Yearly Review: WWF November 1988

Never get friendly with another wrestler’s wife, brother.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
Randy Savage defended the championship against Andre the Giant at the
eighteenth edition of Saturday Night Main Event on November 26th (taped
on the 16th). They fought to a double disqualification when Roberts and
Heenan got involved (more on that later).

Savage also made it clear that he was looking to “settle the score”
with Bad News Brown. Thus, Savage started a short program with Brown.

However, a pretty big angle would start up at Survivor Series 1988.
At the end of the main event, which was won by Hogan’s team that
featured Savage, Hogan acted rather friendly with Miss Elizabeth. This
upset Savage, but nothing physical would occur between the two friends.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

The Ultimate Warrior retained the championship by defeating the Super
Ninja at SNME #18. Warrior continued to defend the championship
successfully against former champion Honky Tonk Man throughout the
month. No new developments for Warrior this month. Aside from being the captain of a Survivor Series team that defeated a team captained by Honky Tonk Man.

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

Demolition retained the championships throughout the month by defeating
the British Bulldogs. Big changes occurred for the champions at Survivor
Series. While competing in an elimination match with several tag teams,
their manager Mr. Fuji ended up turning on Demolition, and aligned
himself with the Warlord and the Barbarian. This action resulted in
Demolition turning babyface.

To close out the month, Demolition would wrestle against the Powers
of Pain (Warlord/Barbarian) to double disqualifications as their feud
was just beginning.

Other Happenings:

– As previously noted, Roberts got involved with the Savage/Andre
match at SNME #18. Andre ended up getting tied up into the ropes after
Heenan was tossed towards him. Roberts tried to attack Andre with his
snake, but Andre avoided the snake by freeing himself from the ropes.

– Hulk Hogan began to feud with the Big Bossman on the house show
market, as well. Hogan wouldn’t win by pin fall, but rather by count-out
when he would handcuff Bossman to the ropes from the floor.

– The Hart Foundation and the Rougeau Brothers competed against each
other on the house show market. To go along with tag matches, they would
also have singles matches to continue their apparent feud.

– Ted DiBiase and Hercules also had numerous matches on the house
show market since back in September DiBiase had purchased Hercules from
Bobby Heenan to be his personal slave. DiBiase would come out victorious
most, it not every time they wrestled. Hercules was able to pin Virgil
at SNME #18, which didn’t sit well with DiBiase who would yell at Virgil
for the loss.

– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match at SNME #18 and
the Rougeau Brothers were victorious over the Young Stallions.

– Survivor Series 1988 marked the last appearance for the Dynamite
Kid and the last appearance for Davey Boy Smith for two years.

Below are the quick results for both SNME and Survivor Series.

SNME XVIII

– WWF World Champion Randy Savage fought Andre the Giant to a double disqualification to retain the title.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior defeated Super Ninja
– Hercules defeated Virgil
– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match
– The Rougeau Brothers defeated the Young Stallions

Survivor Series 1988

– Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Blue Blazer and Jim
Brunzell defeated Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine
and Bad News Brown.
– The Powers of Pain, the Rockers, the British Bulldogs, the Hart
Foundation and the Young Stallions defeated Demolition, the
Brainbusters, the Bolsheviks, the Rougeau Brothers and the
Conquistadors.
– Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race
defeated Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera and Tito
Santana.
– Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Kobo B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim
defeated Akeem, Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, Haku and Red Rooster.

Ratings:

SNME #18: 9.4
Survivor Series 1988: 2.8

Bob’s Reaction: 
The slow buildup to a Savage/Hogan feud is beginning. The idea behind the feud is actually interesting and the right direction to go in. Savage is a great heel and being overprotective of Elizabeth gives a fresh feeling to Savage and the angle has some depth to it. Should be interesting to see how this progresses.

I’m kind of bummed out that the British Bulldogs left at this time. A match with the Brainbusters could have been a gem.

The babyface turn for Demolition was a good decision. I don’t think they are great in the ring, but they seem to be a rather likeable team at this point. Fuji was the main reason why people seemed to hate them at the time. A feud with Powers of Pain should be good as the Powers of Pain appear to be a legit threat to them considering their size.

By the look of the card for Survivor Series is rather strong and involves a lot of matches that had several feuds involved. It’s actually making me want to watch the show.

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