternoon in the parking lots at the Horizon....place was absolutely sold out/standing room only...felt like Wrestlemania.  Not many events I ever attended had that kind of atmosphere.  That was an amazing night.
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tdrake1 April 22nd, 2013 04:58 GMT Print this post
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I believe a major long term angle was planned for Mr. T and Davis.    Possibly T was once again difficult to work with, and since he was no longer the star he had been two years earlier, Vince just showed him the door.   I remember that I was underwhelmed by T's return.   In the aftermath of WM III, it felt like he needed the WWF more than the WWF needed him.  
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chrisstlouis April 22nd, 2013 22:29 GMT Print this post
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looks like a summer gimmick, maybe trying to boost ticket sales
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PACKER KILLER 187 April 22nd, 2013 23:48 GMT Print this post
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Yeah by this time Mr. T no longer had the Midas touch


Packers suck, Vikings Rule !
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I thought it was going to be really cool to have Mr. T referee matches. He was still a big name although not as huge as in 1985. I remember hearing Vince McMahon discuss this (don't recall where) and he said that he didn't remember exactly what happened, but figures Mr. T or his agent just pulled something that caused them to part ways. They seemed to be headed towards a match or series of them against Danny Davis. I'm guessing Vince had a hunch and put him in the mid card so it'd not be as noticeable if they did have trouble.
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