The latest Jim Ross blog includes his thoughts on Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, Chris Benoit and WWE's Hall of Fame, UFC, the Richie Incognito saga, plus he gives tips for calling "filler matches" in pro wrestling. As always, it's an enjoyable read. You can read the full blog on his website, but here are a few of the highlights:
On Brock Lesnar's role at WrestleMania 30:
"I look for Lesnar to play a major role in WM30 in New Orleans but in order to max out Brock's box office appeal his TV persona really needs structured attention and to get 'hot' before April. Not overexposed….just get the Hereford Bull hot"
On Chris Benoit being inducted into WWE Hall of Fame:
Funny how Chris Benoit questions to me run in spurts. I haven't changed my take on the Benoit into the WWE HOF quandary. Chris doesn't belong there. End of story. If inducted, it would all be about the last few, horrific hours of Chris' life and that would not be fair for the family's that were affected, the other inductees, or the fans. For those fans who loved Chris' in ring work, and I consider myself one of those, then watch him on You Tube, etc and call it a day. I do not speak for WWE on any topic but I'd be surprised to see Chris any more prominent on WWE content in the future than he is now.
As for Chris's son wanting to get in the pro wrestling business, I have mixed emotions. My gut says stay away, learn a trade, get educated and lead a normal, productive life. One the other hand, I'm not big on telling anyone to not attempt to live their dreams just as I did.
On announcing during "filler matches":
In pro wrestling, the time filler matches, which are obvious on virtually all TV wrestling shows, often times expose announcing as that's the time when humor is forced and when humor is over staged and isn't organic it generally sounds like a bad, sophomore class, school play.
So, what does one do during these filler IE "let me up bouts?" One might try getting the talent over and embellishing the talent's positive qualities so that said talent's value increases. Stay within the level of the match but do all that one can to make the talents more than just a prelim, comedy act.