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My birthday is October 5th. So I got Badd Blood and Brian Pillman's death that fell that day on my birthday. I read in the past, but I'm unsure if it's correct, that The plane crash Flair was involved in was on October 5th.

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I got KotR '01 which I absolutely hated at the time - why did they go for Edge when Christian was clearly the far superior of the two!? and why have Kurt pull triple duty to not win the tournament for the second year in a row - its Kurt, he could do it.  I was so annoyed at the time.

 

I also got Vengeance: Night of Champions 2007 which I dont think I've ever seen but it looks crap - Cade/Murdoch beat the Hardys, Not-Christian was WHC. It was probably alright at the time (?) but reading back the wiki page now I dont think I'll bother looking for a copy

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I've recently been doing what I call "Birthday Raw" starting in 1993 and going through the RAW on or closest to my birthday year by year. I don't get that much time to watch so it's taking it's time. 

 

Some things I can remember so far

 

12/4/93 - Absolute shite not even in the Manhatten center and I had to watch Friar Ferguson's debut. 

 

11/4/94- Again RAW was often nothing here it seems, interesting to see them do a phone in gimmick for the main event between the Quebecers and MOM highlight was watching The beginning of the Kings Court where Lawler gets dumped out of his carry chair by Gillberg, Dlo and 2 other jobbers. Not sure if that was an angle or a rib or a genuine accident. Lawler sold it well though and Vince laughs his head off, these days I think he would blow a gasket

 

10/4/1995 - On my birthday and the main event was fun but still a basic pre 1997 RAW with nothing much of note. Really noticing the post Wrestlemania season was quite dry before monthly PPV's became a thing. I'm guessing house shows were/ had been the money back then so RAWs were slow burning until the next TV feud is ready

 

4/8/1996 - This was the first show that was building up to a close by PPV and the show feels so much better for it. HBK Vs Michaels was fun to main event and I really enjoyed how hammy Ahmed Johnson Vs Bulldog in an arm wrestling match was. Also of note was the Yokozuna Vs Vader match with the forklift at the end.  I also never realized the RAW stage logo didn't come along until 1995/1996.

 

7/4/1997- Entertaining but a gap fill show between bigger event surrounding the Hart Foundation, luckily this was the show before that awful one with matches from Kuwait and South Africa filmed in half darkness. What on earth were they thinking showing that shitty fan cam footage for almost a two hour show. Really enjoyed watching the start of Shamrock here and he came across as a big player at the start. 

 

13/4/1998 - Inconic match/ angle that turned the tide in the Monday night war as they often say. I didn't actually enjoy this show in fact i'd say even though 1998 had better production etc it hasn't aged as well as 1997 in my opinion. Watching the feud between Owen Hart and DX I now am unsure when Owen became the heel because he was very unlikeable here however as I only ever watched Unforgiven from around this time in depth I always thought he was a straight face until after that match.

 

12/4/1999 - Actually this gave me a headache, there is so much going on, at this time matches were poor. Test and Triple H Vs X pac and Kane feels bizzare with where the storylines went. Lots of ministry stuff and a foreshadowing of the corporate ministry. I have never actually watched any Raw's from this time either and now I finally understand how the events between Mania 15 and Backlash unfolded, the answer fucking quickly. Watch those two PPV's alone and think about the storyline progress in a few weeks. Then watch the Raw's and it will make your eyes roll like a fruit machine. 

 

10/4/2000- This is just great fun to watch, everything is so well run here and makes sense. It's a shame the APA were not made bigger players from the help they gave the Rock. His promo with Vince was interesting too with Vince saying he would've made a great Bastion Booger and other wrestlecrap from around the time the Rock started. I can't recall much talk of the past at that time so it was interesting to see it mentioned. 

 

9/4/2001- I'm running out of time but I will say things changed a lot in a year, subtle things like peopl's acts the lighting and camera work that I never noticed before. Made the show feel less cool. however another entertaining show with Austin still being booed before his heel act got more blurred.

 

I have a class now so no conclusion just thought i'd share some thoughts.

 

Oh for fuck sake Simon now you've set me on course to do the same. What a fantastic/terrible idea

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Apologies Elcece, I can sit for hours deciding what I don't want to watch on the network so I need ideas like that to settle into a plan. I wanted to finish before this years birthday but I don't think I will get the time. Looking forward to the ruthless agression era as it didnt seem to change much when watching at the time but I expect I will  see big changes between about 02-07

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Mine is July 13th. As far as I can see there's never been a WWF PPV on that date. These were on my birthday though...

 

WCW Bash At The Beach 1997 - Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman vs Lex Luger & The Giant was the main event. Undercard included Piper vs Flair, Savage & Hall vs DDP & Hennig, Jarrett vs Mongo, Benoit vs Sullivan, Steiners vs Muto & Chono and Jericho vs Ultimo Dragon. Oh and Wrath & Mortis vs Glacier & Ernest Miller!!! Sounds like a show that might be fun revisiting.

 

ECW Heatwave 1996 - Main event was a 6 man tag cage match with Dreamer, Sandman & Terry Gordy vs Raven, Stevie & Brian Lee. Undercard had Sabu vs Louie Spicolli, a 4 way for the TV title with Douglas/Jericho/Scorpio/Pitbull 2, Eliminators vs Sabu & Whipwreck, a bunch of Dudleys vs the FBI and Axl Rotten vs Tarzan Goto which sounds like an absolute shitter. Don't think I've seen it before but sounds like a right mess of a show.

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I watched the majority of Wrestlemania 30 today. I think it's one of the best shows they've ever done. I'd forgotten how amazing the reaction to the streak ending was, particularly the gasp when the 21-1 record is displayed on the big screen. Most dramatic moment of all time, surely?

 

Everything involving Daniel Bryan is phenomenal. That scene of 70,000 people doing the "YES!" chant before his match with Triple H feels like the last time I can remember someone being that over. Nothing feels that hot anymore. And speaking of not feeling as hot anymore, it's amazing that as the current WWE Champion Bray Wyatt doesn't feel anywhere near as big a star as he did here, with the band playing his entrance music before his match with Cena. Even The Shield's squash is perfect.

 

Plus, the show didn't last seventeen million hours, like this year's Wrestlemania did, which is a huge positive. I recently heard a rumour that this year's show might still be going on. Very believable.

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I'd forgotten how amazing the reaction to the streak ending was, particularly the gasp when the 21-1 record is displayed on the big screen.

 

Was the match any good, on the second viewing?

 

I remember me and the lads I watched it with on the night really struggling not to lose interest as they plodded along and started messing about on our phones during it, but I have never re-watched their match since.

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