Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below is an excerpt:
Raw in Anaheim tonight which means an early start live in California, 6 pm west coast time, which I always enjoyed. An early start means an early off air time which allowed for easier travel or something as simple as a normal night of sleep. (The King would fly in the morning of a west coast RAW and be on the red eye flight home to Memphis after the show.)
I always thought more could be made, I'm looking at the mirror quite honestly on this one, of the fact that there are only 30 spots available for the Royal Rumble Match. While other attractive matches are generally booked for the PPV, nothing really compares to the Rumble match and what winning it provides the last man standing in the ring.
Picking a winner of the Royal Rumble match is a tough task especially when one doesn't know conclusively who will compete. Because the PPV occurs in St. Louis, I 'guessed' that perhaps Randy Orton, if healthy, would be a dark horse to win in his home town. You'd be amazed at some of the Tweets that we received taking that bit of info to new levels.
Fans are extremely passionate regarding the WWE HOF which is both a blessing and a curse at times. As the old saying goes, one can't make everyone happy all the time but thus for, IMO, the announcement of Edge and the Horsemen being inducted seem stellar to me.
For the record, I have zero to do with the selections and found out about Edge and the Horsemen going into the HOF when other viewers did. It puts me in an uncomfortable situation when I'm asked who deserves to be in the HOF and who doesn't. That's not my place to pass judgment nor will I. Many obvious talents 'deserve' to be inducted into the WWE HOF and, overtime, I expect the normal suspects to be honored.
The Horsemen unit of Flair, Arn, Tully, and Windham are arguably the best in ring performing unit of all the Horsemen incarnations from my perspective. That's not to say that the other Horseman entities weren't effective. Adding a qualified in ring talent to the foundation of Naitch, Double A, and Blanchard always put that individual on a 'winning team.'
Over the years too many Horsemen incarnations watered down the attraction just as it did the nWo back in the day.
The controversy of original Horsemen member Ole Anderson being omitted is understandable especially for many long time fans but with Ole's unfortunate health issues and the fact that he has publicly said that he's not interested in being associated with WWE should be enough for those vocal fans to move on. But that isn't going to happen.
No one should overlook the influence JJ Dillon had on the Horsemen. I know from a behind the scenes role, JJ was extremely valuable to the charismatic albeit life in the fast lane unit. JJ was also a perfect compliment on camera and at ringside for, arguably, the greatest faction of all time. I know that JJ was especially moved by the HOF announcement last week on RAW.
Edge was one of a group of talented athletes we signed back in the day in WWE that contributed greatly to the company for an extended length of time. Edge fit into the desired recruiting category of being a life long fan, being a high level student of the game, he had a big motor, and the Canadian took ownership of his TV persona. If young talents wanting to make it in the business today would follow the Edge doctrine then they would greatly increase their chances of making it in the business.
I compared Edge to Jennifer Anniston on www.yahoosportsradio.com last Saturday morning as she spun out of an ensemble cast on Friends to earn solo stardom in films while Edge spun out of a talented, crowed tag team scene to become 'The Ultimate Opportunist.'
For Edge fans longing for Edge to have the seemingly obligatory "One More Match," I hope that educated fans realize that medically that would be a major mistake for all involved.
Brodus Clay maximized his minutes last week on RAW and Smackdown. I'm told that the reaction that he received on the road this week was positive. The red attire, the dancing and the ladies who accompany him are the 'sizzle' in Clay's TV persona but rest assured that the super heavyweight can deliver the 'steak' from bell to bell which is where, over the long haul, he will make his money.
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