For one night only, WWE Monday Night Raw went “old school” circa 1993, with stars of old and new gracing us with their presence. The show, which aired on Nov. 15, 2010, was old school from start to finish with the opening of the program showing the old school theme with the new school wrestlers put in them, big RAW block letters like they had in the old days, cheap pyro and sirens noised all over the arena. WWE even used the same logo they used in the early to late ’90s. There were interviews done throughout the night, by Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, on the old school platform on top of the ramp.
This week’s special 3-hour Monday Night Raw was live in Hershey, Penn., and it did not disapoint as there were many legends and surprises in store for fans. As tonight’s Monday Night Raw was also the go-home show for this Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, there were also lots of matches, and feuds were being built and progressed. Three more Survivor Series matches were announced (Nexus vs. Santino and Kozlov for the tag team gold, John Morrison vs. Sheamus, and Team Rey Mysterio vs. Team Alberto Del Rio).
The legends who were on this special edition of Raw were “Mean” Gene Okerlund, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Sergeant Slaughter, Brooklyn Brawler, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Ted DiBiase Sr., Howard Finkel, IRS, Tony Atlas, George “The Animal” Steele, Mae Young, Gerry Brisco, Slick, Ron Simmons, Arn Anderson, Tatanka, Chavo Classic, and Tito Santana. All of these legends took part in some sort of way on Raw.
Most of the legends either appeared in interviews with Okerlund or funny segments, like the one Tony Atlas had. Apart from the segments, some of the legends were in matches against the new school breed. There were two of these matches with the “new school” picking up victories in both matches. In the first match, the Brooklyn Brawler challenged anyone in the back to a match, with Ezekiel Jackson answering the challenge and squashing Brawler in short order. The second match was Alberto Del Rio against Sergeant Slaughter, and despite a good effort by Slaughter, he was defeated by Del Rio after an enziguri. There was also an unsanctioned match between Mae Young and LayCool, with Young winning the match with the help of the rest of the divas roster.
The biggest surprise of the night came late in the show when Howard Finkel announced Jim Ross to commentate on the Daniel Bryan versus Jack Swagger match. The last match that Jim Ross commentated was nearly a year ago, even though it seems much longer than that, and it seemed that JR didn’t miss a beat, as he was on his game. There seems to be a feud brewing with Ross and the “Voice of the Anonymous General Manager” Michael Cole, as the two of them didn’t get along at all and traded insults at each other.
All in all, it was a great show, and a great three hours of wrestling. I hope to see more of these kinds of shows in the future.