Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series 1988

 

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 24, 1988

Attendance:  13,500

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We’re back in Richfield for the 2nd annual Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Night. Grab your turkey leg and enjoy!

Match 1: WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Sam Houston, “Jumping” Jim Brunzell & the Blue Blazer versus Honkytonk Man, “Outlaw” Ron Bass, “Dangerous” Danny Davis, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, & Bad News Brown (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Highlights:

  • Former partners Valentine and Beefcake began the match brawling until Davis put a knee into Beefcake’s back.
  • After a leap frog, Beefcake applied a sleeper hold to Davis.
  • Instantly, Davis was eliminated. The faces led 5-4.
  • Valentine came in, delivered a forearm, and then gave Beefcake a series of elbow smashes.
  • He then attempted the figure-four leg lock, but Beefcake booted him to the corner.
  • The Blue Blazer tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Valentine. Who is this guy? He might be a rocket, does he have any heart in him?
  • Nonetheless, he then countered a wrist lock with a flying headscissors.
  • Brunzell tagged in, used a leap frog to jump over Valentine, but received a slam.
  • Valentine then missed an elbow drop.
  • Although Valentine tagged in Brown, Brunzell unknowingly unleashed that awesome dropkick to Valentine.
  • After a slam, Brown delivered a fist drop.
  • Brunzell then reversed a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Brown then delivered the Ghetto Blaster and pinned Brunzell.
  • The match was tied 4-4.
  • After Beefcake tagged out, Houston mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Brown.
  • He then gave Brown a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • After a leg drop, Brown got 2.
  • He then gave Houston a cross-corner whip followed by a clothesline.
  • While Valentine and Brown exchanged tags, Valentine came off the ropes to nail Houston but got Brown instead.
  • A perturbed Brown was ready to annihilate Valentine, but the other heels intervened.
  • He then hightailed it backstage and was counted out.
  • The faces led 4-3.
  • Meanwhile, Houston rolled up Valentine for 2.
  • He then tried a sunset flip on Valentine but ate a knuckle sandwich instead.
  • Bass tagged in, slammed Houston, delivered an elbow drop, and got 2.
  • Houston then rolled up Bass for 2.
  • He then gave Bass a cross-corner whip but ate boot again. Feed this guy! He’s hungry! Where’s that turkey leg?
  • After a clothesline, Bass got 2.
  • Upon giving Houston a face plant, Bass got another 2.
  • After a cross-corner whip by Bass, Houston leaped to the second turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and got 1.
  • Bass then delivered a forearm smash and an elbow drop for 2.
  • Houston came back with another cross-corner whip, tried a monkey flip, but Bass countered with a powerslam for the pin.
  • The match was tied 3-3.
  • Warrior came in, whipped Bass into the corner, and clotheslined him.
  • Honkytonk Man tried to give Warrior a double axe handle but received a standing choke instead.
  • Warrior then gave Honkytonk Man a flying shoulder block.
  • After a slam, Warrior tagged in the Blue Blazer who mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • He and Warrior then gave Bass the Rocket Launcher for 2. I knew he was a rocket!
  • In the meantime, Honkytonk Man tagged in but received a cross body block for 2.
  • The Blue Blazer then reversed a cross-corner whip and gave Honkytonk Man a monkey flip.
  • After receiving a dropkick from the Blue Blazer, Honkytonk Man scurried to his corner to tag in Valentine.
  • The Blue Blazer then gave Valentine a gutwrench suplex followed by a knee drop for 2.
  • After a back drop, the Blue Blazer gave Valentine a powerslam.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Honkytonk Man pushed him down to the mat. In the process, the Blue Blazer hurt his knee.
  • Smelling blood in the water, Valentine hooked the figure-four leg lock.
  • The Blue Blazer submitted giving the heels a 3-2 advantage. Despite his lack of experience, this guy actually has a lot of heart.
  • Meanwhile, Valentine then gave Beefcake a back elbow.
  • Bass tagged in, gave Beefcake a diving head butt, but only got 2.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in, gave Beefcake a face plant, and tagged in Valentine.
  • While Warrior distracted referee Earl Hebner, the heels gave Beefcake the business.
  • Interestingly, Honkytonk Man had “Wild Thing” written on his tights. He must have been a Sam Kinison fan.
  • Regardless, Honkytonk Man attempted the Shake, Rattle, and Roll, but Beefcake escaped.
  • Bass tagged in and guillotined Beefcake using the top rope for 2.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, attempted a double axe handle, but ate a shot to the midsection on the way down.
  • After Honkytonk Man missed a haymaker, Beefcake gave him an atomic drop.
  • Upon delivering a clothesline, he applied the sleeper to Honkytonk Man, but both men rolled through the ropes to the floor.
  • On the floor, Beefcake hooked the sleeper again, and both men were counted out.
  • The heels led 2-1.
  • Valentine then gave Warrior an elbow drop.
  • After a back elbow by Valentine, Bass tagged in.
  • He and Valentine tried a double clothesline but ate one instead.
  • Upon giving Bass a double axe handle, Warrior pinned him.
  • With the match tied 1-1, Ventura tried to argue that Valentine was the legal man. That might have been the only time Ventura miscalculated in his career.
  • After Warrior ducked a clothesline, he nailed Valentine with a double axe handle.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Survivor: Warrior

