Below is a list of former superstars slated or rumored to appear for WWE's 1000th episode of Monday Night RAW:
Road Dogg Jesse James
Sounds pretty great, doesn't it? And if WWE didn't have any plans to showcase their other talents who have taken the place of all of the people on the list, it probably would be. And of all the names on the list, who is most likely to even have a match on the show? My guess is Goldberg in a squash match against Heath Slater. Don't get me wrong, it's a good....no.....it's a GREAT list, but it's not the same as it was back when they were selling out arenas.
Anyone want to see a full hour's worth of WWE pressing their social media campaigns on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook? Prepare yourself for that as RAW goes to three hours, about an hour of that time is going to be devoted to just that. Sick of Twitter on RAW? Get used to it and learn to like it. In the event anyone is thinking about lumping TNA into the same category, let me remind everyone that TNA's social media campaign is FAR more understated than WWE's. In fact, the vast majority of TNA's campaigns are done online with more often than not, simply a passing mention of their presence on Twitter, YouTube, OR Facebook on television.
I've been asking this for a while now and no one really has an answer for me....what kind of incentive does any wrestling fan have for watching the 1001th episode of RAW? You've seen the one time appearance list from the previous week, but why should I, as a wrestling fan, care about the 1001th episode when that list won't be there? Now, I may be wrong about every person on the list being a one time appearance, but I DO know I'm not off by much. WWE's marquis top tier isn't what it used to be and they only have themselves to blame for it.
The new breed of champions isn't the who's who of future Hall of Famers. I doubt Sheamus will break into that category, nor will Dolph Ziggler. Nothing against them personally, but the climate they are in is no longer a good barometer of what the wrestling culture wants out of a good product. Had WWE gotten them started with more renowned opponents to begin with, we may well have a different story on our hands, but as it stands.....not so much.