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Jim Ross Blog: Stephanie’s Performance, Money In The Wyatts, Paige Losing, More RAW Thoughts

– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with a new blog on As always, you can purchase JR’s BBQ products on Ross wrote about last night’s RAW from London:

“Even though I am a big time believer in the Wyatt’s as growing stars within WWE, if they are cast as villains then I am still confused as to their creative presentation. I just need some help understanding why it’s wrong for the fans to cheer them and I’d also like to know from what the Wyatt’s are saving us.

When the audience is encouraged to sing along to a supposed villain’s singing of a spiritual hymn and the antagonist also uses Mick Foley’s ‘cheap pop’ line of mentioning the city from which the show is emanating, those matters are not helping the talent become a ‘hated’ performer. Perhaps that’s the idea….perhaps the end game will be that Bray Wyatt isn’t a villian but Harper and Rowan might be. I have a crazy storyline idea on the new Ross Report Podcast that drops today (Tuesday) at 6 pm Pacific time at featuring @Goldberg. Check it out.

At the end of the night not one fan favorite came to John Cena’s aid as he was being beat like a Government Mule by three men. The humanity of it all. One would assume that at least one ‘good guy’ would wonder out to the stage in an attempt to ‘do right’ if not to only get beaten by the three, bearded, disenfranchised Duck Dynasty gone bad Swamp People. (I watch too much TV.)

Great, ballsy promo by @HeymanHustle mentioning the Queen of England and Brock Lesnar essentially in the same breath. Cesaro feels more of a star with Heyman than he ever did without him. After seeing Cesaro have some wicked matches in NXT in 2013, I can assure any doubters this….he’s a wresting machine.

I wasn’t shocked whatsoever that Paige lost on TV in her home country and neither should anyone else who’s been alive for more than a few hours. Obviously, just as I did, WWE liked what they saw last week with Alicia Fox and wanted Alicia to get an impactful win and beating Norwich, England’s own Paige was the solution that was used. If you think about it long enough, it’s not bad casting. Hey, we’ve all seen worse.

Well, the beat the clock matches actually used ‘time’ as an element of interest in a handful of matches which added to the urgency of the otherwise cold bouts.

Seeing a villain cheat to win and a clock being put in play made me happy while suffering through a dismal NBA Playoff game featuring my favorite team being taken to the woodshed on the River Walk.

Another outstanding performance by Stephanie McMahon masterfully playing a very evil authority person.

If WWE can’t coach Lana up and draw money with her, likely in 2015, then I will ‘consider’ swearing off the BBQ Sauce.

Love the build and the interest that has developed between The Shield and Evolution. Nicely done creative and a good illustration on how to build a rivalry.

Many will ask what’s the difference between a Last Man Standing match and No Holds Barred bout? One has a fall or submission and one is the old, Texas Death match theory of answering a 10 count but those issues should be explained and exploited. To some fans they are closer than first cousins.

Wade Barrett could easily be a fan favorite in today’s diluted, mat world as fans have finally accepted his TV persona that is currently in play. Bad News generally leads off most newscasts and the slogan/phrase has gotten over.

Don’t sleep on Luke Harper as he can ‘go.’ There’s money in both Harper and Rowan but Harper is the sharper of the two at the present time due to his edge in experience.”