WHO: WWE (NYSE:WWE) announces today that WWE Monday Night Raw will expand to a three-hour event 52 weeks a year. The extended telecast will kick-off July 23 at 4am on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and marks the 1000th episode of the WWE Raw franchise and a television record – no other series has ever reached this milestone.
WHAT: 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 viewer interactivity. Fans will have new ways to get involved in the show through WWE.com and social media by deciding matches, stipulations and new character development. WWE will brand this unprecedented fan interaction as #RAWactive
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP – MAIN EVENT
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 4am with a reunion of WWE Superstars Triple H® and Shawn Michaels® of D-Generation X®, the 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.
BROCK LESNAR® RESPONDS TO TRIPLE H®
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.
DANIEL BRYAN® AND AJ®’S WEDDING
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.
“WWE is proud to celebrate this historic milestone with our partners at ADTV,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “Our new three-hour Raw represents the next generation in interactive television where our fans won’t just watch the show, they will help create it.”
WHEN: WWE RAW will be broadcast live on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel for the first time on Monday evening, July 23, 2012 at 4am.