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Saturday Night's Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that was produced by the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE). Premiering in 1985, the program originally aired on NBC as an occasional replacement for Saturday Night Live on its weekend broadcast schedule. The program aired on an infrequent basis on NBC until 1991, then aired twice on Fox in 1992 before coming to an end.

Saturday Night's Main Event
Saturday Nights Main Event Logo 2006.png
Logo, c. 2006
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byVince McMahon
Dick Ebersol
StarringWorld Wrestling Entertainment roster
Opening theme
  • "Obsession" by Animotion (May 11, 1985–January 2, 1988)
  • "Saturday Night's Main Event" by Douglas Grama (March 12, 1988–April 27, 1991)
  • "Boom" by P.O.D. (March 18, 2006–August 2, 2008)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes36
Production
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Titan Sports Inc. (1985–1992)
Once a Month Productions, Inc. (1985–1991)
WWE (2006–2008)
Release
Original network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseMay 11, 1985 (1985-05-11) –
August 2, 2008 (2008-08-02)
Chronology
Related showsThe Main Event
External links
Website

At the time of the original airing, it was a rare example of professional wrestling being broadcast on an over-the-air commercial television network after the 1950s. It coincided with and contributed to the apogee of the "second golden age" of professional wrestling in the United States. In a time when weekly programming consisted primarily of established stars dominating enhancement talent, Saturday Night's Main Event was made up almost entirely of star vs. star bouts, including title matches and specialty matches such as steel cage matches, handicap matches, etc.

When WWE's flagship show, Raw, returned to the USA Network in 2005, Saturday Night's Main Event was revived in 2006 as a "special series" to air on occasion on NBC as part of a deal between WWE and NBC Universal. The Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brand rosters appeared on the show.

All episodes of Saturday Night's Main Event are available for streaming on the WWE Network. However, the episodes on the WWE Network are not 100% original. May 1985–January 1988 episodes do not have the original opening and closing theme songs. Sponsored segments that aired as part of the original broadcasts such as the "Mountain Dew Slam of the Night" have been removed as well.

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HistoryEdit

Original run (1985–1992)Edit

 
The NBC era logo, 1985–1991

Saturday Night's Main Event, debuted on May 11, 1985 in the late-night time slot normally assigned to reruns of the NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. Then-SNL executive producer Dick Ebersol had made a deal with WWF owner Vince McMahon to produce the show, after Ebersol had seen the high ratings that two WWF specials drew on MTV in 1984–85.[1] Although the show aired infrequently, it did, starting in 1986, settle into a predictable pattern of airdates: New Year's weekend, an episode in late February/early March, an episode in late April/early May, an episode in late September/early October, and Thanksgiving weekend. 1989 and 1990 both offered episodes in July promoted as "Summertime Bonus Editions."

 
The Fox era logo, 1992

Saturday Night's Main Event was a tremendous ratings success for NBC during its heyday, most notably on the March 14, 1987 show, which drew an 11.6 rating, which to this day remains the highest rating any show has ever done in that time slot. That show was headlined by a battle royal involving Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who were slated to face each other at WrestleMania III. As Hogan rarely wrestled on the WWF syndicated and cable television shows, Saturday Night's Main Event was the program on free television where most viewers were able to see him in action. The success of Saturday Night's Main Event led to several Friday night prime time specials, known as The Main Event. The first of these, on February 5, 1988 included a WrestleMania III rematch between Hogan and André and drew 33 million viewers and a 15.2 rating, which is still the highest-rated television show in American professional wrestling history. While ratings remained strong through 1990, they began to fall shortly thereafter. NBC, who had just acquired the rights to broadcast NBA games nationwide, now started to lose interest in wrestling, and Saturday Night's Main Event was dropped. Its final NBC airing occurred on April 27, 1991. Fox picked up the show in 1992, but it was only shown twice on that network; February 8, 1992 and the final Saturday Night's Main Event of the original run was broadcast on November 14, 1992.

