The past and the present will collide Monday night when WWE superstars from today and yesteryear gather to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw. The huge event will feature legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, Ric Flair, The Undertaker and more, as well as current stars like John Cena, Braun Stroman, Alexa Bliss, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks and Finn Balor.
Throughout its lengthy run, Raw has had its fair share of memorable, heart-stopping moments like when Chris Jericho interrupted The Rock to make his WWE television debut in 1999, or when Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks stole the show in their brutal Falls Count Anywhere match for the Raw Women's Championship in Nov. 2016.
In honor of the WWE's major milestone, TV Guide hit up current superstar Natalya, who will also be present for Raw 25, to get her Top 5 unforgettable moments from Raw.
The Hart Dynasty defeating Show-Miz to win the Unified Tag Team Championships
March 29, 2010
The Hart Dynasty consisted of tag team partners Tyson Kidd, a graduate of Stu Hart's famous wrestling school the Hart Dungeon, and David Hart Smith, the son of Davey Boy Smith, with Natalya, the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, acting as their manager. The team hit their first big milestone when they defeated The Big Show and Miz for the tag team titles — a special moment that was highlighted by the appearance of Brett Hart.
"That was such a cool moment, to have [him] raise my hand and my husband's hand and my cousin's hand," Natalya tells TV Guide. "That was the first really big championship that we won and we did it together as a family. We couldn't have done it without the help of Brett "The Hitman Hart" so it was one of those special moments that I'll never forget."
British Bulldog versus Owen Hart for the European Championship
February 26, 1997
In the final round of the tournament to determine who would become the first ever WWE European Champion, the British Bulldog took on Owen Hart in a slobberknocker of a match. "That was such a beautiful match...It was just so special. It was one of my favorite matches that the two have ever had," said Natalya.
Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch debuting on Raw
July 13, 2015
In a move that kicked the women's revolution into high gear, three-quarters of the Four Horsewomen of NXT showed up on Raw to challenge Team Bella. "I remember being backstage, watching it happen and I thought that was just so cool, " Natalya recalls. "It made me so excited for what was to come. Things have been so incredible for the women ever since that moment."
Stephanie McMahon announcing the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match
Dec. 18, 2017
In a shocking move, Stephanie McMahon announced that the women superstars of the WWE would compete in their own Royal Rumble match for the first time ever. This classic bout will feature 30 women trying to eliminate each other by throwing their opponents over the top rope until one person is left standing.
"I must have gotten 15 texts from the other women superstars in the WWE and everybody was like, 'Oh my God! Can you believe we're gonna be a part of the first ever women's royal rumble!?' And that was just such a cool moment to have [Stephanie McMahon] announce it because she may play lots of different roles on TV — and a lot of the times she does play the villain — but in real life, [she] is somebody that all of the women in the company look up to," Natalya explains. "She's a role model for us and she has really been a driving force in wanting more for the women. She's been a pivotal part of the women's revolution from NXT all the way to RAW and Smackdown."
Putting Ric Flair in the Sharpshooter
May 2, 2016
During a confrontation with Charlotte Flair, Natalya turned the tables on Charlotte's dad and WWE legend Ric Flair by locking him up in her family's signature move: The Sharpshooter.
"I loved putting Ric Flair in the sharpshooter," said Natalya. "Might be one of my top moments of my career. I got to lock in the Sharpshooter on the Nature Boy, one of the greatest wreslters of all time. I personally love Ric but being able to tap him out on Raw in front of millions of people around the world, all I could do is just say 'Woo!'"
Bonus Raw moments
With 25 years and more than 1,000 episodes under its belt, there are plenty more moments to choose from like Stone Cold Steve Austin driving a beer truck into the arena and spraying Vince McMahon with alcohol or Alundra Blayze taking on Bull Nakano for the Women's Championship in 1994. Here are some more of our favorites:
Brett Hart vs The Rock for the Intercontinental Title
March 31, 1997
Natalya calls this rare match "one of those hidden gems that a lot of people don't necessarily talk about or remember but it happened on Raw."
Diva's Championship No. 1. Contender Battle Royal
Sept. 27, 2010
Natalya may have made her debut on Smackdown but this memorable Raw moment marked a major turning point in her career.
"When we found out that we would be introducing the Divas Championship, it was exciting because at the time, it was a brand new championship and no one had been crowned so I just knew that I had a chance. With the right opportunity, I could be a champion in the WWE and that was something for me that was a lifelong dream of mine." the former Smackdown Women's Champion explained. "When I won that number one contender spot, to have a chance at the Divas Championship, I just felt like I was getting closer and closer to reaching my dreams and my goals in the WWE. I felt like I was finally starting to make my mark."
Trish vs Lita for the WWE Women's Championship
Dec. 6, 2004
This historic match marked the first time two women competed in the main event of Raw.
"It was a pivotal moment for women in the company but also for me as a little girl watching. I really wanted to be a part of what they were doing. And so while I grew up loving watching my dad, the driving [force] for me to be a superstar in the WWE were moments like that with Trish and Lita."
Catch Natalya and other superstars when the 25th anniversary of WWE Monday Night Raw airs Monday, Jan. 22 beginning at 8/7 on USA Network. You can also stream past episodes of Raw and other WWE shows on the WWE Network.