Monday Night Raw – July 11, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: July 11, 2005
Location: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 9,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re a week removed from the earth shattering split of Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan, whose friendship dated back all of two months (with about six weeks off in the middle). Tonight we start the build towards what is almost guaranteed to be a big time Summerslam match, but there is one more important thing to deal with: one of the interchangeable women in the Diva Search is going home! Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 19, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast.  Heenan says that he is rooting for Sting on Monday Nitro because he cannot stand Hulk Hogan.  Due to Heenan’s WWF career, that is an awesome piece of character continuity.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 12, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Tony Schiavone are doing the studio work for this show.  They recap how the WCW title was held up on Monday Nitro.

Okerlund and Schiavone discuss the recent difficulties of Paul Orndorff.

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Monday Night Raw – June 6, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: June 6, 2005
Location: Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s time for the start of the Draft and that is the kind of thing that can change a lot about the company in a hurry. The first Draft pick is going to be revealed on the Highlight Reel and that could make for some interesting interactions. Other than that we have the build towards HHH vs. Batista in the Cell and it’s also the go home show for One Night Stand. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 29, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Detroit, Michigan as tonight’s Main Event episode is the pre-show for Halloween Havoc.

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Monday Night Raw – May 30, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 30, 2005
Location: Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Attendance: 8,500
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re on the way to One Night Stand and after last week, that is the most interesting thing on the show. At the same time though, we have to deal with a THIRD HHH vs. Batista World Title match on pay per view. Now some might have thought that two wins over HHH were enough, but the clear solution is to lock them inside the Cell. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – May 23, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 23, 2005
Location: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re on the way to the next Raw pay per view now that Smackdown’s show is over, but not before a big time show tonight. This week will see Batista defend the World Title against Edge, who has been lit on fire with a now heel Lita and a win in the Gold Rush Tournament. Other than that, it’s time to start the build to Vengeance, which seems a long way off. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – October 23, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are tasked with commentary and they are live from Huntsville, Alabama.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 7,000 fans attended the show with only 2,100 paying for tickets.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – October 16, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Albany, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – October 9, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Chicago, Illinois.  All of the announcers are sporting custom Chicago Bears jerseys, with Bischoff shockingly not wearing an old McMahon jersey to send another shot across the WWF’s bow.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,500 fans showed up to the Rosemont Horizon, with 4,458 paying for tickets.

Heenan says that the Giant has been issued a restraining order and is outside of the arena, barred from coming in this evening.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 30, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on September 20.

Dusty Rhodes comes out to take on his new role as a color commentator.  Heenan demands that Dusty leave and when Dusty refuses, Heenan takes a hike, doing a funny bit of giving Schiavone and Dusty a bunch of chances to take him back.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – September 25, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Florence, South Carolina.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 5,000 fans, of which only 2,000 paid.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – September 11, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael (with his dog Pepe), and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Miami, Florida.  Bischoff announces that Vader is AWOL because he has “not filed proper documents” so now Hulk Hogan’s team is one man down going into Fall Brawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 10, 1995

(Note:  With my school year resuming, my reviews will go to a posting schedule of Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan resume their studio duty roles and discuss the arrival of Lex Luger in WCW.

Heenan laughs at the idea that Kevin Sullivan will face Hulk Hogan by himself if the Dungeon of Doom loses WarGames at Fall Brawl.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – September 4, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Heenan begs off everything he said about McMichael in the week leading up to the show.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 2,000 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 3, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the Mall of America for the last WCW telecast before the debut of Monday Nitro.  Heenan continues to rant about how Steve McMichael should not be in the announce booth.

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Monday Night Raw – February 21, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 21, 2005
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 3,500
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re FINALLY off to the next big step as Batista decides if he’s going to face JBL or HHH at Wrestlemania. This has been a story where you know exactly what is going to happen but Batista has been built up so well that it has been a blast watching him. He’s grown a lot in the whole thing and now it’s time for the first part of the payoff. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – February 14, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 14, 2005
Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 7,500
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re back in America but the show is in a bit of a weird place at the moment. It’s the last show before No Way Out, meaning the last show before we can officially begin the Road to Wrestlemania. The fans are chomping at the bit to see Batista finally snap and turn on HHH but we need to go through the motions of acting like Batista might go after JBL instead. The inching forward continues tonight so let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 6, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Dusty Rhodes, and Randy Savage are calling the action and they are live from Daytona Beach, Florida.  This is the kickoff show for Clash of the Champions XXXI.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – July 23, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio duties for today’s broadcast.  Heenan says that there is going to be a big parade in Bucksnort, Tennessee to honor Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck’s tag team title win on WCW Saturday Night.

Heenan goes through a long story about how he was tending to a sick waitress at a Mexican restaurant after Bash at the Beach so that is why he could not pay for Okerlund’s dinner after Okerlund correctly predicted that Hulk Hogan would beat Vader at the pay-per-view.

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