WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently updated his official blog at JRsBarBQ.com with his thoughts on WWE’s recent roster cuts, ROH’s “Global Wars” PPV and more. Below are some of the highlights.
On the ROH Global Wars PPV:
Enjoyed the ROH PPV Global Wars Sunday night from Chicago but it was one of the most unique PPV’s I’ve watched on TV as it relates to fan reaction throughout the broadcast. The live audience was enthusiastic, at times, without fail but they also sat in silence occasionally when there was solid action going on in the ring. What am I missing here? Why stretches of silence when there was wrestling going on in the ring? The countless high spots and big bumps received obligatory reactions but basic wrestling, when it occurred, did not seem to resonate with the crowd or was it there and we viewers at home simply did not hear it?
Based on watching the PPV, which I did using our @FITETV App which was splendid by the way, I’d suggest that ROH add one more camera and better mic the crowd if budgets allow such. There were some missed camera shots during the show that may have been the result of the director having a challenging night, of which we’ve all had, or the fact that there weren’t enough cameras to adequately cover the action.
These production issues, if one can even categorize them as issues are all easily solvable which should come as good news. The in ring product was largely solid and some compelling stories were certainly told.
On Adam Cole joining The Bullet Club and how ROH handled that angle:
I was really looking forward to the Colt Cabana vs Jay Lethal bout for the ROH Title and enjoyed their match a great deal while it lasted and before the massive run in by the Bullet Club and their new member Adam Cole. I’m not an advocate of interrupting the main event of a PPV to shoot an angle and then not having an outcome to the advertised main event/Title Bout. The massive run in by the Bullet Club felt a great deal like a nWo angle but that’s not a bad thing but it won’t stand out as an original concept if that happens to be important to you. It felt like the angle worked but time will tell if that is the case. This finish wa sa bold move to close the PPV while supplanting the main event by and large.
I do feel that Adam Cole is a perfect fit to be in the Bullet Club and I’m a big fan of Adam’s work. The promos from the revised Bullet Club will go miles in determining if this faction will ‘get over’ in ROH as villains. This new Bullet Club should facilitate some interesting, ROH TV.
The pro wrestling business needs winners and losers, IMO, especially in the main events, and we did not get one here. Perhaps it was thought that the fans would simply ‘forget’ about the outcome of the ROH Title match in the midst of te Bullet Club business.
On WWE releasing eight talents last week:
WWE had a series of talent releases last week with more rumored to be on the way. This is not unusual and should, arguably, happen more often than it does. I do know this, when one door closes in our lives, whether it be in the wrestling biz or not, that other doors do open if one has their head up looking for the next ‘opportunity.’ However, if one goes the “poor me” route with eyes to the floor then the rebound likely won’t be as positive.
On the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view:
WWE Extreme Rules PPV is rapidly approaching and I’m under the mindset that this is one of the more creatively challenging major events that WWE reproduces annually. Why? It’s hard to maintain a PG product in an extreme rules format where there is rarely no blood utilized as a dramatic effect while using so many props as ‘weapons’ in many of the bouts. Plus, one would assume that after enduring an extreme rules match that many talents would then be absent from the ensuring RAW to ‘recover’ but it doesn’t seem that occurs often enough.
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