Both Raw 20th Anniversary and Raw 1000 Not Having Stone Cold Is Unacceptable

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 15: Honorary Starter, WWE wrestler 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, gives the command for drivers to start their engines prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 15, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Acknowledging and saying you're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Monday Night Raw and not having Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels on the show is ridiculous.

WWE never advertised all of those stars to be there. The fans and Internet hyped up the show, but you can't blame anyone for that. You would assume that if you're celebrating your flagship show―the most profitable star ever, and the two big stars of the company who were both on the debut episode would all make appearances.

I tweeted Monday at 4:45pm EST something I heard and would be classified as a rumor.

Don't wanna make too much of this cause who knows what could of Sunday....there was no Stone Cold on tonight's script

I know what I heard but at the time, it was a rumor cause you don't know for certain what's going to happen in pro-wrestling until it happens.

Now we know the 20th anniversary show has passed and my tweet and what I heard is no longer a rumor.

Stone Cold Steve Austin tweeted that he was already booked at a show in Las Vegas.

Hitting the hay in Las Vegas. Hope RAW was a fun show. I was already booked here at the Shot Show in Vegas, as I am every year.

Not going to hate on Stone Cold for having a career past wrestling and his name still being worth a lot. But I gotta say, the 20th anniversary didn't sneak up on anyone. It's been known when the “historical” show would be. Same thing with the Raw 1000. The episode didn't sneak up on anyone.

For WWE to not have done whatever it took to have Austin at one or both of those celebration shows and for Austin to not have kept one or both of those dates free is unacceptable.

Austin had blogged back in July stating he wasn't at Raw 1000 because he had just had knee surgery. I have the belief for my own reasons to think there was more to it and he was unhappy with WWE regarding the lack of promotion for his new show, Redneck Island.

The reason that goes down as fact for why he wasn't there though is he just had surgery. I'm not a medical expert and it's not my knee, but why schedule surgery two weeks before the historical episode?

The Undertaker was also not at the 20th anniversary show. Not as big of a deal to me because he was at Raw 1000, but I still disagree with it.

Whether WWE creative didn't have anything for him or WWE didn't want to bring back other historical names because it would highlight that Austin isn't there―WWE SHOULD have had The Undertaker there.

Even for the most simple appearance, he is a cornerstone of the company in this era. He was in the main event of the first episode and he lives near where the 20th anniversary show was at in Houston, TX.

WWE focusing the show on the current stars and storylines is good. Especially when two weeks away from Royal Rumble and on the road to WrestleMania. Back in July it made more sense to occupy much of three-hour show with stars from the past. It's the middle of summer for WWE.

Staying focused to building to Rumble and then WrestleMania is fine, but you still need cameos from the three major stars who Raw was built around for 20 years.

Go figure, the time nobody will have a complaint of a television time to part-time stars―WWE decides against it.