Rating: ****

Summary:  Great opener as Warrior was held back for the most part until the finish which is smart booking. His push continues.

Match 2 (tag team): The Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs, the Young Stallions, the Rockers, & the Powers of Pain versus WWF tag team champions Demolition, the Brain Busters, the Bolsheviks, the Rougeaus, & the Conquistadors (w/ Mr. Fuji, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Slick, & Jimmy Hart)

Highlights:

  • Smith slammed Conquistador #1 and then delivered a head butt.
  • Jacques tagged in, received a military press from Smith, and then launched atop his brother.
  • When Michaels and Zhukov tagged in to renew their AWA ties, Zhukov gave him a cross-corner whip. On the other hand, Michaels leaped to the top turnbuckle and flipped over a charging Zhukov.
  • He then gave Zhukov a hip toss and tagged in Jannetty.
  • Afterward, a double chop by the Rockers got 2 on Zhukov.
  • Arn tagged in, but Jannetty reversed a cross-corner whip and gave Arn a back drop.
  • After receiving a dropkick, Arn tagged in Blanchard.
  • Upon ducking a haymaker, Jannetty gave Blanchard an atomic drop followed by a dropkick.
  • Jacques tagged in, received a cross-corner whip, leaped to the second turnbuckle, but missed a cross body block.
  • The Kid tagged in and gave Jacques a rather biting snap suplex for 2.
  • Raymond tagged in as Monsoon and Ventura briefly discussed the Bulldogs-Rougeaus feud. To say that feud extended beyond the ring would be quite the understatement.
  • In any case, Raymond gave the Kid a cross-corner whip, but the Kid hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • Powers and Zhukov tagged in as Powers gave him a dropkick.
  • Jacques tagged in and delivered a dropkick to Powers for 1.
  • Bret tagged in but ate a flying back elbow from Jacques for 1.
  • Raymond tagged in, but Bret hooked an inside cradle for the pin.
  • The Rougeaus were eliminated and got out of Richfield in a hurry.
  • The faces led 5-4.
  • Roma tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Volkoff.
  • He then leaped from the mat to the top turnbuckle and gave Volkoff a cross body block for 2. Wow! Does Roma have any gazelle in him?
  • Neidhart tagged in and dropkicked Volkoff.
  • Afterward, Smash tagged in but ate a clothesline from Neidhart.
  • Barbarian tagged in and brawled with Smash.
  • As Conquistador #2 tagged in, he ate a Mafia kick from Barbarian.
  • Shortly after, Bret tagged in, gave Ax a cross-corner whip, but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Blanchard tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Bret to NO reaction. The question on the minds of the Richfield faithful was “Who’s this cocky guy?”
  • At any rate, he then gave Bret a cross-corner whip but ate a clothesline.
  • Michaels then tried a cross body block on Smash but got caught and placed atop the top turnbuckle. Instead of getting pounded by the heels in the corner, I’m sure Michaels would rather get hit on by the local rats in the Richfield Coliseum.
  • Ahem…
  • Volkoff then gave Michaels a military press followed by a backbreaker.
  • Arn tagged in and gave Michaels a SPINEBUSTER for 2.
  • Conquistador #2 tagged in, slammed Michaels, and got another 2.
  • Jannetty tagged in and gave Conquistador #2 a slam.
  • Conquistador #1 tagged in but got slammed by Jannetty for 2.
  • Volkoff tagged in, missed a haymaker, and ate a dropkick for 2.
  • Next, Smith tagged in and slammed Volkoff for another 2.
  • Blanchard tagged in and gave Smith a back drop followed by three elbow drops.
  • However, a fourth elbow drop missed.
  • Conquistador #2 tagged in but ate a military press slam from Warlord.
  • While Smash held Barbarian, Blanchard tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom onto him.
  • Barbarian then gave Blanchard a military press and guillotined him using the top rope.
  • Neidhart tagged in, gave Blanchard a powerslam, but only got 2.
  • The Kid tagged in and nearly decapitated Blanchard with a clothesline.
  • Shortly after, Zhukov tagged in, slammed the Kid, and attempted a knee drop but missed.
  • Powers tagged in and gave Zhukov a back drop.
  • After a cross-corner whip, he delivered a clothesline to Zhukov.
  • Zhukov then reversed another cross-corner whip, but Powers leaped to the second turnbuckle and hit a cross body block.
  • Yet Zhukov used momentum to land on top and pin Powers tying the match 4-4.
  • Michaels came in, gave Zhukov a cross-corner whip, and nailed him with a back elbow.
  • After a slam, Michaels mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a fist drop for 2.
  • Barbarian tagged in and hit Zhukov with a shoulder block.
  • As Michaels tagged in Jannetty and gave Zhukov an Irish whip, Jannetty gave Zhukov a sunset flip and pinned him.
  • The faces led 4-3.
