5/31 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 Dot Net One Shots. 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 Wyatt Family is coming. These men have produced the most compelling act on NXT on a weekly basis. They are absolutely delightfully frightening. My only worry with them coming to the main roster is their act's similarity to The Shield (they are very different, but they are both three man heel acts). Aside from this one qualm, which would be easily fixed by a brand split, this development is pretty exciting. The youth movement in WWE right now is pretty fantastic.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Chris Jericho and Paul Heyman delivered a very string promo to set up a match at Payback between Jericho and Punk? Which flavor of CM Punk's persona will show up in Chicago? I think that's the most interesting question posed by Monday's Raw.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): WWE seems to be headed in the clear direction of a youth movement. The Shield, Fandango, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, Ryback, the returning C.M. Punk, and the debuting Wyatt Family are all young stars with acts that feel fresh and exciting. The numbers may not show it right away, but this is an exciting phase of star-building which is a necessary step for the future of the company.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @InnominatusTTV): It's unfortunate to see WWE moving to break up Team Hell No with a Daniel Bryan heel turn. There is so much potential with his act for an amazing babyface singles run, and I have little desire to see him and his tag partner, Kane, feud for the next several months.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): The timing of Bray Wyatt's debut will prove to be either incredibly lucky or short sighted. He has the gimmick to stand out immediately, and there are a lot of bland heels on the roster right now, so he could become a big deal right away. But the roster is also unbelievably heel heavy, so unless he is pushed as strongly as Curtis Axel, Fandango, and Ryback, he can easily get lost, which is less than he deserves.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): The Wyatt Family vignette fills me with excitement and fear. I have loved the Bray Wyatt act since I first saw it, but it has lost its way many times in NXT. Considering how bad things lose their way on the main shows, I fear the act will be misused and destroyed before it has a chance to be the unique act that could really trap viewers.
Will Pruett: Slammiversary is this Sunday. This is TNA's penultimate pay-per-view this year. I'm looking forward to a fair portion of the show, but I am not really looking forward to television for the month following it. TNA needs to make the time between pay-per-views far more exciting as we venture into four months without one.
Jake Barnett: Slammiversary is approaching rapidly and TNA seems to have stumbled on a few characters in Bully Ray and AJ Styles that can hold the attention of their fan base. How Impact and Slammiversary position those characrers will weigh heavy on the next few months of storylines.
Zack Zimmerman: I'll be at Slammiversary this Sunday in Boston. I have to admit that I am more excited about virtually every other match on the card than I am the main event. I've seen Sting's no-DQ walking brawls: blah. Here's hoping for a heel turn from Brooke (can't believe I typed that). Otherwise, the card looks full of matches that have generally established stories behind them and should be solid, given appropriate time and effort.
Ryan Kester: Mickie James laid a nice foundation for her heel turn last Thursday. TNA is slowly giving their women's division the focus it deserves, and James has an opportunity to be a great figurehead for it with her new persona.
Chris Shore: Slammiversary is this Sunday, and while I still do not feel like TNA is using their new schedule to their advantage yet, only one match seems hurriedly put together and arbitrary. All of the others have some story behind them. Not all of them are great stories, mind you, but the card is a logical extension of their TV shows and that has not always been the case. I think Slammiversary has the potential to be a very good show.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (WWE Signees): I'm overjoyed to hear indie standouts Sami Calihan and Samuray Del Sol have been signed by WWE and will be reporting to developmental. Both of them bring something very different than WWE's stereotypical signing and have produced an amazing body of work on the indie scene. Congratulations to both men! I can't wait to see them on NXT soon.
Jake Barnett (The Shield): WWE has really struck a chord with their booking of The Shield among core fans. Now that they are rising rapidly in popularity, now would be a good time to introduce more individualized personalities. Their future depends on being able to grow as characters along with their notoriety, and they can't do that without some distinctions from their group mentality.
Zack Zimmerman (NXT): A wise person recently pointed out to me that the reason we (those who choose to) follow NXT and independent wrestling is to form connections and bonds with young talent and acts before they get fully immersed in the WWE machine. Watching them craft their abilities, characters, and movesets is so much fun; and seeing their success and progression is incredibly gratifying.
Ryan Kester (CM Punk): I hope WWE shows the discipline to keep CM Punk off of Raw for the next few weeks. It's a rare thing these days for a wrestler to make their return on a PPV, and I would hate to see the impact of that moment diminish by having Punk show up before the big moment.
Darren Gutteridge (Samuray Del Sol): I had the privilege of seeing Samuray Del Sol this past weekend. He did some moves even I have never seen before, and his energy could really get a WWE crowd going. My only regret was apparently walking past him in a bar after the show, but in my defence, the man does wear a mask. But does this mean I can still class him as one of "my guys", as I saw him before he was a star?
Chris Shore (Getting over): After listening to Bully Ray deftly handle his press call yesterday I am once again befuddled as to why more companies don't do those sorts of things more. TNA is to be commended for what they have done, but it's time to expand the practice. This is a way for guys to get over outside of the traditional routes, and as Ray pointed out during the call, getting over is what it's all about.
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