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WWE Raw is a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that currently airs on the USA Network in the United Statesmarker. 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. It is the only television broadcast for the Raw brand. The show originally debuted in the United States on the USA Network on January 11, 1993. It remained there until 2000, when Raw was moved to TNN, later known as Spike TV. In 2005, the show was moved back to the USA Network. Since its launch in 1993, Raw continues to air on Monday nights. Raw is generally seen as the company's flagship program due to its longer history, higher ratings, and emphasis on pay-per-views. It is the longest running weekly episodic television show in history.

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. Out of all of the wrestlers that were featured, only two are still employed in WWE: Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. The original Raw broke new ground in televised professional wrestling. Traditionally, wrestling shows were taped on sound stages with small audiences or at large 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 audience, with angles as they happened. 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. The show also featured an interview with Razor Ramon.

Raw originated from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studiosmarker, a small New York Citymarker theater and aired 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 instance, there were moments such as Irwin R. Schyster tearing up Tatanka's headdress, the various "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.

WWF Monday Night Raw logo (January 11, 1993-March 3, 1997)

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 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 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 Intrepidmarker.

The original 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. On April 19, 1993, Rob Bartlett made his final appearance on the program. He was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan the following week. 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 didn't 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.

The Monday Night Wars

In 1995, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began airing its new wrestling show, WCW 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 frequently 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 increased, 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 other 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 84 continuous weeks, ending on April 13, 1998.

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, 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.

Throughout 1997, further controversial elements emerged with Raw and WWF programming.Memorable moments included Bret Hart cursing profanely at the crowd after reaping loss in 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. 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. 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.

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 the Montreal Screwjob) 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 Brian Pillman on October 5, 1997 due to hereditary heart problems.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Matters were so heated between the two programs that, when both shows were on the Hampton Roadsmarker on the same night (Raw in Hampton, Virginiamarker, Nitro in Norfolkmarker), DX was sent to film a "war" segment at the Norfolk Scopemarker 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).

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. 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. 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 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).

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 on Raw and 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 became the WWF's "Invasion" storyline.

