WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog on JrsBarBq.com. Here are some highlights.
Thoughts on tonight’s Raw event: Tonight’s show will likely have two, primary destinations. 1. The WWE Title Bout and 2. The Royal Rumble match itself. What other stories need be told?
The onus of selling this PPV this Sunday seems to largely weigh on the shoulders of Rock and Punk. I have no issue with that because I still look upon the WWE Title as the centerpiece of the company. All titles are important but within WWE, or at least when I was there full time on the road and in the office, the WWE Title was the bellcow. Still is as I perceive it.
The Rock & CM Punk confrontation last week on Raw: The physicality between Punk and Rock last week in Houston was strong. The sell out crown ate it up and I received tons of feedback on it. It was easy for me to visualize what I saw in the brawl and it re-enforced that I really wanted to see the bout at the Rumble.
Royal Rumble focus: Without question, John Cena is the focus of the Royal Rumble match which is not to say that several others competing in the bout don’t have the opportunity to maximize their minutes and forward issues in which they are involved or to start new ones.
The winner of the Rumble match theoretically has his ticket punched for a main event slot at WrestleMania. I can more easily emotionally invest in a multi person bout such as the Rumble match if something significant is at stake and it certainly is in this WWE HOFer Pat Patterson creation.
Road to WrestleMania 29: There is no more important stretch of time than now until April 7 for anyone who earns a living in WWE. The Road to WM29 is crucial on so many platforms and the momentum built from it goes far beyond April 7. For a pure, sports fan it’s akin to a long playoff run. Win or go home and if one does ‘win’ the ultimate prize is indefinable.