2/22 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): Monday night was highlighted by two really good verbal segments for the two biggest matches at WrestleMania. The Undertaker and Triple H payed off their build and finally made their match official. John Cena shifted from silly frat boy into a serious wrestler that wants to win the biggest match of his career. WrestleMania has three match of the year contenders on the card thus far and one dark horse show stealer. This year will be special.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Raw and Smackdown were both middle of the road shows this week. There were some great moments, but also a lot of filler material that I didn't expect to see on these shows heading towards the event that is the pinnacle of WWE's yearly schedule. I enjoyed John Cena's intensity, C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan's great match, and the start of the Undertaker and Triple H's build. They all had their flaws, but I think those moments carried this week's television. I hope there is a steep increase in the frequency of these great moments heading toward WrestleMania.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @TheRyanKester): We are in the final stretch before WrestleMania, yet WWE does not feel like its firing on all cylinders. The Undertaker and Triple H have received plenty of build thus far, and John Cena and The Rock have received plenty of focus via video packages. but it simply does not feel like we are on the Road to WrestleMania. WWE needs to pick up the momentum sooner rather than later.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): WWE finally got to put their best foot forward for WrestleMania this week and the news about WrestleMania 29 is better than just about any build we've had for WrestleMania 28. John Cena vs, the Rock needs work. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus needs a lot of work. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk needs a shit ton of work. Triple H and Undertaker is good, but it is the only thing thus far. There's still enough time left to put heat on these feuds. I just don't understand why you waste a week of TV, no matter how much time you have left.
Will Pruett: The main event of Bobby Roode and James Storm at Lockdown is exactly what I expected coming out of Bound for Glory. However, I figured we would get a few high profile matches from them first. This match, while it is the right feud for the all cage pay-per-view, is happening too soon in the rivalry. If the cage isn't the end, what good is it?
Jake Barnett: Robert Roode and James Storm continue to get the tar beat out of them heading into their match at Lockdown. I'm unsure why Roode needs a feud with Sting while at the same time feuding with his former best friend and tag team partner, and I hope it is resolved quickly so that Roode and Storm get the focus and attention they deserve. This really should be the feud that cements both men in the Main Event, as long as the feud isn't weighed down by the albatrosses of on and off air TNA power struggles.
Ryan Kester: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm is set for Lockdown, but I feel like a lot of the heat has been let out of their feud. TNA has not done a good job of keeping the two men apart, and last week's Impact showed both men getting the tar beaten out of them before they secured fluky wins. That doesn't scream money feud to me, and TNA did both men a huge disservice. There's still plenty of time to put back on this feud, but I cannot fathom why TNA would put themselves in a position where that becomes necessary.
Chris Shore: Eric Bischoff took to Twitter today to express his pleasure over the Impact scripts that have undoubtedly come from new lead writer (for want of a title) David Lagana. Bischoff tweeted, "Story, character, structure. Looking forward to the next set of TV's. Been a long time coming." Yes it has. Let's hope Eric is right and nobody screw it up.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): One has to wonder at what point Sinclair is going to cut bait and change directions with this company. There has not been the growth that one would expect to see with a TV show that is shown in a large portion of the country. The creative direction of the company has been extraordinarily disappointing since the TV show launch and going into WrestleMania weekend it does not look to be improving.
Jake Barnett (UFC): Fight fans should be really excited, as this weekend's UFC 144 PPV looks to have a lot of promising contests. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the UFC return to Japan with Akiyama, Okami, and Rampage Jackson all remaining very popular among Japanese crowds, and all three are against very tough opponents. The crowd should be electric and I think it could be a sleeper for the best card of 2012 thus far.
Ryan Kester (UFC): For the first time in a long time, I am looking forward to every fight on a UFC card. While I always enjoy a good fight, I can hardly ever justify every UFC card as being worth the amount of money they ask for their shows. This Saturday's UFC 144 is a different story, and I hope to see more cards that are this solid in the future.
Chris Shore (ROH): I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about ROH's 10th Anniversary show. First the have a lame tag team main event, today they announce the Amazing Red will return to ROH to team with TJ Perkins to face Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin. Red's return will be a good moment, but the best they can come up with for "The House of Truth" is a guy coming back and TJ Perkins? This iPPV is not looking good right now.
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