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.