1/4 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): The Chris Jericho return is really intriguing to me, especially when considering the possible feud with C.M. Punk. They are two sides of the same coin where Punk has risen to popularity by embracing the affection of insider fans while Jericho has tried his best to shun them. No matter what comes of the feud, their exchanges should be entertaining and a match between them could highlight WrestleMania.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Kane and John Cena's feud officially jumped the shark this week. Chris Jericho returned and shook things up, whether you loved it or hated it. I fall in the former camp. C.M. Punk and Dolph Ziggler had a great match with an absurd finish. WWE never seems to tip the good to crap ratio above 50 percent.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @TheRyanKester): Chris Jericho set the internet on fire with his antics last Monday Night. I've been thinking, when the Jericho's of the industry retire, who will step into their place and be able to elicit such a buzz?
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): Very simply, Chris Jericho's return was the smartest thing I have seen on WWE television in years. For the first time in a very, very long time, I can honestly say I cannot wait for Monday's Raw.
Will Pruett: It is not uncommon to hear me complain about the way that TNA uses their Knockouts division, but that week I want to praise them. Treating Mickie James and Gail Kim the same way they would their major male main event talent was a huge step forward in the perception of women's wrestling. While WWE and TNA often down play women's wrestling, this was a shining moment that undoubtedly worked.
Jake Barnett: I'm glad to see Ric Flair find a role in TNA that doesn't involve blood transfusions. Gunner should benefit in a big way from his time with Flair if it's done right. Also, props to TNA for giving the Knockouts some much deserved respect on Impact after really demeaning them over the past couple of months.
Ryan Kester: Kudos to TNA for featuring their women's division so prominently last week. I hope to see this sort of attention paid to their championships become the norm rather than a unique happening.
Chris Shore: I will echo my colleagues' sentiments about TNA giving the Knockouts some much needed respect, but I will add a caveat. The ratings for the Knockouts segments were below the average. TNA should not take this to mean less people care. They have heaped so much manure on the Knockouts that most people are not going to take them seriously because of one good night. TNA needs to stay the course and rebuild that deivision to its glory days.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): I am amazed that Ring of Honor is not only allowing their talent to take dangerous health risks, but they are using it in a storyline. This is not cutting edge wrestling, this is taking real life issues too far. Ring of Honor used to be pointed at as the future of professional wrestling, but ever since the SBG takeover, they have seemed more like the sad past.
Jake Barnett (MMA): Brock Lesnar retired after a very one sides fight. I was hoping to see Brock make a resurgence after his surgery, but it looked like his body just couldn't take the beating anymore. I won't criticize anybody for doing what's right for himself and his family, and I really wish him the best. Despite a short tenure, Brock helped take the UFC to another level.
Ryan Kester (UFC): Much respect to Brock Lesnar and what he accomplished with such a short career in MMA. I wish he would have gone out on a better note, but that doesn't tarnish the impact he had on the UFC.
Chris Shore (ROH): This coming Saturday's ROH show will feature a tag team proving ground match and I could not be more aggravated about it. Why? Because Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team lost the belts to the Briscoes at Final Battle, and yet they will be the champions on TV. This has to stop. Somebody desperately needs to tell Jim Cornette that it's 2012, not 1983. We know the title changed, so act like it changed.
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