Saturday Night's Main Event - 3/18/06
Before Monday nights got RAW ... before they laid the Smackdown! ... there was Saturday Night's Main Event.
The long-awaited return of this legendary program was tonight, as the perennial bi-monthly show made its return to NBC after a 13-year hiatus to once again dominate primetime on one of the largest networks in the nation, just two weeks before Wrestlemania 22. Long-time WWE commentator J.R. also returned to call this spectacular event.
As the show started from Detroit, Michigan, various superstars were given the spotlight, as they shared their thoughts on both SNME and Wrestlemania. Then, the first match got underway and was *surprisingly* what should have been the main event - Smackdown!'s Wrestlemania Main Event of Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, and Kurt Angle taking on RAW's Wrestlemania Main Event of John Cena and Triple H.
This was a 5-star match, no doubt about that. Very good and decent length as well. Everything went to hell, however, after Triple H turned on Cena and gave him a Pedigree, Orton went for the cover, but Mysterio interfered, pulling his own teammate off. Orton retaliated by taking out both Mysterio and Angle. Orton waited as a groggy Cena got to his feet and as he tried for an RKO, Cena somehow countered it into a sneaky pin. Triple H was already walking up the ramp when Cena's music hit, and he and Cena were announced as the unlikely winners.
The next segment was the Cutting Edge, as Edge and Lita made their way to the ring to talk more smack about Foley. However, after Foley's fat ass actually showed up in the arena, Edge started dousing a table he had in the ring with gasoline, and he then proceeded to lit it on FIRE! However, Foley has his own tricks - a bag of thumbtacks! He tried to push Edge into the thumbtacks on the mat but the fat weakling failed as Lita interfered .... and Edge threw Foley's face INTO the thumbtacks instead! Hahaha! Unfortunately, this little confrontation ended with Foley paying Edge back - with a little chair concierto of his own on the ramp.
Also, the sneaky Booker T once again feigned a "serious" injury to get out of battling the Boogeyman. Well, this time Teddy Long had no choice but to cancel the match after his doctor protested on his behalf. However, Boogeyman did end up showing up, scaring the hell out of Booker and Sharmelle. We also found out that because this match didn't go through, Booker T vs. the Boogeyman will instead take place at Wrestlemania.
Next, J.B.L. made his way to the ring, complete with a large table full of beer glasses and pitchers. Well, Bradshaw proceeded to insult the people of Detroit for their poor sports teams, crappy automobile manufacturers, etc. ... of course when he claimed that upon defeating Benoit at WM for the US Title he will singlehandedly make the country "better," Stone Cold decided to make his entrance. After some more words from the Texas Rattlesnake, the contest got underway.
As they started out, JBL was instantly cheating, dumping the beers on himself instead of in him! Stone Cold of course realized what he was doing, but JBL got out of the ring in time ... of course his opponent at WM, Benoit, came running in and threw Bradshaw back in ... whereupon Stone Cold dumped the remaining pitchers of beers ... on JBL ... followed by a Stone Cold Stunner.
Next, Candice Michelle and Victoria got set to take on Trish Stratus and Mickie James (who of course replaced Torrie after she was assaulted). The match ended when Trish delivered the Stratusfaction to Victoria. Mickie James then got the mic and proceeded to say her goodbyes to Trish, who requested that they cut their relationship after this match. Well, as MJ should Trish's hand, she closed in and kissed her on the cheek. Then, as she turned to leave, MJ turned back around and delivered the chick kick to Trish! Mickie James started screaming about how Trish didn't return her love .... and now she'll pay. MJ proceeded to use Trish's own maneuver, the Stratusfaction, on the Women's Champion! If this doesn't mean Trish vs. MJ at Wrestlemania, I'll be damn surprised.
Next, the World's Strongest Man Mark Henry, alongside Daivari, called out the Undertaker ... after the spewing of fire and the flaring of lightning and the entrance of his druids, the Dead Man made his slow and steady approach to the ring, where we got a preview of Wrestlemania! This mini-match ended when Taker sent a message to Henry through his manager - by Tombstoning Daivari right on the Casket that will be used at Wrestlemania!
The final match was of course the long-awaited Street Fight between Shane McMahon and the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels. As the match started, the weapons were immediately utilized by the McMahons (that's right, Vince was very much involved in the match), but the match didn't reach the level of "Holy sh**" until HBK suplexed Shane O'Mac from the top of a ladder inside of the ring straight onto two tables outside of it, breaking both tables and taking both Shane and himself out!
Later on in the match, it seemed Shane had it won, as Vince held HBK in the corner with a trash can in front of him, and Shane went up to the turnbuckle for his infamous Van Terminator! However, HBK ducked out at the last second, and Shane kicked the trash can into his father instead! Vince helped his son by distracting HBK as Shane went for the low blow. Shane then locked in the Sharpshooter, the same technique used by both HBK and Bret Hart ... and Vince immediately ordered the bell to be rung and for Shane to be announced ... the winner!
Just like 10 years ago, when Vince and HBK screwed Bret Hart over in Montreal in the infamous incident, Vince and Shane screwed HBK over tonight in Detroit! And that's just a preview of what's to come at Wrestlemania 22 in just two weeks!