JR Blog: Kane’s Return, FCW’s Top Talent, Lesnar vs. Overeem

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog entry, which you can read in its entirety over at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights of what JR wrote about:

Kane’s Return On RAW: “I thought it was an excellent surprise and it made an impact. Where it goes from here is anyone’s guess but getting back a star with Kane’s name identity is viable for WWE. He also looked to be leaner and in great physical condition. I’m still amazed that many fans thought that it really wasn’t Kane but an imposter or a ‘new’ Kane. Some even thought it was the Undertaker dressed in Kane attire.”

Which FCW Stars Should Get called Up: “Who should be called up next to WWE from FCW? That’s hard to say but the cupboards aren’t bare in FCW. Lots of good prospects. It’s perhaps more important for WWE to be ready for the called up young performers as any matter in the equation. Analogy…think NFL Draft but the team selecting the player doesn’t know what position to play the draft pick. What one does from the get go with a new talent is imperative.”

His Announcing Philosphy: “What is my announcing philosophy? Short answer is that embellishing the skills of the in ring talents comes first, why said talents are in a given bout follows, and always avoid using negative/negative analogies to describe the stars. Every performer has to have their redeeming qualities re-enforced no matter their TV persona. It’s a delicate, balancing act for broadcasters. Even villains, once clearly identified as villains, have positive attributes that need underscoring. Plus, the various titles have to be made to be special because they are intended to be and that will never change. Society understands championships. ”

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: “Lesnar vs. Overeem prediction for December 30? I can’t pick against Brock so I won’t. I’m a Lesnar fan but I will say that if Lesnar doesn’t destroy Overeem’s vertical base quickly and aggressively, Overeem can and will knock Brock out. The former WWE Champion’s standup/striking defense has to improve. Lesnar needs to dance with what ‘brung him’ and that is wrestling. Take Overeem down and then pound. Overeem’s hand strikes and knees are toxic. Don’t see this fight making it out of round two. Another question mark is if Brock is returning to the Octagon too soon after battling illness? That question will largely be answered on December 30. I am predicting a Lesnar win via stoppage.”

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