WWE Raw will celebrate its 30th anniversary in January and there are already wheels in motion for the milestone event.
The first episode of WWE Raw took place on January 11th, 1993, in the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. The new show replaced Prime Time Wrestling which had been on the air for eight years.
While Raw has evolved in the decades since that first episode and begun touring around the US and the world, the Manhattan Center still has a place in fans’ hearts and the company has returned there for special events.
The last of these took place on January 22nd, 2018, when the red brand celebrated its 25th anniversary by broadcasting from both the Manhattan Center and the Barclays Center.
The portion of the show from the original venue featured appearances from classic stars including Scott Hall, The Brooklyn Brawler, and The Undertaker.
Now, WrestleVotes has revealed that, before Vince McMahon’s departure, there were plans to use the Manhattan Centre again in January 2023 for the 30th-anniversary show. While it’s not known if this is still going to happen, there are plans in motion for the big event.
“I’m told plans are in motion for the 30th Anniversary of RAW show coming up in January. Prior to the new leadership taking over, having the show from The Manhattan Center again in NYC was on the table. I’m unaware if that’s the case still.”
I’m told plans are in motion for the 30th Anniversary of RAW show coming up in January. Prior to the new leadership taking over, having the show from The Manhattan Center again in NYC was on the table. I’m unaware if that’s the case still.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) October 20, 2022
During 2022, there have already been several Raw specials. In June, the show celebrated John Cena’s 20th anniversary and then, a month later, marked 20 years since the debut of Rey Mysterio.