WWE Raw is getting closer and closer to its 25th anniversary party show set to emanate live simultaneously from both the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Team Red’s original home of the Manhattan Center on Monday, Jan. 22. Here are a few key facts about the longest-running weekly episodic show in history that you might have missed.
No, it’s not just the name of Raw’s super-catchy theme song circa 2002. Ten countries have hosted Raw since its debut in 1993, with the good old US of A leading the charge with 1,208 shows. Canada is a very distant second with 44 shows, the U.K. follows with 27, and Iraq comes after that with two.
Within those 1,208 shows in the United States, New York has hosted the most Raw’s with 147 shows, trailed by California (96), Texas (95), Pennsylvania (84) and Ohio (69). The only states where Raw has yet to set foot are Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico and Maine.
John Cena’s record of 16 World Championships is tied with one other Superstar, but he stands alone when it comes to the number of consecutive years in which he has competed on Raw. Since his Team Red debut in 2005, The Cenation Leader has had a Monday night match every year through 2017, giving him the longest active streak of any Superstar.
Over the past 25 years, a grand total of 275 title changes have occurred during a broadcast of Monday Night Raw, with the first being Marty Jannetty’s defeat of Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship on May 17, 1993. The title to change hands on Raw the most times is the now-defunct World Tag Team Championship with 60, and the least is the Universal Title with one. The most recent title switch came in the final Raw of 2017, when Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan won the Raw Tag Team Championship for the first time.
Apart from his position as WWE’s COO, Triple H has been Raw’s resident iron man, competing in a Monday night match at least once a year for 16 consecutive years, from 1995-2010. Right behind him is his onetime protégé, Randy Orton, with a 14-year run stretching from 2002-2015.