Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: March 11, 1989 (taped 2/16)

Attendance: 9,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

As if the dissolution of the MegaPowers isn’t enough, what else can cause separation between Hogan and Savage? Let’s find out!

Vince voices over Elizabeth’s “decision of a lifetime” as to whose corner she’ll represent. Will she remain with the “Macho Man?” Or will she align herself with the Hulkster?

Prior to the first match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Rude with Heenan. According to Heenan, image is everything. He must be spending some quality time with Andre Agassi.

After Rude makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Beefcake who compares Heenan to a hair dryer.

Match 1: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake versus “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: *

Summary: Was this the Attitude Era? The crowd got more excited for the run-in than the match.

After the match, Andre and Rude double-team Roberts until Beefcake rejoins the fray. Upon giving Rude an atomic drop, Beefcake clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor. When Beefcake goes after Andre, he doesn’t fare well at all. To add even more mystique to the chaos, Big John Studd comes to the ring to confront Andre. But before the battle of the giants commences, Roberts tosses Damian into the ring scaring Andre away.

After a commercial break, Ventura interviews Brown who calls Hogan a “big dummy.” I’d ask Brown his net worth, but he’s no longer with us unfortunately. RIP.

As Brown makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan with Elizabeth. According to Okerlund, Hogan will challenge Savage for the WWF title at WrestleMania V. Interestingly, Hogan sounds like he’s got a nasty cold. Get this man some Theraflu, STAT!

Match 2: Hulk Hogan (w/ Elizabeth) versus Bad News Brown


Rating: *

Summary: With Brown’s brawling style, Hogan changed his formula a bit; therefore, I can’t classify this as a typical Hogan match. Your mileage may vary on the rating.

Afterward, Hogan poses for the Hershey faithful while Elizabeth cups her ear. Hogan then puts Elizabeth on his shoulder while continuing to pose.

Upon completion of a commercial break, Savage paces outside Elizabeth’s dressing room. If only he had a Fitbit, then he could quantify his daily steps.

After DiBiase makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews the Blue Blazer. That voice sounds familiar.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews DiBiase with Virgil. DiBiase shows off his NEW million dollar belt.

Match 3: The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil) versus the Blue Blazer


Rating: ***

Summary: What appeared to resemble an ordinary squash on paper turned out to be a great little match between the established veteran and 23-year-old Owen Hart.

Saturday Night’s Main Event is sponsored by Burger King. Any Whopper fans out there?

From the podium, Okerlund interviews Elizabeth. Whose corner will she represent at WrestleMania V? Initially, Okerlund asks if she will be in Hogan’s corner. She says no as Savage immediately runs out to celebrate. Next, Okerlund asks if she will be in Savage’s corner. After Savage demonstratively boasts that she will be in his corner, she says…no. When Savage angrily gets in her face, Hogan arrives on the scene to rescue her as well as notify us that he’ll wait until the PPV to destroy Savage and regain his belt. Good promo.

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews the Brain Busters with Heenan backstage. Arn lets us know that they have all the tools to succeed. Methinks he shops at Sears.

As the Brain Busters make their entrance, Okerlund interviews the Rockers who are fired up for this encounter. I don’t think that’s the only that’s been fired up lately.

Match 4: The Brain Busters (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus the Rockers


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Wow! What a spectacular tag match! If the Hershey faithful had been educated to these teams’ styles, their reaction would have factored into the match. Having said that, this match-up deserves to be on PPV.

After the match, the Rockers give double dropkicks to Arn and Blanchard consecutively.

Prior to the commercial break, we revisit SNME XIX when the Red Rooster turfed Heenan as his manager. We then revisit Prime Time Wrestling when Heenan supposedly apologized to the Rooster but then slapped the taste of his mouth. Afterward, the Brooklyn Brawler nailed him and Gorilla Monsoon with a wooden stool. He then rammed the Rooster face-first into a metal storage cabinet and slammed him atop it.

Following that atrocity, Ventura interviews the Brooklyn Brawler with Heenan.

Okerlund then interviews the Rooster backstage. Rooster claims to be “somebody” instead of “nobody.” As opposed to his appearance in SNME XIX, the Rooster wore a red Mohawk hairstyle.

According to Vince, Elizabeth will be in a neutral corner at WrestleMania V. All this neutrality has me thinking about Switzerland.

Match 5: The Red Rooster versus the Brooklyn Brawler (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Is it me or is Taylor a better competitor than a curtain-jerker?

After the match, Rooster coaxes Heenan into the ring only to fall victim to an attack from behind by the Brawler. Shortly after, Rooster dispatches the Brawler from the ring, so Heenan hightails it to save his hide.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews a rather perturbed Savage. Upon destroying the dressing room, Savage yells “I am the champion!”

Conclusion: Unlike previous SNME episodes, the WWF got the opportunity to shill WrestleMania V, and I believe that will pay dividends. As far as my recommendation is concerned, the DiBiase-Blazer and Busters-Rockers matches are must-see encounters.

See you for NWA Clash of the Champions VI!

Rating: 10.0

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