November 28, 1987
From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon
This week’s featured matchup will be Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine. Also in action will be Harley Race, Jake Roberts, Hart Foundation, and Don Muraco
Before his match against Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine is backstage with Jesse Ventura. Valentine lets us know that he is excited to tell us about his newest surprise then opens a door to reveal Jimmy Hart as they head out to the ring. This marks the end of the shitty New Dream Team and Johnny V’s managerial career. The story here was that Valentine was looking to reclaim his glory as a singles wrestler. At the time, according to Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” Valentine’s contract was ending at this time and considering going to Crockett.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart
Valentine attacks Beefcake from behind to start. Beefcake fights back and slams Valentine down. He takes him down with a chop before hitting another slam but misses an elbow drop as the Hammer is back in control. He heads up top but Beefcake tosses him off then fires away in the corner. Beefcake ducks his head for a backdrop and that allows Valentine to hit him with an elbow smash. Valentine keeps trying to put on the figure four while Hart distracts Beefcake by going after his scissors, allowing Valentine to stay in control. They start brawling as the ref gets knocked down then Beefcake puts on the sleeper. Hart then tries to attack Beefcake with his scissors but Beefcake stopped him then tosses Hart to the floor. Valentine attacks Beefcake then locks on the figure four as he works the hold in the middle of the ring. Beefcake tries reaching for the scissors that are on the mat as Hart starts slowly crawling into the ring. The fans are screaming for Beefcake as he grabs the scissors then the ref finally gets up and rings the bell (6:09) *3/4. A few referees come into the ring as Beefcake is clutching his knee in pain as the match is ruled a double disqualification. Beefcake is then helped to the back.
Thoughts: The action was fine but it felt like the ref was on the mat forever. Still, the crowd was nuts for Beefcake. Being the first TV match of the taping also helps things in that department as well. With Davis, Honky, and now Valentine, they have an assortment of guys in the Hart Family for Beefcake to feud with. In retrospect, it was good booking as you had Beefcake run through a few guys before getting to Honky for an Intercontinental Title feud.
Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Virgil and Ted DiBiase. He asks DiBiase about trying to prove to us all that everyone has a price. DiBiase talks about how everyone has a price and has proven that week after week. He then talks about how when he means “everyone” he really does mean everyone, including Hulk Hogan, and will prove so when he buys his World Heavyweight Championship. And this segment would start one of the more memorable feuds of the 80’s.
A plug for the “Slammy Awards,” which will air on December 19th.
Koko B. Ware & Young Stallions vs. Terry Gibbs & Dusty Wolfe & Barry Horowitz
The announcers talk about DiBiase trying to buy the World Title as Powers backdrops Horowitz after an Irish whip sequence. The faces work over Gibbs as Koko almost pins him with a rollup. Horowitz knees Roma from the back on the apron as he gets double-teamed. Roma comes back and makes a tag to Koko, who hits Wolfe with a missile dropkick before getting the win with his Ghostbuster (2:25). He almost killed Wolfe with that move.
Thoughts: The Stallions were coming off of a Survivor Series win while Koko, who was absent from the show, got a mild push as the lead vocalist on the “Piledriver” song but other than that these three had nothing going on worth mentioning.
DeGeorge is with Jimmy Hart, who is hyperventilating due to the fact he will be hanging above the ring in a cage as the Honky Tonk Man faces Randy Savage. Honky comes out and reassures Hart that he will be okay before bringing out Peggy Sue as DeGeorge looks her over while pointing out that she had a beauty mark as he tried to prove that it was Sensational Sherri, who did not look DeGeorge in the face. They did a great job of disguising Sherri here. She almost looked unrecognizable.
King Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Scott Casey
Before the match we get a clip of Race beating on Duggan with his 2×4. Match starts as Heenan is shown in an insert promo stating he will not be responsible for what Race does to Duggan nor will he be after what Hercules does to Bam Bam Bigelow “tonight on television.” He was referencing “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Casey dropkicks Race but misses a second attempt as Race goes on the attack. The announcers talk about the Bigelow vs. Hercules match as Race gets the win with a cradle suplex (1:08).
Thoughts: Quick win for Race, whose feud against Duggan is starting to get heavily pushed.
Gene Okerlund is with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who tells King Harley Race that he will be looking out for him at the December 12th show at the Boston Garden. He leaves as Bam Bam Bigelow and Oliver Humperdink enter. Bigelow will be wrestling King Kong Bundy at the Boston Garden and promises to “bounce him like a basketball.”
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Renslow
Big ovation for Roberts. Match starts with Roberts taunting Renslow to hit him as he works the arm. He hits a pair of slams as Jesse accuses Roberts of only winning his matches due to the snake psyching out his opponents. Roberts goes back on the attack as the announcers talk about DiBiase trying to buy the World Title from Hogan then he hits the DDT for the win (2:12). After the match, Roberts dumps Damien on top of Renslow.
Thoughts: They are still reintroducing Roberts of sorts since he has recently returned from suspension.
WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s topic is the “37th Annual Slammy Awards” as he runs down the topics. The show will be held at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City. There will also be musical performances here as well. They stressed the videos from the “Piledriver” album more than anything else.
Slick is with Butch Reed and the One Man Gang as he introduces us to the “greatest music video ever set to music,” Jive Soul Bro. Sadly, this copy does not include the video.
“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Brian Costello
Muraco hits a slam and a swinging neckbreaker to start. He then tosses him into the corner and rams his knee into Costello’s chest before getting the win with a tombstone piledriver (0:56).
Thoughts: They are trying to carry on the Superstar Graham push through Muraco. To be fair, it was all Muraco had as a babyface angle.
DeGeorge is in the locker room where Beefcake is going out of his mind, vowing to get revenge on Valentine.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo & Jerry Allen
Poffo’s pre-match poem consisted of calling Jimmy Hart a “wimp” while congratulating Strike Force. The match begins with Neidhart beating on Poffo. Allen tags as Neidhart pushes him against the ropes and roughs him up while Ventura rags on Bruno for being senile…..as Bruno does not even bother defending himself. Bret tags as the announcers talk about the “WWF Magazine” article about Strike Force as the Hart Foundation hit Allen with the Hart Attack for the win (1:50).
Thoughts: Total squash by the Hart Foundation, who are pissed about losing the belts to Strike Force.
Okerlund is with Slick and the Bolsheviks, who will be facing the British Bulldogs at the Boston Garden. They cut a basic, uninspired promo about how they will win the match. They leave as Butch Reed comes in to talk about his opponent, Don Muraco. Slick calls out Muraco for sticking his nose in Reed’s business while Reed himself tells Muraco he is first on the list and will hammer him out.
Next week in action will be Strike Force, Ted DiBiase, Bam Bam Bigelow, Greg Valentine, and the British Bulldogs. Plus, a “major” announcement from Superstar Billy Graham. After that we then get a promo from Randy Savage as he talks about facing Bret Hart on Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Final Thoughts: This was certainly an eventful show. The DiBiase storyline was great and the Beefcake/Valentine stuff felt fresh, even if they feuded months prior. The Slammy Award hype and other feuds such as Honky/Savage and Race/Duggan are also going strong.