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-->''"You are watching the longest running weekly episonic television show in history! This is Monday Night Raw!"''
-->--MichaelCole

A ProfessionalWrestling {{series}} that currently showcases the superstars of the Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Raw'' brand (the full name of the program is ''WWE Monday Night Raw''). Airing new episodes year-round (for the most part) since its debut in 1993 - with over 1,000 episodes (and counting) under its belt so far - ''Raw'' is the [[LongRunners longest running series in the company's history, and one of the longest in television history]].

It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}-{{Universal}}).

During [[TheNineties the '90s]], ''Raw'' had fierce competition in the form of ''{{WCW}} Monday Nitro'', which led to the legendary period known as The Monday Night Wars, a source of the industry's biggest success (and some of its most famous [[TakeThat Take Thats]]). Because ''Raw'' was generally pre-taped in its early years, WCW's Eric Bischoff would often spoil the results of the program on ''Nitro'', which was aired live every week. It also helped that WCW had a hot faction in the form of the NewWorldOrder. For 84 consecutive weeks, ''Nitro'' beat ''Raw'' in {{ratings}}, and WCW nearly sent WWE into bankruptcy during this period.

In reflection of the company's shift into the DarkerAndEdgier AttitudeEra, the show was re-christened ''Raw is War'' - apporpriate, considering the series was at war with ''Nitro''. In a TakeThat that went [[EpicFail horribly, horribly, wrong]] for WCW, the January 4, 1999 episode of ''Nitro'' featured Tony Schiavone spoiling the results of that same night's (pre-taped) episode of ''Raw'' by saying MickFoley (who wrestled for a time in WCW under the name Cactus Jack) would win the WWE Championship, [[SarcasmMode sarcastically following up]] with "That's gonna put some butts in the seats." The jab backfired as a half-million viewers switched the channel to ''Raw'' to see Foley win the title. It also didn't help that ''Nitro'' provided those who stuck by ''Nitro'' with a WCW Championship match that infamously ended in under a minute with the FingerpokeOfDoom. Following that night, people would bring signs to WWE events that read "Foley put my butt in this seat!" This marked the beginning of the tides turning between the two programs, with ''Raw'' starting to beat ''Nitro'' in ratings, and when ''Raw'' permanently switched to a live format starting in September 1999 (thanks to healthy pay-per-view buyrates), ''Nitro'' had no more spoilers of the competition to fall back on.

In September 2001 (a few months after WWE bought out WCW), ''Raw is War'' was renamed to simply ''Raw'' in light of the 9/11 attacks, although a few years later the name would be reverted to ''Monday Night Raw'', with ''Raw'' back to a convenient short-name. (It should be noted that starting in 1997, the second hour of ''Raw'' was called ''War Zone''; this was - and still is - done for reasons relating to measuring television ratings. When the ''Raw is War'' name was dropped, the second hour became ''Raw Zone''.)

With the brand extension of 2002, WWE was split into two brands: the ''Raw'' brand and the ''[=SmackDown=]'' brand (a third brand, ''{{ECW}}'', was around from mid-2006 to early 2010). Since then, ''Raw'' has developed a reputation for housing established veterans and high-level main eventers.

From 2009 to late 2010, [[ExecutiveMeddling thanks to a mandate by network overlords NBC-Universal]], ''Raw'' was given a special "guest host" gimmick where a celebrity / group of celebrities of varying levels of fame hosted an episode each week, and - up until the appointment of a General Manager - they were also allowed to book matches, having been given "unlimited power" by VinceMcMahon. While quite a few were [[Horrible/ProfessionalWrestling undoubtedly stinkers]] (Dennis Miller, ZZ Top), there were some gems as well (SethGreen, [[ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]], WilliamShatner, Mike Tyson), and it was thanks to this gimmick that BretHart returned to ''Raw'' for the first time since the MontrealScrewjob. The guest host gimmick eventually started losing steam after Bret Hart was named Raw's General Manager (a role he served for a couple of months before being "taken out" by TheNexus); eventually, guest hosts were called "guest stars" to reflect their loss of booking power, and showed up mainly to shill their latest stuff. By the end of 2010, the "guest stars" gimmick was dropped almost entirely.

On July 23, 2012, ''Raw'' aired its [[MilestoneCelebration 1000th episode]], and with it switched from a two hour format to a three hour format.

