WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event VIII

Taped from Los Angeles, CA

Airdate: November 29, 1986 (taped 11/15)

Attendance: 16,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

So, if you didn’t get enough of a wrestling fix on Thanksgiving with Starrcade ’86, the WWF broadcast SNME just two nights later.

Wearing the worst wig known to man, Ventura welcomes us to SNME.

Next, Roberts with Damian cuts a promo on Savage.

Following that, Savage (with Elizabeth) responds by chastising her about the belt being tarnished.

In addition, Koko B. Ware (with Frankie) runs down Nikolai Volkoff.

Predictably, Piper is rather happy about beating up his former sidekick Orton.

Educationally, the Hart Foundation instructs us on how to kill a bee.

And, finally, Hogan and his 24-inch pythons accept Hercules’ challenge.

Vince and Jesse welcome us to the show while Vince makes wig jokes.

Backstage, “Mean’ Gene Okerlund gets the bejeezus scared out him by Roberts and Damian. Roberts informs Savage that he’s the one his mom always warned him about. Truer words were never spoken.

After taking a minute to collect himself, Okerlund interviews Savage (with Elizabeth) who’s ready to commit homicide on national TV. While I have always admired Savage, he truly was nuts.

Match 1 for the WWF Intercontinental title: “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Should the WWF decide to give Roberts a face turn, this would be the proper method.

After the match, Roberts tries to put Damian onto Savage, but the latter scurries out of the ring. If you look closely, “Stagger” Lee Marshall is shown briefly.

Next, we see a highlight involving Slick selling Hercules to Heenan. Hey! I thought the 14th Amendment put an end to such things! Anyways, Slick only deals in CASH so Heenan withdraws piles of it in exchange for Hercules’ contract.

Earlier tonight, Okerlund interviewed Hercules with Heenan who claimed to be the champion even before the match began.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews a giddy Hogan who’s happy to be home finally. Wait a minute! Hogan’s from Tampa! Regardless, we get the “this is where the power lies” spiel as he points to his palm.

Match 2 for the WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) versus Hercules (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan)


Rating: **

Summary: Typical Hogan match from this era. I’m sure Hernandez was not crying poor after his payout from this show.

Earlier today, Jesse interviews Orton and Hart. According to Orton, “Piper used me!” So THAT’S how Randy was conceived!

We revisit the prior friendship between Piper and Orton along with their previous shenanigans.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews an already sweaty Piper. Either a large amount of rats or cocaine has Piper all worked up. Piper refers to Muraco as “Fat Albert” then states “I was rowdy before rowdy was cool.” Truer words again.

Match 3: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus “Cowboy” Bob Orton (w/ Jimmy Hart and Magnificent Muraco)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: As expected, Piper beat his flunky in a one-on-one match.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews the victorious Piper.

“Taped earlier,” Okerlund interviewed the Hart Foundation with Hart.

Match 4: The Hart Foundation (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the Killer Bees


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: While the ending was identical to the match at the Big Event, it was still entertaining.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Koko B. Ware who disses the Soviet Union.

“Taped earlier,” Jesse interviewed Volkoff with Slick who warned Ware that he preferred his birds “deep-fried.” Yikes!

Match 5: Knko B. Ware versus Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Slick)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Not a great SNME debut for Ware here, but it showed a national audience that he was good enough to beat the big Soviet.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews the victorious Hulkster.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Muraco with Mr. Fuji who sings “Dixie” extremely poorly. Those offended by the Confederacy are urged not to click on the link.

Match 6: Magnificent Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji) versus “The Rebel” Dick Slater


Rating: *

Summary: Slater’s brief WWF run contained very few highlights.

Conclusion: While not as good as the previous installment of this show, it was a fun show. If you’ve never seen it, make a point to do so. Continued viewing of this episode, however, may induce you to carry either parrots, snakes, or a bad wig.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event IX!

Rating: 9.70

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