The following are highlights from the latest online blog entry of WWE announcer and Hall Of Famer Jim Ross:
I did a radio interview yesterday on KREF here in Norman which is a sports talk station AM1400 and Brock Lesnar and UFC 100 still seemed to be the topic of the day. I find it unwise for those to think that UFC officials don’t love Lesnar for a variety of reasons but specifically for the income he is and will produce. Every great promoter wants and needs a great villain as, especially in today’s world, fans are more likely to pay their hard earned cash to see someone get their ass whipped that the fans detest than they will to see their favorite competitor roll over someone. Lesnar is a natural born predator, an avid big game hunter, who loves isolation and individualism, as do most successful amateur wrestlers, and who feels threatened by his prey and will always fight as if he were cornered. That’s simply Lesnar’s human instincts but without question when someone does finally beat Lesnar, and they will, that person will be the new UFC Messiah for finally overcoming the former WWE Champion and natural born, defiant badass.
I enjoyed Seth Green’s appearance on Raw Monday night and am still waiting for my check for my "likeness" appearing on WWE’s Flagship Broadcast. That’s likely as close as yours truly is going to come to returning to Monday night’s variety/ sports/entertainment juggernaut to answer a question that many keep asking on our Q&A section of this site.
Someone recently sent me a quote from an internet scribe that "J.R. is now the #2 guy on the #2 show" which is one way to look at it I suppose. I don’t feel that way personally but everyone has the right to their own opinion.
The end of Friday Night Smackdown this week is one of the most chaotic last few moments of any WWE TV show in quite some time. Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler is the main event.
Ziggler is a smart kid with an athlete’s mentality and I hope that he fully grasps the opportunity that has landed at the former Kent State star’s feet.
John Morrison and C.M. Punk have a really solid bout on SD this week as well. Morrison is going to be big sooner than later while Punk’s days of being a highly, disliked villain lie ahead. There is no reason that both these men can’t headline WWE PPV’s in the near future.
Check out the Allied Powers DVD from WWE regarding the many great tag teams that used to commonly dot the wrestling landscape. This is a well produced DVD and, as always, provides plenty of subjective debate regarding who should or should not be included on the list. I certainly feel some teams got a "pass" with their inclusion on the DVD but all in all it is a really fun one to watch. If you are a fan of tag team wrestling and also like the old school approach to wrestling then I feel you will enjoy this DVD just released this week.
I did think that Miz and Morrison were unique choices to host the DVD and that someone like an Arn Anderson amd/or a WWE HOF’er might have offered more of a historical slant to the production but as is often said, "This is a young man’s game."
I talked to Edge mere minutes after his Achilles tendon surgery last week and he had a more positive attitude about returning to the ring than most would. Edge has been faced with many challenges over his career and if any one can return and be as good as they were before they were hurt then it will be him. However, we should all be realistic about this situation as Achilles tendon injuries can be devastating for an athlete that maintains a schedule like Edge. My money is on Edge to return ready to rock, be more popular than ever and perhaps even possibly having a one on one match with Chris Jericho at WM26 which could be a show stealer. Yes, that’s all speculation but a guy can dream, can’t he?
Check out the complete blog online at JRsBarBQ.com.