WWF Superstars of Wrestling April 30th, 1988

April 30, 1988

From the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT (This is the first show that was actually taped after WrestleMania IV).

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

In action this week will be the Junkyard Dog, Demolition, Ultimate Warrior, and our featured match between Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and George “The Animal” Steele



Ultimate Warrior vs. Joe Milano

The crowd is jacked for the Warrior. He overpowers Milano to start as Vince accuses Jesse of being envious of the Warrior. Warrior hits a few clotheslines before hitting a press slam and finishing Milano off with a splash (1:54).

Thoughts: Warrior’s popularity continues to serge. And the announcers, especially Vince, are putting over his physique throughout his matches.



WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, we get a replay of last week’s confrontation between Jake Roberts and Rick Rude, who was harassing Jake’s wife. Lord Alfred lets us know that Jake is seething and will make sure Rude pay for what he did. They are clearly positioning this as one of their top TV feuds.



Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Junkyard Dog

JYD shoves Sharpe as we get an insert promo with Ron Bass, who tells JYD he is the new dog trainer and will have him doing whatever he wants as Jesse notes that giving a dog a good beating will get them to obey. Vince was not happy with that. JYD hits a falling headbutt then Sharpe ducks underneath the ropes. JYD hits another headbutt before hitting a powerslam for the win (1:50).

Thoughts: Good reaction here for JYD as they are still pushing his feud with Ron Bass.



“Dangerous” Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mario Mancini

Mancini gets a good hometown pop during his introduction. Davis starts the match with a headbutt then hits a DDT. He beats on Mancini in the corner as Vince plugs Davis’ match “this weekend” against Brutus Beefcake. By that, they mean “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” We get an insert promo from Davis and Hart, who is screaming about Beefcake cutting his hair, as Davis blocks a sunset flip. He then avoids a charge before putting Mancini away with a sitdown splash (2:03).

Thoughts: Davis was barely doing anything at this time as he was still wrestling Sam Houston at house shows in their never-ending feud. However, this appearance was just to build him up as Beefcake’s opponent at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”



Gene Okerlund is back in the Event Center as he puts over the May 7th house show in Boston after sucking up to the Boston Celtics. We get promos from Andre the Giant (hyping his match against Jim Duggan) and Bad News Brown (hyping his match against Bret Hart). Brown’s promo was pretty good.



We see some kid in the crowd eating a WWF Ice Cream Bar.



Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Nelson Veilleux

Frenchy, the heat magnet that he isn’t, comes out holding his “USA is not OK” sign while putting down the crowd for only knowing one language. Bravo immediately beats on Veilleux as Jesse makes fun of Vince for getting fat on WWF ice cream bars. The announcers talk about his bench press record as Bravo is shown in an insert promo angry over the USA chants as he talks about not need a flag behind him. Veilleux mounts a brief comeback but Bravo rams him into the corner before putting him away with a side slam (1:47).

Thoughts: Bravo’s push boggled my mind but they were determined to get over the “World’s Strongest Man” gimmick.  There was no mention at all about his program with Ken Patera.



Okerlund is back in the Event Center. We get promos from the Honky Tonk Man and Brutus Beefcake hyping up their matches. Beefcake had a line about Honky paying off the National Debt by selling his hair grease to Saudi Arabia. Bret Hart also cuts a promo on Bad News Brown. The camera first showed the pink heart on singlet before panning out as they are trying to get that over.



Young Stallions vs. Steve Lombardi & Barry Horowitz

The Stallions work over Lombardi to start. Horowitz tags in as the announcers talk about the Rude/Roberts confrontation from last week, with Jesse accusing Roberts’ wife of leading on Rude. Back to the match as Roma dropkicks Horowitz then Powers hits a powerslam for the win (1:55).

Thoughts:  With the exception of Vince briefly mentioning how the Stallions have improved, this was a backdrop for the announcers to discuss other things going on in the promotion.



Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant. He brings up how Duggan knocked out Andre with his 2×4 as Heenan screams about Duggan being crazy as Andre calls Duggan “stupid” for challenging him and the next time they meet he will put him down and does not need a 2×4 as he will squeeze the life out of him.



Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Steele chases Valentine out of the ring to start. They finally lockup then Valentine bails as Steele landed a few shots. Steele pulls Valentine back inside and hits a turnbuckle smash. Valentine shoves Steele into the corner then works over the neck. He comes off of the top but Steele catches him with a punch to the gut. Steele hammers away but stops to chase Jimmy Hart off of the apron and halfway up the aisle. Valentine runs out to hit him then runs back inside as Steele tosses a few chairs into the ring. We then learn that Valentine won the match via countout (2:55). After that, Steele chases away the referee.

Thoughts: Neither guy was doing much of anything at the time. This was really just to let the crowd see Steele’s antics. It was fine for what it was.



We get a promos from the One Man Gang and Slick, along with Randy Savage to hype up their title match on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.”



Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Jose Luis Rivera & Scott Casey

The match starts with Demolition beating on Rivera. We get an insert promo from Mr. Fuji, gloating over the fact Demolition are the Tag Team Champions and promises they will hold the belts for a long, long time. Vince plugs next week’s featured bout between the Honky Tonk Man and Hillbilly Jim as Casey tags in and runs wild on Smash. However, he gets caught attempting a crossbody then Demolition puts him away with the Decapitation (2:48).

Thoughts:  Just a quick feature for the new Tag Team Champions.



Back at the Event Center, we hear comments from Demolition, hyping up their match at the Boston Garden against Strike Force. Ax really did cut some solid promos. We also hear from Jim Duggan, who promises to parade around tall with his 2×4 as he takes on Andre the Giant.



Next week in action will be Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, and the One Man Gang. We then hear comments from both Hillbilly Jim and the Honky Tonk Man as they hype up their match next week.



Final Thoughts: They continue to shape up their post-Mania creative direction. The Rude/Roberts and Andre/Duggan feuds have gotten off to a great start at least but some of the characters being featured are stale and without Hogan around it feels odd.


Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Monday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 4/30/88 @ noon EST

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/1/88 @ 8pm EST

Wednesday: PWG Lemmy 1/2/16 @ noon EST

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Jacqueline @ noon EST

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 5/7/88 @ 2pm EST

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/8/88 @ noon EST


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