The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.23.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.23.94

My Wii is getting a bit out of control now, as I picked up a pair of classic controllers to play Mario 64, and then got Super Mario Sunshine on GameCube again before realizing that you need an actual GC controller to play THAT. Ever try to find one of those things at a reasonable price? Ugh. Why doesn’t Nintendo just MAKE some more? (Well, they kinda did later on for the Smash Bros fanatics, at least.)  They make the Wii backwards compatible but don’t actually give a shit about supporting it or making it easy. So just to recap now, for my one, third-most-used system, I have Wiimotes (and nunchuks), 2 classic controllers, 2 SNES-shaped classic controllers for the Mario games on the Virtual console, and now a generic wireless GC controller for my GC games. Some of these are compatible with each other in certain circumstances and with certain games, most are not. (And that was BEFORE I got a Wii U in addition!  I haven’t picked up a Switch yet, though, even though I’m dying to play Super Mario Odyssey.)  For my PS3, which also boasts a large library of downloaded vintage games on the PSN, I have ONE (1) controller that does everything because they didn’t completely redesign the fucking thing with every new generation since it worked the first time. Point to Sony.  (Yeah, well, minus several hundred for taking away all the backwards compatibility for the PS4.  Regardless, I’m all about my Raspberry Pi for retro gaming these days anyway and didn’t even bother trying to get an SNES Classic.  Oh yeah, wrestling…) 

Anyway, we are finally at the start of a new taping cycle, and Earthquake has been written out by Yokozuna’s ass. Last week’s show might have been the bottom of the barrel, but I don’t want to speak too soon because shit like Fake Undertaker is still coming.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.16.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.16.94

So we’re at week three of a taping cycle of 1994 mid-year RAW while Vince is distracted by the steroid trials. And the main event is a sumo match. There are few situations that create worse TV than that.

Taped from Burlington, VT.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.03.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.03.94

Taped from Burlington, VT. Apparently no live show this cycle, as this show was taped the week before according to the title history. A quick check of the WON reveals that Vince was busy with the steroid trial and had to move the taping cycle up a week and skip the live show.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.25.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.26.94

Taped from Utica, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage. Reading Dave Meltzer’s hatred of Savage on color in the Observers from this time is kind of funny, as he just buries Savage’s commentary job and calls him the worst of all-time.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.04.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.04.94

Yes! Google Play Music finally launches in Canada! Now I just need iTunes Radio.  (Well we do certainly have Apple Music up here now, although Google Play Music is my go-to music service.  Still waiting on YouTube Red, however.)

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.07.94 / 03.21.94 / 03.28.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.07.94

So after a bunch of older reposts, the Network has finally caught up to my archives, so we rejoin the WWF in March of 1994. To prove it’s current again I’ll be sure to make lots of jokes about the Sharks choking and NBA owners hating black people. Also, in a totally random note, I have been using a stopwatch app on my iPhone for months, only to discover that IOS 7 has one BUILT IN. Mind blown.  (OK, now we’re going down the rabbit hole a bit, with reposts from 2014 when the WWE Network was launching, so I’m rapidly going to catch up to the present time at this rate.  Also, for those who enjoy minutia about my real life, I’m a certified Apple tech, so I spend a pretty huge chunk of my daily life dealing with iPhone servicing and it’s weaned me off ever wanting one ever again.  I’ve had various combinations of Samsung, OnePlus and currently a Pixel since ditching the iPhone 4 years ago.  Android 4 Life!) 

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Ted Dibiase. That was always a decent combination. Right behind them in the front row is what can only be the FIRST EVER “RSPW” sign to make TV.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.12.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 05.12.97

LAST NIGHT: Ken Shamrock submitted Vader in his debut (while Vince keeps throwing out Mike Tyson’s name), Ahmed was unable to disband the Nation, and Steve Austin failed in his first title shot at Undertaker!

Live from Newark, DE, a sold out 4077 people. Even looked small on TV.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW 12.20.93 / 12.27.93 / 01.03.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – December 20 1993

– Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY.

– Your hosts are Vince & Shawn Michaels. I guess they’re doing a rotating host deal until they can find a permanent color commentator. That combination would rule today, actually.

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.29.93 / 12.06.93 / 12.13.93

I’m getting far ahead on the Observer Flashbacks again, so let’s catch up the RAW reviews since these are all short and boring anyway.  Minor note:  I’ve now discovered that splitting long posts into multiple pages is a thing I can do, so we’ll try it with this one.

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – November 29 1993

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97

Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too.

Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on WWE Shop, because I’d buy the shit out of that.

Last week: Steve Austin engaged in a show-long war with Bret Hart, attacking him from the driver’s seat of the ambulance, leading up to the return of Brian Pillman to even the score for the Hart Foundation!

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