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WWE Raw
WWE-RAW-LOGO.png
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw Brand
Opening theme "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 877 (as of March 15, 2010)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Dunn
Producer(s) Arn Anderson
Gerald Brisco
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time Approximately 2 hours 5 minutes per episode
(1 hour 35 minutes and commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network (1993 – 2000, 2005 – Present),
TNN/Spike TV (2000 – 2005)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)[1]
Original run January 11, 1993[2] – Present
Chronology
Related shows WWE SmackDown
WWE Superstars
WWE NXT
External links
Official website
.WWE Raw (originally, and still often referred to as Monday Night Raw), is a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that currently airs on the USA Network in the United States.^ WWE Monday Night Raw Tickets purchased Capitol Wrestling Corporation from his father.
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^ WWE Monday Night RAW Results 12/7/09 .
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^ WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW) USA MONDAY 5,399,000 .
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.The show's name, which is also stylized as RAW,[3] is also used to refer to the Raw brand, in which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform on that program; the other program and brand currently being SmackDown.^ WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009 .
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^ WWE tickets incorporate other tickets, such as RAW tickets, SmackDown!
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^ Encompassing the brands WWE: Raw , WWE: Smackdown!
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.It is the only television broadcast for the Raw brand.^ WWE RAW is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the flagship broadcast of the RAW brand.
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.The show originally debuted in the United States on the USA Network on January 11, 1993.[2] It remained there until 2000, when Raw was moved to TNN, later known as Spike TV.^ However after 2000, Raw moved to TNN which was later renamed to Spike TV, but in 2005 Raw moved back to USA Network for good.
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^ The show debuted in 1993 on the USA Network, where it aired for seven years before moving to TNN/Spike.
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^ January 11 , 1993 .
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[4] .In 2005, the show was moved back to the USA Network.^ The show debuted in 1993 on the USA Network, where it aired for seven years before moving to TNN/Spike.
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^ On April 4 , 2005 , WWE announced a 3-year deal with NBC Universal to bring RAW back to its former home, the USA Network, with two yearly specials on NBC and a Spanish RAW on Telemundo .
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^ After the 's deal with Spike TV expired in September 2005, and Viacom decided to move both Raw and Smackdown back to its former home that was USA Network.
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[5] .Since its launch in 1993, Raw continues to air on Monday nights.^ Monday night raw .
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^ WWE Monday Night RAW edit .
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^ The classic Monday Night RAW logo, used from 1993 to 1997.
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.Raw is generally seen as the company's flagship program due to its longer history, higher ratings, the fact its shows are live every week, and emphasis on pay-per-views.^ Raw is generally seen as the company's flagship program due to its longer history, higher ratings, and emphasis on pay-per-views.
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^ Every show is the same thing week after week.
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^ RAW is generally seen as WWE's flagship program over its sister program SmackDown!

[6] .It is the longest running, weekly episodic television show in history (without taking a hiatus).^ WWE is the longest running weekly episodic television show in history.
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^ The longest-running original entertainment show in television history, with more than 700 episodes, the show has had its share of wild and unforgettable moments, both inside and outside the ring, including Brian Pillman pulling a gun on Stone Cold Steve Austin, Edge and Lita's live sex show, D-Generation X's invasion of WCW, the shocking McMahon purchase of WCW, and more.
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^ The WWE Homecoming was three hours long " the longest an episode of RAW has ever run in its 12-year history.
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Contents

Show history

Original format

.Beginning as WWF Monday Night Raw, the program first aired on January 11, 1993 on the USA Network for one hour.^ WWE Monday Night Raw Results 11/23/09 .
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^ The first television series, WWE: Raw , was created and first aired as WWF Monday Night Raw on January 11, 1993.
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^ January 11 , 1993 .
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[6] .Of the wrestlers featured on that occasion, only two are still employed in WWE: Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.^ Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker .
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^ As the brainchild of Vince McMahon, WWE Raw features the top wrestlers in the world battling for top honors—WWE, Intercontinental, Women’s, and World Tag Team Championships.
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^ The video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is selling itself on the create-a-wrestler and create-a-move features it had last year, which is a bad sign that the gameplay is still as broken and unresponsive as ever.
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.The original Raw broke new ground in televised professional wrestling.^ The original RAW broke new ground in televised professional wrestling.
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^ WWE Raw is a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
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^ It broke new ground in professional wrestling because it was filmed in front of a live audience, whereas other wrestling shows were often taped on sound stages and dubbed over.
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.Traditionally, wrestling shows were taped on sound stages with small audiences or at large arena shows.^ Traditionally, wrestling shows were taped on sound stages with small audiences or at large arena shows.
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^ The RAW formula was very different than that of its predecessor, Prime Time Wrestling : instead of taped matches, with studio voice overs and taped chat, RAW was a show shot to a live audience, with angles as they happened.
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^ What made Raw different from other wrestling shows that were been aired on television was that it showcased Live matches with live commentaries; however previously matches were taped along with taped voice over and comparatively lesser audience than it is now days.
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.The Raw formula was very different than that of its predecessor, Prime Time Wrestling.^ The RAW formula was very different than that of its predecessor, Prime Time Wrestling : instead of taped matches, with studio voice overs and taped chat, RAW was a show shot to a live audience, with angles as they happened.
  • WWE RAW at AllExperts 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

^ What made Raw different from other wrestling shows that were been aired on television was that it showcased Live matches with live commentaries; however previously matches were taped along with taped voice over and comparatively lesser audience than it is now days.
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^ Well, Raw didn’t disappoint, and Shaq, a huge pro wrestling fan (in more ways than one, heh), was very entertaining and looked like he felt right at home.
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.Instead of taped matches, with studio voice overs and taped chat, Raw was a show shot to a live audience, with angles as they happened.^ The RAW formula was very different than that of its predecessor, Prime Time Wrestling : instead of taped matches, with studio voice overs and taped chat, RAW was a show shot to a live audience, with angles as they happened.
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^ It broke new ground in professional wrestling because it was filmed in front of a live audience, whereas other wrestling shows were often taped on sound stages and dubbed over.
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^ Large Benjamin will call the shots on Raw for a week; making matches, creating stipulations and maybe throwing a flying clothesline at a bad guy or two.
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.The first episode featured Yokozuna defeating Koko B. Ware, The Steiner Brothers defeating The Executioners, WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels defeating Max Moon and The Undertaker defeating Damien Demento.^ Some of those moments include Razor Ramon losing a match unexpectedly to Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman , who was later known as X-Pac, Marty Jannetty beating Shawn Michaels to win the WWE Intercontinental Title , and RAW was the first WWF television program of any kind to show footage of Lex Luger bodyslamming Yokozuna at the U.S.S. Intrepid .
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^ Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna The Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners Shawn Michaels vs. Max Moon - Intercontinental Championship Match The Undertaker vs. Damian Demento Plus interviews with Jim Ross, Vince McMahon, Razor Ramon, Doink the Clown and more!
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^ Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker .
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.The show also featured an interview with Razor Ramon.^ The show also featured an interview with Razor Ramon.
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[9]
Yokozuna (left) and Mr. Fuji on the very first episode of Monday Night Raw
.Raw originated from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios, a small New York City theater, and aired live each week.^ RAW originated from the Manhattan Center (now Hammerstein Ballroom) , a small New York City theater and aired live each week.
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^ In an episode where RAW returned to the Manhattan Center, the "challenge" answered on the following week's show with Taz , Mikey Whipwreck , Sabu , Tommy Dreamer , D-Von Dudley , and Sandman .
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^ Bret Hart, Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness will be signing autographs at the Boston and New York City ROH events this weekend.
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.The combination of an intimate venue and live action proved highly successful.^ The combination of an intimate venue and live action proved highly successful.
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.However, the weekly live schedule proved to be a financial drain on the WWF, and taped shows began airing every other week.^ However, the weekly live schedule proved to be a financial drain on the WWF, and taped shows began airing every other week.
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^ Every show is the same thing week after week.
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^ Due to nWo angle in the Nitro, was able to hold the crown of highest ratings for 84 weeks, and due to this Raw started being aired on every other week; However when Raw regained the ratings, it came to a two-hour format on February 3, 1997 and hence entered its Raw is War era.
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.From early 1994 to September 1999, Raw was shown live on one Monday and then the next day (Tuesday) next Monday's Raw was taped.^ From early 1994 to September 1999 RAW was shown live on one Monday and then the next day (Tuesday) next Monday's RAW was taped.
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^ This meant that RAW was live one week and taped the next.
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^ One of the great features of Raw MEGA MONDAY Live Chats (the Raw following every PPV event) is that the WWEUniverse.com team is live at the arena, allowing more Superstars to appear on the chat to meet the Universe and answer your questions.
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.This meant that Raw was live one week and taped the next.^ This meant that RAW was live one week and taped the next.
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^ The next week, and for months after, many fans in the RAW audience brought signs which read, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat!"
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^ If he does, he can go to RAW. Over the next 4 weeks Chris manages to defeat every challenge from all of the top talent.

.The storylines and characters during the early years of Raw still had a healthy dose of the old Federation "gimmick-heavy" style.^ Over the years, WWE: Raw has been the Monday night wrestling show to watch, as the characters and storylines have gotten ever more twisted, exciting, and intense.
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^ RAW Male 59 years old Home Counties United States Last Login: 4/27/2007 .
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^ RAW 2010 doesn't fix any of the fundamental issues that the series has had for years, and as this style of gameplay gets another year older, it looks that much more dated.
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.For instance, events occurred such as Irwin R. Schyster tearing up Tatanka's headdress, the various "Undertaker sightings" in mid-1994 and characters like Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, Doink the Clown, or Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly.^ For instance, there were moments such as Irwin R. Schyster tearing up Tatanka 's headdress, the various " Undertaker sightings"; and characters like Duke "The Dumpster" Droese , Doink the Clown , or Thurman "Sparky" Plugg .
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WWF Monday Night Raw logo (January 11, 1993-March 3, 1997)
Raw, uniquely in its day, covered the unexpected, exciting moments, a prelude to "the Attitude Era", in which it coined Raw as "Uncut, Uncensored, Uncooked."[6] Some of those moments include Razor Ramon losing a match unexpectedly to The Kid or Marty Jannetty beating Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. .Raw also was the first WWF television program of any kind to show footage of Lex Luger bodyslamming Yokozuna at the USS Intrepid.^ Some of those moments include Razor Ramon losing a match unexpectedly to Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman , who was later known as X-Pac, Marty Jannetty beating Shawn Michaels to win the WWE Intercontinental Title , and RAW was the first WWF television program of any kind to show footage of Lex Luger bodyslamming Yokozuna at the U.S.S. Intrepid .
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^ WWE: Raw is the longest running weekly television show without a hiatus in history.
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^ The first television series, WWE: Raw , was created and first aired as WWF Monday Night Raw on January 11, 1993.
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.Vince McMahon, Rob Bartlett and "Macho Man" Randy Savage served as the original hosts of Raw.^ WWE'S RAW for cold hard cash - Ali with Gorrilla Monsoon, Douglas knocking out Macho Man, Tyson knocking out Sean Michaels when he was suspended from boxing.
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^ As the brainchild of Vince McMahon, WWE Raw features the top wrestlers in the world battling for top honors—WWE, Intercontinental, Women’s, and World Tag Team Championships.
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^ Vince apologizes and says Bret Hart will never be a guest host on Monday Night RAW. The crowd boo’s as Vince heads to the back.
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[6] .Sean Mooney conducted the interviews and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan also helped contribute.^ Sean Mooney conducted the interviews and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan also helped contribute.
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.On April 19, 1993, Rob Bartlett made his final appearance on the program.^ Later in 1993, Rob Bartlett was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan.
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.He was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan the following week, who remained until December 6, 1993, when Gorilla Monsoon kicked him out of the WWF. In reality, this was a storyline between Monsoon and his close friend Heenan, who decided to leave the World Wrestling Federation in order to lighten his travel schedule and because he didn't want to take a 50% paycut.^ In reality, this was a storyline between Monsoon and his close friend Heenan, who decided to leave the World Wrestling Federation in order to lighten his travel schedule and because he didn't want to take a 50% paycut.
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^ Then on December 6 , 1993 , Gorilla Monsoon "kicked Bobby Heenan out of the WWF forever."
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^ Later in 1993, Rob Bartlett was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan.
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.After about a year, Raw moved out of the Manhattan Center and traveled to various regular Federation venues in the United States.^ After about a year, RAW moved out of the Manhattan Center and traveled to various regular Federation venues in the United States.
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^ RAW Male 59 years old Home Counties United States Last Login: 4/27/2007 .
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^ It has all of the Raw openings from all 10 years of Raw, It has about a million Raw Retro moments, it has extra awards, lots of...
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The Monday Night Wars

