Yearly Review: WWF November 1988

World Wrestling Federation November 1988

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

Randy Savage defended the championship against Andre the Giant at the eighteenth edition of Saturday Night Main Event on November 26th (taped on the 16th). They fought to a double disqualification when Roberts and Heenan got involved (more on that later).

Savage also made it clear that he was looking to “settle the score” with Bad News Brown. Thus, Savage started a short program with Brown.

However, a pretty big angle would start up at Survivor Series 1988. At the end of the main event, which was won by Hogan’s team that featured Savage, Hogan acted rather friendly with Miss Elizabeth. This upset Savage, but nothing physical would occur between the two friends.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

The Ultimate Warrior retained the championship by defeating the Super Ninja at SNME #18. Warrior continued to defend the championship successfully against former champion Honky Tonk Man throughout the month. No new developments for Warrior this month.

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

Demolition retained the championships throughout the month by defeating the British Bulldogs. Big changes occurred for the champions at Survivor Series. While competing in an elimination match with several tag teams, their manager Mr. Fuji ended up turning on Demolition, and aligned himself with the Warlord and the Barbarian. This action resulted in Demolition turning babyface.

To close out the month, Demolition would wrestle against the Powers of Pain (Warlord/Barbarian) to double disqualifications as their feud was just beginning.

Other Happenings:

– As previously noted, Roberts got involved with the Savage/Andre match at SNME #18. Andre ended up getting tied up into the ropes after Heenan was tossed towards him. Roberts tried to attack Andre with his snake, but Andre avoided the snake by freeing himself from the ropes.

– Hulk Hogan began to feud with the Big Bossman on the house show market, as well. Hogan wouldn’t win by pin fall, but rather by count-out when he would handcuff Bossman to the ropes from the floor.

– The Hart Foundation and the Rougeau Brothers competed against each other on the house show market. To go along with tag matches, they would also have singles matches to continue their apparent feud.

– Ted DiBiase and Hercules also had numerous matches on the house show market since back in September DiBiase had purchased Hercules from Bobby Heenan to be his personal slave. DiBiase would come out victorious most, it not every time they wrestled. Hercules was able to pin Virgil at SNME #18, which didn’t sit well with DiBiase who would yell at Virgil for the loss.

– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match at SNME #18 and the Rougeau Brothers were victorious over the Young Stallions.

– Survivor Series 1988 marked the last appearance for the Dynamite Kid and the last appearance for Davey Boy Smith for two years.

Below are the quick results for both SNME and Survivor Series.

SNME XVIII

– WWF World Champion Randy Savage fought Andre the Giant to a double disqualification to retain the title.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior defeated Super Ninja
– Hercules defeated Virgil
– Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zhukov in a flag match
– The Rougeau Brothers defeated the Young Stallions

Survivor Series 1988

– Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Blue Blazer and Jim Brunzell defeated Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine and Bad News Brown.
– The Powers of Pain, the Rockers, the British Bulldogs, the Hart Foundation and the Young Stallions defeated Demolition, the Brainbusters, the Bolsheviks, the Rougeau Brothers and the Conquistadors.
– Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race defeated Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera and Tito Santana.
– Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Kobo B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim defeated Akeem, Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, Haku and Red Rooster.

Ratings:

SNME #18: 9.4
Survivor Series 1988: 2.8

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