Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Raw #90 - December 12th, 1994

Bob Backlund opens tonight's Raw ranting about extinguishing Doink for besmirching the fans in a sea of hypocrisy. In response, Doink tells Mr. Backlund in his New York accent that he has an amateur background, as well. Tonight's Raw emanates live from Liberty, New York, with Vince and Shawn Michaels on commentary again.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Raw #89 - December 5th, 1994

It's the first Raw of the last month of 1994, and the show kicks off with an ad for Tyco right in the middle of the intro. Vince is joined tonight by Shawn Michaels, who recently forfeited the tag team titles, on commentary. This is Shawn's second forfeiture (third if you count the time The Rockers' tag team title win was ret-conned).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Raw #88 - November 28th, 1994

Tonight's Raw is a rarity: an episode airing live immediately after a pay-per-view. This means that we will actually get to see the fallout from Survivor Series instead of having the announcers merely tell us about it via dubbed-in post-production commentary while a bunch of matches with no storyline relevance take place. Vince McMahon is at ringside, for real this time, with Jerry "The King" Lawler, who tells us that we will be joined by even more royalty in the form of Owen Hart. Also appearing will be Diesel, the new ___ Champion. Since I'm watching a WWE-re-released version of Raw, the word immediately before "champion" is blurred out; I can think of at least one adjective describing Diesel as a champion that would have to be censored. Regardless of how Big Daddy Cool's reign would turn out, I'm sure this announcement really confused basically everyone who wasn't at the MSG house show where the title change took place, seeing how it took place over the weekend, off TV, in the days before the internet was prevalent. Also, Adam Bomb takes on IRS in a battle of things that liberals and conservatives hate about America, respectively.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Raw #87 - November 21st, 1994

It's the last Raw before Survivor Series, and team captains Razor Ramon and Diesel square off in the opening, non-title match. Razor steps out of Gorilla position and spends an awfully long time standing right in front of the entranceway. The Teamsters take advantage of this inexplicably long pose-down by attacking The Bad Guy from behind. "Razor Ramon being hammered," says Vince McMahon before that phrase would become a sick pun. Raw cuts to commercial as officials try to break up the five-on-one beatdown.