As noted on Sunday night, WWE is bringing back a ton of names from the past for next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Clearly, they are doing this to boost ratings. The names announced on Sunday night at Extreme Rules are not the only former wrestlers scheduled to be on the show. Dave Meltzer discussed this on Wrestling Observer Radio.
“I don’t know if this is a real number but I was told by someone in the company [after] I gave a bunch of names asking if they were going to be there and everyone I asked about was a yet. Then they said there’s 35 more just like it,” Meltzer said.
Meltzer noted that the reunion show was not Vince McMahon’s idea and it was something that was pitched by the USA Network. Meltzer said, “USA is very disappointed with the numbers. We talked about this months ago [that] they made a whole bunch of suggestions. One of them was the thing that ended up being the 24/7 [title] and one of them was Raw reunion show. They asked a lot of other people for suggestions. I don’t what other people’s suggestions were.”
The reunion show will probably do a good number, especially because they are getting some names that rarely appear on the show, including Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The big question is what will WWE do on the show to keep people watching for the following week when the legends are not on the show.
Here is the list of names that have been announced so far:
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Jerry “The King” Lawler