Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are the highlights…
On the chance for performers to appear on RAW: Interesting show that was missing some of the ‘regulars’ which provided more opportunities to others. I’m always curious to know how excited talents are in today’s WWE TV world to be getting more TV time because in the Attitude Era, etc it was all about who was written into the show more than what they were going to do on said show. What they were doing was important, don’t get me wrong, but merely appearing on RAW back in the day was a big deal. In other words, talents were excited to simply get in the game, perform at a high level, hence maximize their minutes, and hope that their performance got them another booking next week. It appears to me, and I could be wrong, that some talents today take their exposure on RAW for granted at times as if it’s their right to be on the show. For the record, it’s not.
On The New Age Outlaws: The New Age Outlaws, who walked out on CM Punk a few weeks ago which should make them villains, won the Cage Match over the Rhodes boys in a finish that surprised me. Critics of the veteran, New Age Outlaws seem to be overlooking that their presence is to help shed more spotlight on the tag team scene which many fans have bitched about being non existent for the longest time. Tag team wrestling in WWE, far from being perfect, is infinitely better today than it has been in a good while. Plus, the veteran duo working with the younger teams on the road at live events is strategic and good booking.
On The Wyatts vs. Shield Feud: The Wyatt vs. Shield marriage reminds me a little of the Horsemen vs. Midnight Express issue many years ago that did well for Jim Crockett Promotions as it was two antagonist teams that squared off forcing the fans to make a choice as to who to cheer and who to boo. I like the MMA oriented “Superman Punch” that Roman Reigns is using and that along with his spear is a nice offensive combination. Reigns is smart to continue to try new things and to not get stuck in a predictable rut. Reigns is smart to add something new to his game which indicates that he is thinking of ways to improve. Wrestlers stuck in a set routine and who are so egocentric that they are resistant to change any thing about what they do inside the ring are bound to stop growing professionally.
The WWE Performance Center will be on display at the Elimination Chamber when the Wyatts face the Shield. If the Performance Center can provide WWE with 6-8 potential, main event level talents a year it should be considered a massive win. Any thing considerably less than that…not so good.