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#1 Posted on
So with Raw's 1000th episode upon us, I'd be curious to hear what people think are the top three moments of the first 999 episodes.

I'll go with:

1) Jericho's original debut

2) Test/Stephanie wedding interrupted by HHH's video showing that he drugged Stephanie and married her first.

3) X-Pac's return the night after Wrestlemania 14, launching the new DX.
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These are just my personal three favorites:

1) Stone Cold Appreciation Night - The Wind Beneath My Ring - Kurt Angle Milk Bath

2) Ric Flair's retirement with the Horsemen and everyone coming out to honor him. I was in the arena live for that (though that includes the post show of Undertaker and Vince breaking character and Vince hugging Flair).

3) Trish Stratus vs. Lita main eventing RAW and having a great match that paid off a 4 year storyline up to that point, which included revenge for...

Honorable mentions:

1) Lita and Kane's wedding, mainly because of Trish

2) Edge and Lita Live Sex

3) Stone Cold and The Rock singing "Margaritaville" together in Boston. (I like wrestlers singing.)

4) Stephanie and Test's wedding, which was really her wedding to Triple H. ("Say hello to Mr. and Mrs... Hunter Hearst Helmsley.")

5) Chris Jericho beating Triple H for the WWF Title, which "Never Happened" (hey, a wrestling match as a favorite!)

6) Stone Cold attacking Vince McMahon in the hospital

7) The Radicalz debuting and that 10 man tag team match

8) Flair vs. Edge TLC with Ashley Flair crying at ringside watching her dad bleed and go through tables

I'll stop there.



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3. Punk/Vince. I know it might be recently, but I missed the Pipe Bomb promo, so I was looking forward to this. It did not disappoint and even with Cena being a bitch, it was one of the few times I was glued to my seat.

2. Austin and the Zamboni. Oh my God, the heat on Vince's promo was nuclear with taking the belt off of Austin. I also love Vince's hemming and hawying about who the champ was either Taker or Kane. Then Austin shows up on the Zamboni clears the cops surrounding Vince and proceeds to clothesline Vince. I jumped out of my seat and forgot that Nitro was on for the rest of the night. When Austin gets arrested which I thought the crowd would have tried the cops at that moment. I even liked Vince flipping off Taker and Kane/Taker breaking his leg. That had to be a good 30 to 45 minutes of pure awesome.

1. Foley wins the big one. I could write pages on how great this was, but the moment Austin's music hit, I don't believe I have heard a pop or jumped that high in the air since. It was one of the few times, I was actually moved by the entire thing. If there was ever a moment I would end either as a season finale or as a finale Raw, it would be that moment.

Best moment live was the Radicals debut. That was ridiculous and my first Raw.

Worst moment: Live Sex, because I missed Lita's oops moment.

(edited by lotjx on 17.7.12 1042)


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
I don't know that my top three will be the same as anyone else's (although Stone Cold Appreciation Night narrowly misses out), but here they are:

3. RAW is ECW, 2/24/1997. I don't know if ECW's importance to wrestling as a whole or to the WWE in specific has been over-exagerated or not, but one of the things I love best about pro wrestling is that it's absolutely full of moments that, by all rights, should never happen. This was maybe the best of them. An entire other promotion shows up and runs the show for a night. Whatever the reasons for it happening, it's the sort of thing you would never expect to see in a million years, and that's why it makes my list.

2. Bret Hart returns to stop the budding feud between Owen Hart and the British Bulldog, reuniting them into the new Hart Foundation. This one makes my list mostly because of Owen totally overselling his making up with Bret.

1. Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy, ladder match for the undisputed WWE championship. This was one of the finest examples of booking a match I've ever seen, as I had absolutely no belief that Hardy would win the title, but damn if they didn't make me doubt myself several times during that match. It also had some exceptionally fun spots, like the ladder springboard.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.12
3. Jericho debuts.

2. Jericho/Benoit beat Austin/Hunter for the tag titles.

1. ECW reunites under Paul; ECW/WCW combine; Stephanie reveals herself as the Higher Pocketbook. It happened in Atlanta, and Jericho was fighting Kane when it all started.

Weird Jericho trifecta.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.20
    Originally posted by Tenken347


    1. Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy, ladder match for the undisputed WWE championship. This was one of the finest examples of booking a match I've ever seen, as I had absolutely no belief that Hardy would win the title, but damn if they didn't make me doubt myself several times during that match. It also had some exceptionally fun spots, like the ladder springboard.


