In the history of Monday Night Raw there have been some amazing moments, and then there have been some terrible ones that have been awful to watch both live in the arena and at home on television.
On Monday’s 1,000th episode of Raw, these segments will remind us that there is still plenty of terrible stuff that the WWE produces on a weekly basis.
On a recent episode of the podcast the T.J. McAloon and the Sports Half Hour, my guest and I went back through some of the worst moments in professional wrestling and on Monday Night Raw.
However, as we discussed on the show, the WWE doesn’t have those extreme characters that are so over-the-top that they’re painful to watch. In today’s WWE, superstars are described as “cookie-cutter” or “bland.”
For wrestling fans, Monday night’s 1,000th Raw is a historic night. However, just because there will be the same cookie-cutter and bland performers out there doesn’t mean that there won’t be some horrible gut-wrenching moments.
Here are three that I think will be awful.
The Daniel Bryan-AJ Wedding
Has there ever been a wrestling wedding that hasn’t gone wrong other than the wedding of the Macho Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth?
On Raw, there have been a number of weddings that have either ended in someone kidnapping the bride and taking her to Vegas to elope while she’s passed out (Triple-H and Stephanie McMahon) or a returning lover storming down to the ring to break up the forced wedding after a pregnancy (Kane and Lita).
So why do we think that the AJ and Daniel Bryan wedding will go down without any wackiness?
Heath Slater Takes Every Returning Superstar's Finisher
Leading up to the 1,000th Raw, Slater has gone out and wrestled every returning wrestler no matter their age or ring shape. And, in every match Slater has lost—except to Doink the Clown.
At Raw 1,000 there will be a long list of returning WWE superstars who will get their time on camera. However, they will need something to do, and that just may be getting that last moment in the spotlight in the ring by hitting their finisher on Slater.
The “One Man Band” may have been getting the short end of the stick these past weeks, but at least he’s been consistently on the show, unlike Zack Ryder.
John Cena Cashes in Money in the Bank and Wins in a 5-Minute Match
This last one may be terrible for some but great for others, depending on which side of the Cena/Punk fence you are on.
For those Cena fans, this would be a great way to end the show as the WWE’s top guy has their biggest belt back around his waist. However, for those Punk fans who feel that he’s still in Cena’s shadow, this is their worst nightmare.
Punk hasn’t had a main-event match for his WWE Title at a pay-per-view since December’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
Let’s say the WWE is running long on time because the opening Degeneration-X/Brock Lesnar segment ran long, or a Legends segment went too long. If this is the case, then this match may get rushed, and Cena’s win could come in less than five minutes.
If this happens, it will possibly be the worst moment in the entire 1,000 episodes of Raw.