From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, we will hear from Randy Savage as he announces his partner to go up against Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant. Also in action will be the Big Bossman, Powers of Pain, Brutus Beefcake, and the return of the Iron Sheik.
Iron Sheik w/ Slick vs. Scott Casey
This is Sheik’s first appearance since he was fired just over one year prior for getting caught with drugs. Sheik attacks Casey before the bell as we then hear from Sheik in an insert promo as he proclaims all Americans as “liars” because he is number one. Sheik still has his robe on as he beats on Casey, to the amusement of Slick. Casey fights after a leapfrog and ends up clotheslining Sheik with his own head dress but Sheik comes back with a gutwrench suplex before getting the win with the Camel Clutch (1:44).
Thoughts: The Sheik would get fired again for drug use before the end of August. He made one other TV appearance for “Wrestling Challenge” before getting canned.
Craig DeGeorge welcomes Randy Savage and Elizabeth to the interview platform. DeGeorge brings up what happened to Savage the last time he was on the platform, where DiBiase & Andre the Giant attacked him as we get a clip of that. Savage then calls out Virgil for putting his hands on Elizabeth as he made her watch him get attacked and how that will never happen again as he has someone watching his back, someone he can trust, and that is his tag team partner as he then welcomes out……………Hulk Hogan! The crowd goes nuts for Hogan, who tells Savage that he likes his style but that he made one mistake and that is while you are the champ, they wiretap your calls. What the fuck? Anyway, Hogan tells Savage they are both fighting for Elizabeth, as she is their manager, and the cause as Hogan talks about how they will make the world stand still as they shake hands to show unity for the Mega Powers. Savage then brings up SummerSlam and how they will go down the aisle to face Andre & DiBiase as this interview is gets even crazier until it finally ends with both guys posing. Hogan’s return is huge news and it was not that much of a surprise seeing how they formed an alliance even before WrestleMania IV. As for the promo itself, it seemed like it was written by a paranoid lunatic. And maybe it was.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart vs. ???
Valentine destroys this poor guy with suplexes as Hart is laughing into the megaphone. We then hear from Don Muraco in an insert promo as he warns Valentine that he will be there every time he looks over his shoulder. Vince asks Jesse if he will call the Hogan & Savage vs. Andre & DiBiase match fairly as Valentine continues to beat on his opponent until putting him away with the figure-four leg lock (2:49).
Thoughts: Most of the focus on commentary was about the previous segment. They are still pushing the Muraco/Valentine feud here.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center as he hypes up the August 6th Boston Garden show. We hear from the Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart as they are upset at Brutus Beefcake for bringing in his “girlfriend” Georgia, who is clearly George “The Animal” Steele. The Hart Foundation then run down the Rougeaus for calling them “sissies” for wearing pink.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Tim Dixon
Beefcake catches Dixon with a high knee as Jesse loves the fact that Hulk Hogan will be calling him “sir” when he is the referee for his match. Beefcake stays in control as the crowd wants him to use his sleeper and he does for the win (1:44). After the match, Beefcake gives Dixon a haircut to the delight of the crowd.
Thoughts: This crowd was rabid for Beefcake and really wanted to see him give this poor guy a haircut.
Frank DeFalco vs. Bad News Brown
Bad News attacks DeFalco before the bell. We hear from Bad News in an insert promo who tells us “beer-bellied sharecroppers” that he will stay undefeated in the WWF. Bad News stays on the attack until putting DeFalco away with the Ghetto Blaster (2:11).
Thoughts: The new storyline for Bad News is to push him as being undefeated. His character was great but he was really past his prime as a worker.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. This time, he talks about SummerSlam 88 as the Mega Powers will face the Mega Bucks, which is the team of DiBiase & Andre. DiBiase then runs down Hogan for not being able to beat Andre, who then welcomes back Hogan as he refers to him as the “ex–champ.” Andre is counting out a wad of money as Heenan then brings up how Jesse Ventura is the referee as they all start laughing. We then learn that SummerSlam is a PPV event.
Sam Houston shills the WWF Ice Cream Bars as his dopey theme music plays in the background. That poor guy got saddled with one of the lamest gimmicks in WWF history.
The Rockers vs. Rick Gantner & Pete Sanchez
Jesse tells us the Rockers are great but that they lack the size to go up against Demolition. The Rockers take control to start as they hit a few double-team moves. Marty uses his agility to embarrass Sanchez then the Rockers hit a few more double-team moves before putting Sanchez away with a double top-rope fist drop (1:58).
Thoughts: The Rockers are still being billed as “tag team specialists” as they have now won each of their TV matches with a different finishing move. They also continue to get over with the fans.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We now hear about the rest of the SummerSlam card. Demolition will defend the Tag Team Titles against the Hart Foundation, The Honky Tonk Man will defend his Intercontinental Title against Brutus Beefcake in what is billed as their last match, Powers of Pain vs. The Bolsheviks, Jake Roberts vs. Hercules, and the Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Rude. Also, Dino Bravo vs. Don Muraco, Bad News Brown vs. Ken Patera, Big Bossman vs. Koko B. Ware, and the British Bulldogs vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers. And, Brother Love will have a special guest as well. Honestly, this is a really disappointing card. Besides the main event and the IC Title match, which isnt even that hot of a feud, the other TV programs are being ignored on the show. No Roberts vs. Rude or even Muraco vs. Valentine. It truly was being advertised as a one-match show.
Big Bossman vs. Chris Goodman
Bossman sends Goodman down with an elbow as we hear from Slick and the Bossman who warn Koko B. Ware that at SummerSlam 88, he will find out that justice has no mercy. Bossman then puts Goodman away with the sidewalk slam shortly after that (1:07). After the match, Bossman cuffs Goodman to the ropes and beats him with a nightstick as Jesse asks Vince why he has a problem with this but likes to see Brutus Beefcake cut people’s hair.
Thoughts: Bossman looked strong again but I really loved Jesse on commentary. He was great when calling out Vince on stuff like he did here.
Another Ad for SummerSlam 88, this time telling us it is on PPV. And yes, it is actually being billed as “SummerSlam 88.”
Powers of Pain vs. Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner
The Powers of Pain beat their opponents as we hear from the Bolsheviks in an insert hyping up their match at SummerSlam. Back to the match as the Powers of Pain toss their opponents around until putting Renslow away with the powerslam/diving headbutt combo (2:34).
Thoughts: The crowds are still not taking to the Powers of Pain. They were mostly silent here as they are being built up as a powerhouse team.
Mooney is back in the Event Center to plug the August 6th Boston Garden show. We hear from Demolition and Mr. Fuji, who thinks its a joke that the Bulldogs want a title match as they hype their non-title match for the show. We then hear from Elizabeth and Randy Savage, who tells DiBiase that he set him up for the last time and calls out Heenan and Andre for selling their souls to DiBiase as they promise to make Virgil and DiBiase pay for their attack on him.
Next week in action will be Don Muraco, the Hart Foundation, Ted DiBiase, and Jake Roberts. Plus, an interview with the Honky Tonk Man and a whole lot more.
Final Thoughts: This was a huge show. Hulk Hogan returned and we learned all about SummerSlam, even if it did have a lackluster lineup. They also pushed some of their newest talent a bit as they familiarize them with the audience.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Wednesday: PWG All-Star Weekend XII, Night Two 3/5/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Dave Finlay
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 7/31/88
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 12/17/81
Sunday: WWF WrestleFest 7/31/88
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/6/88
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/7/88