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!”…

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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The SmarK RAW Rant–09.28.98

(As requested, here’s the RAW from the night after Breakdown, featuring the famous Zamboni angle.  This was actually one of the very first RAW episodes posted to the WWE Network back in the day, which is why I reviewed it specifically.  Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the even more famous hospital angle from the next week.  People love the Attitude Era!) 

The SmarK RAW Rant – 09.28.98

Might as well cover the other 1998 episode of RAW up on the Network right now, since NXT doesn’t appear on Hulu until Fridays now. Interestingly, this episode has the chapter marks on the timeline, which the Tyson episode was lacking. It seems to be kind of random where they show up.  (Of course now all the episodes that go up are thoroughly indexed and chaptered, which is awesome of them.) 

Live from Detroit, MI

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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