Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I Watched Wrestling On Monday?
Back when I was younger, and again when I was in high school and college, I enjoyed me some Wrestling. I'm not talking about the version practiced by Will Ferrell's character from "The Ladies Man" who was a "Greco-Roman Master"- I'm talking about "real" Wrestling. You know, the one that involves intrigue, prestige, and the most exciting athletes in sports entertainment. I mostly watched WWF (now the WWE) but that's not to say I didn't catch my fair share of WCW (now defunct.)
Well, on Monday there were two Wrestling shows worth watching. Monday Night Raw featured the return of Bret "The Hitman" Hart to the WWE ring. This was truly amazing because, as G$ mentioned in his post today, Bret was screwed over by Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon in 1997 in an event that is now referred to as the "Montreal Screwjob." (side note: G$ also put this link up, and it is hilarious that the Montreal Screwjob has its own Wikipedia page.) Seeing Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart bury the hatchet was quite cathartic. The audience thought they'd get the same thing from Mr. McMahon and Bret, but in true Vince fashion, he raised Bret Hart's hand in victory to all four sides of the ring, then kicked Bret in the balls. Classic! Bret Hart's contract is for four months so they obviously are going to start some sort of rivalry between him and Vince on the show.
On WWE's rival show, TNA, they had the arrival of another legend- Hulk Hogan. Hogan showed up with Eric Bishoff to shake things up. It was fun to watch Hogan, Bishoff, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac (whatever his real name is?), and others wreak havoc during the TNA Monday night show. They obviously were trying to take on WWE's Bret Hart appearance and they did a good job competing. They brought out Jeff Jarrett to get lectured by Hulk. They brought out Ric Flair who was lurking about. Mick Foley was causing a scene. The Nasty Boys made an appearance. It was quite a nostalgic show. In fact, my one complaint, if I was a loyal viewer of TNA, would be "where are all the guys that brought this brand to this point?" The normal mainstays that TNA developed seemed to be a sideshow compared to bringing back legends of the ring to make appearances.
The best match I watched out of all of them was the main event on TNA. Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles was awesome. Those two guys kicked each others' asses all over the ring and then some. It was crazy. In the end, AJ Styles beat Angle fair and square and retained his title. It was quite a match.
While I doubt I'm going to keep watching, or go back to my former tradition of getting a Carl's Jr. Bacon Swiss every Thursday to watch Smackdown (I guess I couldn't do that anyway because Smackdown is now on Fridays), I did enjoy watching wrestling on Monday night to see a legend welcomed back to WWE, and another legend put his stamp on TNA. Good stuff, brother.