Yearly Review: WWF April 1988

It’s the fallout from WrestleMania. Check out the direction the WWF seems to be going after Mania IV.


WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by Randy Savage)
Savage’s first challenger for his WWF World Championship was the One Man
Gang. Savage had beaten Gang by disqualification at Wrestle Mania IV to
advance in the tournament. Gang managed to earn a title shot and the
contest would happen at Saturday Night’s Main Event #16 which was taped
on April 22nd. After roughly six minutes of action, Savage was able to
use his speed to defeat the One Man Gang and retain his title.

There was no time to be celebrating for Randy Savage, however. Savage
quickly had another challenger for the WWF World Championship who
happened to be the man who got screwed over at Wrestle Mania by Hulk
Hogan. That man would be Ted DiBiase. DiBiase was able to earn a title
shot by defeating Don Muraco at SNME #16. Can DiBiase finally win the
WWF World Championship? DiBiase would beat Savage numerous times on the
house show market, but only by count-out. Savage’s conflict with DiBiase
was far from being over.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by the Honky Tonk Man)
April was a fairly busy month for Honky Tonk Man. Not only did he have
to continually defend the championship against Brutus Beefcake on the
house show market, but he also defended against Bam-Bam Bigelow and
Hillbilly Jim. At the April 21st taping of WWF Superstars, Honky was
able to defeat Bigelow by count-out and defeated Hillbilly Jim by pin
fall to retain the title. Honky was continuing to prove that he was
indeed the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time.

As for Beefcake, Honky was able to retain the championship numerous
times by count-out with the help of his manager Jimmy Hart on the house
show market. Jimmy Hart would dress up as Peggy Sue and cause Beefcake
to be counted out during each contest. Beefcake would get some momentum,
however, as at SNME #16 taped on April 22nd, Beefcake defeated Jimmy
Hart’s handpicked opponent David Davis. After winning the bout, Beefcake
cut some of Davis’ hair and taunted Jimmy Hart.

Will Beefcake manage to defeat Honky Tonk Man? Or, will Beefcake just continue to trim his opponents’ hair?

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by Demolition)

Following Wrestle Mania, Demolition had their first title defense
against the Young Stallions where they retained the championships.
Demolition competed at SNME #16 taped on April 22nd as they competed
against the British Bulldogs. There wasn’t much hype for the contest as
the bout was not for the tag team championships. Demolition won the
match by disqualification after the British Bulldogs attacked the
champions with pieces of Mr. Fuji’s broken cane.

Also, throughout the month of April, Demolition defeated former
champions Strike Force numerous times on the house show market.
Demolition’s first month as champions went rather smoothly.

Other Happenings:

– The feud between Jim Duggan and Andre the Giant continued as Andre
screwed Duggan over at Wrestle Mania IV as Andre cost Duggan a win
against DiBiase in the world title tournament. They had several matches
on the house show market which saw Andre getting several count-out wins
after hitting Duggan with his own 2×4. At a house show in Italy, Andre
pinned Duggan but was attacked by Duggan with a 2×4. At SNME #16 taped
on April 22nd, Duggan was attacked by Andre after defeating Hercules by
disqualification. Duggan was saved by the Ultimate Warrior, who was
still feuding with Hercules.

– The Jake Roberts/Rick Rude feud continued as Rude would make snide
remarks regarding Roberts’ marriage. Nothing was heavily progressed
between the two until the following month.

– Bad News Brown and Bret Hart had several matches against each
other on the house show market which saw them wrestle to draws.

– Lastly, several feuds from the previous month continued but were
losing steam. JYD/Ron Bass, Warrior/Hercules, and Islanders/Bulldogs
were among them. Nothing new developed for those feuds as they just
competed on the house market numerous times.

Ratings/Buy-rates:

Saturday Night’s Main Event #16 rating on NBC is unknown

Bob’s Reaction: 
There wasn’t much going on this month despite the SNME. The Savage/DiBiase stuff still has a lot of steam, but they have failed to create new feuds for a lot of the guys. This seemed to be more of a transitional month for the undercard feuds, it seemed like.

I feel like the build up for Beefcake’s chase for the WWF Intercontinental Championship continues to be done nicely and it seems evident that he would be winning the championship.

Considering there are several months before the next pay per view this seemed to be a month just to fill in the gap of time.

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