What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – March 1, 1999

A video package recaps the Undertaker’s recent threats against Vince McMahon, culminating in the Undertaker burning a teddy bear at the end of last week’s RAW.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Cleveland, Ohio.

The Corporation comes out and Vince McMahon discusses how the audience does not understand his capacity to love.  He fires Kane for losing the inferno match to the Undertaker last week and has orderlies come down to send Kane to the insane asylum.  However, Chyna comes to Kane’s aid and they fight them off.  Chyna tells McMahon that she can control Kane and asks for Kane to be booked against Steve Austin, with Kane’s job on the line.  McMahon counters by also putting Chyna’s job on the line.  Mankind then joins the festivities and volunteers to referee the Steve Austin-Kane match to prove himself worthy of refereeing the title match at WrestleMania XV.  McMahon agrees on the condition that Mankind is able to defeat the Undertaker on tonight’s show (this is later clarified in the broadcast to mean that McMahon will consider Mankind for the role at WrestleMania based on how the match goes).  The Undertaker’s voice then comes on via the loudspeakers and he says that he has already told McMahon what he is going to take from him.

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–09.16.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.16.96

OK, one week left of this shitty taping before we REALLY hit rock bottom of the promotion next week. Man, remember a while ago when I said if we can get through the post-WM doldrums period with Shawn as champion it would pick up in August? This is NOT picking up.

Also, yeah I’m skipping Fall Brawl in the chronology. You guys can live-stream it one night if you want, it’s a good show and well worth watching. I will likely redo Mindgames, however, because it’s much shorter.

Taped…again…from Wheeling WV

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly, Jerry Lawler and the increasingly insane Jim Ross.  According to the Observer, this was a feature, not a bug, as despite spending 90% of their commentary time on the stupid Fake Razor angle, the WWF felt like the backlash would be too negative towards the company, so they decided to make JR the fall guy by having him portrayed as the lying carny who is opposing the company mandate. 

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