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
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
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.