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  • Publication date: September 22, 2011

Often Imitated but Never Duplicated WWE Raw: The Beginning & End of Pro Wrestling

The WWE (once known as WWF) began its reign in the early 80s. A deviation from traditional wrestling, WWE took a theatrical approach to the sport that included stunts, entraining characters, and soap opera type storylines. Various wrestlers had ongoing rivalries with each other, trash talking was a regularity, and an occasional chair to the head emphasized WWE�s anarchist take on the once by the book sport.

The WWE (once known as WWF) began its reign in the early 80s. A deviation from traditional wrestling, WWE took a theatrical approach to the sport that included stunts, entraining characters, and soap opera type storylines. Various wrestlers had ongoing rivalries with each other, trash talking was a regularity, and an occasional chair to the head emphasized WWE�s anarchist take on the once by the book sport.

In 1993 the WWE introduced Monday Night Raw, an hour-long weekly event pitting its most notorious wrestlers against one another, and sometimes in teams. When bodies were not being slammed inside the ring, plots and feuds developed on the outside � often with announcers and WWE�s founder, Vince McMahon in the middle. As a live broadcast, wrestlers� ability to perform complex acrobatics and memorize scripts on the fly separated the best from the merely mediocre.

More importantly, however, Raw marked the beginning of WWE�s transformation. Its brand of professional wrestling no longer targeted only children and teenagers, but also moms, dads, college students, and essentially anyone who could appreciate the stamina required to perform potentially backbreaking moves. Slowly, the public began to realize that professional wrestlers possessed the same talent and dedication as players in traditional sports such as football, basketball, or baseball.

With 17 seasons under its belt Raw remains one of the longest running weekly programs in television history. MBC will not deprive viewers of the WWE�s rich past by starting with later seasons however; the earliest years of Raw introduced audiences to charismatic and legendary characters such as Bam Bam Bigelow, Diesel, Earthquake, Lex Luger, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Tatanka, Ted DiBiase, The 1-2-3 Kid, The Undertaker, Yokozuna and countless others. Tune in to see the beginnings of the Raw empire.

Showing On: MBC Action

Year: 1994

Duration: 60 Minutes

Genre: Sports Entertainment, Professional Wrestling

Created By: Vince McMahon

Rating: TV-PG

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