January 2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of WWE’s flagship show, Raw. The first episode of the show aired all the way back in 1993, and it has been an integral part of WWE’s programming ever since. Some of the greatest matches and moments in pro wrestling history have occurred on Monday night Raw and the juggernaut of a show is showing no signs of slowing any time soon.
Naturally the 25th anniversary of Raw is reason to celebrate, just like any of the show’s milestones throughout history. The flagship’s 10th and 20th years were celebrated in epic fashion and the 1000th episode of Raw was looked upon, quite rightly, as a huge deal.
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WWE released a statement via WWE.com on Monday with a few details about what fans can expect from the marquee show. The 25th anniversary Raw will take place on Monday the 22nd of January and will actually emanate from two different buildings. It appears that the main show featuring most of the current roster – from both Raw and SmackDown Live – will take place at the Barclays Center, while another show will also be happening at the same time at the Manhattan Center, the home of the very first episode of Raw.
That’s not all! The biggest news coming from the 25th anniversary announcement is that The Undertaker will be returning to WWE television for the first time since he was defeated by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. Most fans have assumed that The Deadman had called it a day when it comes to pro wrestling but this news is the first concrete evidence that Taker might not be done quite yet. The Phenom will be at the Manhattan Center.
The Undertaker isn’t the only big name from the past confirmed for the bumper edition of Raw either. Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash will also make appearances, also at the Manhattan Center along with The Undertaker. Both HBK and The Deadman appeared on the first ever episode of Raw back in 1993, so it’ll be pretty special to have them both on the 25th anniversary special. The statement from WWE has promised that other legends will be announced for the show, but for now those are the only three names confirmed.
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WWE makes no bones about bragging when it comes to Raw. They often remind us that their flagship is the longest running episodic weekly show in US history, and who can blame them? The fact that Raw will be celebrating its 25th birthday in January has flown under the radar, but that’s all about to change. The promise of an Undertaker appearance is a big way to kick off the announcements and who knows what else will be added to the show between now and January 22nd?