WWE's answer to their drop in ratings in recent weeks was to announce Legends Night for the first episode of Monday Night RAW in 2021. Tonight's episode of the show will feature several legends from years gone by, including the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Torrie Wilson, Melina, and even Carlito.
WWE made the return of legends an annual affair for several years when they would present Old School RAW and this would then allow the new crop of talent to interact with the stars who paved the way. This led to some interesting segments including The Shield on Piper's Pit and even Jake "The Snake" Roberts dropping Damien on Dean Ambrose.
WWE has a lot to live up to on this week's episode of RAW with almost 30 legends set to be in attendance. This means that a backstage segment won't be enough, so what options do WWE have when it comes to integrating these stars into their three hour program?
#5. The great WWE 24/7 Championship chase
The RAW Reunion show back in July 2019 set the tone for these kinds of shows when it included several WWE legends being able to lift the 24/7 Championship for the first time. The likes of Gerald Brisco, Alundra Blayze, and even the late Pat Patterson were able to register title wins whilst Kelly Kelly became the first female to lift the Championship earlier in the night.
With so many returning legends, it will be interesting to see if there is a backstage segment with Angel Garza, who is the current Champion, and several female legends. With the likes of Melina, Torrie Wilson, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, and Alicia Fox all set to be part of the show, this could lead to an intense backstage meeting for the former Cruiserweight Champion.
There are also rumors that Eva Marie could be part of tonight's show, but as a returnee rather than a legend.
It's also worth pointing out that WWE Hall of Famer Torrie Wilson has never won a WWE Championship, so out of all the women who will be in attendance for tonight's show, it would be the perfect time for Wilson to finally lift a Championship.
#4. The Hurt Business use the WWE legends to send a message
The Hurt Business is currently dripping in gold after winning the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships back at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, but have resorted to backstage bullying tactics in recent weeks.
Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander, Bobby Lashley, and MVP have been seen in various backstage segments torturing the backstage staff, because they know that they are easy targets.
It would be interesting to see if Carlito is introduced to The Hurt Business on his return to WWE TV. The former United States Champion always had a motto where he would "spit in the face of people who don't want to be cool" and spitting in the face of a member of The Hurt Business could lead to an interesting backstage brawl.
Since there aren't many matches announced for tonight's show, this could even lead to a match on RAW later in the night, if one of the group takes offense to the returning star's actions and decides to settle their differences inside the ring.
#3. Put over current talent on WWE Monday Night RAW
Even though these legends haven't been seen on WWE TV for several months or years, many remain up to date with the product and even continue to wrestle outside of the company.
This means that several of the returning legends will be in good enough shape to have a match against someone who is part of the current roster. It will likely begin as an interview backstage and then there will be an arrogant star interrupting and looking to set up a match against a returning legend.
Whilst the likes of Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are not expected to lace up their boots for tonight's show, there is a plethora of stars that could still work a short match including Mark Henry, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and The Big Show.
Several female wrestlers could be available to go up against the biggest heels in the Women's Division at present, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, including WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, and even Torrie Wilson.
#2. Announce their places in the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble match
Whilst it's always been a strange tradition to watch wrestlers announce their places in the 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal weeks in advance, it's something that WWE has become known for over the years.
At present, only Bobby Lashley and Daniel Bryan have announced their places in the men's Royal Rumble match, whilst Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are the only women to have seemingly declared their places.
There are likely to be several legends who are part of both Rumble matches as well, but if WWE wants to pay special attention to returnees at this year's event then there is nothing stopping the legends from announcing their places.
The likes of Torrie Wilson, Alicia Fox, The Big Show, Mark Henry, and various others have all been part of Royal Rumble matches in the past and were arguably only there to make up the numbers. If there is an issue between any of these stars as part of tonight's show, they could announce their participation in the match in order to settle their differences and then cost that superstar a shot at a World Championship.
#1. Several legends could announce their WWE return
Several WWE Superstars were not able to have a final wrestling match before they hung up their wrestling boots and decided to walk away from the business. One of these men is WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, who easily deserves to have one final match.
Kurt Angle was handed his final match at WrestleMania last year, but it wasn't the spectacle that the former World Champion deserved.
The likes of Melina and Eva Marie are expected to be part of tonight's show since rumors have been circulating in recent weeks, and these two women will likely remain part of RAW in the weeks to come.
This would be the perfect time for Eva Marie to make a statement and announce her participation in her first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match. It would also allow Melina to kickstart her WWE career, since she hasn't wrestled in a WWE ring in almost a decade.
WWE has many options for their legends tonight, which means that this could be an unmissable episode of RAW to kick off the new year.