For many years, Saturday Night's Main Event was the defining television for professional wrestling.
Whereas the weekly syndicated shows were more frequent and readily available to the masses, Saturday Night's Main Event was a special that featured competitive matches, storyline developments and acted as a prime time showcase for the top names in the WWF.
Without SNME as a broadcast vehicle, it can be argued that the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior wouldn't have been as successful as they were.
To compile our field, we poured through all 36 specials. This included the initial 24 episodes that ran on NBC from 1985 to 1991; the five annual specials between 1988 and 1991 dubbed The Main Event because they didn't air on Saturday nights; the two episodes that aired on Fox in 1992, and the five episodes that aired on NBC from 2006 to 2008. Only televised matches were considered (e.g. no dark matches or bouts filmed for other television programs).
In compiling a list of the Top 50 Saturday Night's Main Event Matches, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
What was truly unique about them?
How historically significant was the match to WWF/E?
Was the match a good showcase for what the wrestler or character could do?
How did the result help to advance WWF/E storylines?
Note: Several matches happened on multiple episode of Saturday Night's Main Event; we have consolidated those into a single entry.
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