WWF Superstars of Wrestling March 5th, 1988

March 5, 1988

From the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, KS

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

In action this week will be Randy Savage, British Bulldogs, Demolition, and Don Muraco. Plus, an interview with Bobby Heenan and the Islanders plus the WrestleMania IV Special Report.

 

 

Iron Mike Sharpe vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth

This crowd goes nuts for Savage. Sharpe lands a nearfall to start while Jesse accuses Savage of hiding behind Elizabeth. Sharpe works over Savage in the corner as we get an insert promo from Slick and Butch Reed, who tells Savage he will find out who the real “macho man” will be at WrestleMania IV. Sharpe ducks his head for a backdrop and gets booted in the face. Savage follows out with a flying double ax handle then rolls Sharpe back inside and hits a clothesline before putting him away with the flying elbow drop (2:07). Vince makes it a point to tell us how Savage is holding the rope for Elizabeth.

Thoughts: Savage is crazy over with the crowd at this point and Vince is really putting over Elizabeth here too as you can tell they are planning her for a bigger role.

 

 

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. This week’s topic is the WrestleMania IV Title Tournament. We get the brackets, which are different than before as the winner of DiBiase/Duggan faces the winner of Muraco/Bravo while the winner of Gang/Bigelow faces the winner of Rude/Roberts. We get an interview from Andre the Giant, telling Hogan that he is now the World Champion and that all of the Hulkamaniacs are in corner before promising to end Hulkamania forever. We are then shown Hogan telling Andre he will prove to the world that he can beat him in the middle of the ring.

 

 

Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Jim Evans & Mike Richards

Demolition destroy their opponents to start as we get an insert promo from Strike Force, who tell Demolition they will wrestle them “strike force-style” as Santana asks Mr. Fuji to not get involved in the match. That was nice of him. Back to the match as Demolition continues their assault until they put Richards away with the Decapitation.

Thoughts: Another easy win for Demolition as they are a few weeks away from facing Strike Force at WrestleMania IV.

 

 

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Frankie DeFalco

DeFalco fails to knock Muraco off of his feet and ends up getting hip-tossed. Muraco hits a pair of elbow drops as DeFalco rolls outside while Jesse cannot believe Vince thinks Muraco is as strong as Dino Bravo. We now get an insert promo from Bravo and Frenchy Martin, who mumbles in French as always. Back to the match as Muraco hits a dropkick and a powerslam then signals for the Tombstone and hits that for the win (1:53).

Thoughts: They hyped up another first-round match for the WrestleMania IV tournament. This was arguably the least impressive match of the opening round.

 

 

DeGeorge is with Strike Force and Savage as they hype up their six-man tag cage match in Boston against the Hart Foundation and the Honky Tonk Man. The match is the night this show aired and they more or less cut the same promo they have been the past few weeks to build up the match.

 

 

Vince plugs the newest edition of “WWF Magazine,” with Hogan on the cover.

 

 

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Steve Lombardi

Beefcake overpowers Lombardi to start. We get an insert promo from Beefcake, telling the Honky Tonk Man he can lose his title and “lose it all” as he plays with the hedge clippers. Lombardi rakes the eyes but misses a swing and Beefcake catches him with a sleeper for the win (2:01). After the match, Beefcake trims off some of Lombardi’s hair and he flips out after he wakes up.

Thoughts: They are putting over Beefcake as he heads on to WrestleMania to face Honky for the Intercontinental Title.

 

 

DeGeorge is with the Islanders and Bobby Heenan, who tells us he does not need training in his match at WrestleMania IV because he has the Islanders and can take care of some “miserable guy with a parrot” with regards to Koko B. Ware. Heenan’s anti-pet promos building up this match proved just how ridiculous of a feud they were having.

 

 

Bob Uecker tells us that WrestleMania IV is just around the corner then starts doing Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s chants until Ted DiBiase and Virgil step in and intimidate him. Once again, Uecker was a pro in all of these segments.

 

 

Brian Costello & Terry Gibbs vs. British Bulldogs

The Bulldogs start off in control as the announcers talk about Matilda. They suplex Costello around until Gibbs breaks up a sleeper with a flying ax handle. Davey dropkicks Gibbs through the ropes and hits Costello with a powerslam then tags Dynamite and launches him at Costello for a flying headbutt and the win (2:05).

Thoughts: Most of the attention on commentary was paid towards Matilda and her return at WrestleMania IV.

 

 

DeGeorge is on the interview platform with the Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart, who proclaims his client as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time. Honky tells Beefcake he is not a barber or a wrestler then Beefcake himself comes out with his clippers. Honky then tells Beefcake he is not afraid of his scissors as he will never cut his hair then promises to finish him off. Beefcake runs up on the platform as the heels bail then grabs the mic and tells Honky he will take his title then all of his hair as he uses his clippers while the fans go berzerk. Good segment as they have all but moved on from the Honky/Savage feud for the Intercontinental Title.

 

 

WrestleMania IV Report with Craig DeGeorge.  First, we get a message from Donald Trump telling us that the show will be a great event. We learn here that there is a 20-man Battle Royal added to the show. DeGeorge lists off the competitors including: Ken Patera, Ron Bass, Rougeau Brothers, Hart Foundation, Danny Davis, Sika, Junkyard Dog, Sam Houston, The Bolsheviks, Killer Bees, King Harley Race, Young Stallions, Hillbilly Jim, Bad News Brown, and George Steele. We get some promos to hype up the match. DeGeorge now informs us that Robin Leach from the show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” will present the World Heavyweight Title to the winner.

 

 

King Harley Race & “Ravishing” Rick Rude & Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. S.D. Jones & Sonny Rogers & Scott Casey

The Heenan Family attack their opponents before the bell. S.D. and Casey get tossed as Rude beats on Rogers. Race tags and hits a suplex and an elbw drop before Hercules comes in and softens Rogers up before putting Rogers in the backbreaker submission for the win (1:23).

Thoughts: Not a whole lot to say about this other than a match to keep the Heenan Family strong.

 

 

DeGeorge is with the Hart Foundation and the Honky Tonk Man as they hype up the six-man steel cage match tonight in Boston. Neidhart feels inspired tonight after watching kids climb a fence while running from the police as Hart wonders how “being weird” is going to help you in a cage match, referencing the earlier promo where Strike Force hoped that the “weirdness” of Savage would rub off on them.

 

 

Next week in action will be Jim Duggan, Bad News Brown, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, an interview with Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant and much more.

 

 

Final Thoughts: This was all hype for WrestleMania IV. I did like how they built up the first-round matches but since they were not actual feuds and just guys saying a lot of the same things repeatedly, it did make for boring television the closer we get to the PPV. They kicked off the Beefcake/Honky feud here as well and we found out that a Battle Royal has been added to the PPV.