The July 19, 1986 Edition of WWF Championship Wrestling is a Professional wrestling television show of the World Wrestling Federation, which took place on June 24, 1986 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center at Poughkeepsie, New York.

The episode featured the heel turn of "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, sneak attacking WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan in an angle that would become known as "The Great Betrayal." The storyline started several weeks earlier, when "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, on his interview segment "The Flower Shop," repeatedly suggested that Orndorff was living in Hogan's shadow and that Hogan was neglecting their "friendship" to boost his own ego. In a match taped earlier the same evening as the Hogan-Orndorff vs. King Kong Bundy-Big John Studd match, Orndorff wrestled the majority of a tag-team match by himself against The Moondogs, partly to show up Hogan; the Hogan-Orndorff vs. Moondogs match aired a week earlier on Championship Wrestling.

In a pre-taped segment prior to the match, Hogan and Orndorff were seen in the locker room bickering about a missed phone call, and Hogan trying to get Orndorff to focus on their match. During the latter stages of the match, the heels (Bundy and Studd) refused to stop attacking Hogan and threw referee Dave Hebner from the ring (resulting in the disqualification), and Orndorff -- who himself had been knocked off the ring apron -- was slow to get into the ring to stop the double team. Orndorff eventually came to Hogan's aid and knocked the heels from the ring ... almost too easily. Orndorff then raised Hogan's hand in victory and patted him in an "it's alright" manner ... before suddenly clotheslining Hogan to the mat, then following with a piledriver. Orndorff, Bundy and Studd left the ring together with manager Bobby Heenan. As several face wrestlers came to Hogan's aid, Adonis congratulated Orndorff backstage -- at one point the two appeared to kiss on the lips -- with the rest of the Heenan Family, Jimmy Hart and several other heels. Color commentator Bruno Sammartino wondered, as he observed Orndorff's behavior and heard Adonis' comments, whether this was planned all along, as though to lure Hogan into a trap.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

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