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WWE March Madness 2011 Tournament

Taking a brief hiatus from the Coliseum Home Video collection, we’re going to recap a special WWE program. The WWE March Madness 2012 Tournament that aired on WWE On Demand. This is basically the WWE’s attempt to do the NCAA March Madness tournament. I have no idea of the matches, so it’s all going to be a surprise, but I have a bad feeling the final match will be Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels, I hope I’m wrong. Hopefully we get some good solid matches and no garbage. Let’s get underway.
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Saturday Night’s Main Event #31 – November 14, 1992

Well, we made it to the end of the SNME collection and what a great series of show. This was seven amazing years of WWF TV, and the best era of WWF. Tonight’s episode is the final episode and features three big matches. First let’s go over what’s happened since the last episode. At Wrestlemania VIII Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair for the World Title. Flair was supposed to face Hulk Hogan, but after the events of the last SNME Hulk demanded a match with Sid instead. The finish of the Hulk and Sid match was a little messed up as Papa Shango was supposed to interfere and missed his cue, causing Sid to have to kick out of the legdrop. Papa finally arrived and we had a two on one on Hulk, until none other than the return of The Ultimate Warrior to save Hulk. Warrior had been gone since August of 1991. Hulk then took some time off and was gone until the spring of 1993. Undertaker vanquished Jake Roberts, who then left the WWF for about three years. Also at Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels made his singles debut, Bret Hart recaptured the IC title from Roddy Piper and Owen Hart and Tatanka made their Wrestlemania debuts. In the summer of 1992 Ric Flair tried to get a rematch with Savage, but instead Warrior got the title match at Summerslam. Flair and Perfect then tried to drive a wedge between the new friends claiming Perfect would be in one of their corners. It was all a rouse as Perfect and Flair attacked Savage during the match and Warrior won by countout. Davey Boy Smith won the IC title from Bret Hart in the main event, due to the fact that Summerslam was in the UK. Also we had the debut of Nailz, a convict who claimed the Boss Man beat him in prison. Undertaker defeated Kamala by DQ, leading to a casket match at Survivor Series. Ric Flair was able to get the title back from Savage in the fall, with a little help from newcomer Razor Ramon. However Flair’s second title reign was short lived as he dropped the title to Bret Hart, who was about to receive the biggest push of his career. Tonight we have the team of Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior facing the Tag Champions Money Inc. Savage and Warrior would be teaming up eleven days later to face Ric Flair and Razor Ramon, however Warrior once again left the company and they had to quickly turn Mr. Perfect face to team with Savage. Also tonight Bret Hart defends the World title and Davey Boy defends the IC title. Continue reading

Saturday Night’s Main Event #29 – April 27, 1991

It’s time for another classic SNME as we have three remaining. Tonight’s episode comes to use one month following Wrestlemania VII. At Wrestlemania we had the crowing of a new World Heavyweight Champion as the Real American Hulk Hogan defended the United States and conquered the Iraqi turncoat Sgt Slaughter to regain the title for the third time. At the time that was unheard of and Hulk was the first three time World Champion. Also that night we witnessed The Hart Foundation losing the Tag Titles for the final time to newcomers the Nasty Boys, who won a battle royal to qualify for the match. The match of the night honors had to go to Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage who put on one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history, and in the end the Warrior vanquished Savage and ended his career. After the match Queen Sherri attacked Savage and making the save, surprisingly was the return of Elizabeth. The reuniting of Savage and Elizabeth brought a tear to the huge audience and is one of the most remembered moments of that night. Other matches that night included Jake Roberts beating Rick Martel in a blindfold match, which was horrible, Demolition being destroyed and ending the team at the hands of two Japanese wrestler who very few people knew, Virgil breaking away from Ted DiBiase after three years of abuse and beating Ted, and the Wrestlemania debut of the Undertaker who defeated Jimmy Snuka to begin the legendary streak. With all that behind us we begin the march to Summerslam, and tonight Warrior gets his hands on the former champion Sgt Slaughter, we have a battle royal and the Nasty Boys defend the tag titles, all this and more on SNME.

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The Main Event IV – November 23, 1990

This just seems out of place, as the Main Event’s usually took place in February. I guess the writing was on the wall for SNME at this point and the glory days were disappearing. Tonight’s show comes to us a mere 24 hours after the Survivor Series; however it was taped about a month prior. With the Ultimate Warrior scheduled to defend the World Heavyweight Title against Ted DiBiase this should be a good show, so let’s not waste time.