That is the exact reason the HHH vs Taka match from 2000 is so loved because no one expected Taka to win and they sure as hell made everyone believe that there was going to be so much outside help that even with a screw-job ending that Taka, some how, some way, was going to walk out with the win.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
    Originally posted by Zeruel

    That is the exact reason the HHH vs Taka match from 2000 is so loved because no one expected Taka to win and they sure as hell made everyone believe that there was going to be so much outside help that even with a screw-job ending that Taka, some how, some way, was going to walk out with the win.


At that time in 2000, Triple H was hailed and universally respected as one of the best wrestlers in the world and a guy who could make anyone look like a star and have a great match with. Then... things changed in how people looked at ol' Hunter Hearst Helmsley...



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.83
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Tenken347


      1. Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy, ladder match for the undisputed WWE championship. This was one of the finest examples of booking a match I've ever seen, as I had absolutely no belief that Hardy would win the title, but damn if they didn't make me doubt myself several times during that match. It also had some exceptionally fun spots, like the ladder springboard.


    That is the exact reason the HHH vs Taka match from 2000 is so loved because no one expected Taka to win and they sure as hell made everyone believe that there was going to be so much outside help that even with a screw-job ending that Taka, some how, some way, was going to walk out with the win.

I think Hunter had a similar match with Al Snow around that time as well, which fit under the same umbrella as the match with Taka.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.55
    Originally posted by lotjx
    3. Punk/Vince. I know it might be recently, but I missed the Pipe Bomb promo, so I was looking forward to this. It did not disappoint and even with Cena being a bitch
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Matches...
* Owen vs. Bulldog, European title tourney final in 1997
* Rock, Rikishi, Too Cool and Cactus Jack vs. DX and the Radicals
* Cena and Michaels' hour-long match in London in 2007
* Jericho and Benoit vs. Austin and HHH, tag titles
* Stasiak vs. Regal

Moments...
* Bret vs. Austin, leading to Stone Cold beating down Bret's leg, leading to the angle in the ambulance, then Pillman joining the Hart Foundation the end of the show
* Basically any time Austin drove a large vehicle into the arena
* Angle and the milk truck
* Jericho's debut
* Batista gives HHH and Flair the thumbs-down
* Michaels' surprise superkick on Hogan in 2005
* Michaels' mid-air superkick on Shelton Benjamin, a.k.a. the greatest finish ever



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.29
    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by lotjx
      3. Punk/Vince. I know it might be recently, but I missed the Pipe Bomb promo, so I was looking forward to this. It did not disappoint and even with Cena being a bitch
    How so?


I was afraid Punk was going to be toned down and be another generic promo where someone does their best Austin intimidation. See Cena and HHH if you don't know what I mean. Punk just brought fire to the promo and was moving all around like he was legit pissed at times. He was the avatar of the IWC during that promo and Vince held his own. I was hanging on every word to see what comment Punk was going to say next and Vince's counter.

Then when Cena comes out all righteous and the Boston fans weren't having any of it. Then Punk hits my all time favorite line as a Yankee fan, Boston is NY. It was just perfect. It worked on a lot of levels for me and it was one of the few times, I really bought into the story and could not wait to see what happened next. Nexus did nothing for me and neither have any of the Cena storylines and to some degree not even HBK/Taker expect maybe II with the awesome video package. Yet, we all know Taker is going to win to win at Mania with MITB last year, I had no idea and couldn't wait for it.

(edited by lotjx on 17.7.12 1324)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Matches...
    * Owen vs. Bulldog, European title tourney final in 1997
    * Rock, Rikishi, Too Cool and Cactus Jack vs. DX and the Radicals
    * Cena and Michaels' hour-long match in London in 2007
    * Jericho and Benoit vs. Austin and HHH, tag titles
    * Stasiak vs. Regal

    Moments...
    * Bret vs. Austin, leading to Stone Cold beating down Bret's leg, leading to the angle in the ambulance, then Pillman joining the Hart Foundation the end of the show
    * Basically any time Austin drove a large vehicle into the arena
    * Angle and the milk truck
    * Jericho's debut
    * Batista gives HHH and Flair the thumbs-down
    * Michaels' surprise superkick on Hogan in 2005
    * Michaels' mid-air superkick on Shelton Benjamin, a.k.a. the greatest finish ever
Good list. I'd throw in the 1-2-3 Kid's shocking upset over Razor Ramon in 1993 and Ric Flair's return to the WWE in '01. HHH tossing HBK out of DX after WM13 and restarting DX was another top moment. I'd throw in some classic forgotten matches like Hbk and Austin Vs Bulldog and Owen in the summer of '97 as well as 1-2-3 Kid vs Bret in the summer of '94 as well as Flair vs Mr. Perfect in a loser leaves town match in one of the first Raws ever. Foley winning the world title for the first time is a top three moment for sure.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.35
If we're going by memorable moments, I'm surprised Raw is Owen isn't on any list.