For much of its history, Saturday Night's Main Event was hosted by McMahon and Jesse "The Body" Ventura with the occasional use of Bobby Heenan in 1986 and 1987. In 1990, Roddy Piper replaced Ventura as McMahon's broadcast partner when Ventura left the WWF. On the two episodes that aired on Fox, Heenan served as McMahon's partner. From 1985–1988 the opening theme song for the NBC version was "Obsession" by Animotion with the closing theme being "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins, and also the beginning of "Take On Me" by a-ha was used for show bumpers. Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" was also used as a closing theme. In February 1988, the songs were replaced with an original WWF-created instrumental theme. The new instrumental theme was originally used as the theme of the 1987 WWF Slammy Awards. A different opening theme song was used for the February 1992 episode.

Revived run (2006–2008)Edit

Saturday Night's Main Event returned to NBC on March 18, 2006, in a prime-time slot. The opening theme song for the revived run was "Boom" by P.O.D. The final edition took place on August 2, 2008. In 2009, WWE decided to air The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania and Tribute to the Troops on NBC in lieu of producing more episodes of Saturday Night's Main Event.

ResultsEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event IEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event I took place May 10, 1985 from Uniondale, New York in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and aired May 11, 1985.[2][3]

No. Results[4] Stipulations Times[5]
1 The U.S. Express (Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham) and Ricky Steamboat (with Lou Albano) defeated Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, and George Steele (with Freddie Blassie) Six-man tag team match 06:30
2 Hulk Hogan (c) (with Mr. T) defeated Bob Orton (with Roddy Piper) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 06:54
3 Wendi Richter (c) (with Cyndi Lauper) defeated The Fabulous Moolah Singles match for the WWF Women's Championship 04:00
4 Junkyard Dog (with Bertha Ritter) defeated Pete Doherty Singles match 03:15
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event IIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event II took place on October 3, 1985 from East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Brendan Byrne Arena, and aired on October 5, 1985.[3][6]

No. Results[7] Stipulations Times[5]
1 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Nikolai Volkoff (with Freddie Blassie) Flag match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 05:17
2 Uncle Elmer (with Hillbilly Jim and Cousin Junior) defeated Jerry Valiant Singles match 00:12
3 Paul Orndorff fought Roddy Piper to a double count-out Singles match 04:01
4 André the Giant and Tony Atlas (with Lou Albano) defeated King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Tag team match 04:26
5 The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) (c) (with Johnny Valiant) defeated Lanny Poffo and Tony Garea Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 03:30
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event IIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event III took place on October 31, 1985 from Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hersheypark Arena, and aired on November 2, 1985.[3][8]

No. Results Stipulations Times[5]
1 Terry Funk (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Junkyard Dog Singles match 05:16
2 Hulk Hogan and André the Giant (with Lou Albano) defeated King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Tag team match 08:00
3 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) fought Tito Santana (c) to a double countout Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 04:08
4 Ricky Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji (with The Magnificent Muraco) Kung Fu Challenge 03:16
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event IVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event IV took place on December 19, 1985 from Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome, and aired on January 4, 1986.[3][9]

No. Results Stipulations Times[5]
1 Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper, and Bob Orton defeated Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer, and Cousin Luke Six-man tag team match 08:00
2 Hulk Hogan (c) (with Junkyard Dog) defeated Terry Funk (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 08:30
3 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated George Steele (with Lou Albano) Singles match 04:06
4 Nikolai Volkoff (with Freddie Blassie and The Iron Sheik) defeated Corporal Kirchner Peace Match 04:32
5 Junkyard Dog and Ricky Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji and The Magnificent Muraco Tag team match 05:19
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event VEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event V took place on February 15, 1986 from Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and aired on March 1, 1986.[3][10]

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Mr. T defeated Bob Orton (with Roddy Piper) Boxing match 5:02
2 King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Steve Gatorwolf Singles match 00:41
3 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated The Magnificent Muraco (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 06:53
4 The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) (c) (with Johnny Valiant) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) (with Lou Albano) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 12:00
5 Junkyard Dog defeated Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 08:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event VIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event VI took place on May 1, 1986 from Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Civic Center, and aired on May 3, 1986.[3][12]

