As first reported by The New York Post, the The WWE Raw 25th Anniversary live show of Monday Night Raw will emanate from Barclays Center and Manhattan Center in New York City on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.
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Superstars from both Monday Night The WWE Raw 25th Anniversary live show and SmackDown LIVE will be at Barclays Center, while the event at Manhattan Center, the site of the first episode of Raw, will feature WWE Superstars competing, plus special appearances by WWE Legends The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, among others. VIP packages, including a meet-and-greet with a WWE Legend, will be available for fans at Manhattan Center.
What unforgettable moments will happen as the longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime television history celebrates its 25th anniversary from two separate locations? Find out on Jan. 22, either in person or on the home of Monday Night Raw, USA Network!
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WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Mick Foley were originally advertised locally for Monday’s RAW 25th Anniversary show in New York City but they have not been announced by WWE.
Hart will not be appearing because he has a meeting on Monday with a hand surgeon in Calgary, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The surgeon is flying in from Paris to meet with Bret and he was unable to postpone. Sue Aitchison from WWE called Bret to arrange his The WWE Raw 25th Anniversary live show appearance but he didn’t want to cancel the meeting with the surgeon and sent a text message directly to Vince McMahon to explain why.
Regarding Foley, we noted before that he was invited but didn’t know if he would be able to make the show. PWInsider adds that Foley already had a family vacation booked that would conflict with the RAW appearance. Foley reportedly feels that it makes no sense storyline-wise for him to show up for a special celebration show just months after being fired by Triple H and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon from his job as General Manager. Foley feels that they need to sell the angle for at least one year before he’s brought back.
In an update on Chris Jericho, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that there is still no deal signed for him to appear as of earlier this week. WWE did announce Jericho on Monday’s RAW but as noted, that was done prematurely. Despite having no deal, Jericho is expected to appear. The two sides have been talking and apparently going over creative ideas.