The SmarK RAW Rant–12.21.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 12.21.98

Taped from somewhere not mentioned. Turns out it was Spokane, WA, drawing 9487.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

Vince McMahon leaves for his training session, and he merely has one request for his inner circle of morons:  DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!  No, wait, sorry, that’s a children’s book.  I meant DON’T LET SHANE MCMAHON DO ANYTHING STUPID AND GET HURT TONIGHT.

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Monday Night Raw – September 24, 2018

Monday Night Raw
Date: September 24, 2018
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

Somehow Super Show-Down is next week and that means we need to firm up the card a little bit. They’ve done a great job of setting up HHH vs. Undertaker for the Australia show, but there are still a lot of other things that need to be put together. Tonight’s show could go in a variety of directions so let’s get to it.

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Could it happen?

So it was recently stated that Cody, Bucks, Omega, and Page decided that they will all sign somewhere together. Let's take out personal feelings of where they will be best used creatively. That subject has been beaten into the ground. 

Let's just say WWE decides to sign them all in one swoop in January. Considering how radically WWE has changed their stance on working with other promotions in the last couple of years, does WWE actually allow Cody and crew to continue to do the annual "All In" event with ZERO involvement from WWE?
You're asking if Vince would knowingly let a competitor put on an opposing PPV just because they work for him?  No, the only point of signing those guys would be to try to ensure All In never happens again.

Tag Teams

Hey Scott, watched the tag title match tonight and it made me yearn for the older days of tag wrestling. I dont understand why WWE does not show any respect to the division. Back in 87-88 WWF had less programming hours and was running multiple tag feuds, Killer Bs, Strike Force, Hart Foundation, Demolition, Stallions, Conquistidores, Power of Pain, Rougeaus, Bulldogs, Islanders, etc. Why cant WWE utilize the division as a strengh with so much programming?

Because they're a wrestling company that doesn't want to be associated with wrestling. 

Brie Mode

Brie has nearly killed herself, tagged Maryse with a stiff knee, tagged Zelina Vega with a stiff knee, and last night knocked out poor Liv Morgan with two stiff kicks. This all in one month. WHY do they keep putting her in the ring every week?

I will say though, if you want to see a stiff match, check out the Bellas and Natalya vs. Riott Squad from last night. Ruby Riott wasn’t having any of the Bella’s shit.

Dude, the Bellas are TRAILBLAZERS.  Don't you follow Stephanie's Twitter account so you can learn how the business works?  

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. First let’s wish board favorite Stephanie McMahon a Happy Birthday. She’s 42 today and still holding up quite well. Apparently WWE social happy has montages of her slapping people to celebrate, FWIW she told Jericho on his podcast that the hardest she ever hit someone was Rock at the San Francisco Wrestlemania (yes I forgot which number that was…I’m just going to start referring to Wrestlemanias from the cities they are in…do it like Takeovers).

RAW should continue promoting toward the Super Duper Show Down and Evolution. Apparently there is a tag title match scheduled between Dolph & Drew vs. The Revival. That sounds exceptional if they give it time but they might not give it time.

Bucs-Steelers is your Monday night game and there’s where I am tonight. GO FOOTBALL GUYS! Season premieres of Big Bang Theory and The Voice if you don’t want to get with sports or sports entertainment tonight.

Have a great evening and…keep it clean!

Rising through the ranks

Hey Scott,

Why doesn’t WWE have anyone rise through the ranks anymore to the main event? None of the current main eventers rose from lower card/tag team to midcard champ to world champ; in the past, you had guys like edge, miz, jeff hardy, ziggler, hbk, cena (to an extent), hhh, etc. All the current main eventers start at upper midcard or main event on the main roster; examples: all shield members, braun, aj. Even when a guy goes from jobber to main event, they rush it like mahal.

It's a combination of wins and losses not mattering and WWE segregating their developmental system so that they're not really training up-and-comers on the main roster any longer.  When everyone is trading 50/50 victories, everyone is at the same level and it's nearly impossible to tell the kind of story you're talking about.  For example, Bayley and Sasha were both exactly that sort of storyline in NXT, but they already did the "rising through the ranks" story for both of them in NXT and then just assumed everyone watching the main TV shows knew that.