Monday, January 4, 2010

Full of Surprises

"Well, I guess Hell froze over," an aged Bret Hart announced as he opened Raw Monday night. The Hitman making his return to a WWE ring was a shock, even though it was announced last week, because with all the history, it was just something you weren't really going to believe until you saw it.

This was the most amazing night in the wrestling business, and Bret Hart was just part of it.

TNA Impact started an hour before Raw, and Hulk Hogan certainly did not come alone. Surprise appearances were:
- Jeff Hardy
- Ric Flair (although I did predict this one)
- Scott Hall (Razor Ramon)
- Sean Waltman (X-Pac)
- Val Venis
- The Nasty Boys
- Orlando Jones
- Shannon Moore
- and the return of Sting

Raw's surprises included an admission from Shawn Michaels - to Hart's face - that he was involved in the plot against Hart in Montreal in 1997.

"There's a part of me that doesn't regret a bit of it," Michaels said before saying a lot has changed since then. The two decided to make up (or make out, as Triple H said it) and put the past behind them.

Hart then called out Vince McMahon, but McMahon later said he did not come out because he did not hear Hart because he was in a meeting. I have a feeling this meeting involved him watching Hulk Hogan, who was in the ring at the same time on Impact...

Hogan, along with Eric Bischoff, told the TNA team that everyone would have to earn their position in the company, including buddies like Kevin Nash and executives like Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley.

Even though TNA certainly made an impact, one thing got to me-- for a company talking so much about changing the industry, they sure did recycle a lot of WWE's former talent, most of of whom are in their 40's and 50's, to make that impact.

By the way, in case you missed it, John Cena was at neither show because he was in Tempe, Arizona, to do the coin toss for the Fiesta Bowl. Yes, I love my DVR.

Oh, and who was the winner tonight? Universal Studios Florida. The high there today was 52 degrees, but it felt like the 40's most of the day. Not many people are going to hang out at a theme park in that type of weather, especially on a Monday. But, everyone in attendance at TNA had to buy a ticket to get into Universal Studios to see the show, and I have a feeling there were many who did not get a seat...


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