JR Blog: Rumble Rumors, Austin/Tough Enough, DDP/WWE

Matt Boone


The following are highlights from the latest online blog by WWE Hall Of Fame announcer Jim Ross:

JR on the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble: The Internet rumor mill is working overtime with all the speculation regarding the 40 man, Royal Rumble match this Sunday night on PPV from the sold out ‘Garden’ in Boston. Injured wrestlers coming off surgeries are predicted to make amazing and miraculous recoveries to compete in the Rumble. Perhaps these prognosticators have some connections re: Divine Intervention but injured wrestlers won’t be called out of physical therapy to fill out a 40 man roster. I still think that the Rumble will be full of ‘off speed pitches’ because of so many new and up & coming talents being counted on to do the bulk of the ‘heavy lifting.’ This fact alone makes the Rumble match eagerly anticipated in my perspective. One could perhaps safely predict that someone will win the Rumble match that has never won it before. Plus, an argument could be made that the winner will be a first time participant. It might be easier to wager on these two predictions than picking the winner of next weekend’s Super Bowl 45.

JR on Steve Austin hosting Tough Enough: Shed Media scored a coup when they obtained the services of Steve Austin to host their new version of WWE’s Tough Enough. This show will allow Austin to re-engage his loyal, passionate WWE fan base and stay close to home in Southern California to tape this new series. Tough Enough has a big time production company handling it with a stellar track record in producing reality TV plus the program is a high priority to NBC Universal. I hope that the new Tough Enough is a hit for all involved and am anxious to see who Shed Media and WWE select for the balance of the cast. Whoever is selected will be provided a great opportunity to add to their body of work and to be on prime time TV for several weeks notwithstanding building a relationship with TV producers and a powerhouse entertainment entity in NBC/Universal.

JR on DDP in a new WWE DVD: Speaking of opportunity, DDP will apparently be hosting a WWE produced DVD on the History of WCW Nitro. Wednesday night when Hitman Bret Hart heard that there would be a Best of Nitro DVD, the Hitman jokingly said that the DVD would “last about 10 minutes.” Obviously, Nitro had many,significant moments while defeating MNR in the ratings 83 weeks in a row but one can also make a valid argument that Bret Hart was sadly and unfortunately miscast while working for Turner’s organization. Apparently DDP took some time to decide if he wanted to host this new DVD project. It could have been because Diamond Dallas Page might have thought that WWE was going to ‘rewrite history’ when producing this new DVD title. Why anyone might think that WWE would want to devalue one of their own intellectual properties is hard for me to comprehend. I do think that this Nitro themed DVD could potentially be entertaining and DDP is a viable choice to handle the hosting duties.

Check out the complete blog online at JRsBarBQ.com.

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