If wrestling fans can't have it, they want it.
I guess this in many ways is applicable to people in everyday life. Everybody sits and talks about the good old days. People often want what they aren't supposed to or capable of having. Whether it's a job, house, significant other, car or anything else, the forbidden is the most attractive.
The 1,000th Raw is being surrounded with anticipation and hope of nostalgia. Fans are giddy with excitement every time they see a news headline or rumor of what “legend” is returning.
I'm not saying seeing unexpected returns doesn't excite me. I'll be at the 1,000th show live. I've been clued in on a few small surprises, but otherwise I'm sitting back and enjoying.
It's so interesting how people are always more intrigued with who from the past will make a cameo over what will happen to push toward the future.
I know the first critical comment to what I have said so far will be, “Well, the guys today all suck, so we want the older wrestlers we don't see anymore.”
I agree that today's WWE product certainly isn't the highest point of the company's history. However, go back to any year you want. Pick a year. 1998, 2001, 2005—any year that most would consider a better time in wrestling than now. Even then, people were waiting for a shot of nostalgia.
I've never heard so many requests for people wanting to see Eric Bischoff. Seriously.
Bischoff would be a logical choice in a perfect world to have at the 1,000th Raw because of his involvement both with Raw and Nitro through the years. However, he's never been given this much hype from fans to be at an event. Even so, he likely won't be there because he is signed to TNA, so of course the fans want it.
Same principle applies to radical hardcore wrestling. You put someone through a table every night, then the fans want two tables. Two to three, three to four. Soon, four becomes four that are on fire. Then it's off the balcony on four burning tables until they just want someone tossed off the roof.
Wrestling fans want more and want the most outrageous step up from what the current situation is.
Fifteen years from now, people will beg for John Cena to appear.
The entire build to 1,000th Raw is exciting and comical—the comical being the guessing that surrounds the show with the many questions and teases.
Is this person coming? This person is confirmed. This person is on vacation. That person WWE hasn't done business with in years. The other guy is signed by the other promotion.
The excitement is none of it matters until showtime, because wrestling is built on secrecy and working the audience. With the magnitude of this show, unless they're dead, don't count them out.
In addition to making the historic Monday night feature as many top names as possible, hopefully there is a formula with intent to give a rub to the current roster. Bring back some older or casual viewers with the possibility of different legends returning, but use the best of the best in your current product to keep them interested.
I hope some creative scenarios are done to embrace the greatness of the past while promoting those of the current and future. At the end of the night, I am positive I will enjoy the three hours of the 1,000th Raw, but it's the 1,001st episode I'm concerned about.