The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.10.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.10.00

Hey, look at me, getting with the zeitgeist, as we watched Bird Box tonight (which will instantly date this rant for those reading years later!) and it was pretty good! Definitely not as scary as the internet would have us believe, and I don’t really get all the confusion over the ending and such. I’d liken it to the A Quiet Place, which was a much better movie with a similar clever concept, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. Not sure why 45 million people signed up for Netflix to watch it or whatever the crazy claim is, but it’s pretty good.

Anyway, back to 2000 again, because Bryan & Vinny are gonna catch up to me again if I don’t get going with these. To be fair, I’m also doing Smackdown and they’re not, so it’s twice the work for me.

Live from St. Louis, MO

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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Mike Reviews: WWF Monday Night Raw – 18th of December 1995

Six of the Best for Starrcade in the 90’s will be coming next week when I have some time off work. Until then though, I thought I’d review this show as its only 47 minutes long and features a storyline where poor Balls Mahoney had to play Santa Claus’ evil brother (Which someone actually asked about on the Blog today), so there’s a festive tie in at least.

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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–07.14.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.14.97

And now, the other half of the Monday Night Wars this week!

Last week: Bret Hart and the Hart Foundation ruled in Calgary and Alberta, but this week we’re back in AMERICA, where it’s your god-given right to carry guns and shoot each other!

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.30.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.30.97

OK, back to the RAW side this week, now that I’m caught up with Nitro. I barely remember where we left off last time, but I know the build to Canadian Stampede is on and Paul Bearer is ready to reveal Undertaker’s dark secret, which is totally not Papa Shango.

Live from Des Moines, Iowa, drawing 3781. Can you even imagine that kind of number even a year later?

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.07.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.07.94

Well, here we are at 44.  Goddamn I’m old.  This year’s presents to myself: The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection sets on Blu Ray and  “Toys In the Attic” on vinyl.  Maybe more as the birthday progresses, we’ll see.

Live from Bushkill, PA. Is that literally a high school gym? Good lord.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the empty hole in my soul once occupied by Randy Savage. Also, Jerry Lawler, beginning a run that would last for 20 years, give or take.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.03.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.03.94

(OK, now I’m all caught up to the point where we left off the Observers again, so I gotta get off my ass and get some more Observer Flashbacks done now.  It’s a vicious circle, people!) 

Taped from Utica, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.26.94

(I’m kinda way ahead in the Observers compared to these, so we might as well catch up a little bit.  Personal news:  I have betrayed Android and switched back to iPhone, specifically an 8 Plus 64GB because it was $0 and I wasn’t going to find a better deal than that.  Given I deal with Apple service all day at work I thought I had pretty much sworn off wanting one for myself, but it’s a nice phone and I like having the big screen again.  I had been using a Pixel for the last year or so and trying to type on it was just too much of a pain.  Anyway, on with RAW!)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.26.94

Live from Utica, NY, thank god.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage. Much like Vince, I fought off the onslaught of the greatest legal mind of our time today and emerged a better person for it. Truly I’m everyone’s hero.  (Well, there you go, that places this one right after the whole deal with PWInsider.  That poor dog.) 

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.12.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.12.94

So welcome to a very strange time in my life, as back in 1994 we got one of those C-Band satellite dish monstrosities for our backyard, added a grey market subscription to a US channel package, and VOILA, I suddenly could watch Monday Night RAW live on the USA Network, two years ahead of it debuting in Canada for the first time. I used to sit and watch “wild feeds”, like when newscasters are standing around in the field bullshitting with the cameraman, for hours. Not only that, but there was wrestling EVERYWHERE. Suddenly I could get ECW, SMW, WCW, that shitty Sportatorium crap with JBL and Ahmed Johnson, and assorted Mexican wrestling. That thing was AWESOME. But mostly I was pumped to get RAW. And what a show to debut with!

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