team at Ring Rust Radio – Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Brandon Galvin – have
interviewed some of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling
and this week they were able to speak to WWE Hall of Famer and prolific
commentator, Jim Ross.
has worked for several different wrestling companies over his long career and
in many various aspects of the sport and the Ring Rust Radio team got to speak
with him about working in WWE’s talent relations department, working with Vince
McMahon, utilizing part-time stars like The Rock and Brock Lesnar, working as a
commentator for MMA and much, much more.
you can find links to the interview on YouTube as well as this week’s episode
of Ring Rust Radio, featuring the interview with Jim Ross, or read the interview
Rust Radio Episode for October 28
Wood: While most fans know you as a legendary wrestling announcer, you have
been quite busy since your WWE career came to an end. Between ‘The Ross Report’
on PodcastOne and your success with JR’s BarBQ, you are still very much a part
of the wrestling lexicon. How has your perspective of the business changed now
that you’re more on the outside looking in and do you miss being on the front
lines of the industry?
Well, I don’t watch as much or religiously as I used to. I’m more dependent now
on my DVR rather than watching live. I try to watch as much as I feel I need to
so I can maintain my accuracy and have a valid opinion for my podcast. I feel
obligated to watch as much product as I can so that the Ross Report is accurate
and I can give valid opinions on things I have seen. If I told you I watch just
as much as I always did and was just as excited as I was when I was working in
it, I would be less than truthful. I miss game day and a lot of my friends, the
adrenaline rush with a live crowd. I certainly do not miss the travel in a
non-seasonal business. It’s a mixed bag. I’m still a fan. I’m not bitter or
angry; just busy. I just don’t have the time to make sure I’m watching a show
live like I probably would when I was working in WWE.
Chiari: In addition to your announcing you played a key role on the talent
relations side with WWE and were responsible for bringing in several legendary
Superstars. Of all the signings you made in WWE, which sticks out to you as the
biggest coup and the one you’re most proud of today?
Well, it’s a difficult question. You’re essentially asking someone to select
their favorite child. I think the biggest steal that we got was signing Stone
Cold Steve Austin. Vince didn’t really have any familiarity with him, but I did
when we worked together at WCW. When he was available and healthy after a short
run in ECW, I thought that was a big get and a steal.
biggest overachiever I hired was Mick Foley. He was another guy WWE did not
want. I finally through dog named salesmanship, convinced Vince to give him a
try. We were running out of heels for Undertaker to work with at the time. It’s
very challenging when you have a seven foot babyface to selectively match him up
with heels to work with. Mick and Undertaker knew each other from previous
promotions. Undertaker thought it was a good idea to bring Mick in.
guy that’s gone on to obviously become the biggest star of the group as it
relates to his movie work and notoriety around the world is Dwayne Johnson. We
had a good run there with him. Several classes were good. I saw Heyman talk
about the class of 2002 on Raw Monday and that was one of our better
groups with Batista, Cena, Orton and Brock. I pride myself in the fact that we
were diligent in finding people, recruiting and coaching up people. We had a
great staff with great instructors and great scouts. It was a total team
effort. I felt very honored that I got to facilitate and open the door for some
of those guys to live their dreams. It was a lot of fun.
Galvin: You've always been credited with having a fantastic eye for talent and
your track record in that role speaks for itself. I'm sure you can
understand how confusing it is for fans to hear people in a company
talking about wrestlers like Steve Austin, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph
Ziggler, Cesaro and other fan-favorites not being seen as top-tier
talents. Is it possible for you to give us some insight into the
decision-making of a company and why a wrestler fans deem as a top-tier talent
may not be viewed in the same light?
Well, it’s real difficult for me to relate to management now since I’m long
gone from the WWE. I don’t know how they manage their day-to-day or how their
meetings are. I had a very unique relationship with Vince back when I was
hiring talent. I was talking to J.J. Dillon, who is coming up on my podcast, he
would get tapes and recommendations from talent, but he always had to go
through Vince. When I took over for J.J., Vince wanted me to retool and
redesign the talent relations department. One of the things I had to have to
make it better, in my opinion, was his trust. That my judgment and seeing
talents was viable. I hired talents that Vince had never seen and he trusted
me. They were my responsibility and they were on my watch. I can’t really tell
you what’s going on there now. You gotta believe that WWE listens. They don’t
do my ideas so they don’t listen. Well, we don’t know what they are planning
next month, week, Monday, Sunday, well I don’t anyways.
the end of the day, the cream will rise to the top. The fans will steer the
course and support their favorites. The business in general, is in a near
crisis situation when it comes to have an adequate amount of skilled main event
talent depth. There is skilled main event talent no question, but the depth
issue is startling. I think fans right now are ready for something new. Some of
the guys you mentioned, I believe, have significant potential to be main event
stars. They have to be given the ball and they gotta be built. There is a
process you have to go through, commitments gotta be made by the company,
long-term planning in effect and they have to have confidence in the talent.
