The moment has arrived.
It is WWE RAW's 1,000th episode—the longest-running weekly episodic television program on U.S. television.
And what better way to start the night than Vince McMahon announcing that the main event will be a classic Battle Royal with mystery guest superstars?
The winner gets a shot at the WWE Championship. Wait, what?!
The night progresses. Fans get a solid two hours of traditional RAW programming with flashback moments, surprise guests, and an eclectic mix of fun matches. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler are announcing in classic fashion.
But none of the most anticipated superstars have showed up.
The third hour of programming arrives. Howard Finkel walks down to the ring. He announces the main event—a classic 1,000th episode Battle Royal for a shot at the WWE Title. There will be eight competitors.
He proceeds to introduce the Battle Royal's two guest referees.
The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, comes run out dancing in classic HBK fashion. After HBK's entrance, the lights dim.
It's Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Fans are going crazy. Both men come face to face and shake hands.
And the glass shatters. All hell breaks loose. It's Stone Cold Steve Austin. The crowd goes ballistic. Stone Cold enters the ring and climbs each respective turnbuckle for the crowd pop.
Stone Cold smiles at both guest referees.
Fans recall The First Blood match between Austin and Hart, as well as that fantastic stunner to HBK at WrestleMania 14.
"If you smell..." The fans simply cannot be contained. The most electrifying man in sports entertainment has arrived—The Rock. He enters the ring, People's Eyebrow abound. He climbs the turnbuckle and raises his arm to the crowd.
The Rock walks into the ring. There is a stare-down between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The fans can't decide.
Stone Cold looks away. Then comes back with two middle fingers directed at The Rock's face. The fans scream with satisfaction.
The Rock performs his classic "just bring it" taunt.
The pyro interrupts the momentum. It's the Big Red Machine—Kane. And he's in classic Attitude Era attire. The big man climbs over the turnbuckle and unleashes hell's fury with a powerful blast.
"Well it's The Big Show." The world's largest athlete. Big Show climbs over the top rope and walks directly over to The Rock.
Fans recall their classic Royal Rumble controversy. Who hit the floor first? Will Big Show be screwed over again?
Lights dim. It's time to play the game. Triple H appears shrouded in darkness and mist. He points to the ring. He's feuded with every single man in that ring. Triple H enters the ring, and his focus adjusts momentarily to each person in the ring.
The car screeches to a halt and comes to a crash. It's Mick Foley dressed in his vintage red flannel vest. The tape around his knuckles shows that he's come to fight.
From the ring, Triple H gives Foley a wide-eyed stare. Their iconic street fight and hell in a cell flashes before his eyes. The old scars call his name.
The lights go out. Chris Jericho's jacket is seen in the darkness. Our savior has arrived—Y2J.
Jericho enters the ring. He points to Austin and The Rock. His lips mouth the words "first undisputed champion."
It goes dark and the bell sounds. The phenom's anticipated return has arrived. The Undertaker's presence quiets all competitors. The fans are going nuts.
The Undertaker enters the ring, looks at all superstars and performs his classic "finish him" taunt.
The match has begun. Fists are flying everywhere. Fans can't decide who to cheer for. The result is a monstrosity of sound.
Finishers are delivered left and right. Stunners, rock bottoms, chokeslams, pedigrees, code breakers and more.
Brock Lesnar enters from the crowd. He distracts Triple H. Triple H is eliminated from the Battle Royal. Brock walks away smiling. He signals that he will accept the challenge at SummerSlam.
One by one, wrestlers are eliminated. Only Austin, The Rock and The Undertaker are left. Austin and The Rock work together and eliminate The Undertaker.
Austin tries to stunner The Rock, but The Rock reverses it, catapulting Austin out of the ring.
The Rock wins. He's got his title shot. It looks like he's going to deliver on his promise.
The 1,000th episode of RAW ends, and the adrenaline is still coursing through your veins.
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