June 11, 1988
From the Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, MN
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, our featured matchup will be the Young Stallions vs. Demolition in a non-title match. Also in action are Jim Duggan, Hercules, and Koko B. Ware. Plus, an interview with Jake Roberts and more!
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Billy Anderson
The crowd is hot for Duggan. He knocks Anderson down as we get an insert promo from Andre the Giant, telling Duggan he is in big control. Back to the match as Duggan sets up for the Three Point Stance and hits that for the win (1:07).
Thoughts: Its really amazing to go back and watch just how Duggan was at this point in his career. His feud with Andre remains hot as well.
WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is Greg Valentine and his shinguard, which seems to be effecting opponents when he puts them in the figure-four leg lock. They showed clips of him in action and it ran really long before we saw Valentine and Jimmy Hart upset people are not believing that he is injured. This segment lasted forever.
Young Stallions vs. Demolition
Demolition takes control to start. The Stallions use their speed to take control and use some double-team moves. Smash picks up Powers and places him in the corner as Demolition cuts off the ring. We are shown an insert promo from Strike Force, who tell Demolition and Mr. Fuji they are watching them at all times. Demolition continue to beat on Powers until he dodges a charge. Roma tags in and runs wild, almost putting away Smash with a top rope sunset flip. Fuji hands Ax his cane behind the referee’s back then Strike Force runs out to clear Demolition from the ring as the champs win the back via disqualification (4:47). The Stallions and Strike Force celebrate as “Girls in Cars” plays.
Thoughts: This was really just a way to carry on the Strike Force/Demolition feud. The story here was since Mr. Fuji screwed over Strike Force by outside interference, they were not going to let him do it again to someone else. Roma looked good in the match though. Looking back, he was an underrated performer.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center and runs down the 7/9/88 Boston Garden show, which includes Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase, Don Muraco vs. Greg Valentine, and a team called the “Midnight Rockers.” We then hear from Jake Roberts as he runs down Rick Rude to hype their match and from Ted DiBiase as well to hype his title match against Savage. Both of the interviews were fine.
Koko B. Ware and Frankie plug the WWF Ice Cream Bars.
Koko B. Ware vs. Rick Gantner
The announcers remind the kids to not try what they see on TV at home while Koko takes control of the match. Gantner misses a charge as Koko hits a falling headbutt then a clothesline. Koko climbs up top for a missile dropkick then hits the Ghostbuster for the win (2:05).
Thoughts: Koko did not have a whole lot going on but man was the Ghostbuster finisher ahead of its time. Plus, he hit that move perfectly.
Hercules vs. Chris Bassett
Hercules overpowers Bassett as the crowd starts a loud “weasel” chant. Hercules then puts Bassett away with the backbreaker submission (1:55).
Thoughts: Nothing of note happened here and they did not even bring up Hercules’ feud with the Ultimate Warrior on commentary.
Craig DeGeorge welcomes Jake Roberts to the interview platform. He asks Jake about Rick Rude and his remarks regarding his wife, Cheryl. Jake talks about having what Rude does not as Cheryl comes out to say that Rude is not enough man for her or Jake. Cheryl then tells Rude he pities him for what Jake is about to do to him. Cheryl was not exactly the best on the mic but the segment was effective enough. On his 1988 WWE Timeline with Kayfabe Commentaries, Jim Duggan hinted that Cheryl might have been fooling around with other guys in the locker room behind Jake’s back. Here, they portrayed the two as a strong couple.
Louie Spicolli vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass
This is Spicolli’s debut as a WWF jobber. He was at his slimmest here too. Bass is yelling about wanting to see JYD before the match. Bass slams Spicolli as Jesse plugs the newest edition of “WWF Magazine,” which features an article on the Bass/JYD feud. Bass continues to beat on Spicolli until he finally puts him away with the gourdbuster (1:38). After the match, Bass hangs Spicolli with Miss Betsy as the crowd chants for JYD.
Thoughts: The Bass/JYD feud continues and this crowd seemed invested in that based off of their chants for JYD.
Ken Patera vs. Larry Simpson
Patera beats on Simpson as the announcers argue over the legitimacy of Dino Bravo’s bench press record. Patera stays in control until putting Simpson away with the Full Nelson (1:37).
Thoughts: They are still trying to get over the Bravo/Patera feud. Man, they pushed this a lot on TV, especially for its spot on the card. The Dino Bravo singles push in the late 80’s is a mystery to myself and others.
Chris Curtis & Pete Sanchez & “Dangerous” Danny Davis vs. Sam Houston & The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
Houston runs wild to start. We hear an insert promo from Houston and the Rougeaus, who are holding tiny US Flags, as they talk about taking Houston under their wing and loving America. The Rougeaus are now in control and they end up hitting Curtis with the Doomsday Device for the win (3:29). Afterwards, the Rougeaus hit the same move on Sanchez as Houston looks confused to what just took place.
Thoughts: The Rougeaus were reallly entertaining in there roles as insincere babyfaces. This act was really ahead of its time.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Rick Rude and Randy Savage as they hype up their matches at the Boston Garden show against Jake Roberts and Randy Savage, respectively.
In action next week will be Bret Hart, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the British Bulldogs. Plus, an interview from Rick Rude and more.
Final Thoughts: This week, they really just maintained status quo by hyping up the same storylines and feuds. It was fairly entertaining in that regard. Also, next week’s show featured the WWF TV debut of a new singles wrestler and a tag team that fans of this era would become quite familiar with.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/12/88
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/18/88
Wednesday: RoH Supercard of Honor, Night One 4/1/16
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1997 WCW as told by Kevin Nash
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/19/88