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The Blog Of Kane #7: One On One With The Great One

Welcome to part 7 of The Blog Of Kane. On this edition, Kane challenges The Rock for the WWF Championship on the August 28 2000 edition of Monday Night RAW.

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KANE VS. THE ROCK

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The Story

Kane & X-Pac’s friendship was a positive boon for the Big Red Machine. They won the Tag Team Championship twice in 1999 and were voted the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year in 1999. Unfortunately, the alliance/bond didn’t last as WWF Champion Triple H rebuilt D-X, married Stephanie and ushered in the McMahon-Helmsley Regime. X-Pac followed suit, betraying Kane for the money and the power. Alas, the subsequent Kane/X-Pac feud was arduous, lacklustre and just daft. Kane somehow ended up dating Tori (DON’T ASK!), Tori ultimately ended up ditching Kane for X-Pac and joined D-X’s ranks, none of the bouts were particularly special…and FINALLY the tedious storyline ended at WrestleMania 16 when Kane & Rikishi defeated X-Pac & Road Dogg.

During this time, Kane joined the likes of the Rock, Cactus Jack, Rikishi & Too Cool and the Dudley Boys in the war against the McMahon-Helmsely Faction. Paul Bearer returned to his son’s side for a time, but he disappeared again. The Undertaker returned after a long absence to help destroy the McMahon-Helmsley Regime once and for all. The Rock won the WWF Championship from Triple H and Mick Foley ultimately took power as the new WWF Commissioner. But whilst Kane had been fighting on the front line, he seemed to have got lost in the shuffle.

That all changed when he turned heel in the summer of 2000, attacking his brother to restart their rivalry. Now sporting new attire, Kane was also in contention for a WWF Championship Match with The Rock the night after SummerSlam. Could he get back on top?

The Match Itself

Both combatants have entered the ring, and Kane’s staring deep into the Rock. As ever, Dwayne’s facials & mannerisms are PERFECT. The Great One knows EXACTLY how to express the correct emotions; whatever the mood and circumstances. He’s the WWF Champion, and the Rock KNOWS he’s got a major challenge ahead of him tonight. 24 hours after retaining the title at SummerSlam…he’s got KANE. It’s no surprise that Dwayne Johnson transitioned to Hollywood so successfully…he LIVES the story. He reflects it PERFECTLY.

IMG credit: WWE & Dailymotion

The Greensboro Crowd begin with the “Rocky!” Chants, JR & King are selling Kane as the challenger brilliantly, we have a big-time match on our hands…it’s the WWF IN 2000, BABY!!! The bell rings, the fight is on! Champion and challenger exchange blows! Rock ducks a clothesline and smacks Kane with some right-hands. Kane reverses an Irish-whip and smacks the Brahma Bull with a big boot! Already in control, Kane has Rock firmly on the ropes, but the Rock is able to connect with a side-Russian leg-sweep for a two-count.

Kane’s back-up quickly and is soon pummelling Rocky in the corner. Kane’s brutal blows…Rocky’s SELLING…things of beauty! Kane takes a moment to intimidate Earl Hebner, but that gives Rocky enough time to recover and start laying the SmackDown on his challenger! But Kane turns the tide with a NICE running power-slam! AGAIN, Dwayne sells the impact fabulously!

Meanwhile, Kane kicks the Rock whilst he’s down, as Good Ol’ King says that the Monster wants to represent the People as their champion! The fantastic crowd rally behind the Great One with “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” as Kane batters Dwayne (Hey, that rhymed! Sorry…). Anyway, Kane follows up with a great suplex on the People’s Champion for a near-fall. Rocky won’t go down without a fight, though! But another comeback attempt is shut-down courtesy of Kane’s brutal sidewalk slam!

Kane heads-up for the top-rope and then nails the Great One with a SPECTACULAR flying-clothesline! The WWF Champion is in trouble! But the Rock manages to kick-out before 3! Rocky tries again to fight back, but Kane is far too powerful and soon has him on the ropes again. However, the Rock manages to reverse an Irish-whip into a Samoan Drop! Which buys the Champion some much-needed time! However, Kane sits-up first as the ‘Rocky’ chants start-up again. The Great One manages to land a terrific-right, and another, and another, and another! He now has the Big Red Machine on the ropes! As usual, JR and King put over both combatants big on commentary!

The Rock scores a fantastic clothesline on Kane to take him down! Then he nails a DDT, but that only gets a two-count. Kane then reverses the next Irish-whip attempt and flings the Rock into the ref. Poor Earl is down again. The Rock counters a Tombstone attempt into a spine-buster! The crowd knows what’s coming next! WE ALL DO! Most Electrifying Move in ALL Sports-Entertainment – THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE! – The People’s Elbow! Rocky covers Kane, but of course, Earl’s too hurt to count! As soon as Dwayne leaves to check on the ref, Kane is back up to deliver an almighty choke slam to the champion!

IMG credit: WWE & WhatCulture

Earl manages to recover enough to make the count…1…2…NO! The Rock JUST kicks out in time! That was genuinely close! Kane clutches his hair tightly in frustration and roars monstrously at the ref! Kane batters the Rock furiously! He has him on the ropes again! But the Rock suddenly counters with a ROCK BOTTOM! OUT OF NOWHERE! 1…2…NO! KANE KICKED OUT OF THE ROCK BOTTOM!!! ANOTHER CLOSE NEAR-FALL!!!

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The crowd’s unglued, Dwayne can’t believe it, JR asks’ “What does the Rock have to do to beat this monster?!” …this is a REALLY good match, y’know!

The Brahma Bull clotheslines his challenger over the top-rope to the floor, Kane lands on his feet, the fighting now spills out to ringside and into the crowd itself…and then, Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” starts playing! The Undertaker’s here! Kane finishes pummelling the Rock and then goes off to play with his brother! The crowd still love Taker and Kane slugging each other! However, Earl is too busy checking on the Rock (awww…!) to notice Taker nail Kane with a thunderous choke-slam in the ring!

IMG credit: WWE & TJR Retro

Rocky finally manages to crawl back into the ring after all the abuse he’s taken! Earl is right there to count! 1…2…NO! Kane kicks out AGAIN?! Incredible! Rocky’s had enough now! With a look of sheer anger and determination, he nails the Big Red Machine with a SECOND THUNDEROUS Rock Bottom! THAT gets the 3-count! THE ROCK RETAINS THE WWF CHAMPIONSHIP AT 8:08!

IMG credit: WWE & Online World of Wrestling

Jim Ross: “The Rock knows he had Lady Luck on his side tonight!” Jerry Lawler: “AND the Undertaker!”

Verdict

THIS was simply a great Raw main-event! Was it classic or memorable? No, but it was a standard, hellacious match that you’d expect to find consistently on television during the World Wrestling Federation’s most successful period. 2000 was simply THE year for WWF, and it shows here. Amazing crowd, fantastic action from start-to-finish, unmatched commentary, and two proven main-eventers who are simply legends of this industry.

As we know, the Rock is one of the greatest wrestlers/WWF Champions of all-time. Interviews, personality, charisma, timing, in-ring ability, facial expressions, selling…Rocky VERY seldomly made a mistake. And very much like Triple H in 2000, it wasn’t JUST the big-time Pay-Per-View matches that Rocky delivered in as WWF Champion. It was night-after-night on Raw AND SmackDown too! Just like Triple H made you believe he could lose to the likes of Chris Jericho, Tazz and Taka Michinoku…Rocky could make both himself and his opponent look good whilst defending the belt. In this case, it was Kane.

Kane looked a legitimately credible threat to the WWF Title again; something he hadn’t looked like in ages thanks to that stupid storyline with X-Pac & Tori. But it’s also important to remember that Glenn Jacobs was also really starting to show what he could do as in-ring worker here. Obviously, his body-language and character-work were stellar from the get-go, but now Kane was getting to showcase more of his wrestling ability. Here, he competed in a fast-paced, exciting match with the Rock, and Kane would go-on to wrestle some excellent bouts against the likes of Austin, HHH, Angle, Jericho, Benoit and Edge over the following years. Of course, you can take or leave the Undertaker interference, but it made sense given that Rocky would soon be booked to defend the WWF Championship against Taker, Kane and Chris Benoit at Unforgiven. As for this match, I recommend watching this one!

OVERALL RATING

  • 8/10

Join us again next time in 2001 where Kane goes after the Hardcore Championship!

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WWF RAW February 15 1993 Review (Just Bring Him In Already)

February 15th, 1993
Location: Manhattan, NY (Manhattan Center)
Taped show (on Feb. 1st 1993)
Announced attendance: ca 1 000 (capacity: ca 1 000)
TV rating: 3.3 (USA Network) [up 0.3 from the previous RAW’s 3.0]

Welcome everyone to yet another review of WWF RAW. RAW is back after a one-week absence, as The Dog Show aired on USA Network the previous week instead of RAW. Tonight’s show features a 15-man battle royal and Brutus Beefcake’s return to the ring, against ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. Let’s get to it.

Here is the list of champions in WWF heading into this episode of RAW (air date):

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [126th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [111th day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [125th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

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IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Rob Bartlett

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– We hear from Brutus Beefcake and Ted DiBiase to start the program. Brutus says he’s ready for action, while Ted promises something bad will happen. Jimmy Hart doesn’t think it’s necessary, but Ted says everything will be just fine!

