On This Day: February 8, 1992 – Saturday Night’s Main Event #30: Just A Stop On The Road To Wrestlemania

Saturday Nights Main Event 30
Date: February 8, 1992
Location: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan

We’re on FOX now so the show is about as dead as you could ask for. This is the followup to the 92 Rumble where Flair won the world title and Hogan actually teased a heel attitude at the end and got booed almost out of the building for it. This was a good time for the company as you had Flair, Hogan, Savage, Undertaker and Roberts crossing paths to an extent and the results rocked. Let’s get to it.

Intercontinental Title: Mountie vs. Roddy Piper

This is the rematch from the Rumble where Mountie was given the title for two days since Bret was hurt. Piper wouldn’t win another WWF title for about 15 years. He’s staggering around a bit so he might be a bit intoxicated. Piper is wrestling with a t-shirt on. Keep that in mind for a bit later. Apparently the winner gets Bret at Mania.

An interview with Bret says he hopes it’s Piper but is happy either way. Piper changes control when he gets his knees up to block a splash. The referee gets bumped and Mountie pours water on Piper and gives him the shock stick that he was using. Naturally it has no effect and Mountie gets it, complete with ridiculous sound effects. Piper pulls off his shirt to reveal a vest saying Shock Proof in a rather infamous moment for some reason.

Rating: C. It was about the ending and to give Mountie his rematch. It worked fine so I can’t complain. There’s not much here but since the ending was effective I’m all fine and good with it.

We get a replay of the ending of the end of the Rumble with Sid getting robbed by Hogan and Gorilla having no issue with it of course. Heenan’s near orgasm is great. We see the Mania 8 “Press Conference” with Hogan being named the #1 contender for ZERO reason. I mean seriously, he came in third and got dumped fairly. What sense does that make even in kayfabe? Sid turns heel more or less in an interview there.

Sid Justice/Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair/Undertaker

The “faces” say that they’re united. Can you see it coming? If not you’re an idiot. Hogan comes out with Brutus Beefcake instead of his partner which makes him look even more heelish. Sid and Flair start us off. We get Hogan vs. Flair and since this isn’t WCW, Flair has a chance. Hogan is of course dominating because he has to by some law.

There have been about 5 tags inside of two minutes. The idea here is Hogan is trying to do everything and Sid is getting annoyed with it. He’s jumped in twice now already. The big guys are in there now. We’ve had all four in there more often than we’ve had just two. Hogan does the four sides ear thing and Sid isn’t happy as we go to commercial. Back with Taker beating up Sid.

Sid manages to fight the heels off and get the….hot I guess tag to Hogan. Flair shows intelligence by going for the knee. You can’t question Flair’s psychology 90% of the time. Figure Four is on and it’s called a submission hold. The name is never used which is odd. Sid won’t make a tag. Taker gets a SWEET leaping clothesline to take down Hogan.

Sid gets booed and of course Vince sucks on Hogan a bit for old time’s sake. They edit out a whole line about the WWF Champion (this was aired on 24/7) and Sid drops to the floor instead of tagging and walks out. There goes the referee for the DQ and Brutus gets in. This was around the time when his face had been messed up. Hogan makes the save.

Rating: B-. It was a main event tag match and was all about the angle. That’s all well and good and it came off fine. The Hogan vs. Sid match would of course happen at Mania in what was potentially Hogan’s last match. That’s just amusing.

Sid says he rules the world, completely turning heel.

After a commercial Hogan questions Sid’s morals and says he’s not a good person. That’s just amusing.

Sgt. Slaughter/Jim Duggan vs. Beverly Brothers

Anyone think this might be a squash? They’re a new team here and it’s an attempt to make Sarge a face again that loved America. The announcers argue over the logic of giving Hogan Flair at Mania and Heenan keeps picking Vince’s arguments apart. This doesn’t even last three minutes and of course the proud Americans win.

Rating: N/A. This was quick and nothing of note. Yep that’s about it.

We recap Savage vs. Roberts from the past few months, which more importantly about Roberts being heel of the millennium by punching Liz. Roberts says he’ll do it again.

Jake Roberts vs. Randy Savage

Savage says a lot of things in a big rant that must have been fueled by cocaine if I know anything about wrestling. Naturally this is a big freaking brawl in every sense of the words. They fight all over the ringside area with both guys beating on each other for a few minutes each. Savage takes a DDT but Jake lets him get up. The second doesn’t connect though and Savage goes airborne.

And there’s the big elbow to end it in like 5 minutes. Ok then. Savage beats him up ever more until the suits come down to break it up. Liz runs out for the big celebration. We see Jake waiting behind the curtain as the show ends. Later we would find out that he was going to hit Liz with a chair but Taker turned face and grabbed it away instead.

Rating: C+. This was too fast to really get much out of. It’s ok but nothing special at all. These two never got the big match that they needed and I think it hurt the feud in the end. Not terrible at all but far from great.

Overall Rating: C-. Total storybuilding show here as nothing is really settled in the ring, although that’s true for just about every SNME. There are some well known moments here so it’s worth a look I guess and at 45 minutes factoring out commercials it’s not like it’s going to take forever to watch. Check it out, why not.

 

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4 comments

  1. Not Jay says:

    Great episode of Saturday Nights Main Event. I think the Sid turn was well done and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Maybe Beefcake will come back soon too. Piper/Mountie was predictable but I think this might set up a face vs face match with Bret soon. All in all a good show and I’m looking forward to Superstars of Wrestling this Saturday…oh wait this show didn’t just happen? My bad

  2. Chrisman says:

    Yeah this was epic. I remember that press conference, when everyone (well anyone I knew) still thought Jack Tunney was the actual President of the WWF. When Sid Justice stood up in anticipation of his name being called and it was Hulk…he was pissed. There was nice ‘Macho D’oh’ too. Taker just sat there.

    This was like the Mega-Powers explode Main Event, it was added to the regular Superstars UK schedule cos it was so dam big. The match was weird cos Taker and Flair were supposed to be the heels but the faces are the ones acting like Dicks. Hogan’s elimination of Sid at the Rumble WAS a cheapshot and now you’re left with a situation where you’ve made your 2 biggest faces look like douchebags. Enter the Hitman….

  3. Jay H. says:

    1992 is one of the Best Years in WWF/E History. The build to WM 8 is one of the best ones as well. Hogan/Sid were at each other’s throats and Flair & Macho Man were about to Feud. Piper holding the IC Title was so cool and would have a great Match with Bret Hart at Mania. Also had Undertaker about to turn Face and Feud with Jake Roberts.

  4. Javier Torres says:

    What I remember most about this show is how wwf tried hard to fool the fans. If u watched the actual Royal Rumble ppv ending and listen to highlights of the same ending again on this show u can hear how different the commentary of Heenan and Monsoons Where. In the actual ppv version Monsoon didn’t go off about how Sid threw Hulk over from behind instead of face to face and there where no Hogan chants by the fans on the contrary they cheered Sid eliminating Hogan while on this shows highlight version of it the comments where different as Monsoon was ranting about how Sid threw Hulk out from behind and suddenly u hear Hogan chants. Wwf really thought the fans where too stupid not to remember the original commentary.