June 4, 1988
From the Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, MN
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
Billy Bowman & Ricky Ataki vs. The Bolsheviks w/ Slick
The Bolsheviks take control as we get an insert promo from Slick, telling us that the Bolsheviks are the greatest team ever because they are tough and the fact that he is their manager. Back to the match as Ataki tags and lands a few shots, seemingly having no idea to wrestle, but Zhukov quickly takes control and hits a gutbuster and holds Ataki in place so Volkoff can boot him in the face and that gets the win (2:15).
Thoughts: They were still trying to push the Bolsheviks a bit here but that did not last long.
Steve Lombardi vs. Ultimate Warrior
Lombardi tries to attack Warrior from behind but that fails. Jesse keeps calling Warrior a lunatic as he is full control of the match. The crowd is really into the Warrior as he finishes off Lombardi with a press slam/splash combo (1:37).
Thoughts: The Warrior’s popularity continues to surge as the crowds are going nuts whenever they hear his music play. They also pop for all of his signature spots.
Gene Okerlund is in the Event Center, hyping up the 6/4/ Boston Garden show. Andre seems drunk here as he stalls and mumbles his words while laughing at the end to hype his match against Duggan. We see Bam Bam Bigelow, cutting a promo in front of a green screen, as he runs down Hercules for their match.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. Buck Zumhoffe
DiBiase immediately takes down Zumhoffe before tossing him outside. DiBiase roughs him up before rolling him back inside where he quickly puts him away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:27). After the match, Zumhoffe gets a $100 bill shoved down his throat.
Thoughts: Quick match to put over DiBiase as the #1 challenger to the WWF World Heavyweight Title.
DiBiase and Virgil are standing behind a cage to hype up his cage match against Randy Savage to hype their match at the 6/25 Madison Square Garden show. I will be reviewing that show eventually.
Frank DeFalco vs. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin
Before the match, Frenchy tells the crowd to shut up and they actually respond to him with a “USA” chant. We hear an insert promo from Bravo, who tells us he hates USA chants but it will also cause more damage he will inflict on his American opponent. Bravo stays in control until getting the win with a side slam (1:24).
Thoughts: Short match as the Dino Bravo strongman gimmick continues.
Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, who tell us the only thing they have in common with Dino Bravo is their Nationality as they love America. They talk about all of the sights they have seen but get them mixed up as they clarify again how they have nothing to do with Bravo and to prove their sincerity, they brought a gift. The Rougeaus then pull out small American flags and start to wave them as they speak French to some of their friends. It ends with Jacques leading the crowd in a USA chant as Jesse jokes how they are just looking for Green Cards. The Rougeaus slow heel turn was great and the insincerity they have displayed was great. From Jacques tone to Raymond’s smile, it was all phenomenal.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Tom Stone
Beefcake backs Stone into the corner then hammers away. He begins to strut then slams Stone off of the top rope before putting him away with a sleeper (1:36). After the match, Beefcake gives Stone a haircut.
Thoughts: Beefcake is continuing to be built up as the #1 contender to the Honky Tonk Man’s Intercontinental Title. While still popular, his feud with Honky is not as over as you think.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. JT Thomas
Valentine beats on Thomas as the announcers go back-and-forth on the merits of his shinguard. Thomas fights back but runs into a knee in the corner. Valentine drags him in the middle of the ring and drops an elbow before adjusting the shinguard as he locks on the figure four and immediately gets the win (2:57).
Thoughts: The Hammer’s new shinguard gimmick is now getting a lot of focus. He now needs an opponent.
In action next week will be Koko B. Ware, Hercules, Jim Duggan, and the featured bout of the Young Stallions vs. Demolition.
Final Thoughts: My copy did not include the first match, which was a Rick Rude squash. Other than that, they pushed their top feuds and new gimmicks. Nothing memorable happened but the show itself was fine.