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Encyclopedia > WWE Saturday Night's Main Event
Saturday Night's Main Event

Saturday Night's Main Event logo, circa 2006
Format Sports entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon, Dick Ebersol
Starring World Wrestling Entertainment roster
Opening theme "Obsession" by Animotion (1985 version)
"Boom" by P.O.D. (2006 version)/Current
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 35 (as of August 18, 2007)
Production
Running time 1 hour, 30 minutes per episode (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC, FOX (2 episodes)
Original run May 10, 1985 - November 8, 1992,
March 18, 2006 – Present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Saturday Night's Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that aired occasionally from 1985 to 1991, under the World Wrestling Federation banner on NBC in place of Saturday Night Live. It returned to the air on March 18, 2006, in an 8 EST time slot. It was also on ESPN Radio with a start time of 7:35 EST. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sports entertainment is a type of entertainment that takes the form of a sporting event, but with more emphasis on dramatic storylines, humor, spectacle or titillation than on a contest of athletic skills. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Duncan Dick Ebersol (born July 28, 1947 in Torrington, Connecticut) is an American radio and TV manager. ... // This is a list of people employed by and/or contracted to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), including its developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). ... Obsession is a 1984 song recorded by new wave synth-dance outfit Animotion. ... Animotion is a 1980s U.S. New Wave/synthpop band best known for their songs Obsession (originally written by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight), Let Him Go, I Engineer and Room to Move. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they... This article is about the California metal band. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2007 in television involves some significant events. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the animal. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the American television series. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ...


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. After leaving NBC in 1991 it aired twice on FOX in 1992 before disappearing for over a decade. A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... The 1980s wrestling boom (sometimes referred to as the 2nd Golden Age of Wrestling) was a surge in the popularity of professional wrestling in the United States of America throughout the 1980s. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. ...


When WWE's flagship show, Monday Night 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 are now featured on the show. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... This article is about the WWE brand. ... The logo for the 2007 WWE Draft The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ...

Contents

Original run (1985-1992)

The NBC era logo, 1985-1991.
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] Image File history File links SaturdayNightsMainEvent. ... Image File history File links SaturdayNightsMainEvent. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Duncan Dick Ebersol (born July 28, 1947 in Torrington, Connecticut) is an American radio and TV manager. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


Although the show aired infrequently, it did, starting in 1986, settle into a predictable pattern of airdates: New Year's weekend, an episode in March, an episode in late April/early May, an episode in late September/early October, and Thanksgiving weekend. 1989 & 1990 both offered episodes in July promoted as "Summertime Bonus Editions."


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 featuring Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who were slated to face each other two weeks later 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. is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In professional wrestling, a battle royal (sometimes battle royale; plural battles royal) is a multi-competitor match in which wrestlers are eliminated from the match upon being thrown over the top rope and out of the ring, with both feet touching the floor of the venue. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... André the Giant was the stage name of André René Roussimoff, (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) a French professional wrestler and actor. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


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 featured 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 professional wrestling history. Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... For the Fingathing album, see The Main Event. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ...

The FOX era logo, 1992.
The FOX era logo, 1992.

While ratings remained strong through 1990, they began to fall shortly thereafter. With Ebersol having been promoted to head of NBC Sports and NBC losing interest in wrestling, Saturday Night's Main Event was dropped, its final NBC airing being on April 27, 1991. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the animal. ... The NBC Sports logo used since 1989. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ...


FOX picked up the show, but it was only shown twice on that network, and the final Saturday Night's Main Event of the original run was broadcast on October 27, 1992. is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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, "Rowdy" 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. Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, Governor Turnbuckle, and The Governing Body, is an American politician, retired professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Bobby The Brain Heenan (born Raymond Louis Heenan on November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ... The year 1990 in television involved some significant events. ... Roderick George Toombs (born April 17, 1954) better known by his ring name Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler, and film actor. ...


The opening theme song for the original version was "Obsession" by Animotion with the closing theme being "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins, and also the beginning of "Take on Me" from a-ha was used for show bumpers. In 1988, both songs were replaced by newly original theme music. The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Obsession is a 1984 song recorded by new wave synth-dance outfit Animotion. ... Animotion is a 1980s U.S. New Wave/synthpop band best known for their songs Obsession (originally written by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight), Let Him Go, I Engineer and Room to Move. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they... Take Me Home is the 10th track on Collins third solo album, No Jacket Required. ... For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ... Take on Me is a song by the Norwegian band a-ha. ... a-ha is a Grammy Award-nominated band from Norway. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ...


Revived run (2006 - Present)

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 announce team for the first show of the 2006 return consisted of Jim Ross on play-by-play, with Jerry "the King" Lawler, and Tazz as color commentators. Although the show took place in Detroit, it did not air on the local NBC affiliate WDIV-TV due to obligations to air a Detroit Pistons road game. The episode aired on WMYD then known as WDWB at the scheduled time slot. The July 15, 2006 show had Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross (from RAW), Michael Cole and JBL (from SmackDown!), and Joey Styles and Tazz (from ECW), commentating on their respective brand's matches. For the June 2, 2007 episode, the commentary team consisted of Cole and Lawler. The third edition to the revived SNME, however, was taped on May 28, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario (the first Saturday Night's Main Event to be taped in Canada) alongside a RAW broadcast and aired on June 2 at 11:30pm EST. An audio feed was carried on ESPN Radio, beginning at 11 p.m. The 4th edition of SNME since the revival took place on August 18, 2007 in New York, New York at Madison Square Garden. It was taped alongside RAW (on August 13, 2007)[1]. Due to time differences it aired in the United Kingdom before it aired in the United States. The commentary team consisted of Jim Ross, Michael Cole, JBL and later Tazz. is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the California metal band. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Peter Senerchia (born October 11, 1967),[2] is a retired American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Tazz, (originally Tazmaniac and later shortened to simply Taz). ... WDIV-TV/WDIV-DT Local 4 is the NBC television station based in Detroit, Michigan. ... WMYD is Detroit, Michigans WB affiliate station, owned and operated by Granite Broadcasting. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons of the same name, see Michael Cole (disambiguation). ... “John Hawk” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


See also

This is a list of results from every edition of WWE Saturday Nights Main Event (formerly WWF Saturday Nights Main Event). ...

External links

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References

  1. ^ Wrestling Observer Newsletter, December 6, 2004

 
 

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