As noted earlier, the scheduled WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event special that would have been taped on 3.05.07 in Phoenix, Arizona for a 3.10.07 NBC broadcast has been canceled. WWE will now tape RAW on 3.05 in Phoenix. According to industry sources, NBC considered moving the special from primetime to a late night Saturday timeslot due to low ratings for last year’s primetime SNME specials, but then backed out due to fear that they would lose ad revenue generated by Saturday Night Live.
Another reason for the cancellation is that NBC requested WWE postpone the SNME special until this June due to the potential Writer’s Guild strike looming in Hollywood. Networks are afraid that a strike will happen and they are attempting to lock in programming that wouldn’t require members of the Guild. Vince McMahon wasn’t happy about this as he viewed SNME as a vital part of the WrestleMania 23 build; but has agreed to moving the special to June.