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 Andre the Giant in tonight’s battle royal. Wait a minute! Andre’s a heel? How’d that happen? Oh.

After that, Heenan (with Andre) claims that Andre is the “greatest athlete in the history of sports.” O-kay.

Unbelievably, Elizabeth speaks! She informs us that if George wins, he not only becomes IC champion but also gains Elizabeth as his manager. She feels that it’s the “scariest night of (her) life.” **cough**Lex Luger**cough**

Never at a loss for words, Hart (with the NEW WWF tag team champions Hart Foundation) laughs about his team’s challengers for the belts tonight. Where’s Rotunda?

Nevertheless, a babyface Roberts (with Damian) is ready to feed Damian with over 400 pounds of King Kong Bundy. I bet Damian could do it!

Opening montage.

Vince and Jesse welcome us to the show and discuss tonight’s battle royal involving Hogan and Andre.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Hogan who’s in the mood for love revenge.

Prior to our first match, we revisit the previous encounter between Steele and Savage at SNME IX.

Afterward, Okerlund interviews Savage (with Elizabeth). Yet again, Savage cuts off Elizabeth and threatens bodily harm to Okerlund out of sheer jealousy. According to Okerlund, due to the rules of the match, Elizabeth will enter last instead of alongside Savage. To say Savage is less than enthused would be an understatement.

As Savage makes his entrance alone, Okerlund puts the moves on interviews Elizabeth. Suddenly, Steele interrupts by saying two things: “Elizabeth” and “manager.” Could his dream possibly come true? Additionally, Steele puts the cart before the horse by adding “George’s…manager” to this highly intellectual discussion.

Now that both combatants are in the ring, Okerlund wishes Elizabeth luck as Jesse refers to Okerlund as a “pervert.”

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title & Elizabeth’s managerial services: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus George “The Animal” Steele


Rating: *

Summary: Without Savage’s top-rope work, this match would get nothing and like it.

After the match, Steele tosses the chair into the ring. Following that, Savage tries to hit him with the belt but gets nailed and sent over the top rope to the floor. Mistakenly, Savage leaves without his belt, so Steele lays it across his shoulder to the crowd’s delight. After ejecting Hebner from the ring, Steele unravels a poster of Elizabeth then hugs it. Aw.

While other members of the battle royal are introduced, Okerlund interviews Andre (with Heenan) who imitates Uncle Sam both verbally and non-verbally.

Match 2 (20-man over-the-top-rope battle royal)

Participants: Andre the Giant, Ax, B. Brian Blair, Billy Jack Haynes, Blackjack Mulligan, Butch Reed, Haku, Hercules, Hillbilly Jim, Honkytonk Man, Hulk Hogan, Jim Brunzell, Koko B. Ware, Lanny Poffo, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Ron Bass, Sika, Smash, and Tama.


Rating: NONE

Summary: This battle royal spawned matches at WrestleMania III such as: Reed versus Ware and Haynes versus Hercules besides the obvious Andre versus Hogan.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Andre as an excited Heenan joins the party.

After a replay of Hogan’s elimination, Okerlund interviews Roberts (with Damian).

Match 3: King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts


Rating: DUD

Summary: Worthless match that served to show Roberts as a face.

After the match, Bundy slams Roberts but misses an elbow drop. Roberts then delivers the DDT to a tremendous response. While Roberts retrieves Damian, Heenan assists Bundy from the ring.

Next, we revisit the previously yet subtly mentioned tag title switch as Hart walloped the Dynamite Kid with the megaphone.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Hart Foundation with Hart and Davis. He then informs us that Davis has been suspended indefinitely as a referee; however, Davis will be at ringside with his “proven impartiality.”

Match 4 for the WWF tag team titles: The Hart Foundation (champions w/ Jimmy Hart and Danny Davis) versus Tito Santana & Dan Spivey


Rating: **1/2

Summary: The Davis effect not only assisted the tag champions with this match but also catapulted them into a six-man match at WrestleMania III.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Steamboat.

Prior to the beginning of the next match, Savage gets up on the apron to confront Steamboat. Since the anonymous referee won’t permit him in the ring, a perturbed Savage then leaves through the crowd.

Match 5: The Iron Sheik (w/ Slick) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Good short match between these two that was aided by Savage on commentary.

After the match, an irate Savage and an eager Steamboat motion toward one another, but the anonymous referee restrains Steamboat.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Hogan who is ready to face Andre.

After a commercial break, Okerlund notifies us of Piper’s imminent retirement after WrestleMania III. Speaking of whom, Piper appreciates his WWF tenure and is ready for Hollywood. Of course, Piper’s retirement didn’t last very long.

A tribute video to Piper is then shown.

Conclusion: Are you as ready for WrestleMania III as I am? If this show accomplished anything, it set the foundation for the upcoming PPV really well. While the match quality wasn’t great, the entertainment factor was amped up to compensate for it. As a table-setter, this was fine; however, it could be skipped without harming your enjoyment of the upcoming spectacular.

See you for WWF WrestleMania III!

Rating: 11.60 (Oh, my!)

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