Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Royal Rumble ’88

Live from Hamilton, Ontario

Airdate: January 24, 1988

Attendance:  16,200

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

“Why pay for a bunkhouse when there’s a free Rumble on TV?” – Avid wrestling fan in the late ‘80s.

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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 XIII!

Taped from Seattle, WA

Airdate: November 28, 1987 (taped 11/11)

Attendance:  16,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

So it’s Thanksgiving weekend of 1987. Both Survivor Series and Starrcade took place already, and THIS show aired two nights later? And we think today’s wrestling is oversaturated? Sheesh!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Survivor Series 1987

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 26, 1987

Attendance:  21,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF’s message to all the cool kids in 1987: “Starrcade who? We’ve got something RAD!”

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

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: October 3, 1987 (taped 9/23)

Attendance:  9,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

To begin the show, the Intercontinental Champion Honkytonk Man (with Jimmy Hart) cuts a promo on Savage and vows to steal Elizabeth. I fear for his health trying to do that. In case you’re wondering, Honkytonk Man beat Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat to win the title on 6/13 (taped 6/2).

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ECW One Night Stand 2006

ECW One Night Stand 2006

Cold open into a rabid-arse crowd, just like the good old days. The Hammerstein was perfect for One Night Stand, seeing as how 2000-era ECW would do a better job hyping house shows at this venue than their own national PPVs.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on SNME XI

Taped from South Bend, IN

Airdate: May 2, 1987 (taped 4/28)

Attendance:  9,345 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

For all of my SNME faithful readers, here is a present for you. There’s an additional present at the end of my reflection too. Stay tuned!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WrestleMania III

Live from Detroit Pontiac, MI

Airdate: March 29, 1987

Attendance:  93, 173 (announced), 78,000 (75,700 paid)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

With the previous Saturday Night’s Main Events completed, the table is now set for one of the biggest shows in sports-entertainment history. There’s a key to why I say that—according to Pat Patterson on Legends of Wrestling shown on the WWE Network, similar to WrestleMania I, Vince McMahon risked EVERYTHING for this show. Let’s see if his gamble paid out.

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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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The WrestleMania Top Ten

We are 52 days away from WrestleMania 32. As we count down the days to the biggest show of the year, we will look back at how WrestleMania has changed since it debuted in 1985.

Instead of doing recaps of all the shows (a lot of other people here would do that a lot better than I would), I’m looking to create a Top 10 WrestleMania matches and see how that list changes over the years. We’ll also discuss some other highlights and lowlights of each show.

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

Taped from Hartford, CT

Airdate: January 3, 1987 (taped 12/14)

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To open the show, Orndorff and Heenan run down Hogan. According to Orndorff, “Hulkamania dies tonight!” Well, he was only 91/2 years premature on that prediction.

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