WWE Raw made its debut broadcast on January 11, 1993, featuring a main event that saw The Undertaker defeat Damien Demento in the main event.
Now, 30 years later, the red brand is celebrating its anniversary in style, bringing in multiple legends from the company’s past to help mark the occasion. WWE announced many names in advance, including WWE Hall of Famers such as Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and The Bella Twins. It’s also expected that Brock Lesnar will be making his return, though this hasn’t been officially announced.
A New Report Lays Out Plans Ahead Of WWE Raw, Potential Spoilers Ahead
As tonight’s episode of WWE Raw fast approaches, a new report from Fightful Select provided insight as to some of the creative plans for the show.
According to the report, numerous legends who were contacted to be a part of the show were unable to make it. One of these stars is Tatanka, who explained the reason for his absence on social media last week.
Kurt Angle, who hasn’t been in action since his retirement at the hands of Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 and who underwent double knee surgery earlier this year, is reportedly set to serve as a guest referee on the show.
There are hopes that Brock Lesnar will be involved, though no further information about his potential appearance was given in the report.
In addition, the report notes that a poker tournament is scheduled for the 30th anniversary celebration. JBL has been holding poker games with protégé Baron Corbin in recent weeks, and with Ron Simmons among the names announced to appear on the show, it’s likely there could be an APA reunion as the pair were a staple of WWE Raw in the Attitude Era. The Million Dollar Belt is also expected to be used on the show, and the report states it’s likely to be involved in the poker tournament.
Fightful Select also notes plans for The Undertaker ahead of the broadcast, stating that it’s been pitched for him to be involved in a segment with Bray Wyatt and LA Knight, who are set to face off in a Pitch Black match at the upcoming Royal Rumble. Undertaker and Wyatt have history with one another, having gone one on one at WrestleMania 31 in a match that saw The Deadman victorious.
Despite being depicted in his American Badass gear on promotional materials ahead of the show, the report mentions that Undertaker’s traditional Deadman gear was sent to Philadelphia ahead of WWE Raw.