WWF The Main Event
The Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that was produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was a spin-off of Saturday Night's Main Event and aired on NBC on Friday nights during prime time. There were five shows between 1988 and 1991. Only the first three The Main Event episodes were shown live on NBC. The final two were taped and then shown on NBC at a later date. It included mainly high-card wrestlers of the WWF including Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. All episodes of The Main Event are available on the WWE Network.
|The Main Event|
|Created by||Vince McMahon|
|Starring||World Wrestling Federation roster|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Once a Month Productions|
Titan Sports Inc.
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||February 5, 1988 –|
February 1, 1991
|Related shows||Saturday Night's Main Event|
These are the results for the tapings of The Main Event.[Note 1]
The Main Event IEdit
|1D||Ax defeated Ken Patera||Singles match||9:06|
|2D||Jake Roberts defeated Harley Race||Singles match||11:21|
|3D||Ron Bass defeated Koko B. Ware||Singles match||6:33|
|4D||The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Islanders (Haku and Tama)||Tag team match||13:42|
|5D||Jim Duggan defeated One Man Gang||Singles match||5:55|
|6D||The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sika||Singles match||4:01|
|7||Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Honky Tonk Man (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue) by countout||Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship||8:20|
|8||André the Giant (with Ted DiBiase and Virgil) defeated Hulk Hogan (c)||Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship||9:05|
|9||Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel) (c) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (with Jimmy Hart)||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||10:03|
- It was revealed post-match that the referee was not the assigned referee, Dave Hebner, but rather his twin brother, Earl Hebner, who was hired by Ted Dibiase as part of a storyline screwjob. One of Hogan's shoulders was off the mat during the pinfall, which was ignored by the referee. After "winning", André the Giant attempted to surrender the title to DiBiase; however, then-WWF President Jack Tunney said the title could only change hands by pin or submission, and said that by attempting to surrender the title, André had actually vacated it.
- The live broadcast drew a 15.2 Nielsen rating and 33 million viewers, both records for American televised wrestling.
- The Strike Force vs. Hart Foundation match was still in progress when NBC signed off. However, in 2014, when the WWE Network uploaded this episode to its on-demand section, the ending of the match was shown for the first time ever (although bootleg production footage exists - in the background you can hear Vince & Jesse receiving their cues and Vince incorrectly saying "standing by now with Mean Gene is Mean Gene..."). The match ended a few minutes after the television exit.
The Main Event IIEdit
- The slowly building tension between Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage boiled over during the team's match against The Twin Towers, leading to the team's breakup upon Savage's heel turn when Savage contended that Hogan was lusting after his manager, Miss Elizabeth.
The Main Event IIIEdit
|1D||Earthquake defeated Ron Garvin||Singles match||5:12|
|2D||Dusty Rhodes (with Sapphire) defeated Mr. Perfect||Singles match||11:26|
|3D||Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated Jake Roberts||Singles match||10:28|
|4D||The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (c) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash)||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||10:04|
|5D||Bad News Brown defeated Tito Santana||Singles match||5:31|
|6D||Rick Martel defeated Brutus Beefcake||Singles match||12:15|
|7D||Roddy Piper wrestled Rick Rude to a double disqualification||Lumberjack Match||13:00|
|8||Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri)||Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship with Buster Douglas as special guest referee||11:14|
|9||The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake)||Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship||4:11|
- Mike Tyson was originally scheduled to be the special guest referee, but this changed following Douglas's knockout title win over Tyson just under two weeks before, on February 11. Tyson would eventually be the guest referee at WrestleMania XIV.
- Tito Santana was a substitute for Jimmy Snuka
The Main Event IVEdit
|1D||The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) 2-1||Two-out-of-three falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||25:41|
|2||The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship||9:47|
|3||Mr. Perfect defeated Big Boss Man by countout||Singles match||8:15|
|4||Rick Martel defeated Tito Santana||Singles match||6:46|
- The WWF Tag Team Championship match between The Hart Foundation and The Rockers was supposed to be on the show. The Rockers defended their newly won titles a few times before the WWF rehired Jim Neidhart, pairing him with Bret Hart once more, and quietly handing the belts back to the Hart Foundation, erasing The Rockers' reign from the history books. Retrospectively, the WWF explained that the title change had been revoked due to a ring rope malfunction during the second fall of the match. The match can be seen unedited on the DVD The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph.
- Two out of three falls results:
- Nikolai Volkoff was scheduled to face Sgt. Slaughter on the show, but Slaughter attacked Nikolai before the opening bell rang and the match never took place.
The Main Event VEdit
|1||Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Earthquake and Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart)||Tag team match||8:56|
|2||Jim Duggan defeated Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship||6:50|
|3||The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji)||Tag team match||5:11|
- WWF President Jack Tunney declared Hulk Hogan the number one contender for Sgt. Slaughter's WWF Championship at WrestleMania VII.
- KNBC, the NBC-owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, did not air this program when it was shown by the network on February 1. That day, a collision took place at Los Angeles International Airport between a US Airways passenger jet and a SkyWest Airlines commuter plane. The crash occurred in the late afternoon, and KNBC opted to air news bulletin coverage of this story throughout the night. The station did replay the program unadvertised on a later date.
- The numbers are added for organizational purposes only, and were not used on air. The show was only referred to as "The Main Event".
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