Jim Ross Blog: The New Cesaro, Kurt Angle’s Health, WWE Hall of Fame, MVP a Game Changer?
Feb 15, 2014 - by Marc Middleton
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with a new blog on jrsbarbq.com. As always, you can purchase JR’s BBQ products on WWEshop.com. Here are some highlights from this entry:
– Rumor mills are working OT regarding as to who will be the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. I think that it’s cool that the HOF induction ceremony will air live, as I understand it, on the WWE Network. Hopefully the live audience will mind their manners and not feel compelled to display their defiance and disrupt the show for any reason. Cheering and classy displays of support are awesome however wise ass, look-at-me chants aren’t.
– Solid, Smackdown match Friday night featuring Cesaro vs. Orton. Amazing what a new pairing with do as it relates to in ring performance and viewer perception. The 6 man tag featuring the Shield vs. Bryan, Sheamus and Christian was strong as well.
If Cesaro can’t be put into a position, either as a fan favorite or a villain, to be an impactful talent in WWE, it will be a real, head scratcher. I see Cesaro as a fan favorite moving forward. If not, how well could Cesaro do associated with Heyman after Lesnar takes his leave again?
The business continues to evolve in so many different ways such as who would have thought that the ‘Giant Swing’ would become such a fan favorite maneuver? What’s old is new again in so many ways within the wrestling business that it gives me hope that many of the tried and true fundamentals of the biz might some day return. (I’m still holding out for the occasional 2X3 Falls match and a time limit draw here and there.)
– I’m hearing that Kurt Angle did NOT have ACL surgery and only had a clean up ‘scope procedure. I’d love to see Kurt get healthy in all phases of the veteran wrestler’s life and finish his storied career in WWE. I also don’t think that Angle should be wrestling that much these days and if he is utilized strategically then his matches will have much more validity and interest. In my view, Kurt is a future WWE Hall of Famer and will, in a perfect world, have one, last, great match at a future WrestleMania. By planning ahead, this could theoretically be facilitated for WM31.
– Been asked if MVP is a game changer for TNA? I don’t know that answer but a company generally isn’t “fixed” with the addition of one individual. I’m a MVP fan and hope that he significantly helps the brand. However, most of TNA’s issues are merely one’s that have been over thought as it relates to the presentation on TV. Long term planning solves many TV Wrestling issues.