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WWE Raw
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Format Sports entertainment

Professional wrestling

Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw Brand
Opening theme "...Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 846 (as of August 10, 2009)
Production
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time Approximately 2 hours 5 minutes per episode(1 hour 35 minutes and commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network (1993 – 2000, 2005 – Present),
TNN/Spike TV (2000 – 2005)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 11, 1993 – Present
External links
Official website



Show history

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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 Studios, a small New York City 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.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 Intrepid.

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.

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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.

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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 Roads on the same night (Raw in Hampton, Virginia, Nitro in Norfolk), DX was sent to film a "war" segment at the Norfolk Scope 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!"

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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".

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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. However, under the criteria WWE used to make this claim, the actual record would be held by the show Georgia Championship Wrestling, which ran continuously on Saturday evenings on TBS between 1972 and 1984. That said, Raw went on to surpass the Georgia Championship Wrestling record as they now have produced over 800 episodes.

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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 Raws re-debut on USA, Spike TV scheduled Ultimate Fighting Championship's live Ultimate Fight Night in Raws old timeslot in an attempt to go head-to-head with Raw.

The show's first night back on USA was billed as the "WWE Homecoming" and featured the return of former WWE Champions such as Hulk Hogan, 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. 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. WWE announced that Raw received its highest ratings in three years, gaining close to six million viewers.

The following week, Vince McMahon fired Jim Ross for not helping after Steve Austin gave him and his entire family the 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 ECW announcer Joey Styles was hired.

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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 brand when it launched in June.

In Canada, after an 11 year run on TSN, Raw moved to rival sports broadcaster The Score after it was announced that TSN would be carrying Monday Night Football for the 2006 season. This also meant that Canadian viewers would be watching via a one hour tape-delay, as The Score does not broadcast Raw live, but in 2007, started airing the show with only a 15 minute tape delay. The first 15 minutes of the hour contains a countdown pre-show recapping the previous week's events.

During the September 25, 2006 episode of Raw in 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 8: Beware of Dog, when a major thunderstorm hit the Florence Civic Center causing major chaos for the PPV. That Tuesday, 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, in television history.

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On June 25, 2007, Raw was scheduled in Corpus Christi, Texas to be a three-hour special memorial show for the storyline death of the 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 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 Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, The Godfather, Steve Blackman, Howard Finkel, Ted DiBiase, Eric Bischoff, Marty Jannetty, Gangrel, Trish Stratus, Lita, Sunny, 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. The Raw 15th Anniversary DVD was also released which featured some of the most memorable moments in Raw history.

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WWE began their 2008 year with a new HD set, which consisted of more than 1,000,000 LEDs. 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 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.

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On February 15, at No Way Out, Edge won the World Heavyweight Championship in Raw's Elimination Chamber match, thus making it a SmackDown exclusive title and giving SmackDown two top tier championships. 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. SmackDown would regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash (2009) when Edge defeated John Cena to win the championship. 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 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." After buying Raw back, McMahon announced that instead of 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 Famers, or celebrities.

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The theme song for the Raw brand is "...To Be Loved" by Papa Roach, which has been used for the Raw brand since October 9, 2006. Previous to this, Raw's theme song was "Across the Nation", by The Union Underground.

Since March 10, 1997, broadcasts of Raw were split into two hours and given hourly names for 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, SmackDown, and ECW) would be broadcast in HD, 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.

