The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–03.10.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 03.10.97

– Live from Panama City, FL.

– Speaking of interesting visuals, this is on the beach, with a pool surrounding the ring. See, that’s the kind of outside-the-box thinking that the WWE never really did. And someone HAS to take a bump into that pool or I’ll be really disappointed.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.03.97

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for the Monday Night War – March 3 1997

Part One – Monday Night RAW!

– I decided to cave and try Microsoft Office 2007 instead of my faithful OpenOffice 2.0 for a while, if only because it seems to mesh better with Vista. So if it suddenly screws up my formatting, that’s who to blame.  (Man, Microsoft definitely won THAT battle for my computer in the long run!)  

– Taped from Berlin, Germany

– Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Honky Tonk Man.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–02.17.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 02.17.97

OK, continuing with the Monday Night Wars!

Live from Tampa, FL, in a show that drew 3000 to a fairground with free admission, so it wasn’t much for gate. Was still a better and more enthusiastic crowd than the RAW one in Nashville, though.

For those who don’t want to wait until we get here with the Observer Flashbacks, it’s this point where Dave announces that they’re developing a SECOND two-hour live show for TBS. That one had quite the development period, since it didn’t arrive until 1998.

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars–02.03.97

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for the Monday Night War – February 3 1997

– Welcome to the 2 hour era of Monday Night RAW, as these shows are now a little over 3 hours total, and I’m sure they’ll have to be split up for technical reasons pretty soon.  (Ha ha, NOPE.  In fact they just dodged the issue completely by dropping the 1997 version of the show and restarting back in 1995 again, before the channel was cancelled completely a few weeks later.  I have a month missing in my archives, so I’ll have to redo those ones for February, and then about a month’s worth of these left over from March ’97 before I’m gonna have to start reviewing the shows for real again, by the way.  My current feeling is alternating weeks of RAW and then Nitro, because two hours a week is about the most I can take.  Like holy hell, how did I get the time to retreat to my office and do these monstrosities for four hours at a time back in 2007?  No wonder my wife never saw me.  Also, thank JEBUS that this is the point where I ditched that stupid new format for the rants and went back to the classic way.  Every time I read one of them I want to go back and rewrite the match results properly.) 

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars–01.27.97

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night War – January 27 1997

– This will be my last rant for a week or so, as we’re moving and the cable doesn’t get hooked up until next Tuesday. How I will live without 24/7 for a week, I honestly don’t know.  (Backstory!  This was written around 2007, and we were moving because we were kicked out of our dream apartment due to the building getting sold for condos.  It was wonderful, because there was a second bathroom and I had my own office for writing and a FIREPLACE and everything. The real kick in the pants is that we actually repainted it ourselves because we wanted to make it perfect, and then they decided to use our place as the show room because we did such a good job on it.  We were then kicked out of the NEXT place we rented as well, because the owners also sold the property, and finally bought our own house in 2010 and we’ve been there ever since.  Unfortunately I have no office now and only one bathroom, but at least we know we’re not getting the property sold out from under us.)  

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars–01.13.97

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night War – January 13 1997

(Holy cow, the battle for the PPV redo is TIGHT, with the winner coming via the narrowest of margins.  Tune in tomorrow morning to see who wins!) 

WCW MONDAY NITRO!

– Live from New Orleans, LA.  (This was actually a notable show for business reasons, as it was the first Nitro to top 10,000 in attendance and did the biggest gate in WCW history in New Orleans.) 

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars–01.07.97

(Apparently I’ve already got these done until, like, February of 97, so we’ll keep going through the perfectly fine 2007 rants to save me a lot of time and give more time to write Observer Flashbacks!)

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night War – January 6 1997

– Man, time flies, as we’re now into 97 and rapidly approaching the point where these shows are gonna be like 5 hours long.  (That’s 5/7 of a Wrestlemania!) 

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REPOST: The SmarK 24/7 Rant for the Monday Night Wars–12.23.96

(Hey, just for fun and because I obsessively archive and save everything I write, here’s my 2006 review of the Monday Night Wars show on WWE 24/7, covering both of the shows I’m reviewing this week!  Apparently my opinions and Jerry Lynn jokes didn’t change much in 11 years.) 

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for the Monday Night Wars – December 23 1996

– So we’re a week away from Starrcade 96 on the WCW side of things, and in the middle of nowhere on the WWF side of things.

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New E-Book: KB’s Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews

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.

The books runs over 400 pages on a Kindle and only costs $3.99, or the equivalent in other currencies. If you don’t have a Kindle or e-book reader, there are several FREE apps you can use to read it on pretty much any electronic device. You can find those from Amazon here.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

From the Canadian Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB Raw 1997” and my book will be the first thing that pop up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1998 and 2001, Monday Nitro from 1995-June 1998, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Clash of the Champions and the first year of NXT’s Full Sail Years at my Amazon author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall