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    Jim Reviews WWE Weeklies

    So I've been considering doing something like this for awhile. Various posters like Shock (2000 WCW), Fuji Vice (TNA PPV), Ed (2002 TNA) and Peepshow (1995 WCW). It'd be more of just a look back rather than going into too much detail like I tend to do with my reviews. I'll throw in some pics, gifs and a few random awards to help jog your memories or give you an idea of what you missed out. Since most of the matches are fairly short, I'll mostly just use a thumbs up or thumbs down format for rating matches. If a match is particularly noteworthy (3 stars or higher?), I'll give the star rating though.
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    "Eliminating the Competition"
    January 5, 1998

    Show starts off with a backstage video of Steve Austin promising to take out everyone who's in the Royal Rumble match before they go after him. Thus, we have the story of the night.

    Faarooq w/Nation vs Ken Shamrock
    The continuation of Shamrock's series of matches against the Nation members before his match against the Rock at Royal Rumble. Already, Shamrock had defeated Kama and D-Lo Brown. Good enough match that focused on Shamrock re-injuring his ribs from a September '97 match against Faarooq. The match serves the purpose of furthering the Shamrock/Rock feud while also slowly building up the tension between Rock and Faarooq. It's after Faarooq loses due to running into a steel chair held by Kama (Shamrock had reversed the Irish Whip), Rock just laughed and shook his head at Faarooq's stupidity. Thumbs Up.

    After the match, Rock and Shamrock have a stare down when Steve Austin runs in and nails both men with Stunners.

    Austin Hit List
    - Ken Shamrock
    - The Rock

    Jim Cornette comes out with NWA President and Vice President, Howard Brody and Dennis Coralluzzo. After weeks of hearing Cornette's rants on the state of professional wrestling, this is the result. The NWA is back and a new NWA North American Champion will be crowned in the next match. If you're curious, Reckless Youth was the champion before being stripped for this angle.

    Jeff Jarrett vs Blackjack Windham - NWA North American Title
    Because really, nothing says "This belt means something" more than having a lowcarder like Windham in the match. Despite being in control for the majority of the match, Windham ended up being screwed over by Cornette when Coralluzzo distracted the ref to allow Cornette to hit Windham with the tennis racket. Jarrett covers and becomes the new champion. As it turns out, this entire act was a set-up by Cornette and company. Windham was fine enough in the match, but this entire angle sucked. Right from the beginning, the WWE set-up the NWA faction to be looked upon as just lowcard filler. Thumbs Down.

    After the match, Steve Austin runs out and hits Jeff Jarrett with a Stunner.



    Austin Hit List
    - Ken Shamrock
    - The Rock
    - Jeff Jarrett

    The DOA vs The Truth Commission
    Two unover teams wrestling with an entire arena not caring. GREAT! On the plus side, The Jackyl was the guest commenter and the future Cyrus the Virus/Don Calis was probably one of the top 5 talkers the WWE had at this point. DOA wins, but that only sets-up Kurrgan coming out and slapping on the Paralyzer (A Claw) on one of the members of the DOA. It takes the Jackyl slapping Kurrgan before he finally releases it. This new gimmick for Kurrgan as the dangerous monster had money written all over it. Thumbs Down.

    A DX promo in the ring is up next. It mostly just serves as the feud transition point for Owen Hart. For the last few weeks, Owen had been feuding with Shawn Michaels. Last week, Triple H cost Owen the title against Michaels. From the Titantron, Owen promises to break Hunter's left knee after his right knee recovers. Hunter promises Owen has officially become the hunted. Highlight of the promo was Shawn Michaels staring at Chyna's cleavage, only to quickly look away when Chyna looked up at him. They repeated this comedy bit a few times.

    Owen Hart vs Savio Vega w/Los Boricuas
    As you can imagine, this was quite good. Midway through the match, DX came out and stood on the entrance ramp to provide a little distraction to Owen. Not that Owen needed it since Los Boricuas were there to interfere whenever they could. Owen slapped the Sharpshooter on Savio, but a Los Boricaus member distracts him by standing on the apron. After Owen takes care of him, he surprises Savio with a roll-up to get the win. After the match, Los Boricaus jump Owen and drags him up the ramp to DX. Hunter slaps Owen around a bit with Los Boricaus still holding Hart. Shawn Michaels gives Savio and company some cash, thus explaining what Hunter meant when he said Owen was the hunted. Thumbs Up.


    A certain gif you've seen a million times, but may have not known it came from the above match.

