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With the 25th anniversarry of Monday Night Raw approaching I figured I'd bump this thread and run down some of what sticks out to me as the most memorable moments in Raw history, giving a more detailed list than the short descriptions I gave on page 3 of this thread. 

I placed them in chronological order and limited my list to 20. I ended up tracing the history of the show from its inception in 1993 replacing Prime Time Wrestling, through the attitude era and its build up, to the "clean up" of the PG era, to the start of what some refer to as the new era. 

Most of these moments I came up with take place outside of an actual bell to bell wrestling match. Yet that is appropriate as Raw is known for its crazy antics and surprising, unpredictable happenings. The focus is on the characters grabbing instant attention and entertaining in the moment just as much as it is a build up to the next major event or pay per view. So a list of crazy things occurring epitomizes the nature of what Monday Night Raw is.    

Marty Jannetty comes out of the audience to win the Intercontinental Title (1993) - This was during Shawn Michaels' first run as WWF Intercontinental Champion, where he was really establishing himself as an outstanding wrestler and heat magnet. Shawn was in the ring and a guy wearing a black hood leaps over the barricade and climbs in the ring. He pulls back his hood and reveals himself to be Shawn's former Rockers tag team partner Marty Jannetty, whom Shawn threw through a window a year and a half earlier. Marty challenges him to a title match and takes the belt from Shawn.  

Big Daddy Cool gets his attitude back (1995) - This was the day after Diesel lost the WWF World Championship to Bret Hart at the 1995 Survivor Series. There was a match going on on Raw between Savio Vega and Skip the Boddydonna. Diesel just came down in the middle of the match and beat up both of them. He then grabbed a microphone and announced that the old Diesel was back, and that he appreciated his supporters who raise the black glove. A lot of people could overlook this segment; but it is memorable to me as it marked the beginning of the rules being broken and pre existing structures being dismantled. A match was going on! I mark this moment as the real start of the WWF attitude era.   

Jim Ross' shoot promo (1996) - This was one of the earliest shoot promos the WWF ever did. Jim Ross came to the ring and berated having to wear a toga at WrestleMania IX, the fact that he was fired from the WWF twice, and revealed that he had Bell's Palsy. After teasing the return of "Razor Ramon" and "Diesel" to the WWF all day, he then introduced the fake Razor Ramon and fake Diesel, as of course the real Razor and Diesel, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, had gone to WCW. The shoot itself was Jim Ross' best moment ever, as it showed a side of him we'd never seen from the normally docile broadcaster. 

Brian Pillman pulls a gun on Stone Cold Steve Austin (1996) - This is when things were really starting to heat up and become edgy in the WWF. Tension had existed between Austin and Pillman, former Hollywood Blonde tag team partners in WCW, since Pillman came into the WWF in early 1996. Austin's attack on Pillman when Pillman was about to interview Bret Hart furthered Pillman's injury from an earlier motorcycle accident. Monday Night Raw showed a clip where Austin broke into Pillman's house. Pillman pulled a gun on him before the scene cut off. It was one of the craziest moments ever where one could tell that the WWF was really becoming unpredictable and off the hook. This set the scene for the chaos in the years to follow.      

European Chamoionship Tournament Final (1997) - I figured I'd had to include at least one entry on this list for the sake of pure wrestling. When the WWF introduced the WWF European Heavyweight Championship into the company in 1997, a tournament was held from Germany to crown the first Champion. The final ended up being the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith against brother in law Owen Hart, whom were also the WWF World Tag Team Champions at the time. The match of course aired on tape delay, but it was just a classic back and forth hold and counterhold match up as those two are capable of putting on. The Bulldog, fittingly, became the first ever WWF European Champion.   

