We know a lot of people claim Bret Hart came back only because Hogan was coming into TNA, but honestly, that's not 100% true. Reports have been going on and off for a LONG time about Hart finally coming back to the WWE to do some angle with them. Now, was his return rushed to fight Hogan? Probably. But nonetheless, Hart was always going to return.
But this goes deeper outside of Bret Hart. We know Mike Tyson is hosting Raw and that can easily be said it is because they don't want anyone to go watch UFC. Dana White even said he didn't want to be on Monday night, but Spike TV wants to do anything to take away Raw ratings. Dana White knows McMahon is a fighter and respects him. He wants nothing to do with a war against Vince.
However, reports have been started that Kurt Angle wanted Charlie Haas over on TNA. Haas is one of the best pure athletes in the sport. There is talk about how good Shelton is, but Haas is right there. He was just never given a push and is hardly ever used. However, for some strange reason, there are reports online that say when Haas asked for a release, they told him no and gave him a pay raise. For a man that does nothing besides a job here or there, he was given a raise to be quiet and happy. If WWE has no use for him and think he is such a joke, why don't they want him over in TNA? I mean, they let go of dozens of wrestlers without a care and watched them "Cross the Line." What makes Haas so different?
But is this report true? Because, on the flip side, WWE allowed Tommy Dreamer, a man that I am not a fan of but has his own very core fanbase, to get his request and allowed him to leave. The reports are all over that he is going to TNA. Why would WWE allow Tommy to go over to TNA and not Haas? Sure, wrestling wise, they are not on the same level. But Haas is hardly ever on TV and Dreamer probably has the bigger fan base and the respect (which is VERY important) of his peers.
I would think WWE allowed Tommy to walk away because of money, but that argument gets thrown out when we learn they are giving Haas a pay raise. Did Haas really get the raise or is this just another bad rumor? I find it interesting, though, and something to think about. What are your thoughts?