    Up next is an in ring promo by Paul Bearer. Bearer looks a total mess. It seems that after last week's segment where The Undertaker joined Kane in the beat down of various lowcarders (DOA, Headbangers, Scotty and Scorpio), Bearer hasn't seen or heard from Kane since. Paul misses Kane and curses the very ground Taker walks on for taking his Kane away. Awesome promo.


    The disastrous effects of being without Kane.

    We quickly go backstage, where we hear something has happened. Steve Austin is shown leaving a locker room. Inside, a pre-Nation Mark Henry is laying on the floor with a table on top of him. The Headbangers talk of how crazy Austin is.

    Austin Hit List
    - Ken Shamrock
    - The Rock
    - Jeff Jarrett
    - Mark Henry

    Marc Mero w/Sable vs Tom Brandi
    For the past month or so, Mero has been showing a lot of jealousy towards Sable. This resulted in Mero talking down to Sable and trying to make her cover up. Coming to her rescue is the JTTS, Tom Brandi. Not exactly a very promising knight in shinning armor, eh? Short match with Brandi only showing a bit of offense. Mero nails his TKO finisher, but opts to attempt another one. This brings out Steve Austin, hitting Mero with a Stunner to cause the DQ. Thumbs Up.

    Austin Hit List
    - Ken Shamrock
    - The Rock
    - Jeff Jarrett
    - Mark Henry
    - Marc Mero


    TAFKA Goldust w/Luna vs Flash Funk
    Goldust was doing his parody gimmick at this time. Tonight's parody is a black pimp, complete with an afro and blackface. When Flash was on offense, the match was pretty enjoyable. Just as Flash looks to have the match won with a 450 Splash, Luna pushes him off of the top rope, resulting in the DQ. Goldust nails the Curtain Call, but that brings out his Royal Rumble opponent, Vader. Vader and Funk dances a bit to celebrate a rare Flash Funk win. Thumbs Down.


    Blackface Goldust - racist or just funny?

    A vignette for Steve Blackman is shown. The gist of it is that Blackman is a great fighter, but he needs to learn the rules of pro wrestling.

    A video package is shown from Chainsaw Charlie's debut last week.

    The New Age Outlaws vs The Headbangers - Non-Title
    Pretty terrible match that just served the purpose of promoting the various tag angles. The Legion of Doom is scheduled to return to the WWE following their attack by DX and the Outlaws at the Royal Rumble where they will challenge the Outlaws for the titles. The Godwinns come out on the ramp to check out both teams. Supposedly, they're owed a favor by the Outlaws due to their help against LOD. So there's another potential Outlaws title defense. Outlaws pick up the win after the Headbangers mistime their Stage Dive finisher (Looking like total fools in the process) while Gunn simply pins Mosh in the confusion. After the match, Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie run the champions out of the ring side to promote the Outlaws' third potential feud. So many tag feuds and none of them that interesting. Thumbs Down.

    After promoting it the entire show, we finally get to see a taped video from Don King. King hypes the fact that he and the WWE are in negotiations to bring Mike Tyson to Wrestlemania. They're not there yet, but they're getting close! This was really lame when you consider the fact that we waited the entire show to see it and King didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. Who is he supposed to be? Sean O'Haire?!


    The Road to Wrestlemania has begun.

    Finally, Shawn Michaels comes out to cut a promo on his Rumble opponent, The Undertaker. Michaels dares The Undertaker to come out and give the fans a preview of the Royal Rumble. Lights go out and the druids bring out a casket that's tagged with DX logos. Michaels can't help, but laugh. I guess the previous week featured a prank when a member of DX was in the casket and they scared the other. Michaels mockingly knocks on the casket and says the password (Break it down), but Hunter and Chyna still doesn't come out of the casket. Finally, Hunter and Chyna are shown at the top of the entrance ramp trying to get Shawn's attention. In some classic comedy, Michaels does the whole "If you're there...who's in there?!" Of course, it ends up being the Undertaker as Raw goes off the air with Michaels being dragged into the casket. This joke has been done a million times in wrestling and other forms of entertainment, but it was fun mostly thanks to Michaels overacting.
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    Match of the night: Owen Hart vs Savio Vega
    MVP of the night: Steve Austin
    Angle of the night: Austin vs Rumble opponents
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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Oh yeah, my TNA reviews, they kinda just stopped, might resurrect that in the future.

    Anyway, nice idea, wish it was actually a time period that I actually watched as a kid to get more from them, but I've always found Shock's WCW reviews hilarious despite never watching the shows in question, so I'll still read.

