The recipe for a WWE victory in the upcoming Monday Night Wars against TNA!
Monday Night Wars Part II starts on Monday March 8, 2010. Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are scheduled to make their TNA in ring debuts. I do not believe that Vince McMahon has to jump in the ring to complete. Vince can not afford to stand still and do nothing. I am offering my suggestions for what the WWE can do to win this war. Vinny Mac is battled tested and Hogan is ego driven. Hopefully, we as wrestling fans will be the winners in this situation.
Bring back Jim Ross
The WWE needs to bring back its best announcer. I am speaking of the WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. Jim Ross tells the story like no one else and storyline is important to selling the action. I can't wait to hear good ole JR say that "business is about to pick up"!
Eliminate the Special Guest Host on Raw
Ok, I get it Vince McMahon wants to draw fans from the mainstream to help promote his product. I am all for this concept, but I believe this philosophy should be saved for pay per views like Wrestlemania. I am of the belief that a guest host who isn't associated with the WWE can cause viewers to flip the channel.
Focus the WWE storylines around a core of Raw Superstars
In the original Monday Night Wars, the WWE or WWF at that time was centered around Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, and Triple H. My recommendation for the WWE is for them to pick their top stars and focus the storylines around them. My picks off the current RAW roster would be Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena, and maybe Sheamus. I would put HBK in that final spot if he were willing to work after Wrestlemania. Sheamus could be much more effective if the writers gave him better material to work with.
Let Hulkamania run its Course!
If the WWE simply does nothing and let Hulk Hogan be himself they will win Monday Wars Part II. Hogan is a legend in pro wrestling history. But he is a legend for being a performer not for being a promoter or for being a visionary within the wrestling business. Hogan's ego and his pass their prime wrestling buddies like the Ric Flair and the Nasty Boys aren't going to win a war against the WWE.
Elevate the Tag Team division on Raw
Use the Tag Team division to create the stars of tomorrow and to create meaningful mid card feuds. The tag team ranks historically have yielded some of the greatest singles champions ever. Just think about the fact that HBK, Brett Hart, Edge, Jeff Hardy, and Stone Cold Steve Austin were great tag team wrestlers before achieving Championship status as singles competitors. Elevating mid-card talent may help the WWE find its next big star and help squash TNA all in one shot. I would like to see Raw to acquire the team of Shelton Benjamin and Vladimir Kozlov previously of ECW.
Break Up Legacy
Break up the Legacy group. This has been teased slowly on Raw for months. I would start this process at the Elimination Chamber match this coming Sunday. I would like to see Randy Orton turn face, but he plays the heel role so well. The fans still cheer him has a heel. I like Ted DiBiase Jr. and I think he should be elevated into the main event status. However, I am unsure if he could play a believable heel against Orton. I realize that Cody Rhodes has improved since his debut in the WWE, but I see him as the straw that stirs the drink. Either way I believe that breaking up Legacy as the potential for some interesting television.
Add talent from ECW or Smackdown
The Raw roster is really limited on established main event talent. I see Triple H, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, and the Big Show as the only established main event talent on the Raw roster. I would love to see the Raw roster add Christian, or CM Punk and the Straight Edge Society. Punk would add a lot of storyline potential for the RAW show.
More Bourne and Less Gimmicks
The WWE is all about entertaining primarily through wrestling. If you are in a wrestling war then create matches that highlight your best in ring performers. I think the WWE must deliver quality wrestling matches. Evan Bourne can help deliver in this area. I want to see less Hornswoggle, less Chris Masters, peck dances, and no more Mae Young unless it's necessary.
Commit to One Diva
I feel as long as you have the Divas as a part of your programming they should not all be on equal ground. Pick a Diva and let her dominate. Keep it sexy and occasionally deliver a quality wrestling match. My pick for this role would be Gail Kim.
Start Strong and Finish Strong
RAW shows must start strong to set pace for night. At the same time RAW shows must finish the night strong so that your viewers won't leave at the end and bait the fan for the next week. Wrestling fans must feel like they are seeing what they want or something different. This is a job for WWE creative.