WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 10th, 1988

September 10, 1988

From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI

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

In action this week are Tito Santana, Big Bossman, Hart Foundation, Ron Bass, and the British Bulldogs.

 

 

British Bulldogs vs. Gene Ligon & Rusty Riddle

Jesse makes fun of Matilda for being fat, which pisses of Vince. Davey catches Ligon with a hip toss and an armdrag before clotheslining Riddle when he runs into the ring. We then hear an insert promo from Mr. Fuji and Demolition, who tell the Bulldogs they are coming after them as Jesse notes how its odd for the champions to go after the challengers. The Bulldogs stay in control until Dynamite puts Riddle away with a superplex (2:23).

Thoughts: They are now going with a Demolition vs. Bulldogs feud at the moment. It isnt the worst thing in the world.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on the Greg Valentine/Don Muraco feud as we see how that began when Valentine destroyed Muraco’s manager, Superstar Billy Graham. Okerlund then plugs an article about the feud in “WWF Magazine” before we hear from each guy as they promise to hurt each other. This feud was put on the backburner due to Muraco facing Bravo at SummerSlam while Valentine was left off the card. There was barely any excitement for the feud beforehand and there does not seem to be much left now.

 

Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Paul Vandello

Vandello tries to slam Bossman but that fails and he ends up getting slammed himself. Bossman then pummels Vandello until putting him away with the sidewalk slam (1:17). After the match, Bossman cuffs Vandello to the ropes and beats him with his nightstick.

Thoughts: Another Bossman squash as he is also someone who know needs to be put into a feud.

 

Tito Santana vs. Trent Knight

Vince takes offense to Jesse referring to Tito as “Chico” as Jesse says Chico is in fact his real name, claiming he knew him when he was a young boy in Tijuana. Tito takes control and hits a backdrop before putting him away with the flying forearm (1:53).

Thoughts: Brief match to establish the fact that Tito is back to a singles wrestler due to Rick Martel being out with injury.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We see Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who plugs his foam 2×4’s before telling Andre the Giant he is not afraid and will knock him out again. Then, we hear from Terry Taylor as he introduces us to the greatest wrestler in the WWF, himself. He then calls himself “Scary” Terry Taylor, the “Mecca of Manhood.” Weak stuff from Taylor. No wonder they tried to give him an outlandish gimmick, he was boring as fuck.

 

Tommy Angel vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan

Rude beats on Angel as we hear from Jake Roberts in an insert promo, promising to rip off Rude’s tights if they show his wife’s face. Rude beats on Angel some more and hits a slam before hitting the Rude Awakening for the win (1:32). After the match, Rude takes off his tights off to reveal another pair, which has Cheryl Roberts’ face. Rude starts gyrating around as Jake runs out and beats on Rude as the crowd is going insane. Roberts then rips off the tights as we get a black dot censoring Rude’s ass.

Thoughts: The post-match stuff here was great. Again, I give these guys credit because this feud started the week after WrestleMania IV and its still going strong.

 

Now, we hear from Hulk Hogan, who is wearing his war helmet, as he declared war on Jack Tunney and the WWF while he talks about how he was the greatest champion of all-time and until someone beats him, he is still the champion in his own mind. Things turn psychotic as the Hulkster rips off his shirt and shows us the gas tank to his motorcycle, saying he filled it with “Python Powder” and “mineral water from Mars” as he promises to make his opponents take a sip, even simulating that, so he can give them a high dose of Hulkamania while showing us a “Hulkamania” license plate from California as he grunts. These Hogan promos from his return after filming “No Holds Barred” were completely insane.

 

Ken Patera plugs the WWF Ice Cream Bars.

 

Joe Cruz vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass

We hear from Ron Bass in an insert promo calling out Brutus Beefcake as Cruz hits a dropkick. Bass catches Cruz with a clothesline then beats on him in the corner. Bass then hits another clothesline before putting Cruz away with the gourdbuster (1:22). After the match, Bass chokes out Cruz with Miss Betsy and even hangs him over his back.

Thoughts: They are building up Bass for his feud against Beefcake.

 

We are shown a replay of last week when Jimmy Hart distracted the Ultimate Warrior during his interview segment, allowing the Honky Tonk Man to attack him from behind with his guitar.

 

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Dave Lanning

The fans heckle Honky, who is irate over losing the Intercontinental Title. Honky beats on Lanning as we hear him in an insert promo telling the Warrior he wants his belt back and what happened last week was just a tune-up. Honky slams Lanning and beats him down some more before putting him away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (2:40). After the match, Honky grabs the mic and thanks the audience as he asks for their support so he can get back his IC Title.

Thoughts: Honky is now more aggressive and pissed off since losing the IC Title as he is set for rematches against the Ultimate Warrior.

 

Hart Foundation vs. Len Kruger & Tony Ulysses

Neidhart takes down Ulysses with a shoulder block to start. Kruger takes and gets the same treatment as we hear from the Fabulous Rougeaus in an insert promo as they promise a surprise for the Hart Foundation next week. Back to the match as the Hart Foundation work over Kruger until they put him away with the Hart Attack (3:32).

Thoughts:  They continue to build to a potential Rougeaus/Hart Foundation feud as next week the Rougeaus will show us their surprise.

 

Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear the same Bad News promo as we did from the 9/4/88 edition of Wrestling Challenge. Then, we hear from King Haku and Bobby Heenan, who tells us Haku’s reign will be complete once he takes out Hulk Hogan, the man who put Harley Race out of action. Heenan then says after that, Haku will set his sites on Randy Savage. Heenan is trying but no one is buying King Haku as a top heel.

 

In action next week will be Demolition, George Steele, Ted DiBiase, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, we will learn what surprise the Rougeau Brothers have for the Hart Foundation and more.

 

Final Thoughts: Much like last week, the WWF is attempting to build up their feuds and characters post SummerSlam. The result makes for a better show.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/11/88

Wednesday: EVOLVE 63 6/11/16

Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries YouShoot with Hornswoggle

Friday: WWF Meadowlands Arena 9/11/88

Saturday: Mid-South 1981 Year in Review Show

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/17/88

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/18/88

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