Bring it Back!: Shotgun Saturday Night

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August 15, 2012

The Undertaker battled Triple H in New York City's Penn Station on Shotgun Saturday Night.

WWE wasn’t content with just taking over watering holes and dance halls. When Shotgun Saturday Night returned to New York City, the Superstars set up shop in Manhattan’s busiest railway, Penn Station. If you’ve thought you’ve seen some strange straphangers riding the subway, just imagine heading out on your commute home and running into a 6-foot-10, 320-pound man in gothic garb. That’s what happened on Feb. 8, 1997.

New York City police officers stood in awe as The Deadman took the escalator, descending from street level into the underground train station for an Intercontinental Title Match against Triple H. The Undertaker was immediately swarmed by the crowd, forcing The Phenom to shove his way to ringside. Once the battle started, it quickly turned into a New York City street fight. The brawl officially ended when The Undertaker bashed The Game over the head with the title.

Triple H tried to run away, hoping to lose The Phenom on the streets of Manhattan, but Undertaker caught up with him at the top of the escalator. The Last Outlaw made sure The Cerebral Assassin would never forget this night as he lifted him up for a Tombstone that sent him tumbling down the escalator, into the WWE Universe. (WATCH | PHOTOS)

“I pass that escalator all the time and just think about how dangerous that was,” Curt Hawkins revealed. “I don’t know how that’s forgotten, but people don’t really reference it as much as they should. It was an awesome sight.”

Though Shotgun Saturday Night was taken out of NYC and into arenas by spring 1997, we here at can’t help but imagine what would happen if today’s Superstars were thrust into that chaotic environment.

Zack Ryder’s finely tuned fist-pumping skills would obviously give him a home-field advantage once he steps off the Long Island Railroad into Manhattan’s hottest clubs. Would Alberto Del Rio dare hand over the keys to one of his many luxurious cars to valet service? How long would the intellectual Damien Sandow last amongst the surliest bar patrons? Is there any bar cook who could tame the appetite of Ryback, or would he demand they “feed him more?”

“I would love to see it come back,” Long Island Iced-Z admitted. “If they brought it back in night clubs, I’d be a huge fan favorite!”

“It would be a blast,” Hawkins agreed. “But I wouldn’t pick New York. I’d pick Atlantic City. Build the ring right over the pool in Harrah’s. It would be right up my alley, right?”

There’s only one way to find out: bring back Shotgun Saturday Night!

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