Not because it was a happy moment but because, out of every Raw, that is the one that I'll remember most of all because of how emotional it was seeing everyone pay tribute.

I know that it's pretty much forgotten in the WWE world due to the legal issues but, to me, it is one that I won't forget.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by Zeruel
        Originally posted by Tenken347


        1. Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy, ladder match for the undisputed WWE championship. This was one of the finest examples of booking a match I've ever seen, as I had absolutely no belief that Hardy would win the title, but damn if they didn't make me doubt myself several times during that match. It also had some exceptionally fun spots, like the ladder springboard.


      That is the exact reason the HHH vs Taka match from 2000 is so loved because no one expected Taka to win and they sure as hell made everyone believe that there was going to be so much outside help that even with a screw-job ending that Taka, some how, some way, was going to walk out with the win.

    I think Hunter had a similar match with Al Snow around that time as well, which fit under the same umbrella as the match with Taka.


One with Rikishi as well, before Rikishi's push had started and essentially leading to it.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.23
The top three that immediately came to mind:

3) Austin as the ambulance driver. "I told you we were going straight to hell, Bret!"

2) Zamboni Austin. I've never seen a live crowd that crazy for that long of a period.

1) Bret Hart losing his mind after losing a match to Sid in a steel cage. "Frustrated isn't the goddamned word! This is bullshit!" I remember watching live and my jaw dropping. That was live tv at its best.



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In fairness, it's "Top" 3 moments, not "Memorable" - so you can see how "Raw is Owen" doesn't really fit here.

For mine, I'll go with (in no particular order):

- Jericho goads HHH into an impromptu match and "wins" the title on Hebner's quick count (with protection from the APA).

- Paul Heyman breaking it to JR and the audience that there's a reason that (1) Taz, (2, 3) the Dudleys, (had to look it up now) (4) Rhyno, (5) Justin Credible and (6) Raven came out to help when (7) Van Dam and (8) Dreamer came out of the crowd to attack Jericho and Kane in their match against (9) Lance Storm and (10) Mike Awesome. Through the subsequent Heyman promo about taking the InVasion to the Extreme. (But not the insta-buzzkill that was bringing out the Princess at the end of the night.)

- CM Punk cashes in Money in the Bank on Edge in a delicious and hilarious stroke of irony.

Honorable mentions:

- Shane O'Mac buys WCW out from under Vince.
- Jericho and Benoit beat Austin and HHH for the tag championship.
- Steve Austin and Kurt Angle try to prove to Vince who is the better singer.
- RR winner Batista turns on Evolution, chooses HHH as his WrestleMania opponent.
- Chris Jericho 'sweetens' GM William Regal's tea.
- Shawn Michaels screws with a sold-out crowd in Montreal when Bret Hart's music hits

(I'd put the Billy & Chuck wedding/Bischoff reveal on the list, but that was a SmackDown angle.)



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.60
Top 3 RAW moments off the top of my head:


1. Eric Bishoff walks out as new GM.

2. Punk's famous pipe bomb rant.

3. Brock Lesnar's return.





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I think Raw is Owen does fit on the list, because it was handled better than I ever thought it would have. It is tops for what WWE did, so it is number 3 for me.

2. CM Punk cashes in MITB on Edge. The very last time I popped on a grand scale.

1. Mick Foley wins the big one, for the same reason as Lotjx cited. Never heard a bigger pop than that one for Austin. Still watch it on Youtube often.



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- Bret Hart: "This is bullshit!"

- Jericho's debut

- CM Punk's rant

- Austin and the beer truck

- Foley wins the title

- The Kid pins Razor Ramon / Jannetty beats HBK for the IC title on the same night

- RAW after WM14 and RAW in MSG also were very memorable nights.

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3. HHH return 1/7/02. The pop he got for his return shocked me. He was the second biggest heel when he got hurt. It was the first time I learned that a injury return makes you face.

2. Orton vs Benoit and the aftermath 8/16/04. I thought they would turn on Orton, but I didn't think they would do it in 24 hours.

1. Eddie Guerrero tribute show 11/8/05. The end with John Cena's tribute is very bittersweat. I was too young to remember Owen's show, but this one still lives with me. I can never hear Johhny Cash's Hurt and not think of Eddie.

Honorable Mention:

Nexus Formation 6/7/10. Greatest start to any stable I have ever seen. Too bad firing Bryan was just the start of bumbling this angle.

Miz cashes in 11/22/10. Happy to see someone who busted their ass get the gold. I feel his title win was a bigger achievement than Rey's title win. He went from a reality show the winning the biggest title in Wrestling today.

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