Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry. Here are the highlights…
On Raw's Closing Segment: Show closing segment.... @HeymanHustle promo/intro for @CMPunk was stellar. @Ryback22 interrupt shut Punk's promo down but the actions of the 'NXT in Black Boys' stood out. I lembrace their aggression and physicality directed at Ryback who took a helluva beating. Watch again in slo-mo if you think I'm embellishing. The three men comprised of @TheDeanAmbrose @RomanReigns and @WWWERollins did not become cannon fodder for the leviathan Ryback plus they kept a discernable level of mystique as their motives weren't revealed nor did we hear them speak as of yet. All good in carving out an episodic TV storyline. The closing scene of Punk standing over the wounded Ryback was on target.
On Bruno Sammartino: BTW...Heyman mentioning Bruno Sammartino was cool. Any discussion about the WWE Title can't realistically take place without mentioning Bruno. I'd love to see Bruno inducted in the WWE HOF in 2013 in his house, Madison Square Garden, along with Bob Backlund, Mick Foley, among others that are very deserving.
On Wade Barrett and the Secondary Titles: Good outing for Wade Barrett who's making great strides plus I'm a fan of a more aggressive Kofi Kingston who needs to leave his natural, mannerly personality in the locker room. It seems as though, albeit slowly, that both the IC and US Titles are slowing building needed equity. I feel that it's important for both championships to continue to be re-positioned and it seems as that is occurring. I'd like to see them both have additional meaning come WM29.
On Changes Within WWE: It feels like positive changes are in play in WWE in what feels to be a definite, transitional period. There's nothing wrong with being in a transitional period by the way. Lots of talent who have been groomed for main event opportunities are now being placed in the 'on deck circle' or so it seems. Their own, personal desire to take the next step isn't all about WWE but, more often than not, the people that these individuals see in the mirror. By refusing to accept mediocrity and pushing, pulling, scratching and clawing through the clutter one increases their odds of making it. Granted the odds of becoming a bona fide main event performer in WWE are long to begin with but diligence and working through adversity (I know of what I speak on this one) greatly increases one's chances for success. I'd almost compare today's WWE to a major college athletic team or a pro franchise who is rebuilding around young, talented athletes, plus a few incumbents, who need to continue to push themselves in all phases of their game and not settle. Athletes who reside in their insulated 'nests' IE their comfort zones are problems that must be either solved or eliminated. This transition is a long term fix but if the course is steered week in and week out the results will be the development of several talents who can add 'new' to broadcast and live event presentations.