1/16 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indie wrestling
Welcome to the Dot Net One Shots. 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): The reset of Daniel Bryan was sudden. It wasn't the best story. It may have thrown away something interesting. It was also the best choice. WWE has a character getting exceptionally hot and they have to run with it. The follow-up to the reset should be interesting.
Jeff Lutz (Twitter - @JeffreyDLutz): I hope Ultimate Warrior's upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame doesn't turn into an opportunity for fans and observers to rail against his allegedly undeserved accomplishments. Such criticisms are well documented and perhaps fair, but Warrior earned the honor and deserves his moment just as much as every other star who has entered the Hall. The induction also shouldn't lead to a boycott from other inductees who were wronged or disrespected by Warrior during their careers, but to a chance for once-bitter colleagues to rebuild bridges.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): I hope WWE has some magic up their sleeve to get everyone excited for the Rumble match. Batista's return is a big deal, but it shouldn't be the only story heading into the a match with 30 men.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): I couldn't help but notice that Daniel Bryan got crunched when he took the double back suplex off the cage on Raw. However, my concern was quickly swept away in the environment and excitement of the live crowd. 24-hours, later when he didn't appear at the Smackdown taping, my worries were validated. I don't expect that his career will suffer as badly as Dolph Ziggler's or Fandango's did; I'm more concerned for the man than the character.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): Hype for Batista? Check. Hype for the Network? Check. Hype for the Hall of Fame? Check. Hype for the Rumble? Non-existent for the most part. The Batista hype plays into it, but at two weeks out from the show, everything should be channeled into hyping what is seen by a high number of people as the second biggest PPV of the year. Network and HOF hype can be built in the slower weeks between the Rumble and Elimination Chamber.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): The Ultimate Warrior Hall of Fame announcement created a lot of buzz for WWE, but considering all the baggage there between Warrior and other wrestlers it will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out. Warrior is an opinionated guy who has never been afraid to say what's on his mind, no matter how crazy it sounds, so this promises to be the most "dangerous" induction speech to date as well. It's going to be a fun, and possibly wild, time between now and the end of the Hall of Fame ceremony in April.
Will Pruett: Many people were frustrated by last week's main event, but it could be a great part of the ongoing story. TNA is into telling long term stories. If you're frustrated with booking on the fly in WWE, give TNA's creative effort a chance. You may be impressed.
Jeff Lutz: If Dixie Carter is intent on bringing in the best of the best from independent organizations, rather than WWE castoffs, then she and TNA probably couldn't have made a bigger splash than Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, who are rumored to be appearing soon on Impact. But like past additions meant to provide elusive credibility to the company, Edwards and Richards are solid acquisitions on paper who will likely make little difference in ratings, and debuting a tag team rather than a sought-after singles act may reduce the shelf life of the novelty Edwards and Richards present.
Jake Barnett: Dixie Carter's plan came together last week, at the expense of the entire heel roster. Can someone explain how anyone sat down and scripted that main event hoping people would be entertained?
Zack Zimmerman: I sat down and watched Impact last week. Through the first hour and a half, I was impressed with the cohesiveness and watchability of the show. Then the main event happened and everything that turned me away from TNA programming was featured in prime-time. There's nothing they could've done to devalue their title more, and while I understand the way it plays into the story, I adamantly disagree with hurting the value of characters and championships in the short-term with no guarantee of it paying off in the long-term.
Chris Shore: All the run-ins last week were terrible, yet I couldn't find the energy to get upset about it because it was exactly what you expect from TNA when it comes to main events in general, and title changes in particular. When was the last time we had a clean TNA Championship match? The continuation of the dirty title matches was a much bigger sin than the number of run-ins last week, and TNA desperately needs to end all of that silliness f they want people to respect their title and new champion.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Ultimate Warrior): As a child, I loved the multicolor tassels and the run to the ring. As an adult, I can appreciate his unique character. His induction into WWE's Hall of Fame should be a memorable one. Hopefully he doesn't turn it into a homophobic diatribe.
Jeff Lutz (Kofi Kingston): A Kofi Kingston repackaging, which could be forthcoming according to some reports, would be about four years too late. The best time to develop Kingston's character was when he was feuding with Randy Orton in late 2009, when Kingston developed an edge and seemed to be vaulting himself up the card. Ironic, then, that another push may be spurred by interaction with Orton, and I suppose it's a decent launching point since the win over Orton didn't seem completely far-fetched -- just mostly. Kingston is a supreme athlete and hopefully WWE works with him to figure out a character that maintains interest.
Jake Barnett (Daniel Bryan): Can this guy get a break? He gets out of the heel shtick that isn't working, but gets a concussion in the process. I hope he's good to go for the Rumble, because if there is justice in the universe he'll be the winner.
Zack Zimmerman (Raw): Can we take a second and talk about how back to basics and easy to watch Raw was this week? The show featured no extended in-ring promos, quality matches (aside from one snooze-fest), and minimal authority figure involvement. Sure, the build for the Rumble wasn't quite where it needed to be, but nearly half of the three hour program was in-ring action, and I'd take that every single week over the usual. It is, after all, the product they promote.
Darren Gutteridge (NXT): Sad is the tale of Leo Kruger. In the past 18 months, he has been an African Prince, a deadly mercenary, and, (seemingly) soon, a Russell Brand style rock star. This seems to make out Kruger as a failed character guy, but his current vicious gimmick is great, so the change is confusing. This will mark the first hard reset for a main star on the show, so it will be interesting to see if the fans accept it, or shower the new "Adam Rose" with "Kru" chants.
Chris Shore (AJ Styles): I'm working in the indies again this weekend and it will be my first chance to see AJ Styles live and I'm very interested to see his act. Styles didn't do a lot of indy bookings while working with TNA so this is a new experience for most of the people who see him Sunday night. We're also working in a new city that night so AJ will be a big piece of how well the show draws. All in all it is going to be an interesting Sunday at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem. Stop by and say hello if you attend.
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