I'm ready for my close up, Mr. McMahon
WWE has been building up its epic 1000th episode of Raw in recent weeks by showing clips of past shows, bringing in legends and having the announce team hype it at every turn.
With guys like Vader and Psycho Sid making one-time returns to demolish Heath Slater, it would make sense for people to start speculating as to who will appear on the actual 1000th show on July 23.
There are plenty of legends who had an impact on Monday Night Raw who would make great guests, but few were as important to WWE and Raw in its darkest days as Shawn Michaels, who is scheduled to be there for a DX reunion.
When everyone and his mother were jumping ship to WCW for a fatter check, a few big-name stars decided to stick it out in WWE. One of them was Shawn Michaels.
Michaels has been known throughout the world as one of the greatest in-ring performers of all time, and he got that reputation by combining a high-flying offense with mat-based wrestling and technical ability.
Only a select few can hold a candle to HBK, and with Triple H in the middle of a feud with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman, it would only be right to bring in his former cohort to give him a leg up on Raw.
DX is one of the most popular entities in all of wrestling. They are so popular that WWE can bring them back at any point, and the crowd always pops big.
The Heartbreak Kid has made it very clear that he will not get back in the ring for a match, but we do know he will Superkick your teeth out, and he will certainly put on a striped shirt and call a match every so often.
There are literally hundreds of ways WWE could use Shawn on the 1000th episode of Raw, and the fans would love every one of them because we love Shawn Michaels.
We also cannot forget that Shawn Michaels helped to usher in the Raw brand by competing on the first-ever broadcast.
He was the Intercontinental Champion at the time, but he was the main event of the night. He and Paul Diamond wrestled, with Diamond taking on the Max Moon gimmick.
Moon was billed as being "from the future" and his attire was as ridiculous as they come, but he was a solid performer. He and Shawn put on a great match with HBK picking up the win, of course.
In fact, why not bring Moon back for the show? He and Shawn could have a good laugh about his ridiculous character before HBK kicks his head off for a quick pop from the crowd.
Whether it is DX, a solo outing or an encounter with another superstar, there is no denying that Shawn Michaels will make a great addition to the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw.
WWE reaching this milestone really is something to behold. No other show, let alone wrestling show, has ever reached this level before and likely never will again, with the possible exception of SmackDown eventually reaching that number.
Raw is more than just a show for WWE—it is a brand. The word is no longer just associated with uncooked food, it is a word which will forever be synonymous with wrestling, just like Shawn Michaels.
HBK and Raw are two peas in a pod; they belong together.
Michaels is confirmed to be there for a DX reunion, but hopefully it happens on camera and not for just the crowd in attendance, as is the case on occasion.