    Paul Bearer in the pic reminds me so much of Zack Galifianakis in The Campaign

    I have actually seen that HBK/Taker segment before, pretty entertaining.

    Steve Blackman was around this early? shocked.

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    Steve Blackman was around this early? shocked.
    Blackman debuted shortly before the Survivor Series as a fan who just couldn't stand by while Vader was being tripled team by Jim Neidhart, Phil Lafon and Doug Furnas. I imagine he was a last minute replacement for the injured Patriot for that Team Canada (Bulldog, Lafon, Furnas and Neidhart) vs Americans (Vader, Goldust, Mero and Blackman) match.

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Is that Mero getting stunned? Whoever it is sold that like a champ

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Quote Originally Posted by BeastyBoy View Post
    Is that Mero getting stunned? Whoever it is sold that like a champ
    Yeah, it is Mero. Besides the little issue with Austin's leg getting stuck against Mero, the move went off really well. It's a big oversell, but it isn't as unbelievable as someone like Rocky's sell of the Stunner.

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Yeah, it is Mero. Besides the little issue with Austin's leg getting stuck against Mero, the move went off really well. It's a big oversell, but it isn't as unbelievable as someone like Rocky's sell of the Stunner.
    You have to laugh when rock gets stunned it's incredibly funny, imagine ziggler getting stunned

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Ziggler would probably end up being paralyzed from the sell job.

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Oh hey, a fun new Jim review project... Oh wait... a shout-out to the other review projects... Hmm... don't seem to see Big Papa's In Your House reviews...



    Outta here...

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Austin's shadowboxing post Stunner was gold.


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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papa View Post
    Oh hey, a fun new Jim review project... Oh wait... a shout-out to the other review projects... Hmm... don't seem to see Big Papa's In Your House reviews...



    Outta here...
    Well maybe if you'd finally update it, it'd be worthy of a mention!

    Spoiler:

    Ps. Love you.

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    "Raw's 5th Anniversary Show"
    January 12, 1998

    DX open the show from their limo. They're on their way to Raw~!

    The New Age Outlaws vs The Truth Commission vs The Godwinns vs The Headbangers - Non-Title
    I'll give you one guess who was the only over team. The Outlaws received some huge heat thanks to their Florida Gators shirts (They were in Penn State country). The "We are Penn State" chant was the biggest crowd reaction in the entire night. With a story of all three teams hating the Outlaws, this was surprisingly pretty watchable. Billy Gunn used a pair of brass knuckles to knock out Phineas Godwinn to steal the win. So I guess that's one way to further the potential Outlaws/Godwinns feud. Thumbs Up.

    A video package is shown for the Legion of Doom. It's actually quite good. Road Warriors vs Outlaws will happen this Sunday at the Royal Rumble.

    Steve Austin has arrived in the building. During the break, Austin is shown leaving the locker room after attacking the Godwinns.

    Austin Hit List - Stage 2
    - Phineas Godwinn
    - Henry Godwinn

    Austin is interviewed in the ring by Michael Cole. Austin isn't concerned about everyone targeting him in the Rumble match. He even uses Cole's Sharpie to draw a target on the chest. The Royal Rumble match will happen this Sunday!

    DX has arrived to the building in their limo, but a WWF truck is blocking the entrance. What gives?!

    Kurrgan w/Jackyl vs Lance Diamond and Jimmy Cicero
    Lance Diamond is ECW's Simon Diamond. Cicero was a 90's indy wrestler who spent a little time in ECW and trained Joey Matthews. This was a short squash where Kurrgan looked great. I seriously love this monster gimmick Kurrgan had going for a few months. Kurrgan wins by pinning both guys after making them pass out with the Paralyzer. Kurrgan rules. Thumbs Up.


    The worst moment in Simon Diamond's life.

    Back to DX's parking issues. While Chyna and Shawn Michaels are trying to get someone to move the WWF truck, Owen Hart jumps through the limo's skyroof to get his hands on Triple H. Michaels and Chyna rushes back to the limo and the limo sped off with all four inside.

    Marc Mero w/"Sable" vs Vader
    Mero claimed he had a change of heart when it comes to Sable, so he invites her out. Instead, TAFKA Goldust comes out in drag. Short match that just served the purpose to further the Vader/Goldust program while also highlighting the Mero jealousy angle. Midway in, Sable came out, but Mero ordered her to leave. Right after Vader hit the Vader Bomb, Goldust entered the ring and nailed him with one of the coconuts that was in his bra to draw the DQ. Thus the partnership between Mero and Goldust has begun. I suppose this was fine. At this least time, a Goldust DQ was against someone of value than just the JTTS, Flash Funk. Thumps Up.


