Yearly Review: 2CW 2006

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Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW) is a popular independent wrestling company that primarily runs its shows in the Upstate New York area. The company made its debut on April 8th, 2006 and has provided many memorable moments throughout the years. Many are not aware of the dream matches and hidden gems that have occurred in areas like Syracuse, Watertown, Rome, Binghamton, Rochester, Elmira and Oswego.

Lets take a look at the rise of 2CW through the years, starting at the beginning.
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Spike Dudley vs. Zaquary Springate III & Isys Ephex 

Many times independent companies rely on a veteran wrestler in the early stages of its existence to help put over the local talents. For 2CW, that guy was Spike Dudley. On July 5th, 2005, Spike was released from his WWE contract and ventured off onto the independents. Spike would be part of the first show to take place on April 8th, and his exposure would continue when he returned to television with Total Non-Stop Action on April 13th.

Spike’s impact on 2CW was immediate.

His first feud was with local wrestler Zaquary Springate III. Springate was a snob from England and put down the New York area any time he could. In what had to be a surprise, Springate was victorious over Spike in the main event of the first show, Living on the Edge.

Springate is a graduate of trainer Killer Kowalski and often holds his own in the ring, as evident by his victory over Spike.

Their feud would continue to the second show on May 8th, which saw Spike gain a victory in a Syracuse street fight.

Afterward, Isys Ephex came out and brutally attacked Spike Dudley to set up a second feud for the former ECW/WWE star. It would take Ephex roughly four times to put Spike through a table because the table wouldn’t break. Tables not breaking for the company would become a common theme.

The third show was the promotions biggest show to date as it happened at the OnCenter. Ephex and Dudley were the main event and the bout was contested with the stipulation of a tables match. Spike prevailed by managing to put Ephex through the table with a double stomp. The feud between these two would not be over.

They would meet again at the fifth show, fittingly named Unfinished Business on September 16th in Syracuse. The trend of violence between Isys and Spike continued as they competed in a dog collar match. Ephex would earn the biggest win of his 2CW career, by pinning Spike after a Burning Hammer on a chair. Afterward, Spike wanted a death match at the next show while Isys wanted a pure wrestling match.

They wouldn’t meet at the next show in Utica due to Spike obligations with TNA, who had Bound For Glory the same weekend that year.

Spike would return for the last show of the year which was again in Syracuse. This time, Isys and Spike would compete in a thirty minute ironman match. Spike would lose the match seventeen falls to two. Not because Isys was that much of a dominate force, but rather because Spike refused to follow the rules and got himself disqualified fifteen times. Regardless, Isys had two victories over Spike and his stock in the promotion was on the rise.

Killer Steves vs. All Money Is Legal
Steve Mckenzie and Steve Kruz compromised the team of the Killer Steves while K-Murda and K-Pusha were known as All Money Is Legal. Murda and Pusha had actually garnered some success prior to arriving in 2CW having appeared for Combat Zone Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Unplugged and NWA Cyberspace, which had a loose association with TNA.

Anyway, these four guys would be continually fighting for quite sometime and in 2006 they were involved in matches with each other on six of the seven shows. When it came to straight tag team matches, they had four matches with each team getting two victories. At the time, 2CW didn’t have much depth in the tag division, but more times than not, AMIL and the Steves put together entertaining bouts. They were the pioneers to what the tag division would eventually consist of.

There is much more between these two teams in future Yearly Review installments.

 
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Too Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown, Slyck rises to the top of the heap. 

Slyck Wagner Brown had been a well traveled independent wrestler by the time 2006 rolled around. Slyck had worked for ROH in 2003/2004 and held the JAPW Heavyweight Championship during the same time. His most accomplishing feat was defeating Christopher Daniels at the ECW Arena to claim the 3PW Heavyweight Championship. That was around the time I had became a fan of Slyck and his ability in the ring.

Scorpio, as many know, was quite popular in the 1990s having spectacular matches with Sabu, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko. He was one of the first American wrestlers to highlight his high risk moves and the 450 splash that had never really been used previously.

Both men made their debut at the third show for the company, which was the OnCenter debut. Scorpio would get the win after 15+ minute match, but it made it clear that not only could Scorpio still go in the ring, but Slyck was something special and the veteran the company needed on every show.

They’d meet the following month at Unfinished Business and Scorpio won yet again in a no time limit match. Sure, Slyck lost both matches but he got an immediate boost in creditability from a crowd that hadn’t been exposed to the Underground King in person.

Some may have thought that Slyck would only be capable of great matches with established names but that was proven to be false.

Instead, Slyck had a competitive match with Dizzie, the leader of AMIL and perhaps the match of the year for 2CW when he defeated Isys Ephex in a great match that showcased both men very well.

While Spike Dudley was the biggest name for the company in terms of the drawing power, people were leaving the arenas remembering Slyck Wagner Brown. After just a handful of shows, Slyck was one of the top baby faces for the startup company.

Zaquary Springate/Gordy Wallace Feud
Shortly after his feud with Spike, Springate turned to his attention to the blue collar country boy, Gordy Wallace. Their issues started at the Unfinished Business show on September 16th. Wallace teamed with WWE Legend Tony Atlas, whom Springate had defeated at the OnCenter show in July. Springate viciously attacked Wallace with a steel chair and a barbed wire bat.

Their violent feud would see Springate win a no holds barred match in October and Wallace win a “front row brings straps match” in November. Their feud would continue in 2007.

Johnny Law Tries To Prevent Steve King From Entering 2CW
If the name Steve King sounds familiar, that would be because King was a former enhancement talent that was often on WWF television in the early 1990s putting over several of the top guys in the business.

King would be involved in a feud with Johnny Law, the resident cop for 2CW. Law didn’t want King in the company, but King would fight his way through security and eventually be involved with 2CW. They had a few matches, which saw King defeat Law rather easily.

Law did manage to get one win out of a handful when he hit King with a box full of donuts that also had a brick in it. Both men wouldn’t see much more 2CW action from here on out.

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Loca Vida vs. JD Love – It’s Only The Beginning 

Towards the end of the year, a feud that would become one of the longest feuds in 2CW history began. Loca Vida is a masked luchadore from Mexico… New York. JD Love was an overweight, flamboyant wrestler who’s wrestling gear would often not cover his chest and other areas.

Despite the odd pairing, the two had some kind of chemistry and their matches, while not great, were entertaining and the fans remained interested. Vida won two matches they had at the tail end of 2006, but the feud would take part for most of 2007.

Jason Axe Has An Attitude Change 
On the early shows for 2CW, Axe was a just a young kid working his way up the card. The very first show he just wanted to play his guitar for the fans and was beaten up by Johnny Law for doing so.

Axe teamed with WWE Legend King Kong Bundy in a losing effort against Zaquary Springate III and JD Love on August 18th.

The following month at Unfinished Business, Axe stated that he was the main event wrestler for the company. With the attitude change Axe traded wins with Ajax 820.

Axe refused to work the opening match at the November show. He would compete in a match where he took on two other tag teams. Axe actually won the match involving the teams of Dizzie & Ajax 820 and the Killer Steves.

2006 wasn’t much of a year for Jason Axe, but 2007 would be a breakout year for the “Main Event” Jason Axe.

Anytime a professional wrestling company starts up, the first year is always a rough time. Squared Circle Wrestling had its rough times but the pieces for the company and its future was put into place very early.

As you can see, 2CW brought in a few popular names such as Spike Dudley, King Kong Bundy, and 2 Cold Scorpio. They also brought in the New Age Outlaws for a one-time deal for the OnCenter show, which saw them defeat JD Love and Gordy Wallace.

Very few guys would be with the company after the first year, but it was evident that Slyck Wagner Brown was the top guy for the company in terms of ability.

Moving forward, 2CW would continually bring in top names, champions from other companies and dream matches never happening in any other promotion would take place in Upstate New York’s top independent company.


Notable Matches: 

2 Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown – 2CW OnCenter
2 Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown – 2CW Field Of Dreams
Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Dizzie – 2CW Unfinished Business
Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Isys Ephex – 2CW Field Of Dreams

 Notable Names Brought In:
Spike Dudley, Too Cold Scorpio, Tony Atlas, King Kong Bundy, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg

To learn more about 2CW, head over to their website www.2cwwrestling.com


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Yearly Review: WWF May 1990

The mighty Earthquake makes a big statement as he looks to become a dominate force in the WWF. What does he do? Find out!

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: The Ultimate Warrior)
There wasn’t much of anything new going on throughout the month for the new champ. Warrior competed against Mr. Perfect on the house show market and would win each match. His feud with Rick Rude continued as well. Rude revealed during the May 15th taping of Superstars that he would no longer kiss a random female fan from the crowd until he wins the WWF World Championship. Aside from that, Warrior had an easy month as the champion.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Mr. Perfect)
Aside from losing to Warrior on the house show market, Perfect didn’t really compete in any other notable matches. Mr. Perfect did get a rare win for the month when he was able to pin Hercules at a house show in Toronto, Ontario.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)
Yet again, there weren’t any new developments in the title scene. Demolition worked the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would trade disqualification victories throughout the month, but nothing new happened between these two teams.

 Other Happenings:
– Earthquake became the host hated man in the WWF when during the May 15th taping of Superstars, he viciously attacked everyone’s hero, Hulk Hogan on the Brother Love show. Earthquake splashed Hogan several times after laying him out with a steel chair shot to the back as Hogan was distracted by Jimmy Hart. Hogan would do a stretcher job and leave fans worried about his future.

– During the same taping, Bad News Brown tried to seemingly murder Jake Roberts snake. Brown attacked Roberts after a match and tried to smash the snake with a steel chair. Luckily, Roberts was able to prevent that from happening.

– Boris Zhukov and Nikolai Volkoff officially broke up and began to have matches against each other. Volkoff was the babyface while Zhukov remanined true to Russia and his heel persona.

– Brother Love joined the team of Randy Savage, and Sensational Sherri in a feud with Dusty Rhodes, Sapphire and Miss Elizabeth. Love proclaimed that he would have Elizabeth kiss his feet.

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Yearly Review: WWF April 1990

It’s the beginning of a new era. The era of the WARRIORS.

I skipped March of 1990 as there wasn’t any new developments and it would be a wasted post here. We continue with April of 1990.




WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
At WrestleMania VI on April 1st, the WWF World Championship would change hands when the Ultimate Warrior was able to pin Hulk Hogan after avoiding a leg drop and hitting a big splash. This would mark the end of Hogan’s reign, which had been going on since WrestleMania V.

Hogan was one day away from holding the championship for one full calendar year.

Warrior’s first challenger looks to be Rick Rude. If you recall, Rude was able to beat Warrior at WrestleMania V for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania V, but would lose to Warrior at SummerSlam 1989 in a rematch.

Rude was confident that Warrior’s days as champion were numbered and he also aired his training as he was punching a bag that had Warrior’s face air brushed on it.

On the house show market, Warrior would defend the championship against Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase (in Japan), and Mr. Perfect. Warrior would defend the WWF World Championship at SNME #26 and would successfully pin Haku to retain the championship.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ultimate Warrior)
Since Warrior won the WWF World Championship, he decided to vacate the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Jack Tunney decided to create a tournament to crown a new champion. Here is the tournament matches that occurred during the month. Tito Santana defeated Akeem by count-out, Mr. Perfect defeated Jimmy Snuka, Brutus Beefcake fought Dino Bravo to a double count-out and Roddy Piper fought Rick Martel to a double disqualification.

That would leave Mr. Perfect to wrestle Tito Santana in the finals of the tournament. At the April 23rd, 1990 WWF Superstars taping, Mr. Perfect won the championship after pinning Tito Santana with a roll up.


WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 
Demolition was able to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania VI. After losing the titles, Haku and Heenan tried to turn on Andre, but Andre held his own and left the ring alone. As for Demolition, they would work the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would also attack The Hart Foundation and the Rockers during their match at the SNME #26 event. It appeared that Demolition had new challengers in the Hart Foundation.


