Tuesday, October 6, 2020

RAW After Mania (March 18th, 2002): The Huckster's In Da House... Or Something..

So three notable things happened on this show... let's blow through them quickly.

The show opened with Hollywood Hogan getting a three-minute ovation without getting a word in. I'm not sure if that worked for him, but he'll take it. With Canada openly embracing Hogan, the Rock shows up to encourage him to ditch the nWo colors and Hogan does just that... and that's all it takes, brother. Nash and Hall aren't too happy and they haz match after. Point is, this would kick of the Hulk Hogan nostalgia run where he'd get a brief run with the Undisputed title (because that works for him, brutha) and then losing a whole bunch to a lot of guys before going away because that didn't work for him, brutha.

The other piece of significant business was that this was the show that introduced the world to a young beefcake who manhandled the Hardys after a match of sorts. It's not a big deal, but this individual would make a name for himself not only in WWE, but in the UFC world as well. You might've heard of the guy; his name is Brock Lesnar.

On a lesser scale, the last piece of business was the announcement that the WWF would have a brand extension, where the big o' WWF roster would be split into RAW Superstars and Smackdown Superstars. It all began here.

So a significant show in some ways, but as a viewing experience, it's alright for the most part.

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