This past RAW could be described as a clusterfuck. Maybe as a show that lacked flow. It quite possibly could have been a dissaster. From the Hogan/ motorcycle bit. To the total silent crowd for the mainevent (which I enjoyed). Add the reported interview that was cut out with Kevin Nash and The Coach and you got yourself one of the most fucked up RAW's that I can remember.
Of course the show is live and things like this can happen. The whole crew just came back from the U.K., where it sounds like the *boys* were *boys*. A show like this makes me respect the shows that run smoothly more than ever.
Hopefully this show turns out to be a one time deal and doesn't start a trend. I'll tell you one thing though if I was the WWF I might rethink some of my current plans, as this show REALLY had that late WCW feel to it.
One question I do have though is with the WWF (yes F) the only show in town do you think that they might go back to their old ways and do nothing but taped shows?
I sure hope not, I really don't get into the live ones as well as the pre-recorded ones. Anyway enough of me, what do you guys think?
Then again, if this was the worst Raw in recent years then it's still infinately better than the worst Nitro. But it reminds me of when the WCW began their decline. That said they are still about 3 years of many bad and a few inconsisantly good shows and several new eras away from fading away.
It's really hard to avoid spoilers on the internet and to maintain the same level of excitement after you've read spoilers. That being said, the Hogan bike skit is a PERFECT *gum swat* example of one of the reasons why taped shows are better to watch in my opinion. Edit out the crap matches, throw in some more stuff if needed, and avoid catstrophes like last Monday. Then again it REALLY pisses me off when they edit out good parts of matches (like the RVD/Lynn Heat match) or cut good promos (like the RVD/Rock "why are you so relaxed" promo I've heard so much about-Hey why does RVD get edited so much?) for time and censorship reasons. I think what I'm trying to say is that if I didn't like Test or Albert matches a couple years back I could flip to Nitro and often did during stupid WWF moments. Now there is no where else to flip and most all the moments seem stupid. God to be young again... to have a special event on Monday TNT and up with Heat on Sunday, Raw on Monday, Nitro on Tuesday, Thunder on Wednesday, ECW on Friday, and WCW Saturday Night on Saturday. *Sigh*
"On and on it seems to go, but you don't know what you got till it's gone" Joni Mitchell giving a damn good description of WCW
I guess I prefer a live show than a taped show mainly because you don't know what's going to happen. A taped show has its advantages as well because you know what's going to happen. But a live show is unpredictable and more fun than a taped show.
"Catching Hitler was neato!" "Next stop, Hirohito!" Bart Simpson
The Hogan thing is one of the reason why I *love* live television. What happens when things don't go as plan and how you improvise. Like a mic not working (you're an owner of a billion dollar company but you can't buy us a decent mic) or someone getting the giggles (ie Trish first inring interview)
Same reason I love SNL, because of the Norm McDonalds accidently dropping in an F-bomb or and bunch of dogs not going with the script.
I really appreciate live TV alot, even if there is a few screw ups.
Exactly. The best episodes of David Letterman are when the jokes bomb, the best Conan O'Brien in recent memory is the one where the computers broke in the middle of a bit, the best SNL sketches when the cast starts to laugh, and the best thing Hogan's done since returning was when he couldn't start that damn motorcycle.
It wasn't intentional, mind you, but that sure as hell was the highlight of RAW - watching the Undertaker have to look terrified as the bike v e r y s l o w l y advanced on him... It's just good TV! >
Seriously, though, live VS pre-taped is the main reason why RAW is better than Smackdown. When Nash arrived in that limo, for one split second it could have been Shawn Michaels (yay!), or it could've been Goldberg (boo!), or it could've been Shane McMahon (eh), or it could've been anyone.
On the very rare occasions where something shocking happens on Smackdown, do you ever not know about it before hand, even if you try to avoid the spoilers? Good example -- is there anyone out there who didn't know Vince McMahon was going to win the title two years ago? People were already well into their doomsday predictions they make whenever the wwF does anything before it ever aired...
"It's a sad day when mocking one's opponent via midget becomes an acceptable form of entertainment." --Lance Storm
I read that interview yesterday - and upon reading it gained a ton of optimism myself. (Not that I wasn't excited prior to that.) I kept telling myself I never needed to see Hulk Hogan again, but DAMMIT if Vince hasn't caused the mark in me to rise up.