WWE Touts Evander Holyfield’s Debut; Details

Ryan Gray

WWE and NBC issued the following press release this morning touting this Saturday Nights Main Event that includes Evander Holyfield’s WWE debut:


Special WWE® Presentation Taking Over SNL Timeslot Saturday, August 18 to Also Reveal Update in McMahon Paternity Suit

NEW YORK August 15, 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) rocks Madison Square Garden this weekend when “Saturday Nights Main Event” returns for a special presentation on Saturday, August 18th, from 11:30 p.m. 1:00 am ET/PT. In an interesting turn of events, United States Champion MVP taps boxing legend Evander Holyfield as his replacement to go head-to-head against WWE Superstar Matt Hardy in a special boxing match.

Additionally, more news about the Mr. McMahon paternity suit will be revealed in Saturdays broadcast and Stone Cold Steve Austin will make a special appearance.

Other key matches include:

WWE Champion John Cena® against Carlito

SmackDown® tag-team match with Batista® and Kane® against The Great Khali and Finlay

ECW® tag-team match with C.M. Punk and Boogeyman against Big Daddy V and John Morrison

With a career record of 42-8-2, Holyfield, known all over the world as The Real Deal, is vying to win boxings Heavyweight Championship for an unprecedented fifth time on October 13 in Moscow (available on PPV) when he fights Sultan Ibragimov for the WBO Heavyweight Title.

“Saturday Night’s Main Event” debuted on NBC in late night as a replacement for “Saturday Night Live” repeats in 1985, and originally ran through 1992. The groundbreaking program brought professional wrestling to broadcast television for the first time and set off two decades of success on broadcast and cable, including ratings titan “Monday Night RAW®” on USA Network. The televised wrestling rumbles also launched a galaxy of multi-talented Superstars that crossed over from the ring to countless areas of American entertainment, such as Hulk Hogan, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, The Honky Tonk Man and King Kong Bundy.

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