WWE looks to be adding even more big names for their special Raw Legends show that will air Monday night January 4th, 2021 on the USA Network. The company is billing this particular episode of Raw by calling it a “ Legends Night.” The legendary WWE superstars who have been confirmed to appear on the show are Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Torrie Wilson, Beth Phoenix, Mark Henry, Hillbilly Jim, Jimmy Hart, Big Show, Jacquelyn, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter, Tatanka, Jeff Jarrett, Mickie James, Carlito, Candice Michelle, The Boogeyman, IRS, Melina, and Alicia Fox.
Fightful is reporting that WWE have more big names they are considering for this edition of Raw, three of which have been mentioned are Teddy Long, Ron Simmons, and Molly Holly. Now we are still awaiting confirmation on if the three that are listed will be appearing on the show for the special occasion.
It’s always great to see the legends come back every now and then. A lot of us enjoy nostalgia in everything and that includes wrestling. Vince McMahon always respects the men and women who have helped make his brand what it is today. Recognizing and having all these big names and Hall of Famers appear on Raw is testament to that point. The experience of them all being in the state-of-the-art ThunderDome will make for a nice visual. I’m all for showing respect to all these great wrestlers who have paved the way so future generations of stars can thrive and prosper in the industry. The only issue is you hope it’s only once and a while.
Hear me out, the reason I say that with respect to the legends is fans want to keep seeing their current superstars featured and by sometimes bringing back established made over top box-office stars can sometimes overshadow your brand and its stars. However here is another observation I’ve made just as a fan, WWE has talent they even have stars, but they have never been able to recreate the magic they had with Hogan, Macho Man, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, I’ll go as far back to Bruno and Andre for that matter.
I’ll tell you why WWE has not been able to pull that off. For one the pandemic has certainly not helped their cause and being honest they only have a few really top stars which by the way I’m referring to both men and women when talking about that. Eras of wrestling are no question different and how the creative process is now from what we’re watching on tv. The problem with any company no matter how big and great it is, you’re always gonna have a problem either finding a star or seeing if they are a star. They have to have all the intangibles to make it in the wrestling business. The difference I’m seeing in today’s wrestling is what superstar is going to really start taking over? That goes for promos and in ring work and how they work with their opponents. That my friends is a big part of the issue, now I’ve seen a few have those qualities.
Another question becomes if they have the ball what are they going to do with it. Seems unfair because of this current situation and nobody can compare to the top stars or the other eras, that in itself is not fair. Yes we see little bits of creativity every now and then. Will anyone go to Vince and say here’s what I’m wanting to do and be more like themselves and learn to get over in a weird environment and era of wrestling. Yet again it might be Vince not trusting today’s talent as much to accomplish that.
Is anyone else excited to the see the Legends of the squared circle?