Welcome everyone to Monday Night Raw coming to you live from the Manhattan Center with your hosts Good Ol’ JR and Jerry “The King” Lawler. We’ve got the old wailing siren of yore and the entire thing is set up like an episode of Raw from 1993, complete with an ICOPRO banner.
Lawler promises that this will be the most memorable Raw ever. It would turn out that he was either gravely mistaken or outright lying…
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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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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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Of the “Big Four” WWE PPVs my favorite has always been the Royal Rumble. Sure WrestleMania has bigger marquee matches but there’s something awesome about seeing a bunch of dudes clubbering one another and tossing each other out of the ring and seeing what random legend they bring back in to throw a couple dudes out of the ring before ultimately getting eliminated.
Today we’re going to take a look at the 2009 edition of the Royal Rumble coming to us from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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This right here? This is what made WCW in the mid-90s so much fun to watch. Sure there was the entire nWo thing going on at the top, but on the undercard we were getting matches like this. The same could not be said of the WWE at the time, though while WCW saw these two men as perpetual undercard dudes, the WWE would turn them into World Champions.
In 1997 the WCW had done gangbusters. Nitro was one of the highest rated shows on TV or maybe just on cable. They were so successful and making so much money that they decided to add a another show to their TV schedule in addition to Nitro and Saturday Night and Worldwide and Main Event and whatever else they already had. That show would air on Thursday nights and be known as Thunder. This is that show.
This is the premiere episode so we get a pretty stacked card with something like three different title matches signed plus the Larry Zbyszko vs. Eric Bischoff match from Starrcade ’97 in its entirety, which I sure the fans in the arena are going to love. So let’s take it away!
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It’s time for the Invasion. I somehow missed out on this when it happened and haven’t seen it since, but I know its reputation. Everyone does. Does the Invasion deserve the amount of shit that’s been heaped upon it? Let’s find out!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt kicks things off for us, talking about war as clips of WCW and ECW dudes invading WWF are shown. This is really a weird way to kick off a PPV. Fireworks happen. JR welcomes to the Gund Arena as we get down to the ring for action.
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“THEY WORK HARD FOR THE CHICKENS! WE EAT CHICKENS!”
I love gimmick matches and in my rather humble opinion there is no finer gimmick than the Royal Rumble. Thirty men enter. One man walks out with a shot a championship gold. There are usually some comedic spots, some decent in-ring action, and a surprise entrant or two that make it a must watch PPV, more so even than the Granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania. So how was the 2017 Rumble? Let’s find out.
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