OSR: WWE SummerSlam 1988 Review
A little under 28 years ago, a WWE tradition was born when SummerSlam made its debut at Madison Square Garden. 28 years later, “The Biggest Party” of the summer is still going strong. This marked the time in the WWE when transitioning to quarterly events. Bar the main event, there is very much a mismatch of contests throughout the show. This event can be seen as the beginning to the top for The Ultimate Warrior in the WWE, but also the beginning of the disintegration of The Mega Powers. This event, has being seen before. Back in the days of a VHS, but not since the onset of DVD or the WWE Network. So here is the latest edition of the OSR featuring the WWE SummerSlam 1988 Review…
The opening shot is narrated by Gorilla Monsoon looking over the New York Skyline before looking at the participants and their managers involved in the main event this evening. We then go inside Madison Square Garden for this evenings event with our commentary team for this evening, Gorilla Monsoon and Superstar Billy Graham who welcome us to this evenings event. We then head down to the ring with Howard Finkel for the first match of the evening;
The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond Rougeau) vs. The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid)
Both teams make their way to the ring, and after an initial stand off, the match gets underway with Davey seizing control over Jacques but it is a cheap shot from Raymond which helps regain some momentum briefly. But, it is a very back and forth contest as the exchange a superb exchange of traditional wrestling holds. The control soon enough falls within the reigns of The Rougeau Brothers who really take a beating to The Dynamite Kid. But the match shows some really good tag team wrestling, and they are seemingly just getting warmed when the match comes to a close with a 20-minute time-limit draw. Really good opener, really great.
Winners: 20-Minute Time-Limit Draw
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Bad News Brown vs. Ken Patera
Both men make their way to the ring, and despite some offence attempt from Patera, Bad News is able to stay in control with a variety of brawl techniques, but Patera attempts to use his amateur wrestling moves to gain some control. But whilst in some respects this match has potential, it is actually quite sloppy in places which definitely makes it filler material which sees Bad News pick up the win following a ghetto blaster.
Winner: Bad News Brown
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. The Junkyard Dog
Rude and Heenan make their way out first, for Rude’s signature posedown where he reveals the JYD’s face on his tights…to which I am almost certain Howard Finkel is trying not to laugh. JYD makes his way out, and initially controls the match until a signature headbutt misses and Rude is able to regain the control. The end of the match comes when Rude exposes his second set of tights, which have the face of Cheryl Roberts on them prompting Jake Roberts to sprint to the ring and cause the disqualification win for Rick Rude in an awful match.
Winner: Rick Rude, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars