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WWE Raw 1000: Videos of The Rock's return, Undertaker, Lita, Punk vs Cena and more

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As you should know by now, and as we've covered extensively already here at Cageside, the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw took place last night (July 23, 2012) in St. Louis, Missouri.

And it was one hell of an event.

WWE promoted the show like a pay-per-view (PPV), giving it the full promotional push in the weeks leading up to it that garnered mainstream attention from outlets like USA Today and Variety. It was reflected in the ratings, too, as the show garnered a huge number over the full three hours.

We've covered all the major happenings from the show, ranging from The Rock's big return and announcement to Brock Lesnar brawling with Triple H to set up their match at Summerslam to The Miz winning the Intercontinental championship.

But instead of individual posts, we thought it best to make this your one stop shop for all the videos WWE has released from its historic 1,000th Raw. Check them all out after the jump.

The awesome opening to the show to remember the previous 999 episodes of Raw:

D-Generation X reunites with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg Jesse James, Bad Ass Billy Gunn and X-Pac. Damien Sandow, good as he is, eats a couple finishers after interrupting. It's okay, though because he's a martyr, not a victim:

Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara team up to take on Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, and Dolph Ziggler in a relatively meaningless tag team match:

Brodus Clay squashes Jack Swagger but not before bringing out Dude Love for some dancing nostalgia:

AJ and Layla chat backstage, which leads to the greatest bit of continuity in the history of Raw. Jim Duggan, Roddy Piper, and Mae Young's son, the hand, make appearances:

Daniel Bryan and AJ get really close to getting married by Reverend Slick before AJ reveals she accepted another proposal, which leads to Vince McMahon coming out and announcing her as the new permanent General Manager of Monday Night Raw:

The Rock comes back to make a lot of jokes at Daniel Bryan's expense while also announcing he will challenge for the WWE championship at Royal Rumble 2013:

The Miz defeats Christian to win the Intercontinental title. Perhaps the best part of this entire segment is Bret Hart announcing Christian with a great deal of enthusiasm before no selling the shit out of Miz as his challenger:

SEAN MOONEY interviews Daniel Bryan after he was humiliated by AJ leaving him at the alter, The Rock hitting him with a Rock Bottom and Charlie Sheen running his mouth about him:

Paul Heyman comes out to accept Triple H's challenge for a match against Brock Lesnar at Summerslam before getting into it with Stephanie McMahon. That was oddly enough to bring Brock out to brawl with "The Game" a bit for a taste of what's to come:

Lita and the APA return, along with the rest of the legends that have come back in recent weeks, to wrap a bow tie around all the fun we've had watching Heath Slater get squashed. The Clothesline From Hell JBL delivers in this video, along with Slater's sell job, is perhaps the greatest thing you'll ever see. JBL couldn't help himself from laughing after:

Undertaker returns for one night for a laughably bad segment with his storyline brother Kane to reunite The Brothers of Destruction. They squashed six jobbers for no apparent reason, then stood around awkwardly for an uncomfortable amount of time, then posed:

Finally, the main event of the evening. CM Punk retains the WWE championship thanks to Big Show interfering to cause a disqualification in favor of John Cena, who became the first man to fail to cash in the Money in the Bank contract. This also led to The Rock attacking Big Show and Punk's latest heel turn:

Last but not least, the episode of Backstage Fallout that showcases John Cena wondering about CM Punk's decision, Daniel Bryan getting pissed at the camera man for asking him a question, Heath Slater threatening the camera man for saying he got beat up by a girl, and The Miz touting his Intercontinental title win:


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