Mike Reviews – WWF Monday Night Raw 17th March 1997

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Seeing as we’re approaching WrestleMania later in the month, I decided to go back and review the go-home show for WrestleMania 13, seeing as it features quite a famous show closing moment. Mania 13 isn’t always well regarded, but it’s got a couple of good matches buried in amongst the early 97 malaise, along with an excellent match between Bret Hart and Steve Austin. I’ve actually reviewed it before and you can read what I thought if you like by clicking right HERE.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 10.04.86

The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 10.04.86

Taped from Salisbury, MD. Is that where the steak came from? Like some enterprising hamburger cook ran out of buns one day and was like “Fuck it, dump some gravy and onions on the patty and sell it as an entrée!” Because that’d be pretty smart of him, actually.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Johnny Valiant, since Gorilla is unaware of Bobby Heenan’s whereabouts this week. Spoiler: He shows up after the first match.

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #21 – 05.27.89

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #21 – 05.27.89

Taped from Des Moines, IA on 04.25.89

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

Yes, Hulk Hogan is once again WWF champion following Wrestlemania V.  Just accept it.  In his pre-show promo, he promises to dish out justice to the Bossman and shove his fat head through the bars of the steel cage, and he’ll be judge jury and executioner!  Unless the Senate just doesn’t have time to hear evidence, in which case there’ll be an acquittal.

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Mike Reviews – WWF St Valentine’s Day Massacre In Your House (14/02/1999)

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Last week we looked at the 14/02/99 episode of Sunday Night HeAT, which was essentially a pre-game show for this pay per view, so this week we’ll go and review the event itself seeing as we’re a day away from Valentine’s Day in real life anyway. I hope you have as enjoyable a Valentine’s Day as possible, especially if you can share it with a special someone.

This show was notable for being the first proper pay per view singles match between long-time enemies Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. They’d met one another in the Royal Rumble, but this time it was scheduled to be one on one, with a cage being set up to ensure no one would be able to help Vince out.

Surprisingly it didn’t do as big a buy rate as expected when you consider how hot the feud was, but it was sandwiched between the Rumble and WrestleMania XV, so that might have had an effect on whether people wanted to purchase it or not.

I didn’t have satellite TV at the time, which was the only way to watch the WWF in the UK until Channel 4 started showing HeAT in 2000, so I didn’t see this show live at the time but I did eventually get the VHS and watched it quite a bit. We’ll see if that nostalgia gives the show a bit of a boost for me or not.

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #20 – 03.11.89

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #20 – 03.11.89

Taped 02.16.89 in Hershey PA, drawing 9000.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

Is it just me or is the audio on this episode BRUTAL? It sounds like it’s recorded off a poorly-tuned FM radio, as everything has a crackly and echoing sound and it’s really annoying.

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Mike Reviews – WWF Sunday Night HeAT (14/02/1999)

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I thought I’d try something new over the next couple of weeks. Back in the day before the pre-show (Or whatever weird name WWE have come up with to WWEize it, because heaven forfend if everything isn’t branded to buggery and back) WWE would instead just turn the episode of Sunday Night HeAT into a preview for whatever pay per view event was due to happen that Sunday night.

HeAT started out as an important show, but the introduction of Smackdown in late 99 essentially turned it into just your standard weekend show where storylines didn’t advance and the matches didn’t really have any significance outside of rare occasions. In early 99 though HeAT would still see the top guys appearing on it, and on pay per view nights especially you usually saw everyone show up as the WWF tried to get the viewer to part with their money and purchase the event.

Thus this week we’ll look at the Sunday Night HeAT episode prior to the St. Valentine’s Massacre show and next week we’ll watch the actual show itself. How’s about that for a slice of fried gold?

Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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