– The RAW intro plays to kick off the show

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Glen Ruth & Bobby Who
IMG credit: WWE & tapemachinesarerolling.tumblr.com

Really, Bobby Who!? Scott easily overpowers Ruth in the beginning. Impressive dragon suplex by Scott while Savage faces some problems with his microphone. Damn it, why couldn’t it be Bartlett’s!? Rick with an explosive belly-to-belly on Bobby Who, and Scott follows it up with a dropkick on Who. Scott gets him up in Razor’s Edge position, and Rick comes off the top with a flying elbowdrop for the double-team. Rick with a chinlock for a while. The jobber actually hits Rick with a bunch of wussy forearms to the chest, which earns him THE MOTHER OF ALL CLOTHESLINES. What are you even thinking, Mr. Who?? Scott follows it up with the butterfly powerbomb, and then The Steiners end it with the Doomsday Bulldog at 3:32.

  • Rating: The Steiners are always exciting to watch, even if it is just a squash. Very explosive, hard-hitting bout. The Steiners came out of it looking awesome as usual. Effective squash. *
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  • Gene promotes the main event: World Champ Bret Hart against the Royal Rumble winner Yokozuna for the WWF Championship
  • The first preliminary matches have just been added to the card: The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez (good lord almighty…) and Crush vs. Doink the Clown, with Crush looking for revenge from Doink’s vicious attack last month on Superstars
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Yokozuna vs. Ross Greenberg

Savage’s microphone is still not working. Greenberg charges right into a clothesline from Yoko to start. Yoko with a massive belly-to-belly suplex. Vince puts over Jim Duggan’s recent feat of being the first wrestler to ever knock Yokozuna off his feet. Yeah, talk about a wasted star-making moment. Jim f*cking Duggan…. Anyway, Yoko drops the big leg on Greenberg, kills him with the corner Avalanche and adds the exclamation point with the Banzai at 2:01.

  • Rating: Another easy win for Yokozuna as he heads towards his WWF Title shot at WrestleMania. 1/2*

Meanwhile, Savage steals Bartlett’s mic. YESS!!

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Special Report w/ Lord Alfred Hayes
  • Hayes recaps Yokozuna’s showdown with Jim Duggan a couple of weeks earlier on Superstars. Duggan was successful in getting the huge man off his feet, only to get squashed like a bug by the angry Yoko immediately afterwards. Yoko gave him a handful of Banzais, the last with the American flag covering Jim’s body. Duggan was bleeding internally and had to be taken out on a stretcher.

– Vince announces all the participants in the upcoming battle royal refused to have Giant Gonzalez join the field. We then see a recap of three jobbers walking away from their 3-on-1 handicap match against Gonzalez on the last episode of Superstars

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15-Man Battle Royal
IMG credit: WWE & tapemachinesarerolling.tumblr.com

Your list of official participants: Bob Backlund, Damien Demento, Typhoon, The Berzerker, El Matador, Razor Ramon, Terry Taylor, Tatanka, Iron Mike Sharpe (did someone no-show!??), Kamala, Skinner, IC Champion Shawn Michaels, Koko B. Ware, Owen Hart and Kim Chee.

Big melee to start with everyone going at it in the corners, while Kim Chee waits outside. He sneaks in rather quickly and joins everyone else, though. Backlund backdrops Sharpe over the top for the first elimination. It’s pretty impossible to follow the action. Kim Chee sneaks out once again. Koko tries toss Shawn out, but ends up charging into a backdrop by HBK for another elimination. Tito goes up top for a flying fistdrop on Berzerker, which is never good strategy in a battle royal. It works here, but it’s still dumb. A bunch of near-eliminations going on near the ropes on all corners of the ring. What is even the purpose of this battle royal? Maybe something huge is on the line here and I totally missed the announcement like a dumbass. I honestly don’t know. Skinner stops to dance on the ropes like a complete moron, and Typhoon clotheslines him out. Tito rams Razor’s head into the turnbuckle numerous times, while Kamala dumps Demento out. Berzerker gets rid of Owen. Santana tries to capitalize and quickly eliminate Berzerker from behind, but he’s unable to do it. HBK slugs away on Tito in the corner. Kamala eliminates Berzerker with a terrible “superkick”… well it’s the thought that counts! Kim Chee comes in from behind while Typhoon attemps to eliminate Kamala, eliminating him. Kamala goes back in and gets rid of Kim Chee, who runs away through the crowd into the concession stand. Kamala chases him while we take a break.

Commercial break

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We’re back with Kamala still chasing Kim Chee all over the arena. Terry Taylor is no longer there, apparently getting tossed out sometime while the cameras were focusing on the whole Kamala/Kim Chee stuff. Courtesy of Tatanka. Backlund went out too, at the hands of Razor. Thanks Cagematch! Typhoon squashes Michaels in the corner. However, he misses a blind charge in the corner and Michaels manages to throw the big man out. It’s down to Michaels, Razor, Tito and Tatanka. Again, what is this for? I’m genuinely lost! Shawn goes after Tatanka aggressively, with Savage bringing up Tatanka’s huge pinfall win over Shawn last week on Superstars. I recommend that one, by the way. What a huge pop for what used to be a rare non-title over a champion. Tito gives Tatanka a hand, though, and both babyfaces manhandle the Intercontinental Champion. Razor is just hanging out watching. A double-whip into the buckle leaves Michaels laying on the top rope, as then both Tatanka and Tito kick HBK to the outside for the elimination. They go after Razor together next… but Giant Gonzalez is here. Razor smartly leaves the ring and watches as Gonzalez tosses Tatanka. Gonzalez chops Tito and tosses him as well. Gonzalez walks away alongside Harvey Wippleman. Razor sneaks back inside the ring and Finkel announces him as the official winner after 13:37. Apparently this was for nothing… yep.

  • Rating: A near 15 minute battle royal as a set-up for a 30-second Giant Gonzalez run-in so he can toss a couple of dudes over the top rope and leave. About as exciting as it sounds. What a waste of TV time. How about… I don’t know, an actual interaction between Bret and Yokozuna? No? Anyway, this was pointless and boring. 1/2*

Main Event

Ted DiBiase (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Brutus Beefcake
IMG credit: WWE & capricorncity.com

This is Beefcake’s first wrestling match since July 1990. Lockup and Brutus sends DiBiase flying into the turnbuckle. Beefcake hammers away with a series of rights on DiBiase, who bails. Back inside, Beefcake remains in control with a side headlock. Beefcake sends him flying with yet another series of punches, and Ted is getting quite irritated. DiBiase goes after Brutus back inside, only to get sent into the buckle. Back to the side headlock goes Beefcake, as IRS comes down to ringside. Jimmy Hart asks IRS what he’s doing out there, but IRS doesn’t wanna hear it. DiBiase whips Beefcake into the ropes, and IRS hits him with a shot with the briefcase to Brutus’ back for the DQ at 4:26.

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IMG credit: WWE

IRS joins the ring for the beatdown on Brutus afterwards. DiBiase holds Beefcake’s arms for a briefcase shot to the face. Jimmy Hart begs IRS not to do it, so IRS shoves Jimmy to the outside. IRS charges and destroys Beefcake’s broken face with a shot with the briefcase. Jimmy checks on Beefcake inside the ring while Money Inc walk away without their manager. Jimmy begs for someone to come and give some help. Great selljob by Jimmy Hart, who was the MVP of this whole angle in my view. There are shots of blood all over the ring canvas. Vince tells us no major damage was done to Brutus’ face, though.

  • Rating: The angle was pretty good, it did a good job of setting up Hulk Hogan’s eventual return. It made sense for the heels to target Beefcake’s legitimately broken face. As far as the actual match goes, though, it was very basic and it wasn’t very good. I didn’t like how Beefcake, who hadn’t wrestled any match at all in nearly 3 years, totally dominated not only a veteran, but a reigning champion in WWF. DiBiase literally got no offense in. I understand their match was nothing but a set-up for the angle, but it wasn’t a good match. 1/4*

Next week: Money Inc are in action, which means Hulk Hogan might actually show up. Plus, a six-man tag team match.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: I liked the first two squashes and the final angle was good too. However, everything else was completely skippable, especially that pointless battle royal. I’m not the biggest fan of battle royals to begin with, but a 15-minute one with nothing on the line where someone who wasn’t in the match “won” makes it even worse. I didn’t like the main event match either, but they made up for it with the post-match angle to close the show. I didn’t think it was terrible, but some actual build towards WrestleMania would help. Silent Rob Bartlett did help, though, so there’s that! 4/10

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WWF RAW February 1 1993 Review (Returns & Debuts Galore)

February 1st, 1993
Live from Manhattan, NY (Manhattan Center)
Announced attendance: ca 1 000 (capacity: ca 1 000)
TV rating: 3.0 (USA Network) [up 0.4 from the previous RAW’s 2.6]

Thank you for joining me for yet another 1993 RAW review. It’s the fallout from the previous week’s Loser Leaves WWF Match which saw Ric Flair leave the company. Tonight, Brutus Beefcake makes his return to WWF. Doink the Clown and “The Narcissist” Lex Luger both make their televised WWF in-ring debuts as the build towards WrestleMania continues.

