JR Compares Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns To Piper, Punk & The Rock

Jim Ross has a new blog entry on his official website. In it, he compares Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to Roddy Piper, CM Punk and The Rock respectively. You can read an excerpt below:

Apparently the three men in black, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns will be interviewed by @MichaelCole tonight on Raw. I hope that we get some revealing info but not too much as I feel these three can be significant contributors on RAW but I also feel that this info needs to come over time especially with WWE doing tons of episodic TV. As a fan, I don’t need every question answered tonight and, hopefully, their comments will elict even more interest/questions.

Count on this…no matter what the three, NXT talents have to say, it will be dissected and thoroughly analyzed. In today’s social media crazed, info heavy world of sports entertainment, everything is under a microscope and there are more ‘experts’ sounding off than ever before. Don’t take that as a knock and if you do…Lighten Up Francis.

Ambrose has a little Roddy Piper and Brian Pillman traits in him or so it seems to me. His FCW/NXT bout a few months ago with @RealKingRegal was stellar. I called it with Dusty Rhodes and we had a blast. Ambrose is a blue chip stock and is arguably the most ‘unpredictable’ of the three. Perhaps ‘complex’ is an adequate word to describe Ambrose at this point in time.

Rollins reminds me of @CMPunk in some areas of Rollins’ game or at least the formative CM Punk of a few years ago. I perceive that as a good thing. Rollins is an Iowa kid who has a sound, skill set, confidence, toughness and is the current NXT Champion. He has a natural swagger and wrestles with a chip on his shoulder which I embrace.

Reigns is a former Georgia Tech nose tackle and has reshaped his body from 300+ to 260ish and is of Samoan decent, father is WWE HOFer Sika, and at times has reminded me of @TheRock when I first inked ‘The Great One’ to his WWE contract. In that I mean the obvious heritage matter but also the physical frame, intellect, and overall, natural athleticism. We can only hope that Roman Reigns can approach The Rock’s accomplishments inside the squared circle some day. Only time will tell if that lofty goal can be reached but Reigns can be special. Watch someone interpret what I just said as being that JR is predicting Roman to be the next Rock. Hey, I wish.

These three young men have made a viable impact thus far in their WWE journey and I’m hopeful that their aggression and the controversy that they have created continues on RAW. I’ll be curious to see how patient the WWE Universe will be in each man’s development as these three move forward in what is a deliberate, time consuming process to reach the top of the card and, more importantly, to stay there.

It will also be interesting to see how much ownership Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns take of their TV personas and how much they are each willing to invest daily to get better. Each must improve in all phases of the game but I’m of the belief that each can be “significant players” aka main eventers in time.

Click here to read JR’s latest in its entirety.

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  • steve2

    Heheheheheh. “Lighten up Francis”

  • Blazeking

    I think J.R. nailed it! I've said that Dean Ambrose reminded me of Roddy Piper since day one in FCW.

  • Leo Devlin

    When comparing Rollins to Punk that’s the most dead-on comparis