WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 8th, 1988

October 8, 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 the Ultimate Warrior, Demolition, The Rockers, and the Junkyard Dog. Plus, the Brother Love Show and much, much more!

 

Ultimate Warrior vs. Gene Ligon

Warrior starts running the ropes then no-sells a clothesline by Ligon before clumsily tossing him to the floor. Warrior heads outside and chops Ligon down before rolling him as Vince plugs Warrior being on the cover of “WWF Magazine.” Warrior knocks Ligon down before putting him away with the press slam/splash combo (1:48).

Thoughts: This crowd was jacked for the Warrior, who is really being pushed to the moon right now.

 

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s focus is on last week’s segment where Ted DiBiase purchased Hercules from Bobby Heenan as his slave. After a replay of the segment, we hear from Hercules as he tells DiBiase no amount of pain can make him someone’s slave and promises that vengeance will be his.

 

John Latu vs. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin

Frenchy has opted to hold the Quebec flag instead of his “USA is not OK” sign. Latu surprises Bravo with a hip toss and a dropkick to start. Bravo then boots him during a lockup and roughs him up as we hear from Bravo in an insert promo, who tells us he will take a lot of satisfaction in waving his Quebec flag all across the USA. The crowd taunts Bravo as he hits Latu with a piledriver then Bravo hits a side slam for the win (1:40).

Thoughts: Frenchy is now going to have the Quebec flag to use for heel heat instead of his vicious protest sign. At least the crowd is reacting to Bravo here as they usually do not.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Akeem and Slick as they act alike, with Slick calling Akeem “medium rare” while himself “well done” as they are not just about “jiving.” Akeem’s promo here needs to be seen to be believed. Ken Patera then talks about working hard to be an olympian and we can too as long as we train hard enough.

 

The Rockers vs. Rusty Riddle & Sandy Beach

Ah, Sandy Beach. He actually got a match at MSG against Scott Casey later this month believe it or not. Sandy shoves Jannetty then high-fives his partner. We hear an insert promo from the Rockers as they talk about being tag team specialists as we see them clear the ring. The Rockers work over Riddle after the match settles down until they put him away with a Doomsday Device (3:26).

Thoughts: The Rockers are getting great reactions from the fans as they are constantly using different finishers to put away their opponents to put over the “tag team specialist” gimmick.

 

We get an ad for the Survivor Series, showing the Mega Powers. The show will air on PPV Thanksgiving Night.

 

Warren Bianchi vs. Bad News Brown

Bad News jumps Bianchi before the bell. He stays on the attack as the announcers put over Bad News and his undefeated streak before Jesse compares Vince to Dan Quayle then Bad News hits the Ghetto Blaster for the win (2:08). After the match, a fan with a Macho Madness hat and sunglasses taunts Bad News, who responds by grabbing the fan by the shirt before stealing the hat and glasses and stomping them on the ground.

Thoughts: I liked the post-match stuff and how they are using that to kickoff a Bad News/Savage feud. The Bad News gimmick was really over and he was great in the role.

 

Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. Brutus Beefcake calls out Ron Bass for trying to rip off his flesh but not getting the job done. Beefcake says he is not scared and that he will get the job done right. King Haku is with Bobby Heenan and speaks in his native tongue while calling out Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and the Ultimate Warrior. Heenan then calls those guys out for being scared of Haku.

 

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Larry Stevens

We hear from Jimmy Hart and Greg Valentine as they promise to give Muraco a war as Valentine refers to his figure-four as the “heartbreaker.” Muraco then overpowers Stevens before hitting the tombstone for the win (1:34).

Thoughts: This was Muraco’s final appearance on Superstars as he was fired very shortly after this match aired. He did have a match in France that aired on “Primetime Wrestling” the following month as that was his final appearance on WWF TV.

 

Brother Love Show is up next, making its debut on “Superstars of Wrestling.” He welcomes out Bobby Heenan, who talks about the changes in the Heenan Family. The crowd starts a “weasel” chant as Heenan talks about adding new members, doing the best he can to spread love. Heenan then brings out his newest member, saying they are limited in wrestling, size, and with their record but he will make him the next big superstar regardless as he welcomes out Terry Taylor. Heenan tells Taylor he is not as big as Andre the Giant, as muscular as Rick Rude, or have the martial arts skills like Haku before ragging on his win and loss record. Heenan then tells Taylor he will be the one that can make him a star. I thought this was odd as Taylor only had a few TV matches at the time, that he won easily, and they just made him out as a total loser that Heenan could turn into a star. When Taylor said he only got hired because Pat Patterson was sick of him calling every month for close to a year looking for a job, it showed here.

 

Brian Costello vs. Junkyard Dog

JYD headbutts Costello to start. He follows with some crawling headbutts and a clothesline before he puts Costello away with a powerslam (1:28).

Thoughts: Much like Muraco, this was also JYD’s final appearance on TV except for that same episode of “Primetime Wrestling” were he lost to Andre the Giant in a match that took place in France.

 

We get another Mr. Perfect vignette as he is playing darts and gets a bullseye on the first try.

 

Vince and Jesse plug “WWF Magazine,” featuring an article on George Steele and Mine.

 

Demolition vs. Tommy Angel & DJ Peterson

Demolition starts off by beating on Peterson. Angel tags in after Peterson hits a dropkick as we hear an insert promo from the British Bulldogs, who warn Demolition that they are watching them and keeping track of all their mistakes. Demolition then beat on Angel before hitting the Decapitation for the win (2:20). After the match, Demolition toss Peterson outside as they beat on Angel. The referee even gets thrown down as the British Bulldogs run out and clear the ring as they beat up the champs.

Thoughts: They finally advanced the Bulldogs/Demolition feud on TV instead of a house show exclusive program. DJ had a good look but never stuck with the WWF after some TV taping and house show matches. They put over the Bulldogs well here.

 

Next week will be Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hart Foundation, Blue Blazer, Rick Rude, and Hercules.

 

Final Thoughts: Not much of a show this week. The big news here was that Bobby Heenan was going to manage Terry Taylor, a guy he was burying to his face, and that Survivor Series is coming again on Thanksgiving night. It was the last time to see Muraco & JYD wrestle on Superstars as over the coming weeks, we will see newer talent come in and replace the older guard. Things will get interesting once 1989 rolls around.

 

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

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

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/15/88

Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/16/88