The History of the Intercontinental Title: Part Seven

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The History of the Intercontinental Title: Part Seven

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  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Bret Hart (w/Jim Neidhart) – (Prime Time Wrestling, 7/18/88)

This is during the summer where Vince tried getting Bret over as a singles wrestler. Bret doesn’t trust Jimmy Hart as far as he could throw him and brings out Jim Neidhart to watch his back. Bret is all over the Honky to start. Pretty slow stuff. HTM avoids a corner charge and starts CLUBBERIN Bret. Honky Tonk quickly misses a corner charge of his own. Bret starts it up again on HTM and gets an O’Connor roll for two. As Bret goes up for the elbow drop, Jimmy nails him in the leg with the megaphone. Neidhart gets his hands on Jimmy, which brings out Honky Tonk. Bret makes the save and the Hart Foundation plays ping pong with Honky Tonk’s face until there’s a double countout. (7:51) Pretty bland match with Honky Tonk retaining the title in typical fashion. *

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man (w/”Peggy Sue”) vs. Brutus Beefcake (w/”Georgia”) – (Boston Garden, 8/6/88)

Just an excuse for Jimmy Hart and George “the Animal” Steele to dress up in drag. Of course usually Peggy Sue would be portrayed by Sherri Martel. Sean Mooney says Georgia needs to mow her lawn. I bet *you* would mow her lawn for her, wouldn’t you Sean? Ah, I keed. HTM stalls for what feels like FOREVER. He’s really freaking out over George and some weird doll with a green tongue. I think I’d be more worried about your manager, Honky. Full ten-count turnbuckle smashes and an atomic drop gives HTM some trouble. Being ever the ‘thinking man’s wrestler’, Brutus follows up with a series of ten-count corner punches. SLEEPER! Peggy Sue tries to break it up with the megaphone, but Georgia shoves her away. While they tumble, HTM reaches for the megaphone and swings it into Beefcake’s face for the 1-2-3. (6:02) Afterwards, HTM eats the megaphone. That leaves Peggy Sue to get stripped down to his bra and BVDs. Alright Jimmy. With the IC belt left behind, Brutus celebrates with the belt even though it means absolutely nothing. ½*

Craig DeGeorge interviews Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart concerning his IC title match with Brutus Beefcake at SummerSlam. It will be his last shot at the gold! Brutus said he would either take the belt or cut Honky’s hair. O RLY? HTM reassures us all that it will not happen. Hmm, no date given for this interview.

  • Brutus Beefcake vs. Tom Burton – (Superstars, 8/27/88)

So Beefcake comes within two days before SummerSlam and it’s just business as usual for him until “Cowboy” Ron Bass shows up and beats Beefcake down so he can GRIND HIS SPUR into his forehead! (1:50) Blood is everywhere! Thank goodness this is being censored. Hey, Ron Bass said he would get the last laugh for what Beefcake did to him last week where Beefcake cut on his hair AND his whip. Anyways, this attack caused Beefcake to miss his IC title match with the Honky Tonk Man at SummerSlam which brings us to our next match.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Ultimate Warrior – (SummerSlam, 8/29/88)

Beefcake’s out thanks to Ron Bass, enter the Ultimate Warrior. Honky Tonk gets cocky and sends out an open challenge. Big mistake, pal. America’s hero Ultimate Warrior channels the spirit of Ronald Reagan and storms the ring. Before Honky even knows what the heck is happening to him, Warrior delivers the WARRIOR SPLASH and gets the three-count. (0:31) This ends the longest IC title reign to date of 454 days. After taking countout losses, DQ losses, and cheating like a mad man at every turn to regain the belt in every title defense, the luck of the Honky Tonk Man finally runs out. Honky’s career would never peak again after this night. He would go back to what he was originally known for: jobbing. As for Warrior, a star was born and he instantly became the third most popular guy in the company outside of Hogan and Savage. Hardly what you would call a match, yet it was a standout moment in wrestling history. ½*

Final Thoughts: Not exactly an asterisk-fest. That’s the WWF in 1988 though. Go ahead and skip this one and check out the 1990 title tournament on the next episode.

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