WWF Superstars of Wrestling March 26th, 1988

March 26, 1988

From the Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC

Your announcers are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Randy Savage, British Bulldogs, Demolition, and Jim Duggan

 

 

British Bulldogs w/ Koko B. Ware vs. Bill Newkirk & Iron Mike Sharpe

Davey dropkicks Sharpe after a criss-cross sequence. Newkirk tags and gets knocked outside as the camera shows Koko clapping with Frankie on his shoulder. We get an insert promo from Bobby Heenan, telling us this Sunday at WrestleMania he has a big surprise. Back to the match as the Bulldogs take turns suplexing Newkirk until Dynamite puts him away with an assisted diving headbutt (3:14).

Thoughts: Just a segment to promote the six-man tag at WrestleMania, which revolves around a feud over an actual dog.

 

 

WWF Update with Craig DeGeorge. He runs down the matches at WrestleMania as we get some insert promos, including an all-time classic from the Killer Bees as they cut the lamest babyface promo I have ever heard, which is remarkable since that is what they do every time they are on the mic. He then tells us we can only watch the show on closed-circuit TV or on PPV.

 

 

Fans tell us how they will be watching WrestleMania IV. They were all wearing new merchandise, mostly Hulk Hogan’s.

 

 

Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. David Stoudemire

Hercules starts by beating down Stoudemire as the announcers talk about his match against the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania. Hercules hits a side slam then submits him with the backbreaker (1:51).

Thoughts: Easy win for Hercules as he heads into WrestleMania to go up against the Ultimate Warrior.

 

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Pete Sanchez

Roberts hits Sanchez with a knee lift before working the arm as the announcers put over the DDT. We get an insert promo from Rick Rude, telling Roberts he might be sly, cutting, and have the DDT but at WrestleMania IV he is in for a “rude awakening.” Back to the match as Roberts hits a clothesline then signals for the DDT and hits that for the win (1:49).

Thoughts: Once again, they plugged a first-round tournament match, which at this point is just overkill to be honest as its the same thing week after week.

 

 

Gene Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who once again tells Brutus Beefcake he will not take his belt or cut his hair. Honky tells us no one touches his hair. We then hear from Beefcake, who tells Honky he will “cut an album” after taking his title and hair at WrestleMania.

 

 

Bob Uecker and Gene Okerlund hype up WrestleMania IV. Uecker tells us Andre the Giant is his friend and they even went skiing in “Grenoble, Germany” until Gene corrects him. Not the best comedy segment by Uecker and this whole thing came off a bit awkward, mostly due to the subpar material.

 

 

Demolition vs. Mike Richards & Mark Young

Match starts with Demolition destroying Richards. We get an insert promo from Strike Force, who tell Demolition they are ready and if they think they can just show up and take the belts away, they are dreaming. Back to the match as Young misses a dropkick. Smash destroys him then Richards tags and suffers the same until Demolition put him away with the Decapitation (2:17).

Thoughts: Demolition is being put over as the favorite in their Tag Title match against Strike Force, the champions.

 

 

Gene Okerlund is with the One Man Gang and Slick, who tells Bam Bam Bigelow he should give up now and save himself a beating. We then hear from Oliver Humperdink and Bam Bam Bigelow, who tells Gang he is going down.

 

 

Now, Okerlund is with Slick and Butch Reed, who tells Randy Savage he will learn what its like to be in the ring with an actual Macho Man and that he will leave WrestleMania IV as a “beat up” man.

 

 

Vanna White feels fortunate that she is the guest timekeeper at WrestleMania IV.

 

 

Tom Stone vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

These two fight over a lockup as Jesse says he will come out of retirement to challenge Duggan for the title if he ever wound up winning the tournament, because he would be a disgrace as a champion. The fans eat up everything Duggan does and he gets the win with the Three Point Stance (1:59).

Thoughts: Duggan is still insanely over with the fans and being portrayed as somewhat of a title threat here.

 

 

DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Virgil, Ted DiBiase, and Andre the Giant, who tells Hogan that DiBiase will become the next WWF World Heavyweight Champion as he laughs about destroying Hogan at WrestleMania. DiBiase talks about being able to afford patience but at WrestleMania, Andre will defeat Hogan for the third time and Hulkamania will die while he goes on to fulfill his destiny as the World Champion. DiBiase then refers to Hogan’s fans as “Hulkamorons” before saying Hogan will be swimming in their tears. Good heel work by both guys here.

 

 

WrestleMania IV Report with Gene Okerlund. Another run down of the card and celebrities that will be appearing. And once again, they stress the only way to watch is via closed-circuit TV or on PPV. Luckily, this is the last WrestleMania IV report. They’ve pretty much all been the same exact thing each time out.

 

 

Terry Gibbs vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage quickly takes control of the match. He tosses Gibbs outside then we get an insert promo from Elizabeth, saying that WrestleMania will be the thrill of their lives. Back to the match as Savage hits a slam then hits the flying elbow drop for the win (1:31). Vince believes Savage can carry this momentum into WrestleMania.

Thoughts: Its clear on commentary that Savage is one of the favorites to win the tournament.

 

 

DeGeorge is with Hulk Hogan, who tells us he has the “biggest back in the world”and it has never been pinned. Hogan promises to slam Andre so hard Donald Trump’s feet will shake. He then tells DiBiase he will have to face him for the title and will “bankrupt” DiBiase. This promo was a tad bizarre but nowhere nearly as crazy as the one Hogan cut at the PPV.

 

 

In action next week will be the Bolsheviks and Bad News Brown. Also, we will find out who is the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

 

 

Final  Thoughts: More of the same stuff we have seen over the past several weeks. Just WrestleMania hype, which is fine, but having guys cut promos about the first-round matchups for almost two months was just too much and the lack of top feuds made for a boring period of TV shows.