WWE is injecting a dose of nostalgia for Old School Monday Night Raw at 8 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6 live on the USA Network.
The three-hour spectacular from Baltimore will feature WWE superstar alum from many eras including The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Bob Backlund, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Ron Simmons, IRS, Scotty 2 Hotty and Diamond Dallas Page.
Historic WWE theme music, graphics, entrance ramp, ring posts and colors will be part of the festivities for Raw, which has been a staple on television for more than 20 years.
The New Age Outlaws and D-Generation X members Road Dogg Jesse James and BA Billy Gunn are also on the guest list. The Road Dogg will go from WWE agent to performer.
For the son of wrestling legend Bullet Bob Armstrong, the event is a family reunion and a chance to see some familiar faces.
“I think the energy definitely translates out in the crowd as well,” Road Dogg said. “A lot of fans are taken back to a sweeter time in their life. When you’re young, everything is better. So sometimes when you get to see those guys you used to watch when you were young, you reach back there. It’s electric. That’s for sure. The electricity is in the air.”
The veteran is also using the day to catch up with former running buddies, as well as others he grew up idolizing.
“Ted DiBiase Sr. and Flair are guys that I watched and enjoyed watching when I was younger,” Road Dogg said. “So it not only takes the audience back, but takes me back personally. I really enjoyed Ted DiBiase’s promos and his work. It’s great just to sit under the learning tree next to a guy like him or Ric Flair.”
The consummate entertainer reflects fondly at his successes in DX with Billy Gunn during the Attitude Era. He is grateful for all the Blessings in his life and how far he has come.
“I’m thankful today that I’m clean and sober,” Road Dogg said. “I’ve battled some demons in my life, and for today, I’ve conquered them. I really appreciate where I was and what I did so much more than I was in the midst of it all. It’s a nostalgic feeling and takes me back to a better time in my childhood watching those older guys. I hope I bring a little bit of that to the younger fans and audience here tonight in Baltimore. It’s a cool feeling. It’s different. It’s not just another day at work producing a television show.”
Even though many of the newer WWE Universe today didn’t necessarily watch Road Dogg during his years as an active member of the roster, they have become fans through technology. It isn’t out of the ordinary for a child to approach him and say how they enjoy his work.
“More so of anything it reminds me of the length or the grasp of technology,” Road Dogg said. “I have a 10-year-old daughter, so she wasn’t even born when I was a member of the New Age Outlaws. Yet she knows almost everything I’ve done because of YouTube and DVDs. It reminds me of how widespread technology has become, and people can look back and go, ‘Dang, those guys were good. I wish they were around today.’
“Lo and behold here we are around today. They get to tune in tonight to see the New Age Outlaws ride again.”
Old School Raw is sure to bring its share of surprises. As of the AM or PM hours, Road Dogg didn’t know what he was doing on the show. Guess we have to watch to see what unfolds.
“You suit up, and you show up,” Road Dogg said. “They give you your marching orders, and you move forward. I’m hoping it doesn’t involve chairs or big table bumps or anything. Hopefully, I’ll be good to go [Tuesday].”
The last time he and Billy Gunn appeared on TV they were destroyed by Brock Lesnar. Will history repeat itself?
“Don’t even say that,” Road Dogg said. “I’ve been worried about that for like a week now.”
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• RETRO RAW
WWE Hall of Famers and legends unite with current WWE superstars and divas on Monday, Jan. 6 as WWE Monday Night Raw goes back in time with Old School Raw, beginning 8 p.m. EST live on the USA Network.
Historic WWE theme music, graphics, entrance ramp, ring posts and colors will be part of the exciting Monday Night Raw that’s been a staple on television for more than 20 years.
Even with all the aesthetics of Old School Raw, WWE legends are the focus of the theme. The list of talent returning for this special occasion includes Ric Flair, The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, IRS, Bob Backlund, The New Age Outlaws, Ron Simmons, Scotty 2 Hotty, Diamond Dallas Page and Rowdy Roddy Piper.