Hello, and welcome to the first of what I plan to be a weekly series of articles. In them, I will watch and review WWE Raw, TNA Impact and WWE Smackdown as well as both promotion's PPVs, and judge who I think has been the best each week; and also talk a bit about where they're going right and wrong in my view.
So that you know where I'm coming from, here's a bit of background about my wrestling-watching history. I watched WWF/E faithfully from 2001 to 2003, then stopped for quite some time. A few years ago I started looking up old matches for nostalgia value and then began watching WWE again to see what it was like now. I'd watch occasionally, and this became full time (every Raw, Smackdown and PPV) around 2 years ago.
TNA I'd look in on very occasionally and usually be put off by something and dismiss it entirely—I remember once giving it a go, seeing Jeff and Karen Jarrett clowning around with a Mexican title belt and immediately giving up on it again.
However, I started watching every Impact and PPV since last year's Bound for Glory, and have found that despite whatever issues it seemed to have before, it's been pretty good consistently—and in fact often better than the WWE's output, only really lapsing when Bobby Roode would feud with Sting.
Recently then, I'm pretty keen on TNA as compared with WWE. And yet, if it gets to the weekend and I've got both Impact and Smackdown saved to watch, I'll always watch Smackdown first. Perhaps owing to its longevity and nostalgic appeal, I can always get more excited over WWE. In general, I think it has more talent than TNA—which makes the real disappointment when it uses it poorly.
It's fair to say much of TNA's top talent is made up of ex-WWE superstars, but even this is changing with the rise of Aries, Roode and Storm. There often seems to be a snobbishness on the part of WWE fans regarding TNA, but I think this is unfair, at least since I've been watching it.
It's this and the fact they're often of close and comparable quality that means I think it would be interesting to compare each week and see who comes out on top. With big recent changes in Raw passing its 1000th episode and moving to 3 hours and Impact currently being live, this seems to be a good time to start.
As a side note, the week I'll be using will be Sunday to Saturday, so any PPVs will be the first thing and Smackdown the last. So let's make a start, with August 5th-11th 2012.