Saturday Night’s Main Event #19 – 01/07/1989

Ask any wrestling fan what the greatest year in the history of the business is and you’ll hear a few answers. The years 1997-98 saw the explosion of wrestling into mainstream culture, 1984 saw the WWF expansion along with several strong territories. I’ll guarantee that under Family Feud rules (ask 100 people) that the number one answer would be 1989. The NWA (WCW) had classic Ric Flair feuds with Ricky Steamboat and Terry Funk, along with the emergence of Sting and the Great Muta. Territories like Memphis and World Class were running interesting angles. Japan saw the legendary Jumbo Tsuruta-Genichiro Tenryu matches. And of course, the WWF machine hummed along starting with a Saturday Night’s Main Event on the first Saturday of the year.

But first, a personal story about this show. I never saw this until the WWE Network came along even though I was watching religiously 28 years ago. As a lad of 9, I wasn’t staying up until 11:30 PM ET to see the show live so we would run the VHS on a timer. However, my father messed up and it never taped and I was furious that I missed the hair vs hair blowoff between Brutus Beefcake and Outlaw Ron Bass. Such are the priorities of youth. (Four years later, my father accidentally taped over Larry Bird Night with something, probably a game show. But he made good and purchased the commercial VHS, which I still have.) Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #19 – 01/07/1989

The Main Event #1 – 02/05/1988

WwfthemaineventThere is so much that’s already out there about The Main Event from February 5, 1988, only the most watched wrestling show in history. Some 33 million people tuned in to see the rematch on NBC between champion Hulk Hogan and challenger Andre The Giant. Unlike the SNME specials, this was in prime time on a Friday at 8 PM ET and would feature three title bouts, even if there was only room for two. But did you ever wonder what was on other channels at the time? Can it be tied back to wrestling in some way? Continue reading The Main Event #1 – 02/05/1988

Model Year Wrestler – 1987 Honky Tonk Man

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