–Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Anaheim, California.
Live from Toronto, ON
Airdate: August 28, 1986
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon, “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, and the “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd
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Before I get started…
-Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from Beaumont, Texas. This is the go home show for the Royal Rumble.
–Cole is in the ring to interview Steve Austin, but Austin just turns it into a single man segment as he rips the microphone out of Cole’s hands. This is just a generic “build promo” for the Rumble, with Austin recapping a month’s worth of storylines about how he will be the first entrant, Vince McMahon will be the second entrant, and that all twenty-nine men will want to throw him out so that they can receive $100,000 from Vince.
It has been a long time since the World Was Watching appeared here on the Blog. That was partly due to some career moves on my part and just a general lack of time. That is solved for the time being, though, so we will head back into 1999. The last recap ended – somewhat fittingly – with Mankind’s upset title victory over the Rock. The Road Dogg also defended his Hardcore title against Al Snow out in the snow on the last show and the tasteless Terri Runnels pregnancy angle began with D-Lo Brown. Needless to say, 1999 will be a combination of some memorable moments and some really wacky Russo booking.
–Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Houston, Texas.
Taped from Providence, RI
Airdate: May 3, 1986 (taped 5/1)
Attendance: not given
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
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Hogan promises a surprise for the Funks.
In the supreme act of one-upmanship, due to Starrcade ’85 emanating from two locations, WrestleMania II emanated from THREE locations! If they keep this up, Starrcade ’86 could emanate from Tokyo AND London simultaneously.
Taped from Phoenix, AZ
Airdate: March 1, 1986 (taped 2/15)
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
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Taped from Tampa, FL
Airdate: January 4, 1986 (taped 12/19/85)
Attendance: not given
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan/Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Out by the swimming pool, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan mixes a concoction called
As 1996 came to a close, it was clear that WCW was in command of the Monday Night Wars. While Monday Nitro was running away with the battles, Monday Night Raw was the same show that we had been seeing for years. It was clear that something needed to change but it wasn’t clear what. The solution would wind up being everything over the course of the year.
In this book, I’ll be looking at every episode of Monday Night Raw in 1997. This was the year where things started to change. From Bret Hart turning his back on the fans to Rocky Maivia becoming the Rock to the Undertaker having a brother and dead parents to Steve Austin showing he had staying power to Mankind having three personalities, 1997 saw Monday Night Raw go from its roots to a modern show in a hurry. As usual I’ll be providing play by play, context and analysis of every show.
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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.28.96
Taped from Ft. Wayne, IN
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler