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

Taped from Toledo, OH

Airdate:  October 13, 1990 (taped 9/18)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

It’s the Oktoberfest edition of SNME! Grab your Paulaner and Weihenstephan and enjoy!

Opening montage.

Prior to the first match, Demolition cuts a promo on all Warriors—Road and Ultimate. They’d better be glad he didn’t call out a Golden State one, or Steph Curry would pop a three on him.

Next, the Road Warriors inform them they’re going to spoil the party while Warrior yells “Blitzkrieg.”

Not THAT Blitzkrieg!

Match 1 (six-man): WWF champion Ultimate Warrior & the Road Warriors versus Demolition


  • When Warrior hit the ring, he and the Road Warriors spilled Demolition to the floor.
  • Despite working on the house show circuit, Dustin Rhodes made his TV début while sitting in the front row.
  • Smash then clotheslined Animal but ate a powerslam for 2.
  • After Ax and Warrior tagged in, the former reversed a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Warrior then clotheslined Ax and slammed an incoming Smash and Crush consecutively.
  • Upon slamming Ax, Warrior came up empty on a splash.
  • Smash tagged in and tossed Warrior outside the ring.
  • On the floor, Crush rammed Warrior face-first into the apron and tossed him back in.
  • Shortly after, Crush tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Warrior.
  • Next, Demolition attempted their finisher, but Hawk saved Warrior.
  • Hot tag Hawk.
  • After a back elbow, he gave Smash a flying shoulder block.
  • He then delivered a fist drop, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a lariat.
  • As Warrior tagged in, he gave Smash a series of clotheslines.
  • After a flying shoulder block, Warrior splashed Smash. Sounds like a song from the 1950s.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Warrior and the Road Warriors won.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Decent build to their upcoming match at Survivor Series that includes Texas Tornado joining the babyfaces.

In Deutschland or a reasonable facsimile (Frankenmuth, MI ), “Mean” Gene Okerlund introduces several superstars celebrating. Elsewhere, Lord Alfred Hayes samples German bier from a stein.

As Dusty makes his entrance, he embraces Dustin at ringside. Afterward, Savage grabs a poster depicting Warrior and rips it to shreds. How dastardly!

Match 2: “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri) versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes


  • After a bionic elbow, Dusty gave Savage a pair of cross corner whips injuring Savage’s back.
  • When he attempted a bear hug, Savage raked the eyes to escape
  • Dusty then hooked a backslide for 2 after a double reversal of an Irish whip.
  • When Queen Sherri got up on the apron, she distracted Dusty so that Savage could put a knee into his back. SNEAKY!
  • Savage then distracted referee Jon Bonello so that Sherri could attack Dusty.
  • After a knee drop, Savage got 2.
  • He then hooked a sleeper as “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Virgil paid members of the front row each $100 for their seat. When they tried to buy Dustin’s seat, Dustin ripped up the money. DiBiase and Virgil then sat down next to him.
  • In the ring, Dusty escaped and gave Savage another bionic elbow.
  • He then confronted DiBiase as Bonello restrained him.
  • After a commercial break, Queen Sherri choked Dusty with her black glove while Savage distracted Bonello again.
  • Savage then guillotined Dusty using the top rope.
  • Following that, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a double axe handle for 2.
  • He then tried a running guillotine, but Dusty evaded him.
  • When Savage attempted a slam, Dusty landed on top for 2.
  • Savage again mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but ate a shot to the midsection.
  • As DiBiase pulled Dustin back to his seat, Dustin nailed him.
  • DiBiase then clotheslined Dustin over the steel railing.
  • As DiBiase and Virgil double-teamed Dustin, Dusty delivered a double axe handle.
  • DiBiase and Virgil then made Dustin taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Durby at the Ye Olde Durty Bird.
  • After they WAFFLED Dustin with a balsa wood chair, Dusty rescued his son.
  • Savage once again mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Dusty a double axe handle on the floor. It caused him to taste the steel railing as well. Waiter, could you give the former bookerman a Caprese Bird?
  • As Bonello called for the bell, Savage won by countout.

Rating: **

Summary: This was more angle than match with the introduction of Dustin Rhodes and his father’s feud with DiBiase.

After the match, DiBiase and Virgil continue to double-team a BUSTED OPEN Dustin until Dusty saves him. They then attack Dusty until officials scatter them. Dusty then screams “NO” while caring for Dustin.

Backstage, Sean Mooney interviews Hogan and Tugboat in the blue locker room. They want to destroy Earthquake and Bravo but will demolish Rhythm & Blues for the time being.

Back in Deutschland, the Bushwhackers cut the cheese while Okerlund interviews them. Meanwhile, Hayes enjoys another stein of bier.

