12/29 One Shots: The Dot Net staff share their thoughts on WWE, TNA, MMA, and indy wrestling
Welcome to the Wednesday 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): The closing image on Raw was a good one, but Kane's promo almost put me to sleep getting there. He's better than that, so I can only assume that was a deliberate change in delivery for his new character. Whatever it is, I think they need to go back to the drawing board.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @TheRyanKester): WWE gave its fans a bit of a holiday treat with two weeks worth of Raw devoid of the standard holiday camp comedy. Not much was accomplished on either show, but there was enough in-ring actions and entertaining exchanges to end the year on a high note.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): We are five days away from the January 2 debut of Chris Jericho or Undertaker or Brodus Clay or somebody. The mystery has been fun to watch play out, and I can only assume that whoever is coming will have a major impact. With Randy Orton out for up to six months with a back injury, things could be even more wild on that show.
Jake Barnett: This week in TNA saw Sting talk about sphincters and the continuation of a story about Kurt Angle beating up everybody in James Storm's hometown. Tune in next week to see Kurt Angle take on Canada, and maybe another knockouts car wash montage.
Ryan Kester: While I consider myself a fan of the Knockouts division, I cannot help but shake my head at the state of women's wrestling in TNA. I'm all for a wrestling show having some eye candy, but only if that's the icing to a solid wrestling cake. Having two talented women lazily working through rollups and poses for what TNA perceives to be a horndog audience is just a waste of TNA's time and resources.
Chris Shore: The TNA product continues to struggle in the US, but I have to give them kudos for the work done in India. India is a huge market to tap into, as WWE found out with Khali. But TNA is not just grabbing a star and throwing him in the US spotlight, they are actually producing something just for Indian viewers. It's a smart move, and hopefully that creative team doesn't have to follow the sometimes ignorant storylines we get here in the states.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Jake Barnett (ROH): Final Battle was really hampered by poor production and pacing, along with ridiculous unprotected chair shots to the head. They really have no place in modern wrestling when we know of the seriousness of post concussion syndrome, and it was classless of ROH to make them such a focal point of the show. The worked twitter feud that followed with Kevin Kelly and WGTT shows ROH thinks this is edgy and taboo, it's really just uncouth.
Ryan Kester (UFC): Only two days left to the much anticipated return of Brock Lesnar to the Octagon. Friday will answer a lot of questions of Lesnar as a fighter and I cannot wait to see the outcome of that fight.
Chris Shore (ROH): As excited as I was last week for Final Battle, I am equally disappointed in what I saw, and continue to see from ROH. The show itself was marred by some of the worst production I have ever seen, a card that went about an hour too long, and the much ballyhooed unprotected chair shots to the head. The final infraction was made worse by a poorly worked Twitter war between Kevin Kelly and WGTT that was based on a half worked blog post by Kelly, and a Steve Corino blog post that assured everyone those chair shots really weren't as bad as they looked. ROH is taking great strides under SBG, but they are all in the wrong direction.
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