When I'm thinking about the rivalries and feuds in the main event scene that drew in viewers, that were fun to watch, and that made you want to tune into Monday Night RAW every week. The first program that comes to mind is Stone Cold v Mr. McMahon from 1997-1999. This rivalry began when the WWF were getting spanked in the ratings by a red hot WCW, but then following a year of McMahon v Austin the WWF were drawing in 5's and 6's every week (while competing with WCW).
This feud began around SummerSlam 1997 where Stone Cold couldn't wrestle because he hurt his neck, so Austin was stunning all the authority figures, except Mr. McMahon. That all led to that infamous night in Madison Square Garden on September 22nd, 1997 when Austin stunned McMahon. From then on Austin was permenantly portrayed as the Rattlesnake SOB who will stomp a mudhole in his boss, and McMahon was portrayed as the evil boss who everyone hated.
In 1998 especially this program was incredible, I loved just about all of it. But if I had to pick a personal favorite part, then it would be the segments in September and October 98 when Austin was pouring cement into McMahon's car, there was the Zamboni, there was the Bang 3:16 segment, and there was the bed pan segment. All of these things would get tough grown men talking about it at their workplace the next day, it was must see television.
When it comes to the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, their encounters between WrestleMania 15 and WrestleMania 19 were all incredible action that could without doubt main event any show. I decided not to include their stuff in 1997 in here because they weren't main eventers at that point. These two guys personify what the wrestling business is, entertainers who can cut great charismatic promos and that have good wrestling ability.
These two had three WrestleMania matches, WrestleMania 15, 17 and 19. Two of those were main events, and one was a co-main event. The build for their match at WrestleMania 15 gave us that awsome beer truck segment on RAW where Austin hosed down the corporation. Their WrestleMania 17 build gave us that incredible sit down interview with Austin, Rock and JR...as well as the incredible video to "My Way" by Limp Bizkit. Then their WrestleMania 19 match gave us the heel Rock stuff, and Hurricane beating the Rock. All of these guys' programs gave us numerous classic wrestling moments. These two personify the main event scene in the WWE.
When I was thinking about which main event feud from the Ruthless Aggression that I should put into this Blog, I straight away thought of the Triple H vs Batista feud. This feud is on here for a couple of reasons, the first of which being that it established Batista as a guy who would go onto be in the main event program in the WWE for the next five years. Because of this storyline, which featured the contract signing where Batista turned him thumbs upside down before joining RAW and challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship.
I mainly remember this feud for the three high profile, brutal, violent Pay Per View main event matches. There was the epic build into the bloody and violent WrestleMania 21 main event, the Backlash match was the back up for Batista, and then there was the brutal Hell in a Cell match at Vengeance 2005. This feud was featured must watch Television between two real looking wrestlers.
The most recent incredible main event program that I could think of was the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels storyline from 2009 till 2010. I loved this not only for the pay offs at WrestleMania 25 and 26, but because of the enthralling storyline that was taking place. The build to the match at WrestleMania 25 was centered around how it's Mr. WrestleMania taking on the Greatest Performer in the history of WrestleMania. This all led to the greatest match in the history of WrestleMania.
Then it continued into 2010 where HBK Shawn Michaels was non stop talking about how he needs one more shot at the Undertaker. The WrestleMania 25 loss was eating him up inside...finally HBK put his career on the line and that convinced Undertaker to do the match. That led to the WrestleMania 26 match that was still a really good match, but nothing can live up to the WrestleMania 25 classic. This main event storyline was just basic, logical and interesting wrestling booking that was made 10x better by the performers involved.
I can't even pick out which main event storyline has been worse in the last few years, was it Roman Reigns and Sheamus eleven months ago. Having boring discussions over tater tots at 11:10pm when half the arena has left. Was it The Authority storyline that has basically gone on for 3 consecutive years to this point, or is it this Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho's list taking on Seth Rollins. All of these meaningless storylines don't entertain people, they make people turn the show off (reflected by the ratings) and they make for boring television.
Just for the purpose of this Blog, I will mainly focus on this Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins program. What's the story? Is it that Seth Rollins is trying to get the fans to forget about the past two years of him being scared of everybody, and now he is trying to get us to believe that he is a tough face by challenging this bearded, chubby Canadian who holds the Strawberry Shortcake Title. Is Triple H got anything to do with this storyline...who knows? It's been 7 weeks since he last appeared on WWE TV.