#103 – SummerSlam 1988

This week on the show we close out the summer wrestling season with a review of the very first SummerSlam from Madison Square Garden where the Mega Powers fought the Mega Bucks, Miss Elizabeth had a wardrobe malfunction, the greatest handshake ever was born, and some other guys wrestled but who really cared about them on this evening? We also go over some great feedback regarding our Mid-South episode last week and introduce our new segment “The Quick 123.” And we are thrilled to announce the release of the Old School Wrestling Podcast: Season 2 box set! This box set features OSWP episodes 51-75, the amazing art of Dean Stahl, and two brand new episodes that will never be posted on the website with over four hours of new content. On our first bonus episodes we discuss the VERY FIRST NWA TNA Wrestling PPV from June 2002 and on the second bonus episodes we break down the 1992 PWI 500. There’s also a special bonus easter egg featuring a special visit from Stone Cold Dre Austin. All of this for only $9.99. Also available now is the David Crockett’s Thanksgiving Day OSWP poster. Click on the banner ads to the right to purchase these fine products today!

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  1. D. Brewer says:

    Another great show! Personally I was a Missy Hyatt guy, but Ms. Elizabeth was the classiest lady in Wrestling history. I really enjoyed the new segment Quick 123.

    Here is my Quick 123
    3. Dustin Rhodes vs. Blacktop Bully – King of the Road Match
    2. Eddie Gilbert runs over Jerry Lawler
    1. Horsemen break Dusty’s Arm


    Fuji managed a guy named Yokozuna who had a brief run …

  3. kevi barrett says:

    it was the james boys not the midnight riders that magum and dusty used. my 123 3 ted dibiase destroying jim duggan car 2 the james boys almost hanging jim cornette off the back of a truck that baby doll was driving. 1 the horsemen breaking dusty arm at the crockett’s office in charlotte not atlanta . keep up the good work. please do steamboat and youngblood vs sgt slaughter and don kendorolde final battle 83 ,and the road to greensboro is the setup for the final battle

  4. kevin barrett says:

    my name is kevin , i messed my name on this post.

  5. BJ Eaglesfield says:

    To clear up the Brutus Beefcake question. Brutus had the parasailing accident in 1990, two weeks before Summerslam that year. And he came back before WM 9, where he teamed up with Hogan vs. Money Inc. In 1988, from what I remember, they pulled him off Summerslam because the WWF thought the Warrior was more over with the fans at the time, and they used the Ron Bass attack as a reason he missed the show.

    The ironic part was he was scheduled to win the IC title at the 1990 Summerslam, and then he had the parasailing accident. But on the plus side, he did go on to be Brother Bruti, The Butcher, The Man With No Name,The Booty Man, and The Disciple. 🙂

  6. Still listening, but wanted to get this in before I forget. You guys were talking about Bad News Brown’s Ghetto Blaster. Besides it being horribly racist, wasn’t it essentially just an enzuigiri?

    I saw some of his matches in Global, and he was the ultimate “jacked guy, with a huge solid tummy”. Who had the best jacked beer gut, Bad News Brown, Iron Sheik, or Scott Norton?

  7. BJ Eaglesfield says:

    My top vehicles:

    3. Kerry Von Erich’s horse in this promotional video.

    2. The truck the Four Horsemen tied Dusty Rhodes to and broke his hand. Honorable mention: the car the Horsemen drove.

    1. Eddie Gilbert runs over Jerry Lawler

    Magnum TA’s Corvette

    • BJ Eaglesfield says:

      One more honorable mention: Stan Hansen’s truck when he ran over the AWA title instead of sending it back to Verne.

    • BJ Eaglesfield says:

      Bad Honorable Mention: The car that pulls up for some reason with a hooker (Big Mamma?) and takes Jimmy away to get ready for Boogie Man Jam ’84. This might be the WORST promotional video of all time. Maybe this could be a good topic for a future Top 3? Bad/Awkward promotional videos?


  8. BJ Eaglesfield says:

    Again, sorry for all the posts. This is the only boat related wrestling angle I could think of. It was the Death Match on an island in Japan between Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito. Both men took a boat to get to the island. This was from NJPW in 1987. Love the show! Keep up the great work!


  9. My favorite thing about this SummerSlam, as it was for any boy I’m sure, was Miss Elizabeth’s “wardrobe malfunction.” The fact that it was Miss Elizabeth made it all the more shocking. I don’t think I saw this event until a few years later, as I would have only been 5 when it happened. But Miss Elizabeth is definitely my lasting impression of this card.

    As for my Quick Hit 1-2-3, or whatever we are calling it, for vehicle related wrestling items, here are my three:

    3. Kevin Nash using Rey Mysterio as a dart into the production truck on Nitro

    2. Lord Steven Regal vs Fit Finlay in a parking lot brawl on a 1996 episode of Nitro

    1. The Giant falling off of the roof of Cobo Hall during a monster truck battle with Hulk Hogan, only to return some 15 minutes later in the main event.

