Friends, we were all too early to assume TNA would mount a serious challenge to Vince and the WWE. I decided like many that I would watch RAW and DVR Impact over on Spike.
Raw kicked off with what seemed to be a very genuine moment between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Given their history and remembering the night in Montreal, I was proud to see the two of them get past it and hug in the middle of the ring.
Over on Impact, you have Hogan supposedly arriving in a motorcade and then in the ring, he talks about how he has been in the back all day with the talent. Which is it big guy? Were you in the back all day or did you just arrive? Its a minute detail that exemplifies just one of the problems with TNA. The stories and speeches just seem too scripted. I know sports entertainment is scripted already, I dont need it thrown in my face during the show.
While watching the show, I came to a realization. This is Monday Nitro with a different name and different brand. Bringing Hogan into the company will be the death knell for TNA Impact. Let us take a look back at history, shall we?
Hogan was brought to WCW by a businessman with no concept of the wrestling business to "resurrect" the company. Dixie Carter has now done the same in TNA.
For all of those who dont know, WCW is no more. Dead and buried is Monday Nitro. It appears that Impact is headed for the cemetery as well. I can give you one reason why this will be the case. One name is all you need: Hulk Hogan.
First off, you have a new broadcast partner. He is Bubba The Love Sponge, a longtime radio host and close personal friend of Hogan's. Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman. All three of these guys were in the NWO with Hogan and are good friends.
Next up is Eric Bischoff, the man who will help Hogan change the show. Also another close personal friend of Hulk. Are we seeing a pattern develop here?
Last is my favorite. Two washed up guys named Saggs and Knobs, The Nasty Boys. Both are well documented close friends with Hogan.
My question is how many guys do we have to have around Hogan to inflate his already oversized ego? The answer is apparently as many as Hogan wants.
Ric Flair appears on the show and barely gets mentioned at all. A 16-time world champion and all the fans wanted was Hogan. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.
I love how a guy with hip replacements talks about the "new age" in wrestling. He asked Jeff Jarrett if he could hang with the young guys during the show. The answer for Jeff Jarrett is yes as he is a good technical wrestler. For Hogan, the answer is no unless he takes no bumps for them and the legdrop comes in five minutes or less.
It seems clear that Dixie Carter is just the female version of Ted Turner. A person in over their head with the wrestling business who will sell it down the river for ratings.
As for me, after watching this pathetic display, I will continue to show my allegiance to a real wrestling promoter, Vince McMahon, and his company, WWE. My advice to Mr. McMahon would be to not change a thing in format and just keep the storylines fresh. As for Raw, I loved the fact they never mentioned TNA once and why would they? WWE is the number one brand in sports entertainment and that will not change anytime soon with TNA all about one man. That one man would be Has-Been Hogan.