11/21 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): I have never wanted to watch WWE TV less. I've been fast forwarding through a lot of Raw, accidentally skipping Smackdown, and, although I'm sure I'll watch Survivor Series, I know it won't be love and I will fast forward. This is a sad time to be a fan of this product.
Jeff Lutz (Twitter - @JeffreyDLutz): Am I the only one who feels like the new R-Truth/Xavier Woods pairing should be known as Truth and Consequences? No, I'm not, because I saw it on the internet. But until further notice I'm taking full credit for the idea and collecting any royalties that should result from a future trademark.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): With their go-home edition of Raw, WWE did more to un-sell me on Survivor Series than it did convince me to attend (or order). I got to see physicality between nearly all of the participants that I'm supposed to pay to see, I got the mystery man payoff without having to pay, and I got Randy Orton essentially guaranteeing interference in the main event by admitting he can't beat Big Show. Could they actually be so oblivious regarding PPV promotion or have they made a conscious decision to flush the values of PPV's down the toilet?
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): The fact that for the first time in a while WWE actually has factions and an emphasis on tag team wrestling, and yet still can't promote Survivor Series well, is a testament to the creative mire the company is stuck in. Team warfare is golden in that people will be excited for the clashes between titans, yet no titles or real storyline weight need to be on the line. A really wasted opportunity.
Chris Shore (Twitter - @TheShoreSlant): The PPV mess continues for WWE as we roll into Survivor Series. After killing the feel good moment of the year at SummerSlam, WWE has pushed the viability of their storylines further and further into the ground to the point where we are days away from one of the "Big 4" PPVs and most people are struggling just to watch the free television shows.
Will Pruett: There is some promise being shown on Impact right now, especially in and around the TNA Championship tournament. The first two matches have been well done and presented as big deals. As TNA finishes the first round this week I hope to see this continue. It feels like the start of something new, which is quite exciting.
Chris Shore: The lack of contributor One Shots for TNA is not indicative of the product currently as much as it is indicative of the damage done to the brand for so many years now. TNA has shown an improvement on the creative side as of late, but they will have to do a lot of work to convince fans who have given up to come back and try them again. They can do it, but it is not going to happen overnight.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Survivor Series): With this being a major pay-per-view, I like to look back at some fun memories from Survivor Series past. I'll go with the 2006 match with Team DX (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and C.M. Punk) running the table against Team Rated RKO (Edge, Randy Orton, Shane Helms, Mike Knox, and Johnny Nitro). Never has a complete burial been so much fun. Why can't Triple H burying people be this enjoyable now?
Jeff Lutz (WWE): I'm going to expand on this in next week's blog that will be a harsh viewpoint on WWE, but it's tough to find a reason to continue watching the product. Personally, I watch because I enjoy analyzing and because I enjoy the conversations that result from creative highs and lows. It's all lows right now, and thankfully those conversations -- via podcasts, message boards, etc. -- are still interesting even when the product comes up well short.
Zack Zimmerman (Beyond Wrestling): If you're as frustrated with the wrestling available on TV as it seems so many people are, take your fandom elsewhere. There are great wrestling promotions across the country and around the world putting on shows that cater to real pro wrestling fans. Groups like New Japan, PWG, WXW, and Beyond Wrestling are some that might really spark an interest. If you don't usually, try expanding your horizons because there's most likely something out there you'll love.
Darren Gutteridge (NXT): So it's turns out that Xavier Woods has been chosen to be the next call up to the main roster. He's been ready for a while, so I'm glad it's him, but they really missed a trick by not calling him up when he had some buzz about him back when he had a petition to get Big Show rehired. This cold call-up with R-Truth pales in comparison.
Chris Shore (WWE Network): The biggest draw of the WWE Network would have to be the "free" PPVs that come with your subscription, but to play off what I said above, what happens if no one wants to see the PPVs? WWE's creative is so fundamentally bad right now that we may begin to see the effects reverberate to other areas of business for the company. This also can’t be helping their position as they move into television contract negotiations.
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