Match 3: Hulk Hogan & Tugboat versus Rhythm & Blues (w/ Jimmy Hart)


  • When Valentine tagged in, Rhythm & Blues missed a double clothesline, but Hogan didn’t.
  • He then gave successive elbow drops prior to a double noggin knocker.
  • Shortly after, Hogan tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Valentine. High-flying Hogan? Bartender, I’ll have what he’s having.
  • Um, never mind.
  • Regardless, Honkytonk Man tagged in but received a bear hug from Tugboat until Valentine saved him.
  • When Valentine tagged in, he gave Tugboat an elbow drop.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in again, hit a double axe handle, and got 2.
  • As Valentine tagged in, Rhythm & Blues missed a double elbow drop.
  • Hot tag Hogan.
  • When Hart got up on the apron, Hogan nailed him.
  • Hogan then gave Rhythm & Blues another double noggin knocker as Hart scampered backstage.
  • After an Axe bomber, Hogan hit an elbow drop on Valentine.
  • He then gave Valentine a back elbow followed by the big boot.
  • Before Hogan could deliver the leg drop, Tugboat grabbed him to warn him that Earthquake and Bravo were headed toward the ring.
  • After a commercial break, Tugboat tagged in as he and Hogan gave Valentine a double clothesline.
  • Upon giving Valentine a cross corner whip, Tugboat delivered an avalanche.
  • Hart then distracted Tugboat so that Honkytonk Man could ANNIHILATE Tugboat with it. It sent Tugboat over the top rope to the floor.
  • Referee Earl Hebner called for the bell disqualifying Rhythm & Blues.

Rating: 1/2*

Summary:  More Survivor Series build-up as Hogan and Tugboat will team up with the Big Bossman and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.

After the match, Hogan picks up Hart and tosses him at the heels. Bravo comes in, but Hogan gives the heels a triple noggin knocker. Suddenly, Earthquake hits the ring to turn the tide. He then powerslams and splashes Hogan; however, when he tries the Earthquake splash, Tugboat nails him with the guitar. Tugboat then clears the ring.

Back in Deutschland, Okerlund hosts a sausage stuffing contest featuring the Genius a.k.a. “the master sausage stuffer.” HA! Duggan and the Hart Foundation compete against the Orient Express and Mr. Fuji.  As the clock winds down, Fuji pulls out a large pepperoni. Thank goodness, it wasn’t HIS pepperoni. In the meantime, Hayes has downed a few steins and tells bad jokes.

Match 4 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The Texas Tornado (champion) versus Haku (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


  • After a slam, Tornado attempted the Iron Claw, but Haku escaped.
  • Shortly after, Haku gave Tornado a cross corner whip and sandwiched him in the corner.
  • Tornado then gave Haku a cross corner whip and hooked the Iron Claw, but Haku made the ropes to escape.
  • Afterward, Tornado hit the discus punch.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Tornado retained.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Tornado.

Back in the blue locker room, Mooney interviews Hogan and Tugboat who declare war on Jimmy Hart and his charges.

Match 5: Sergeant Slaughter (w/ General Adnan) versus Koko B. Ware


  • As Slaughter and Adnan made their entrance, Adnan waved the Iraqi flag.
  • The Toledo faithful chanted “U-S-A” while Ware gave Slaughter a hip toss.
  • After a dropkick and a cross corner whip, Ware came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Slaughter then hit a back drop followed by a knee drop for 2.
  • After a backbreaker, Slaughter got another 2.
  • Ware then came back with a swinging neckbreaker and a pair of dropkicks.
  • Upon missing a clothesline, Slaughter delivered a stungun.
  • He then applied the atomic noogie, and Ware submitted.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Slaughter who really needs a different finisher.

After the match, while Adnan waved the Iraqi flag in the ring, Nikolai Volkoff waved the American flag on a podium.

Back in Deutschland, Neidhart and Slick have a dance-off while Hayes is lit like a Christmas tree. When Bret accidentally bumps into his partner, a food fight erupts.

After a commercial break, Mooney interviews Warrior in the blue locker room. He reminds Warrior of Sherri’s slapping him three times in response to his refusal of a title shot to Savage (aired 9/8, taped 8/8). Warrior then accepts his challenge.

In the pink locker room, Piper interviews Savage with Queen Sherri who cuts a promo on Warrior. Piper closes the interview by slapping Sherri’s ass.

We then take a final trip to Deutschland where Hayes runs down Okerlund who responds by pie-facing him.

Conclusion:  Between the setup for Survivor Series and the Oktoberfest skits, this is a fun episode. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Stay tuned for NWA Halloween Havoc ‘90!

Rating: unknown

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