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–03.22.99

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW – March 22 1999

(Sorry, I was super-busy on Saturday night and didn’t have time to watch anything new for this morning.  However, here’s a historic episode of RAW from 1999 from the 24/7 archives to continue filling in those gaps.  But we’ll update as needed for fun!) 

– Live from Albany, NY.

– Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.30.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 03.30.98

Someone e-mailed me yesterday specifically asking about this show, so I figured “What the hell”. That’s the beauty of the WWE Network! I can just call up random episodes of RAW and review them.

This is one of course quite notable for being one of the biggest “Post-WM RAW” shows of the Attitude Era, kicking off the Austin Era in particular.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 1997–07.13.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 1997 – 07.13.97

OK, after a week off, it’s time to get back on the Attitude Era Trolley, Jackson! As usual, I remember almost nothing about this show, so it’s all new to me.

Live from Daytona Beach, FL, drawing a sellout 7851 and a disappointing buyrate of 0.78 (or about 150,000 buys). They really thought the Rodman thing would pop a big number for them, but it just didn’t. Rodman was paid $750,000 for the show, as well, which pretty much destroyed any profit from the show.

Your hosts are Tony, Bobby & Dusty

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The SmarK RAW Rant–11.28.99

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.28.99

OH MY GOD the Wedding Episode. This one blew my mind when I first saw it in 99, because they had been building to the wedding for so long and you knew something wacky was going to happen, but the “Wrestling Wedding” was not yet enough of a trope that you could predict the beats of what exactly would go down. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have predicted how huge this ended up being for THIS BUSINESS, and that this angle would end up completely altering the dynamic of the entire company years later, but here we are today.

Live from Los Angeles, CA

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK RAW Rant–12.21.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 12.21.98

Taped from somewhere not mentioned. Turns out it was Spokane, WA, drawing 9487.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

Vince McMahon leaves for his training session, and he merely has one request for his inner circle of morons:  DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!  No, wait, sorry, that’s a children’s book.  I meant DON’T LET SHANE MCMAHON DO ANYTHING STUPID AND GET HURT TONIGHT.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Rock Bottom–12.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Rock Bottom – 12.13.98

Live from Vancouver, BC, drawing 17,677 (or 20,000 in WWE language) and a ROCK BOTTOM buyrate of 0.78. Seriously, for the prime of the Attitude Era, that’s BAD. Also, GM Place doesn’t even hold 20,000 people.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler and we’re presented by GLOVER. The terrible N64 game, not the actor.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–11.23.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.23.98

Okey doke, so I’ve been thinking about the RAW / Heat situation, with the comments from readers echoing my own thoughts: WWF is about to become a flaming dumpster fire as Russo descends into a Boogie Nights style downward spiral and the quality level is sinking noticeably. Not to mention that we’re about to hit the Symbol-ifixion and Ministry of Darkness and embalming angle and a million other bullshit half-baked Russoisms, so it’s probably time to cut our losses and move onto something different. Maybe go back to 1987 WCW or WCW Saturday Night again or something? The options are many!

I’ll probably keep going with 97 RAW for a while, though.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–11.09.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.09.98

One week to go until Survivor Series!

Taped from Dallas, TX, drawing a sellout 13,000 and obliterating Nitro in the ratings by the biggest margin in history to that point.

I’ve been hearing good things about that Kurt Angle guy doing dark matches at this point. Seems like they have high hopes for him.

Your hosts are JR & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.09.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.09.97

Last night was King of the Ring! It sucked!

If you’d like to catch up on what Bret and Shawn were up to at the show and before this one, here’s my special Observer recap:

https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2018/08/13/wrestling-observer-flashback-bret-v-shawn-slapfight-special-edition/

Live from Hartford, CT.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1997

The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1997

(This was originally written sometime in 2000, during the period when I changing from “Netcop Rant” to “SmarK Rant” for stupid legal reasons and didn’t yet have the new website name nailed down yet.  We are of course at this point in the 97 RAW rants, but FUCK OFF if you think I’m watching this show again.  Sure it’s not BAD, but it’s deathly dull and watching the buildup didn’t make me want to sit through it again in the least.  Now of course, all the interesting stuff happened AFTER the show, which we’ll get to in the next RAW ‘97 rant…) 

Live from Providence, Rhode Island, drawing 9312 and a paltry 177,000 buys on PPV, lowest of all-time for the KOTR and one of the lowest WWF buyrates in history.

Your hosts are Vince and Good Ol’ JR.

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