Here is the list of WWF champions heading into this week:

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [112th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [97th day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [111th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com
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Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Rob Bartlett

– RAW’s intro plays to kick off this week’s show

– We’re going straight to the ring for the first match of the evening

Tatanka vs. Damien Demento
IMG credit: WWE & fishbulbsuplex.tumblr.com

Demento takes control early on, until Tatanka surprises him with a small package for two. Tatanka with a hiptoss, a slam and a clothesline dumps Demento over the top to the floor. Demento stops to talk to the voices in his head (they talk to him, they understand too?) allowing Tatanka to chop away on the outside. That’s pretty dumb if you ask me. Back inside for a few more chops, but Demento takes him down with a clothesline. Back elbow smash by Demento and he follows it up with a legdrop for two. Demento goes to a headlock while the crowd chants “we want Flair”. Tatanka escapes the headlock, marches around the ring as he makes the comeback before finishing with the Not Samoan Drop at 4:10.

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  • Rating: Extended squash for Tatanka. Basic but not awful. *

– A clip airs of Bret Hart, representing the company as the reigning WWF Champion, presenting a 100.000$ donation check at the “Headlock on Hunger” charity event

Brutus Beefcake returns to the WWF
IMG credit: WWE

Vince McMahon joins Beefcake in the ring for an interview. Brutus wants to make his return to action, but Vince wonders if it’ll be a good idea due to the parasailing accident. Brutus explains that it wasn’t just the accident, as shortly before his mother passed away. His dad went right after her, due to a heart attack. And THEN his wife left him for some other guy. She was probably just tired of having Hogan around the house, I honestly can’t blame her. Beefcake continues by saying that then the parasailing accident occurred. He was just about to quit, he was broke, he was destroyed, his jaw had 8 steel plates, 30 screws, 500 stitches but the first thing he saw… was the red and yellow as Hulk Hogan reached his hand and all went well. Oh dear god. His career is in shambles, but Hogan told him “go for it, Brutus” so he’s decided to do so. He kinda had me there at the start, but then it all turned into “Hulk Hogan saved the world” territory and he totally lost me. But hey, Brutus is back to the ring. Yey!…

High Energy (Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware) vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Von Krus

Well, this one shouldn’t take too long. Sharpe overpowers Owen with a shove off the early lockup. Shoulderblock by Sharpe, but Owen kips up and cuts him off with a dropkick. High Energy with a double-team backdrop to Krus, as then Koko takes care of Iron Mike Sharpe by dropkicking him off the apron. That leaves Von Krus alone, allowing High Energy to finish him with Koko’s missile dropkick straight into Owen’s jackknife roll-up combination for the easy squash at 1:31. Von Krus is the future Big Vito, by the way.

  • Rating: In ‘n’ out squash. 1/4*

– Recap of Doink taking out Crush last month on Superstars

Typhoon vs. Doink the Clown
IMG credit: WWE & Twitter
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This is Doink’s in-ring debut in the WWF, if you don’t count the already-taped matches on Superstars that only aired later that month. Doink immediately takes Typhoon off his feet with a single-leg takedown. Typhoon sends Doink flying with a huge hiptoss, but Doink manages to take him down yet again, into a front facelock. Typhoon overpowers Doink to escape the hold, only for Doink to wrestle Typhoon down once more as he goes to work on the arm now with a hammerlock. Doink switches into a headlock, but Typhoon rams him into the turnbuckle to block it and puts the clown in a bearhug. Typhoon with a powerslam, only to miss an avalanche in the corner. Doink takes advantage with a flying clothesline and he steals the pin with a handful of tights at 3:10.

  • Rating: This was there to show that Doink actually knows a thing or two about this wrestling stuff. It wasn’t good or exciting, but it got the point across well enough. 1/2*

– WWF Mania ad followed by a short interview with the show’s host, Todd Pettingill

– 10-bell salute to Andre the Giant, who died the previous week.

– PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION PAID FOR BY THE FOLLOWING: Try some IcoPro! How about these WWF Figures! Oh, and don’t forget… snap into a Slim Jim ooooh yeaaah!

Yokozuna vs. Bobby DeVito

Good luck out there, Mr. DeVito. Yokozuna is fresh off winning the Royal Rumble the week before. DeVito charges into a superkick from Yoko right off the bat. Yoko with a belly to belly followed by a legdrop, as we hear from Jim Duggan on the phone. Yeah, good luck to you too, Duggan. Yokozuna destroys the poor jobber a bit more for fun before ending him with the Banzai Drop at 2:38.

  • Rating: Another squash. Effective way to put Yokozuna over as a pretty big deal on his way to WrestleMania. 1/2*
Interview with Money Inc
IMG credit: WWE & tapemachinesarerolling.tumblr.com

Vince asks how does it feel to get into an arena and get such a negative reaction. DiBiase tells him that the only thing that bothers him is an empty bank account, which he never experienced. Hahah! They accept Brutus Beeefcake’s open challenge for his return bout and flip a coin to see who will take on him. However, this draws Jimmy Hart to ringside, who doesn’t exactly agree with the idea since one of them can get hurt and risk the team’s success. The champions tell him not to worry about it, but Jimmy still isn’t into the idea at all.

– Mr. Perfect vignette airs

Main Event

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“The Narcissist” Lex Luger vs. Jason Knight
IMG credit: WWE & Pinterest

Yet another debut here as this is Luger’s first match in WWF. Luger takes Jason down with a hiptoss and immediately stops to pose. What, a man has priorities! Luger destroys Knight with a hard clothesline out of the corner and poses some more. Stungun by Luger and more posing. Powerslam by Luger followed by a running clothesline. Luger ends Knight with a forearm and pins him with his pinky at 2:38.

  • Rating: Basically what I said about all the other matches. 1/4*

Vince closes by saying RAW won’t air next week because The Dog Show will be on. RAW returns in 2 weeks with Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Well, this was a pretty discreet episode filled with squashes all over the broadcast. I wouldn’t say it was terrible as a number of things happened here, including a return and multiple in-ring debuts, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend this one to anyone, especially compared to the previous episode which had Perfect/Flair. But it’s not like it will make you question your life choices after watching it or anything like that. 4/10

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WWF RAW January 25 1993 Review (Loser Leaves Town)

January 25th, 1993
Taped (on Jan. 18th, 1993) from Manhattan, NY (Manhattan Center)
Announced attendance: ca 1 000 (capacity: ca 1 000)
TV rating: 2.6 (USA Network) [down 0.2 from the previous RAW’s 2.8]

Welcome to another review of an early episode of Monday Night RAW. This week, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect finally go at it in a one-on-one match, with the loser being forced to leave the World Wrestling Federation! Additionally, Randy Savage is looking for redemption against Repo Man after last week’s theft.

Here is the list of WWF champions heading into this episode (considering the date the show aired):

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [105th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [90th day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [104th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

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Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan & Rob Bartlett

– RAW opens with Repo Man, still possessing Randy Savage’s hat, showing up in a flat truck outside to cut off Sean Mooney’s intro.

– The intro of the show plays.

– McMahon, Heenan and Bartlett welcome us to RAW at ringside.

Randy Savage vs. Repo Man
IMG credit: WWE & tapemachinesarerolling.tumblr.com
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Savage jumps Repo Man from behind right off the bat. Savage takes him outside for a kneedrop. Back in the ring, Macho goes up for a flying kneedrop that gets two. Repo Man throws Savage to the outside. However, he stops to celebrate and Savage comes up with a high knee to the back from behind. Repo Man tries to take a walk to the dressing room, but Savage stops him. Savage takes him back to the ring to continue the beating. A trip to the steps followed by one to the ring post turn things around for Repo Man, though. Heenan with the line of the night by asking Vince “where did they get this guy” [Bartlett] after one of Bartlett’s stupid lines. Repo Man puts Savage in a sleeper, Savage fights out of it and we go to a break.

Commercial break

We return with Repo Man still in control. Legdrop by Repo Man gets two, brother. Bodyscissors by Repo Man. Savage escapes with a kick to the gut, but Repo Man immediately throws him down with a clothesline. The crowd chants for “Macho” while Repo Man chokes away on the ropes. Backdrop suplex by Repo Man gets two. Savage tries to fight back, but Repo Man sends him into the turnbuckle to stop him. Backbreaker by Repo Man. Repo Man goes up but ends up landing in a clothesline by Savage in mid-air. The Macho Elbow connects and that’s all at 13:30. Savage celebrates in the ring afterwards with HIS HAT BACK ON! All is right in the world again!

  • Rating: This was a two-week long feud over a hat! It’s not surprising that it turned out to be nothing special. It went a bit long due to the lack of heat, and it honestly felt like little more than a showcase victory for Randy Savage. Not much to this match or “feud”. *1/2

– WrestleMania IX advert airs.