There are other issues you and I are not aware of. There could be issues
internally that within the company that for whatever reason they don’t have
confidence in the talent. Maybe those reasons are kept private for
confidentiality reasons or legal reasons or whatever. The issue is that I’d rather
look at the glass half full. Life is too challenging to go through wondering
and bitching and moaning about this that and the other.
the guy steers the course, and they prove themselves as good locker room
leaders and good members of the team, improve their skill set, and add things
to their game, then they have a chance to move up the ladder to the main event
level and make more money. For some guys it comes late, some guys it comes
easy, it will come if it’s meant to be. There’s no magic formula or secret
clandestine meetings. For God’s sake, the WWE is not so aloof that they are
going to say, “Well we’re going to do this because we like it and we don’t care
what our customer’s like.” That thought is just so immature and so stupid for
anyone to think that. There are some fans that reach out to me on Twitter that
do think that. They think that the WWE is so omnipotent that they can do
whatever they want whether you like it or not. Where would be the advantage to
doing that? There is none. So I can’t answer your question but at least I can
give you a little background on it.
Wood: As one of the top play-by-play announcers in wrestling history, you have
worked next to several of the most entertaining color commentators the business
has ever seen. If you could commentate one final wrestling match with any color
commentator of your choice, who would it be and why?
Oh gosh, you know I don’t know. That’s another tough one. No matter
what I say, that’s the thing about these interviews; whatever I say is gonna be
dissected. I wrote a blog today about these rumors about me and New
Japan. But no matter what I say, some people are going to read into it
what they choose. My longest tenured run was with Jerry Lawler. We
could go back to work tomorrow, probably call any sport or entity, and be
entertaining. The partner that agitated me and knew the buttons to push
and was a combustible delivery and presentation was Paul Heyman. The
partner that goes off the radar and was absolutely outstanding was Jim
Cornette. Much like JBL and myself working together, we would be
considered by the mainstream TV world as being too southern, so that will never
happen. Cornette would be awesome. JBL would be very good. Taz would get such a
contrast in sound. I love working with Terry Funk is the most underrated guy I
worked with. Bob Caudle by far the most underrated announcer in the history of
the business. I love working with Bobby Heenan. Gorilla Monsoon was like an
I’m saying about all these guys is I have a relationship with these people,
friendships with all these people. So it’s harder for me to say. The question
“you got one more match and you can work with anyone you want, who would it
be?” Well then the next question is “what would that match be?” Well hell, I
don’t know, beats me. “Where would that match be?” Well WrestleMania of course.
“What arena would it be?” So that’s where you are, there is no right answer. I
love all those guys, they all made me better, and I was blessed to work with some
very, very talented people. I loved working with, though it was limited and at
the end of his run while he was dealing with issues, I really enjoyed my
experience working with Gordon Solie. I never did get to work with Lance
Russell, which I would have loved to have done. Quite frankly, the one I had
the most chemistry with and fun with from day one is Chael Sonnen. We only
worked once and it was a natural fit.
I don’t know if I can answer that question for you because of those reasons.
These guys are like family members to me. You boys are young and you’re going
to learn this maybe the hard way some day. When you get older, you’ll be able
to count all your great friends on one hand. Trust me. There’s a lot
of guys I named on that commentator list and I hope at the end of the day I can
still call them my friends till the day they put us all away. They all
made me better and I hope I contributed to making them better too.
Chiari: You and your voice are synonymous with a lot of the greatest and most
memorable moments in wrestling history. But what is the one match or moment
that you didn’t call from the announce table that you’d like to if you could go
back in time and make it happen?
