Being in a creative field like cartooning, I can fully understand the difficulty of making an interesting installment of a story week-to-week. Sometimes to get from A-Z in a story L,M,N, and P might miss a step. And for some reason, as stories tend to change from the initial conception, there might be some numbers thrown in just to muddy the works. I know Ben also understands this difficulty because I don’t think I’ve seen him write ANY interesting installments of his stories. (I kid, Ben. I kid.)
But knowing this, when the last five episodes of Raw have ranged from utterly confusing to downright boring, I had to believe they were kind of on auto-pilot leading into episode 1000. The Money in the Bank PPV was even in that mix and it got overshadowed by the 1000th Raw, something that shouldn’t have happened considering the implications of the contracts that Dolph Ziggler and John Cena won that night.
Then Raw 1000 came and of course, I was right, as the show was fun from top to bottom.
The show started with a new signature at the top of the show ending in the WWE logo with the words “Then. Now. Forever.” Followed by a highlight reel of the last 999 episodes of Raw that included so many great moments I can’t even begin to list them.
Vince McMahon comes out and welcomes everyone to Monday Night Raw amidst a “Thank You, Vince” chant from the live crowd. And whether you like Vince McMahon or not, there was no one else who should have started the show. Some label him a genius, others say that label is horribly undeserved because very few things he’s created have succeeded, but Raw definitely has done that and Vince should be respected, if nothing else, for creating a show that really changed the wrestling landscape.