Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair? Again? Still?
I’m afraid so, and it’ll happen next week. When TNA starts going head-to-head with Raw every week beginning March 8th, a couple of familiar names will be headlining. Hogan will team with TNA monster Abyss, while Flair partners with his newest protege, TNA champion AJ Styles. And, no, I don’t really know why.
Flair, who retired two years ago after an incredible match at Wrestlemania against Shawn Michaels, may still be able to take the bumps, but it doesn’t mean he should. And, Hogan, who’s so broken down that he couldn’t even deliver his famous leg drop during his Australian Hulkamania tour last year, has said he had no intention of coming to TNA to wrestle. Well, he made it longer than I thought, so I’ll give him some credit.
Let’s face it. These guys don’t belong in the ring at their age at all. I’m all for nostalgia, but using guys well past their prime, no matter how big their names happen to be, could just be embarrassing. But, in the end, as long as Styles and Abyss can get elevated out of this, it could be worth it. That means, either Hogan or Flair have to be looking up at the lights with either Abyss or Styles scoring the pin. Of course, I’d prefer to see Hogan actually taking the loss for once. I mean, after all, he is going up against the organization’s champion. Wouldn’t that be quite the feather in the cap for Styles?
But, any other scenario takes the focus away from the younger guys, and, right now, it makes a lot more sense to put over the guys who will be performing regularly on the show. But, wrestling booking and logic are rarely seen together these days.
In other news, the Road to Wrestlemania continues tonight. Last week, the top three matches were set with Batista defending the WWE title against John Cena, Edge challenging Chris Jericho for the World title and Shawn Michaels putting his career on the line against the undefeated ‘Mania streak of the Undertaker. Plus, there will be a Money in the Bank match after all.
As for tonight, we’ll get another chapter in the Bret Hart-Vince McMahon story which could still lead to some kind of Wrestlemania confrontation. Legacy’s split has all but happened as Randy Orton faces Ted Dibiase tonight. And, the comedic duo Cheech and Chong will do the honors as tonight’s guest hosts.