First of many surprises that night...
Say what you will about the Hogan and Bischoff regime but they have had some impressive moments. While yes, I will admit I believe they are finally heading in the right direction, it will take time to build TNA up to a whole new level, and that all started January 4th, 2010.
A night that was filled with controversy before it even started a live Monday Night Impact! on Spike T.V., it featured many a surprises and great wrestling a like.
That night we saw the legendary figures debut in TNA in Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. We saw the hottest and most popular wrestler of the last 5 years return to TNA in Jeff Hardy. We saw the ugly as well as Orlando Jordan, Sean Morley and The Nasty Boys all debuted that night as well.
But what we also saw was the Band reunite in TNA, they hadn't been together as a group since 2002 and that night the reformed.
But what most people will remember about the show, is that amazing main event match pitting Kurt Angle against the TNA World Champion A.J. Styles in a match that some 9 months later is still in the top three for match of the year.
But it wasn't what happened that night that truly made the biggest mark in the company, it was what it allowed, Rob Van Dam, Ink Inc, Generation Me, Mr.Anderson, The Pope's rise to glory, Beer Money/MCMG, Tommy Dreamer, Fourtune and a Bound For Glory main event that has every fan wondering...who's gonna win..
The ground work was laid and yes, Hogan/Bischoff made a lot of moves that weren't popular but when you look at the landscape and possibilities TNA is playing with now, it's no wonder that they are in the best possible position to start making real progress. And all that can be attributed to January 4th.