Tuesday, January 30, 2007

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 11/29/86

1. Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts – 6
2. Hercules vs. Hulk Hogan – 5
3. “Cowboy” Bob Orton vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – 2
4. Killer Bees vs. Hart Foundation – 4
5. Koko B. Ware vs. Nikolai Volkoff – 3
6. Dick Slater vs. Magnificent Muraco – 2

The opening match pitted two tremendous workers together in a great way to start any show. Jake’s in-ring psychology was unprecedented, and Savage was always a workhorse. Hercules and Hogan wasn’t a technical masterpiece, but the crowd ate it up, and it’s nice to occasionally revisit an old Hogan match during the peak of his initial popularity. Orton and Piper, former friends and teammates, went at it here in a match I was anticipating; unfortunately, it didn’t even last two minutes. Killer Bees and Hart Foundation are two top-notch teams, have had good matches together previously, but that being said, this wasn’t too memorable nor that good. Koko and Volkoff was pretty much a squash for the Russian heel, but Koko was a ball of fire, and a joy to watch, as he seemed to have a tireless energy and ethic that was admirable. Muraco and Slater are two tough dudes, but it was obvious this was a throwaway match. They gave it a couple minutes, basically allowed Slater to get the early offensive, and then the dastardly Muraco got the victory. Apparently, they put the stars on earlier, especially Hogan, so kids could see their favorites before bedtime. I don’t blame ‘em, any kid growing up modeling themselves in their formative years after Dick Slater would be in a world of trouble. The show’s ending credits scrolled by while we were treated to the vocal stylings of Phil Collins.

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