September 17, 1988
From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
In action this week is the Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase, George Steele, and Demolition. Plus, a special interview with the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and more.
Larry Stevens vs. Ultimate Warrior
The crowd is going insane for the Warrior. He knocks Stevens outside and beats on him before carrying the guy back inside. Warrior hits a flying shoulder tackle as we hear from the Ultimate Warrior in an insert promo, promising to tune him up. Warrior then hits a press slam before finishing Stevens off with a splash (2:07).
Thoughts: This was to push the Honky/Warrior feud, with Honky desperately trying to win back the Intercontinental Title.
Craig DeGeorge welcomes the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers to the interview platform. The Rougeaus confirm that they are moving to the United States and ever since making that announcement, their phones have been ringing non-stop with fans wanting them to move next to their house. Raymond then says they are so busy that they need managerial assistance and have “choosen” an American manager, Jimmy Hart, as he comes out to the stage and hugs the Rougeau Brothers. Hart takes about being excited but that he is also still technically and legally the Hart Foundation’s manager. So, he will give the Rougeaus a 50/50 share of the Hart Foundation contract, meaning the Rougeaus will get paid double as they keep waving their tiny American flag. Hart then promises that the Hart Foundation will never be champions again as the Rougeaus start a “USA” chant. A reallly good segment. The Rougeaus insincerity was great and giving them Jimmy Hart also fits into the storyline of Jimmy trying to do everything he can to stop the Hart Foundation from winning back the Tag Team Titles.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. John Latu
DiBiase turns his back to Latu and gets dropkicked to the floor. DiBiase heads back inside and hits a few more as DiBiase bails with the fans going nuts. Latu flies towards DiBiase and gets dumped to the floor as DiBiase beats him down. We hear from DiBiase in an insert promo as he talks about being close to negotiating for a new possession that every man would like to have. Back to the match as DiBiase hits Latu a powerslam before putting him away with the Million Dollar Dream (2:30).
Thoughts: The big takeaway here is that DiBiase is looking to acquire something and we do not know what that is yet.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant as they talk about how he was never defeated for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship that he won. After that, we hear from Randy Savage, who tells us that the challengers are getting tougher and tougher as he will show Bad News Brown and King Haku what he is all about before calling out DiBiase and Andre.
Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Mario Mancini
Bravo catches Mancini with a clothesline then drops an elbow as the fans start up a “USA” chant. We hear from Jim Duggan in an insert promo as he wants America to show their pride and get Bravo out of the country since he does not like America. Back to the match as Bravo taunts the fans after a piledriver then puts Mancini out of his misery with a side slam (1:37).
Thoughts: They are really going all out with the Bravo/Duggan feud as we can expect this to be heavily promoted on TV going forward.
Chance McQuaid vs. George “The Animal” Steele
Steele avoids a charge then ties Mine on the rope. Steele rams McQuaid into the turnbuckle before tossing him out to the floor. He yanks McQuaid back inside by the hair then rubs Mine in his face as we hear him in an insert promo saying Mine can read. Back to the match as Steele rams McQuaid into the corner then puts him away with a flying hammerlock (1:39).
Thoughts: Ok, this was Steele’s last match on TV before he made an appearance in 1997. At this point, he was just being trotted out to help sell his Mine dolls.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Don Muraco, who rambles on before comparing himself to a diamond in the rough. After that, Slick and the Big Bossman tell us everyone will follow the Bossman’s rules and regulations.
Ken Patera vs. Bob Emery
Patera shoves Emery off and knocks him down as Jesse wants to know if Patera took place in the prison olympics. Emery starts to hammer away but Patera stops that and roughs him up. Patera slams Emery then drops a few elbows as he is in control of the match. Patera clotheslines Emery as Jesse makes more prison-related jokes at Patera’s expense then Patera gets the win with a full nelson (2:35).
Thoughts: Really just a way for Patera to get a win on TV since he lost to Bad News Brown at SummerSlam.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on the Jake Roberts and Rick Rude feud as we see a clip of Jake Roberts running into the ring last week after Rude’s match as he ripped off his tights that featured his wife’s face on the front. We then hear from Jake, who told Rude he warned him what would happen and begs him to put on another pair as he will take them off again. Rude said Jake lived up to his name by jumping him from behind and tells Jake to wait and see his new tights, daring him to take them off.
Blue Blazer vs. Barry Horowitz
Blazer takes Horowitz down with a few fancy armdrags as Jesse says the Blazer wrestlers just like he did. Blazer stays on the arm until Horowitz catches him with a thrust kick then yells how its time to go to school. Horowitz sends Blazer into the corner then drops a knee for a nearfall. Blazer comes back with a crossbody then hits a suplex before hitting a missile dropkick. Blazer catches Horowitz with a belly-to-belly suplex then puts him away with a moonsault (2:39).
Thoughts: An abbreviated version of their house show matches, which were quite good. The crowd warmed up to Blazer as the match went on due to how fast he moved in the ring.
We are shown a flashback of Ron Bass cutting Brutus Beefcake with his spurs that took place three weeks ago. After that, we hear from Beefcake as he tells Bass that not finishing the job will be his fatal mistake.
David Isley & Dave Paradise vs. Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji
Ax destroys Isley to start as we hear from the British Bulldogs in an insert promo as they demand a title match from Demolition. Paradise tags in as Smash beats him down. Ax tags in and joins in on the fun as Demolition continue their beat down until they put Paradise out of his misery with the Decapitation (3:44).
Thoughts: The Bulldogs are being pushed as Demolition’s opponents throughout the house show circuit. However, it was not heavily pushed on TV.
Mooney is once again in the Event Center. We hear from Hercules, without Heenan once again, who tells us he is the master of all the land and the strongest man in wrestling today as he calls out the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, saying he has an open invitation. They foreshadowed that Hercules turn with how little they had Heenan associate with him prior. The Hart Foundation talks about Jimmy Hart taking on the Rougeaus as Bret flips out about Jimmy taking 25% of their cash while Neidhart flips out and says they will hurt them 25% harder than before as this ends with the Hart Foundation heading off screen with Bret trying to calm down the Anvil. A wacky promo from the Hart Foundation here.
Next week in action will be the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, King Haku, and Jake Roberts.
Final Thoughts: Decent show this week. The big news of Jimmy Hart being the Rougeau Brothers surprise and the angle with DiBiase announcing he is close to negotiating for a new possession were big. The action was decent as the programming in general has been getting better since SummerSlam ended, seeing how the WWF is more focused.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/18/88
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/24/88
Wednesday: PWG Prince 5/20/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Bryan Danielson
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/25/88
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/14/82
Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/1/88
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