WWF Raw was first broadcast in 1995, to replace the outgoing WWF Superstars
and WWF Wrestling Challenge
shows. From 1995-2000 it was broadcast (nearly) every Monday on the USA Network.
In 1997 it changed its name to WWF Raw Is War
, in line with the WWF Attitude
branding of its product, and as an attempt to counter the rampant WCW
and its New World Order angle
As the popularity of wrestling and the WWF
soared, Raw became the highest-rated show on cable, peaking with a mammoth 8.1 rating
in the summer of 1999.
Raw is now broadcast on TNN
on Monday nights in the States, and on Sky Sports
on Friday nights in the UK. In the States it was pre-empted for the Westminster Dog Show
once a year (which usually garnered a 0.1 rating or likewise), and sometimes for the Open Tennis. However, it is now the jewel in TNN's crown, and TNN execs have been quoted as saying "that sorta shit ain't gonna happen no more". TWAJS
Raw is presented by Jim Ross
and Paul Heyman