WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XVI

Taped from Springfield, MA

Airdate: April 30, 1988 (taped 4/22)

Attendance: 9,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

This reflection is sponsored by DeVry University. One would think a college with a basketball team would sponsor a show from the birthplace of basketball, but sadly one would be wrong.

To begin the show, Duggan’s ready to do some spring cleaning! Does his 2x4 have a hose attachment?

Dumbfounded, Heenan, Andre, and Hercules respond with their own mess.

Connivingly, Slick and the One Man Gang are ready to get BAD against Savage.

Meanwhile, the WWF champion’s ready to FREAK OUT against One Man Gang. He did a lot of that in the ’80’s, didn’t he?

Opening montage.

As Vince and Ventura preview tonight’s card, we revisit Superstars when Duggan nailed Andre with the 2x4 knocking him OUT COLD (aired 4/2, taped 3/9). The following week, Heenan reacquired Andre to become his manager again.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Hercules with Heenan and Andre.

After the heels make their entrance, Okerlund interviews Duggan.

Match 1: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Hercules (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & Andre the Giant)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Even Duggan’s ability to work the crowd couldn’t rescue this dog.

After the match, as Duggan saunters after Heenan, Andre enters the ring and nails him. While Hercules holds Duggan, Andre paintbrushes him until the Ultimate Warrior comes to Duggan’s aid.

We then revisit WrestleMania IV when Beefcake put the Honkytonk Man to sleep, and Hart knocked out the referee. Beefcake got ahold of Hart and gave him a mulletectomy.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Davis and Hart who’s wearing a beret. In the meantime, Davis carries a bag with his own trimming supplies. Surprisingly, Hart even removes his sunglasses to show how serious he is about returning the favor to Beefcake.

After Davis makes his entrance, Beefcake calls Okerlund “Cochise.” HA!

Match 2: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake versus “Dangerous” Danny Davis (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: Springfield loves the Barber.

After the match, Beefcake brings his tools into the ring and cuts Davis’ hair. He then sprays some grey paint before waking him up. Afterward, he shows Davis his reflection, and Davis is rightfully appalled.

Prior to the next match, we revisit WrestleMania IV again when Savage faced One Man Gang.

Okerlund then interviews Slick with Gang who calls Elizabeth “bony-legged.” Dem’s fightin’ words!

After the challenger makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Savage with Elizabeth whom Okerlund calls “the first lady of wrestling.” Fortunately for Elizabeth, email wasn’t widely available back then.

Match 3 for the WWF title: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (champion w/ Elizabeth) versus One Man Gang (w/ Slick)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Much better than their WrestleMania outing.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the British Bulldogs with Mathilda. The Kid’s scars from blading were front and center during this interview. Ick.

After the Bulldogs make their entrance, Ventura interviews the tag champs. Should they dip Mathilda in chrome, they’ll mount her on Mr. Fuji’s Winnebago. HA!

Match 4: WWF tag team champions Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji) versus the British Bulldogs


Rating: *

Summary: Terrible match that could have been much better.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Muraco with Graham.

After Muraco makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews DiBiase with Virgil.

Match 5: The “Rock” Don Muraco (w/ Superstar Billy Graham) versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil)


Rating: **

Summary: Time appeared to be a factor here as these two had more in the tank for this match before the abrupt finish.

After the match, Okerlund interviews Savage again.

Match 6: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Koko B. Ware


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Rude.

Conclusion: While entertaining, this episode lacked two things: a big angle and a good technical match. Since Summerslam didn’t appear to be on the radar yet, the WWF was trying to jump-start their house show programs with Savage on top.

See you for NWA Clash of the Champions II!

Rating: unknown

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