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Inside The Wheelhouse: The Monday Night Wrestling Wars Are Back To Stay

Dixie Carter and Hulk HoganThe wrestling world is a buzz as TNA has announced that on Monday night March 8th the Monday Night Wars will return. TNA and Spike TV have been working on getting a deal in place for TNA to air their flagship show “Impact” on Monday nights from 9pm to 11pm along side WWE’s Monday Night RAW. Once again we will see Hogan & Bischoff vs. The McMahons.

As a wrestling fan I couldn’t be happier because now it is forcing both companies to go all out for their fan base to make sure their fans tune in on Monday night. The initial TNA vs. WWE war on Monday night January 4th brought us Bret Hart back to the WWE, Hogan/Hardy/Flair/Hall/Waltman debuting or re-debuting in TNA. In just one night of wrestling action!

No question now that it has become official will we see the landscape of wrestling change as we enter into the new decade. I am not a fan of the TNA product, never truly have been even after some of my favorite Ring of Honor wrestlers debuted (Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuiness aka Desmond Wolfe, etc.). To me it reminds of a lesser WCW product now with Hogan and Bischoff at the helm.

I mean lets be honest The Nasty Boys were booked on the Against All Odds PPV this past Sunday night. Who wants to se the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart together or even wrestle again? I guess it’s nice to have friends in higher places. But I digress.

What this Monday Night War will do is force WWE and TNA to promote newer/younger talent. If you remember thanks to newer/younger talent like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and Mankind the WWE would regain & control the first Monday Night War with WCW. WCW at the time was still promoting Hogan, Savage, Nash and only one new talent…Goldberg. WCW is now a show on WWE On-Demand.

This will hopefully force WWE to strap the rocket ship to guys like Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, The Miz and Drew McIntyre; whom are all bound for super stardom in this decade. TNA already has the edge in the pushing younger talent department but no telling how long that could last under a Hogan/Bischoff regime. It’s almost as if they are pushing the younger guys right now in spite of everyone giving them hell for their past practices.

TNA has Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe and the guy WWE missed the boat with “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero (Elijah Burke in WWE). The next pay per view will be headlined by a Styles/Dinero main event for TNA which I think was a great move but may have been too quick for a guy who was sparingly used on WWE’s 3rd brand in ECW.

This new Monday Night War will not only push WWE & TNA creative to give us the best wrestling we can get it will also push the wrestlers to the next level. That’s what helped WWE win the first go around as the hard work of the Austin’s, Rock’s, Triple H’s and Foley’s of the WWE landscape helped them defeat WCW. It will be interesting to note who takes the ball and runs with it.

I’m excited for March 8th; I will be watching both shows and keeping an eye on what the wrestling landscape will look like in its first few months. I’m leaning towards WWE in this one because I’m just not a fan of the Hogan/Bischoff regime for TNA but I hope they can change my viewpoint. Time will obviously tell whether or not who will win the second Monday Night Wars.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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