The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

(Originally written December 2014.  And while normally I delete my assorted ramblings from the time, oh man did I ever remember this one…)

Woke up at 2:00AM this morning feeling like my wife was punching me in the kidneys, and while that was not something that would out of the ordinary, it was not her in this case.  Three hours later in the ER, I discovered that I’ve reached the special age where I start getting into troubles like kidney stones.  And they fucking HURT.  Like someone squeezing your nut until you want to puke on the floor.  (Addendum from 2020:  About a month after the stones, I had complications with a bladder infection that was caused by the aftermath of passing them, and JESUS CHRIST do you not want to deal with that, either.  Thankfully both were a one-time deal because I never want to go through either one again.)  

Still better than watching RAW these days, though.  (Still as true as ever.)  

Taped from Stockton, CA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.01.96

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.01.96

Here’s a fun fact:  This show didn’t get added to the WWE Network until WAY after the fact for some reason.  So I never had a chance to do it when I was working through the RAW shows originally.  I actually went to repost the show for this morning to go with the last Observer Flashback and realized it was missing, and then checked and discovered I had never watched it!  In fact I don’t think I’ve ever watched this episode, period.  So this is totally fresh content for you, although Nitro is gonna be a repost, sorry.

Yes, it’s THE RAW BOWL!  The stepdaddy of the mack daddy of them all!

Taped from Newark, DE

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.06.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.06.97

Vince McMahon opens the show, informing the crowd that Brian Pillman had died in his hotel room the night before, and we get a 10 bell salute with all the wrestlers on the stage.  And unfortunately that would only be the beginning of the tragedies to befall the Hart Foundation.

Anyway, this is of course the night after Badd Blood and the beginning of the end of Bret Hart’s WWF career.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

(Might as well merge the reposted TV rants into one column now.  Keeping them split into separate ones wasn’t doing any better numbers anyway.  Also, a reminder that these were written at times far apart from each other, in the early days of the WWE Network.)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

Taped from Grand Rapids, MI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.31.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.31.00

The DX tank might have been the turning point in the ratings war, but this was the point of no return for WCW.  And all of a sudden, everything changes up in the WWF and the show hits a stride that only the XFL could kill.

I don’t even remember if this episode was any good, but I’m pumped!

I bet Shane Douglas and Konnan were pumped as well while they watched from home.  LET’S GO.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.25.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.25.95

 

So it’s the night after In Your House 3, when Shawn Michaels & Diesel supposably won the tag titles from Owen & Yoko, only to have Gorilla Monsoon to reverse the decision and force the new old champions to face the Smoking Gunns.

Also, they’ve overhauled the RAW intro.  Again.  Men fighting on the rooftops!  Pretty sure the shots of people running into the fences were recycled into the D-X entrance years later, as well.

Live from Grand Rapids, MI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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