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Rage HD is an ongoing stage and graphic design aesthetic used in professional wrestling. It is known for featuring LED stages and dramatic mood lighting. The term was coined by designer Steves Peeps in 2023.

History[]

The NBC relaunch of WWE's Saturday Night Main event in 2006 marked the emergence of the first indications of the Rage HD look. The stage props were almost exactly like the HD set elements that WWE would use two years later. At this time, white ropes made their appearance as well.

WWE finally gave its programs an HD facelift with new LED sets and more dramatic mood lighting in 2008, along with new futuristic graphics reflecting the company's new PG initiative. With the addition of high-definition resolution to its shows, the company gradually began to transition out of the Ruthless Aggression era. Similar visual elements are also used by other wrestling companies (like AEW and TNA) in their programming.

Visuals[]

  • LED set pieces
  • White ropes
  • Intense mood lighting
  • LED ring aprons
  • Zoom-in camera cuts
  • Skeuomorphism (early on)
  • LED ringposts
  • 3D typefaces

Media[]

TV Shows[]

  • WWE Monday Night Raw (USA/TNN/Spike TV) (1993-present)
  • WWE Smackdown! (UPN/The CW/SYFY/USA/FOX) (1999-present)
  • WWE 205 Live (WWE Network/Peacock) (2016–2022)
  • AEW Dynamite (TBS/TNT) (2019-present)
  • AEW Collision (TNT) (2023-present)
  • ECW on Syfy (SYFY) (2006-2010)

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