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Hulk Hogan and Junkyard Dog (with The Haiti Kid) defeated Terry Funk and Hoss Funk (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 13:30
2 King Kong Bundy defeated Uncle Elmer Singles match 02:35
3 Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Paul Orndorff by disqualification Singles match 12:00
4 Jake Roberts wrestled Ricky Steamboat to a no-contest Singles match 00:00
5 The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) (c) (with Lou Albano) defeated Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik (with Freddie Blassie) Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 16:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event VIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event VII took place on September 13, 198 from Richfield, Ohio at the Coliseum at Richfield, and aired on October 4, 1986.[3][13]

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Paul Orndorff (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 10:00
2 Ricky Steamboat defeated Jake Roberts Singles match 06:19
3 Roddy Piper defeated The Iron Sheik (with Slick) Singles match 00:43
4 The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) (c) (with Lou Albano) defeated The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) (with Johnny Valiant) Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 13:09
5 Kamala (with The Wizard and Kim Chee) defeated Lanny Poffo Singles match 01:44
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event VIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event VIII took place on November 15, 1986 from Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and aired on November 29, 1986.[3][14]

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Randy Savage (c) (with Miss Elizabeth) fought Jake Roberts to a double disqualification Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 09:30
2 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Hercules Hernandez (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 06:30
3 Roddy Piper defeated Bob Orton (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 03:48
4 The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 09:00
5 Koko B. Ware defeated Nikolai Volkoff (with Slick) Singles match 02:30
6 The Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji) defeated Dick Slater Singles match 02:05
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event IXEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event IX took place on December 14, 1986 from Hartford, Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center, and aired on January 3, 1987.[3][15]

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Paul Orndorff (with Bobby Heenan) Steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 10:42
2 Randy Savage (c) (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated George Steele (with Ricky Steamboat) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 08:30
3 Junkyard Dog defeated Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match 06:00
4 Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Roddy Piper by countout Singles match 03:35
5 Blackjack Mulligan defeated Jimmy Jack Funk Singles match 02:31
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event X took place on February 21, 1987 from Detroit, Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena, and aired on March 14, 1987.[3][16]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Randy Savage (c) defeated George Steele by countout with Miss Elizabeth in a neutral corner! Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the managerial services of Miss Elizabeth 04:30
2 Hercules won by last eliminating Billy Jack Haynes[note 1] Battle Royal 11:16
3 King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jake Roberts by disqualification Singles match 06:14
4 The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Danny Davis) defeated Tito Santana and Dan Spivey Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 05:31
5 Ricky Steamboat defeated The Iron Sheik (with Slick) Singles match 03:29
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  1. ^ Order of elimination from first eliminated: Honky Tonk Man eliminated by Hogan; Sika eliminated by Andre; Haku eliminated by Andre; Lanny Poffo eliminated by Andre; Ron Bass eliminated by Hogan; Blackjack Mulligan eliminated by Andre; Nikolai Volkoff eliminated by Hogan; B. Brian Blair eliminated by Andre; Paul Orndorff eliminated by Hogan; Hulk Hogan eliminated by Andre; Jumping Jim Brunzell eliminated by Andre; Andre the Giant eliminated by Hillbilly Jim, Demolition, Billy Jack Haynes, Butch Reed, Tama and Koko B. Ware; Tama eliminated by Hercules; Ax eliminated by Hillbilly Jim; Hillbilly Jim eliminated by Smash; Butch Reed eliminated by Koko B. Ware; Koko B. Ware eliminated by Hercules; Smash eliminated by Billy Jack Haynes; Billy Jack Haynes eliminated by Hercules and Bobby the Brain Heenan.

Saturday Night's Main Event XIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XI took place on April 28, 1987 from Notre Dame, Indiana at the Edmund P. Joyce Center, and aired May 2, 1987.[3][18]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Kamala the Ugandan Giant (with The Honky Tonk Man & Mr. Fuji) defeated Jake Roberts Singles match 04:18
2 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated George Steele Lumberjack match 06:44
3 The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) (with Tito Santana) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Danny Davis) by disqualification Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:48
4 Ricky Steamboat (c) defeated Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 06:42
5 The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) (with Jim Duggan) defeated Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik (with Slick) Tag team match 04:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

* Hulk Hogan and Ken Patera defeated Hercules and Andre the Giant(with) Bobby Heenan this match was untelevised before the show.

Saturday Night's Main Event XIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XII took place on September 23, 1987 from Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hersheypark Arena, and aired October 3, 1987.[3][19]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Honky Tonk Man (c) (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 13:00
2 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Sika (with Mr. Fuji and Kim Chee) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 07:59
3 King Kong Bundy (with André the Giant) defeated Paul Orndorff (with Oliver Humperdink) Singles match 08:00
4 The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) defeated The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 04:35
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XIII took place on November 11, 1987 from Seattle, Washington at the Seattle Center Coliseum, and aired November 28, 1987.[3][20]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 George Steele defeated Danny Davis by disqualification Singles match 03:49
2 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Bret Hart (with Jimmy Hart and Jim Neidhart) Singles match 12:03
3 King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Hulk Hogan (c) by countout Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 13:45
4 Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) defeated Hercules Singles match 07:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XIVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XIV took place on December 7, 1987 from Landover, Maryland at the Capital Centre, and aired on January 2, 1988.[3][21]

No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel) (c) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zuhkov) (with Slick) Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 07:55
2 Jake Roberts defeated Sika (with Mr. Fuji) Singles match 03:35
3 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated King Kong Bundy (with André the Giant) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 12:09
4 Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Koko B. Ware by submission Singles match 07:30
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XV took place on March 7, 1988 from Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, and aired on March 12, 1988.[22]

During the tapings, Don Muraco vs Butch Reed was taped but aired on Prime Time Wrestling on April 11, 1988.

The match between Hulk Hogan and Harley Race saw Race lay Hogan across a table outside the ring and attempted to hit a diving headbutt from the ring apron, but Hogan moved out of the way and Race crashed through the table, suffering a legitimate injury that would eventually force him into retirement in 1991.[23]

After the Ted DiBiase and André the Giant match, Hogan appeared at ringside to clear the ring of DiBiase and Virgil after they began a post-match beatdown of Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

The match between the The Islanders (Haku and Tama) and The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) was a two-out-of-three-falls match, however only the first fall was televised.

No. Results Stipulations Times[24]
1 Brutus Beefcake defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 09:02
2 Hulk Hogan defeated Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match 06:37
3 Ted DiBiase (with Virgil and André the Giant) defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) by countout Singles match 11:39
4 The Islanders (Haku and Tama) (with Bobby Heenan) defeated The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) Two-out-of-three-falls match N/A
5 One Man Gang (with Slick) defeated Ken Patera Singles match 03:47

Saturday Night's Main Event XVIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XVI took place on April 22, 1988 from Springfield, Massachusetts at the Springfield Civic Center, and aired April 30, 1988.[3][25]

No. Results Stipulations Times[24]
1 Jim Duggan defeated Hercules (with Bobby Heenan and André the Giant) by disqualification Singles match 08:47
2 Brutus Beefcake defeated Danny Davis (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 03:10
3 Randy Savage (c) (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated One Man Gang (with Slick) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 06:03
4 Demolition (Ax and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) by disqualification Tag team match 05:05
5 Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) Singles match 04:12
6 Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Koko B. Ware Singles match 03:44
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XVIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XVII took place on October 25, 1988 from Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Arena, and aired October 29, 1988.[3][26]

No. Results Stipulations Times[24]
1 Jake Roberts (with Cheryl Roberts) defeated Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match 07:22
2 Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) (with Mr. Fuji and Jimmy Hart) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 05:58
3 Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated King Haku (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match 06:16
4 Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) defeated Ken Patera Singles match 03:03
5 The Big Boss Man (with Slick) defeated Jim Powers Singles match 02:34
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XVIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XVIII took place on November 16, 1988 from Sacramento, California at the ARCO Arena, and aired November 26, 1988.[3][27]

During the show, Brother Love conducted a special interview Hulk Hogan and Slick.

No. Results Stipulations Times[24]
1 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Super Ninja (with Mr. Fuji) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 02:11
2 Hercules defeated Virgil (with Ted DiBiase) Singles match 03:20
3 Randy Savage (c) (with Miss Elizabeth) fought André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) to a double disqualification Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 08:51
4 Jim Duggan defeated Boris Zuhkov Flag match 02:27
5 The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers) Tag team match 03:05
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XIXEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XIX took place on December 7, 1988 from Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome, and aired January 7, 1989.[3][28]

No. Results Stipulations Times[24]
1 Brutus Beefcake defeated Ron Bass Hair vs. Hair match 07:40
2 Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Akeem (with Big Boss Man and Slick) by disqualification Singles match 08:06
3 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 05:07
4 Tito Santana defeated The Red Rooster (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match 07:27
5 Mr. Perfect defeated Koko B. Ware Singles match 03:10
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XX took place on February 16, 1989 from Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hersheypark Arena, and aired March 11, 1989.[29]

No. Results Stipulations Times[30]
1 Brutus Beefcake defeated Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match 05:45
2 Hulk Hogan (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Bad News Brown Singles match 09:44
3 Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated The Blue Blazer Singles match 03:57
4 The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) (with Bobby Heenan) fought The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) to a double countout Tag team match 09:19
5 The Red Rooster defeated The Brooklyn Brawler (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match 01:05

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXI took place on April 25, 1989 from Des Moines, Iowa at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and aired May 27, 1989.[3][31]

No. Results Stipulations Times[30]
1 King Duggan defeated Rick Rude (c) (with Bobby Heenan) by countout Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 07:15
2 Randy Savage (with Sensational Sherri) defeated Jim Neidhart Singles match 05:54
3 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Big Boss Man (with Slick) by escaping the cage Steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 10:01
4 The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) by disqualification Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:15
5 Jimmy Snuka defeated Boris Zuhkov (with Slick) Singles match 01:11
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXII took place on July 18, 1989 from Worcester, Massachusetts at the Worcester Centrum, and aired July 29, 1989.[3][32]

No. Results Stipulations Times[30]
1 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 06:14
2 Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match 03:14
3 Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage (with Sensational Sherri) by disqualification Singles match 11:30
4 The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) Two-out-of-three-falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 12:33
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIII took place September 21, 1989 from Cincinnati, Ohio at the Riverfront Coliseum, and aired October 14, 1989.[3][33]

No. Results Stipulations Times[30]
1 Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) defeated Jimmy Snuka Singles match 05:37
2 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Ted DiBiase (with Zeus) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 08:24
3 Roddy Piper defeated Haku (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match 03:02
4 Tito Santana (with The Red Rooster, Brutus Beefcake, and Dusty Rhodes) fought Rick Martel (with Jimmy Hart, The Honky Tonk Man, Slick, Akeem and Big Boss Man) to a double disqualification Singles match 09:41
5 The Bushwhackers (Bushwhacker Luke and Bushwhacker Butch) defeated The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 03:15
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIV took place October 31, 1989 from Topeka, Kansas at the Sunflower State Expocentre, and aired November 25, 1989.[3][34]

No. Results Stipulations Times[30]
1 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 07:46
2 The Genius defeated Hulk Hogan (c) by countout Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 07:34
3 Dusty Rhodes defeated Big Boss Man (with Slick) Singles match 04:47
4 Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) defeated The Red Rooster Singles match 04:13
5 The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) defeated The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) (with Bobby Heenan) Two-out-of-three-falls match 07:32
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXV took place January 3, 1990 from Chattanooga, Tennessee at the UTC Arena, and aired January 27, 1990.[35][36]

No. Results Stipulations Times[37]
1 Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) defeated Jim Duggan Singles match 09:14
2 Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior defeated Mr. Perfect and The Genius Tag team match 08:02
3 Jake Roberts defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualification Singles match 05:16
4 Dusty Rhodes (with Sapphire) fought Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) to a double countout Singles match 09:04
5 Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake) defeated Ron Garvin Singles match 03:19

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVI took place on April 23, 1990 from Austin, Texas at the Frank Erwin Center, and aired April 28, 1990.[36][38]

No. Results Stipulations Times[37]
1 Hulk Hogan defeated Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) Singles match 08:03
2 Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Hillbilly Jim Singles match 01:58
3 The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) fought The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) to a double disqualification Tag team match 09:30
4 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Haku (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 04:49
5 Big Boss Man defeated Akeem (with Slick) by disqualification Singles match 03:18
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVII took place July 16, 1990 from Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, and aired July 28, 1990.[36][39]

No. Results Stipulations Times[37]
1 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 09:43
2 Demolition (Smash and Crush) (c) (with Ax) defeated The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:31
3 Mr. Perfect (with Bobby Heenan) (c) defeated Tito Santana Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 10:11
4 The Texas Tornado defeated Buddy Rose Singles match 03:09
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXVIII took place September 18, 1990 from Toledo, Ohio at the Toledo Sports Arena, and aired October 13, 1990.[36][40]

No. Results Stipulations Times[37]
1 The Ultimate Warrior and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated Demolition (Ax, Smash, and Crush) Six-man tag team match 04:59
2 Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) defeated Dusty Rhodes by countout Singles match 09:30
3 Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Rhythm and Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine) (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualification Tag team match 07:20
4 Sgt. Slaughter (with Gen. Adnan) defeated Koko B. Ware by submission Singles match 05:18
5 The Texas Tornado (c) defeated Haku (with Bobby Heenan) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 03:10
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIXEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXIX took place April 15, 1991 from Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, and aired April 27, 1991.[36][41]

No. Results Stipulations Times[42]
1 The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sgt. Slaughter (with General Adnan and Col. Mustafa) by disqualification Singles match 08:00
2 The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) (c) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The Bushwhackers (Bushwhacker Luke and Bushwhacker Butch) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 06:48
3 Mr. Perfect won by last eliminating Greg Valentine [note 1] Battle Royal 12:30
4 Ted DiBiase (with Sensational Sherri) fought Bret Hart to a double countout Singles match 09:56
5 The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Tito Santana Singles match 04:29
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXX took place on January 27, 1992 from Lubbock, Texas at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, and aired February 8, 1992.[36][43]

Prematch stipulation of the Roddy Piper and The Mountie match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, stated Bret Hart would face the winner at WrestleMania VIII.

The Legion of Doom (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal) were originally scheduled to take on The Beverly Brothers (Blake Beverly and Beau Beverly, however The Legion of Doom were replaced by Sgt. Slaughter and Jim Duggan.

Follows the match between Randy Savage and Jake Roberts, the telecast ended with Miss Elizabeth coming to the ring and celebrating with Savage. A week later during Superstars, it was revealed that Roberts prepared to hit Elizabeth with a steel chair as soon as she stepped backstage, only for The Undertaker to prevent the attack and allow Savage to hit Roberts with a chair of his own.

No. Results Stipulations Times[44]
1 Roddy Piper (c) defeated The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 03:30
2 Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice (with Brutus Beefcake) defeated Ric Flair and The Undertaker (with Mr. Perfect and Paul Bearer) by disqualification Tag team match 11:42
3 Sgt. Slaughter and Jim Duggan defeated The Beverly Brothers (Blake Beverly and Beau Beverly) (with The Genius) Tag team match 02:39
4 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Jake Roberts Singles match 05:25
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXI took place October 27, 1992 from Terre Haute, Indiana at the Hulman Center, and aired November 14, 1992.[36][45]

No. Results Stipulations Times[44]
1 The Ultimate Maniacs (The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage) defeated Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (c) (with Jimmy Hart) by countout Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:54
2 Shawn Michaels defeated The British Bulldog (c) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 10:28
3 Bret Hart (c) defeated Papa Shango by submission Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 13:26
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXII took place on March 18, 2006 from Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Arena.[46]

Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, and Tazz are the commentators.

No. Results Stipulations Times[47]
1D Big Show defeated Carlito Singles match N/A
2 John Cena and Triple H defeated Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton Handicap match 11:40
3 Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield by disqualification Beer drinking contest N/A
4 Mickie James and Trish Stratus defeated Candice Michelle and Victoria Tag team match 02:40
5 Shane McMahon defeated Shawn Michaels by submission Street Fight 16:42

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIIIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIII took place July 15, 2006 from Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center.[48]

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are the commentators for Raw, Michael Cole and John Layfield are the commentators for SmackDown, and Joey Styles and Tazz are the commentators for ECW. Justin Roberts was the ring announcer.

No. Results Stipulations Times[47]
1 Batista, Rey Mysterio, and Bobby Lashley defeated Mark Henry, Finlay, and King Booker (with Queen Sharmell and William Regal) Six-man tag team match 10:07
2 Carlito and Trish Stratus defeated Johnny Nitro and Melina Mixed tag team match 02:36
3 D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Spirit Squad (Kenny, Mitch, Nicky, Johnny, and Mikey) Handicap Elimination match 08:52
4 Michelle McCool defeated Victoria Diva Bull-Riding Contest 01:08
5 Sabu defeated Stevie Richards Extreme Rules match 02:02
6 John Cena defeated Edge (c) (with Lita) by disqualification Singles match for the WWE Championship 07:54
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIV took place on May 28, 2007 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre, and aired June 2, 2007.[49]

No. Results Stipulations Times[50]
1 The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) defeated John Cena Singles match 06:20
2 Bobby Lashley fought Mark Henry to a no-contest. Arm Wrestling contest N/A
3 Batista and Chris Benoit defeated Edge and Montel Vontavious Porter Tag team match 10:37
4 Finlay and Hornswoggle defeated The Boogeyman and Little Boogeyman Mixed tag team match 03:49
5 Kane, Doink the Clown, and Eugene defeated Kevin Thorn, Viscera, and Umaga Six-man tag team match 10:55

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are the commentators. Ashley Massaro, Kristal Marshall, Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Michelle McCool are the various guest ring announcers.

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXVEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXV took place on August 13, 2007 from New York City at Madison Square Garden, and aired August 18, 2007.[51]

Michael Cole and Jim Ross are the commentators. The guest commentators are John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Tazz.

No. Results Stipulations Times[50]
1 Batista and Kane defeated Finlay and The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) Tag team match 08:25
2 John Cena defeated Carlito by submission Singles match 05:37
3 Evander Holyfield fought Matt Hardy to a no contest Boxing match 00:44
4 CM Punk and The Boogeyman defeated John Morrison and Big Daddy V (with Matt Striker) Tag team match 06:40

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXVIEdit

Saturday Night's Main Event XXXVI took place on July 28, 2008 from Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center, and aired August 2, 2008.[52]

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are the commentators. CM Punk was the guest commentator for the first televised match.

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Paul London defeated Charlie Haas Singles match 06:00
2 John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Kane, and The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) defeated John Cena, Batista, and Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) Eight-man tag team match 11:00
3 The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) defeated Jimmy Wang Yang Singles match 01:30
4 Edge defeated Jeff Hardy Singles match 12:00

Home videoEdit

VHS releaseEdit

During the original run, Coliseum Video released two cassettes of Saturday Night's Main Event: Saturday Night's Main Event's Greatest Hits[53] which contained six matches from 1985-1987 and More Saturday Night's Main Event containing nine matches from 1988-1989.[54]

In 1992, the WWF released through Columbia House, Best of Saturday Night's Main Event (Collector's Edition) comprising five matches from 1988-1990.[55]

DVD releaseEdit

On February 10, 2009, the WWE released a three-disc DVD set on the history of Saturday Night's Main Event. The set includes more than 30 full matches and several non-wrestling segments. Among these are highlights of Uncle Elmer's wedding, Hulk Hogan's "Real American" music video, and Mr. Perfect smashing Hogan's WWF World Heavyweight Championship belt. The first match in the program's history, a six-man tag team match pitting the U.S. Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham) teaming with Ricky Steamboat defeating the team of WWF Tag Team Champions Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik and their partner George "The Animal" Steele, is included as an extra. Also, two other notable matches are included, both from the program's spinoff The Main Event. The first is a February 1988 rematch from WrestleMania III pitting Hogan against André the Giant, the second a Mega Powers' (Hogan and Randy Savage) bout against the Twin Towers (The Big Boss Man and Akeem) from February 1989. Both had direct implications on each year's WrestleMania: the Hogan-Andre match led to the WWF title being vacated until WrestleMania IV while the Mega Powers-Twin Towers match led to the breakup of the Mega Powers and Hogan eventually defeating Randy Savage to win the WWF title at WrestleMania V.[56]

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