August 27, 1988
From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week will be Hercules, Hart Foundation, Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, and Brutus Beefcake. Plus, a special interview with the Mega Powers and more.
Koko B. Ware vs. Brian Costello
Costello brags after backing Koko into the corner but walks around and gets decked. Vince screams at Jesse about how he took money, when DiBiase shoved it in his jacket pocket on the “Brother Love Show” last week on Challenge, as Jesse says he was given money and would be a fool not to take it as we hear an insert promo from Slick and the Big Bossman as they talk down Koko. Back to the match as Koko hits a missile dropkick before hitting the Ghostbuster for the win (1:45).
Thoughts: They are still strongly hinting that Jesse was paid off last week by DiBiase after getting money shoved in his jacket. That segment made Jesse look sympathetic if you ask me and to use the story of that showing us he was paid off makes little sense. It also gave Koko a win heading into SummerSlam.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He runs down the card for SummerSlam as we see a clip from Bobby Heenan welcoming Brother Love during his debut two months prior as they hype up his segment on the show. We also see clips from the Brother Love Show from last week with guest Jesse Ventura as they hype up the main event. This was long.
Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. George South
Once again, Jesse tells Vince that he is not taking money and will call the match fairly as Vince accuses him of accepting a bribe. Hercules works the arm as we hear from Jake Roberts in an insert promo hyping up his match against Hercules at SummerSlam while accusing Rude of having “no guts.” South fights back but Hercules stops that and submits him with the backbreaker (0:59).
Thoughts: Just a win for Hercules heading into his match against Jake at SummerSlam. It was also a reminder that seeing Jake vs. Rude would have been a much better matchup.
Sean Mooney is back in the Event Center as he hypes up the September Boston Garden show. We hear from the Rougeau Brothers as they say the Hart Foundation will not be able to beat them without Jimmy Hart and the Ultimate Warrior runs down the Honky Tonk Man to sell their Intercontinental Title match.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan tells us the only time he puts down his 2×4 is to eat a WWF Ice Cream Bar.
Hart Foundation vs. The Conquistadors
Bret beats down one of the Conquistadors as we hear from Jimmy Hart, proclaiming that the Hart Foundation will never win the Tag Team Titles ever again. Bret is getting worked over in the corner as the Conquistadors use illegal moves behind the referee’s back. The camera shows Jimmy Hart looking at the action from the interview platform as Bret makes the tag. Neidhart runs wild until the Hart Foundation pick up the win with the Hart Attack (2:14). After the match, the Hart Foundation stare down their former manager, who has the mic. Jimmy lets them know that Demolition will “demolish” them at SummerSlam and says he will destroy them but runs away as the Hart Foundation bolt from the ring.
Thoughts: Solid segment to continue the Jimmy Hart vs. Hart Foundation storyline. This segment made it clear the feud will be staying around after SummerSlam.
Craig DeGeorge is on the interview platform with the Mega Powers and Elizabeth. Hogan talks up Savage and the rewards of winning their match at SummerSlam means the “Madness and the Mania” will live forever. Hogan then says if Jesse or even Jack Tunney are paid off, they will use their “secret weapon” which Savage tells us is Elizabeth in her yellow polka-dot bikini and high heels. Hogan says once they give Elizabeth the sign, she will take off her skirt and walk the apron in her bikini, as Jesse asks “What is she going to do, strip?” Hogan says this distraction will allow him to chop Andre the Giant down like Jack and the Beanstalk as Savage knocks out DiBiase. This craziness ends with Elizabeth being hoisted on the shoulders of the Mega Powers. To sum it up, the Mega Powers secret weapon was to half Elizabeth distract their opponents on the apron in a string bikini. That’s a heel tactic in a majority of wrestling companies. Another bizarre interview from the Mega Powers.
Brad Anderson & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
Raymond slams Poffo, who kips right up and nearly gets the win with a reverse rollup. We hear from the Rougeau Brothers in an insert promo, who predict victory at SummerSlam and that the Bulldogs will quit the WWF and head back to England. Anderson tags and gets beaten down until the Rougeaus put him away with the Rougeau Bomb (1:17).
Thoughts: A quick win to build up the Rougeaus for SummerSlam as their heel push is continuing.
We are shown clips from last week, when Brutus Beefcake ran down to save a jobber from Ron Bass. Beefcake then cut up Miss Betsy and Bass’s cowboy hat.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Tony Burton
We hear from Bass in an insert promo, who is irate over what happened last week and promises Beefcake he will get the last laugh. Beefcake takes control of the match to start. He hits a slam then catches Burton in the sleeper but Ron Bass runs in and beats on Beefcake with his whip for the DQ (1:52). Bass tosses the referee to the floor then chokes out Beefcake with the whip. He then takes out a spur and starts digging into Beefcake’s forehead as a giant red “X” is placed on the screen. Finally, the locker room empties out with the “X” still on the screen as Beefcake is rolling around on the mat, with Jesse saying this is payback for all of the haircuts he has given over the past two years.
Thoughts: I thought this segment came off well but the prospects of a Bass/Beefcake feud is not all that exciting. They never made any sort of announcement here whether or not Beefcake’s match at SummerSlam was in jeopardy but did say we will get an update on his condition next week before the show ended.
Next week in action will be Rick Rude, Powers of Pain, One Man Gang, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
Final Thoughts: Personally, I do not think they sold SummerSlam that well here. They set up a couple of angles but this whole PPV is being presented as a one-match show.
Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/28/88
Tuesday: WWF SummerSlam 1988
Wednesday: EVOLVE 62 6/10/16
Thursday: Developmentally Speaking with Matt Stryker, Shelton Benjamin, and Karlee Perez
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/3/88
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/4/88
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