Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: D Lo Brown

Brian Damage

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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Monday Night Wars: 06 April 1998

Monday Night War

Craig Wilson & Jamie Lithgow

This week’s Monday Night War marks a major milestone in the ratings battle between WWE and WCW. For the first time in 84 weeks Raw would triumph in the ratings against Nitro. On the victorious Raw we are set to see a Corporate Stone Cold and DX meet DOA in the main event. While over on Nitro Randy Savage is the victim of a mystery attack and Kevin Nash challenges Sting for the WCW Title in the main event.

All that and more as Monday Night Wars continues.

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Monday Night Wars: 12 January 1998

Craig Wilson & Jamie Lithgow

(Image courtesy of http://culturecrossfire.com/)

(Image courtesy of http://culturecrossfire.com/)

Monday Night Wars continues with the Raw and Nitro from 12 January 1998. The Raw show is the go home one ahead of the 1998 Royal Rumble with the focus, unsurprisingly, largely on Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Jamie takes in the episode of Nitro headlined by The Outsiders facing WCW Tag Team Champions The Steiners and featuring the debut of Jim Neidhart.

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Raw Rewind 11 August 1997

Craig Wilson

Raw Is War Logo (1998)

The Raw is War episode from 11 August 1997 is featured in this week’s #Rawrewind. The show is headlined by Mankind facing the recently turned heel Shawn Michaels. Elsewhere, Hawk and Henry Godwinn battle in a whipping match and Farooq faces Chainz.

All the previous Raw Rewinds can be located here.

Champion Roll Call:

WWF Champion: Bret Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Stone Cold Steve Austin
WWF Tag Team Champions: Stone Cold Steve Austin & Dude Love
WWF European Champion: The British Bulldog
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Raw Rewind 16 June 1997

Craig Wilson

Raw Is War Logo (1998)

In this #Rawrewind we take in the show from 16 June 1997 where Farooq will unveil the two new members of The Nation of Domination and a tag tournement starts with the winners taking on Stone Cold Steve Austin and a partner of his choice after it was revealed that Michaels will be out for six weeks after a backstage altercation with Bret Hart.

On the show Austin will lock horns with Brian Pillman, WWF Champion The Undertaker will team with Ahmed Johnson against Farooq and a new member of the NOD and there will be two tag team tournement match-ups.

All the previous Raw Rewinds can be located here.

Champion Roll Call:

WWF Champion: The Undertaker
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Owen Hart
WWF Tag Team Champions: Stone Cold Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels
WWF European Champion: The British Bulldog
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