July 9, 1988
From the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week in action will be Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, and the Big Bossman. Plus, the coronation of the new king by Bobby Heenan and an interview with Randy Savage.
Heenan stands in the ring with a bunch of heels,including Jos Leduc in his only Superstars appearance, as he welcomes us to the new king. Leduc was standing next to Frenchy Martin and Dino Bravo. According to the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” Leduc wrestled a dark match at this taping as “The Headbanger” and lost a match via DQ after refusing to stop headbutting his opponent after the five count. We then see Haku walk down the aisle, led by a midget holding a crown and scepter. Haku sits in the king’s chair as Heenan reads off of a scroll about Harley Race then yells about Hulk Hogan not showing any remorse for injuring King. Haku sits their stone-faced as Heenan tells us Haku is honest and loves his fellow man. The crowd starts a weasel chant as Heenan tells them to bow then he puts the crown on Haku then a few jobbers carry Haku out on a chair. The announcement of Haku was underwhelming, despite Heenan’s best efforts to carry the segment. Plus, the fact that Haku looked uncomfortable and out of place made it come off awkward. Long segment that lasted over seven minutes.
Gino Carabello & Dusty Wolfe vs. British Bulldogs
Dynamite starts by beating on Wolfe. Carabello tags in and the Bulldogs quickly put him away with an assisted diving headbutt (1:20).
Thoughts: Brief squash for the Bulldogs, who did not have any feuds to push on TV at this time.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype tonight’s Boston Garden show. We hear Randy Savage run down Ted DiBiase to hype up his title defense and from Rick Rude, who tells Jake Roberts that his old lady wants him and there is nothing he can do about it to stop him.
George Steele and Mine plug WWF Ice Cream Bars.
Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Mario Mancini
Bossman immediately boots Mancini down. He then catches him with a spinebuster as we hear from Bossman in an insert, saying he was brought to the WWF by the judge and Slick to make sure justice his served, right before putting Mancini away with a sidewalk slam (1:11). After the match, Bossman cuffs Mancini to the ropes and beats him with the nightstick.
Thoughts: They’ve done a good job at getting Bossman over as a threat in his first few weeks on TV. Also, Mancini was one of the worst TV job guys of the 80’s that got regular work by the WWF. He was embarrassing here.
Len Kruger vs. Junkyard Dog
JYD clotheslines Kruger then follows with a slam and a headbutt. He roughs up Kruger for a bit then puts Kruger away with the powerslam (2:08).
Thoughts: Zero mention at all of the JYD/Bass feud as that appears to be over. JYD’s physical condition is shit right now. He look blown up halfway through this match, which was wrestled in slow motion.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Don Muraco, who runs down Greg Valentine for their match at the Boston Garden tonight. Also, Ted DiBiase laughs at the notion of “Macho Madness” running wild and that his title belt should be around his waist because he was saved at WrestleMania IV.
We hear from the Hart Foundation as they tell Jimmy Hart they will go all the way to the top without him.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Omar Atlas
Jesse lets us know that Atlas was his opponent in his very first wrestling match. Valentine takes control early until Atlas catches him with a shot to the gut. Valentine comes back with a clothesline as we hear from Hart and Valentine, warning Muraco he will end up just like Superstar Graham. Back to the match as Valentine adjusts his shinguard then applies the figure-four as Atlas quickly submits (1:30).
Thoughts: They continue to push the Valentine/Muraco feud and Valentine’s shinguard gimmick.
Craig DeGeorge welcomes Elizabeth and Randy Savage to the interview platform. He asks Savage about potential contenders as Savage welcomes those big, tall, with or without money. All of a sudden, Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant appear. Savage holds up his belt to Andre, who is making choking gestures with his hands but that distraction allows DiBiase to attack Savage from behind and shove him off of the platform. Andre and DiBiase destroy Savage while Virgil holds Elizabeth, who is on the verge of tears. Andre chokes Savage while DiBiase hammers away as even Heenan lands a quick cheap-shot. The crowd starts chanting for Hogan as Andre is choking the life out of Savage. Andre and DiBiase then throw Savage back up on the platform to Elizabeth. Vince goes off about challenging people like a man instead of attacking from behind as Jesse states this is what happens to you when you are the champ. Awesome angle. The attack looked great and the look of horror on Elizabeth’s face when seeing her man get destroyed really sold the beating well. This all opens the door for Hogan to return and reunite the Mega Powers and the fans want it to happen.
The Bolsheviks w/ Slick vs. Rusty Riddle & Scott Colontonio
Volkoff beats on Riddle to start. He hits a double underhook suplex as the crowd starts a USA chant while Slick laughs and points at Riddle. Colontonio tags and lands a few shots on Zhukov and almost puts him away with a sunset flip. However, he whiffs on a dropkick attempt as the Bolsheviks beat on Colontonio until Zhukov holds him up while Volkoff hits a flying boot from the top for the win (2:59).
Thoughts: The Bolsheviks were just a terrible team and for some reason the WWF was trying to give them a midcard push here. The announcers also spent a little bit of time talking about the attack on Savage.
Tommy Angel vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
Vince hopes that DeGeorge can get an update on the condition of Savage. We then cut to backstage as DeGeorge tells us their is no update on his condition but that they do not call him the “Macho Man” for nothing. Back to the match as Beefcake is in control while we hear from Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who lets Beefcake know he still has his hair and is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time. Beefcake catches Angel with the sleeper and gets the win then after the match gives him a haircut (2:15).
Thoughts: They pushed the Beefcake/Honky feud but the main focus was on Savage’s condition.
Mooney is in the Event Center with more hype for tonight’s Boston Garden show. We hear from the Rockers, who tell the Conquistadores they are going down and from that they are going to beat Demolition. After that, Jake Roberts tells us he will not be satisfied until he beats Rick Rude and will hit him with the DDT so hard he’ll never wake up.
In action next week will be Bad News Brown, The Rockers, Ted DiBiase, and the debut of the Powers of Pain. Plus, an update on the status of Randy Savage and more!
Final Thoughts: The attack on Savage was great and a really hot angle. Other than that, there were some squash matches that did not serve a purpose and the king coronation angle that flopped. Still, the Savage/DiBiase/Andre angle was enough to make this a must-see show.
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