January 23rd in 2023 was the thirty year anniversary of the hit television show, Monday Night RAW, that caters to sports entertainment audiences.
Over the years, the fans have seen some outrageous stories and matches by the WWE on its flagship show. The company’s hey day for the show is considered to be in the Attitude Era when millions of people would watch the antics of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Bret Hart, HHH, Shawn Michaels, and more on a weekly basis.
The program was a success out of the gate and transitioned the industry from the 80s style of programming that dominated the weekend cartoon time slots. The WWE entered an age where those fans grew up and wanted a more raw product for lack of a better word. Gone were the days of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage that broke records on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event in the 80s. Now, it was a “New Generation” of wrestlers and fans.
However, something happened in 1995 when Ted Turner’s WCW bought out the top stars that helped built the WWE then WWF empire. As Eric Bischoff who headed World Championship Wrestling, advised Turner that he should go toe to toe with Vince Mcmahon’s Monday wrestling shows, a war broke out between the two leagues.
It would become known as the legendary Monday Night War and the biggest blow in the early days of the competition was WWE losing flagship “New Generation” stars in Diesel (Kevin Nash) and Razor Ramone (Scott Hall). They would team up with Hulk Hogan for the iconic N.W.O. aka New World Order of wrestling.
Eventually, the WWE would come back with a plethora of new stars such as The Rock and Steve Austin to win out the multiple year feud between the organizations giving fans all time great entertainment. Now in 2023, the company is rumored to be selling its assets for possibly up to 6 billion dollars. Will this be the last RAW anniversary show under Vince Mcmahon? Who knows.
Another rumor that hit the internet on the day of RAW XXX, included Steve Austin making a comeback by having loads of money thrown at him to face the current champion Roman Reigns according to a report. With the sale rumors in the last few weeks, could we be seeing the swan song of perhaps the biggest RAW superstar ever in the main event of WrestleMania?
Despite his advanced age, Steve Austin made a return at last year’s event and satisfied paying customers with his performance against Kevin Owens. Is Vince Mcmahon and HHH giving fans one last big send off this year at WrestleMania before the company has new owners? Time will tell.