Happy Tuesday to all on a busy week for yours truly. Lots of prep work for Monday night's Fox Sports 1 and Golden Boy Promotions boxing event, another podcast to produce and host and doing media for our next RINGSIDE W/ Jim Ross Show coming to Chicago. Let's roll....
London Raw thoughts:
I have to admit I was somewhat distracted while watching RAW Monday night due to the OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff game on TNT. I was multi-tasking with picture in picture. (This will guarantee that someone who follows me on Twitter @JRsBBQ will ask me who's audio I was listening to.)
Even though I am a big time believer in the Wyatt's as growing stars within WWE, if they are cast as villains then I am still confused as to their creative presentation. I just need some help understanding why it's wrong for the fans to cheer them and I'd also like to know from what the Wyatt's are saving us.
When the audience is encouraged to sing along to a supposed villain's singing of a spiritual hymn and the antagonist also uses Mick Foley's 'cheap pop' line of mentioning the city from which the show is emanating, those matters are not helping the talent become a 'hated' performer. Perhaps that's the idea....perhaps the end game will be that Bray Wyatt isn't a villian but Harper and Rowan might be. I have a crazy storyline idea on the new Ross Report Podcast that drops today (Tuesday) at 6 pm Pacific time at podcastone.com featuring @Goldberg. Check it out.
At the end of the night not one fan favorite came to John Cena's aid as he was being beat like a Government Mule by three men. The humanity of it all. One would assume that at least one 'good guy' would wonder out to the stage in an attempt to 'do right' if not to only get beaten by the three, bearded, disenfranchised Duck Dynasty gone bad Swamp People. (I watch too much TV.)
Great, ballsy promo by @HeymanHustle mentioning the Queen of England and Brock Lesnar essentially in the same breath. Cesaro feels more of a star with Heyman than he ever did without him. After seeing Cesaro have some wicked matches in NXT in 2013, I can assure any doubters this....he's a wresting machine.
I wasn't shocked whatsoever that Paige lost on TV in her home country and neither should anyone else who's been alive for more than a few hours. Obviously, just as I did, WWE liked what they saw last week with Alicia Fox and wanted Alicia to get an impactful win and beating Norwich, England's own Paige was the solution that was used. If you think about it long enough, it's not bad casting. Hey, we've all seen worse.
Well, the beat the clock matches actually used 'time' as an element of interest in a handful of matches which added to the urgency of the otherwise cold bouts.
Seeing a villain cheat to win and a clock being put in play made me happy while suffering through a dismal NBA Playoff game featuring my favorite team being taken to the woodshed on the River Walk.
Another outstanding performance by Stephanie McMahon masterfully playing a very evil authority person.
If WWE can't coach Lana up and draw money with her, likely in 2015, then I will 'consider' swearing off the BBQ Sauce.
Love the build and the interest that has developed between The Shield and Evolution. Nicely done creative and a good illustration on how to build a rivalry.
Many will ask what's the difference between a Last Man Standing match and No Holds Barred bout? One has a fall or submission and one is the old, Texas Death match theory of answering a 10 count but those issues should be explained and exploited. To some fans they are closer than first cousins.
Wade Barrett could easily be a fan favorite in today's diluted, mat world as fans have finally accepted his TV persona that is currently in play. Bad News generally leads off most newscasts and the slogan/phrase has gotten over.
Don't sleep on Luke Harper as he can 'go.' There's money in both Harper and Rowan but Harper is the sharper of the two at the present time due to his edge in experience.
Tickets are still available for my RINGSIDE w/ Jim Ross show coming to Chicago the day before Payback. Our event is Saturday afternoon May 31 at the Chicago House of Blues. The VIP Meet & Greet starts at noon and the doors open at 1 for fans with regular tickets with the show starting at 2 pm. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and will also be available the day of the event at the door at the House of Blues. Plenty of JR's products and shirts from http://www.prowreestlingtees.com/jimross will be available as well. I hope that you will join me if you are in the Chicagoland area.
My visit with Bill Goldberg on the new, Ross Report drops today (Tuesday) at 6 pm Pacific time and can be downloaded for free at podcastone.lcom or iTunes. Bill and I cover a plethora of topics on this new podcast including his desire to return to the ring under the right circumstances of which I can see happening. Check it out. @Goldberg is also getting into the podcast business with @PodcastOne as well. He's going to do great.
This Monday don't forget that I will make my pro boxing broadcast debut on Fox Sports 1 on their prime time fights promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Be sure to check us out live or DVR the Memorial Day evening special that airs at 9 eastern and 8 central on @FoxSports1 in conjunction with @GoldenBoyBoxing. I've got lots of home work to get done but I'm blessed to have many friends who are in the boxing business who are giving me a helping hand.
I'm talking with my old friend Ted DiBiase Tuesday evening to record a future Ross Report. Can't wait to speak to the Hall of Famer whose Million Dollar Man persona was one of the best heel personas in wrestling history.
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