Raw’s 25th Anniversary show is going to be jam-packed with legends. Here is every big name confirmed so far.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
It really wouldn’t be a WWE party if it didn’t include good ol’ Stone Cold. The Texas Rattlesnake has been saved until the end of all the ads for Raw’s 25th Anniversary and that’s because even in 2018 he’s the main event. Most of Raw’s biggest and best moments revolved around Austin, maybe he’ll add a couple more on Jan. 22, 2018.
The only act responsible for anywhere near as many memorable Raw moments as Austin is D-Generation X. The groundbreaking faction really pushed the envelope during the Attitude Era, and that’s saying something. Simply announcing DX can mean a number of different combinations but fear not, it will include Shawn Michaels and also the New Age Outlaws.
Hall And Nash
While DX were making waves on Raw every Monday night Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were doing the same over on WCW Nitro as a part of the nWo. Take nothing away from the Hall of Famers though they contributed a lot to WWE both before and after their time with WCW. Could we see them butt heads with DX at the anniversary show?
Is he retired? Is he not? It’s the burning question that has still not been answered despite his last match taking place at WrestleMania 33. At Raw’s 25th Anniversary, it seems as if that question will finally be answered. The Undertaker was one of the first names announced for the show and everything about The Deadman’s career will soon become clear.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler
A lot of the action that went on during the heyday of Raw was unquestionably pretty awesome. Would it have been nearly as good though if we didn’t have these guys providing the soundtrack? Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler may very well be the most iconic and memorable announce duo in WWE history. High praise indeed, and we are very excited for their upcoming reunion.
The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray Dudley recently wrestled his last ever match. That means his time with Ring of Honor has presumably come to an end and the world is now his oyster. First thing on his agenda? A return to WWE. His on-screen brother D-Von still works behind the scenes for the company and perhaps they’ll put someone through a table to celebrate their reunion.
In 2017, JBL left WWE under something of a dark cloud. Fans weren’t exactly happy about certain things coming out about Bradshaw’s backstage antics. Rest assured that when the APA’s music hits on Jan. 22, 208, he and Farooq come to the ring to rescue someone that will all be forgotten, at least for that one night anyway.
During the summer of 2017, it looked as if we were going to lose one of the greatest gifts pro wrestling has ever given us, Ric Flair. The Nature Boy was told he had a 20 percent chance of survival, yet here he still is and he will not be missing out on Raw’s 25th Anniversary. Looking forward to seeing you on the show ‘Naitch!
The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins may not be competing in the ring right now, but they are still the stars of Total Divas and spin-off show, Total Bellas. It is common knowledge that the pro wrestling sisters want back in when it comes to WWE though. They will be on Raw come Jan. 22, 2018, and may even be in the women’s Royal Rumble later that week.
There are a lot of things from WWE’s past that don’t have a place in the modern day product. A former Superstar whose gimmick was that he was a pimp with a string of prostitutes is one of them. Every now and again though, Vince McMahon gets a little brave and wheels The Godfather back out which is why he’s booked for the anniversary show.
One of the most surprising inclusions in Raw’s 25th Anniversary celebrations is Brother Love aka Bruce Prichard. Prichard was a part of WWE during the first ever episode of Raw and oversaw a lot of the show’s greatest moments. He and WWE parted ways on bad terms, but it seems that is all now water under the bridge.
Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis
General managers are a staple of both Raw and SmackDown. They weren’t always as flashy as the ones we have right now though. No, WWE’s two major shows used to be run by Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis, and both men will be back for one night only on January 22, 2018. People Power and six-man tag matches anyone?
The Million Dollar Man
Everybody has a price, and apparently, WWE met The Million Dollar Man’s price to appear on the 25th anniversary of Raw. What we haven’t touched upon yet is that half of the Superstars for the show will be at the Manhattan Center, home of the first ever Raw. You’d have to imagine that’s where Ted Dibiase will be conducting business.
One of the strangest gimmicks in WWE that keeps coming back is The Boogeyman. If they need someone to fill a Royal Rumble spot or deliver a pang of nostalgia then out comes this guy. Well, load up the buffet with live worms because they will be wheeling him out again at Raw’s 25th Anniversary.
One man who often gets overlooked when fans recall WWE’s long and storied history is Sgt Slaughter. The WWE Hall of Famer is a former WWE Champion and headlined a WrestleMania with the immortal Hulk Hogan. He may have been left until last in this particular list, but he is certainly not least.
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