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Jim Ross has updated his online commentary at his official website (JRsBarBQ.com). The following is an excerpt from the blog:
– This week’s Friday Night SmackDown is without question wrestling heavy. I think that’s a good thing. Of course with all the current talent rosters lacking depth many will complain regarding who loses and why but that is simply the nature of the beast when talent depth is what it is. I also think that too much is made about won-loss records and not enough about match quality and ever improving story telling within the confines of the ring. Individuals who continue to refine their skills, perform aggressively and consistently will eventually get what they earn and deserve.
– After talking to Ric Flair Monday, I have no doubts in my mind that he hasn’t wrestled his last bout. I don’t think that his next in ring wrestling outing will be for WWE but internationally Ric has many lucrative offers that a 60 year old man with somewhat staggering, personal financial obligations likely cannot pass up. The sums of money being purported surrounding these proposed bouts is serious money. These bouts could theoretically run into 2010. I am not generally in favor of Ric stepping back in the ring for multiple dates in other’s rings wrestling who knows who at this point but I also can understand the financial obligations that Ric has and "getting whole" so to speak at this stage of his game has credence. Ric shared his potential schedule with me and he’s going to rack up tons of frequent flier miles in addition to earning major bucks.
– I did a interesting voice over at the LA TV’s, I can’t even remember what day, for WWE 24/7’s "Film Room with Gordon Solie" feature. It was on former 8X NWA Champion Harley Race and I can’t wait to see the footage especially a "Texas Death Match" versus Terry Funk shot on film in Florida.
– Don’t expect the team formerly known as the World’s Greatest Tag Team to be teaming on any sort of regular basis even though they are on TV in tag team action twice this week. From what I gather, Benjamin and Haas have designs on singles competition. Haas has been much more physical and aggressive since returning to Friday nights while Benjamin is a big star waiting to hit.
– The revisiting of the "Hog Pen" match at Extreme Rules in New Orleans will be a sight for sore eyes. I was indirectly a part of such a mess that included live hogs and their manure many years ago in a match between HHH and Henry Godwin. I was to do an interview but kept from being drowned in hog feces. There is a photo of me in bib overalls &rubber boots covered in hog waste and mud floating around somewhere. Not one of the most stellar memories of my broadcast career. I do remember HHH suffering a nasty cut that had to be immediately attended to due to the prominent risk of infection because of the environment of which he was grappling. I think that event might have been an "In Your House" PPV in the old arena in Hershey. Pa.
Check out the complete blog entry at JRsBarBQ.com.
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