Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 05-24-1993

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: May 24, 1993 (taped 5/17)

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Will either Doink or Perfect qualify for the tournament? What does Ramon have up his sleeve? Could he be calling for a strike? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 04-26-1993

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: April 26, 1993

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Crush defeat Luger or is something else in the cards? What happens when MIchaels takes Manhattan? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania IX

Live from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: April 4, 1993

Attendance:  15,045 (14,000 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Will Bret retain the WWF title against Yokozuna? How will Hogan affect WrestleMania this year? How does this show compare to previous WrestleManias? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF March to WrestleMania IX

Taped from Fayetteville, NC

Airdate: March 28, 1993 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Savage derail the runaway locomotive known as Yokozuna? Will Bigelow destroy Undertaker prior to WrestleMania IX? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 3-8-93

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: March 8, 1993 (taped 3/1)

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Can Martel thwart Mr. Perfect’s momentum? Will Santana and Virgil pull an upset over the tag champions? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 01-25-93

 

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: January 25, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Rob Bartlett

Who will be forced to leave the WWF? Will Savage repossess his hat from Repo Man? How will the New Yorkers treat Kamala? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Royal Rumble 1993

Live from Sacramento, CA

Airdate:  January 24, 1993

Attendance:  16,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Who will win the Rumble match to become the #1 contender to the WWF title? Will the “Bad Guy” become WWF champion? Can Jannetty exact revenge against former tag partner Michaels and gain the IC title? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 01-18-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: January 18, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Can the sequel be as good as the first installment? Will it disappoint or will it surpass the original? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 25, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s commentary team and they are taped from Richmond, Virginia.  This episode was taped at the same location as RAW because the company had get Superstars ready to air a day early because of Thanksgiving.

Highlights of the 1-2-3 Kid’s ongoing issue with Marty Jannetty are shown, including Sid’s attack on Jannetty on RAW.

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What the World Was Watching: Survivor Series 1995

Howard Finkel announces Mr. Perfect, who is returning to the company after a year and a half hiatus.  Perfect comes to ringside to serve as a color commentator.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are live from Landover, Maryland.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series ’92

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 25, 1992

Attendance:  17,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Shawn Michaels win his first WWF title? How will Savage fare against Flair/Ramon? Who’s his partner? Also, who will win the casket and nightstick matches? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’92

WWF Summerslam ‘92

Taped from London, England

Airdate: August 31, 1991 (taped 8/29)

Attendance:  78,927 (75,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Bret retain the IC title against home country favorite Davey Boy? Will Warrior recapture the WWF title from Savage? In whose corner will Mr. Perfect occupy? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’91

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: August 26, 1991

Attendance:  20,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

With matches made in both Heaven and Hell, will Vince go to Purgatory? Also, three title matches support the undercard. Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania VII

Live from Los Angeles, CA

Airdate: March 24, 1991

Attendance:  15,500

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Wait a minute! This was supposed to be at the L.A. Coliseum! Vince must have hired Special Ops to keep the venue change so tight-lipped. Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’90

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: August 27, 1990

Attendance:  19,304 (18,703 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Can Hogan get revenge on Earthquake? Or will tremors cause a bigger crack in the Liberty Bell?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVII

Taped from Omaha, NE

Airdate:  July 28, 1990 (taped 7/16)

Attendance:  10,303 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Has the WWF gone ape? Or can they give us a decent show? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVI

Taped from Austin, TX

Airdate:  April 28, 1990 (taped 4/23)

Attendance:  8,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

It’s time for the Warrior era! Will the WWF go in a nonsensical direction? Or will Warrior just continue that by himself? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXV

Taped from Chattanooga, TN

Airdate:  January 27, 1990 (taped 1/3)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Hogan avenge his countout loss to Genius with help from Warrior? Will Duggan regain the crown from Savage? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV

Taped from Topeka, KS

Airdate:  November 25, 1989 (taped 10/31)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Hogan retain the WWF title against Genius? What is Mr. Perfect’s involvement? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XIX

Taped from Tampa, FL

Airdate:  January 7, 1989 (taped 12/7)

Attendance:  9,176

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To open the program, the Ultimate Warrior centers his promo on victory. In spite of the promo’s theme, I hope the US military didn’t use this as a motivational tool for the troops.

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Do you think fans determine wrestlers ultimate positions in the business?


All the topics about who drew and who didn’t lately on the blog have been fascinating to me. My question to you is do you think the fans determine what positions wrestlers are to be in before an organization decides to push or not push someone. Meaning, if the WWE lost their minds today and decided to put the WWE title on, let’s say, David Otunga, gave him a Goldberg-like winning streak along with a good storyline while at the same jobbing the daylights out of John Cena, it wouldn’t matter. To us, Otunga will always be a jobber while Cena is a main-eventer to us (the usual complaints about him aside).

What brought this about was being kind of surprised about who didn’t draw but you would think should have, Mr. Perfect and Ricky Steamboat. I think we can all agree that those two are two of the best wrestlers ever. Yet, according to you, Perfect’s feud with Hogan bombed while Steamboat’s trilogy with Flair (while classics) didn’t quite do great business. Does that mean that no matter what, in our minds, we WANTED them to be nothing more than midcarders. They had almost no chance of going up the card (and in Steamboat’s case, staying there) because we didn’t want them there.

​That’s one way to look at it. Perfect was an interesting case because he drew really well in the AWA given what state they were in and WWF pushed the shit out of him on TV all the time and gave him a win streak of a year or so. And yet fans just didn’t buy him at that level and I don’t think anyone is really sure why. Even PWI was acknowledging back in 1990 that the program was dying, so you know it was obvious.

That being said, I’ve long maintained that wrestling is the snake that consumes its own tail to survive. Foppish JTTS Hunter Hearst Helmsley gets repackaged a million times until he gets over as The Game being the most extreme example. Goofy surfer the Sandman gets repackaged into ECW hardcore legend The Sandman, etc. Look at Ryback, who would have bought him in this role back in the Skip Sheffield days? They stuck boring Ron Simmons and Butch Reed under masks and barely even pretended that they were anyone different, and even that got them over. So maybe if you called Otunga something else and pushed him as a killer, he’d get over. I wouldn’t bet against it, because above all else wrestling fans are WEIRD and fickle and you never know what’s going to get over or who they’re going to turn on.