Monday Night RAW is the flagship program of the WWE umbrella, dishing up 3 hours of sports entertainment content on the USA Network, on a weekly basis. Along with SmackDown Live, RAW forms what is considered to be the ‘main roster’ of WWE and RAW is alternatively referred to as the A-Show, as well as the ‘red brand’.
Professional wrestling has been a staple of Monday nights since 1993 when RAW first aired from the Manhattan Center. While the show originally aired live, certain episodes would be taped after an episode was telecast live, to save costs over the long haul.
Everything would change after the arrival of WWE’s competitors- World Championship Wrestling whose flagship show WCW Monday Nitro (a play on Monday Night RAW) would surpass RAW in ratings for weeks on end. WCW and the man at the helm, Eric Bischoff, were not afraid to play dirty and would often give out the results of taped RAW shows on air. This would lead to RAW going live more often, and also adding an extra hour (going from 1 hour to 2) to counter World Championship Wrestling programming.
WWE RAW would go to 3 hours from the year 2012, which marked the 1000th episode of the brand. Monday Night RAW would celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2012 and its 25th Anniversary in 2018, both with very special shows.
RAW is WAR
At the peak of the Monday Night Wars with WCW, the latter gained the lead by a significant margin with the nWo angle, which was a lot edgier than anything WWE was putting on. In order to compete with World Championship Wrestling, WWE RAW would change its name to RAW is War in the year 1997, in line is what is known as the Attitude Era of WWE, where the programming became a lot more mature than it was.
Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the RAW is WAR name was retired for obvious reasons and just became WWE RAW. A brand split would happen after Vince McMahon purchased his competition WCW, owing to an over-abundance of talent as the RAW roster and the SmackDown roster would become exclusive to their brands, and this would last all the way until the year 2011, before returning in 2016.
The Intercontinental Championship and The United States Championship take turns shuffling between RAW and SmackDown Live based on the Superstar Shake-Up. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are not native to either brand and are featured prominently on RAW. Owing to the Wild Card Rule, many Champions from SmackDown Live have been featured on RAW as well.
The WWE Universal Championship is draped around the waist of the top male in the division while the RAW Women’s Championship is used to denote the top female Superstar. The former is a play on the WWE Universe, a term that is used to signify WWE fans.
RAW General Managers
While Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn, and Paul Heyman, among others, are in charge of the RAW program, there have been several on-screen characters through history who’ve donned the role of the RAW General Manager, playing the part of the authority figure. Some of the most famous on-screen General Managers are Eric Bischoff, John Laurinaitis, Mick Foley and Kurt Angle. There have been other WWE Superstars in charge of RAW on camera including Baron Corbin and Alexa Bliss.
Perhaps the most infamous of all of the RAW General Managers was Hornswoggle.
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WWE RAW Results will be made available immediately after the show, and a Live Card happens during the show so that you can stay apprised in case you missed the action.
Post-event coverage is bound to happen, including a very special ‘Best and Worst’ Column. WWE News and WWE Rumors based on Monday Night RAW, in addition to SmackDown, NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live will also be available on Sportskeeda Wrestling.