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Rock Star Gary reflects on SNME XVIII

Taped from Sacramento, CA

Airdate:  November 26, 1988 (taped 11/16)

Attendance:  15,900

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Warrior scares the dickens out of everyone by opening the program. Hey! This isn’t the Halloween episode! Regardless, he wants to spoil Super Ninja’s Thanksgiving weekend. I believe salmonella enterocolitis would be less painful.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on Saturday Night’s Main Event III

As I promised earlier in the Daily thread, here is my latest reflection. Go Cubs!

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: November 2, 1985 (taped 10/31)

Attendance:  8,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event

Taped from Uniondale, NY

Airdate: May 11, 1985 (taped 5/10)

Attendance:  8,300

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

I would like to apologize to my anal-retentive readership that may have an issue about my skipping this show to reflect upon GAB ’85 first. You can always blame the no longer existent buffering issues.

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SNME – Wrestlemania 3

Hi Scott,

Hope all is well. With the recent uploads of SNME to the network, I noticed something strange. Why on earth, during the awesome March 14, 1987 episode, did they NOT promote WrestleMania 3 at all?? It was network tv and the words Wrestlemania were never uttered. They mentioned things like "Piper is soon retiring," and "one day Hogan will meet Andre one-on-one soon" but they never mentioned the biggest event ever less than two weeks from the air date. I know they taped the show in late-February, but post-production would add all the details.  Did NBC not want them promoting outside ppv ventures?
​Could be.  You also have to keep in mind that PPV was a very different animal at that point, too, with much of the business being closed circuit airings rather than the limited in-home PPV that we think of today.  NBC might have considered it competition to their Sunday night schedule?  That being said, Wrestlemania III still did a 10% buyrate out of the limited universe available (only about a million people at the time had PPV capability and approximately 100,000 of them ordered the show), which would translate today to roughly 10 million people ordering the show, so whatever their strategy was, it worked.  

SNME Card of the Day

The birth of the Mega-yeah the Mega-yeah the MEGAPOWERS!

I’m already feeling the power. The best stuff comes in the first 40 minutes and the last 10 minutes with the national television debut of Koko B. Ware’s hit single “Piledriver”.

Even after the Hogan match there’s a decent little Orndorff-King Kong Bundy match if you’re interested.