.In 1995, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began airing its new wrestling show, WCW Monday Nitro, live each week on TNT.^ In 1995 , World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began airing its new wrestling show, Monday Nitro , live each week.
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^ It broke new ground in professional wrestling because it was filmed in front of a live audience, whereas other wrestling shows were often taped on sound stages and dubbed over.
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^ Over the years, WWE: Raw has been the Monday night wrestling show to watch, as the characters and storylines have gotten ever more twisted, exciting, and intense.
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[10] .Raw and Nitro went head-to-head for the first time on September 11, 1995. Due to Raw's taping schedule on several occasions, WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff, who also worked as an on-air personality, would frequently give away the results of WWF's taped Raw shows on the live WCW show.^ Eric Bischoff's tactic of giving away RAW 's results on live editions of Nitro backfired on January 4 , 1999 .
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^ Due to RAW 's taping schedule on several occasions, WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff , who was also an on-air personality, gave away the results of WWF's taped RAW shows on the live WCW show (a tactic that later backfired).
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^ The former WWF RAW logo used after September 11 .
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.Some fans also looked at Raw taping results on the steadily growing Internet; as a result, this caused the ratings of the taped Raw episodes to be lower.^ Some fans also looked at RAW taping results on the steadily-growing Internet ; as a result, this sometimes hurt the ratings of the taped RAW episodes.
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^ Some lower-end models can't record raw files at all.
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^ For 15 years fans have looked forward to the over-the-top sports entertainment every Monday night, and WWE Raw has always delivered.
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.Until September 1999 WWF Raw broadcast live every other week to save costs, but ratings and pay-per-view buy-rate increased, allowing them to justify doing a weekly live show.^ It’s ironic considering that Scott Hall did a legit no-show at last night’s TNA pay-per-view.
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^ The show's name, which is sometimes stylized as RAW, is also used to refer to the Raw brand, in which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform on that program; the other programs and brands are SmackDown and ECW. WWE is the only television broadcast for the Raw brand.
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^ Throughout the years this has been done in several ways, via pay-per-view, video recordings, and most importantly, television.
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.At the start of the ratings war in 1995 through to mid-1996, Raw and Nitro exchanged victories over each other in a closely contested rivalry.^ At the start of the ratings war in 1995 though to mid- 1996 RAW and Nitro would exchange victories over each over in a closely contested rivalry.
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^ However, beginning in mid-1996, thanks primarily to the nWo angle, Monday Nitro started a ratings win-streak that lasted for 83 continuous weeks, ending on April 13 , 1998 .
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^ While RAW was taking a new approach to programming, Nitro would start producing lackluster shows with the same storylines.
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Beginning in mid-1996, however, thanks primarily to the nWo angle, Monday Nitro started a ratings win-streak that lasted for 84 continuous weeks, ending on April 13, 1998.[10]

Raw is War

WWF Raw is War logo (March 10, 1997-September 10, 2001)
On February 3, 1997, Monday Night Raw went to a two-hour format,[10] as the Attitude Era was starting to come in full stream in the WWF. In an attempt to break the momentum of what had turned into ratings domination by WCW's competing Monday Nitro, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was brought in as Jerry Lawler challenged ECW on February 17, 1997.
.In an episode where Raw returned to the Manhattan Center, the challenge answered on the following week's show with Taz, Mikey Whipwreck, Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, D-Von Dudley, and The Sandman.^ The show also saw boxing great Mike Tyson return to WWE as Raw guest host to face DX in a tag match.
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^ Raw/A Slight Improvement Yes this weeks Raw was an improvement from last weeks Raw, but I still found the show somewhat boring.
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^ Backstage, Vince and Stephanie have a seemingly pointless exchange where Steph begs Vince to not show up to RAW next week.
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.ECW owner Paul Heyman did a call-in interview on Raw the week after that.^ Large Benjamin will call the shots on Raw for a week; making matches, creating stipulations and maybe throwing a flying clothesline at a bad guy or two.
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^ You Got To Love Smackdown Okay I missed a Raw column this week, but honestly I think I did you all a favor.
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^ Cena takes the mic and says John Cena couldn't beat him last week on RAW. Sheamus said he did exactly what he said he would.
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.Throughout 1997, further controversial elements emerged with Raw and WWF programming.^ Throughout 1997, there were more and more controversial elements in RAW and WWF programming such as the Nation of Domination , and the D-Generation X "racial graffiti" storyline designed to "implicate Bret Hart 's ' Hart Foundation '", and the XXX Files series.
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^ Beginning as WWF Monday Night Raw, the program first aired on January 11, 1993 on the USA Network for one hour.
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^ Beginning as WWF Monday Night RAW , the program first aired on January 11 , 1993 on the USA Network for one hour.
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.Memorable moments included Bret Hart cursing profanely at the crowd after losing a Steel Cage match, with commentators apologizing for his foul behavior, before he proceeds in major brawls with Sid, The Undertaker, Steve Austin, and briefly Shawn Michaels.^ Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker .
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^ Go to game modes then go to the hall of fame go to Bret Hart's induction hit x then you go into his direct challenge mode which is Shawn Michaels VS. Bret Hart in a 30 minute ironman and you have to win as HBK and you will unlock him.
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^ WrestleMania has made stars of many of it participants, including Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, and The Rock.
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.Some of the most notable moments cites the profusely intense feud with The Hart Foundation against Michaels and Austin, which saw Raw develop a memorable episode in which Michaels and Austin beat The British Bulldog and Owen Hart for the WWF Tag Team Championship, and during their post-match attack on Michaels, Austin physically charged a disabled Bret Hart to ward them off.^ Tag team championship!
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^ Un-Americans for the tag team championship!
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^ Some of those moments include Razor Ramon losing a match unexpectedly to Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman , who was later known as X-Pac, Marty Jannetty beating Shawn Michaels to win the WWE Intercontinental Title , and RAW was the first WWF television program of any kind to show footage of Lex Luger bodyslamming Yokozuna at the U.S.S. Intrepid .
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.Other events saw the new black street gang Nation of Domination formed, and Michaels D-Generation X "racial graffiti" storyline designed to "implicate Bret Hart's 'The Hart Foundation'", and the "XXX Files" series.^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 10/29 - 11/02 - November 5, 2007 Is it RIP for the New Hart Foundation?
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^ WWE News - 12.23.09 Bret Hart’s WWE Contract & Storyline Plans With Vince-DX .
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^ Take creation one step further with a new Paint Tool to detail created Superstars with original tattoos, logos and other unique designs.
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.On March 10, 1997, Monday Night Raw officially became Raw is War.^ Tickets WWE Monday Night Raw 4 5 10 i wireless Center .
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^ Monday night raw .
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^ WWE Tickets 2/22/10 (Indianapolis) Monday Night Raw .
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.The March 17, 1997 episode featured a heated Bret Hart/Vince McMahon ringside altercation (that unknowingly foreshadowed the Montreal Screwjob) with profanity normally not heard on television.^ The March 17 , 1997 episode featured a heated Bret Hart /Vince McMahon ringside altercation (that unknowingly foreshadowed events in November ) with profanity normally unheard on TV. Brian Pillman did a series of XXX Files segments with Terri Runnels , which further 'pushed the envelope'.
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^ Vince apologizes and says Bret Hart will never be a guest host on Monday Night RAW. The crowd boo’s as Vince heads to the back.
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^ [Comment From Sarjenka: ] Cena, who would you rather fight, Bret Hart or Vince McMahon?
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.Brian Pillman did a series of "XXX Files" segments with Terri Runnels, which further "pushed the envelope". These segments ended prematurely with the September 29, 1997 episode of Raw, after the death of Brian Pillman on October 5, 1997 due to hereditary heart problems.^ These segments ended prematurely with the September 29 , 1997 episode of RAW , after the death of Pillman on October 5 , 1997 due to hereditary heart problems and drug use.
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^ The March 17 , 1997 episode featured a heated Bret Hart /Vince McMahon ringside altercation (that unknowingly foreshadowed events in November ) with profanity normally unheard on TV. Brian Pillman did a series of XXX Files segments with Terri Runnels , which further 'pushed the envelope'.
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^ Throughout 1997, there were more and more controversial elements in RAW and WWF programming such as the Nation of Domination , and the D-Generation X "racial graffiti" storyline designed to "implicate Bret Hart 's ' Hart Foundation '", and the XXX Files series.
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.After WrestleMania XIV in March 1998, which featured Mike Tyson as a ring enforcer, and Shawn Michaels final match up until 2002, the WWF regained the lead in the Monday Night Wars with its new "WWF Attitude" brand, led in particular by rising stars Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and Mankind.^ Mike Tyson to enter the WWE Ring .
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^ After WrestleMania XIV in March 1998, the WWF regained the lead in the Monday Night Wars with its new "WWF Attitude" brand, led in particular by rising stars "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock and Mankind .
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^ Triple H and Shawn Michaels then came out to the ring flashing glowsticks.
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The classic feud between the villainous WWF Chairman Vince McMahon (who was re-imagined and re-branded from the color commentator into the evil corporal chairman character Mr. McMahon after the real-life Montreal Screwjob incident) and fan favorite Steve Austin caught the imaginations of fans. The April 13, 1998 episode of Raw, headlined by a match between Austin and McMahon, marked the first time that WCW had lost the head-to-head Monday night ratings battle in the 84 weeks since 1996.
.While Raw was taking a new approach to programming, Nitro began producing lackluster programming with repetitive storylines.^ While RAW was taking a new approach to programming, Nitro would start producing lackluster shows with the same storylines.
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^ Christie Kellogg wants to suggest a new approach to eating for permanent weight loss: raw food.
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^ In 1995 , World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began airing its new wrestling show, Monday Nitro , live each week.
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Older stars such as Hogan and Nash frequently occupied the main events, while younger talent such as Rey Mysterio, Jr., Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Eddie Guerrero were not given opportunities to advance, and the only newcomers elevated to main-event status at this time were Bill Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page.
.Meanwhile, on Raw, fans were immersed in the feud between WWF owner Vince McMahon and Steve Austin.^ Meanwhile, on RAW , fans were immersed in the feud between WWF owner Vince McMahon and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
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^ The classic feud between the villainous WWF Chairman Vince McMahon (who was re-imagined and re-branded from the color commentator into the evil company chairman character Mr. McMahon after the real-life Montreal Screwjob incident) and fan favorite Steve Austin (who, ironically, had been released by Bischoff in the summer of 1995 for not being marketable) caught the imaginations of fans.
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^ As the brainchild of Vince McMahon, WWE Raw features the top wrestlers in the world battling for top honors—WWE, Intercontinental, Women’s, and World Tag Team Championships.
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.New talent such as Triple H being the new leader of the D-Generation X (DX) faction, Mankind and The Rock were elevated to main event status on the WWF's program.^ New talent such as Triple H and his D-Generation X faction , Mankind and The Rock were elevated to main event status on the WWF's program.
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^ Throughout 1997, there were more and more controversial elements in RAW and WWF programming such as the Nation of Domination , and the D-Generation X "racial graffiti" storyline designed to "implicate Bret Hart 's ' Hart Foundation '", and the XXX Files series.
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^ Older stars such as Hogan and Nash frequented the main events, while younger talent such as Chris Jericho , Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were not given opportunities to advance, and the only newcomer elevated to main-event status at this time was Bill Goldberg .
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.Superstars such as Kane, Kurt Angle, Val Venis, Goldust and the like were coming through the ranks and exposing the WWF as territory where new talent can ascend unlike the WCW counterpart.^ A brand new cut scene creation interface includes talent and location selections, script writing, camera angles, Superstar emotions and much more.
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^ WWF Smackdown: John Cena debuts vs. Kurt Angle .
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^ It has a lot of my favorite superstars music on there, like Kane, Triple H, Batista.
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.Matters were so heated between the two programs that, when both shows were on the Hampton Roads on the same night (Raw in Hampton, Virginia, Nitro in Norfolk), DX was sent to film a "war" segment at the Norfolk Scope where they berated WCW and interviewed fans on camera who stated that they received their Nitro tickets for free (presumably in an attempt by WCW to pack the arena to capacity due to low ticket sales).^ He asks the fans if they know who the other two are.
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^ Over the years, WWE: Raw has been the Monday night wrestling show to watch, as the characters and storylines have gotten ever more twisted, exciting, and intense.
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[11]
.On January 4, 1999, Mick Foley, who had wrestled for WCW during the early 1990s as Cactus Jack, won the WWF Title as Mankind on Raw.^ Mick Foley, who had wrestled for WCW during the early 1990s as Cactus Jack, won the WWF Title as Mankind on RAW .
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^ The next week, and for months after, many fans in the RAW audience brought signs which read, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat!"
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^ Typically, two wrestlers will match up to win the championship title, but during the 2000 Wrestlemania, Triple H, The Rock, The Big Show, and Mick Foley faced each other in a "fatal four-way elimination match."
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.On orders from Bischoff, Nitro announcer Tony Schiavone gave away this previously taped result on a live Nitro, and then sarcastically added "that'll sure put some butts in the seats" consequently resulting in over 600,000 viewers switching channels to watch Raw.^ Nitro announcer Tony Schiavone sarcastically said "that'll sure put some butts in the seats" ; over 600,000 viewers changed channels to watch RAW .
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^ The next week, and for months after, many fans in the RAW audience brought signs which read, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat!"
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^ Eric Bischoff's tactic of giving away RAW 's results on live editions of Nitro backfired on January 4 , 1999 .
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.This was also the night that Nitro aired a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match in which Kevin Nash blatantly laid down for Hulk Hogan after Hogan poked him in the chest.^ The following week on RAW , General Manager Eric Bischoff awarded a newly instated (or reinstated) World Heavyweight Title , with a design similar to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt, to RAW 's designated #1 contender, Triple H .
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^ WCW Flashback: WCW world title match at Starrcade 1993 — camelclutchblog.com — Sunday, December 27th, 1993-Charlotte, North Carolina-World Championship Wrestling World Championship match featured WCW Champion "Big" Van Vader ...
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^ We might have a great rivalry renewed at Wrestlemania XXV! After the Royal Rumble ended last night, Randy Orton punched his ticket to Wrestlemania, and John Cena defeated JBL to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
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The next week, and for months after, many fans in the Raw audience brought signs which read, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat!"

