August 28, 1988
From the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH
Your hosts are Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
In action this week will be the Ultimate Warrior, Powers of Pain, Rick Rude, and the Junkyard Dog.
Ultimate Warrior vs. John Ziegler
Warrior snaps Ziegler’s neck off of the top rope before he even entered the ring. Heenan tells us that Warrior is an escapee from a mental institution as the Warrior stays in control. Warrior signals for the press slam and hits that before getting the win with a splash (2:03).
Thoughts: The crowd loved the Warrior here. He was really surging at this point.
WWF Special Report with Craig DeGeorge. This is hype for SummerSlam as we hear from Jesse Ventura, promising once again the real payoff at SummerSlam will be the fact the main event will have a winner and a loser.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Don Driggers
Gorilla is now solo on commentary. Rude no-sells a few punches to his abs then Driggers manages a sunset flip that looked awful. Plus, they were too close to the ropes. Rude beats down Driggers as we hear from Rude in an insert promo, telling the Junkyard Dog he is a jealous man and that he will take JYD’s woman on a “ravishing ride.” Rude continues to beat on Driggers until he finally puts him away with the Rude Awakening (2:49). After the match, the camera zooms in on Rude’s ass as he has Cheryl Roberts’ face on his tights, then Rude gives a hot blonde from the crowd the Rude Awakening (The kissing version).
Thoughts: I loved Rude’s heel act. It was awesome and he played the role to perfection.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center to hype up SummerSlam. We hear from Hercules, without Heenan, telling Jake Roberts when they leave the ring his hand will be held up high in victory. Jake then tells Hercules he is a dangerous man but he will unchain him and hit the DDT. Slick and the Big Bossman tell Koko B. Ware not to quit on Bossman at SummerSlam as he will get beaten down some more. Koko tells Bossman he does not care how big he is because he is not bad.
We are shown Brutus Beefcake cutting up Ron Bass’s hat and whip from the 8/20/88 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” They did not air what happened the following show where Bass attacked Beefcake with his spur.
“The Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Reno Riggins
We hear an insert promo from Bass, telling Beefcake he now has Miss Betsy II and that he will pay. Riggins gets two with a crossbody to start. He follows with a dropkick that barely gets a one-count then Bass sends him down with a clothesline. Bass roughs up Riggins in the corner, yelling at him to get up, until he puts him away with the gourdbuster (2:32).
Thoughts: The are in the midst of giving Bass a push.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Mega Powers as Hogan tells us Jesse Ventura has been on the take for a long time and that he is the “no body” now as he waist is bigger than his chest.
Junkyard Dog vs. Bubba Kirk
Heenan claims to know about Brother Love’s special guest at SummerSlam as JYD takes control of the match. JYD is shown in an insert promo telling Rude that SummerSlam will be his day and that every dog needs it bone. JYD then puts Kirk away with the powerslam (1:12).
Thoughts: A win to remind us that JYD is still on the roster as he heads into SummerSlam to face Rick Rude.
Brother Love Show with Guests the Mega Bucks, Virgil, and Bobby Heenan. Before bringing out his guests, Brother Love claims to not know who will be his guest at SummerSlam but is sure they will need to learn about love. DiBiase tells Hogan that at SummerSlam it will come full circle since he refused to sell him the title. DiBiase then tells Hogan that the “Hulkamorons” are jumping ship because he is a loser and that with his money and Andre the Giant, the Mega Bucks are unbeatable. Andre then makes fun of Hogan and Savage as Heenan tells Hogan & Savage are not Mega Powers, DiBiase & Andre are, before running down Elizabeth for being cheap and putting over how Jesse Ventura will give them a fair shake as referee. The last chance to hype SummerSlam but this promo was more of the same they’ve been saying for weeks.
Curtis Thompson vs. Bad News Brown
Bad News attacks Thompson before the bell. We hear from Bad News in an insert promo as he tells Ken Patera that at SummerSlam, he will do the “Harlem Shuffle” on his place before taking the A Train to party with “all the brothers.” Bad News stays in control then puts Thompson away with the Ghetto Blaster (1:23).
Thoughts: I enjoyed the insert promo from Bad News. If Thompson looks familiar, it is because he would go on to become Firebreaker Chip in WCW.
SummerSlam Report with Gene Okerlund. He tells us that ordering the show on PPV is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. He then runs down the card and once again tells us to order on PPV.
George Steele plugs the Mine Doll.
Powers of Pain vs. Al Navarro & Joe Cruz
The Powers of Pain toss around their opponents as we hear from the Bolsheviks and Slick in an insert promo as Slick promises to make the Powers of Pain look silly at SummerSlam. The Powers of Pain stay in control until they put Cruz away with the powerslam/diving headbutt combo (2:11).
Thoughts: The Powers of Pain initial push has been a struggle so far. Plus, feuding with the Bolsheviks isnt doing them any favors.
Mooney is back in the Event Center to hype up SummerSlam. Dino Bravo and Don Muraco hype up their match as do the British Bulldogs and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers.
In action next week will be Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, The Rockers, King Haku, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
Final Thoughts: The final push for SummerSlam 88. Once again, this is a one-match show as instead of hyping matches against guys who are feuding, they went with the announce the match and hype it afterwards method, similar to the WrestleMania IV tournament method. I do not like that way, personally.
Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:
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
Saturday: RoH The Conclusion 11/28/03
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/4/88
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/10/88