Well I think probably the one I would have liked to call was the main event of
WrestleMania 3. It was such a ground breaking event. If you’re going
to be a part of a ground breaking event, you want to be a part of the main
event. I would say Hogan and Andre at WrestleMania 3. It was such a
simplistic match to call, it would have been very easy to call it from a stand
point of what they did, but the drama one could add to the moment and to what
the match meant. Some broadcasters show up, do their gig, and
leave. They are just there to collect a payday. I always looked at it
more than that and the big picture. The big picture for the Hulk and Andre
match was that it was really going to create a buzz in the business. It
was going to make the business better for everybody and create a great awareness
of pro-wrestling. So I would say Hogan and Andre WrestleMania 3 would have
been a real fun match to have called.
Galvin: To piggyback off Mike's question, is there a match or moment that you
called that you wish you could re-do?
Probably a lot of them if I go back and listen to them. I am my own worst
critic. One of the advantages I have enjoyed of the WWE Network, that I
subscribe to since day one and I certainly am renewing, I can go back and
listen to some of my work on those old Pay-Per-Views from WCW and WWE. Right
now, I’m working on my auto-biography and we’re getting close to the part where
I talk about the death of Owen Hart. I have to go back and watch that segment
of Pay-Per-View from 1999, and I have never looked at it ever. I’m kind of
dreading that to be honest with you. I purposefully never looked at it, I
didn’t want to see it again, I already lived it and that was enough.
think I could have done a better job calling the Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair
retirement match. It just seemed that our timing at the table that night was
off for me. I always look back at that match, it was Ric’s last match in WWE,
Shawn was in the ring with him, and it was a big deal. I was the third guy in
the booth that night with Lawler and Cole. I’m not a big three men in the booth
type of guy. Not that it can’t work, it can, but it seems to not work more
often than not to me. I would say the Flair-Michaels match from
WrestleMania 24 I would have liked to have had another shot at it.
Wood: It’s well documented that you’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Vince
McMahon and the WWE over the years. How would you describe the relationship
between yourself and Mr. McMahon now?
It’s actually pretty good. We text from time to time and talk on the phone
from time to time now. Not a lot, not regularly, but you know, it’s fine.
Vince and I got along and had a tremendous relationship. People have to
understand where our relationship started. From day one, what we have built and
what we survived at the time when the company was almost bankrupt. We were
laying off people left and right, pay cuts, lot of people were bailing. Those
of us that stayed loyal were rewarded financially. I signed at one point in the
mid 90’s a ten year contract. I don’t know anyone that had a ten year contract
with Vince and kept it. I have this thing about keeping my commitments and
keeping my word. I kept my word and fulfilled my ten years and he paid me very,
made more money with him than I did with anyone else combined. He told me if I
stayed with him I would have nothing to worry about financially when I got
older. Our issues were mainly philosophic. It was like two football coaches who
wanted to run a 3-4 defense and the other wants to run a 4-3. I could plead my
case why the 3-4 is better cause I got four great linebackers I can use and he
could tell me why the 4-3 is better because he’s got four defense lineman that
are outstanding. Our stuff was more philosophical more than anything else. At
the end of the day, he won the argument more often than not because he owned
the company. My dad taught me a long time ago, if you’re going to work for
somebody and you’re going to take their money, you need to do what they tell
you to do. So the day when you can’t look yourself in the mirror and do what
they want you to do, you need to quit cashing their checks. I just cashed a WWE
check the other day so I got no issues with them whatsoever. A lot of that
stuff about McMahon and I has been blown out of proportion.
knows I take myself too seriously. He knows I wear my feelings on my sleeve,
and he likes to be able to get under my skin. He gets a kick out of it and
I can understand that, I get it. No one should mistake what I am saying that we
talk regularly because we do not. But we still communicate, like have a few
laughs in a text message or special occasions come up. We accomplished a great
deal together. That talent roster that he gave me the ability to hire, they are
still using those guys. John Cena last time I looked, Randy Orton last time I
looked, Batista and the Rock in and out. We did accomplish a lot of great
things together and I never worked with anyone that worked harder. Now, I’m not
kissing his ass or anything like I need a job, cause I don’t need a job, I got
plenty to do.
watched a lot of my peers go through their money with cocaine, marijuana,
booze, wives, and more. I decided I was going to save my money. I was going to
retire at 55, I’m 62 now, and having more fun than I ever have since the
Attitude Era. Yeah, we butted heads, had our pissing contest, but there is
still a lot of respect there. He knows that if there is a jam, I am a phone
call away and vice versa. Was it tumultuous? Sure. Did we hate each other?