The end of the Wars

WWF Raw logo (September 17, 2001-April 29, 2002)
A new television contract with Viacom led to a WWF change in the broadcast. .On September 25, 2000, Raw moved from the USA Network to TNN (which later became Spike TV).^ The show debuted in 1993 on the USA Network, where it aired for seven years before moving to TNN/Spike.
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^ PM] USA #1 FOR OCTOBER USA touts its "WWE Raw" performance as well as its off-network run of "House."
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^ PM] USA NETWORK TOP ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK IN CABLE USA spins the numbers for the week of September 28-October 4.
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[4]
.WCW's sharp decline in revenue and ratings led to Time Warner's sale of the company to the WWF in 2001. The final edition of Nitro aired on March 26, 2001. The show began with Vince McMahon making a short statement about his recent purchase of WCW and ended with a simulcast Raw on TNN and Nitro on TNT with an appearance by Vince's son Shane McMahon .^ The show began with Vince McMahon making a short statement about his recent purchase of WCW and ended with a simulcast on RAW on TNN with an appearance by Vince's son Shane McMahon on Nitro .
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^ The final edition of Nitro aired on March 26 , 2001 .
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^ WCW's sharp decline in revenue and ratings would lead to Time Warner's sale of the company to the WWF in 2001 .
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[8] .Shane interrupted his father's gloating over the WCW purchase to explain that Shane was the one who actually owned WCW, setting up what became the WWF's "Invasion" storyline.^ Shane would interrupt his father's gloating over the WCW purchase to explain that Shane was the one who actually owned WCW, setting up what would now become the WWF's infamous " Invasion " storyline.
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^ Mick Foley, who had wrestled for WCW during the early 1990s as Cactus Jack, won the WWF Title as Mankind on RAW .
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^ The split was a result of WWE (then known as WWF) purchasing their two biggest competitors, WCW and ECW .
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The Raw is War logo and name were retired in September 2001, following the September 11 attacks and sensitivity over the word war, and because the Monday Night Wars were "over".

Brand Extension

WWE Raw logo (May 6, 2002-October 2, 2006)
.In early to mid-2002, WWE underwent a process they called the "Brand Extension".[8] WWE divided itself into two "de facto" wrestling promotions with separate rosters, storylines and authority figures.^ Hall put over the idea of calling RAW and WrestleMania from WWE's commentary booth, noting that he would greatly value another shot in the number one pro wrestling promotion.
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^ The superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment's "RAW" brand collide each and every week on WWE Monday Night RAW, broadcast once again each and every week on the USA cable network.
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^ The more they get, the more they want - this is one of the problems with WWE wrestling.

[8] Raw and SmackDown! would host each division, give its name to the division and essentially compete against each other. The split was a result of WWF purchasing their two biggest competitors, WCW and ECW. .The brand extension was publicly announced during a telecast of WWF Raw on March 25, 2002, and became official the next day.^ Mick Foley, who had wrestled for WCW during the early 1990s as Cactus Jack, won the WWF Title as Mankind on RAW .
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^ Comments vote down undo vote up Uncoached found this 26 days ago found this Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > > More WWE RAW Photos .
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^ On September 25 , 2000 , RAW moved network from the USA Network over to TNN (which later became Spike TV ).
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.Wrestlers now would become show-exclusive, wrestling for their specific show only.^ The unique features of PWtorch are the weekly free podcast and live show updates of Raw and Smackdown Wrestling Blog Wrestling Blog is one of the only blogs covering the wrestling business.

.At the time this excluded the WWE Undisputed Championship and WWE Women's Championship, as those WWE titles would be defended on both shows.^ At the time this excluded the WWE Undisputed Champion and WWE Women's Champion , as those WWF/WWE titles would be defended on both shows.
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^ In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on RAW , in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown!
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^ Sheamus defends his WWE Championship against John Cena.
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.In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on Raw, in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown! The following week on Raw, General Manager Eric Bischoff awarded a newly instated World Heavyweight Championship to Raw's designated number one contender, Triple H.^ WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 Your World Trailer .
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^ Encompassing the brands WWE: Raw , WWE: Smackdown!
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^ WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 .
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.Due to the fact that since the WWE Undisputed Championship was now SmackDown!^ In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on RAW , in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown!
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^ Produced annually since 1985, WrestleMania is the championship that brings together all the WWE brands in a final showdown.
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^ After seeing the WWE Championship move to SmackDown, and failing to win a World Championship back to Raw at Night of Champions, Monday nights once again have a World Title.

exclusive it was no longer seen as ."undisputed". Following this, the WWE Women's Championship soon became Raw-exclusive as well.^ The WWE Women's Championship is RAW -exclusive, after being mentioned in a backstage skit with then SmackDown!
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^ In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on RAW , in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown!
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^ PM] USA #1 FOR OCTOBER USA touts its "WWE Raw" performance as well as its off-network run of "House."
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.As a result of the Brand Extension, an annual "draft lottery" was instituted to exchange members of each roster and generally refresh the lineups.^ Following the Brand Extension, an annual " draft lottery " was instituted to exchange members of each roster and generally refresh the lineups.
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.WWE Raw claimed to have earned the distinction of having the most original episodes of any fictional weekly program on August 2, 2005 when it broadcasted the 636th episode.^ And that was just one episode of WWE Raw!
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^ In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on RAW , in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown!
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^ The WWE Homecoming was three hours long " the longest an episode of RAW has ever run in its 12-year history.
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It was said to have taken the place of Gunsmoke, which held that distinction.

Return to USA Network

Variations of the Raw modern titantron set were used from April 1, 2002 - January 14, 2008.
.On March 10, 2005, Viacom and WWE decided not to go on with the agreement with Spike TV, making it so Raw and other WWE programs on the network would cease when their deal expired in September 2005. On April 4, 2005, WWE announced a 3-year deal with NBC Universal to bring Raw back to its former home, the USA Network, with 2 yearly specials on NBC and a Spanish Raw on Telemundo.^ AM] WWE® AND USA NETWORK ANNOUNCE LONG TERM DEAL The four-year agreement will keep the series on the network through fall 2014.
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^ Shows A-Z - wwe raw on usa .
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^ The show debuted in 1993 on the USA Network, where it aired for seven years before moving to TNN/Spike.
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[5] .On the same week as Raw's return to the USA Network, Spike TV scheduled Ultimate Fighting Championship's live Ultimate Fight Night in Raw's old timeslot in an attempt to go head-to-head with Raw.^ The show debuted in 1993 on the USA Network, where it aired for seven years before moving to TNN/Spike.
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^ After "Hollywood" Hulkster came out, mere minutes before Raw starts, I decided that I'm switching over to the USA network to watch Monday Night Raw right at the top of the hour at 8pm Central!
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^ Vince apologizes and says Bret Hart will never be a guest host on Monday Night RAW. The crowd boo’s as Vince heads to the back.
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[12]
.The show's first night back on USA was billed as the "WWE Homecoming" and featured the return of former WWE Champions such as Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Triple H and Vince McMahon along with cameos from legends such as Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Snuka and Harley Race.^ He will be addressing Bret Hart's possible return to WWE. Back to commercial.
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^ Shows A-Z - wwe raw on usa .
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^ He will be addressing Bret Hart’s possible return to WWE. Back to commercial.
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.Also, it featured a 30 minutes Iron Match between Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle.^ Go to game modes then go to the hall of fame go to Bret Hart's induction hit x then you go into his direct challenge mode which is Shawn Michaels VS. Bret Hart in a 30 minute ironman and you have to win as HBK and you will unlock him.
  • CheatCodes.com: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for PS2 Cheats, Codes, PS2 Cheat Codes, Hints, and FAQs for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for PlayStation 2 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.cheatcodes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The video shows a lot of great Bret clips and then flashes to the 1997 Survivor Series and all the drama surrounding the match with Shawn Michaels.
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^ Winners: Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair After the match, HBK gets on the mic and tells Flair that after thinking about it, he doesn't want the match at WrestleMania.

