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Looking Back At 1,000 Episodes,
This review is from: WWE: Raw 100 - The Top 100 Moments in Raw History (DVD)
"The Longest Running Episodic Television Series" has been going on for over 1,000 episodes now & in celebration of that, WWE has released this set focusing on their top brand in "Monday Night RAW." This set is also unique in a way where it's actually different presentations put together as you get the countdown of the top 100 moments & the complete 1,000th episode of RAW celebration plus the Legends Of Wrestling roundtable discussing the history of RAW for the Blu-Ray edition.
Now I won't reveal the moments or order for those who don't want to be spoiled (you can read the other reviews if you need a list) but I will say that there isn't a host/voice narrator throughout the presentation & isn't different than how WWE has been doing their previous countdown sets (Top Superstars, O.M.G., Finishing Moves) where they are not showing the moments in full but highlights of the moments with a superstar commenting on the moment. WWE really loaded up this countdown in terms of the most amount of people contributing to the presentation than ever before giving their thoughts through either new interviews (some were shown on RAW to promote the upcoming 1,000th episode) or archival interviews such as previous DVD sets featuring Big Show, Santino Marella, Jim Ross, Kofi Kingston, Jerry Lawler, Matt Striker, Alex Riley, Howard Finkel, actor Seth Green, Stephanie McMahon, Matt Hardy, Donald Trump, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, actor Hugh Jackman, Chris Jericho, Brookyln Brawler, Wade Barrett, C.M. Punk, Tyson Kidd, Jack Swagger, Hornswoggle, Josh Mathews, game show host Bob Barker, Billy Gunn, The Miz, Bret Hart, Trish Stratus, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, basketball player Shaq, Brian "Road Dogg" James, Triple H, former WWE writer Vince Russo, Vader, Jeff Hardy, Steve Austin, David Otunga, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Mae Young, Paul Heyman, Lillian Garcia, Eric Bischoff, Shawn Michaels, WWE director Kerwin Silfies, Shane McMahon, The Rock, Mike Tyson & more moments as DVD extras with additional comments from Booker T, Sheamus, Heath Slater, and actor Jeremy Piven.
The 1,000th episode of RAW was a 3 hour celebration titled "RAW 1,000" that featured the current WWE superstars along with appearances throughout the night from past superstars including Mr. McMahon, Jim Ross, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mae Young & her "son", Fozzy Bear of The Muppets, Trish Stratus, The Rock, A.P.A., Road Warrior Animal, Vader, Sid, Diamond Dallas Page, Doink The Clown, Sgt. Slaughter, Bob Backlund, Rikishi, Mean Gene Okerland, and Sean Mooney. The matches were John Cena cashing in his Money In The Bank contract against WWE Champion C.M. Punk, "The Fink" Howard Finkel as the special ring announcer as Heath Slater in a No Holds Barred match against Lita, Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. The Miz with Bret Hart as the guest ring announcer, Mick "Dude Love" Foley in Brodus Clay's corner as he took on Jack Swagger, and Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara & Sheamus vs. Albeto Del Rio & Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler with Jim Ross returning to commentary. Other occurrences on the show include the reunion of D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels & Triple H plus The New Age Outlaws & X-Pac, A.J. & Daniel Bryan's wedding with Reverend Slick, Mr. McMahon announcing the new General Manager of RAW, Triple H calling out Brock Lesnar, and the reunion of Undertaker & Kane.
(Blu-Ray) This edition of "Legends Of Wrestling" roundtable that airs on the WWE Classics On Demand channel revolved around "Monday Night RAW" with Michael Hayes, Jim Ross, Gene Okerland, Pat Patterson, and "Road Dogg" Jesse James with them showing various clips of moments from RAW history throughout the show. The discussion started off talking about the idea behind the concept of RAW & Vince's philosophy of "Nothing can go wrong if it's live!" before going into the difference between being taped & going live both on & off screen with Road Dogg giving the point of view from both a talent & now as an agent. The reaction to the beginning WCW Nitro was talked about before going into the heavy discussion of how WCW talents were given a salary while WWE talents were given opportunity while Jim Ross also talked about the incident with Rick Rude appearing on both shows in one night. "The Attitude Era" was the next discussion with various incidents being brought up from Brian Pillman pulling a gun on Steve Austin to D-Generation X to the Kiss My Ass Club followed by how RAW influenced pop culture & memories of the Austin vs. McMahon feud before more talk of the Monday Night War continued featuring such incidents of the DX invasion, Bischoff challenging Vince, the night Mick Foley won the WWE Title, and how WCW became their own worst enemy. Sex appeal & controversy was discussed in terms of the divas with Patterson & Jim Ross talking about memories of Chyna while Road Dogg making a funny comment towards "PUPPIES!" before talking about the diverse appeal of Goldust & Marlena along with Jim Ross talking about a meeting he had with a "big scary angry black man" that had The Godfather volunteer to be with Ross during the meeting with a small followed up discussion on his character with the "Ho Train" before getting into the aftermath of WWE buying WCW was up for discussion as far as if they had gotten stale afterwords along with the walkout of Steve Austin. A big part of the discussion happened next when talking about the celebrity crossover appeal of sports & entertainment with stories of how big of fans celebrities of Hugh Jackman & Lebron James & Charles Barkley are of WWE along with the influence of WWE as far as the social media impact of Twitter, celebrities using the hand gestures like Cena's "You Can't See Me", how Rock comments of Cena resulted in him being on a box of cereal, Tribute To The Troops & Make-A-Wish before concluding the roundtable on what makes RAW special, the future of the show, and favorite all time RAW moments.
I've seen all of the "countdown" sets that WWE has released over the past few years & got exactly what I expected as far as the format & presentation would be knowing that the moments would just be highlights & not shown in full with others offering comments during each one so I was satisfied with that. The one thing that brings this set down in my opinion is that when you look at those other countdown sets, they had a heavy amount of bonus materials of either moments or matches the directly reflect the countdown that are shown in full but instead we got the 1,000 episode of RAW which was nice to see the first time but I didn't really see a big replay value of it once you've already seen it while the "Legends Of Wrestling" roundtable was a nice addition that raised the value of this set for the Blu-Ray edition like it did the nWo set. In the end, I would only recommend the Blu-Ray edition of this set as the countdown & roundtable were the main highlights of this set but I would only recommend the newer set for those who have been fans of the WWE Universe of the last few years but those long term fans or those who would prefer to see RAW moments shown in full along with additional matches from show would probably want to seek out the "15th Anniversary" set that came out back in 2008.