Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper call the action, taped from Tucson, Arizona.
Jake Roberts’ squash match from Prime Time Wrestling is the first bout on the program.
SummerSlam will take place on Monday night, August 26!
Misawa back when he was the second Tiger Mask.
Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This week, I have an old All Japan match featuring young AWA World Champion Curt Hennig up against Mitsuharu Misawa, back when he was the the second Tiger Mask! Both these guys were ****-***** workers in their primes, so let’s see what they had in 1988!
Then after that, it’s a bizarre pair of matches from the WWF, as the Headbangers (then a midcard heel duo) face off against Jerry Lawler and “Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam, his ally from ECW in their invasion against “Extremely Crappy Wrestling” during the weird time when ECW was frequently invading RAW! And then it’s over to WCW, as Harlem Heat face The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & PCO) on a D-show and actually have a pretty decent match out of it!
AWA WORLD TITLE:
TIGER MASK II (Mitsuharu Misawa) vs. CURT HENNIG:
(All Japan Pro Wrestling, Jan. 8th 1988)
* Oh man! MR. PERFECT vs. MISAWA! From 1988 before Misawa’s prime, but still. Hennig was still in the AWA at this point. His red & blue robe with stars on it is… a choice. He’s babyfaced and in black & white trunks, which always looks weird because the singlet is so iconic now. Misawa in the TM garb always looks kind of odd, too. All the other dudes were small, lithe juniors and Misawa is pretty hefty. Like, he’s clearly bigger than Curt here.
Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper are in the booth, starting a new taping cycle in Tucson, Arizona. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on May 28. Piper opens up a Father’s Day gift from his “Jamaican children.” The gift is a tie that Piper wraps around his neck.
Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are back in the studio for another episode.
A replay of the Legion of Doom clearing Bobby Heenan’s car out of the way so a pregnant lady could get through on last week’s show airs. The woman is irate in the front lobby and wants to get into the studio, threatening to have her child there if she cannot get to Heenan.
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage provide commentary for today’s episode, still coming from the long taping in Omaha, Nebraska.
Roddy Piper is in the dressing room preparing for his match today with Rick Martel. His left knee is wrapped up and he dedicates today’s match to his mother. Savage rebuts that he is dedicating the match to his mom too because Martel will beat Piper.
Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart do commentary, providing the last episode of the taping cycle in Reno, Nevada. Heenan and Neidhart debate how lucky Ted DiBiase is to have Sensational Sherri in his corner.
The British Bulldog’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling starts the show.
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.”