JR Blog: WWE Tag Teams, Remembering Monsoon & Pillman
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights of what JR wrote about:
WWE Reviving Its Tag Team Division: “Yes I do believe that tag team wrestling has a chance to make a come back in WWE based on what I have seen recently. Time will tell but there are some positive signs that would indicate that WWE is more committed than in recent years to develop more viable tag teams. However, for any one to think that today’s tag team scene will soon rival previous eras when teams stayed together for years and refined their skills isn’t likely, at least that’s one guy’s opinion.
WWE Hall of Fame Announcer Gorilla Monsoon: “This is the anniversary of his death and there is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. I can truthfully say that if it had not been for Bob Marella’s friendship and support when I first arrived at WWE in 1993 from the ‘enemy’ WCW that I seriously doubt that I would have had the Hall of Fame career in WWE that I have been blessed to have. Gorilla Monsoon was one of the finest men that I have ever known in any walk of life. His organic, on air chemistry with Bobby Heenan was unmatched. This business that we have chosen for our professional lives is tough in so many ways and, quite honestly, isn’t conducive for cultivating long term, true, friendships. I can look any person in the eye and say that ‘Gino’ as he was called was a great friend and mentor to me who will always hold a fond place in my heart. It’s too bad that the young wrestlers of today never got the chance to get to know Gorilla Monsoon and to sit under his learning tree.”
Brian Pillman: “Another important person in my life died this week many years ago even though it only seems like it was yesterday. Brian Pillman was one of a kind. A classic overachiever with a brilliant mind for the business and the brazen guts of a riverboat gambler. When Brian sustained a mangled foot in the Humvee accident, I truly believed that his life started to head in the wrong direction. Brian knew that after ankle fusion that he would never be the in ring performer that he longed to be. No one that I have ever known had more of an obsession to be a major, wrestling star that Brian Pillman. As hard as I tried, I could never get Brian to regroup and to focus on being a great, color commentator in wrestling. Every time I travel to St. Louis, I think of where I was when I got the news that Brian had been found dead in a hotel room in the Twin Cities. A little piece of me died that day too. Brian Pillman was a special person and another who left us much too soon. RIP, buddy.”