WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog section of JRsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights:
– On Extreme Rules: “WWE Extreme Rules in Chicago on PPV delivered a stellar product Sunday night. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and watched the last match while STANDING in my living room. Yep, I’m still a fan and loved what I saw in the physically demanding final bout. I had to get out of my chair and walk around.”
– I’m still of the belief that it is merely a matter of when and not if that Dolph Ziggler breaks through to main event status on a regular basis. He’s highly athletic and has excellent skills.
– Watching the continued maturation and development of Cody Rhodes’ in ring and mic skills, I’d suggest that chances are good that Rhodes will be WWE or World Champion by year’s end or by WM29…if you weeeilll.
– Seeing Ryback on Extreme Rules was a surprise. Wasn’t expecting to see him on the PPV but it’s a positive for the up and coming, young talent to be provided that opportunity. Twitter followers have multiple ways of describing Ryback as it relates to other wrestlers but my take is that Ryback just needs to continue to improve his game and to be the best Ryback that he can be. Some comparisons as it relates to physique and attire are simply going to be there.
– On John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar: “John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar was a gut check of the human spirit. Lesnar had been out of a WWE ring for approximately eight years and many, including me, wondered how ring rust would affect the former UFC and WWE Heavyweight Champion’s performance. Some uninformed fans felt that being in the Octagon and being in a WWE ring were similar but they are far from it for a variety of reasons. Lesnar was impressive especially while on offense and delivered some of the most unique and wicked strikes and submissions that I’ve ever seen in WWE. Cena survived the supreme gut check after sustaining, obviously, a hellacious beating. I knew that Cena was a tough kid back when we signed him.”
– On Brock Lesnar losing: “For displeased Lesnar fans, no one is unbeatable in WWE, or any where else for that matter, and one loss doesn’t sink Brock’s Battleship. Far from it. I remember a guy named Austin who seemingly didn’t win a match for a year and ended up doing o.k. The genre of sports entertainment is about execution and effort and not simply about wins and losses. Yes, it’s better to win but losing isn’t the proverbial kiss of death in sports entertainment as some knee jerkers espouse.”
– On Antonio Cesaro: “In my opinion, Antonio Cesaro is going to be an impact player in WWE and it could happen sooner than some think based on what I’ve seen of the Swede in the ring. He’s another guy that has traveled the world and paid his dues in hopes of making it to the top level of his vocation and I fully expect Cesaro to take advantage of the opportunity. He’s focused, in great shape, deceptively strong, and wrestles a unique style.”
Jim Ross also spoke on the rest of WWE’s Extreme Rules matches, A.W., CM Punk’s DVD, the future of WWE Legends Roundtables, and more.