ROYAL RUMBLE RAWWWWWW
What a great way to hype your next PPV, by constantly talking about the previous one! Genius.
They certainly did not need to have this Raw in the Skydome, it just looked so amateurish, like a televised house show with some promos. The atrocious lighting, sound (Bulldog's music was different) and levels (could barely hear the entrance music most of the time) and NO FINK didn't help it one bit either.
Nonetheless, it was a great start, with some hot brawling between Austin, Bret and Vader. Good preview of the upcoming four-way match. The match wasn't anything special without a clean finish, but then again a clean finish would've not made any sense, so it was the right choice.
Savio Vega turns heel to complete the first incarnation of the Nation Of Domination. I always loved Flash Funk as he was an awesome worker, god knows why Vince just didn't bring him in as Too Cold Scorpio. D'Lo Brown still the whipping boy in a suit get mauled, and Savio wins against the jobber.
desperately trying to get in Peta Wilson's panties. He was utterly obsessed with that Le Femme Nikita show, more so than they are today with the movie clips. Glad the fascination didn't last too long.
Furnas and La Fon were an awesome team, pity they had zero personality. The story continues showing dissension between Bulldog and Owen, really teasing for a Bulldog face turn. Well, you have to be considered a face with Owen in tow, who was just born to be a heel.
Goldust and Crush...meeeeeh. TREBLE H makes an appearance to remind everyone that he still has beef with Goldust, but this match was dull as fuck.
Blackjacks vignette! I wasn't aware they had filmed any vignettes. If I had seen this when it aired I would've thought 'why are these two grandads going to be a tag team?' but of course, they weren't utilised AT ALL.
Shawn Michaels interview yapping away like a heel in Canada. He's the champion here but would show his true colours the next week because he LAYS DOWN FOR NOBODYYYY. Another Bret-Austin brawl heh.
JR: 'We expect great things from Tiger Ali Singh'. Pity he didn't debut for another SIX months after this, and yeah he sucked.
HHH-Mero. Was never a fan of Mero, even though I never thought he was a bad worker. Decent match, but this was the start of Hunter's big push and he wasn't losing here.
Bit of a nothing main event. Why was Mankind teaming up with Faarooq? His feud with Taker was pretty much over at this point. Ooh Vader's here, NOW I know why. Continuing the dissension between him and Mankind, pity it never really went anywhere. Taker with a tombstone to Mankind on a chair. Crowd goes home happy to end a decent episode of Raw compared to the previous few weeks. TWO HOUR ERA BEGINS.