From Stone Cold causing mayhem to Kurt Angle’s milk-o-mani, we bring you the best moments that defined WWE’s flagship show ahead of its 30th anniversary according to critic Merlin Alderslade.
During the next week the stellar program of the WWE, Monday Night Raw will celebrate its 30th anniversary with what promises to be a top-notch show. The show began on January 11, 1993, and has become the longest-running weekly show on American television. Therefore, iconic and unforgettable moments of wrestling are kept in its history, which we will review.
Bobby The Brain Heenan is denied entry… over and over again, January 11, 1993
The first episode of Monday Night Raw generated a lot of laughs when commentator Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was denied entry. Heenan tried to sneak into New York’s Manhattan Center in a series of ridiculous costumes. And despite staying that year on the show, he joined his rival, WCW. Even so, his legacy as one of the greatest characters in WWE history was never in question.
ECW invades Raw, February 24, 1997
As Monday Night Raw grew in prestige in the 1990s, so did the Philadelphia-based wrestling franchise Extreme Championship Wrestling. A new commercial relationship between both chains gave rise to an unforgettable episode.
Stone Cold drives a Zamboni, September 28, 1998
WWE’s greatest man of the Attitude Era, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, had a wild moment when he drove a Zamboni backstage on Raw.
Mankind triumphs against The Rock, January 4, 1999
One of the defining moments of WWE’s Monday War against WCW, wrestler Mankind clinches the world title.
Milk-o-mania runs wild, August 20, 2001
Lita and Trish star in Raw, December 6, 2004
The WWE did not achieve a good representation of women due to “bra and panty” matches in which the opponents stripped down to their underwear, or mud wrestling. So when Lita and Trish Stratus became the first women to perform in the main event, a sea change occurred.
The arrival of Nexus, June 7, 2010
Invading the arena to take down John Cena and CM Punk and dismantle the ring itself, a dangerous new staff arrived that no one saw coming: The Nexus.
Criticism CM Punk, June 27, 2011
«I would like to think that maybe this company will be better after Vince McMahon is dead. But the fact is, it’s going to be taken by his stupid daughter and his stupid son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family.” Those were the words of CM Punk, who was doing a promo for his new program. Despite the unsuccessful criticism that many fans made, they tuned in to WWE again.
The return of Bock Lesnar, April 2, 2012
The Friendship Festival, February 13, 2017
The union between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens was one of the happiest moments in 2016 and 2017 in WWE. So their final break was painful for the public. After Jericho organized a “Friendship Festival” for Kevin, he responded back with what would be a brutal attack against him.
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