4/17 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indy wrestling


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4/17 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indy wrestling
2014-04-17 18:09:43


Welcome to the Dot Net One Shot. Each week, we will present a quick "one shot" thought from each staff member about the previous week in each of the following areas: WWE, TNA and Other (MMA, Indies, etc).

WWE

Will Pruett (Twitter - @itswilltime): People are really upset about a likely Daniel Bryan vs. Kane pay-per-view match, and it don't understand why. Aside from the top three heels in WWE, currently being used as Evolution, who could Bryan face? No one else is ready and the heel roster is thin. A quick feud and win for Bryan this month is fine. I don't see Kane as a multi-month opponent. Batista, Orton, and Triple H are all obvious challengers after Extreme Rules. Bryan isn't getting buried, WWE just lacks top heel depth.

Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): The return of Evolution was met with a muted reaction on Monday. I understand why you don't want to do the intense face to face stare down from these teams on week one, but that 11 on 1 beat down beforehand killed any chance of the crowding getting excited when Motorhead blared in the arena.

Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): At this point, I can't tell if John Cena is creatively inept and tone-deaf or if he intentionally undercuts his opponents. There is (arguably) a time and place for the poop-joke-slinging Photoshop funnyman, but if ever there were a time to avoid it it's with a character like Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is being established as the next character in the vein of Undertaker and Kane, who have found such sustained success because of how the characters were reacted-to and treated. Nobody ever laughed off the Undertaker. One week of Cena undercutting Wyatt is what it is, but when one looks back and sees the trend, questions arise around Cena's aptitude and/or motives.

Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): Kane vs Bryan? Yawn. I don't see the Evolution vs. Shield feud running that long, so maybe this will be a one time "second fiddle" match for the new champ, but it's not going to settle the nerves of the legions of paranoid Bryan fans if he's not in the main event of his first PPV.

Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): I have to admit I am a little concerned about Daniel Bryan's title run beginning. Like ost things in wrestling, moments are great but follow-up is crucial. Having Bryan off TV this week, though not entirely WWE's fault, isn't great follow-up. Add into that the apparent feud with Kane coming, and it doesn't feel like a hot start to his reign. I'm not predicting doom and gloom, but the foundation for his run isn't quite as sturdy as I would have liked.

TNA

Will Pruett: Eric Young won the TNA World Championship in an effort to recreate WWE's WrestleMania story. At least in the past, TNA creative has waited a couple years before recreating WWE's stories (A.J. Styles/C.M. Punk). This was an embarrassing move.

Jake Barnett: Eric Young is the TNA Champion. I can see why TNA would want to make waves on their own show the week after WrestleMania, but the way that the title change came off made it feel like a "me too" moment. TNA is not going to build up their brand being WWE lite.

Chris Shore: Eric Young welcomed the comparisons to Daniel Bryan this week, and while I understand his point of view, I don't think it was a smart move. TNA is constantly fighting the "WWE rejects" labeling, and welcoming comparisons is not going to help that at all. The better move would have been to say he understood the comparisons, but they are wildly different and explain how. Of course I don’t know how much difference there actually is so maybe that's why he went with the answer he did.

Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)

Will Pruett (Network PotW): This week, let's go with something recent and awesome, the WWE Network's Road to WrestleMania special about Daniel Bryan. This was an awesome example of what kind of programming the Network can produce and air. It told Bryan's story with an interesting mix of kayfabe and reality, but it told his story well. Watch the show and enjoy a pretty neat journey.

Jake Barnett (Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella): I just wanted to extend my congratulations to Bryan and Brie on their wedding. At the risk of sounding like a sap, getting married was one of the best things I ever did, and I hope it turns out to the same for them.

Zack Zimmerman (ROH): Things are really looking up for ROH. After several years of running virtually in the dark, they have brought themselves back into the light in a big way. Fans' faith in PPV is infinitely stronger than their faith in iPPV, so I could see this platform bringing back some lapsed fans as well as exposing the brand to new potential fans. Now, with their limited TV exposure and slightly lackluster creative, it's on ROH to rev up internally and make the most of this opportunity.

Darren Gutteridge (NXT): The best thing from a selfish point of view about the NXT call ups is it has to result in new faces on NXT. Fortunately, the two best workers in Zayn and Neville are still there, so the call ups aren't devastating to roster quality, but things will be extremely threadbare if the debuts don't happen at the next tapings.

Chris Shore (ROH): A very hearty congratulations to ROH for their return to television PPV starting in June. iPPV was an unmitigated disaster for the company, and the lack of big events to build to has harmed the creative direction of the company. Here's hoping this announcement breathes new life into storylines and gives the talent something to work towards.

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