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". 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 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. 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 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. 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. On the same week as Raw's re-debut on USA, 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''.{{cite web|url=|title=WWE VS UFC Showdown Heats Up|publisher=MMA Weekly|date=2005-09-25|accessdate=2009-08-21|first=Ivan|last=Trembow}} The show's first night back on USA was billed as the "WWE Homecoming" and featured the return of former [[WWE Championship|WWE Champions]] such as [[Hulk Hogan]], [[Stone Cold Steve Austin|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]].Also, it featured a 30 minutes Iron Match between Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. WWE Homecoming was three hours long — the second 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. [[World Wrestling Entertainment|WWE]] announced that ''Raw'' received its highest ratings in three years, gaining close to six million viewers. The following week, Vince McMahon [[Kayfabe#"You're fired!" and "I quit!"|fired]] [[Jim Ross]] for not helping after Steve Austin gave him and his entire family the [[Stunner (professional wrestling)|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 [[Extreme Championship Wrestling|ECW]] announcer [[Joey Styles]] was hired. ====2006==== On the May 1, 2006 edition of ''Raw'', [[Joey Styles]] announced 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 on Syfy|ECW]] brand when it launched in June. In [[Canada]], after an 11 year run on [[The Sports Network|TSN]], ''Raw'' moved to rival sports broadcaster [[The Score Television Network|The Score]] after it was announced that TSN would be carrying ''[[Monday Night Football]]'' for the 2006 season. The Score claimed that unlike TSN they would never preempt Raw, however that promise only lasted a few months. Then in 2007, The Score started airing the show with a 15 minute tape delay. The first 15 minutes of the hour contains a countdown pre-show recapping the previous week's events.{{cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW|accessdate=2009-10-06|publisher=The Score}} During the September 25, 2006 episode of ''Raw'' in [[Oklahoma City|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 restored. Another similar moment happened back on May 26, 1996 in [[Florence, South Carolina]] for WWF [[In Your House#In Your House 8: Beware of Dog|In Your House 8: Beware of Dog]], when a major thunderstorm hit the [[Florence Civic Center]] causing major chaos for the PPV. That Tuesday, [[In Your House#In Your House 8: Beware of Dog 2|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 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! 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 (television)|hiatus]], in television history. ====2007==== {{See also|Chris Benoit double murder and suicide}} On June 25, 2007, ''Raw'' was scheduled in [[Corpus Christi, Texas]] to be a three-hour special memorial show for the [[Kayfabe|storyline]] death of the [[Vince McMahon|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. 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. 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. However, when the facts of Benoit's death came to light, WWE pulled this episode from international markets which aired ''Raw'' on a [[Broadcast delay|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 John Cena's WWE Championship victories, mainly the ones that had occurred over the past year. The episode started with a message from Vince McMahon which originally aired on the June 26 edition of ''ECW''. Some countries that received WWE programing up to three weeks late had all Chris Benoit matches edited out. 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 [[Stone Cold Steve Austin|Steve Austin]], [[Rob Van Dam]], [[Charles Wright (wrestler)|The Godfather]], [[Steve Blackman]], [[Howard Finkel]], [[Ted DiBiase]], [[Eric Bischoff]], [[Marty Jannetty]], [[David Heath (wrestler)|Gangrel]], [[Trish Stratus]], [[Amy Dumas|Lita]], [[Tammy Lynn Sytch|Sunny]], [[Nora Greenwald|Molly Holly]], [[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 (professional wrestling)|battle royal]]. The Raw 15th Anniversary DVD was also released which featured some of the most memorable moments in Raw history. ====2008==== [[Image:WWERawHD.jpg|right|175px|thumb|The ''Raw'' version of universal WWE entrance set introduced on January 21, 2008 for WWE's [[high-definition television|high-definition broadcasting]] debut.]] WWE began their 2008 year with a new HD set, which consisted of more than 1,000,000 [[Light-emitting diode|LED]]s. 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]]. On June 30, 2008 the World Heavyweight Championship returned to Raw after [[CM Punk]] cashed in money in the bank and defeated Edge. 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. This is similar to an earlier "talent exchange" between [[WWE Friday Night SmackDown|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 (2009)|No Way Out]], [[Adam Copeland|Edge]] won the [[World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)|World Heavyweight Championship]] in ''Raw'''s [[Elimination Chamber]] match, thus making it a SmackDown exclusive title and giving SmackDown two top tier championships.{{cite web|url=|title=Elimination chamber result at no way out|last=Tello|first=Craig||accessdate= 2009-02-17}} 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]].{{cite web|url=|title=Rough Draft (Televised draft results)|first=Aubrey|last=Sitterson|date=2009-04-13|publisher=[[World Wrestling Entertainment]]|accessdate=2009-04-14}} SmackDown would regain the World Heavyweight Championship at [[Backlash (2009)]] when Edge defeated John Cena to win the championship.{{cite web|url=|title= Results:Fueled by hatred and desperation|publisher=[[World Wrestling Entertainment]]|date=2009-04-26|accessdate=2009-04-26}} 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 show" to [[Donald Trump]], who appeared on-screen to confirm it and declared he would be at the following commercial-free episode in person. WWE treated the sale as real, even issuing a press release on their corporate site announcing it, but USA Network confirmed the next day that it was [[kayfabe]] and part of a storyline. The "sale" was picked up as a real event by many industry sources. The day following the announcement, WWE's stock on the [[New York Stock Exchange]] fell. On June 22, 2009, Vince McMahon bought back ''Raw'' from Donald Trump for double of what he paid for ''Raw''. Despite USA Network's acknowledgment that the sale was fictional, Randy Katz, a securities lawyer with Baker & Hostetler, told [[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."