Backstage News On WWE's Big RAW Plans For January 14
WWE has the big RAW 20th Anniversary show on January 14th where they will be bringing several old names back. They plan to bring back some names we don't see too often since some just appeared on the recent Slammys episode. Being in Texas, appearances by The Undertaker, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels are likely. It's also expected WWE will make the first Hall of Fame announcement that night.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is considered a lock for tonight's RAW 20th anniversary show. WWE officials really wanted him there because he was the Intercontinental Champion on the very first episode. Michaels is also from Texas so he will get the big local pop.
- Another star from Texas who is expected tonight is The Undertaker. It is confirmed that he will be wrestling at WrestleMania 29 and his most likely opponent is CM Punk. We may see the beginning of that feud tonight on RAW.
- As noted before, Bret Hart was contacted about tonight's RAW anniversary show but told officials he only wanted to come back if they really had something for him to do. A source confirms that Bret was very upset that they brought him into the RAW 1000 show for what ended up being just a small ringside appearance.
For weeks, it was reported that WWE would bring back former superstars to make cameo appearances on the 20th Anniversary episode of RAW. WWE reached out to several legends and told them to keep the date open. This week, those same people were told that the plans had changed and they will not bring in those talents. They were told they were no longer needed.
While it's possible there will still be some cameos, WWE is planning a completely different show now.
More as we get it.
There are rumblings that WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will probably be appearing on next week's 20th Anniversary episode of Monday Night Raw. There was said to some doubt about whether or not he would appear, but apparently WWE officials contacted him some time over the weekend and may have been able to work out a deal with him.
There will be a confrontation of some sorts between Ric Flair and C.M. Punk on Raw next week in Houston as things are currently planned.
It's quite surprising that WWE didn't advertise on Monday that Flair would be returning on the show, particularly given it's the first week Raw has a shot to do a big number, without it being on a holiday or against football competition.
Which stable reunions(for 1 night only of course) do people wanna see at the 20th anniversary show?
Another full DX reunion seems likely(with NAO competing in a match,likely winning,which results in them sticking around for a few months).
Evolution reunion possibly(without Batista though, wouldn't make much sense, since I don't believe Orton was in Evolution without Batista) since Flair is back in WWE(last reunion for them I think was in 2007? And that was Orton as a heel, so he didn't want to join in on it and chose to be in Rated RKO reunion instead,so Orton hasn't been in Evolution since 2004)
Some more "old school" reunions also:
Nation of Domination(Rock is gonna be there,Henry could return then, Faarouq likely there for APA, maybe even "Kama" could be there too since that was before he was Godfather,meaning he'd be "PG")
Right to Censor(Ironic return since there'd be nothing to censor. Maybe them gloating about how their mission has been completed and WWE has been cleaned of all the "hardcore material")
Too Cool(Rikishi probably gonna be there, Grandmaster Sexay could have a meaningful return, Scotty 2 Hotty I don't think left WWE on bad terms, I could see them facing off against 3MB,then beating them and dancing to their music)
Nexus(Just for the fun of it. Imagine Barrett,Otunga,Young,Slater,Bryan,Gabriel having 1 night return of Nexus. Would be funny if they had something like Bryan,Gabriel,Ryback vs Shield)
Corporation(or at least a mini reunion involving Patterson,Brisco,Slaughter,Mean Street Posse and Vince McMahon,like a backstage segment or something)