WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross spoke about various topics During a recent edition of his podcast (transcript via wrestlinginc.com). Here are the highlights.
Asuka Losing at Extreme Rules:
“On the surface, Carmella beating Asuka surprised me and raised the ire of some, no doubt. I’m going to finish, but I’m kind of confident that when all the smoke clears and settles, that ‘The Empress’ will be whole once again. She’s too damn good to not be. Asuka has got amazing athleticism. She’s physical. She’s intense. She’s mysterious. There’s just something exotic about her that’s going to keep her coming back and back to your memory or the front of my awareness. And by the way, her win-loss record isn’t that bad quite frankly. You can say, ‘oh, she lost at a pay-per-view.’ Well, quite frankly, there are more people that see her win or lose on USA Network than they do on the WWE Network if you’re counting pennies. I don’t think a tainted loss, if it’s sold right by the announcers, hurts you at all. The babyface, Asuka in this case, has got an out.”
Asuka’s Controversial Booking:
“[Asuka’s booking] has been controversial, no doubt about that. I don’t believe that a fluke loss sets anybody back to a place they can’t recover from whatsoever. And I think that the fact that one of the things that might have hurt Asuka is that if she had lost to someone that the fans believe to have more credibility in the ring from bell-to-bell than Carmella is perceived to have, whether that be right or wrong, there would be less of this pissing outside of the tent thing.” Ross said, “but I think that Asuka is a gem. She’s exotic. She’s a battler. She’s a real keeper. And I think the cream will rise to the top. I’m really optimistic about a lot of things in life, but I really think Asuka is going to be in fine shape over the long haul. Please be patient and if you can’t be patient, change the goddamn channel.”