WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 1st, 1988

October 1, 1988

From the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN

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

In action this week will be Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Koko B. Ware, and the Honky Tonk Man. Plus, Ted DiBiase will reveal his newest acquisition and more.


Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Bob Emery

We get an insert promo from Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man, who tells the Ultimate Warrior he has a new tune for him called the “Broken Down Warrior Blues.” Honky takes control of the match and beats on Emery before putting him away with the Shake, Rattle, and Roll (1:38). After the match, Honky thanks the audience before singing and dancing.

Thoughts: The Warrior/Honky feud continues as this is basically the last time Honky was in a marquee feud in the WWF.


WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This was about SummerSlam 88 as they plug how this is available on VHS through Coliseum Home Video. We are then shown some of the Powers of Pain vs. Bolsheviks match from that show as Okerlund tells us to expect bigger things in the future from the Powers of Pain and their new manager, the Baron. After that, Slick warns Baron to stay away from him as he states the war is not over. This was designed to get the Powers of Pain over but they were overpushed here and the crowd never reacted well to them to begin with. Plus, the Baron did nothing for their act.


Koko B. Ware vs. Phil Newkirk

Newkirk attacks Koko from behind to start off the match. Koko then no-sells a pair of turnbuckle smashes before hitting Newkirk with ten of them. Koko gets two with a fist drop then we get an insert promo from him as he hypes his watch, which is for sale. Newkirk attacks Koko but misses a splash from the top as Koko follows with a missile dropkick then hits the Ghostbuster for the win (2:13).

Thoughts: A win for Koko, who had nothing else going on at the time except for when he was trying to plug his watch on TV.


Another plug for the 1989 WWF Superstars Wrestling Calendar.


Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. David Stoudemire

Stoudemire has ditched his custom yellow trunks in favor for black. Bossman headbutts Stoudemire before hitting a Samoan Drop. Bossman continues to beat on Stoudemire until putting him away with a sidewalk slam (1:30). After the match, Bossman cuffs Stoudemire to the ropes and beats him with his nightstick.

Thoughts: The Bossman continues to impress with each appearance. He’s been booked like a force from the start.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from the Rockers as they talk about coming to the WWF to prove themselves to the rest of the world. They also address Demolition and say they might be bigger but they are tag team specialists and will go through every team the WWF has to offer. Bad News Brown asks who he has to face now because he is undefeated and we have to understand whenever he gets into the ring, he shows no mercy and you better have your insurance paid off and will made out. I really liked Bad News’ promos at this time but sadly he did not have much left in the tank.


Reno Riggins vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart

Before the match starts, ring announcer Howard Finkel introduces the Womens Champion, Sensational Sherri as she kisses Valentine on the lips as Jesse refers to her as “voluptuous,” a word that seems to confuse Vince. Valentine starts by beating on Riggins as we hear from Don Muraco in an insert promo as he tells Valentine he can run and hide but it does not matter as he will tear his leg off and take it with him. Back to the match as Valentine softens up the leg before getting the win with a figure-four (2:25).

Thoughts: It seemed like they were trying to set up a Valentine/Martel pairing here but the main focus was the Valentine/Muraco feud.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Junkyard Dog, who tells us all he is not afraid of anyone. After that, Demolition and Mr. Fuji talk about how much they train and that they have an open invitation for any team to face them.


British Bulldogs vs. John  Ziegler & Trent Knight

The Bulldogs get the best of Ziegler as we see an insert of Matilda licking her own doll. Knight tags as Dynamite headbutts him down. Davey press slams Knight back inside as Knight landed on the ropes and fell down. Dynamite then places Knight up top and hits a superplex for the win (2:27).

Thoughts: A showcase for the Bulldogs as they were facing off against Demolition at house shows at the time.


Gene Okerlund is on the interview platform with Ted DiBiase, Virgil, Hercules, and Bobby Heenan. Okerlund asks DiBiase about the acquistion he has been talking about for the past couple of weeks. DiBiase tells us no one today has what he is about to get then pulls out a briefcase to give to Heenan, who asks if all the money is there. Okerlund then asks DiBiase what is he talking about as DiBiase tells us he has bought his own personal slave as Okerlund is in disbelief. Okerlund asks DiBiase who will be his slave as DiBiase tells us it is Hercules, who is not too pleased. Heenan tells Hercules his new position is something he has earned as Hercules brings him to his knees. DiBiase then whacks Hercules with the briefcase and yells at him to not do anything until he says so as he is his slave. DiBiase slaps and kicks Hercules until Virgil steps in his place. DiBiase yells at the crowd but Hercules fights back and knocks Virgil off the stage then chases DiBiase away as he swings around his chain as the crowd goes nuts. Great segment. Ever since the WrestleFest show, when Heenan seemed fed up with Hercules losing on commentary, Heenan was pretty much keeping his distance from Hercules as he kept losing matches. All of that helped set up the turn, which was effective. Everyone here played their part well.


Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. George South

The announcers talk about the prior segment before we get Ron Bass in an insert promo, telling Beefcake that Miss Betsy and himself will be coming his way while Beefcake puts South away with the sleeper (1:46). After the match, Beefcake gives South a haircut.

Thoughts: The Beefcake/Bass feud remains strong.


We now get a vignette of Curt Hennig, who tells us that he is Mr. Perfect and puts over how great he is and everything in his life happens to be perfect. We then see him play pool where he does not miss a single shot. This is our first-ever Mr. Perfect vignette.


Allen Kinsley vs. Akeem w/ Slick

Akeem dances all the way to the ring and inside of it with Slick. We get an insert promo from Akeem, who is talking like he is Slick as he talks about being reborn before getting the win with a front suplex (0:51).

Thoughts: The first match for the Akeem character was something else. According to Slick, he was the one who came up with the gimmick. However, Akeem said that one day Vince told him to stop shaving the sides of his heads and a few months later told him he had to learn how to dance as Slick told him he was going to teach him how to the black as Vince told Akeem the One Man Gang character was dull. And, Akeem said he actually liked it after doing it and that the boys in the locker room all clapped for him when he came back after this match. In real life, Akeem and Slick were travel partners as they both have noted they never drank or smoke as they split all road expenses evenly.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Jimmy Hart as they put each other and tell us they might have a new place to live in America as Jimmy wants them to be quiet. This was hilarious.  Now, Elizabeth is with Randy Savage, who tells us he has to be sharp and super kick due to all of the challengers coming after him and that he turns to his wife for inspiration.


Next week in action we will see the Junkyard Dog, The Rockers, Demolition, and the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, Brother Love will be here and more!


Final Thoughts: Pretty big show this week. The Hercules turn angle was superb and we saw the TV debut of the Akeem character as well as the first Mr. Perfect gimmick. This was really the start of a transition period in the WWF as they were getting rid of many older talents to bring in room for newer acquisitions.



Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/2/88

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/8/88

Wednesday: WWN Live Supershow: Mercury Rising 4/2/16

Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Diamond Dallas Page

Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/9/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 1/21/82

Sunday: WWF Boston Garden 10/10/88