Kamala (w/ Reverend Slick) vs. The Brooklyn Brawler

Brawler goes after Kamala from behind before the bell. He tries a slam on Kamala, but Kamala easily reverses it and hits a slam of his own. Brooklyn Brawler wants a handshake, but the crowd advises Kamala to refuse via a “you are a man” chant. My god! Kamala obliges and chops Brawler instead. Kamala hits a superkick of sorts and follows it up with a buttdrop in the corner. Kamala goes for a pin off some choking in the corner, but he struggles to do the pinfall properly and the match continues. Big boot by Kamala and he does the dumb inverted pinfall once again. Alright, we get the point. Kamala finally hits the splash and keeps rolling the Brawler over until he finally gets him in proper pinfall position at 3:32.

  • Rating: Absolutely awful nonsense. DUD
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Vince McMahon leaves commentary for an interview with Kamala and Slick. Vince congratulates Slick for the job he’s done with Kamala lately, but Slick says the credit goes to all the fans.

Royal Rumble Report w/ Mean Gene
  • Royal Rumble will be available on Coliseum Video on February 11th 1993
  • Mean Gene recaps Bret Hart’s successful WWF Title defense over Razor Ramon, as well as Yokozuna’s Royal Rumble win – that will be our main event at WrestleMania.
  • Okerlund also recaps Bobby Heenan’s reveal of “Narcissus” and the debut of Giant Gonzalez
  • Mean Gene closes by promoting SmarKDown’s review of the Royal Rumble 1993, which you can see here. How nice of you!

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Main Event

Loser Leaves Town Match – Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect
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Both guys exchange slaps to start. Flair strikes first with a shoulderblock off the lockup. Flair off the ropes, Perfect with a drop toehold and a number of bitchslaps! Flair bails and Heenan is about to have a heart attack over on commentary. They battle over a hammerlock back-and-forth, Flair takes him down with a drop toehold into a headlock, which Perfect turns into a hammerlock. Flair escapes the hold with an elbow in the corner. He goes for chops, but Perfect fires away with chops of his own and Flair begs off. Great commentary by Heenan and Vince, putting over both men’s defensive strategy due to the stipulation. Flair unloads with the chops in the corner. Perfect once again throws chops himself, and follows with a series of jabs as Flair backs off yet again. Flair pokes the eye, dumps Perfect to the floor and grabs a chair, but the referee prevents him from using it on Perfect. We go to a break.

Commercial break

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We come back with Flair in control back inside the ring. Flair sends Perfect flying all the way to the outside on a hard whip into the buckle. Perfect is busted open. Flair takes him back inside the ring for another hard whip into the buckle. Flair works the count a few times with his feet on the ropes. Perfect fights back with a clothesline out of the corner that gets him two. Flair goes for a hiptoss, which gets blocked by Perfect and turned into a backslide for two. Perfect with a backdrop out of the corner, and Ric is begging off. Perfect slugs away with fists in the corner, until Flair stops him with an atomic drop and rolls Perfect up for two. Flair goes outside, but Perfect is having none of his mindgames. Perfect chops the f-ck outta Flair’s chest while on the apron, and brings him into the middle of the ring with a suplex for two. Heenan is losing his mind on commentary and I’m loving it! Flair catches Perfect in a sleeper. Perfect fades down to his knees and Heenan is YELLING for the referee to ring the bell while punching the announce table! The ref checks on Perfect, but his arms only drop twice so he’s still in it. Perfect runs Flair into the turnbuckle out of desperation to escape the hold. Now Perfect applies a sleeper of his own, which Flair eventually escapes with a backdrop suplex. Figure Four by Flair, but Hebner breaks the hold after catching Naitch grabbing the ropes for leverage. Flair climbs up to the top rope, but Perfect SHOCKINGLY slams him off. We take a final break!

Commercial break

We’re back with Flair using the ropes to get back up to his feet. Vince lets us know we only have about 9 minutes left on the air. Flair reaches for some brass knuckles on his knee pads. The POWER OF THE PUNCH turns Perfect’s lights out. Flair adds a cheap kneedrop for good measure. Flair covers Perfect to end his WWF career… but Perfect has a foot on the ropes! Now Flair is pissed, so he hammers on Perfect’s cut repeatedly. Perfect no-sells a number of Flair chops in the corner, and he’s all fired up. Perfect with his own chops followed by a big backdrop. Clothesline by Perfect. Whip into the buckle by Perfect, Flair flip into the top rope, but Perfect catches him in mid-air with a clothesline for a nearfall. Flair takes Perfect down for a bunch of two counts, but gets caught using the ropes again. Hebner kicks Flair’s legs away, leading into a cradle by Perfect for two. Flair sets up Perfect for something off the ropes, but Perfect catches Flair with a quick Perfectplex for the win to send Naitch back to WCW at 23:00.

Bobby Heenan is cussing and throwing stuff around ringside after the match while Perfect celebrates.

  • Rating: Amazing job done by Perfect and Flair here. They told a brilliant story throughout the entire matchup, with both playing defense at first (which was addressed on commentary) before risking a bit more as tensions grew in the final moments of the match. This lacked a few more nearfalls to take it to that next level, and the commercial breaks in the middle didn’t help, but it was still a heck of a match. The first truly awesome match in the (then brief) history of RAW. ****

– Vince tells us that Ric Flair must honor his already-signed WWF bookings before leaving for good. For those wondering, he worked until February and finished up after the European tour, where he put over the likes of Bret Hart and Undertaker. Here are his final matches, courtesy of Cagematch:

IMG credit: Cagematch.net

– Next week: Typhoon vs. Doink the Clown. Feel the excitement!

END OF THE SHOW

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Final thoughts: Savage/Repo Man was decent at best (a feud over a hat could only go so far…) and Kamala’s squash match sucked, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the main event. Nothing else mattered. Flair/Perfect was awesome and that’s all people were going to remember from this show anyway. Rarely did a match with such huge implications happen on WWF TV at this time, so this show felt huge. Like I said at the beginning of the paragraph, not everything was good, but at the end of the day this will forever be one of the most memorable episodes of RAW due to what happened in the main event. 8/10

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The Blog Of Kane #6: Tag Team Champ With X-Pac

Welcome to part 6 of the Blog of Kane! As always thanks for your support! And we now move-on to 1999, and the next chapter of the Big Red Machine’s career!

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KANE & X-PAC VS. OWEN HART & JEFF JARRETT

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The Story

Much had happened to Kane since winning & losing the WWF Championship in those 24 hours from June 1998. Successful alliances with Mankind and (incredibly!) the Undertaker followed. Kane won the Tag Team Championship twice, he continued to decimate the entire roster (either by himself or with the Undertaker), continued his pursuit of Stone Cold Steve Austin and the WWF Championship…

His alliances with Mankind & the Undertaker were ultimately short-lived, and even Paul Bearer betrayed his own son to renew his relationship with the Undertaker! Forced into Vince McMahon’s Corporation, Kane formed another alliance with Chyna, but this didn’t last long either. Chyna betrayed him and reunited with Triple H, who in-turn betrayed X-Pac and D-Generation X to join the Corporation. Kane was subsequently booted, and now found himself at odds with Tag Team Champions Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart.

And after inadvertently helping each other out after suffering betrayals, Kane & X-Pac were now scheduled to go after the Tag Titles together! It was the beginning of a strange, yet beautiful friendship…

The Match Itself

Immediately, the Long Island crowd chants ‘Nugget!’ at Owen (God, did he brilliantly embrace that or what?!) and once again, we’re treated to Owen Hart vs. Sean Waltman to kick things off. Side-headlock from Owen, X-Pac shoves Owen off, Owen hits the ropes, then nails the Kid with a shoulder-block takedown. Owen bounces off the ropes again, X-Pac’s back up, NICE leap-frog(!), and then a FANTASTIC spinning heel kick to take the Rocket down! Lovely fast-paced action to kick things off!

IMG Credit: WWE & StillRealToUs.com

X-Pac then goes for an arm-wrench, Owen escapes with his trademark agility, then nails X-Pac with a clothesline. Owen tags-in Jeff, who goes to work on the Kid, whilst the relentless crowd continue to taunt Owen with “Nugget! Nugget! Nugget!”. X-Pac reverses the Irish whip, Jeff counters the hip-toss attempt, X-Pac uses his trademark agility to escape, he ducks Jarrett’s clothesline, X-Pac hits the ropes, then nails the Chosen One with a wicked flying clothesline! X-Pac then grabs Jarrett for a side-headlock…all the while, Michael Cole does a good job calling the action and promoting X-Pac’s showdown with Triple H for Backlash 1999.

Owen tags in whilst Jarrett shoves off X-Pac into the ropes, and then the King of Harts nails a running Kid with a BEAUTIFUL spinning heel kick of his own! Owen then tags Jarrett back in and together they double-team the Kid with a double-clothesline and then a double-leg-pull to play havoc on X-Pac’s groin! OUCH! Michael Cole continues to do good work on commentary by remarking on X-Pac’s situation at the time (suffering from Triple  H and Chyna’s betrayal), whilst Jerry Lawler continues to be the smart-assed, unsympathetic heel behind the announce table.

