— Below are highlights from Jim Ross’ latest blog…
On Cena/Bryan: John Cena picked the only man that he should have logically picked, in my opinion, for the main event for the WWE Title bout at Summer Slam and that was the red hot Daniel Bryan. I will not be surprised if DB beats Cena in LA as that outcome would be HUGE in WWE-land and significantly re-shuffle the deck. Plus, MITB winner Randy Orton is obviously and largely in play no mater the main event’s outcome as Orton could realistically leave Summer Slam as the WWE Champion no matter who wins the Cena-Bryan match.
On RVD: Loved the Jericho-RVD match. Generally a cold match featuring two, fan favorites challenges the crowd to emotionally invest as the rule of thumb is that the fans don’t want either man to lose. These two men put on such a great performance that it embraced all that were in Brooklyn live and that emotion translated well on TV. In 48 hours, RVD is already more relevant that he was the entire time that he was away from WWE.
On The Wyatt Family: The Wyatt Family made another memorable appearance on Monday Night RAW. R Truth got the wrath of what apparently awaits Kane upon the Big Red Machine’s return. Bray’s verbiage is classic and worth a second listen. Could a Wyatt-Kane match possibly be on tap for Summer Slam??
On Del Rio vs. Ziggler From Raw: After Sunday’s masterpiece, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler had another stellar on one bout on RAW. The scorned and unbalanced AJ Lee again made an impact and facilitated the insertion of Big E Langston into the equation. Big step up for Big E and another roadblock perhaps on Ziggler’s road to regaining the World Title. All good stuff. Emerging fan favorites are best served when they are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds and distinct challenges.
On The Punk/Heyman Segment: The Heyman/Punk/Lesnar scenario was compelling TV and was on the mark in all phases. Punk was hurt, physically and emotionally, after the events that occurred at Summer Slam and it showed both on his face and his body English. @HeymanHustle was at his best on the mic Monday night. The man’s TV persona is SO easy to dislike. Heyman’s delivery was right out of a Mafia scene ala the late, Soprano’s icon James Gandolfini telling his Uncle Junior that “You’re dead to me!” Lesnar looked huge and remains as athletic a heavyweight as I’ve ever seen in 39 years in the biz. Brock’s like a rampaging,. Hereford Bull who has zero fear and feels that he can dominate anyone that he faces in WWE. Obviously, Punk won’t ever back down but something will have to give if these two do indeed meet at Summer Slam which appears to be a no brainer. If that bout does occur, the next five weeks or so of WWE TV regarding this personal issue make for some great TV. This was a big, money segment that underscores what generally, always works in our biz when the foundation is properly established and that is an intense, personal issue.