WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 5th, 1988

November 5, 1988

From the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN

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

This week, we will see the Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Also in action will be the Big Bossman, Dino Bravo, and the Ultimate Warrior.


George South vs. Ultimate Warrior

South attacks Warrior from behind but that just pisses off the Warrior as he chases South around the ring. Back isnde, Warrior leapfrogs South before taking him over with a hip toss. Warrior chops South down then uses a lifting choke as we hear from Jimmy Hart and the Honky Tonk Man in an insert prom as Honky promises he will take back his Intercontinental Title before the Survivor Series. Back to the match was Warrior sends South over the top rope with a back elbow smash then Warrior slams South back inside. South puts the breaks on and cowers in the ropes but Warrior does end up hitting him with a clothesline before getting the win with a press slam/splash combo (2:40).

Thoughts: They pushed the Honky vs. Warrior feud here as that was still going around the house show circuit. Warrior was quite over here.


Gene Okerlund is in the crowd with our featured fans. They show a little kid wearing the Ultimate Warrior face paint as he says his favorite wrestlers are the Blue Blazer, Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior as Mean Gene hits on the kid’s mom. Funny stuff.


Brother Love Show with guests Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase tells Hercules that he will be his slave and does not care what morons he surrounds himself with at the Survivor Series as he brings out his teammates (and their managers) Big Bossman, Akeem, Slick, King Haku, Red Rooster, and Bobby Heenan as they put over their team. Basic Survivor Series promotion but its all getting repetitive at this point and we are three weeks away.


Vince tells us that the newest edition of “WWF Magazine” will be available this Tuesday. It features the Powers of Pain on the cover.


Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin vs. Jim Evans

Before the match, Frenchy mumbles in French. Bravo taunts the crowd after knocking down Evans as Frenchy waves the Quebec Flag. We hear from Jim Duggan in an insert promo after some technical difficulties as he tells Bravo to keep his eyes open at the Survivor Series as he talks about representing America, prompting Jesse to state if Duggan is what represents America, then he is not bothering to vote. Back to the match as Bravo beats on Evans before hitting a side slam for the win (1:40).

Thoughts: Looks like flags will play a major part in the Bravo/Duggan feud.


Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Ron Bass, Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, Danny Davis, and Bad News Brown as they put over their team as Valentine promises to break someone’s leg while Bad News will run over anyone that steps to him. Honky also mentioned Jim Brunzell as part of the opposing team. Brunzell replaced Don Muraco, who got fired during the European tour.


Chris Zarna vs. “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig

This is how Mr. Perfect was billed in his debut. Perfect beats on Zarna in the corner as the announcers talk about the Leonard vs. Lalonde fight and how they will watch on PPV. Perfect hits a dropkick then briefly works a chinlock before kicking Zarna in the ribs. Jesse puts over Hennig’s aggressiveness as Hennig stays in control until getting the win with a fisherman’s suplex, which would be later known as the “Perfectplex” (1:53).

Thoughts: Hennig looked good in the ring but the crowd did not react to him much at all other than some scattered boos after he won.


We see the Rude vs. Roberts match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” as this segued Roberts into his feud with Andre, who was afraid of snakes.


Billy Bowman vs. “The Outlaw” Ron Bass

Bowman takes Bass down with an armdrag but walks into a clothesline as we hear from Beefcake in an insert promo where he calls his clippers the only protection he needs. Bass destroys Bowman in the corner as Vince encourages us all to vote, with Jesse stating he should run for President of the United States, then Bass hits the Pedigree for the win (1:46). After the match, Bass chokes out Bowman with Miss Betsy.

Thoughts: More hype for the Bass/Beefcake feud. I did lightly chuckle over Jesse saying he should run for president.


Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, and Koko B. Ware as they put over their Survivor Series team. Savage covers Hillbilly Jim’s absence by stating he phoned in to preach Hogan’s gospel. They all put each other over in a bizarre manner after that.


Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. Rusty Riddle

Bossman slams Riddle as we hear from Slick and Bossman in an insert promo as they Hogan his mouth got him in trouble as Bossman promises to put Hogan in solitary confinement. Bossman hits Riddle with a double chop to the throat before hitting a sidewalk slam for the pin (1:38). After the match, Bossman cuffs Riddle to the ropes and beats him with the nightstick as Slick distracts the referee. The crowd is yelling for Hogan as Bossman taunts them.

Thoughts: They’ve done a good job building up Bossman for his feud against Hogan. The fans hated him here. Of course, this was the same taping where he attacked Hogan on the “Brother Love Show.”


WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. He runs down the Survivor Series card, as we see that they still have Don Muraco listed as part of Brutus Beefcake and the Ultimate Warrior’s team. We hear from Demolition and their team at the Survivor Series as they promise to destroy their opponents. There were so many people here that you could not see half the team.


Next week, Jake Roberts will be a guest of the “Brother Love Show.”In action will be Jim Duggan, Brainbusters, and the featured match of the Rockers vs. Fabulous Rougeau Brothers as we hear comments from both teams.


Thoughts: Again, these shows leading up to the Survivor Series have been dull. At least here they did highlight some of the actual feuds in the company though. Mr. Perfect made his TV debut for those who are fans and want to see from a historical perspective but this show was skippable.


Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/6/88

Wednesday: EVOLVE 65 7/17/16

Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Ron Simmons

Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/12/88

Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 2/11/82

Sunday: WWF Philadelphia Spectrum 11/12/88

Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 11/13/88