Jeff then catches X-Pac with a nice powerslam, but only gets a two-count. Owen and Jeff continue to work over the face-in-peril. Owen nails a textbook backbreaker on X-Pac, the “Nugget!” chants start up again, Owen Irish-whips Sean HARD into the turnbuckle cover, Jeff applauds his partner/friend (quite right, too.), and then Owen delivers a textbook suplex for a two-count. Owen then tries to Irish-whip X-Pac again but the Kid counters, but so does Owen! Spring-boarding off the ropes for a BEAUTIFUL cross-body, which X-Pac rolls-through into a close two-count! God, the pure-wrestling here is beautiful! But given the talent here, what would you expect?

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Owen then nails an enziguri on X-Pac. Jeff thoughtfully rests his boot on the top rope in his corner, so Owen introduces X-Pac’s face to said-boot, and the heels make another tag. The crowd now starts chanting, “We want Kane! We want Kane!” as Jarrett traps X-Pac in a sleeper hold. Michael Cole (in my opinion, he doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a commentator) notes that Kane hasn’t yet tagged in this match, and wonders if Kane must he be thinking if he can trust X-Pac. Can he trust anyone anymore after all the betrayals he’s endured?

IMG Credit: WWE

X-Pac counters the sleeper with a back suplex on Jeff. Both guys are down. Jarrett crawls over to Owen, X-Pac crawls over to Kane, but Owen’s tagged-in and stops X-Pac by giving him a BLATANT low-blow! Referee Mike Chioda admonishes Owen, but doesn’t disqualify him…? As much as I love the Attitude Era, there was a lot of nonsense to it, I’ll admit. Owen nails a bodyslam, raises his arms cheering ‘WOOOOOO!!!’ (God, I miss Owen Hart so much…), the “Nugget!” chants are right on cue, but a high-risk attack is countered when X-Pac gets his foot up! X-Pac gets back up, he and Owen run the ropes together and then take each other out with a double-clothesline!

Jeff and Debra rally Owen to get up and make the tag, X-Pac crawls over to his corner and FINALLY TAGS IN KANE! THE CROWD ERUPTS! Owen makes the tag, and Jeff runs towards a devastating flying clothesline from the Big Red Machine! Kane smacks Owen right in the mush, then nails a big boot on the King of Harts! Jeff also eats a big boot from Kane! Powerful clothesline to Owen, Kane goozles Jeff, whilst X-Pac gives a Bronco Buster to Owen lying helpless in the corner! GOD, what a chokeslam on Jarrett! The Raw crowd are loving this!

WHAT ON EARTH?! Kane’s got X-Pac by the throat?! He gorilla-presses the Kid over his head…a recovering Owen wonders what’s going on just like the rest of us…!

Kane then DROPS X-Pac on top of Jeff, before nailing Owen again! 1-2-3! The crowd erupts! Kane and X-Pac are your winners and NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS AT 5:58!

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Verdict

So after his amazing debut in October 1997, such award-winning feuds with Mankind, Vader and the Undertaker, winning the WWF Championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin, and being an established main-event player throughout 1998…what next? Obviously, Austin was still the company’s biggest star heading into 1999, the Rock was hot on his heels, Mankind was also enjoying his time in the spotlight, Taker was busy with his Ministry of Darkness, Triple H was ascending up the card…so where did that leave Kane?

On paper, the idea of Kane teaming with such a polar-opposite like X-Pac was daft. But in practice, it was a huge-success. In-ring-wise, Glenn Jacobs and Sean Waltman shared a great chemistry. Story-wise, Kane and X-Pac shared common goals and could relate to one-another after all the betrayals they suffered. And going forward, X-Pac would help the damaged Kane find his humanity again. It was fascinating development for the character. Kane willingly granting Austin a rematch for the WWF Title the night after he won it showed that this monster had honour. The alliance/friendship with X-Pac took that hidden depth and realised its full potential; showing that Kane wasn’t just a one-dimensional monster. He was as deep as the Undertaker.

THIS BOUT…was simply a great Raw bout. Short, sweet, fast-paced and exhilarating. Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett made for GREAT Tag Team Champions, and this was a kick-ass way for their reign to end. Owen, Jeff and Sean were all first-class workers in their prime and they wrestled an excellent tag bout, with a white-hot Long Island crowd eating up everything they did. The bout was perfectly laid out, and Kane making the hot-tag right at the end to destroy the champs, tease turning on X-Pac, only to brilliantly swerve us at the end for a creative finish…I loved this gem. And of course, X-Pac and Kane would have a fantastic run together, winning the Tag Titles twice and being the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of 1999. GOOD STUFF.

OVERALL RATING

  • 8/10

Cheers as always for your support! Next time in the Blog of Kane, it’s 2000! Kane is back in title-contention and he goes ONE-ON-ONE…WITH THE GREAT ONE!

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WWF RAW January 18 1993 Review (Where’s Your Hat, Savage?)

January 18th, 1993
Live from Manhattan, NY (Manhattan Center)
Announced attendance: ca 1 000 (capacity: ca 2 200)
TV rating: 2.8 (USA Network) (up 0.3 from the previous RAW’s 2.5)

Welcome everyone to my review of the second episode of Monday Night RAW. This week, on the go-home edition for the Royal Rumble, Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect and Marty Jannetty are in action. But the real question is… can Bobby Heenan actually get into the arena this time around!?

Here is the list of WWF champions heading into this RAW:

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [98th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [83rd day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [97th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

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IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Rob Bartlett

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– The show opens with Rob Bartlett ripping a picture of Bobby Heenan, before Repo Man ambushes Macho Man Randy Savage from behind.

– The RAW intro plays.

Mr. Perfect vs. ‘Terrific’ Terry Taylor
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We’re starting off the show with a LONG awaited rematch from SummerSlam 89! Savage is absent from commentary as he’s looking for Repo Man, by the way. Perfect takes down Taylor early and slaps him. Savage makes his way back to ringside at this time, without his hat which apparently was stolen by Repo Man. Perfect with a powerslam into a dropkick, but Taylor runs away like a, ahem, like a chicken. Easy target I know, gimme a break! Perfect works a chinlock and the crowd wants Flair. Taylor breaks the hold and hiptosses him, but Perfect kicks him off. Slam by Perfect, but now Taylor kicks him off, only for Perfect to catch him with an armdrag into an armbar. Meanwhile, Bobby Heenan is live on commentary via phone call. He speaks his mind… and they cut to break. Man, poor Heenan!

Commercial break

We return with Taylor pounding away on Perfect around ringside, and with Heenan still on the line. Taylor catches Perfect with a jawbreaker back inside as he takes over. He gets two with a backbreaker. Perfect shows some life near the corner, but Taylor quickly cuts him off with a thumb to the eye. Perfect escapes a chinlock by Taylor, only to walk right into a spinebuster that gets Taylor a two count. Terry with a gutwrench powerbomb for two more. Perfect finally makes a comeback and scores with an atomic drop, followed by the Perfect necksnap. However, Ric Flair comes down to ringside to challenge Perfect, drawing Perfect to the outside for a beatdown while Taylor has the referee distracted. Flair throws Perfect back inside for Taylor to finish him off, but a suplex attempt by Taylor is reversed right into a Perfectplex for the win at 10:30. Perfect rolls out and runs after Flair as soon as it’s over.

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  • Rating: Quite the good little TV match here. Taylor held his own against Perfect through his cheating early on, and later through Flair’s interferences. Taylor got a couple of solid nearfalls throughout this match, in what might actually be his very best match ever in the WWF, unless I’m forgetting something. It made sense for it to go a bit longer as Perfect was still slowly getting back to in-ring shape after more than a year out of the ring, while Taylor had always been active in both WCW and WWF. ***

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Vince McMahon interviews Bret Hart
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Vince brings back Razor Ramon’s words about Bret and the Hart Family in his promo last week on RAW. Bret says he’s alright when someone comes after him, but Razor crossed the line when he jumped Owen. Bret adds that Razor is the lowest scum in the WWF. Vince wants to know if the upcoming World title match at Royal Rumble will be the typical Bret Hart technical wrestling match. Bret says the championship means Bret Hart is the best wrestler currently, but he’s gonna throw the rule book out the window at the Rumble. He promises to beat up Razor from one side of the ring to the other to get revenge, and Razor will find out that Bret is not only the best but also the toughest. Good follow-up to Razor’s promo the previous week, it did a good job of selling their issues.

– The Undertaker & Paul Bearer promote “Headlock on Hunger”, a show later that month in MSG to raise awareness for children in Somalia.

Marty Jannetty vs. Glen Ruth
IMG credit: WWE & tapemachinesarerolling.tumblr.com

Marty is challenging Shawn Michaels for the IC Title in six nights at the Rumble. For those of you who don’t know, Glen Ruth would later work for the WWF as Thrasher, one half of the Headbangers. Glen wants a handshake before the match, only to jump Marty from behind. He ends up running into an elbow on a blind charge, though, and Marty comes off the top rope with a faceplant. Jannetty works the arm before catching Glen with a clothesline off a criss-cross sequence, as Shawn Michaels speaks live via phone call too. Shawn says the Rockers were successful once all because of himself, and promises Sherri will be with him after the Royal Rumble. Jannetty hits a suplex and spends almost the entire phone working on the arm. Marty slugs away on Glen in the corner and shoots him off with a hard Irish whip. Jannetty slides between Glen’s legs and catches him with the Rocker Dropper at 5:10.

