12/6 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indie wrestling

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Dec 6, 2012 - 05:21 PM

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): Panic may have set in on Monday night and Tuesday morning as WWE's workhorse for the past year, C.M. Punk went under the knife. As with all disappointing situations, this one provides an opportunity. TLC will now have one of the youngest main events in WWE history. Aside from Kane, every wrestler in that main event debuted in or after 2010. That's insane in today's wrestling world. It could also be amazing to see what those five athletes can do.

Jeff Lutz (Twitter - @JeffreyDLutz): Vince McMahon has officially become a caricature of himself. His embodiment of the law of diminishing returns was somewhat excusable when his appearances led to temporary ratings bumps, but his Monday return coincided with Raw's lowest viewership total of the year. McMahon's power walk is more over-the-top than ever, but McMahon's character and his real-life persona have never wielded less power -- with no clue how to use it -- than they do now.

Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): C.M. Punk's emergency surgery and subsequent absence from TLC has created a huge opportunity for The Shield and Ryback. It has also given some new life to Team Hell No. I'm also interested to see how they approach Royal Rumble now that Punk will be fighting adversity heading into the biggest title defense of his career. All in all, it turned out to be pretty fortuitous for everyone involved.

Josh Short (Twitter - @JoshTubeShort): I like the necessary evolution of Kane & Daniel Bryan as a tag team that occurred on Raw. The fighting, arguing and bickering between has run its course and it's refreshing to see WWE turn them into a team that is now working together rather than against each other. It also makes the Shield look even stronger given that they are targeting not only the tag team champions but also the tag team champions that are now on the same page.

Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @DazatheG): The Miz’s face turn may be the most confusing one in recent memory. He shifted gears from heel Miz (Really? Really?), to pandering (telling the crowd to enjoy the show), to desperate (the ‘your mom sucks’ line) all night on Monday, and the crowd didn’t buy in at any point. It’s obvious this is creative trying to change things up for the sake of change, as opposed to reacting to a crowd reaction, as they did with Orton’s face turn a few years ago, and that could lead to Miz becoming even more marginalized than he already is.

Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): What must the backstage area at Raw on Monday have been like when CM Punk was helped through the curtain? Now we know things aren't near as bad as they could have been, but how much panic and fear must there have been Monday night? That may be the most interesting angle out of all of this. It's also the one angle least likely to be told.


Will Pruett: The major problem with Impact this week wasn't wrestling quality or even story quality. The major problem was that the star of the show was Hulk Hogan. There wasn't an effort to get a new talent over. The show was all about the angry and jilted father. Instead of using Hogan to help others, Hogan got all of the help on this show.

Jeff Lutz: The biggest strength for TNA is its long-term feuds. Programs between A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels and James Storm and Bobby Roode have provided TNA with its most memorable television feud in recent years. The booking of these feuds has left a bit to be desired, but it's almost always interesting when personal issues arise in wrestling. The Jeff Hardy-Austin Aries rivalry appears headed in the same compelling direction.

Jake Barnett: Why is Hulk Hogan the focus of a wrestling show in 2012? Not only that, but we're all supposed to be interested in him defending the honor of his daughter, who gyrates in music videos, and requires two haircuts and a crane to get into most of her outfits? TNA baffles me with their storyline premises sometimes.

Josh Short: At the beginning of the show I was open to the storyline between Bully Ray and the Hogan's. The opening segment between the three was really strong and I liked it. By the end of the show however I was left disappointed with what had occurred throughout the show. The moments between Bully Ray and Hulk after the opening segment fell flat. I hope this week TNA can recover from the slight miss-step and get back to what was, for me, a surprisingly good storyline.

Chris Shore: Some of my colleagues make good points about Hulk Hogan being the center of attention in TNA last week, but I'm willing to forgive it in the short term to see what the plan is long term. Bully Ray has been outstanding since splitting from Devon, and the opening segment of last week's show was incredibly well done. They lost their way with the rest of the show, especially the end, but there is a nugget of good storytelling here, and I hope they can find that vein again going forward.

Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)

Will Pruett (Wardrobe): Does anything look worse than wrestlers wearing shorts? How have so many indie wrestlers collectively decided that leather shorts are the way to go. They don't look street, hip, or mildly intimidating. Try to dress like a wrestler and not a clown in oversized leather pants, gentlemen.

Jeff Lutz (UFC): The decision to load up Saturday's Fox card is a double-edged sword for UFC. Appearances by B.J. Penn, Shogun Rua and Nate Diaz should bring in more casual fans, but it also could condition them to believe that pay-per-view is no longer a necessity. WWE has learned the hard way that giving away marquee matchups on free television is damaging to the PPV product, and with fewer of those matchups currently available, UFC may also soon learn it.

Jake Barnett (UFC): UFC is on Fox this weekend, and all eyes are on Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson to deliver some exciting moments. For UFC's sake I hope they do, as the meteoric trajectory the promotion seemed to be on not that long ago has tapered off significantly.

Josh Short (ROH): I really enjoyed the main event featuring Michael Elgin and Davey Richards. The finishing sequence especially was really cool and entertaining and the crowds response to it was both respectable and a nice touch.

Darren Gutteridge (UK Wrestling): I watched my first episode of new wrestling talk show Wrestle Talk TV on Challenge. Although this was only my first time watching, and it may have been an off week, I can’t say I was blown away. Although the main presenter Joel Ross entertains in parts, his co-presenters kill all level of fun. The show centered on a two part pre-taped interview with Edge, which was solid, but the rest of the show felt disjointed and dull. Hopefully it improves as the weeks go by, as the show is a good idea and fits a nice niche.

Chris Shore (ROH): The storytelling in ROH has seen improvement since Hunter Johnston took the reins back over from Jim Cornette, but his big test comes next week at Final Battle. Far too many iPPVs under Cornette were disjointed messes that only slightly related to television storylines. And while I might have had different matchups were I in Hunter's shoes, all of the announced matches have a logical reason for happening. If the show delivers, ROH could make great strides in bringing back fans who had thrown up their hands at the promotion.

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