1/4 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indie wrestling
Welcome to the first Dot Net One Shots of 2013. 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): I was horrified by the end of Monday Night Raw. I'm very curious about the plumbing situation in that arena. How does feces even get above the ring? How did it never fall during a match? Why would WWE allow their contracted talent to undergo that health risk. They should really look into this serious situation as they book their tours in the future.
Jeff Lutz (Twitter - @JeffreyDLutz): There was a wrestling fan somewhere who was looking forward to Jan. 7, for the return of The Rock and the build toward the Royal Rumble. When that fan saw back-to-back weeks of Raw featuring the near death of Santa Claus and the impregnation of Mae Young, he stopped watching for good. Satisfying the morbid sense of humor of Vince McMahon isn't worth the cost to an already dwindling audience.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): The overwhelming themes coming out of Monday's Raw is that John Cena really can't pass up a poop joke, Alberto Del Rio doesn't know who he is anymore, and the Shield are still the most interesting act in WWE. I'm really hoping the rest of WWE's writing begins to catch up with what they have been doing with the new faction. Oh, and did you see Antonio Cesaro hit the Neutralizer on the Great Khali? Nothing short of incredible.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): Raw felt like a combination of some of the worst Raw moments in history (Mae Young giving birth, crap dumps, meaningless title matches etc.) Some may say that it was a 'cheap' night for Raw, with no need to do anything interesting as not a lot of people would be watching, but they still decided to have a title change and a fair amount of build up for the coming month of TV. Why not have a show that's packed full of long, good but meaningless matches, so the hardcore fans who chose to watch got a treat?
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): I won't rehash all my feelings about the ending of the New Year's Eve Raw here, but I will say this: those fans who are tired of John Cena ended 2012 feeling mighty low. Almost as if they had been covered in poop.
Will Pruett: I'm enjoying the build to the three-way between Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, and Bobby Roode. They have found a way to make this future main event seem organic, which is difficult in wrestling. Hopefully the match that they have will live up to the seeming quality of the build.
Jake Barnett: TNA continues to tread water, although barely. The Hogan Knows Best storyline is still not interesting to me, and Aces and Eights is barely running on fumes. There are glimmers of hope around with Daniels giving great performances and Aries and Roode making Jeff Hardy seem fresh again, but there is still much to do before this show doesn't feel inconsequential most weeks.
Chris Shore: Even though TNA continues to struggle creatively as a whole, they are much better live, and it is nice to see them back in that mode.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Indies): Independant wrestling companies tend to run dank, small arenas and clubs and they often try to kill all the lights not on the ring. Why not just turn the lights up and let the personality of the building show? I'd love to things that look less dark and less like high school gyms. I recently watched DGUSA Heat and was charmed by the location (a German bar) more than almost anything on the show. Let's see some indies do a few more "Shotgun Saturday Night"-esque shows.
Jeff Lutz : A fighting promotion, in my opinion, should be carried by its heavyweights, and Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos are saving that division in UFC. Alistair Overeem blew his initial chance at stardom and the rest of the division is filled with also-rans and has-beens. Velasquez and Dos Santos bring an excitement to a division that can only gain followers by the time the two meet for their inevitable third encounter.
Jake Barnett (WWE Live): I attended a WWE Live event in Minneapolis with my Wife last Friday, and despite a marked lack of star power, the show didn't disappoint. My wife was bummed out that she didn't get to see Santino or a Daniel Bryan Yes Chant, but for the most part the show was entertaining. The funniest part of the experience for me was my wife thinking the Fandango character sucked, and her realizing that Sheamus really does yell "Fella!" a lot for no reason
Chris Shore (ROH): ROH records TV this Saturday and the Top Prospect Tournament is an open book right now. I can see a legitimate path for three or four guys winning the tournament, and I think most of the entrants deserve a chance. That's so much better than the last tournament that was an obvious vehicle for Mike Bennett. ROH needs to find some new talent to supplement their current stars, and this is a good way to establish some immediately.
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