WWE: Ranking the Upcoming Segments for Raw's 1000th Episode
After months upon months of anticipation, the 1000th episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw is just less than 24 hours away. And I'm sure I'm speaking on everyone's behalf when I say I cannot wait.
With rumors of Vince McMahon "pulling out all stops" in the production of this extravaganza, we're surely in for quite a show. We'll certainly see some surprises, some returns and some quality wrestling as well.
But how about the segments we already know about? Which of the six announced segments has the most potential?
So in preparation for what is sure to be an incredible event, here are my rankings for the segments that I'm most looking forward to.
6. A New Raw General Manager Will Be Announced
We'll kick this countdown off with perhaps the biggest wild card of the bunch. Since this'll be the appointing of a new Raw general manager, this segment definitely has some major boom and bust potential.
There will either be a nice return from a surprise candidate or a melodramatic choice of a previous general manager.
Some home-run possibilities include Mick Foley, Edge or maybe even Ric Flair. But that, of course, is all wishful thinking.
The group of lower-end and more likely candidates for the open position would consist of recent on-screen talents such as Vickie Guerrero, John Laurinaitis and, God help us, Teddy Long.
Hopefully we're in for a fun surprise and completely free of a tag team-happy general manager, playas.
5. The Wedding of AJ and Daniel Bryan
You can say it's been a little while since we've seen a wedding on Raw. And judging from every other one in the company's history, we should be in for some sort of chaos.
Quite frankly, there are two sides to this upcoming angle. The bright side is that CM Punk is finally out of this love triangle. The Punk-Bryan-AJ feud was fairly decent and somewhat intriguing.
That, however, all ended when AJ did absolutely nothing as the special guest referee at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
I mean, you might as well of had a regular official ref this match. AJ's role had no bearing on the actual winner of the match.
Anyway, it's good to see we're moving on from a pretty pointless storyline and into another that may bring us the poor man's version of Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth.
The not-so-bright side is the predictability of this wedding. Not only will a fracas break out, but we'll probably see Kane re-enter himself in the sweepstakes for AJ's affection.
The Big Red Monster has crashed weddings before and will most likely do it again, leading us into a Bryan-Kane feud.
4. Brock Lesnar Responds to Triple H
The last time we saw "The Next Big Thing" was back in April when he "broke" Triple H's arm. Yeah, it's been that long.
Whether it's during or after the DX Reunion segment, Lesnar's response to Triple H's challenge should be something to look forward to. We'll get Lesnar's return, Paul Heyman on the mic and of course, The Game.
But there are a few intriguing questions heading into this.
Will the crowd pop or boo for Brock? How will Brock get across his response? And most importantly, will we see some physical contact like we did when Brock brawled with Cena?
3. DX Reunion
Yeah, it's DX.
They're fun, they're cooky and they're outlandish. But aren't we past this gimmick yet?
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of both Shawn Michaels and Triple H. And yes, it will be nice to see the Heartbreak Kid in a WWE ring for the first time in about three months.
I can't, however, say I'm exactly hyped up to see this segment.
We'll get the same "Are You Ready?" spiel and perhaps some immature kiddie jokes here and there. It isn't anything we've never seen before.
Regardless, I will be rather satisfied with seeing these two wrestling legends working their promo magic in the ring again.
Hopefully, Brock Lesnar will interfere in this segment. An attack on The Game's best buddy would work as some great build for their upcoming match at SummerSlam.
2. John Cena Cashes in Against WWE Champion CM Punk
Here's a feud we've never seen before. Oh, wait. Anyway, this is another boom or bust segment in the making.
The boom would be a great, lengthy match between the two, resulting in an outcome that is totally refreshing. For me, that means Punk pulling out a hard-fought victory, making John Cena the first superstar to ever fail on a Money in the Bank cash-in.
Hasn't he accomplished enough already? Nothing would turn off the older demographic more than Cena overcoming the odds again.
So the bust would obviously see the captain of the Fruit Loop Troop coming out with the win. It's been rather nice not seeing the strap around Cena's waist for a while. So it'd be nice for Punk to retain and keep that ugly spinner belt off the challenger.
Either way, we should be prepared for a quality match. As two of the company's biggest stars, Punk and Cena displayed their in-ring chemistry at their outstanding matchup at 2011's Money in the Bank event. Hopefully, they'll put on another classic.
1. The Rock Appears Live
This should come as no surprise. Not so much because The Rock's return is the obvious choice. Rather, it was the only segment I have yet to mention on this countdown. But I digress.
Of any of the six segments, this live appearance from The Great One has to be the most sure-fire entertainer. The WWE Universe already knows they'll get an electrifying promo, an electrifying atmosphere and perhaps an electrifying announcement.
The smart money will be The Rock proclaiming when he'll be back for a WWE Championship run. Maybe he'll announce a return to the squared circle sometime around Survivor Series or Royal Rumble.
But if we're lucky, maybe we get something even sooner.
No matter what his appearance will bring, The Rock's presence is the most exciting prospect of Raw 1000.
So do you agree? Do you disagree?
If so, feel free to leave a comment or your personal rankings below in the comment section.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the 1000th episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw.