Let me set the scene and do so in a way that would introduce those who are completely ignorant of the TNA product to its virtues......
April 7th......Wrestlemania has put on a spectacle that has been on par with what was anticipated in the hype leading up to the event. The final match of the night FINALLY has come around and delivers in storybook fashion, everything goes off without a hitch.
Monday Night RAW, April 8- The show opens up with CM Punk bragging about how good it felt to step into the ring with a legend almost as good as he is and it brings out John Cena, who has a few words in response. The two engage in verbal fisticuffs for a bit, but are interrupted by some familiar music......
Kurt Angle, microphone in hand, interrupts both men.
"First off, you haven't beaten EVERY man from the era before you, Punk! I was breaking ankles while you were still breaking in your tricycle. And as for you, Cena, it's been a long time since you and I have seen one another. I've got some unfinished business with you, but that's not why I'm here. I'm here to give you both an initiation."
About that time, TNA performers emerge from the crowd like water passing through gravel, surrounding the ring. Punk and Cena go back to back. The deluge is quick and decisive, the swarm is complete and both men are down and out before they knew what had happened. A couple of minutes go by and the lights go out. GONG! The Undertaker's music hits.
He walks out to his usual entrance, slow walking to the ring, but as he raises the lights again, the ring is completely empty, save for one thing......a black baseball bat. Punk and Cena are now missing. Cue credits.
The Thursday night broadcast of Impact begins with a promise. Angle comes out and has some footage to show the viewing public. On the Jumbotron, Punk and Cena are tied up back to back, demanding to know why they've been taken.
"I'm sure you all know by now that the Chairman of the Board is up in arms. He's calling in favors and doing whatever he can to get his workhorses back. But the fact is, Vince has options. I think everyone knows what Vince is capable of. We all know about the battles between you and Stone Cold and the kind of twisted man you can be. Fact is, you'll need to pick up THAT man in the mirror if you want your main event back. I will warn you, though, it's gonna take more than you've been willing to sacrifice in the past 2 years or so."
Fast forward to RAW of the next week. In the opening segment, Vince comes down to the ring and reveals that he's been given the footage from Impact. After showing the footage to the paying public, he has a couple of things to say....WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? YOU WANT A WAR?! WELL I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU, RAW IS WAR!!
And so ends the PG Era. Somebody just TRY and tell me you wouldn't like it. This is how I WOULD do it if I were writing it all. Imagine where you could go from there....you could finally get an inter-company match or two for the Survivor Series of that year, making sure that things are spaced out perfectly to make it feel like the Attitude Era reborn. Imagine Sting vs. Undertaker at Survivor Series. For anyone who would rather see it at Wrestlemania, I direct your attention to the blog archives for my opinions of that match ever taking place. Type "Undertaker vs. Sting" into the search bar and give it a read.
Survivor Series is where MY opinion says there will be the best money to be made as it could be played in two different ways. A traditional Survivor Series elimination match would give Taker the rest he is needing since the rumors going around are that he may not even make an appearance at next year's Wrestlemania due to his failing health. Even a one on one confrontation would be better served there as it would be completely up to the creative team as to how best to handle it, rather than the predictability of another notch in The Streak of the Undertaker. Whatever the case, once the event is over, nothing in WWE will be the same and the viewing public will have TNA to thank for it.