    Mmm...Sable.

    Back from commercial and Vader is shown knocked out in his locker room. The rattle snake has struck again!


    Austin Hit List - Stage 2
    - Phineas Godwinn
    - Henry Godwinn
    - Vader

    The Rock and D-Lo Brown w/Kama vs Ken Shamrock and Mark Henry
    One of Mark Henry's biggest moments in his career. This match had a little backstory when the Nation attacked Henry during his match with D-Lo on Shotgun Saturday Night a few weeks ago. Shamrock made the save. Before the match, Henry came out wearing a "Rocky Sucks" t-shirt. The Rock promised to rip the shirt off of him. The match was fairly enjoyable with Shamrock virtually working a handicap match. As he looked to have the match won with The Rock in an Ankle Lock, Henry turns on him with a closeline. That's followed up with some elbows and a slam. The Rock rips off Henry's t-shirt to reveal a Nation of Domination t-shirt. New member~! Sadly, this wouldn't be the first time this would happen to good ol' Kenny. Thumbs Up.

    As the Nation walks up the entrance ramp, Faarooq is there upset that Rocky added a member to the Nation without talking to him first. After the break, Michael Cole interviews the Nation in their locker room where Rocky claims he invited Henry into the Nation as a present to Faarooq. Faarooq still isn't happy. This is about the point where The Rock really began to find his character and was becoming extremely entertaining. The slow build Rock/Faarooq angle is greatness.

    DX returns to the arena (No Owen) and they head out to the ring. Hunter claims they've finally flushed that nugget (Owen) down the toilet once and for all. Michaels cuts a promo on Mike Tyson (He'll be at the Royal Rumble~!). Michaels starts teasing a big reveal about Kane, but is interrupted by Owen. I guess Owen really is a nugget that keeps floating back up to the top. Refs come out to stop Owen and Hart from fighting. Angle advancement anyone?

    Jim Cornette came out and announced his next big news. Since Jeff Jarrett couldn't make the show due to a family illness, Cornette is here to reveal the NWA's newest tag team - The Rock 'n' Roll Express.

    The Rock 'n' Roll Express w/Jim Cornette vs DOA
    Hell has frozen over. RnR are heels AND are managed by Cornette. Who would have ever predicted that in the 80's? Second week in and the NWA angle continues to worsen. Who cares about a faction when they're feuding against Blackjack Windham and now DOA?! Besides, wouldn't it have made more sense to debut Rock 'n' Roll Express against the Blackjacks? Anyways, the match was short and not very good. This time, Cornette is caught hitting one of the members of the DOA and the Express are DQ'd. The Express jump DOA until Chainz makes the save. This angle sucks so much. Thumbs Down.


    WWF Hotline: Will Hulk Hogan be in the Royal Rumble?

    Mankind vs TAFKA Goldust w/Luna
    This week, Goldust is dressed up as Dude Love. Once again, hilarious. I was kind of looking forward to this match, but seconds in, Steve Austin runs in and hits the Stunner on both guys.


    Dude Dust.

    Austin Hit List - Stage 2
    - Phineas Godwinn
    - Henry Godwinn
    - Vader
    - Mankind
    - TAFKA Goldust

    A quick Mr. McMahon interview to talk about Mike Tyson. Negotiations are still underway for Tyson to appear at Wrestlemania and Tyson will be at the Rumble. The only new news is that Tyson will be on Raw next week!

    Taka Michinoku and Scott Taylor vs Savio Vega and Jesus Castillo w/Los Boricuas
    A really good little match. I had fears that this would be interrupted by someone like Taker, Kane or Austin, but the WWE actually allowed the match to have a clean finish after four fast pace minutes. Taka played the face-in-peril for awhile all four men got into the ring. With Taylor being crotched on the top rope by Savio, Jesus finishes him off with a backwards falling suplex (I swear a wrestler had that as a finisher) from the top rope to pick up the win. Perhaps I'm being over generous, but I expected some sort of interference and even less time, but it was a fast pace Cruiserweights style tag instead. 3 Stars.


    After the match, Owen Hart runs out with one of Hunter's crutches to avenge the beat down he received from Los Boricuas.