.[12] WWE Homecoming was three hours long — the second longest an episode of Raw has ever run in its 12-year history.^ The WWE Homecoming was three hours long " the longest an episode of RAW has ever run in its 12-year history.
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^ WWE Raw Tickets 2/12 .
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^ WWE Raw Tickets 3/12 .
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.USA also showed Raw Exposed, an hour of the best moments of Raw during its previous run on USA. WWE announced that Raw received its highest ratings in three years, gaining close to six million viewers.^ The WWE Homecoming was three hours long " the longest an episode of RAW has ever run in its 12-year history.
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^ Shows A-Z - wwe raw on usa .
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^ USA also showed RAW Exposed , an hour of the best moments of RAW during its previous run on USA. WWE announced that RAW received its highest ratings in three years, gaining close to six million viewers.
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.The following week, Vince McMahon fired Jim Ross for not helping after Steve Austin gave him and his entire family the Stone Cold Stunner.^ Stone Cold Steve Austin was absent from this game due to him leaving the company.
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^ The following week, Vince McMahon "fired" Jim Ross for not helping after Steve Austin gave him and his entire family the Stone Cold Stunner .
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^ It's unarguable that performers like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin are the biggest commercial successes in the business, so it's easy to see why they're on here.
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.Jonathan Coachman, the second analyst at the table, took over Ross's duties as play-by-play for two weeks until former ECW announcer Joey Styles was hired.^ Jonathan Coachman was named as Ross' replacement, but after two weeks, he was replaced by former ECW announcer Joey Styles .
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^ General (1) Raw Live Blog (51) PPV Live Blog (26) ECW Live Blog (1) WWE.com Live Blog (6) Oh My Blog with Joey Styles (2) The Finkel Factor (1) SmackDown Live Blog (2) .
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2006

.On the May 1, 2006 edition of Raw, Joey Styles announced he was quitting (kayfabe).^ General (1) Raw Live Blog (51) PPV Live Blog (26) ECW Live Blog (1) WWE.com Live Blog (6) Oh My Blog with Joey Styles (2) The Finkel Factor (1) SmackDown Live Blog (2) .
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.His vacating of the announcer position set the stage for Jim Ross to return to Raw's commentary booth, thus ending the storyline where Ross got fired by Linda McMahon.^ Jim Ross On Bret Hart and WWE, RAW & more .
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This freed Styles to become a commentator for the ECW brand when it launched in June.
.In Canada, after an 11 year run on TSN, Raw moved to rival sports broadcaster The Score after it was announced that TSN would be carrying Monday Night Football for the 2006 season.^ WWE Monday Night Raw Results 11/23/09 .
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^ WWE Monday Night RAW Results 1/11/10 .
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^ Monday night raw .
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.The Score claimed that unlike TSN they would never preempt Raw, however that promise only lasted a few months.^ There they are in the game, though, precisely modeled and ready for the kind of matches they’d never get away with on Smackdown, RAW, or anywhere else.
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^ Sure they will be out AGAIN for a few months, but it will be karma for showing that kind of selfish attitude is unacceptable in today’s athlete, popular or not.
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^ Instead, there would be Raw matches between wrestlers who have never been world champion.

.Then in 2007, The Score started airing the show with a 15 minute tape delay.^ Had this been over on Smackdown, they easily get 12-15 minutes to show what they can do.

.The first 15 minutes of the hour contains a countdown pre-show recapping the previous week's events.^ A commercial airs for next week's RAW, which will be a three-hour event called WrestleMania Rewind.

[13]
.During the September 25, 2006 episode of Raw in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the opening of Raw suffered a blackout.^ Row Floor WWE Raw Oklahoma City Ford Center 3 1 10 .
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^ Tickets WWE Monday Night Raw Oklahoma City Monday March 1!!
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^ WWE RAW 3 1 (Oklahoma City) REAL FRONT ROW RINGSIDE .
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Spotlights were the only lights running in the house. Power in the presentation was later restored. .Another similar moment happened back on May 26, 1996 in Florence, South Carolina for WWF In Your House 8: Beware of Dog, when a major thunderstorm hit the Florence Civic Center causing major chaos for the PPV. That Tuesday, Beware of Dog, returned to North Charleston, South Carolina to finish out three matches that were not shown because of the lost power feed.^ Miz hits his finisher and pins for three.

^ Two wrestlers start out the match, and another wrestler is released from glass enclosures every minute.
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^ Melina hits her new sick flipping finisher for three.
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.On October 9, 2006, Raw held a three-hour season premiere called the "Raw Family Reunion", where the Raw brand debuted a new logo and theme song, Papa Roach's "...To Be Loved". The episode also featured talent from the SmackDown!^ WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 .
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 Review - Giant Bomb 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 (video game) - Giant Bomb 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ RAW 2006 Forum WWE SmackDown!
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^ A brand new cut scene creation interface includes talent and location selections, script writing, camera angles, Superstar emotions and much more.
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and ECW brands. .Later that month, on October 23 Raw aired its 700th episode, making it the longest running weekly entertainment show, without a hiatus, in television history.^ Finally, a Raw episode that actually entertained.

^ The new episode of Smackdown vs. Raw is rich, entertaining and more polished than ever.
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^ WWE Gets a Bit Less RAW - July 23, 2008 Drive to make shows more family-friendly.
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[8]

2007

On June 25, 2007, Raw was scheduled in Corpus Christi, Texas to be a three-hour special memorial show for the storyline death of the Mr. McMahon character. Two weeks earlier, the show had broadcast an angle in which Mr. McMahon was murdered by a bomb planted within his limousine. The 'Mr. McMahon' tribute was cancelled on the day it was due to air after the real life death of current superstar Chris Benoit and his family. .The show then became a three-hour tribute to Benoit.^ Three hours is too long given how many shows they do, but this didn’t drag.

What made this tribute different from others (e.g. Eddie Guerrero and Owen Hart) was that the show had no original matches and no live audience. .Instead, the three-hour show aired highlights from the WWE DVD 'Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story', and a selection of Benoit's most famous matches.^ In addition to presenting matches between the stars of the WWE, this program spent most of its time on the elaborate backstage story that had developed, involving feuds, deals, back stabbings and romances.
  • inMint.com - WWE Raw Deal Trading Card Game 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.inmint.com [Source type: General]

^ Story : For wrestling fans, 2008 will go down as the year Chris Jericho carried an entire show on his shoulders, ...
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 Review - Giant Bomb 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ The WWE TV shows in May had some of the best matches of the year showcasing some of the best young stars today, especially if you love Kofi Kingston as much as I do!
  • WWE RAW News - Topix 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.topix.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Several wrestlers paid tribute in the form of real interviews about him, and Vince McMahon broke character to address the viewers about what had happened.^ We see clips of the old interview where Jim Ross asked Vince about the incident and Vince said that Bret screwed Bret.
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^ Vince talks about him being a billionaire and Ventura being a Governor.
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^ He knows that Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a big fan of his because when he did ‘Real Sports’ with Bryant Gumbel he knows Vince was watching because he fired Roddy right here.
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.However, when the facts of Benoit's death came to light, WWE pulled this episode from international markets which aired Raw on a tape delay basis.^ RAW goes off the air with Sheamus holding the WWE Title up on the ramp and Cena down in the ring.
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^ Sheamus grabs the WWE Title and holds it up over Cena as RAW goes off the air.
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^ WWE Monday Night Raw Episodes All of TVGuide.com Videos Only .
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Several channels announced the episode was being withheld for legal reasons. .A substitute Raw, hosted by Todd Grisham from WWE Studios, was created featuring recaps of John Cena's WWE Championship victories, mainly the ones that had occurred over the past year.^ WWE: Shop > WWE Mobile > Mobile Ringtone > John Cena Raw 15 Entrance Theme You're about to download John Cena Raw 15 Entrance Theme 2.49 USD* Not in the US? We show the price in your currency before your final purchase.
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^ WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 delivers the empowering freedom to create, customize and share gameplay experiences.
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^ WWE Raw Deal: Revolution - John Cena Starter Deck (61 cards) Reg.
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.The episode started with a message from Vince McMahon which originally aired on the June 26 edition of ECW.^ WWE Stars Unite for Vince - June 21, 2007 The investigation into McMahon going boom continues on RAW. .
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^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 05/18 - 05/25 2009 - May 26, 2009 Vince McMahon vs. Enos Kroenke.
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^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 5/26 - 6/1 - June 2, 2008 Vince shows us appreciation/desperation.
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.Some countries that received WWE programing up to three weeks late had all Chris Benoit matches edited out.^ MVP, Mark Henry and R. Truth beat Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters and Jack Swagger in a match where all three winners advanced to the battle royal.

^ WWE Hell In A Cell Preview - October 2, 2009 Three Hell in a Cell matches in one night?
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^ Match Number Three: John Cena versus Triple H They lock up and Cena with a side head lock take down and Hunter with a head scissors but Cena escapes.
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The WWE even removed all Chris Benoit matches and interviews from the WWE 24/7 service.
.On December 10, 2007 Raw celebrated its 15th anniversary in a three-hour spectacular on the USA Network with the returns of Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, The Godfather, Steve Blackman, Howard Finkel, Ted DiBiase, Eric Bischoff, Marty Jannetty, Gangrel, Trish Stratus, Lita, Sunny, Molly Holly, Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley (as Mankind) among others.^ WWE - Raw 15th Anniversary .
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^ Mick Foley 10.
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^ He's asking for people to sign the petition to get him back on RAW. Ted DiBiase vs. Evan Bourne We go to ringside where Randy Orton is sitting.
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[8] .Along with several reunions of former tag teams and also included a 15-man "15 Years of Raw" battle royal.^ Their team will go on to the battle royal.
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^ Like I said, I thought the Attitude Era was over, but some should’ve told the Dead Man it wasn’t a battle royale and he isn’t Stone Cold.
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^ Having just watched the battle royal, the Ventura-McMahon commentary team was a nice nostalgia trip.

.The Raw 15th Anniversary DVD was also released which featured some of the most memorable moments in Raw history.^ Raw's Greatest Hits - The Music features, for the very first time on one complication, 17 of the baddest entrance themes in Raw's history, including 2 never-before-released bonus tracks!
  • Amazon.com: WWE Presents Raw Greatest Hits: The Music: Various Artists: Music 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ What we have here is the latest musical release from WWE, Raw Greatest Hits, celebrating RAW's 15th Anniversary.
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^ I know some people think this CD is stupid because most of the songs have been released.
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2008

The Raw version of universal WWE entrance set introduced on January 21, 2008 for WWE's high-definition broadcasting debut.
.WWE began their 2008 year with a new HD set, which consists of more than 1,000,000 LEDs.^ Get Notified when new cheats are added for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for PS2 .
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^ WWE's Candice and Maria Get RAW - April 11, 2008 Exclusive: We chat with the Divas about injuries, Wrestlemania experiences, performing live and more.
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^ WWE Signs Playmate - November 30, 2009 2008 Model of ther Year to become WWE Diva.
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.The introduction of this new set retired the old set, which was used from April 2002 to January 2008. Raw's first show in HD was held in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.^ Raw 2008 Cheats New Cheats Answers Reviews Guides Files Discussion CheatMasters.com x .
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^ Stone Cold Hosting RAW - January 12, 2010 Is WWE.com hiding major news about The Rattlesnake?
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^ USA Wants More WWE RAW - November 16, 2009 New deal extends show through 2014.
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.On June 30, 2008 the World Heavyweight Championship returned to Raw after CM Punk cashed in money in the bank and defeated Edge.^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 6/30 - 7/6 - July 7, 2008 Punk beats Edge at his own game, wins World Title.
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^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 6/23 - 6/29 - June 30, 2008 Night of Champions results.
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^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 6/16 - 6/20 - June 23, 2008 Ric Flair returns.
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.On the September 8, 2008 edition of Raw it was announced that a "talent exchange" was started between ECW and Raw, allowing their respective talent to appear and compete on either brand.^ RAW this week starts with Justin Roberts announces Snoop Dogg’s history and then him out to the ring.

^ WWE RAW to Hold New Talent Draft - June 7, 2007 Wrestlers will be redistributed across RAW, Smackdown and ECW. .
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^ The Spot Fest: Wrestling Recap for 9/17-9/21 - September 24, 2007 What went on the past week on WWE Raw, Smackdown, ECW, and TNA Impact!
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This is similar to an earlier "talent exchange" between SmackDown and ECW.
On November 3, 2008, Raw celebrated its 800th episode with a three hour episode. The actual 800th episode aired on September 22, 2008.