Vince McMahon's first Stone Cold Stunner (1997) - Stone Cold had just suffered an injury at the hands of Owen Hart's Tombstone Pile Driver at SummerSlam 1997 and wanted to get back in the ring to get his hands on Owen again. Vince, in an in ring segment, told him to work within the system. Austin responded by giving Vince his first of many Stunners, and the crowd went absolutely wild. This was the first ever Monday Night Raw at Madison Square Garden. It is also of note, as I love to point out, that this was BEFORE the 1997 Survivor Series. That's why I hate the argument that Mr. McMahon's bad guy character suddenly was born out of the blue at that Survivor Series.    

DeGeneration X (almost) rides a tank into a WCW arena (1998) - In the midst of the Monday night wars, Hunter Hearst Helmsley lead the New Age Outlaws, X Pac, & Chyna to an arena where WCW Monday Nitro was held. They asked WCW fans around the arena if they had paid for their tickets (most said no), gave a shout out to their friends Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (both still under WCW contracts at the time,) and almost rode their tank right into the arena until the garage door closed on them. This scene broke a lot of barriers as for most of the 90's the WWF never even acknowledged WCW's existence. 

Stone Cold drives a beer truck to the ring (1999) - This is of course a must include on any best moments of Raw list. This was just before Austin's match with the Rock for the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania XV. Austin drove a Coors Light beer truck right down the aisle, unwrapped a big hose, and sprayed beer on the Rock, Vince, & Shane McMahon. The ring as well as the Corporation members were soaked. 

Diamond Dallas Page reveals himself as the stalker of Sara (2001) - Just as the WCW invasion storyline was taking off, footage was seen of an unknown perpetrator sifting through the personal things of the Undertaker's then wife Sara. One day on Raw the stalker decided to reveal himself, wearing a black hood and riding a motorcycle down to the ring. Once in the center of the ring he removed his mask to show himself as former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page. He then cut a promo about how you have to aim for the toughest dog if you want to make an impact in this business. Say what you want about the invasion angle as a whole; but in my eyes this was big highlight that made Page hot instantly.    

Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock sing songs in the ring (2001) - This was the go home show before the 2001 Survivor Series where The Rock and Austin (already feuding since 1997 and with two great WrestleMania main events against each other behind them already) were set to head opposing Survivor Series teams in the WWF vs WCW & ECW Alliance winner take all match. The two had an awesome verbal exchange were they grabbed the mic from each other and ended up singing songs like "the Gambler" and "Margaritaville." Jim Ross even commented it was "surreal." Afterwards, the Rock Rock Bottomed Austin for revenge for attacking him with Triple H in a cage the day after WrestleMania XVII.  

Bill Goldberg's debut (2003) - This was the day after WrestleMania XIX where The Rock had just defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania. The Rock, mostly a heel at the time, came to the ring and stated that he had done all there is to do. Goldberg's music began to play. Goldberg, in his first appearance in the WWE ever, then came down to the ring to spear a startled Rock.   

Shawn Michaels owning the Montreal crowd (2005) - This was during Shawn's brief heel run during his (also brief) feud with Hulk Hogan and only eight removed from the Montreal screw job of the 1997 Survivor Series. Raw returned to Montreal where the crowd booed the shit out of Shawn, chanting "You screwed Bret!!." Yet the Heartbreak Kid was in complete control and successfully antagonized the hostile crowd. They even teased Bret Hart's return when they played his music. 

Edge and Lita sex scene (2006) - This was one of the last tines the WWE did a really risque thing before cleaning up about a year later. Edge had just become the first person ever to successfully cash in a Money in the Bank contract for the WWE World Championship against John Cena at New Year's Revolution the night before. The couple came to the ring with not only the Championship belt but an inflatable bed.The two took each others' clothes off down to the undergarments before going under covers. Edge came up wih Lita's panties in his teeth, living up to his "Rated R Superstar" nickname. The very public private moment was then interrupted by Ric Flair.     

Joey Styles' shoot promo (2006) - Joey Styles quit from his position at the WWE broadcasting booth, and verbally ran down the way he was forced to call matches on WWE broadcasts, stating (correctly) that to be told to deliberately not call the names of moves is an "insult" to the wrestlers. Of course he was right.  

