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JR Comments On AJ Styles-WWE Possibility, Whether Dolph Ziggler Is Being Punished, More

– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog entry on Here are some highlights:

New tryout camp: WWE starting a new tryout camp today in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center. I miss those opportunities to mentor and communicate with young talents who want to live their dream just as I did. Hopefully everyone attending will report in magnificent physical condition and pay attention. The drills are essential to master and to not replicate previously corrected mistakes in technique. Best of luck to all involved.

Thoughts on William Regal: Yes, William Regal has a great eye for wrestling talent plus he is a terrific instructor. Any company would better themselves with more William Regal’s associated with them. I’m blessed to call him my friend and am thankful that I had an opportunity to help him sort out his life back in the day. Regal is a huge asset for WWE that often goes unnoticed to the average fan.

Is Ziggler being punished: Is WWE “punishing” Dolph Ziggler? No. If WWE wanted to “punish” Ziggler they would simply not use him on TV and allow him to fade into obscurity. More fans should use their common sense on this one. Dolph is hugely talented and, generally, athletes who are on Ziggler’s level overcome any perceived obstacles. The key is to not check out and to keep turning heads.

AJ Styles: Will WWE sign AJ Styles? I’d have zero clue on that one but I would say it’s a long shot at best. Not because AJ isn’t an outstanding talent, because he is, but I get the feeling WWE wants to create new stars and those new stars are going to come from the WWE Performance Center exclusively.

Relationship with Michael Cole and JBL: No, I like and respect both Michael Cole and JBL very much. I’ve know them both for many, many years and even signed JBL to his WWE contract when he was Justin “Hawk’ Bradshaw. It’s hard to name a talent who better re-invented themselves, multiple times by the way, than did the boisterous and intelligent Texan. Cole and I have spent countless hours conversing and sharing ideas over the years and I’d like to think that we’ve helped each during that time. No one works harder or more diligently than does Michael Cole and he deserves much more credit than he receives. (BTW..check the @Layfield Report)