WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XV

Taped from Nashville, TN

Airdate: March 12, 1988 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: 10,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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Now that Hulk Hogan isn’t the WWF champion anymore, what happens next in the WWF?

Savage opens the show with Elizabeth and cuts a promo on DiBiase.

In turn, DiBiase responds by discussing fiscal responsibility.

Meanwhile, Beefcake is on the “cutting edge” and promotes his match against Valentine.

Not to be outdone, One Man Gang and Slick disparage American Olympic athletes with respect to Ken Patera.

Incredulously, Race and Heenan are prepared to humble Hogan once again.

Not so surprisingly, however, Hogan responds by wanting to crown the King in a different fashion.

Opening montage.

Of course, we revisit the Main Event when Andre “upset” Hogan to win the WWF title as it was the talk of the wrestling world at the time. Quite the WWF debut for Earl Hebner, no?

Prior to the first match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Valentine with Hart. Valentine’s ready to “tenderize that meathead.” Where’s Rob Reiner when you need him?

After Valentine makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Beefcake who tries to be punny.

Match 1: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake


Rating: **1/2

Summary: That was a sneaky way to get Beefcake a win over the veteran Valentine, but it worked.

After the match, Beefcake crawls over to the timekeeper’s table, takes some scissors, and cuts some of Valentine’s hair off. How dastardly! And he’s a FACE! He then grabs his hedge clippers, and Valentine backs off.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Race with Heenan.

After the King makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan who uses a Humpty-Dumpty reference for Race.

Match 2: Hulk Hogan versus King Harley Race


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Most of that rating is thanks to Race despite the edgier Hogan character.

After the match, Heenan comes into the ring and nails Hogan. Since it doesn’t faze the Hulkster, Hogan chases him out of the ring then poses to close the segment.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews DiBiase with Virgil. DiBiase laughs about Hogan’s not being champion any longer and calls his own lack of championship status “politics.” He then cuts a promo on Savage while Okerlund hinted at a sizable corner man.

Next, we revisit the Main Event after Savage won by countout, he hoisted Elizabeth on his shoulder in the ring.

After DiBiase makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Savage without Elizabeth. Savage cuts a promo on DiBiase then brings in his “platinum doll.” Aw.

Match 3: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Drama-filled match with a crappy finish. I hope these guys tangle again soon. What happened to Elizabeth?

After the match, Virgil returns to outnumber and clobber Savage. As DiBiase tosses Hebner out of the ring, Hogan returns with a steel chair to chase off the heels as Elizabeth follows him to the ring to check on her protégé. Hogan helps Savage to his feet and backstage as “Pomp and Circumstance” plays in the background.

Following a commercial break, Ventura interviews Heenan, wearing a beekeeper’s mask, and the Islanders.

Match 4: The Islanders (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus the Killer Bees


Rating: *

Summary: Extremely-rushed tag match that made the Bees look like jobbers on TV.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews One Man Gang with Slick. While Slick runs down US Olympians and equates them to the second-place New York Yankees, One Man Gang absorbs my whole screen with his presence.

Match 5: One Man Gang (w/ Slick) versus Ken Patera


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Gang who SQUISHED Patera like a bug.

After the match, Patera mounts the second turnbuckle and hammers Gang with a right. He then tries to slam Gang, but Slick nails Patera with the cane.

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews a hysterical Hogan. Did LGN ever make one of those?

Conclusion: While it barely shilled WrestleMania IV, the show otherwise showcased the WWF’s top talent prompting people to order WWF’s annual spectacular. As far as a recommendation goes, the Hogan-Race and Savage-DiBiase matches are definite must-see matches.

See you for WWF WrestleMania IV!

Rating: 10.0

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