1997 Watchlist

My boyfriend and I have decided to watch/re-watch wrestling from the Attitude Era on. The WWE Network does not make this an easy task, since they list all of the pay-per-views together, and all of the Raw Replays together. It would be helpful if they listed the shows by date instead. So after doing some research, I’ve made a list of Raw episodes and pay-per-views from 1997. Just an FYI – if you try to add them all to your watchlist on the Network, there won’t be enough space. I added the whole year, and it only kept July-December 1997. Here is my list, in case you are interested:

 

Jan. 6th Raw

Jan. 13th Raw

Jan. 19th Royal Rumble

Jan. 20th Raw

Jan. 27th Raw

Feb. 3rd Raw

Feb. 13th Raw

Feb. 16th In Your House 13: Final Four

Feb. 17th Raw

Feb. 24th Raw

March 3rd Raw

March 10th Raw

March 17th Raw

March 23rd Wrestlemania 13

March 24th Raw

March 31st Raw

April 7th Raw

April 14th Raw

April 20th In Your House 14: Revenge of Taker

April 21st Raw

April 28th Raw

May 5th Raw

May 11th In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell

May 12th Raw

May 19th Raw

May 26th Raw

June 2nd Raw

June 8th King of the Ring

June 9th Raw

June 16th Raw

June 23rd Raw

June 30th Raw

July 6th In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede

July 7th Raw

July 14th Raw

July 21st Raw

July 28th raw

August 3rd Summerslam

August 4th Raw

August 11th Raw

August 18th Raw

August 29th WWF’s Friday Night’s Main Event

Sept. 7th In Your House: Ground Zero

Sept. 8th Raw

Sept. 15th Raw

Sept. 20th One Night Only

Sept. 22nd Raw

Sept. 29th Raw

Oct. 5th In Your House: Badd Blood

Oct. 6th Raw

Oct. 13th Raw

Oct. 20th Raw

Oct. 27th Raw

Nov. 3rd Raw

Nov. 9th Survivor Series

Nov. 10th Raw

Nov. 17th Raw

Nov. 24th Raw

Dec. 1st Raw

Dec. 7th In Your House: D-Generation X

Dec. 8th Raw

Dec. 15th Raw

Dec. 22nd Raw

Dec. 29th Raw

 

I am hoping to keep up this trend, and when we finish 1997 I will make a list for 1998. Like always, if you notice any errors/anything I’m missing, please comment to let me know! I know that there are a few side shows from 1997 but in my research they seemed like recaps/talk shows. I know ECW isn’t included in this list – did it overlap with the pay-per-views at this point, or was it a stand-alone show?

I hope that you all find this list helpful. It would be really cool if we could all experience this time travel together.

 

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Cena Heel Turn UPDATE

It’s real. It’s happening. First, listen to his speech patterns on this past Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live:

Before Cena even starts speaking, we see that his hand motions are ghetto.

I just realized something else in my second watching: have you guys ever noticed how heel characters say something to try to make the fans react in a certain way? For example, how Paul Heyman tells the audience, “don’t start chanting ‘Goldberg'” and of course, they do start chanting “Goldberg.” It’s like reverse psychology. Well, here, Cena does something similar. He says, “How many time have I come to this ring and ten thousand or more people tell me I suck…?” This seems like the same strategy to me, even though it doesn’t get the desired reaction; the audience doesn’t chant “John Cena Sucks.” It’s like how heels want people to boo them because that’s how they know they’re a good heel.

The way that he’s talking is rhythmic (I mentioned this in my previous post). He says, “Dude, you’ve been hot for like six months/I held this place down for well over a decade.” It sounds like rapping without the rhymes. Again, you can see his ghetto hand motions at the bottom of the screen. (he holds his hand out, spreading his fingers, and shakes his hand, as if saying, “nah, man.” You know, that motion.)

I knew he was turning heel for certain the moment he says, “So I’m gonna level with you homie/regardless of who you think you are, you not on my level, you not even on the floor below me.” A rhyme and a “homie.”

At the end of his speech, he says, “On Sunday, you’re just a guy who’s gonna find out what everybody already knows. There’s only one John Cena and I’m still a bad, bad man, and my time is now.” You may or may not know that “Bad, Bad Man” was one of John Cena’s songs on his rap album, and of course, “My Time is Now” is his entrance song. John Cena referencing his Dr. of Thuganomics roots as a face isn’t something I remember happening ever. Faces don’t recognize the time they spent as a heel. UNLESS THEY’RE TURNING HEEL AGAIN.

My last piece of evidence is an Instagram post from a wrestling fan page which dissected a post from John Cena:

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There you have it. Expect to see Heel Cena at the Rumble.