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Old 04-12-2014, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm watching these early Raws on WWE Network and outside of the Ric Flair/Mr. Perfect match and some of the Brutus Beefcake stuff, there's absolutely nothing happening and it was quite clearly the B-show to Superstars, as all of the major angles would happen on there and be recapped on Raw. When did Raw take Superstars' place as the flagship show?
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Default Re: At what point did Raw become the "A Show?"

Around the time that the Monday Night Wars started. When that began, it became a must for WWE to start putting more effort into the show, so they could fend off the attack from the south (WCW)
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Around the time that the Monday Night Wars started. When that began, it became a must for WWE to start putting more effort into the show, so they could fend off the attack from the south (WCW)
I assume the rise of cable and decline of syndication also played a part, right?
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Monday night wars. Then they tried to bill SmackDown as the A show (or at least on par with Raw) from around 2002-2003, but Raw was and still is clearly the A show over SmackDown.
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Default Re: At what point did Raw become the "A Show?"

Probably 1995.

During the McMahon-Flair co-ownership angle, Raw seemed a bit inferior to Smackdown, with Hogan, The Rock, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar on the Blue team.
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Default Re: At what point did Raw become the "A Show?"

RAW was figuring itself out when it debuted, what its formula was, and how to handle the live atmosphere, but I think it was the A show from its debut. It was the show all of the main WWF angles happened on (namely Beefcake's return into Hogan's return to set up that big match for WM9). Even on the very early Raws, it was where Ric Flair's WWF career ended and where Razor Ramon and Bret Hart were talking smack to each other.

I don't really have any memories of WWF Superstars from around this time.

So, January 1993 is when it became the A show, IMO. I don't think Superstars had the main angles Raw had when it debuted. Certainly not by May 1993 when they did that big Kid/Razor Jannetty/Michaels upset night.
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Monday night wars. Then they tried to bill SmackDown as the A show (or at least on par with Raw) from around 2002-2003, but Raw was and still is clearly the A show over SmackDown.
Also, smackdown was equal to raw pre brand split. 2 A shows.

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Default Re: At what point did Raw become the "A Show?"

I considered Smackdown the A show, considering it had the WWE championship for a long time. All that changed when Brock left imo. I never watched raw when Smackdown was good 2002-2004
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