Mike Reviews – WWF Raw is War (22nd September 1997)

WWE ran MSG yesterday (I’m writing this ahead of time but I assume that show still went ahead) so I thought I’d go back in time to look at another occasion where they ran The Garden during a September. This episode of the show was seen as a symbolic attempt by the WWF to fight back against WCW after being on the losing end of the Monday Night War for over a year, and it featured some genuinely memorable moments that have made their way onto “Best of Raw” compilations for many years since.

The WWF was beyond the really rocky period of 1996 by this stage and were tootling along just fine business wise, but they were still out in 2nd place when it came to WCW and that just boiled Vince McMahon’s blood, so they were pushing hard to get back into the race. I’m watching this on WWE Network, so if anything is missing then it’ll likely be because they cut it out so as not to anger the folks at Peacock.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF WrestleMania

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: March 31, 1985

Attendance:  19,121

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Here we are–the very first WrestleMania that has spawned over three decades of supershows for the WWF/WWE. Let’s dig in to how the World Wrestling Federation got to this point:

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PTBN’s Excellent WWE Network Adventure #1: MSG House Show – 3/17/75

As many of you are aware, WWE Network is pretty packed with all sorts of content. And as you may also know, we here at Place to Be Nation love long term, in-depth projects. So, as part of this initiative, JT Rozzero, Brad Woodling, Chad Campbell, Jason Greenhouse & Dan McGinn are starting in 1975 and are planning to watch the entire offering of the WWE Network chronologically. They have plotted their course and after watching each program, they will share their thoughts, notes and recommendations with our readers. So, settle in and enjoy this epic ride through wrestling history!

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Madison Square Garden House Show – 3/17/75
Run Time: 55 minutes

Best Match

JT: I thought this was a pretty solid card up and down, so I had a somewhat tough choice. The opener and third matches were good, but I will go with Bruno Sammartino vs. Spiros Arion for my MOTN. There was some real heat to it and the crowd was red hot for Bruno, as always. I liked Arion’s look as a cocky heel and they traded some real tough kicks throughout the match. Bruno retains his WWWF Title but Arion had his foot on the rope and will be looking for a rematch I am sure.

Chad: Bruno vs. Spiros is the clear front runner for me. This was a punch and kick match but it was done in good intensity with each foe feeding into the other and the crowd heat was amazing, rivaling a soccer match with the Italian flags waving in the MSG air. I ranked the match **3/4 stars just because of the simplicity of the action, but the execution of the story they were trying to tell was spot on.

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