The January 2, 1988 Edition of WCW Saturday Night is a professional wrestling television show which took place on January 2, 1988 at the St Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.

This show is considered to be building up towards the Bunkhouse Stampede 1988 PPV.


The show starts with a cold open match between the Freebirds and Alan Martin & James Bradley. It's an extended squash match that the Freebirds win handily.

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone are standing ringside where they are joined by Steve Williams. He explains how he will win the Bunkhouse Stampede match.

After a commercial David Crockett interviews Jimmy Garvin, Michael P.S. Hayes, & Precious. They play an extended clip showing the end of a Garvin vs. Ric Flair match. It ended after the other Four Horsemen (Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson) interfered on Flair's behalf. Hayes and Lex Luger made the save. In the chaos, Blanchard had roughed up Precious. After the clip, Hayes promises that the Freebirds will take all the gold and riches from the Four Horsemen because they are weak without Luger.

Lex Luger wins a short squash match over Keith Steinborn.

After the match, Schiavone interviews Luger. Luger says joining the Four Horsemen was a mistake. He promised to be focused on winning in 1988. He will take out the Horsemen starting with Arn Anderson.

Dick Murdoch gets a win over Jason Walker in a violent one-sided match. Afterwards Murdoch is interviewed by Crocket. Murdoch announces he hates St. Louis and also someone has paid him $50,000 to get rid of Dusty Rhodes and $25,000 to get rid of Ronnie Garvin. He says those are hard jobs. However, for free he'll get rid of Steve Williams.

Eddie Gilbert showcases his talent in a squash match over Steve Atkinson.

David Crocket interviews Kevin Sullivan outside the ring. He rambles about game plans, reality, Singapore survival games, and tombstones.

Jim Cornette makes a personal introduction of the NWA United States Tag Team Champions the Midnight Express. They go on to defeat Mike Jackson and Cody Starr.

After the match, Crockett interviews Cornette & Midnight Express. Crockett promises that Lane will beat Nikita Koloff and Eaton will beat Rhodes and they will eliminate him for good.

Larry Zbyszko gets a win over Lee Peek. Zbyszko took the opportunity to trash-talk Barry Windham constantly throughout the match.

Zbyszko & Baby Doll get interviewed by Crockett after the match. Nikita Koloff was already in the ring behind them for his match and he exchanges a few heated words with Zbyszko. Baby Doll and Zbyszko then call out Windham and people like Koloff & Rhodes for constantly ducking him.

An angry Koloff quickly dispatches the masked Menace.

Tony Schiavone interviews Ric Flair who promises to defeat Road Warrior Hawk. Blanchard states that Hayes and the Freebirds are full of hot air. JJ Dillon is happy Sam Muchnick is in the crowd to appreciate the Horsemen packing the house. Flair then brags about the women and wealth the Four Horsemen have.

Ronnie Garvin faced Arn Anderson in a one-on-one match that ended after Blanchard jumped in the ring and attacked Garvin. Luger made the save and briefly had Dillon in the Torture Rack, but Anderson attacks Luger. Eventually Luger and Anderson brawl through the crowd to the back and Garvin & Blanchard do the same in a different part of the crowd.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

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