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!!'''Tropes featured include:'''

* AbortedArc: For example the Anonymous Raw GM storyline. In June 2010, Vince [=McMahon=] appointed a new Raw General Manager "who [preferred] to stay anonymous" and thus relayed all his orders through a laptop computer seated next to the announcer table. Despite some teasing hints that went nowhere, some mildly heelish decisions and a couple of feuds (including one where Edge actually beat up the laptop), his identity was never revealed and the whole thing was quietly swept under the rug in October 2011 when Triple H took over. It was eventually resolved in July 2012 when Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.
** A far worse example would be the "GM-less" era; after Eric Bischoff was fired from the position in December 05, the central story Raw was who would replace him. ShaneMcMahon, Dusty Rhodes, and various other big names were teased, along with a running gag of the most unlikely people approaching Vince and asking for the job only to be blown off. After about a month or two, the whole thing was dropped, with one glaring problem; ''there was still no general manager''. The position would not be filled until June of 07, a year and a half later, and would receive no mention up until that point. That is, until the July 9, 2012 episode of RAW when the mystery RAW GM was finally revealed (more on that later).
* BadBoss: Whoever is in charge of the show tends to be one of these (i.e. VinceMcMahon, Eric Bischoff, John Laurinaitis ), as opposed to Smackdown's typically more benevolent GM's.
* BroadcastLive: since September 1999.
* ChannelHop: From USA to TNN/Spike and back.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: When BretHart appeared in 2010 after the MontrealScrewjob he said that he guessed hell just froze over.
** The same kind of effect was created in 2002 when Eric Bischoff first appeared on the show. And Vince ''hugged'' him.
* DuelingShows: With WCW Nitro, causing the WWF to push the envelope more. The ratings for Raw have never been as high since then.
** During the early days of the Brand Extension era (i.e. back when WWE was actually taking the idea seriously and wrestlers stayed on their own shows), Raw had a {{kayfabe}} rivalry with Smackdown.
* EnemyMine: The 2010 rise of the Nexus PowerStable on ''{{WWE Raw}}'' saw the [[RivalsTeamUp teaming up of former rivals]] like JohnCena, {{Edge}}, and ChrisJericho after each getting ambushed by the Nexus.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The NXT season one rookies were just some wet-behind-the-ears, fresh-out-of-training nobodies -- maybe something someday, but for now not worth much. Then they banded together to form The Nexus, and completely tore apart MondayNightRaw. For a few months after that, they were "the biggest threat WWE has ever faced" -- bigger than The Alliance, bigger than the NWo, bigger than the [=McMahon-Helmsley Regime=], you name it. Ironically, their undoing came when [[BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], the only rookie who actually had a good amount of experience before coming on NXT, and who had been expelled from the group for showing remorse, joined the WWE wrestlers in the fight against The Nexus.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: An anonymous general manager who only communicates to whomever's in the arena via e-mails sent to MichaelCole. On the July 9, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, his identity was revealed to be [[spoiler:Hornswoggle]].
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the Dec 6, 2010 edition, circumstances had led to CMPunk subbing for MichaelCole in reading the e-mail from the Raw General Manager, a role that Punk played up for all its worth.
--> '''CMPunk:''' I've always really wanted to do this. [[BorrowedCatchphrase I HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL]]!
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Called "The Red Brand" by both the IWC and the WWE staff themselves.
* LighterAndSofter: Since it went from being TV-14 to TV-PG.
* LongRunner: It's been on the air constantly since 1993. [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative And they will not let you forget it.]]
** LongRunnerCastTurnover: Since Raw has been on the air for close to 20 years and the wrestling business being what it is, this is kind of a given.
* MilestoneCelebration: Whenever they've celebrates an anniversary, with the latest being the 1000th episode.
* MuppetCameo: Yes, the Muppets did show up on ''Raw'' during the HalloweenEpisode. Notable highlights include Sheamus meeting up with Beaker and StatlerAndWaldorf snarking on the main event as only they could.
* PoliticianGuestStar: One 2008 episode featured campaign speeches from BarackObama, Hillary Clinton, and John [=McCain=]. Later in that same show, Obama and Clinton impersonators went head-to-head in an alleged wrestling match.
* ProductPlacement: Frequent -- see the trope page for some specific examples.
* PunkInTheTrunk: At one point, Wrestling/{{Kane}} and TripleH were in a feud; and at the end of the episode Kane tossed Trip into a car's trunk and drove off - but then we saw the car trunk pop open just as they were going to black! Oops. Dealt with at the top of the next episode:
-->'''TripleH''': I've got a special guest gonna come out here later - but before we come to that, I'd like to give a little personal message to Kane. Kane, this is just advice, but next time you try to accost somebody by sticking them into the trunk of a car, you should try to make sure that the trunk does not have one of those child safety latches on the roof - I mean, you can just pull it and jump OUT of the trunk before the person even drives off. Just a bit of advice.
* {{Retraux}}: The Monday Night Raw "Old School" special in 2010.
* ThemeTune
** NoThemeTune: The opening credits were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap.
** RealSongThemeTune: During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''SmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach and "Burn It To The Ground" by {{Nickelback}}. "The Energy" by {{Shinedown}} is currently sometimes used as bumper music.
** ThematicThemeTune: Currently used with "The Night" by Kromestatik, albeit as bumper music these days. Also seen in the past with "Thorn in Your Eye", "All Together Now" and Union Underground's "Across the Nation".
* TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek: A lot of the ProductPlacement comes in this form.
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-->''"You are watching the longest running weekly episonic television show in history! This is Monday Night Raw!"''
-->--MichaelCole

