WWE Monday Night RAW

Season 15 Episode 50

15th Anniversary

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2007 on USA
9.4
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15th Anniversary
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Highlighting the past 15 years as legendary superstars return for one night. Plus Vince McMahon names the greatest Raw Superstar. Match #1: Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy vs Carlito Match #2: Rob Van Dam vs Santino Marella Match #3: Triple H, Ric Flair & Batista vs Edge, Randy Orton & Umaga Match #4: Hornswoggle vs The Great Khali Match #5: Battle Royal Match #6 for the World Tag Team Championship: Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly vs Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch Match #7: Marty Jannetty vs Mr. Kennedymoreless

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  • The best episode of Raw since the Attitude Era?

    9.5
    This was an absolutely mind-blowing episode of Raw - sure it was a nostalgia trip and not much more, but it was SO well put together. A few points of observation:



    - Showing clips of the various intro videos at the start was great.

    - Sunny looked fantastic, nice to see her back in shape.

    - Triple H and Steph kissing was hilarious, it's about time!

    - RVD was back to a HUGE pop. His match was short, but hopefully WWE will take note at how well recieved he was.

    - Ted DiBiase's appearance was fantastic, and IRS taking the money was hilarious.

    - Holly and Rhodes winning the tag straps was an edgy and welcome move, although I doubt they'll keep them long.

    - The "best wrestler" segment was very predictable, but the show's final moments were still good, especially seeing Regal drinking a coke!



    A wonderful edition of Raw.moreless
  • 12/10

    7.5
    15 years for Raw on the air. Quite an accomplishment, and with the way the company is rolling these days it could be another 15, at least, before they finally sign off.



    Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes were the little team that could. Who would've thought that they would win the belts ever? It is hard to think that Cody has already been on the roster for three years.



    RVD's return was kind of pointless, just to squash Santino Marella. Santino was a great character at the time and could have been a main eventer, had they not continually buried him.moreless
  • Celebrating 15 years of Monday Night Raw.

    10
    On January 11th 1993, the World Wrestling Federation launced a Monday night prime-time television show named Monday Night Raw. For over fifteen years, there have been thrills, chills, spills, and wrestlers just plain old duking it on the most watched sports show in TV history: WWE Monday Night Raw!



    Hi, I'm Roy Stantz, and I'm in the mood for Christmas. Tonight, we're gonna do a little retro look-back on the history of WWE Raw by reviewing the December 11th 2007 episode which took place in Bridgeport, Conneticut.



    The episode starts off with the entire McMahon Family (sans Linda) and Hornswoggle getting ready for their family potrait. Vince says the very same thing he said on the very first episode of Raw: "Welcome everyone, to Monday Night Raw!" As the photographers get ready to take the picture, out comes The Game Triple H, who brings out three divas that Vince slept with: Tammy Lynn Sytch aka Sunny, Melina Perez (who's looking smoking hot), and Mae Young (try and picture the ghost of The Fabulous Moolah right next to her). After Shane leaves, HHH also brings out Howard Finkel, Bastion Booger, Big Dick Johnson, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, and Abe Knuckleball Schwartz (The Brooklyn Brawler's alter-ego). Stephanie then kisses HHH and leaves. As Vince storms off, HHH cheers up Hornswoggle by bringing out the Godfather, who invites everyone aboard the Ho Train!



    We have a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship between Jeff Hardy and Carlito Carribean Cool, who wanted to leave the WWE, but changed his mind when this match got booked. It's a very good match, though I thought Carlito was gonna won, but it's not to be.



    Todd Grisham interviews The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, who can't remember facing Max Moon on the very first Raw, but he can sick his old tag-team partner Marty Jannetty on Mr. Kennedy.



    The first Raw Flashback is all about the most memorable moments in the history of Monday Night Raw, such as Bubba Ray Dudley powerbombing Mae Young off the stage through two tables, Shane McMahon on the very last episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mike Tyson, and Mickie James kissing Trish Stratus under the mistletoe.



    We're back from the break, as Santino Marella and Maria Kanellis are in the ring accepting an open challenge, answered by none other than Mr. Monday Night Rob Van Dam, who makes short work of Santino. Sadly, no Bill Alfonso at ringside for this one.



    Not just Triple H, but also Dave Batista, The Nature Boy Ric Flair, and The Legend Killer Randy Orton are all here for an Evolution reunion. Actually, Orton's here for a Rated RKO reunion with The Rated-R Superstar Edge, and they're teaming up with Umaga to take on Evolution, who win by DQ by the way. However, Umaga falls prey to a Flair low blow, a Batista spear, and an HHH Pedigree.