Ric Flair's tribute (2008) - This was the day after Flair lost a career risking match to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. Flair's former Evolution teammate "Triple H" Hunter Hearst Helmsley brought many legends and associates from Flair's past career to the ring from Harley Race to Ricky Steamboat to Greg The Hammer Valentine to Evolution teamate Batista to Shawn Michaels himself to of course former members of the Four Horsemen such as the ever loyal Arn Anderson. Loads of current WWE superstars filed down the ailsle to give one of the greatest ever an ovation. I had always wished they would have shown the Undertaker coming down to pay tribute as well; but that happened after the shwo went off the air.   

Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels meet and shake hands (2010) - This is still probably my favorite Raw moment of all time. Myself being such a big Bret Hart fan is likely the reason I see such magnitude in this moment. It was the first time Bret Hart had been in a WWF/E arena since 1997, and it was the first time the two had seen each other since the 1997 Survivor Series screw job. The two talked cordially and discussed how their rivalry should be known for other things besides the screw job, such as their classic WrestleMania XII Iron Man Match. It was as amicable a greeting as it could have been.   

The debut of the Nexus (2010) - NXT season 1 winner Wade Barrett lead all the other NXT rookies, including Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Skip Sheffield (the future Ryback), David Ontunga, Michael Tarver, Darren Young, and Daniel Bryan to the ring to attack then WWE Champion John Cena. They beat the crap out of Cena and tore the ring apart. I will never forget Bryan screaming at Cena, "You are not better than me!!" This of course led to the infamous incident of Daniel Bryan strangling ring announcer Justin Roberts with a neck tie. The Nexus was a very interesting group at the time, but I would have loved to have seen a Bryan vs Cena feud with then and there with Bryan as a bad guy still in the Nexus.   

CM Punk's "pipe bomb" (2011) - This is perhaps another must include on any such list. After rumors of CM Punk's WWE contract expiring and Punk already in line for a WWE World Title shot, he sat in the middle of the aisle with a microphone and griped about his own placement in the WWE. He then proceeded to verbally run down Cena, Vince McMahon, and his "doofus" son in law Triple H. He threatened to take the belt away from Cena and leave the company with it. I loved everything about this promo as I felt and still do feel everything Punk said was true and it made Punk who he is.  

Brock Lesnar's return  (2012) - This was of course the day after WrestleMania XXVIII. There were rumors of Lesnar's return flying around. When John Cena was cutting his promo the crowd was chanting, "We want Lesnar." This Lesnar's music played. Brock came in the ring and f5d Cena. It marked the first Brock had been in the WWE since 2004, and was probably the grandest return ever in terms of domination. 

Seth Rollins turns on the Shield (2014) - The Shield had been running throughout the WWE for nearly two years before Triple H introduced his "Plan B." With the other Shield members thinking they are about to fight Randy Orton and other guys hired by Helmsley, Seth Rollins attacks Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose with a chair from behind and joins Helmsley. The look on Dean Ambrose's face was one of pure disbelief. The Shield (for the time) was done.  

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I would add to this the debut episode of Raw when Bobby Heenan kept trying to get into the event and kept getting denied or kicked out. It was a stupid thing, but I can't help but look back on it and laugh out loud thinking of all stuff Heenan did.

Loser Leaves Town match between Mr. Perfect & Ric Flair. To me, this was the signifying moment that Mr. Perfect would be a main event player in the WWF going forward... sadly I was disappointed but I still remember the exhilaration I felt marking out for Perfect (who I loved) sending Flair (who I hated) packing.

The Jim Ross interview with Mick Foley. This is still my favorite backstage interview of all time. Foley was god never rang more true than when he went psycho and choked out Jim Ross and then started freaking out and almost crying as he called for someone to help Ross.

Rick Rude on both Raw and Nitro. I'm a WCW guy. 'Nuff said.

The Hulk Hogan Ovations of 2002. Every time he came out after turning babyface again, the reaction was for months, just jawdropping.

Shawn Michaels joins the nWo. HBK is back, and he's back in black and white. Great moment.

The Rock vs Hurricane. What a garbage feud. How the hell did this get booked? On paper it makes no fucking sense, it's stupid beyond belief and I can't believe anyone would like it. In execution? Simply the most hilariously entertaining feud I've ever seen.

The Rock returns on Valentine's day and calls out John Cena. "So let me get this straight. The WWE has gone from powerful 'Austin 3:16' to the dominant, and iconic 'can you smell what The Rock is cookin?' aaaalll the way to 'you can't see me'... 'you can't see me...' what are you playing peek-a-boo? 'I can't see you, can you see me?' Oh believe me! We all can see you. A blind-folded, stuck in the basement, Stevie Wonder could see your monkey ass. How the hell you think we can help it? You come out here with your bright green shirt, and before that, your bright orange shirt. You look like a big fat bowl of fruity pebbles!" That was it for me. I didn't miss more than an episode or two of Monday Night Raw for the next 6 years straight.

Daniel Wyatt turns on Bray, and leads a "Yes!" chant from atop the steel cage to close Raw. This was it, right here. This was when I realized he had reached, Hogan, Austin, Rock levels of over with the fans. Had it not been for his injury and retirement, I firmly believe an image of him in his maroon shirt leading a Yes! chant would be the image the world as a whole would think of when they think of pro-wrestling in the 20-teens. Just like when in the 90's you had Austin flipping off the crowd, and in the 80's you had Hogan tearing off his shirt. And in the 2000's you had Cena looking smug with his hand in front of his face and the crowd saying "you can't see me".
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

I would add to this the debut episode of Raw when Bobby Heenan kept trying to get into the event and kept getting denied or kicked out. It was a stupid thing, but I can't help but look back on it and laugh out loud thinking of all stuff Heenan did.

I would absolutely agree. I remember when this new show Monday Night Raw was announced on its predecessor Prime Time Wrestling, they said that long time Prime Time host Bobby The Brain Heenan was not welcome on the new show. It was a good gag when he continually tried to sneak in the building. Heenan is a master at being entertaining when he is doing virtually anything. The very first episode has a memorable moment right off the bat. 

Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

Loser Leaves Town match between Mr. Perfect & Ric Flair. To me, this was the signifying moment that Mr. Perfect would be a main event player in the WWF going forward... sadly I was disappointed but I still remember the exhilaration I felt marking out for Perfect (who I loved) sending Flair (who I hated) packing.

This came within a hair's breath of me including it on my list. I am a Mr. Perfect fan but not as huge as you are; but I agree it seemed like a huge victory and a big deal at the time. 

Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

The Jim Ross interview with Mick Foley. This is still my favorite backstage interview of all time. Foley was god never rang more true than when he went psycho and choked out Jim Ross and then started freaking out and almost crying as he called for someone to help Ross.

This is another good inclusion. The attack on J.R. came out of nowhere as Foley was calm and the interview seemed to be going smoothly. This is the beginning of an interesting transition for Foley as even though he went insane in that moment, over the next couple of weeks/months/years we got to see the real personality of Mick Foley in Dude Love and later on as WWF Commissioner.   


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Rico and Kondor covered most of my favourite moments here, two notable old school moments being Jannetty beating Michaels for the Intercontinental title and the loser leaves town match between Flair and Hennig, both of these matches I re-watched recently on the Network.

The live sex between Edge and Lita was one of the most shocking moments as I don't think anyone thought these two would go as far as they did, stripping off more or less all their clothes and getting pretty steamy in that blow up bed, Edge when he stripped to his pants had a very noticeable boner which Jerry Lawler acknowledged saying Edge should tell his shorts it's rude to point

Have to mention The Rock in concert, I think the best ones were when he ripped on Cena.
Linking up with that was when Cena responded to The Rock's return and for one night brought back his rap persona cutting a brutal freestyle promo on The Rock, was great stuff.

