The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

(Oh man, after next week’s Observer Flashback I’m not gonna have a RAW rant to repost because of the tennis.  I’ll actually have to write stuff again!  However, the week after that you’re in luck, because it’s DOUBLE REPOSTS every week from then on!  And yet ironically the Monday Night War show I’ve been reviewing has been such a colossal flop that these reposts from 2014 are beating it handily.)

Ad Roulette:  It’s the WWE logo again.  Anyone want to start a betting pool on this?

This past week on Superstars:  Kama beats the shit out of the weird goth follower of the Undertaker as that storyline gets written off in one fell swoop.

Taped from Worcestershire Sauce, MA.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.07.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.07.95

So, randomly after weeks of breakneck additions to the RAW catalog, they just suddenly stop in August of 1995.  They didn’t even show the last couple of episodes before the break where Monday Nitro debuted!  Which is really weird because it’s not even the end of the taping cycle.  And according to those who know, there’s no plans to add the rest at this point.  So I guess I get to move onto something else.  What an incredibly strange programming strategy they have.  (Of course a couple of months later they filled in those gaps and now RAW is mostly complete from start until today and there’s a million OTHER things they need to fill in now instead.)  

Also, by popular and understandable demand, I’ve been paring down the writers on the blog tonight, and I feel pretty crappy about it. (That was rough.  But it was getting out of hand and actually it was becoming a security risk to have too many people with login access to the blog.)  

Taped from Louisville, KY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.31.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 07.31.95

Taped from Louisville, KY.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.17.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 07.17.95

Nothing terribly interesting in the Observer for this week, aside from Meltzer’s incredulous note that he never would have believed that a UFC PPV could actually beat a WWF one, but that actually happened with King of the Ring.  Now of course it’s a disaster if UFC doesn’t double or triple the WWE shows.  King of the Ring, by the way, did 130,000 buys, which at the time was a “Wall Street stockbrokers jumping off the Empire State building” type of buyrate, but now would be a decent B-show number.  How times have changed.  He does get one zinger in with “Killer Kowalski is disavowing any knowledge of having ever trained the Renegade.”  Ha!

(We’re getting closer to the point when I go from skimming the Observers for tidbits to actually recapping the Observers themselves!)  

Taped from Danville, PA, the place my soul will go to die.  Thank GOD next week starts a new taping cycle.  (Wait, isn’t Danville the home of Phineas & Ferb?  So that’s pretty awesome at least.)  

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.22.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.22.97

Live from MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.  JR narrates a cool history of the company’s big matches and moments in the arena to start the show.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

And now, the business changes forever.  Not to oversell it or anything.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.26.95

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.26.95

(Happy New Year and I hope you’re all having a good 2020 thus far.  I was busy doing New Year’s stuff last night, so here’s the next 95 RAW to tide you over.)  

Y’all can go to hell if you think I’m redoing King of the Ring.  Sorry, but even I have my limits.  In a roster note, IRS was done after King of the Ring and retired to become a road agent…until WCW promptly signed him for their new show.  Whoops.

Live from Danville, PA.  These shows have certainly been an education in learning new shitty towns in the US that I’ve never heard of before.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.15.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.15.97

OK, now we’ve caught up to Nitro again.

Last week:  Steve Austin stuns the shit out of Sgt. Slaughter and then lets us know that maybe Vince McMahon is next?  They wouldn’t do THAT, would they?

Taped from Muncie, IN on 9/9, drawing “about 5000” according to the Observer.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.12.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 06.12.95

For those keeping track of the news at the time in the Observer like me, this would be the week where WCW announced that they were going live in August with a new show on Monday nights in what was considered a suicide mission by most people.  Perhaps they hadn’t seen this week’s show.

Taped from Struthers, OH

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.08.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.08.97

Huh.  So I left off here with the August 18 episode, but the Network jumps to this one, two weeks later.  I actually have reviewed the 08.25 and 09.01 episodes back in 1997, written as TEXT FILES at the time because they were probably just transcribed from RSPW or something.  Anyway, I’m assuming this was some kind of dog show or tennis related thing where we only got the episodes in Canada and thus WWE pretends that they didn’t happen now.  At any rate, this makes it a lot easier to catch back up with Nitro again.

Anyway, this show is the followup to Ground Zero, which I was debating going back and rewatching.  Had it been a 1:40 In Your House, I probably would have.

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Monday Night Raw – October 28, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 28, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin, Jerry Lawler

It’s the second go home show for Crown Jewel and most of the card seems to be set in stone already. This time around we’ll be seeing some of the final touches put on, including Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt’s old friend Erick Rowan in a falls count anywhere match. The show’s audience is just miserably bad at the moment but maybe they can turn it around a bit tonight. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.13.98

Back to 1998 again by special request. Of course, this show is notable for being the NITRO KILLER, shattering all ratings records for the show to that point and then only going up from there.

Last week: Steve Austin supposedly joins Mr. McMahon as the corporate champion, but then reveals that it’s all a ruse and hits Vince in the nuts.

Live from Philadelphia, PA, drawing 14280 for a sellout.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.24.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.24.95

Live from Omaha, NB

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, who is now joining him “as always” so he’s the permanent host now. For those who like to trace the bizarre paths of history, this show starts the unlikely rise to power of you-know-who.

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