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Saturday Night’s Main Event is returning to NBC this March after a 13-year hiatus. In the mid-1980s through early 1990s, WWE fans would scour the television listings each month — making sure they didn’t miss the highly anticipated special that replaced network staple Saturday Night Live on occasion. When Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey weren’t performing comedy sketches, WWE Superstars were squaring off in matches that often took on a pay-per-view feel.


Here are some of the most memorable moments from the original run of Saturday Night’s Main Event:


On Nov. 2, 1985, Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd by disqualification in a match remembered for the size and stature of its participants.


On March 1, 1986, Hulk Hogan retained the WWE Championship against "Magnificent" Don Muraco via disqualification. But this match was infamous for King Kong Bundy’s interference and assault. In the end, Muraco and Bundy broke Hogan’s ribs.


On May 3, 1986, the British Bulldogs beat Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff in a best two-of-three falls match for the World Tag Team Championship. This was indicative of the strength of the tag team division, which was often spotlighted on Saturday Night’s Main Event in multiple-fall battles.


On Jan. 3, 1987, Hulk Hogan battled “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in a truly memorable Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship. Both men scaled the cage and hit the floor simultaneously, causing immense controversy and the restart of the match.


On Oct. 3, 1987, Honky Tonk Man nearly did the unthinkable: strike Elizabeth with his signature guitar during a match against Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Honky was aiming for the head of Savage, but a loving Elizabeth jumped in the way. Ultimately, Honky shoved Elizabeth to the floor and proceeded to smash Savage. Elizabeth rushed to the back and emerged with none other than Hulk Hogan. It was the beginning of the force known as the MegaPowers.

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I grew up with SNME & it was the best thing ever.




In it's day and even today on DVD SNME was awesome. Don't be confused with the name, mind. It was the wrestlers and to a lesser degree those awful skits that made it great. I'm not saying the update with the likes of Batista and Carlito won't be any good, it's just, it won't be as good.


I've said this before; Saturday Nights Main Event was a reward for having to watch the squashes on Superstars. You only got 4 ppv's a year and maybe the odd competitive match on Superstars. Now we get at least 8 shows a month! to see (mostly) competitive matches.


Again, I'm not complaining, but it won't be alot different to RAW/Smackdown! and those B-list ppv's.

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Don't get your hopes up' date=' it won't necessarily be anywhere near as good.[/quote']


It should be at first, the crowds excitment, will make the first few shows good. After that though, it's success will be up to the talent of the writers...........:(

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There' date=' fixed that for you. :)[/quote']

lol, nice


It's only going to be just two SNME shows per year on NBC' date=' as part of WWE's three year deal with NBC Universal. It's included in the same deal that brought Raw back to the USA Network.[/quote']

then most likely they'll occur the weeks that RAW is superceeded by the NBA and the dog show, the same weeks TNA will be running monday night specials

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