{{cite web|url=|title=Donald Trump - WWE-USA Networks Could Face Sec Probe|date=2009-06-22|accessdate=2009-06-23|publisher=Contact Music}} After buying ''Raw'' back, McMahon announced that instead of [[#Authority figures|general managers]] being in charge of ''Raw'', each week a different guest host would be in charge. These hosts were either injured or retired wrestlers, [[WWE Hall of Fame]]rs, or celebrities.{{cite web| url=|title=The Animal's kingdom|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|date=2009-06-29| publisher=[[World Wrestling Entertainment]]|accessdate=2009-07-14}} ==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.{{cite web|url=|accessdate=2009-11-09|title=Nickelback and WWE team up for new Raw theme|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment}} 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. Since March 10, 1997, broadcasts of ''Raw'' were split into two hours and given hourly names for [[Nielsen Ratings|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. However, both hours are known as just "Raw" on-air. On January 7, 2008, WWE announced that all 3 brands (Raw, [[WWE Friday Night SmackDown|SmackDown]], and [[ECW on Syfy|ECW]]) would be broadcast in [[High-definition television|HD]], [[Code name|codenamed]] "WWE HD" starting with Raw on January 21. WWE invested an estimated $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.{{cite web|title=WWE Goes HD|url=|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-01-15}}[ WWE: Mediaplayer > WWE goes high-definition with an all new set ] ===Special episodes=== {| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #FCFDFF; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 95%;" ! Episode || Date || Rating || Notes |- |''Raw'' Bowl |January 1, 1996 |2.6{{cite web|url=|accessdate=2007-12-28|title= WWE Raw rating history|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive}} |{{small|}} |- |''Raw'' Championship Friday |September 6, 1996 |2.4 |{{small|}} |- |[[Royal Rumble (1997)|Royal Rumble]] ''Raw'' |February 3, 1997 |2.6 |{{small|First two-hour broadcast.
Featured clips from the [[Royal Rumble (1997)|Royal Rumble]].}} |- |[[Owen Hart#RAW is Owen|''Raw'' is Owen]] |May 24, 1999 |7.2{{cite web|url=|title=1999 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|Tribute in memory of [[Owen Hart]].}} |- |The [[WWE Brand Extension#Raw and SmackDown!|Brand Extension Draft]] |March 25, 2002 |5.4{{cite web|url=|title=2002 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|Start of the [[WWE Brand Extension|Brand Extension]].
Vince McMahon selects the SmackDown roster while Ric Flair selects the Raw roster.}} |- |''Raw'' X Anniversary |January 13, 2003 |3.9{{cite web|url=|title=2003 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|Award show that celebrated the show's 10th anniversary.}} |- |The [[2004 WWE Draft Lottery]] |March 22, 2004 |4.5{{cite web|url=|title=2004 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|The first Draft Lottery that featured a supplemental draft.}} |- |''Raw'' Homecoming |October 3, 2005 |4.4{{cite web|url=|title=2005 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|First three-hour broadcast.
Return to the [[USA Network]].}} |- |[[Eddie Guerrero#Aftermath|Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show]] |November 14, 2005 |4.5 |{{small|Tribute in memory of [[Eddie Guerrero]].}} |- |[[WWE Tribute to the Troops#2005|Tribute to the Troops]] |December 19, 2005 |3.7 |{{small|Christmas from [[Afghanistan]].
Honored [[United States armed forces|American armed forces]].}} |- |''Raw'' Family Reunion |October 9, 2006 |3.8{{cite web|url=|title=2006 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|First ''Raw'' special to feature talent from all three brands.}} |- |[[WWE Tribute to the Troops#2006|Tribute to the Troops]] |December 25, 2006 |2.7 |{{small|Christmas from [[Baghdad]].
Honored American armed forces.}} |- |[[2007 WWE Draft|Draft]] 3-Hour Special |June 11, 2007 |3.8{{cite web|url=|title=2007 Nielsen Television Ratings||first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|Featured the [[2007 WWE Draft]].}} |- |[[Chris Benoit]] 3-Hour Memorial |June 25, 2007 |3.8 |{{small|Memorial to Chris Benoit.
Clip show in international markets.}} |- |''Raw'' 15th Anniversary |December 10, 2007 |4.4{{cite web|url=|title=Raw XV heats up ratings|publisher=[[World Wrestling Entertainment]]|date=2007-12-12}} |{{small|Celebrated the show's 15th anniversary.}} |- |[[WWE Tribute to the Troops#2007|Tribute to the Troops]] |December 24, 2007 |2.5 |{{small|Christmas from [[Iraq]].
Honored American armed forces.}} |- |[[King of the Ring#2008|King of the Ring]] |April 21, 2008 |3.0 |{{small|King of the Ring tournament.
Featured talent from all three brands.}} |- |[[2008 WWE Draft]] |June 23, 2008 ||3.4 {{cite web|url=|title=2008 Nielsen Television Ratings|publisher|first=Steve|last=Gerweck|accessdate=2009-08-21}} | |- |''Raw's'' 800th Episode |November 3, 2008 |3.04 |{{small|Celebrated the show's 800th episode.}} |- |[[Slammy Award#2008 Slammy Awards|2008 Slammy Awards]] |December 8, 2008 |3.02 |{{small|Slammy Award show.
Featured talent from all three brands.}} |- |[[2009 WWE Draft]] |April 13, 2009 |3.73 {{cite web|url=|title=2009 Nielsen Television Ratings|publisher=|first=Steve|last=Gerweck}} | |- |The 3-For-All |June 15, 2009 |3.72 {{cite web|url=|title=Raw Rating|first=Steve |last=Gerweck|date=2009-06-16|accessdate=2009-06-16|}} |{{small|Featured talent from all three brands.
Three World Championships were defended; [[WWE Championship|WWE]], [[ECW Championship|ECW]], and [[World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)|World Heavyweight]].}} |- |[[Donald Trump|Trump]] ''Raw'' |June 22, 2009 |4.5 {{cite web|url=|title=Final 6/22 Raw rating (huge number)|first=Adam|last=Martin|publisher=Wrestle View|date=2009-07-23|accessdate=2009-08-21}} |{{small|The first [[Television advertisement|commercial-free]] broadcast.}} |- |A ''Raw'' [[Thanksgiving]] |November 23, 2009 |TBA |{{small| Featured talent from Raw and SmackDown.
[[Jesse Ventura]] featured as Guest Host.}} |} ==On-air personalities== ===Champions=== {{See also|List of current champions in World Wrestling Entertainment}} {| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #FCFDFF; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 95%;" !Championship||Current champion(s)||Date won||Event||Previous champion(s) |- |[[WWE Championship]] |[[John Cena]] |October 25, 2009 |[[WWE Bragging Rights|Bragging Rights]] |[[Randy Orton]] |- |[[WWE United States Championship]] |[[Mike Mizanin|The Miz]] |October 5, 2009 |''Raw'' |[[Kofi Kingston]] |- |[[WWE Divas Championship]] |[[Melina Perez|Melina]] |October 12, 2009 |''Raw'' |[[Jillian Hall]] |- |[[Unified WWE Tag Team Championship]] |[[Chris Jericho]] and [[Paul Wight|The Big Show]]* |June 28, 2009 |[[The Bash (2009)]] |[[The Colóns]]
{{small|([[Carly Colón|Carlito]] and [[Eddie Colón|Primo]])}} |} * Due to Edge's injury, Jericho received the right to pick a new partner.

