Major News on RAW's 25th Anniversary Show's Format & Plans
Thursday, January 11, 2018
RAW's 25th Anniversary Show is less than two weeks away and there has been a lot of speculation and curiosity about how the broadcast will hail from two venues on the same night in New York City.
According to backstage sources, the current plan within the three hours is for approximately 1 hour to come from the Manhattan Center and the other 2 hours from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Manhattan Center was the original site of Monday Night RAW when it premiered in spring of 1993 up until spring of 1997. The one hour at the Manhattan Center isn't planned to be a one hour straight show, as it is planned to be broken up throughout the show.
Regarding the talents, it is expected that The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels will both make appearances at the Manhattan Center, which is fitting since both were part of the first episode of RAW in that venue. However, it is also possible that they make appearances at the Barclays Center sometime in the evening as some Superstars making double appearances is being prepared and written for.
Another aspect of RAW's 25th Anniversary Show is that the backstage footage is currently being planned to be shot documenting the day. The thought is that capturing the simultaneous venue broadcast and its logistics for the milestone event will be packaged together for the WWE 24 series on the WWE Network.
Backstage sources have also indicated that several current talent would like to be at the Manhattan Center for the nostalgia experience, since many were fans during that time. But it is being said that the majority of the current full-time roster members will be used at the Barclays Center.