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–05.15.95 / 05.22.95

(We’re actually getting a few weeks ahead on the Observer Flashbacks now, so here’s two episodes of RAW to get caught up again.) 

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.15.95

Live from Binghamton, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.08.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.08.95

Taped from Omaha Beach, Normandy

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, with no green screen this time!

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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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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 07/10/00 Review

There’s not much to say in the intro this week. The WWF was on the road to Fully Loaded in July with some interesting matches being set up. Here is the synopsis for this episode on WWE Network:

“While the rivalry between Triple H and Chris Jericho continues to escalate, Women’s Champion Stephanie McMahon plans a special surprise for Y2J. Shane McMahon explains his radical new friendship and has him go one-on-one with WWE Champion The Rock. Plus, Lita takes on Trish Stratus in a Street Fight and more.”

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.03.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.03.95

Live from…ugh…Poughkeepsie, NY. Why not just go back to the Manhattan Center for a while? Was it a cost issue?

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette.

This would be the first actual “Night after Wrestlemania” show, as the previous couple of years have been taped shows due to the taping cycle. And this is a big one.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.20.95 / 03.27.95

(I’m actually getting a few weeks ahead on the Observers now, so here’s a couple of RAW reposts to catch up again, especially since the 3.27 show is literally one match!) 

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.20.95

Taped from Stockton, CA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.28.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.28.99

To follow up on my last Heat review and avoid doing King of the Ring 99 again, instead here’s the RAW after King of the Ring, which was basically the ratings peak of the Monday Night Wars for the WWF.  Fear not, for I shall give this subject the fair and unbiased discourse for which I am known.

LET’S GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSO!

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 06/26/00 Review (The Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H)

The King of the Ring 2000 PPV saw The Rock become the new WWF Champion and Kurt Angle won the King of the Ring tournament. Edge and Christian also won back the WWF Tag Team Titles. This Raw signified a change in direction for WWE. The heel McMahon-Helmsley group had dominated TV for months, but that was about to change. I’m excited to go through the second half of 2000 again. I remember a lot of good things happening.

The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “Shawn Michaels returns to introduce the new Commissioner of WWE. Plus, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, and many more in action!”

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 06/19/00 Review

This was the go-home edition of Raw heading into the King of the Ring PPV on Sunday, June 25, 2000. Due to that, they had six King of the Ring second round matches on this show.

The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “As the King of the Ring tournament continues, CEO Linda McMahon makes an announcement regarding Triple H’s WWE Championship at Judgment Day.” They screwed up the synopsis. It should say “King of the Ring” at the end, not Judgment Day.

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