Raw 1000: 10 Burning Questions Heading into the Show
Monday night will mark a legendary event for one of the longest running sports entertainment businesses in the world.
Monday Night Raw will have its 1,000th episode and will be one of the can't-miss events of the summer.
As we inch closer to the 24-hour mark before Raw's new start time of 8 EST, the rumors, predictions and anticipation continues to increase.
Of course, like many others, I have my predictions of how the show will go, but I also have 10 burning questions heading into Raw 1000. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering about them.
With that, let's take a look at the 10 burning questions we have 24 hours out from Monday Night Raw 1000.
DX and Brock Lesnar
It has already been announced that D-Generation X will kick off the 1,000th episode of Raw, but will Triple-H have two different segments?
I don't think so.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the interactions change between Lesnar and "The Game" when it's not Lesnar against the "Business" Triple-H, but rather Lesnar against the leader of DX.
Matches or Segments?
With a three-hour episode, it's obvious you have time for both. But which will we see more?
Lately it seems like the WWE has given us more in-ring action, but with so many exciting segments lined up for Monday night, will the WWE still try and provide us with at least five matches?
We know we're going to get Punk vs. Cena and we know Christian will be defending the Intercontinental Championship, but what other matches will we get on the historic Raw?
Which Way Will the WWE Go with the New Raw General Manager?
I remember the days when the Raw general manager had power and kept the WWE Universe on its heels.
From Eric Bischoff to Stephani McMahon to John Laurinaitis, the past GMs have all significantly impacted the era they were in.
Whoever is named the new general manager will play a major role in shaping the next era of Monday Night Raw.
Will the WWE bring in another authority figure, or will we see a former superstar take over? Could one of the names listed above serve once again? Is Hornswoggle the man for the job? (God, let's hope not.)
We will all find out who is in charge tomorrow night.
Y2J-Dolph Ziggler Fued
Last week's segment with Jericho and Ziggler got me so pumped up because it's perfect.
The question is, will the WWE continue to move forward with this feud?
Ziggler is moving his way towards stardom, but is still missing that one marquee rivalry to set him over the top. After winning the SmackDown Money in the Bank match, he holds a World Title shot whenever he desires, but right now, feuding with Jericho is perfect for Ziggler's character.
As for Jericho, since returning to the WWE he's been struggling to get anything going, and while the WWE is most likely going to use this rivalry to get Ziggler over the top, allowing Jericho to defeat and get the upper-hand over the youngster a few times is a good way to get Y2J back to his old, winning ways.
Legends and Returning Superstars
It's a foregone conclusion that a main selling point of the 1,000th episode of Raw will be legends and returning superstars. The main questions are, who and how many?
We've seen many return over the past few weeks to attack Heath Slater and, according to many sources, Slater's legend payoff will conclude in grand fashion, whatever that means.
Although a few might have an idea, there's no doubt it'll be exciting to see who the final legend to pick a fight with Slater is. And what other legends will make their presences felt on Raw?
Will the wedding go as planned? C'mon man.
A WWE wedding is like a WWE contract signing: chances of it going smoothly are slim to none. I have a feeling the wedding between Daniel Bryan and A.J. will be no different.
Whether it'll be Kane spoiling the party or maybe even just A.J. or Bryan doing something drastic to cause trouble, one way or another, I see the wedding ending with a bang...and not in the way you guys might be thinking.
The Rock, Undertaker Roles?
It has been announced that the Rock will return to WWE for Raw this Monday night, and rumors have now surfaced that The Undertaker is also planning to return for the historic episode.
I'm excited that they're both going to be there, but what roles will they play?
The Rock wants to be WWE champion, but with Cena and Punk feeling that role right now, will Rock hang back or become a factor in that match?
And will The Undertaker just come out and embrace the fans?
I was thinking maybe Lesnar attacks Triple-H and The Undertaker makes the save, seeing that the WWE Universe knows there is beef with Taker and Lesnar.
If the "Dead Man" shows up, his entrance will be enough to satisfy me, but I see him making a little bit more of an impact than that.
Who Will Get the Spotlight: Cena or Punk?
There is no doubt that the poster boy for the WWE right now is John Cena. Punk can keep winning all he wants, but the spotlight is always going to mainly focus on Cena.
But, what if Punk defeats Cena cleanly on the 1,000th episode of Raw? Would that be the key factor in turning Punk from superstar to poster boy?
Can the WWE Allow Cena to Be Unsuccessful at Cashing in MITB?
With that said, could the WWE ever allow Cena to be unsuccessful? Especially regarding something no man in WWE history has ever done unsuccessfully?
No man in WWE history has ever cashed in the Money in the Bank contract unsuccessfully, so you would think that the biggest name in the game right now wouldn't be the first—but the WWE loves surprises.
I have to say that I'd be pretty shocked if Cena lost Monday night and unsuccessfully cashed in his MITB briefcase, but I can't say I wouldn't see it coming.
What will Vince McMahon have in store for us Monday night?
Every Monday night, he's kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats. Now he has a chance to put on a WrestleMania-style show on national television.
You can bet he's going to do everything he can to make it one of the most memorable episodes of Monday Night Raw in WWE history.
Will he make his impact behind the scenes or, in typical Vincent K. McMahon fashion, will he steal the spotlight and do something unforgettable, like possibly call it a career and retire?
Just a rumor, but you never know. And that's what makes the WWE so great.
Nobody knows what to expect tomorrow night, but you can count on it being a great show and one of the best WWE events in history.