Complete 1997 RAWs Available on WWE Network, More Weekend Additions

August 3, 2015 by Steve Coulson

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The weekend came and went but with it, we had more uploads. A lot of in-ring action in particular finds its way onto the WWE Network with a brand new Superstars, along with recent but still dated episodes of SmackDown and Main Event. Add in a few more episodes of RAW and another “This Week In WWE” and the weekend was a quiet one, but 7-8 hours of content aint bad.

We know this week we have the always exciting Stone Cold Podcast, among some regular shows, but I’m personally hoping we get some tribute for Roddy Piper, who sadly passed away at 61 years old. Piper was a guy who inspired pretty much anyone involved in the business and certainly knew how to capture the fan’s hearts. To this day, his match with Greg Valentine is my favorite match of the entire 1980’s, and considering some of the work Flair was putting in, that says a lot.

 

Superstars – Episode #329

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Another week and another episode of Superstars. I’ve discussed in the past how big of a fan I am of the show, but lately it just hasn’t been on a hot streak at all. Normally you can expect at least one of the matches to be one of the better matches WWE presents all week but as of late they’d relied a lot on the same-old tag matches and a lot on R-Truth matches. R-Truth is a fun character but his matches are rarely standout.

With that said, the episode isn’t all bad. It has decent action. Bo Dallas is a treat as a character too and clashes with R-Truth well. Despite the unfortunate booking, King Barrett is a high quality superstar who happens to be used poorly, but matched up with Jack Swagger in Swagger’s home state isn’t too shabby. I’ll say skip this episode, but if you like some okay action give it a shot.

Matches

– Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth

– King Barrett vs. Jack Swagger

– RAW highlights including Becky Lynch & Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella & Alicia Fox, and Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton

» Verdict: Skip it.

 

This Week in WWE – Episode #340

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This Week in WWE is a show that a lot of people write off because really, if you’ve seen RAW, there isn’t too much you haven’t seen on it. Naturally, that theme continued here but the show is still excellently produced and with a look at Tough Enough, major shows on the Network, and some off-campus WWE activities, it can be a fun way to waste 30 minutes or at least make some decent background noise. Skip it if you’ve watched RAW, but otherwise definitely give it a chance.

» Verdict: Skip it (unless you’ve missed RAW).

 

Main Event – Episode #146

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Can we please get Main Event back to a regular weekly schedule? I can’t really blame Sky Sports for not wanting WWE to air it each week as they have a contract to honor, but it’s a huge disappointment nonetheless. The show is slowly starting to face the same issues Superstars is, where we’re no longer seeing those special matches that made the shows worth following. With that said, this is possibly Layla’s last WWE match, as she retired this past week. If nothing else, that’s worth giving it a chance for. At the same time, the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Prime Time Players are always entertaining even if I feel like they’ve beaten The Ascension almost as many times as the Lucha Dragons have at this point.

All in all, it was just slightly better than the latest Superstars but Main Event in general doesn’t get enough love since the two and a half week upload delay, so I recommend giving it a chance. Worst case, some decent action takes up an hour of your day. Best case, you find a show that pops out some gems with far less issues that may exist with the bigger programs.

Matches

– The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) vs. The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)

– Zack Ryder vs. Adam Rose (with Rosa Mendes)

– R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

– Layla vs. Natalya

» Verdict: Give it a chance.

 

SmackDown – “Wish You Were Here”

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Last month’s SmackDown was also added to the WWE Network from July 2nd, 2015. “Wish You Were Here” is the title of the episode and with Seth Rollins in charge and attempting to keep Roman Reigns away, that name is pretty accurate. This was a fairly standard episode of SmackDown, although certainly not a bad one with two big matches. The middle can be a bit rough in terms of match quality but I felt like it mostly overachieved.

Matches

– Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt

– R-Truth vs. Adam Rose (with Rosa Mendes)

– Ryback vs. Mark Henry

– Brie Bella (with Alicia Fox) vs. Naomi (with Tamina)

– The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) vs. The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)

– Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (with J&J Security, Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury)

» Verdict: Watch it (if you haven’t already).

