Monday Night Wars: Breaking Down the Battle Between WWE and TNA
Ever since Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff jumped aboard the ship, TNA has been very uppity about competing with Vince McMahon's powerhouse WWE.
In my eyes, this is an admirable move, albeit a very gutsy one.
In the final weeks before TNA under the Hogan regime, TNA was putting on some of its better shows in recent memory. Both Turning Point and Final Resolution 2009 were top-notch PPV's that I could say I was glad to watch.
Suffice to say, the last two pay per views, Genesis and Against All Odds, have seemed like a step down from what we were getting not too long before.
Now that the "new age" in TNA is in effect, there have been a lot of changes to the landscape of the company.
They have since ditched the six-sided ring, something that had become a staple of TNA. It was also an added benefit to the high-flying wrestlers of the X-Division.
Speaking of which, the X-Division itself has not been featured nearly as prominently as it once was. In the early days of TNA, the X-Division was their bread and butter, and it was easy to see why.
However, later this month TNA will feature an all X-Division pay per view, Destination X. This could be a very refreshing change of pace, if all goes well.
No longer is the focus on "home grown" TNA talent such as AJ Styles, Abyss, or Christopher Daniels.
Rather, we get to see the likes of The Nasty Boys, Syxx Pac, Scott Hall, and Sean Morley. Quite frankly, this is unacceptable.
When you have such raw ability on your roster, why would you choose to put on matches between stars who were past their prime 5 to 10 years ago?
Although there will always be a place for these veterans, in ring competition is not where they should be featured.
Nonetheless, TNA does have its upsides. I enjoy watching Desmond Wolfe, Kurt Angle, and D'Angelo Dinero work in the ring. Also, Mr. Anderson can be quite entertaining on the mic, if not overbearing at times.
I will admit, I do not watch TNA as often as I should, so forgive me if I sound biased in any way.
On the other side of the battlefield, we have the WWE.
This is the time of the year where Vince gets a great big kick in the backside, and decides it is time to put out some halfway decent shows with storyline advancement and solid in ring work.
The reason for that, is of course, the Road to Wrestlemania.
There are quite a few things going on at the moment in WWE that I am interested in. One of them being CM Punk and his Straight Edge Society.
Punk and his followers seem to be keeping many people glued to their television sets every Friday night. As of this writing, Punk is embroiled in a feud with Rey Mysterio.
These two seemed destined for a confrontation at Mania.
On the Raw side of things, The Legacy breakup storyline has held my attention for the past several months. For weeks I was trying to figure out who would turn on who, and when it would happen.
Right now it looks as though Randy Orton is going to be clashing with his two former proteges, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
Now while WWE also has several older stars on the roster, they aren't as blatantly offensive as the ones in TNA.
Guys like Finlay aren't featured in main storylines, yet instead are used to put over younger talent, which is exactly what their role should be.
As for the upcoming "war" on March 8, there is a lot to look forward to if you are a wrestling fan, from both sides of the fence.
TNA has been promoting the big tag team main event, where Hulk Hogan will team with Abyss to take on AJ Styles and Ric Flair.
Lately, Styles has adopted a "Nature Boy"-like persona, and he even wears a Ric Flair inspired robe down to the ring. Although I much prefer Styles as a babyface, it has been interesting seeing him in the new character.
The return of Sting has also been announced, and one has to wonder what he will have to say. Could he possibly get involved in the main event?
For those of you who want to remain spoiler-free, I would suggest skipping ahead to the WWE portion of the preview.
In a recent radio interview, Hulk Hogan apparently spilled the beans about the signing of Rob Van Dam to TNA. RVD himself hasn't confirmed or denied this rumor, but he has said that the offer TNA gave him "sounded really good."
I guess we will have to tune in to find out!
With the Road to Wrestlemania in full swing, Vince McMahon and the WWE pull out all the stops.
Last Monday, after goading Bret Hart into accepting a match at Wrestlemania, Vince showed how confident he was by challenging John Cena to a match this coming week on Raw.
Also, after fending off an attack by his former Legacy cohorts, it was announced that Randy Orton would have to take on both Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in a handicap match on the next episode of Raw.
This will most likely reveal more about a potential match among the three in Glendale at Mania.
Also, with the feud between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at a fever pitch, one, if not both men are almost guaranteed to make an appearance.
What will Triple H have to say about his attack at the hands of Sheamus at the end of Raw last Monday? One can only guess, and it seems these two are going to collide at the grandest stage of them all.
Both WWE and TNA have a lot of great things to offer fans in the coming weeks. With TNA Impact here to stay permanently, time will tell if they have what it takes to hang with Raw in the ratings department.
Which leads me to my next question. Which show will you be watching on March 8?
Let me know in the comments section and thank you for reading!
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