[TV Review] ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’ 1.23.95 – Kid & Holly vs. Gunns, Royal Rumble Recap

COMMENTATORS: Vince McMahon & “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels

One night after their Cinderella story victory at the Royal Rumble the unlikely team of The 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly put their newly-won WWF Tag Team Titles on the line against the returning Smoking Gunns. Also on the show Todd Pettengill predates podcasts by 20+ years with his recap of the Rumble PPV, IRS and Davey Boy Smith are in action, and new Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett sets his sight on more gold.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett
  • WWF WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Alundra Blayze
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The 1-2-3 Kid & Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly

LINEUP

  • The 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly [c] vs. The Smoking Gunns for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • Irwin R. Schyster vs. Buck Quartermain
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Black Phantom

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[TV Review] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.16.95 – Bret vs. Double J, Mantaur Makes RAW Debut

Commentators: Vince McMahon & “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels

The TekWar synergy continues on Monday Night RAW as William Shatner accompanies Bret Hart in his match against Jeff Jarrett. Mantaur also makes his Monday debut without his giant moose helmet thing and with a new manager, Mabel squishes a jobber, and The Million Dollar Corporation call their shot heading into Sunday’s Royal Rumble.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon
  • WWF WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Alundra Blayze
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant

LINEUP

  • The 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly vs. The Heavenly Bodies (**)
  • Mantaur vs. Jason Ahrndt
  • Bret Hart vs. Jeff Jarrett (***)
  • Mabel vs. Lee Tobin

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[TV Review] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.9.95 – 2nd Anniversary, Razor vs. Owen, Tuxedo Match

Venue: The Summit (Houston, TX)
Commentators: Vince McMahon & “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels

Monday Night RAW celebrates its two-year anniversary with…Howard Finkel taking on Harvey Wippleman in a Tuxedo Match? Eh better than a lot of the other RAW celebrations over the past few years to be honest. Also on the show Razor Ramon defends the Intercontinental Championship against Owen Hart, Hakushi makes his Monday debut, and Jerry Lawler invites TekWar’s very own William Shatner onto the King’s Court.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon
  • WWF WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Alundra Blayze
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant

THE LINEUP

  • Razor Ramon [c] vs. Owen Hart for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Hakushi vs. Matt Hardy
  • King Kong Bundy vs. Gary Sabaugh
  • TUXEDO MATCH: Howard Finkel vs. Harvey Wippleman (HEH?)

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[TV Review] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.2.95 – Luger/Davey Boy vs. Bigelow/Tatanka TWICE, King’s Court

Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels

The first Monday Night RAW features Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith taking on Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka, and in the main event…Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith take on Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka! Also on this episode Jeff Jarrett teases singing, Todd Pettengill delivers a Royal Rumble report, and Jerry Lawler invites fellow king Owen Hart on The King’s Court.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant

LINEUP

  • Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka (*1/2)
  • Duke Droese vs. Mike Bell
  • Jeff Jarrett vs. Buck Quartermain
  • Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka (*1/2)

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[*LIVE* TV Recap] ‘WWE RAW’ 9.3.18 – HBK Speaks, Bellas Return

Venue: Schottenstein Center (Columbus, OH)
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, & Renee Young

This week’s RAW features the return of Shawn Michaels to hype up the upcoming Australia supershow as well as the return of The Bella Twins in tag team action as they take on The Riott Squad.

I picked a week to resume weekly live recaps, huh?

Champions

  • WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
  • RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
  • RAW Tag Team Champions: The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)

Lineup

  • The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad (*1/2)
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The Ascension (**)
  • Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss (**)
  • The B-Team [c] vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre for the RAW Tag Team Championship (**1/2)
  • The Authors of Pain vs. Jobbers (SQUASH)
  • The Boss ‘n Hug Connection vs. Dana Brooke & Ember Moon (NR)
  • Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman (**1/4)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 2.15.93 – Beefcake vs. DiBiase, A Pointless Battle Royal

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Monday Night Raw returns from the first of its many preemptions this week, featuring the in-ring return of Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake as he takes on ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. Also on the show a 16 man battle royal for…no reason really, and The Steiner Brothers rough up another pair of enhancement guys. Let’s go!

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Glen Ruth & Bobby Who (FUN SQUASH)
  • Yokozuna vs. Ross Greenberg (SQUASH)
  • 16-man Battle Royal (**)
  • Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase (*1/2)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 2.1.93 – The Barber Returns, Typhoon vs. Doink

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

How do you follow up last week’s important show? With an episode that features Typhoon vs. Doink as the featured match. Yikes. Luckily we’ve got other things going on besides that, including the return of Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake and, sadly, a 10-bell salute to the late great Andre The Giant. Alright well this should be a thing, let’s do this.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Tatanka vs. Damien Demento (*1/4)
  • High Energy vs. Mike Sharpe & Von Krus (SQUASH)
  • Typhoon vs. Doink the Clown (**)
  • Yokozuna vs. Bobby DeVito (SQUASH)
  • Lex Luger vs. Jason Knight (SQUASH)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.25.93 – Perfect vs. Flair Loser Leaves WWF, Savage vs. Repo Man

Venue: Mahattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, & Rob Bartlett

RAW gets its first big show this week as Mr. Perfect takes on ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in a ‘Loser Leaves WWF’ match in the main event. Also on the show Randy Savage takes a break from commentary to get revenge on Repo Man, Kamala faces a WWF jobber institution, and we find out what happened at last night’s Royal Rumble. Or you can read my recap by clicking the link you’re reading with your face.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Randy Savage vs. Repo Man (*1/2)
  • Kamala vs. The Brooklyn Brawler (SQUASH)
  • Loser Leaves WWF: Perfect vs. Ric Flair (***3/4)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.18.93 – Perfect and Flair in Action, Bret Hart Responds to Razor Ramon

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett (sigh)

The week on RAW WWF Champion Bret Hart has something to say to his Royal Rumble challenger Razor Ramon, Repo Man decides to make a most Macho repossession, and Ric Flair takes on Tito Santana in the main event. #everyRAWever continues…NOW.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Mr. Perfect vs. Terry Taylor (**1/4)
  • Marty Jannetty vs. Glen Ruth (SQUASH)
  • Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair (**1/2)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.11.93 – And So It Begins

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

In 1993 the WWF chucked its long-running Prime Time Wrestling show on the USA Network in favor of Monday Night Raw, which aimed to change up the mainstream pro wrestling scene. Instead of airing old taped matches, every week Monday Night Raw was going to air live from the same venue and feature a whole different look and feel from not only its own weekly television output but the television output of its biggest competitor, World Championship Wrestling. It was an interesting idea that the WWF would eventually mold and change but considering the show still airs every week to this day I’d say they pulled it off. All dynasties have to begin somewhere, let’s see how the history of RAW truly began.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Max Moon for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Undertaker vs. Damien Demento

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