WWE today marks one of the most monumental events in TV history. No, not another high-concept series. Not an Oscar winner about to light up the small screen. Not yet another reality show indistinguishable from all the others. No, tonight marks the first episodic show to reach a 1000 episodes. Gunsmoke (whatever that was) didn’t reach it, Lassie didn’t make it. Even Simpsons, in its 23rd season, is only on 508 episodes. Whilst I’m aware that only is a poor term, you get my point.
What is this wondrous, record breaking show? WWE Monday Night Raw — that’s right, a wrestling show. Since January 11th, 1993, WWE, the former WWF, has been churning episode after episode out, Monday after Monday. It has seen good times, bad times, serious competition from a rival company which it inevitably defeated and bought, and several changes of the guard. Bridging the gap from the Rock ‘˜n’Roll era to the Attitude Era to the current PG13 landscape, Monday Night Raw has survived and entertained for nearly twenty years and is now on the precipice of reaching the fabled TV millennium.
Tonight’s show is a special three hour edition, celebrating the landmark. Big names such as The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold Steve Austin and D-Generation X (Triple H and the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels) are all scheduled to appear, as well as plenty of other names from the past and present. The show is scheduled to be main evented by WWE’S Superman/ merchandise machine John Cena, challenging the hero for the grown-up’s, the outspoken CM Punk for the WWE championship (a title with fifty years of history behind it).
Whether or not you’re a wrestling fan, tonight’s show will be one of the biggest landmarks in TV history. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a TV fan; let’s face it, that’s what this website is for! No matter how many years you have graced this planet for, you’ve probably experienced a beloved show being cancelled. (I know, it hurts.) Tonight, try the show with no off-season, new stories and new characters; what I like to explain to my friends as the greatest soap ever made. Whilst other shows have fell by the wayside, Monday Night Raw is ready to hit the big 1000. Opportunities to be part of something legitimately historic don’t come along that often, and in the climate of more and more ‘˜unscripted’shows rearing their heads on our screens, the chance may not arise for a long time. 8PM/7PM, depending on where you lay your head, a record will be made. As a TV fan, there can’t be many better ways to spend your evening — or at least take a look.
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