Coming off the Bench

Coming off the bench as a blog, but also coming off the bench to get in the game, as big nerdy things are happening:

Too much geekery to talk about, the two major topics for my universe is the Doctor Who finale and the ‘Monday Night Wars’ that kick things off tonight with the WWE’s Monday Night Raw going up against a special 3 hour TNA Monday Night Impact.  I can only talk about one in the post, so let’s talk about the future rather than the past:  TNA vs WWE.

Now, the truth is… I will most likely be asleep on the couch as my son watches Phineas and Ferb instead of either wrestling show tonight.  But, realistically I can only record one program on my DVR.  So, which one is it going to be.

It’s really an easy choice.  When I was growing up, Bret Hart was my favorite wrestler, and Hulk Hogan was one of my least favorite wrestlers (usually Hacksaw Jim Duggan would take the nod there).  So, a chance to see Bret return to the WWE and get a chance to interact with the WWE stars of today, even if only as a character, that’s exciting.  There are about 10 potential storylines here, with Shawn Michaels, The Hart Dynasty, Vince McMahon, Triple H, and even “Legend Killer” Randy Orton… it’s a great sense of the unknown here.

On the other side, there’s TNA.  Now, in terms of talen in TNA versus the WWE, it’s no contest.  TNA has wrestlers I love watching in Angle, Daniels, Styles, Joe, Sabin, Shelley, Team 3D, Doug Williams, Wolfe, etc.   The WWE has Jericho.  I love Michaels, Cena, Triple H, Orton and the like when they bring their A – game on PPV, but rarely on a weekly basis. 

But TNA already has Vince Russo and they are bringing in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, and potentially Scott Hall and Sean Waltman.  None of these men have done ANYTHING in the last 10 years that I have enjoyed (other than X-Pac match against Guerrero, Jericho, and Benoit at No Way Out 2001).  I have tried to like TNA, and it just has never worked out for me.  I love the talent, but I hate the decisions.  The constant pushing of WWE rejects, the stupidity of angles, the hiring of veterans whose best days are 10+ years behind them.

I’m sorry, but the Hulk Hogan signing seems more of the same to me.  I’m hopeful it isn’t.  I’m hopeful that Hogan wants to rewrite how he is perceived in the wrestling community.  But somehow I doubt it.  The last time we saw Hogan as a constant in professional wrestling was 4 ½ years ago when he refused to put over Shawn Michaels. 

Now, I’m going to review the results from tonight’s show, and most likely tape the Thursday replay of TNA Impact, hopeful that TNA makes the necessary change to integrate Hogan’s sense of big event feel, and timing, and slow burn.  But I have my doubts. 

Top Signs of TNA’s Destruction Under Hogan

  • If Hulk Hogan is booked to win the TNA World Title in the next 4 months.
  • If any of the following people are brought in as wrestlers: Brian Knobbs, Jerry Saggs, Brutus Beefcake, Jim Duggan, or the Honky Tonk Man.
  • If Hogan does a heel turn that creates a new stable that also includes Nash, Hall, and Waltman.
  • If Brooke Hogan shows up as a major player/character in TNA.
  • If Mark Madden is brought in to do anything whatsoever.
  • If Jimmy Hart shows up with Hogan.
  • If a Ric Flair versus Hulk Hogan match is teased for a PPV.

I’ll wait for the fallout to see if this is worth my while.