Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
— Chris Hewitt sent this one in: Ryan, my cable company gives a short bio for upcoming episodes of RAW and it says that The Undertaker, Gene Okerland, Shawn Michaels, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Triple H are expected to appear. Thought this might be news worthily.
— Here is a report we posted last week with full details on the 1,000th WWE RAW event:
WWE is currently finishing plans for their 1,000th episode of RAW. Names confirmed include The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Mick Foley, Bret Hart and a DX reunion (Shawn Michaels and Triple H).
It’s also likely that Vince and Stephanie McMahon will appear. Shane McMahon is said to be a long shot and Linda McMahon probably won’t happen because of her ongoing Senate campaign trying to distance her from the WWE product. There will also be the usual “2nd tier” legends appearing.
Whether or not The Undertaker will appear depends on if WWE plans for him to work SummerSlam. With the episode of RAW as stacked as it is, it wouldn’t make sense to bring him in unless they were building towards a match.
The audience for RAW is expected to being one of the largest of the year and WWE will capitalize on making Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar official for SummerSlam.
Vince McMahon is going all out for the upcoming 1000th episode of RAW and is open to anybody returning. “Vince is forgetting about politics, personal issues, any heat guys might have with each other and wants this to be monumental,” a source said.
WWE has apparently put together a list of names they are expecting to appear on the show, but want to keep several names unadvertised. They have told these names to do “anything and everything” to keep the surprises secret including saying publicly that they will be somewhere else the night of the 1000th RAW.
As noted earlier, here is an updated list of WWE Legends confirmed to appear on the 1000th episode of RAW:
* Triple H and Shawn Michaels have been advertised on WWE.com and locally for a “DX Reunion.”
* Brock Lesnar will return to respond to Triple H’s challenge to face him at Summerslam.
* Bret Hart has been advertised locally.
* The Rock said on Twitter that he will return on the show. That was confirmed on WWE.com and RAW.
* Mick Foley will appear on the show.
* Tatanka, Roddy Piper, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, DDP, Steve Blackman, Vader, Doink the Clown, Bob Backlund and Sid Vicious have all also teased appearances, appeared recently, or been contacted by WWE about appearing.