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WWE Raw, 24, Heroes: What’s A Guy To Do On Monday Night These Days?

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It used to be so easy.

Back in the days when Stone Cold Steve Austin and the N.W.O. ruled Monday nights, there was absolutely no question about where your ass would be parked that evening. Two hours of Monday Nitro on TBS followed by another two of WWF Raw on USA was pretty much the rule. But that was then, and this, unfortunately, is now.

Wrestling has pretty much sucked ever since Vince McMahon's WWF (now WWE) won the Monday Night Wars of the nineties. The most compelling storyline going into Wrestlemania revolves around whether McMahon's head gets shaved or Donald Trump's. Now I ask you — does anybody honestly believe for a New York second that Trump is getting his head shaved? Nope. You can telegraph that one a mile way.

But the other thing that has completely screwed up Monday nights is 24. Like I said, it used to be so easy. You could just DVR the latest episode of 24, and watch it right after Raw. Which right about now at this point in the season has become somewhat essential with the return of the fabulously Nixonesque character Charles Logan. In his scruffy beard, Logan is these days looking for all the world like nothing but a post-Watergate Tricky Dick trolling the beaches of San Clemente with a metal detector.

As preposterous as the storylines are (I mean would you want the so-called "heroes" of 24 covering your ass as the world went to hell in a hand-basket?), 24 still makes for damn compelling, edge-of-your-seat television. But speaking of heroes, here is where things get really screwy.

As much as Monday Night Wrestling has basically sucked the past few years, and as much as 24 has provided a viable alternative to all of this, NBC had to go and really muck things up with this great little show called Heroes.

Now I don't know about you, but my DVR will only tape two shows at a time. Three is pretty much out of the question, which means something has got to go. And the thing about Heroes is that it has rather quietly become something of an essential show these past few weeks.

I mean how can you not love this unlikely cast of characters charged with the task of basically saving the world? Just last week, they teased several new plotlines that are really going to piss me off if any of them actually pan out — such as the supposed death of Mr. Evil Paper-guy and the breakup of the team of Japanese nerds par excellence, Hiro and Ando.

So I guess something has got to go on Monday night.

And until Vinnie Mac really shocks me like he used to do back in the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, I guess it's goodbye Monday Night Wrestling. The good news is I can least still read the spoilers.

Word to the networks though — can you at least try spreading things out a bit?

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Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at The Rockologist, and at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • http://www.igwanarob.net IgwanaRob

    SciFi channel replays Heroes Friday nights at 7PM EDT 😉

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Yeah, but who can wait that long Mr. Igwana? Thanx for the comment.

    -Glen

  • JohnnyG

    Well, life is about choices, and I think wrestling needs to lose all of it’s critics and casual fans to be good again. So, “be a man” and watch your 24 and Heros, I’ll take WWE EVERY TIME. If it wasn’t for WWE, I wouldn’t even need TV, well… maybe during hockey season, but that’s it.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Johnny,

    I still watch ECW on Tuesday nights, although I can’t stand the way they have ruined it and make most of the old ECW guys look like jobbers. The brightest light there seems to be CM Punk, although for the life of me they seem to be mostly wasting him even though he is obviously “over” with the fans. I have been checking out this show on MTV though called Wrestling Society X which features guys like X-Pac and Vampiro and seems to have more of a hardcore focus. Their ring announcer and all of the guest rock stars they have on the show can be a little irritating but the action is pretty good and a few of these guys wrestle a pretty stiff style which I’ve always liked. I’m always going to hold a soft spot for my Monday Night WWE, but with the product looking the way it has lately and 24 and Heroes both being such great shows, I just don’t find Raw the essential, can’t miss sort of viewing that brought us all of those genuine “holy shit” moments back in the nineties. Basically I’ll take Foley and Austin’s brand of semi-realism over the cartoonish Umaga (who is basically a cheap version of TNA’s Samoa Joe) and Great Khali (a classic McMahon giant sized freak who can’t wrestle or even act that well) and the limited moves and ability of guys like John Cena.

    Thanx for the comment though.

    -Glen

  • Ada,

    Well if you do want to see Austin on RAW.. Then tune in tonight, as he will be there.. As he would be the one announced for that Trump vs McMahon match!

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  • Spider-man

    ill take ……….RAW every time