2009

.On February 15, at No Way Out, Edge won the World Heavyweight Championship in Raw's Elimination Chamber match, thus making it a SmackDown exclusive title and giving SmackDown two top tier championships.^ Rey make it to No Way Out?
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^ TRIPLE H (World Heavyweight Champion - Greenwich, Connecticut - 272 pounds - with No Mercy onsale hype - meet Kevin Nash!
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^ CAS Moveset 1: Play as Batista/Rey, and have Batista win the Rumble, Rey lose to Edge at No Way Out, and Rey lose the Tag titles against Morrison and Miz.
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[14] .As a result of the 2009 WWE Draft in April, WWE Champion Triple H was drafted to the Raw brand, while the World Heavyweight Championship moved to the Raw brand after Edge lost the title to John Cena at WrestleMania XXV.^ Back from the break and out comes the WWE Champion John Cena.
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^ WWE Raw Results - 10/19/2009 .

^ WWE Raw Deal: Revolution - John Cena Starter Deck (61 cards) Reg.
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[15] .SmackDown would regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash (2009) when Edge defeated John Cena to win the championship.^ Comics: WWE Comics Bodyslam Industry - December 1, 2009 Triple H, Undertaker, John Cena arrive in printed form.
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^ WWE Survivor Series Recap - November 23, 2009 Did Undertaker and John Cena survive the night?
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^ July 22, 2009 Ari Gold gets ready to hug it out with John Cena.
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[16] .In addition, SmackDown and Raw would exchange both women-exclusive championships with Raw gaining the WWE Divas Championship and SmackDown gaining the WWE Women's Championship.^ Does WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 break the chokehold of uninspired sequels?
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^ WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Roster Update (Aug '08) .
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^ She says they both know she's the next WWE Divas Champion and says something else French.
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[15] .Also, SmackDown and Raw exchanged the WWE Intercontinental Championship which is now exclusive to SmackDown and the WWE United States Championship which is exclusive to Raw Brand, for the first time ever.^ IGN WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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^ WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 .
  • WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ GameStats WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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.On June 15, 2009, McMahon announced on a special three-hour edition of Raw that he had "sold" the WWE Raw franchise to Donald Trump, who appeared on-screen to confirm it and declared he would be at the following commercial-free episode in person.^ Watch RAW Commercial Free - June 19, 2009 New owner Donald Trump decrees it so.
  • IGN: WWE RAW 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC tv.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ DVD: DiBiase Rocks The Marine 2 - August 13, 2009 The third generation WWE wrestler talks about taking over the franchise.
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^ Posted in: Raw WWE Monday Night RAW Results 12/28/09 By Marc Middleton Dec 28, 2009 - 8:26:30 PM .
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WWE issued a press release on the scripted sale while the USA Network later issued a statement confirming the "sale" as part of a storyline. The statement was issued in response to multiple news sources having mistakenly reported the event as legitimate. .Due to the mistake, on the day following the announcement, WWE's stock on the New York Stock Exchange notably fell.^ WWE The Music - A New Day, Volume 10 (Amazon.com Exclusive) 4.6 out of 5 stars ( 12 ) $8.99 .
  • Amazon.com: WWE Presents Raw Greatest Hits: The Music: Various Artists: Music 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Stock info not available ) WWE Raw World Heavyweight Version 2 Adult Size Championship Belt with new curved plates and WWE Logo on centerplate.
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^ WWE The Music - A New Day, Volume 10 (Amazon.com Exclusive) .
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Despite USA Network's acknowledgment that the sale was fictional, Randy Katz, a securities lawyer with Baker & Hostetler, commented on the Fox Business Network that a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against WWE and USA Network owner General Electric "certainly is a possibility."[17]
.On June 22, 2009, Vince McMahon repurchased Raw from Donald Trump and announced that a "Guest host" initiative originally introduced by Trump in response to the position of General Manager being vacant would go in effect on June 29. Each weekly guest host is usually either a WWE Hall of Famer, a former or returning talent, or other celebrity.^ Vince apologizes and says Bret Hart will never be a guest host on Monday Night RAW. The crowd boo’s as Vince heads to the back.
  • WrestleNewz.com - » WWE Monday Night RAW Report for December 28th, 2009 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.wrestlenewz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ WWE Stars Unite for Vince - June 21, 2007 The investigation into McMahon going boom continues on RAW. .
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^ Wrestling Wrap Up: Results from 05/18 - 05/25 2009 - May 26, 2009 Vince McMahon vs. Enos Kroenke.
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.The guest host or hostess assumes the role of a brand General Manager, serving as Raw's authority figure for the day.^ Vince apologizes and says Bret Hart will never be a guest host on Monday Night RAW. The crowd boo’s as Vince heads to the back.
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^ Vince says if only good things are going to happen, the next week on RAW – 2010 starts off with Bret Hart as special guest host.
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^ Vince talks about his guest host concept for RAW and says it proves there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for the WWE Universe.
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[18]

Production

Currently, the theme song for the Raw brand is "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback, which has been used for the brand since November 16, 2009.[19] Prior to this, the theme song for the Raw brand was "...To Be Loved" by Papa Roach, which had been used since October 9, 2006 and "Across The Nation" by The Union Underground which was used from May 6, 2002 to October 2, 2006.
.Since March 10, 1997, broadcasts of Raw were split into two hours and given hourly names for television ratings purposes, with the first hour being referred to as Raw is War and the second as War Zone by the show's on-screen graphics.^ Posted: March 30, 2007 Description: Two developers from Yukes playing Smackdown vs Raw 2008 on the Wii.
  • WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 Wii | SPIKE 9 February 2010 17:36 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ WWE’s two week battle with TNA Wrestling and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is over and Monday Night RAW held strong in the cable ratings.
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^ Wrestling Wrap-Up: 10/8 -10/14 - October 15, 2007 You wanted a new WWE Champ, so why are RAW ratings down?
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However, as of October 1, 2001, the first hour has been referred to as Raw and the second as Raw Zone by the show's on-screen graphics. However, both hours are known as just "Raw" on-air.
.On January 7, 2008, WWE announced that all 3 brands (Raw, SmackDown, and ECW) would be broadcast in HD, codenamed "WWE HD" starting with Raw on January 21. WWE invested an estimated $20 million on new recording and broadcasting equipment to prepare for the move, as well as new pyrotechnics and lighting.^ IGN WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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^ WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 .
  • WWE Raw Review for Mobile - GameSpot 14 January 2010 7:32 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: General]

^ Get Notified when new cheats are added for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for PS2 .
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.The move replaced the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW sets with a new state of the art set shared by all brands.^ Get Notified when new cheats are added for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for PS2 .
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^ Tickets WWE RAW SMACKDOWN ECW Cincinnati OH 5 22 10 .
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^ WWE RAW SMACKDOWN ECW Tickets Chicago 2 19 10 Allstate .
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[20][21]

Special episodes

Episode Date Rating Notes
Raw Debut January 11, 1993 7.2[22] The first ever Raw Episode.
Raw Bowl January 1, 1996 2.6[22]
Raw Championship Friday September 6, 1996 2.4[22] A Raw episode airing on a friday with all the WWF champions.
Royal Rumble Raw February 3, 1997 2.6[22] First two-hour broadcast.
Featured clips from the Royal Rumble.
Thursday Raw Thursday February 13, 1997 2.3[22] A Raw episode airing on a thursday.
Raw is Owen May 24, 1999 7.2[23] Tribute in memory of Owen Hart.
The Brand Extension Draft March 25, 2002 5.4[24] Start of the Brand Extension.
Vince McMahon selects the SmackDown roster while Ric Flair selects the Raw roster.
Raw X Anniversary January 13, 2003 3.9[25] Award show that celebrated the show's 10th anniversary.
The 2004 WWE Draft Lottery March 22, 2004 4.5[26] The first Draft Lottery that featured a supplemental draft.
Raw Homecoming October 3, 2005 4.4[27] First three-hour broadcast.
Return to the USA Network.
Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show November 14, 2005 4.5[27] Tribute in memory of Eddie Guerrero.
Tribute to the Troops December 19, 2005 3.7[27] Christmas from Afghanistan.
Honored American armed forces.
Raw Family Reunion October 9, 2006 3.8[28] First Raw special to feature talent from all three brands.
Tribute to the Troops December 25, 2006 2.7[28] Christmas from Baghdad.
Honored American armed forces.
Draft 3-Hour Special June 11, 2007 3.8[29] Featured the 2007 WWE Draft.
Chris Benoit 3-Hour Memorial June 25, 2007 3.8[29] Memorial to Chris Benoit.
Clip show in international markets.
Raw 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007 4.4[29][30] Celebrated the show's 15th anniversary.
Tribute to the Troops December 24, 2007 2.5[29] Christmas from Iraq.
Honored American armed forces.
King of the Ring April 21, 2008 3.0[31] King of the Ring tournament.
Featured talent from all three brands.
2008 WWE Draft June 23, 2008 3.4[31]
Raw's 800th Episode November 3, 2008 3.04[31] Celebrated the show's 800th episode.
2008 Slammy Awards December 8, 2008 3.02[31] Slammy Award show.
Featured talent from all three brands.
2009 WWE Draft April 13, 2009 3.73[32]
The 3-For-All June 15, 2009 3.72[32][33] Featured talent from all three brands.
Three World Championships were defended; WWE, ECW, and World Heavyweight.
Trump Raw June 22, 2009 4.5[32][34] The first commercial-free broadcast.
A Raw Thanksgiving November 23, 2009 3.2[32][35] .Featured talent from Raw and SmackDown.^ WWE RAW to Hold New Talent Draft - June 7, 2007 Wrestlers will be redistributed across RAW, Smackdown and ECW. .
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Jesse Ventura featured as Guest Host.
2009 Slammy Awards December 14, 2009 3.3[32][36] Slammy Award Show.
Featured talents from all three brands.
Dennis Miller featured as Guest Host.
Raw's WrestleMania Rewind March 15, 2010 3.7[citation needed] Re-matches of past WrestleMania moments.
Stone Cold Steve Austin featured as Guest Host.
2010 WWE Draft April 26, 2010 [37]

On-air personalities

Champions

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Event Previous champion(s)
WWE Championship Batista* February 21, 2010 Elimination Chamber John Cena
WWE United States Championship The Miz October 5, 2009 Raw Kofi Kingston
WWE Divas Championship Maryse February 22, 2010 Raw Vacant
Unified WWE Tag Team Championship ShoMiz
(The Miz and The Big Show)
February 8, 2010 Raw D-Generation X
(Triple H and Shawn Michaels)
.(*) - WWE.com lists the WWE Championship as both a SmackDown title and a Raw title.^ IGN WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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^ GameStats WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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^ Cheats at IGN WWE SmackDown vs. Raw ...
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It is being held by SmackDown's Batista due to a (kayfabe) business deal with Vince McMahon.

Authority figures

Authority Position Date started Date finished Notes
Ric Flair Co-Owner November 9, 2001 June 10, 2002 Lost his position as per match stipulation against Vince McMahon.
Vince McMahon Co-Owner June 10, 2002 June 15, 2009 New General Managers were assigned to Raw and SmackDown in the following weeks.
Eric Bischoff General Manager July 15, 2002 December 5, 2005 Steve Austin served as "Co-General Manager" and "Sheriff" periodically through Bischoff's term.
Mick Foley served as "Co-General Manager" through December 2003.
Jonathan Coachman General Manager June 11, 2007 August 6, 2007 Served as "Executive Assistant" from May 2006 to June 2007 and from August 2007 to January 2008.
William Regal General Manager August 6, 2007 May 19, 2008 Lost his position as per match stipulation against Mr. Kennedy.
Mike Adamle General Manager July 28, 2008 November 3, 2008 Resigned in November 2008.
Shane McMahon
Stephanie McMahon
General Manager November 3, 2008 November 24, 2008 Control reverted to the McMahons.
The position was claimed by Stephanie McMahon.
Stephanie McMahon General Manager November 24, 2008 April 6, 2009 Took leave of absence on February 23, 2009.
Vickie Guerrero served as "Interim General Manager" until April 2009.
Vickie Guerrero General Manager April 6, 2009 June 8, 2009 Opted to fully take over the position on Raw and resigned as General Manager of SmackDown.
Later resigned from Raw in June 2009.
Donald Trump Owner June 15, 2009 June 22, 2009 It was announced that Trump had purchased the Raw franchise from Vince McMahon on June 15, 2009.[38]
Vince McMahon Owner June 22, 2009 Present McMahon repurchased the franchise on June 22, 2009.
Guest host General Manager June 29, 2009 Present An initiative established during Donald Trump's period of ownership.

