​Jim Ross Blogs – Daniel Bryan, Lesnar/Cesaro, Creative

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Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are some
highlights…

On The ROH TV Product: Watched some ROH
this Saturday night on the OKC Fox affiliate and the one thing that I’d suggest
to the talents is to slow down so their in ring efforts can be processed by the
fans and to SELL MORE. The “This is Awesome” chants are nice but they usually
follow risky, high spots that lead, at best, to another in a long line of false
finishes. I love near falls but it they come a dime a dozen they are quickly
devalued. No one can slight the ROH talent’s efforts of which I gladly
acknowledge. Great effort and snug physicality helps any wrestler’s cause but if
the story being told in the ring is too fast then much of that action is thrown
away.

On Daniel Bryan: Some Twitter followers @JRsBBQ
are already growing weary of Daniel Bryan being WWE Champion as their logic is
now that the undersized, highly skilled wrestler has won the title there’s
nothing left for him to conquer of which I find to be extremely misguided. Some
might even say that theory is downright stupid.Bryan is and always will be the
physical underdog in 99% of his bouts and if the announcers tell a timely and
fitting story, DB will be a WWE World Champion who will go into the vast
majority of his Title Bouts as the underdog. If that isn’t a sellable story,
then I don’t know what is.

When a scenario finds the ‘hero’ in jeopardy,
it is generally a good thing in the genre of pro wrestling as it relates to
telling a story both in the ring and at the announce table.


I also said
that Bryan got over organically which is the best way possible and he will stay
over if he continues to be positioned as I just described and he maintains his
high standard of bell to bell excellence. The Champion’s biggest challenge is to
continue to improve on his mic work and I expect that he recognizes such and
will continue to address that phase of his game. Nonetheless Daniel Bryan is a
credit to the business and WWE, or any one else, can’t get too many performers
with his character and professionalism. Hopefully Daniel Bryan’s reign as the
WWE World Champion will be longer than the cup of coffee that many of his fans
fear but I do think it is inevitable that Brock Lesnar will be the next top dog
in WWE and a Lesnar-Bryan match at Summer Slam would be a great
attraction.


On Lesnar and Cesaro: Someone smarter than
me, however, will have to explain why I should automatically think that Lesnar
and @WWECesaro should be perceived as villains in the squared circle simply
because they are affiliated with Paul Heyman. Neither wrestler cheats or rarely
takes unfair shortcuts and ‘retreat’ isn’t too prominent either. Perhaps in
today’s marketplace it simply doesn’t matter to those in charge of any wrestling
organization even though the hero/villian dynamic is alive and well in UFC, NFL
and in the NBA Playoffs.

On “Blaming Creative”: Love
how some fans are so quick to blame ‘creative’ when something goes awry, in
their view, on a pro wrestling TV show. Crafting consistent, ‘money’ creative is
50/50, at best, so smart wrestlers should always plan that they are going to
have to add their own touches to make the creative that they are provided better
than it is.

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