Lost in all the hype and fan anticipation for the 1,000th episode of Raw has been the status of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Yet despite his importance to the success of the show—and WWE in general when he was leading the Attitude Era—this particular show has no need for him.
That is going to sound blasphemous to the wrestling fans who feel that Austin's presence in WWE has been severely lacking in the last few years. I ask those fans to look beyond their rage and think about what is going to happen this Monday.
It is not a given that Austin doesn't show up. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t NoDQ), he is reportedly filming a movie that could prevent him from showing up:
I want to see Austin on Raw, just because he is entertaining. That said, if he is unable to show up, Raw will not suffer in the slightest.
When you look at the lineup for this show, it is going to be a test just to get everything in that WWE has to. We know that the D-X reunion will start the show, but you also have appearances by Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Mick Foley, Bret Hart and surely a number of other former WWE stars.
Plus, does anyone really think Undertaker won't make an appearance? Then you have the WWE championship match between CM Punk and John Cena, which should get a lot of time, and the wedding between Daniel Bryan and A.J.
I would rather WWE hold off on putting Austin on television until he can be given an appropriate amount of time. With so much going on this week, the return of Austin added into the mix is not something that WWE fans need right now.
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