WWE Raw (1993– )
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1) Hornswoggle, the ugly midget sharing his space with the main eventers for apparently no reason except for thrilling the young fans and of course beating Chavo Guerrero, a capable wrestler, in every match
2) A guest host (arghh....!) every week to spoil the teaspoon of fun which was otherwise present. All these host are cheap B-grade celebs trying to catapult to fame again, by cracking horrendous, 5 year old jokes and making silly references.
3) Cryme Time and a female wrestler (forgot her name, most probably Eve) giving lessons on various "street" words (sob) which are neither street nor cool. They were fun before, stealing stuff and being loud mouths.
4) The divas are clad in unwatchable outfits, tying their best to look "sexy, smart and powerful (by the way, I hate this catchphrase) Remember when Torrie, Trish and Sable were there? Those were the times. Plus these divas are bad wrestlers, which adds to the misery. I have seen some old matches of WWE in Vintage collection and the divas over there were "professional" not amateur.
5) PG move restricts so many things: almost no blood during matches, DX being terribly irritating, John Cena doing even more of his patriotism act, crowd containing many children (who are so annoying), almost no "heels" etc
6) And yeah, why keep PPVs so often. One in every month, have they lost it? No actual feud or rivalry is ever created and the ones that are done look fake and just-till-the-PPV-gets-over ones.
7)Vintage Michael Cole and a few of his quotes:
" Ladies and Gentlemen, you are watching the longest running television show in history" (every week"
" The BRUTAL and VICIOUS assault by (he doesn't use it for anyone else) Randy Orton/Legacy"
" A vicious attack on Stephanie McMohan, Triple-H's husband!!!???"
WWE is now almost towards its demise. Hope Vince gets up from his slumber and does something ( bring back the TV-14 or attitude era) 2 out of 10 for the current state of WWE.
I believe 1997 was one of the best years for the WWF (now WWE). There were really heated feuds throughout such as The Hart Foundation VS Steve Austin, The Undertaker VS everyone, Triple H VS Mankind and so many others. Raw is War aired during the battle with rival promotion WCW (now defunct). There were PPV caliber matches throughout Raw Is War and there were some fantastic moments. 1998 was a great year too as WWF owner Vince McMahon became an authoritarian figure who feuded with the anti authority Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock was also coming into prominence as a wrestler as was Triple H. There were many other great moments such as the appearance of Mike Tyson, D-X 'invading' WCW, the Owen Hart tribute show and the episode from the 26th March 2001 where Shane McMahon betrayed his father Vince and brought WCW.
Raw Is War became simply Raw after a few years and is still a relatively entertaining program. However, the Raw Is War years really were WAR and worth tracking down on tape if possible.
and my most favorite stars like undertaker & Kane omg what have the done to him.made the most evil guy tuned into a clown.he looses every match. i am not gonna talk about his mask even now with or without it the guy should quit its embarrassing to see him.
even the rock is coming these days on the show but lets face it his time is gone..he cant even insult someone right.
wwe sucks now.i have seen this show for more then 12 years i skipped hundreds of episodes but see a lot of them since 1999..wwe weather raw or smack-down or any big event like wresltemania has become a TV drama or a cheesy film that never ends.its also looks fake now no real action & fixed matches..
people like Vince McMahon & Donald trump makes me sick.too much money these guys have & still don't do good for the world.
1/10..wwe is dead..i wont be watching this show anymore.
WWF had turned from a sporting attraction into a Drama/Sport, and I like it, it gets better and better every week, it`s a shame that "Bret Hitman Hart" left but I liked him as a good guy better.
So I give it 9 out of 10.
By the way, if all these factors were not enough turn you away from watching this program...the fact that good majority of Raw is nothing more than combo of promos and non-wrestling segments, while many of the matches can be short as mintue or two. Needless to say, if you looking to watch block of "wrestling" matches, you will probably need look some where else because this show is all about the "entertainment."
Anyhow, from what I can tell, the only folks who will enjoy this are the ones who do not care about logic, reason or order...casual viewers who will watch regardless because they appear as if they do not care one way or another...or folks who keep hoping for better tomorrow. In regards to everyone else...this stuff is not watchable...and seeing how their our, at the very least, anywhere from 3-4 million people who quit watching wrestling after the end of the Attitude Era......seem as if not the only who feels this way...
On side note, when term of "wrestling" is consider to be "dirty word" by Vice McMahon, guy who owns wrestling company, you know something is not right.
