5/22 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indy wrestling
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).
Will Pruett (Twitter - @itswilltime): What is Dolph Ziggler doing? It's hard to blame creative for not pushing him harder when he is constantly making himself look ridiculous. It seems like he is only trying to get attention and, much like when a child is desperate for attention, it's more annoying than it is endearing.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Raw was a bit of a flat show this week in my opinion. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but without a World Champion and other repeat main event feuds from last month, there isn’t much to get excited about. I hope WWE has some ingenious way to turn this Daniel Bryan situation into a catalyst that sparks other talent to step up, because we could be in for a fairly pedestrian couple of months if they don’t.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): I think England's growing "smart crowd" reputation got the better of us this week on RAW. A hostile crowd can be hilarious, but there is a balancing act. When the product is good (see Sheamus vs Cesaro), they should react accordingly, and not start "JBL" chants because it's expected of them. To be fair, there is never an acceptable time to start "JBL" chants, but thats besides the point.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): The current WWE situation is cause for a serious pause. No wrestling company will ever endanger the existence of WWE, but that doesn't means WWE can't endanger itself. I don't expect this to lead to anything even close to a business closing moment, but the seemingly solid WWE machine is showing huge cracks for the first time since going public. I expect things to ultimately work out for them, but it is a weird situation to watch the previously untouchable industry giant stumble so spectacularly.
Jake Barnett: What to say about TNA? The unnamed “all the black men on our roster” faction didn’t carry much oomph this past week when it was revealed, and I don’t think that has much to do with the talent involved. TNA has to step back and re-evaluate how they pay off stories, because the constant character alignment changes and crash TV shocking moments have sucked all the drama and anticipation out of the show. It’s also made for an incredibly difficult environment for heels to rile up fans, and it’s doing a disservice to their entire product.
Chris Shore: TNA continues to underperform in storytelling, ratings, excitement, everything. My frustration with the company has reached a point where it cannot possibly get higher, but now that frustration is turning to apathy. It's hard some weeks to pay attention to TNA and they don't seem interested in making it easier for us. The company that seemed to have it all when they went out on the road just a year ago is now worse than before that moment.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Network POTW): Let's think outside the box and inside the Hell in a Cell with a match WWE Hell in a Cell 2009. Shawn Michaels and Triple H teamed up to take on Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in a tag team Hell in a Cell match. Watch and enjoy some surprisingly fun tag team storytelling inside a cage!
Jake Barnett (ROH): I enjoyed a lot of the matches from War of the Worlds. I think they could have had a better show had they extended a few matches and left a couple off the show. I particularly enjoyed Steen vs. Nakamura, and I think with five more minutes it could have been incredible. There was a lot of enmity for ROH after their streaming debacles and they a lot of mindshare with wrestling fans as a result. With TNA waning and ROH returning to televised PPV, now is the time for them to make the production and creative changes necessary for their product to take the next step. They might not get another chance like this.
Darren Gutteridge (NXT): Still no word on NXT Takeover airing over here next week. The lack of WWE network over here is really starting to bite. We're missing out on fairly substantial things, and while that is sure to mean a tonne of signups when it does reach our shores, the WWE has to find ways round these problems with their current international TV outlets if it wants to avoid negative backlash in the future.
Chris Shore (ROH): The one bright spot in the business of professional wrestling, ROH had two successful iPPV weekends and are charging full steam ahead for their first television PPV in years. First let me offer my congratulations, then let me offer my warnings. Learn from the mistakes of WWE and TNA. Do not think all is rosy simply because something good happens. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, new challenges will arise and all the goodwill from yesterday won't amount to anything. Keep up the good work and good things will happen. Get complacent or worse, arrogant, and it will collapse quickly.
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