WWE has just released "The Best of WCW Monday Nitro" (Thank you, AnonymousCam). A question has been raised.....Could this be a warning to TNA, ROH, etc. that those who go up against the big dog in the yard are likely to find themselves in the same straits as WCW? Personally, I doubt it, but I DO think their tactic of bustling into smaller venues in attempts to keep ANY growing competition out is a bit provocative and aggressive for a company that won't even acknowledge they HAVE competition, don't you?
NOW, having said all of that....do I believe WWE is gearing up for another war? Possibly. In recent weeks, the reins on The Rock and CM Punk's characters have been give a bit of slack and I can get behind that, BUT when the routine is old, it's old. The Cena/Rock rehash wasn't "Once in a Lifetime" as promised. Instead, we're looking at "TWICE" so far. SOME would call the rehash, the controversy of Zeb Coulter, and even the potential of The Undertaker's final match possibly happening this year as an attempt for WWE to get serious. I'm not convinced. The card, at last look was something like this......
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Rock vs. Cena II
CM Punk vs. Undertaker
Those are simply the main events. Since the arrest of a newly returned AND pushed Jack Swagger, things are going to change. Simply put, Swagger, who was arrested for possession of an illegal substance (marajuana), and Driving Under the Influence, has lost that push ENTIRELY. Compoundly, all implications of his having a match at Wrestlemania have been dropped, meaning that for the first time in quite some time, the youth movement isn't being failed by the system fully.....rather, it's THEM failing the system. Far be it from me to NOT call things as I see them and state them here. WWE is doing SOMETHING right.
The Shield, Swagger, Del Rio, and a few others ARE getting a shot, but I DO wonder about the midcard. With the annual purging of the talent roster of all those deemed "rejects" by the top brass coming in the weeks following Wrestlemania, we MAY just see TNA's magic put to good use yet again. Funny how a little patience and listening to the talents for ideas and input will change the outcome of a character.