Other Happenings: 

– At the April 3rd taping of Wrestling Challenge, a program between Jake Roberts and Bad News Brown appeared to begin. During an interview segment, Brown opened a gift which had a snake inside and he was startled by it.

– Ted DiBiase made it clear that he was out to get revenge on the Big Bossman for turning on him. He made progress in getting his payback by attacking Bossman at SNME #26. DiBiase handcuffed Bossman to the ropes and got some shots in. However, Bossman would break free and chase DiBiase away.

– The feud between Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage continued after WrestleMania. During the April 4th taping of Superstars, Randy Savage and Sherri attacked Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. Sherri ended up forcing Sapphire to kiss Savage’s feet to embarrass her.

– Since he was attacked by Earthquake at WrestleMania, Jim Duggan announced that he was going to get payback for the attack.

– Hulk Hogan rebounded from losing the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania by beating Mr. Perfect at SNME #26. On the house show market, Hogan would mainly wrestle Earthquake and defeat him by disqualification.

– Dustin Rhodes made his WWF debut during the April 24th taping of Wrestling Challenge competing in a dark match.

– The Warlord and the Barbarian appear to be getting big pushes as unstoppable forces in the WWF. This could be an attempt to give the Ultimate Warrior a few more heels to work with later on in the year.

WWF WrestleMania VI Results: (non-title matches)
– Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware
– Earthquake defeated Hercules
– Brutus Beefcake defeated Mr. Perfect
– Roddy Piper fought Bad News Brown to a double count-out
– Hart Foundation defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov
– The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana
– Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire defeated Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri
– The Orient Express defeated The Rockers by count-out
– Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo
– Ted DiBiase defeated Jake Roberts by count-out
– The Big Bossman defeated Akeem
– Rick Rude defeated Jimmy Snuka


WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #26 Results: 
– Hulk Hogan defeated Mr. Perfect
– Earthquake defeated Hillbilly Jim
– Hart Foundation wrestled the Rockers to a double disqualification
– WWF World Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Haku
– Big Bossman defeated Akeem by disqualification


Buy-rates: 
WrestleMania VI: 550,000
SNME #26: N/A

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Yearly Review: NWA-TNA June 2002

It’s the beginning of NWA-TNA. Who became the first champions for TNA? Plus, a country singer gets physical in the ring with a former wannabe country singer.
NWA-TNA World Championship Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
It didn’t take long for the NWA-TNA World Championship to have an owner as there was a twenty man battle royal on the first show to determine a champion. Some of the notable names include Jeff Jarrett, Buff Bagwell, Konnan, Scott Hall, and Steve Corino. However, none of them would be the final two. Instead, the final two men were Ken Shamrock and Malice (The Wall from WCW). They had a singles match as the main event for the show and Shamrock won the championship after a belly to belly suplex.

On the second show, Shamrock was attacked by Malice after James Mitchell distracted him. It was made obvious that Shamrock wasn’t done with the monster Malice.

NWA-TNA X-Division Championship Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
The second show was dedicated to the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship as it was contested under double elimination rules with four of the top X-Division wrestlers TNA had to offer. AJ Styles made history by beating Psicosis, Low Ki and Jerry Lynn to become the first X-Division Champion in TNA history.

NWA-TNA World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
The tag team championships had yet to be introduced into the company.

Other Happenings:

– Jeff Jarrett started a program with Toby Keith and Scott Hall. Yes, the country singer. On the first show Jarrett and Keith would have a confrontation and Keith would actually eliminate Jarrett from the battle royal. At the second show, Jarrett would lose a singles match to Scott Hall, who had Toby Keith in his corner.

– Ron Killings had a confrontation with Hermie Sadler and Sterling Marlin on the first show but was attacked by Brian Christopher, setting up a match the following week, which Christopher won.

– Ricky Steamboat is the acting authority figure for NWA-TNA at this point as well.

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Yearly Review: WWF February 1990

Quite a few cage matches take place during the month. Hogan and Savage meet with a boxing champ as the referee.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
On the house show market, Hogan continued to do battle with Mr. Perfect. They would have several steel cage matches with Hogan prevailing over Perfect. At the February 19th MSG house show Hogan teamed with Brutus Beefcake to get a tag team victory over Mr. Perfect and The Genius.
Hogan also had to deal with the Ultimate Wariror and Dino Bravo. At the February 14th taping of WWF Superstars, Hogan competed in a match with Bravo, which he won, but was attacked afterward by Earthquake until his opponent at WrestleMania VI, the Ultimate Warrior came out for the save.
The rather productive month came to an end with Hogan squaring off against former friend and current rival, Randy Savage. They had a match on February 23rd for the Main Event III special on NBC. The special referee for the match was Buster Douglas. The referee was originally going to be Mike Tyson, but Tyson lost a fight to Douglas, thus a change was made. Hogan was able to pin Savage after a leg drop to retain the championship. Later on in the show, Hogan saved Warrior from a post-match beat down by Bravo and Earthquake.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ultimate Warrior)
Warrior primarily competed in matches against Dino Bravo in a few steel cage matches or traditional singles matches. Warrior also teamed with Jake Roberts to compete against Ted DiBiase and Akeem in tag team main events on the house show market.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 
Just like last month, the tag team champions continued to compete against Demolition on the house show market and were successful in retaining the tag team championships. There weren’t any new developments in the feud between both teams.

Other Happenings: 
Jake Roberts and Ted DiBiase continued their series of matches on the house show market with the Big Bossman serving as the special referee for the match. Roberts didn’t have any problem walking out victorious as Bossman would sometimes get involved in helping Roberts win the match.
– The Orient Express made their debut during the February 13th taping of WWF Superstars.
– Earthquake showed his dominance as he beat up jobbers to the point that they would need to be stretchered out of the arena. He also destroyed Ron Garvin at the February 19th MSG house show causing him to be stretchered out.
– Randy Savage and Dusty Rhodes would have several matches on the house show market with Rhodes winning them all by count-out or disqualification.
– For most of the month, Rick Rude was losing steel cage matches to Roddy Piper as they finished up their feud that had been taking place for the last several months.
Ratings:
The Main Event III: 12.8
Bob’s Opinion: 
For the most part, the month was just continuing feuds on the undercard. The rather interesting and exciting feud between Rick Rude and Roddy Piper came to an end while Ted DiBiase and Jake Roberts continued to produce quality house show matches. Bossman’s babyface turn had really rallied the fans behind him, which would be the case until early ’93. 
Earthquake’s rise of the card was also refreshing. I was always able to buy into Quake due to his size. Come the summer time he’ll be involved in his biggest angle of his career. 
Hogan’s month of action was action packed and featured a match with old rival Macho Man. Sure, Savage was down on the card, but those two were always seemingly able to put on an entertaining match. It was also good to see Mr. Perfect work the main event scene for a brief period of time. 
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Yearly Review: 3PW 2002

A look at the first year of the Philadelphia based independent wrestling company ran by the Blue Meanie and Jasmine St. Claire.
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling was created by the Blue Meanie and his then girlfriend, porn star Jasmine St. Claire. They ran their first show on February 15th 2002. Every show in 2002 would run at the ECW Arena. Next year there would be an issue regarding the venue, but we’ll get to that when the time comes.

For the most part, there first show was not one to be remembered. The show featured a lot of unknown talent that I’m sure if I were to name most people would have no idea who they are today. Blue Meanie does take credit for being the first guy to bring over CM Punk and Colt Cabana to the East Coast. The main event for the first show saw Steve Corino make his only appearance for the company winning a three way dance against the Sandman and Steve Corino.

It would take the company three months before holding a second show on May 18th. Notably, the show featured a young Colt Cabana winning a match against Chris Hero, the Public Enemy returned to the ECW Arena defeating the young team of Christian York and Joey Matthews. The main event for the show ended in a no contest. The match was a three way body bag involving New Jack, Sabu and the Sandman.

They returned to action the following month on June 29th. The company continued to use younger talents new to the independent scene. Those men included Josh Daniels, who wrestled very similarly to Chris Benoit and a man named Rob Eckos (currently Robbie E in TNA). Public Enemy and the team of Axel Rotten and Ian Rotten had a tag match on the show, which was your typical hardcore fun and is probably the best the match had up to this point. The main event saw Sabu and Tod Gordon defeat the team of Sandman and Bill Alfonso. Alfonso ended up turning on Sandman at the event.

The biggest show for 3PW in its early existence came on August 24th when they held an eight man single elimination tournament to crown the first 3PW Heavyweight Champion. The tournament involved Joey Matthews, Christian York, Danny Doring, Blue Meanie, Gary Wolfe, Rocco Rock, Devon Storm and Chris Chetti. In the end, Gary Wolfe would become the first ever 3PW Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Christian York in the finals of the tournament. The main event of the show saw three legends collide when Kevin Sullivan defeated Dusty Rhode and Bam-Bam Bigelow. Oh, by the way, porn star Ron Jeremy made an appearance. It took the company five shows to get a commentary team, which as much needed for the DVD releases.

Sadly, Rocco Rock passed away prior to the next show on September 21st. 3PW named the show This Ones For You in honor of Rocco. The show saw the return of CM Punk and Colt Cabana to 3PW. Cabana won a match between the two. 3PW Heavyweight Champion Gary Wolfe won a quick match against Dead Man Walking. Abdullah the Butcher and Kevin Sullivan wrestled to a no contest. The main event saw Sabu lose to Syxx-Pac in what was the best match 3PW held up to this point without question.

3PW continued to honor Rocco on October 19th with a show named A Night For Flyboy. All the top names on the show were in the ring to pay tribute to Rock as Johnny Grunge gave a heartfelt speech regarding his bestfriend and tag team partner. The event was highlighted with NWA-TNA World Champion Ron Killings competing in singles action where he lost to Syxx-Pac. Curt Hennig made his only appearance for the company wrestling a losing effort against Jerry Lawler. The main event saw 3PW Heavyweight Champion Gary Wolfe lose the championship to Sabu. From top to bottom, this was 3PW’s best show.


November 23rd saw the debut of Matt Striker, who would have several memorable moments in the company later on. Joey Matthews has been on a winning streak as of the late few shows and is being presented as a major player for the company sooner rather than later. Ron Killings and Kid Kash had a good match which Killings was able to win. Abdullah the Butcher lost to Dusty Rhodes in a bull rope match. The main event saw 3PW Heavyweight Champion Sabu retain against Syxx-Pac, who noted that he had a spinal injury and apologized for his performance.

The final show for 2002 took place on December 28th. Dusty Rhodes, Ron Killings and Too Cold Scorpio no showed the event. Joey Matthews, Rob Eckos and Matt Striker formed an alliance with Matthews being the leader of the group. Syxx-Pac lost to Kid Kash on the event and revealed that he was once again not 100% and would not return to 3PW until he was 100%. Abdullah the Butcher beat Bam-Bam Bigelow in a falls count anywhere match. The main event saw Gary Wolfe regain the 3PW Heavyweight Championship defeating Sabu.


Bob’s Opinion: 

There is no mistake that from an in-ring perspective 2002 was not a great year for the company. Like most companies, you have to try things out and see what works and what doesn’t work. They started off using a lot of former ECW guys, but towards the end of the year, it was apparent that 3PW was focusing more on the young guys they had, such as Joey Matthews.

I like how 3PW would bring in legends like Curt Hennig, Jerry Lawler, Dusty Rhodes and Bam-Bam Bigelow. Yeah, the matches are not good but having notable names help the shows.

Gary Wolfe as the 3PW Heavyweight Champion is something I can’t understand. He is best known for being part of the Pitbulls and was never presented well in a singles role. Honestly, every time I saw a main event involving Wolfe it lost a lot of creditability and interest from me.

