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Lots of items and random thoughts to catch everyone up on so here we go...
Beyond excited to get the invite to be a part of the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night RAW this Monday night from the Manhattan Center in NYC. Reuniting with Jerry Lawler is always a blast and I'm hopeful that we get to call a few matches together. Tune in Monday night and check us out. According to what I have read online The King and I will be stationed at the Manhattan Center for our guest appearance on Monday night along with many of the greats from the RAW legacy.
If you're planning on attending the Royal Rumble in Philly or you're going to be in the Philadelphia, area join Jeremy Borash and me at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Ballpark home of the Phillies for our first SlobberKnocker Sessions at noon Sunday January 28. Only 100 tickets have been made available and are selling fast at www.ticketfly.com.
With your ticket you get a FREE, hard copy of SlobberKnocker signed to you, a $25 value, the Q&A, FREE, photo op, the meet and greet and more! It's a terrific venue near all the action at the Wells Fargo Arena that happens later in the day.
Saddened to read of Paige's neck injury is apparently going to take her out of the ring for good. I was happy to see Paige on RAW Monday night and I know that she can remain a viable figure in the @WWE if she chooses to invest in herself and in the next skill sets that she will need to refine.
Paige has a unique personality that can be amended to allow her to excel in what could be multiple assignments going forward.
Don't count her out.
From calling their bouts in NJPW for AXSTV the past few years, I've become a fan of the tag team of War Machine, a throw back tag team that has IMO an unlimited upside. Along with a healthy, Revival, these teams will definitely strengthen WWE's talent roster and tag team scene.
No one should be surprised that Impact Wrestling is going through a major talent roster cleanse, for the lack of a better term, which provides their new, booking/creative group some new talents to utilize which generally helps "re-starts."
Impact needs an upgraded North American TV partner and to get someone "HOT" sooner than later.
Back to the RAW 25 show, it's actually laughable that with the amazing array of talents that WWE is bringing back to NYC this Monday, it isn't enough as many 'fans' seem to be complaining more regarding who's NOT advertised than those that are being promoted. #PetCoonGoofy
Ricochet is a great 'get' for WWE IMO as he's one of the most dynamic offensive wrestlers in the world for sure.
WWE has assembled an amazing array of talents, both male and female, that excites me for their future. Next up is to see what talents become more 'hands on' as it relates to their in ring style and TV personal that will get a small handful to the next level of main event money.
Please don't try to sell me on the fact that Talents don't have any thing to say about how they are portrayed and how well they develop their bell to bell personas. The only ones who say that and hope that you might believe them are those wresters who had rather fade the heat and avoid responsibility than attempt to steer their own ship when it comes to, specifically, bell to bell.
Michael Cole should be bonused for enduring the giant wedgie from Braun Strowman Monday night.
It is said that Chris Jericho has no contract with WWE as it relates to his appearance Monday night at Raw 25 and I'm confused as to why it is perceived to be such a big deal. If it is a one off arrangement, and I assume most all these special appearance are intended to be, then what does it matter? Chris is a man of his word and if he and VKM are good with this arrangement, then why aren't some fans?
Really happy for my Oklahoma friend, Bill Goldberg, for his upcoming induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Good things often times do happen to good people and things weren't always easy for @Goldberg in WWE but it was made up for in triplicate with Bill's last run versus Brock Lesnar.
Our autobiography. SlobberKnocker: My Life in Wresting is having its fourth printing and can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble stores, Books-A-Million, and at Bookends in Ridgewood NJ who has signed copies and will ship then to you no matter where you reside. More big news is on the horizon for SlobberKnocker so stay tuned and thanks to all that have supported our efforts!
Great Ross Report guests this week on our Podcast including Bruce Prichard and part two of my John Pollock convo. Download for FREE at www.podcastone.com and at @ApplePodcasts. A new, Ross Report podcast drops every Tuesday night at 9 ET/6 PT.
Strong remarks by me on this week's Ross Report by me on the archaic and inhumane weight loss fiasco that plagues MMA that seemingly is going to end up seeing someone die before the powers that be decide to bring one of my favorite sports into the modern age. MMA needs to develop new, stars that can carry a PPV and to make the sport safer for all involved.
Trying to address the Q&A's here as my schedule permits so bear with me on that and remember, I am not obligated to answer every question and frankly I simply don't have the extra hours in the day to do so. But I will do my best.
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