    DX once again comes out to allow Michaels to finish saying what he was going to reveal about Kane. Michaels has invited Kane into DX! Instead of Kane, The Undertaker comes out. Both Chyna and Hunter nearly receive a choke slam before Michaels lays Taker out with Hunter's other crutch. The attack continues until Kane makes his return to Raw. Instead of joining DX, he runs DX out of the ringside. While up on the entrance ramp, Kane does Taker's kneeling taunt towards the ring. Taker returns the taunt himself. Have the Brothers of Destruction been born?


    The show concludes with a live Royal Rumble drawing. A good amount of the Rumble participants are in the ring. There's a little brawl when Shamrock enters the ring and goes after Mark Henry. The Honky Tonk Man is revealed to be in the Rumble. Finally, Austin's music hits and everyone waits to jump him. Instead, Austin comes out from the crown, rolls in the ring and nails the Stunner on Phineas which means...

    Austin Hit List - Stage 2
    - Phineas Godwinn
    - Henry Godwinn
    - Vader
    - Mankind
    - TAFKA Goldust
    - Phineas Godwinn (again)

    As Austin leaves, he's blindsided by The Rock, D-Lo and Savio Vega. It's taken nearly two full weeks, but Raw concludes with Austin getting the receipt for all of his attacks. Will Austin be ready for the Royal Rumble?!
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    Match of the night: Taka Michinoku and Scott Taylor vs Savio Vega and Jesus Castillo
    MVP of the night: Shawn Michaels
    Angle of the night: DX vs Brothers of Destruction

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    Golly, those DX characters sure are a bunch of hilarious misfits aren't they

    My HBK hate peaked in 98, He's just such a clown all freaking year and was probably 1/10th as funny as he thought he was, if that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kairi HoHo View Post
    Truthfully Duke I probably did a boner at times. I took School after I was held back in the 3rd Grade seriously maybe too seriously at times. I wished I would of enjoyed it a bit more. I think my path is still being made to be honest.

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Nash View Post
    My HBK hate peaked in 98, He's just such a clown all freaking year and was probably 1/10th as funny as he thought he was, if that
    Pretty impressive since he was only around for four, maybe five months out of the year. Out of those four months, he didn't even work a free TV match either.

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    Can't say I've seen either Sherlock Holmes movies. I suppose Kurrgan was a guilty pleasure for me. The WWE never utilized him to his fullest potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Pretty impressive since he was only around for four, maybe five months out of the year. Out of those four months, he didn't even work a free TV match either.
    That's the problem. As long as he wrestles its ok, it's when he opens his mouth that the problem starts. He tries to keep himself relevant by hitting more and more worthless segments and it just makes me
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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Kurrgan was also the uber immortal in 300 if I'm not mistaken.


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    "When Tyson Meets Austin."
    January 19, 1998

    We begin with a look back at Kane's turn on the Undertaker at the Royal Rumble. Last we saw, Taker was inside of a burning casket.

    An absolute giddy Paul Bearer comes out to the ring to open the show. He reveals the last few weeks were all one big set-up. His desperate promo from two weeks ago was all an act. The Undertaker is dead. *Boom* Lights go out and Taker's music plays. Druids bring out the badly burned casket out, but inside is actually Kane. Bearer proclaims Kane as the only living member of Taker's family.


    A dead Undertaker is the greatest joke ever told.

    Short promo from DX from the back. Hunter brags about humiliating Owen at the Rumble and how Owen should just go down South like everyone else. Michaels is distraught with guilt about Taker being missing. He makes the pledge that DX will find the Undertaker for the fans!

    The Nation of Domination vs DOA
    Six man tag action with Nation's Kama, Faarooq and D-Lo. Normally, DOA matches tend to suck, but this was actually watchable due to the fast pace and because it served a purpose. After the really lame double DQ finish (Everyone was brawling in the ring), The Rock and Mark Henry came out to help out their Nation buddies. This brought out Ken Shamrock and Ahmed Johnson to make the save. With that, their ten man tag at No Way Out of Texas is set-up. D-Lo carried this match though. Thumbs Up.

    A hearse arrives to the building. Is Taker here?!

    Marc Mero w/Sable vs Tom Brandi
    Looking back, this was such a terrible feud. The whole idea is that Brandi was supposed to be elevated into being a midcard star while getting the girl, but it never happened. Like in their previous match, Mero mostly dominated with Brandi only getting in a few moves. The main purpose for the match is that Sable receives flowers from an unknown source. That of course adds to Mero's jealousy. Whether done on purpose or not, Sable distracts the referee to allow Mero to low blow Brandi and then hit his TKO finisher to pick up the win. I imagine this is the end of Brandi's push. Thumbs Down.

