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Jim Ross Q&A: Has Punk Surpassed HBK?, Foley’s Hell In a Cell Spot, Ryback Rumors, More

– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his Q&A section again this week. Here are some highlights:

Has CM Punk surpassed Shawn Michaels? You could argue that on the mic he certainly has surpassed Michaels and Triple H as well. His comments don’t hurt anyone; he’s just entertaining, similar to The Rock and Austin. He’s just not lucky enough to be part of an exiting era in wrestling. But what about his in-ring work? Is he ahead of HBK or does need some more years to accomplish that? You are comparing apples to oranges, so to speak. Punk has not surpassed HBK in the ring as no one has in my view. The two are different entirely entities but both are big time players.

The spots where Undertaker threw Mankind off the cell through the Spanish Announce Table and chokeslammed him through the cell roof, did you and Lawler know they were coming? We were unaware that Foley was coming off the Cell as I’ve answered many times before. The less we knew about what was going to take place the better we were as a team.

Which title has more prestige – the Intercontinental or United States? Hmmm…I’d guess long time WWE fans would favor the IC Title but that’s merely my opinion. It also likely matters on who the particularly champion is.

Rumors of Ryback under heat for using Goldberg’s wrestling maneuvers: I don’t know how to comment on internet rumors plus I’m no longer with WWE or around the talents to know what is going on. Ryback seems to have potential but he’s still a on going work in progress.

Why do you think WWE never used cruiserweights like Psychosis and Ultimo Dragon and Juventud Guerrera in more effective ways like they were in WCW? Company philosophy inasmuch as labeling talents as cruiserweights or light heavyweights, etc puts an unfair and inaccurate less than positive label on them. Plus, talents that could not adequately verbalize in English wold have had issues getting and staying in the main event level.

  • JAckh45

    To true. Punk has never been “face of the company”

  • Scooter

    I see your point but one could argue Shawn was “the guy” for a while where as Punk has always been in Cena’s shadow.

  • JAckh45

    Currently HBK is the better investment… only due to the fact he so far has a much longer run with the company.
    His career spanned from 1988 till 2010, 22 years over Punks 2005 till present 8 years.

    Now you could argue, since punk has been so much of an impact in time comparison, that makes him better?

    Again too hard to place 2 people against eachother when there are so many differences.

  • Scooter

    Defining better is hard, you could argue either is the better worker with Punk taking it on the mic but it’s hard to deny the other factors like how much they draw and the impact they made on the buisness play a part in who’s better.

    Ultimately for those reasons, HBK is still the better of the two.because he was a better investment for the company but as for who was the better performer, I’d go with Punk.

  • JAckh45

    I’d say its too hard to tell. Different opponents and times make the “who’s better” argument to difficult to say.
    We all love HBK, but to say he is clearly the best is rather silly. Then again, Punk is good, but its mostly because the only real comparisons we have currently in this day and age for “big main-eventers” are Orton and Cena. So naturally Punk would shine above thous two.

  • Stephanie’s Left Nipp

    Jim Ross mate wish you would get your BBQ jerky jerky chicken, roll it up into a ball, turn it side way and baaawwww gawwwwddd stick it straiight up your fat candy ass!!!

    Have you stopped beating your wife yet?!?!?!?

    If No then guess what i beat her so bad she became infertile and Mae Youngs Hand came out and pulled Bell of JR’s Palsy.

  • D2K

    Punk hasn’t “surpassed” HBK in anything and the funny thing is Punk would be the first guy to tell you that. Typical case of someone trying to impose their opinion as fact. They WANT to believe Punk has surpassed HBK to they ask a question as if it is even a plausible scenario. It’s like going up to a random person on the street and asking them, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?