JR Blogs – The RAW Opening, Sheamus/Barrett, Rusev


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

On Raw’s Opening Segment: The Bryan-Kane segment was a memorable start to the program and plants a vivid seed for their match at Extreme Rules. I expect this match to outperform many fan’s expectations. Wondering if we will ever see any physicality down the road from Brie and Stephanie. Seems like it’s there if WWE wants to go that route at some point.

On Sheamus vs. Barrett: Enjoyed the physicality of the Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett match and felt that the Englishman was due. When Barrett learns to occasionally retreat and to perfect the William Regal-like pro wrestling villian nuances he’s going to be money. Of course, developing subtle, heel nuances is something that most playing that role in the biz could stand to work on sooner than later.

On Lana and Rusev: It will take some time and patience but I like the potential of Rusev and am a fan of Lana’s work even though both talents are still very green and are still learning their craft. Hopefully, by this time next year they will be a much more refined duo. American wrestling fans, unfortunately in real life much too often, don’t like people who aren’t from the USA and/or who don’t sound ‘American.’ Not a flattering trait but nationalism storylines will generally work if executed smartly. Hell, some Americans dont’ like folks with Southern accents and what in the hell is up with that? (Shout out to Hurricane Gregory Helms)

On Cena vs. Wyatt: Unusual position to put the face of WWE, John Cena, in with the fan vote and the fans voted the absolute worse case scenario and that was for Cena to face all three members of the Wyatt Family. The 3 vs. 1 vote/mismatch did equate to some compelling TV and back in the TV14 days would have likely seen Cena bloody. I am not endorsing the blood but simply stating a matter of fact as it relates to the “old days.” I’m not clear as to why featured villain Bray Wyatt has the audience singing along with him, especially a hymn, but I also don’t know the creative plan for the talented, third generation performer. Nonetheless, I’m interested in where the Wyatts are traveling.

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