Commentators

Commentators Dates
Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and Rob Bartlett January 11, 1993 - April 19, 1993
Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan and Randy Savage April 26, 1993 - October 18, 1993
Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan October 25, 1993 - December 6, 1993
Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo December 20, 1993 - March 1994
Gorilla Monsoon and Randy Savage June 1994 - July 1994
Jim Ross and Randy Savage July 1994 - August 1994
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage March 1994 - May 1994
August 1994 - October 1994
Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler October 1994 - August 1996
Kevin Kelly, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler August 1996 - October 1996
Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler October 1996 - November 1997
Jim Ross, Michael Cole and Kevin Kelly December 1997 - March 1998
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman February 2001 - November 2001
Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Jonathan Coachman June 26, 2005 - October 10, 2005
Jonathan Coachman and Jerry Lawler October 17, 2005 - October 31, 2005
Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler and Jonathan Coachman November 7, 2005 - April 16, 2006
Joey Styles and Jerry Lawler April 23, 2006 - May 1, 2006
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler December 1997 - November 1998
April 1999 - February 2001
November 2001 - June 2005
May 8, 2006 - June 16, 2008
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler November 1998 - April 1999
June 30, 2008 - Present

Ring announcers

Ring Announcer Dates
Howard Finkel January 1993 - August 2002
Tony Chimel April 1997 - August 1999
Lilian Garcia August 1999 - September 2009
Justin Roberts March 2007 - June 2007
September 2009 - Present

Recurring segments

Segment Host Years Notes
The King's Court Jerry Lawler 1993 - 1995 In-ring interview segment.
The Heartbreak Hotel Shawn Michaels 1994 In-ring interview segment.[39]
The Brother Love Show Brother Love 1995 - 1996 In-ring interview segment.
The Pillman XXX Files Brian Pillman 1997 Video segment.
The Love Shack Dude Love 1998 In-ring interview segment.
Highlight Reel Chris Jericho 2003 - 2005
2008
In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Jericho turned on Shawn Michaels and destroyed the set
White Boy Challenge Rodney Mack
Theodore R. Long
2003 Five minute match challenge to Caucasian talent.
Discontinued following Mack's defeat by Goldberg
WWE Diva Search Jonathan Coachman
The Miz
Todd Grisham
2004 - 2007 WWE Diva Search competition segment.[40]
Masterlock Challenge Chris Masters 2005 - 2007 Submission challenge to break Masters' Masterlock hold.
Discontinued after Bobby Lashley broke the hold.
Kurt Angle Invitational Kurt Angle 2005 Three minute match challenge for Angle's gold medals.
Discontinued after Angle moved to SmackDown.
Carlito's Cabana Carlito 2005
2007 - 2008
In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Carlito moved to SmackDown.
Piper's Pit Roddy Piper 2005 In-ring interview segment.
The Cutting Edge Edge 2005 - 2007 In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Edge moved to SmackDown.
Striker's Classroom Matt Striker 2005 - 2006
2008
In-ring interview segment.
Discontinued after Striker moved to ECW.
One-time appearance on August 4, 2008.
Kiss Cam Various 2005 - 2009 Audience interaction segment. Originally hosted by Maria.
V.I.P. Lounge Montel Vontavious Porter 2009 - Present in-ring interview segment

A.M. Raw

WWE A.M. Raw
AMRAW.JPG
Format Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw brand
Opening theme "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 232 (as of March 14, 2010)[41]
Production
Running time 1 hour
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run October 8, 2005[42] – present
External links
Official website
WWE A.M. Raw, a Saturday night/Sunday morning show, airs on the USA Network at 2 a.m. ET.[43] It features segments from the latest episode of WWE Raw. A.M. Raw also features news updates from all across the WWE. The show mostly airs the main event matches and promos that aired on Raw, and shows the event schedule for the upcoming weeks.

International broadcasters

The show currently airs live on the USA Network (and on tape delay Wednesdays on mun2, Saturdays on Universal HD, and Sundays on Telemundo in Spanish) in the United States. Occasionally, Raw is aired on same-day tape delay when WWE is on an overseas tour.
Country Network Ref
Arab World MBC Action [44][45]
Argentina Canal 9 [46]
Australia Fox8 [47][48]
Austria Sky [49]
Bangladesh TEN Sports [50][51]
Belgium AB3 [52][53]
Bhutan TEN Sports [50][54]
Bulgaria bTV Comedy [55][56]
Bolivia Red PAT [57]
Canada The Score and Global Quebec [58][59]
Chile Chilevisión [60][61]
Costa Rica Repretel Canal 11 [62]
Colombia Citytv [63]
Czech Republic Nova Sport [64]
El Salvador Canal VTV [65]
France NT1 and RTL9 [66][67]
Finland MTV3 MAX [68]
Germany Sky Sport [69][70]
Greece Nova Sports 3 [71][72]
Honduras Canal 5 [73]
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia TEN Sports [50][74][75][76]
Israel Sport 1 [77][78]
Italy Sky Italia [79][80]
Malaysia Astro Super Sport [81][82]
Mexico Canal 5 and Televisa [83][84]
New Zealand The Box [85][86]
Norway TV 2 Zebra [87]
Panama RPC Canal 4 [88][89]
Peru ATV [90][91]
Philippines Jack TV and RPN9 [92][93]
Poland Extreme Sports Channel [94][95]
Portugal Sport TV [96][97]
Romania Sport.ro [98]
Serbia Fox televizija [99][100]
South Africa E.tv [101][102]
Spain Cuatro [103][104]
United Kingdom and Ireland
(Live broadcast)
Sky Sports 3 [105][106]

See also

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WWE Raw
[[File:|275px|The Raw version of universal WWE entrance set introduced on January 21, 2008 for WWE's high-definition broadcasting debut.]]
The Raw version of universal WWE entrance set introduced on January 21, 2008 for WWE's high-definition broadcasting debut.
Also known as

  • WWE Monday Night Raw
  • WWF RAW is WAR
  • WWF Monday Night Raw
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw Brand
Opening theme "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback
Country of origin
No. of episodes 899 (as of August 23, 2010)
Production
Location(s) Varies
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes per episode
(1 hour 35 minutes and commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network (19932000, 2005 – Present),
TNN/Spike TV (20002005)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)[1]
Original run January 11, 1993 – Present
Chronology
Related shows NXT
WWE SmackDown
External links
Official website

WWE RAW, is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the main broadcast of the Raw brand. WWE Raw is usually seen as WWE's flagship program over its sister programs, SmackDown! and NXT, due to its longer history and the way it is promoted.

Contents

History

Original format

Starting as WWF Monday Night Raw, the program first started on January 11, 1993 on the USA Network for one hour. The original Raw broke new ground in televised professional wrestling. Traditionally, wrestling shows were taped on sound stages with small viewers or at big arena shows. The Raw formula was very different than that of its predecessor, Prime Time Wrestling. Instead of taped matches, with studio voice overs and taped chat, Raw was a show shot to a live viewers, with angles as they happened. The first episode had Yokozuna winning against Koko B. Ware, The Steiner Brothers winning against The Executioners, WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels winning against Max Moon and The Undertaker winning against Damien Demento. The show also featured an interview with Razor Ramon.

Raw came from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios, a small New York City theater and played live each week. The combination of an intimate venue and live action proved highly successful. However, the weekly live schedule proved to be a financial drain on the WWF, and taped shows began airing every other week. From early 1994 to September 1999, Raw was shown live on one Monday and then the next day (Tuesday) next Monday's Raw was taped. This meant that Raw was live one week and taped the next.

The storylines and characters during the early years of Raw still had a healthy dose of the old Federation "gimmick-heavy" style. For example, there were moments such as Irwin R. Schyster tearing up Tatanka's headdress, the different "Undertaker sightings" (during the Undertaker vs. Undertaker storyline, leading up to SummerSlam 1994); and characters like Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, Doink the Clown, or Thurman "Sparky" Plugg.

Raw was also one of a kind, in which they covered the unexpected, exciting moments, a prelude to the "Attitude Era", in which it coined Raw as "Uncut, Uncensored, Uncooked." Some of those moments are Razor Ramon losing a match unexpectedly to Sean "The 1-2-3 Kid" Waltman, who was later known as X-Pac, Marty Jannetty beating Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and Raw was the first WWF television program of any kind to show footage of Lex Luger bodyslamming Yokozuna at the USS Intrepid.

The first hosts of Raw were Vince McMahon, Rob Bartlett and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Sean Mooney conducted the interviews and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan also helped contribute. In March 1993, Rob Bartlett was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan. Then on December 6, 1993, Gorilla Monsoon kicked Bobby Heenan out of the WWF forever. In reality, this was a storyline between Monsoon and his close friend Heenan, who decided to leave the World Wrestling Federation in order to lighten his travel schedule and because he did not want to take a 50% paycut. After about a year, Raw moved out of the Manhattan Center and traveled to various regular Federation venues in the United States.[needs proof]

The Monday Night Wars

In 1995, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began showing its new wrestling show, Monday Nitro, live each week on TNT. Raw and Nitro went head-to-head for the first time on September 11 1995. Due to Raw's taping schedule on several occasions, WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff, who was also an on-air personality, would often give away the results of WWF's taped Raw shows on the live WCW show. Some fans also looked at Raw taping results on the steadily-growing Internet; as a result, this caused the ratings of the taped Raw episodes to be lower.

WWF Raw had a live broadcast every other week to save costs, until September 1999, when ratings and pay-per-view buy rate grown, allowing them to justify doing a weekly live show.

At the start of the ratings war in 1995 through to mid-1996, Raw and Nitro exchanged victories over each over in a closely contested rivalry. Beginning in mid-1996, however, thanks primarily to the nWo angle, Monday Nitro started a ratings win-streak that lasted for eighty-three continuous weeks, ending on April 13 1998.[needs proof]

Raw is War

On February 3, 1997, Monday Night Raw went to a two hour format, as the Attitude Era was starting to come in full stream in the WWF. In an attempt to break the momentum of what had turned into ratings domination by WCW's competing Monday Nitro, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was brought in as Jerry Lawler "challenged" ECW on February 17, 1997. In an episode where Raw returned to the Manhattan Center, the "challenge" answered on the following week's show with Taz, Mikey Whipwreck, Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, D-Von Dudley, and the Sandman. ECW owner Paul Heyman did a call-in interview on Raw the week after that.

During 1997, there were more and more controversial elements in Raw and WWF programming such as the Nation of Domination, and the D-Generation X "racial graffiti" storyline designed to "implicate Bret Hart's 'the Hart Foundation'", and the "XXX Files" series.

On March 10, 1997, Monday Night Raw officially became Raw is War. The March 17, 1997 episode featured a heated Bret Hart/Vince McMahon ringside altercation (that unknowingly foreshadowed events in November) with profanity normally unheard on TV. Brian Pillman did a series of "XXX Files" segments with Terri Runnels, which further "pushed the envelope". These segments ended prematurely with the September 29, 1997 episode of Raw, after the death of Pillman on October 5, 1997 due to hereditary heart problems.

