WWF – Summerslam 1988 (8.29.12) DVD Review

Posted: August 4, 2012 in 1988, WWF/E

SummerSlam is one of the biggest professional wrestling events in history. In a couple of weeks, the event will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary and I see fitting to commemorate the anniversary with the reviews of the previous SummerSlams.

1. The British Bulldogs vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart

The popular tag team of Davey Boy & The Dynamite Kid take on the brotherly duo of Jacques & Raymond in a passable match that could have delivered more. I’m not a fan of non-finish matches but since it was the 80’s and it was a common serving in the menu, I understand it.
Grade: C


2. Bad News Brown vs. Ken Patera

One of the most underrated heels in professional wrestling, Bad News Brown, takes on Olympic wrestler Ken Patera in a very depressing squash. Patera was once considered to be the world heavyweight champion really let himself go and dragged this match that not even Ric Flair could save. Brown was clearly pissed throughout the match and we can tell easily why.
Grade: F


3. Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Junkyard Dog

This was a pointless match that didn’t brought anything to the table. At the time, Rude was working on a spectacular feud with Jake the Snake Roberts and it would have made a lot more sense to pit them both against each other than have JYD in this mess. Even further to prove my point was the DQ finish that came with it.
Grade: D-


4. The Bolshevicks w/ Slick vs. The Powers of Pain w/ The Baron

The awkwardness of having the Powers playing babyfaces against a despised Bolshevick team. Extended Squash.
Grade: F


Segment: The Brother Love Show w/Hacksaw Jim Duggan

A concept that started with Roddy Piper, where he interviews fellow wrestlers to either praise or mock them. This concept ended up being a huge player in the angles the WWF ran during it’s Boom period and the legacy it created proved it’s worthiness.


5. Intercontinental Championship
The Honky Tonk Man (c)  w/ Jimmy Hart  vs. The Ultimate Warrior

Warrior steps in to replace injured Brutus the Barber Beefcake. In 32 seconds, history was made.
Grade: DUD


6. Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin

Two very solid performers in stunningly short and slow match. What does that tell you?
Grade: F+


7. Tag Team Championship
Demolition (c)  w/ Mr. Fuji vs. The Hart Foundation

Two of the greatest tag teams of all time square off in a very well received performance. The psychology used to get Bret a hot tag Ricky Morton style was a masterpiece.
Grade: C


8. Big Boss Man vs. Koko B. Ware

Another squash to the collection that dragged too long.
Grade: F


9. Jake the Snake Roberts vs. Hercules

My thoughts on this bout stands with the Rude/JYD encounter.
Grade: D-


10. The Mega Powers w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. The Mega Bucks w/ Virgil & Bobby Heenan
(Special Guest Referee: Jesse The Body Ventura

The super team of Hulk Hogan & then WWF champion Randy Savage take on the team of Andre the Giant and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase in a feud that dates back to Wrestlemania 4. Ventura was hand picked by Savage to referee this match, not without controversy. The match was decent and got the crowd it’s money’s worth. Miss Elizabeth creates the highlight by taking one for the team (if you get my drift).
Grade: C

In conclusion, this event rated under my regular watch is terrible. But you have to keep in mind the following, this was 1988, the standard card would feature an average of 8 matches that ends in either squashes or non-finishes. The business wasn’t exposed till years later and this type of show made the crowd go nuts. There were many highlights in this show that some still to this day are remembered in full force. The wrestling is mediocre at best but the show overall was ok.

Verdict: 4/10


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