WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXXI

Taped from Terre Haute, IN

Airdate: November 14, 1992 (taped 10/27)

Attendance: 4,300

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Papa Shango become WWF champion? Will the Ultimate Maniacs achieve tag team gold? How will Michaels fare against Smith for the IC title? It's a triple-crown show so let's find out!

Sorry, Chester.

Match 1 for the WWF tag team titles: Money, Inc. (champions w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Ultimate Warrior & “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Gone is the first of two wrestlers who exited the WWF on 11/8. Warrior admitted to trying to obtain growth hormone from England during a deposition in 1993. Due to the steroid distribution allegations swirling around, Warrior and the WWF parted ways. He would not return until 1996.

After the match, Warrior and Savage nail Money, Inc. from behind in the aisle. Suddenly, Flair, Ramon, and Perfect emerge to ambush them. Officials hit the scene to break up the carnage.

Missing is a music video featuring NEW WWF champion Bret Hart. I won't leave you hanging though.

Match 2 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (champion) versus Shawn Michaels (w/o Sensational Sherri)


Rating: ***

Summary: Gone is the second of two wrestlers on 11/8 due to the growth hormone allegations. Smith would not return until '94. Furthermore, Michaels' victory marks his first reign as IC champion.

Back in the gold locker room, "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews Flair, Ramon, and Perfect. Great promo, and I truly enjoy Hall's character development.

Prior to the main event, Okerlund interviews Bret who mentions the infamous Hart Dungeon. Bret's also determined to defeat Shango.

Match 3 for the WWF title: Bret “Hitman” Hart (champion) versus Papa Shango


Rating: ***

Summary: Bret carried Shango to an entertaining match that the Terre Haute faithful thoroughly enjoyed. Bret will defend the title at Survivor Series against Michaels.

FUNERAL PARLOR: Bearer mentions that Undertaker has been occupied with building a casket strong enough to hold Kamala. While he's confident about Undertaker's victory at the PPV, we revisit the aftermath of the Undertaker-Kamala match at Summerslam '92. He then introduces Undertaker who emerges from a standing coffin to cut a promo on Kamala.

After a commercial break, Okerlund interviews a victorious Bret. Abruptly, Michaels interrupts and taunts Bret. A shoving match ensues to close the segment.

To finish the program, Heenan mentions that either Savage or Warrior will have a new partner at the PPV. Well, we know which one he means.

Conclusion: Grab your tissues because this was the last SNME of the golden era. The show would not return to network TV until 2006. With that being said, this show was very entertaining, and the last two matches were worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this show to all HBK fans due to his first singles title victory.

Rating: 6.10

Stay tuned for WCW Clash XXI!

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