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WWF: Wrestlefest 88 (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Sport  -  31 July 1988 (USA)
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Tommy Billington ...
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Brian Blair ...
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Jim Brunzell ...
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Scott Casey ...
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Allen Coage ...
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Barry Darsow ...
Ted DiBiase ...
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Jim Duggan ...
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Bill Eadie ...
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Wayne Farris ...
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Tonga Fifita ...
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Harry Fujiwara ...
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Billy Graham ...
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Bret Hart ...
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Essentially just a glorified house show that was put onto video.
10 September 2013 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Announcers: Sean Mooney, Lord Alfred Hayes & Superstar Billy Graham (The ever so dull tandem of Mooney & Hayes is bad enough, but Graham announcing? Ugh.)

Attendance 25,866 (It looks like a LOT more)

I have a little treat for you all. This is missing material that was cut out of the Coliseum video release and it's coming from yours truly. 5 matches!

#1 The Big Bossman Vs Scott Casey

Bossman wins: Via Bossman Slam (½*)

Thoughts: Crowd was surprisingly somewhat hot for Casey, but this was a glorified squash with Bossman very much out of shape.

#2 Brutus Beefcake Vs Hercules (¼*)

Brutus Beefcake wins: Via schoolboy roll-up out of the corner

Thoughts: I was seriously so close to giving this match the DUD rating, but it barely, just barely avoids it. It was a terrible, terrible match and way too long. Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan were on duty for this one, btw

#3 Sam Houston Vs King Haku (½*)

Haku wins: Via diving headbutt

Thoughts: Crowd was completely dead for this. Even they realized Houston didn't stand a chance

#4 Curt Henning Vs Terry Taylor (¾*)

Curt Henning wins: Via forearm knockout (Lex Luger style)

Thoughts: Fun squash match and interesting to see these two pre-WWE fame. Curt didn't have the Mr. Perfect gimmick yet, and Taylor didn't have The Red Rooster.

WWF Championship

Randy Savage © (W/Miss Elizabeth) Vs Ted Dibiase (W/Virgil)(***1/2)

Randy Savage wins: Via inside cradle

Thoughts: By far the best match on this card by a landslide and they take it off? That's the epitome of stupidity. Great match though.

Now, onto the show!

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers Vs The Killer Bee's ( **)

The Rougeau's win: Via heel thievery.

Thoughts: You could do a lot worse for openers. Pretty average stuff, but certainly watchable. The finish was very anti-climatic

Bret "Hitman" Hart Vs Bad News Brown (**1/4)

Bad News Brown wins: Via reversing a roll-up with a handful of tights

Thoughts: Bret had turned face at Wrestlemania IV. I'm now convinced Bret could get gold out of my latest dump in the toilet. Bret can get a decent match out of anyone. I've seen people give this three stars which Is way too high in my opinion.

Intercontinental Championship

The Honky Tonk Man © (W/Jimmy Hart) Vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (DUD)

Jim Duggan wins by DQ: Via Jimmy Hart interference

Thoughts: Complete crap, but you know that already. Thankfully short, though.

The Powers Of Pain Vs The Bolsheviks (¼*)

Powers of Pain win: Via powerslam & diving headbutt combo

Thoughts: Pretty bad. LOP was over with the crowd, though. Yes. The Barbarian & The Warlord were face at one juncture (!)

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart Vs "Leaping" Lanny Pofo (½*)

Jim Neidhart wins: Via powerslam in mid-air

Thoughts: Poffo is the Genius and Randy Savage's real life brother. He played a face for a while before morphing into The Genius. Good action, but it was too quick….

Jake "The Snake" Roberts Vs "Ravishing" Rick Rude(*)

The match ended in a double countout

Thoughts: REALLY boring match. It did have some good psychology though, hence the * rating. But boy did this one suck, just like the match at Wrestlemania IV. Some guys just lack chemistry. I take that back. They had a great match on an episode of SNME together.

Weasel Suit Match

The Ultimate Warrior Vs Bobby Heenan (*)

The Ultimate Warrior wins: Via Sleeper hold

Thoughts: Complete crap, but fun crap, thanks to Heenan. I loved his antics

WWF Tag Team Championship

Demolition © (W/Mr. Fuji) Vs The British Bulldogs (*3/4)

Demolition retains thanks to chicanery from Smash by using Fuji's cane.

Thoughts: Nothing special to see here. The press slam & headbutt combo was cool by the Bulldogs, but this match itself was mediocre

Dino Bravo Vs Ken Pantera (½*)

Dino Bravo wins: Via side suplex

Thoughts: Nothing more than a glorified squash here. Crowd was dead for it, and I don't blame them. Pantera was well past his prime

Steel Cage Match

Hulk Hogan Vs Andre The Giant (W/Bobby Heenan) (*1/2)

Hulk Hogan wins: Via by escaping the cage

Thoughts: Hogan still main evented, despite not being WWF Champion. Doesn't that sound familiar? (Cough, Cena, Cough) Smartly done, that's for sure. But not exactly a good match in any way. Andre's limitations were apparent, but he was used accordingly here and they had some good drama in it. They did the best they could with the limitations

Final Thoughts: An interesting curiosity since it's rare, but this is a poor event overall. The only real good match on this show was one that was shockingly edited out. Randy Savage Vs Ted Dibiase; Bret Hart Vs Bad News Brown was fairly entertaining, but that was a **1/4 match at best. I suppose it's worth a one time watch due to how rare it is, but prepare to be bored for most of it

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