  • Conquistador #2 came in but received a sunset flip from Jannetty for 2.
  • Afterward, Conquistador #1 tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom onto Jannetty.
  • He then gave Jannetty a back drop that sent Jannetty up into the light fixtures.
  • Subsequently, Ax tagged in and slammed Jannetty.
  • Arn tagged in but received a face plant from Jannetty.
  • As Smith tagged in, he gave Conquistador #2 a back drop.
  • Blanchard tagged in, reversed a cross-corner whip, and sent Smith reeling into the corner.
  • Again, Conquistador #1 tagged in and lowered the boom this time to Smith.
  • After Conquistador #1 gave Smith a cross-corner whip, he ate a mule kick.
  • Neidhart held Conquistador #1 as Bret then mounted the second turnbuckle.
  • After Bret hit an elbow smash, Neidhart somehow only got 2.
  • Who ARE these Conquistadors?
  • Michaels tagged in and gave Conquistador #1 a dropkick.
  • He then tagged in Jannetty who gave Conquistador #1 a flying back elbow.
  • The Kid tagged in and gave Conquistador a snap suplex.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle, delivered a flying knee drop, but only got 2.
  • These Conquistadors are INHUMAN!
  • Despite that, the Kid gave him a backbreaker for another 2.
  • Barbarian tagged in and gave him a powerslam followed by an elbow drop.
  • Shortly after, Jannetty tagged in and gave Arn a dropkick.
  • Blanchard tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, but Neidhart kicked out at 2.
  • He then tried to suplex Neidhart but received one instead.
  • Bret tagged in and gave Blanchard a backbreaker.
  • Upon receiving an inverted atomic drop, Blanchard reversed a cross-corner whip but Bret floated over.
  • Bret then delivered a German suplex with a bridge to pin Blanchard.
  • The faces led 4-2.
  • Wait a minute! Hold the phone! Referee Earl Hebner lowered Bret’s arm and raised Blanchard’s.
  • The heels tied it up 3-3.
  • The Kid then came in, gave Blanchard a tombstone piledriver, but only got 2.
  • Smith tagged in, and the Bulldogs ran over Blanchard like a freight train.
  • Chaos ensued as the Brain Busters and Rockers let it all hang out.
  • When the Brain Busters tried a double suplex on Jannetty, Michaels rescued him.
  • The Rockers then gave the Brain Busters a double superkick sending both to the floor.
  • According to ring announcer Howard Finkel, both the Brain Busters and Rockers have been disqualified. BOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • The match was now tied at 2-2.
  • After Conquistador #1 gave the Kid a knee to the midsection, Conquistador #2 tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom onto him.
  • Upon slamming the Kid, Conquistador #2 mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a senton.
  • Warlord tagged in and gave Conquistador #2 a gutwrench suplex.
  • Barbarian tagged in and gave Conquistador #2 a Mafia kick.
  • Conquistador #1 tagged in but received a delayed vertical suplex from Smith for 2.
  • Ax tagged in but received a crucifix rollup for 2.
  • Shortly after, the Kid gave Smash a jawbreaker.
  • Ax tagged in but received a clothesline from the Kid.
  • Smith tagged in and gave Conquistador #2 a gorilla press slam.
  • He then delivered the running powerslam.
  • Barbarian then clotheslined Ax, but Ax’s kick-out sent Barbarian between the ropes to the floor.
  • As Conquistador #2 held Barbarian, Conquistador #1 tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle.
  • After a standing dropkick, Conquistador #1 ate a double back elbow from Barbarian and Smith for 2.
  • The Kid tagged in and gave Conquistador #1 a gutwrench suplex for another 2.
  • After a diving head butt, the Kid only got 2.
  • Warlord tagged in, slammed Conquistador #1, and delivered a leg drop.
  • Smash tagged in, gave the Kid a cross-corner whip, but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • After the Kid gave Smash a snap suplex, he mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a diving head butt.
  • Smash then hit a clothesline and pinned the Kid.
  • The heels led 2-1.
  • The Warlord gave Conquistador #2 a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Fuji got up on the apron as Smash gave Warlord a clothesline.
  • As Smash tried to bounce off the ropes for his next move, Fuji opened them spilling Smash to the floor. Hey! That’s HIS guy! Waddup?
  • Due to Fuji’s actions, Demolition was eliminated by countout.
  • The match was tied 1-1.
  • Fuji and Ax got into a shoving match until Fuji nailed Ax in the back with his cane.
  • Smash then grabbed Fuji and pushed him into Ax who slammed Fuji.
  • I guess you can say Fuji was FIRED.
  • The Powers of Pain came over, picked up Fuji, and dusted him off.
  • Back in the ring, as Conquistador #2 came off the ropes, Fuji tripped him.
  • Barbarian then hit the diving head butt and pinned him.
  • Survivors: The Powers of Pain.

Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Excellent match that incorporated the strengths of each team. Additionally, a double turn by the Powers of Pain and Demolition added intrigue to the finish.

After the match, the Powers of Pain raise Fuji onto their shoulders. To finish unfinished business, Demolition returns to brawl with the Powers of Pain. Upon slamming Warlord, Ax clotheslines each Power of Pain with help from Smash.

Backstage, Sean Mooney interviews Brown. While Brown doesn’t care about Survivor Series, he’s focused on the WWF title. Calling Elizabeth a “skirt” firmly secures his role as a heel. After all, who cheers a misogynist?

Also backstage, Okerlund interviews Fuji with the Powers of Pain. I like this switch as Demolition doesn’t need a mouthpiece, but Powers of Pain do. Fuji tries to play off their success as his sole responsibility, but he comes off as disgruntled to me.

After Monsoon and Ventura run down the rest of the card, Okerlund interviews the heel faction for the next match.

In another portion of backstage, Mooney interviews the babyface team for the main event.

Match 3: André the Giant, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Harley Race, & Mr. Perfect (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & Frenchy Martin) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Tito Santana, Ken Patera, & Scott Casey

Highlights:

  • Get your Survivor Series t-shirt now! It’s Perfect!
  • As Bravo held Patera, Perfect mounted the second turnbuckle and lowered the boom to Patera.
  • Upon slamming Perfect, Santana reversed a cross-corner whip but ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • Shortly after, Casey tagged in and gave Bravo a back elbow.
  • He then gave Bravo a cross-corner whip, attempted a monkey flip, but received an inverted atomic drop instead.
  • Race tagged in, gave Casey a belly-to-belly suplex, and delivered a knee drop.
  • He then followed with a vertical suplex before tagging in Rude.
  • Rude then slammed Casey, delivered a forearm smash, and got 2.
  • Perfect tagged in and nailed Casey with the Axe.
  • As Santana tagged in Patera, he and Casey gave Perfect a double back elbow.
  • Duggan tagged in to a raucous ovation and gave Perfect a double axe handle to the back.
  • Perfect then reversed a cross-corner whip but ate a vicious clothesline. Welcome to the WWF, Curt!
  • Duggan then nailed Perfect with a haymaker sending him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Casey tagged in and gave Perfect an Anderson slam. I bet Arn was pissed.
  • He then followed with a leg drop.
  • Rude tagged in and gave Casey a clothesline as Monsoon shilled Royal Rumble ’89.
  • He then gave Casey a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Santana tagged in and hit Rude with the flying burrito for 2.
  • Duggan came in, slammed Rude, but missed an elbow drop.
  • Afterward, a double shoulder block put both men down on the mat.
  • Patera tagged in, slammed Rude, and took him down for 2.
  • He then gave Rude a cross-corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
  • Rude then gave him the Rude Awakening.
  • 1-2-3. Goodbye, Ken. Enjoy the AWA!
  • The heels led 5-4.
  • Race tagged in and dropkicked Casey.
  • When Bravo tagged in, Casey countered a clothesline with a backslide for 2.
