From The First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 28, 1999
On January 4, 1999, a taped Raw and a live Nitro squared off, each building a moment that would be unforgettable and, in a myriad of ways, history changing.
On Raw, filmed six nights prior in Worcester, MA, Mick Foley, as Mankind, realized his lifelong dream, climaxing his thirteen year wrestling career by winning the WWF Championship from The Rock. Foley’s victory lap around ringside, as well as his post-match celebration with his children, provided a feel good moment for a grind-stoning individual that had paid enough dues to purchase a continent.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Nitro had pulled a bait and switch with their World Title main event. Goldberg, the hometown hero, was nixed from the match due to a storyline “stalking charge”, and Hollywood Hogan returned to WCW to challenge champion Kevin Nash. ..click here to read more
Al Snow, Big Bossman, Chyna, Goldust, Jeff Jarrett, Kane, ken shamrock, mick foley, Owen Hart, Sable, Sean Waltman, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Val Venis, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 15
Eliminations are the backbone of the Royal Rumble match. After all, they’re strung together to ultimately decide the winner of the match, right? Some of them, over the years, have been far more dramatic and bold than others. Here’s a list of 30 of them (an appropriate Rumble number) that stood out above the rest.
30. Carlito (2007)
Tossed by: The Great Khali
Rewind several years earlier to when the Great Khali was a ruthless killing machine, one that had beaten John Cena cleanly more than once. In 2007, Khali entered at #28, and tossed out 7 men in succession, including Carlito. But when the cool guy tried to springboard back in, Khali chopped his skull in mid air.
29. The World’s Greatest Tag Team/Matt Hardy (2003)
Tossed by: Brock Lesnar
There’s something about the monstrous hero running in and cleaning house to assert his dominance. Lesnar was a man on a mission, and a chance ..click here to read more
chris jericho, Dusty Rhodes, Edge, gene snitsky, hulk hogan, john cena, Kane, Kurt Angle, Paul London Hulk Hogan, randy savage, Sean Waltman, Sgt. Slaughter, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Big Show, The Rock, Vader, WWE Royal Rumble, Yokozuna
In this day and age of spoilers it is rare to see a surprise WWE result. Big upsets rarely happen in the WWE today but history shows that they are possible and here is a look back at ten of the biggest in World Wrestling Entertainment history.
When I say surprise result or big upset I mean a match in which the end result was just unthinkable. I recently did a similar blog looking at WWE championship matches but this is different. These are matches between two wrestlers that look completely lopsided on paper. Not only are these huge upsets but they are some of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
Ron Shaw defeats David Sammartino November 22, 1985 Philadelphia, PA - I remember watching this as a kid and thinking, “WTF!” Ron Shaw was a perennial WWE jobber who was not given a push or big win ever up to ..click here to read more
Barry Horowitz, batista, Blue Meanie, Bruno Sammartino, Chris Candido, David Sammartino, Ivan Koloff, John Bradshaw Layfield, john cena, Kevin Federline, Maven, Ron Shaw, Santino Marella, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Shelfon Benjamin, The Undertaker, triple h, Umaga
Even though you knew there was no way WWE would pass up on the financial hailstorm that is a Rock-Cena rematch, you, me, and millions of viewers screamed, huffed, and were bowled over by the roller coaster ride that Cena and Punk’s #1 contender’s match on February 25, 2013.
So great was this match, so dramatic were the near-falls, and so amazing were the wrinkles thrown in (CENACANRANA!), that if you want to call it a five star match, I won’t argue that too strenuously.
As long as you don’t argue my belief that Cena vs. Punk is the greatest match in the history of Monday Night Raw.
Make no mistake, every now and again, WWE throws the fans a bone in the form of a free match that is pantheon-level, where fans of all walks, the insiders and the marks, equally know they’ve seen something special.
