As part of an SDCC panel, The Undertaker spoke about how the advent of Monday Night Raw revolutionized the wrestling business.
On January 11, 1993, the wrestling world changed forever with the debut of Monday Night Raw. Originally a one hour show, WWE’s flagship program has grown into a three hour behemoth and has featured top WWE talent for nearly three decades.
Speaking as part of a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, WWE legend The Undertaker spoke about the red brand and said the wrestlers had no idea the impact it would have on wrestling.
“We had no idea that this was about to revolutionize the wrestling business.”
Continuing, the Deadman explained that before Raw began in 1993, WWE wrestlers would do three weeks of television tapings in a row before heading out on tour. He also noted that prior programming didn’t tend to feature matches between two stars, and instead used local enhancement talent to go up against stars in the company, saving big blockbuster matches for pay-per-view.
“They used to be called ‘jobbers,’ but I guess that’s [inappropriate]. If you’re an ex-jobber, don’t be woke and cancel me. [laughs]You can’t, but go ahead.
“Then Monday Night Raw comes along, and we’re gonna be live every Monday night, and that really did just change the scope of the wrestling business. No longer did you have Undertaker versus somebody in an enhancement match.”
The WWE Hall of Famer explained that it was necessary to have top stars facing top stars on television to keep ratings high with the new form of wrestling programming.
“If you were going to keep a live show, you had to put the best out that you could. One of the greatest things to happen in the modern era of wrestling is going live on Monday Night Raw.”