Monday Night RAW is about to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary and it’s still my favourite show on TV, it was when I first watched it as a 5 year old kid and it still is as a 28 year old dude. There’s nothing quite like it, it’s sports and entertainment all in one, soap opera, drama, fights and comedy skits all rolled into one amazing show. I’ve got to watch a lot the top RAW moments since it was on air and since we’re celebrating it’s 25th anniversary today, I thought I’d share my favourite moments of WWE’s flagship show.
#10 – Shawn Michaels vs John Cena
I’ll start with perhaps the greatest match on RAW. It was a 50+ minute match in London between one of my all time favourites, Shawn Michaels against John Cena, someone I’m not that fond of but these two made one hell of a show during their match. It shows how good Cena really is and how amazing HBK had always been in the ring.
#9 – D-X mocks The Nation
Well Degeneration-X sure made me laugh during their run in WWE and I didn’t know which one to pick. The original duo of Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Hemsley had a lot of funny moments (most of which involving Sgt Slaughter) and also the second version of the group invading WCW but them mocking the Nation of Domination has to be my favourite. It was just too damn funny.
#8 – Bret Hart vs Steve Austin in a Street Fight
I’m a huge Bret Hart fan and while he was awesome as the hero, I was also a huge fan of him during his heel run. He somehow managed to make the American crowd look like the bad guys and I kinda agreed with the things Bret was saying about America, most of which were true even in today’s time. It was pure gold. Steve Austin was the perfect anti-hero and he did grow on me because of his fueds with Hart and Michaels but this bit was brilliantly done.
#7 – The Rock meets The Hurricane
I can bet you this wouldn’t be in anyone’s top 10 but it sure is in my list. The 3 promos and the match these guys had were just too good, it made me a fan of the Rock who I wasn’t that fond of at first. And I always liked the Hurricane who could do the comedic bits but also put in some good matches. Their promos are easily one of my all time favourite things I’ve seen on RAW, one of the best comedic bits in my view.
#6 – The Festival of Friendship
I would love to put this entry on this list (no pun intended) as Chris Jericho’s entire run from middle of 2016 to April of 2017. For a while there was nothing good on RAW until Chris Jericho showed up again and he had possibly the best run of his career. Not only was he still good in the ring but he was easily the best guy on the microphone. Every night was a highlight from Jericho and everything he did was pure gold. “The Gift of Jericho, DRINK IT IN MAAAANNNN“! “You’re gonna get….IT“. “Stupid idiots“. “The List of Jericho“. “You just made the List!”
Chris Jericho is easily one of my all time favourite wrestlers and the fact that he’s still going today makes me happy. He just keeps getting better and better. But this promo for the Festival of Friendship was pure gold too, the moment Jericho lifts up the new list just as he asked Kevin Owens, “why is my name on this?”, that is one of the best dramatic moments you’ll ever see in any TV show.
#5 – Undertaker vs Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match for the WWE Championship
Although I did say Michaels vs Cena was the best match I’ve seen on RAW, this ladder match between the Undertaker and Jeff Hardy may be my favourite I’ve seen on RAW. It was the age old story of David vs Goliath, the biggest dog versus the ultimate underdog. The whole match was amazing, seeing Jeff trying to find a way to beat the evil Deadman Inc. who kept trying to shut him down. Also, this version of Biker Undertaker was my favourite.
#4 – CM Punk’s Pipebomb
So let me get this straight, I was already a CM Punk guy before this promo happened. I jumped on the bandwagon during his amazing yet underappreciated run with the Straightedge Society. Finally there was something who I could look up to because he believed in the same things I did, live our lives the right way with no alcohol, no drugs and no smoking. Since then I was a fan of his.
And then he did this. He spoke from the heart of about many things, from his run to being snubbed for part timers and guys who were not getting their dues. He was speaking out for us real fans about the things that were hurting WWE. It was one of those moments where I really did think….did he go off-script here? One of the best promos you’ll ever see in WWE.
#3 – Chris Jericho’s Debut
So during this time in 1999, I wasn’t that interested in WWF. Bret Hart was gone and Shawn Michaels had retired so I didn’t really have anyone to cheer on for. I did watch WCW too during that time, and I had become a fan of this Canadian fella called Chris Jericho. Suddenly he wasn’t on TV too. So imagine my surprise when he finally showed up on WWF. Finally I had someone to cheer on for in WWF again. One of the best debuts in all of WWE.