It’s was at best an average year for 3PW, but they had a few bright spots involving Kid Kash, Syxx-Pac, Sabu and Ron Killings.

The best is yet to come for 3PW.

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Yearly Review: WWF January 1990

Hulkamania running wild as we enter the ’90s!
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan continued his feud with Mr. Perfect and the Genius. At SNME #25, which was taped on 1/3/90, Hogan teamed with WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect and Genius nearly won the bout but ended up losing due to Genius missing a moonsault and was soon pinned by Hogan. After the match, Hogan and Warrior had a miscommunication. Warrior accidentally clotheslined Hogan during the brawl.

At the Royal Rumble, Hogan participated in the Royal Rumble match. Hogan was #25 to enter the ring and managed to fight off Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect to win the Rumble for the second year in a row. Hogan last eliminated Perfect.

It was also announced at SNME that Hogan would defend the WWF World Championship against Randy Savage on February 23rd. The match would have Mike Tyson as the special referee.

On the house show market, Hogan continued to wrestle against Mr. Perfect. Hogan would retain the championship either by pin fall or by losing to Perfect by disqualification.


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
Throughout the month, Warrior continued to fight off Dino Bravo and the Canadian Earthquake. There weren’t any new developments for their feud. As you can read above, Warrior was also busy with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 

Andre and Haku continued to feud with former WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition. There weren’t any new developments to the feud as they mainly wrestled on the house show market which saw Andre and Haku retain the titles by count-out.

It was also announced that Andre and Haku would defend the WWF World Tag Team Championships against Demolition at WrestleMania VI.

Other Happenings: 

– Jake Roberts continued his feud with Ted DiBiase during the January 2nd taping of WWF Superstars. Roberts attacked DiBiase and Virgil after DiBiase competed in a squash match. As a result of the attack, Roberts was able to steal the Million Dollar Championship and put it in his snake bag with Damien. During the same taping, DiBiase and Roberts had a match which Roberts won by disqualification because the Big Bossman attacked him. However, it was revealed that DiBiase had paid Slick for Bossman’s services. That didn’t sit well with Bossman, who went back and helped Roberts recover saying he couldn’t be bought.
– Tugboat made his televised debut during the January 2nd taping of Superstars.

– Roddy Piper began a feud with Bad News Brown during the January 23rd taping of Wrestling Challenge. Brown was on the podium being interviewed which eventually led to a brawl between himself and Piper.

– The Rockers feuded with the Powers of Pain due to Warlord and Barbarian causing Marty Jannetty to be stretchered out of the arena following a match between the teams. This lead to the Rockers recruiting Jim Duggan to join them in their fight against the Powers of Pain.

– Randy Savage and Jim Duggan continued to feud over the king’s crown. They would wrestle at SNME which saw Savage prevail after Sherri Martel tripped Duggan on a suplex attempt. Duggan got some level of revenge by hitting Savage with his 2×4. Savage began to feud with Dusty Rhodes at the Royal Rumble. During a Brother Love segment, Savage and Sherri insulted Sapphire until Rhodes came out. Savage ended up attacking Rhodes before being forced to leave the ringside area by officials. Later in the night, Rhodes eliminated Savage from the Rumble match.

SNME #25 Results:
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Mr. Perfect & The Genius
– Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan
– Jake Roberts defeated Greg Valentine by disqualification
– Dusty Rhodes fought Rick Rude to a double count-out
– Dino Bravo defeated Ron Garvin

Royal Rumble 1990 Results: 

– The Bushwhackers defeated The Rougeau Brothers
– Brutus Beefcake fought The Genius to a double disqualification
– Ron Garvin defeated Greg Valentine
– Jim Duggan defeated Big Bossman by disqualification
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan won the 1990 Royal Rumble last eliminating Mr. Perfect

Ratings: 
SNME #25: 11.1
Royal Rumble 1990: 2.0


Bob’s Opinion: 

So, we kick off the 90’s that would see the WWF have a low point and also the highest period in the companies existence. I’ll start off with my opinions on the Rumble, which is really based only on the Rumble match itself.

Hogan didn’t need to win the match, nor should he really be in it. Since the winner of the Rumble didn’t get the automatic title shot, yet, having Perfect win the Rumble would elevate him right up the card. Heck, even having Rick Rude possibly win it would have been fine with me. Hogan demolishing any heel close to being a threat to his title is tiring.

I enjoyed the Bossman heel run and greatly enjoyed his series of matches with Hogan in ’89. Bossman is a grossly underrated wrestler, in my opinion. His face turn here was fine and it wouldn’t take him long to get really over with the crowd. He was so good at his role that it stuck with him no matter where he went.

What was worse, the Tugboat character or the Shockmaster in ’93? Regardless, you gotta feel bad for Fred Ottman getting these gimmicks.

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Yearly Review: WWF December 1989

New champions are crowned. Hogan and Zeus settle things inside a steel cage.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
During the December 12th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Hulk Hogan teamed up with Brutus Beefcake to take on Randy Savage and Zeus inside a steel cage. The match would be aired on December 27th, 1989. Hogan was able to overcome one of his biggest challengers to date when he pinned Zeus following three leg drops.

For the rest of the month, Hogan would defend the WWF World Championship on the house show market but would lose to Mr. Perfect by count-out. Despite losing the matches, Hogan retained the championship.


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
The Ultimate Warrior continued to have issues with Dino Bravo and the Canadian Earthquake. After Bravo had a match during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars, the Ultimate Warrior made an appearance but was distracted by Earthquake which allowed Bravo to use a chair on Warrior.

While Warrior had to deal with Bravo, Jimmy Hart and Earthquake he also had his mind focused on winning the 1990 Royal Rumble so he could challenge the WWF World Champion at WrestleMania VI.

Back to his issues with Bravo, they would have matches on the house show market with Warrior managing to pick up pin fall wins over Bravo on a regular basis.



WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

The Heenan Family was able to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars. Andre the Giant and Haku won the titles after Andre dropped an elbow on Smash. Ax wasn’t able to get involved in the match due to constant double teaming and thus was unable to make the save.

On the house show market, Demolition would lose to Andre and Haku by count-out more often than not.

Other Happenings: 

– With the Royal Rumble next month, a lot of focus was put on the wrestlers giving their reasons as to why they will win the bout and main event WrestleMania VI. However, there were a few minor storylines taking place outside of the championship scenes.

– Brutus Beefcake got under Rick Martel’s skin as he was modeling clothes during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars. Beefcake ended up getting on the podium after his match and shredding Martel’s clothing.

– During the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars, the Bolsheviks came out while the Bushwhackers competed and waved their Soviet Union flag. There wasn’t any confrontation but it could be hinted at as a future angle between the two teams.

– After a few months of feuding, Roddy Piper defeated Rick Rude on December 28th inside a steel cage at a Madison Square Garden show.

Bob’s Opinion:
It’s rather surprising to me that Andre the Giant was holding a championship this late in his career. I’d imagine it was more of a thank you for everything throughout his career. Demolition back in the chase is always a good thing too, I suppose.

I’ve never been a fan of Dino Bravo. He isn’t entertaining to me whatsoever. A feud between Warrior and Earthquake would have been better, but Earthquake was being saved for bigger and better things down the road. Warrior hasn’t been able to find a suitable opponent since winning the championship.

Finally the end to Hogan/Zeus. Personally, I didn’t find it all that interesting. Zeus was never any good in the ring and was simply used as a way to promote No Holds Barred.

The cage match between Rude and Piper is really good and worth a watch, by the way. A really good feud towards the end of the year.

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Yearly Review: WWF November 1989

Hulk Hogan has plenty of challengers to deal with. Will he survive with the gold?
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan was the captain of a Survivor Series team which would compete against Ted DiBiase’s team at the Survivor Series later in the month. Hogan led Jake Roberts, and the WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition. DiBiase led Zeus, and the Powers of Pain. At the Survivor Series event, Hogan’s team prevailed over DiBiase’s after Hogan was able to pin DiBiase following a leg drop.

Hogan still had issues with Mr. Perfect who destroyed the WWF World Championship during last month’s taping of SNME.

He was also defending the championship against Bad News Brown on the house show market on a regular basis. Perfect continued to assure everyone that he would win the WWF World Championship.

As you may also recall, Hogan was having problems with Zeus and Randy Savage centered on the No Holds Barred movie. During the November 20th taping of WWF Superstars, it was announced that Hogan and his longtime friend Brutus Beefcake would compete against Randy Savage and Zeus inside a steel cage match.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
At the November 19th Maple Leaf Gardens house show, Warrior was able to successfully defend the championship by beating Andre the Giant. The previous month Bobby Heenan had tricked Warrior into accepting a cage match against Andre to set up the match.

Warrior was the captain for another Survivor Series team as he led Jim Neidhart and the Rockers into battle against the Heenan Family, which consisted of Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan. Warrior gained the win for his team after pinning Heenan following a splash.

On the house show market, Warrior primarily continued to defend the championship against Andre but also defended the championship against Mr. Perfect and the Genius.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by Demolition)
There weren’t any major new developments for the champions this month as they were partners for Hulk Hogan for the Survivor Series match at the pay per view. They continued to defend the championships on the house show market primarily against the Powers of Pain and the team of Arn Anderson and Haku.

Other Happenings: 
– During the November 18th Superstars episode, Rick Martel began modeling clothing to continue his new model attitude.

– Tully Blanchard was fired from the WWF after the November 1st taping of Wrestling Challenge due to a failed drug test. Haku took his place teaming with Arn Anderson on the house show market as a result and Bobby Heenan took his spot at the Survivor Series event.

– Dusty Rhodes continued his feud with Big Bossman by costing Bossman a match against Tito Santana at the Survivor Series Showdown by using his nightstick. During the November 20th taping of Superstars, Bossman taunted Sapphire at ringside but Rhodes made the save again.

– Ron Garvin and Greg Valentine continued their feud that will seemingly not end. During the November 20th taping of Superstars, Garvin prevented Valentine from using his illegal shin guard on Jimmy Snuka.

– Rick Rude and Roddy Piper had their feud continued as Rude stuck up for Brother Love who was embarrassed by Piper.

– Mr. Fuji issued a challenge to the Rockers on behalf of the Powers of Pain to a match during the November 20th taping of Superstars. The Rockers responded by attacking Fuji which would essentially be a yes.

Survivor Series 1989 Results:
– Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana and Red Rooster defeated Big Bossman, Rick Martel, Bad News Brown and the Honky Tonk Man in an elimination match. After the match, Bossman attacked Rhodes and Beefcake but Beefcake recovered to scare Bossman away from the ring with his hair clippers.

– Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, Greg Valentine and the Canadian Earthquake defeated Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ron Garvin and Hercules in an elimination match.

– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition and Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase, the Powers of Pain and Zeus in an elimination match.

– Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, and the Rougeau Brothers defeated Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and the Bushwhackers in an elimination match.

– WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart and the Rockers defeated Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan in an elimination match.



Buy-rates: 

Survivor Series 1989: 3.3

Bob’s Opinion: 

It’s good to see Hulk Hogan involved in more than one feud. He had his issues with DiBiase, Perfect and the combo of Zeus and Savage still going on. Heck, Bad News Brown was in on the action as well. I recently had a co-worker talk about Brown believing that he should have won the WWF World Championship. I don’t see that being a good idea.

Anyway, Hogan has a lot going on and there is a lot of interest in the WWF World Championship scene.

I always enjoyed the Model gimmick. It was a shame that Martel wasn’t able to gain singles success with a Intercontinental Championship run.

Not much of an opinion of what was going on at the time. What were your thoughts on what was going on in the WWF at this time?

