I don't write a lot of articles about wrestling, because most in the community do a good enough job that I would rather read than write. Not only that, every time I come up with an idea, someone already has written about it.
Everyone is talking about the "NEW" Monday Night War that is coming between TNA and the WWE. TNA struck the first shot by bringing in Hollywood Hulk Hogan. One of the boldest moves in TNA history.
Not to be outdone, Vince McMahon and the WWE have countered with "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be," Bret Hart.
People are saying how TNA has no shot at beating WWE on Monday Night. And they are probably right. But if you really think that TNA has to score higher ratings to win this war, you are sadly mistaken.
Does everyone remember the beginning of the Monday Night Wars? WWF regularly beat WCW. Until the Outsiders came, WCW was the second show. People set their VCR's, and would watch WCW when ever they got the chance.
With the creation of the DVR, the way shows are rated are no longer the same. If a show is recorded, then it still gets credit for a view. Honestly, how many of you are going to record TNA just to see what happens?
WWE Going All In?
Vince made a bold move by bringing in Bret Hart right off the bat. He is trying to strike the death blow to TNA. But what if that death blow misses it's target?
What if the storyline that Bret is involved in does not work? Will Hart start a feud with Vince? Is THAT really something you want to see? I don't.
Don't get me wrong, I will still buy Wrestle Mania, and love when Bret kills Vince. But do you really want to see the back and forth between these two? Will you honestly believe that Vince would be able to get the upper hand on Bret?
This whole tag team thing with DX is stale already. Triple H has been out of the main picture in the WWE for a while, and like him or not, when it comes to WrestleMania, he needs to be in one of the main events, because he is just TOO GOOD of a performer to not be on at the end of the show.
Will DX be breaking up? Will Bret be having a feud with Shawn Michaels? I will give FULL credit to HBK for his performance last year at Wrestle Mania against the Undertaker. It was probably the best match of the night.
Do you really think that Hart, who has been out of the ring for the last 11 years, really be able to put on that kind of a show? Would a feud between Shawn and Bret even be that much fun to watch? I don't think so.
What it looks like, to me? Vince is trying to keep TNA from drawing any ratings at all. What TNA has though, is what people want to see. Something different.
What is going to happen with Hogan? Is he coming in to bring a NWO type faction together? What is going to happen with Foley? Jarrett?
TNA has the potential to surprise us, just like WCW did when they brought in the Outsiders. It was then that people were getting tired of the WWF story lines. WWF was getting boring.
See the similarities?
That being said, Monday night, I have both RAW and TNA set to record. From 8-9, I will be watching TNA. From 9-10, I will be watching RAW.
My last hour is up for grabs. If WWE brings me the same tired story lines, I will be watching the last hour of TNA live. If WWE can show me something new, then I will stay with them.
Either way, I will be watching both shows, as I am sure many of you will be as well. I am not going to write TNA off just yet. Regardless of the difference in the two shows, TNA has more potential, while the WWE has to show they are ready to break the mold.
Good luck, TNA. You have an uphill climb.