Saturday Night’s Main Event was WWE’s way of delivering major stars on television in between pay-per-view events. PPV shows were way less frequent in the 80s and 90s, sometimes with only four occurring per year. WWE would promote those shows on network television with periodic Saturday Night’s Main event broadcasts.
The name has been revived several times through the years. The last show to use the SNME name took place in 2008 where Edge beat Jeff Hardy in the main event. WWE will now revive the brand for some upcoming live events.
According to the WWE.com events page, the April 23 event in Montgomery, Alabama, and the April 30th show in Lakeland, Florida will be called “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” No other Saturday events currently display that branding.
It is not known whether WWE plans to record or broadcast these events. WWE revived the Starrcade event first as a house show but later made it available on the WWE Network. It could just be a marketing gimmick to make the shows seem more important.
Saturday Night’s Main Event was the show that launched the Rock and Wrestling Connection that ultimately Vince McMahon’s national expansion to be successful. It is certainly a valuable property under the WWE umbrella. It is no surprise the company is bringing it back.
The WWE Universe will have to wait and see if these will be anything more than just renamed live events. Wrestling fans will never say no to more content, so WWE could be thinking about some Peacock and Network exclusive content. April just a month and a half away, so we will know soon enough.
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