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Yearly Review: WWF October 1989

Mr. Perfect makes his way up to the main event scene. Do we get a perfect champion?
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
While Hogan had to deal with Ted DiBiase and his Survivor Series team, he also had new challengers for the WWF World Championship, the Genius and Mr. Perfect. At SNME #24, which was taped on October 31st and aired on November 25th, Hogan lost to the Genius by count-out. The bigger story was Mr. Perfect coming out and putting gum on the championship claiming that Hogan wasn’t a perfect champion. Perfect caused Hogan to lose after hitting him with the championship and escaped to the backstage area with the championship. This market the occurrence of Mr. Perfect destroying the championship with a hammer and demanding a title shot against Hulk Hogan!


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
During the October 2nd taping of WWF Superstars, the Ultimate Warrior competed against Dino Bravo in a test of strength competition. Bravo did a few push-ups with Jimmy Hart sitting on his back. Bravo proceeded to do more push-ups with a larger man that was randomly picked out from the crowd named John. Bravo managed to do several push-ups with John on his back. When the Ultimate Warrior attempted to do the same thing, John hit Warrior with a sit down splash and along with Bravo attacked Warrior. At the October 31st taping of WWF Superstars, John would be revealed as being the Canadian Earthquake.

At SNME #24, Warrior defeated Andre the Giant by disqualification to retain the championship. Heenan tried to get involved by Warrior took care of him by tossing him into Andre.

On the house show market, Warrior continued to beat Andre the Giant in just a matter of seconds to retain the title at least that was the case at MSG. In Toronto, Andre and Warrior would have a steel cage match next month for the championship after Bobby Heenan tricked Warrior into accepting a rematch.


WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
Demolition managed to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships at the October 2nd taping of WWF Superstars where they defeated Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Ax pinned Blanchard, who was illegal, to win the titles. Andre the Giant and Haku stated during the taping that they would beat Demolition and bring the titles back to the Heenan Family.


Other Happenings: 

– During the October 22nd edition of Wrestling Challenge, vignettes of Mr. Perfect and the Genius playing golf, darts and bowling and proclaims that Hulk Hogan couldn’t do it better than Perfect. They would continue to air vignettes taunting Hogan believing that Hogan wouldn’t be able to compete at a high skill level like Perfect can compete at.

– Dusty Rhodes continued to prevent Big Bossman from beating down opponents with his nightstick. Rhodes saved Tito Santana from a beating during the October 3rd taping of Wrestling Challenge after Santana wrestled Honky Tonk Man.

– Greg Valentine and Ron Garvin continued to feud as well. Garvin prevented Valentine from using his shin guard numerous times. They would wrestle on October 8th in Toronto, Ontario where Valentine picked up the win.

– Dusty Rhodes danced with a mystery woman during the October 31st taping of WWF Superstars, who ended up being Sapphire. Rhodes successfully defeated Big Bossman at SNME #24 after Bossman was distracted by Slick arguing with a fan at ringside. Rhodes would dance with Sapphire afterwards.

– The Rockers defeated Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard at SNME #24 in a best two out of three falls match. After the match, Bobby Heenan insulted Anderson and Blanchard saying that they were the worst team he had ever managed and promptly fired them.

Ratings:
WWF SNME #24:
8.7

Bob’s Opinion:
It’s quite refreshing to have a young heel in the main event scene working with Hogan. It’s especially different with Perfect not being bigger than Hogan. So, Hogan working with not only a good worker but a smaller one at that, was interesting. Plus, the scene when Perfect destroys the championship was really memorable and a great way to insert Perfect into the championship scene.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Earthquake, and his debut by attacking Warrior was pretty cool as well. Maybe it’s odd, but a feud between Warrior and Earthquake is rather interesting. I’ve been liking the fresh heels being brought in.

A quick reign by the Brainbusters, and quick tenure with the Heenan Family. Their run lasted just about a year and they could’ve done so much more had they stuck around. Anderson would head back to WCW while Tully tried as well but failed a drug test and didn’t get a contract.

The undercard feuds aren’t exactly interesting to me. Bossman/Dusty seems like a waste of Bossman to me, but Dusty had always been popular so I suppose a few wins over Dusty would help Bossman moving forward.

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Yearly Review: WWF September 1989

The Million Dollar Man and the mighty Zeus are still coming after Hulkamania.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
At SNME #23, which was taped on September 21st but aired on October 14th, WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated long time rival Ted DiBiase with a small package. DiBiase accidentally hit Zeus with a clothesline during the bout leading to the finish. Jake Roberts came out to ringside during the bout and chased Virgil to the backstage area after Virgil stole his snake bag. Zeus ended up attacking Hogan after the match by twisting Hogan’s neck before DiBiase put the Million Dollar Dream on Hogan. Roberts returned to the ring and scared Zeus and DiBiase away with his snake.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

Warrior continued to feud with Andre the Giant over the championship. On most of the house shows Warrior was able to beat Andre in under a minute. They competed in competitive bout at a MSG show on September 30th where Warrior retained the championship by disqualification. After the match, Warrior beat Andre down with championship until Andre was knocked off his feet.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) 
The Brain Busters continued to defend the tag team championships against former champions Demolition on the house show market. They would retain the championships each time despite losing to Demolition by disqualification. There weren’t any other developments in this feud.

Other Happenings: 

– During the September 21st taping of WWF Superstars the Genius revealed that Mr. Perfect was his new protégé. This taping also featured Perfect’s first appearance with theme music.
– The new king of the WWF Randy Savage pinned Jimmy Snuka at SNME #23 after hitting Snuka with Sherri’s loaded purse. Snuka got some level of revenge by scaring Sherri Martel from the ring after knocking Savage to the floor.
– Rick Martel and Tito Santana wrestled to a double disqualification at SNME #23 when their partners for Survivor Series got involved in the match.
– Roddy Piper continued to get under the Heenan Family’s skin when he pinned Haku at SNME #23. Piper and Rick Rude would have several matches on the house show market including a double count-out match at MSG which was Piper’s first MSG match in nearly three years.
– The Bushwhackers embarrassed the Rougeau Brothers and Jimmy Hart at SNME #23 when they defeated the Rougeaus and stripped Jimmy Hart to his boxers.
– Jimmy Snuka and Honky Tonk Man continued their feud from a couple months ago with a match at the September 30th MSG show which saw Snuka beat Honk Tonk Man after a four and half year absence from MSG.
Ratings:
SNME #23:
 9.5

Bob’s Opinion: 
The feud between Hogan and DiBiase continued though it’s pretty clear that DiBiase is never going to get the championship. At least DiBiase is given a few strong moments even if it included the help of Zeus. Also am a fan of Jake Roberts helping Hogan and getting a spotlight in a main event caliber feud.

I know that Andre was on his last legs in terms of health and in-ring ability, but to have him lose to Warrior in under a minute had to have pissed off some people. I would’ve loved to have seen Andre live even if he could hardly move. Getting a minute or less of a match with Andre jobbing couldn’t have been all that satisfying.

Savage continuing to be involved in lower level feuds is rather depressing. I guess the main event guys can’t always have top level feuds even when they are out of the main event scene. Though, that doesn’t exactly apply to Hogan, ever.

The feud between Piper/Rude is a great feud to have on the undercard. I’ve watched a few of their matches on the house show circuit at the time and they put on some good matches. Their cage match a few months later is an enjoyable one as well. I never really considered to be all that great in the ring, but considering I have mostly watched his stuff from ’94 onward I’m clearly missing his more memorable stuff.

It’s a shame to see the Rougeau Brothers, a promising heel tag team, lose to the Bushwhackers and made out to be fools.

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Yearly Review: WWF August 1989

The WWF gets ready for the fall and winter months with several new feuds developing.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage and Zeus at SummerSlam when Hogan pinned Zeus following a leg drop. Prior to the match, Miss Elizabeth came out to be in Hogan’s corner. After the bout, Beefcake cut some of Sherri’s hair.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude)

The Ultimate Warrior regained the WWF Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam after Roddy Piper distracted Rick Rude by mooning him at ringside. This marks Warrior’s second title reign and the second consecutive SummerSlam where he won the championship. Rude and Heenan tried to get the match restarted after seeing the video replay of the finish but were unsuccessful.
During the August 29th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Andre the Giant made it clear that he would bring the championship back to the Heenan Family.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) 
Anderson and Blanchard defended the championships against the Bushwhackers and Demolition throughout the month. They would usually lose by disqualification but as a result retained their championships.
They competed at SummerSlam but in a non-title contest against the Hart Foundation. They prevailed after Anderson, who was illegal, pinned Bret Hart following a top rope axe handle shot. Hart had Blanchard pinned prior to the axe handle shot by Anderson.

Other Happenings: 

– The Rockers and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers competed in a series of sixty minute iron man matches on the house show market. The Rockers were victorious in each instance that the stipulation was used. At SummersSlam, the Rockers teamed with Tito Santana to take on the Rougeau Brothers and Rick Martel in a six man tag match. Martel pinned Jannetty following a clothesline while Jannetty had one of the Rougeau’s rolled up.
– Barry Windham had returned to the WWF recently and was given the nickname the Widowmaker. Windham’s first feud began during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars after he delivered a neck breaker to the Red Rooster on the ring apron.
– Rick Rude and Roddy Piper’s issues really became to escalate during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars. Piper bullied Brother Love during a talk show segment shoving toothpaste among other things down his throat. Bobby Heenan ended up distracting Piper long enough for Rick Rude to come out and spit mouth wash into Piper’s eyes and delivered a Rude Awakening.
– Dusty Rhodes continued to aggravate the Big Bossman when he prevented Bossman from attacking a jobber after a match. Rhodes stole yet another nightstick during the August 8th taping. Rhodes competed at SummerSlam where he pinned Honky Tonk Man after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with a guitar.
– Mr. Perfect continued his winning ways and at SummerSlam defeated the Red Rooster.
– Demolition and Jim Duggan defeated Andre the Giant, Akeem and Big Bossman when Smash pinned Akeem after Duggan hit Akeem with his 2×4.
– Ted DiBiase overcame Jimmy Snuka at SummerSlam after he bragged about ending Jake Roberts’s career. At the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Jake Roberts revealed that if he had one more chance to DDT someone he would DDT Ted DiBiase.
– Greg Valentine defeated Hercules and after the match was got in an altercation with Ronnie Garvin who served as the special ring announcer for the bout.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan to win the kings crown after hitting Duggan with Sherri Martel’s loaded purse. Afterwards, Savage hit Duggan with three top rope elbow drops. At the same taping, a coronation for Savage and Sherri took place. During the ceremony, Ted DiBiase gave Savage a golden scepter.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Rick Martel revealed that because of his good looks he would become a model.

Buy-rate:
SummerSlam 1989: 
4.8

Bob’s Opinion: 
Quite a bit of new developments taking place as the WWF prepares for the fall and winter months. I’m actually interested in most of the feuds. Rude and Piper are two great characters and from what I’ve watched from ’89, their feud was quite heated. They are two big names and should help the undercard for the WWF.

I’m not interested in a Andre/Warrior feud over the Intercontinental Championship.

Barry Windham’s return to the WWF isn’t all that exciting for me personally. He had a good run in the NWA with a few entertaining matches against Flair. I;d have to look into how his performance was. I will be able to do that since I recently got Superstars ’89 DVD set.

Considering Rick Martel is an underrated wrestler, in my opinion, it’s good to see Martel develop a heel persona with the Model gimmick. It’s a gimmick I enjoyed and thought more could have been done with it.

I kind of want to find the Rockers/Rougeau sixty minute iron man matches. I wonder if any of them were recorded. Did anyone ever attend a show with that match happening?

