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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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–11.01.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 11.01.98

Tonight’s show is dedicated to Vince McMahon for some reason, with an opening video package making out like he’s dead or something. Tomorrow night on RAW he’s making an announcement about his future, so tonight we remember him!

LIVE from Austin, TX. I think this would be the first non-PPV live show, actually.

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–05.19.97

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.19.97

Doing the 98 RAWs made me realize that I kind of dropped the 97 shows when it was getting really good, so let’s jump back to May of 97 and all the crazy stuff therein. It’s immediately a different world, with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels running the show, only to be completely gone a year later.

When we last left off with these because people were like “Ugh, enough 1997 nostalgia already!”…  https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2017/11/08/the-smark-rant-for-wwf-monday-night-raw-05-12-97/

First up, we see the aftermath of Shawn superkicking Bret out of the wheelchair, which wasn’t aired due to them going over the time limit, as Hart Foundation tries to throw Shawn off the stage, only to have Austin make the save.

Live from Mobile, AL, which drew an all-time record 6200 people.

Your hosts are JR & King, with Vince coming in at the start of the second hour.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.12.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.12.98

Well I can’t just stop now. There’s a TOURNAMENT to be recapped! Turns out that Vince stripped HHH of the IC title off-screen last week, so it’s a one-night tournament to find a new champion. What, no series of four-way matches leading to another four-way match to crown the champion?

Live from Uniondale, NY

Your hosts are JR & King.

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.05.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.05.98

Last week: Steve Austin crashed the World title presentation with a Zamboni, and the Brothers turned on Vince and broke his leg in a well-deserved beatdown, leaving Vince recuperating in the hospital medical center. But, I mean, it couldn’t possibly get WORSE for him, could it?

We are taped from an undisclosed location which is probably not big enough of a city for them to hype. A quick check reveals that it’s East Lansing, MI.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler…and is that Tori standing behind them in the front row? Seems like it.

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