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Episode Date Rating Notes
Monday Night RAW January 11,1993 N/A First Episode
Raw Bowl January 1, 1996 2.6
Raw Championship Friday September 6, 1996 2.4
Royal Rumble

Raw

February 3, 1997 2.6 First two-hour broadcast.Featured clips from the Royal Rumble.
Raw is Owen May 24, 1999 7.2 Tribute in memory of Owen Hart.
The 2009 Draft March 25, 2002 5.4 .
Raw X Anniversary January 13, 2003 3.9 Award show that celebrated the 10th anniversary.
The 2004 WWE Draft March 22, 2004 4.5 The First Draft Lottery that featured a supplemental draft.
Raw Homecoming October 3, 2005 4.4 First three-hour broadcast.Return to the USA Network.
Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show November 14, 2005 4.5 Tribute in memory of Eddie Guerrero.
Tribute to the Troops December 19, 2005 3.7 Christmas from Afghanistan.Honored American armed forces.
Raw Family Reunion October 9, 2006 3.8 Featured talent from all three brands.
Tribute to the Troops December 25, 2006 2.7 Christmas from Baghdad.Honored American armed forces.
Draft 3-Hour Special June 11, 2007 3.8 Featured the 2007 WWE Draft.
Chris Benoit 3-Hour Memorial June 25, 2007 3.8 Memorial to Chris Benoit.Clip show in international markets. Originally set to be a tribute to the storyline death of Mr. McMahon
Raw 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007 4.4 Celebrated 15th anniversary.
Tribute to the Troops December 24, 2007 2.5 Christmas from Iraq.Honored American armed forces.
King of the Ring April 21, 2008 3.0 King of the Ring tournament.Featured talent from all three brands.[24]
2008 WWE Draft June 23, 2008 3.4 Featured the 2008 WWE Draft.
Raw's 800th Episode November 3, 2008 3.04 Celebrated 800th episode.
2008 Slammy Awards December 8, 2008 3.02 Slammy Award show.Featured talent from all three brands.
2009 WWE Draft April 13, 2009 3.73 Featured the 2009 WWE Draft.
The 3-For-All June 15, 2009 3.72 Featured talent from all three brands.Three World Championships were defended;WWE, ECW, and World Heavyweight.
Trump Raw June 22, 2009 4.5 The first commercial-free broadcast.

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Championship Current champion(s) Date won Event Previous champion(s)
WWE Championship CM Punk November ,20 2011 Survivor Series 2011 Survivor Series

Alberto Del Rio

WWE United States Championship Santino Marella March,5 2012 Raw Montel Vontavious Porter

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Owner Date started Date finished Notes
Ric Flair November 9, 2001 June 10, 2002 Lost his position as per match stipulation against Vince McMahon.New General Managers were assigned to Raw and SmackDownin the following weeks.
Vince McMahon June 10, 2002 June 15, 2009
Donald Trump June 15, 2009 June 22, 2009 It was announced that Trump had purchased Raw from Vince McMahon on June 15, 2009.[29]
Vince McMahon June 22, 2009 Present McMahon repurchased Raw for double of what Trump had paid.
General Manager Date started Date finished Notes
Eric Bischoff July 15, 2002 December 5, 2005 Steve Austin served as "Co-General Manager" and "Sheriff"periodically through Bischoff's term.Mick Foley served as "Co-General Manager" through December 2003.
Vince McMahon December 5, 2005 June 11, 2007 Jonathan Coachman served as "Executive Assistant" from May 2006to June 2007.
Jonathan Coachman June 11, 2007 August 6, 2007 Served as "Executive Assistant" from August 2007 to January 2008.
William Regal August 6, 2007 May 19, 2008 Lost his position as per match stipulation against Mr. Kennedy.
Mike Adamle July 28, 2008 November 3, 2008 Resigned in November 2008.
Shane McMahon

Stephanie McMahon

November 3, 2008 November 24, 2008 Control reverted to the McMahonsPosition was claimed by Stephanie McMahon.
Stephanie McMahon November 24, 2008 April 6, 2009 Took leave of absence on February 23, 2009.Vickie Guerrero served as "Interim General Manager" until April 2009.
Vickie Guerrero April 6, 2009 June 8, 2009 Opted to fully take over the position on Raw and resigned asGeneral Manager of SmackDown. Resigned in June 2009.
Guest host(s) June 29, 2009 Present Using Donald Trump's Idea of No General Manager.

