We've got a barn burner tonight with Sherri v. Rockin' Robin. I know that's a match you've all been begging for! Bobby thinks that Robin is fast and aggressive but if she were that fast and aggressive she'd be at home whipping up a meatloaf.
George Steele v. Sika-February 22, 1988-MSG
I've realized that Steele can be pretty entertaining even if I don't like his workrate. Of course, it's not always about workrate in wrestling. Sika started out by attacking Steele and refusing to let him enter the ring. Steele got upset at this and finally got inside only to bite Sika in the face and throw him outside. Sika grabbed Steele out and sent him into the ring bell but Steele no-sold it. Sika went back to keeping Steele from getting back in the ring. Steele finally grabbed a couple chairs and tossed them in. Sika grabbed one and swung it at Steele who ducked and the chair bounced off the top rope back into Sika's face. This looked weak but Steele did get the win this way. Steele wanted to talk afterwards but the mic went up and he grabbed Alfred Hayes' headset, put it on, and broke it.
Apparently, Matilda is going through training for Mania IV and the six man with Heenan, the Islanders, and the Bulldogs. Gorilla can't wait to see her bite Bobby in the ass.
Rockin' Robin v. Sensational Sherri-Non Title Match-February 16, 1988-Wichita, KS
On January 2, these two actually teamed against the Jumping Bomb Angels but other than that, in 1988, they only worked singles with each other. Even in 87, they wrestled singles but no tags together and if anyone knows why they teamed then, please let me know. In the beginning, Sherri couldn't get anything to work for her. Bobby said they were both like two early shoppers at Bloomingdales. He also said that Sherri was at one of his parties recently and Hugh had his eye on her. Sherri got the advantage with a back suplex and later Sherri dumped Robin outside.
Bobby said that if Robin had just stayed in the kitchen the worst thing that would've happened was she'd burn her fingers on some muffins. Gorilla responded by saying Heenan obviously doesn't believe in equal rights. Bobby replied that it wasn't true as he believes everything equally should happen to him. Robin and Sherri went back-and-forth until Sherri went up top but got slammed down. Robin then hit a bulldog from the middle rope and pinned her and gave the ref a kiss.
Gorilla showed off the 1988 WWF calendar with Hulk on the cover. Bobby thought it would be a collector's item because you'll never see Hulk again with the WWF belt.
Mr. DeGeorge is back with an update on Mania IV, specifically on the match with Macho and Butch Reed. Savage has momentum from a recent episode of SNME where he fought Honky Tonk Man. Savage won by count-out but Honky was mad and grabbed his guitar and went to hit Macho.
Elizabeth stepped in and stopped him enough for Macho to fight back and celebrate by putting Liz on his shoulders. Macho gave a promo saying that Reed is like an unclimbable mountain but that he will climb it all the way to the top and the WWF Title. Liz cut a short solo promo saying she hopes to stand by her man like she always had before.
Bobby explained that Liz was not being courageous by standing up to Honky. What she had actually planned on doing was leaving with Honky but when she saw his beautiful profile and sideburns, she fainted. They played a video asking fans who they though would win the tournament and two girls said Rude would win and they wanted his awesome pecs. Bob Eucker interviewed Slick and the One Man Gang and Slick said Gang was so big that every time he steps on a scale it reads to be continued.
Ax w/Mr. Fuji v. Ken Patera-February 22, 1988-MSG
The announcers questioned why Fuji would split up his team for singles matches but Alfred later came around and said it was smart. It would be good if one guy was taken out and his teammate would have to fend for himself and he would be better prepared for it. This was a decent match but nothing real special. Patera started by working on Ax's arm with armbars and wristlocks. Fuji teased nailing Ken with the cane and Patera went after him outside but Ax followed.
They brawled for a little outside but when they got back in, Ax got the advantage for like a second. He missed a headbutt and Patera went to town and Ax sold well. Ken signaled for the full nelson and got it in but Fuji got up on the apron and Patera nailed him. The full nelson was back on but Smash came out onto the apron and got nailed. This time, Ax came up from behind with a running knee and pinned him. The Demos and Fuji triple teamed him until JYD made the save with his chain. There was a stand-off until Patera got on his feet and then the heels left. Ken did get a hold of Fuji's hat and he stomped it and threw it into the crowd. Bobby also said during this match that he admits to antagonizing but never interfering and that's ok.
Gorilla didn't agree with splitting up the Demos for singles matches so close to Mania. Bobby tried to respond but Gorilla shut him down for no reason and berated him saying he never managed a champion.
Bulldogs promo centered around Matilda as she can't wait until WrestleMania. Gorilla then shoved a Matilda shirt in Heenan's face. I'm amazed that they actually made a Matilda shirt but I'd love to see Dynamite wearing it.