Absolutely not. I had the balls at the time to say when I thought he was wrong
in a polite way. He had a lot of people that he paid a lot of money that took
the path of least resistance. They would bitch about it afterwards when the
decision had been made instead of being polite, diplomatic, and conversing when
given the opportunity. Some of those guys are still there now which I would
assume they are. Some though should be ashamed of themselves. Vince paid them
damn good money to be honest. It’s just the fact that some of them just don’t
have good presentation skills and don’t know how to present themselves while
making a point. That’s just the art of
Chiari: One thing that many wrestling fans are critical of is WWE’s usage of
and dependence on part-time Superstars such as Brock Lesnar or The Rock when
he’s an active competitor. What is your overall opinion on the emergence of the
part-time Superstar in wrestling today, and how well do you feel WWE utilizes
Well, I think until you get some guys close to getting over, you gotta do all
you can to get as many eyeballs watching your vehicle as you can. Whether it’s Monday
Night Raw, Pay-Per-View, or subscribing to the Network, whatever it may be.
I think using some of these established stars in reoccurring roles has
absolutely nothing wrong with it. I think if you plan long term, you can use
them more effectively with the thought in mind that they are there to help
someone get better whether as an ally or an enemy. Does that mean let your
returning baby come back and lose? Not necessarily. If you think that is the
only way then you’re not really a student of the game. You are pretending you
understand the business. I called a lot of matches where the guy losing was a
lot better off leaving the ring as a loser then entering the ring on their
introduction. I think it’s the smart thing to do to draw eyeballs to your
television set. They can be more strategic in how they use these individuals
and help enhance the young guys around them in a multitude of ways.
recently when Rusev was in the ring with the Rock. I love the rub, but I didn’t
like the bumps. An old school booker would have never allowed a part-time guy
to come in and bump his budding heel around the ring. It was unnecessary. You
got them together, looking at each other ready to go, and you had Lana. All you
had to do was have her step in the middle of them and order the Russian to
leave, or Bulgarian whatever the hell he is this week. He would have had heat
because he took orders from a woman, he would have backed out of the ring with
a glare in his eyes looking at the Rock in the ring who stood his ground and
was ready to go. Rock would not have laid a hand on the female, maybe given her
a verbal lashing, but never a physical one. Then the heel would have left
backing out of the ring, backing up the ramp, and he would have retained some
heat. Then the announcer could say, “He is picking his spots.
Discretion on this day is a better part of valor. If you think Rusev is
afraid of the Rock then you are mighty wrong. Rusev is only doing what he is
told by this woman who obviously has a bigger hold over Rusev then we ever
would have dreamed. That someday somewhere the situation can manifest itself
and that’s when the talking will be over.”
easy to tell those stories and that’s from a booking philosophy. I could go to
Vince and tell him I think were screwing up by having Rock punch this kid and
then he takes the big bump over the top rope and then stand eight feet away on
the outside fuming with the Rock looking down at him. Why wouldn’t he fight him
now? What is there an invisible force field to keep them apart? It’s bad
booking in my view and philosophically the wrong thing to do. But if the boss
says that is what he wants to do, then I’m the first guy at the head of the
line saying I am going to go commentate it and try to make it the best I
issue is at the end of the day is the announcers making sure they know who the
guy getting taken care of is the heel. He’s the one that’s getting over. The
other guy is already over if you haven’t noticed. Those are the ways to get the
rub and how you do it and it’s very subjective. It’s like saying what your
favorite color of blue is. Navy? Carolina? Pale? I don’t have an issue
with them using established guys that way. You think people are gonna bitch and
raise hell if Austin comes back at WrestleMania in a year or two? “Oh that’s a
travesty it’s just horrible oh God. He’s taking someone’s spot that
should be on the card. I’ve been a wrestling fan for 15 years, I’m 17
years old, I’ve been a wrestling fan since I was 2 years old and I know this is
wrong.” Alright, take it easy there, tiger.
Galvin: Many fans today have noticed that there appears to be a lack of focus
on the wrestlers, the match and even the storylines from the commentators.
Is this something you pick up on as well and could you explain why commentators
may stray from what many feel is their ultimate task in putting over
the wrestlers or match?
Well, I still have my hearing so I can hear what you are saying, I’m not that
old. Is it what I prefer to hear? Nope. Is it what I prefer to broadcast? Nope.
Why are they doing it then? Well it’s because it’s how it’s produced and that’s
what the boss wants them to do. So the announcers are doing what they are
instructed to do and that is what they should do. Once people get out and get a
full time job and people that have full time jobs will know what I mean.