We open tonight’s show with Mene Gene alongside the challenger, Ted DiBiase. We see the various shenanigans of DiBiase over the last three years, but they didn’t show the ones with Linda McMahon or RVD. Now over to Sean Mooney who’s with the Ultimate Mullet, I mean Ultimate Warrior. No one rocked the mullet quite the way Warrior did; it’s reaching Billy Ray Cyrus proportions! From here we go to the opening video and then Vince McMahon alongside Rowdy Roddy Piper as Ted DiBiase is already in the ring.

1. Ted DiBiase v Ultimate Warrior. Warrior looks at his title before handing it to the ref, and they lock up. Warrior tosses Ted to the corner and another lockup and again to the corner goes Ted. Ted goes for a wristlock and Warrior overpowers him again. Another lockup and Ted drives a knee to the midsection and unloads on Warrior before sending him in. Ted misses a clothesline, but Warrior certainly doesn’t. Another Warrior clothesline sends The Million Dollar Man to the floor and Warrior rams Ted and Virgil’s heads together. Warrior rams both men’s heads to the apron and tosses Ted in. Warrior comes in from the top with a double ax handle to the skull and Ted begs off in the corner. Warrior chops Ted apart and sends him to the opposite corner but runs into Ted’s knee. Ted comes out with a big clothesline and follows with the double ax handle of his own and gets a near fall. Continue reading

Saturday Night’s Main Event #28– October 13, 1990

Tonight’s episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event is a special Oktoberfest edition as we have little Oktoberfest skits interspersed in between the matches. Speaking of matches we have the biggest six man tag in the history of SNME, as the World Champion, The Ultimate Warrior teaming with The Legion of Doom to face Demolition. A quick Summerslam recap, as Hulk Hogan beat Earthquake via countout, Warrior beat Rick Rude in the cage, The Hart Foundation captured the tag team titles from Demolition, effectively killing the Demolition characters. The final blow to Demolition will occur at Wrestlemania VII when they lose to two Japanese wrestlers brought in with no fan fare. Mr. Perfect lost the IC title to Kerry Von Erich, who was a substitute for Brutus Beefcake. Brutus missed his IC opportunity for the second year due to injuries. In 1988 he was to face Honky Tonk Man for the title, but a storyline injury at the hands of Ron Bass kept him out. Unfortunately the injuries Brutus suffered that caused him to miss this year’s show were all too real, as he was injured severely in a parasailing accident. This kept Brutus out of the ring for two years, and he was never the same in the ring again. Kerry took this opportunity and won the IC title. Also at Summerslam Randy Savage defeated Dusty Rhodes, when the American Dream was distracted by the loss of his manager, Sapphire. Sapphire was bought by the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, and this caused Dusty to lose the match. Tonight Dusty gets his rematch with Savage; can Dusty concentrate on the match and forget about Sapphire? We have all this and more tonight on Saturday Night’s Main Event.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event #27 – July 28, 1990

With the current product currently getting worse each week, I’m not focusing on it as much. We’re going to stick with the classics, when the shows were good. Tonight’s episode of SNME comes to us from Omaha, Nebraska and takes place in between Wrestlemania and Summerslam, back when there was no PPVs in between. With Summerslam about four weeks away, we have three big matches tonight as all the titles are on the line and a huge debut. Let’s not waste any time and let’s get to the show. Continue reading

Saturday Night’s Main Event #26 – April 28, 1990

Here we go with another classic SNME as we roll towards the end of the series. Tonight we’re four weeks out from Wrestlemania VI from Toronto, Ontario. At Wrestlemania we crowned a new World Champion as The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to claim the title. At the time Warrior was still the IC champ and was forced to vacate the title. This led to an IC title tournament, with the results coming just after this episode aired. The tournament concluded the same night this was taped and ended with Mr. Perfect defeating former IC champ Tito Santana with help from new manager Bobby Heenan. Also at Wrestlemania VI, Demolition regained the Tag Titles for the third time from Andre the Giant and Haku; Ted DiBiase beat Jake Roberts among other matches. Tonight on SNME the former World Champion Hulk Hogan faces the man who destroyed his world title, Mr. Perfect and should be a great match. Also tonight the new World Champion has his first title defense, could we see a new champion four weeks later, or will the Warrior retain the gold tonight? Continue reading