Hello readers! I return today to bring you news, but not just any news... BREAKING NEWS!
I just read online that Hulk Hogan has announced that TNA: iMPACT! will begin airing live on Monday Nights January 4th. He announced this while being interviewed by Joe Rogan on the Ultimate Fighter finale.
I honestly figured they would wait a while before they'd make a move this bold. Hogan was quoted saying that TNA will "go to war with the WWE". Wow, if there was a symbolic signing of the death warrant this is it.
Now when Dixie Carter first signed Hogan and Eric Bischoff, my first reaction was (like most), "NOOOOOOO"! Since then, I've calmed down and realized that this entire mess will end in 1 of 2 ways:
1. The acquisition of Hulk Hogan will bring Total Nonstop Action Wrestling to new heights and more big names like Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam will join, thus beginning a brand new Monday Night War. Vince McMahon and the WWE will have to up the ante so to speak, and actually give us the best product possible.
2. Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo will clash over the creative direction of the company, and TNA will either die on its own or be bought out by McMahon.
At the beginning of the year, iMPACT! was at an all-time low in terms of quality. The Main Event Mafia ruled the six-sided ring and the young stars weren't getting anything. Finally, something happened...
News broke of Vince Russo's "mission" to create new stars and what did we see? Your winner and NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion... AJ Styles! It was about time we saw a TNA original hold the title. I was really tired of seeing the belt on Kurt Angle and Sting. Also recently, we have seen other young stars come up to the frontline (no pun intended). Stars like Matt Morgan, Hernandez, Amazing Red, The Pope D'angelo Dinero, and even Eric Young.
Now since Hogan came in, there's word of Vince Russo being replaced as head of creative. Really Hulk? Just when Russo was doing some good? This is what really grinds my gears (pardon the Family Guy reference). Just as TNA becomes my must watch Thursday night show, they sign Hulk Hogan and put him in charge.
So it seems the life of TNA wrestling is at a crossroads. I really hope that egos can be put aside and they can just put out the best possible product, because I've been a fan of TNA since its Spike TV debut, and I really don't want to see TNA wind up just like WCW.