Sometimes your boss tells you to do things that you don’t feel, but he is the
boss and he is paying your checks so it’s smart to do what you’re told to do. I
thought I told stories pretty well, but now people say, “JR is old school, play
by play wrestling announcer, time has passed him by.” These guys today are modern
day story tellers. I thought I told stories as well, but some think I didn’t.
sense of it is the fellas are doing what they are instructed to do as it was
done in the production meetings. From what they hear in their headsets, they
are following the instructions of the boss and how he wants his product
represented. I don’t remember the last time I talked to Lawler, Cole, or JBL. I
don’t know if I have talked to them this year. Maybe I have and I forgot. I
feel bad people throw them under the bus and verbally beat them up on Twitter
and other social media sites.
Foley or Taz how challenging it could be. Michael Cole has the most challenging
job any of us have ever had sitting in that middle chair. With all the social
media, the Network, the things you have to promote, my style would not fit in
today’s product. I’m very happy and lucky that Michael is the one doing the
lead story telling now instead of me. I would not enjoy going to work every
day. Like a shopping mall, having to promote everything. JBL and Lawler do some
of it, but Cole does the majority of it. I admire what Michael does considering
the hand that he was dealt. He started out many years ago working with me when
styles were different and he knows the styles. He knows what it’s like to run
the wishbone, but now they are running the spread offense. He is in a tough
situation and a lot of fans don’t like what they hear, but that’s what the
announcers are told to do.
Wood: Earlier this month you announced for Battlegrounds MMA alongside UFC
legend Chael Sonnen. What were your thoughts on that experience and what were
some of the differences between calling a wrestling match and a MMA fight?
Well, part of it there was a lot of wrestling matches that I did not know the outcome.
I didn’t want to know it. I stopped a lot of agents mid-sentence, “Hey, this is
what we’re going to do tonight,” and I would ask if there was one small nuance
I needed to know that was imperative to the story. If not, I’d rather call it
as I see it. People think I knew everything that happened. Are you kidding me?
You think I would remember every high spot, every false finish? And every zig
zag in a wrestling match with the volume of product we had every week? I’d be
in a rubber room somewhere. I’d rather call it like a sporting event. Put it on
the monitor and I’ll call it as I see it. Chael and I will be doing more MMA
together. We are actually getting inquires on MMA and boxing. We have agents
and representatives that are having talks and I have the sense were going to be
doing a lot of things together. We like working together and we have great
brought me in first because this group was an Oklahoma group and grew up
listening to me. So I recommended Chael, they liked it, and they brought him
in. I didn’t prepare a lot differently. I told Chael I would talk about the
fighters like they are human beings: Who they are, what they are, where they
are from, why I should care about them, why I should give a damn. You talk
about the fighters as a fighter: What they’re good at, their strengths,
weakness, what their game plan should be. Every fight isn’t the greatest ever.
We didn’t crap on them, but we did have a little fun. We added some levity to
it, I mean come in, its entertainment. It’s not like we were narrating our
broadcast like a funeral treatment. It’s MMA, some of its fun, some of its
serious and its challenging.
MMA is like calling old school pro wrestling in Mid-South or NWA era, but it’s
a lot more challenging than boxing. Boxing is easier than MMA. Boxing you get
hit with a right hand, or a left hand, maybe a head butt. With pro wrestling
and MMA the attack can come from anywhere. It was definitely bucket list item
and I’d love to do more.
Chiari: Even though WWE and professional wrestling as a whole may not be in an
ideal state currently, I think most would agree that there’s a ton of talent
involved in the business today. With that said, if you were tasked with
building a wrestling company from the ground up, who would you choose as your
cornerstone guy and why?
The cornerstone guy would be someone with a lot of money because I’m not gonna
spend my money on doing it. I don’t think it’s very feasible. It would have to
be an investment group with a lot of money. You just can’t go pluck a guy out
of mid-air and say that’s gonna be my guy. People say, “I can’t believe you
didn’t say CM Punk automatically. JR is disconnected, he’s not with it anymore.”
I’m not saying I wouldn’t want CM Punk or Steve Austin involved, that wouldn’t
be very bright.
is two elements to making a wrestling territory successful and its talent and
television. There is enough talent out there to get a roster jump started
especially if you change the procedure. I want to have time limits, more
finishes, and rules. I’m not going to go back to the 1920’s, but how are
you supposed to have an athletic contest with no rules? It’s ludacris. How are
heels gonna be heels if there are no rules to break? It’s illogical.
the first guy you want to have is a conglomerate with a lot of money and
patience to allow you to build your television audience. You want to use any
name identity to get you over the hump while you are getting young stars over.
