WWE Rumors: Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Undertaker and Friday's WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2012

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

In honor of our final roundup of news before the day of the 1,000th Raw—tell me that doesn't sound like a convoluted sentence the WWE creative team would love to use—we are going to be talking a lot about the buzz surrounding that specific show. 

Even more specifically, we are going to ask questions about who will show up, what role they will play, and what does it all mean going forward. 

This show, more than any Raw, SmackDown or pay-per-view, presents so many possibilities because of all the new and old faces who will be under one roof. That is a huge part of its appeal, along with seeing people like Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Bret Hart. 

Here is all the latest news on the 1,000th Raw and everything else you need to know from the world of WWE. 



One of the most glaring omissions from WWE's promotion of Raw 1,000 has been Steve Austin. There is a good reason, as reports suggest that his film schedule may not allow him to be in St. Louis on Monday night. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Does Raw need Austin?

Our Take: Looking at the lineup, it certainly doesn't need the Rattlesnake. That being said, any celebration about the history of Raw would be incomplete without him. We can only hope an opening appears for Austin to show up in St. Louis. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Beer Baths

Austin is the reason Raw and WWE are as big as they are right now. Even though he hasn't been an everyday part of the company in nearly 10 years, his fingerprints are all over the brand. He would be a very welcome addition to Raw's ever-expanding lineup on Monday. 

Deeper Dive

Austin's Monday Plans (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)



Speaking of Raw 1,000, The Rock could be setting up a feud on Monday night. He is reportedly looking at wrestling before we get to WrestleMania 29 next April, so what better time to build another match?

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who would Rock challenge?

Our Take: Given his tease of going after the WWE championship after WrestleMania this year, it could end up being CM Punk. Of course, with John Cena challenging for the title, WWE could try to set up a WrestleMania rematch for later this year. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Team Bring It Garden Gnomes

The Rock always has fun when he is back in a WWE ring. He is also an incredibly busy person, so I don't know how realistic it is for him to have the time to build a match and then actually work it. I wouldn't be surprised to see him do it, it just doesn't seem logical. 

Deeper Dive

The Rock Thinking About More Wrestling (PW Insider h/t NoDQ)



Yet another name that hasn't been officially advertised for Raw on Monday is the Undertaker. He was, however, used in the promos that USA has been running for the show throughout the week. WWE is reportedly trying to stay as low-key regarding an Undertaker appearance as possible. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Undertaker has to be there, right?

Our Take: Given that Undertaker and Shawn Michaels both wrestled on the first episode of Raw back in 1993, it would seem to be a given that Undertaker would be there. I don't know any reason he wouldn't show up, even though it would likely end up being a one-off appearance. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Shaved Heads

I think if you were to poll serious wrestling fans, a lot of them would vote Undertaker as the star they most wanted to see. Even though he was never the biggest star in the business, though still pretty big, there is something the fans love about him that has helped him remain an integral part of the company even when he isn't around.

Deeper Dive

Latest On Undertaker and Raw 1,000 (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)



Of all the people who could have won a Money In the Bank match, cashed it in and lost, John Cena would have been near the bottom of my list. It's not that he can't come back from a loss. Yet there are reports that the creative team is looking at having CM Punk retain the title on Monday night. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Should Cena win the title?

Our Take: In a cop-out, I will say it depends where they go with it. If Cena loses, then wins at SummerSlam with no real story, it would be stupid to delay the win. If Punk wins and turns heel in the process, which seems like a real possibility, that is an interesting place to go. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Cenation Wristbands

It appears inevitable that Cena will win the title soon. If it leads to a Punk heel turn, I would be all for it. Punk is best served as a heel. His run as a face with the title has been a bust for a lot of reasons. Turn him and let him talk like he did before last July. 

Deeper Dive

Possible WWE Title Plans (PW Insider h/t Wrestling Inc)


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