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Raw celebrating 25th anniversary | Bill Hughes


After months of hyping the event and taking 25 years to build, WWE presents the 25th anniversary of Raw Monday night.

The show will take place at two venues in the New York City area as both the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and the Manhattan Center, which is a few steps from Madison Square Garden, will host segments.

WWE is in a bit of a precarious situation as this is the last Raw before the Royal Rumble and it needs to hype that event while still giving Raw that “feel.”

But at the same time, WWE is bringing in dozens of former stars for the show.

Word is that most of the former stars will appear at the Manhattan Center where the original episodes of Raw took place, although a few will appear in Brooklyn.

The show will feature stars from Raw and Smackdown, and the list of former stars and legends grows by the day. Some of the biggest names returning include Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Trish Straus, Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff and Chris Jericho.

While The Rock is filming a movie, if he is not at Raw, look for him to do a pretaped interview.

Like it has been discussed several times, there is still plenty of talk that John Cena will challenge Taker for a match at WrestleMania, so don’t be surprised if it happens.

Look for other surprises, and who knows, maybe a match from the early days of Raw will take place again.

Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) versus the 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman, X-Pac), anyone? Look for there to be a lot of interactions between the legends of yesterday and the stars of today.

WWE will pull out all of the stops Monday night, and hopefully it delivers a show that fans will remember for a long time while still building up next week’s Royal Rumble.

Mania 35 announcement soon

WWE could announce the location of next year’s WrestleMania this week.

If it happens, look for it to take place either at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which is across the river from NYC, or from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

With Raw being in NYC Monday and the Rumble in Philadelphia, it makes sense for the venue to be announced this week.

Mixed Tag Team Challenge continues Tuesday

Finn Balor and Sasha Banks defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and Natalya this past Tuesday in the first Mixed Tag Team Challenge match.

The Challenge continues this Tuesday night when The Miz and Asuka take on Big E and Carmella. Airing immediately after Smackdown, the Challenge can be found on Facebook Live.

WWE testing Virtual Reality

WWE will test out NextVR (Virtual Reality) at certain shows this year.

The experience will be 10 minutes in length and will be available for free to fans on a new WWE channel with the NextVR app after the chosen events.

Fans will be able to see highlights from the biggest events in virtual reality as if they were there live with a Samsung Gear VR headset ot Google Daydream View, with a compatible smart phone, PlayStationVR or Windows Mixed Reality.

Goldberg entering WWE Hall

It was announced Monday that Bill Goldberg will headline the WWE’s Hall of Fame class this year. The event will take place the night before WrestleMania.

Lashley back to WWE?

Bobby Lashley was on his way to superstardom in WWE when he left the company in 2008. Could he be returning?

Lashley’s deal with Impact is over, and there may be interest in doing a Lesnar and Lashley match considering their MMA backgrounds.

On this date:

In 2002, Triple H wins the Royal Rumble on a stacked Rumble card.

If you have the WWE Network and three hours, go back and watch the show as it was one of the better Rumbles.

Chris Jericho defended the Undisputed WWE championship against the Rock on the show, Ric Flair faced Vince McMahon, and more.

This week’s question

On WWE’s countdown of Raw’s 25 greatest moments Tuesday night on the USA Network, C.M. Punk’s “pipe bomb” promo was listed as the second biggest moment. Is this a sign that he is returning to WWE? Shelly, Bentleyville.

When I saw Punk was at No. 2, the thought crossed my mind. But Punk and WWE are in litigation so the odds aren’t in the favor of him appearing.

However, fans learned a long time ago to never say never when it comes to WWE.


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