Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Ryback vie for the right to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules at the WWE Monday Night Raw at the Frank Erwin Center on April 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images)
Facts Only Hardcore Fans Know About WWE Raw
The Name Raw
Wrestling show names usually pack a punch and are easily marketable, but WWF wanted a show that was grungy, dirty, unpolished, and uncensored. The show's original working title was "Down & Dirty," but after showing low marketability, the producers wanted a name to show anything that can happen.
Manhattan Center
Vince McMahon had a grand vision for "Raw" to be in an elegant setting to give the show an upscale vibe, but the Manhattan Center was not a permanent venue. It was a nightmare to get over a thousand fans to the 8th-floor set, and some wrestlers complained about the cost of relocating to New York for taping.
Post-WrestleMania Raw
The episode of "Raw" that follows WrestleMania weekend always features a hot crowd and big surprises. However, the first "Raw" after WrestleMania was pre-taped and gave a lamentable debut of Jerry "The King" Lawler, making it notably lackluster in comparison with today's standards.
The First Title Change
Usually reserved for pay-per-view matches, a title change can make an episode historic. "Raw" had been on the air for about 4 months when Shawn Michaels defeated Marty Jannetty to capture the Intercontinental Championship, helping boost the credibility of "Raw" as a major player on Monday nights.
Gun Segment
During one of the most infamous, heated segments, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin broke into Brian Pillman's house for a confrontation, and Pillman pulled a gun on him. After several viewer complaints, USA Network almost dropped the show, and WWF agreed to tone down the content.