Ep. #457: May 8-14, 1997 with J.D. Oliva

5h 19m | May 13, 2024

Kris and David are joined by J.D. Oliva (@JD_Oliva) as we discuss the week that was May 8-14, 1997. Topics of discussion include:

  • USA Network moving Monday Night Raw/Raw is War to a 9 PM - 11 PM time slot for the fall season and what that could mean to both the WWF and WCW.
  • Kevin Sullivan starts his hiatus as WCW's booker and all of the ramifications that decision could have for the promotion.
  • Kevin Greene and Reggie White are prominently featured on Nitro to hype their matches at Slamboree.
  • Atsushi Onita returns to Japan after meeting with Vince McMahon and tells the media of his "plans."
  • Rick Rude reboots his ECW run without the mask and has an…eventful night at the ECW Arena.
  • Brian Christopher gets fired from the USWA for a few days.
  • The WWF presents In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell, featuring Ken Shamrock's first match in the company as he works Vader in a brutal shoot style affair.
  • Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels have a memorable moment on Raw…kind of, as they go long and it climaxes off the air.

Lots of wild and crazy stuff this week, so you don't want to miss any of it!!


0:00:00 Monday Night War & WCW

1:08:21 Int’l: NJPW, FMW, IWA Kakuto-Shijuku, WAR, Wrestle Yume Factory, Takada-Rickson, AJW, GAEA, JWP, LLPW, AAA, CMLL, Promo Azteca, Toryumon Mexico, & WWC

1:54:51 Classic Commercial Break

1:59:30 Halftime

2:47:00 Other USA: UCW (NY), WWCoalition (NJ), ECW, IWAMS, USWA, World Class II, & APW

3:25:57 WWF

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