After reading about Mr Wonderful it got me to comparing The Big Event to Wrestlemania II. The. cards, for me at least, don’t compare. And the crowd, wow, at TBE it seems like a real Wrestlemania atmosphere especially for television. Hogan v Ordorff, Steamboat v Roberts & Machines v Studd & Bundy blow away anything any of them were doing at WM2. Was TBE really the true WM2? Or at least a response or reaction to the poor WM2 numbers?
And of course it was missing Piper, Savage & the Bulldogs. Where were they for this huge card? They could’ve ran Savage v Piper & Bulldogs v Funks? Your thoughts on TBE please.
And now Bobby Heenan. Was Heenan aware of what was going on in Crockett? It seemed like he got all the JCP guys, Flair, Busters, Luger, Rooster, and always seemed legit motivated when he got guys like Flair & the Busters. I’ll throw Perfect in there too as a guy who he couldn’t wait to work with. Would he ask to be with these guys? Did Vince actually WATCH JCP programming?
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The Big Event certainly had more of a big show feel to it than Wrestlemania in a live sense, but the wrestling was shit for the most part. There was nothing on there that was gonna touch Bulldogs v. Dream Team, for example. Plus the show had to be pretty condensed for home video purposes so a lot of stuff was cut short (like Roberts v. Steamboat). As for where the other guys were that night, the answer is Kansas City:
WWF @ Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena – August 28, 1986
Kamala defeated Koko B. Ware
The Haiti Kid defeated Butch Cassidy
Bob Orton Jr. defeated Cpl. Kirchner
WWF Woman’s Champion the Fabulous Moolah defeated Princess Jasmine
Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeated Mike Rotundo & Dan Spivey
WWF IC Champion Randy Savage defeated George Steele via disqualification
WWF Tag Team Champions Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid defeated Nikolai Volkoff & the Iron Sheik
And I doubt Vince had time to watch Crockett’s TV. He, like Dave, would likely just have people watch it for him and report happenings that he needed to know about.