WWE's 'Raw' still running wild at the 20-year mark

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The original wild and live pro wrestling show, WWE's "Raw," is marking its 20th anniversary.

From its birth on Jan. 11, 1993, "Raw" set out to be a special kind of wrestling show. The one-hour debut aired live from New York and kicked off an uncooked, uncut and uncensored slice of wrestling history.

Two decades later, "Raw" has become as much a fixture on Monday nights as the NFL and remains one of the highest-rated weekly shows on cable TV. Over the years it has rocketed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to stardom and filled highlight reels with over-the-top personalities and outrageous storylines.

The anniversary will be noted on Monday's show -- episode No. 1,025 -- with producers planning to pull out all the stops. C.M. Punk, the longest-reigning WWE champ of the "Raw" era, says the show is successful because it changes with the times. He says it's not just a wrestling show -- "it's a complete spectacle."

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