Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below are the highlights:
Last Thursday at Full Sail University in Orlando the WWE produced its best three hours of NXT to date. It was one of the most enjoyable TV tapings that I can recall being involved with in quite some time. The single elimination tournament which featured the quarterfinals and semi finals at last Thursday's tapings produced some outstanding bouts and saw some young talents really reach down and turn it on.
NXT does not air in the USA nor do I know if or when it will. I do know that we are getting ample feedback on the show from Twitter followers @JRsBBQ from several countries that does air NXT. It's a one hour show originating from an intimate 500 seat arena which features a unique atmosphere in today's WWE world and is shot in HD.
I do not know of any plans for WWE.com to air NXT to answer a frequently asked question. NXT is wrestling heavy and, arguably, features more in ring content than any other WWE program.
Gerald Brisco/Kurt Angle Fiasco (For those that missed it, you can catch-up here):
Jerry Brisco, who was Kurt's mentor in WWE and who was the contact between the HOF and Kurt on coming to Waterloo, was especially disheartened that Angle was unable to make the event after accepting the invitation to be there. Things happen with everyone's schedule and all I know is that Kurt had a unforeseen personal obligation come up at the 11th hour that prevented him from attending. To mask his disappointment, Jerry had a little fun with Kurt not being there in addition to the video that Kurt sent not playing due to a technical issue, and then offering to "auction off" Angle's award and donate the money to the Hall of Fame. There was actually ONE bidder at the banquet and so the award was "sold" for $250. By the way, Brisco, a survivor of three strokes, will never replace the auctioneer on @storagewars, for the record.
I tweeted that Kurt was simply unable to attend and that Brisco auctioned off the award for $250 and the ensuing drama began. Obviously, Kurt is getting his award and an impromptu comedy bit/rib has been addressed after multiple knee jerk reactions created a buzz on a slow, news weekend.
Don't be mistaken, many of us were disappointed that we were not able to see an old friend but and stated so but as it bound to happen some things are taken out of context or embellished. For those of us who were instrumental in the early stages of Kurt Angle's career, to see him earn an award such as the Frank Gotch Award is a 'win' for us all. For Kurt to be unable to attend was disappointing to everyone involved, including Angle himself.
Hopefully Kurt can attend next year and enjoy the wonderful, two day affair in Waterloo. I know that he would love to tour the museum loaded with amateur and pro items...and eat at the Brown Bottle. Plus, he could have some fun at Brisco's expense.
Money in the Bank:
Thoroughly thought that I got my money's worth Sunday night when purchasing the MITB PPV. I did not have high expectations of the event going into it but MITB exceeded my expectations. The primary bouts that needed to deliver did, by and large.
Big night for @HeelZiggler aka Dolph Ziggler winning the Smackdown MITB Ladder match and putting on an amazing athletic display.
Thought the @CMPunk vs. @WWEDanielBryan bout was excellent and the match of the night for my money. AJ fit well into the bout and did not adversely affect the outcome and allowed the bulk of the story, bell to bell, to be about the WWE Title, the WWE Champion, and the #1 contender.
@JohnCena winning the Raw MITB bout did not come as a shocker but I didn't buy the PPV to be 'surprised.' Really some hard work by all in that final bout. Very impressed with every man's effort.
I'm asked multiple times daily via twitter @JRsBBQ if I'm going ot be at Raw 1000 next week in St. Louis. I hope so and I think that I will know something conclusive by mid week, yeah or nay.
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