WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross’ latest blog was posted on Friday at www.jrsbarbq.com. Here are the highlights:
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Ross thinks the WWE brand split is a good thing. He thinks the separation should be a clean split and feature no random intermingling.
However unlikely, JR prefers only one, primary champion in WWE - The WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The U.S. and IC can be be brand specific.
Going live on the USA Network is a positive move for all involved. He says SmackDown doesn't have to be considered the “redheaded stepchild” as it often was in the past.
Ross would compare the brand separation as to having two different companies under one ownership with different referees, announce teams, ring announcers, interviewers etc.
He does not see this as a negative for NXT.
His suggestion to TNA is to tweak their Tuesday start time to avoid fans from having to make a decision of which show to watch. He says it's ill advised for TNA to go head to head with WWE on Tuesday nights. (FC Response: Well if that's not the understatement of the year. In fact, I think TNA should consider moving to Wednesday nights. Yes, they might run into fans suffering wrestling burnout, but I just think the competition on Thursday nights is just too great, especially once the NFL starts.)
Jim is raising money for Headlock on Hunger and they are selling limited edition, GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY t-shirts for two weeks only at www.represent.com/jimross.
It looks like JR might be doing a new CBS Sports Network boxing event on Saturday, June 4 in Cancun, Mexico. Details are being finalized for him to join Boxing Hall of Famer Al Bernstein on the broadcast.
He will be back at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, June 10 for another Knockout at the D night of boxing.
The following highlights were posted on Jim Ross’ Wednesday, May 25th blog:
There was a healthy competition when he handled the RAW broadcast with Jerry Lawler and the SmackDown announce team of Michael Cole and Taz. He says the same held true with writing teams.
He sees the same happening with the talent on each show especially as SmackDown attempts to narrow the gap between the perception of their show and RAW.
He says SmackDown going live on Thursday nights would not work because of routing the crews already on the road, etc.
He's curious and motivated to see who goes where, what traveling arrangements will be disrupted, what new rivalries are established, etc.
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JR thought RAW was a solid show with some entertaining bouts sprinkled throughout in MITB qualifying matches. He thinks all the talents that qualified were all good choices.
Ross thought the Styles vs. Owens match was really good, and he's not concerned with AJ’s creative status within WWE. He says there's no better in ring talent on the WWE roster than AJ Styles. (FC Response: This is high praise for Styles coming from someone like Jim Ross, and I agree with his assessment.)
He was happy to see Charlotte go solo. (FC Response: I can go either way on this. I thought Ric added to her presentation in a good way. I understand why WWE went the route they did, but I think it was rushed. They could've got more out of the angle by dragging it out a few more weeks, which in turn would've made it feel like a bigger deal.)
Ross is enjoying Miz as a beatable IC Champion. He thinks Cesaro is perfect for a Lesnar run.
He enjoyed Rollins antagonist promo and wonders if fans will support him in his role, or still defiantly cheer him.
Jim is a big Enzo fan and was glad to see him back on TV.
Although JR is a fan of Dean Ambrose, he thinks Dean is in need of a sabbatical to allow him to “freshen up.”
As always Ross goes into more detail in his blog,
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