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Ric Flair's Sendoff
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When thinking back on the previous 999 episodes of Raw, I debated on which moment would top my personal list of favorites. I chose Ric Flair's sendoff after Wrestlemania 24 for a couple of reasons. Probably the most important one is that I was there in the live crowd for it.
Chad and I had attended Wrestlemania 24 and witnessed Flair's last match ever (or so we thought). It was an emotional night to say the least. We all knew in hearts that Flair was going to lose with all the hoopla around his Hall of Fame induction the night before, but it still stung when the referee counted three. The 16 time champ had tears in his eyes before HBK even connected with his Sweet Chin Music, so you can imagine what it was like when the match was over.
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The end of the show saw legends like Ricky Steamboat, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, and of course the Horsemen (JJ Dillion, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard) come out and say their goodbyes. I think it was significant that the Horsemen were there because I believe that was the first time the five of them had been together in nearly 20 years (in public).
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Of course some of that emotion has been tarnished with Flair's decision to return to the ring. Never in the history of the business has anyone received such a lavish sendoff. I don't think it will ever happen again either. But I still feel fortunate enough to have been a part of that night. Woooo!
Raw Episode 1
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Vince McMahon, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and radio host/actor Rob Bartlett made up the announce team. It was an interesting dynamic to say the least. Bobby Heenan trying to get into the show was also a very entertaining aspect of things.
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Raw has certainly come a long way over the last 999 episodes and nearly 20 years. I'm already making plans to attend the 2,000th since I can't be in St. Louis tonight. For those who are there or on the way, enjoy the show. We'll be watching on USA tonight for My 1-2-3 Cents and From the Rafters Radio signs.