REWIND-A-WAI #60: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event (Oct. 29, 1988)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #17 featuring Rick Rude vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Hulk Hogan vs. King Haku.

Jake Roberts seeks revenge for wife Cheryl after Rick Rude is found wearing tights with her face airbrushed across his crotch, Andre The Giant collapses after a close encounter with Damien, Hulk Hogan gets a little too close with Miss Elizabeth while Big Boss Man looms, and The Hart Foundation attempt to take the tag titles off of Demolition and their former manager, Jimmy Hart.

We discuss the wrestling landscape of 1988, the political commentary of Jesse and Vince, the very unique aesthetics of late 80’s WWF TV, and more.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Daniel Holmes.

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #17
October 29, 1988 (taped Oct. 25, 1988)
Baltimore Arena
Baltimore, MD

*Jake “The Snake” Roberts (w/ Cheryl Roberts) vs. Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan)
*WWF Tag Titles: Demolition (w/ Jimmy Hart & Mr. Fuji) © vs. The Hart Foundation
*Hulk Hogan (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. King Haku (w/ Bobby Heenan)
*Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) vs. Ken Patera

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Next time on Rewind-A-Wai: WCW Monday Nitro (September 18, 2000)

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Loved the show and great impression of Jimmy Hart by John! This Mega Powers split was definitely one of the most well done angles WWE has ever done. It was such a slow burn, and every little detail was carefully thought out and made sense. Late '80s WWF is certainly quality entertainment even if the work rate isn’t up to today’s standards!

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