Reported plans in motion for a special episode of Monday Night RAW in January 2023

Plans are reportedly underway for the 30th anniversary show for Monday Night RAW in January 2023.

The show’s first episode aired on January 11, 1993 on USA Network, airing live from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City. The show replaced Prime Time Wrestling, WWE’s weekly television show on the same network for the previous 8 years.

1534 episodes and nearly 30 years later, RAW is now one of three WWE brands (alongside SmackDown and NXT) and is often cited as the promotion’s flagship. The show revolutionized the way professional wrestling was broadcast on television in North America. While previous episodes were filmed weeks and months in advance, The Monday Night Show aired live most weeks, which is now an industry-wide practice for most major shows.

Wrestle Votes on Twitter have reported that WWE may be returning to Manhattan Center for the 30th Anniversary show.

“I’ve been told that plans are underway for the RAW show’s 30th anniversary in January. Before new leadership took over, having the Manhattan Center show back in NYC was on the table. I don’t know if that’s still the case.” they tweeted

I’m told plans are underway for the 30th anniversary of the RAW show in January. Before the new leadership took over, it was on the table to have the show from The Manhattan Center back in NYC. I don’t know if that’s still the case.

WWE was last at the Manhattan Center for the January 22, 2018 episode of RAW to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. While much of the episode was filmed at the more modern Barclays Center across town, some segments were filmed in the historic Grand Ballroom.


The 25th anniversary episode of RAW was poorly received

The January 22, 2018 episode of RAW, which celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary, was met with rather poor reception from fans.

The lackluster map for the show was the least of the issues. While The Miz’s win over Roman Reigns was a big match for the Intercontinental Championship, other matches on the map — like Rhyno and Heath Slater vs. Titus Worldwide and Bray Wyatt vs. Matt Hardy — left a lot to be desired.

Second, splitting the shipment between two locations was much more than just a logistical nightmare. By all accounts, fans at Manhattan Center got the shorter end of the flagpole. The lack of live action for them prompted fans to demand refunds until the show ended.

Ultimately, this episode was seen as the beginning of the end of The Revival’s (AEW’s FTR) era in WWE. The acclaimed tag team became joke fodder for D-Generation X, who are past their prime, humiliating the duo and costing them the match against The OC.

Now that WWE is under new leadership with Triple H as Head of Creative, fans can expect a much better 30th Anniversary show for Monday Night RAW.

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