– Jim Ross is back to blogging and below are highlights from his latest entry:
On Bret Hart Appreciation Night: I know that much is being made of the WWE APP but I’m very pleased that I had it downloaded on my IPad so I could enjoy the Bret Hart Appreciation Day celebration after RAW went off the air Monday night. Thoroughly enjoyed the memorable in ring ceremony and the sincere appreciation and respect shown to one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time. When I came to WWE in 1993, Bret Hart was at the top of my list of talents whose matches that I wanted to broadcast. Bret was of the same mold that I had been brought into the business with in the territory days except he was at a higher level than just about anyone. His technical expertise reminded me of Danny Hodge who many consider the greatest wrestler, amateur turned pro, America has ever produced. Bret recently had his knee replaced but he seemed to be moving around well while in the ring. He was one of my wrestling friends who reached out to my family during the recent Oklahoma tornados. Bret was in Hawaii at the time and him contacting us was much appreciated. That illustrates what kind of man that he is….a true, friend.
On The Shield: The Shield continues to evolve and their unit is becoming one of the hottest entities within WWE in years. If they can stay healthy, which there are no guarantees, and continue to evolve and master their craft these three can be big time players in WWE for years to come. Hopefully, they will continue down their current path as I would like to see where that would take the trio at WM30 in New Orleans.
On WWE NXT: WWE NXT is doing its work as many new faces from developmental are beginning to occupy key, roster spots on RAW and Smackdown. Some incumbent talents on the main roster who are ‘peculating’ might want to glance over their shoulder. More, outstanding NXT prospects are pushing to be “next” on the call up list. Competition is on going and good for all.
On The Wyatt Family: The Bray Wyatt Family vignette was spot on and after seeing them perform as much as I have in NXT I can attest that they will, without question, contribute positively to WWE once they arrive on RAW and/or Smackdown. Wyatt has success and athleticism in his blood and has that rare, second gear that most big men do not possess. I can’t stress how important that is. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are big, rugged dudes who, at times, remind me of a young Mick Foley or Bruiser Brody inasmuch as they are ‘brawlers’ who move well for being such big men.