I downloaded the entire year of WWF episodes of Raw in 1997, and in all honesty, these episodes just about blow away anything done this year, and I've just reached February.
The WWF Title means something, as everyone is going after it; you got Shawn as the champ (for now), while guys like Bret, Austin, Vader, Sid, and Taker all want a shot at him. On the other hand though, it seems like the tag division is pretty much in a rut at this point, as there's Bulldog/Owen, the Godwinns, and Furnas/LaFon, and the makeshift tag teams of Fake Diesel/Fake Razor and Mankind/Vader (although these guys are awesome together).
You had controversy surrounding the Royal Rumble win, and seriously, Austin was ON FIRE at this point, especially with the lines he cut on Monsoon. "You call yourself Gorilla, but you're heehawing out here like a jackass."
You had awesome stables like the Nation of Domination (man, I forgot how awesome that group was).
Not only did the WWF have Raw for storyline development, they also had Shotgun Saturday Night and WWF Superstars, and from what I can tell, they seem like they have a bigger roster then compared to what they have today.
My personal favorite though, is that they actually acknowledge where they're at as far as crowd reactions are concerned. The current episode I'm on is in Canada, where they hosted Wrestlemania X8 (which is a huge dome, and a weird place to have an episode of Raw, but they filled the place it seems), and Vince McMahon openly acknowledges that Canadians don't like Shawn because he's Bret's rival, as opposed to today where King just spouts out "well, we're in Bizarro World."
Speaking of King, the funniest moment with him on commentary thus far is during an Austin/Taker match, he openly states someone should tell Austin that Taker's ribs are busted and focus on them. JR and Vince both sarcastically say why doesn't he do it, so Lawler gets up and walks over to the ring and starts yelling to Austin about ribs. Awesome stuff.
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