WWE Flashback Recap: Saturday Night's Main Event 10/3/1987 Mania Meets Madness

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2011

I wanted to write something about WWE history because I am a little burnt out on writing about current events. I thought for a while about what would be a great story from the long storied history of the WWE.

I thought about all the things that have happened in the last 20 years, and nothing stuck out as something I haven't written about before. Then I began thinking about the '80s. This was when I was first exposed to pro wrestling.

I can actually remember the night I was first shown a WWF show on TV. It was Oct. 3, 1987 and I was five years old. I remember the exact date because something big happened that night which drew me to the spectacle.

My brother, who was four years older than I was, invited me to hang out with him and his friends for the first time when he was having a sleepover.

This was a big deal to me because I was five and really looked up to him. Some of his friends were hardcore wrestling fanatics, while my brother was not that interested. He humored them that night and let them watch Saturday Night's Main Event.

That night was the first time Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage gave a promo together. It was the birth of the Mega Powers. Both men were at the height of their career, both in the ring and on the mic, it was a great moment to see.

I thought about how cool it was that after all this time I could still remember the moment clearly. I figured this event would be a good story from history to remember.

That night featured four matches. Paul Orndorff faced King Kong Bundy, the Hart Foundation faced Paul Roma and Jim Powers, Hulk Hogan faced Sika and Randy Savage faced Honky Tonk Man.

This show had numerous people now considered legends in the business. Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, Sika and Honky Tonk Man are all men who had great careers. Roma and Powers were decent hands, but never broke through in the way the others did.

All three titles were defended that night, and in a change of billing, the Intercontinental Title was the headlining match.

King Kong Bundy beat Paul Orndorff in a quick match. Orndorff was a totally underused wrestler who even though often had World Title shots, never got the title.

Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart beat Paul Roma and Jim Powers, who were billed as the young stallions. This match was an easy win for the Hart Foundation, but it was not the last time we would see them that night.

Hogan beat Sika of the Headshrinkers. Sika was not a real contender for the title, more of a credible opponent for Hogan to beat, as was the trend during Hulkamania.

In the main event of the evening the self-proclaimed greatest Intercontinental champion of all-time faced off against the current champ Randy Savage. Miss Elizabeth accompanied Savage to the ring as usual, and got into trouble after the match when Savage was being beaten.

HTM and the Hart Foundation were allies at this time and the tag champs came down to help their cohort after losing to Savage. They beat down the IC champ, and while they held him for Honky to hit with his guitar, Elizabeth stepped in.

She was defending the man who would become her husband in front of millions of people against the group and she took a shove for her efforts. She was rushed to the back by security and the three men continued their beating of Savage with Honky smashing his guitar on Savage's head.

Elizabeth returned, but not alone. She brought with her the man on top of the WWF world, Hulk Hogan. Hogan cleared the ring and saved Savage.

The two met backstage with the legend in his own right, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviewing them. It was the meeting of the Mega Powers. The first time the 'Mania met the Madness on national television.

The two shook hands and delivered promos that still stand the test of time as great mic work. Together they went on to have a great series of matches as both opponents and teammates.

Being able to witness this event as my first exposure to wrestling probably made me lucky because I was never able to forget it.

Please enjoy the video and feel free to share your first memories of wrestling in the comments section.

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