It’s the subject that wrestling fans have been talking about for some time now. For the first time since 2001, WWE will go head to head with what is considered to be the #2 wrestling company in the US right now; TNA. Both promotions seem to have spared no expense with their mega events. January 4th marks the TNA debut of Hulk Hogan. Up until now, we’ve heard TNA touting that this is the beginning, they’re firing the first shot, blah blah blah. TNA talked a good game until WWE pulled out an ace in the hole.
For the first time in a little over 12 years, Bret Hart will be on Monday Night Raw. Everyone knows what happened on that fateful night in Montreal in November of 1997. Everyone swore after that you’d never see Bret Hart working for WWE ever again. But as Vince McMahon used to say…”You never know what to expect in the World Wrestling Federation”. The Hitman is coming in as Raw’s guest host. Considering the history between Bret, Vince McMahon, & DX, it’s going to be VERY interesting to see how this night, as well as the entire story play out over the coming months.
So what does this mean for wrestling fans? Many are having flashbacks to the late 90’s. They are clamoring for & claiming this night will start a Round 2 of the infamous Monday Night Wars. Honestly, this is not how I see it. In fact, the war is already over.
Enter “The Excellence of Execution”. After the Hitman took a career ending kick to the head from Goldberg & WCW folded, you didn’t see much of Bret in the wrestling world. Yes, he put out a book. Yes, he got a DVD package from WWE & was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Considering the kick from Goldberg & a horrific stroke from a motorcycle accident, it was impossible for the Hitman of old to return to the squared circle. What finally got Hart to agree to come back & freeze the fires of Hell is anyone’s guess. Bret’s contract is rumored to run through WrestleMania. One can only assume that the Hitman will have a program with Vince McMahon & possibly DX. It’s also safe to assume that the Hitman will be guiding the Hart Dynasty in some fashion.
Both promotions have been stale for some time now. Hart & Hogan are, however, shots in the arm for the respective companies they’re working for, but only for the short term. One thing is certain though. It’s going to be an interesting few months…and you never know what will happen.
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