6 Ups And 8 Downs From WWE Raw 25

Raw special show misses the mark several times but still delivers some big names.

The Undertaker

Raw celebrated its silver anniversary Monday night with a “star-studded” affair, bringing back several superstars from the past quarter-century to mix and mingle with the current roster during the go-home episode before the Royal Rumble.

The result was an interesting program that was good at moments, but questionable to bad at others. If you consider everything that happens as canon, then this wasn’t that good of an episode. If you overlook reunion/special shows like this as one-offs, then this wasn’t bad, but it still was lacking in certain areas.

Raw boasted appearances from legends like Steve Austin, Undertaker, Trish Stratus, D-Generation X, Ted DiBiase and Vince McMahon. It featured a title change, which was a nice touch. It mixed legends with superstars of today nicely at times, and sacrificed wrestlers to retirees at other times.

We got a couple nice video packages and a couple cattle-calls to roll out groups of legends. We got a cool setup at the Manhattan Center that looked great and sounded great in theory, but fell short in practicality. Raw gave us a handful of matches, none of which stood out as anything memorable.

When it’s all said and done, Raw 25 will be remembered as a milestone rather than a memorable episode. It’ll be marked by a list of special appearances rather than what happened during the show.

With that said, let’s find out what stunnered the competition and what got 3D’d through a table. Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.