    Backstage, DX goes to check out if Taker is really in the hearse. When they open the back door, out pops a bunch of slutty girls. Hunter and Michaels are dragged in the hearse while Chyna just looks at the camera with a straight face. WTF?

    Mike Tyson has arrived at the building. Throughout the night, he'll be shown meeting a bunch of the WWE superstars.

    Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie vs The Quebecers
    THE QUEBECERS~! Of course, with this being the Quebecers' return to the WWE after being away since 1994, they receive a jobber's entrance and Michael Cole announces their return with the most unexcited voice possible. Think Christian's ECW return, only less exciting of a call. This was actually a really fun brawl. Even though you have a stupid finish where Cactus gets his team DQ'd when he locks in the mandible claw on the ref, the action only continued. Each guy took a huge bump to the outside and it's just madness. Of course, Terry Funk ended up stealing the show by being...well...Terry Funk. Funk rules. Cactus rules. CPO rules. Even Jacques couldn't bring this down. Thumbs Up.


    Jeff Jarrett (c) w/Team NWA vs Blackjack Bradshaw w/Blackjack Windham - NWA North American Title
    Ugh. The worst angle in the WWE continues. Once again, the angle continues to worsen due to how uneventful it all is. The big story of the match is Windham's accidental lariat on Bradshaw giving Jarrett the win and then Windham opts to just turn on Bradshaw to join Team NWA. So basically, it took five men to defeat Bradshaw. BRADSHAW! This isn't 2004 JBL we're talking about. Just the unover lowcard tag wrestler Bradshaw. Then, where's the logic in Windham turning? If you wanted to have Windham turn heel, fine, but have Bradshaw be the one in the Jarrett match two weeks ago. So after Bradshaw is screwed over by Cornette, he brings Windham out with him in the rematch only to find out that Windham is siding with the enemy. That actually makes sense. What they did only made the stupid NWA angle suck even more. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? Match sucked, booking sucked and Team NWA sucks. Thumbs Down.


    Team NWA celebrates. Jim just weeps.

    As the first hour of Raw ends, the lights in DX's locker room goes out. Taker?!

    Start of hour two and Taker's music hits again. Taker is shown high up in the air as he's slowly lowered down into the ring. Lights come on and it's really Shawn Michaels. DX comes out with a grill, marshmallows and hot dogs. It's a comedy segment that at least one person here will hate, but it does serve a purpose once you get past the dated gags. Hunter challenges Owen to an European Title match next week on Raw. Shawn Michaels closes out the Taker feud by turning his attention to the Royal Rumble winner, Steve Austin. He promises that he won't lie down for Austin.


    DX r seriouz.

    Los Boricuas vs Owen Hart, Taka Michinoku and The Headbangers
    An eight man tag. How the Headbangers is involved in all this, I haven't the clue. Luckily, this had a lot of great action, mostly thanks to Taka. Taka was a real hidden gem at this point in the WWE. When everyone had colorful personalities, but mostly lacked wrestling skills, Taka would just go out there and hit fast as **** moves. Thanks to the WWE not having a Cruiserweight division, Taka stood out as something special. Of course, Savio could be counted on to hit his badass spinning heel kick in the corner. Owen ends up picking up the win after forcing Jesus to tap out with the Sharpshooter. Way too short, but for what we saw, it was highly entertaining. Give me a PPV match with Savio and Miguel vs Taka and Owen and I'll be one happy Jim. Thumbs Up.


    The Rock vs Ahmed Johnson
    I don't know if Ahmed was hurt going into this, but the dude wouldn't stop screaming when hit with simple moves like a suplex. Rock's getting over and has some of his moveset down, but it's not as if he could carry Ahmed to a good match. With Mark Henry coming out in mid-match, Henry hits Johnson with a chair behind the ref's back. Rocky nails the Rock Bottom and picks up the win. After the match, Ken Shamrock makes the save for Ahmed. This at least served the purpose of building up to the ten man tag at No Way Out of Texas. Match still sucked though. Thumbs Down.


    The world's scariest trio.

    The New Age Outlaws (c) vs The Godwinns - WWE Tag Titles
    Outlaws are wearing overalls and Billy's even carrying a stuffed pig. Match was yet another dreadful one though. Even though the match was really short, it somehow dragged for me. Really though, why shouldn't it? It's two poor teams who both happen to be heels. So rather than cheer for either team, the crowd just chants "LOD". Outlaws win after Billy hits Phineas with the stuffed pig. It's after the match, Henry discovers a brick inside of the pig. The pig angle did get a chuckle out of me though. Thumbs Down.