After WrestleMania XIV in March 1998, the WWF regained the lead in the Monday Night Wars with its new "WWF Attitude" brand, led in particular by rising stars Steve Austin, The Rock and Mankind. The classic feud between the villainous WWF Chairman Vince McMahon (who was re-imagined and re-branded from the color commentator into the evil company chairman character Mr. McMahon after the real-life Montreal Screwjob incident) and fan favorite Steve Austin (who had been released by Bischoff in the summer of 1995 for not being marketable) caught the imaginations of fans. The April 13, 1998 episode of Raw, headlined by a match between Austin and McMahon, marked the first time that WCW had lost the head-to-head Monday night ratings battle in the 84 weeks since 1996.

While Raw was taking a new approach to programming, Nitro would start making lackluster shows with the same storylines. Older stars such as Hogan and Nash frequented the main events, while younger talent such as Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were not given opportunities to advance, and the only newcomer elevated to main-event status at this time was Bill Goldberg.

Meanwhile, on Raw, fans were immersed in the feud between WWF owner Vince McMahon and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. New talent such as Triple H and his D-Generation X faction, Mankind and The Rock were elevated to main event status on the WWF's program. Superstars such as Kane, Val Venis, Goldust, etc. were coming through the ranks and exposing the WWF as the place where new talent comes through unlike the WCW counterpart. Things were so heated between the two programs that, when both shows were in the same area on the same night (Raw in Hampton, Virginia, Nitro in Norfolk), D-X was sent to film a "war" segment at the Norfolk Scope where they berated WCW and interviewed fans on camera who stated that they received their Nitro tickets for free (presumably in an attempt by WCW to pack the arena as full as possible due to low ticket sales).

On January 4, 1999. Mick Foley, who had wrestled for WCW in the early 1990s as Cactus Jack, won the WWF Title as Mankind on Raw. On orders from Bischoff, Nitro announcer Tony Schiavone gave away this previously taped result on the live Nitro, and then sarcastically added "that'll sure put some butts in the seats"; over 600,000 viewers changed channels to watch Raw. This was also the night that Nitro aired a WCW World Championship match in which Kevin Nash blatantly laid down for Hulk Hogan after Hogan poked him in the chest. The next week, and for months after, many fans in the Raw audience brought signs which read, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat!"

The end of the Wars

A new television contract with Viacom led to a WWF change in the broadcast. On September 25 2000, Raw moved from the USA Network to TNN (which later became Spike TV).

WCW's sharp decrease in revenue and ratings led to Time Warner's sale of the company to the WWF in 2001. The last version of Nitro was shown on March 26 2001. The show began with Vince McMahon making a short statement about his recent purchase of WCW and ended with a simulcast on Raw on TNN with an appearance by Vince's son Shane McMahon on Nitro. Shane interrupted his father's gloating over the WCW purchase to explain that Shane was the one who actually owned WCW, setting up what become the WWF's "Invasion" storyline.

The Raw is War logo and name were retired in September 2001, following the September 11, 2001 attacks and sensitivity over the word war. It also symbolized that professional wrestling's "Monday Night Wars" were over.[needs proof]

Brand Extension

In early to mid-2002, WWE had a process they called the "Brand Extension". WWE divided itself into two "de facto" wrestling promotions with separate rosters, storylines and authority figures. Raw and SmackDown! would host each division, give its name to the division and essentially compete against each other. The split was a result of WWF purchasing their two biggest competitors, WCW and ECW. The brand extension was publicly announced during a telecast of WWF Raw on March 25 2002, and became official the next day.

Wrestlers now would become show-exclusive, wrestling for their specific show only. At the time this excluded the WWE Undisputed Championship and WWE Women's Championship, as those WWE titles would be defended on both shows. In August 2002, WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar did not want to defend the title on Raw, in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown! The following week on Raw, General Manager Eric Bischoff awarded a newly instated World Heavyweight Championship to Raw's designated #1 contender, Triple H. Due to the fact that since the WWE Undisputed Championship was now SmackDown! exclusive it was no longer seen as "undisputed". Following this, the WWE Women's Championship soon became Raw-exclusive as well. As a result of the Brand Extension, an annual "draft lottery" was instituted to exchange members of each roster and generally refresh the lineups.

WWE Raw said they have earned the distinction of having the most original episodes of any fictional weekly program on August 2, 2005 when it broadcast the 636th episode. It was said to have took the place of Gunsmoke, which held that distinction. However, under the criteria WWE used to make this claim, the actual record would be held by the show Georgia Championship Wrestling, which ran continuously on Saturday evenings on TBS between 1972 and 1984.[needs proof]

Return to USA Network

On March 10 2005, Viacom and WWE decided not to go on with the agreement with Spike TV, making it so Raw and other WWE programs on the network would cease when their deal expired in September 2005. On April 4 2005, WWE announced a 3-year deal with NBC Universal to bring Raw back to its old home, the USA Network, with 2 yearly specials on NBC and a Spanish Raw on Telemundo.[2] On the same week as Raw's restart on USA, Spike TV scheduled Ultimate Fighting Championship's live Ultimate Fight Night in Raw's old timeslot in a try to go head-to-head with Raw.

The show's first night back on USA was billed as the "WWE Homecoming" and featured the return of former WWE Champions such as Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Triple H and Vince McMahon along with cameos from legends such as Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Snuka and Harley Race. WWE Homecoming was three hours long — the longest an episode of Raw has ever run in its 12-year history. USA also showed Raw Exposed, an hour of the best moments of Raw during its previous run on USA. WWE announced that Raw got its highest ratings in three years, gaining close to six million viewers.

The following week, Vince McMahon fired Jim Ross for not helping after Steve Austin gave him and his entire family the Stone Cold Stunner. Jonathan Coachman, the second analyst at the table, took over Ross's duties as play-by-play for two weeks until former ECW announcer Joey Styles was hired.

2006

On the May 1, 2006 version of Raw, Joey Styles said he was quitting (kayfabe). His vacating of the announcer position set the stage for Jim Ross to return to Raw's commentary booth, thus ending the storyline where Ross got fired by Linda McMahon. This freed Styles to become a commentator for the ECW brand when it launched in June.

In Canada, after an 11 year run on TSN, Raw moved to rival sports broadcaster The Score after it was announced that TSN would be carrying Monday Night Football' for the 2006 season. This also meant that Canadian viewers would be watching via tape-delay, as The Score did not broadcast Raw live at first, but in 2007, started airing the show live.[needs proof]

During the September 25, 2006 episode of Raw in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the opening of Raw suffered a blackout. Spotlights were the only lights running in the house. Power in the presentation was later back. Another similar moment happened back on May 26 1996 in Florence, South Carolina for WWF In Your House 8: Beware of Dog, when a major thunderstorm hit the Florence Civic Center causing major chaos for the PPV. That Tuesday, Beware of Dog, returned to North Charleston, South Carolina to finish out three matches that were not shown because of the lost power feed.

On October 9, 2006, Raw held a three hour season start called the "Raw Family Reunion", where the Raw brand had a new logo and theme song, Papa Roach's "...To Be Loved". The episode also featured talent from the SmackDown! and ECW brands. Later that month, on October 23 Raw aired its 700th episode, making it the longest running weekly entertainment show, without a hiatus, in television history.

2007

On June 25, 2007, Raw was scheduled in Corpus Christi, Texas to be a three-hour special memorial show for the (kayfabe) death of the Mr. McMahon character after he had been presumed dead in a limo explosion. The event was canceled due to the real death of Chris Benoit and his family earlier that day, with a three-hour Chris Benoit memorial show being shown instead. This was the first time that Raw had been shown with no viewers and had Vince McMahon breaking kayfabe to address the viewers at home. The show had extracts from the DVD Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story, showing some of Benoit's most memorable matches, along with comments from some of Benoit's colleagues. However, when the facts of Benoit's death came to light, WWE pulled this episode from international markets which aired Raw on a tape delay basis. Several channels announced the episode was being withheld for legal reasons. A substitute Raw, hosted by Todd Grisham from WWE Studios, was created featuring recaps of big-time championship changes of the past year. The episode started with a message from Vince McMahon which originally aired on the June 26 edition of ECW.

On December 10 2007 Raw celebrated its 15th anniversary in a three-hour spectacular on the USA Network with the returns of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, The Godfather, Steve Blackman, Howard Finkel, Ted DiBiase, Eric Bischoff, Marty Jannetty, Gangrel, Trish Stratus, Lita, Sunny, Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley (as Mankind) among others. Along with several reunions of former tag teams and also included a 15-man "15 Years of Raw" battle royal. The RAW XV: 15th Anniversary DVD was also sold that had the best moments in Raw history.

2008

In April 2008 as part of the United States presidential election, candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton presented special messages on W.W.E. Raw. The show was watched by an estimated 4.97 million viewers, of which there were 1.45 million viewers who were men aged 18 to 34: an important group of voters the candidates were trying to talk to.[3]

2009

In 2009, at No Way Out that February 15, Edge won the World Heavyweight Championship in Raw's Elimination Chamber match, thus making it a SmackDown exclusive title and giving SmackDown two top tier championships. As a result of the 2009 WWE Draft in April, WWE Champion Triple H was drafted to the Raw brand, while the World Heavyweight Championship moved to the Raw brand after Edge lost the title to John Cena at WrestleMania XXV. SmackDown would regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash (2009) when Edge defeated John Cena to win the championship. In addition, SmackDown and Raw would exchange both women-exclusive championships with Raw gaining the WWE Divas Championship and SmackDown gaining the WWE Women's Championship. Also, SmackDown and Raw exchanged the WWE Intercontinental Championship which is now exclusive to SmackDown and the WWE United States Championship which is exclusive to Raw Brand, for the first time ever.

On June 15, 2009, McMahon announced on a special three-hour edition of Raw that he had "sold" the WWE Raw franchise to Donald Trump, who appeared on-screen to confirm it and declared he would be at the following commercial-free episode in person. WWE issued a press release on the scripted sale while the USA Network later issued a statement confirming the "sale" as part of a storyline. The statement was issued in response to multiple news sources having mistakenly reported the event as legitimate. Due to the mistake, on the day following the announcement, WWE's stock on the New York Stock Exchange notably fell. Despite USA Network's acknowledgment that the sale was fictional, Randy Katz, a securities lawyer with Baker & Hostetler, commented on the Fox Business Network that a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against WWE and USA Network owner General Electric "certainly is a possibility. The next week, Vince McMahon repurchased Raw from Donald Trump and announced that a "Guest host" initiative originally introduced by Trump in response to the position of General Manager being vacant would go in effect on June 29. Each weekly guest host is usually either a WWE Hall of Famer, a former or returning talent, or other celebrity. The guest host or hostess assumes the role of a brand General Manager, serving as Raw's authority figure for the day. The following year, it was announced that with Vickie Guerrero (and subsequently Bret Hart) becoming the new full time GM, the guest hosts (while continuing to appear) would no longer have booking power.

2010

In 2010, TNA IMPACT!, which normally airs on Thursdays, would go head to head with Raw in a three-hour live broadcast. This would be the first time since March 2001 that two major wrestling promotions would go head-to-head in a Monday night ratings competition. TNA promoted the debut of Hulk Hogan leading to the broadcast. WWE countered by announcing the return of Bret Hart, who hadn’t appeared with the company since the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. The ratings showed that, much like the first Monday Night War, Raw came out on top, averaging 5.6 million viewers while iMPACT! averaged 2.2 million viewers.[25]

On March 8, 2010, Impact! permanently moved to Monday nights to compete head-to-head with Raw. After declining ratings, Spike executives announced that starting April 5, Impact! would air an hour earlier than Raw. After scoring its lowest ever rating at 0.5, it was announced May 3 that Impact! would be moving back to its original time on Thursdays starting May 13.[28] Since then on April 19, 2010, many of the WWE Raw superstars were stranded in Belfast due to the ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull (a volcano in Iceland) hovering over most of Europe and causing many flights to be put on hold. Former ring announcer Lilian Garcia announced that night while the SmackDown roster took part in production of the Raw episode. The following month on May 17, 2010, Raw aired its second overall commercial free episode from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

That summer on August 30, 2010, Raw aired its 900th episode, SmackDown superstars and NXT rookies also appeared on this milestone episode. It featured The Undertaker vs Bret Hart for the first time in almost 14 years. That November, Raw went "Old School" for one night with the old ring and titantron designs. This episode featured WWE Legends Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mae Young, Million Dollar Man, Ron Simmons, The Iron Sheik and many more. Mark Henry briefly returned to his "Sexual Chocolate" gimmick in honor of Raw going "Old School".