    Out next Raw Flashback is all about road rage, such as Stone Cold's beer bath and Edge's parody of Ric Flair's road rage scandal.



    Hornswoggle is bugging Molly Holly and Mickie James backstage, no biggie.



    The Great Khali was about to kill Hornswoggle until Hulk Hogan (in black and white) came out, scared off Khali, posed with Hornwoggle, and tell us that Hulkamania is still alive after 15 years, brother!



    Raw Flashbacks #3 and #4 are all about Degeneration X's antics, including an invasion on WCW Nitro, as well as the unveiling of Mr. Socko.



    Howard Finkel is in the ring to tell us about a battle royal which features Al Snow, Bart Gunn (wearing his Smokin' Gunns attire, which still fits), Doink the Clown, Repo Man, The Lethal Weapon Steve Blackman, Pete Gas (of the Mean Street Posse), Mr. Bob Backlund, Gangrel, The Goon, Skinner, Irwin R. Schyster, Flash Funk, Scotty Too Hotty, Jim The Anvil Neidhart, Sgt. Slaughter, and Duane Gillberg.



    This can be considered the WWE version of Heroes of Wrestling, as everybody gets their shots in, such as Al Snow using his head, no pun intended. IRS wins the battle royal...probably not, because here comes The Million Dollarman Ted Dibiase to buy the victory off his old Money Inc. tag-team partner, and remind us that everybody has a price for the Million Dollarman after 15 years.



    Next Raw Flashback is a huge slap-fest!



    Eric Bischoff is in the ring to bad-mouth the crowd until Y2J Chris Jericho comes out and lays his former boss out for firing him two years earlier, as well as put Randy Orton in the Walls of Jericho. I can tell that they're gonna have a great match at Armageddon.



    We have the World Tag-Team Champions Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defending their gold against Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes. And get this, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes is doing guest commentary with Jim Ross and Jerry The King Lawler. To tell you the truth, whenever Dusty speaks nowadays, nothing he says ever makes any sense. The match ends with Holly and Cody winning the belts. Dusty gets in the ring and congratulates his son but not Holly on winning the match. By the way, whatever happened to the "Trevor Murdoch in love with Mickie James" angle?



    Two more Raw Flashbacks are about the many celebrities and divas that have appeared on Raw.



    In the ring, we have the sexy Jillian Hall singing the 12 Days of Christmas, at least until former Women's Champion Trish Stratus comes out and criticizes Jillian's singing. Also coming out is another former Women's Champion, Lita, who criticizes Jillian's voice. Jillian tries to stir up tensions between the two divas and continue singing, but falls prey to a double-team beatdown from Trish and Lita. One question: if this was an in-ring segment, why was there a referee present if it wasn't a match? We'll never know...



    Moving on, the final two Raw Flashbacks are about the funny moments, such as the Hardy Midgets, Mini-Booker, and The Rock making Hamburglar jokes towards The Hurricane, along with all the memorable weddings such as Triple H & Stephanie McMahon, and Kane & Lita, my two favourites.



    And speaking of whom, Kane and Lita have an awkward conversation, causing Ron Simmons to wander by.



    Time for the main event match: Mr. Kennedy vs. Marty Jannetty, because last week, Kennedy made fun of him, along with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Shawn Michaels. Now, Jannetty pulls off his entire Rockers moveset, and Kennedy wins the match, only to suffer a DX beatdown from HHH and HBK.



    Finally, it's time to find out who's the greatest Raw superstar. Vince McMahon tells us that the greatest Raw superstar is...Vincent Kennedy McMahon! However, his celebration is short-lived when he gets beat up by Mankind and The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out, gives Vince the Stone Cold Stunner, says that the WWE fans around the world are the greatest Raw superstars, then invites 15 years of Raw superstars for an all-round beer bash to end the show.



    Now, this was a great episode that pulled out all the stops and featured a lot of wrestlers and divas who have moved on with their lives.



    Well folks, Merry Christmas, I gotta go.



    Here's to 15 years of weekly uncooked, uncensored, and uncut episodes of WWE Monday Night Raw!moreless
  • It's RAW and it's their 15th Anniversary baby!

    9.3
    -Intro to the 15 years that is the longest running pro-wrestling company on TV today.



    -Vinnie Mac with Stephanie and Shane in the ring minus Linda are there to take the family portrait.

    Triple H comes out to "ruin" the occasion to let the world know of all of Vince's "conquests".

    And they came, Melina and by God the Original Diva herself Sunny shows up in great shape and to her old theme 'I know you want me'. And I'm sure many men do.

    Mae Young shows and she goes and tries to make-out with him and then the men show up.

    Droves of men show up and the highlight out of all of them for me was Bastion Booger and The Repo Man. Oh sweet memories of awful gimmicks were brought back.

    Then The Godfather and his Hos show up and it was all so fun.

    I loved it all.



    Ladder Match for the IC Title: Jeff Hardy defeated Carlito

    - Decent match that saw both men hit the hot spots early. I liked how Carlito worked even though this was probably his only ladder match. His Shelton-like agility to get Jeff and to P-Bomb him off the ladder was sick to watch and I loved it when they replayed it. We all know who was going to win, but Carlito put in a valiant effort. Carlito really showed up last night and took a lot of hard bumps.

    Jeff won.



    -Didn't care much for Michaels' promo, but seeing Marty was super sweet.



    Rob Van Dam defeated Santino Marella

    -Nice sweet short match and very good surprise. There was a huge pop for RVD when the fans heard his music. Evolution defeated RatedRKO & Umaga

    -The promo by Orton set this match up. It was a promo done by him that I actually liked. Distancing himself from that group that sent him packing to SD! was probably a very good idea. And seeing Edge back on RAW was sweet. Then he got Umaga to be his third tag partner.

    And then the match began. We all knew how it would go down. Then the WWE Champ would lose and look like a chump like he has since he won it. Bad booking, bad booking there.



    Hornswoggle defeated The Great Khali

    -The rematch began and we got to see the most popular wrestler possibly in pro-wrestling history Hulk Hogan make an in ring return to relive an old school match from 20 years ago. I love every minute of it and I was telling my sister that he's got to 'hulk up'. He did it and of course, I relived my child days and hulked up and did the point the finger thing. It was a great moment that had Khali leave the ring and then had Hornswaggle and Hogan do the 4 way pose down.



    Nostalgia Battle Royal featuring:

    -Al Snow, Sgt Slaughter Repo Man, Steve Blackman (who still looks like he can be an active wrestler today), Scotty 2 Hotty, Bob Backlund, Gangrel, Bart Gunn, Doink, Pete Gas, Flash Funk, Jim Neidhart, the Goon, Skinner, Gillberg and IRS. IRS wins the Battle Royal and DiBiase shows up and bribes him to let him win the match and IRS complied. Wow that was a great flashback moment there.

    -Where did they dig up The Goon and Skinner? Seriously where?





    World Tag Team Championship: Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

    -Thank God Holly/Rhodes won. The match was ok, not great, but ok. One can only wish that they will get more tag teams to defend them against. -Then Jillian Hall (who really needs to stop this gimmick because she deserves better) is in the ring singing and promoting her new Holiday album on iTunes. And 2 of arguably the most popular Divas in WWE history show up, Lita and Trish Stratus. Both got good pops from the crowd and they go on giving each other the I want to hit you look. Then they combine their efforts and beat up on Jillian Hall. Marty Janetty vs. Mr. Kennedy

    -Marty still has it after all these years. It was a good match. Kennedy won. Crowd was not into it at all and I don't even know if half the crowd knew who he was.





    -End of the show with Vince of course saying he was the greatest superstar ever on the show. Like we didn't know that was going to happen? Foley comes out and gives him the Mandible Claw.

    Taker comes out after what seemed like a 12 hour entrance and chokeslams him really sloppy like. And he asked Vince if he was ready or something before he did it too. Then the last but not the least one of the most popular wrestler of RAW Stone Cold Steve Austin arrived.

    He did not out pop Hogan but came close.

    He talked to Vince and did the usual shtick with the beer and the Stunner. But the best part was him telling us the fans that we are the greatest superstars ever.







    -Surprisingly Cena was not shown and what was that Macho Man reference from Hogan about. There was too much Triple H as well, way too much.



    -All in all it was a really really good show.moreless
  • This was the best RAW in years!

    10
    I was looking forward to this RAW for a little while and I was hopeing it would br good. And it was a good RAW seeing all of those past Superstars brought back some memories. And some I dont even remember but it good to see you all. I liked seeing Stone Cold,The God father,The Million Dollar Man,Lita,Scotty 2 Hotty,Rob Van Dam and alot of others. Whne I was waching RAW 15 anniversary episode it brought back alot. Of good memories to me from ehen I first started watching RAW years ago. I am going to give RAW's 15th Anniversary a perfect 10!moreless

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