Friday Night Wars! Daft Suggestions of the IWC

Brandon HamblenAnalyst IMay 5, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27:  TNA President Dixie Carter and wrestler Hulk Hogan attends the launch of his book 'My Life Outside the Ring' at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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As there were one hundred or so articles written about TNA's return to Thursday night, I really didn't feel the need to comment on more than one but I did read the comments.

What surprised me were how many comments were pushing for TNA to create a Friday night war.  What?

Apparently, TNA could blow Friday Night Smackdown out of the proverbial ratings water.

How is that, you ask?  Me too.  This had me baffled at some people's ignorance.

Would you like to know their logic behind a Friday night war?  Hold on to your chairs.  Smackdown was pillaged by RAW for its talent.

Whatever would Vince do if TNA Impact was moved to Friday's?  Oh my goodness, all would be lost!  Alas, the all binding WWE draft has passed and RAW received all the established main event talent!

Those of you who've read my comments know that I think Smackdown is the best wrestling show period.  No offense to any regional show or Ring Of Honor, I don't get HDNet.

The fact is Smackdown could take 20-30 virtual unknowns and it would still be the best wrestling show.

Why?  Booking.  Smackdown books high quality matches every week and as wrestling fans, isn't that what you would like to see?

While RAW and Impact are full of squash matches and stupid skits, Smackdown is booked with 10-15 minute matches. 

The wrestlers are allowed to showcase their talents by doing what they do best, wrestle.

The first Smackdown following the so-called talent raid featured a match between Cody Rhodes and the IWC golden child, John Morrison.  Now I've always been a fan of Cody Rhodes and I believe he has future hall of famer written all over him.

What I didn't realize was just how athletic Rhodes is.  Sure, Smackdown lost the Shaman of Sexy but they certainly did not lose the Friday Night Delight.  Cody Rhodes simply took that moniker away from Morrison as he beat him at his own game.

Morrison/Rhodes was an intriguing match up because of their contrasting styles but instead of grounding Morrison with a mat based attack, Rhodes used a variety of high risk maneuvers to finish off Morrison.

Now that you see my practical assertion I'd like to present my acrimonious reason for writing this article.

You might have sensed a little sarcasm in the opening few paragraphs.  I will tell you why.

The majority of the people who wanted TNA Impact moved to Friday night cited the lack of talent or absence of established main eventers on the roster following the WWE draft.

Are you serious!?!?

The ALL BINDING WWE draft that moved all the established main eventers to RAW apparently has left Smackdown vulnerable.  One brilliant member of the IWC even suggested that TNA had somehow set Vince McMahon up by teasing a Monday Night War and Mr. McMahon fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

This proves one or two things.  Some people are dumb, Vince McMahon is a genius, or both.

Let me set the record straight for those of you who may not know, Smackdown and RAW are BOTH WWE shows and are in fact, NOT separate entities. 

The WWE can move its wrestlers back and forth between RAW and Smackdown as they see fit.  If they want to book John Cena to wrestle in the main event of RAW and Smackdown every week (assuming Cena will work the shows), they can.

The only reason there is a roster split is to run twice as many house shows.  With a roster split, WWE can have the RAW World Tour and the Smackdown World Tour and that equals two times the gate.

Not that Smackdown would need it but if WWE wanted to get a little rub from the established main event talent on RAW, they could.  Or, they could just move all the established main eventers over to Smackdown.

If TNA would like to challenge WWE Superstars, I'm sure Vince wouldn't mind booking a Christian versus Edge main event on Superstars. 

TNA Impact is right where it belongs, on Thursday night NOT opposing WWE.