It’s almost here.
The 1,000th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw is just hours away, and this is undoubtedly the most excited many fans have been when it comes to a regular week’s broadcast in a very long time.
And, yes, I have to admit, I am one of them.
After all the hype that WWE has built, the resulting mood that has been created in regards to tonight’s event is that of a pay-per-view, and fans can only hope that the company will deliver.
At first glance it seems like a can’t-miss proposition. You have the biggest pro-wrestling promotion on the planet presenting the landmark, record-setting, 1,000th episode of the most successful program in the history of the business.
And it just happens to be filled with the biggest names that the industry has ever seen.
Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Mick Foley, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are all scheduled to appear. And let’s not forget about the Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Make no mistake about it, this would not be a proper Raw celebration without the man who led the charge against WWE’s competition and solidified Raw as the presence that it soon became in the first place. Austin will be there.
On any other night, that lineup would be more than enough to cause fans to lose their respective minds and gather round TVs in anticipation of the night’s event.
But, the fact is, that’s not all.
The superstars who are currently waving the flag for WWE, the men who are getting it done on the worldwide stage, will of course, be in attendance as well.
WWE champion CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Kane, Daniel Bryan, world champion Sheamus, Big Show and, of course, John Cena will all be on hand, doing what they do in front of an audience of millions.
Told you this Raw had a pay-per-view feel to it.
So, with all of these names attached to it, there is no way this historic event will be anything other than a slam dunk for WWE, right?
Let’s just say that, as of right now, some fans are adopting a “wait and see” sort of attitude.
That’s right, there are some fans who are rather skeptical about what we will see tonight. This is mostly because they assume that with the sheer volume of talent on hand, it is unlikely that WWE will know how to handle it all correctly.
It’s actually somewhat amazing how much fans can doubt Vince McMahon at times, especially when it comes to presenting events of this magnitude.
Granted, WWE does not always deliver. Let’s be honest, there has been far more than one time when we as fans have sat back following, and sometimes during, WWE broadcasts, shaking our heads in disbelief.
And totally not in a good way.
Call it having unrealistic expectations, call it being overly critical, but when fans feel as though they do not get what they want, then they tend to be very vocal about it.
I, for one, do not believe that will be the case after Raw tonight.
With all of the superstars booked to appear, there is something for everyone. Fans of this generation have today’s stars to carry on with current feuds and storylines. Fans of the Attitude Era have the legends to provide what will undoubtedly be some real show-stopping moments.
And, then there is always the “surprise” factor.
What will Vince do to “wow” us? What match, run-in, promo, will knock us out, get us talking on Tuesday and remind us why we continue to remain diehard fans after all these years?
One possibility is the announcement of the new general manager. Who will be the man to step into the shoes of John Laurinaitis, to take the reigns of both Raw and SmackDown?
Will it even be a man?
Stephanie McMahon’s name has been thrown around by some fans in recent weeks. It’s a logical choice and one that could very well be a perfect fit for a company that is very accustomed to having a McMahon as the visible authority figure on TV every week.
But could Vince pull a swerve and choose an unlikely GM that will shock us all?
Let’s not forget the fact that we are currently in the midst of a glaring hole in terms of overall storyline in WWE at the moment.
Two years ago the Nexus ran over everyone in its path in one of the most controversial angles that WWE has ever presented. One year ago, CM Punk dropped his first of many pipe bombs, beginning the infamous “Summer of Punk.”
Both storylines were heavily featured on WWE programming, and each one became the focus of the company’s efforts to generate fan interest, the focus around which to build other angles.
Right now, however, there is no epic storyline currently happening in WWE, and many have speculated that, tonight, we could see the start of something huge in the company.
For me that possibility alone is worth tuning in for, as I am a sucker for that “shock and awe” moment that only WWE can provide.
What could it be?
Don’t ask me. I happen to be staying away from the rumor sites today.
Not from Bleacher Report, of course. As Featured Columnists, we’re all just humble writers attempting to do our jobs and provide analyses on upcoming events.
So, yeah, totally read our stuff.
But, as far as potential spoilers go, I am not one of those fans who just cannot wait. I have always enjoyed just watching the events unfold and being surprised along with everyone else.
Besides, who reads the last page of the book first? Honestly.
Despite what happens, tonight promises to be the biggest episode of Raw in the program’s history, and not just for the fact that it’s the 1,000th episode. This could very well be the one that we’re talking about for years to come.
It’s almost here. Tick tock.