Greetings. As we head toward WWE’s Raw Reunion episode, I began to reminisce over some of the show’s greatest moments. After reliving many of them over several days, what began as a list of 10 quickly turned in to 25. The Attitude Era spoiled me, so I scaled back (mostly Steve Austin) on some to give others a fighting chance. With that said, I bring you my top 25 Monday Night Raw moments to date.
Please let me know if I missed any of your favourites, and I’ll check to see if they were considered. Entries are arranged alphabetically to spare the headache of deciding where moments should be placed in comparison from worst to best. I will add some honorable mentions though, as well as referring to others later on.
- 1-2-3 Kid picks up a surprise win over Razor Ramon, in 1993
- Daniel Bryan betrays The Wyatt Family, in 2014
- Brock Lesnar returns after seven years away, in 2012
- Eric Bischoff named the Raw GM “Hell Freezes Over”, in 2002
- Seth Rollins breaks up The Shield, in 2012
- The Miz cashes in on Randy Orton “Miz Girl”, in 2010
- The 1st WWE brand extension draft, in 2002
- Snitsky kicks a baby doll (Mango’s choice), in 2004
To avoid any surprises, the videos are uncensored and will include cursing. And that’s the bottom line ..
#1. Austin Bedpans McMahon – “I’ll Take It From Here Nurse”
.. Steve Austin on a crucifix? Austin with a Beer Truck? Zamboni 3:16? Fake gun to Vince’s head? Feeding cement in to McMahon’s car? Anything involving Pillman? There’s a plethora of precious Steve Austin moments, and sadly I could not include the above examples in the list. Now now, you can put those middle finger salutes away .. there are other moments to enjoy.
The first comes in the form of a bedpan. The sound of that bedpan crashing off the side of Vince McMahon’s head will never fail to amuse. The story saw Vince McMahon being brought in to hospital with a leg injury sustained at the hands of The Brothers of Destruction. If Mankind coming in to check on him with gifts wasn’t enough .. but Steve Austin dressing up as a nurse? Without a doubt, one of the funniest moments in Raw history.
#2. Becky Lynch Sends A Message
Gaining steam with a new attitude, Becky Lynch looked to upset the women of Monday Night Raw by leading an invasion. The SmackDown Live crusaders followed Becky in to war, and when all was said and done, Lynch left the ring a bloody mess. Thanks to a stiff shot from Nia Jax, Becky taunted the Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey with blood spattered across her face.
And in an era where blood is rare, it certainly made her look badass. Dubbed a crowning moment by critics, The Man’s popularity surged to the top. It’s hard to imagine Becky, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey headlining Wrestlemania without it. Will this accident go down in history as one of the most inspirational moments in women’s wrestling?
#3. CM Punk’s Pipebomb
The buzz this promo created was monumental. Tired of years of mediocrity, CM Punk finally got the chance to speak his mind. And the ironic thing about what he said, is that much of it still applies today. There’s little point in detailing it, as I’m sure many have listened to it several times over. Perhaps to the point of not wanting others to bring it up?
CM Punk is still lodged in the minds of fans, and much of it can be attributed to this one moment. Shoot or not, the Voice of the Voiceless will forever be etched in the memories of those who resonated with everything he said that night. We talked about it for weeks.
#4. Chris Jericho Saves Us
What’s funny watching this back? Is his insults towards “sports-entertainers” are repeating themselves twenty years later. It’s hard to deny this is one of the best debuts of all time. Everything delivered, and Jericho was immediately taken in by the WWF fans.
And who better to bounce back and forth with than The Rock in his prime? Jericho ceased the moment and never looked back. And what made the buildup so great was the Y2K countdown clock. The anticipation huge, and the delivery perfect, the star of Y2J was born in the WWF.
#5. D-Generation X Invades WCW
Love how Triple H says “Dubya, C, Dubya”. Showing the WWF’s incredibly confident, yet cocky attitude in a colossal ratings war, D-Generation X took it upon themselves to invade enemy territory with a “tank”.
The only two ways this could have gone better is if 1) Shawn Michaels was there, and 2) if WCW invited them in. It’s right up there as one of the most memorable DX moments, cementing them as one of the most popular stables in wrestling. The Attitude Era wouldn’t have been the same had the WWF decided they weren’t allowed to fool around and push the envelope. I think Chyna was the only one who took it seriously.
#6. D-Generation X’s Speech – “I Was Up All Night!”
Big disclaimer. The reason this needs to be uncensored, is because the censored version has so many bleeps you can’t make out what anyone’s saying. Also yes, the first minute isn’t there, but it’s not necessary to know what’s going on.
Imagine if this happened today? The heat would be tremendous. Back in the 90’s it was cool as hell, and if you were offended .. then you’re not a fan of D-Generation X? Or perhaps it was always incredibly immature? Having said that, doesn’t it set a record for having the most amount of profanity in a single promo in the history of WWE? If anything beats it, please let me know.
#7. Daniel Bryan Feels The Love
Some of the best moments are spontaneous. With that said, I bring you the time when the WWE Universe hijacked Triple H’s promo to share their love of Daniel Bryan. We could see Hunter slowly boiling over, as the likes of Shawn Michaels and Mark Henry failed to extinguish the lovefest. Daniel Bryan’s reaction was precious. He was genuinely happy to receive an ovation for doing nothing but standing there in the middle of a crowd.
It turned out to be one of a few key moments which helped Daniel Bryan along the path to the main event of Wrestlemania; like when the Yes Movement occupied Raw, and also when he betrayed The Wyatt Family.