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Monday Night Raw 1993 – So it begins.


I’ve started watching wrestling again. But not the most recent stuff, I don’t have time for that. No, no, I’ve started watching Raw from the first episode back on January 10th. I’m currently 6 episodes in, watching February 21st. I’ve watched the 1993 Royal Rumble and well. Here I am to talk about it a bit. The first thing we should address is that the wrestling personalities are fantastic. You’ve got Hulk Hogan, an iconic wrestler that sort of defines the superstar in my opinion. Sadly the man that seemed to define him, Andre the Giant, died in 1993. But alongside Hulk, you’ve got Randy Savage, Bam Bam Bigelow, Owen Hart, Brett Hart, Big Boss Man, IRS, Million Dollar Man, The Repo Man, Doink the Clown, Mr. Perfect, The Narcissist Lex Luger, Earthquake, Typhoon, Yokozuna, and much more! The number of body types and themes are just off the chains! This is the early 90s, so naturally women are basically non-existent. You’ve got the Sensational Sherri, but otherwise they aren’t really a thing. I do think that’s somewhere the modern wrestling scene is FAR better (even more than my favorite era, the attitude era).

The announcing is pretty bad. Vince McMahon is “serviceable”, Randy Savage is straight up fantastic, but Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Rob Bartlett are both pretty bad in my opinion. This is something that is true now as well, modern WWF (now WWE) is pretty bad. There is one great guy on Smackdown, but the rest of them are just pretty poor. So it seems like Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are an exception, not a rule.

This show is still small. They are playing in a small theatre, with the audience inches away from the entering wrestlers. It  feels very indie, unprofessional, and genuine. A lot of the speeches, and the performances, don’t feel choreographed. They most certainly are, but they don’t feel like it. Everyone is still fresh, new, inexperienced. It adds a charm to the show that I think is lost in the modern clinical form of the show. It’s also fascinating to see a dozen or so moves that are VERY banned in modern wrestling.

Huh...so ICOPRO was the inspiration for the NWO logo.

Huh…so ICOPRO was the inspiration for the NWO logo.

I don’t want to get sued, so I probably won’t be cutting out the clip that the above image is from. But it is SO topical. He basically talk about how he is flawed and how tabloids routinely try to ruin him. It’s fascinating how history repeats.

So yeah! That’s that! I don’t know if I will, but as time goes on I might talk about my favorite wrestlers and what makes them interesting to me. I’m about to watch a match with Tatanka and Shawn Michaels. I gotta say, I’m pretty jazzed. The WWE Network has officially stolen me, but amusingly it has done so with content I never saw as a kid. It’s interesting to see what I missed when I was little. I would have loved this stuff, without a doubt. The Nasty Boys are in this match, one of them grabs the heads of their enemies and shoves him into the armpits of the other. The move? “The Pitstop”. Just…beautiful.