TNA had a amazing show to counter Raw. The debuts of Hardy, Sting and RVD were all very exciting. The show even had a sense of freshness that had not been felt in a long time. TNA felt like a contender all of a sudden and I was glued to the television. The question then is why in the world did the ratings not reflect this?
The answer to this question is very simple. TNA has had terrible shows leading up to the Monday Night showdown. The programming was so bad that often times I could not believe what I was watching. The matches did not make any sense and all of the storylines felt lame. It felt as if AJ was simply lost in Flair's shadow and Abyss was nothing more than a joke. Of course it still feels that way but at least we saw that TNA could have a good show.
I was also very dissapointed that TNA did not build up the debuts of RVD, Sting, and Hardy. They tried to make it seem like a surprise but really they would have benefited from promoting them. I feel that the rating would have been a lot higher than barely hitting a 1.0. TNA has a lot of potential but poor booking has really hurt it. TNA has many obstacles to overcome but if they can keep on putting up solid shows they could eventually hit 2.0 ratings.
I am keeping my fingers crossed.