WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XVII

Taped from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: October 29, 1988 (taped 10/25)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We open tonight’s program with Jake and Cheryl Roberts sharing a kiss. Jake then cuts a promo with Damian wrapped around his shoulders. According to Cheryl, Rude’s pain will be their “pleasure.”

With Cheryl’s face airbrushed on his tights, Rude and Heenan answer the Snake.

Afterward, Slick, dressed for Halloween like a leprechaun in his green suit, unveils the Big Boss Man who reads Powers his Miranda rights.

Meanwhile, the Hart Foundation vow to regain the WWF tag team titles.

Eerily, Jimmy Hart and Mr. Fuji accompany WWF tag team champions Demolition as Fuji makes me hungry mentioning pudding.

Hogan then cuts a promo on King Haku. During which, Elizabeth joins him as arm candy. I wonder how Savage feels about that.

Prior to the first match, we revisit how Rude tried to woo Cheryl. Included is the disrobing of Rude when he wore the airbrushed tights one time too many (aired 9/10, taped 8/23).

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Rude with Heenan. Rude informs Okerlund that Roberts and Damian “couldn’t beat (him) in a three-legged race.” How gauche!

After Rude makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Roberts with his wife and Damien. According to Jake, “Rude and his tights will go down.” Yikes! To add insult to injury, Cheryl brought a fig leaf for “little Rick.” HA!

Match 1: Jake “The Snake” Roberts (w/ Cheryl Roberts) versus “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: This couldn’t possibly be the blow-off to their months-long feud, could it?

After the match, Andre the Giant comes to the ring and nails Roberts. In retaliation, Roberts opens the bag and scares the bejesus out of Andre with Damian. As Roberts tosses Damian atop him, Andre passes out in fear. Heenan comes to Andre’s rescue and worries about Andre’s health. After a commercial break, a rattled Andre searches under the ring for Damian.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Hart Foundation. Neidhart offers this zinger: “The only way Jimmy Hart can hurt someone is to manage (him).” HA!

Also backstage, Ventura, dressed like a Sharp Dressed Man, interviews Demolition with Hart and Fuji. When Ventura mentions the Rougeaus, Hart notes they’ll be around to observe.

Match 2 for the WWF tag team titles: Demolition (champions w/ Mr. Fuji & Jimmy Hart) versus the Hart Foundation


Rating: *

Summary: A bit of variation from the finish at Summerslam. The feud between the Hart Foundation and Jimmy Hart continues.

After a commercial break, we revisit SNME XV when Race suffered a severe injury limiting his career going forward. Race subsequently bequeathed the crown to Haku.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews King Haku with Heenan.

After King Haku makes his entrance on his throne, Okerlund interviews Hogan who mentions the Big Boss Man. In the meantime, Elizabeth drags Hogan away for a “date with royalty.” Could Hogan have been messing around with Princess Diana back in ’88? Call the National Enquirer to find out!

Match 3: Hulk Hogan (w/ Elizabeth) versus King Haku (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: **

Summary: Standard Hogan match. Moving along…

After the match, Elizabeth assists Hogan with his posing. Hogan then hoists Elizabeth onto his right shoulder. I wonder how Savage feels about that.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Bravo with Martin.

After Bravo makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Patera.

Match 4: Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) versus Ken Patera


Rating: ˝*

Summary: Showcase match for Bravo. That 90-day clause for Patera couldn’t drag out much more, could it?

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Big Boss Man with Slick.

Match 5: The Big Boss Man (w/ Slick) versus Jim Powers


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the Big Boss Man.

After the match, Boss Man handcuffs Powers to the ropes. While Slick occupied the anonymous referee’s attention, Boss Man nails Powers with the nightstick.

After a commercial break, we revisit Superstars when the Big Boss Man attacked Hogan on the Brother Love show (aired 10/22, taped 10/5).

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Hogan again. This time, they discuss the Big Boss Man.

In the locker room, Ventura interviews Andre the Giant with Heenan. When Ventura asks him about snakes, Andre acts incredibly defensive.

Conclusion: While entertaining, this show does not hold any historical value unless you count Andre’s ophidiophobia.

See you for WWF Survivor Series ‘88!

Rating: 8.70

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