Former WWE announcer and Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog section of his website over at JRsBarBQ.com, with his ongoing thoughts in the world of MMA and professional wrestling. Below are a few of the highlights that Ross talked about in his Memorial Day weekend blog:
On Chris Jericho’s WWE return: WWE was in Winnipeg, sans native son Chris Jericho, Friday night after a hellacious travel day where all the crew did not make the event due to weather issues. Over 7,000 fans turned out in the ‘Peg which was excellent. Speaking of Jericho, he owes none of us another match if that becomes Chris’ decision. @IAmJericho has done plenty in his illustrious career to more than fulfill all our expectations. If Chris decides to return to the ring it will be in WWE and I think that he will but it may not be full time. That’s just one guy’s, uninformed opinion.
On Kevin Nash’s return as an on-air performer in WWE: I don’t know what WWE’s plans are for Kevin Nash who has a Legend’s agreement with WWE and last appeared in the ring at the Royal Rumble. Do I think Kevin can still help as an on air performer? Absolutely. Kevin is a bright man with a high wrestling IQ who still has fuel left in his former Tennessee Volunteer tank.
Where Randy “Macho Man” Savage got his wrestling influence: Savage was very individualistic but I’ve always been of the mindset that his costumes and music were somewhat influenced by WWE HOF’er Gorgeous George. Randy was amazingly intense, virtually 24/7, and brought natural athleticism to the squared circle. We never always agreed on a variety of professional matters and had our share of disagreements but never once did i not respect his in ring ability and the fact that he was one of the biggest , pro wrestling stars of all time. Plus, Savage saved his money which is a rarity for his generation of performers.
Wrestling territories vs today’s cable TV: Most fans and aficionados of the wrestling biz do not fully understand the impact of having no wrestling territories of any significance has on today’s product. National cable TV is often times very unforgiving to a ‘green’ talent who are, at times, still 3-5 years away from being ready for the national stage when they debut. Same goes for announcers who are essentially learning their craft on the fly and in front of a global audience. I was very lucky that I had 19 years experience BEFORE I was fortunate enough to be hired by WWE in 1993.