To my way of thinking, here are ..click here to read more
bret hart, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, CM Punk, Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, john cena, mick foley, Owen Hart, Perry Saturn, ric flair, Rikishi, Rob Van Dam, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Steve Austin, The Rock, Too Cool, triple h, wwe raw
-If Waylon Mercy shows up, the remainder of my review will be 100% positive, no matter what happens. All cynicism aside, I’m looking forward not so much to bashing anything with malice, but enjoying a night set aside for nostalgia and celebration. Unless something horrifically stupid happens, I won’t get too worked up. If you wanna see somebody take the fun out of a show, James Caldwell at the Torch has been the gold standard for a loooooong time.
-WWE RAW 1000 is live from St. Louis
Opening Segment: Vince McMahon introduces D-Generation X
SWERVE! DX no-showed! Vince thanks the fans, mostly for putting up with the trending updates and Did You Knows. Well, okay, he didn’t say that, but I would’ve felt better. He introduces DX, the “Sanitation X” years. Shawn and Hunter think something’s missing from this segment, and ..click here to read more
AJ, Alberto del Rio, Bob Backlund, Brock Lesnar, Charlie Sheen, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Degeneration X, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Gene Okerlund, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Howard Finkel, Jack Swagger, jerry lawler, Jim Ross, Jinder Mahal, john cena, John Laurinaitis, Kane, Layla, Lita, Lord Tensai, Michael Cole, Money in the Bank 2012, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, Sin Cara, Stephanie McMahon, SummerSlam 2012, The Big Show, The Miz, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, Tyson Kidd, vince mcmahon, wwe raw
Coming with a top 10 WWE Monday Night RAW matches list sounds easy, but not when you are working off of 1000 episodes. That is when I realized 10 wasn’t going to do it, so in celebration of the 1000th episode I look back at the 50 best WWE matches to take place on RAW!
This was a real fun list to make and the suspects here are pretty obvious names. But it is one guy who came up over and over again that dominates this list and that is Shawn Michaels. While I didn’t intend for this to be a top Shawn Michaels matches list, it may appear to be that way. It isn’t his fault he is so damned good is it?
However, Shawn isn’t the only WWE superstar to make magic on Monday Night RAW. A who’s who list of great WWE stars of the last few generations from ..click here to read more
Bam Bam Bigelow, batista, bret hart, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith, Dolph Ziggler, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, jeff hardy, jerry lawler, john cena, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Lita, Marty Jannetty, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Owen Hart, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, Terry Funk, The Great Sasuke, The Miz, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, William Regal
In honor of WWE RAW’s 1000th episode on July 23rd I thought it would be fun to rank my own Top 5 list of my own personal RAW matches from the first 1000 episodes. There haven’t been that many episodes of RAW that I have missed fortunately and therefore had a pretty tough time narrowing down so many matches to just 5. But without any further ado here is my Top 5 list of RAW matches from the first 1000 episodes:
5. Mankind vs. The Rock (January 4th, 1999):
This was one of the most intense feuds in wrestling history and one of the most often forgotten feuds of the “attitude era.” How many of us can remember The Rock and Mankind exchanging the WWF Championship back and forth leading us to WrestleMania 14? I certainly do and ..click here to read more
bret hart, Curt Hennig, jeff hardy, Jim Ross, mick foley, ric flair, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, The Rock, The Undertaker, Tony Schiavone, wwe raw
Wednesday, November 23rd, 1994 – Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, Texas – Welcome to the eight annual WWE Survivor Series! This will be the last Survivor Series to be either on Thanksgiving night or Thanksgiving eve. I’m sad they moved it from Wednesday or Thursday night for this event tradition.
We are opened to seeing backstage discussions between the Survivor Series teams. I really enjoyed seeing these segments, to help introduce the teams we’ll be seeing do battle later.
Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon are doing color commentating for this pay-per-view. I find this announce team to be very odd because both men are known for being the lead play-by-play men. Will see how these two men mesh together for this event. I’ll definitely will complain about it if I feel needed.
