WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIII

Taped from Cincinnati, OH

Airdate: October 14, 1989 (taped 9/21)

Attendance: 14,000 (12,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

What can DiBiase do to win the WWF title from Hogan? What’s new with Savage? Can Piper be any zanier? Read on!

Piper opens the program by calling Heenan “Boobsie.” Yep, he’s excessively zany tonight, folks.

In the meantime, the NEW king of the WWF is ready for the Superfly.

If you can stomach it, the Bushwhackers are prepared to give the Rougeaus a licking. Ew.

Having scourged the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, CT, DiBiase has an insurance policy for his WWF title match tonight—Zeus! I hope his premium isn’t too high.

In corny fashion, Hogan rebuts “insufficiently.”

To being SNME’s sixth season, Ventura welcomes us to the “gambling capital of the world.” Thanks, Pete Rose.

We then revisit the coronation of “Macho King” Randy Savage (aired 9/30, taped 8/30).

Backstage, Ventura interviews the Macho King. “Long live the King of the (WWF)!”

After Savage makes his entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Snuka who barks at the King. He must need a new flea collar.

Match 1: “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri) versus Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Crappy match punctuated by Snuka’s inability to shine as a babyface.

After the match, Savage puts another knee into Snuka’s back, slams him, mounts the top turnbuckle, but misses the big elbow. Upon slamming Savage, Snuka mounts the top turnbuckle, leaps over Queen Sherri, and nails Savage. He then saunters after Queen Sherri, but she escapes in the nick of time.

After a commercial break, we revisit SNME XXI as Zeus prevented Hogan from entering the cage. Next, we revisit SNME XXII when Hogan nailed Zeus with a steel chair to ZERO effect. Afterward, we revisit Summerslam when Zeus applied a bear hug to Hogan.

Backstage, Ventura interviews DiBiase with Zeus. According to DiBiase, “money will talk, and Hogan will walk…if he’s able.” HA!

After DiBiase makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Hogan who uses financial terminology to confuse the Hulkamaniacs. Not too smart, Hulkster!

Match 2 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Zeus)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Hogan with an inside cradle? Who’da thunk it? Good story told here with a unique finish.

After the match, Zeus and Hogan circle the ring, but DiBiase nails Hogan from behind. Zeus then twists Hogan’s neck. After DiBiase tosses Hebner outside the ring, he hooks the Million Dollar Dream on Hogan. To a raucous ovation, Roberts returns to the ring with Damian and chases the heels away.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Summerslam when Piper interjected himself in the IC title match between Rude and Ultimate Warrior. We then revisit the Brother Love show on Superstars when Rude blinded Piper with mouthwash from behind (aired 9/9, taped 8/8).

Backstage, Ventura interviews Haku with Heenan. When Heenan feeds Haku a softball question, Haku responds with “you bet, Bobby.” A three-word interview from Haku? There must have been a full moon on this night.

While Haku makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Piper who calls Haku “Sneezie.” HA!

Match 3: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus Haku (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Under what rock did Piper EVER use a belly-to-belly suplex? The moon must not have only been full but also bad when this show took place.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews DiBiase with Zeus who blames Roberts for not becoming WWF champion. He then cuts a promo claiming he’s ready for revenge against Roberts. In addition, Zeus calls out Hogan on Thanksgiving. Does that mean he called Hogan a turkey?

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews Martel with Slick.

As Martel makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Santana.

Match 4: Tito Santana (w/ Dusty Rhodes, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, & the Red Rooster) versus the “Model” Rick Martel (w/ the Twin Towers, the Honkytonk Man, Slick, & Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: This was a preview of one of the upcoming Survivor Series match-ups. Honestly, I wish there had been a finish, nefarious or otherwise.

After the match, chaos erupts as all of the wrestlers brawl with one another until the babyfaces clear the ring.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Piper who’s ready for more from the Heenan family.

As the Rougeaus make their entrance, Okerlund interviews the Bushwhackers who lick him before hitting the ring. YUCK!

Match 5: The Rougeau Brothers (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the Bushwhackers


Rating: *

Summary: Say what you want about this comedy match, but the Bushwhackers are OVER.

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews Hogan backstage who tasted Rice Krispies upon getting his neck twisted.

Conclusion: The Hogan-DiBiase match as well as the Martel-Santana match make this show worthwhile. Additionally, the table for Survivor Series is getting prepped. Let’s see what happens next.

Stay tuned for NWA Clash IX!

Rating: 9.50

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