WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with another blog looking back at Sunday’s No Way Out pay-per-view, here are some highlights:
Dolph Ziggler’s future: Ziggler is going to have a stellar year in 2012. The former amateur standout seemingly does something in every match that grabs my attention. Dolph reminds me of many greats of the game including Pat Patterson, Curt Hennig, and Billy Gunn. Fans that have no patience with where Ziggler currently stands in the ‘pecking order’ at least in those fan’s eyes need to exhale and simply enjoy Ziggler’s performances and continue to watch him evolve.
Dolph Ziggler could easily be WWE Champion or World’s Champion by WM29. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The WWE Championship match: For my PPV dollars, the match of the night was the WWE Title bout featuring Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Kane with a timely cameo by AJ. I felt like everyone involved in the process came to play and delivered big time. The veteran Kane’s outing was special considering this is another in a long line of PPV bouts for the Big Red Machine who moved around like a young kid.
CM Punk as WWE Champion: Punk’s tenure as WWE Champion is making the coveted WWE Title more meaningful and it’s obvious that Punk’s popularity is growing. I’m a big fan of CM Punk and feel that he’ ranks with the most compelling WWE Champions in recent memory. Punk is smart, physical and durable which are all traits that are invaluable to WWE on many fronts.
Daniel Bryan being perceived as “too small”: Daniel Bryan is a joy to watch wrestle. People who think Bryan is ‘too small’ likely haven’t had their ass kicked in real combat and especially had it kicked by a smaller person. I can easily see Daniel Bryan becoming one of WWE’s most popular superstars simply because the fans seemingly are beginning to demand it.
His WWE status: Yes, I’m still working for WWE and consulting in the Talent Development Department and loving it. I’ll be with the NXT crew in Orlando again on Thursday July 12. This responsibility is supremely important to the future of WWE plus it keeps me off the road 51 weeks a year. I’m also going to be doing some scouting for potential, new talents.
Will JR be in St. Louis for RAW 1000? I hope so but that’s yet to be confirmed. I’m proud of my contributions to the program over the years that started for me in 1994. Favorite match from those very early days….Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid. Great stuff and one that many of today’s wannabe wrestlers and many that are on existing talent rosters can learn a great deal.