October 3, 1987
From the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA
Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Vince McMahon
Before the show, Heenan screams about how he has a big surprise for everyone tonight.
Gene Okerlund questions the Honky Tonk Man why he demanded to be introduced first tonight as he tells us that he wants to entertain the fans. Honky also promises to steal Elizabeth from Savage.
Not to be outdone, Savage and Elizabeth are next with Okerlund. Savage tells us all he is in the “Danger Zone” and when Okerlund laughs after Savage tells us Honky doesn’t know the difference between a guitar string and a G-string, Savage tells us it is not funny. Good stuff by the Macho Man here but it would pale in comparison to his promo later in the show.
WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Honky Tonk Man (Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth
Match starts with both guys fighting over a lockup. Honky cheapshots Savage then rakes his face across the top rope. Savage comes back with a kick to the face before snapping Honky’s neck off of the top rope. Savage drops a knee while Honky begs for mercy in the corner. Hart goes after Elizabeth then Savage heads out but ends up getting attacked from behind by Honky. Back inside, Savage comes back with an elbow smash then fires away. Honky takes control after Savage missed a knee drop then taunts Elizabeth. Honky heads outside and heads towards Elizabeth, who is now trapped between both Honky and Hart. However, Savage runs out for the save then hits Honky with a double axe handle from the top rope. Back inside, Savage gets a few pinfalls but Hart breaks them up. Savage heads up top and brushes off Hart before hitting another double axe handle as Hart breaks that up as well but this time Savage drags him inside then knocks him through the ropes. Back to the match as Honky heads outside to check on Hart, who is out cold. The Hart Foundation now run out to check on their manager as Honky is back in the ring. Savage lands a few shots then Honky ducks out as he heads back with the Hart Foundation as they carry Hart back to the locker room. We return from break as Honky blocks a suplex attempt. The Hart Foundation remain ringside as Honky is now in control of the match. Elizabeth is shown, looking as worried as ever, while Honky continues to taunt her. Savage comes back with an inverted atomic drop but Honky comes back with a mat slam. Honky lands mounted punches in the corner. He tries a fist drop from the middle rope but Savage rolls away as both men are down. Savage is up first as he fires away. Suplex gets two. Honky rakes Savage’s eyes then tosses him to the floor as the Hart Foundation rough Savage up while the referee is distracted. Savage is rolled back in and Honky drops an elbow but cannot put him away. Savage counters the Shake, Rattle, and Roll with a backdrop then heads up top and hits the flying elbow drop but Bret runs in and breaks up the pin for the DQ (13:00) ***. The Hart Foundation and Honky destroy Savage after the match as a helpless Elizabeth looks on from outside the ring. Honky then grabs the guitar while the Hart Foundation holds up Savage. He takes his time and gets ready to hit Savage but Elizabeth runs in and steps in front of her man as Honky pulls up. Elizabeth pleads with Honky but gets shoved down then taunted by Honky. Elizabeth gets up and runs away as they go back to beating on Savage. Honky grabs the guitar again then smashes Savage over the head. The fans are going nuts as Elizabeth is dragging Hulk Hogan to the ring. Hogan gets in but is attacked 3-1. Savage is getting back to his feet as Hogan fights back and they clear the ring of the heels. They square off briefly before Savage extends his hand and after some thinking, Hogan accepts and the crowd goes out of their minds for their handshake.
Thoughts: Fun match but what happened afterwards was by far and away the highlight of the show. It was a great segment from start to finish. A desperate Elizabeth was fearful of her man getting destroyed so she fled to the dressing room and dragged out the biggest star in the company to help him out. With Savage getting insane crowd reactions then shaking hands and celebrating with Hogan afterwards, you created arguably the most memorable alliance in wrestling history.
After the Mr. Fuji and Sika promo, complete with footage of Sika eating chicken heads, Hogan is shown telling us that he will tear them all apart but before that he said the “Mania has joined the Madness.” And we will see more of that later in the show.
WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Sika w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)
There was mention in the “Wrestling Observer” at the time that Kamala, who was originally going to face Hogan here, quit the company because he was going to do the job on TV. Match starts with Sika stomping on Hogan. Fuji chokes out Hogan with his cane behind the referee’s back then Sika follows up with more stomping. Hogan fights back after Sika missed a headbutt then sends him to the floor. Hogan beats on Kimchee as he interfered but that allows Sika to knock Hogan to the floor. Hogan sends Sika into the post then blocks Fuji trying to use the cane. Hogan has the cane in the ring while two referees calm him down as we head to break. We return with Sika catching Hogan with a knee. He then chokes out Hogan, mixing in some stomps and chops at times. Sika nearly puts Hogan away then applies a nerve hold while the crowd goes nuts. Hogan finally breaks the hold and tries to fight back but gets knocked back down. Sika hits three falling headbutts but that only gets two as Hogan starts to hulk up. Sika punches to no effect as Hogan is up to his feet. Hogan lands a few punches then slams Sika before getting the win with a leg drop (7:59) *1/2. After the match, Hogan beats on Kimchee for a bit until he rids him from the ring.
Thoughts: Basic match but still much better than I expected seeing how it involved Sika. Really not much more to add other than Hogan needs better challengers.
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. King Kong Bundy
Heenan remains on commentary because he wants to watch his “surprise.” Orndorff starts by hammering away but misses a dropkick as Bundy takes control. Orndorff takes Bundy down with a sunset flip but Bundy gets up and catches him with a back elbow smash. Orndorff fires away after Bundy missed an elbow drop. Orndorff drops an elbow for two as Heenan is shown leaving the booth. Orndorff gets two with a dropkick as we see Andre the Giant head down to the ring. Heenan is back on commentary, gloating that Andre was his surprise, as Andre gives advice to Bundy as we head to break. We return with Bundy beating on Orndorff until he ducks his head for a backdrop and gets booted in the face. Orndorff drops an elbow but misses a second attempt. Bundy takes Orndorff out of the corner with a hiptoss then applies a chinlock. Orndorff avoids the Avalanche then beats on Bundy for a bit until Andre yanks Orndorff back into the corner by his tights and holds him so Bundy can hit the Avalanche for the win (7:59) *1/2.
Thoughts: Alright match but the big news here is that they seem to be establishing that Andre is here to stay instead of just making periodical appearances on TV.
WWF Tag Team Title Match: Young Stallions vs. Hart Foundation (Champions)
Hart is still hurt and not out for the match. Before the match, Neidhart cut a hilarious promo on the Young Stallions. Match starts with the Stallions beating on Hart as Vince tells us we will see the music video for “Piledriver” after this match. Powers gets a nearfall on Hart with a crossbody but gets caught in the wrong corner after that. The Hart Foundation neutralize Powers until he leapfrogs Hart and makes the tag. Roma briefly runs wild then the match breaks down. Roma powerslams Hart as Neidhart breaks that up then as the referee orders Powers to the apron, Roma gets hit with the Hart Attack then Bret makes the cover for the win (4:35) *1/2.
Thoughts: A brief and basic match, really. This was like something you’d see as the featured match on “Superstars of Wrestling” that would be used to start an angle. Unfortunately for the Young Stallions, they never got to challenge for the titles again and this program was dropped as quick as it started.
Now, we get Okerlund backstage with Hogan and Savage. Hogan tells us how Hulkamania is the greatest force in the universe then realized there was also the “Madness” as Savage talks about how Elizabeth gave him direction as he refers to them as the “Mega Powers” while Hogan wonders where this force will go next as they act insane until walking off together sideways and holding hands. This is the pinnacle of insane 1980’s WWF promos. These two were nuts here and it was all great.
And now, we are shown the music video for “Piledriver,” with Koko B. Ware on lead vocals. This song is horrible and the video is corny. Its really not even an enjoyable 80’s corny type of video.
Final Thoughts: A historical show for sure as this was the birth of the Mega Powers. Besides that, you got three title matches and nothing was outright horrible or anything. I’d definitely seek this out on the Network. Its enjoyable.
Here is my schedule for the rest of the week:
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/4/87
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/10/87
Thursday: KC Commentaries Guest Booker: InVasion with Vince Russo
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/11/87