The Rock told Jabronis to know his role long before traveling to Jumanji. Batista defended championships before he protected the galaxy. Steve Austin left losers in his path with stunners "Stone Cold" instead of Skullbusters.
Before the trio of WWE stars spread to other entertainment avenues, they had talked trash, they had flipped their middle fingers, they had gone down, drank beer and raised a lot of hell in the wildest show on Mondays at night.
Betty White, Bob Barker, Bradley Cooper and even Tiny Tim joined the fun inside the square circle.
Welcome, everyone, to Monday Night Raw!
The WWE flagship show is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Monday with a three-hour party full of Hall of Famers, Hollywood stars, Boogeyman, The Bellas and Brooklyn Brawler.
Since its debut on January 11, 1993, "Raw" revolutionized wrestling and made sport? – Hip again. "Raw" calls itself a portion of sports entertainment without cuts, without cuts and without censorship, and for most of its 25 years, "Raw" has broadcast the crazy and the wild for more than 3 million viewers each week; either Braun Strowman turning on a truck or Brian Pillman pushing a gun in Austin.
Directed by WWE President and CEO Vince McMahon, "Raw" rocked the wreck industry in its Saturday morning form.
"I remember being in the office and Vince talking about going to live and moving on," said Hulk Hogan, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
The television landscape of wrestling had been mostly one-hour weekend shows filled with non-competitive matches in which a superstar would flatten some talents for improvement. WWE had been a staple on Monday nights since "Prime Time Wrestling" debuted in the United States on January 1, 1985.
The weekly wrestling programs were mostly cut for all three with.
"(McMahon) called it a new breath or a new life for the wrestling business," said Hogan. "Once we started and people got used to live music, the recorded shows would be dinosaurs."
"Raw" continued as a solid cable player until his rival WCW unleashed "Monday Nitro" in 1995 and soon beat WWE in his own game, winning the battle of ratings in what was called "Monday Night Wars" for 83 consecutive weeks.
McMahon, who declined to comment on the AP, was forced to direct the program to the Attitude era, led by a missing Austin, a crotch-cutting Degeneration X, and a slogan that spoke of Dwayne "The Rock "Johnson who took the show to new heights.
WCW would go out of business when WWE bought the company's remains in 2001.  "You can not beat someone at their own game when it's the game," Hogan said.
Triple H would surely agree.
McMahon, 72, who transformed from an original "Raw" announcer to the bad guy on the show, has starred in the most memorable stories for the dominant company in the industry.
"He does not like to take credit for that, but Vince is the driving force," said WWE executive Paul "Triple H" Levesque. "He's never afraid to take that risk." He never feels he knows the answers. "
Trying to find the answer for the best moment in" Raw's "story is like trying to choose the perfect combination of PowerBall.
At the top of the impossible list, the real-life retirements of Ric Flair, Edge and Daniel Bryan that had even the toughest hardcore fans looking for a tissue. Bob Backlund slaps Arnold Skaaland in the crossed chicken wing. Pump pump CM Punk. Sabu jumps out of the raw letters. The stable villain Nexus who destroyed John Cena and even strangled the ring announcer. Kurt Angle and the milk truck.
And Donald Trump, yes, member of the WWE Hall of Fame and the president, who, ahem, bought "Raw" in 2009 from McMahon.
"I'm going to do things that have never been done before, never before seen," Trump said. "People have been watching Raw for 17 years and they deserve something special, you've made a lot of money with these people, it's time for you to come back in. As our president says:" Give me back. "
Trump's reign of terror in "Raw" lasted less than four years. He, ahem, sold "Raw" to McMahon the following week for double the price.
Even the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase would have laughed at the scam.
DiBiase will be in New York on Monday with other WWE Hall of Famers including Scott Hall, Ron Simmons, Austin, Flair and Shawn Michaels. The Undertaker should be back from death to start a fight against Cena by WrestleMania.
The show will have a bit of WrestleMania 2 feel, broadcast live from two locations: the original home of "Raw" at the Manhattan Center and the Barclays Center. WWE stars and games are scheduled in both places, although the exact format has not yet been disclosed.
Michaels and The Undertaker were in the first program and will serve as bookends for the first and episode number 1,288.
"Raw" has even germinated branches in the family tree.
WWE champion Charlotte Flair was just a teenager for her debut on "Raw." Look closely, and Flair can be seen in the stands during a female bout in a 2004 episode. She came back four years later when she joined her family and other WWE stars in the ring for farewell farewell speech of Father Ric Flair.
Made her debut as a fighter in the show in 2015 – complete with a strut and gold around the waist, like The Nature Boy.
"Talent has a passion for what we do and wants to appear every Monday to give everyone sitting at home the best show possible," said Charlotte Flair.
Michaels could occupy a few hours on the WWE Network with "raw" highlights: His 2009 match in London vs. Dinner, considered the best game of "Raw", stripping Mike Tyson of his DX shirt and collapsing against Owen Hart in a classic showdown of the 90. He fought against Max Moon at the opening "Raw".
"The first & # 39; Raw & # 39; was the genesis, the core, of everything that has happened in the WWE," said Michaels. "None of us had any idea at the time of what we were about to embark"
The future may not include the EE network. UU Television rights are at stake by the end of 2019 and WWE, since the live and weekly content should surely generate a great bidding war in the open market. Imagine "Raw" on Mondays on Fox with featured programs and auxiliary programming on FS1, much like what UFC does now.
"I can tell you that WWE is in a unique position, however it is, regardless of the way our fans tell us to go, we are there," said Levesque.
McMahon recently sold $ 100 million of shares to fund its Alpha Entertainment company and could relaunch the XFL. Levesque said that outside interests will never come in McMahon's way of running WWE.
"I do not think there is any sense of change," said Levesque. "If someone thinks they're going to expel him or take this thing, there's going to be a big fight."
If there is, what better place to show that on Monday nights in "Raw".  Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material can not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.