  • Bravo then avoided a rollup, hit the sidewalk slam, and pinned Casey.
  • The heels led 5-3.
  • Santana came in and nailed Bravo with a forearm.
  • Perfect tagged in but fell victim to an inside cradle from Santana for 2.
  • While Perfect distracted referee Joey Marella (bright shiny object), André manhandled Duggan in the corner.
  • Rude tagged in, but Duggan reversed an Irish whip and gave him a clothesline.
  • Again, both men were down on the mat.
  • After ducking a pair of clotheslines, Santana gave Bravo a cross body block for 2.
  • Bravo then gave Santana a cross-corner whip, but Santana executed a sunset flip for another 2.
  • Race tagged in, gave Santana a piledriver, but only got 2.
  • Clothesline by Race got another 2.
  • Santana then ducked a clothesline, nailed Race with the flying forearm, and pinned him.
  • The heels led 4-3.
  • André tagged in and treated Santana like a bad habit.
  • He then SQUISHED him twice.
  • Santana tried a sunset flip, but André SQUISHED him a third time and pinned him.
  • The heels led 4-2.
  • Duggan came in and clotheslined André who got tied up in the ropes.
  • Roberts tagged in and rag-tagged André until he freed himself.
  • Rude tagged in, gave Roberts a cross-corner whip, and swiveled for the ladies.
  • After another cross-corner whip, Perfect guillotined Roberts using the bottom rope.
  • When Perfect distracted Marella again, André continued to punish Roberts.
  • Bravo tagged in but ate a short-arm clothesline from Roberts.
  • As Roberts made DDT attempt #1, Rude clotheslined him from the apron.
  • After giving Roberts a pair of face plants, Rude nailed him with a right hand for 2 thanks to a foot on the bottom rope.
  • Bravo tagged in, gave Roberts a piledriver, but only got 1 thanks to a foot on the bottom rope again.
  • After a slam, Bravo missed a pair of elbow drops.
  • Duggan tagged in and gave Bravo a cross-corner whip followed by a back drop.
  • Next, he gave Bravo the ten-punch count-along.
  • After another cross-corner whip, he clotheslined Bravo.
  • Before Duggan could deliver the three-point stance clothesline, Martin grabbed him by the leg.
  • Outside the ring, Bravo slammed Duggan.
  • Having had enough of the shenanigans, Duggan grabbed the 2×4 and nailed Bravo with it twice.
  • Obviously, Duggan was disqualified and shouted a profanity. The heels led 4-1.
  • After a couple of knee drops, Roberts got 2 on Bravo.
  • He then gave Perfect a clothesline as the Richfield faithful chanted “DDT.”
  • He then gave Perfect a knee lift.
  • Bravo tagged in and denied Roberts DDT attempt #2.
  • Yet again, Bravo missed an elbow drop. I don’t think the elevator goes all the way to the top floor with this guy.
  • Rude tagged in as Roberts smartly took a respite outside the ring.
  • After a gutbuster, Rude gave Roberts a pair of cross-corner whips.
  • He then slammed Roberts and applied a bear hug.
  • Roberts escaped, but Rude mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a fist drop.
  • Slowly, Rude walked over to his corner. As Roberts revealed a full moon over Richfield, he nailed Rude with the DDT.
  • 1-2-3. THAT’S a great way to end that feud.
  • The heels led 3-1.
  • André came in, attacked Roberts maliciously, and got disqualified.
  • The heels led 2-1.
  • Perfect came in, covered Roberts, and got the pin.
  • Survivors: Mr. Perfect and Bravo.

