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Rock Star Gary reflects on Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII

Taped from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: October 29, 1988 (taped 10/25)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We open tonight’s program with Jake and Cheryl Roberts sharing a kiss. Jake then cuts a promo with Damian wrapped around his shoulders. According to Cheryl, Rude’s pain will be their “pleasure.”

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event XIV

Taped from Landover, MD

Airdate: January 2, 1988 (taped 12/7)

Attendance:  11,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To begin the show, Roberts welcomes us to 1988 and cuts a promo on Sika.

Afterward, Valentine and Hart tell Koko B. Ware jokes.

In case you didn’t know them, here’s a quick snippet by the tag champs.

Slick then speaks up for his Bolsheviks.

Next, Heenan, in a neck brace, informs us that André will be in Bundy’s corner for tonight’s title match.

In response, Hogan, sans fringe, shoots down Bundymania.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on SNME X!

Taped from Detroit, MI

Airdate: March 14, 1987 (taped 2/21)

Attendance:  21,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Opening the show, Hogan spews his need for vengeance against André the Giant in tonight’s battle royal. Wait a minute! Andre’s a heel? How’d that happen? Oh.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event VIII

Taped from Los Angeles, CA

Airdate: November 29, 1986 (taped 11/15)

Attendance:  16,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

So, if you didn’t get enough of a wrestling fix on Thanksgiving with Starrcade ’86, the WWF broadcast SNME just two nights later.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event VII

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event VII

Taped from Cleveland, OH

Airdate: October 4, 1986 (taped 9/13)

Attendance:  21,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

First, Jesse welcomes us to the show and notes that the pleasure is all ours. Woohoo!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF The Big Event!

Live from Toronto, ON

Airdate: August 28, 1986

Attendance:  74,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon, “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, and the “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd

This event is sponsored by Chex Mix. Thanks, WWE Network!

Before I get started…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event VI!

Taped from Providence, RI

Airdate: May 3, 1986 (taped 5/1)

Attendance:  not given

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

This review is sponsored by Kay Jewelers! Thanks WWE Network!

Hogan promises a surprise for the Funks.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WrestleMania 2!

In the supreme act of one-upmanship, due to Starrcade ’85 emanating from two locations, WrestleMania II emanated from THREE locations! If they keep this up, Starrcade ’86 could emanate from Tokyo AND London simultaneously.

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How the internet would have ruined wrestling from the beginning.

Hi Scott,

I was watching the WWE Network the other day, and there was a lumber jack match that got out of control. Jake the Snake came out with Damien and broke it up. Back then, I figured that it was Jake’s pet that he traveled with. But maybe it was not the same snake all the time. When I was watching the other day, I wondered if the internet was around at the time, would there would be a youtube video showing screenshots from all the show’s over a period of years proving that Damien had been portrayed by multiple snakes? If so, would we have looked at Jake a little different knowing that the whole Snake persona was just an act?

I wonder how many other things would have been ruined if the internet had been around since the beginning. You may have known or suspected some things already, but the internet would have removed all doubt.

Some other things I thought of.

– The day after the Main Event, we would have learned that there are Hebner twins, and that some guy didn’t really pay a fortune for plastic surgery as Hogan suggested.
– We would have known that Savage and Liz were married long before they did it on TV.
– Back then, a guy would disappear and you wouldn’t notice he was gone until months later. Now we know months in advance when a guys contract is up, or that he’ll be off TV because of an injury.

Not to deflate your bubble, but it was common knowledge for years that the Hebners were twins (Earl was a top level NWA referee), and that Savage and Liz were married in real life. Anyone who read a non-WWF wrestling magazine was well aware of those things. Certain aspects of the business became more exposed by the internet era in the 90s, yes, but it’s not like everyone watching was a bunch drooling idiots. Outside of ECW fans.

Non title holder

Hi Scott,


I know his run in WCW was short but do you think Jake Roberts was the biggest name wrestler who was in both WWF/E and WCW who never held one of the big 6 belts(IC, US, Tag, Heavyweight)?​​


​Um, I think you’re forgetting a little main event talent known as FUCKING JOE GOMEZ.

Also, Junkyard Dog or Jimmy Snuka might have been close in terms of name to Jake, but yes, ​I think Roberts was the biggest name to never hold a major title.