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I decided to review this episode as I’ve enjoyed dipping into 1998 WWF recently and this show represents the moment the WWF finally won a round in the Monday Night War after 80+ weeks of WCW handing them their rear ends.
Happy Saturday Everyone!
I watched WWF Royal Rumble 1998 last week and mentioned that it led to a big confrontation between Mike Tyson and Stone Cold on Raw, so I thought I might as well watch the follow up show so we can enjoy that segment. I don’t really remember anything else from the show aside from one segment in the mid-card with the NWA guys, so this might be good or it might be horrible.
Let’s find out which!
WWE ran MSG yesterday (I’m writing this ahead of time but I assume that show still went ahead) so I thought I’d go back in time to look at another occasion where they ran The Garden during a September. This episode of the show was seen as a symbolic attempt by the WWF to fight back against WCW after being on the losing end of the Monday Night War for over a year, and it featured some genuinely memorable moments that have made their way onto “Best of Raw” compilations for many years since.
The WWF was beyond the really rocky period of 1996 by this stage and were tootling along just fine business wise, but they were still out in 2nd place when it came to WCW and that just boiled Vince McMahon’s blood, so they were pushing hard to get back into the race. I’m watching this on WWE Network, so if anything is missing then it’ll likely be because they cut it out so as not to anger the folks at Peacock.