WWE teased online a big development on tonight’s WWE RAW from Richmond, Virginia. ‘The Authority’ of WWE corporate bosses Stephanie McMahon and Triple H will make a few “blockbuster announcements” on tonight’s live show on USA Network according to a Monday afternoon post on wwe.com. With the Royal Rumble coming up in January, there is already speculation about what the announcement could be.
There is already unconfirmed reports that a former WWE Champion is set to make a surprise return on tonight’s show from Richmond, Virginia. Read about who that big superstar is in this Pro Wrestling Examiner’s RAW Preview.
For the last month or so, WWE has been prepping for their long awaited WWE Network to launch in the early part of 2014. The Network would be a 24/7 subscription service similar to NetFlix Instant streaming, giving subscribers access to thousands of on-demand video, exclusive content, and live broadcasts of monthly pay per views. If the Authority was to make a big announcement tonight, confirming a launch date for the Network would be a massive reveal.
WWE does have a huge event planned for media and industry officials for next week at the International Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Wynn Hotel on January 8th. Many industry insiders expect this event will be where WWE announces the Network launch with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, Triple H, and WWE Hall of Famer 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin set to appear.
This is added by the fact that last week WWE confirmed that ‘the Animal’ Batista will return to the company for the road to Wrestlemania on the Jnauary 20th episode of WWE RAW.