Monday Night Wars #2: The First Night.

Posted: March 10, 2010 in Wrestling
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Well the Second Monday Night Wars officially began last night, and the ratings are in. Raw did a 3.4 and TNA did 1.0. Both shows did higher ratings on January 4th when TNA had a three hour special to test the waters. That night Raw did around 3.7 or 3.8 and TNA had 1.5.

TNA will continue to air on Monday nights for the foreseeable future. It’s hard to say how a 1.0 rating will impact this plan. Is this really bad news for TNA, or was it to be expected? TNA didn’t plan to beat Raw per say, but just wanted to stand their ground.

I think TNA pulled out all the stops. They did what a company that’s not WWE needs to do, which is show audiences wrestlers they know, mixed with faces that are new to them. We saw Sting, Mick Foley, Mr. Anderson (WWE’s Mr. Kennedy), Jeff Jarret, Jeff Hardy, RVD, Eric Bischoff, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, Kurt Angle, and of course Flair and Hogan. Hogan’s daughter Brooke also appeared and actually had an onscreen role. Dixie Carter also had an onscreen role, which I understand she never did before. With that there was also an X division match and a women’s tag match, (I really like that they have a women’s tag division) which showcased their younger talent with great wrestling ability.

Regarding Hogan, and Flair, yes Hogan is 56 and Flair is 61. Some hardcore fans hate Hogan because he’s not a technician in the ring. Other’s are naturally skeptical of his in ring ability due to his age. But like it or not he’s the biggest name the business ever saw and TNA would be foolish not to use him to attract a regular audience. Plus if you watch the show you’ll see Hogan is so over with the crowd, but granted the TV ratings didn’t reflect that.

Besides, he was used about as well as he could have been. His tag match with Abyss against Ric Flair and A.J. Styles actually opened the show, (Opposing Raw’s opening segment where HBK and Undertaker just talked) only to have a heel turned Sting interfere, postponing the match till the end of the broadcast. Yes it is double booking but I think it worked. Sting’s heel turn was a surprise too.

This main event did what it was suppose to, show the legends but put the younger guys over. It was Abyss, not Hogan that got the hot tag and pinfall victory over heel champion A.J. Styles. That was very smart. By the way Flair can still get it done, and both he and Hogan bled and bled and bled.

 Regarding this angle though, I’m confused to why Abyss is the one Hogan passes his legacy too. Abyss is the weird, scary, monster character. Why not have Hogan help a young all American type, someone that’s like Hogan? Now I don’t know the TNA roster enough to say who that should be, but I still don’t get why Abyss. A.J. Styles however, fits so well in the story of Flair making him the next Nature Boy. Having both of them come out in robes and with the girls is perfect, and it makes sense. In the long run I think this angle will help A.J. more than it will Abyss.

I also liked the Kurt Angle segment with the U.S. military.

TNA brought their A game, and the live audience was so enthusiastic. That’s something I miss about the older days of wrestling. Time will tell if they can convert this to ratings.

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