Five Nostalgia Fueled Things I'm Hoping Happens On Raw 25 Tonight
Ohhhh, who's excited for Raw 25 tonight? Anybody I walked by today I felt like spearing Goldberg style so I know I am - more than this Sunday's Royal Rumble even.
From 1993 to now, a weekly year-round television show accrues quite the chunk of episodes. Five years ago, we had Raw 1000, where we saw C.M. Punk clothesline the eff out of The Rock to turn buck-nasty heel, so what could be in store for tonight's hodge podge of guests, legends and potential surprises? Well, allow me to list five things that I do hope happen, but I will say that some of these actually taking place are EXTREMELY SLIM so before you wisened up marks go about trashing me, just know that I know that, you pricks. And also know that I'm just indulging in my nostalgia for tonight.
5. We Get Some Kind Of Indication That John Cena Will Fight The Undertaker At WrestleMania
I found it extremely weird that WWE made a point to announce that The Deadman, The American Badass, The Phenom - The Undertaker himself will be on the show tonight. Last time we saw him, he was disrobing (not quite like Naked Mideon) of his callous garb after losing to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania last year, all but indicating that he was done in the squared circle, but you can never count a dead man down (or the rumor mill). John Cena is booked to work a full WWE schedule after Royal Rumble and it's said there are big plans for a WrestleMania opponent. Aside from his long awaited showdown with Vanilla Ice, Taker would be the opponent we've been waiting for, and despite their ages, these two seasoned vets would be cagey enough to put on a great performance.
4. The King & J.R. Call Tonight's Main Event
So part of the show will take place in Raw's original stomping grounds - The Manhattan Center. While we couldn't be blessed to have Gorilla Monsoon, The Macho Man or Bobby "The Brain" Heenan help call the action, we got one of the greatest dynamic duos in professional wrestling commentary set to announce some of it (hopefully). Jerry "The King" Lawler and Boomer Sooner, Good Ol' J.R. I could not think of a better way to sign off the show than having J.R. yell "fire and brimstone", "damn him!" or (best of all) "Stone Cold! Stone Cold!" after a huge main event or angle occurs. After all, Bah Gawd, he's the best to ever do it.
3. C.M. Punk Returns...
Okay, this is where things get ridiculous. Every fanboy from 18-35 wants this to happen, but the odds of any such occurrence occurring would be the most wild thing to happen on Raw in years (years I say!) Punk is one of the kind and his ties with WWE have been burned worse than '98 Kane's face, but if we know professional wrestling, "never say never" is a popular quote. Punk is all wrapped up in MMA fighting, but one thing that could possibly (possibly) entice "The Best In The World" to return would be...
2. To Fight Stone Cold Steve Austin
Awwww Hell Yeah. I made a very conscious effort to avoid any Steve Austin health updates (or work out sessions) so that the internal 13-year-old Dom could hold out hope for Austin giving it one last go in the ring at some WrestleMania down the line. Austin, by all rights, was giving top billing in promotion for Raw 25, but I'd like to believe that there's some extra seasoning for that reasoning. Could it be to stomp a mudhole in someone and walk it dry? Words of him and Bruce Prichard butting heads have been popping up, but I choose to remain dumb, deaf and blind pinball wizard style. DTA.
1. Scott Hall Suits Up Tonight
Considering Hall's my all-time favorite, this is just a personal hope I hope happens. I heard through the grapevine (the Internet) that while on X-Pac's podcast last week, that Hall supposedly got a text that told him to "bring his gear", meaning we could maybe see the return of "The Bad Guy"? Would I love it if it was his classic Razor gear? Hey yo, don't sing it, bring it.