WWE Raw: 9 Legends Who Should Appear Leading Up to and on the 1,000th Show
The 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw is scheduled for July 23, and WWE plans to celebrate the milestone with multiple legendary appearances.
It started last week with Vader destroying Heath Slater.
There are six more episodes of Raw, including the 1,000th episode itself. Fans can expect to see The Undertaker and DX make appearances on July 23.
The Vader move was nostalgic and entertaining all at once—just as I'm sure DX and 'Taker's appearances will be. Now the question is, who's next?
There's no telling who WWE has reached out to and who of those pitched have accepted, but it'd be pretty cool to see some of the following.
The Attitude Era Core (The Rock, Steve Austin, Mick Foley)
If D-Generation X and The Undertaker are going to appear, then it should be mandatory for The Rock, Mick Foley and Steve Austin to appear as well.
Call them the founding fathers because there are 1,000 episodes to speak of due to their efforts.
Each of them spent considerable time at the top during WWE's eventual take over of the ratings war against WCW.
The Rock is about as active as 'Taker and Triple H and vowed one more run at a title. That was at WrestleMania in March, and fans have yet to see him since.
Mick Foley appeared on the Blast From the Past Smackdown special a few months ago. A small appearance of this caliber will suffice, but it wouldn't be right to keep Foley off television entirely.
As for Austin, he is the one superstar that truly sparked WWE's turnaround. An appearance from him is a must and could be the starting point for a future feud with CM Punk the WWE Universe is craving.
Trish Stratus And/or Lita
The WWE Divas Division needs some serious help.
During Raw's heyday, the division did remarkably well due to the success of divas such as Trish Stratus ad Lita. These ladies were two of the most exciting women to ever appear in a WWE ring.
It'd only be for one night and it won't turn around the division forever, but an appearance will help a failing aspect of the show and allow fans to reminisce.
Even Sable would suffice.
Ron Simmons, AKA Farooq, was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
If legends are appearing on episodes of Raw, there's no better person than the newest inductee.
John Bradshaw Layfield
John Bradshaw Layfield—or just JBL for short—formed one of the most powerful tag teams in the history of the WWE with Ron Simmons.
The APA annihilated people.
Afterwards, JBL developed quite the resume for a singles competitor, capturing the WWE Championship and holding it for a record 280 days.
He'd have to take a break from his newest challenge of climbing the world's seven tallest mountains, but it'd be worth one more clothesline from hell.
Didn't see this coming, did you?
Each time Ryback squashes two no-namers, fans chant "Goldberg."
Bill Goldberg had most of his success on WCW. He wasn't a staple to the Raw brand until much later.
He's not necessarily a legend, per se, but it would be incredibly humorous to instead have Gillberg march down to the ring after a Ryback match.
Of course, Ryback can smash him in 12 seconds.
George 'the Animal' Steele
George "The Animal" Steele has one of those gimmicks fans can hardly take seriously, yet never get enough of.
The tongue, the head bashing and the unrecognizable grunts are a staple to the Animal's persona.
He fits perfectly into the theatrics and pageantry that has provided Raw such success over the years.
Another WWE Hall of Famer the WWE Universe can't get enough of is Edge.
Edge played an integral part of Raw, first by building up the tag team division before setting out on his own.
When he appeared simply to speak to John Cena on April 23, the crowd went nuts over a 15-minute speech.
Imagine how pumped the WWE Universe would get if he played an even deeper part.
Doink the Clown
It's been entirely too long since the WWE Universe was treated to a Doink the Clown sighting.
It doesn't even matter who portrays the clown.
Doink was one of the hardest gimmicks to forget and also one of the most bizarre. The thing about Doink was, he actually put on decent matches.
When speaking of professional wrestling legends—especially in the WWE—one Hulk Hogan comes to mind.
Well, he's currently signed with TNA, and I'm not so sure there's a bridge for him to return to WWE.
Insert Ric Flair.
Flair is also under contract with TNA. In fact, TNA currently has a lawsuit against the WWE regarding solicitations of talent.
This includes Flair.
Still, the WWE isn't hiding the fact that they would love for Flair to be under contract and available by the 1,000th episode of Raw.
Flair is a 16-time World Champion, making him the most decorated wrestler in history. There's no legend bigger than Flair.
More Possible Legends
Others considered include:
The Iron Shiek