The reignition of the Monday Night Wars should bring joy to the hearts of wrestling fans. We all have fond memories of the mid to late nineties when wrestling was hot and everyone was talking about the Monday night shows on Tuesday. So when TNA announced that they were going head-to-head with RAW starting on March 8th, we had reason to be happy. Our happiness was all but crushed on Monday though.
RAW was at a standstill all night. Promo after promo after promo with only a Divas match in between. Skits with Chris Angel were pointless, but he was a pretty good ring announcer. The match with Cena and McMahon only makes the thought of McMahon wrestling at WrestleMania almost unbearable. What is the point of Bret Hart? RAW was highlighted by the Michaels/Undertaker promo.
TNA started off with a bang. The scheduled main event was the curtain jerker and Hogan was bleeding within 30 seconds. Sting made his return and signed another TNA contract with an match against an oponent to be named later. That opponent turned out to the be the debuting RVD who beat Sting in about 20 seconds. Sting proceeded to beat RVD with a baseball bat until Hogan came out ( conveniently at 10 o'clock). Beer Money took on JJ in a triple threat match. Then there was the advertised main event of Abyss and Hogan against Flair and AJ Styles, but not before Brooke begged Hogan not to do it. Hogan was on TV at 9, 10, and 11. TNA ended with Jeff Hardy coming back and clearing the ring.
To me, it seems that Vince does not see TNA as a threat yet, because he booked last night's show as if there was nothing else to watch. For the most part, there was nothing else to watch. I say that becaus the ratings came out today. RAW got a 3.4 and TNA got a 1.0. That is there lowest rating since January 4th and lowest rating for them in some time. Got to be a huge disappointment for what seemed like the better, more action-packed show.