TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 04/17/00 Review (Triple H vs. Jericho for WWF Title)

Hey yo. My name is John Canton and I’m a longtime internet wrestling writer. I’ve contributed to a lot of pretty big wrestling websites out there, but my main focus is on my own site TJRWrestling.net – the TJR part stands for “The John Report” because that’s the name I started using when I began writing on the internet way back in 1999. For the past ten years, I have committed to writing about wrestling full time with a major focus on current WWE stuff. My “WWE Raw Deal” reviews are what I’m most known for, but I’ve also written a lot of WWE history including reviews of most PPVs in WWE history. I have been reading my fellow Canadian Scott Keith’s reviews/columns about wrestling for at least 20 years (I guess we’re old!), if not longer. Recently, I reached out to Scott to ask if I can contribute to the Blog of Doom and he said yes. Thanks to Scott for giving me this opportunity. I really appreciate it.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.09.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.09.95

For those keeping track, this was intended as something of a reset for the show, with the second anniversary providing a new booking direction under Jim Ross. Also, the banners and microphones are now redone with the new blue motif for the logo.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.02.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.02.95

Finally, we hit 1995 and get away from the dire ugliness of 1994. I have no idea how I slogged through these shows live at the time. At least there’s a slight visual change as the year starts, with the graphics and motif switching from red to blue to at least change things up a bit. Speaking of change, the Roku WWE app has now randomly switched to reverse chronological order for the archives, which now matches the other platforms. Just to keep me on my toes.  (2019 Scott Sez:  I don’t even watch on Roku anymore.  Now I’m strictly a laptop user and watch on PS4 on the rare occasions when I actually need to have it on the big screen.  Of course, who would want to, since it looks like crap on my massive 42” 4K TV anyway?) 

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.17.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.17.00

It’s Martin Luther King Day! Don’t tell Hulk Hogan. Not a holiday in Canada, of course, because we’re all unified as the same shade of blue from the freezing winter temperatures.

Anyway, it is a giant understatement to say that all hell was breaking loose in WCW at this point, specifically the night before at Souled Out, and this is the last show before what we think of as “WWF 2000” begins for real as a result.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.10.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.10.00

Hey, look at me, getting with the zeitgeist, as we watched Bird Box tonight (which will instantly date this rant for those reading years later!) and it was pretty good! Definitely not as scary as the internet would have us believe, and I don’t really get all the confusion over the ending and such. I’d liken it to the A Quiet Place, which was a much better movie with a similar clever concept, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. Not sure why 45 million people signed up for Netflix to watch it or whatever the crazy claim is, but it’s pretty good.

Anyway, back to 2000 again, because Bryan & Vinny are gonna catch up to me again if I don’t get going with these. To be fair, I’m also doing Smackdown and they’re not, so it’s twice the work for me.

Live from St. Louis, MO

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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Mike Reviews: WWF Monday Night Raw – 18th of December 1995

Six of the Best for Starrcade in the 90’s will be coming next week when I have some time off work. Until then though, I thought I’d review this show as its only 47 minutes long and features a storyline where poor Balls Mahoney had to play Santa Claus’ evil brother (Which someone actually asked about on the Blog today), so there’s a festive tie in at least.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.03.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.03.00

OK, let’s kick off the greatest (and still most profitable!) year in WWF history as we hit THE YEAR 2000!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzpdd4pWvM

Actually, if we get far enough into this year, we bump into the time when I started doing RAW reviews for CBS Sportsline and other sites. Around March we get to the point when I was doing Smackdown. How old does THAT make you feel?

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.14.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.14.97

And now, the other half of the Monday Night Wars this week!

Last week: Bret Hart and the Hart Foundation ruled in Calgary and Alberta, but this week we’re back in AMERICA, where it’s your god-given right to carry guns and shoot each other!

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.30.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.30.97

OK, back to the RAW side this week, now that I’m caught up with Nitro. I barely remember where we left off last time, but I know the build to Canadian Stampede is on and Paul Bearer is ready to reveal Undertaker’s dark secret, which is totally not Papa Shango.

Live from Des Moines, Iowa, drawing 3781. Can you even imagine that kind of number even a year later?

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.07.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.07.94

Well, here we are at 44.  Goddamn I’m old.  This year’s presents to myself: The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection sets on Blu Ray and  “Toys In the Attic” on vinyl.  Maybe more as the birthday progresses, we’ll see.

Live from Bushkill, PA. Is that literally a high school gym? Good lord.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the empty hole in my soul once occupied by Randy Savage. Also, Jerry Lawler, beginning a run that would last for 20 years, give or take.

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