February 14, 2009
Michael Weaver Jr.
WU Online

The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

It was a monthly tradition. Once a month, you would stay up late on a Saturday night and at 11:35, you would turn on NBC to watch Saturday Night's Main Event. Then, if you were like me, you would get yelled at the next day for sleeping during church because you stayed up late. But no matter how many times you would get yelled at, it was worth it because the action you saw on those monthly programs were nothing like anything else on free TV.

Fans can now relive that tradition with WWE Home Video's latest DVD release - WWE The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event. It's a three disc set that features over thirty matches. All of your favorite WWE Superstars, past and present, are featured on this release.

Hulk Hogan, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Mr. T, Jake"The Snake"Roberts, Randy"Macho Man"Savage, Miss Elizabeth, Bobby"The Brain"Heenan, Jimmy"Mouth of the South"Hart, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Vince McMahon, Jesse"The Body"Ventura, Ricky"The Dragon"Steamboat, The HartFoundation, The British Bulldogs, Andre The Giant, The Honky Tonk Man, Koko B. Ware, Mr. Perfect, "The Model" Rick Martel, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, George"The Animal"Steele, Junkyard Dog, King Kong Bundy, "Million $ Man" Ted DiBiase, Virgil, "King" Harley Race, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, The Ultimate Warrior, Brutus"The Barber"Beefcake, "Outlaw" Ron Bass, The Twin Towers, "The Doctor of Style" Slick, The Brain Busters, The Rockers, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, "Sweet" Sapphire, "The Genius" Lanny Poffo, Sid Justice, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Paul Bearer, The Mountie, Shane McMahon, D-Generation X, The Spirit Squad, Edge, John Cena, "Lord" Alfred Hayes, Matt Hardy, Evander Holyfield and more!

As I mentioned before, this is a special 3 disc set. Disc 1 features matches from the years of 1985, when the program began, through 1987. Disc 2 features matches from 1988 and 1989. On Disc 3, you see matches from the years 1990, 1991, and 1992, when the show ended temporarily. Then you see matches from the recent episodes of 2006.

Here's what I thought was good about the DVD set. There was plenty of Randy"Macho Man"Savage, which as you know, I am a huge fan of and am disappointed that WWE Home Video has never released a DVD of his career. Well, The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event does a very good job of covering Savage's career the best they could. Macho Madness fans can see their main Macho Man compete as a heel against Jake Roberts, the joining of The MegaPowers and then the ultimate destruction of the power union. For the moment, it's the best thing to a Randy Savage DVD.

Here's what I thought was bad about the DVD set. I would've liked to have seen a few more matches from the new episodes that have aired in the last two years. I also wouldn't have minded if there was an extra or an Easter Egg that had several pre-show interviews that the wrestlers on the episodes would perform. I feel the DVDs were lacking on the extras front. In total, there are only eight extras and only two of those extras are additional matches. They didn't have to fill up the extras with more matches but they could've used this section as a place to store interviews or comedy pieces involving Superstars and other personalities.

One thing that they could've placed that I think fans would've enjoyed would've been the interviews taped for one of the episodes performed pool side with some of the Superstars. Another interesting piece of footage the producer could've gave us were bloopers. I'm sure through the years with all of the comedy segments the WWE produced and all of the pre-match promos, there were some outtakes. Whether or not they were funny, who knows but wouldn't you have liked to have seen them?

All in all, WWE The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event is a great DVD and will truly satisfy any old school fans who want to relive great memories, matches and moments from the past. It will satisfy new school fans as well as they can look back and learn more about a show that was a staple of WWE programming for over five years.

DVD CHAPTERS

WWE The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event
DISC 1

A Must See Attraction

Saturday Night's Main Event - May 11, 1985
WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S "Cowboy" Bob Orton

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 5, 1985
Uncle Elmer's Wedding

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 5, 1985
"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff V/S "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 5, 1985
A Trip to the Zoo

Field Reporting

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 2, 1985
Halloween Contest

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 4, 1986
WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S Terry Funk

Randy Orton Reflects on His Dad

Saturday Night's Main Event - March 1, 1986
Boxing Match
Mr. T V/S "Cowboy" Bob Orton

Settling the Score

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 4, 1986
Snake Pit Match
Ricky"The Dragon"Steamboat V/S Jake"The Snake"Roberts

Jake"The Snake"Roberts Reflects on Saturday Night's Main Event

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 29, 1986
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy"Macho Man"Savage (champion) V/S Jake"The Snake"Roberts

The Steel Cage Match

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 3, 1987
WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff