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Yearly Review: WWF July 1989

A title change occurs before SummerSlam.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan successfully defended the WWF World Championship against former WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man at SNME #22. Hogan prevailed after hitting Honky with a guitar and followed up with a leg drop. Hogan’s night wasn’t over with as he would make an appearance later on in the show. Hogan’s friend Brutus Beefcake competed against Randy Savage on the show. Beefcake won by disqualification when Zeus came out and attacked Beefcake while he had a sleeper hold on Savage. Hogan returned to the ring and hit Zeus with a chair but didn’t have any effect. Hogan and Beefcake were able to clean out the ring after getting two steel chairs.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude) 

There wasn’t any new developments between Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior. They will be wrestling each other at SummerSlam next month.
However, a new feud for Rude was hinted at. During the July 19th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Rick Rude warned Roddy Piper to watch what he says about his manager Bobby Heenan.
On the house show market, Rude would compete against Jim Duggan while the Ultimate Warrior had quick main event matches against Andre the Giant. Rude would typically lose by disqualification while Warrior would win his matches by pin fall.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition) 

At SNME #22 Demolition’s title reign came to an end. The Brain Busters, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, captured the championships in a best two out of three falls match. Andre the Giant got involved by tossing a chair into the match to help Anderson and Blanchard win the championships.

Other Happenings: 

– During the July 19th taping of WWF Superstars Ronnie Garvin was suspended for getting involved at SNME costing Greg Valentine a match against Jimmy Snuka. However, the suspension didn’t last long after Jack Tunney granted Valentine’s request to reinstate Garvin as a wrestler.
– Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect competed against each other on the house show market with the outcome being a draw each time.
– The blue collar Dusty Rhodes wrestled against the rich Ted DiBiase on the house show market. Rhodes would walk out victorious each time they wrestled.
– Rick Martel continued to get the better of Tito Santana on the house show market as well.
The month didn’t feature a lot of angle advancement with SummerSlam just around the corner.

Bob’s Opinion: 
It was nice to see the Brainbusters win the tag titles, though I thought it was also surprising. A match between the Brainbusters and Demolition at SummerSlam would have been nice to see. Regardless, Anderson and Blanchard will make for great champions and have some good matches with the tag teams in WWF.

A feud between Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase was a no brainer. It’s just too bad that DiBiase wasn’t able to remain in the main event scene.

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Yearly Review: WWF June 1989

A few former NWA top names arrive in the WWF.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan) 
At the June 6th taping of WWF Superstars, Randy Savage issued a challenge to Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake to compete in a tag match against himself and Zeus. During the June 7th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Savage made it clear to Zeus that he would stand behind him should he decide to get in the ring because they hate Hulk Hogan equally.
Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake accepted Savage and Zeus’s challenge to a tag match at SummerSlam during the June 28th taping of WWF Superstars.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude) 

The Ultimate Warrior continued to chase after Rick Rude to reclaim the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Following Rick Rude’s win at the June 6th taping of WWF Superstars against a jobber, Warrior ran down to the ring while Rude was going to kiss a female fan and attacked Rude.
During the June 27th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Warrior beat Haku but was attacked by Rick Rude. Rude planted Warrior with a pile driver but couldn’t keep him down for long. Warrior ended up fighting back and press slamming Rude over the top rope onto Andre the Giant who had came down to ringside.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition) 

Demolition was able to overcome Akeem and Big Bossman in several tag team championship matches on the house show market as they didn’t compete against each other on television. However, they would have new challengers to deal with by the end of the month.
Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard better known as the Brainbusters were managed by Bobby Heenan. They earned themselves a tag team title match at the next Saturday Night’s Main Event taking place in July.

Other Happenings: 

– During the June 3rd edition of WWF Superstars, the first video promoting Dusty Rhodes being part of the company was aired. Rhodes was given a common man gimmick which was displayed as he delivered a pizza during the video. As you may recall, Rhodes was a booker for NWA before jumping ship to WWF. Rhodes got involved in his first feud with the WWF during the June 28th taping of WWF Superstars. Rhodes ended up stealing Big Bossman’s nightstick after his match to prevent Bossman from attacking a jobber. Rhodes would attack Bossman with the nightstick as well as Slick.
– Ted DiBiase revealed during the June 6th taping of WWF Superstars that he was responsible for putting Jake Roberts in the hospital with the Million Dollar Dream. Roberts had suffered a herniated disc due to the move. At the June 27th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Ted DiBiase revealed a gold neck brace for Jake Roberts since he believes his career is over.
– Tito Santana got some level of revenge against Rick Martel and Slick during the June 6th taping of WWF Superstars by attacking both men during a Brother Love segment until security pulled him away.

– Throughout the month, Ronnie Garvin continued to cost Greg Valentine matches now that he is a referee and can no longer compete as a wrestler. Garvin would be threatened by WWF President Jack Tunney that if he were to hit a wrestler he would be suspended.
Bob’s Opinion:
I think it’s awesome that Anderson and Blanchard have made their way to the WWF. At the time, the WWF had a really strong tag division and adding those two added more bulk to the division. Now, there in the top feud for the tag titles with the top babyface team. That seems to be a good match up to me.

Dusty Rhodes was brought into the company looking like a joke but managed to some how make it work. I guess that would prove that Dusty is a talented worker. We will see more of him over the next couple of years with a few memorable feuds.

The main event feud isn’t interesting me all that much. While Zeus is a monster of a man, he doesn’t look like a good opponent for Hogan, which would explain the tag match they are going to have in the future.

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Yearly Review: WWF May 1989

Hogan has a monster he has to deal with.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Zeus stepped up his attempts to get under Hogan’s skin while at a Meadowlands house show on May 8th. Zeus called Hogan a woman and believed that he was the star of the movie, No Holds Barred. Zeus also believed he was bigger and badder than Hogan. He also said that he would beat Hogan should he ever wrestle Hogan in the WWF.

Hogan competed against Randy Savage on the house show market. Hogan lost several matches by count-out but at bigger events such as a Philadelphia Spectrum house show, Hogan defeated Savage by pin fall to retain the title.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude) 

There weren’t any new developments for Rick Rude. He continued to wrestle the Ultimate Warrior on the house show market, losing by count-out each time but retaining the championship as a result.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

Big Bossman and Akeem are the primary challengers for the WWF World Tag Team Championships. They would lose to Demolition by disqualification or a few times lose cleanly to the champions on the house show market.

Other Happenings: 

– Rick Martel dominated his feud with former tag team partner Tito Santana as he won every match they had against each other on the house show market.
– Roddy Piper competed in his first WWF match in two years on May 12th in Los Angeles, CA where he pinned Ted DiBiase in the main event.
– During the May 16th taping for WWF Wrestling Challenge, the Honky Tonk Man began a feud with Jimmy Snuka. Honky was trying to sing a song following his match, but was cut off in favor for a Jimmy Snuka interview. After insulting Snuka, Honky was attacked by Snuka with a cross body block off the podium onto the floor. At the May 17th taping of WWF Superstars, the Honky Tonk Man got some payback by hitting Snuka with a guitar.
– During the May 17th taping of WWF Superstars, Slick refused to answer the question of whether or not he was looking to sign Zeus to a contract.

Bob’s Opinion: 
A slow month for the World Wrestling Federation as most of the feuds are just carrying over from WrestleMania. The return of Roddy Piper is nice addition to the babyface side of the roster. The whole feud with Hogan and Zeus is uninteresting and I wonder if people bought into Zeus at the time as being a threat to Hogan. I could see it, but looking back at it today, there is no way.

I don’t have a lot to comment on here, so I apologize for the lack of information.

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Yearly Review: WWF April 1989

The fallout from WrestleMania sees a lot of new developments.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
At WrestleMania V, Hulk Hogan was able to defeat WWF World Champion
Randy Savage to win the championship following a leg drop. Hogan kicked
out of the elbow drop in the closing seconds before dropping the leg and
winning the championship. On the house show market, Hogan would
actually lose to Savage by count-out due to Sherri Martel getting
involved in the matches.

Hogan’s first defense, aside from against Savage on the house show
market, would take place at the April 25th taping of Saturday Nights
Main Event #21 which would not be aired until May 27th. The match would
take place inside a steel cage as Hogan squared off against the dominate
Big Bossman. After ten minutes of action, Hogan was able to escape the
cage after handcuffing Bossman to the top rope.

The house market would see Hogan lose to Randy Savage by count-out,
or see him defeat Big Bossman inside a cage. Hogan wrestled Savage at
Madison Square Garden on April 24th, losing by count-out after Sherri
Martel prevented Hogan from returning to the ring.

Another challenger to Hogan’s WWF World Championship made their debut
as Zeus, co-star of No Holds Barred, entered the company confident he
would beat Hogan for the championship.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
At WrestleMania V, the Ultimate Warrior would lose the WWF
Intercontinental Championship to “Ravishing” Rick Rude. Rude was able to
win the championship after Heenan tripped Warrior on a vertical suplex
attempt and held his foot down allowing Rude to get a three count. After
the bout, Warrior press slammed Heenan and chased after Rude.

While Rude would compete against Warrior on the house show market, he
would lose the matches by either disqualification or count-out. He
wrestled against Jim Duggan at SNME#21 which he lost by count-out as
well.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

At WrestleMania V, Demolition retained the WWF World Tag Team
Championships over Powers of Pain when Ax pinned their former manager
Mr. Fuji who had previously thrown salt into the Warlord’s eyes
accidentally.

For the rest of the month, Demolition would defeat Powers of Pain,
Akeem & Big Bossman , and Rhythm & Blues by disqualification to
retain the titles. However, they did lose to the Brainbusters by
disqualification when Ax shoved the referee out of frustration.

Other Happenings:
– Rick Martel turned on Tito Santana after Santana accidentally hit
Martel with a flying forearm smash during their tag match against the
Brainbusters. Martel revealed in an interview at WrestleMania V that he
was sick and tired of Santana riding his coat tails. This effectively
ended the tag team known as Strike Force. Martel would end up having
Slick as his manager.

– At the April 5th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Sherri Martel and
Randy Savage beat down Brutus Beefcake on the Brother Love Show for
calling Sherri “Scary Sherri”. The beat down allowed Savage to cut off
some of Beefcake’s hair. With Savage having a new manager, Miss
Elizabeth announced during the April 26th taping of Superstars that she
would manage WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan for as long as he wanted her.

– At the April 4th taping of Superstars, Ron Garvin and Greg
Valentine agreed to have a career vs. career match the next time they
competed against each other. During the same taping, Valentine defeated
Garvin in under four minutes to force Garvin into retirement, though he
would make appearances as a referee.

– Jake Roberts was attacked by Ted DiBiase after beating Virgil
during the April 4th tapings of Superstars. DiBiase injured Roberts neck
with the Million $ Dream forcing him out of action for several weeks.

– Jim Duggan made it clear that he was going to take the crown away from King Haku.

– The Rougeau Brothers brutally attacked Shawn Michaels with Jimmy
Hart’s megaphone during the April 25th taping of Wrestling Challenge,
causing Michaels to bleed from his mouth. The Rougeau called the Rockers
copycats for singing their theme music and believed they were superior
to the Rockers, anyway.

WWF WrestleMania V Results:

– Hercules defeated King Haku
– The Big Bossman & Akeem defeated the Rockers
– The Bushwhackers defeated the Rougeau Brothers
– Mr. Perfect defeated the Blue Blazer
– WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition defeated Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji to retain titles
– Dino Bravo defeated Ron Garvin
– The Brainbusters defeated Strike Force
– Jake Roberts defeated Andre the Giant by disqualification. Big John
Studd was the referee for the match and was attacked by Andre.
– The Hart Foundation defeated the Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine
– Rick Rude defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior to win the title
– Jim Duggan fought Bad News Brown to a double disqualification
– The Red Rooster defeated Bobby Heenan
– Hulk Hogan defeated WWF World Champion Randy Savage to win the title

WWF SNME #21 Results:

– Jim Duggan defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Rude by count-out
– Randy Savage defeated Jim Neidhart
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Big Bossman in a steel cage match to retain the title
– The Brainbusters defeated WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition by disqualification
– Jimmy Snuka defeated Boris Zhukov

Buy-rates:

WrestleMania V: 5.9
SNME #21: N/A

Bob’s Opinion: 
Before I share my opinions on the month, I wanted to note that I skipped posting March 1989 on here for the simple fact that nothing new occurred during the month. I didn’t think there was a point to waste anyone’s time with me saying “no new developments” happened several times in the post.