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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 - November 1993
Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan November 1993 - December 6, 1993
Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo December 13, 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 1994August 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 and Jerry Lawler November 2001 - June 19, 2005
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 2005May 8, 2006 - June 16, 2008
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler November 1998 - April 1999June 30, 2008 - Present

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Ring Announcer Dates
Howard Finkel January 1993 - August 2002
Tony Chimel April 1997 - August 1999
Justin Roberts March 2007 - June 2007
Lilian Garcia August 1999 - Present

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Segment Host Years Notes
The King's Court Jerry Lawler 1993 - 1995 In-ring interview segment.
The Heartbreak Hotel Shawn Michaels 1994 In-ring interview segment.[30]
The Brother Love Show Brother Love 1995 - 1996 In-ring interview segment.
The Pillman XXX Files Brian Pillman 1997 Video segment.
The Love Shack Dude Love 1998 In-ring interview segment.
Highlight Reel Chris Jericho 2003 - 20052008 In-ring interview segment.
White Boy Challenge Rodney Mack

Theodore R. Long

2003 Five minute match challenge to Caucasian talent.Discontinued following Mack's defeat by Goldberg
WWE Diva Search Jonathan Coachman
The MizTodd Grisham
2004 - 2007 WWE Diva Search competition segment.[31]
Masterlock Challenge Chris Masters 2005 - 2007 Submission challenge to break Masters' Masterlock hold.Discontinued after Bobby Lashley broke the hold.
Kurt Angle Invitational Kurt Angle 2005 Three minute match challenge for Angle's gold medals.Discontinued after Angle moved to SmackDown.
Carlito's Cabana Carlito 20052007 - 2008 In-ring interview segment.Discontinued after Carlito moved to SmackDown.
Piper's Pit Roddy Piper 2005 In-ring interview segment.
The Cutting Edge Edge 2005 - 2008 In-ring interview segment.Discontinued after Edge moved to SmackDown.
Striker's Classroom Matt Striker 2005 - 20062008 In-ring interview segment.Discontinued after Striker moved to ECW.One-time appearance on August 4, 2008.
Kiss Cam Various 2005 - 2009 Audience interaction segment
V.I.P. Lounge Montel Vontavious Porter 2009-Present in-ring interview segment

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The show currently airs live on the USA Network (and on tape delay Wednesdays on mun2, and Sundays on Telemundo in Spanish) in the United States. In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, Raw airs live on Sky Sports 3. It also currently broadcasts on tape delay in Canada on The Score and Global Quebec, in Australia on FOX8, in Portugal on Sport TV, in Germany on Sky Sport, in Israel on Sport 1, in Italy on SKY Italia, in Belgium on AB3, in Finland on MTV3 MAX, in Malaysia on Astro Super Sport, in New Zealand on The Box, in Greece on Nova Sports 3, in India and Pakistan on TEN Sports, in the Philippines on Jack TV and RPN (through its alliance with C/S), in Chile on Chilevisión, in Mexico on Canal 5, 52MX and TVC Deportes, in Bulgaria on GTV, in Panama on RPC Canal 4, in Costa Rica on Repretel Canal 11, in Peru on ATV, in Saudi Arabia and Middle East on ART SPORT, in Poland on Extreme Sports Channel, in Romania on Sport.ro, in Serbia on Fox televizija, in Spain on Cuatro, in France on NT1 and RTL9, in Argentina on Canal 9 (Argentina) and on AFN Xtra. Raw is also currently being aired on E.tv in South Africa, in Suriname on Rasonic television, on Canal VTV in El Salvador and in Honduras on Canal 5. Occasionally, Raw is aired on same-day tape delay when WWE is on an overseas tour.

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WWE A.M. Raw
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Format Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw brand
Opening theme "...To Be Loved" by Papa Roach
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 200 (as of July 25, 2009)
Production
Running time 1 hour
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run October 8, 2005 – present
External links
Official website

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 with a ticker along the bottom section of the screen that provides information about WWE, including trivia and live event news. The ticker has since been discontinued.