Jim Ross Blogs on WWE Battleground, The Wrestling Hall of Fame Ceremony, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.21.2014
A new blog from JR...
- Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are the highlights…
On The Wrestling Hall of Fame Ceremony: It's always a great time in Waterloo at the Tragos Thesz induction ceremony and all the affiliated events that go along with the weekend in Dan Gable's hometown and at the museum named in his honor. I remain steadfast when I say that if you are a real, wrestling fan that some day you will venture to Waterloo and to Stillwater, Oklahoma to visit both the wrestling museums that await you.
It was wonderful re-connecting with the Steiner Brothers who I had not seen together in way too many years. They individually went into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame at the museum Saturday night in a moving ceremony especially when Scott spoke of his family, friends and career. Rick and I had a great time catching up on the old UWF days both working for Cowboy Bill Watts who Rick said he loved working for and respected the structure and professionalism that Watts demanded. Rick is now a successful real estate broker in the Atlanta area and also serves his community on the local school board.
Meeting MMA legend and former 3X Oklahoma State Wrestling All American and UFC Champion Randy Couture was very enjoyable while sitting at his table at the banquet. I had the pleasure of MC'ing the banquet and introducing Randy for the George Tragos Award. @Randy_Couture was a gem all throughout the weekend and seemed to genuinely enjoy himself.
DDP had a moving acceptance speech and, as always, was a positive, high energy guy to be around and is the all time over achiever that I've seen in the pro wrestling biz considering Dallas journey to the top began very late in a wrestler's life. His work creating DDP Yoga has helped so many which is heart warming considering how some people have literally regained control of their lives thanks to DDP Yoga. I'm personally very proud of DDP and what he's doing to help others.
On The Tag Title Match: Upon taking a fast look at the PPV I can tell you that I enjoyed the tag title bout and enjoyed the 2X3 fall stipulation. Both teams worked hard and seem to have good chemistry. Hopefully, WWE will get other teams ready to engage in the Tag Title picture as I know that there are many who are specifically fans of tag team wrestling which is not dead by any means but it's not exactly the picture of health within the business as a whole either.
On Rollins and Ambrose: I was ready to enjoy Ambrose vs. Rollins but that did not happen but the angle that replaced the match was good and it should build more anticipation for them to work at Summer Slam if not too much is given away for free on Raw and/or Smackdown. If this match is kept somewhat clean prior to Summer Slam it will add more to the card.
On The Overall Show: Overall, the show appeared to be somewhat of a place holder with a great deal of potential Summer Slam content within it which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I may have more to say about Battle Ground if I sit down to watch the entire event in real time later in the week.