Quick, collection of thoughts before it's patio time and a little reading. Then....let's grill....
The Ross Report podcast with @MDMTedDiBiase was #5 on the iTunes Top 300 sports and recreation charts earlier today. Thanks to you all for helping us build this new venture by downloading it for FREE at podcastone.com and iTunes. Plus, many of you are pushing it on social media which helps us a great deal. Thanks, again.
This Tuesday on the Ross Report, I talk to MVP about his 9 1/2 years in prison and some revealing road stories from his days traveling with the late, Chris Benoit. A new, Ross Report podcast drops every Tuesday at 6 pm pacific time.
Excited to head to Waterloo, Iowa July 18-19 for the annual National Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend at the Dan Gable Museum. All wrestling fans no matter amateur or pro should see the museum once in their life as it is truly fascinating and one of the bucket list days of my entire year. Randy Couture, The Steiner Brothers, DDP, Larry Hennig, Larry Matysik, For info on tickets to attend this weekend that includes a banquet, live, pro wrestling event, pro tryouts and the chance to meet the greats of the game you can call 319-233-0745 or visit them on Facebook. I will MC the banquet on Saturday July 19 and will also attend the pro wrestling event with WWE HOFer Jerry Brisco on Friday night July 18.
This is the most fan and family friendly event in wrestling. Again, call 319-233-0745 for information. I'd love to see you there. I'm bringing the JR's! :)
What do you think of Bray Wyatt being a character baby face after being turned on by Harper and Rowan who then become managed by Jake Roberts who builds his own faction?
Harper is a star in the waiting and the key to Rowan achieving a high level of success is him showing more animation and personality in the ring and being able to master a promo.
Bo Dallas was the consummate, ivory snow baby face in NXT for a long, long time until the fans organically turned on him for being too goody-goody. The current incarnation of Bo Dallas isn't as organic as what made him an antagonist in NXT but I hope it will eventually work for the young man's sake. He's a good kid who works hard and is a natural athlete. Only time will tell if this presentation clicks and the timing inasmuch as how long the persona is left to evolve and/or to tweak is critical.
Brodus Clay always reminded me of the UWF version or the One Man Gang. Perhaps some day Brodus can see if my premonition actually is accurate. If Brodus can maintain a healthy, athletic weight so he can feed the comebacks approiately he has a shot at becoming a main event level heel IMO.
How many WWE talent cuts were essentially 'comedic' characters? It takes a special individual, terrific writing, and a little luck to be able to sell more marketable sizzle than to deliver more athletic steak.
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#UFC174 card is made better because UFC using rankings as in their top ten in each weight division to market their fights. It's a tried and true methodology used in sports forever. For example, Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley is a pairing of #2 vs. #3 which makes that particular fight more intriguing. The fight is on PPV tonight (Saturday) and is not a star laden card on the surface but is the kind of line up that can be a legit sleeper. Plus, the Canadian crowd in Vancouver should be red hot.
Why can't pro wrestling utilize rankings? I assume the same reason they don't use time limits...it's too old school rasslin' in the eyes of some. SMH.
On Smackdown Friday night, Sheamus vs. Cesaro would have been a perfect setting for a time limit draw to extend their program. The time limit would have added a fresh, sense of urgency to their issue.
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Have a Happy Father's Day Weekend to one and all.