SLAM! Speaks: Who's Raw's all-time No. 1 star?
SLAM! Wrestling Staff
Tonight on a three-hour Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon will name the No. 1 Raw superstar of all-time. Like the Australian reggae-rock band Men At Work once said, "Who can it be now?"
Stone Cold Steve Austin? Hulk Hogan? The Rock? Shawn Michaels? John Cena? Triple H? The Undertaker? Snitsky? The list may be limited as several key names from Raw's past (Kurt Angle, Dudley Boyz, Christian, New Age Outlaws) are under contract with TNA these days.
The crack SLAM! Wrestling staff tossed around a few names and ideas over the weekend and came up with a few doozies.
I see a night of swerves, where they show all the top dogs from
the past: Austin, Hogan, Rock via a recorded message (just a guess there),
etc. But in the end, Mr. McMahon will announce himself as the Raw superstar
of all-time. Then he'll get the much needed beatdown. In reality, it would
This has Vince McMahon's inflated ego written all over it, if it wasn't obvious enough. No one gets a Raw welcome more than Stone Cold, so he should be the top superstar. Sadly, though, Vince will name himself the best, have a grand celebration, present himself with trophies and plaques...and then the glass breaks and out comes Austin. This seems way too predictable, so look for some type of shenanigans.
Wouldn't it be hilarious as all hell if someone like Gillberg or Damian Demento won the honors, though?
Picking the No. 1 star of Raw is not an easy choice. Some would say The Undertaker, as he has been with the company since the start of Raw, but has been primarily a Smackdown star since 2002. Steve Austin is another name that I am sure will top many lists. But, regardless of backstage rumors and politics and marriages, the top star on Raw is without a doubt Triple H. He has been part of Raw for over a decade and has been a top star with the company for more then half that time. Since the brand split, when thinking about the Raw brand, The Game has always been top of the list and thus, also tops mine.
To me, no one has epitomized the last 15 years of Raw like Edge.
From his debut, the now Rated R Superstar has been the source of some of the most entertaining and H.S. moments in the history of the program. Among his credentials on Monday nights are winning the WWE Championship from Rob Van Dam, countless entertaining segments either on The Cutting Edge or in interactions with Christian, Kurt Angle and others, several highlighted matches including the TLC bout against Ric Flair and just about any match against the Hardyz and/or The Dudleyz. I think back to Los Conquistadores, the five-second poses and the drama with Lita and Matt Hardy and can't help but say they were among the best moments in Raw's history.
I was 11 years old when Raw made its debut on January 11, 1993. Throughout elementary school, junior high, high school, college and professional stages of my life, I have always attempted to find the time to watch Raw. As a result, it is extremely difficult for me to pick the No. 1 Raw superstar of all-time because it truly is a team effort as cliché as that sounds.
Therefore, I predict Vince McMahon will name his ass the No. 1 Raw superstar of all-time. Whether it be during the naming of the No. 1 Raw superstar of all-time, the family portrait portion or an impromptu Mr. McMahon’s Kiss My Ass Club segment, I have a feeling Vince will find a way to drop trow as his ass twinkles and shines like a Christmas tree for all to gaze at in wonderment.
By far, the No. 1 superstar in Raw history is "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Many of Raw’s memorable moments over the years have come from Austin. Driving the Zamboni to the ring in 1998, hosing down Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and The Rock with beer in 1999, and who can forget all the escapades with Vince from the first Stunner back in Sept. 1997 right down to when he Stunned the entire McMahon family in 2005?
Austin led WWE out from the pits and into the mainstream with his week-by-week antics. You just never knew what was going to happen from week to week and, unlike now, it was actually fun to sit down and put on USA every Monday at 9 p.m. There will never be another "Attitude Era" and there will never be another Steve Austin.
After so many years and episodes, I think you have to look at the man who set the brand on fire and continues to be a contributing factor (good or bad) to this day. I give the nod to Vincent Kennedy McMahon!
Spinning the Montreal Screwjob to his advantage and creating the evil Mr. McMahon character sent the ratings skyrocketing. McMahon's heel turn prompted such classic feuds with Stone Cold, and the stables (The Corporation and The Corporate Ministry) provided some of the most exciting television of the decade. Despite some less-than-spectacular angles in the past couple of years, McMahon's storylines are always at the top of the card, and love him or hate him, the big boss has to be considered for the No. 1 Raw superstar spot.
Could it really be Jim Ross?
Though I have no doubt they will announce Vince McMahon as the all-time Raw superstar, I think the honour truly deserves to go to someone else: Jim Ross.
Though he wasn't there for the first three years, and there were some patches since when he wasn't doing commentary, JR has truly established himself as not only the voice, but also the heart and soul of Raw. For two hours a week, he pours his emotions into the show, expressing the viewer's voice, be it one of joy, anger, sorrow, or disbelief, and selling the situation appropriately and sounding genuine in doing so. Without him, as we've seen, Raw isn't nearly as good. And while he may have the occasional screwup, as some critics point out, or rely too heavily on his familiar cliches, I can't imagine that anyone else would even come close to doing it quite as well as he does.
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--compiled by Matt Mackinder