The Teamsters (WWF Tag Team Champions Diesel ..click here to read more
Bam Bam Bigelow, Bob Backlund, bret hart, Davey Boy Smith, Doink the Clown, Jeff Jarrett, jerry lawler, Jim Neidhart, Kevin Nash, King Kong Bundy, Lex Luger, Owen Hart, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, Tatanka, Ted Dibiase, The Headshrinkers, The Undertaker, WWE Survivor Series 1994, Yokozuna
JR opens the PPV! BRING HIM BACK!
The WWF title was vacant for the event. On Sunday Night Heat there was a brawl. With who? They didn’t say (right away).
Mr. McMahon is out already in his wheelchair with the title belt. In ten years Boss Man is a lot thinner (compared to 1988). McMahon introduces the first match of the card. The World Wrestling Federation Hardcore Champion, Mankind (in a suit-yes, Mick Foley in a suit and the Hardcore Champ). JR informs us it’s been ten years (to this moment) that the WWF title was determined in a tournament (even a 14-man tournament). It was in 1988 at WrestleMania IV where Randy “Macho Man” Savage defeated “the Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Useless facts, right now, yes. VINCE MENTIONS WCW AND THE CROWD BOOS! YES! The coach ..click here to read more
Al Snow, Big Bossman, Goldust, Jeff Jarrett, Kane, ken shamrock, mick foley, Rena Mero, Sable, Sean Waltman, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon, WWE Survivor Series 1998
There aren’t many great memories to write about WCW but one element that I always enjoyed in WCW was the cruiserweights. The WCW cruiserweight division would regularly steal the show and tear the house down which is why today I pay tribute to the Top 10 WCW Cruiserweights.
The cruiserweight division in WCW came from the light heavyweight division of past booking regimes. Eric Bischoff recreated the division and gave lighter wrestler from all over the world the opportunity to come to the United States and dazzle American pro wrestling audiences on a weekly basis. In my opinion, the WCW cruiserweight division was the best element of Nitro and later Thunder.
The division generally featured professional wrestlers smaller than 220 pounds. Several cruiserweights would later put on weight and enjoy success as a heavyweight champion in either WCW or the ..click here to read more
chris jericho, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera, Rey Mysterio, Sean Waltman, Shane Helms, WCW, WCW Cruiserweights, WCW Nitro
Monday, March 25th, 2002, University Park, Pennsylvania-Linda McMahon, the WWE CEO, opens up the show and explains the WWE draft. Ric Flair is the “owner” of WWF Raw and Vince McMahon is the “owner” of WWF Smackdown.
Stone Cold Steve Austin isn’t able to be drafted, and is a free agent, and Triple H, Chris Jericho, and Stephanie McMahon couldn’t be drafted because they are in the main event on this card, wrestling for the Undisputed WWF Championship. Linda also stated that the draft will start next week on Raw. The rest of the 20 picks would be in the lottery on WWF.com later that night.
They’re at Penn State University for the first ever draft! The main event is Triple H defending the Undisputed WWF Championship against ..click here to read more
Booker T, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Curt Hennig, Diamond Dallas Page, ECW, Edge, hulk hogan, Ivory, jeff hardy, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Linca McMahon, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, N.W.O, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin, Taz, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, WCW, William Regal, wwe draft, wwe raw, wwe smackdown
The big question buzzing on Monday is would Vince McMahon bury the hatchet and pay tribute to the WWE icon with class or even at all? The WWE did indeed pay Randy Savage tribute with an emotional video package on WWE RAW, but was it enough? This blogger says absolutely not!
There were rumors buzzing all weekend speculating on how Vince McMahon would pay tribute to one of his greatest WWE superstars. For those who don’t know, Vince McMahon has had a deep seeded hatred against the Macho Man for years. It appeared that Vince was starting to soften as he allowed WWE product featuring Savage to be produced over the last couple of years. But this was different. This was more than a ..click here to read more
bret hart, randy savage, Roddy Piper, Sean Waltman, vince mcmahon