The SmarK RAW Rant–11.09.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.09.98

One week to go until Survivor Series!

Taped from Dallas, TX, drawing a sellout 13,000 and obliterating Nitro in the ratings by the biggest margin in history to that point.

I’ve been hearing good things about that Kurt Angle guy doing dark matches at this point. Seems like they have high hopes for him.

Your hosts are JR & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.09.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.09.97

Last night was King of the Ring! It sucked!

If you’d like to catch up on what Bret and Shawn were up to at the show and before this one, here’s my special Observer recap:

http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2018/08/13/wrestling-observer-flashback-bret-v-shawn-slapfight-special-edition/

Live from Hartford, CT.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1997

The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1997

(This was originally written sometime in 2000, during the period when I changing from “Netcop Rant” to “SmarK Rant” for stupid legal reasons and didn’t yet have the new website name nailed down yet.  We are of course at this point in the 97 RAW rants, but FUCK OFF if you think I’m watching this show again.  Sure it’s not BAD, but it’s deathly dull and watching the buildup didn’t make me want to sit through it again in the least.  Now of course, all the interesting stuff happened AFTER the show, which we’ll get to in the next RAW ‘97 rant…) 

Live from Providence, Rhode Island, drawing 9312 and a paltry 177,000 buys on PPV, lowest of all-time for the KOTR and one of the lowest WWF buyrates in history.

Your hosts are Vince and Good Ol’ JR.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–11.01.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 11.01.98

Tonight’s show is dedicated to Vince McMahon for some reason, with an opening video package making out like he’s dead or something. Tomorrow night on RAW he’s making an announcement about his future, so tonight we remember him!

LIVE from Austin, TX. I think this would be the first non-PPV live show, actually.

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–05.19.97

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.19.97

Doing the 98 RAWs made me realize that I kind of dropped the 97 shows when it was getting really good, so let’s jump back to May of 97 and all the crazy stuff therein. It’s immediately a different world, with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels running the show, only to be completely gone a year later.

When we last left off with these because people were like “Ugh, enough 1997 nostalgia already!”…  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2017/11/08/the-smark-rant-for-wwf-monday-night-raw-05-12-97/

First up, we see the aftermath of Shawn superkicking Bret out of the wheelchair, which wasn’t aired due to them going over the time limit, as Hart Foundation tries to throw Shawn off the stage, only to have Austin make the save.

Live from Mobile, AL, which drew an all-time record 6200 people.

Your hosts are JR & King, with Vince coming in at the start of the second hour.

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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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