Rating: ***

Summary:  The match came to a screeching halt after the DDT.

After the match, Roberts grabs Damian from under the ring and chases the heels from ringside.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the heels for the main event.

Match 4: WWF champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Hillbilly Jim, Hercules, and Koko B. Ware (w/ Elizabeth) versus the Big Boss Man, Akeem, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, King Haku, and the Red Rooster (w/ Slick, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Virgil)

Highlights:

  • Akeem? But isn’t that…um…yeah.
  • I still can’t believe Taylor accepted the Red Rooster gimmick. Someone high up must not like him.
  • Hercules is a face? How’d that happen? Wow!
  • At the onset, DiBiase clotheslined Savage, reversed a cross-corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Savage then delivered a clothesline and tagged in Hercules.
  • Rooster tagged in and gave Hercules a jawbreaker.
  • He then attempted a Sharpshooter but Hercules escaped. I wonder how the Blue Blazer felt about that.
  • In any case, Ware tagged in, gave Rooster a cross-corner whip, but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • King Haku tagged in, chopped Ware down to the mat, but missed a leg drop.
  • Hogan tagged in and clotheslined King Haku.
  • After a pair of elbow drops, Hogan tagged in Hillbilly Jim.
  • They then gave King Haku a double big boot for 2.
  • Rooster tagged in, tried to slam Hillbilly Jim, but received one instead.
  • Ware tagged in and gave Rooster a powerslam for 2.
  • Upon receiving a cross-corner whip, Ware used a head fake then climbed to the top turnbuckle.
  • He then gave Rooster a missile dropkick for 2. Woohoo!
  • Hogan tagged in, gave Rooster a big boot, then tagged in Savage.
  • After a Hogan slam, Savage hit the big elbow for the pin.
  • The faces led 5-4.
  • An infuriated Heenan berated Rooster afterward.
  • Hogan tagged in but received a dropkick from King Haku.
  • He then reversed a cross-corner whip and gave King Haku a corner clothesline.
  • After a slam from Hogan, Hercules delivered an elbow drop for 2.
  • King Haku then countered a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • Akeem tagged in, slammed Hercules, but missed an elbow drop.
  • Hillbilly Jim tagged in and gave Akeem a big boot but couldn’t take him off his feet.
  • He then reversed a cross-corner whip but ate a clothesline.
  • The 747 finished off Hillbilly Jim tying the match at 4-4.
  • Ware came in, gave Akeem a dropkick, then tagged in Hogan.
  • Savage tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle to Akeem.
  • After giving Akeem a pair of elbow smashes, Savage tagged in Hercules.
  • Upon delivering a back elbow, Hercules still couldn’t take Akeem off his feet.
  • Ware tagged in, gave Akeem a dropkick to the corner, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Boss Man tagged in, delivered the Boss Man slam, and eliminated Ware.
  • The heels led 4-3.
  • Hogan came in and the Richfield faithful rose to their feet for his showdown with the Boss Man.
  • After a clothesline, Hogan gave Boss Man an atomic drop.
  • He then gave Boss Man a cross-corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
  • Hogan then delivered the big boot.
  • Upon receiving a slam, Boss Man gave Hogan a spinebuster.
  • Akeem tagged in, and he and Boss Man gave Hogan a double back elbow.
  • King Haku tagged in, gave Hogan a head butt, and got 2.
  • Afterward, Boss Man tagged in and gave Hogan the running guillotine.
  • DiBiase tagged in and delivered a clothesline to Hogan.
  • After a series of fist drops, DiBiase got 2.
  • Upon ducking a haymaker, Hogan came back with an atomic drop.
