10/26 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 certain seriousness that WWE gets to its product when a big show is just around the corner. Survivor Series is likely to be the second biggest show of the year and WWE needs all of the seriousness it can get. Think back to the go-home Raw before WrestleMania this year. It was one of the best Raw's I can remember. I can only hope that Survivor Series can deliver TV somewhere close to that level.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): The Vengeance PPV featured a lot of great action, but also a lot of questionable booking decisions in my opinion. The Survivor Series card looks like it will be dominated by aging established talent, and I don't think that's a well that WWE can draw from much longer. We need a major paradigm shift in WWE, and I hope it starts at Survivor Series with a John Cena heel turn. That's probably not going to happen, but a man can dream.
Mark Gessnar (Twitter - @MarkGessner): Dolph Ziggler is without a doubt a future main eventer for WWE who will be a top of the card draw. He has the "look," he had the best promo of his career on Raw last week, and he has been right there with C.M. Punk for best in-ring in the company for at least the last six months if not longer. He's paid his dues as Kerwin White's caddy and Nicky of the Spirit Squad and now is truly looking like the Shawn Michaels of this generation. If anyone can make Mason Ryan look good in a match, it is Ziggler.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @TheRyanKester): CM Punk returning to the title picture is one of the best moves WWE could have done. John Cena is the stalest he's ever been, and Alberto Del Rio is desperate for an opponent that can effectively sell his offense. I'm looking forward to the Punk promos leading up to Survivor Series, and I am more excited about the WWE Championship than I have been in months.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): WWE storylines are on life support right now. There are several stories that have hope and promise, but they continue to make all the wrong decisions with them. People will tune in to see the Rock, there is no question about that. But Rock is going away, and he will take all his viewers with him, plus a few more, unless WWE gives those people a reason to stay. Right now, there are no good reasons.
Will Pruett: As excited as I am for James Storm's World Championship reign, I am also a little confused. If TNA really saw the need for an abrupt switch from Bobby Roode to Storm as their number one babyface, will they be as hasty to move Storm out of that slot? This week's rating will say a lot about what fans are thinking of Storm and I hope for positive news.
Jake Barnett: I'm pleased that TNA decided to move the title onto James Storm, as I feel like there is a lot of breakout potential there if opponents are lined up the right away and he can deliver the kind of performance that will be necessary to keep him on a roll. TNA needs to build around guys like James storm, and I hope they have the patience to do it. Resisting the urge to put the spotlight back on semi-retired talent is going to be one of TNA's biggest challenges.
Mark Gessnar: As built up as he was leading into Bound For Glory, Bobby Roode losing to Kurt Angle, followed up by his tag team partner James Storm winning the championship on Impact, could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Roode is better as a heel and the building frustration of his partner winning the TNA Heavyweight Championship before he did could lead to a great heel turn and good longterm program between the two of them.
Ryan Kester: I fully understand the need for a strong Bound For Glory follow-up, but I dismiss the idea that it needed to be done with talking segment after talking segment after talking segment. If a wrestling company can't figure out how to follow up a PPV product with wrestling then they have no business being called a wrestling company.
Chris Shore: Nothing anyone will ever say will convince me that moving the title like they did will help TNA in the long term. There may (and has) been some short term bursts in ratings, but the lack of logic when it comes to hype will eat away at this story like a cancer until it implodes on itself. Some of you will say, "I hope you eat those words." To some degree, I do as well. But consider this, would I create such a huge plate of crow for myself if I had any real fear of having to consume it?
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): The slight enhancements made to the TV show for the second set of tapings are nowhere near close enough to what ROH needs to bring. When people ask for an old-school product they are not asking for wrestling that looks like it was taped with a camera made in 1993. The show may have solid storytelling, but many fans will not stay around to catch it because of the poor production values.
Jake Barnett (ROH): The Sinclair TV project has started off on shaky ground in the AV department. The product itself is strong, but I don't think you are going to attract many new fans if the can't look past the rather bush league production values. There is a ton to like about ROH if they can get the broadcasts lit and mic'd properly, and maybe splurge on some HD cameras so I don't have to squint at my normally awesome HDTV.
Mark Gessnar (Scott Hall): The Scott Hall piece that aired on ESPN last Wednesday was absolutely heartbreaking. As many DotNet members know, The Kliq were what got me into wrestling when i was in elementary school and I've been hooked since. To see "the bad guy's" life spiral downward should serve as a cautionary tale for not only wrestlers, but anyone in general who has substance abuse issues. However, after listening to PJ Polaco's interview, the substance is just his version of the solution to the void he feels in his life. Hopefully he can find the purpose in life that he is searching for and can live a productive and meaningful life.
Ryan Kester (UFC): UFC 137 is this weekend and the last minute switch from St. Pierre vs. Shields to Penn vs. Diaz has hurt the card considerably. Personally, I am still looking forward to the replacement fight, but I expect the switch to take its toll on the buyrate for the show.
Chris Shore (ROH): Through a variety of little problems, I have missed ROH the past few weeks, even when I intended it to cover it for the site. I was very excited for ROH with this new show, but I haven't been able to maintain that excitement level. I hope they give us something more to allow the show to gain traction. Right now it looks like a highlight show, not episodic programming.
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