John Cena vs. CM Punk to Headline RAW's Historic 1000th Episode

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July 18th, 2012

via press release:





STAMFORD, Conn., July, 18, 2012 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the details of Monday Night Raw’s historic 1,000th episode this Monday when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history moves to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network. Raw has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.



A little more than one week after he won his first Money in the Bank® Ladder Match for a WWE Championship contract, WWE Superstar John Cena® will cash in live on Raw’s 1,000th episode against WWE Champion CM Punk® in the main event.



Raw’s 1,000th episode will showcase the most memorable moments from the past two decades and celebrate the unmatched staying power of Monday Night Raw starting at 8/7C with a reunion of WWE Superstars Triple H® and Shawn Michaels® of D-Generation X®, the anti-establishment group which revolutionized sports-entertainment. In addition, some of the most iconic WWE Superstars that made Raw an extraordinary success, including Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, Bret Hart® and Mick Foley™, will make special appearances.



The episode also marks the return of Brock Lesnar®, who will make his first live appearance in nearly three months and will respond directly to Triple H®’s challenge for a match at SummerSlam®.



WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® may have lost to WWE Champion CM Punk at Money in the Bank with AJ™ as the special guest referee, but that didn't deter him from expressing his love for the unpredictable WWE Diva. The two will celebrate their tumultuous love affair on Raw's 1,000th episode with a wedding.


The 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw will also look toward the future as the count towards another 1,000 episodes begins. The show ushers in a new era of interactive programming, where viewers will become part of the action by using social media platforms like Tout, Twitter, Shazam®, Instagram and Facebook to have a voice in the show and control outcomes live. The best fan touts, tweets, photos and comments will be featured during the telecasts, on, at live events, and on social media reaching WWE’s more than 100 million social media followers.



On July 23 at 7:30/6:30C, WWE will host a special Monday Night Raw Pre-Show that will stream live on and on WWE’s official YouTube channel, FanNation ( Fans can also relive the very first episode of Monday Night Raw at


Since its debut, Monday Night Raw has been among cable’s most watched regularly scheduled programs. To see how WWE Superstars are preparing for its new permanent start time, 8/7C, watch USA’s new promo:


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  • Alex

    Ever since they’ve been showing flashbacks lately, it reminded me how greatly entertaining the show used to be in ‘old school’ days. Hopefully, the writers can recapture some of that ‘old school’ magic.

  • peter

    I still don’t understand how so many people watch WWE. And they prefer it over UFC or other MMA shows. I’m not saying this to be mean or rude. I just want someone who likes WWE to tell me why? It’s not real. They don’t even hit each other. Why watch something fake and scripted instead of real fights?

  • Jay


    I don’t know how the fighting not being really matters because in movies and tv shows the fighting isn’t real and people still watch.

  • JJ

    people don’t watch wwe because they think its real, they watch for the characters, storylines, drama, spectacle among other things, oh yeah sometimes there is wrestling matches

    prowrestling on tv is alot closer to a live circus cum live soap opera than it is an mma show, wrestlers like john cena appeal to kids and women, wrestlers like cm punk and daniel bryan appeal to older males

  • Jase

    Also, a lot of people have watched (like myself) the WWE/WCW/ECW, etc… since we were kids thus the WWE has been able to successfully maintain a strong and faithful fan base for a # of years.

    And, as others have said, it’s a lot more entertaining (especially in person) to watch and enjoy than a MMA match often times. While I’ll admit I don’t watch as much wrestling as I once did, I will be sure to check out this special RAW event.

  • Columbo

    @Petey Sometimes fake fights are more entertaining than real Fights. How do you think wrasslin’ came to be?

  • Columbo


    I don’t know how the fighting not being really matters because in movies and tv shows the fighting isn’t real and people still watch.”

    Shhhh….Petey thinks everything in the movies is real. Hell, he probably has an ‘Avengers’ poster that he’s stapled to the ceiling over his bed so he can masturbate to it first thing in the morning.

  • Columbo

    Hey Peter, let’s not blame WWE for the failed UFC on FX ratings, okay bro. There’s no TV competition between the two, it’s just that the UFC has been stale and boring. I’m a big UFC fan but the production needs some work.

    Jon Anik Needs to go because he’s a bore.
    Kenny Florian sucks
    Bruce Buffer needs some new catchphrases instead of the same old crap.
    Enough with the Fox Sports Theme.

  • Trent

    As someone who watches both wrestling and MMA frequently, I think I am qualified to answer your question. Wrestling is about developing characters and storylines. MMA is just fighting. Think about it, no one complains about the boxing matches in Rocky being fake. Wrestling is the same thing. Scripted fights designed to be entertaining.

    Although, as a side note, your assertion that they don’t really hit each other isn’t exactly true. There are many different styles of wrestling including what is known as a “strong” style. The basic philosophy of the strong style is that the easiest way to make something look real is to do it for real, i.e. actually punch the dude hard.

  • Feedback

    Go Punk!

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    Whether you like “wrestling” or not, this is a major accomplishment. Kudos to the WWE. I have been a fan of “wrestling” on and off, for over 24 years.

  • jessica
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