#2 – Bret Hart shoves Vince McMahon
People had always wondered when did the Attitude Era really start and for me it’s quite obvious, at this very moment. All of a sudden a good guy in Bret Hart starts swearing like crazy and pushing THE authority guy in Vince McMahon. I had never seen anything like that before and it shocked me. This was the start of Bret’s great heel run and he sure was speaking the truth of what was going on. This was brilliantly done.
#1 – Shawn Michaels owns Montreal
How can not put this as #1? I’m a Bret Hart guy and I was also a Shawn Michaels guy but this was just absolutely fantastic. The best promo work I’ve ever seen by anyone in any wrestling company. It does help that it was done by Shawn Michaels in a rare heel run and RAW being in Montreal, the place of the controversial Survivor Series match. But the way HBK played the crowd from singing their anthem, making fun of them, teasing a Bret Hart return, and then teasing a Hulk Hogan run-in and refuse to leave when the fans wanted him to go. You’ll never hear anyone get booed out of the building like this. Even the Bret Hart pop was one of the loudest I ever heard. The was easily the best thing I’ve seen on RAW. Well played Shawn Michaels. And that’s why they call him the Heartbreak Kid. The Showstopper. The Icon.
Here’s to RAW for 25 great years and more to come. I hope I’m still watching RAW when it comes to it’s 50th anniversary. There’s a good chance I will.
Yup just got back (Actually a week ago) from a 2 week trip over to Tokyo, Japan and yup it was another fun one, since I got to hang out with my brother which is always fun! It was my first time spending the New Years/My Birthday in another country so that bit was cool. But also it was my first time at a big wrestling event which was the number 1 thing I was looking forward to the most during that trip.
Of course I had to go to the Pokemon Center on my 2nd day there, which is what I usually do anytime I visit Japan. Now that I am playing Pokemon TCG for real, I had more stuff to get there and the first few things I got there was mainly for my TCG stuff. Got to see a few stores in Akihabara that had Pokemon TCG stuff and singles too but for whatever reason, I didn’t get one from these stores. I even saw one store selling English cards but of course it had to be the rubbish Crimson Invasion set. Not for me.
We probably spent most of our time walking around Akihabara since that is my brother’s favourite part, be it for his Gundam models or other models or video games, the new and even the classic ones. I was so tempted to get the Switch since it was half the price of what Singapore has it for but I’ll wait for the Pokemon game to be announced.
Spending New Year’s eve and New Years in Japan was a first for me, I could feel the difference between spending it there and back home in Singapore. While people are out partying and make noises and causing a fuss when the clock strikes 12am, the people here spend their time making their way to the shrine to pray and say thanks for the last year and the year ahead, yup I prefer that way better than what we usually have. I’m more into peace and quiet than noises. But just before 2017 ended, it actually snowed for a bit! Finally I got to see snow for the first time since 2005 back in Vancouver.
My birthday was a fun one. Of course I went to Pokemon Center again but I didn’t realise they had a birthday service if it you showed them it was your birthday. First you’d get a crown which I obviously didn’t take, then you’d get a birthday card which was really nice! And finally you’d get an event pokemon of either Eevee and Pikachu, I chose Eevee. You’d also get a 5% discount coupon, sadly I only spent a total of $50, what a waste haha. We then went to Shinjuku and then Shibuya, where we got cake and then Taco Bell (woohoo), and visited Tower Records to get my two favourite records of 2017, As You Were by Liam Gallagher and Who Built the Moon? by Noel Gallagher, I have to support my Oasis dudes.
Then it was Wrestle Kingdom time. For the next 3 days all of our time was spent either watching the New Japan streams for the press conferences, the New Year Dash show, visiting a number of wrestling stores and of course, attending Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome! One of the shops we went to, War Machine ended up visiting the store at the same time so that was cool to see them. But my favourite has to be Haoming, that store was pretty cool.
Wrestle Kingdom 12 was amazing. The atmosphere there was electric, which is not what people might think of a Japanese wrestling show. Of course the main reason why I was there was to watch my favourite wrestler Chris Jericho make his return to New Japan and have his first match outside a WWE ring in 19 years! The fatal-4-way junior heavyweight match was amazing as was Cody vs Ibushi and Okada vs Naito but Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega easily stole the show.
It’s the best match I’ve ever seen live and one of the better matches I’ve seen as a wrestling fan. If you’ve not seen it, you have to watch it!