Authority figures

Authority Position Date started Date finished Notes
Ric Flair Owner November 9, 2001 June 10, 2002
Vince McMahon Owner June 10, 2002 June 15, 2009
Eric Bischoff General Manager July 15, 2002 December 5, 2005
Jonathan Coachman General Manager June 11, 2007 August 6, 2007
William Regal General Manager August 6, 2007 May 19, 2008
Mike Adamle General Manager July 28, 2008 November 3, 2008
Shane McMahon

Stephanie McMahon
General Manager November 3, 2008 November 24, 2008
Stephanie McMahon General Manager November 24, 2008 April 6, 2009
Vickie Guerrero General Manager April 6, 2009 June 8, 2009
Donald Trump Owner June 15, 2009 June 22, 2009
Vince McMahon Owner June 22, 2009 Present
Guest host General Manger June 29, 2009 Present


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
The Heartbreak Hotel Shawn Michaels 1994
The Brother Love Show Brother Love 1995 - 1996
The Pillman XXX Files Brian Pillman 1997
The Love Shack Dude Love 1998
Highlight Reel Chris Jericho 2003 - 2005

White Boy Challenge Rodney Mack

Theodore R. Long
WWE Diva Search Jonathan Coachman

The Miz

Todd Grisham
2004 - 2007
Masterlock Challenge Chris Masters 2005 - 2007
Kurt Angle Invitational Kurt Angle 2005
Carlito's Cabana Carlito 2005

2007 - 2008
Piper's Pit Roddy Piper 2005
The Cutting Edge Edge 2005 - 2007
Striker's Classroom Matt Striker 2005 - 2006

Kiss Cam Various 2005 - 2009
V.I.P. Lounge Montel Vontavious Porter 2009 - Present

A.M. Raw

WWE A.M. Raw, a Saturday night/Sunday morning show, airs on the USA Network at 2 a.m. ET. 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
Argentinamarker Canal 9
Australia FOX8
Austriamarker Sky
Bangladeshmarker Ten Sports
Belgiummarker AB3
Bhutanmarker Ten Sports
Bulgariamarker GTV
Canadamarker The Score and Global Quebecmarker
Chilemarker Chilevisión
Costa Ricamarker Repretel Canal 11
Colombiamarker Citytv
Czech Republicmarker Nova Sport
El Salvadormarker Canal VTV
Francemarker NT1 and RTL9
Finlandmarker MTV3 MAX
Germanymarker Sky Sport
Greecemarker Nova Sports 3
Hondurasmarker Canal 5
Indiamarker, Pakistanmarker and Indonesiamarker TEN Sports
Israelmarker Sport 1
Italymarker SKY Italia
Malaysiamarker Astro Super Sport
Mexicomarker Canal 5 and Televisa
New Zealandmarker The Box
Norwaymarker TV2 Zebra
Panamamarker RPC Canal 4
Perumarker ATV
Philippinesmarker Jack TV and RPN9
Polandmarker Extreme Sports Channel
Portugalmarker Sport TV
Serbiamarker Fox televizija
South Africa
Spainmarker Cuatro
United Kingdommarker and Irelandmarker

(Live broadcast)
Sky Sports 3

See also


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