As of 2010, WWE has been doing once a year retro “Old School” Raw. WWE brings back past superstars and divas and turns the arena back into the “Raw Zone” like it was in 1997.
Everything looks cool from the WWF logo, stage, ring and even the commentators going back in time. For the long time viewer of WWE, it is a nice change. To a younger or new viewer, I wonder what they think when they have these types of shows on a yearly bases. Man, they missed out on what was awesome back then. Memory lane is a good thing every once in a while.
I love the old set, heck I love “Old School” Raw in general. It brings a different feel to the show. We have old faces that we have not seen in a while and it makes the three hour show not drag, as it does every Monday night.
Guys like Ric Flair, Rikishi, Too Cool, Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper made the WWE what it is today. Also, if you have Ric Flair on the show, then Jim Ross should be as well. It’s a long story and not enough ranting time for this piece, but let’s just say JR got jipped.
Today’s WWE Superstars get excited about the show. It brings them back to being a kid again. They meet the guys who they looked up to when they were just fans. When looking at the concept of the show, there are not too many negatives.
If WWE keeps the gimmick down to an annual thing, then it is no problem. Mixing the old and new faces is good for business for the global brand known as WWE.
Andy Ravens is a pro wrestling writer for Rant, follow him on twitter