Raw's 25th anniversary show is almost upon us, and WWE have stacked the deck for the occasion.
Not only will next week's episode be simulcast from Brooklyn's Barclay Center and its old spiritual home in Manhattan, but the company have secured an incredible lineup of special guests, with everyone from Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler all booked, ensuring a fun nostalgia trip.
WWE's flagship show has grown immensely since its 11 January 1993 debut, with Raw outlasting countless eras, TV deals, performers, and industry-wide paradigm shifts. It's the crown jewel of WWE programming, an iconic wrestling institution, and even with the company's long-term ratings skid, it's hard to imagine the sport without it.
But Raw isn't what it used to be. The show's problems are legion, and while the brand was never perfect, its peak passed many moons ago.
Swinging from sublime to unwatchable several times throughout its lifespan, the brand's name is as synonymous with failure as it is success. WWE have battered, bruised, and broken Raw beyond recognition, and while their flagship show hasn't sunk yet, 25 years of bad decisions have left it a bloated, sterile heap...