The SmarK RAW Rant–10.12.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.12.98

Well I can’t just stop now. There’s a TOURNAMENT to be recapped! Turns out that Vince stripped HHH of the IC title off-screen last week, so it’s a one-night tournament to find a new champion. What, no series of four-way matches leading to another four-way match to crown the champion?

Live from Uniondale, NY

Your hosts are JR & King.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.05.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.05.98

Last week: Steve Austin crashed the World title presentation with a Zamboni, and the Brothers turned on Vince and broke his leg in a well-deserved beatdown, leaving Vince recuperating in the hospital medical center. But, I mean, it couldn’t possibly get WORSE for him, could it?

We are taped from an undisclosed location which is probably not big enough of a city for them to hype. A quick check reveals that it’s East Lansing, MI.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler…and is that Tori standing behind them in the front row? Seems like it.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–09.28.98

(As requested, here’s the RAW from the night after Breakdown, featuring the famous Zamboni angle.  This was actually one of the very first RAW episodes posted to the WWE Network back in the day, which is why I reviewed it specifically.  Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the even more famous hospital angle from the next week.  People love the Attitude Era!) 

The SmarK RAW Rant – 09.28.98

Might as well cover the other 1998 episode of RAW up on the Network right now, since NXT doesn’t appear on Hulu until Fridays now. Interestingly, this episode has the chapter marks on the timeline, which the Tyson episode was lacking. It seems to be kind of random where they show up.  (Of course now all the episodes that go up are thoroughly indexed and chaptered, which is awesome of them.) 

Live from Detroit, MI

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.03.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.03.94

(OK, now I’m all caught up to the point where we left off the Observers again, so I gotta get off my ass and get some more Observer Flashbacks done now.  It’s a vicious circle, people!) 

Taped from Utica, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.26.94

(I’m kinda way ahead in the Observers compared to these, so we might as well catch up a little bit.  Personal news:  I have betrayed Android and switched back to iPhone, specifically an 8 Plus 64GB because it was $0 and I wasn’t going to find a better deal than that.  Given I deal with Apple service all day at work I thought I had pretty much sworn off wanting one for myself, but it’s a nice phone and I like having the big screen again.  I had been using a Pixel for the last year or so and trying to type on it was just too much of a pain.  Anyway, on with RAW!)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.26.94

Live from Utica, NY, thank god.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage. Much like Vince, I fought off the onslaught of the greatest legal mind of our time today and emerged a better person for it. Truly I’m everyone’s hero.  (Well, there you go, that places this one right after the whole deal with PWInsider.  That poor dog.) 

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.12.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.12.94

So welcome to a very strange time in my life, as back in 1994 we got one of those C-Band satellite dish monstrosities for our backyard, added a grey market subscription to a US channel package, and VOILA, I suddenly could watch Monday Night RAW live on the USA Network, two years ahead of it debuting in Canada for the first time. I used to sit and watch “wild feeds”, like when newscasters are standing around in the field bullshitting with the cameraman, for hours. Not only that, but there was wrestling EVERYWHERE. Suddenly I could get ECW, SMW, WCW, that shitty Sportatorium crap with JBL and Ahmed Johnson, and assorted Mexican wrestling. That thing was AWESOME. But mostly I was pumped to get RAW. And what a show to debut with!

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