Growing up in the small Australian country town of Lithgow I had a friend down the road with cable television and every Tuesday night a group of about twenty of us would crowd into his house to watch a show called RAW.
And what a show it was! I mean, not many of us really cared about the wrestling matches, they just got in the way of the real point of the show, which was what trouble would Vince McMahon, or in 2000 Triple H, stir up for our heroes The Rock, Steve Austin, Mankind and Kane this week? People weren't watching this for wrestling, they were interested in the characters, they were connected to the characters, to the point where people who truly found the wrestling part boring still loved the show and would park their backsides in front of the telly every week to see what was going to happen to their favourites. Heck, we'd even throw some money in to watch the PPVs every month so we could see what our heroes would do. RAW, every week was an event. A social gathering.
But around 2001 something seemed to change. The WWF had bought out their competition. Good on them. Good job boys, but then for some reason they thought that we WWF fans actually cared about the WCW guys. Hello, if anyone had cared about them, wouldn't they still be in business? And so guys who I didn't care about and had no investment in started coming on the show in prominent roles, the guys we cared about went off to do other things and so did we. The magic, the entertaining portion of the show was gone and it was replaced by a straight wrestling show, the show becoming almost unrecognisable from the one I'd come to love in the late nineties.
I watch RAW occasionally these days and can't sit long without changing the channel. There is no reason to care about the characters and what they do from week to week. No reason to become emotionally invested in their story lines. The villains aren't evil enough for us to side with the heroes and the heroes are nowhere near interesting enough for people to side with them just for the hell of it.
Anyway seven years ago, I stopped going along on Tuesday nights, I was too busy, or more to the point, didn't care enough about RAW to make time to watch it. Not long after that everyone stopped coming.
Of those twenty plus people I used to watch wrestling with only two still watch. RAW used to be must see, now all I see when I turn it on is how laziness and a loss of focus has ruined a show I used to get a great deal of enjoyment out of.
Oh well, such is life.
Many of it's fans do not like the current era of WWE that we are in and they blame the TV-PG rating for it.They miss the days when WWE(or WWF,as it was called at that time.) had a TV- 14 rating and could freely say words that are now either being done with in the scripts or being beeped.
I disagree and say that WWE does not need a TV-14 rating to make the feuds more compelling than they are right now.Good dialogs and catchphrases do not need abusive language in them to put them on every fan's mouth,and shirt.We don't need blood in every single match.We only need them in the most epic matches.
I think the WWE knows what it's doing,which is,hopefully,finding a balance.A way in which they can keep the PG rating and still improve the feuds,the storytelling,and,of course,the quality of wrestling.A way in which it can appeal to the "Let's go Ce-na!" chanting kids and to the Attitude Era remembering "Ce-na Sucks!" chanting adults.
Right now,in early 2014,we are in what is a transitional period between the kiddie era that everyone loves to hate and the forthcoming possible balance.Or maybe the WWE could surprise us by delivering something unexpected,as it always has.
For everything that the WWE has done to entertain us and thrill us,I will give it an amazing 9/10.
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Raw was different when it made it's debut in 1993. Back then, some of the WWF's shows still featured jobber matches but Raw was different because it had all the top stars on it. It followed feuds week by week and Raw was the perfect place to settle a grudge.
Raw has given us some of the best moments through the years. My favourite time was 1997 when Shawn Michaels feuded with the Hart Foundation. You never know what to expect on Raw. Anybody could show up. Anybody could beat anybody else and wrestlers always aired their grievances on Raw.
Today, Raw is as good as ever. No WWE fan should ever miss it.
I don't know, maybe I'm just getting too intelligent to watch WWF anymore. Once you hit 17 or 18, it just starts to lose its charm. That's a shame, too, because with the kind of stuff they're putting on the air now, you'd think that's their target audience. I definitely wouldn't let a 10 year old kid watch this stuff, but that seems to be their main audience (or dim-witted young adults.) I just can't check my brain at the door these days for the WWF, I guess.
People talk about the PTC and censoring the smut the WWF airs. I disagree. How about putting a quality control on their programming so it at least stays interesting? Forget it. Expect the next 5 or so years to be a steady decline in pro wrestling's popularity, then maybe after that it will improve when they actually have people having sex in the ring.
The show remained in this format, broadcasting in small venues and concentrating on WRESTLING from about 1993 - 1995. In 1996 the show went to larger venues and decided it'd start getting rougher and care less about wrestling and by 1997 the concept of wrestling was completely gone.
I hope I've helped shed some light onto what this show really was...a MUCH better version of the show we see today and how WWF should have stayed.