Jim Ross Blogs on Daniel Bryan Being Stripped of The Title, Ric Flair’s WWE Status, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.11.2014
He also comments on WWE needing more managers…
- Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are the highlights...
On Daniel Bryan Being Stripped of The Title: Feel bad about Daniel Bryan's injury that has necessitated him being stripped of the WWE World Title. The past couple of months has been the best and the worst of times for arguably the best, pure wrestler in the world. It certainly sets up the opportunity for WWE to craft an amazing comeback story for DB and the opportunity for him to perform all phases of his comeback superbly which could get Bryan more over than he ever was. I'm curious to see how this potentially amazing story will be told and executed.
On Ric Flair's WWE Status: Read online where Ric Flair got cleared by WWE medial personnel to return to the road but is that a great idea? Can Ric add to TV presentations? Absolutely. Does a 65 year old man need to be on the road full time? No. Flair is an iconic figure who needs to not be over utilized and should remain special. I'm all for Naitch appearing on TV in the right role and at selected live events if his appearance is made to be a major, promotional item but putting Ric back on the road full time like one of the boys isn't wise. Having said all of this, I will admit that I don't know what WWE has planned for Ric as it relates to his booking schedule and I do applaud WWE for having Ric medically checked from bumper to bumper before doing whatever it is that WWE has planned. If WWE has a plan for Flair to become a red hot, heel manager then all I can say to that is good luck. Flair is beloved and his Woo's are a part of pop culture. I assume that it could be done but it certainly won't be easy. I've heard that some want Ric to manage the Miz but I'm not feeling that one.
On Interviewing Kurt Angle: Tuesday night I interviewed Kurt Angle and we went deep into his drug and alcohol addiction, the fact that Kurt has been 11 months clean and sober and his desire to sign one last contract to finish out an amazing, Hall of Fame career. Plus, we talked in depth about the infamous 'shoot' amateur workout that Kurt had with Brock Lesnar in South Dakota back in the day before a WWE TV taping that damn near got me fired...again. Other topics discussed was Chris Benoit, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, CM Punk, The Undertaker, training with Dory Funk, Jr. and Tom Prichard, WM19, Impact Wrestling's up's and downs and so much more.
On WWE Needing More Managers: With the overwhelming success of 'Advocate' Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle it would seem that WWE would attempt to cast more competent managers on Raw and/or Smackdown. No one is going to walk off the street and top Heyman, who's arguably the best talker in the biz, but having another character in the 'Advocate' role seems to be logical. Zeb Colter aka Dutch Mantell can damn sure talk but the persona that he plays is hard to take seriously as he is currently produced. I still think that Jake Roberts deserves consideration because he can turn on a dime and become a bitter, evil individual who knows how to play an audience like the most skilled mat maestros.