It might be 2010, but the WWE will be kicking it old school to kick off the new year. If you’re anything like me, you’re an old school “WWF” fan. Back when Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Million Dollar Man, and Jake the Snake Roberts were becoming legends. You watched while Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker developed into wrestling dynasties. And you hung around for The Rock, Stone Cold, and Triple H to take the world of wrestling entertainment to new heights. You probably lost interest around the time John Cena became the face of the sport. Well, if you haven’t been following too closely, the WWE has implemented a new marketing campaign that offers celebrities the opportunity to host Monday Night Raw. The WWE has seen the likes of Jeremy Piven, Johnny Damon, Mark Cuban, Snoop Dogg, and Shaquille O’Neal to name a few. Another brilliant idea by one of the savviest business men in the world, Vincent McMahon. But I’ll save my Vince McMahon rant for another day. On January 4th, the first show of the year, and “coincidentally” the same night TNA (another wrestling federation, kind of like WCW from back in the day) will be putting on their biggest show ever by bringing in Hulk Hogan, the WWE has pulled off what was thought to be impossible. They are bringing back Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
Had to throw the Bret Hart entrance music in here so this post would really sink in. Some of you might be thinking, what’s the big deal that they are bringing back the pink and black? Let me provide a brief glimpse into the wrestling universe circa 1997: what makes this return so significant is the fact that Bret Hart was part of an infamous “Montreal Screwjob” which took place at WWE’s Survivor Series Pay-Per-View back in 1997. During that event, Bret was allegedly duped in a match, where he lost the WWE title to Shawn Michaels. Michaels applied Bret’s trademark submission move “The Sharpshooter” and the ref signaled that Bret had tapped out to lose the match after owner Vince McMahon signaled the ref to end the match and ring the bell. See, Bret was defecting to the competitor WCW and Vince wouldn’t allow him to leave as champion. Bret never officially agreed to that plan for the match, and following the contest he stared out at the boss, Mr. McMahon, then spit on his face. It has been said that behind closed doors Bret punched Vince in the face. From then on, Bret Hart and Vince McMahon never had any words between one another. In fact, Vince claimed during an interview that he didn’t screw Bret at all, but that “Bret screwed Bret”.
On last night’s Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon announced that Bret Hart will indeed be hosting Raw on January, 4th. And, from what I heard he has signed a 4 month contract with the WWE. Which just so happens to run straight through to the time of Wrestlemania. Will Bret Hart rematch his nemesis Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania? Will he get a shot at revenge and take on Vince McMahon himself? Considering the tip top shape Vince has always kept himself in, it really isn’t that far fetched. Only time will tell, but I will say this: the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be (Bret Hart’s Famous Tag line) and Vince McMahon’s genius, just managed to get Monday Night Raw on to my DVR. Great way to start off a new decade, excited for Monday Night Raw, pretty much the same way the decade began.