Raw has gone old school, and TNA's recent story lines are reminiscent of a time when Vince Russo reigned over the crumbling WCW kingdom.
One of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling history has split up, and John Cena may be just six days away from the heel turn that the IWC has been clamoring about for months.
This edition of Brewing Thoughts, however, starts with Triple H. May The Game be over sooner than many of us expected?
Let's get right to it.
WWE's Next Major Retirement May Be That of Triple H
The night after WrestleMania XXVI, the WWE Universe watched The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, hang up his legendary wrestling boots for good.
HBK's best friend may not be far behind.
While on a promotional tour in support of WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta this past April, Triple H was interviewed by SBNation.com. In his interview, The Game made some interesting comments about his future.
"We made a pact that if one of us didn't recognize it's time to quit, we'd tell the other one it's time," Triple H said in the interview. "It's a young man's business, and I'm cool with that. I have fun working with the other side of the business, and I don't kill animals or follow sports."
Maybe HBK sat down with his long-time friend and hinted that Triple H's latest injury may be a sign for The Game to end his Hall-of-Fame career as well.
If his retirement is indeed on the horizon, I would expect Triple H to have one more run with the WWE title. And once the curtain closes on WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012, maybe The Game will make his curtain call just like his best friend did last spring.
It may, in fact, be a proverbial race between Triple H and The Undertaker to see just who calls it a career first. With Taker's latest injury forcing him to potentially miss the upcoming WrestleMania, The Grandest Stage of 2012 may be the place we see two of pro wrestling's greatest careers come to an end.
Why, Oh Why, Did TNA Break Up Team 3D?
If you're talking about the greatest tag teams in pro wrestling history, you can't exclude The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D from the discussion. They're just as important as teams such as The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, The Steiner Brothers and The Rock 'n' Roll Express.
So, in TNA creative's infinite wisdom, the powers that be decided to send Brother Ray and Brother Devon their separate ways.
Why? Well, that's a damn good question.
It makes no sense to split the longtime tag partners up at this stage of their careers. Ray is 39 years old, and Devon is 38. They've been wrestling together for more than 13 years.
Tag-team splits work on occasion. The singles careers of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were launched after the splitting of The Rockers and The Hart Foundation, respectively.
Maybe TNA creative is trying to launch successful singles careers for Ray and Devon. While I would applaud an effort to establish new singles starts, I might suggest TNA take advantage of the plethora of young talent instead.
Why Is David Otunga the No. 2 Man in The Nexus?
With Justin Gabriel, and now Michael McGillicutty in tow, Wade Barrett's second in command is...David Otunga?
Is WWE just trying to capitalize on the fact that he is married to Jennifer Hudson?
Otunga can't wrestle, he has little presence, and is average, at best, on the mic. We don't know how Gabriel can do on the mic, but that's because he really hasn't been given much of a chance to shine. Or fail.
If McGillicutty is anything like his father, Curt Hennig, he shouldn't have much of a problem.
Please WWE creative, stop pushing David Otunga. He's just not the right Nexus member to push.
Jeff Hardy's New TNA Title Belt is Ridiculous
The "new and improved" is insulting the fans and blowing off autograph appearances in an attempt to further his on-screen character.
Now, Hardy has his own, specially designed TNA Championship belt. And it looks like it was taken straight out of a cartoon.
While Hardy himself sometimes looks like he came straight off the pages of a comic book, his new belt is inexplicably horrendous. I love the idea of superstar-specific title belts—the Smoking Skull WWF Championship belt may be one of the coolest of all time, and John Cena's spinner belt became the present-day WWE Championship belt—but they must be done in good taste.
For a guy who probably spends more time on his in-ring makeup than working on the way he performs in the ring, a cartoon title belt fits perfectly.
Remembering Eddie Guerrero
Five years ago this past Saturday, the pro wrestling world lost one of its best performers, and the world lost one of its great men in Eddie Guerrero.
Guerrero may go down in history as the greatest Hispanic professional wrestler ever. Though he only had one reign as world champion, Guerrero's victory over Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004, and the image of WWE Champion Guerrero celebrating with his good friend, the newly crowned World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit, at WrestleMania XX, will likely forever be remembered as some of the greatest feel-good moments in WWE history.
The Guerrero name has not fallen from the WWE spotlight. Eddie's widow, Vickie, has a prominent on-screen role with the WWE. Plus, Eddie and Vickie's daughter, Shaul, reportedly signed a developmental deal with WWE recently.
No matter how long Vickie and Shaul remain with WWE, the WWE Universe will always remember Latino Heat.