Hogan’s championship win wasn’t all that surprising and provided a good main event with Savage at Mania. The cage match with Bossman is also a hidden gem, in my opinion. They had a few good cage matches on the house market, too. The involvement of Zeus is just humorous and is something I can’t take seriously. I mean, it’s the guy from Friday (the movie).

I’m very happy that Rick Rude has won the WWF Intercontinental Championship. In my opinion, he is probably the best heel going in the company alongside Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase. It’s shocking to me that Rude never had a long lasting program with Hogan.

The split of Strike Force is rather interesting. Martel quickly showed that he was capable of being an entertaining heel and would be just that over the next three or so years in the WWF. Sadly, Tito wouldn’t get much steam during this singles run.

Heading into the spring we’ve got the following feuds heating up…
Hogan vs. Savage for the WWF World Championship
Rude vs. Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Demolition vs. Powers of Pain or Brainbusters for the WWF World Tag Team Championships
Ted DiBiase vs. Jake Roberts
Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana
The Rockers vs. The Rougeau Brothers
Jim Duggan vs. King Haku

Personally, if that was a regular house show card during this time, I’d have no problem forking over some serious money to watch it.

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Yearly Review: WWF February 1989

 Bros before… The saga between Savage and Hogan continue.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
After defeating the Big Bossman and Akeem with his tag team partner Hulk
Hogan at the Main Event II on February 3rd, however the issues between
Savage and Hogan would heat up quickly. Backstage, Hogan would find
Savage with his valet Miss Elizabeth and began to cut a promo until
Savage decided to hit Hogan with the WWF World Championship. Savage
continued the beat down even as Elizabeth tried to check on Hogan.
Brutus Beefcake tried to make the save but failed at doing so. Savage
was convinced that Hogan was jealous that Savage was the champion and
had Elizabeth by his side. Hogan would later search for Savage but was
unable to find him.

It is safe to say that Savage “lost it” when Hogan carried Elizabeth
to the backstage area after being knocked off the apron to the floor.
Hogan returned to the ring to pick up the win over Akeem with the leg
drop. As you could tell, this whole situation saw Savage turn heel.

At the taping of SNME #20 on February 16th, both Savage and Hogan
were stating that they were going to have Elizabeth in their corner for
the WWF World Championship match at WrestleMania V. However, Elizabeth
stated she wouldn’t be in either man’s corner!

Throughout the month, Savage would compete in street fights against
Bad News Brown despite being a heel and would win each bout. He also
fought WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior in title vs.
title matches but there was never a clean finish.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

Throughout the month Warrior mainly worked with Savage, but was also
able to advance his feud with Rick Rude. During the matches with Savage,
Warrior would fight off Rude and as a result would be counted out.
Aside from that, Warrior would defeat guys like Ted DiBiase in a matter
of thirty seconds in some cases to retain the title on the house show
market.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

There weren’t any new developments regarding the feud with the Powers of
Pain. Demolition continued to wrestle them on the house show market and
would come out victorious by disqualification each time.

Other Happenings:

– Ted DiBiase defeated Hercules at the Main Event II, the only other
match aired on the program. As a result, DiBiase won his feud with
Hercules by using Hercules tights for extra leverage. During the
February 15th taping of WWF Superstars, DiBiase revealed his Million
Dollar Championship for the first time.

– Bad News Brown continued to suggest that Miss Elizabeth was doing
favors for Jack Tunney and would wrestle Hulk Hogan at SNME #20. Hogan
would win the bout.

WWF SNME #20: (airing on March 11th)

– Brutus Beefcake defeated Rick Rude by disqualification after Andre the
Giant had came out to attack Beefcake. This lead to Jake Roberts coming
out to even out eh odds. Big John Studd also appearsed to have a stare
down with Andre.
– Hulk Hogan defeated Bad News Brown
– Ted DiBiase defeated the Blue Blazer
– The Rockers fought the Brainbusters to a double count-out.
– The Red Rooster defeated the Brooklyn Brawler, but was attacked by
Brawler and Heenan afterwards. Rooster was able to fight them off.

WWF WrestleMania V Card:
– For the WWF World Championship: ©Randy Savage defends against Hulk Hogan
– For the WWF Intercontinental Championship: ©the Ultimate Warrior defends against Rick Rude
– For the WWF World Tag Team Championships: ©Demolition defends against Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji
– Jake Roberts vs. Andre the Giant
– Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase
– The Brianbusters vs. Strike Force
– Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan
– Ronnie Garvin vs. Dino Bravo
– Mr. Perfect vs. the Blue Blazer (Owen Hart)
– Twin Towers vs. the Rockers
– The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan
– The Hart Foundation vs. Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine
– King Haku vs. Hercules
– The Bushwhackers vs. the Rougeau Brothers

Ratings:
The Main Event II: 11.0
SNME #20: 10.0 

Bob’s Reaction: 
Most of the month was dedicated between promoting the feud between Savage and Hogan. They have done a great job with making Savage the overprotective type of character and his crazy mindset is just pure entertainment. The match build has been terrific. I actually don’t mind that it has gotten most of the attention for the month. It’s obviously the top program for the WWF. 


Love the Million Dollar Championship being introduced. DiBiase being so obsessed with winning a championship that he had to create his own.


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Yearly Review: WWF January 1989

WWF kicks off the new year with a few debuts and the Royal Rumble takes place.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
At the Royal Rumble on January 14th, Savage was eliminated from the
Rumble match by Hulk Hogan. Hogan had also tossed out Bad News Brown to
go along with Savage. However, being eliminated by Hogan didn’t sit well
with Savage at all. He had a brief argument with Hogan but was led to
the backstage are by Miss Elizabeth. However, before the end of the
show, Savage claimed that cooler heads had prevailed and that he and
Hogan were on the same page.

Throughout the month, Savage continued to have matches with Bad News
Brown on the house show market. Savage would be victorious each time
they fought. Savage easily won his feud with Brown.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

At the Royal Rumble on January 14th, Warrior won a pose down competition
against Rick Rude. Rude didn’t take the lost well and ended up
attacking Warrior and choking him with a steel bar. Once he recovered
from the beating, Warrior attacked several officials before running to
the backstage area looking for Rude.

On the house show market, Warrior primarily competed against King Haku and came out victorious each time.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

During the January 24th taping of WWF Superstars, it was announced that
Demolition would defend the tag team titles against the Powers of Pain
at WrestleMania V. They would continue to have several matches on the
house show market with Demolition retaining the titles each time.

Other Happenings:

– At the January 3rd taping of WWF Superstars, Brother Love brought out
snakes to show the world that Andre the Giant wasn’t actually afraid of
them. However, Bobby Heenan and Andre wouldn’t allow Love to open the
bag thus showing the world that Andre is indeed afraid of snakes. It
would be announced during the January 24th Superstars taping that Andre
would square off against Roberts at WrestleMania V. Roberts began to play
mind games with Andre during the same taping by saying over the PA
during Andre’s match that he and his snake Damien were watching Andre.

– Ted DiBiase began to mention that he was having a Million Dollar
Championship created. Several vignettes aired that saw DiBiase telling a
jeweler what he wanted the championship to look like. He also continued
his feud with Hercules on the house show market.

– During the January 3rd taping of WWF Superstars, Dino Bravo came
down to ringside during Jim Duggan’s match waving the Quebec flag. This
would lead to several flag matches on the house show market with Duggan
being victorious.

– The Bushwhackers made their WWF debut on WWF Superstars.

– Rick Martel made his return from an injury suffered back in June of 1988.

– Brooklyn Brawler made his debut.

– Continuing with the trend of debuts, the Rougeau Brothers debuted their new theme song “All American Boys”.

– During the January 4th taping of WWF Wrestling Challenge, WWF
Women’s Champion Rockin’ Robin brawled with Sherri Martel. Martel would
make it clear that she wanted a title shot against Robin.

– Ron Bass began a short feud with Brutus Beefcake which started at
the January 23rd MSG house show where Bass attempted to steal Beefcake’s
scissors. This caused Beefcake to lose to Mr. Perfect by count-out.
During the same show, Beefcake got some revenge by screwing Bass out of a
match against Tito Santana.

– The Brainbusters and the Rockers continued to have matches on the
house show market with each team picking up victorious over the course
of the month.

Royal Rumble 1989:

– Jim Duggan and the Hart Foundation defeated Dino Bravo and the Rougeau Brothers in a best two out of three falls bout.
– WWF Women’s Champion Rockin’ Robin defeated Judy Martin to retain the title.
– King Haku defeated Harley Race
– Big John Studd won a 30 man Royal Rumble.

Buy-rate:

Royal Rumble 1989: 1.5 

Bob’s Reaction: 
An enjoyable month worth of angle advancements from the WWF. Though, I hate the Bushwhackers. They were so much better as the Sheepherders in the NWA. Their comedy gimmick in the WWF got old really quick for me.


Ted DiBiase introducing his own personal championship is a great idea. It goes along well with the fact he has enough money to create it for himself.

The card for WrestleMania V, title match wise looks to be pretty good. Savage/Hogan, Warrior/Rude and Demolition/Powers of Pain.

I thought it was interesting that Big John Studd won the Royal Rumble. If the stipulation of winning a championship match at Mania had been introduced we would have gotten Savage/Studd instead. Personally, I didn’t think it was a great choice, but oh well.

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Yearly Review: WWF December 1988

Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage continue to have issues.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
During the December 6th taping of WWF Superstars, Savage was challenged
by Bad News Brown and they brawled for a few moments. However, Savage
had other things to deal with. Continue reading to see the developments
of his min-feud with Brown.

During the taping of SNME #19 on December 7th, Savage felt betrayed
by Hulk Hogan because Hogan held the ropes open for his valet Miss
Elizabeth. Savage wouldn’t help Hogan fight off a double team attack
from Bossman and Akeem because he was confident that Hogan would be
okay.

He would later describe the situation as being a way for Hogan to
feel the pain that he had felt backstage. Savage eventually made the
save when Bossman grabbed Elizabeth. However, Savage was still upset
when he saw Elizabeth comfort a injured Hogan afterwards.

Back to Savage’s issues with Brown, Brown would alleged that
Elizabeth was doing favors for Jack Tunney so that Savage would remain
the WWF World Champion. Savage and Brown would have several matches on
the house show market with Savage retaining the championship each time.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

Warrior was finally able to end his feud with Honky Tonk Man by earning a
clean pin fall win at SNME 19 taping on December 7th. Considering the
show wasn’t aired until January 1989, Warrior would wrestle Honky on the
house show market in steel cage matches and no disqualification
matches, retaining the championship each time.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

Demolition started a feud with Mr. Fuji and his new clients, the Powers
of Pain. Throughout the course of the month, they would wrestle to
double disqualifications. The Powers of Pain would manage to earn a
count-out victory against Demolition in a no disqualification match on
December 30th at MSG.

Other Happenings:

– Brutus Beefcake defeated Ron Bass in a hair vs. hair match at SNME 19.
Hulk Hogan was victorious over Akeem by disqualification when Bossman
got involved and lead to the previously mentioned attack. Tito Santana
ended the Red Rooster’s undefeated streak. Lastly, Mr. Perfect pinned
Koko B. Ware.

– Following Rooster’s loss to Santana, Rooster was yelled at by Heenan. This obviously teased a split between the two men.

– Hulk Hogan and Big Bossman continued to compete on the house show
market with Hogan coming out on top earning a few pin fall wins and
disqualification wins.

– Andre the Giant and Jake Roberts had several matches with Andre coming out on top by disqualification.