  • Rating: Not good. Jannetty spent much of the match working holds before finishing the guy out of nowhere. Shawn’s interview kept it somewhat interesting, but it was not a very impressive performance from Jannetty ahead of the big clash with Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble for the Intercontinental title. Ineffective squash. 1/2*
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– We see a recap of Doink finally making his de-facto debut after MONTHS of introductory cameos, brutally attacking Crush and hospitalizing him last week on Superstars.

– Sean Mooney is outside and Repo Man passes by with Macho Man’s hat. Savage challenges Repo Man right away and leaves the commentary booth.

Royal Rumble Report w/ Mean Gene
  • Razor Ramon cuts a promo on Bret Hart. He’s got gold on his fingers and on his neck. After he’s done with Bret, he’ll have gold on his waist.
  • Mean Gene follows up by hyping the Royal Rumble match, which will determine the challenger for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania IX.
  • Gene hypes the Intercontinental title matchup between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty as well.
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Randy Savage is outside with Sean Mooney looking for Repo Man on the streets, but he’s nowhere to be seen.

Main Event

Ric Flair vs. ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana
IMG credit: WWE & historyofwrestlingblog.wordpress.com

The fans actually go back-and-forth with chants for both guys. Tito strikes first with a shoulderblock. He follows it up with a powerslam and a side headlock. Flair tries to block the hold, but Tito uses the ropes for leverage and goes back to the side headlock. Flair manages to escape it on a second try, only to immediately eat a shoulderblock and a clothesline. Santana goes back to the side headlock and we take a break.

Commercial break

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We’re back with Flair avoiding a monkey flip out of the corner, and he gets two off a jackknife roll-up. Flair drops a pair of knees on Tito’s head, whilst trash talking Savage. That allows Tito to explode with a backdrop out of the corner. He slugs away in the corner, but Flair thumbs him in the eye. Flair goes up, only to get slammed off by Tito. Shocker, I know! Santana makes the comeback and pounds away on Flair while he begs for mercy. Kneelift by Tito and he calls for the Flying Jalapeno. He actually connects with it, but goes for it a second time and Flair sends him flying to the outside. Mr. Perfect comes down to ringside and gets into a huge brawl with Flair, as the match gets thrown out without an ending at about 8:40.

  • Rating: Decent match. These two shared good chemistry, and had some good matches throughout Flair’s WWF run in 91-93. This was the last time they wrestled, and while it wasn’t as good due to the non-finish and the focus on Flair’s issues with Perfect, it was solid enough. **1/2

Commercial break

– We come back from break with the brawl still going on. A number of officials separate them, and Flair comes down to ringside to challenge Mr. Perfect for a loser leaves town match next week on RAW!

Mr. Perfect speaks next, and he immediately accepts the challenge. He says he’s willing to put his own career on the line for a chance to get rid of Flair.

But wait, since both guys are in the Rumble on Sunday, what if the loser of next week’s match had won the Rumble match the night before? Does that mean he still gets to main event WrestleMania for the title? What if he won THAT as well?? Could we then see a WWF Championship match main event that year’s Starrcade!? Sadly no one addresses that very real possibility!

– The announcers promote next week’s show: Flair v. Perfect in a loser leaves town and Randy Savage v. Repo Man are announced.

– The show goes off the air with Repo Man stealing Rob Bartlett’s car while still wearing Savage’s hat.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: I liked this more than the prior week’s inaugural episode, honestly. The numerous interactions between Flair and Perfect were very fun to watch, with the final segment being of course the highlight, leading into next week’s Loser Leaves WWF match. It did a good job of promoting not just the Royal Rumble PPV, but also the next episode of RAW. Additionally, Mr. Perfect v. Terry Taylor was a nice surprise. Plus, Rob Bartlett wasn’t as unbearable this week, THANK GOD. A genuinely good episode in my opinion. 7/10

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WWF RAW January 11 1993 Review (RAW Is Here!)

January 11th, 1993
Live from Manhattan, NY (Manhattan Center)
Announced attendance: 1 000 (capacity: ca 2 200)
TV rating: 2.5 (USA Network) (up 0.3 from the previous week’s final episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the very first episode of WWF Monday Night RAW ever. Coming to you live from the Manhattan Center, the first RAW is main evented by The Undertaker vs. Damien Demento. Additionally, Yokozuna is in action and Shawn Michaels defends the Intercontinental Title as the WWF builds towards Royal Rumble 1993.

Here is the list of WWF champions heading into the first ever episode of Monday Night RAW:

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  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [91st day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [76th day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [90th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

Enjoy the review!

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Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Rob Bartlett

The show opens with Sean Mooney hyping the night’s events outside the arena. Bobby Heenan appears on his way to the arena, but Mooney reminds him he can’t get in. For those who don’t know, this is coming from the last episodes of Prime Time Wrestling throughout the last several weeks, where Heenan was told he’d be off the network once Prime Time was off the air. He refused to accept it, which leads into these skits throughout the show! Heenan says he’ll buy a ticket instead, but Mooney insists it’s full (yeah, I know!) and thus Heenan must leave. Heenan is furious.

Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Koko B. Ware
IMG credit: WWE

Watching Koko make his entrance by himself to Owen Hart’s theme song is quite the interesting visual. You can already sense Vince’s eye-rolling in his voice over on commentary, as Rob Bartlett starts off asking why doesn’t “Yokozuma” wear a bra. It doesn’t take too long until Vince and Macho pretty much ignore Rob and do the commentary by themselves. Yoko shoves Koko around for a while to kick off the action on Monday Night RAW. Koko charges for a shoulderblock a number of times but ends up knocking himself out instead. A couple of dropkicks stagger Yoko, but he ducks a blind charge and Koko takes himself out on the ropes. Yokozuna follows it up with a giant legdrop, destroys him in the corner with the reverse Avalanche and drops the Banzai on the Birdman at 3:45.

  • Rating: An effective Yokozuna squash as they continue to build him up well as a huge star early into his WWF run. 3/4*

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Meanwhile, the Federette shows off the “Monday Night Raw” sign to the audience.

Bobby Heenan (in a taped promo) hypes up the incoming reveal of “Narcissus” at Royal Rumble. He’s from another world and better than Perfect.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. The Executioners
IMG credit: WWE & sportskeeda

Scott immediately takes one of the jobbers down with a back elbow to the jaw. Scott with a tilt-a-whirl slam as Doink appears in the crowd. Bartlett: “is that Dork the Clown?”… It’s Rick’s turn to beat up the Executioners as Rob continues making his hilarious jokes on commentary. Macho Man flat out begs for the Steiners to beat him up next! Sign me up for that. A double noggin knocker from Scott on the outside prevents the Executioners from running away, and Scott throws one to the inside for a powerslam from his brother. Rick brings in Scott for the butterfly powerbomb, and the doomsday bulldog with Rick’s assist puts one of the geeks away at 3:00.

  • Rating: Another squash to introduce the Steiners to the WWF as they prepare to face the Beverlys at the Rumble. 1/2*

Sean Mooney spots a woman outside trying to get into the arena. It’s of course Bobby Heenan in makeup and a wig claiming to be Rob Bartlett’s aunt!

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Vince McMahon interviews Razor Ramon
IMG credit: WWE

Vince asks him if he’s ready to face Bret Hart for the WWF title in 2 weeks at the Rumble. Razor Ramon was born ready, chico! Vince says Bret has been in the WWF for 8 1/2 years and Razor is a “Johnny-come-lately” to him, to which Razor replies he’ll get to the top after just 8 1/2 months! Vince wants to know why Razor attacked Owen Hart last week if he’s so good as he says. He did it just for fun and there’s nothing The Hitmang can do about it – not because he doesn’t want to, but because he can’t! He won’t be able to do anything to stop Razor from taking the gold at the Rumble either. Razor finishes by throwing the toothpick at McMang. Just for fun, chico! Cool promo to promote the World title match at the PPV.

WWF Intercontinental Championship – Shawn Michaels vs. Max Moon
IMG credit: WWE & The Sportster

These two killed it in the opener of Royal Rumble 1991 two years before when Max Moon (Paul Diamond) was Kato in the Orient Express. Shawn begins with an armdrag. They go back and forth with a nice criss-cross sequence that culminates with Max Moon taking over with a series of armdrags. Powerslam and Michaels takes a powder in the corner. Shawn gives it another go with a second criss-cross sequence, ending with Moon wrestling Michaels down into a wristlock. And we take a break.

Commercial break

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We come back to see Max Moon rolling out of the corner to avoid a charge. He tries to use his speed to block another one, but this time Shawn catches him in mid-air and takes over with a stungun onto the top rope. Stupidity kicks in now with Rob Bartlett doing a terrible Mike Tyson impression as they pretend to do a live interview with Tyson via phone call. Oh, and Doink the Clown comes down to ringside as well. Welcome to 1993. Meanwhile, Max Moon gets a quick roll-up for two. Yes, there’s still a match going on in the middle of all this nonsense. Shawn takes back control with an irish whip into the corner as I proceed to watch it on mute. Moon scores with another quick victory roll for two more, which angers Michaels as he slugs away repeatedly on Max Moon. Chinlock and this stupid Mike Tyson garbage is STILL going on… Moon fights out of the chinlock and catapults Shawn all the way to the outside. Moon fakes a dive and then surprises Shawn with a seated senton off the apron. He takes him back in for a running spinkick in the corner, followed by a rolling fireman’s carry slam for two. A powerslam sets up a rolling senton, but Michaels ducks and superkicks him. Max Moon avoids the teardrop suplex at first, but Michaels eventually catches him and hits it on a second try to retain at 10:30.

  • Rating: A decent title matchup, although the winner was never really in doubt at all. The action was decent as these two have good chemistry together, but it was filled with too much gaga in the middle. Rob Bartlett is beyond unbearable. Fine match with some good reversals. **1/2

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Royal Rumble Report w/ Mean Gene
  • Gene starts by hyping the HBK/Jannetty feud over the Intercontinental title. We listen to short promos from each man – Shawn Michaels says Marty doesn’t deserve a title shot, but he’s cool enough to give him one anyway. Plus, Sherri will be in his corner like any woman. Marty Jannetty is gonna capture the Intercontinental title and end Shawn’s career. Yikes, that’s a bit too much. Shawn only threw you into a mirror! Plus, Marty says Shawn doesn’t know Sherri that well if he thinks she’ll be in his corner.
  • Next up, Gene addresses the Royal Rumble match and explains the rules. Here are the announced competitors so far: last year’s winner and 2x WWF champ Ric Flair, the undefeated Tatanka, current tag team champion IRS, the returning former WWF Champion Bob Backlund, ‘The King’ Jerry Lawler, Mr. Perfect (who we hear from), the other half of the tag champs Ted DiBiase, Crush, Rick Martel, Yokozuna (who is also standing by with Mr. Fuji), ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Papa Shango (he’s still around?), Earthquake, The Berzerker, The Undertaker, Carlos Colón, Genichiro Tenryu, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana, Typhoon, The Headshrinkers and ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan (we hear from him as well). Remember that for the first time ever the 30 wrestlers are fighting for a World title shot in the main event of WrestleMania!
  • Plus, Razor Ramon will challenge Bret Hart for the WWF Championship. Contact your local cable company RIGHT NOW!
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Sean Mooney is outside where fans are in line to purchase tickets for the next episode of RAW. He runs into Ron Barlett’s uncle who wants to get in right now!

We take a look at a recap of Kamala finally snapping on Kim Chee and Harvey Wippleman and turning face last week on Superstars.

Main Event

The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) vs. Damien Demento
IMG credit: WWE & WhatCulture

Demento actually throws some shots to start, only for Undertaker to fight back quickly with a faceplant. UT gives him Old School already, and takes him into the corner for some choking. Demento fights back with a running shouderblock, but UT sits up immediately. He explodes with the running clothesline before finishing with the Tombstone at 2:24.

  • Rating: Given it was one of the few promoted matches for this show, I was very surprised that it was the shortest match. Especially considering Demento was in the midst of a moderate push. The poor guy didn’t even get to do his shtick and talk to himself in the middle of the match. This was nothing. 1/4*

Vince gets a quick interview with Doink the Clown. He says it’s not his problem that the kids don’t have a sense of humor, and he’s not afraid of Crush’s recent warnings. Crush comes out and gets in his face, and Doink shoots water at him before running away.

We cut to Mooney outside one final time. Bobby Heenan is finally allowed in… and the show ends!!!! Loved this throughout the show, but I’d rather have Heenan on commentary instead of Bartlett.

END OF THE SHOW

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Final thoughts: Well, here is the first ever episode of Monday Night RAW. It’s far from being a painful watch, as the show is just 45-minutes long. The squashes were effective, especially Yokozuna’s. Undertaker vs Damien Demento did nothing for me, as they were clearly just trying to use Undertaker while they found something for him to do. He was scheduled to feud with Nailz but he got released in December. Razor’s promo was good, and Michaels vs Moon was a fine Intercontinental title match. The commentary was beyond terrible though, and Rob Bartlett dragged this show way down. While the first RAW was far from being great, it was still a decent episode. The storyline involving Bobby Heenan and his skits were by far the best part about this show. 6/10

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WWE RAW Reviews

Here are all the episodes of Monday Night RAW reviewed on the blog in chronological order. You can find each episode below.

1993

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January

RAW ep. #1 – Jan. 11 1993

  • First ever RAW
  • Main event: The Undertaker vs. Damien Demento

RAW ep. #2 – Jan. 18 1993

  • Go-home show for Royal Rumble 1993
  • Main event: Ric Flair vs. ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana
  • Announcement for next week’s Loser Leaves Town Match

RAW ep. #3 – Jan. 25 1993

  • Post-Royal Rumble 1993 episode
  • Main event: Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect – Loser Leaves Town

February

RAW ep. #4 – Feb. 1 1993

  • Brutus Beefcake returns to WWF
  • Lex Luger and Doink the Clown both make their televised WWF in-ring debuts
  • Main event: Lex Luger vs. Jason Knight (jobber)

RAW ep. #5 – Feb. 15 1993

  • 15-Man Battle Royal
  • Jimmy Hart turns face!
  • Main event: Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase

RAW ep. #6 – Feb. 22 1993

  • Hulk Hogan returns after 1 year away!
  • Tatanka & The Nasty Boys vs. Shawn Michaels & The Beverly Brothers
  • Main event: The Undertaker vs. Skinner

March

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WWE RAW August 2nd 2021 Review

Hello, readers! Prince Osborne here with another review of Monday Night Raw from Chicago which is ought to be an interesting event after what were conspired in the company. Let’s cut to the chase!

Bobby Lashley kicks off the show
MVP and Lashley were out to address the challenge issued by Goldberg, who had a thunderous chant of boos when MVP mentioned his name. Then, he billed Lashley as a “titan” who can’t be dethroned. Out comes Goldberg and he stated that no matter what his age is, how good his health is and how different his in-ring work is right now – he’s still Goldberg. He found that deep inside, Lashley is scared of him. So, at SummerSlam, Lashley’s next!
After Goldberg left, MVP warned Goldberg’s son who was in the front row. Goldberg came out again and speared MVP. A decent segment to start the show. I’m not a fan of Goldberg challenging Lashley but let’s see what happens. Grade: B

IMG Credits: WWE

Two on One Handicap Match: Drew McIntyre vs Shanky & Veer w/Jinder Mahal
Drew McIntyre def. Shanky & Veer by disqualification @3:14 after Jinder interfered the match and hit McIntyre with a chair. More of an angle to elevate the rivalry between McIntyre and Mahal. Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Singles Match: Rhea Ripley vs Nia Jax w/Shayna Baszler
Rhea Ripley def. Nia Jax by pinfall @4:42 after Ripley rolled up Nia when Baszler was distracting. A very decent yet nasty match that put Ripley over ahead of SummerSlam. Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

We were shown footage from last week, when Mustafa Ali and Mansoor shockingly defeat MACE and T-BAR. Now, we’re in with a rematch, next!

Tag Team Match: Mustafa Ali & Mansoor vs MACE & T-BAR
MACE & T-BAR def. Mustafa Ali & Mansoor by pinfall @02:41 after T-BAR pinned Mansoor. Welp! Looks like time for payback. Rating: N/R

Charlotte Flair addresses the WWE Universe
Charlotte came out and started by saying that Nikki A.S.H. stole the Raw Women’s Championship from her and further stated that a MITB cash-in is a cowardly way of reaching the top of the chain. She is pissed that most of women MITB winner cashed-in on her. She went further to warn Nikki that tonight won’t be like last week. She can’t escape from the sights of The Queen. But, Nikki sneak attacks with a steel chair on the back of Charlotte. A solid but basic promo from Charlotte to hype the main event of tonight’s Raw. Grade: B-

Singles Match: Tamina vs Doudrop w/Eva Marie
Tamina def. Doudrop by pinfall @3:42 after Tamina hit her with a superkick. Basic match that did nothing. Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

Miz TV ft. Damian Priest
The Miz and John Morrison started to make a mockery out of Damian Priest billing him a “cheater” who unmasked Sheamus during their match last week. Priest then replied, asking about The Miz’s knee injury and doubting if it’s legit. Then, we had a back-and-forth exchange between Morrison and Priest which led to a challenge laid out by Miz to face Morrison. Priest accepted and knocked both men with dripsticks! Well…. That happened. Grade: C+


Singles Match: Damian Priest vs John Morrison w/The Miz
Damian Priest def. John Morrison by pinfall @4:03 after Priest hit the Sit-out Chokeslam on Morrison. Another short match that elevated Priest ahead of SummerSlam. Rating: 1.75 out of 5 stars

Tag Team Match: Damian Priest & Ricochet vs Sheamus & John Morrison w/The Miz
Damian Priest & Ricochet def. Sheamus & John Morrison by pinfall @3:52 after Priest hit The Reckoning on Morrison. Another short, low interesting match. Priest is 4-0 against Morrison and undefeated in singles action which is a good record. Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Up next, Bobby Lashley will answer the challenge laid out by Golderg laid out earlier tonight for SummerSlam!

Back from the commercials, and Lashley accepted Goldberg’s challenge! It is official!

