Monday Night Wars, Take 2

Here we go again.

I’m trying to come up with a bigger wrestling news story than this one that doesn’t involve a death or a murder, and I’m drawing a total blank.

TNA officiallyannouncedyesterday that starting on March 8th, Impact will be moving to Monday nights from 9 to 11 PM. In case you don’t know what exactly that means, it means that almost 9 years after the first Monday Night War ended when WCW was sold to the WWF, there will be something resembling true competition in the wrestling business again. that, as they say, is friggin huge!

The last time this happened wrestling was changed forever, which was in some ways good and in others bad. But the important thing to remember about that period is that it forced both companies involved to step up their game and resulted in what I think may have been the biggest money era in wrestling history and in the rise of some of the biggest stars the business ever saw. It’s hard to know if history will repeat itself, but what I can say for sure is that wrestling needs competition. Since WWF swallowed up WCW and ECW and then became WWE, it hasn’t tried as hard. And honestly, why should it? It’s easy to become lazy and uninspired when you’re for all intents and purposes the only game in town, and as much as TNA has tried over the years to present itself as competition, until now it hasn’t been. This move immediately puts the company on the radar and forces WWE to pay attention and take it seriously. whatever happens now, the result can only be considered a win for us, the fans. We’ve seen what WWF/E can do when Vince McMahon has a reason to give a fuck, and the lengths that WCW was willing to go to in order to make a name for itself. I expect we’ll be in for more of the same, and for now that can’t be seen as anything but a positive.

Wrestling just got fun again, and not a moment too soon.

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