    Another great episode boys, keep up the great work!

  10. Lee Marshall's Mustache says:

    How about the time Vader and Sid blew up Sting and Davey Boy Smith’s boat? God Bless the Masters of the Power Bomb! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkEzuMU1MFQ

  11. Box Brown says:

    was gonna mention this but D Brewer beat me to it.

    Dustin Rhodes vs. Blacktop Bully – King of the Road Match

    This match was insane.

  12. Box Brown says:

    BOAT USED IN WRESTLING: The Yokozuna Slam Challenge also: Helicopter

    In fact, Helicopter has been used a few times right?

  13. Jerryvonkramer says:

    Hey guys, just popping my head round the door. Great show as always. Particularly enjoyed the extended analysis of Ventura fiddling with the turnbuckles. That spot always struck me too.

    The Summerslam 88 VHS was like a Holy Grail for me in the UK growing up as a kid. Two reasons:

    1. It had a WHITE cover, and was clearly part of the earliest Coliseum PAL prints, and as such as pretty rare. Couldn’t find it in any shops. When I was collecting VHS tapes in the late 90s in the ebay days, it would go for £20+ whereas a normal tape would go for £5.

    2. It came with a 15-age rating unlike every single other tape. Must have been because of Liz’s arse.

    Anyway, keep up the good work.


  14. Nostalgia Queen says:

    Summerslam 88 was my very first exposure to wrestling. My first wrestling memory was the Brutus/Bass video highlight. I remember being quite scared of that giant red X on the screen. This might have been why I couldn’t handle blood in wrestling for the longest time (A picture of Abdullah the Butcher didn’t help either). Part of me still gets weirded out when I watch Summerslam 88 and see that giant red X.

    I loved Miss Elizabeth and she was the only reason why I kept on watching wrestling. I always looked forward to seeing her. I remember wanting to be just like her when I was a kid. She was always a classy woman.

    My 123 would have to be the following:

    1. Stone Cold beating up an injured Bret Hart in an ambulance on Raw in 1997.
    2. Stone Cold destroying The Rock’s car with a monster truck on Raw in 1999.
    3. Stone Cold spraying the beer from the beer truck on the McMahons and The Rock on Raw in 1999.

    What can I say? I’m a Stone Cold Steve Austin Gal!

  15. Jerryvonkramer says:

    Also,love the 123, great new feature.

    The best use of a boat in wrestling I can think of is the Flair – Luger contract negotiations from 1988 when Flair is wearing a bright red sweater.

  16. Dan Cameron says:

    The only thing I really remember about the Rougeau Brothers was how the Bushwhackers would call them the “Ragu Sisters”!

  17. Tim F says:

    Summerslam 88 was definitely a happening! In fact, that boxing match they were promoting and the upcoming Survivor Series were happenings! Everything’s a happening! I tried to count how many times that word was used to describe things by Gorilla, but lost count after 1,000.

    Another great show guys. I’m sure the next one will be quite the happening!

  18. Bill Mulkey??? Just excellent. Big thanks to Tony for getting that!

    Somehow, Dre’s Stu Hart impression got even better.

    If Fred Sanford, I mean JYD, didn’t like Jake taking money out of his pocket, imagine how New Jack felt when JYD owed him money.

  19. Frankie S. says:

    I think Dre might have been off witht he Superstar Billy Graham Cancer Angle.

    Billy graham magically appreaed back in the WWF sometime in ’87 or ’88 back with his tie die, which the WWF Had not seen him in since the 70’s!

    he had a fued with Hacksaw Butch Reed and in real life he blew out his hip (thanks to all the steroids) they used it as an angle including footage of his actual hip replacement sugery.

    every week they gave insperational segments of the superstar working his hip back into shape until finally he made an appearance on WWF superstars, only to be peal harbored by Butch reed who immediately went after the bad hip. Don Muraco came out to make the save and when the melee was over the rock attempted to help the superstar up, but Geaham pleaded “Dont Help me, Dont help me!” and made his way back to the dressing room insperationally on his own. from then on Muraco was the Rock, in Tie Dye and Billy Graham was his Mnagaer.

    at least thats how i remember it : )

  20. Frankie S. says:

    damn i was on vacation so i just listened to this today.

    top 3 vehicles

    3. The Goldust Mobile than was used in the Piper Street Fight.

    2. The Abluance that Stone cold attacked Brett Hart in

    1. a Red Pick up truck parked out on the street in Florida where Blackjack Mulligan and Angelo Mosca wound up taking their brawl to in 1983.

  21. IanEvs79 says:

    What I remember about Summerslam 88, was that the VHS was the first one I came across that have a 18-cert, which made it even more intriguing. Most at that period were PG, so to have a PPV to be adult only, must have been very differen’t. It was a great event, but was mostly memorable for the Shandy Bass cutting up Beefcake (this is why the VHS was cert-18), Warrior steamrollering Honky and of course Elizabeth. It’s always stuck in my mind, so it must be called a success.