    Final segment time and it's a huge one. Vince McMahon brings out Mike Tyson. He's here to officially announce that Mike Tyson will be at Wrestlemania 14. Before McMahon can finish, Steve Austin makes his first appearance of the night. Austin cuts a promo on Tyson before finally giving him a pair of middle fingers. As you've probably seen a million times by now, this leads to a huge pull apart with McMahon going crazy screaming "You ruined it all!" at Austin. Easily one of the biggest segments in Raw history.
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    Match of the night: Los Boricuas vs Owen Hart, Taka Michinoku and The Headbangers
    MVP of the night: Paul Bearer
    Angle of the night: Austin vs Tyson

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    Okay, I'm over my -rage of being ignored and back to enjoying these. Watched through the first half of '98 not that long ago so it helps.

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    Hunter's Valuable Mistake
    January 26, 1998

    Recap of last week's incident with Steve Austin and Mike Tyson. Various clips from TV shows and newspaper clips are shown. Reports are now that Mike Tyson doesn't want to be a referee at Wrestlemania, he wants to wrestle Austin.

    Mark Henry w/The Nation vs Ken Shamrock w/Ahmed Johnson and DOA
    There's a great moment during Henry's entrance that Faarooq purposely steps in front of Rocky to show his dominance. At the start of the match, they made it official that these ten guys will wrestle at No Way Out of Texas. Despite Henry's limited skills, this wasn't too shabby. Henry just focused on Shamrock's back. The atmosphere is really good with the crowd caring and the eight wrestlers around the ring making a lot of noise. Shamrock wins by DQ when The Rock attacks him before Shamrock can lock in the Ankle Lock. That leads to a big brawl. Served it's purpose. Thumbs Up.


    A Nation of Jealousy?

    Recap of never before seen events from after the Rumble went off of the air. WWF officials extinguished the fire, but when they opened the casket, Taker wasn't inside. Where is the Undertaker?!

    The Legion of Doom vs Jeff Jarrett and Barry Windham w/Team NWA
    Now this is more like it. If you're going to have a NWA faction, have them wrestle guys who matter. This was a little more entertaining than I was expecting despite a few botches. Behind the ref's back, Windham (Sans Blackjack mustache and wearing his trademark bandana) hits Animal with Jim Cornette's tennis racket. Animal kicks out at two and a half, but the ref counts three. It took four weeks, but the NWA angle finally has some good booking. Thumbs Up.

    Backstage promo from DX. This is one that doesn't feel so dated. There's the typical DX comedy, but they ditched the sexual jokes. Hunter cuts a promo on Owen Hart to hype their European Title match later tonight. While he's doing it, he keeps overacting to Chyna wrapping an ace bandage around his knee. Meanwhile, Michaels comments on the Tyson/Austin incident. Since he is a guy of the people, he's willing to bow out of his Wrestlemania match so that Austin can wrestle Mike Tyson. He'll even be the referee! Loved it. Here you have a heel claiming to be acting out in the interest of the fans, but he's just trying to avoid defending his title.

    TAFKA Goldust w/Luna vs Vader
    Rematch from Royal Rumble. Goldust and Luna are dressed up as Vader. Can't say this was a chore to watch with a lot of heavy blows from Vader. Before Vader can get the win, the lights go out and Kane comes out. Vader is the first to lay in any sort of offense against Kane with a kneeling piledriver, but Kane no sells it and kills Vader with a Tombstone. New feud, baby~! Thumbs Up.


    Vader Dust.

    From earlier tonight, we eavesdrop on Terry Funk and Mick Foley chatting in the ring. It's a fun look at how they see wrestling and that Chainsaw Charlie is just some wacky character Funk decided to come up with.

    The New Age Outlaws vs The Hardcore Legends (Funk and Cactus)
    I believe this is a non-title match. During the match, Jim Ross announces that The Hardcore Legends will team up with Owen Hart and Steve Austin to face the Outlaws and DX at No Way Out of Texas. Outlaws come out in baseball catcher gear complete with cups. Yet another crazy brawl for the Hardcore Legends with Chainsaw doing his usual wacky Funk performance. Once again, the Hardcore Legends are DQ'd, this time because of Cactus dropping a chair elbow on an Outlaw on the outside. Cactus then slapped on the mandible claw on the referee for the second week. Can't go wrong with a Hardcore Legends brawl. Thumbs Up.


    So 1998.

    Video package for Taka Michinoku. No Taka match makes for a sad Jim.