A ProfessionalWrestling {{series}} that currently showcases the superstars of the Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Raw'' brand (the full name of the program is ''WWE Monday Night Raw''). Airing new episodes year-round (for the most part) since its debut in 1993 - with over 1,000 episodes (and counting) under its belt so far - ''Raw'' is the [[LongRunners longest running series in the company's history, and one of the longest in television history]].

It originally aired on the USANetwork, [[ChannelHop switched]] to the National Network (TNN) - now known as SpikeTV - in 2000, and went back to USA in 2005, with its first night back on the Network dubbed the "WWE Homecoming" (which isn't far off, considering that the 'E has since formed a trusty partnership with USA's parent company, Creator/{{NBC}}-{{Universal}}).

During [[TheNineties the '90s]], ''Raw'' had fierce competition in the form of ''{{WCW}} Monday Nitro'', which led to the legendary period known as The Monday Night Wars, a source of the industry's biggest success (and some of its most famous [[TakeThat Take Thats]]). Because ''Raw'' was generally pre-taped in its early years, WCW's Eric Bischoff would often spoil the results of the program on ''Nitro'', which was aired live every week. It also helped that WCW had a hot faction in the form of the NewWorldOrder. For 84 consecutive weeks, ''Nitro'' beat ''Raw'' in {{ratings}}, and WCW nearly sent WWE into bankruptcy during this period.

In reflection of the company's shift into the DarkerAndEdgier AttitudeEra, the show was re-christened ''Raw is War'' - apporpriate, considering the series was at war with ''Nitro''. In a TakeThat that went [[EpicFail horribly, horribly, wrong]] for WCW, the January 4, 1999 episode of ''Nitro'' featured Tony Schiavone spoiling the results of that same night's (pre-taped) episode of ''Raw'' by saying MickFoley (who wrestled for a time in WCW under the name Cactus Jack) would win the WWE Championship, [[SarcasmMode sarcastically following up]] with "That's gonna put some butts in the seats." The jab backfired as a half-million viewers switched the channel to ''Raw'' to see Foley win the title. It also didn't help that ''Nitro'' provided those who stuck by ''Nitro'' with a WCW Championship match that infamously ended in under a minute with the FingerpokeOfDoom. Following that night, people would bring signs to WWE events that read "Foley put my butt in this seat!" This marked the beginning of the tides turning between the two programs, with ''Raw'' starting to beat ''Nitro'' in ratings, and when ''Raw'' permanently switched to a live format starting in September 1999 (thanks to healthy pay-per-view buyrates), ''Nitro'' had no more spoilers of the competition to fall back on.

In September 2001 (a few months after WWE bought out WCW), ''Raw is War'' was renamed to simply ''Raw'' in light of the 9/11 attacks, although a few years later the name would be reverted to ''Monday Night Raw'', with ''Raw'' back to a convenient short-name. (It should be noted that starting in 1997, the second hour of ''Raw'' was called ''War Zone''; this was - and still is - done for reasons relating to measuring television ratings. When the ''Raw is War'' name was dropped, the second hour became ''Raw Zone''.)

With the brand extension of 2002, WWE was split into two brands: the ''Raw'' brand and the ''[=SmackDown=]'' brand (a third brand, ''{{ECW}}'', was around from mid-2006 to early 2010). Since then, ''Raw'' has developed a reputation for housing established veterans and high-level main eventers.

