WWE: Top 10 moments in RAW history

Check out the top 10 moments in the history of WWE Raw that are unforgettable. The list includes some greatest WWE superstars like Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Undertaker and more.

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WWE Raw is a weekly professional wrestling television program featuring WWE's Raw brand. Airing since 1993, it showcases scripted storylines, feuds, and matches. Hosted by various arenas worldwide, it highlights top WWE superstars like Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, and Seth Rollins. Raw delivers high-octane action, drama, and entertainment to fans globally.

Here are ten moments from WWE Raw history:

 1. Montreal Screwjob’s controversial ending (1997): 

Montreal Screwjob (Source: WWE)
Montreal Screwjob (Source: WWE)

 

The Montreal Screwjob refers to the controversial ending of the WWF Championship match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997. Vince McMahon orchestrated Hart's loss without his consent, symbolizing a breach of trust. It remains one of wrestling's most infamous moments, shaping future storylines and industry dynamics.

2. Mankind's WWE Championship Win (1999):

Mankind (Source: WWE)
Mankind (Source: WWE)

Mick Foley's unexpected victory over The Rock after a brutal match symbolized the underdog's triumph. Mankind's WWE Championship win on January 4, 1999, was a defining moment in wrestling history. In a raw and brutal match, Mick Foley, as Mankind, defeated The Rock in a chaotic bout, capturing the title for the first time. This victory marked a triumphant ascent for Foley's character and solidified his legacy in WWE.

3. World’s Strongest player Mark Henry’s fake retirements (2013):

Mark Henry (Source: WWE)
Mark Henry (Source: WWE)

Mark Henry's fake retirement speech on the June 17, 2013, episode of Monday Night Raw shocked fans. Tearfully announcing his retirement, Henry expressed gratitude to the WWE Universe. However, he turned on John Cena, attacking him and revealing it as a ruse to challenge for the WWE Championship, showcasing Henry's cunning and manipulation.

4. Stone Cold Steve Austin's Beer Truck (1999):

Stone Cold Steve Austin (Source: WWE)
Stone Cold Steve Austin (Source: WWE)

Stone Cold Steve Austin's iconic beer truck moment occurred on March 22, 1999, during Monday Night Raw. Seeking revenge against The Corporation, Austin commandeered a beer truck, driving it into the arena. He drenched Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, and The Rock with beer, creating an unforgettable and entertaining scene that epitomized Austin's rebellious persona.

5. The Rock and Hulk Hogan Face-off (2002):

Hulk Hogan and The Rock (Source: WWE)
Hulk Hogan and The Rock (Source: WWE)

 

In 2002, The Rock and Hulk Hogan collided at Wrestle Mania X8, creating an iconic match-up. The clash symbolized the passing of the torch from one generation to another. Their electrifying encounter captivated fans, showcasing the charisma and star power of both legends. It remains a defining moment in WWE history, etched in the annals of sports entertainment.

6. Undertaker Throws Mankind Off Hell in a Cell (1998):

Undertaker vs Mankind (Source: WWE)
Undertaker vs Mankind (Source: WWE)

The Undertaker's infamous act occurred at King of the Ring on June 28, 1998. During their Hell in a Cell match, atop the steel structure, Undertaker threw Mankind off the cell, a shocking and dangerous moment. Mankind crashed through the announcer's table below, illustrating the extreme risks and brutality associated with their rivalry.

 7. Chris Jericho's WWE Debut (1999):

 Chris Jericho (Source: WWE)
 Chris Jericho (Source: WWE)

Chris Jericho made a memorable WWE debut on August 9, 1999. Interrupting The Rock's promo, Jericho declared himself "The Y2J Problem" and challenged WWE's elite. His arrival ignited a feud with legends like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, solidifying his status as a top-tier performer and future Hall of Famer.

8. Daniel Bryan's "Yes!" Movement (2014):

Daniel Bryan (Source: WWE)
Daniel Bryan (Source: WWE)

Daniel Bryan's "Yes!" movement erupted in 2014, fueled by fan support for his underdog journey. Frustrated with his perceived lack of opportunities, Bryan's "Yes!" chants became a rallying cry for change. Fans flooded arenas, demanding his inclusion in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, where Bryan triumphed, realizing his Wrestle Mania moment.

9. Edge's Retirement Speech (2011):

Edge (Source: WWE)
Edge (Source: WWE)

Edge delivered a heartfelt retirement speech on the April 11, 2011, episode of Monday Night Raw. Citing neck injuries, he tearfully announced his retirement from in-ring competition. Expressing gratitude to fans, colleagues, and WWE, Edge bid farewell, ending a storied career defined by passion, resilience, and countless championship triumphs.

10. Brock Lesnar Returns (2012):

Brock Lesnar (Source: WWE)
Brock Lesnar (Source: WWE)

Brock Lesnar's return to WWE on April 2, 2012, stunned the wrestling world. Interrupting John Cena's match against The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII, Lesnar delivered an emphatic F5 to Cena, signalling his reemergence in the company. 

The Beast’s comeback set the stage for a dominant and tumultuous tenure in WWE. These moments have defined WWE Raw and continue to resonate with wrestling fans around the globe.