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).

Savage responds by referring to Honkytonk Man as a “dime store Elvis impersonator.”

Afterward, King Kong Bundy (with Heenan) cuts a promo on Orndorff.

Following that, Sika (with Mr. Fuji) devours a chicken head in his quest to dethrone Hogan tonight. He must be on an all-protein diet.

Hogan then responds by stating his 24” pythons are stronger than any chicken head.

Opening montage.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Honkytonk Man (with Hart) who wants to break protocol by entering first because he wants to entertain the fans.

After Honkytonk Man makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Savage (with Elizabeth) who cuts a promo while biting the head off a Jimmy Hart action figure. He then mentions that Honkytonk Man “doesn’t know the difference between a guitar string and a G-string.” Even Okerlund laughs about that one.

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The Honkytonk Man (champion w/ Colonel Jimmy Hart) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth)

Highlights:

  • After countering a back drop attempt with a kick to the midsection, Savage guillotined Honkytonk Man using the top rope.
  • Upon giving Honkytonk Man a cross-corner whip, Savage followed with a back elbow.
  • As Hart stalked Elizabeth, Savage confronted him but received a double axe handle from Honkytonk Man.
  • Back in the ring, Savage delivered an elbow smash but missed a knee drop.
  • After a snap mare, Honkytonk Man mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered a fist drop.
  • He then left the ring to stalk Elizabeth; however, Savage went after him and nailed him with a double axe handle.
  • Upon giving Honkytonk Man another elbow smash, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered another double axe handle.
  • Back in the ring, Savage rolled him up for only 2 thanks to interference by Hart.
  • A subsequent belly-to-back suplex got another 2 due to more interference by Hart.
  • Yet another elbow smash led to another trip to the top turnbuckle by Savage.
  • Another double axe handle should secure his second IC title, right?
  • 1-2-NO! Hart grabbed the foot and put it on the bottom rope.
  • In retaliation, Savage grabbed Hart, pulled him into the ring, and nailed him.
  • According to Vince, Hart was OUT COLD.
  • Anyway, Honkytonk Man attempted a sunset flip, but Savage nailed him to counter.
  • Seeing their manager out on the floor, the Hart Foundation came to the ring to check on him.
  • During the commercial break, Honkytonk Man and the Hart Foundation carried the unconscious Hart to the dressing room then returned to the ring.
  • After delivering an elbow drop, Savage gave Honkytonk Man a cross-corner whip. Unfortunately, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Honkytonk Man then gave Savage a snap mare, mounted the second turnbuckle, but missed fist drop #2.
  • A subsequent back elbow only got 2 for Savage.
  • Afterward, a vertical suplex got another 2 for Savage.
  • Honkytonk Man then tossed Savage over the top rope to the floor.
  • Seeing the fallen Savage at their feet, the Hart Foundation put the boots to him as Honkytonk Man distracted referee Dave Hebner.
  • They then guillotined Savage using the steel railing. OUCH!
  • After the Hart Foundation tossed Savage back into the ring, Honkytonk Man delivered an elbow drop but only got 2.
  • Savage then countered Shake, Rattle, and Roll with a back drop.
  • After a slam, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle, hit the big elbow, but the Hart Foundation ran in to save the title for Honkytonk Man.

Rating: ****

Summary:  Crappy finish to a decent match, but is Savage a heel or a face?

After the match, the Hart Foundation double-team Savage. Honkytonk Man then grabs his guitar, attempts to nail Savage with it, but Elizabeth stops him! After telling her to get out of the way, Honkytonk Man then SHOVED HER DOWN! The scoundrel! I believe that was Elizabeth’s first bump too. She then runs backstage.

Back in the ring, Honkytonk Man wallops Savage with the guitar until Elizabeth brings HULK HOGAN to help Savage. The Hart Foundation and Honkytonk Man triple-team Hogan immediately until the WWF champion reaches his feet. He then nails them as Savage chases them from the ring. After Savage and Hogan back into one another, Savage extends his hand to him, and the MEGAPOWERS are born! Add an extra * to the match for historical value.

Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews Mr. Fuji with Sika. Fuji is thrilled that Hogan should be tired after what just transpired. He then describes in ecstasy the way Sika destroys a live chicken during his four hours per day-training.

After the challenger makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan. Using a jungle context, Hogan claims to be the king of said jungle.

