I have been a fan of wrestling for as long as I can remember. I have loved it through thick and thin. I am a verteran of two boom periods (85-90, 96-2001) and I am a veteran of the worst wrestling has ever dished out (91-96). The good periods of wrestling come and go. Presently, we are in a time of sub-par professional wrestling. This is very problematic because Vince has no competion and no reason to put on the best show he possibly can (this is the reason why monopolies are bad). However, things seem to be on the way up.
I say this because we are fresh off the heels of one of the biggest nights in wrestling in the last 10+ years. Did the shows live up to the hype? I would say yes and no. Yes because the parts of the shows people were really interested in (Hogan and Bret Hart) were good, but the parts that were not those two was just more of the same. Almost two weeks have passed and we were able to see what the two companies would do as a follow-up.
I watched both RAW and iMPACT!. RAW lost out on a huge opportunity to build on the highest rating they have gotten in the last 2 years with an absolutely horrible show. It wasn't as bad as the episode on Dec. 21st, but it was awful. They barely mentioned Bret Hart (the reason people tuned in) and they gave us awkward Tyson segments and a DX shill segment. The wrestling was mediocre, at best. I did like how each wrestler talked about winning the Royal Rumble, but they did almost nothing else to hype up the event.
TNA iMPACT! was a different story. The program was well paced and they did a great job moving the storylines to get you hyped up for the PPV on Sunday. I only have minor issues with how the show went. I did not like the four Eric Bischoff scenes. Seemed to be pointless and they just wasted time. I will be forced to change the channel every time the Nasty Boys are on. I have zero interest in seeing them in any kind of feud, let alone, with Team 3D. I thought the reveal with Tomko was done well (a rarity for TNA) and the opening bout between Generation Me and the Motor City Machine Guns was incredible. However, this match also highlighted a glaring weakness with TNA. They never introduced Generation Me. There were never any vignettes explaining who they were and why people should care about them. The only people who knew were hardcore wresting fans. The casual viewer had no reason to care until they showcased their talents. I hope they have time to develop their characters and have many, many great matches. Jury is still out on whether they can keep it up. The PPV will be telling, as well as the next few weeks. I hope they do turn a corner.