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Video Archive: Superstars of Wrestling in Duluth, 1988

Finally unearthed from the PDD video archive, clips from the May 10, 1988 World Wrestling Federation card at the Duluth Arena. The segments available here are matches that were broadcast on the syndicated television program Superstars of Wrestling on May 22 and 29, 1988. Numerous other matches were taped at the same Duluth card and broadcast in subsequent weeks.

The May 22 telecast begins with “words of welcome” from Duluth Arena Manager Bill Scheiger. Color commentator Jesse “The Body” Ventura then notes he’s particularly excited to be in Duluth because it’s “very close” to his hometown; he was born in Minneapolis.

In the opening bout, World Heavyweight Champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage pins Virgil in a non-title match after landing his famous flying elbow drop. Savage’s manager, Miss Elizabeth, is in his corner. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is also at ringside and attacks Savage after the match.

The second segment features two matches by wrestlers from Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart’s stable. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine defeats Jim Evans via submission, then “Hitman” Bret Hart pins Steve Lombardi with a particularly brutal-looking piledriver.

Don Muraco, accompanied to the ring by Superstar Billy Graham, pins Bill Anderson.

The next match can’t be shown here because WWE has blocked it with a copyright claim. This is a shame because it’s the best clip of the bunch. “Ravishing” Rick Rude, accompanied by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, asks all the “walleye-lookin’, fish stinkin’ Minnesota boys to keep the noise down” while he takes his robe off to show Duluth’s “love-starved ladies” his “simply ravishing body.” And of course he plants a kiss on a woman from the crowd, shown wetting her lips in the screenshot above.

In the match Rude pins Scott Casey.

The segment also included an interview with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake in which the Honky Tonk Man sneaked up behind him to “tune” his guitar by slamming Beefcake across the back with it.

The World Tag Team Champions, Demolition, with manager Mr. Fuji, defeat Buck Zumhoffe and Warren Bianchi. Following the match, a segment with Lord Alfred Hayes takes a look at Hulkamania “at its zenith,” featuring a match from the previous week’s episode (not shot in Duluth) between Hulk Hogan and Nikolai Volkov.

Koko B. Ware pins Terry Gibbs. Before the match Craig Minervini (DeGeorge) interviews Brutus Beefcake from the locker room in the aftermath of the Honky Tonk Man’s attack.

Tito Santana and Rick Martel defeat Rick Renslow and Dave Wagner.

Intercontinental Champion Wayne “Honky Tonk Man” Ferris pins Brady Boone. Following the match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund hosts a segment looking at some of the WWF’s hot tag teams.

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