9/19 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): Has WWE ever produced a pay-per-view with less consequence than Night of Champions? I regularly find it absurd to pay $55 for a three hour show, but this one takes the cake. This show was more skippable than Main Event, which I haven't watched in about a year.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): Night of Champions felt like a show that didn't need to exist. It was an extra television show to set up an event in the future that would have some meaning. The problem is, WWE still wanted $50+ for it, and they need to be careful in the long run about their value proposition. Fans have much longer memories about $50 dollar purchases than they do about a bad television show here and there.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): Since Summerslam, I've mildly defended WWE's decision to go with this WWE title program. At this point however, I'm certain that a third title victory for Bryan wouldn't elicit nearly the response that his Summerslam win did, nor will he be more over. I'm really starting to feel like they didn't make the best decision for business.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @InnominatusTTV): WWE recovered strong after one of their weakest PPV performances this year. They stumbled at the PPV with booking that didn't mesh with the story they've been telling; we can only hope that WWE doesn't run into the same trap again now that they've got things back on track.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): Everyone knew (and had accepted) Bryan wouldn't make it past Monday as champion, so the title change just seems like a blatant swerve from WWE, to remind us that "You don't know better than us". Just for the sake of proving "anything can happen", they've sacrificed a big feel good moment.
Will Pruett: I complained about it and doubted it, but when it came time for the finals of the Bound for Glory Series, TNA delivered a great moment with a great feel. Jeremy Borash deserves some credit for his introductions. A.J. Styles and Magnus deserve a lot of credit for their match. Nice work, TNA.
Jake Barnett: Oh boy, more Dixie Carter and AJ Styles drama! I have a drinking game planned for this. Everytime something cringe worthy happens, I'm going to take a drink. Don't worry about me. I've had a pretty good run.
Zack Zimmerman: AJ Styles will be playing the part of the internet in a promo with Dixie Carter? I can't say I'm ever eager to watch TNA, but that segment should at least hold my interest. Will another "overhaul of the company" really make a difference? You can't polish a turd.
Ryan Kester: AJ Styles winning the Bound For Glory Series does little for me. TNA failed to tell he story of him being restricted from a title shot for a full year, and the man simply doesn't have the charisma or mic skills to sell the worked shoot they're attempting. In theory, this win could have been so many things for TNA, but at this point it simply underwhelms.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (ROH): With the crowning of a new World Champion on Friday, ROH has an opportunity to start a new season of storytelling. Their last season (the war with SCUM) was disappointing at its best, but pieces are in place to make this next one compelling. The heel act of Adam Cole (which he's been doing for over a year in PWG) is really engaging. He can be a great lead antagonist for ROH.
Jake Barnett (Randy Orton): I appreciate WWE bringing back the Viper character, because that is when Orton is at his best, but it seems odd that the person he basically sexually assaulted is the one asking for it. There are some odd contortions WWE finds itself in when it comes to writing, but this may be one of the more absurd situations in recent memory.
Zack Zimmerman (Beyond Wrestling): Beyond Wrestling is an indie company worth keeping an eye and an ear on. After a highly reviewed show over the summer and another this past weekend, it looks like the Northeast finally has a group of its own to be proud of. If you're a DVD collector, 'Americanrana' and 'Point of No Return' are great places to start.
Ryan Kester (Jim Ross): It's disappointing to see a man that was an integral part of so many of my fondest wrestling memories move on from wrestling with so little fanfare. Jim Ross was an absolute boon for WWE, and the much revered Attitude Era would not have been anywhere near what it became without his passionate calls.
Darren Gutteridge (NXT): The Full Sail crowd may soon become a major problem for the NXT booking team. They're starting to dictate face/heel alignments, and its good that the product has been adaptable, but if that continues, the crowd may hijack every show and storyline, wreaking havoc on the TV product. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a solution however.
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