WWF The Main Event

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The Main Event was a professional wrestling television program produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was a spin-off of the show WWF Saturday Night's Main Event and occasionally aired on NBC on Friday nights. 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 mainly featured the high-card wrestlers of the WWF including Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

Results[edit]

These are the results for the tapings of The Main Event.

The Main Event I[edit]

Note: The numbers are added for organizational purposes only, and were not used on the air. The show was only ever referred to as "The Main Event."

February 5, 1988 - Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana[1][2]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated Billy Jack Haynes and Ken Patera Tag team match N/A
2D Jake Roberts defeated Harley Race Singles match N/A
3D Ron Bass defeated Koko B. Ware Singles match N/A
4D The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Islanders (Haku and Tama) Tag team match N/A
5D Jim Duggan defeated One Man Gang Singles match N/A
6D The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sika Singles match N/A
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) WrestleMania III rematch for the WWF 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 N/A
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Show notes[edit]

  • It was revealed post-match that the referee was not the assigned referee, Dave Hebner, but rather his twin, Earl Hebner, who was hired by "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase as part of a storyline screwjob. One of Hogan's shoulders was also off the mat during the pinfall, which was ignored by the referee. After winning, André the Giant surrendered the title to DiBiase; the transaction was declared invalid by then-WWF President Jack Tunney and the title was declared vacated.
  • This live broadcast remains the most watched wrestling program in American television history with a 15.2 rating and 33 million viewers.
  • The Strike Force-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.

The Main Event II[edit]

February 3, 1989 - Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin[3][4]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jake Roberts Singles match N/A
2D The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond) (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) Tag team match with Brother Love as special guest referee N/A
3D The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 3:28
4D Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) defeated The Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) (with Mr. Fuji) by disqualification Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship N/A
5D The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) Tag team match N/A
6D Brutus Beefcake wrestled Mr. Perfect to a double disqualification Singles match N/A
7D Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) Flag Match N/A
8 The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man) (with Slick) Tag team match 22:00
9 Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated Hercules Singles match 7:12
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Show notes

  • The slowly building tension between Mega Powers wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Randy "Macho Man" Savage boiled over during the team's match vs. The Twin Towers, leading to the team's breakup upon Savage's heel turn when Savage contended that Hogan was "lusting" after his valet, Miss Elizabeth.

The Main Event III[edit]

February 23, 1990 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan[5][6]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Earthquake defeated Ronnie Garvin Singles match N/A
2D Dusty Rhodes (with Sapphire) defeated Mr. Perfect Singles match N/A
3D Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) defeated Jake Roberts Singles match N/A
4D The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (c) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship N/A
5D Bad News Brown defeated Tito Santana Singles match N/A
6D Rick Martel defeated Brutus Beefcake Singles match N/A
7D Roddy Piper wrestled Rick Rude to a double disqualification Lumberjack Match N/A
8 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) WrestleMania V rematch for the WWF Championship, with World Boxing Champ 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
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Show notes[edit]

  • Mike Tyson was originally scheduled to be the referee, but this changed following Douglas' knockout title win over Tyson just under two weeks before, on February 11. Tyson would eventually go on to be the guest referee at WrestleMania XIV.
  • Tito Santana was a substitute for Jimmy Snuka
  • This marked the second time a WrestleMania rematch would be held on the program.

The Main Event IV[edit]

November 23, 1990 (taped October 30, 1990) - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana[7][6]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1D The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) Two out of three falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 25:01
2 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF Championship 9:47
3 Nikolai Volkoff wrestled Sgt. Slaughter (with General Adnan) to a no contest Singles match 0:00
4 Mr. Perfect defeated The Big Boss Man by countout Singles match 8:15
5 Rick Martel defeated Tito Santana Singles match 6:46
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Show notes[edit]

  • The WWF Tag Team Championship match between The Hart Foundation and The Rockers was supposed to be on the show, but was edited out of the broadcast, due to demands from NBC for a one hour Friday night broadcast instead of a ninety minute Saturday night broadcast. To accommodate this, the WWF cut the approximately 30 minute Rockers-Hart Foundation match from the program. If this had aired, the show would have been given an extra half an hour, and aired on a Saturday, making it a Saturday Night's Main Event 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, in essence whitewashing The Rockers' reign from the history books. Retrospectively, the WWF explained that the title change cancellation was due to a ring rope malfunction during the match in the second fall (which did occur, but was not the primary reason for Neidhart and Hart being handed back the title belts). The match can be seen unedited on the DVD The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph.
  • Two out of three falls results
    • Marty Jannetty pinned Bret Hart in the first fall with a sunset flip counter (9:33).
    • Hart pinned Shawn Michaels in the second fall with the Hart Attack (9:50).
    • Jannetty pinned Jim Neidhart in the third fall when Michaels dropkicked Jannetty onto Neidhart, who was setting up the Hart Attack (6:18).

The Main Event V[edit]

February 1, 1991 (taped January 28, 1991) - Macon Coliseum, Macon, Georgia[8]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Earthquake and Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 8:56
2 Jim Duggan (with Hulk Hogan) defeated Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF 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
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Show notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Online World of Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 1988-02-05. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "1988". angelfire.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Online World of Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 1989-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "1989". angelfire.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. [unreliable source]
  5. ^ "Online World of Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 1990-02-23. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ a b "1990". angelfire.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. [unreliable source]
  7. ^ "The Main Event IV". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Online World of Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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