    Brian Christopher vs Pantera - #1 Contender's Match
    Winner faces Taka at No Way Out of Texas for the Light Heavyweight Title. Christopher is such an annoying heel with his stupid laugh. I can't tell if he's just bad or he's that good of a heel. I do know I felt the same way back in 1998. Christopher dominated the match, but Pantera throws in a couple of his spotty moves including an awesome dive through the ropes. To appear unbias, Jerry Lawler promises to shake the hand of the winner. Christopher misses the Hip Hop Drop (Well, I guess it wasn't called that then) and Pantera surprises him with a la magistral cradle to win the match. This was enjoyable despite my disappointment of not seeing Taka. Thumbs Up.

    After the match, Jerry Lawler shakes the hand of Pantera, but then kicks him in the gun and lays him out with a punch.


    The Hardcore Legends are interviewed in the back by Ross and Lawler. DX distracts them while the Outlaws jump them from behind. It's a five-on-two assault to help built to their No Way Out of Texas match.

    The Headbangers vs The Quebecers
    Another jobber's entrance for the Quebecers. This wasn't good at all. The timing just seemed off and Jacques dragged the match down. Jacques gets pinned by Mosh when he keeps Mosh in the starting position for the Alabama Slam for far too long. After the match, the Quebecers attack the Headbangers to start up the short feud. Thumbs Down.

    "Triple H" (c) w/"Chyna" vs Owen Hart - European Title
    Triple H is really just Goldust dressed up as Hunter. The match does showcased how forgone Dustin Runnels' mental state was at this point. He wrestles the match while doing all of Hunter's moves and his taunts. Goldust worked over the knee for a bit before Owen's comeback is cut shot when Luna hits him with Hunter's crutch. Owen manages to counter a Pedigree into a Sharpshooter to score the submission win. Yet another good Owen 1998 match. The dude's the master of having quality short TV matches. Thumbs Up.


    TAFKA HHH

    After the match, DX mocks Owen Hart on the Titantron for really believing he was getting a title shot. This brings out Commissioner Slaughter. Slaughter claims Goldust did such a good job at fooling Slaughter that Slaughter is officially giving Owen a win over Hunter and is the NEW European Champion. DX's smiles are wiped from their face.

    Once again, we see the Tyson/Austin incident shown on various TV shows and newspaper clippings. Most of the reports claim Tyson will be wrestling.

    We get a taped video from Don King. Right away, he brings up the fact that Tyson can't wrestle due to a rule from the Nevada State Commission. So a match is off the table. Tyson will be the referee at Wrestlemania though.

    To conclude the show, Steve Austin makes his first appearance of the show. He's not happy about Tyson hiding behind the Nevada State Commission and claims he will still get a piece of Tyson. He lets Tyson know that he'll be in Huston, Texas on February 15 (No Way Out of Texas) and invites him to come around too. Raw goes off of the air with the idea of seeing Austin and Tyson fight back on everyone's minds.
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    We're two weeks into the Mike Tyson angle and looking back, the WWE was pretty ballsy. Looking back, it feels a lot like the buildup to Wrestlemania 27 where the actual match (Miz/Cena) is a second thought next to Cena/Rock. Worse yet, the WWE is actually making fans believe there's a chance we will see Tyson wrestle Austin. It's a really shitty thing to build-up the entire show with the idea that Tyson wants to wrestle Austin, only for Don King to come in and say it's not possible. And then, the WWE still had Austin hint that the fight will still happen! The same exact thing happened with Rocky last year. I suppose the question is would the press still have gone crazy had the WWE just been upfront and honest about Tyson only being a ref? I can understand why McMahon would do this, but man...it's so dishonest.
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    Match of the night: Owen Hart vs Goldust
    MVP of the night: Shawn Michaels
    Angle of the night: Owen Hart vs Triple H
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    At the conclusion of every month, I'll give out a few monthly awards:

    MVP of the Month (Top star that held my interest): Steve Austin
    Wrestler of the Month (The one who has the best matches): Owen Hart
    Match of the Month: Taka Michinoku and Scott Taylor vs Savio Vega and Jesus Castillo
    Worst Act of the Month (The one(s) you can count on for bad matches, gimmicks and booking): Team NWA

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    Re: Reviewing Attitude - Jim Reviews 1998 Raw

    After watching 98 and 99 I can conclude that there were so many South Park signs at late nineties WWF shows.


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    It seems so lame now, but South Park was so popular as a rebellious show. I imagine if the Attitude Era had happened during the early 90's, you'd see a ton of Bart Simpson signs in the crowd.

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