The Main Event V Date: February 1, 1991 Location: Macon Coliseum, Macon, Georgia Attendance: 7,500 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper This is The Main Event, which is a spinoff from Saturday Nights Main Event but rather than considering it a continuation, Ive always considered it to be its own show. This was aired on Fridays and the first three were live. I only have copies of three and five at the moment so there wont be much to say. This is the last one so I need the other three. Anyway, this is during the build to Mania 7 and the main event will be announced tonight. Hmm, I wonder who will stand up to face the evil foreign sympathizer. Lets get to it. Its only an hour long counting commercials so dont expect much. We open with Hogan doing his own USO tour since the real USO wouldnt let him go. I guess wrestling isnt considered real Americana? The theme song is the same as SNME. This is I think twelve days after the Rumble so there might even be some fallout from it. Vince and Piper run down the card and it sounds weak to put it nicely. Hulk Hogan/Tugboat vs. Dino Bravo/Earthquake Hogan gets a very solid pop and is the only one of the four to get a reaction at all. According to Vince, Quake and Bravo weigh about 1,300 pounds between them. Think Vince is a bit shaky here for some reason? Thats not rhetorical actually as hes normally more composed than this. Hogan cleans house on Bravo to start. Bravo and Tugboat are in now and this isnt going to be pretty. Bravo actually gets an atomic drop and a very good one all things considered. Hogan vs. Quake now, which is a somewhat big feud still at this point. The slam hits on the first try which is something different for the bald one. Quake gets a nice jump kick that looked pretty good for a man his size. The boating enthusiast gets beaten down as we wait on Hogan to get the tag. Megaphone to the head ends any momentum he had and we take a break. Warrior is still the symbol on the graphic despite having lost the title and not even being on the card here. The referee misses the tag after the break and Tugboat takes a double slam. Hogan blocks the flying ass drop and we get the hot tag finally. Oddly enough Hogan hits the boot on Bravo and rolls him up for the pin instead of the standard finish. Rating: D+. Totally standard house show main event here. This wasnt supposed to be anything epic at all and it definitely wasnt. These shows were designed to get the top feuds on TV and on occasions like this one, ending the feuds once and for all since Hogan had nothing else to do with any of these guys after this. Nothing great at all but fine for what it was. Savage says he should be champion. We get a clip from the Rumble where Sherri tries to seduce a title match out of the Warrior for Savage and then he cost Warrior the title, setting up the classic at Mania 7 and Warriors best match ever. Slaughter talks about playing by new rules, which was this weird thing he talked about for a long while but nothing really ever came from it. WWF Title: Jim Duggan vs. Sgt. Slaughter Pretty clear what weve got here but the story makes sense at least. Duggan brings Hogan with him which is about as simple of a pairing as you could ever ask for anywhere. Hogan gets thrown out during a break which is kind of odd. Ah apparently he isnt a legal manager. Standard punch/kick stuff here as we all know Duggan isnt going to do anything here. Three Point Clothesline sends Slaughter to the floor. The General gets involved and then gets punched. Iron Sheik in case you didnt know that. Duggan cant do much other than punch here but that sums up a lot of his career in WWF. Board to the jaw of Duggan and Slaughter takes over even more. Duggan goes after the Sheik and Slaughter pops him with a chair for the DQ. Hogan runs out for the save and gets beaten down with the chair too. Rating: D. Again nothing special at all here as Duggan just did nothing but throw punches and kicks. It was all setting up the DQ and the Hogan beatdown afterwards which is fine I guess but I would have liked a more entertaining match. At least the characters match up very well. This wasnt very good but Ive seen far worse. The LOD say theyll crush the Orient Express, which is very true. They go with the xenophobic angle here which is as basic as you could ask for. The LOD was called American Originals back in the late 90s which never went anywhere. Legion of Doom vs. Orient Express Did the Express ever win a major match? If they did I certainly dont remember it. Animal and Kato start us off. Kato was Paul Diamond from the AWA that was very good in his time. LOD is MOVING out there for once. This is a very fast paced match and a nice change of pace for the usually dominant faces. Fuji throws salt at Animal and takes him down. Hawk comes in and beats everyone up badly and the squash is on. Doomsday Device ENDS Kato for the win. Rating: B-. VERY energetic match here the whole five minutes which isnt something you often hear about the LOD. The Express bumped like crazy pinballs on speed for Animal and Hawk and the result was a rather entertaining match. Its not very good, but its one of those matches where its about the insanity and that worked well here. Gene talks to Jack Tunney about who gets the shot at Mania and runs down a bunch of candidates. The nominees for lack of a better term are the main three and Duggan due to earlier. Of course its Hogan. Slaughter doesnt seem to care and says hell keep the title. Hogan comes out and talks about the USO tour he went on and calls all the military people little Hulkamaniacs. Theres something hilarious about that. Apparently Slaughter shouldnt be protected by the troops. He pledges to God that hell win the title. He leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance which is weird for some reason. Overall Rating: D+. This was all about the last 8 minutes with nothing else being notable at all. An interesting thing is as I was watching this I found copies of the other three so expect me to blaze through these soon enough, especially the first one which is the Hogan vs. Andre II match that drew a 15 in the ratings. This show isnt that good though and clearly didnt mean much at the end of the day. Not bad, but really just setting up Manias main event. Not worth watching.