The guys that would be getting the most time would be guys in their 20’s. They
would be young, athletic, would have a little bit of that All Japan style back
in the day so when someone deliver a body tackle or clothesline there was
impact. We would be using great finishers for high spots.
I’m not saying slow everything down to where you lay in a headlock for 30
minutes. Just get back to the fundamentals instead of a spot fest and
encourage guys to learn the art form of how to sell and take their
time. One of my big pet peeves is when a wrestler mounts a second
turnbuckle and hits his opponent ten times in the face. That’s just one of the
great exposés of wrestling. Number one, the guy doesn’t fall until he is
hit the tenth time, number two, there is no marks on his face where he got hit,
number three, the guy throwing the punches isn’t even selling his untapped hand
after ten punches. That all tells me a lot of those guys doing that
haven’t ever been in a fight. You can’t hit a guy ten times in the face
and not hurt your own hand, it’s essentially impossible.
would be more modernized and basic fundamentals, but build young, athletic, and
physical wrestlers; that would be my mantra. The most important element of
building a company is your backers with deep, deep pockets and preferably with
a television network. So you’re not preempted and you got a great television
time. You certainly wouldn’t do a show over two hours. When you start, one hour
should be your calling card. Maybe once a quarter do a two hour special or
something. An hour doesn’t kill me and I can get everything in in one hour.
Galvin: You were the voice of the Attitude Era, which was spear-headed by Stone
Cold Steve Austin playing a beloved anti-hero. The topic of a John Cena heel
turn has been discussed for more than five years with fans yearning for more of
an edge from Cena. Do you think the hatred towards Cena is fair with him trying
to work as a babyface in the confines of a PG Era?
Well if John Cena turns heel, would the people booing him now cheer him? I
don’t know the logic or the answer. “Let’s go Cena, Cena sucks.” He still sells
more merchandise than anyone on the roster. For whatever he is, I think part of
that stuff is just trendy. I need a really good reason to turn Cena heel and it
wouldn’t be because of crowd chants. Ticket sales, live event business, kids
merchandise, things like that are a very good indicator. I’m not a major fan of
turning him heel, but I’m not opposed to it. All those things have to be done
for the right reasons.
now we have a wrestling public that has very little patience. I heard someone
the other day say they couldn’t believe that Sheamus and the Usos have been in
three six-man tag matches and how much longer do they have to watch this.
That’s like saying, “Why would you want to watch Rock and Austin at
WrestleMania three times?” Once is enough don’t you think?
read a story that out of 52 Wednesdays, Dory Funk Sr. wrestled Iron Mike
DiBiase 37 times. They changed the match up, they are performers, and they
changed up the presentation every time. I find it somewhat head scratching that
people call themselves wrestling fans and students of the game automatically
get turned off if someone wrestlers more than once. I have seen a lot of Orton
and Cena, I signed both of those guys, and have no regrets. I am so excited and
they have made a lot of money and secured their futures through the jobs that
we secured for them. I’m very proud of both of those guys, but I’m also very
tired of them wrestling each other. I’d like to see them wrestle other people
and it would help invigorate them.
that’s not saying anything bad about those guys. I’m not riding the fence, but
if you’re tired of something after three matches, you could easily say it
wasn’t very good, you didn’t like it and three times is enough for me. Quite
frankly that’s not a good gauge of something in that regard but that’s where we
are. That’s why we have to have more people on the roster trying to get over
and get their shots.
why when they bring in guys from NXT, they gotta bring them in as main event
level guys so if they go down a notch or two they are still in the hunt. They
bring them in as just another guy it’s a long journey to go from just another
guy to a main eventer. They gotta come in with a game plan. I’m concerned about
the lack of main event depth, but until you get more of that you’re gonna see a
lot of those rematches, tag matches, and things of that nature. I’d like to see
less handicap matches. They are getting a little old but used to be special.
When you saw a handicap match, it used to put the baby face in jeopardy and a
lot of trouble. Now a days it’s just another match, and nothing should ever be
just another match. It should always have a story or a reason. Things are
always short term or quickly and there isn’t a reason behind it. It comes back
to long term planning which is non-existent or incredibly sporadic.
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