Thursday, May 17, 2012

WWF Primetime 1-12-1988

We start out this week with Gorilla Monsoon putting over the Warrior to Bobby, saying he is like three Rick Rudes put together. Gorilla runs down the show and says we're going to see Lord Littlebrook. He asks Bobby if he is any relation to Lord Alfred and he says no and Littlebrook is a lot faster.

Bret Hart v. Paul Roma
This was a case of rookie against slight veteran. Nick Bockwinkel and Gorilla are announced and I just Nick. He talks a lot but he's so technical in analyzing every move out there. Roma was trying to stay quick but Bret wanted to slow things down a lot. Roma hit a crossbody and had Bret down for a short period. Bret kicked him to gain control and covered him after an elbow. Neither Nick nor Gorilla liked his cover and Bockwinkel said he would talk to Bret about it later. Bret had Roma in a headlock and the crowd was behind Roma all the way. Bret taunted Jim Powers who came onto the apron and distracted the ref leading to a Bret choke on Roma. Roma got his comeback but Bret hit a backbreaker followed by a middle rope elbow for the win. Roma got a decent amount of offense in but this match still wasn't anything more than average even though Gorilla called it a classic. The commentary was actually more interesting than the match, which was the theme for this whole episode.

Gorilla talked about the Dungeon in Calgary and asked Bobby if he'd ever been there. Bobby said he had but he never wrestled there and Gorilla told him he wasn't there long enough.

It's time for an Ultimate Warrior match, whom Gorilla called handsome.

Ultimate Warrior v. Steve Lombardi
Warrior came out to some Piledriver music and not his usual song but he's still over this early in his run. Lombardi began by wanting a posedown. Gorilla said Lombardi patterns himself after Terry Garvin and Pat Patterson. Gorilla wanted to ask the Warrior why he wears face paint. Lombardi didn't fair too well initially and wanted to shake hands, which the Warrior did but his handshake was too powerful for Lombardi, who sold well here.

 Lombardi got control with some biting and eye rakes and kept him down with rest holds. The crowd was behind the Warrior and he hit his comeback with an awful clothesline and he yelled “mother fucker.” He gave Lombardi a press slam and dropped him behind his back and stood over him with a pin and won. 

Gorilla said there was a way to get out of that hold and Lombardi should've used it to stop him.

Back in the studio, Gorilla said Lombardi was placed in a compromising position before going up for the slam in the last match. Bobby said that he has been placed in a lot of compromising positions and Gorilla agreed.

Highlights were shown from a previous Saturday Night's Main Event during a match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy. Hogan beat Bundy and Andre The Giant attacked Hogan afterwards and he choked him. The British Bulldogs tried coming in to help but Andre no sold their attacks and threw them outside the ring like yesterday's garbage. Andre went back to Hogan and JYD, Jake Roberts, and Strike Force came to help but they couldn't do much to Andre. Finally, “Hacksaw” Duggan came out with his 2x4 and whacked Andre in the back. Andre basically no sold this and stared down Duggan while the other wrestlers pulled Hogan out of the ring. “Hacksaw” ran from Andre like he saw a ghost. Andre looked so badass here, especially no selling everyone's attacks.  The picture above says it all.

Bobby Heenan said Andre is breathing down Hogan's neck and that he's coming for him.

Craig DeGeorge interviewed Ted Dibiase and Virgil. Dibiase said he gets and buys what he wants and he wants the WWF Title and he introduced Andre and Bobby who will deliver him the belt. Heenan thanked Dibiase for the money and Andre said he would deliver the belt and enjoy beating Hogan.

Back in the studio, Gorilla called Bobby a hypocrite because for the last two years Heenan has said how much he wanted the belt and now that he's got it within his grasp he's just going to throw it all away for money.

“Iron” Mike Sharpe v. Koko B. Ware
This was another average match, and it was joined in progress. Sharpe was on top until he tried a piledriver but Koko reversed it. Sharpe ended up tied in the ropes and Koko took a flying leap right at his abdomen. Sharpe regained control but missed a running move in the corner leading to Koko's comeback. Koko faked a crossbody off the middle rope and then landed a missile dropkick on Sharpe. He finished with his Ghostbuster/brain buster and pinned him.