IMG Credits: WWE

Singles Match: Riddle vs Omos
Omos def. Riddle by pinfall @2:35 after Omos hit a double handed chokeslam. A squash that put Omos over. Rating: N/R

IMG Credits: WWE

Up next, another rematch from last week is upon us as Keith Lee faces Karrion Kross.

Singles Match: Keith Lee vs Karrion Kross
Keith Lee def. Karrion Kross by pinfall @5:59 after he hit the Spirit Bomb to secure the win. I’m really glad that Keith got the rebound he needed after his underwhelming return to the scene. Kross is good but needs more polishing in certain aspects and he got his win last week. Solid match from these two again! Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Now, Reginald goes under a name change, and it’s….. Reggie. Simple as that.
Singles Match – 24/7 Championship: Reggie (C) vs Akira Tozawa
Reggie def. Akira Tozawa by pinfall @2:05 after he hit the front-flip splash for the win. Another entertaining display from Reggie. He has huge potential to be a great comedic character like R-Truth is, right now. Rating: N/R

IMG Credits: WWE

Now, it’s main event time! Nikki A.S.H. faces Charlotte Flair in a No Holds Barred match!

No Holds Barred – Raw Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Nikki A.S.H. vs Charlotte Flair
Nikki A.S.H. def. Charlotte Flair by pinfall @11:02 after Nikki hit the swinging neckbreaker for the win. Good match that lived up to the stipulation for the time being. Nikki winning was predictable but felt right as she needs a huge ratio of momentum ahead of SummerSlam. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Overall Match Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points

Today was the same old shit from last week with main parts improved a bit while most of the show was filled with rematches and squashes. Keith Lee bouncing back with a huge win and the main event were the noteworthy parts of this show. Chicago is always vocal and this was another example but the management somehow feared to express the open response of the crowd so that they had to pipe in faux crowd noises during certain moments like Miz TV. In overall, another hot garbage show with little to zero moments that turned heads.

What do you think of tonight’s show? Did you feel the same pain or did this show hit different? Chime in your thoughts right below in the feedback form. I’ll see you guys tomorrow for NXT! Peace out.


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WWE Monday Night Raw July 26th 2021 Review

Hello, readers! This is Prince Osborne, a member of SmarkDown in Discord and YouTube and I’m here to expand my take on pro wrestling with the help of this blog. Tonight, we’re set for a high-stakes show of Monday Night Raw. Lest cut to the chase!

The footage of last week was shown as Nikki A.S.H. cashed in her Money In The Bank contract to defeat Charlotte Flair for the Raw Women’s Championship.

Nikki A.S.H. ushers in as Raw Women’s Champion

IMG Credits: WWE

Nikki has the mic welcomes everyone to the show as she follows it up by stating that she is happy to be Raw Women’s Champion. “You Deserve It” chants emanate from the crowd. She said that she failed every time when she tried her best to reach for the stars. Then, she had a change in herself which is the “superhero” gimmick which boosted her confidence level. In the middle of what was slated to be a C+ motivational speech, Charlotte Flair interrupted the scene. Charlotte starts the promo stating that Nikki is such a disgrace of being the Raw Women’s Champion and follows it up with her recent interviews. Most of them doesn’t believe that happened as Charlotte said that she’s here to add the star power this division needs. “You Suck” chants rise from the crowd and Charlotte shuts the crowd down again. At a certain point, Charlotte blames the crowd for the “injustice” happened to her whenever a cash-in happens as Rhea Ripley enters the fray. The crowd is so over for Rhea! Rhea states that they’re all jealous of Charlotte eventhough she had the title for one single day. She stated even further as she should be the one to challenge Nikki at SummerSlam. But, Nikki politely rejects the challenge from both women as she expects fresh faces to challenge her. Out comes Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville to make a Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. Charlotte says that this decision is ridiculous as she challenges Nikki for a match tonight! Nikki accepts! It’s official! All the three women brawl with Nikki standing tall. An okay-ish predictable segment. Grade: B-

We were cut to the commercials by an upcoming match between Damian Priest and the United States Champion, Sheamus.

United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest vs Sheamus

IMG Credits: WWE

Damian Priest def. Sheamus @ 6:35 by pinfall after hitting the Reckoning neckbreaker. A hard hitting match, to be frank and they did what they had to do with the short time given. Priest entering the United States Championship picture is really interesting and I have my money on him dethroning Sheamus at SummerSlam. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Coming up next, a rematch from Money in The Bank as AJ Styles and Omos defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against The Viking Raiders!

Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos (C) vs The Viking Raiders (Ivar & Erik)

IMG Credits: WWE

AJ Styles & Omos def. The Viking Raiders @6:04 by pinfall after Styles pinned Erik by hitting the 450 Splash. Another solid match in the books of Styles & Omos as this rivalry gets heated up even more which wasn’t expected by most. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

Up next, Drew McIntyre addresses his actions from last week where he laid out one of Jinder Mahal’s proteges, Shanky with 32 chilling chair strikes!

Before the scheduled match between McIntyre and Veer, Jinder requests the former to apologize for what he did to Shanky. But, Drew neglects it and fires up the crowd by shutting Jinder and his crew down with “Drew’s gonna kill you” chants.

Singles Match: Drew McIntyre vs Veer w/Jinder Mahal
Drew McIntyre def. Veer @3:48 by disqualification after he hits a Claymore Kick onto the chair laid on Veer’s head. I can’t really rate this match in terms of quality as this felt more of an angle heading towards SummerSlam for Drew vs Jinder. Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Post-match, Drew McIntyre knocks the newly appointed “attorney” of Jinder with a claymore! What a “surprise” it was.

Up next, another championship contender’s match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships as Eva Marie and Doudrop face the champions, Tamina and Natalya.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Contender’s Match: Tamina & Natalya vs Eva Marie & Doudrop
Tamina & Natalya def. Eva Marie & Doudrop @3:12 by pinfall after Tamina hits a superkick on a distracted Eva. Another match that really can’t be rated for any reasons because I really hate this rivalry between Eva and Alexa. Rating: DUD

Up next, a rematch straight from NXT TakeOver: XXX as Keith Lee faces the current NXT Champion who had a disappointing debut last week, Karrion Kross.

Singles Match: Keith Lee vs Karrion Kross
Karrion Kross def. Keith Lee @5:16 by submission by locking in the Kross Jacket. A decent back-and-forth match with a result that is much needed on one side but on the other contrary, Keith Lee should be protected at all costs. After a debut that should not be remembered, Kross bounced back with a big win. Rating: 1.75 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Up next, the underbuilt pairing of Mustafa Ali and Mansoor will face MACE and T-Bar in a tag team match.

Tag Team Match: Mustafa Ali & Mansoor vs MACE & T-Bar

IMG Credits: WWE

Mustafa Ali & Mansoor def. MACE & T-Bar @3:09 by pinfall after Mansoor rolled up MACE for the pin. More of an angle to hype up the pairing of Ali and Mansoor who are really talented. Rating: N/R

Up next, the almighty WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will respond to the challenge laid out by the WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg last week.

Bobby Lashley responds to Goldberg’s SummerSlam challenge

MVP calls back what happened last week and awaits for the champ’s answer. Lashley said that he doesn’t want to dignify the challenge by a response. Out comes Cedric Alexander who says that he is desperate of a challenge and Shelton Benjamin comes out to step up. Lashley simply orders both of them to step up.

IMG Credits: WWE

Two on One Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/MVP vs Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander
Bobby Lashley def. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin @2:40 by pinfall after he hits the Dominator on Alexander. A powerful squash for the WWE Champion and an impromptu reunion of The Hurt Business. Rating: N/R

Backstage, AJ Styles is having a conversation with The Miz & John Morrison secretly. Don’t know what’s that for. But, up, next, Riddle goes toe-to-toe against John Morrison.

Singles Match: Riddle vs John Morrison w/The Miz
John Morrison def. Riddle @6:21 by pinfall after Morrison hit Riddle with a Starship Pain. Another solid match which had its slippery moments here and there but the tag team angle improved so well as Styles ad Omos have their new challengers possibly set in RK-Bro. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

Up next, the 24/7 Championship will be on the line as Reginald will defend it against R-Truth.

Singles Match for the 24/7 Championship: Reginald (C) vs R-Truth
Reginald def. R-Truth @1:26 by pinfall after a front flip splash. An entertaining angle for Reginald. Rating: N/R

IMG Credits: WWE

Backstage, Charlotte is being interviewed as she is poised to prove that the “superhero” in Nikki is a fluke.

Raw Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Nikki A.S.H. vs Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair def. Nikki A.S.H. @8:31 by pinfall after she reversed a crossbody splash and pinned her. A decent main event. Charlotte winning was easily predictable and the title picture is so mediocre. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Post match, Nikki challenges Charlotte to a rematch next week as Charlotte accepts. Then, Charlotte attacks her and stands tall!

IMG Credits: WWE

Overall Match Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points

This show started really well with two solid matches and it just went into the deepwaters of irrelevancy and annoying repetitions. Priest vs Sheamus stands out as the Match of the Night for me.

What do you think, people? Was the show felt the same as myself or do you feel something different? Share your opinions in the feedback section right below. I’ll see you all tomorrow for NXT on Syfy Network. See you all and enjoy wrestling!