WWE is looking to kick of 2013 with a bang. With RAW's struggling ratings sinking even lower for the final two taped "holiday" shows of 2012, next Monday's live show represents a fresh start for the company's flagship show and steps are being taken to jumpstart the new year.
Next Monday's RAW will be up against stiff competition with the college football BCS Championship game, so WWE is bringing in The Rock for a special appearance and will feature WWE Champion CM Punk defending against Ryback in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match. According to sources in WWE, there are big plans for Monday's RAW that will have everybody buzzing by the time 11:15pm (ET) rolls around.
The following week (1/14) is the 20th Anniversary of WWE RAW - and there will be appearances from various WWE legends to add some star power to the historic night. With the show taking place from Houston, Texas - it's possible we'll see appearances from local legends The Undertaker, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. It's also rumored that WWE will announce the first inductee into the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 that night.
Big picture, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is gearing up for WrestleMania season and won't be wasting any time shaking things up. There are reportedly plans for every RAW this month to be "stacked."
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)