One Shots - Thursday Edition: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in 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).
Will Pruett (Twitter - @itswilltime): Overbooking and on the fly lack of planning reigns supreme in WWE. They seem to have no idea where they are going. On top of that, they have a gimmick coming up that many men worked very hard to get over in Hell in a Cell. This gimmick does not matter at all. It will not give them the buyrate that the announcement of Hell in a Cell used to. WWE needs to get their house in order and promote money making ideas, like this gimmick, in a responsible way that honors those who worked hard on it.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): I really hope that WWE is able to unscramble the jets over the next week and give us something a little more organized on television. The last few weeks have felt like panic induced vomiting onto the television screen. WWE needs a fresh approach, but that doesn't have to mean squandering the momentum that some of the more recently built characters have gained to put some old hands back in the spotlight to pop a rating. WWE seems to be constantly booking for the previous decade, rather than booking for the future, and it's killing them.
Mark Gessnar (Twitter - @MarkGessnar): The Triple Threat Hell in a Cell match may be the most meaningless Cell match in the gimmicks history. This is why having gimmick themed PPVs is a problem. H.I.A.C. is supposed to be the match to end all feuds, i.e. Triple H vs. Cactus Jack in 2000, Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker in 2002, Triple H vs. Kevin Nash in 2003, Edge vs. Undertaker in 2008, and hell, even DX vs. Legacy in 2009 had proper build between the two tag teams leading up to the match. Cena, Punk, and Del Rio have no real reason to have a Cell match.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @Ryan_Kester): All signs point to a return of the NWO in 2011. Why can't this generation get its own moment that people will be talking about and attempting to recreate ten years down the road?
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): I cannot honestly remember the last time I have felt this down on WWE's product. They have been far from perfect for some time now. But I see very little difference right now between TNA's product and WWE's. WWE has more good things going for it, but it's bad is at an all-time low for this viewer. Outside of Mark Henry, it has been a long time since they have truly entertained me.
Will Pruett: I have been a big critic of the Bound for Glory Series, but Thursday night presented the series, the winner and Bound for Glory all as the hottest things in wrestling. If TNA continues down this road with Bobby Roode they will have the mainstream star that they have wanted for so long. Roode is extremely talented with a ton of upside. If the continuation of this Fortune series of matches is as good as the Frankie Kazarian match and its aftermath was, TNA may become my favorite show in the last month.
Jake Barnett: I like what TNA is doing with Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe right now. In fact, I hope that becomes a World Title Feud very soon, because I am excited at the possibility of seeing what they can do with those characters together. The sooner TNA moves the focus off the 40+ talent onto the under 40 crowd, the sooner they can create a unique identity for their show to set them apart from WWE.
Mark Gessnar: I have not seen an episode of Impact since late June-early July. Thursday night is too good of a TV night to have two primetime hours of DVR held hostage by mind numbing television. See Kester's Einstein quote from Monday's blog that also sums up Impact.
Ryan Kester: If I never see Flair wrestle again, I would be thrilled.
Chris Shore: You ever hear or see something so incredibly stupid that you stop and wonder if maybe you are the problem? That's what happened to me when I read that TNA gave away Bobby Roode vs. James Storm at the Impact Wrestling tapings. The hottest tag team in the entire company faces each other for the first time and it's on free TV? And it really didn't mean anything to boot? It seems so painfully obvious to me that it is a bad idea, I wondered if TNA management know something I don't. Sadly, the ratings and PPV buys don't bear that out.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): Saturday's iPPV does not feel like it mattered at all. Ladder War 3 was an overly dangerous and disappointing match that lacked psychology. Nothing else on the show really felt important. Their production values are on the upswing, but they need to make sure that fans never walk away from an iPPV disappointed. ROH is usually a place to go for solid wrestling and old school storytelling, but that was not on display on Saturday.
Jake Barnett (ROH): Ladder War III was full of unnecessary risk and was missing the always important story telling elements in the ring. That being said, I'm excited for what television will bring to the future of ROH. I hope they are able to mesh their story lines on TV, DVD, and iPPV to create a seamless product. If they can do that as well as I think they can, they could end up being real competition for TNA, and another avenue for talented people to find work.
Mark Gessnar (UFC): This Saturday's UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage should be a great show with a great main and co-main event. Josh Koscheck vs. Matt Hughes should be a wrestling clinic and Jones and Rampage is a matchup of two of the best strikers at 205 pounds. Also, don't forget that the final season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike starts tonight at 9 EST with two hours of bantam and featherweights fighting to get in The Ultimate Fighter house.
Ryan Kester (FCW): If you haven't looked up Seth Rollins' (Tyler Black) recent string of matches with Dean Ambros in FCW, then you really should. These two give me hope for the future of WWE.
Chris Shore (ROH): This Saturday begins the Sinclair TV era for ROH, and I am very excited both as a fan, and as someone who has a vested interest in seeing wrestling--as a whole--succeed. Another group on TV makes the wrestling pie bigger for all of us, and that means more scraps for me! In all seriousness, I want to see if ROH address the problems of the HDNet show, i.e. out of synch with iPPV (and house shows, though that is a minimal problem), lack of synergy with other areas of the business, and a show that flowed smoother from start to finish. If they can, and it remains to be seen, then professional wrestling gets a much needed boost.
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