The following article is a semi-detailed script of how I would book the 1,000th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. Obviously, this is just my opinion and I don’t expect all of you to agree with it. The content below focuses on what would occur in the ring in front of the audience, but obviously, there would be backstage segments with walk-ins from various superstars, past and present, that are not specifically mentioned below.
The broadcast would begin with a promo of various moments in Raw’s history before a wide shot of the audience and a new Raw stage set. I’d have various legends occupying the ringside seats, similar to what was done during the Raw Homecoming a few years ago. They would mostly be legends that are too old or fragile to participate in segments in the ring.
I think there’s only one way this show could open, and that has to be with Vince McMahon. I’d have him cut some sort of promo hyping the show and selling the fact that it’s the 1,000th episode. Then, as much at it would probably pain him to do so, I’d have him introduce Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross for commentary.
On to the first match. I’d have Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston face each other in a fatal-four way ladder match, a match that would largely be a spotfest, with Mysterio picking up the win to satisfy his ego.
Next up, I’d have a Falls Count Anywhere tag team match between the returning Crime Tyme and
the reuniting Hart Dynasty with Bret Hart as special guest referee. The match would feature traditional tag team antics and some brawling in the crowd. For the sake of the stipulation, I’d have the match finish somewhere around the stage with the Hart Dynasty capturing the brand new tag titles.
Would you watch the 1000th Episode of Raw if booked like this?
To close out the opening hour, I’d book a divas match, possibly between Michelle McCool,Natalya, Layla and Beth Phoenix, with Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Lita and Mae Young at ringside. The finish of the match would see all the other divas rush the ring to attack the participants with the heels getting the upper hand.
Enter the four at ringside, but to no avail. Cue the maniacal laughter and the return of Kharma. Kharma enters the ring and cleans house, leaving her and Beth Phoenix to have a stare-off before the faces enter the ring again to celebrate.
Opening the second hour would have to be the reunion of D-Generation X, Triple H and Shawn
Michaels. They do their usual stick and just before they get the last line out, “You didn’t know? You better call somebody….” echoes around the arena.
Out comes Road Dogg, followed by Billy Gunn and X-Pac, and we have a proper DX reunion. All five would work the crowd and do their usual stuff to end the segment.
Maybe a proper hardcore match next here with people like Christian, R-Truth, Rhyno and a few other
mid-card WWE superstars as a filler match.
Next, I’d have a triple-threat WWE Championship 30-Minute Ironman match. The participants write themselves: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler . This match would be pure drama, pure athleticism and, most importantly, pure wrestling. A dramatic contest which would see CM Punk retaining in what would be an exciting thrill-ride.I'd like to see Kurt Angle thrown in the mix here aswell but I just can't see that happening!
Following this, I’d book a legends battle royal—partly as a filler, but mostly as a way to get the nostalgia factor going again. The match itself would see guys like Dusty Rhodes, Sergeant Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Mick Foley, Vader, Doink the Clown, Mean Gene, Ted DiBiase, IRS, Shane McMahon, Booker T, Kevin Nash and various others participate. I suppose Mick Foley could be eliminated several times and return to the match under the guises of Cactus Jack, Dude Love and finally, Mankind to pick up the win.
Up next would be Piper’s Pit. Roddy would do his usual lines before introducing his first guest—CM Punk—followed by his second guest, Stone Cold Steve Austin. The beauty of this segment is that it
would be completely unscripted. Just three men in a ring for 15 minutes, each with live microphones. Nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, would know what is going to be said. All three men would absolutely thrive in this situation.
The final match of the night would see Chris Jericho, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio and The Miz vs. Sheamus, John Cena, Undertaker and The Rock, with Ric Flair as the referee if possible. Near the end of the match, I’d have Paul Heyman walk on stage, ramble on about how all of this needs legitimacy added to the mix and introduce Brock Lesnar, who would head towards the ring with a steel chair. Almost immediately, Triple H sprints after him and the two brawl out of sight. The Rock picks up the win in the ring in the moments after.
To close out the show, Vince McMahon would come out to announce the Greatest Superstar in Raw history. I know they tried this before, but it ended as a farce. However, this one would be legitimate . Honestly, I’d give the accolade to The Undertaker because he is the only active performer who wrestled on the first Raw and because he is the foundation of the WWE.
The closing scene of Raw would be a massive celebration in the ring. Every WWE superstar, official, announcer, referee, anybody backstage ,all in the ring or around it, having a drink with somebody like Austin saying a few words to close out the show.