I removed my old post, in order to put my thoughts on what just occurred 20 minutes ago.
TNA Impact and WWE RAW came into Jan. 4th, both flashing out their guns, Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, respectively. While TNA had the advantage of being an hour earlier, it wasn't without mistakes. Personally, I thought that the Steel Asylum match was a great way to kick off Impact... until Homicide started whacking everybody with a baton. The appearance of Jeff Hardy mildly made the situation tolerable.
Then came the Knockout Title match. ODB vs Tara, I assumed it would be a 10 minute delight, but a grab of Tara's tights from ODB, to which led from the most hilarious censorship of trying not to show Tara's ass (Which, by the way, looked good) with a shot of the Steel Asylum from earlier, to ODB being the champ again. Post-match Widow's Peak, I didn't think it was necessary.
Then came Krystal barking into the ring, giving a God-awful promo of saying that Bobby Lashley wants to leave TNA according to her. That promo was not necessary, not even in the worst way.
Then Hogan arrived, with all the promised glitz and glamour he would bring to TNA, and to which, notable people, also came by to appear in Impact. Hall, Waltman, Orlando Jordan, Nasty Boys, Ric Flair, Val Venis playing Strip Poker with the Beautiful People... I was hoping in that moment that Trish might make an appearance there too to join the girls, but it didn't happen, to my dismay.
Bubba the Love Sponge in TNA is actually a good thing, when I think about it. Now JB won't have to be so worn out in interviews, or maybe Christy Hemme.
The surprise title matches of the KO tag titles and the TNA WHC were very pleasing to the eyes. Hamada and Kong, they dominate, 'nuff said. And AJ and Angle gave, quite possibly, the best match to start 2010. I find it displeasing that they promised Beer Money to fight the British Invasion, only to find them lying face down on the floor as victims of a sneak attack, as well with Rhino and the Gunz.
Now on WWE's side, after Bret Hart and HBK buried the hatchet, they really didn't have anything to offer. Maryse vs Brie, who switched with Nikki, was a total disaster. The quality of the match sucked. And this comes from the same WWE creative team that says that Maryse can beat all of the TNA Knockouts.... RIIIIIGHT.
Fatal 4-Way for #1 Contendership of the US title, it was good, but it was bland, too. Good to see MVP is being put back in the spotlight (FINALLY).
The Unified Tag Title match, same old bland crap, and to use Hornswoggle to beat Show and Jericho, that just shows that DX's legacy is to be remembered as guys nearing, or are, in their 40s, who want to do nothing more than act as they were children.
Sheamus vs Evan Bourne, short, mildly eventful, then it went flat after Bourne's finisher didn't put Sheamus away. And to think that if Bourne won, he could've faced Sheamus for the title at RR. I wanted that to happen, but NOOOOO.... WWE doesn't think that Bourne deserves it. Seriously, Bourne has talent up the wazoo, but he's being more and more, relegated to being a jobber.
And then it was Kofi vs Orton, to which, I didn't even bother to see, because the title match between Styles and Angle was more imperative than to find out if Orton stays in Legacy.
But there's one thing that is similar in the conclusion of both these shows; Same shit, different day.
At least TNA tried their hardest, their damned hardest, to make a good impression on a Monday night. Hell, they even gave their ads on the airtime of RAW, as well.
Tomorrow will tell, if it worked, or if it was a tease of bringing back competition between promotions.