6/13 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): For the first time in my life, I was effectively sold a Lumberjack Match. John Cena and Ryback performed well at the end of Raw and I was impressed by the use of the wrestlers around the ring. I still don't really like Lumberjack Matches, but it was nice to see solid and creative promotion of one.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Everyone is sick of reading about Daniel Bryan by now, so I'll keep this brief. He's awesome and you should find a way to see everything he's doing right now while he's in this kind of groove.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): The McMahon's may be necessary to combat TV competition, but there is no excuse for what happened Monday night. Two weeks ago, both Steph and Vince got great pops from the crowd because their appearances felt special and should mean something big is going to happen. To see them in show-spanning, worse-than-soap opera skits is incredibly unappealing and shouldn't happen. Ever.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): I did wonder what WWE could do to halt the Daniel Bryan momentum. I don’t think they want to, but the “hot streak” has come round so fast and unexpectedly, it’s not like they had plans in place. Enter Orton. If they win the tag belts at Payback, I worry the stale Orton will be an albatross around Bryan’s neck for the coming months, leveling out his current rise with the overplayed “reluctant team” followed by breakup feud storyline.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): I enjoyed the McMahon family drama last week, but not so much this week. Last week it seemed pertinent because of Hunter's head injury. This week it seemed more forced, especially when Hunter and Vince essentially replayed the old Loony Toons "Duck season, rabbit season" gimmick near the end of the show. I don't know where they are going with this, but it sure feels like the train has already derailed.
Will Pruett: The biggest error in TNA right now isn't logic and it isn't a lack of long-term storytelling. The error is the main character. Look at the closing moments of Impact Wrestling on Thursday night. Who was the central character (Hint: he is often red, yellow, and orange)? If I want to see wrestling centrally focused on Hulk Hogan, I'll pop in some DVD's from 30 years ago.
Jake Barnett: The Knockouts are the freshest feeling division in TNA right now. It will be interesting to track the ratings progress to see if it is reflected there. Mickie James character change along with her leading the division with the title are reasons for optimism.
Zack Zimmerman: Rampage Jackson was underwhelming in his debut. He rushed into speaking, rushed through speaking, and didn't show the charisma he was projected to have. The stare-down with Angle saved the segment, but after seeing what Rampage brought on day one, I can't say I'm really looking forward to day two.
Chris Shore: The road to Bound for Glory begins in earnest tonight for TNA. While the last cycle was better than the first, they still have not used their new PPV schedule to its fullest. Considering so much of what happens at BFG is determined by the BFG series, here's hoping TNA finally uses every second of the time between now and October to make that show feel like the event TNA thinks it is.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Indies): I usually lament the lack of good indie shows with nationally renowned indie talent in my area (Southern California). This month, I am not able to do so. On Saturday night, I'll see Sami Calihan and Adam Cole in an Iron Man Match for PWG. On Sunday, QPW will feature talent such as Kevin Steen, Eddie Edwards, Brian Cage, T.J. Perkins (currently playing Suicide), and many others. Then, on June 29 Wrestling Cares Association will present a show as well. I'm in wrestling heaven this month.
Jake Barnett (ROH): If you are looking for some good tag team wrestling, find the 6/10 episode of ROH TV and watch The Briscoes vs. The American Wolves in the Main Event. It was an excellent match that planted some seeds for feuding more between the Briscoes heading into their match on iPPV.
Zack Zimmerman (NXT): Starting in July, the newest crop of developmental signees report to NXT. According to reports, independent names such as Sami Callihan, Samuray Del Sol, Shawn Ricker, and Ryan Drago, as well as others, are slated to begin their journey through the WWE system. With the current youth movement in effect, fans can hope that several guys and ladies will have their opportunities to break out and succeed. The coming months will certainly be exciting in NXT.
Darren Gutteridge (WWE 2K14): With E3 this week, new WWE Games developer 2K have taken the interesting move to not bring WWE 2K14 to the show. This might turn into a masterstroke, as they can now have a separate event all their own to show the new game, and they don’t have to turn up with an unfinished demo, which would have been almost a certainty given the game only changed hands from THQ in February.
Chris Shore (Indies): ROH feels flat. DGUSA/EVOLVE is quiet. PWG doesn't want to grow. CHIKARA is (possibly) done. The indy scene is fraught with problems right now, but that means it is also ripe with opportunity. Now is the time for a small to medium size promotion with big ideas and solid plans to step forward and capture that audience. The question is: Does one exist?
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