WWF Superstars of Wrestling February 6th, 1988

February 6, 2015

From the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey, PA

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, One Man Gang, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Plus, the featured match between Ricky Steamboat and Rick Rude.

Vince McMahon informs us that they are under a strict “edict” and prohibited to speak about the events that took place at last night’s show. (Of course, this was the “Main Event” show when Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Title in controversial fashion as Andre then gave the belt to Ted DiBiase).

 

 

“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Originally, Paul Orndorff was scheduled to face Rude but he left the company. According to Orndorff himself, he was hurt and getting burned out and planned to retire but left on bad terms with Vince McMahon, claiming that others were telling Vince that he was not really hurt. Match starts as they battle over a wristlock while Hercules and King Harley Race come out of the ring. After that, they work an Irish whip sequence that ends with Steamboat getting a nearfall with a crossbody. Steamboat works the arm after one of his trademark arm drags as the crowd starts a loud “weasel” chant. Rude comes back with an inverted atomic drop then follows that with a clothesline. Rude ducks his head for a backdrop as Steamboat hits a swinging neckbreaker as both men are down. Steamboat fights back and hits Rude with ten turnbuckle smashes in the corner. Steamboat heads up top and hits a flying chop. Hercules jumps up on the apron then Race trips up Steamboat. However, the Ultimate Warrior runs out and beats on Race then tosses him in the ring as the ref rings the bell (4:18). Heenan’s guys have the 3-2 advantage until Hacksaw Jim Duggan runs out with his 2×4 and clears the ring as ring announcer Howard Finkle informs us the match is ruled a double disqualification.

Thoughts: Good action while it lasted. Looks like these six men will be feuding. I should note that the Warrior got a great crowd reaction when he ran out to attack Hercules. You can really see the fans taking to him and that the WWF really start to interject him into the TV storylines.

 

 

WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. The topic is WrestleMania IV as DeGeorge tells us it will take place on March 27th at 4pm EST in the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. There is also a 1-800 number on the screen where you can call to purchase tickets.

 

 

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Dusty Wolfe

Muraco works over Wolfe as Jesse is pissed that Tunney will not allow them to talk about last night’s show, stating Tunney is taking away his freedom of speech as allowed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Jesse then says he will talk about as he then gets bleeped out while we get a giant “Censored” graphic across the screen while the match goes on, which further infuriates Jesse. Muraco then wins the match with a tombstone piledriver (2:00).

Thoughts: The match was just a backdrop for Jesse to go off and build further suspense regarding the aftermath of the “Main Event” show. It worked well.

 

 

Gene Okerlund runs down the card for tonight’s Boston Garden show. He then welcomes the British Bulldogs, who will face the Islanders. Davey tells us that Matilda is still very sick and that the Islanders and Heenan will pay the price. Dynamite Kid then speaks and looks zonked out of his mind. He stops when Okerlund cuts him off to plug the house show as the interview ends.

 

 

We get more Matilda talk as the Bulldogs again alert us that Matilda is sick while we get the address on the screen to send her a letter.

 

 

“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Gary Starr

Starr refuses to enter the ring as Bass was cracking his whip. Match starts with Bass beating on Starr as Jesse sarcastically wants to know if Tunney will be okay with him talking about WrestleMania. Bass chokes out Starr against the ropes as Jesse claims to hang around with Donald Trump and George Steinbrenner. Bass continues to brutalize Starr until finally putting him away with the Gourdbuster (1:38).

Thoughts: They put over Bass a bit but this was really to build up WrestleMania IV as a huge event, with Jesse name-dropping celebrities.

 

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Brian Costello

Duggan beats on Costello as the crowd chants right along with him. We are then shown an insert promo from Bad News Brown, who promises there will be more bad news in the future. Jesse gets censored again as he goes off on not being able to talk about the “Main Event” show as Duggan gets the win with his Three Point Stance (1:48).

Thoughts: Once again, the crowd loved Duggan but the main focus here was on Jesse and the result of the “Main Event” show.

 

 

Okerlund is with Slick, who tells Mean Gene that he is stuck in his “old Caucasian ways.” The One Man Gang comes out as Slick hypes his client’s match today in the Boston Garden against George “The Animal” Steele. Slick and Okerlund had some good comedic chemistry.

 

 

We are shown a clip of Dino Bravo setting the World Bench Press record at the Royal Rumble. Some segment that was.

 

 

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Gino Carabello

Match starts with Carabello landing a few shots before getting hit with a clothesline. Bruno plugs the “WWF Magazine” article hyping Bam Bam’s issues with the One Man Gang as Bigelow beats on his opponent. Bigelow scoops up Carabello with one arm for a slam before hitting a slingshot splash to get the win (1:16).

Thoughts: They appear to be going with a Bigelow/Gang feud now, which is fine by me.

 

 

Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with the Bolsheviks and Slick, who tells us he has a lot of plans for the team. Slick then says he is pissed off because Russia is one of the greatest countries in the world today with the best athletes and the Bolsheviks do not get any respect from the American people. The Bolsheviks cut generic heel promos before Volkoff sings the Soviet National Anthem. I don’t think anyone was buying the Bolsheviks as a viable threat.

 

 

A slot machine promo airs for WrestleMania IV.

 

 

The Islanders and Bobby Heenan are laughing at the notion they should feel remorse after kidnapping Matilda. Heenan makes fun of people who talk to their pets as he claims to hate anything that flies and crawls.

 

 

One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Jerry Gray

Gang attacks Gray immediately after the bell. We then hear a phone ring as Jesse answers and claims that Donald Trump is on the other end. Gang beats on Gray some more as we get an insert of Jesse talking on the phone as Vince is pissed and wants to call the match, with Jesse telling him to go right ahead. Gang then gets the win with a front suplex (1:38). After the match, Vince informs us that he was just handed a note from Jack Tunney as Jesse gets pissed off at the mention of Tunney and walks off the set.

Thoughts: Once again they put over both WrestleMania IV and the “Main Event” show. They also gave us a great cliffhanger as to what will happen next week.

 

 

DeGeorge is with Greg Valentine, who will be facing Brutus Beefcake on February 18th at the Meadowlands Arena. Valentine said no one is going to touch his “golden mane.” He then said he showed the world how he carried Beefcake while they were a tag team and at the Meadowlands, he will put an end to their feud.

 

 

Vince lets us know that next week, they will be able to talk about the Main Event show and will be shown footage from the Hogan vs. Andre match.

 

 

In action next week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Butch Reed, British Bulldogs, and Demolition.

 

 

Final Thoughts: This show accomplished two things: it hyped up WrestleMania IV as a star-studded event and left viewers in suspense as to what Jack Tunney will say next week. To those who did and did not see the “Main Event” you were both left wanting to tune in next week to see what will happen. Other than that, Steamboat/Rude was decent action and a couple of the “B” feuds were plugged.