– The house shows throughout the month also saw the following matches
take place, Hercules/DiBiase, Bravo/Duggan, and Brain Busters/Rockers.

– Not much angle progression to close out the year.

Ratings:
SNME #19: N/A

Bob’s Reaction:
Randy Savage had a busy month. The feud with Bad News Brown has been a fine side feud for the house shows while they slowly buildup the angle between Savage and Hogan. I thought the idea of Elizabeth doing “favors” for Jack Tunney was comical but yet good way to get heat for Brown. The whole progression between Savage and Hogan has been fabulous and is without a doubt the most entertaining angle in the WWF at the time, in my opinion.

There wasn’t much going on to close out the year, taping wise. What did everyone think of the WWF in 1988? What were people looking forward to in 1989?

Personally, I’m looking forward to see how far Bossman climbs up the ranks. Also, the angle involving Savage and Hogan is a top interest of mine as well. I can’t forget about Mr. Perfect, too.

The tag team scene is strong as well and looks like there could be some fun feuds lined up for 1989.

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Yearly Review: WWF November 1988

Never get friendly with another wrestler’s wife, brother.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
Randy Savage defended the championship against Andre the Giant at the
eighteenth edition of Saturday Night Main Event on November 26th (taped
on the 16th). They fought to a double disqualification when Roberts and
Heenan got involved (more on that later).

Savage also made it clear that he was looking to “settle the score”
with Bad News Brown. Thus, Savage started a short program with Brown.

However, a pretty big angle would start up at Survivor Series 1988.
At the end of the main event, which was won by Hogan’s team that
featured Savage, Hogan acted rather friendly with Miss Elizabeth. This
upset Savage, but nothing physical would occur between the two friends.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

The Ultimate Warrior retained the championship by defeating the Super
Ninja at SNME #18. Warrior continued to defend the championship
successfully against former champion Honky Tonk Man throughout the
month. No new developments for Warrior this month. Aside from being the captain of a Survivor Series team that defeated a team captained by Honky Tonk Man.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

Demolition retained the championships throughout the month by defeating
the British Bulldogs. Big changes occurred for the champions at Survivor
Series. While competing in an elimination match with several tag teams,
their manager Mr. Fuji ended up turning on Demolition, and aligned
himself with the Warlord and the Barbarian. This action resulted in
Demolition turning babyface.

To close out the month, Demolition would wrestle against the Powers
of Pain (Warlord/Barbarian) to double disqualifications as their feud
was just beginning.

Other Happenings:

– As previously noted, Roberts got involved with the Savage/Andre
match at SNME #18. Andre ended up getting tied up into the ropes after
Heenan was tossed towards him. Roberts tried to attack Andre with his
snake, but Andre avoided the snake by freeing himself from the ropes.

– Hulk Hogan began to feud with the Big Bossman on the house show
market, as well. Hogan wouldn’t win by pin fall, but rather by count-out
when he would handcuff Bossman to the ropes from the floor.

– The Hart Foundation and the Rougeau Brothers competed against each
other on the house show market. To go along with tag matches, they would
also have singles matches to continue their apparent feud.

– Ted DiBiase and Hercules also had numerous matches on the house
show market since back in September DiBiase had purchased Hercules from
Bobby Heenan to be his personal slave. DiBiase would come out victorious
most, it not every time they wrestled. Hercules was able to pin Virgil
at SNME #18, which didn’t sit well with DiBiase who would yell at Virgil
for the loss.

– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match at SNME #18 and
the Rougeau Brothers were victorious over the Young Stallions.

– Survivor Series 1988 marked the last appearance for the Dynamite
Kid and the last appearance for Davey Boy Smith for two years.

Below are the quick results for both SNME and Survivor Series.

SNME XVIII

– WWF World Champion Randy Savage fought Andre the Giant to a double disqualification to retain the title.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior defeated Super Ninja
– Hercules defeated Virgil
– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match
– The Rougeau Brothers defeated the Young Stallions

Survivor Series 1988

– Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Blue Blazer and Jim
Brunzell defeated Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine
and Bad News Brown.
– The Powers of Pain, the Rockers, the British Bulldogs, the Hart
Foundation and the Young Stallions defeated Demolition, the
Brainbusters, the Bolsheviks, the Rougeau Brothers and the
Conquistadors.
– Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race
defeated Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera and Tito
Santana.
– Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Kobo B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim
defeated Akeem, Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, Haku and Red Rooster.

Ratings:

SNME #18: 9.4
Survivor Series 1988: 2.8

Bob’s Reaction: 
The slow buildup to a Savage/Hogan feud is beginning. The idea behind the feud is actually interesting and the right direction to go in. Savage is a great heel and being overprotective of Elizabeth gives a fresh feeling to Savage and the angle has some depth to it. Should be interesting to see how this progresses.

I’m kind of bummed out that the British Bulldogs left at this time. A match with the Brainbusters could have been a gem.

The babyface turn for Demolition was a good decision. I don’t think they are great in the ring, but they seem to be a rather likeable team at this point. Fuji was the main reason why people seemed to hate them at the time. A feud with Powers of Pain should be good as the Powers of Pain appear to be a legit threat to them considering their size.

By the look of the card for Survivor Series is rather strong and involves a lot of matches that had several feuds involved. It’s actually making me want to watch the show.

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Yearly Review: WWF October 1988

A new tag team debuts from the NWA. Plus, Hogan deals with the law in a not so friendly manner.




WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by Randy Savage)
Throughout the month Savage continued to compete against primarily Andre
the Giant on the house show market. Savage would normally win the bouts
by count-out. He also competed against Ted DiBiase a few times in
non-title steel cage matches.

Other than that, there weren’t any new developments.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by the Ultimate Warrior)
There weren’t any new developments throughout the month regarding the
Intercontinental Championship. Warrior continued to defeat former
champion the Honky Tonk Man on the house show market by
disqualification.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by Demolition)

The champions started the month losing a non-title match against the
British Bulldogs in France, but that would be the only loss throughout
the month. They would have a series of matches against the Bulldogs and
the Rockers, resulting in wins.

At Saturday Night Main Event XVII (as seen below), Demolition
defeated the Hart Foundation after Smash hit Neidhart with Jimmy Hart’s
megaphone.

Other Happenings:

– The undefeated Big Bossman decided at October 5th taping of WWF
Superstars to viciously attacked Hulk Hogan during a Brother Love
segment. Bossman manhandled Hogan using his nightstick and handcuffed
the former World Champion to a guard railing. Hogan was able to chase
Bossman and his manager Slick away with a piece of the guard railing in
one hand and Bossman’s nightstick in the other.

– The Brianbusters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) made their
debut during the October 5th taping of WWF Superstars. They are the
newest members of the Heenan Family.

– On October 16th the first King of the Ring tournament was held in
Providence, Rhode Island. Ted DiBiase ended up winning the tournament
after beating WWF World Champion Randy Savage by count-out.

Saturday Night Main Event XVII was taped on October 25th, 1988. Here are the highlights of the show.
– Jake Roberts defeated Rick Rude by disqualification. After the bout,
Andre the Giant came out and attacked Roberts. Roberts was able to get
the last laugh by causing Andre to pass out after teasing Andre with his
snake.
– Hulk Hogan defeated King Haku
– Dino Bravo defeated Ken Patera
– Big Bossman defeated Jim Powers

Ratings:

SNME #17: 8.7

Bob’s Reaction: 
Bossman has in the main event scene and feuding with Hogan for the rest of the year. I was kind of annoyed that Hogan was able to fight him off despite being handcuffed to a guard railing. It’s just nice to see some fresh blood in the main event scene for the WWF.

Having the Brainbusters in the WWF is an odd sight to see. Anderson and Blanchard have been a staple for the NWA that they just seemed out of place in a way. They weren’t muscular beasts like the other teams in the WWF at the time. They are a great addition to the tag division, though.

I hadn’t realized that the King of the Ring had been introduced in 1988. DiBiase winning the tournament was a good choice and was needed to help him recover from his constant losses to Savage.

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Yearly Review: WWF September 1988

The WWF continues to move along into the fall of 1988. A new challenger steps up to challenge WWF World Champion Randy Savage while Ted DiBiase puts his money to use.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)
Savage continued to battle Ted DiBiase on the house show market. Savage
was able to defeat DiBiase in a cage match on September 24th at the
Philadelphia Spectrum.

However, DiBiase was not Savage’s main opponent on the house show
market. Instead, Savage would continually battle Andre the Giant to
double count-out finishes. On September 29th at MSG, Andre grabbed Miss
Elizabeth by the ankle while on the floor leading to Savage attacking
Andre and both men were counted out. Andre would pose with the belt
while Savage carried Elizabeth to the backstage area.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
Nothing much of note occurred with Warrior this month. Warrior continued
to wrestle Honky Tonk Man on the house show market but would never get a
clean win over Honky. Instead, if Warrior were to beat Honky it would
be by disqualification. Warrior would actually lose several matches by
count-out as Honky’s manager Jimmy Hart would prevent Warrior from
entering the ring or would be chased around ringside leading to the ten
count.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

The British Bulldogs stepped up as the next challenge for the champions,
Demolition. At the September 13th taping for WWF Superstars, the
Bulldogs attacked Demolition when Dynamite delivered a diving head butt
onto Smash after being tossed by Davey Boy Smith. The Bulldogs had saved
a jobber team from a further beat down.

Demolition would continually beat the British Bulldogs on the house show market throughout the month.

Other Happenings:
– During the September 13th taping of WWF Superstars, Ted DiBiase
announced that he had purchased Hercules from Bobby Heenan to be his
personal slave. This announcement didn’t sit well with Hercules and he
attacked both DiBiase and Virgil during the interview segment.

– Also at the September 13th taping of WWF Superstars, the first vignette of Mr. Perfect was aired.

– Bobby Heenan announced that Terry Taylor had joined the Heenan
Family. Heenan proclaimed that he could take an “average wrestler” and
make him into a star. Taylor would be renamed the Red Rooster.

– The feud between Rick Rude and Jake Roberts continued. A notable
advancement of the feud was Jake’s wife Cheryl being at ringside for
every match between Rude and Roberts so that she could slap Rude every
time Roberts beats him.

– Hulk Hogan began a feud with Bad News Brown, mostly on the house
show market. On September 11th, Hogan was able to beat Brown after
having been taunted earlier in the show by Brown.

– Both the Rockers and Big Bossman, two new talents to the company, continued their winning ways throughout the month.

Bob’s Reaction:
It’s kind of sad to see DiBiase go from main eventing SummerSlam to working an angle with Hercules. Yes, I’m aware that Hercules wasn’t at the bottom of the pile but it’s a noticeable de-push. It makes sense, though. DiBiase wasn’t given a strong push in the main event scene losing to Savage at every turn. He’ll be more successful in the midcard ranks.

The Red Rooster gimmick is just awful, even in 1988. It’s like they were looking to discredit Taylor while promoting him. It didn’t seem to make much sense to me, at all.

It’s clear that the heel roster is weak. Hogan is stuck working with Bad News Brown because Hogan has beaten everyone else a million times by this point. This is where the Big Bossman push comes into play and would help that issue.

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Yearly Review: WWF August 1988

SummerSlam 1988 is upon us. What happens on the show and a new wrestler begins to work for the WWF on the house shows.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by Randy Savage)
Before SummerSlam, Savage retained the championship against Ted DiBiase
and Andre the Giant in various singles matches. Savage would only beat
Andre by count-out while he would trade off DQ wins against DiBiase with
pin fall wins. The highlight of the defenses saw Savage defeat Ted
DiBiase in a cage match on the August 7th Maple Leaf Gardens house show.

At SummerSlam, Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan were able to defeat Andre
the Giant and Ted DiBiase when Hogan pinned DiBiase following a leg drop
and after Savage connected with a top rope elbow drop. This marked
Hogan’s first televised match in three months.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by Honky Tonk Man)

Honky Tonk Man lost the championship to the Ultimate Warrior at the
August 3rd taping of WWF Superstars in a bout that was not taped for
television. However, Jack Tunney would reverse the decision later on in
the evening.