Production

As of 2008, Raw is shown live on Monday evenings on the USA Network (in the USA), The Score in Canada and on Sky Sports 3 in Great Britain, though it is sometimes taped and placed on a broadcast delay depending on what circumstances dictate. The theme song for the Raw brand is "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback since November 16, 2009.[4] Before that the theme song was "...To Be Loved" by Papa Roach, which used from October 9, 2006 to November 9, 2009.

Since March 10 1997, broadcasts of Raw were split into two hours and given hourly names for television ratings purposes, with the first hour being referred to as Raw is War and the second as War Zone by the show's on-screen graphics. However, as of October 1 2001, the first hour has been referred to as Raw and the second as Raw Zone by the show's on-screen graphics.

On January 7 2008, WWE said that all 3 brands (RAW, SmackDown!, and ECW) would be broadcast in HD, codenamed "WWE HD" starting with RAW on January 21. WWE invested about $20 million dollars on new recording and broadcasting equipment to prepare for the move, as well as new pyrotechnics and lighting. The move replaced the RAW, SmackDown!, and ECW sets with a new state of the art set shared by all brands.[5][6]

Broadcasting notes

The show currently starts live on USA Network (and on tape delay Wednesdays on mun2, and Sundays on Telemundo (in Spanish)) in the United States, and in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland on Sky Sports 3.[7] It also currently broadcasts on tape delay in Canada on The Score and Global Quebec, in Australia on FOX8,[8] in Portugal on SIC Radical,in Italy on Sky Italia in Finland on MTV3 MAX, in Malaysia on Astro Super Sport, in New Zealand on The Box, in Greece on Supersport 3, in India and Pakistan on Ten Sports, in the Philippines on Jack TV and Solar TV, in Chile on Chilevisión, in Mexico on 52MX, in Bulgaria on GTV, in Panama on RPC Canal 4, in Peru on ATV, in Saudi Arabia and Middle east on ART SPORT, in Romania on TV Sport, in Serbia on FOX Televizija, in South Korea on XTM, in Spain on Cuatro TV, in France on NT1 and RTL9, in Brazil on SBT, in Argentina on Canal 9 (Argentina) and on AFN Xtra. Raw is also currently being aired on Etv in South Africa. It airs on Canal VTV in El Salvador and on Premiere in Germany and in Honduras on Canal 5. Sometimes, Raw is started on same-day tape delay when WWE is on an overseas tours.

Special episodes

Episode Title Date Rating Note
Episode 1 [9] January 11, 1993 Unknown Debut episode
WWF Raw Bowl January 1 1996 2.6[10]
WWF Raw Championship Friday September 6 1996 2.4[10]
WWF Royal Rumble Raw February 3 1997 2.6[10] The first two-hour broadcast of Raw.
Included recap clips of the
1997 Royal Rumble match
WWF Raw is Owen May 24 1999 7.2[11] Memorial show to Owen Hart
The 2002 Draft March 25, 2002 5.4[12] The Raw before the Brand Extension
WWE Raw X (10th) Anniversary January 13 2003 3.9[13] Award show that celebrated the 10th anniversary of WWE Raw
The 2004 WWE Draft March 22, 2004 4.5[14] A Draft lottery which featured a supplemental draft
WWE Raw Homecoming October 3 2005 4.4[15] First three-hour broadcast.
Return to the USA Network
Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show November 14 2005 4.5[15] Memorial show to Eddie Guerrero
WWE Tribute to the Troops December 19 2005 3.7[15] A Special Christmas show from Afghanistan
Honoring American armed forces
WWE Raw Family Reunion October 9 2006 3.8[16] Featured talent from all 3 brands
WWE Tribute to the Troops December 25 2006 2.7[16] A Special Christmas show from Baghdad
Honoring American armed forces
WWE Draft 3-Hour Special June 11 2007 3.8[17] Featured the 2007 WWE Draft
Chris Benoit 3-Hour Memorial June 25 2007 3.8[17] Memorial to Chris Benoit.
Clip show in international markets
WWE Raw 15th Anniversary
Spectacular
December 10 2007 4.4[17][18] Celebrated 15th anniversary of WWE Raw
WWE Tribute to the Troops December 24 2007 2.5[17] A Special Christmas show from Iraq
Honoring American armed forces
WWE WrestleMania Rewind Night March 10 2008 3.6[19] A three-hour program, where superstars are involved in WrestleMania rematches
WWE King of The Ring April 21, 2008 3.0[19] King of the Ring tournament
Featured talent from all three brands
2008 WWE Draft June 23, 2008 3.4[19] Featured the 2008 WWE Draft
Raw's 800th Episode November 3, 2008 3.04[19] Celebrated the 800th episode
WWE Slammy Special December 8, 2008 3.02[19][20] A three hour special honoring the best achievements of 2008.
2009 WWE Draft April 13, 2009 3.73[21] Featured the 2009 WWE Draft
The 3-For-All June 15, 2009 3.72[21][22] Featured talent from all three brands
Trump Raw June 22, 2009 4.5[21][23] The first commercial-free broadcast

On-air personalities

Champions

See also: List of current champions in WWE
ChampionshipCurrent champion(s)Date wonDate AiredEventLast champion(s)
WWE Championship The Miz November 22, 2010 November 22, 2010 Raw Randy Orton
WWE United States Championship Daniel Bryan September 19, 2010 September 19, 2010http://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WWE_Raw&action=submit Raw The Miz
WWE Divas Championship Natalya August 15, 2010 August 15, 2010 Survivor Series Michelle McCool
WWE Tag Team Championship Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov December 6, 2010 December 6, 2010 Raw The Nexus

Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel

  • Note - The WWE Tag Team and Divas Championship can be defended on both Raw and SmackDown

General Managers

General Manager Date started Date finished
Eric Bischoff July 15 2002 1 December 5 2005
Steve Austin (Co-GM) April 28 2003 November 16 2003
Mick Foley (Co-GM) December 1 2003 December 11 2003
Eric Bischoff November 6 2006 2 August 5 2007
Vince McMahon2 December 12 2005 June 11 2007
Jonathan Coachman (Interim GM) June 18 2007 August 6 2007
William Regal 3 August 6 2007 May 19, 2008
Mike Adamle July 28, 2008 November 3, 2008
Stephanie McMahon November 8, 2008 March 30, 2009
Vickie Guerrero April 6, 2009 June 8, 2009
Guest host(s) June 29, 2009 Present

1 ^  This was a reward from Mr. McMahon to Bischoff for his refereeing job at Cyber Sunday.

2 ^  On May 29 2006, Mr. McMahon made Jonathan Coachman his Executive Assistant. Upon doing so McMahon stated "No one could replace me as GM", in essence giving Coachman GM powers under a new title. Was officially named Interim GM by the McMahon family following Vince McMahon's limo incident.[24]

3 ^  On August 6 2007, Mr. McMahon announced that an over the top rope battle royal featuring other participants from the Raw roster would determine a new GM for Raw. William Regal won the battle royal. becoming the new GM, and Jonathan Coachman became his assistant.

  • Jonathan Coachman - Executive Assistant (May 29, 2006 - June 18, 2007; August 6, 2007 - January 4, 2008)

Commentators

Commentators Year(s)
Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and Rob Bartlett January 1993-March 1993
Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan March 1993-December 1993
Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo December 1993-March 1994
Vince McMahon and Randy Savage March 1994-May 1994, August 1994 - October 1994
Gorilla Monsoon and Randy Savage June 1994 - July 1994
Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler October 1994-November 1994
Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels November 1994-February 1995
Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler February 1995-November 1997
Kevin Kelly and Jerry Lawler December 1997-March 1998
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler September 1996–February 2001
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman February 2001-November 2001
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler November 2001-October 2005
Jim Ross, Jonathan Coachman, and Jerry Lawler August 2005-October 2005
Joey Styles and Jerry Lawler November 2005-May 2006
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler May 2006–June 2008
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler June 2008-Present

Ring announcers

Ring announcer Year(s)
Howard Finkel January 1993-August 1999
Tony Chimel April 1997-August 1999
Lilian Garcia August 1999-September 2009
Justin Roberts March 2007-June 2007, September 2009-Present

Recurring segments

Segment Host Years active Notes
Raw Girls N/A 1993 Between matches, women otherwise uninvolved in the wrestling product carried signs bearing slogans around the Raw ring.
The King's Court Jerry "The King" Lawler 1993–1995 Inspired by Piper's Pit; also appeared on WWF Superstars
The Heartbreak Hotel Shawn Michaels 1994 Inspired by Piper's Pit; also appeared on WWF Superstars[25]
The Brother Love Show Brother Love 1995 Returned for a brief stint.
The Love Shack Dude Love 1997–1998 Short-lived interview segment hosted by Dude Love
Highlight Reel Chris Jericho 2003–2005
2008–present
Made regular appearances until Jericho's sabbatical from professional wrestling. Recurred in 2008 after Jericho returned to professional wrestling.
White Boy Challenge Rodney Mack 2003 Challenge to Caucasian wrestlers to defeat Rodney Mack in under five-minute stipulation. Ended in the same year by Goldberg[26]
WWE Diva Search Jonathan Coachman (2004–2005)
The Miz (2006)
Todd Grisham (2007)
2004–2007 Segments were featured weekly on Raw.[27]
Masterlock Challenge Chris Masters 2005–2007 A challenge to any wrestler (local or active superstar on WWE roster) to break the Masterlock. Ended after it was broken by Bobby Lashley in March 2007, however it re-debuted on SmackDown!, when Masters was drafted to that brand.
Kurt Angle Invitational Kurt Angle 2005 Introduced to Raw, when Kurt Angle was drafted from SmackDown!. Ended on Raw, when Eugene won the invitational; Angle would end the challenge after winning his gold medals back at SummerSlam 2005.
Carlito's Cabana Carlito 2005–2007 Introduced to Raw after being brought from SmackDown! by Carlito
Piper's Pit Roddy Piper 2005 Appeared on two separate occasions, with Piper interviewing Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley in that same year.
The Cutting Edge Edge 2005–2007 Launched by Edge; used only for special occasions. Occasionally is seen on SmackDown after Edge was moved there.
Matt Striker's Classroom Matt Striker 2005–2006 In this segment, Striker acts as a teacher (his former real-life profession) and insults the audience's intellectual capacity. The segment transferred to ECW when Striker was moved to that brand.
Kiss Cam Maria 2005–2009 This segment involves the host trying to persuade random people in the audience to kiss when they see their faces on the titantron within a heart shaped graphic. The most frequent host of Kiss Cam is Maria, although others on the Raw brand have hosted the popular segment.
V.I.P. Lounge Montel Vontavious Porter 2009-2010 in-ring interview segment

A.M. Raw

WWE A.M. Raw
Format Professional wrestling
Starring Raw brand
Opening theme "...To Be Loved" by Papa Roach
Country of origin
Production
Running time 1 hour (42 minutes plus commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV),1080i (HDTV)
Original run October 8 2005 – present
External links
Official website

WWE A.M. Raw is a Saturday night (Sunday morning) show that is shown on the USA Network at 2 a.m. ET. It has segments from the latest episode of Raw with a ticker along the bottom section of the screen that provides information about WWE, including trivia and live event news.

A.M. Raw started debuted at its current time of 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. For a short period, however, it was moved to Sunday mornings at 2 a.m., until November 11 2006. It was returned to its current Saturday morning timeslot while also continuing to air at 2 a.m.. However, it did gather higher ratings in the Sunday morning timeslot than it had with its previous Saturday 9 a.m. timeslot.[needs proof]

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