WWE returns to NBC after 13 years

MUMBAI: After a 13-year hiatus, World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) show Saturday Night's Main Event returns to NBC on 16 March.

This two-hour special presentation of the raucous extravaganza that sparked a revolution in American pop culture and made international stars out of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Jesse "The Body" Ventura, will herald the NBC primetime debut of WWE's newest crop of superstars.

The show will feature Raw stars WWE champion John Cena, Triple H, and women's champion Trish Stratus, along with Shawn Michaels, Edge, Diva and Playboy Cover Girl Candice Michelle, Shane McMahon and WWE chairman Vince McMahon, among others.

Saturday Night's Main Event will provide storylines, betrayals and larger-than-life characters battling for championship glory.

McMahon says, "The original Saturday Night Main Event was a pop culture phenomenon with a rich history of big moments. We promise to make the new Main Event in prime time on NBC even bigger and better."

NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says, "This special event will extend our ongoing relationship with WWE -- as seen on USA's popular Monday Night Raw," said , "and it's a genuine opportunity to do some real business in Saturday Night Primetime."

Saturday Night's Main Event debuted on NBC late night as a replacement for Saturday Night Live repeats in 1985, and ran through 1992. The show launched stars like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, and Bret Hart.

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