Now on WWE 24/7 … me!
So, I was watching an episode of Tuesday Night Titans from January 1986 on WWE 24/7 On Demand last night, and when the camera panned the studio audience, I spotted a familiar face. Mine.
For those fans not old enough to remember, Tuesday Night Titans was pro wrestling’s version of The Tonight Show, with Vince McMahon in the Johnny Carson role, and Lord Alfred Hayes as the Ed McMahon-like second banana. TNT ran every Tuesday night on the USA Network in the days before Monday Night Raw.
The show took place at a studio in Owings Mills, where they would tape three weeks worth of shows in one day. Being a wrestling junkie, I had to be there. There were several occasions when I would sit in the audience for all three shows.
As I was watching last night, I wasn’t quite sure if that show was one that I had attended. As the closing credits rolled, however, there I was in all my mid-1980s glory, still several months away from my 19th birthday. If you’re curious, I’m the skinny kid with a preppy shirt and the Alex P. Keaton hairdo. I think Vince’s hair is actually a little puffier than mine is, but it’s close.
While I’m on the subject of wrestling on television, there were noteworthy developments recently regarding TNA Impact and Raw.
It became official last week that Impact is expanding to two hours beginning Oct. 4. It was the realization of a longtime goal for the company, but I’m not all that excited about it.
I know that TNA gets criticized for trying to jam too much into one hour, and therefore nothing has impact (no pun intended). But I like that the show moves quickly, and I think it helps keep characters fresh by not having everyone on the show every week. Plus, two hours of television written by Vince Russo isn’t a good thing. Honestly, I don’t think any wrestling show other than Raw needs to be longer than an hour.
The main reason I didn’t want TNA to add an hour is because my wife is just going to love hearing that I now have more wrestling to watch.
As for Raw, the rating for Monday’s episode was 3.3, which was a significant drop from last week’s 3.9. I can’t say I’m really surprised. Hornswoggle does not equal ratings.
Raw usually suffers a ratings drop during football season, but this was the night after a pay-per-view, when ratings typically get a boost. I think the John Cena-Randy Orton stuff has been strong, but the illegitimate son story line obviously turned out to be a letdown. It will be very interesting to see how WWE responds.