 It's always entertaining to see “Iron” Mike Sharpe though, so this match wasn't all bad.

Bobby told Gorilla that Hogan will be pushed to the point where he has to sign the WrestleMania rematch with Andre.

We've got a special report on Matilda. I know that's what everyone reading this has been waiting to hear about. Craig DeGeorge said it has now been fourteen days that Matilda has been missing and since the prayers and speculation on her has started. Did I mention how obnoxious DeGeorge is? They played a long recap of the kidnapping where the Islanders attacked the Bulldogs and kidnapped the dog. Even Matilda thinks this segment is boring. 

One funny thing was that the Bulldogs started chasing after Heenan and the Islanders and they both slipped going towards the back. Jack Tunney issued a statement saying he suspended the Islanders until Matilda is found. Bobby doesn't care because he wasn't suspended and they just save the ringside fans from a violent animal that night.

Danny Spivey v. “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
I was hoping maybe Poffo would help give me something worthwhile in this match but I was wrong. This was joined in progress with Poffo in a bearhug. Spivey threw Poffo outside and stood there waiting for him, as Gorilla and Bockwinkel questioned his tactics. Poffo hit his comeback in a moonsault but only got a two-count. Poffo missed a dropkick and Spivey hit a crappy looking neckbreaker for the win. Spivey was dull here and the match was crap.

“Mean” Gene interview Ricky Steamboat about the upcoming Royal Rumble and his match with Rick Rude. He said Rude is good but he's never fought the Dragon and that he still has the fire inside him to win.

Bobby was on the phone with Miss Betty and she said she wrote a check for the Islanders that should take care of them during their suspension. He also said the WWF calls it the Royal Rumble because “The King” Harley Race is in the match and they run down the match participants and rules.

Cowboy Lang v. Lord Littlebrook

This was a midget match from Paris, France and it was a typical comedy midget match. Bobby said Lord Littlebrook was Lord Alfred's kid. Lots of comedy spots here including one where Littlebrook bit Lang's fingers and then Lang bit him in the ass as the ref tried pulling him away from his ass to no avail. He then bit the ref's ass for good measure. Gorilla asked Bobby how much tickets for the event were and said nine francs. Gorilla questioned his response and Bobby said he just hands the people a bunch of money and they take what is needed and gives back the rest. The French are honest and so is he so what's the difference he asked. Bobby also said a midget battle royal would be where you'd have to throw everyone out over the bottom rope. The finish was Littlebrook going for a duck down and Lang rolling him up with his legs for the pin. This match felt like it would never end.

Demolition w/Mr. Fuji v. Brady Boone/Billy Jack Haynes w/Ken Patera
The ref for this one is Nick Cozak and Haynes and Boone start off great. Haynes pressed Boone right on top of Smash. They kept throwing arm drags on both guys until Ax kicked Haynes from the apron while he running. 

From then on, it was advantage Demoltion. Haynes got thrown out by Smash and Mr. Fuji nailed him with the cane, as well as Boone. 

Haynes was getting worked over until he countered a suplex and made a tag to Boone. Boone came in with a lot of fire but he got shut down real quick and began to get decimated by his painted challengers. He was isolated for a while but Smash tried a back drop and Boone cartwheeled over him and made the tag to Haynes.

 Billy Jack flew in and took everyone out and pretty soon, all four guys were in. Boone went up top, slipped a little, and tried for a crossbody but he botched it and landed on his face pretty bad. Smash got him up and gave him a hotshot and won the match. 
 This match wasn't incredible but it was probably the best match on the show.

Overall, the commentary and studio bits with Bobby and Gorilla were better than the matches this week. The main tag match was probably the best match of the show and most interesting. We're getting closer to the Rumble here in a couple weeks and hopefully they find Matilda soon because I can't live with myself not knowing she is safe. On to next week.

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Steve Viglio

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