Monday Night Raw – February 24, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 24, 2003
Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Attendance: 10,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the night after No Way Out and that means it’s time to start things shifting towards Wrestlemania. HHH defeated Scott Steiner last night to end their feud (thank goodness) and now he needs a new challenge for the titles. Other than that we have Steve Austin back tonight and it should be interesting to see how he holds up as a full time guy instead of someone just back for a stand alone appearance. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – February 17, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 17, 2003
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home Raw for No Way Out and thankfully Scott Steiner vs. HHH II doesn’t feel like it’s anywhere near the biggest thing on the show anymore. Unfortunately what is the biggest story on this show is the chance that Steve Austin will be here on Sunday, which leaves a bunch of talking and nothing to see building up to the show. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – February 10, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 10, 2003
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re officially in the Evolution Era and less than two weeks away from No Way Out, meaning Scott Steiner vs. HHH II. Why we’re doing that is anyone’s guess but I would assume a lot of liquor was involved. There isn’t much else set on the Raw side but we’ll likely remedy that tonight. Let’s get to it.

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Evolution

> Hi Scott

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> From the new Triple H DVD, have you seen this picture of Evolution? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVMgp7ICEAAJ8a4.jpg

> Jindrak looks so out of place in this picture

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There was some weird choices going on with that group. im not even sure if Jindrak was part of HHH's crew or what. I know "Katie Vick" was also named as such to introduce Scott "Sick Boy" Vick as her brother around the same time. The mind of HHH is hard to figure.

Match of the Day suggestion- Rock n Sock vs. Evolution, WMXX


WWE's YouTube channel continues to dole out some great matches for free and easy viewing. Flair yelling "I DON'T THINK SO, MOTHERFUCKER!" is the best.

Flair and Rock basically went out there and tried to steal the entire PPV.  This match was GREAT.  

Match of the Day suggestion- Rock n Sock vs. Evolution, WMXX


WWE's YouTube channel continues to dole out some great matches for free and easy viewing. Flair yelling "I DON'T THINK SO, MOTHERFUCKER!" is the best.

Flair and Rock basically went out there and tried to steal the entire PPV.  This match was GREAT.  

New Evolution Possibilities…

Just watched the Cesaro/Zayn match that is getting a lot of buzz…and based on your comments, I'm interested in your comments on this. Cesaro seems like an obvious pick if they're interested in doing a new Evolution style stable.  Do you think he's been ruined already by his association with Dutch and Swagger, or is there still hope?  I feel like he could play the Windham/Orton/Rock role pretty well, and then could be pushed to the main event.  On a related note, Christian seems like an obvious candidate for the old veteran tag team role.  Who would you want to put with him to give them a big push?

Am I getting so old that Evolution is considered a classic stable now?  I know it's my 39th birthday next week, but shit, man.
I think the Orton/HHH thing is more a Corporation type deal than Evolution.  And Cesaro would be PERFECT as an impeccably dressed HHH lackey, plus you can do the idea I've been advocating for years and stick Jack Swagger in a sharp business suit so he can stand in the ring and look imposing and not have to talk.  BOOK THAT SHIT LEVESQUE.

The Evolution of Dean

This is a 20 minute clip which is basically the evolution of Ambrose in promos…from the indy indys to FCW.  It's surreal emotionally…I'm disturbed watching it but I can't turn away.  Him talking about his mom as a crack whore (while pointing to the corner)…wow.  

This is why I've hitched my train to the Ambrose rocket, because he's gonna be a breakout star and you might as well get on board with it.  

Move evolution

Hi Scott. I've got a question for you (and the blog) about holds, and how they evolve.


I've always thought of the Million Dollar Dream/Cobra Clutch as a sleeper hold–i.e., a move that causes opponents to pass out, rather than tap out. But I'm pretty sure I've seen Sgt. Slaughter force submissions from it in the early 80s. And Rodney Mack's Blackout (basically the same move) caused opponents to tap out too.

Are there any other examples you can think of where the same move, over time, has been understood to have two different effects? (One might be the Kokina Clutch, which looks a lot like a sleeper hold with a bodyscissors.)

They don't really "do" sleeper finishes anymore, I've noticed.  You get pinfalls and tapouts, but the old three arm drops just don't happen.  In real life, the cobra clutch is absolutely a move that puts you out, as I've had it happen to me before.  Maybe the justification is that you tap out to avoid passing out?  Can't really think of anything else where the effects of the move change, although sometimes it "changes" because guys alter the application of the hold or get lazy with it over time or whatever.