New information about WWE’s plans for a big episode of Monday Night Raw.
The show made its debut back January 11, 1993 on the USA Network and since then, it has been considered as the flagship program of WWE. As of December 9, 2016, all episodes of the show are now available on demand on the WWE Network.
Raw moved from the USA Network to The Nashville Network in September 2000, which was rebranded to Spike TV in August 2003. The on October 3, 2005, Raw returned to the USA Network, where it remains today.
If you recall, after the 1000th episode on July 23, 2012, Raw became a three-hour broadcast from two hours, a format that had previously been reserved for special episodes. This decision has been something that fans dislike due to the show being too long.
Raw has broadcast live from 208 different arenas in 171 cities and towns in eleven different nations (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan in 2005, Iraq in 2006 and 2007, South Africa, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Mexico.
As noted, WWE will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the launch of Monday Night Raw on January 12th, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. Also, WWE will release the 25th Anniversary of Raw DVD set.
In an update, tickets for the TV event will go on-sale on Friday, November 3rd, with an online pre-sale expected to take place on Wednesday, November 1st.
WWE is planning to bring in several legends from the past to make an appearance. It should be noted that with the 2018 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view just 6 days later, the belief is that any big names that are planned for the Rumble will not appear on the 25th Anniversary show.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wells Fargo Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
Back in 2009, it was reported that USA had regularly asked for three-hour episodes of Raw to boost TV ratings to help the cable channel in quarterly races against the likes of TNT, TBS, and ESPN.
McMahon has gone on record in the past by saying that he thinks the ideal length of a weekly wrestling show should be ninety minutes.
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