 

1997 RAWs Complete, 1999 Next…

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And there we go! A few more episodes of RAW have been added to the WWE Network. With the exception of “special” shows such as Thursday RAW Thursday, 1997 is complete in terms of RAWs. That’s a big deal. We are also dramatically close to reaching the point of having 1990’s RAWs complete. Aside from half a dozen 1999 episodes and the infamous RAW 141, every non-special edition episode of RAW is available from 1993-1999. With the 1999 episodes surely coming this week, that will be something for them to hype for sure. The only question is, when will 2000 start to be worked on? Or will they jump to a different time period, such as 2010 to complete the 10’s? Either way, the influx of Attitude Era RAWs have been a great treat.

  • Episode 229 – October 13, 1997
  • Episode 316 – June 14, 1999

 
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  1. Anan says:

    Great news as far a RAW goes. Also hope they work on Smackdown soon alongside the 90’s Superstars and Wrestling Challenge shows.

  2. Dan says:

    I hope they start working on completing SmackDown.

  3. Darren Bongiovanni says:

    There is no Natalya VS Layla episode on Main Event. They taped the match but cut it due to time constraints. The other 3 matches are the only ones shown on Main Event.

  4. JFR_WWfE79 says:

    It is odd that the RAW Bowl episode was shown as part of the Monday Night War series from the WWE 24/7_WWE Classics On Demand days. Any idea when WWE will add more episodes from 1993 to 1996 or have those years been considered complete. I would love to see two versions of the last RAW episode to air on Spike TV as they (Spike TV), were censoring the saying of USA Network.

    • Steve Coulson says:

      93-98 are considered complete with the exception of 101. The “special” episodes aren’t counted in terms of numbers. Hopefully a bunch get added together though, as some of the specials were important.

      • JFR_WWfE79 says:

        Ok, I was just wondering. I noticed on a website called The History of WWE on the RAW section there were clip shows such as those occurred after a SummerSlam PPV or Survivor Series PPV. I take it those ones don’t count as a RAW episode.

  5. LP1 says:

    It’s strange why they don’t count Thursday Raw Thursday from 1997 as a regular Raw episode yet they count Raw Championship Friday from 1996 and Raw Saturday Night from 1998 and 1999 as regular episodes. Weird.

    And still no idea what the deal is with the Raw Bowl. I bet they just completely forgot about it.

    • David says:

      Yeah, I find it odd they don’t consider Thursday RAW Thursday as a regular episode of RAW. It was pretty big and quite significant as it had Rock’s first IC title win against HHH and HBK losing his smile.

      There were also two Friday Night Main Event episodes Aug 29 and Sept 5 1997 due to RAW being preempted because of the US open and were basically continuations of RAW. I know these aren’t considered RAW episodes but were specials and as you mentioned WWE did include RAW Championship Friday 96 and Saturday Night RAW so i would assumed they would done the same for 1997.

      RAW Bowl must have to do with license clearance with NFL that they haven’t gotten. I don’t see it being added anytime soon and quite frankly it was a pretty bad episode anyways.

      • LP1 says:

        I’m still waiting for anyone to explain to me what exactly the NFL has to do with the Raw Bowl and what exactly needs to get cleared. I just watched that episode again(do a Google video search) and I can’t see anything that the NFL could complain about. The WWF didn’t use any NFL logos, no NFL theme music and no NFL footage whatsoever. So what exactly is the reason the NFL would have anything to do with this episode other than it being called “Bowl”, which the NFL doesn’t own the rights to that word.

        • David says:

          From what i read another board that it could be due to the live marching band who were playing real songs and Vince and King talking over. It would be edited to bits to probably wasn’t worth the time and effort.

          Also could be due to the original master tape is damaged and wasn’t good enough to be on the Network.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So what’s Raw 141 and why is it infamous?

    • wwe problaly afraid of getting sued by NFL or something..there are many references to footbal directly, and Vince likely never cleared with NFL regarding those references.

      The episode would problaly be butchered down to zero content, with all the cuts and editing.. -lol-

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