From 2009 to late 2010, [[ExecutiveMeddling thanks to a mandate by network overlords NBC-Universal]], ''Raw'' was given a special "guest host" gimmick where a celebrity / group of celebrities of varying levels of fame hosted an episode each week, and - up until the appointment of a General Manager - they were also allowed to book matches, having been given "unlimited power" by VinceMcMahon. While quite a few were [[Horrible/ProfessionalWrestling undoubtedly stinkers]] (Dennis Miller, ZZ Top), there were some gems as well (SethGreen, [[ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]], WilliamShatner, Mike Tyson), and it was thanks to this gimmick that BretHart returned to ''Raw'' for the first time since the MontrealScrewjob. The guest host gimmick eventually started losing steam after Bret Hart was named Raw's General Manager (a role he served for a couple of months before being "taken out" by TheNexus); eventually, guest hosts were called "guest stars" to reflect their loss of booking power, and showed up mainly to shill their latest stuff. By the end of 2010, the "guest stars" gimmick was dropped almost entirely.

On July 23, 2012, ''Raw'' aired its [[MilestoneCelebration 1000th episode]], and with it switched from a two hour format to a three hour format.

----
!!'''Tropes featured include:'''

* AbortedArc: For example the Anonymous Raw GM storyline. In June 2010, Vince [=McMahon=] appointed a new Raw General Manager "who [preferred] to stay anonymous" and thus relayed all his orders through a laptop computer seated next to the announcer table. Despite some teasing hints that went nowhere, some mildly heelish decisions and a couple of feuds (including one where Edge actually beat up the laptop), his identity was never revealed and the whole thing was quietly swept under the rug in October 2011 when Triple H took over. It was eventually resolved in July 2012 when Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.
** A far worse example would be the "GM-less" era; after Eric Bischoff was fired from the position in December 05, the central story Raw was who would replace him. ShaneMcMahon, Dusty Rhodes, and various other big names were teased, along with a running gag of the most unlikely people approaching Vince and asking for the job only to be blown off. After about a month or two, the whole thing was dropped, with one glaring problem; ''there was still no general manager''. The position would not be filled until June of 07, a year and a half later, and would receive no mention up until that point. That is, until the July 9, 2012 episode of RAW when the mystery RAW GM was finally revealed (more on that later).
* BadBoss: Whoever is in charge of the show tends to be one of these (i.e. VinceMcMahon, Eric Bischoff, John Laurinaitis ), as opposed to Smackdown's typically more benevolent GM's.
* BroadcastLive: since September 1999.
* ChannelHop: From USA to TNN/Spike and back.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: When BretHart appeared in 2010 after the MontrealScrewjob he said that he guessed hell just froze over.
** The same kind of effect was created in 2002 when Eric Bischoff first appeared on the show. And Vince ''hugged'' him.
* DuelingShows: With WCW Nitro, causing the WWF to push the envelope more. The ratings for Raw have never been as high since then.
** During the early days of the Brand Extension era (i.e. back when WWE was actually taking the idea seriously and wrestlers stayed on their own shows), Raw had a {{kayfabe}} rivalry with Smackdown.
* EnemyMine: The 2010 rise of the Nexus PowerStable on ''{{WWE Raw}}'' saw the [[RivalsTeamUp teaming up of former rivals]] like JohnCena, {{Edge}}, and ChrisJericho after each getting ambushed by the Nexus.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The NXT season one rookies were just some wet-behind-the-ears, fresh-out-of-training nobodies -- maybe something someday, but for now not worth much. Then they banded together to form The Nexus, and completely tore apart MondayNightRaw. For a few months after that, they were "the biggest threat WWE has ever faced" -- bigger than The Alliance, bigger than the NWo, bigger than the [=McMahon-Helmsley Regime=], you name it. Ironically, their undoing came when [[BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], the only rookie who actually had a good amount of experience before coming on NXT, and who had been expelled from the group for showing remorse, joined the WWE wrestlers in the fight against The Nexus.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: An anonymous general manager who only communicates to whomever's in the arena via e-mails sent to MichaelCole. On the July 9, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, his identity was revealed to be [[spoiler:Hornswoggle]].
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the Dec 6, 2010 edition, circumstances had led to CMPunk subbing for MichaelCole in reading the e-mail from the Raw General Manager, a role that Punk played up for all its worth.
--> '''CMPunk:''' I've always really wanted to do this. [[BorrowedCatchphrase I HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL]]!
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Called "The Red Brand" by both the IWC and the WWE staff themselves.
* LighterAndSofter: Since it went from being TV-14 to TV-PG.
* LongRunner: It's been on the air constantly since 1993. [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative And they will not let you forget it.]]
** LongRunnerCastTurnover: Since Raw has been on the air for close to 20 years and the wrestling business being what it is, this is kind of a given.
* MilestoneCelebration: Whenever they've celebrates an anniversary, with the latest being the 1000th episode.
* MuppetCameo: Yes, the Muppets did show up on ''Raw'' during the HalloweenEpisode. Notable highlights include Sheamus meeting up with Beaker and StatlerAndWaldorf snarking on the main event as only they could.
* PoliticianGuestStar: One 2008 episode featured campaign speeches from BarackObama, Hillary Clinton, and John [=McCain=]. Later in that same show, Obama and Clinton impersonators went head-to-head in an alleged wrestling match.
* ProductPlacement: Frequent -- see the trope page for some specific examples.
* PunkInTheTrunk: At one point, Wrestling/{{Kane}} and TripleH were in a feud; and at the end of the episode Kane tossed Trip into a car's trunk and drove off - but then we saw the car trunk pop open just as they were going to black! Oops. Dealt with at the top of the next episode:
-->'''TripleH''': I've got a special guest gonna come out here later - but before we come to that, I'd like to give a little personal message to Kane. Kane, this is just advice, but next time you try to accost somebody by sticking them into the trunk of a car, you should try to make sure that the trunk does not have one of those child safety latches on the roof - I mean, you can just pull it and jump OUT of the trunk before the person even drives off. Just a bit of advice.
* {{Retraux}}: The Monday Night Raw "Old School" special in 2010.
* ThemeTune
** NoThemeTune: The opening credits were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap.
** RealSongThemeTune: During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''SmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach and "Burn It To The Ground" by {{Nickelback}}. "The Energy" by {{Shinedown}} is currently sometimes used as bumper music.
** ThematicThemeTune: Currently used with "The Night" by Kromestatik, albeit as bumper music these days. Also seen in the past with "Thorn in Your Eye", "All Together Now" and Union Underground's "Across the Nation".
* TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek: A lot of the ProductPlacement comes in this form.
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25th Dec '12 6:29:24 PM darkpowrjd
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-->''"Ladies and gentlemen, we thank you for welcoming us into your home for this edition of Monday Night RAW!"''
-->--JimRoss

