This week on Monday Night Raw, we saw Dolph Ziggler retain the U.S. Title against Kofi Kingston in a two-out-of-three falls bout, which is a match not often seen these days in the WWE. Wasn’t that a surprise to see fans vote for that option?
In the 1980s, it was more common to see two-out-of-three falls, particularly when the WWF would displace Saturday Night Live on NBC with Saturday Night’s Main Event.
All of the three-fall contests on Saturday Night’s Main Event occurred in tag team matches, likely because tag team matches could afford to build up and take a bit more TV time. Also, by their nature, these matches allowed for frequent commercial breaks. Those of you who remember Saturday Night’s Main Event may also recall those shows were loaded with commercials and often were quite aggravating to watch if you didn’t record them on a VCR to fast-forward through the crap.
Here is a list of who fought two-of-out-three falls on Saturday Night’s Main Events that took place from 1985 through 1989 (the show continued until 1992 and was briefly resurrected from 2006 to 2008):
- The British Bulldogs defeated the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff in May 1986 (this was the same show taped in Providence, RI, during which Jake “The Snake” Roberts DDT’d Ricky Steamboat on the concrete floor, which was a shocking angle at the time)
- The Bulldogs defeated the Hart Foundation by DQ in April 1987
- Strike Force defeated Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zuhkov in December 1987
- The Islanders defeated the Killer Bees in March 1988
- The Brain Busters defeated Demolition in July 1989 to win the WWF Tag Team Championship (this show took place within driving distance of Boston at the Worcester Centrum, now the DCU Center)
- The Rockers defeated the Brain Busters in October 1989 (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard had already lost the tag titles back to Ax and Smash at this point)