TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… JAN 28th: The final ‘Main Event’


The World Wrestling Federation tapes the final installment of their Friday night specials entitled, The Main Event. The prime time shows on NBC were a spinoff version of the long-running Saturday Night’s Main Event series.

During The Main Event, the promotion made the announcement that Hulk Hogan would face Sgt. Slaughter at Wrestlemania VII for the WWF Championship.

Also during those same tapings, Paul Bearer would make his WWF debut, as the new manager of The Undertaker. Bearer had previously been known as ‘Percival Pringle III” in several regional promotions- most notably World Class Wrestling, where he had previously managed ‘Taker, as “Texas Red”.

The show would air on NBC, on Friday, February 1, 1991, and drew a 6.7 rating.

WWF THE MAIN EVENT – February 1, 1991

1 Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Earthquake and Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) Tag team match 8:56
2 Jim Duggan defeated Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) by disqualification Singles match for the WWF Championship 6:50
3 The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji) Tag team match 5:11

WWF President Jack Tunney made the announcement to Gene Okerlund that Hulk Hogan would be the number one contender for Sgt. Slaughter’s WWF Championship at WrestleMania VII.

KNBC, the NBC-owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, did not air this program when it was shown by the network on February 1. That day, a collision took place at Los Angeles International Airport between a US Airways passenger jet and a SkyWest Airlines commuter plane. The crash occurred in the late afternoon, and KNBC opted to air news bulletin coverage of this story throughout the night. The station did replay the program unannounced on a later date.

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