  • Hercules tagged in, gave DiBiase a cross-corner whip, and followed with a back drop.
  • After a knee lift, Hercules delivered a clothesline.
  • However, as he came off the ropes, Virgil tripped him.
  • He then pulled Virgil up on the apron until DiBiase planted a knee into his back.
  • DiBiase then rolled him up for the pin.
  • The heels led 4-2.
  • Off-camera, Hercules nailed Virgil on the floor.
  • Savage came in, rolled up the distracted DiBiase, and got the pin.
  • The heels led 3-2.
  • King Haku came in and chopped Savage down to the mat.
  • Hogan tagged in but ate a crescent kick from King Haku.
  • Next, Boss Man tagged in, slammed Hogan, and got 2.
  • King Haku tagged in and gave Hogan a vertical suplex for 2.
  • He then applied a trapezius hold to Hogan, but Hogan wouldn’t submit.
  • Boss Man tagged in and gave Hogan the Boss Man slam.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a splash.
  • Hot tag Savage.
  • As he came off the ropes, Slick tripped Savage.
  • While Boss Man applied a bear hug, Slick accosted Elizabeth. The scoundrel!
  • When he tried to drag Elizabeth backstage, Hogan came to her rescue and nailed Slick.
  • Deviously, Boss Man then handcuffed Hogan to the bottom rope.
  • Finkel then announced the Boss Man had been counted out.
  • The match was tied 2-2.
  • The Boss Man then pummeled Hogan with the nightstick.
  • While King Haku distracted referee Earl Hebner, Boss Man nailed Savage in the back with the nightstick.
  • Akeem then threw down Hebner. That won’t earn him any favors.
  • Boss Man then held down Savage so that Akeem could deliver the 747.
  • According to Finkel, Akeem was disqualified.
  • The faces led 2-1.
  • King Haku then gave Savage a back elbow for 2.
  • Upon slamming Savage, King Haku missed an elbow drop.
  • At ringside, Slick taunted Hogan with the keys to the handcuffs.
  • In the ring, King Haku missed a dropkick.
  • From the apron, as Slick held Savage, King Haku delivered a Mafia kick but hit Slick instead of Savage.
  • When Slick went down to the floor, Heenan tried to check on him, but Hogan clotheslined him to pick up the spare.
  • Back in the ring, King Haku gave Savage an inverted atomic drop.
  • Meanwhile, Elizabeth pickpocketed Slick and retrieved the keys. She must have taken lessons from the hoodlums outside of Madison Square Garden.
  • Regardless, she unlocked the handcuffs so Hogan returned to his corner.
  • After a slam, King Haku mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the splash.
  • Can he even up the match?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • He then gave Savage a crescent kick sending him into his corner to tag Hogan. D’oh!
  • Hogan then gave King Haku the big boot followed by a slam.
  • He then delivered the leg drop and pinned King Haku.
  • Survivors: The MegaPowers.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  Entertaining match with a predictable finish. The Boss Man and Akeem eliminations were a bit hokey though.

After the match, while Hogan poses for the crowd, Elizabeth assists Savage to his feet. When she comes over to talk to Hogan, the Hulkster grabs her from around the waist and swings her around in joy. Savage looks none-too-pleased about that. Things could get interesting moving forward.

Conclusion:  This was an absolutely fantastic show with only a couple minor glitches. While this was the best PPV of ’88, only the inaugural Clash bests it as the show of the year. Nevertheless, grab some family and friends as well as some popcorn, fire up the WWE Network, and watch this gem.

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XVIII!

Rating: 2.80

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