Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This is part 2 of our Thanksgiving spectacular and this time around we're looking at the very first time Raw and Smackdown clashed for brand supremacy in a truly fun series of invasions that set the template for this kind of thing in WWE.
But that's not all! We also have to try our best to come to grips with the death of Eddie Guerrero, chronicle WWE's wild swings and misses with their booking of John Cena, and marvel at the world that Trish Stratus created. This is a weird show from a weird time, but i'll be damned if I didn't actually like this one.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast. This week we're bringing to your our favorite yearly tradition. THE THANKSGIVING WE'RE SORRY ABOUT YOUR COMMUTE HERE ARE TWO PODCASTS EXTRAVAGANZA. We've got a show for you both the day before, and the day after Thanksgiving to help you keep your sanity while you're stuck in traffic regretting that you have a family at all.
We're kicking things off with Survivor Series 2001, a show that is utterly unlike any other in history. With the Invasion angle dying a sad death, WWE throws everything into one show to restart, rebrand, and reload for their future, while also trying to do in some way pay off what should have been the biggest storyline in the history of wrestling. It's an impossible goal to try to pull all of these things off in one show. To have a climactic endgame, and also to reset the entire company and put the focus on the next generation. But they're gonna try. Let's see how they did.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we're covering a show that I damn near begged Steve to let us cover: TNA Bound For Glory 2006.
As we watch AEW grow and coalesce into a serious and respectable promotion on a national scale, it makes a lot of sense to go back and look at what happened the last time this was tried. And on this night 13 years ago, TNA had the best shot they would ever have to make it to the big time. Kurt Angle's debut, Samoa Joe's ascendance, Sting and Christian Cage giving it their all. It felt like a moment in time that could launch this company into the stratosphere. But it didn't. Instead it will always be remembered as a disappointing climax that came too soon.
We go all in tonight, discussing what went wrong for the promotion in booking this show and what followed after, how they got their hands on a megastar like Kurt in the first place, and how the looming specter of Vince Russo casts a shadow over everything. Oh, and we also talk about the show itself, which is equal parts madness and MADNESS.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we're covering a show that lies in infamy, WCW Halloween Havoc 1998. The night that Hollywood Hogan and Warrior Warrior have their epic clash. The night that the feed cuts off right in the middle of a main event so good that it had the potential to redeem the whole rotten show. But more importantly, there are TWO Disco Inferno matches. TWO! Can't beat that value.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we're headed down the spooooooky path to Halloween Havoc and are looking at Vince Russo's first show after taking over as creative director of WCW. He literally took over right before arguably WCW's biggest show of the year. Nothing troubling about that!
Be dazzled by the appearance of legends such as Lash Leroux and Berlyn! Be put off by Diamond Dallas Page cutting a 5 minute promo about masturbation! But more importantly, this show has Sid. Sid! Lots of Sid!
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week, in honor of the debut of AEW Dynamite, we're looking back to the only other time in history that a show was debuted in competition with WWE on this scale. Of course, we're talking about WCW Monday Nitro.
One hour. In today's era of long, bloated shows, it's hard to believe that it only took Eric Bischoff on hour to paint his masterpiece, and put the wresting world on notice. And for the first time ever, we're doing a watchalong so you can see it unveil in front of your eyes right alongside us. Especially Cewsh, who has somehow never seen this show before!
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! After a long, long slog of bad Summerslam after bad Summerslam, we have finally arrived at the one we have been yearning for for oh so long. Summerslam 2002, an incredible oasis in the desert of suck that have been these shows. It may be the best show ever. It almost certainly is the least crappy show ever, and we will explain that distinction at length.
What makes it so good? Well shit, we only have the return to the ring of Shawn Michaels in a Street Fight with Triple H. How about the ascension to godhood of Brock Lesnar in his first title match against the Rock? And what if I told you the undercard was full of a bunch of matches that were made when WWE just threw up their hands and tried to book the best in ring matches possible because they were out of ideas? Oh yeah, this show is special. Let's do this.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! Due to Cewsh's computer dying a grizzly death, this is a week late, so we'll be doing two Lawcasts this week. One today and one on Friday.
Today's is a look at WWF Summerslam 1999, a show that saw the dramatic return to wrestling for the newly minted Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura in all of his gruff, ridiculous glory. We also have a main event with a ton of baggage and speculation attached to it, a tag team that Steve loves so much that he brings it up on every show, and a show where Test is part of the best match of the night. This era is weird, you guys.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we're kicking off another run of Summerslams with the one that Cewsh has been requesting for years, Summerslam 94!
While this show is largely forgotten in the annals of Summerslam lore, it may very well be the most fascinating summer show they've ever done. From the main event of Undertaker vs. Undertaker, to Scott Hall wrestling Kevin Nash (with Walter Payton!) to a tantalizing look at what the future of women's wrestling in America would hold with Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano, this show is stacked with weird and wonderful stuff from top to bottom.
All of that stuff is great of course, but that's not why we're here. We're here to talk about Lex Luger vs. Tatanka, and the storyline that made baby Cewsh cry.
Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we're looking at one of the most successful shows in WCW history, Bash at the Beach 97. Why was it so successful? Dennis goddamn Rodman arrived at the very peak of the Bulls dynasty to add his own brand of theatrical weirdness to the NWO. They actually got him to wrestle a match that is legendary, but not for the reasons you might think.
Also on this show, we get to dive again into the strange waters of the Kevin Sullivan/Chris Benoit feud and the deeply strange real life story surrounding it. There's also a surprise tag team that made Cewsh giggle and blush like a school boy, and Mongo match that he was the best wrestler in, and a match of the night featuring...wait this can't be right...Glacier?