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Yearly Review: WWF August 1988

World Wrestling Federation August 1988

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by Randy Savage)

Before SummerSlam, Savage retained the championship against Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant in various singles matches. Savage would only beat Andre by count-out while he would trade off DQ wins against DiBiase with pin fall wins. The highlight of the defenses saw Savage defeat Ted DiBiase in a cage match on the August 7th Maple Leaf Gardens house show.

At SummerSlam, Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan were able to defeat Andre the Giant and Ted DiBiase when Hogan pinned DiBiase following a leg drop and after Savage connected with a top rope elbow drop. This marked Hogan’s first televised match in three months.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by Honky Tonk Man)

Honky Tonk Man lost the championship to the Ultimate Warrior at the August 3rd taping of WWF Superstars in a bout that was not taped for television. However, Jack Tunney would reverse the decision later on in the evening.

Brutus Beefcake was viciously attacked by Ron Bass at the same August 3rd taping. Bass busted Beefcake open with his spurs. The attacked caused Beefcake to be removed from his match against Honky Tonk Man at SummerSlam 1988.

At SummerSlam, the Ultimate Warrior defeated Honky Tonk Man to win the championship and end Honky’s record long title reign. The match lasted only a few seconds.

At the August 3rd taping of WWF Superstars, several weeks before the actual title win, an angle was shot where Warrior was attacked by Honky Tonk Man. Honky would smash Warrior over the head with a guitar. You read that correctly, they taped this angle before the actual title win by Warrior at SummerSlam.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by Demolition)

At SummerSlam, Demolition was able to retain the championships by defeating the Hart Foundation. There wasn’t any other story line advancement heading into the match. Jimmy Hart came back to ringside for the closing moments of the contest after being sent to the backstage area at the beginning of the match.

Prior to the event, Demolition competed against the British Bulldogs several times on the house show market.

Other Happenings:

– Despite having been feuding for the past several months Rick Rude and Jake Roberts did not wrestle each other at Summer Slam. Instead, Rude defeated Junkyard Dog by disqualification and Roberts pinned Hercules.

– Also, Don Muraco defeated Dino Bravo at SummerSlam. Surprisingly, Greg Valentine was not featured on the show despite having been involved in several altercations with Muraco.

– Bad News Brown continued his winning ways by defeating Ken Patera at SummerSlam.

– The British Bulldogs fought the Rougeau Brothers to a twenty minute draw.

– The Big Bossman maintained his undefeated recorded by beating Koko B. Ware at SummerSlam.

– Lastly, the Powers of Pain defeated the Bolsheviks.

– Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect) arrived in the WWF during the month. Hennig wins a few matches over Terry Taylor and SD Jones throughout the month.

SummerSlam 1988 Buy-Rate: 4.5

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