This seemingly random episode of Raw is actually a historically important one as it was the first WWE Draft and the episode that would begin the Brand Split Era. We start things off with a cold open that features Linda McMahon boringly explain the concept of the draft to those of us watching at home as well as a gaggle of WWE wrestlers watching in the locker room.
There will be twenty picks tonight overall between the two brands: Raw (with General Manager Ric Flair) and Smackdown (with General Manager Vince McMahon). The remaining superstars will be put in a draft lottery on WWF.com after Raw ends or something.
She goes on to say that since Triple H, Jericho, and Stephanie McMahon will be competing in a match for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship none of them are able to be drafted. Steve Austin is also ineligible since he apparently had something written into his contract that said, “In the event of a Brand Split leading to a Draft I, Stone Cold Steve Austin, become a free agent and that’s the bottom line cuz Stone Cold said so.” I guess he was legit having a contract dispute at the time and it was unclear if he’d resign or not and this is what they came up with.
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My prayers have been answered and WWE finally put the goofy ass contest version of NXT up on the Network. That’s right kids, before it was the best American wrestling promotion NXT was a ridiculous wrestling version of America’s Got Talent or American Idol or something of that ilk.
The gimmick was that 8 NXT rookies would get paired with 8 WWE pros and compete in various challenges and matches and stuff to prove that they had what it took to be a WWE superstar. Those who didn’t have it would be voted off or something.
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Welcome to the TNA Asylum. Jeremy Borash introduces Goldylocks who will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” in honor of the veterans (Veterans’ Day would have been a day or two prior to this). She proceeds to sing the National Anthem unaccompanied and does a pretty decent job.
We then get the opening video before we’re joined by our hosts for the evening: Don West and Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay. Tenay tells us that as of yet, Mr. Wrestling III has not contacted him about The Truth’s open contract. He and West then give us a brief rundown of the card.
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Champions clashing! Every SmackDown title is on the line! It’s time for WWE’s Clash of Champions baby! We get a brief video package about champions clashing and the duo of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn being shitheels before we head back to some arena in Boston for action! Our hosts are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton.
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I guess the story goes that the WWE was going to Japan for a series of house shows and Brock Lesnar, wanting to go visit a sick friend, offered to do a match during the tour in order to get to Japan on the WWE’s dime. With Brock Lesnar now on the card, Vince McMahon and company decided to make an event of it that they would air live on the WWE Network and thus Beast In The East was born!
After the opening video package we go to Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan for a shot of the crowd. We are joined Stateside by Michael Cole and Byron Saxton on commentary, and already this looks and feels really different from every other WWE event since a Japanese company handled all the production.
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I’ve decided to watch some old TNA from the weekly PPV era for reasons not even I completely understand so let’s get it going on!
Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay informs us that the stars of TNA took part in he NWA’s 54th Anniversary event in Corpus Christi, TX since the last PPV, and we are shown a man proudly displaying a tattoo of the NWA logo on his arm. That’s really something guy!
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Time for more early 90s WCW! Time for Main Event! Our hosts for the evening are the tandem of Jim Ross and Missy Hyatt. JR explains that things are really heating up between “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the biggest man in sports today, El Gigante. Oh fuck…
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We begin things with a brief video that gives us a rundown of the main matches on the card before heading to the Civic Center in Augusta, GA where we are joined by our hosts for the evening Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone. They talk about what’s going on tonight and then throw it to their broadcast colleagues who are standing about ten feet away from them.
Eric Bischoff, Missy Hyatt and Paul E. Dangerously talk about what they will be doing during the Clash. Missy Hyatt is apparently still on her quest to interview a dude in the locker room and promises an interview with the World Heavyweight Champion, Lex Luger. Paul E. is going to interview the man who will challenge Luger for the title at Halloween Havoc, “The All-American” Ron Simmons. Bischoff then throws it over to the ring announcer to get the Clash underway with the first match of the evening.
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Your pal and mine, Voiceover Guy, welcomes us to Saturday Morning Slam and promises is a huge episode. He tells us that the main event will feature Primo taking on The Great Khali bit first we’ve got an exciting tag team match as the kings of Saturday Morning Slam, The Primetime Players, do battle with the Usos.
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