Jim Ross has a new blog on his official website. Below is an excerpt:
Loved the Chicago crowd's interaction and contributions to the broadcast. An enthusiastic live audience can make the difference in a fair show becoming a good show. I'm still a fan who also enjoys reading the signs which I see as unique market research to some degree.
The opening of RAW was memorable including the Punk 'ambush' of King and the opening dialog between the WWE Champion and the World Champion.
Punk had an impactful night in his hometown and was going to be cheered even if he came out and burned a Cubs uniform.
Orton vs Ziggler was PPV quality or restaurant quality as I've been known to say. Really strong effort by @RandyOrton and @HeelZiggler. Ziggler cheating to win was approiate or so it seemed.
I'd assume that @MikeTheMiz discovered that coming off the bench to take an extended seat at ringside for commentary is a daunting task. Miz is glib and very bright but performing a wrestling promo and doing color commentary are much different animals. Nonetheless, Miz looked good on camera which is an important facet for any TV producer to facilitate.
I like the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara but wish that Sin Cara would acquire the skills to communicate better with the English speaking fans.
Being an old schooler, I was skeptical of the Anger Management Vignettes when they first came on my TV but I have to admit that I've really enjoyed them.By and large, they have been entertaining.
Daniel Bryan and Kane have arguably had show stealing performances on RAW the past few weeks.
Enjoyed seeing Sheamus using the Texas Cloverleaf submission hold on the hapless Jack Swagger. Perhaps Dean Malenko, who used to utilize the same hold, has been tutoring the World Champion.
Hard to argue that Ricardo Rodriguez getting his head nearly taken off wasn't a memorable, Raw moment from Chicago. Rodriguez may be one of the most underrated performers on any WWE broadcast.
Ryback is starting to move the emotion needle seemingly every week. The "Feed Me More" chants are growing. I only wish that I could tie that in to a JR's BBQ Sauce promotion during the football tailgating season and on into the holidays. Hey, an entrepreneur can dream, can't he? I can see Ryback taking the next step sooner than later on WWE TV.
Would have loved to have called the "Hug Off" between Bryan and Kane. I actually enjoyed that piece of business more than I did their physicality. How fun would their tag team be?
Anxious to see United States Champion Antonio Cesaro get on a roll with a new rival for the U.S. Title. I'm a Cesaro fan and feel that he can become a viable asset in WWE notwithstanding adding needed credibility to the championship.
"Crazy" A.J. returned last night and seemed to 'crack' under pressure. It should be interesting to see how that matter is followed up on in the coming weeks.
Enjoyed the Cena-ADR Falls Count Anywhere bout. Physical stuff. The cheap shot drive by executed by @CMPunk was a hit...no pun intended. Plus the reveal of Punk's 'wheelman' @HeymanHustle Paul Heyman was a helluva end to the three hour broadcast.
Heyman and Punk together is a potentially outstanding dynamic with which fans can emotionally invest. It has many potential roads to travel but associating with Heyman will certainly help facilitate Punk being looked upon by many as an antagonist.
I'm anxious to see what WWE comes up with for next Monday in Montreal on Pat Patterson Appreciation Night with Monday Night Football roaring out of the box with a highly promoted doubleheader. RAW likely will be a stout effort or at least that will be the goal particularly this coming Monday night.
Is the [email protected] matter over? Knowing King as I do, I'd say no. Now with Heyman siding with Punk might even make matters worse as Lawler and Heyman have had their issues over the years including King breaking Heyman's jaw many moons ago.
I'm returning to Orlando on September 20 for the NXT tapings where @JohnCena will be the special guest @FullSail University.
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