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If you were a fan in the 80's/early 90's you'll love this...
on 3 January 2010
For a modern wrestling fan, used to "big name" matches on a weekly basis on free-TV, it's impossible to imagine what a breath of fresh air Saturday Night's Main Event was, pitting as it did the big names against each other. This DVD set, however, does manage to convey just how important the show was and how it's success meant a hell of a lot to the WW(F)E.
Of course being from the time period that it is (1985-1992 for the most part) this is not the DVD to find clean finishes and superb-technical matches. If it's characters, enetertainment and a spontaneous feel of action that's largely missing from the modern era then this most certainly is the DVD for you.
Backstories are told by the wrestlers themselves, which makes this far more than a mere compilation of matches, and this, along with Gene Okerlund's introductions, effectively conveys the issues at hand and give the matches historical context.
Disc 1 contains the still bizarre sight of Hulk Hogan facing off against Terry Funk, some typically intense action from Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the always welcome sight of the Hart Foundation clashing with the British Bulldogs (even if the "finish" is insulting).
Disc 2 can seem like an overdose of Hulk Hogan at times, although his Steel Cage match with the Big Boss Man is worth a watch. Once again it's tag team action, in the form of The Rockers Vs The Brainbusters, which provides the best action.
Disc 3 again sees some killer tag team action (pitting The Rockers against The Hart Foundation this time) and some entertaining Mr. Perfect action alongside some minor gems from the early 90's in the form of Bret Hart Vs Ted DiBiase and Undertaker & Ric Flair Vs Hulk Hogan & Sid. Just avoid anything from the recent run of SNME (which was a disaster on all fronts).
In many ways this DVD effectively highlights just how different the WWE of today is to the WWF of the 80's and 90's. Whilst there wouldn't be quite as many screw-jobs and non-finishes today (even given Raw and Smackdown's "non-finishes") neither are the majority of characters in today's WWE as well defined (or, if you want to look at it another way as easy to follow) as they were back then. "Good guy vs bad guy" may have been the only storyline, but you can't deny that at it's peak, Saturday Night's Main Event was an important piece of the WWF jigsaw and, at times, a very entertaining one.