Archived from on May 13, 2008. SmackDown would regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash 2009 when Edge defeated John Cena to win the championship. This would be the first time since March 2001 that two major wrestling promotions would go head-to-head in a Monday night ratings competition. . On the August 29 episode of Raw, Triple H announced that talent from SmackDown could appear on Raw and Raw talent could appear on SmackDown, thus ending the Brand Extension. The Raw formula was very different than that of its predecessor,.
Later, Tony Schiavone, on orders from Eric Bischoff, gave away Mankind's pre-taped victory on Raw, which resulted in over 600,000 viewers switching to Raw. On the March 4 episode of Raw they went Old School for the second time. That Tuesday, returned to to finish out three matches that were not shown because of the lost power feed. As the nWo storyline grew stagnant, fan interest waned and Raw began to close the ratings gap. 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. McMahon made Jonathan Coachman his Executive Assistant. Raw is also currently being aired on in.
The original Raw broke new ground in televised professional wrestling. While the service did show episodes of Nitro, they are often edited. Undertaker storyline, leading up to ; and characters like , , or. Former ring announcer announced that night while the SmackDown roster took part in production of the Raw episode. On January 14, Raw celebrated 20 years.
The only wrestlers elevated to main-event status at this time were Booker T, and. The featured matches on the one-hour broadcast were versus , versus , and taking on. The rock band appeared in August 1999, and debuted a wrestler named while performing. Kevin Nash retained the title. In March 1993, Rob Bartlett was dropped from the broadcasting team and was replaced by Bobby Heenan. At SummerSlam the titles were unified. On the January 7, 2013 episode of Raw, The Rock came back again.
Ended on Raw, when won the invitational; Angle would end the challenge after winning his gold medals back at. The ratings showed that, much like the first Monday Night War, Raw came out on top, averaging 5. After scoring its lowest ever rating at 0. Nitro beat Raw in the ratings for 84 consecutive weeks until Raw finally regained ground in the ratings war. Archived from on December 20, 2007.
Unlike Tenay, Schiavone called the first hour from ringside and would call the second hour in the booth alongside Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay. Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko would call the first hour of Nitro from ringside, and Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan would take over from their booth near the set at the top of the second hour. The last version of Nitro was shown on March 26, 2001. Raw came from the , a small theater and played live each week. Some fans also looked at Raw taping results on the steadily-growing ; as a result, this caused the of the taped Raw episodes to be lower.
This meant that Raw was live one week and taped the next. Owen's brother pays tribute to him during the broadcast. Besides broadcasting from various arenas and locations across the and such as the in suburban , from which the very first episode was broadcast , Nitro also organized special broadcasts from the in in 1996, aired annual Spring Break-Out episodes from or starting in March 1997, and filmed some episodes in and the during the fall of 2000. While Raw was taking a new approach to programming, Nitro would start making lackluster shows with the same storylines. These segments ended prematurely with the September 29, 1997 episode of Raw, after the death of Pillman on October 5, 1997 due to hereditary heart problems. According to , it was the lowest rated Nitro ever. White Boy Challenge 2003 Challenge to wrestlers to defeat Rodney Mack in under five-minute stipulation.
This was the first time that Raw had been shown with no viewers and had Vince McMahon breaking to address the viewers at home. McMahon to Bischoff for his refereeing job at Cyber Sunday. On March 10, 1997, Monday Night Raw officially became Raw is War. After Mankind won the title, many fans then switched back to Nitro, which still had five minutes of air time left. For a short period, however, it was moved to Sunday mornings at 2 a.
William Regal won the battle royal. At one point, Eric Bischoff challenged Vince McMahon to face him in a match to be held at. Following this, the soon became Raw-exclusive as well. In April 1998, a few weeks after won his first , Raw beat Nitro in the ratings for the first time in almost two years. The segment transferred to when Striker was moved to that brand. Superstars such as Kane, Val Venis, Goldust, etc.
The most frequent host of Kiss Cam is Maria, although others on the Raw brand have hosted the popular segment. 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. Nitro's ratings were continuing to lose ground to Raw's and Bischoff eventually left the company in July 2000 after an incident involving Hogan and Russo. The Raw is War logo and name were retired in September 2001, following the and sensitivity over the word war. The only wrestler to appear on both Nitro and Raw on the same night was Rick Rude. Return to the Tribute Show November 14, 2005 4. Since March 10, 1997, broadcasts of Raw were split into two hours and given hourly names for , with the first hour being referred to as Raw is War and the second as War Zone by the show's on-screen graphics.