Vince McMahon is gearing up for his colossal 1000th episode of WWE Raw on July 23rd. The sports entertainment company will celebrate the landmark achievement by presenting a three hour episode featuring pay per view caliber matches and guest appearances from erstwhile superstars. To whet the fans appetite, former 90s star Vader made a shocking return on last Monday's WWE Raw, defeating Heath Slater in an impressive bout. Vader amassed a thunderous ovation from the lively crowd, a hopeful sign of things to come. Besides the episode being a celebration of longevity, it will also be the first regularly scheduled three hour episode of WWE Raw.
Over the past 19 years, WWE Raw has featured countless outstanding bouts. Matches featuring such superstars as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan. But, on the opposite end of those grand matches, are bouts that weren't so well received. For fun, here is a list of the three worst matches in WWE Raw history.
Buff Bagwell vs. Booker T
After WWE purchased WCW, Vince McMahon staged an invasion storyline, with former WCW guys trying to take over WWE. As part of the plot, Buff Bagwell and Booker T were booked in the main event of a 2001 WWE Raw. The match almost single handedly ruined the invasion angle. The match was so bad, it sucked the life out of the angle. Bagwell botched spot after spot, leaving the crowd deflated. Bagwell didn't last long after that bout, as he was later let go by the WWE.
Chris Nowinski and Jackie Gayda vs. Trish Stratus and Bradshaw
WWE Tough Enough contestants Chris Nowinski and Jackie Gayda had their hands full when they took on WWE veterans Trish Stratus and Bradshaw on an episode of WWE Raw. Unfortunately, Gayda wasn't close to being prepared for primetime. Gayda flopped around the ring like a fish, falling flat on her face and looking utterly confused. The crowd caught on and booed the foursome. Bradshaw and Stratus tried to preserve the match, but to no avail.
Rosie O'Donnell vs. Donald Trump
You might be asking yourself, "when did this happen?" Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell were feuding in real life, and McMahon thought it would be a great idea to try to latch on to the mainstream media. He dressed two rookie wrestlers in ridiculous outfits and made them wrestle on an episode of WWE Raw. What may have humored McMahon, did not humor the crowd in attendance. They vehemently jeered the match. It would have been funny if it weren't so pathetic and time wasting.
Certainly in it's 19 year existence, WWE Raw should be allowed to produce some stinkers. In fact, these three are far from the only matches that nearly fueled a riot. But they do stand out as the three worst matches in the history of WWE Raw.
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