Re: MONDAY NIGHT WARS CLUB: Monday January 13th 1997
This was around the time when Sky Sports would totally and utterly fuck up their scheduling of Monday Night Raw. One week they'd show an up-to-date episode, then next week it'd be footage from their tour of Germany, then next week they'd be a week behind. Totally lost me and I had no idea what was going on.
Anyway, Jerry Lawler and Hunter were always pretty chummy at this stage. They were on the same team at Survivor Series and they had this strange affinity that not many seemed to pick up on. Wildman Marc Mero only seemed to get a big reaction due to Sable, always thought the guy was overrated. He was losing his babyface appeal around this time, and suffered a serious knee injury not long after this. Goldust was turning face at this stage and would feud with Hunter for a few months.
Always enjoyed Honky Tonk Man on commentary, he seemed to share the same strengths as his cousin, just without the cheesy jokes.
During that Sid promo, I wonder if there was some old guy in the stands with his mop and bucket thinking what the hell that crazy guy was doing on the floor shouting to himself. Typical Sid promo, at least he didn't fuck up.
Bulldog vs. Rocky Miavia was decent. Bulldog was in awesome form at this stage in his career, and was pretty over with the fans considering he was supposed to be a heel. It was like he and Owen would be booked as heels in standard matches, but were often seen as faces in other situations (feud with Austin, Vader, Mankind). Rocky was being pushed to the moon, and there was no way he was losing here.
Undertaker vs. Crush was a drab affair. Always loved that old Nation Of Domination entrance with PG-13 doing their rapping. Crush was dull as fuck though. The ending set up both matches (Faarooq/Ahmed and Taker/Vader) nicely for the Rumble.
While watching this episode and last week, you get the sense that there was a massive dark cloud just hanging over the WWF. The crowds are lifeless and attitudes were getting out of hand - I think they even realised that they were in the middle of a period which would make or break them.