In January of 1993 for the debut of the (sometimes) live WWF “Monday Night Raw” the WWF wanted to make their show look modern, exciting, and cool!
And so, to acomplish they did the most logical, obvious thing…
They bought this horribly ugly, garish, and loud neon entrance set decoration featuring about 9 different, clashing colors and the good old WWF block logo perched right on top- except now it’s no longer classy and dignified like we’re used to seeing it- it was loud, bright, and tacky.
But wait! There’s more!
It blinked and changed color for our visual amusement, because blinky, color changing neon is Uncooked, Uncut, and Uncensored!
Uh, or something like that.
Yes, long before we had the TitanTron showing specialized, highly-produced video clips, this was pretty much it aside from the “multi-screen” thing that showed the wrestlers’ logos.
There’s nothing quite like hearing Yokozuna’s soothing, authentic, and beautiful Japanese flute theme music as Yokozuna waddles down the aisle on his way to squash some poor jobber as neon blinks randomly behind him like he’s about to go hit the nickel slots and catch Wayne Newton’s Midnight Show at The Sahara before checking out the buffet offerings.
Hey! YokozunasWackyVegasAdventures.com! I bet that URL’s not… Oh, never mind.
Anyway, yes; that was our Monday night wrestling experience in 1993 for the whole hour- ugly neon entrances! You kids today don’t know how good you have it, dangnabit!
Watch one of those early episodes of Raw from the first two years to see it in action. It’s really the most visually offensive thing on those early Raws (well, aside from Vince McMahon’s bow ties which seems to have come straight from “The Bob Backlund Collection”).
They used this entrance not just for Raw, but for some Pay-Per-Views , house shows, and any TV taped at Raw, like matches for Action Zone. It was impossible to escape this hideous thing.
I wonder how much this neon entrance cost them to have made? You have to figure at least a couple grand, right? Something simpler (not to mention cheaper) would have really looked much better.
It lasted all the way until early in 1995 when it was fortunately retired for something that wouldn’t blind WWF viewers on a weekly basis.