Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11/28/1987

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Cleopatra-mania?

The year 1987 firmly established the WWF as the dominant wrestling promotion in North America, but the final Saturday Night’s Main Event aired that year featured both a blast from the past and a glimpse at the future. The two main matches on this show were a rematch of the WrestleMania 2 main event of Hulk Hogan against King Kong Bundy and Macho Man Randy Savage taking on heretofore tag wrestler Bret the Hitman Hart. Taped in Seattle at what is now the Key Arena, our hosts as Vince and Jesse, the latter of whom was feeling quite good about himself as we will see. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11/28/1987

Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10/03/1987

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Iconic logos

By the fall of 1987 the WWF roster was loaded with talent in part because guys saw the spectacle of WrestleMania 3 and knew it was the place to be. Just since the last SNME in May, Ted DiBiase, Bam Bam Bigelow, Rick Rude, and the Ultimate Warrior made the jump to New York. None of those guys would make it on this show however and the main story was that of Macho Man Randy Savage’s gradual babyface turn in the summer as he chased the IC title. He would take on the Honky Tonk Man in this show from Hershey, PA. Our hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan. O Jesse Ventura, where art thou? Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10/03/1987

Imagining a Theoretical Summerslam 1987

Seriously, this might have worked

Since we’ve reached mid-1987 in the Saturday Night’s Main Event series, it would be fun to imagine what a Summerslam card would have looked like in August of ’87. That show was not added until the following year. I will follow a couple of rules with this: I will not rebook the reality of what had happened; Guys who were injured/suspended will not be included; I will attempt to integrate it into what happened later. Continue reading Imagining a Theoretical Summerslam 1987

Saturday Night’s Main Event #11 – 05/02/1987

Jesse & Vince's relationship encapsulated
Jesse & Vince’s relationship encapsulated

It is always difficult to follow up an event as huge as Wrestlemania 3. Once Hulk Hogan beats the unbeatable Andre, what is left? The Saturday Night’s Main Event from 05/02/1987 was different because it was the first time Hogan did not wrestle on the show. But the promised footage of his match with Andre was enough to lure people in for a 9.5 rating. Of course in today’s world, there would be a Vine on Twitter of the slam of Andre within 30 seconds. This show was taped in South Bend, Indiana on April 28, 1987 so let’s check out this present the WWF gave me for my 8th birthday, a year before I actually started watching. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #11 – 05/02/1987

Model Year Wrestler – 1987 Honky Tonk Man

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He’s cool, he’s cocky, he’s bad

For the Model Year Wrestler for this week, we will take a look at the Honky Tonk Man for the year 1987. To understand how Honky got to where he did in 1987, we need to rewind back to his WWF debut in 1986. It is hard to believe he was introduced as a babyface, but Vince McMahon thought the character would be wildly popular and used all available tools to get him over with the fans. He was made a “buddy” of Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog and others. On his Sept. 28 debut on Superstars, Hogan did an insert promo telling the fans how much they’d love the Honky Tonk Man. The plug was pulled quickly after a disastrous match in Toronto on Nov. 16 where he was booed heavily against jobber Mr. X (in reality, “Dangerous” Danny Davis with a mask). Continue reading Model Year Wrestler – 1987 Honky Tonk Man