Ric Flair’s 1000th RAW Status, Batista Announcement, Bob Backlund

- A WWE source notes that Ric Flair is not expected for the 1,000th RAW episode later this month. Regarding Flair’s upcoming appearance for ICP’s Gathering of the Juggalos, he will not be wrestling but will be hosting the main stage which features music performances.

– The news of Batista appearing in “Man With the Iron Fist” was not the big announcement that he and his agent have been hyping for months. Batista says that announcement is still coming and that fans are going to flip out. He wrote on Twitter:

“Follow @JohnnyRyanJr he’s leaking the announcement this week. You fans are gonna f***ing flip out.”

– WWE Legend Bob Backlund was said to be super over backstage with the younger wrestlers at last night’s RAW Supershow in Denver, Colorado.

– As PWMania.com previously reported, WWE’s website has ranked the top 50 greatest matches in RAW history. Here are the top 10:

10. Owen Hart vs. The British Bulldog: European Title tournament finals (March 3, 1997)

9. Cactus Jack vs. Triple H: Falls Count Anywhere Match (Sept. 22, 1997)

8. Rob Van Dam vs. Edge vs. John Cena: WWE Championship Triple Threat Match (July 3, 2006)

7. The Rock vs. Mankind: WWE Championship Match (Jan. 4, 1999)

6. Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena: WWE Championship Match (July 25, 2011)

5. The Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy: Undisputed Championship Ladder Match (June 1, 2002)

4. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels: World Heavyweight Championship Match (Dec. 29, 2003)

3. Bret Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid: WWE Championship Match (July 11, 1994)

2. Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect: Loser Leaves WWE (Jan. 25, 1993)

1. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (April 23, 2007)