-- As noted earlier, Zack Ryder is getting a storyline related to his webshow, Z! True Long Island Story. Ryder's complaint about WWE editing out "the best two minutes" of his series last week was the beginning to that angle, which is expected to pick up momentum over the coming weeks.
-- Jim Ross has posted his latest blog at JRSBARBQ.com. Check out the highlights:
On FCW: FCW records three, one hour TV shows tonight at 7. I expect all three shows to feature some outstanding main events. For these kids, every match in every segment is imperative. Love the sense of urgency that these broadcasts produce for young talents looking to earn the opportunity to move up to WWE.
On the talent crop in FCW right now: These kids are being trained well by some dedicated individuals. I like this group as I feel their potential is obvious. However, as I've always said, potential won't buy the groceries forever. The time is now for many talented grapplers.
On Cena vs. Lesnar at Extreme Rules: Seems as if many fans are giving John Cena little chance of defeating returning beast Brock Lesnar this Sunday on PPV at Extreme Rules. I'm NOT of that belief. Whether it be 'ring rust', Brock's overconfidence or Cena's competitive spirit, I still feel this match is too close for me to predict.
On the other matches at the PPV: Punk vs Jericho will be masterful but I sense Sheamus vs Bryan may steal the PPV w/ potentially three falls to work with.
On other topics: WWE's alliance with You Tube is awesome. I'm there daily. Great current and vintage content. Been watching many Dick Beyer aka the Destroyer All Japan bouts this week at FCW. great learning tools w/o fail. What's old is new again from one of the great masters of our business. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Buff Bagwell who was recently involved in a serious car accident. Keep Buff in your prayers on his long road to recovery. Gonna miss one of my favorite events, the NFL Draft, tonight to be at the FCW TV tapings. Although I'm a Draft freak, I'm grateful and excited to be here in Tampa. Hopefully I can sit in on a match or two.
-- Here is a story from CNN, covering Lucha Libre USA's "immigration feud" between R.J. Brewer and Blue Demon, Jr.: