JR Blog: SD! & Raw Possibly Merging, Mike Shaw’s Death

Jim Ross has posted a new blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. Below are some highlights:

"I am told that WWE research denotes that most fans do NOT watch all the programming that WWE produces IE people that watch Raw do not necessarily watch Smackdown and visa versa. Nonetheless, for TV exclusivity, to not over expose talents, to provide more roster slots for more deserving talents, and to better facilitate international touring, I don’t see the two brands, Raw and Smackdown, merging."

"I do remember speaking by phone with Stu Hart, an experience in its self, about Mike. Stu gave Mike a stellar reference and told me that Mike was loyal, hard working, reliable and a talented, athletic big man. All those things were true. Mike was also a superb conversationalist and might have made a great sports talk radio host. He was a major fan of many sports and was quite the athlete in high school in multiple sports."

"Plus he was excellent at providing entertaining and provocative sound bytes. Bastion Booger was likely Mike’s most memorable role of which he portrayed in WWE in the 90’s. Mike never embraced that particular persona but he had moderate success with it and was never a problem to deal with in WWE and was, as Stu Hart told me years prior, no problem with which to work."