12/12 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 closing segment of Raw was a whole lot of chaos. It didn't necessarily sell the TLC main event, but somehow it made me want to see it. I'm more intrigued about where WWE goes after and if the closing segment dropped any hints about the direction for WrestleMania. This could be fun.
Jeff Lutz (Twitter - @JeffreyDLutz): I don't really care that the final segment on Raw dispersed attention to matches not on the upcoming TLC pay-per-view and to matches we may never even see. After more than a month of bland programming, the only aspect of the segment that mattered to me was that WWE once again proved its capability to produce compelling television. I'm much more likely to purchase TLC, even if I won't be seeing Triple H vs. CM Punk or Daniel Bryan vs. Shawn Michaels. WWE restored my faith, at least for now.
Jake Barnett (Twitter - @barnettjake): The closing segment of Raw did a nice job of setting up the unification match for Sunday. I’m not sure why you unify the titles on a C-rate PPV in December, but John Cena showed some fire and the rest of the segment was entertaining as well.
Zack Zimmerman (Twitter - @InVasionZim): The closing angle of Raw was the hottest thing we've seen in months from WWE. It felt less corporatized, less sterile, and less scripted. It felt relevant and had people buzzing afterwards. The remaining questions, obviously, are who will come out Sunday as champion? Also, how long can WWE continue to ignore the demand for Daniel Bryan? I have a feeling not much longer.
Ryan Kester (Twitter - @InnominatusTTV): The end of Raw did a lot to get me excited for TLC. WWE did a good job of hyping the main event while giving each of their main guys a moment to shine.
Darren Gutteridge (Twitter - @Dazatheg): Where did that last segment on Raw come from?! After all of the bland title match builds we've sat through these past months, out of nowhere both Cena and Orton put on a damn good hard sell for TLC. Maybe it's too late to make the unification feel as important as it should, but it made me more excited for a match I had 0% interest in prior to Raw.
Will Pruett: There is an odd imbalance on the TNA roster. On a weekly basis we see EC3, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Jospeh Park, Eric Young, ODB, The Bro-Mans and Zema Ion, and others all doing comedy. It feels like 40% of the show is pure unfunny comedy. Why not try and tell a couple serious undercard feuds going?
Jeff Lutz: The apparent departure of AJ Styles should lead TNA to a new direction for its product. He was the first homegrown TNA star, now the company should look to inhabit its roster with only such performers. Kurt Angle, Sting, Bully Ray and other retreads have given great service to the business and deserve any future accolades they may receive, but TNA will never truly move forward until it establishes its own identity. Familiarity, as much as TNA tried, never became that identity. It's time to try something else.
Jake Barnett: Joseph Park worked at a Law Office named Park, Park and Park that was closed for 13 years before he showed up in TNA. With those kind of credentials, you’d think they’d have promoted him to upper management by now.
Ryan Kester: I had high hopes for the TNA title tournament when it started a few weeks back, but they have failed to make it feel like the big event that it should. With the end so close, I hope they get serious and at least make the payoff feel special.
Other (MMA, Indies, Etc)
Will Pruett (Wrestling Cares): This weekend, I went to an indie show without a single dive and without copious no-selling. The tag team matches were some of the most compelling tags I've seen in years. Wrestling Cares Association didn't produce boring wrestling. They produced a compelling night of storytelling. More indie companies and indie wrestlers should take note of what Les Thatcher and company are doing in Los Angeles.
Jeff Lutz (WWE): WWE has tried impossibly hard to give the unification match the hype, over three weeks, it probably should have given at least six months. To some extent, it has worked. I don't believe this is the biggest match in WWE history, and it wouldn't be even if it did receive six months of hype, but I truly have no idea who's going to win or what the fallout will be. It's exciting to formulate outlandish possibilities, even if they're not likely to happen. I can't be disappointed by the finish of the unification match unless WWE fails to capitalize and build upon the hype.
Jake Barnett (Raw crowd): I guess the 12th man from the Seahawks found his way into the arena on Monday, as hometown boy Daniel Bryan could not have been more over near his home town. It nearly got in the way of promoting the PPV in the closing segment of the show, but John Cena was able to pivot and use Bryan’s raucous crowd reaction to his advantage. I can’t help but think that rematch would be too soon, unless they are planning to promote it for WrestleMania.
Zack Zimmerman (ROH): Final Battle is coming up this Saturday and while I haven't been keeping up on their TV as much as I'd like, they always bring their 'A' game to the Hammerstein and I'm really looking forward to it. Check back here for results and notes on Saturday and a full report Sunday.
Ryan Kester (UFC): I can't wait for UFC 168 to get here. Seeing how Silva acts in his first fight after losing his belt and the much hyped confrontation between Rousey and Tate both have me excited for what should be a great card.
Darren Gutteridge (Slammys): Getting angry about the Slammys is so laughable. Is the voting rigged? Are the categories stupid? Who cares! The awards carry the same weight as a gold star sticker with "You're the best!" on it, and should be treated with as much importance. Unlike my annual NXT awards, which are on par with the Nobel Prizes.
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