Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boo: 1985

Team Heenan
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
Photo from WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'm able to tie in another Halloween topic with the Throwback Thursday theme this week.  We go back in time to 1985 for the first ever WWF Halloween party.  It happened on Saturday Night's Main Event. In between the matches, there were several Halloween games and skits to entertain the fans.

We got a closer look at "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's home and how he prepared for Halloween.  Hot Rod was still a heel at this point and was trying to pass off bowling balls and bricks as treats for the kids who came to his door.  Of course when he drops the heavy items in the treat bags, they bust open and the kids lose their candy.  Pure heel, but the kids get revenge, including one dressed like Hulk Hogan, after giving Hot Rod chocolate covered hot peppers.

Albano vs. Bundy: Pie Eating Contest
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
Photo from WWE
A team of heels all dressed in costume took on a team of faces.  Bobby Heenan, King Kong Bundy, Roddy Piper, "The Macho Man" Randy Savage and others battled the Hillbillies, Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, Capt. Lou Albano, and Tito Santana in pumpkin passing contests, a pumpkin bobbing event, and a pie eating contest.  (No Rock sightings, as he was only 13 years old at the time)

It was a fun evening of Halloween activities, the costumes were creative as well.  I loved the fact that Iron Sheik and Nikoali Volkoff dressed like Batman and Robin.  Savage and Elizabeth made a great Tarzan and Jane.  The Junkyard Dog was a mummy and Tito Santana dressed like Zorro.

Hogan & Andre vs Bundy & Studd
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
Photo from WWE
Four matches were also a part of that show, it wasn't just 90 minutes of Halloween games.  Savage got his first shot at the Intercontinental title that night and battle Santana to a double count out.  Terry Funk beat the Junkyard Dog, Ricky Steamboat beat Mr. Fuji in a Kung Fu Challenge match and Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant beat Bundy and Big John Studd by disqualification.

Stroll down memory lane and check out some of the clips from that night.  I've include a few of the challenges here.


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