Smash w/Mr. Fuji v. JYD w/Ken Patera-February 22, 1988-MSG
This was a wild match that the ref never had control of but it was short and forgettable. JYD launched strikes at Smash who bailed to the outside. Patera came following and kicked Smash right in front of the ref. Things went back inside and JYD went for a clothesline spot but Smash bumped early and missed JYD's arm. JYD went running towards Smash on the mat and Ax appeared and tripped up JYD. Immediately, Smash went running and got tripped by Patera and then Ken went after Ax which distracted the ref. JYD grabbed his chain and clobbered Smash across the throat with it and pinned him. Bobby Heenan was irate at how inept the ref was during this match.
Bobby mentioned he was having trouble getting tickets for WrestleMania from Donald Trump and he figured there was a problem with the mail or something. Gorilla just laughed at this.
The Rougeau Brothers v. Rick Renslow/Dave Wagner-February 16, 1988-Wichita, KS
Wagner and Renslow teamed in the AWA as the Alaskans in the 80's before coming to the WWF. Renslow also worked singles in the AWA and Pro Wrestling USA and he died of cancer in 2008. This was a good showcase match for the Rougeaus. Vince tried lecturing Jesse on his use of double-negatives during commentary. Renslow and Wagner tried to overpower Raymond with two top wristlocks but Jacques came in and run under Ray to flip him over. This enabled Raymond to monkey flip both of them and both Rougeaus delivered two dropkicks and sent both heels out over the top. The story with this match was that Renslow and Wagner were not cohesive as they kept mistakenly hitting each other but they were terrible to begin with. Ray grabbed Renslow while Jacques went up top and sat down on him and Ray pinned him.
Craig interviewed Honky Tonk Man on his match at Mania with Brutus Beefcake. He said Mania will be the biggest day of his life. He asked Brutus if he had ever wondered what would happen if he hit him with his guitar and then cut his hair.
Brutus Beefcake v. Brian Costello-February 17, 1988-Topeka, KS
Absolute nothing match here. Beefcake is billed as being from San Francisco. A promo from Brutus aired during the match where he said he wants to hang Honky's hair on his wall right next to the IC belt. Yea, cause that's not odd at all. Bobby said Brutus looked like he had two grenades in his pants and they both went off. Brutus hit his sleeper, won the match, and cut Costello's hair.
Hulk interview with Craig and it was very basic. I felt sorry for the fans because they went crazy seeing Hulk only for him to be out for a minute or two and then leave so they could usher in Beefcake v. Costello or something. Hulk couldn't have planned out the Mania tourney himself. He is happy to fight Andre right off the bat when Andre is still fresh. Once he beats Andre, he will mow down everyone in his path, especially Dibiase. Later, Bobby said both guys were in a position where they have to win.
WrestleMania IV report running down the matches. Donald Trump cut a promo saying it was an honor to host Mania.
A recap of the Hercules/Warrior chain angle with both guys cutting promos. Warrior said nightmares are the best part of his day and Herc said Warrior will be destroyed. Then, we get a recap of Strike Force winning the tag belts from the Hart Foundation. Demolition cut a great promo saying they've demolished every team they've faced and they've forced the WWF to give them a title shot. Ax said for Strike Force to remember when they were young and they were afraid to go to bed because the monsters were going to get them. Well, the Demos are the monsters and they're here and Strike Force's nightmare is just beginning. Strike Force cut a basic promo wearing neck bandannas that made them both look like they were wearing neck braces. Finally, Vanna White cut a very condescending promo about being the guest time keeper.
Bobby was on the phone with Vanna and she told him he could turn her cards anytime he wanted. Gorilla shifted the subject and asked where Hercules buys his chains. Bobby said they're designer chains and asked Gorilla if he'd ever heard of Gucci. Gorilla couldn't believe they were Gucci chains.
Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan v. Koko B. Ware-February 17, 1988-Topeka, KS
This one had good heat but a lousy finish and it was a decent match. Koko attacked early with some good moves but got caught off and put in a camel clutch. Koko escaped by crawling and walking using Rude's legs to send him into the corner buckle. Clever counter that I've never seen before. Koko couldn't capitalize though and Rude put another camel clutch in. Koko lifted him onto his shoulders and dropped him but Rude then blocked a big splash from Koko. Rude put in a big bear hug but then he missed a drop kick and Koko hit his comeback to good heat. He hit a missile dropkick but Bobby grabbed Franky on his pedestal and ran to the back and Koko chased him down. Rude won by count-out but Koko returned with the bird and did a number on Rude.
|Heenan running with the parrot|
Bobby said the only reason he took the bird was because Franky crapped on the floor and he was taking him back to get some newspapers. He told Koko if you live by the bird, you die by the bird.
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