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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Official RAW and Impact January 4th Ratings are in...

The Monday Night War version 2 is in the books, and without a doubt, it has provided more buzz and talk about wrestling then there has been in years. TNA provided a show that was loaded with surprises, changes, and overall the big time feel that they have needed for years now. WWE on the other hand provided a monumental return that many believed would never ever happen, that being the return of Bret Hart. WWE didn't give us much of anything different outside of Bret's segments, thus showing that they didn't feel overly threatened by going head to head with TNA. Well now the numbers are finally in, and TNA scored a 1.5, with an average of 2,200,000 viewers, which is their largest rating of all time. The number exceeded Spike TV's hope of at least getting their usual Thursday rating, and the talks have already begun that TNA may be moving to Monday Nights permanately. On the other side of things, WWE scored a 3.6, with an average 5,600,000 viewers for RAW. Now on the surface, WWE did score the higher rating, but this initial war was never about Impact beating RAW in the ratings, as everyone knew going in that it wasn't possible yet. The thing is WWE's rating wasn't much higher than it's normal rating considering they pulled out the huge return of Bret Hart, which is by far the most interesting thing RAW has featured in a very long time. TNA pulled out all the stops, exceeded their hopes, and started many new stories that will be fun to follow if they can continue on this momentum. Many have complained about TNA using old stars....but the fact of the matter is, these old stars have drawn money, and can help make more stars just by associating with the younger talent. TNA could have put all their young talent out there, they could have put on 5 star matches, and still no one would have cared. TNA has been trying that method for years, and nothing has clicked. Suddenly Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff, Scott Hall etc. are in the house, and every one is talking. The biggest question is, can TNA continue to produce quality TV that will keep the viewers watching. My thought is, if anyone can, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan can. Say what you will, but they know how to take a promotion to the next level, and how to create interest. The interest is there, and TNA picked up huge momentum this past Monday, which may even in turn make WWE step it hope in future head to head Mondays. Hopefully the next step will be reporting news that TNA is moving to Monday nights, and we'll get to enjoy the excitement of weekly RAW vs. Impact.


  1. To me TNA brought back a bunch of old guys who used to be decent wrestlers but now they're just older! WWE still has the better product and if Hogan and Kevin Nash and others start running TNA it will crumble like WCW!

  2. I think that TNA had the better show. RAW gave the same crap they always have been giving the past couple years. If you have been watching raw for years and years then you will see that it's getting worse. I thought that raw was gonna at least give an effort but they didn't. I hope tna succeeds so that raw can step it up and we can see good wrestling again. Vince you need to step up man because it's gonna hit you when you least expect it. Good luck to both brands.

  3. I sat through all three hours of TNA Impact on Monday while flipping momentarily to RAW to see what was going on. Overall, TNA had the better show. Yeah, Flair, Hogan, Bischoff, Jeff Hardy, Hall & Waltman were there and it helped TNA immensely. Sure, Vince brought Bret back to the WWE to host RAW and at least Shawn Michaels buried the hatchet & embraced the Hitman. Vince, however, still can't put it behind him and for that, he once again showed his disrespect for Bret. Truth be told, all RAW had were the same crappy segments & works while TNA upped their game to a new level. I truly hope TNA moves to Monday nights so they can show the world that you can thrive in the wrestling business and do it right.

  4. Given Tna had the better show, but both shows ended with the same thing we saw 10 years back be it bret or the nwo,

    tna stood out clearly with the angle aj styles match and emphasis on women (knockout) wrestling and their push towards the x division wwe needs to get the cruiserwieght division even if they dont wanna go hardcore

    im sure now if tna keeps this up with surpise returns like flair and hardy which had bischoffs fingerprints all over it.. wwe will hvae to do the same and the two names that come to my mind are booker t and petey williams more than booker id love to see petey come to wwe and ressurect the cruiserwight title

  5. old skool is cool