Counting to 1,000: Special memories from Raw's milestone episodes

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June 22, 2012

1st Episode of Raw – Jan. 11, 1993

Live from the Manhattan Center in New York City, a revolution was born. With Mr. McMahon, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and comedian Rob Bartlett providing commentary, Monday Night Raw's inaugural one-hour episode featured plenty of action and unprecedented production value for a professional wrestling show.

Who the champs were: Bret "Hit Man" Hart (WWE Champion), Money Inc. (World Tag Team Champions), Shawn Michaels (Intercontinental Champion)

Match of the night: Don't let the zany spacesuit fool you, Max Moon put up quite a fight against a young Shawn Michaels. After some acrobatic exchanges which included Moon hitting Michaels with a seated senton off the ring apron, The Heartbreak Kid prevailed with a superkick followed by a teardrop suplex for the win. Fun fact: The teardrop suplex used to be HBK's finisher, not the epic superkick later to be dubbed Sweet Chin Music.

Star of the night: Damien Demento was no match for The Undertaker in the first-ever Raw main event. The Phenom, who already had one WWE Title reign to his credit, finished his opponent off with his signature Tombstone piledriver. Undertaker is the only WWE Superstar still in active competition that performed on the first episode of Raw.

"Anything can happen" moment: Bobby Heenan proved he would do whatever it took to get inside the Manhattan Center for the premiere of Raw, even if it meant dressing like a woman in disguise. "The Brain" donned a wig and makeup as he claimed to be Bartlett's aunt and later tried on a Rabbi getup.

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