Sam Muchnick Memorial Tournament

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The Sam Muchnick Memorial Tournament
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateAugust 29, 1986[1][2]
CitySt. Louis, Missouri[1][2]
VenueKiel Auditorium[1][2]

The Sam Muchnick Memorial Tournament was a World Wrestling Federation (WWF) supercard held at the sold-out Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri on August 29, 1986, attended by nearly 11,000 fans and making $87,000.[1][2] The tournament was arranged by Larry Matysik, a protege of Muchnick.[3]

The event was held as a tribute to longtime St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick and featured a 16-man single-elimination tournament which saw Harley Race defeat Ricky Steamboat in the tournament finals. The semi-main event included a match between Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.[1][2][4]


August 29, 1986 in St. Louis, Missouri (Kiel Auditorium)

No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1 Harley Race defeated Brian Blair[2] First Round Tournament match 06:22
2 Don Muraco and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine fought to a double-disqualification.[2] First Round Tournament match 0:58
3 Adrian Adonis defeated King Tonga[2] First Round Tournament match 02:31
4 Junkyard Dog defeated Hercules Hernandez[2] First Round Tournament match 08:56
5 Brutus Beefcake defeated Lanny Poffo[2] First Round Tournament match 03:12
6 Pedro Morales defeated Dory Funk, Jr.[2] First Round Tournament match 05:33
7 Billy Jack Haynes defeated Jimmy Jack Funk[2] First Round Tournament match 04:15
8 Ricky Steamboat defeated Jim Brunzell[2] First Round Tournament match 07:10
9 Harley Race received a bye[2] Quarter Final Tournament Match N/A
10 Junkyard Dog defeated Adrian Adonis[2] Quarter Final Tournament Match 05:02
11 Brutus Beefcake defeated Pedro Morales[2] Quarter Final Tournament Match 10:34
12 Ricky Steamboat defeated Billy Jack Haynes[2] Quarter Final Tournament Match 05:58
13 Harley Race defeated Junkyard Dog[2] Semi Final Tournament match 10:38
14 Ricky Steamboat defeated Brutus Beefcake[2] Semi Final Tournament match 12:23
15 Harley Race defeated Ricky Steamboat[1][2] Tournament Finals match 07:04
16 Hulk Hogan (c) and Paul Orndorff fought to a double-disqualification[1] Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 16:08
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament bracket[edit]

Pin-Pinfall; Sub-Submission; CO-Countout; DCO-Double countout; DQ-Disqualification; Ref-Referee's decision

First round Quarterfinals Semi-finals Finals
Harley Race PIN
Brian Blair 6:22
Harley Race
Don Muraco     0:58
Greg Valentine DDQ
Harley Race     PIN
Junkyard Dog 10:38
King Tonga PIN
Adrian Adonis 2:31
Adrian Adonis PIN
Junkyard Dog 5:02
Hercules Hernandez 8:58
Junkyard Dog PIN
Harley Race SUB
Ricky Steamboat      07:04
Brutus Beefcake 3:12
Lanny Poffo PIN
Brutus Beefcake PIN
Pedro Morales 10:34
Dory Funk, Jr. PIN
Pedro Morales 5:33
Brutus Beefcake 12:23
Ricky Steamboat PIN
Billy Jack Haynes PIN
Jimmy Jack Funk 4:15
Billy Jack Haynes 5:58
Ricky Steamboat PIN
Jim Brunzell PIN
Ricky Steamboat 7:10


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matysik, Larry. Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling. Toronto: ECW Press, 2005. (pg. 213) ISBN 1-55022-684-3
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Sam Muchnik Tournament". Misc. Tournaments.
  3. ^ Meltzer, Dave (November 25, 2018). "LARRY MATYSIK PASSES AWAY AT 72 YEARS OLD". f4wonline. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Shields, Brian. Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. (pg. 23) ISBN 1-4165-3257-9