Next week's episode of Raw is being dubbed a "Reunion" special, and old-school stars like Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Eric Bischoff and more have already been announced for the celebration. It's understood this is a ratings ploy driven by execs at the USA Network; they, disturbed by recent lows, have a collective desire to lift the show's flagging numbers and bring it back to its former glory.
This isn't the first time WWE has used nostalgia, landmark anniversaries or names from yesteryear to drive viewership and stir interest in the lapsed fan market.
Countless reunion-style specials have littered Raw's calendar throughout the show's 26 years of existence. Once the earliest example was thrown out there in 2003, it sparked off a fanatical in-house fascination with the idea. The biggest party shows, reunions and memorable dates are all here in this article, and they're listed in order of success.
It's worth noting that shows had to advertise some sort of nostalgic involvement to be included. Whether or not WWE followed up on that as hyped is another story altogether...