Was Goldberg making his WWE debut mentioned when he attacked The Rock? Think it was but worth another mention.

Triple H turning on HBK after their very brief DX reunion, this marked Shawn Michaels' return to the ring after four years and ignited a legendary feud between the two men, their unsanctioned match at Summerslam Shawns first in four years was a classic.

Shawn and Triple H after they officially reformed DX impersonating Vince and Shane was very funny stuff.

123 Kid Sean Waltman upsetting Razor Ramon was a big moment that set up a great feud that also involved Shawn Michaels.

Hulk Hogan appearing on Raw for the first time in years as part of the NWO was very memorable purely because it was surreal seeing Hogan in a WWE ring again doing his NWO thing of course made famous in WCW.

I'll end for now with a match, Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker has to go down as one of the great Raw matches and it put Hardy on the map as a singles competitor, Taker who was heel at the time even showed Hardy respect after the match, can't remember if this was a break of kayfabe or not.
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You mention matches. Perfect vs Flair is the first and still one of the most memorable, but other greats throughout the years was 123 Kid vs Bret Hart in 94, Owen vs Bulldog for the inaugural European Championship, and (much later, I'm skipping over 15 years here) John Cena vs Cesaro during Cena's US championship open challenge. From what I understand Cena also had another spectacularly good match against Shawn Michaels on Raw at some point in time as well.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

You mention matches. Perfect vs Flair is the first and still one of the most memorable, but other greats throughout the years was 123 Kid vs Bret Hart in 94, Owen vs Bulldog for the inaugural European Championship, and (much later, I'm skipping over 15 years here) John Cena vs Cesaro during Cena's US championship open challenge. From what I understand Cena also had another spectacularly good match against Shawn Michaels on Raw at some point in time as well.


Cena and HBK wrestled for a hour in a classic match on a UK held Raw if memory serves me right.

Don't know that I ever saw Owen vs Bulldog, that was during the years when I was only really watching sporadically.
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You gotta be kidding me!? You have never seen Owen vs Bulldog? That might just be the very best technical wrestling match I have ever seen. The epitome of everything I look for in a match.

Stop what you're doing and go watch that match. Owen essentially one upped Bret in his own match against Bulldog. It is very much like Hitman vs Bulldog at SummerSlam 92, only improved upon.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

You gotta be kidding me!? You have never seen Owen vs Bulldog? That might just be the very best technical wrestling match I have ever seen. The epitome of everything I look for in a match.

Stop what you're doing and go watch that match. Owen essentially one upped Bret in his own match against Bulldog. It is very much like Hitman vs Bulldog at SummerSlam 92, only improved upon.


When was that match? Found a Owen vs Bulldog match which was part of a Intercontinental title tournament but that was it.
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For me, it was Foley finally winning the belt. It was sweet recent for Mick, as he was VERY poorly used by WCW when he was there.
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That MIGHT be it, but it was the European Championship Tournament to crown the first ever European Champion. It was on Raw of '97. I want to say in May??? But I might be wrong on the month.

EDIT: March 3 1997. I found the match on daily motion, but obviously this match will be on the WWE Network in much better quality.

I just watched it again, and man it still holds up as a great technical wrestling match. The storytelling as a result of Bulldog & Owen both being the tag team champions was a very good touch, so they had to sell the idea that they are friendly with one another, and while they both resorted to some dirty tricks, it worked because they were both heel, too. On top of that it was like a competition to see who could use the biggest variety of wrestling holds and throws and counter the other guy's offense. I still mark seeing Bulldog counter Owen's superplex into an off the top rope pin attempt. 

I suppose if I were to knock it at all it was that it didn't build to a more suspenseful climax. WWE does a good job of that today like really never before. However the match was still top notch, and as far as Monday Night Raw goes, I think only Cena vs Cesaro was better. But maybe I'll go back and re-watch THAT match as well (if I can) just to be sure.


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