WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XIV

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!

Anyway, with the theme music of Twilight Zone in the background, Savage narrates the chaos caused by Honkytonk Man and the Hart Foundation against both himself and his manager, Elizabeth. He then cuts a promo on Bret quoting Romans 12:19 with “vengeance is mine.”

Afterward, Heenan and Bundy are ready to market Bundymania worldwide after beating Hogan later tonight.

Hogan, with fringe on his bandana, retorts with the usual promo.

Opening montage.

Vince and Ventura welcome us to the program as Ventura calls Vince a “turkey in a tuxedo.” HA!

Prior to the first match, we revisit SNME XI where Davis WHACKED Steele with the ring bell to assist Savage with his victory.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund attempts to interview Steele who has an Elizabeth action figure. Of course, it goes nowhere.

Earlier, Ventura interviewed Davis who is ready to ring Steele’s bell again.

Match 1: George “The Animal” Steele versus “Dangerous” Danny Davis


Rating: DUD

Summary: This show is off to a BAD start. Let’s hope it improves.

After the match, Steele chases Davis from the ring then eats the turnbuckle as an after-work snack. When Davis returns to attack him, Steele retaliates with some turnbuckle stuffing. With no gravy? Steele then chases Davis backstage.

Next, we revisit SNME XII when Bret saved the Intercontinental title for Honkytonk Man.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Hart Foundation with Jimmy Hart. The “Mouth of the South” actually refers to Elizabeth as a “daughter of the devil.” Yikes!

Prior to the next match, we revisit Honkytonk Man’s vile act of pushing defenseless Elizabeth down. How shameful!

After the Hart Foundation make their entrance, Okerlund interviews Savage with Elizabeth. According to her, she still suffers from some pain from the shove by Honkytonk Man. In convincing fashion, Savage is ready for the “Hitman.”

Before the bell, Bret distracts Savage so that Neidhart could stalk Elizabeth, but Savage notices the shenanigans and puts a stop to it.

After a commercial break, Seattle linebacker “The Boz” Brian Bosworth makes his way to the front row. In split-screen, Honkytonk Man basically states that he has unfinished business with Savage and Elizabeth. The scoundrel!

Match 2: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Bret “Hitman” Hart (w/ Jimmy Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart)


Rating: ****

Summary: Great story told by both wrestlers here. You should definitely seek this match out as Bret definitely had what it took to hang with Savage in his prime.

After the match, Neidhart comes in to attack Savage but gets mule-kicked to the floor. Bret then holds Savage so that Hart could wallop him with the megaphone. As you would expect, Hart nails Bret instead.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Bundy with Heenan who refers to Hogan’s fans as “Hulkamorons.” HA! Nonetheless, he has a BIG surprise for Hogan.

After they make their entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan who describes his steroid use albeit subtly.

Match 3 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: **

Summary: Clever finish that helped to remove some of Hogan’s superman-like qualities. Could he be losing the WWF title soon?

After the match, Hogan nails Bundy sending him down to the floor then grabs Heenan by the hair and gives him a series of standing chokes. What a sore loser!

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Hercules who will be without Heenan tonight. Hercules states that he wants to squeeze the life out of Bigelow.

After Hercules makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Bigelow with Humperdink. Bigelow is ready for the big time. Does he believe he’s Peter Gabriel?

Match 4: Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink) versus Hercules


Rating: *

Summary: While Bigelow’s agility is quite entertaining, this match wasn’t.

After the match, it was revealed that Hercules was BUSTED OPEN!

After a commercial break, the Seattle Seahawks summon Ventura from the broadcast table.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Bundy and Andre. According to Okerlund, Heenan may have suffered a serious neck injury at the hands of Hogan. Nevertheless, Bundy wants a rematch with Andre in his corner. From out of nowhere, Ventura interrupts and congratulates Bundy for his victory tonight.

After another commercial break, Okerlund interviews Hogan backstage. Hogan’s ready to prove a point and sign for a rematch.

Conclusion: The Savage-Bret match was the only bright spot in a show that was pretty skippable. Let’s hope the New Year’s show is better.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XIV!

Rating: 9.50

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