Jim Ross has a new blog up, here are the highlights…
On WWE NXT: The atmosphere at NXT as it relates to the talents is relaxed, fun, and motivating. I've seen many wrestlers have their best matches in WWE, no matter the broadcast, on NXT. When one is able to exhale and simply go out and let their talents flow the results are often times much improved. Some people thrive on pressure, IE Steve Austin for example, while other talents, especially many young ones, develop better in an atmosphere like NXT where teaching, coaching, and positive motivation are prominent.
Several talents are distinguishing themselves on NXT and in Orlando. Some of the more experienced younger guys such as McGillicutty, Riley, Kidd, Mahal, Usos, Gabriel, and Curtis are maximizing their minutes. They simply need to keep taking positive steps. Demand of themselves to excel.
I've been impressed with the young ladies in ring skills on NXT including Paige, who's from England, Puerto Rico's Sophia, Texas Audrey Marie and Raquel Diaz, the daughter of the late Eddy Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero. Racquel has a big personality and her verbal skills are marketable. Paige and Sophia are particularly physical in the ring. NXT has a really nice group of Divas.
On Seth Rollins: Seth Rollins has a bona fide upside and a bright future. Rollins is arguably the top hand in NXT at this time but the Iowan will be challenged to hold on to that distinction.
On Kassius Ohno: Kassius Ohno has started an issue with Richie Steamboat and both worthy of keeping an eye on. I'd like to think that both Ohno and Steamboat can be very valuable in time for WWE.
On Big E Langston: Don't sleep on Big E Langston who is a powerhouse of a man at 285 pounds and was a former Florida State Heavyweight Champion in high school and played defensive tackle at Iowa. Big E is an intelligent, intimidating athlete who could go far.
On Antonio Cesaro: I am a fan of the in ring efforts of Antonio Cesaro who has an obvious upside and is a talent that should excel in WWE in the near future. Pairing Cesaro with Aksana could well be a main event success story. Cesaro is a mature professional with a unique skill set that I enjoy watching.
On Dean Ambrose: Many fans on Twitter @JRsBBQ ask about Dean Ambrose who does have something special and obviously many have high expectations for the Cincinnati native. I feel Ambrose is unique and perhaps just 'quirky' or unique enough to become a standout.
On CM Ounk Reforming The nWo: A follower on @JRsBBQ on Twitter asked if I thought @CMPunk would reform the nWo. I have no idea if this topic is any thing more than speculation based on my friend Kevin Nash having some fun with the subject on Twitter. Bottom line is that I don't know but I would be surprised if Punk headed up a faction at this time because he seems to be such a solitary man. The only way that I see that ever happening at this stage of Punk's career is if he had complete control on who comprised the group.
On Rock Challenging For The WWE Title: So @TheRock is going to attempt to win the WWE Title at the 2013 Summerslam, right? Firstly, don't bet against that occurring although there are no guarantees in this genre. Secondly, I'd love to see Rock vs. CM Punk as I feel that Punk's style and aggression would push The Rock and take the 'Great One' out of his comfort zone. World class athletes like @TheRock are at their best when they are pushed to the next level much like Austin and Rock did each other back in the day.
On an Austin-Tyson Project: If you see me wandering around LA Summerslam weekend, I'm there for a major, THQ function at the Grammy Museum the night before the PPV. Among those scheduled to attend the private affair are @steveaustinBSR and @miketyson, among many others.
On Working on WWE NXT: My work in talent development is enjoyable albeit challenging and it allows me to contribute to the future growth of WWE which is important to me. I'm especially proud of the teaching and development being done at FCW in Tampa by a hard working, dedicated crew.