June 25, 1988
From the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week will be Jake Roberts, The Rockers, Ted DiBiase, Koko B. Ware, and the One Man Gang. Plus, an interview with the entire Heenan Family
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. The Conquistador
The Conquistador is Jose Luis Rivera under a mask. Jake slams the Conquistador then works a headlock as we see Cheryl in an insert promo telling Rude that the snake is going to bite him as Vince thinks she is a foxy lady while Jesse thinks she looks like someone you would find on 42nd St. in New York City. Jake remains in control until he hits the DDT for the win (2:42). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of his opponent.
Thoughts: Cheryl is starting to get an awful lot of screen time and mention on WWF TV. She was terrible on the mic but in a program with Rude and Roberts, it didnt matter as those two can easily carry everything.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are shown Greg Valentine injuring Superstar Billy Graham with the figure-four leg lock last week when he came down with Muraco to save Valentine’s opponent. At the end, we learn that Superstar Graham will now become a commentator. And what a commentator he became.
One Man Gang w/ Slick vs. Martin Oliver
Gang attacks Oliver from behind as we hear from Slick, who says all the “fools” who even dream about beating up Gang should wake up an apologize. Clever line. Back to the match as Gang quickly puts Oliver away with a front suplex (1:38).
Thoughts: The Gang/Bigelow feud was not mentioned here either. If properly pushed, those two could have had a solid and possibly memorable feud. Besides that, Gang gets pushed as a monster on TV but with little direction.
Larry Simpson vs. Ultimate Warrior
Warrior beats on Simpson as Jesse notes Warrior is the runner-up of the “Jesse the Body” award. He then tosses Simpson to the floor then carries him on his shoulders and slams him back into the ring. Warrior hits a clothesline then finishes Simpson off with the press slam/splash combo (2:22).
Thoughts: Warrior’s popularity continues to soar. However, his feud with Hercules seems to have ended.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to run down the July 9th Boston Garden show. We hear Rick Rude run down Jake Roberts for their match and from Randy Savage with Elizabeth as Savage lets Ted DiBiase and Virgil know they will never take his belt.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Poffo’s promo is about how Elizabeth is beautiful and that DiBiase’s assets altogether will not equal what she is worth. DiBiase charges but Poffo takes him over with a hiptoss. Poffo hammers away as the crowd goes nuts but he ends up running into a clothesline. Poffo gets dumped outside as DiBiase tosses Poffo in the aisle. Back inside, DiBiase hits a knee smash then puts Poffo away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:41).
Thoughts: DiBiase’s act was at its most popular from here until SummerSlam. The crowds would go nuts whenever his opponent was on offense and he was smart enough to let even the lowliest TV jobbers get at least a punch or two in during the match.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Greg Valentine and Don Muraco as they hype up their match in Boston. We then hear from the British Bulldogs who tell the Bolsheviks while smaller, they are faster and can do better moves than them.
We see a vignette of the Big Bossman slamming a prison cell door shut as he says this is his house and you follow his rules when here. A rare case of vignettes after the TV debut.
Steve Lombardi vs. Koko B. Ware
Lombardi slams Koko and poses but ends up getting dropkicked to the floor. Koko chases Lombardi around and into the ring where he hits an armdrag. He hits another dropkick then works the arm before hitting a missile dropkick before putting Lombardi away with the Ghostbuster (2:44).
Thoughts:A win for Koko, who really doesnt have much direction other than a dying feud with Heenan.
Craig DeGeorge welcomes the entire Heenan Family (Andre, Rude, and Hercules) to the interview platform. Heenan his holding the crown and robe of Harley Race and says he sustained a serious injury as the crowd applauds. Heenan goes off on Hulk Hogan for showing no remorse as he lets us know there is a search for a new king of the WWF. Heenan screams about the crowd showing a lack of respect as they refuse to bow their heads in a moment of silence. Heenan sold the shit out of Race having to vacate the crown due to injury but the whole angle, including the picture of Race’s head in the clouds that popped on the screen whenever his name was mentioned, really came off a bit too strange.
The Rockers vs. Barry Horowitz & Mark Ming
We hear from the Rockers in an insert promo as they tell us we haven’t seen anything yet. The Rockers work over Horowitz and do the same to Ming. They hit Ming with a double suplex then Michaels suplexes Jannetty on top of Ming for the win (2:19).
Thoughts: They are showcasing the Rockers speed and agility here and they seem to be getting over fine. They are also the first team that women have been cheering for loudly since the Can-Am Connection.
George Steele is with his Mine doll and keeps repeating its name. They were pushing that a lot.
Steve DeLeon vs. Bad News Brown
Bad News immediately destroys DeLeon. We then hear an insert promo from the Hart Foundation as Neidhart warns Bad News there are two sets of eyes looking at him instead of one. Back to the match as Bad News threatens the referee before yelling “no mercy” as he destroys his opponent until putting him away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:47).
Thoughts: Bad News is being kept strong but with the Hart Foundation back together and now as a face duo, the Bret Hart singles push seems all but over.
Mooney is back at the Event Center. We hear from Ted DiBiase as he tells Randy Savage he always gets what he wants and will get the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Jake Roberts then tells Rick Rude the last time they met was not enough and he is a hungry man and he is fighting for the right to hold his head up in the street and tell his wife he is taking care of things.
In action next week will be Don Muraco, Rick Rude, George Steele, and Jim Duggan. Plus, the featured bout between the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Killer Bees. We hear from both teams as the Rougeau Brothers point out that the Bees sometimes cheat then incorrectly refer to next week as “4th of July Weekend” while the Bees mock the Rougeaus introduction then yank off their masks and talk about finding out how tough the Rougeaus really are when they face off. God, I loved the Rougeaus act at this time.
Final Thoughts: Solid show this week. They are pushing everything from new acts to top feuds. The company is trying to gain momentum as they kick off the Summer.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: RoH Supercard of Honor X, Night One
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Shawn Michaels
Friday: WWF Madison Square Garden 6/25/88
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling TV 12/3/81
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/26/88
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 7/2/88
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/3/88