JR Blogs: The RAW Opening, Punk/Urn, Booker T/HOF


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Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry. Here are the highlights…

On Raw’s Not So Hot Open: Perplexing Raw Monday night in Pittsburgh. Obviously, the live crowd was not into some aspects of the broadcast, which resonated at home. Not the hot start to the broadcast that we’ve experienced on RAW the past few weeks. I will say that John Cena has physically never looked better in my view. I’d suggest that Cena’s cardio vascular conditioning could well be a major factor when he challenges The Rock for the WWE Title at WM29. The Rock’s worldwide, travel schedule is freakish and nothing can prepare one’s stamina inside the ring better than being inside the ring on a regular basis.

On CM Punk: The CM Punk biz with the urn made me uncomfortable.

On Booker T Heading Into the WWE Hall of Fame: Congrats to Booker T for being selected to be inducted into the all star, 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class the night before WrestleMania at the sold out Madison Square Garden. After, self admittedly, making some serious mistakes as a young man, Booker Huffman has made some amazing life changes and is a success story that needs to be heard over and over again. Arguably, over the long haul, Booker T was WWE’s best ‘get’ from WCW when the Turner folks closed their doors. Whether it be wrestling, fan favorite or villain, utilizing scientific wrestling or brawling, cutting entertaining and compelling promos, doing commentary or representing WWE in a variety of ways, Booker has been at a main event level in every thing that he has been asked to do. Knowing Booker’s back story, I am so proud of him and use Book as an example to rookies on a regular basis. Booker and his lovely wife Sharmell are the parents of adorable twins, a son and a daughter, and are living the American dream. Well earned and it couldn’t happen to nicer people.

On The Main Event Angle: Paul Heyman took almost an inhumane, physical beating from HHH before The Game signed his name to a contract that says The Game is done as an active wrestler if he doesn’t beat Brock Lesnar on April 7. I know that HHH would rather wrestle than sit in business meetings even though his long term future as WWE COO is well established. Men like HHH want to end their run on their terms and not the terms of people like Heyman and Lesnar. However, HHH could be facing the same fate as his friends Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels who both ended their in ring careers in WWE at WrestleMania events.

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