Here are some backstage news, rumors, and *Spoilers* for tonight’s show…..
It’s the RAW anniversary special and it starts one hour earlier at 8EST.
Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan are confirmed for this show. Mick Foley, Eric Bischoff, Trish Stratus, Tammy ‘Sunny’, & Lita are confirmed as well.
There will be a Battle Royal featuring many past and present names. Expect lots of surprises here.
2 Cold Scorpio, Jim Neidhart, Steve Blackman, The Mean Street Posse, Gangrel, Scotty 2 Hotty, Marty Jannetty, Ted DiBiase, Bart Gunn, Gilerg, Mae Young, Bastion Booger, Barry Darsow, Lita, Sunny, Trish Stratus, Steve Austin, and MANY others are all at RAW today. Some will do backstage cameos while others will be in the Battle Royal.
Former ECW Champion Steve Corino is backstage at RAW and is expected to get a tryout tonight prior to RAW against DH Smith. He may work under a mask. I’m also told he may be getting offered a tryout as an agent/producer as well. Corino had a meeting recently in Stamford, CT. about the possibility of working full-time for WWE. We’ll see how it goes tonight but it appears he is looking for work.
It has been confirmed that Barry “Repo Man/Smash” Darsow and WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik have been booked for tonight’s Raw’s 15th anniversary show. Iron Sheik managed The Sultan (a masked Rikishi) in 1996-97. Darsow appeared on Raw’s second ever show in his “Repo Man” gimmick in January 1993, but left the company shortly there after.
Look for all the agents to make appearances (Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes, etc etc.)
Evolution (Randy Orton, Big Dave Batista, Ric Flair, & Triple H) returns for one night. Expect them to start the build for Triple H vs. Batista at WrestleMania 24.
There will be a ‘McMahon Family Portrait’ segment where they will do a family photo with Hornswoggle. Steph, Shane, Linda, and Vince will all be there live.
Vince McMahon will name the all-time greatest RAW star which I’m guessing is him. Expect a beatdown of McMahon with Stunners, Legdrops, and so on to end the show.
Jeff Hardy vs. Carlito in a Ladder Match which has the potential to be sick.
Expect loads of other surprises.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will not be appearing live despite rumors. He was contacted but declined the invite. Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, and Rena ‘Sable’ Mero will also not be there.
See you at 8EST for coverage.