Yearly Review: WWF December 1988

Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage continue to have issues.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
During the December 6th taping of WWF Superstars, Savage was challenged
by Bad News Brown and they brawled for a few moments. However, Savage
had other things to deal with. Continue reading to see the developments
of his min-feud with Brown.

During the taping of SNME #19 on December 7th, Savage felt betrayed
by Hulk Hogan because Hogan held the ropes open for his valet Miss
Elizabeth. Savage wouldn’t help Hogan fight off a double team attack
from Bossman and Akeem because he was confident that Hogan would be
okay.

He would later describe the situation as being a way for Hogan to
feel the pain that he had felt backstage. Savage eventually made the
save when Bossman grabbed Elizabeth. However, Savage was still upset
when he saw Elizabeth comfort a injured Hogan afterwards.

Back to Savage’s issues with Brown, Brown would alleged that
Elizabeth was doing favors for Jack Tunney so that Savage would remain
the WWF World Champion. Savage and Brown would have several matches on
the house show market with Savage retaining the championship each time.

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

Warrior was finally able to end his feud with Honky Tonk Man by earning a
clean pin fall win at SNME 19 taping on December 7th. Considering the
show wasn’t aired until January 1989, Warrior would wrestle Honky on the
house show market in steel cage matches and no disqualification
matches, retaining the championship each time.

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

Demolition started a feud with Mr. Fuji and his new clients, the Powers
of Pain. Throughout the course of the month, they would wrestle to
double disqualifications. The Powers of Pain would manage to earn a
count-out victory against Demolition in a no disqualification match on
December 30th at MSG.

Other Happenings:

– Brutus Beefcake defeated Ron Bass in a hair vs. hair match at SNME 19.
Hulk Hogan was victorious over Akeem by disqualification when Bossman
got involved and lead to the previously mentioned attack. Tito Santana
ended the Red Rooster’s undefeated streak. Lastly, Mr. Perfect pinned
Koko B. Ware.

– Following Rooster’s loss to Santana, Rooster was yelled at by Heenan. This obviously teased a split between the two men.

– Hulk Hogan and Big Bossman continued to compete on the house show
market with Hogan coming out on top earning a few pin fall wins and
disqualification wins.

– Andre the Giant and Jake Roberts had several matches with Andre coming out on top by disqualification.

– The house shows throughout the month also saw the following matches
take place, Hercules/DiBiase, Bravo/Duggan, and Brain Busters/Rockers.

– Not much angle progression to close out the year.

Ratings:
SNME #19: N/A

Bob’s Reaction:
Randy Savage had a busy month. The feud with Bad News Brown has been a fine side feud for the house shows while they slowly buildup the angle between Savage and Hogan. I thought the idea of Elizabeth doing “favors” for Jack Tunney was comical but yet good way to get heat for Brown. The whole progression between Savage and Hogan has been fabulous and is without a doubt the most entertaining angle in the WWF at the time, in my opinion.

There wasn’t much going on to close out the year, taping wise. What did everyone think of the WWF in 1988? What were people looking forward to in 1989?

Personally, I’m looking forward to see how far Bossman climbs up the ranks. Also, the angle involving Savage and Hogan is a top interest of mine as well. I can’t forget about Mr. Perfect, too.

The tag team scene is strong as well and looks like there could be some fun feuds lined up for 1989.

Feel free to share your thoughts about the WWF in 1988 and heading into 1989!

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