Jim RossJames William Ross
- Birthdate: 01/03/1952 (age 63)
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 250 Ib
Jim Ross is an American professional wrestling ...
On Summerslam: Anxious to watch Summer Slam from home this Sunday and hope that WWE doesn't overbook the show to where some matches are condensed in time to where they cannot tell a viable story. That will depend solely on the decision to add various backstage skits, etc which are fine in theory but they seem, throughout today's business overall, to generally run long. Wrestling fans, like everyone else, seemingly have short attention spans so these 'scenes' are better telling me what time it is rather than how to make the watch. I've thought all along that Brock Lesnar would defeat John Cena for the WWE World Title in LA, which I still think is the right direction to go, but something tells me that WWE may go 'off speed' and perhaps utilize Plan B. Could Cena retain on Sunday and then lose to Lesnar on RAW on Monday? Lots of possible scenarios but at the end of the day, in my view, John Cena is so 'over' that he doesn't need the WWE Title. Now is a great time to commit to going younger and Lesnar winning and passing the torch at WM31 facilitates that theory.
On Kevin Steen to WWE: Happy for Kevin Steen to be signed by WWE and he will report to NXT in late August from what I hear. I hope that Steen's WWE wrestling persona isn't over thought or major league reinvented as I feel that the Montreal native has a solid foundation, is a great, natural brawler, and has mic skills. If WWE exposes Steen's strengths, they could have a success story on their hands. I am a fan of Steen's work.
On The TNA TV Situation: I'm told from optimistic sources that should know that the prospects are good for Impact Wrestling to remain on cable TV after this current Spike Contract ends. I still think that there's a shot that Spike retains their wrestling product but time will tell soon enough. Though this is purely speculation, I can't see how Impact can make it over the long haul simply providing content to international entities. For the sake of all involved in Impact, I hope that things work out for them in a positive manner. I like their roster whose strength is definitely bell to bell physicality.
On His Fantasy Booking of Sting vs. Undertaker: I've been getting amazing feedback on my fantasy booking idea, a Ross Report element, of a double retirement match at WM31 between Sting vs. Undertaker where both men, win, lose or draw, retire after the match. Has there ever been a Double Retirement Match promoted on a grand stage such as WrestleMania? It's a new concept and is a dream match for many long, time fans and with WWE's library, younger fans can be brought up to speed on both talent's personas. Cutting to the chase, the older fans who have control of the purse strings are the ones who will generally decide where the money is spend especially on a $9.99 monthly tab which is a meaningful investment for many.