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-->''"Ladies and gentlemen, we thank you for welcoming us into your home for this edition of -->''"You are watching the longest running weekly episonic television show in history! This is Monday Night RAW!"''
-->--JimRoss
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-->--MichaelCole
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* RealSongThemeTune: Many times during the show's run, with its most recent Real Song-theme being "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback.
** ThematicThemeTune: The current "Tonight is the Night" by Jim Johnston, the past's "Thorn in Your Eye" and "All Together Now".


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* ThemeTune
** NoThemeTune: The opening credits were seemingly dropped in late-2012 in favor of an opening recap.
** RealSongThemeTune: During the show's run the show has used "The Beautiful People" by MarilynManson ([[OlderThanTheyThink better known later as a theme song for]] ''SmackDown''), "... To Be Loved" by Papa Roach and "Burn It To The Ground" by {{Nickelback}}. "The Energy" by {{Shinedown}} is currently sometimes used as bumper music.
** ThematicThemeTune: Currently used with "The Night" by Kromestatik, albeit as bumper music these days. Also seen in the past with "Thorn in Your Eye", "All Together Now" and Union Underground's "Across the Nation".
5th Dec '12 10:28:01 AM majohe
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* ThematicThemeTune: The current "Tonight is the Night" by Jim Johnston, the past's "Thorn in Your Eye" and "All Together Now".

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* ** ThematicThemeTune: The current "Tonight is the Night" by Jim Johnston, the past's "Thorn in Your Eye" and "All Together Now".
27th Nov '12 3:48:26 PM burstkiller
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* RealSongThemeTune: Many times during the show's run, with its current theme being "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback.

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* RealSongThemeTune: Many times during the show's run, with its current theme most recent Real Song-theme being "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback.Nickelback.
* ThematicThemeTune: The current "Tonight is the Night" by Jim Johnston, the past's "Thorn in Your Eye" and "All Together Now".
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