The 8th Wonder of the World

Saturday Night's Main Event - March 14, 1987
Battle Royal

Natalya Neidhart Reflects on Her Dad

Saturday Night's Main Event - May 2, 1987
WWE World Tag Team Championship Best 2 of 3 Falls Match
The HartFoundation (champions) V/S The British Bulldogs

Insurance Policy

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 3, 1987
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Honky Tonk Man (champion) V/S Randy"Macho Man"Savage

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 3, 1987
The MegaPowers Formation

The Union of the MegaPowers

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 3, 1987
"Piledriver" Music Video

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 28, 1987
Randy"Macho Man"Savage V/S Bret"The HitMan"Hart

SPECIAL FEATURES

Saturday Night's Main Event - May 11, 1985
(First Ever Match on Saturday Night's Main Event)
Ricky"The Dragon"Steamboat & U.S. Express V/S Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff & George"The Animal"Steele

"Real American" Music Video

Saturday Night's Main Event - May 11, 1985
Junkyard Dog and His Mother

DISC 2

Turning Back the Clock

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 2, 1988
WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S King Kong Bundy

The Rematch

The Main Event - February 5, 1988
WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S Andre The Giant

Ted DiBiase, Jr. Reflects on His Dad, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

Saturday Night's Main Event - March 12, 1988
Randy"Macho Man"Savage V/S "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 29, 1988
Andre The Giant Passes Out

Saturday Night's Main Event - March 12, 1988
Hulk Hogan V/S "King" Harley Race

Macho Madness

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 26, 1988
WWE Championship Match
Randy"Macho Man"Savage (champion) V/S Andre The Giant

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 26, 1988
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan Reflects on His Flag Match

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 7, 1989
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Ultimate Warrior (champion) V/S The Honky Tonk Man

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 7, 1989
Brutus"The Barber"Beefcake Shaves "Outlaw" Ron Bass's Head

A Supreme Alliance

The Main Event - February 3, 1989
The MegaPowers V/S Twin Towers

A Grueling Encounter

Saturday Night's Main Event - May 27, 1989
WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Hulk Hogan (champion) V/S Big Boss Man

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 25, 1989
Best 2 of 3 Falls Match
The Rockers V/S The Brain Busters

SPECIAL FEATURES

The Brother Love Show with "Doctor of Style" Slick and Hulk Hogan

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 31, 1989
("Sweet" Sapphire's Debut)
Dusty Rhodes V/S Big Boss Man

DISC 3

WWE Champion, Hulk Hogan versus The Genius

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 25, 1989
Mr. Perfect & The Genius Smash the WWE Championship Belt

Saturday Night's Main Event - January 27, 1990
Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior V/S Mr. Perfect & The Genius

Saturday Night's Main Event - April 28, 1990
Vince McMahon and Jesse"The Body"Ventura on Horseback

Saturday Night's Main Event - April 28, 1990
Hulk Hogan V/S Mr. Perfect

Arrogance

Saturday Night's Main Event - April 28, 1990
The Rockers V/S The HartFoundation

Intercontinental Competition

Saturday Night's Main Event - June 28, 1990
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Mr. Perfect (champion) V/S Tito Santana

Saturday Night's Main Event - October 13, 1990
Oktoberfest

Saturday Night's Main Event - April 27, 1991
20 Man Battle Royal Match

Saturday Night's Main Event - April 27, 1991
Bret"The HitMan"Hart V/S "Million $ Champion" Ted DiBiase

FOX Takes Over

Saturday Night's Main Event - February 8, 1992
Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice V/S "Nature Boy" Ric Flair & The Undertaker

Saturday Night's Main Event - February 8, 1992
WWE Intercontinental Champion, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper Shocks The Mountie

Saturday Night's Main Event - November 14, 1992
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The British Bulldog (champion) V/S "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels

The Return

Saturday Night's Main Event - March 18, 2006
Streetfight
"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels V/S Shane McMahon

Saturday Night's Main Event - July 15, 2006
Randy Orton RKOs Hulk Hogan

Saturday Night's Main Event - July 15, 2006
5-on-2 Handicap Elimination Match
D-Generation X V/S The Spirit Squad

One of the Greatest Rivalries in Sports

Saturday Night's Main Event - July 15, 2006
WWE Championship Match
Edge (champion) V/S John Cena

Television History

SPECIAL FEATURES

"Lord" Alfred Hayes and "Mean" Gene Okerlund Go on Safari

"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels Talks About Winning His First Intercontinental Championship

Matt Hardy Talks About Boxing Evander Holyfield

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