WWE Raw 1,000: The Rock, and Predicting the 5 Biggest Legend Pops

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2012

WWE Raw 1,000: The Rock, and Predicting the 5 Biggest Legend Pops

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    Raw 1,000 is shaping up to be the biggest and best wrestling television show of the year.  With a card more loaded than most pay-per-views, fans will be in for a treat as WWE legends commingle with today's top stars for what should be a fun broadcast.  

    With a prestigious wrestling lineage that dates back to Pro Wrestling at the Chase, St. Louis is one of the hottest wrestling cities in the word and will be the perfect setting to showcase legends for special one-off appearances. 

    With so many legends and WWE Hall of Famers booked to appear on Raw 1,000, a subplot of the historic event will be which returning legend gets the biggest pop. So I figured I'd take a stab at it. 

5. Mick Foley

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    It wasn't too long ago since we last saw Foley, as the former three-time WWE champion assumed guest-GM duties in John Laurinaitis' absence. 

    The fact that Foley was just on WWE TV a few weeks ago will hurt his nostalgic value, resulting in weaker—yet still relatively potent—cheers. 

    There's no telling what Foley's role will be at Raw 1,000, but if used correctly enough (i.e. in a Rock-and-Sock reunion of sorts), Foley could be one of the more over legends in the building. 

4. Bret 'the Hitman' Hart

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    It has been awhile since Bret Hart has made an appearance on WWE TV, and a St. Louis crowd that appreciates his outstanding in-ring career will be more than anxious to shower him with cheers. 

    It will be interesting to see what segment the WWE places Hart in. However, this shouldn't hurt Hart's value in the least given his iconic status as one of the greatest wrestlers in history. 

3. Shawn Michaels

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    Shawn Michaels will benefit from being the first legend to make an appearance as DX has been advertised to kick off Raw 1,000. 

    Fans will be at their hottest at the start of the show, and it doesn't hurt that Michaels is widely considered the greatest in-ring performer in WWE history and has done a good job picking and choosing his spots when it comes to making appearance. 

2. The Rock

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    The Rock has been heavily advertised to appear on Raw 1,000 and should be just as popular as he always has been. 

    This will mark the Rock's first appearance on WWE TV since cutting a spirited promo the night after WrestleMania where he vowed to become WWE champion. 

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    No, he hasn't been advertised to appear, so this is a bit of a shot in the dark. However, the fact that Austin showing up on Raw 1,000 makes a potential pop that much louder given the element of surprise. 

    I expect Austin to be the final payoff in the Heath Slater legends angle as Austin delivers a stunner to the One Man Rock Band before celebrating in a pool of his own beer. 

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