felt kinda bad that I never got to do Falls during the height
of the Monday Night Wars. It was well and truly over by the
time Fanboy Planet was founded; the real time frame for the
Wars was 1995 until late 1999, even though that they kept
going for another couple of years. The fact is, Nitro stopped
being a threat once they jobbed Goldberg. Maybe that was the
reason I was so excited for January 4th, 2010.
like Back to the Future, Part 2.
see, more than ten years after the final NITRO that meant
anything, RAW was going to competition head-to-head and
live. It was TNA’s Impact three hour special up against
had the big deal, the debut of Hogan, and ran around looking
for everyone they could possibly sign who would mean anything
to ratings. RAW went to a well that folks had been talking
about, but fans never thought they’d see: Bret Hart.
off, TNA had some great stuff and some bad stuff. They started
with the Asylum cage where you had to climb out of the Occulus
up in the roof of the cage. It was filled with great X-Division
wrestlers, but in the end, it was Hernandez getting DQed
for beating everyone with a pipe.
I get it, they wanted these guys to show off their moves,
which most of them got to do, but a DQ? I mean really! This
should have had an ending that meant something, but maybe
it actually did.
the show, the camera cut to Jeff Hardy coming through the
crowd and coming to the ring and brawling with Hernandez
and then climbing the cage and sitting up top soaking in
the cheers. That’s pretty damn cool, but the crowd
was chanting how much they hated it.
show was full of hotshot booking. They changed the Knockouts
title and the Knockout Tag Team titles, which both felt
like they were just done to make the show seem special.
They’d have been better off with the matches being
longer and keeping them on the champs. Well, the Tag title
match was pretty good, but Tara is far better than she’s
been allowed to show of late. ODB is a better champion if
they’re going to try and run with the WWE, but Tara
would be a better champion if match quality is more important.
Monday Night Raw return of Bret Hart was amazingly strange.
He got a really strong reaction, but it wasn’t what
Cena would get or even Undertaker. He did an OK promo, though
it was obvious that he hasn’t done one in a while.
He talked about things and then he called in Shawn Michaels.
confession for the camera.
was going to be interesting.
two faced off and Shawn admitted that he was in on it at
Montreal in 1997 (we all knew that he was a part of the
double cross) and that they needed to put it behind them.
I remember reading that they’d already patched things
up, so this wasn’t a risk of a shoot, as tantalizing
as that would be. Shawn did a helluva promo and then he
and Hart shook hands. Then, Shawn started to walk away but
paused like he would if he were going to return and give
Bret a Sweet Chin Music, but instead he went over and hugged
Bret. It was a brilliantly constructed moment and I’m
interested to see where they go with it.
entire night had me flipping back and forth, mostly watching
TNA and changing over to RAW when things got bogged down.
And it being TNA, it did get bogged down. There was way
too much Hogan. I missed most of his promo because I was
watching Bret on RAW, but I understand it was pretty much
what I’d expected. They’d brought back Scott
Hall and Sean Waltman (who I heard had turned down TNA a
while back) and the Nasty Boys.
was a definite WCW 1997 vibe to the entire show. They made
some big mistakes, like having Desmond Wolfe, who has been
having great matches with Angle, job to Pope D’Angelo
Dinero, who I think is great, a wonderful talker, and a
fine worker (I also believe you might remember him as Elijah
in WWE), but they didn’t give them enough time to
make the match strong enough where either could job and
still be elevated. In fact, all the matches were too short,
except for the main event.
I saw of RAW was what we’ve been seeing over the last
few months. They have stripped Melina…of her title.
She hurt herself and will be out for a few months, so they
started a tourney. Seamus and Evan Bourne had a nice little
semi-squash. Evan got some nice offense, but really, he
was just there to make Seamus look like a champion. It did
work. The best match of the night for me was Shawn/HHH retaining
their tag titles vs. JeriShow. It was a decent, match.
will take Melina's title?
match of the night was obviously Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles.
This was just a great match, and what would you expect from
these two? Angle powerbombed Styles into the turnbuckle
like Kobashi does to guys over in Japan. It was awesome.
The two traded holds, Kurt kicked out of a couple of Styles
Clashes before AJ hit the 450 off the ropes for the win.
Good match. If TnA had another match of this caliber (and
I’d say it was a 4 star match), it would have been
one of the best Monday shows in years.
worst part was the end of IMPACT. It was Mick Foley, who
had been barred from the building and had finally weaseled
his way in, trying to get to Hogan but running into Bischoff.
The two faced off, with Foley doing the ‘I’ll
never work for you’ bit up against Bisch’s ‘I
am GHOD here!’ thing, but then he was jumped by Nash,
Hall and Waltman, with Hogan looking on at the end. That’s
right: it’s Nw2.0!
were other surprises. Sean Morley showed up doing his Val
Venis gimmick while The Beautiful People were playing strip
poker. I always thought that he should have been a huge
star but ended up falling into the middle when Rock, Foley,
Austin and so on became mega-stars. He was always a good
worker and a fun character.
thing is, what does this mean for wrestling as a whole?
Hogan helping to run TNA is a bad thing, unless he gives
more to the younger talent, and if he had anything to do
with the main event, he did put things behind AJ Styles
as a champion.
no solid thought about moving TNA to Mondays full-time,
though if the numbers come in good, it’ll start to
pop up more. RAW will almost certainly win the contest big,
but if the TNA is good, that’ll lead to Monday becoming
the big night for wrestling again.
it goes, I’m excited again.