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).
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): After WrestleMania and Raw, I feel very optimistic about the future direction of the WWE. From all appearances, a genuine youth movement is on its way, and that spells good news for fans like myself who had become a bit jaded by the groundhog day effect of recurring feuds and matchups in WWE. The possibilities going forward with all the performers being brought up now, those brought up in the last couple of years, and how they mix with long established talent will make for a lot of fresh television.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): I was as stunned as anyone when Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania. However, as I sat back and watched a good portion of the Twitterverse lose their minds, I found myself able to justify the decision. On Raw Monday, Paul Heyman made feel righteous in doing so. He delivered perhaps the most masterful promo in wrestling history to true fan heat; something that has been missing in wrestling for a generation. Of course there are those who will disagree, but I feel confident where I stand; particularly after hearing some of the top names in the industry such as Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, and Wade Keller defend the decision as well.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): I've seen too many false "changing of the guard" scenarios these past several years to not be highly skeptical about the current one, but it certainly does seem that a concerted effort is being made to integrate new guys into the upper card. I sincerely hope it's sticks this time, and the "status quo" isn't back in place before the summer.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): With all the craziness of Undertaker's loss and, of course, Warrior's passing, Daniel Bryan's title win could have been easily swept under the rug. I have full faith that everyone will reset at some point before Monday and refocus on that fact, but he's not supposed to be there Monday according to his interview with Sam Roberts as he will be on his honeymoon. Whether things play out that way or not remains to be seen, but if they do, can you think of a guy who got off to a title run with more difficulty than this? Good thing he's the most over guy in the world right now.
Jake Barnett: We will all feel the wrath of Dixie Carter this week, which I assume means we all get to hear a rambling promo full of dated political references, circular reasoning, and the backfilling of TNA plot holes. T-N-A! T-N-A! T-N-A!
Chris Shore: The week of WrestleMania TNA had a fairly bad show full of gimmick matches. This week sees the return of Dixie Carter and a gauntlet match for the number one contendership. That doesn't exactly instill confidence, but the show is live and on the whole, live Impacts are better than taped ones. More fans will probably watch this week, riding the interest wave of WrestleMania and Warrior's passing. Here's to TNA hitting one out of the park and maybe keeping a few of those eyes on their product.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Jake Barnett (Warrior): Like everyone else, the passing of the Ultimate Warrior days after watching him take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame was a heart rending situation. His young family, which he eloquently expressed his love for during his Hall of Fame speech, has my condolences over what is always an impossibly difficult time. It was very heartening for me to read that Warrior was able to repair personal relationships over the last weekend of his life that had come to define his public persona, and also get a chance to thank and inspire his fans one last time on Monday Night Raw. I will always have a spot in my heart for Warrior, as he was a part of the era of Pro Wrestling that first captured my imagination, and I hope the theme of forgiveness that made up his final days is an inspiration for others who carry the unnecessary weight of grudges in their own lives.
Zack Zimmerman (Warrior): Unfortunately, the fallout from WrestleMania has taken a backseat to the passing of Warrior. The Internet is full of eulogies, memorials, and blogs discussing his career, life, and death. While some are well delivered and tasteful, there are also a fair share of CNN headline-quality pieces (a/k/a horsesh*t) out there. Earth lost a human being, a family lost a father and husband, and the wrestling world lost an icon. To conspire or speculate is to disrespect the memory of the man. The only thing we can do is send our deepest condolences to his loving family and remember the legacy he left, both in the wrestling business and out.
Darren Gutteridge (Warrior): While there is no ideal time to pass away, I think many would presume this last weekend was one of the happiest of Warrior's life. He got to be a star again, and he managed to rebuild a lot of bridges. One can only hope he found closure with a lot of things before he left this World.
Chris Shore (Nancy Grace): My blog said pretty much everything I wished to say about Warrior himself, but I would be remiss if I didn't say at least something about the way Nancy Grace treated his passing. Yesterday I watched Twitter meltdown a few times because of the way different journalists decided to cover the Warrior story. Whether you agreed or disagreed with any of them, not one of them sunk to the level of Grace, who took a single fact--Warrior admitting to using steroids in the past--and spun it into "swirling rumors." Not to mention all the wrestlers who died of things other than drug use that were lumped into the ones who did die of drug issues. Grace should be ashamed of herself, but she won't be. Considering what her ratings and social media score probably were last night, she's probably salivating at another chance in the future.