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WWE Announces YouTube 1,000th Raw Pre-Show

WWE sent out the following press release earlier today.

STAMFORD, Conn., July, 18, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the details of Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode this Monday when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history moves to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network. Raw has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.

A little more than one week after he won his first Money in the Bank® Ladder Match for a WWE Championship contract, WWE Superstar John Cena® will cash in live on Raw’s 1,000th episode against WWE Champion CM Punk® in the main event.

Raw’s 1,000th episode will showcase the most memorable moments from the past two decades and celebrate the unmatched staying power of Monday Night Raw starting at 8/7C with a reunion of WWE Superstars Triple H® and Shawn Michaels® of D-Generation X®, the anti-establishment group which revolutionized sports-entertainment. In addition, some of the most iconic WWE Superstars that made Raw an extraordinary success, including Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, Bret Hart® and Mick Foley™, will make special appearances.

The episode also marks the return of Brock Lesnar®, who will make his first live appearance in nearly three months and will respond directly to Triple H®’s challenge for a match at SummerSlam®.

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® may have lost to WWE Champion CM Punk at Money in the Bank with AJ™ as the special guest referee, but that didn’t deter him from expressing his love for the unpredictable WWE Diva. The two will celebrate their tumultuous love affair on Raw’s 1,000th episode with a wedding.

The 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw will also look toward the future as the count towards another 1,000 episodes begins. The show ushers in a new era of interactive programming, where viewers will become part of the action by using social media platforms like Tout, Twitter, Shazam®, Instagram and Facebook to have a voice in the show and control outcomes live. The best fan touts, tweets, photos and comments will be featured during the telecasts, on, at live events, and on social media reaching WWE’s more than 100 million social media followers.

On July 23 at 7:30/6:30C, WWE will host a special Monday Night Raw Pre-Show that will stream live on and on WWE’s official YouTube channel, FanNation ( Fans can also relive the very first episode of Monday Night Raw at

Since its debut, Monday Night Raw has been among cable’s most watched regularly scheduled programs. To see how WWE Superstars are preparing for its new permanent start time, 8/7C, watch USA’s new promo:

  • SYM

    @Stockton-Joe so they should educate Fans on Monday Night RAW by telling them of a Wedding that took place at a Past SummerSlam? Yes That Makes PERFECT sense

  • HBK

    @Stockton Joe-they did when they revealed WWE Superstars’ favourite past moments.
    Stephanie McMahon talked about her tricked marriage to HHH in ’99 & someone else on the roster talked about their divorce in ’02.

  • Stockton Joe

    If WWE was REALLY trying to educate New Fans about the origins and history of Monday Night RAW, they’d mention 1991 when Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth “married” at Summerslam. They’d mention how HHH and Stephanie were “married” at a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas in 1999. They’d mention how in 2002 HHH and Stephanie “divorced” then how Stephanie “tricked” HHH into “re-marrying” her.

  • SYM

    I like that WWE is trying to educate New Fans of the origin of Monday Night RAW. Hell it can teach Cole & Jerry Lawler how to be good commentators, because Nothing beats McMahon, Barlett, and Macho Man.