WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XIX

Taped from Tampa, FL

Airdate: January 7, 1989 (taped 12/7)

Attendance: 9,176

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To open the program, the Ultimate Warrior centers his promo on victory. In spite of the promo’s theme, I hope the US military didn’t use this as a motivational tool for the troops.

In rebuttal, the Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) proclaims he’ll regain the title per request of his fans.

With payback in mind, Beefcake challenges Bass to a hair versus hair match.

Slick (w/ Akeem) then cuts a promo about honor and the destruction of Hulkamania.

To defend Hulkamania, Hogan wants to rid the WWF of Akeem. He should have given him directions to the nearest Burger King.

Prior to the first match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Bass with Miss Betsy (his whip).

We then revisit the incident when Beefcake destroys both Bass’ hat and Miss Betsy with his hedge clippers (aired 8/20/taped 8/3). After that, we revisit the censored version of Bass’ retribution from the following week.

Next, Okerlund interviews Beefcake.

Match 1 (hair): Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake versus “Outlaw” Ron Bass


Rating: *

Summary: If there wasn’t a haircut stipulation in this match, I would have fallen asleep on this snoozer.

After the match, Beefcake cuts a ton of Bass’ hair off his head. He then gets an electric razor to remove it even quicker. Upon completion, Bass is BALD! When Bass wakes up, he realizes he lost more than just the match and chases after Beefcake backstage.

Speaking of bald, er, I mean, backstage, Okerlund interviews Slick with the Twin Towers.

After Akeem makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan (w/ Elizabeth). Out of nowhere, WWF champion Randy Savage joins the interview. He then kidnaps Okerlund to watch the match together. Quite the downgrade for a snuggle partner there, Randy.

Match 2: Hulk Hogan (w/ Elizabeth) versus Akeem (w/ Slick & Big Boss Man)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Typical Hogan versus extra-large opponent match. There must be more to this story than this.

After the match, Boss Man chokes Hogan with the nightstick. As the Twin Towers double-team Hogan, Elizabeth climbs into the ring. While she hopes that Savage can save Hogan, Boss Man nails the Hulkster with the nightstick in the midsection. When Boss Man grabs and handcuffs Elizabeth, Savage FINALLY runs in with a chair to scatter the heels. According to Ventura, Savage didn’t come to Hogan’s aid; rather, he came to aid Elizabeth.

As Elizabeth comforts Hogan, Savage wants to know what’s up.

Wait a minute! This is more like it.

When Elizabeth tries to help Hogan up, Savage pulls her away. Ever the sleuth, Ventura smells a rat. Stay tuned for more of this saga, folks.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart).

After Honkytonk Man makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews the Ultimate Warrior. Considering the time of night this aired, it probably made sense to the bleary-eyed viewers.

Saturday Night’s Main Event is sponsored by Burger King. Akeem would be proud.

Match 3 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The Ultimate Warrior (champion) versus the Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: DUD

Summary: If you want style over substance, then this is the match for you.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews the Twin Towers (w/ Slick) again. They’re ecstatic about the beating they laid upon Hogan.

Elsewhere backstage, Ventura interviews the undefeated Red Rooster (w/ Heenan). After Ventura and Heenan besmirch Rooster in front of him, Heenan remarkably leaves the match strategy to Rooster. Hmmm…

Match 4: The Red Rooster (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Tito Santana


Rating: *1/2

Summary: This was more angle than match. Interestingly, Bill Alfonso was the referee for this match.

Afterward, Heenan enters the ring and slaps Rooster. In response, Rooster nails him then gives him a cross-corner whip resulting in a trademark Heenan bump. A second cross-corner whip sends Heenan shoulder-first into the ring post. As a “going-away present,” Taylor wallops him with a Popeye haymaker. WE HAVE A FACE TURN! OK, let’s not get too excited.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Mr. Perfect who introduces the Perfectplex.

Match 5: Mr. Perfect versus Koko B. Ware


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Mr. Perfect.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews the MegaPowers (w/ Elizabeth). According to Savage, the MegaPowers “are together all the way.” They then give one another the exaggerated handshake to wrap it up.

Conclusion: Without the drama of the Savage-Hogan ongoing soap opera, this show would have been duller than a 10-year-old butter knife. Pass on this unless you absolutely must watch every step of the MegaPowers’ path in the WWF.

See you for WWF Royal Rumble ‘89!

Rating: N/A

Comments? Suggestions? Send them to me at rsg@rockstargary.com and follow me on Twitter (@rockstargary202).

Custom Search

web counter
web counter