Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan are hosting tonight’s Halloween-themed edition. Heenan criticizes Halloween as a commoner’s holiday. Some kids “ring the doorbell” to the studio and are given candy by Mooney, showing off Hulk Hogan costumes.
Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time around, we have a major NWA Title main event, as Harley Race defends the belt against ANDRE THE GIANT in Houston, Texas! It’s a good look at the way the NWA belt was defended in the U.S., and a good look at how the “NWA Style” was modified around a challenger like Andre, who wasn’t a technical marvel but was huge. Also, HARLEY SLAMS ANDRE!
Then it’s over to the AWA as Bruiser Brody & Nord the Barbarian (The Berzerker) team up against Verne Gagne’s son Greg and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka in a Steel Cage Match! Over to 1993 WWF for a very “1993 WWF” match as a newly-returned Marty Jannetty takes on fading heel Papa Shango! And finally, it’s one of the most horrifyingly stiff matches in WWF history, as Faarooq & Bradshaw decided to beat a lesson into The Public Enemy in what turns out to be their last WWF match.
NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE:
BEST TWO OF THREE FALLS:
HARLEY RACE vs. ANDRE THE GIANT:
(Houston, January 7th 1979)
* Oh yeah, it’s some old-school ANDRE THE GIANT content this time around. This is back when the Giant was still a guy travelling to different regions fighting everyone’s top guys, before Vince wanted him to stay put. Andre before he had a massive gut and could wear red trunks without looking horrifying, and Harley with his “Scary Uncle” facial hair and big beer belly. Andre has twice the body mass, though.
Bobby Heenan, carrying the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Belt, reminds the production team that everything needs to run perfect for Ric Flair debut on tonight’s program.
Sean Mooney and Heenan are the hosts. Mooney suggests that they pass around Ric Flair’s belt to the audience, but Heenan dismisses that.
Jamison hears a radio announcement in Bobby Heenan’s dressing room that six “deranged lunatics” have escaped from the Stanford Sanitarium and have escaped on a yellow bus.
Sean Mooney, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Gene Okerlund are shown blowing up balloons for Randy Savage’s bachelor party. They are tired and complaining that Heenan, who organized the party, has not done any setup work. Gorilla Monsoon hauls Heenan onto the set, which has no audience. Koko B. Ware, the Bushwhackers, and Jamison show up, with the Bushwhackers bringing a long sub sandwich.
Irwin R. Schyster reminds Bobby Heenan that the makeup he needs for Prime Time is tax deductible. Jamison wanders by and is scoulded, deciding not to enter “Dressing Room 3.” He does go into “Dress Room 4” where he encounters Bret Hart, who tells him that he cannot talk to him because he is busy. That makes Bret look like a prick, so he gives Jamison his shades to make up for it.
When Heenan makes his entrance he gets a loud applause, but that is because Jamison is behind him when he does so. Heenan is hosting tonight’s show with Sean Mooney. Mooney asks Heenan to take it easy on him because his sister is in the crowd. Heenan immediately asks her if Mooney tried on their mother’s clothes a lot when he was young.
Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time we’re starting off with a request, as Bret “Hitman” Hart takes on Paul Roma in 1991 WWF! When Bret REALLY started impressive people with how excellent his execution truly was. Then it’s a truly whacky 6-man tag, as the WWF’s lowest-level babyfaces team up against a new team and the bottom-tier heel- it’s Kerry Von Erich, Greg Valentine & “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka against the Beverly Brothers and Pat Tanaka! Then it’s over to WCW, as Harlem Heat take on the Fantastics in a pretty good generational tag team match! And some more obscure goodness, as four of WCW’s British wrestlers face off- it’s Steven Regal & Dave Taylor vs. “Gentleman” Chris Adams & Norman Smiley! Finally, we end with a couple of random Tokyo Magnum WCW contests- with such varied competition as “Hole In One” Barry Darsow and Eddie Guerrero!
BRET “HIT MAN” HART vs. PAUL ROMA (w/ Slick):
(WWF Prime Time, July 1st 1991)
* Bret Hart’s new singles push continues as he faces a very “Jobbing Face” Paul Roma, frowning and wearing the long Power & Glory tights. Sean Mooney declares that Bret Hart would NEVER brag, which is rich considering his primary catchphrase is to declare himself the greatest wrestler there is, was and ever will be.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage provide commentary for this episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event, which was taped in Omaha, Nebraska on April 15. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 9,400, with 7,000 fans paying to attend. According to oswreview.com, the show drew a rating of 7.7. While it is impossible to compare to the prior edition because of a lack of data, this show outperformed the 7.2 rating that Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVII earned in July 1990. This would be the last Saturday Night’s Main Event to air on NBC until March 18, 2006.
Gorilla Monsoon and Hacksaw Jim Duggan start the broadcast on commentary, which is taking place in Los Angeles, California. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 15,500. The show drew an estimated buyrate of 2.8 (an estimated 400,000 buys). This was a decline from the 3.8 buyrate of WrestleMania VI, with 150,000 fewer households buying the show versus the previous year, and marked the first time that fewer fans purchased a WrestleMania than the prior edition.
Willie Nelson does a nice rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are the hosts. McMahon’s workout gear this week is black, grey, and gold, and makes him look like a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As the show kicks off, a recap of Heenan’s humiliations the last two weeks air. McMahon says he went through Heenan’s bag and found some Patriot defense condoms in “weasel size.”