Brutus Beefcake was viciously attacked by Ron Bass at the same August
3rd taping. Bass busted Beefcake open with his spurs. The attacked
caused Beefcake to be removed from his match against Honky Tonk Man at
SummerSlam 1988.

At SummerSlam, the Ultimate Warrior defeated Honky Tonk Man to win
the championship and end Honky’s record long title reign. The match
lasted only a few seconds.

At the August 3rd taping of WWF Superstars, several weeks before the
actual title win, an angle was shot where Warrior was attacked by Honky
Tonk Man. Honky would smash Warrior over the head with a guitar. You
read that correctly, they taped this angle before the actual title win
by Warrior at SummerSlam.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by Demolition)

At SummerSlam, Demolition was able to retain the championships by
defeating the Hart Foundation. There wasn’t any other story line
advancement heading into the match. Jimmy Hart came back to ringside for
the closing moments of the contest after being sent to the backstage
area at the beginning of the match.

Prior to the event, Demolition competed against the British Bulldogs several times on the house show market.

Other Happenings:

– Despite having been feuding for the past several months Rick Rude and
Jake Roberts did not wrestle each other at Summer Slam. Instead, Rude
defeated Junkyard Dog by disqualification and Roberts pinned Hercules.

– Also, Don Muraco lost to Dino Bravo at SummerSlam. Surprisingly,
Greg Valentine was not featured on the show despite having been involved
in several altercations with Muraco.

– Bad News Brown continued his winning ways by defeating Ken Patera at SummerSlam.

– The British Bulldogs fought the Rougeau Brothers to a twenty minute draw.

– The Big Bossman maintained his undefeated recorded by beating Koko B. Ware at SummerSlam.

– Lastly, the Powers of Pain defeated the Bolsheviks.

– Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect) arrived in the WWF during the month.
Hennig wins a few matches over Terry Taylor and SD Jones throughout the
month.

SummerSlam 1988 Buy-Rate: 4.5

Bob’s Reaction: 
There wasn’t anything really going on at the television tapings, thus this is lacking updates. That tends to happen during a major pay per view month for the WWF. I was quite surprised that Roberts and Rude didn’t have a blow off of their feud at SummerSlam. They had been feuding for several months and the their feud would actually continue for a time longer. It seemed like a missed opportunity to make a stronger card for SummerSlam since the main event was a tag bout.

Big Bossman has been built up rather strong and could be a fresh face in the main event scene to add some depth to the heel side. Considering Hogan and Savage have worked with most of the heels, Bossman could provide some fresh matches for them.

Mr. Perfect made his debut, but not on television at this point in time. From what I have seen at this time on the house shows, Perfect was rather bland and wasn’t showing the personality that he would later be known for. 

Personally, I wasn’t interested in seeing Brutus Beefcake as a champion let alone in a top match at SummerSlam. So, thanks to Ron Bass for preventing that from happening. Instead, we get the quick rise of the Ultimate Warrior. Instead of getting crickets of a response, Warrior would be making the crowd go nuts in just a matter of time.

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Yearly Review: WWF July 1988

Hulk Hogan makes his return to television. Plus, Rick Rude continues to get under Jake Roberts skin.




WWF World Championship scene: (currently held by: Randy Savage)

At the July 13th taping of Superstars, Randy Savage revealed that Hulk
Hogan would be his tag partner for the big tag match against Ted DiBiase
and Andre the Giant at Summer Slam. Hogan made his return to television
and announced that Miss Elizabeth would be managing them for the bout.

Savage would seemingly end his singles feud with Ted DiBiase by
defeating DiBiase at WrestleFest ’88 on July 31st. Savage had defeated
DiBiase countless times on the house show market as well. Can Savage and
Hogan coexist and defeat DiBiase and Andre? We will find out next
month!

WWF Intercontinental Championship scene: (currently held by Honky Tonk Man)

At the July 13th taping of WWF Superstars, Honky Tonk Man announced that
Brutus Beefcake would have his final chance to win the WWF
Intercontinental Championship at Summer Slam.

Throughout the month, they
continued to have matches with each man picking up wins or in
Beefcake’s case disqualification wins.

Can Beefcake finally win the WWF Intercontinental Championship at Summer Slam?

WWF World Tag Team Championship scene: (currently held by Demolition)

At the July 13th taping of WWF Superstars, an alliance between
Demolition and Jimmy Hart was announced. Hart revealed that he would be
in Demolition’s corner as they compete against the Hart Foundation at
Summer Slam.

Demolition wouldn’t wrestle the Hart Foundation on the house show
market during the month. Instead, they competed against the Powers of
Pain and the British Bulldogs. They lost several matches against the
Powers Pain but luckily for them they were non-title bouts.

Other Happenings:
– Greg Valentine and Don Muraco continued to feud. At the July 14th
taping of Wrestling Challenge, Muraco tried to use Valentine’s shin
guard while putting on the figure four, but failed after Jimmy Hart made
the save for Valentine. After wrestling to a time limit draw on the
July 25th MSG show, Valentine attacked Superstar Billy Graham until
Muraco made the save. Valentine would normally win their house show
matches throughout the month.

– Rick Rude continued to get under Jake Roberts skin. Rude wore
wrestling tights with Roberts’s wife Cheryl’s face painted on them. They
would continue to have matches on the house show market, with each man
picking up wins either by pin fall or by disqualification. Roberts would
get some measure of revenge a few times by putting Damien on Rude.

– The Rockers lost their first match of their WWF careers to the
Rougeau Brothers at the July 25th MSG show. Before the lost, the Rockers
had a brief undefeated streak lasting around a month.

– Big Bossman continued his winning ways picking up several wins over
Sam Houston. Bossman continued to handcuff his opponents after the
matches and beat them senseless with his nightstick.

– The Ultimate Warrior continued his winning ways with victories over
Bobby Heenan, Dino Bravo and Hercules throughout the month. Warrior has
yet to lose during his WWF career.

– Jim Duggan and Andre the Giant continued to feud throughout the
month. Andre would win most of their bouts. They also competed in
several lumberjack matches with Andre still coming out on top.

Bob’s Reaction: 
Considering Andre is on his last legs when it comes to in-ring performing, I’m rather surprised that Duggan wasn’t able to have more success against Andre. Duggan was always a popular guy for the WWF, and winning a feud against Andre could have propelled him up the card further.

The feud between Rick Rude and Jake Roberts continues to be a bright spot as well for the WWF. Rude is an incredible heel and knows how to rile up a crowd.

It’s understandable that DiBiase failed to win the championship, but I found his feud with Savage to be entertaining and didn’t feel like it dragged along. The matches on the house shows were also nicely done.

Warrior and Bossman both appear to be rising up the card pretty quickly. Both men would have major roles in the WWF in just a few months.

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Yearly Review: WWF June 1988

A new wrestler makes his debut and several feuds heat up as the WWF enters the month of June in 1988.



WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by Randy Savage)
DiBiase’s quest to win the WWF World Championship continued throughout
the month of June. DiBiase managed to get the upper hand on Savage by
weakening Savage during a segment at a Superstars taping on June 21st.
Andre the Giant distracted Savage during a interview segment to allow
DiBiase to attack Savage. DiBiase would beat Savage while Virgil forced
Elizabeth to watch the beating.

During the same taping, Savage issued a challenge to Ted DiBiase and
Andre the Giant to a tag team match. Savage didn’t have a partner by
this point. DiBiase accepted the challenge to wrestle in the tag team
match.

DiBiase would continue to lose house show title matches against
Savage. They did have a notable steel cage match at a MSG show on June
25th. Savage retained the title, as usual, by managing to escape the
cage.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by Honky Tonk Man)
There wasn’t any new developments for Honky’s feud with Brutus Beefcake.
They had several house show matches throughout the month with Honky
winning the majority of the bouts by pin fall after hitting Beefcake
with a foreign object. Their feud was seemingly on its last legs.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by Demolition)

Demolition continued to fight off former WWF World Tag Team Champions
Strike Force until Rick Martel suffered a knee injury that would cause
him to miss eight months of action. Demolition would beat Strike Force
by count-out as the injury occurred during a match at the June 1st WWF
Superstars taping, but aired on Primetime Wrestling later on in July.

Throughout the rest of the month, Demolition would lose several
non-title matches against the Powers of Pain on the house show market.
Demolition also competed against the British Bulldogs and the Rougeau
Brothers a few times. Demolition did not have an angle heading into July.

Other Happenings:

– The feud between Greg Valentine and Don Muraco began to heat up
during the month. After winning a squash match on the June 1st
Superstars taping, Valentine refused to let go of a figure four leg lock
on a jobber. Superstar Billy Graham and Don Muraco came out to pull
Valentine off. Muraco ended up chasing Jimmy Hart to the backstage area.
That allowed Valentine to attack Graham and put Graham in the figure
four leg lock. Graham was carried out on a stretcher once Valentine let
go of the hold. Muraco got a little bit of revenge after attacking
Valentine at the June 22nd Wrestling Challenge taping as Valentine
attempted to put Tito Santana in the figure four leg lock. The feud
continued when at the MSG show on June 25th Valentine attacked Billy
Graham (who was on commentary) kicking Graham’s leg while Muraco had a
match. Valentine had the upper hand in the feud as they continued to
feud into July.

– Big Bossman made his debut during the June 1st taping of
Superstars. Bossman defeated several jobbers throughout the month
showing that he is a force to be reckoned with in the WWF. On a few
occasions, Bossman would handcuff his opponent to the ropes and beat
them senseless with his nightstick.

– Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty (soon known as The Rockers) made
their debuts on television at the June 1st taping of Superstars. They
would win several jobber matches throughout the month.

– Bobby Heenan revealed his new king since Harley Race was injured
back in March during a bout with Hulk Hogan. Heenan’s new king ended
being Haku. Haku would now go by the fitting name, King Haku.

– Despite the Hart Foundation not wanting Jimmy Hart as their
manager, Jimmy Hart refused to leave the tag team. Jimmy Hart made it
clear that he owns the contracts of Jim Neidhart and Bret Hart. Thus, he
would stick by them no matter how much they didn’t want him around.

– Rick Rude continued to talk about Jake Roberts wife, Cheryl. Rude
made comments about Cheryl while on the Brother Love talk show during
the June 22nd Wrestling Challenge taping. Roberts would be on the
Brother Love show during the same taping and got physical with Brother
Love as the host began to insult Cheryl as well. Throughout the month,
Roberts and Rude would wrestle to several double disqualifications. They
were also involved in tag matches where Roberts would team with Jim
Duggan against Rude and Andre the Giant. Both teams would trade wins
with the outcome usually involving either Roberts or Rude being pinned.

– The Ultimate Warrior continued his feud with Hercules and won all
those contests. Warrior also competed in several weasel suit matches
against Bobby Heenan. Warrior won all of those contests as well.

Bob’s Reaction: 
The angle involving Greg Valentine and Don Muraco was rather entertaining and effective to give Valentine a push in a heel role. I had never been a big Valentine fan, but the angle fit him well and he did a good job of maintaining heat attached to it, I thought.

Big Bossman’s debut is much needed to beef up the heel side of the card, I thought. At the time, Bossman wasn’t in good condition as he was a fat cop. Over the year, he would greatly improve his condition. His rise of the card is fun to watch, as well.

The angle involving DiBiase/Savage was still going well and it looked like WWF was trying to find a way to present DiBiase as a contender to the WWF World Championship. The cage match between the two was rather good for house show standards. It seemed rather obvious that Hogan would be Randy’s partner for the big tag team showdown.

Lastly, Rick Rude’s angle with Jake Roberts is really good and Rude is just excellent at being a heel. These two just seemed to have a good chemistry.

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