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WWF: Raw is War (02.02.98)

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WWF: Raw is War
February 2, 1998
Indianapolis, IN
Market Square Arena

The current WWF champs are as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (11/9/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (12/8/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (11/24/1997)
European Champion: Owen Hart (1/26/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: TAKA Michinoku (12/7/1997)

We open the show with an announcement made by D-Generation X. This is the famous “State of the Union” address channeling a little bit of George Carlin by pointing out words they can and cannot say on TV with the words they can’t say being bleeped and their mouths being covered with DX censor graphics. Shawn’s facial expressions are pretty funny. I believe the unedited version airs on some DX videotape the WWF released way back when. Being an Arrested Development fan, my mind can’t help but wander to the time Gob gave a sexual harassment speech to the Bluth company staff which had much funnier results than this did. All the same, this is a fun little parody of network censorship that really doesn’t make much sense. Some words are bad, some words are worse, and who or what decides that seems arbitrary. They even manage to make it a little topical treating the whole thing like a Bill Clinton press announcement. Shawn – “I did not sleep with that young intern – as a matter of fact, I was up all night!” Apparently, USA Network liked it.

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Jim Ross, Michael Cole, and Kevin Kelly. Read the rest of this entry

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WWF: One Night Only 1997 (UK PPV)

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WWF: One Night Only
September 20, 1997
Birmingham, England
NEC Arena

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (8/3/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Vacant (9/8/1997)
European Champion: Davey Boy Smith (3/3/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: The Headbangers (9/7/1997)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler.
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WWF: SummerSlam 1997

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WWF: SummerSlam
August 3, 1997
East Rutherford, NJ
Continental Airlines Arena

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: The Undertaker (3/23/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Owen Hart (4/28/1997)
European Champion: Davey Boy Smith (3/3/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Steve Austin & Dude Love (7/14/1997)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Raw is War (04.21.97)

WWF: Raw is War
April 21, 1997
Binghamton, NY
Broome County Arena

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: The Undertaker (3/23/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Rocky Maivia (2/13/1997)
European Champion: Davey Boy Smith (3/3/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

PDRwrestling fans, we have now officially made it to the Vince Russo Era of the WWF. This one is widely considered by many WWF fans to be one of – if not the – top Raw show to date. I hope I do it justice.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

Monday Night Raw (02.03.97)

Monday Night Raw
February 3, 1997
Toronto, ON, CA
The Skydome

(Taped on 1/31/97)


The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (1/19/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (10/21/1996)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

So WCW does a Monday night dome show, now the WWF does one too? Vince wastes no time in taking a moment to brag that it’s the biggest live audience for a Monday night show that no one is watching.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Good Ol’ JR. Read the rest of this entry

Monday Night Raw (01.27.97)

Monday Night Raw
January 27, 1997
Beaumont, TX
Montagne Center

(Taped on 1/20/97)


The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (1/19/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (10/21/1996)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

Recap of last week is shown. All four individuals are here this week as well. That means it might get CRAZY!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

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