Shocking Events That Could Happen on WWE Raw's 1,000th Episode
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The ability to shock the WWE audience is one of the biggest reasons why Monday Night Raw is about to celebrate its 1,000th episode.
In this spirit, here are five suggestions of moments that could occur on the 1,000th show that would have a similar impact. They are very unlikely to happen, but this is Raw, so ruling out anything is unwise.
Vince McMahon Announces The Return Of WCW
No one expected Vince McMahon to bring back Extreme Championship Wrestling, even if it did turn into a glorified version of Superstars before too long.
As the WWE has been struggling lately, there must be little doubt in the mind of McMahon and his associates that the 1,000th show is a huge opportunity to launch something breathtaking, and nothing would be bigger than the official return of World Championship Wrestling as a linked but independently produced rival.
The opportunity to reignite the rivalry between the two old adversaries would surely help ratings and get people outside the wrestling world talking. Even better for the WWE is that they would be making money from both entities; therefore, it would be a great way to expand their business further.
Of course, there are a huge number of obstacles in the way of something like this coming to pass, but stranger things have happened, and shocking events are the WWE's speciality.
TNA Roster Appears On Raw
In a complete turnaround from the first slide, but equally as shocking, the introduction of TNA superstars to the WWE would blow the minds of wrestling fans around the world.
The wealth of talent would obviously be good for the quality of wrestling, and the WWE would be able to have another go at building a good invasion angle after the near disaster that the WCW invasion turned into.
An impossible turn of events, unless McMahon purchases TNA or its parent company in the next 72 hours, but it would definitely shock wrestling fans to their very foundations.
The Ultimate Warrior Returns
The return of the face-painted phenom might not seem as shocking as the previous two entries, but the war between the Ultimate Warrior and the WWE has been so intense that it could be considered even more surprising.
It has been nearly 15 years since Warrior won the right to use his gimmick outside the WWE, yet neither side seems to have let go of the hate, as can be seen by the Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior DVD that the WWE released a few years ago.
However, McMahon has let it leak that he is willing to put all previous quarrels aside to get the biggest names on Raw's 1,000th show, so it may just happen.
Unification Of The Intercontinental And United States Championship
After a poll on WWE.com, it was decided that Christian will defend his Intercontinental championship against a yet unnamed opponent on Raw's 1000th episode.
There is a small chance that the WWE could pull a switch on the audience and suddenly announce a unification bout, which is something that been rumoured about for some time.
The winner would not receive the lift to take them to the next level either, so it may be that Christian loses the belt and the new champion, who presumably would get a bigger rub from uniting the titles in the way Chris Jericho did when he became the first Unified WWE champion, challenges Santino.
It would certainly create another shocking moment to add to Raw's collection.
Vince McMahon Announces His Retirement
Like any big event, there are a torrent of rumors flying about.
One rumour that surprisingly has not surfaced is the idea that Vince McMahon may take such a rarefied moment, and possibly the last significant one of several years, to announce his retirement from the WWE.
McMahon will turn 67 in August and has been working non-stop for the past 30 years to build the WWE up. There is also far less pressure for him to continue, as the future of the WWE appears to be secured with daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Triple H in position to take over.
Such an announcement would be truly monumental and if it happened, it might just go down as the biggest announcement in Raw's history.