WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross’ latest blog was posted on Monday at www.jrsbarbq.com. Here are the highlights:
Jr will be broadcasting another Knockout at the D boxing event for CBS Sports Network on Friday, June 10.
Some have criticized JR's efforts specifically not being a "boxing guy," regardless he is loving the experience, he's a lifelong boxing fan and he's trying to improve with every broadcast. (Fighting Champion Response: I don't think it's fair to criticize anyone just because they didn't spend their professional career in any given sport. That includes all sports, whether it's MLB, the NFL or the NBA, if said person has the talent, it'll come through.)
Friday, May 27 starts the coverage of NJPW's G1 Tournament on AXSTV starting at 9/8CT.
Ross enjoyed Extreme Rules. He especially loved the Fatal 4-Way Match for the IC Title a great deal. (FC Response: The Fatal 4-Way Match for the IC Title was a fantastic match and by far the match of the night, if not year.)
Ross is of the mindset that it would be prudent for WWE to consider eliminating a full card of 'extreme matches' in their PG world. One would assume that having extreme rules matches would include some occasional blood and would also necessitate a few, selected participants missing ring time to 'recover.' (FC Response: I am in complete agreement with Ross on this.)
He says the live crowd chanting, You can't wrestle," at Roman Reigns was an embarrassment. (FC Response: Chants like this are ridiculous and it makes the audience look bad. It's a shame this crowd felt the need to make it about themselves and disrespect the competitors in the ring.)
He goes on to say fans don't have to like a talent, but to express such a 'snarky,' listen to me chant isn't a good thing. He understands the the theory if I pay my money, I can say whatever I want, but obviously these fans don't feel so strongly about their opinions that do not attend the events.
The following highlights are Ross' thoughts on Extreme Rules. You can read what I thought of the show in my blog, Extreme Rules Random Thoughts & Opinions.
He thinks Baron Corbin is improving and had a solid outing against Dolph Ziggler.
The Usos vs. Gallows and Anderson was a solid match and a good opener.
Rusev winning the U.S. Title worked for him and he hopes he keeps it for a nice tenure.
The WWE Tag Team Title match was fine albeit short and played more on entertainment sizzle than athletic drama.
The Fatal 4-Way IC Title bout was spectacular. All four had stellar outings.
He felt bad for Jericho and Ambrose who did all they could to make the Asylum Match better than it was.
Ross says the last PPV match between Charlotte and Natalya was better than this one. He doesn't think the outside elements were needed.
He thinks both the Asylum Match and Women's Title Match were adversely affected by having to follow the IC Title Match.
AJ Styles proved that he is as good if not better than anyone in WWE today, and recent memory. He says both men delivered and should be applauded for their efforts and desire to entertain the fans.
It was nice to see Rollins healthy and back on TV. JR thinks Rollins needs to be a heel now.
Best wishes to Cody Rhodes as he begins a new chapter of his professional life after being granted his release. JR says Cody will be fine going forward as he has too much going for him to fail. (FC Response: Kind words from Jim Ross. I too wish Cody all the best. I wouldn't mind seeing him end up wrestling on IMPACT.)
Ross also wishes Adam Rose well and encourages him to carefully strategize his next step.
Monday was the anniversary of the death of Owen Heart in KC at the WWE Over the Edge PPV. JR has never had a more challenging task than continuing the live broadcast after announcing that Owen has died.
Ross has never gone back and watched the footage from KC, and there is rarely a week that goes by that he's not reminded of what a great person Owen was to all who knew him.
(FC Response: I couldn't even imagine what it is like in the arena after Owen fell, let alone having to go on with the show knowing he had died.)
As always Ross goes into more detail in his blog, He goes into much further detail of each match at Extreme Rules. Jim also expounds on his experience witnessing the tragic death of Owen Heart.
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