The WWE Raw show is one of the most popular wrestling shows out there. It first aired in 1993 and has been running ever since. As of 2019, there have been a total of 1,275 episodes of WWE Raw.
WWE Raw, also known as Monday Night Raw or simply Raw, is a professional wrestling television program that currently airs live on Monday evenings at 8 pm ET on the USA Network in the United States. The show’s name is also used to refer to the Raw brand, in which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform on that program; the other programs and brands currently being SmackDown and NXT.
The Early Days- 1993-1997
WWE Raw originally debuted on January 11, 1993. The first ever episode was two hours long and aired live from the Grand ballroom at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was a big success, drawing in a then record-breaking 867,000 viewers.
Raw would continue to be two hours long for most of its early run, only occasionally going to three hours for special events. In 1995, Raw started airing live on Monday nights instead of taped on Fridays like it had been previously.
The show went through several changes during its first few years on air. The set and logo changed several times, and different segments and matches were added and dropped as WWE tried to figure out what worked best for the show.
Some of the most iconic moments from the early days ofRaw include Bret Hart winning the WWE Championship from Ric Flair in 1992, Shawn Michaels winning the Royal Rumble in 1995, and Mankind winning his first WWE Championship in 1996.
The Attitude Era- 1997-2002
The Attitude Era of WWE Raw ran from 1997 to 2002. The episode count for this era is as follows:
-1997: 52 episodes
-1998: 53 episodes
-1999: 52 episodes
-2000: 52 episodes
-2001: 48 episodes
-2002: 46 episodes
For a total of 357 episodes of WWE Raw during the Attitude Era.
The Ruthless Aggression Era- 2002-2008
The Ruthless Aggression Era was a period in WWE history that began on the March 18, 2002, episode of WWE Raw. The era ended on the October 13, 2008, episode of Raw. The era was defined by the brand extension, which split WWE’s roster into two separate rosters, one for each brand. The other defining characteristic of the era was the rise of wrestlers from WWE’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
The PG Era- 2008-present
As of September 2019, there have been 1,279 episodes of Raw. Raw is a professional wrestling television program that currently airs live on Monday evenings on the USA Network in the United States. The show’s name is also used to refer to the Raw brand, to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform. The show debuted on January 11, 1993 and has since been considered as the flagship program of WWE.
As of September 9, 2019, there have been 1,254 episodes of WWE Raw.