Match 2 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus Sika (w/ Mr. Fuji & Kim Chee)

Highlights:

  • As Sika distracted the anonymous referee, Fuji choked Hogan with his cane on the apron.
  • After delivering more punishment to Hogan, Sika distracted the referee again so that Fuji could thrust his cane into Hogan’s throat. How dastardly!
  • Unfortunately for Sika, a diving head butt missed.
  • Hogan came back with a clothesline that sent Sika between the ropes to the floor.
  • After delivering a big boot, Hogan gave Sika a pair of elbow drops.
  • Upon nailing Sika senseless, Kim Chee got up on the apron only to get hammered by Hogan.
  • Seeing the distraction, Sika nailed Hogan sending him down to the floor.
  • Next, Sika joined him, tried to ram him head-first into the ring post, but ate it himself.
  • Fuji then tried to nail Hogan from behind, but Hogan took the cane. Before Hogan could part Fuji’s hair with it, referee Dave Hebner came to the ring and took it away from him.
  • After a commercial break, Hogan dodged the charging Sika, attempted a splash, but hit knees.
  • With Hogan down, Sika distracted the referee again so that Fuji could strangle Hogan with the crook of his cane.
  • A subsequent head butt by Sika only got 2.
  • He then applied a nerve hold to the pectoral muscle. I’m surprised Hulk didn’t sue him for sexual harassment.
  • Regardless, after a brief Hogan comeback, Sika delivered a series of diving head butts but only got 2.
  • HULK-UP TIME!
  • After a slam, Hogan delivered the leg drop, and got the pin.
  • Hogan retained.

Rating: *

Summary: Typical Hogan match for this time period.

After the match, Fuji gets up on the apron only to get hammered by Hogan. Kim Chee comes into the ring the hard way and receives an atomic drop.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Orndorff with Humperdink. Back on August 22 (taped 8/4), Orndorff fired Heenan and hired Humperdink as his manager. How would it pay off?

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews Bundy.

Match 3: King Kong Bundy (w/ Andre the Giant) versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink)

Highlights:

  • Upon giving Bundy an Irish whip, Orndorff missed a dropkick.
  • A subsequent sunset flip by Orndorff got 2.
  • After a back elbow, Bundy slammed Orndorff then missed an elbow drop.
  • Orndorff then came back, mounted the second turnbuckle, and delivered an elbow smash.
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Abruptly, Heenan left the broadcast table.
  • Orndorff then hit a dropkick and got another 2.
  • In lieu of Heenan, the biggest member of the Heenan Family—Andre the Giant—came to the ring to second Bundy.
  • Back in the ring, Orndorff gave Bundy a knee lift as Heenan returned to commentary.
  • Bundy came back with a knee drop for 2.
  • Afterward, Orndorff delivered a pair of elbow smashes but missed the third one.
  • Upon giving Orndorff a hip toss, Bundy delivered another knee drop for 2.
  • He then gave Orndorff a cross-corner whip but missed the avalanche.
  • Orndorff then gave Bundy a cross-corner whip, but it was reversed.
  • Following that, Andre grabbed Orndorff by the tights so that Bundy could hit the avalanche.
  • 1-2-3.

 

Rating: *

Summary:  Methinks Orndorff is taking a trip down the card nowadays.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Hart Foundation.

Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles: The Hart Foundation (w/o Jimmy Hart) versus the Young Stallions

Highlights:

  • After ducking a double axe handle by Neidhart, Roma hooked an arm bar.
  • Powers tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and then hammered Neidhart’s arm.
  • Nonetheless, Neidhart countered with a slam then tagged in Bret.
  • Powers responded with a back drop then hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • Next, he gave Bret a cross body block for another 2.
  • Bret then came back with a knee to the midsection.
  • After giving Powers a backbreaker, Neidhart tagged in.
  • Upon giving Powers an Irish whip, Neidhart missed a clothesline, but Bret put a knee into Powers’ back.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered an elbow smash.
  • Neidhart tagged back in and guillotined Powers using the top rope.
  • After a leap frog by Powers, he made the hot tag to Roma.
  • All four men were in the ring.
  • The Stallions then gave the Hart Foundation cross-corner whips into one another.
  • They subsequently followed with a double dropkick sending Bret to the apron. Which one of the Young Stallions is Ricky Morton?
  • Following that, a powerslam by Roma only got 2 thanks to a save by Bret.
  • While Powers distracted referee Dave Hebner, the Hart Foundation gave Roma the Hart Attack.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Hart Foundation retained.

Rating: **

Summary:  Showcase match for the tag champions.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the MegaPowers. A marriage is made in the main event.

Piledriver” by Koko Ware video debuts.

Before we leave the air, Vince notes that, despite being knocked unconscious, Jimmy Hart is OK for those that care.

Conclusion:  While WCW would lead you to believe the MegaPowers formed in 1994, they actually came to fruition here in 1987. Big things should be on the horizon for them. Stay tuned!

See you for WWF Survivor Series!

Rating: 9.50

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