As World Wrestling Entertainment sets the stage for their final pay-per-view event of 2007, they will first honor a milestone as Monday Night Raw celebrates fifteen years of cable television excellence with a special three-hour broadcast, Dec. 10, beginning at 8 p.m.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since RAW redefined the television landscape,” said Bonnie Hammer, president of the USA Network and SCI FI Channel in a company press release last month. “It’s an incredible run for a one-of-a-kind entertainment franchise, and we’re thrilled to celebrate with Vince, Linda and the entire WWE family.”
“Monday Night RAW started as, and continues to be, the most unique television show in history,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., in the same press release. “With its ever changing blend of athleticism, humor, action, drama, soap opera and rock concert content, Monday Night RAW continues with a variety show concept that appeals to a variety of demographics generation after generation. As proud members of the USA family, the WWE would like to invite all those who have enjoyed Monday Night RAW at one time or another these past 15 years to celebrate with us during our 15 year anniversary special.”
A memorable celebration is expected, as Mr. McMahon will unveil who the greatest superstar in Raw’s history is with Hulk Hogan, Steven Austin, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus and Eric Bischoff all named to be part of the show.
Another special moment planned for the broadcast is the posing for the McMahon family portrait with Vince, Linda, Shane, Stephanie and Hornswoggle all together for the first time.
As WWE looks back at Raw’s fifteen years, they’ll also advance storylines leading to the Dec. 16 Armageddon pay-per-view featuring the return of Chris Jericho to a main event as he challenges WWE Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight title pitting champion Batista against The Undertaker and Edge.
Other matches scheduled at press time include the battle of two formidable tag team partners as Jeff Hardy goes one-on-one with Triple H, Shawn Michaels battles Mr. Kennedy, Finlay fights with The Great Khali and Women’s champion Beth Phoenix defends against Mickie James.