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WWE Week in Review: 12/28/2009 to 01/03/2010

Bret HartThe biggest news this week has to be both tonight’s “Monday Night War II” and for me, the biggest, is Bret “Hitman” Hart’s 12-year return to the WWE as the Guest Host. For this week’s week in review of WWE television, let me discuss these two things that will happen tonight.

Monday Night War II

Something that’s been talked about in the professional wrestling world is the Monday Night War is coming back tonight, January the 4th, after almost a decade after World Championship Wrestling being bought by Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.

Do I think Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling has a chance tonight against the WWE? No. Why? It isn’t because I dislike Hulk Hogan. That isn’t the case, not for one second. I believe if TNA has stayed around the same ratings this past year, why would moving over to the WWE’s night change anything? A three-hour Raw has done a little worse than a normal two-hour Raw in the ratings. So a three-hour Impact probably would do the same. And when Raw moved to a Thursday night once, Raw beat Impact in ratings on Impact’s night. If you don’t like this info, email the guys at Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online (http://www.f4wonline.com/), I pay to get my info from them.

But besides looking at that info, I really don’t think “Hollywood” Hulkster has the same impact (no pun necessary) that he did 15 years ago when he went to WCW. Why? Most fans today are new fans. They may not remember too much of Hogan. Heck, I’m only 21 and I was on the backslide of Hogan’s run as a professional wrestler. Fans are younger than me, and they may remember his run with the New World Order in 2002 and his “Red-and-Yellow” roots after that, but that was the mere shell of Hogan.

So looking at the impact that Hogan will have tonight is mere nothing to what I think this man will do. The man I’m referencing to is Bret “the Hitman” Hart, jack!

Bret Hart’s 12-Year Return

Something that most wrestling fans like myself and other older wrestling fans, we never expected Hart to come back to work for the WWE after his history. He was actually screwed out of the WWE Championship back in 1997. McMahon and Michaels went back on their word on letting Bret win what would become his last WWE match at the Survivor Series in 1997. Hart hasn’t let this down for years. Which makes this story interesting.

Tonight marks the first television Bret has had on any wrestling programming as a character since his career-ending concussion in WCW in 2000.

Add the spring of 1999.

The sad passing of Owen Hart during a WWE pay-per-view during their May 1999 pay-per-view entitled Over the Edge. Owen passed away when the cord that we were being brought down from the rafters from snapped and he fell some odd feet and hit his head on the top rope and his life was taken. Bret since blamed WWE and Vince McMahon for the loss of his brother.

So come tonight, at the start of Monday Night Raw, I will tune in to watch Bret Hart. WWE has my full attention and I want to how they will move this new chest piece in the game that they won almost a decade ago, that’s the Monday Night War. Good luck TNA. It was nice knowing you. Not really.


To wrap this up, I cannot see really anything coming to pass if TNA is only having one Monday Night Impact. To make an impact, they should move Impact to Monday Nights. That would make McMahon see them as full competition, or in reality, as competition to begin with. And with all the history that Bret Hart, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kansas City (where Owen Hart died), and the WWE have together, something has to happen. This is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, thanks again for checking out my piece, once again, goodbye!

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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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