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Best Of Raw – 15th Anniversary (Disc 1)

March 21, 2008   ·   0 Comments

Best Of Raw – 15th Anniversary
Disc 1 – 1993-1997

Chapters –
-Introduced By Todd Grisham
-Raw Begins –  January 11, 1993
-Mr Perfect vs. Ric Flair – Loser Leaves WWE Match – January 18, 1993
-Parking Lot Brawl – May 10, 1993
-Razor Ramon Vs The Kid – May 17, 1993
-Todd Grisham – A Momentous Night
-Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty – Intercontinental Championship Match – may 17, 1993
-Gorilla Monsoon Fires Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan – December 6, 1993
-Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart Vs 1-2-3 Kid – WWE Championship Match – July 11, 1994
-The Search For Undertaker – August 1994
-King’s Court With William Shatner – January 9, 1995
-Todd Grisham – A Global Audience
-Shawn Michaels Vs Owen Hart – November 20, 1995
-Vader Attacks WWE President Gorilla Monsoon – January 22, 1996
-A Touch Of Goldust – May 27, 1996
-Pillman’s Got A Gun – November 4, 1996
-Mankind Vs Undertaker – No Holds Barred Match, December 9, 1996
-Shawn Loses His Smile – February 13, 1997
-The Ninth Wonder Of The World – February 17, 1997
-Original ECW Invasion – February 24, 1997
-Owen Hart Vs British Bulldog – WWE European Championship March – March 3, 1997
-Todd Grisham – Raw Is War
-Bret Speaks His mind – March 17, 1997
-Flag Match – United States vs. Canada – July 21, 1997
-Stone Cold Stuns The Boss – September 22, 1997
-Bret Screwed Bret – November 17, 1997
-Sable In A Sack – December 8, 1997
-Gold Meets Water – December 15, 1997
-Christmas With DX – December 22, 1997

This extensive look at the history of Raw celebrates some of its finest moments stemming right back to 1993’s debut episode. Disc one lasts approximately 3 hours and covers 1993 up to 1997. Starting with an introduction by Todd Grisham leading up to a montage about the first ever Raw show. This includes comments from Superstars such as William Regal, Triple H, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Booker T and Lita who talk about what it means to them to wrestle live on the WWE’s flagship show. Along with comments from camera crew, Referees.

Bobby Heenan & ex-announcer Sean Mooney who talks about Bobby Heenan’s role on the first ever Raw (You have to see it to believe it and it is very funny!) and of course a few comments from the boss, Mr McMahon.

The parking lot brawl is excellently done & something I have never seen before!
Shawn Michaels is outside the Manhattan Centre cutting a promo to camera when Mr Perfect attacks him and the brawl ensues, apparently costing Howard Finkle over $3000 worth of damage to his car! (There are pop ups on screen occasionally with ‘facts’ pertaining to the clip we’re watching.)

Razor Ramon Vs The Kid has some hilarious commentary which gives you a reason to watch it because it is a terrible match!

Shawn Michaels Vs Marty Jannetty was voted the 1993 match of the year. Michaels issued an open challenge for his Intercontinental title, the promo is ridiculously over the top as only Shawn can do and he’s in for a huge surprise when a hooded and ‘disguised’ Marty Jannetty gets into the ring and reveals he wants to take Shawn up on his challenge! The two go on to have a fantastic match up; a lot of ‘todays’ talent could do worse than taking a page from the Michaels/Jannetty book and I can see why it was voted the match of 1993!

By July of 1994 the Kid had evolved into the 1-2-3 Kid and he still sucked! Taking on Bret Hart in a WWF title match, a very young (I believe he was 20-21 years old at the time) X-Pac is quite an amusing sight to see!

Undertaker had lost a casket match to Yokozuna at the 1994 Royal Rumble and had not been seen since, so the WWE(F) has this spoof put together staring the master of spoof’ers’ Leslie Neilson, apparently searching around the world for The Undertaker! One of the cheesiest lines ever has to be ‘the girls were feeling macho’, *cuts to a clip of ladies rubbing Macho Man Randy Savage’s arms!* You just couldn’t make this stuff up… well… someone obviously could!

Some classic moments included on this disc have to be Shawn’s ‘Lost My Smile’ speech, the ‘Pillman’s Got A Gun’ segment that a lot of people believed to be real at the time, (and a terrified looking Kevin Kelly reporting from outside Pillman’s home can’t have helped!) and Michaels Vs Owen Hart. Shawn collapses at the end of this match and isn’t seen again until the 1996 Royal Rumble! The classic ‘Bret Speaks His Mind’ promo and Christmas with DX will be clips most have seen before but are definatly worth watching again! No Holds Barred between Mankind and The Undertaker is a lot better than 90% of the matches on the recent ’15-0′ Undertaker DVD that I reviewed previously!

There’re aren’t many segments I’d advise you to fast forward through which I haven’t been able to say about a for a DVD that I’ve reviewed in a long time… ok I skipped Sable In A Sack, but for the most part this disc is a start-to-finish trip down memory lane!

Lots of clips, matches and some great footage that a lot of fans will not have seen before. A great start to this four-disc set making me extremely eager to watch disc 2!

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