I mean the show was just 2 days after my birthday but you could say i got the birthday Gift of Jericho. DRINK IT IN MAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN!!!!! And he replied to one of my tweets on my birthday, that made my day! 😁
We were a bit late to get tickets for New Year’s Dash but that didn’t stop us from going to the signing event and luckily for us Marty Scurll was one of them! He was really cool to us. After the show we thought of getting dinner at TGIF and we noticed a lot of fans hanging around so we did the same too. We got to meet Rocky Romero, Tama Tonga, Leo Tonga, Michael Elgin, Marty Scurll (again), Yujiro Takahashi, Jado, Gedo, Trent Berreta, Will Ospreay. Almost all of them were cool to us. I was just happy I got to meet Tama, he’s one of my favourite guys in New Japan.
The only new place I really visited was Harajuku, and it looked really cool, wished I had more time to check it out. Meji Shrine was awesome to check out. Also got to visit a wrestling store called Piledriver, owned by Minoru Suzuki. Yes, the same guy who is the leader of Suzuki-gun. And he just happened to be in his store so we got to meet him too. Really nice guy but I still felt intimidated by him because I knew the badass he was in ring.
I had fun in my 2 weeks there, even though I was shivering most of the time because of the cold weather, I like it way better than the hot weather we have at home. I’m a cold weather guy. I won’t miss the earthquakes though, experienced two of them, the second one really spooked me. But I do miss everything else there, the weather, the people, the places and of course my brother! I brought a laptop along just in case I was bored and had nothing to do, and well I rarely used it. It was that fun. Until next time! Funnily enough it won’t be my last trip for this half of the year, I’ll be off to Melbourne for a few days in March. If you know me, you’ll know what it’s for. Can’t wait for my next trip to Tokyo though!
We just had another League Cup over the weekend and this was my 2nd one I’ve entered, but unlike the first one, I wasn’t all that prepared for this one. I mean I did just come back from a 2-week break in Japan (yes I bought some Japanese cards too). Before I flew off, I had just started testing out Vikavolt-Tapu Bulu deck.
I’ve seen my friend do so well with it for a long time and I had the cards for it, so I thought I might as well give it a try. Especially since Golisopod, Zoroark and especially Buzzwole can be one-hit KOed by Tapu Bulu. I thought it was a good choice for the current format. I had a warm-up run for the deck in my weekly tournament and I finished 3rd so I felt good about my chances.
The first game ended really quickly, I had all the pieces for a one-hit KO by Turn 2 and my opponent drew nothing. My second match was rubbish, I dead drew this time. The third match was much better but Buzzwole being a bitch, took out my support in the bench so I had no answer the moment a second one was ready.
Round 2: vs Zoroark/Lycanroc LWL – 0 points
Really tough match against the guy who ended up finish 2nd in the tournament. I couldn’t set up my Vikavolt in the first game. The second match I got it up within turn 2 and Bulu wrecked house. Once again the third game was evenly matched but then Lycanrocs showed up and ruined my game.
Yup I was the lucky one to get the free win after 2 losses. Not the way I wanted to get my win since my aim was to get at least one win after the really lousy first League Cup I had.
Round 4: vs Zoroark/Golisopod WLW – 6 points
Oh crap I’m playing a world’s player again so I was a bit nervous the whole time during that match. I was too slow in the second match but the first and third went the way I wanted it to go, Vikavolt up in turn 2 and Bulu knocking out the competition. A combination of Energy Recycler, two Vikavolts charging up Bulu and a Skyla for Choice Band for the win in the first game. An Instruct draw to get that Choice Band I was looking for was enough to get my that win in the 3rd game, both time knocking out Zoroark. So now I’m 2-0 in my two matches against a guy who finished 14th in the World’s championship last year.
I was feeling good going into this match because I was playing my good friend and before I flew off, I was testing this deck against the same deck he was using as he was in this LC. And I won all four of my matches. Only difference was I was using Octillery and not Oranguru as my draw support during those matches. The first match went as I hoped. The second I didn’t get what I needed. The third was brutal. My Grubbins and Vikavolts were targeted the whole time. I was just one Grass Energy away from winning but it never came.
Round 6: vs Vikavolt/Tapu Bulu LWL – 6 points
After all these matches, I finally get a mirror match while I was my opponent’s 3rd mirror match. In the first two matches it was a matter of who got the first knockout that ended up getting the win, winning in the prize exchange. The third match was brutal, my Grubbins were targeted right off the bat and all 3 of them were KOed back to back to back. I had no chance in that one.
So I ended up with 2 wins which is a good improvement for me but also 4 losses is worse than the last one. 6 points, the same points as the first League Cup. Even though I finished 33rd, I felt I did worse than I really should have. All 5 of my matches were equally matched so I was happy about that. I thought I could have won 4 of those match-up so there was some potential for improvement. Start from the bottom and slowly work my way up yeah? Hopefully it won’t be long before I can see my name on the first page, or the top 16, or top 8.