WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated his blog at JRsBarBQ.com today, talking about a wide range of topics that includes Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles, Michael Cole and JBL at the commentary booth, the upcoming UFC pay-per-view and more.
I like and respect both Michael Cole and JBL very much. I've know them both for many, many years and even signed JBL to his WWE contract when he was Justin "Hawk' Bradshaw. It's hard to name a talent who better re-invented themselves, multiple times by the way, than did the boisterous and intelligent Texan. Cole and I have spent countless hours conversing and sharing ideas over the years and I'd like to think that we've helped each during that time. No one works harder or more diligently than does Michael Cole and he deserves much more credit than he receives.
On whether or not WWE is "punishing" Dolph Ziggler by his perceived current lack of direction:
Is WWE "punishing" Dolph Ziggler? No. If WWE wanted to "punish" Ziggler they would simply not use him on TV and allow him to fade into obscurity. More fans should use their common sense on this one. Dolph is hugely talented and, generally, athletes who are on Ziggler's level overcome any perceived obstacles. The key is to not check out and to keep turning heads.
Whether or not AJ Styles will sign with WWE now that he is a free agent:
Will WWE sign AJ Styles? I'd have zero clue on that one but I would say it's a long shot at best. Not because AJ isn't an outstanding talent, because he is, but I get the feeling WWE wants to create new stars and those new stars are going to come from the WWE Performance Center exclusively.