Relive the Classic Clashes
For decades, WWE has been providing parents and children a wholesome venue for generational bonding. Where else but within the confines of the squared circle can fathers and sons, mothers and daughters come together to share in the joy of watching their favorite Superstars beat each other to a bloody pulp? (Disclaimer: WWE claims no responsibility, should your family reunion erupt into an all-out Royal Rumble). In keeping with the storied tradition of bringing together people of all ages, "WWE Presents Madison Square Garden Classics" has aired this summer on Wednesday nights from 8-10 p.m. on the MSG network, garnering critical acclaim and accolades from countless parents and elder siblings who can now watch wrestling and use the phrase, "This is what it was like back in my day."
Tonight's 8:00 p.m. episode showcases a match that took place on Oct. 17, 1983, and is widely renowned as one of the most extraordinary in WWE history. In a Steel Cage Match for the Intercontinental Championship, "Magnificent" Don Muraco faced Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Thanks to the high-flying aerial style he pioneered, Snuka was arguably the most popular competitor in WWE at the time. In this match, Snuka provided an iconic moment that cemented his legacy and changed the WWE landscape forever when he scaled the cage and dropped a splash on his prone challenger from 15 feet in the air.
Also during this hour, Bob Backlund puts the WWE Championship on the line against the Masked Superstar. At this point, Backlund was in the midst of an impressive reign as WWE Champion.
Finally, the first hour features a young up-and-comer continuing to make a splash after a career in the Marines, as the now-iconic WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter takes on fellow Hall of Famer Ivan Putski.
The second hour is equally packed with classic WWE memories, not the least of which being a WWE Championship match featuring "Macho Man" Randy Savage against Andre the Giant. Though Andre passed away in 1993, and Savage was long ago replaced by the giant "Eat me!" Slim Jim in his commercials, their names and legacies still live on in WWE, and this match showcases how they earned those legacies.
Two other WWE icons, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Ravishing" Rick Rude, do battle in this episode. The stipulation for this match stated that the participants could only make the pin after they hit their respective signature maneuvers, which could only mean that an appearance by Damien the python was imminent.
The final featured match of the second hour offers a look at a young Shawn Michaels. Before he became the Showstopper, Michaels teamed up with Marty Jannetty to form the Rockers. On this night in 1988, they faced World Tag Team Champions, Demolition, just a month before their first pay-per-view appearance at November's Survivor Series.
Tune in on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on the MSG network for two hours of unforgettable WWE action, as "WWE Presents Madison Square Garden Classics."