WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 6th, 1988

August 6, 1988

From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

In action this week will be Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, Hart Foundation, Honky Tonk Man, and Don Muraco.

 

 

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Dave Wagner

Muraco overpowers Wagner as we hear from Greg Valentine in an insert promo as he calls Muraco stubborn for not submitting to him. The announcers put over Muraco’s match against Dino Bravo at SummerSlam as Muraco drives his knee into Wagner’s chest before hitting the Tombstone piledriver for the win (2:30).

Thoughts: They mostly focused on the Valentine/Muraco feud but also brought up how Muraco was facing Bravo at SummerSlam. The problem with the SummerSlam card was that the only match with any real build to it was the main event as everything else was just randomly slapped together then they started building to the match. We saw how that was a problem with the WrestleMania IV tournament and after watching this, why would you care about Bravo vs. Muraco to begin with? This was a problem with other matches on the show too.

 

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about SummerSlam as we are shown clips of what led to the Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant match with Jesse Ventura as the Special Guest Referee.

 

 

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil & Bobby Heenan & Andre the Giant vs. Mike Richards

Richards shocks DiBiase by taking him down but DiBiase comes right back. DiBiase hits a backdrop and stays in control as Vince pokes at Jesse to see if he will be bought out by DiBiase when he is the referee at SummerSlam. DiBiase then puts Richards away with the Million Dollar Dream (1:50).

Thoughts: Here, they highlighted the unity between DiBiase and Andre/Heenan. Plus, they also pushed on commentary how Jesse might be bought off by DiBiase for the tag match at SummerSlam with Vince constantly asking him while Jesse kept denying.

 

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up tonight’s Boston Garden show. We hear from Brutus Beefcake as he asks his “girlfriend” Georgia to come out as we hear George Steele yell in the background to hype his IC Title match against Andre the Giant. After that, we hear from Jim Duggan as he tells Andre the Giant he is not afraid of him to sell their Lumberjack Match.

 

 

Hart Foundation vs. Tom Stone & Chris Curtis

Neidhart beats on Stone as we hear from Jimmy Hart in an insert promo as he tells the Hart Foundation they will not win the title at SummerSlam without him. The Hart Foundation work over Curtis until they put him out of his misery with the Hart Attack (3:20).

Thoughts: The Hart Foundation were quite over here with the fans as they are being showcased heading into their title match against Demolition.

 

 

Chris Todd vs. Terry Taylor

This is Taylor’s TV debut. He gets booed by the crowd. Taylor hits a pair of armdrags, strutting after each move. Todd takes Taylor down with a shoulder tackle as we hear from Taylor telling us he is the most handsome man in the WWF and thanks his mom and dad for that before telling us all we will learn why they call him “scary” Terry Taylor. Back to the match as Taylor regains control and drops Todd with a spinebuster before putting Todd away with a Scorpion Death Lock (2:33).

Thoughts: Not much of a debut for Taylor to be honest. He was not even hyped as debuting during the show’s introduction and just kinda tossed in a match during the middle of the show. He only made one or two more appearances as himself before he would be given the Red Rooster gimmick.

 

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center hyping up SummerSlam. We hear from the Mega Powers as we another nonsensical promo as they keep talking to Elizabeth, who was standing still in the background probably trying to follow what these lunatics were saying. I give her credit just for being able to keep a straight face here.

 

 

Tito Santana vs. Tim Dixon

Santana works the arm as the announcers talk about the matches on the SummerSlam card. He slingshots Dixon back inside and goes back to the arm as Vince now asks Jesse if he will be intimidated by Andre the Giant as Jesse says Andre cannot lay his hands on him and will not be intimidated. Jesse now talks about working in Hollywood as Santana continues to work the arm until finally putting Dixon away with a flying forearm (3:58).

Thoughts: This was just a backdrop for the announcers to talk about SummerSlam. Poor Tito was in limbo with Martel out of action.

 

 

Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man. Honky tells us that he is looking forward to facing Brutus Beefacke at SummerSlam as DeGeorge brings up how this is their last match ever. Honky tells us once again no one will take his belt or cut his hair. A standard interview from Honky, to build hype for the SummerSlam match. Problem is, the feud was cold and Honky’s act was wearing thin.

 

 

JT Thomas & Warren Bianchi vs. The Bolsheviks w/ Slick

Jesse makes fun of Vince’s saying after he talked about Volkoff’s rendition of the Russian National Anthem. We hear from the Powers of Pain in an insert promo as they cut a really poor promo trying to hype their match at SummerSlam. The Bolsheviks take control to start. Bianchi tags and lands a few shots but gets caught with a knee smash then Volkoff tags and holds up Bianchi for backbreaker while Zhukov comes off of the top with a forearm smash for the win (2:16).

Thoughts: They kept trying to build up the Bolsheviks for the Powers of Pain to beat by giving them lots of TV wins but neither team was over and the Powers of Pain are not getting over as much as their push.

 

 

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Harley Manson

Jake takes control to start. He fakes out Manson as the crowd goes nuts then eggs him off before working the arm. Jesse plugs the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” where Jake talks about Rick Rude as Jake finishes off Manson with the DDT (1:55). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Manson as Vince makes all sorts of disgusted noises.

Thoughts: Jake is insanely over and they are still hyping his feud with Rude, which still has legs but they are apparently saving that for the house show circuit as they both have different opponents at SummerSlam.

 

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center once again to hype up tonight’s Boston Garden show. We hear from the British Bulldogs as they promise to win the Tag Team Titles and from Ted DiBiase, who tells Savage this time Jack Tunney will not be able to take away the title after he wins.

 

 

Next week in action will be the British Bulldogs, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Rick Rude, and Randy Savage. Plus, a special interview with Demolition and more!

 

 

Final Thoughts: Lots of SummerSlam hype here, mostly for the main event. Then again, that was the only match with a strong build. Taylor made his TV debut with no fanfare and the rest of the show featured matches, some without any real purpose, that did not get you excited to see the rest of the SummerSlam matches.

 

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days

 

 

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/7/88

Wednesday: EVOLVE 60 5/6/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Joanie “Chyna” Laurer

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/13/88

Saturday: Ring of Honor: The Conclusion 11/28/03

Sunday: WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena 8/13/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/14/88