9/28 Wednesday One Shots: 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): There is a serious lack of momentum behind Hell in a Cell that has me worried about that show and Vengeance three weeks later. Instead of putting together a trilogy of pay-per-views that build off of each other with every show being a part of the story, WWE is moving forward with weak feuds. I still believe that Sunday will produce some good matches, but it will not produce that buys that WWE so desperately needs.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): WWE has slowly been letting the air out of the balloon they blew up heading into Money in the Bank. The optimism a lot of people expressed about the hot CM Punk angle and the changes that followed have almost entirely disappeared. The short sighted and frantic overbooking that took place following Summerslam and leading into Night of Champions has flowed into a kind of malaise now heading into Hell in a Cell. Is this creative burn out? Or the calm before the storm? I guess we find out at Hell in a Cell. I hope they deliver some genuine surprises, because if not they have really booked themselves into another corner.
Mark Gessnar (Twitter - @MarkGessnar): Say what you want about how WWE has been hot-shotting matches and angles far too frequently recently, but what on Raw this past week prompted viewers to buy Hell in a Cell on Sunday? I guess you have to give away matches and start feuds out of nowhere when you only have two weeks to promote the next PPV.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @TheRyanKester): The only thing that has me excited in WWE at the moment is the attention they are giving to their tag division. Most of the new teams are comprised of young talent, and I would much rather see these guys get some great exposure through tag team competition than trade wins with one another on a weekly basis in the midcard.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): PPV buys for this Sunday's Hell in a Cell are going to be atrocious. So much so in fact, that I fear for what happens next on the Vince McMahon insanity train. It was just a few months ago that Money in the Bank was doing well and the whole world was a buzz. Now that similar sound you hear are people sleeping. WWE is learning a hard lesson about weak characters and storylines. OR at least I hope they are learning.
Will Pruett: All three major promotions had a presence on TV last week. Of those three, the best show was TNA Impact Wrestling. Hogan and Sting may be using a little too much TV time, but Bobby Roode, James Storm and Kurt Angle are delivering very strong performances that lift this show up above the mediocrity it has settled for all too much. I'm actually excited about the next two weeks of TV and Bound for Glory, which is something I haven't been able to say about TNA in a long time.
Jake Barnett: I'm surprised to say that TNA has actually done a lot more right than wrong lately. It might just be the proximity to Bound For Glory or perhaps completely on accident, but TNA has really removed a lot of the eye rolling moments from there show and delivered on some angles that are really pretty interesting. Christopher Daniels is the best he's ever been in TNA with this new heel role, and Bobby Roode and James Storm felt like legitimate "big f'n deals" by the end of Impact last week, and I hope this focus on younger and more vibrant talent becomes the norm.
Mark Gessnar: The Dillion Panthers are preparing for their first run at High School Football Championship in a decade on Friday Night Lights on ESPN Classic. College Football now has weekly games on Thursdays. Playoff baseball starts this weekend. And, the Jersey Shore cast is in Italy and anyone on the east coast knows that watching people from New Jersey makes you feel better about yourself. Why would I watch TNA?
Ryan Kester: Bobby Roode's push is off to a great start. I just hope TNA doesn't try an pull a swerve and have him lose at Bound For Glory.
Chris Shore: We are rightfully down on the TNA product a lot, but the build for Bound for Glory has been above average for TNA, and that's not even grading on a curve. Not every match has been given good stuff to work with, but the Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle main event is being built about as well as it could. My biggest fear is they don't pull the trigger on the title change, which would kill not only Roode's push, but the best thing on TNA right now. There is a lot of money to be made with Roode as champion if it is booked right. So far, so good.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): Ring of Honor television debuted on Saturday with a lot of fanfare and very little to write home about. The show felt old school, but that will only attract a certain audience. I was hoping for a modern show with an old school approach to story-telling, but that is not what ROH gave us. I'm not sold on this show being any better than their HDNet show was, however I definitely hope it is. ROH has a chance to do a lot of good for their product and boost their visibility here.
Jake Barnett (UFC): Jon Jones is incredible. His dismantling of Quentin Jackson this past Saturday cements him as the real deal and a guy who is in a zone that can only be reached by the most talented fighters in the world. UFC has a lot going for it right now. The upcoming Velasquez vs. Don Santos title fight on FOX, the return of Brock Lesnar to fight Alistair Overeem, and Rashad Evans getting ready to fight Jones makes this a very exciting time to be an MMA fan. My wallet aches thinking about how much money it's going to cost me to watch all the great upcoming match-ups live on PPV.
Mark Gessnar (UFC): This past weekend's UFC 135 was very star-heavy at the top of the card. Josh Koscheck fought UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and Jon "Bones" Jones defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the first time versus former champion Rampage Jackson; and neither fight disappointed. Koscheck put the nail in the coffin of Hughes' career with a first round knockout and Bones dominated Rampage for four rounds before winning with a rear naked choke. Solid undercard, but great co and main event. Plus, it adds to the pleasure of the show when you pick all five winners.
Ryan Kester (ROH): I cannot wait to see the new ROH as soon as they post the show on their website tomorrow. I've managed to avoid any sort of spoiler in regards to the first episode, so I am looking forward to see how much has changed since the show left HDNet.
Chris Shore (UFC): I was late getting to the MMA party, but after watching Jon "Bones" Jones this past weekend I am glad I got here when I did. Jones has all the makings of a Mike Tyson type star that could bring the masses to UFC. Having to face Rashad Evans next, with all of their hard feelings, is only going to grow his star more if he wins. Assuming he beats Evans, UFC must start planning for Jones vs. Anderson Silva ASAP. Those PPV buys will be through the roof if both men can keep from losing until they face off.
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