WWE names the 50 greatest Monday Night Raw matches of all time

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) first took to the air with Monday Night Raw, its flagship show, on Jan. 11, 1993. It started as a one hour live show before moving to two hours in 1997 and finally three hours starting on July 23, just under two weeks away from today.

Obviously, that means there have been more matches than one could ever bother to count. I'm sure WWE has done so -- some poor sap at Titan Towers was likely tasked with tallying them up -- but for the purposes of this latest list, WWE.com simply found the 50 greatest matches in Raw history.

That's a daunting task and surely there are snubs and notable oversights. None of them came to mind when I saw the list, however, because, well, my memory simply isn't good enough.

I will say that the match that pops into mind as my own number one ended up at (SPOILER!!!) number four -- Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H for the world heavyweight championship in Dec. 2003. It was one hell of a back and forth between two incredible workers who were laying it all out there for each other. They also told a great story and while the finish could have been improved (non-smoz, for instance), it was a classic.

But it wasn't number one. I'm sure when you see it, you might have a few qualms about it. Or maybe you won't and you'll agree completely. Only one way to find out.

The list after the jump.

50. Undertaker and Big Show vs. The Rock N Sock Connection (Aug. 30, 1999)
49. Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro (Nov. 20, 2006)
48. John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels vs. Christian, Tomko and Chris Jericho
47. Mr. Perfect vs. Doink the Clown (May 24, 1993)
46. Booker T and Goldust vs. Christian and Chris Jericho (Dec. 23, 2002)
45. The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler (Nov. 29, 2010)
44. John Cena and Undertaker vs. D-Generation X vs. Jeri-Show (Nov. 16, 2009)
43. The Rock vs. Chris Jericho (Oct. 30, 2000)
42. Team Lakers vs. Team Nuggets (May 25, 2009)
41. Sycho Sid vs. Bret Hart (March 17, 1997)
40. The Rock vs. The Hurricane (March 10, 2003)
39. The Steiners vs. The Quebecers (Sept. 13, 1993)
38. Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (Aug. 29, 2011)
37. Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk (May 4, 1998)
36. D-Generation X vs. The Miz and John Morrison (Nov. 3, 2008)
35. Christian vs. Rob Van Dam (Sept. 29, 2003)
34. Razor Ramon vs. Rick Martel (Oct. 11, 1993)
33. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker, and Dude Love vs. The Hart Foundation (July 21, 1997)
32. Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin (March 29, 2004)
31. Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock vs. The NWO (March 11, 2002)
30. Al Snow vs. Road Dogg (Jan. 4, 1999)
29. Edge vs. Randy Orton (July 19, 2004)
28. The Miz vs. John Morrison (Jan. 4, 2011)
27. Razor Ramon vs. The Kid (May 17, 1993)
26. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (March 23, 1998)
25. Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam (May 27, 2002)
24. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (May 26, 1997)
23. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Feb. 27, 2012)
22. Triple H vs. Kane (June 23, 2003)
21. Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin (May 2, 2005)
20. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Ken Shamrock (Sept. 14, 1998)
19. Edge vs. Ric Flair (Jan. 16, 2006)
18. The Rock, Cactus Jack, Too Cool and Rikishi vs. D-Generation X and The Radicalz (Feb. 7, 2000)
17. CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (Nov. 21, 2011)
16. Trish Stratus vs. Lita (Dec. 6, 2004)
15. Kane vs. Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley vs. Christian and Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy and RVD (Oct. 7, 2002)
14. Kurt Angle vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Jan. 8, 2001)
13. Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (May 17, 1993)
12. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (April 21, 1997)
11. Triple H vs. Chris Jericho (April 17, 2000)
10. Owen Hart vs. The British Bulldog (March 3, 1997)
9. Cactus Jack vs. Triple H (Sept. 22, 1997)
8. Rob Van Dam vs. Edge vs. John Cena (July 3, 2006)
7. The Rock vs. Mankind (Jan. 4, 1999)
6. Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena (July 25, 2011)
5. Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy (June 1, 2002)
4. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (Dec. 29, 2003)
3. Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (July 11, 1994)
2. Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect (Jan. 25, 1993)
1. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (April 23, 2007)

Thoughts on the list, Cagesiders?

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