November 26, 1988
From the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, MD
Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This week, our featured match is Hercules vs. King Haku. Also in action are Jake Roberts, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, and the Ultimate Warrior.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. John Latu
Jake is in control to start as we hear an insert promo from Bobby Heenan and Andre the Giant, who is unable to even say the word “snake” as Heenan threatens Jake with legal action over bringing Damien to the ring. Latu lands a few shots but Jake knocks him down. Jake then hits the short-arm clothesline before putting Latu away with the DDT (3:00). After the match, Jake dumps Damien on top of Latu as Vince imagines Andre watching this and how he would react as Jesse says Jake better have Damien everywhere he goes.
Thoughts: They are really going all out to put over the Andre is afraid of snakes angle.
Brother Love Show with guest WWF President Jack Tunney. Brother Love wants to know what Tunney is going to do about the fact he got chased off of his own set. Tunney said he will do “nothing,” which is what Brother Love says Tunney has done in the WWF. Bad News Brown then appears and talks about how for the past five months he has written letters, called, and sent messages to his “private” country club to find out why he is not the #1 contender to the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Bad News then accuses Tunney of protecting Randy Savage and then calls him out for having a Beverly Hills Mansion and a new Rolls Royce due to taking a cut of Savage’s contract. Tunney denies these allegations as Bad News figures it out and that this is due to Elizabeth doing “favors” for him. Tunney sticks up to Bad News but ends up getting shoved down as Bad News warns Tunney if he puts his hands on him, he will “beat the ugliness” off of him. Brother Love then gets into Tunney’s face and says this is what happens when you accept favors. Great segment. Bad News was awesome on the mic as this segment really put him over as a top heel for a title program against Savage.
“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig vs. David Stoudemire
Hennig takes down Stoudemire as we hear him in an insert promo putting himself over for being perfect as the announcers talk about what we just saw on the “Brother Love Show.” Hennig yells at the crowd how he is perfect in every way but they do not respond to him. Stoudemire manages a comeback but gets caught with a clothesline as Hennig then puts him away with the Perfect Plex (2:30).
Thoughts: Hennig looked good but the fans still do not care about character enough to boo him.
Sean Mooney is in the Event Center. We hear from Ron Bass as he promises Brutus Beefcake that he will be getting a “horse whippin'” when they meet again. Now, we see Hacksaw Jim Duggan pacing around with a 2×4 and the American flag as he calls out Dino Bravo and Frenchy Martin for disrespecting America.
Ultimate Warrior vs. Barry Horowitz
Warrior hits Horowitz before the bell even rings. A frustrated Horowitz charges but Warrior uses his momentum to toss him outside. Horowitz retreats up the aisle but Warrior catches up and chops him down. Horowitz gets tossed back into the ring as Warrior beats the crap out of him then uses the press slam/splash combo for the win (2:15).
Thoughts: Warrior really roughed up Horowitz here. Horowitz himself stated in his shoot interview that he hated the Warrior, who bitched to the British Bulldogs at a TV taping about Horowitz being unable to get up for the press slam. I’m pretty sure it was not this match though.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from Tito Santana as he does not like the fact there are low-lifes and backstabbers that prevent the fans from getting to see a good match. Not much of a promo by Tito. After that, we hear from the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Jimmy Hart, who promises the Hart Foundation they will never get to the top again. The Rougeaus warn the Hart Foundation that Jimmy told them all their secrets and that they will never be able to beat them.
“Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Billy Woods
Rude knees Woods then hits a snap suplex as we hear him in an insert promo telling all of the ladies that in every town he wrestles in, he will choose one lucky lady to receive the Rude Awakening. Well, he has been doing that for months. Rude pulls up on a pin attempt and flexes then puts Woods away with the Rude Awakening (1:45). After the match, Rude kisses some skinny chick.
Thoughts: After his six-month long feud with Jake ended, Rude now needs something to do.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This is about the double-turn from the Survivor Series with Demolition and the Powers of Pain. We hear from Mr. Fuji and the PoP’s as Fuji warns Demolition that they will get crippled then Demolition calls out the PoP’s for not being able to handle a war and that they will remain champions.
King Haku w/ Bobby Heenan & “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Virgil vs. Hercules
Hercules clears the ring as he waves his chain. However, Haku attacks him from behind to start the match. Hercules fights back as we hear DiBiase in an insert promo as he tells Hercules no matter what happens, he is his slave. Back to the match as Haku hits an inverted atomic drop then DiBiase slaps Hercules as Haku distracts the referee. Hercules dodges an elbow drop then catches Haku with a powerslam. DiBiase trips up Hercules, who goes out and knocks down both Virgil and DiBiase. Back inside, Hercules ducks a swing and hits an atomic drop then grabs his chain and decks Haku for the DQ (2:32). After the match, Hercules chases off DiBiase, Heenan, and Virgil with a chain.
Thoughts: The action was decent here. They put Hercules over strong enough as he chased everyone off with his chain but you can see that DiBiase’s star has fallen as a top heel act. No offense to Hercules, who was an underappreciated talent, but going from Savage and Hogan to a guy who never advanced past the midcard in three years is a dropoff. With that said, the feud made sense though and they had to give Hercules a push after his turn.
Young Stallions vs. Bubba Kirk & Max McGiver
Vince alerts us that Tunney is still shook up from getting attacked by Bad News. We hear from the Brainbusters and Bobby Heenan as they bully the Stallions. Back to the match as Roma takes McGiver down with a hip toss. Kirk is in and Powers picks him up and tags Roma, who comes out the top with a missile dropkick as that gets the win (1:10).
Thoughts: I believe this was the last TV win for the Stallions, who stopped teaming up shortly after this. They teased a feud between them and the Brainbusters (they were working around the house show circuit at the time and having good matches) but things went into a different direction.
Big Bossman w/ Slick vs. David Isley
Bossman beats on Isley as Slick gloats then yells out about the WWF needing to give him better competition as Bossman gets the win with a sidewalk slam (2:56). After the match, Bossman cuffs Isley and beats him with the nightstick.
Thoughts: Another squash match to make the Bossman look strong. His heel act is really heating up due to his feud with Hogan.
Mooney is back in the Event Center. We hear from the Brainbusters and Bobby Heenan as they promise to become the Tag Team Champions. After that, the Hart Foundation tell the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers that no one wants them in America and how they are slime.
Next week, we will see highlights of the Randy Savage vs. Andre the Giant match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Also in action are Rick Rude, Hart Foundation, Akeem, Brutus Beefcake and highlights from the Survivor Series. We hear from both Andre and Heenan as well as Savage, and a worried Elizabeth, to close out the show.
Final Thoughts: Good show. They created a new #1 title contender in Bad News Brown and did a fine job with advancing the other feuds and showcasing the talent that will be featured going forward. With the bland Survivor Series hype in the rear view mirror, the company would be a lot more focused in the coming months.
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 11/26/88
Wednesday: RevPro UK High Stakes 1/16/16
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Jacques Rougeau
Friday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 11/26/88
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 3/11/82
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/27/88
Monday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/3/88