Professional wrestling returns to the Nassau Coliseum Monday evening, November 1, 2010, at 8:15 pm, when World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) presents its “Monday Night Raw” extravaganza to regional fans of the Long Island, tri-state area.
This muscle bound, larger-than-life variety of entertainment has an enduring and celebrated history at the Uniondale arena, which includes the renowned Bunkhouse Stampede.
What is World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)?
A concise description of the WWE can be found on the organization’s official website:
“Founded by Vincent and Linda McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc…is an integrated media and entertainment company, principally engaged in the development, production and marketing of television programming, pay-per-view programming and live events, and the licensing and sale of branded consumer products featuring our highly successful World Wrestling Entertainment brand.”
What is the WWE’s “RAW?”
“RAW” is the name of the television program that features the WWE’s professional wrestlers.
Jackson Triumph Esquire III’s September 18, 2005 piece, “A Look at WWE RAW’s History,” provides an excellent review of professional wrestling since 1993. Regarding “RAW,” Esquire writes:
“WWE RAW has been the premiere pro wrestling television show for over 12 years. There have been various wrestling shows from different promotions, but none like RAW. At the time, the show was the first wrestling program to air live, some weeks in front of an audience at the Manhattan Center in New York City.
Although later on, most of the shows would air taped, the program would help usher in a new wave of competition among wrestling organizations, popularly named the Monday Night Wars…”
Wrestling history at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale includes the Bunkhouse Stampede.
Professional wrestling has been featured at the Nassau Coliseum ever since its doors opened to the public in May 1972. Nevertheless, some clashes have been more noteworthy affairs than others.
A prime example is the Bunkhouse Stampede of January 24, 1988, a televised pay-per-view event that garnered impressive local and national notoriety; contestants wore bunkhouse gear, reminiscent of ranch hands on a cattle farm in the American west. Dusty Rhodes was crowned Bunkhouse Champion for 1988, receiving a large bronze cowboy boot.
Professional wrestling has always generated a significant amount of audience interest, but now that Linda McMahon has thrown her hat into the political ring, WWE’s “RAW” is sure to attract new spectators.