Jim Ross Blogs on Punk vs. Rock, Kassius Ohno on the Main Roster, More
– Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry. Here are the highlights…
Kassius Ohno: Speaking of @KassiusOhno, I’d be shocked if he’s not an key player on the WWE primary roster in 2013. The world traveler is a smart, strategic, focused athlete who seems to be fully invested in getting to the next level and staying there.
On Punk v. Rock: Already getting questions about what attraction will close the show at WWE Royal Rumble, @CMPunk vs. @TheRock or the Rumble match? I haven’t a clue nor do I care as either choice would be fine with me but if I had to guess I’d guess it would be the WWE Title bout. Again, don’t know and don’t care as I will be watching one of my favorite PPV events of the year. My guess is that Punk will push Rock inside the ring from bell to bell unlike Rock has been pushed since, arguably, the @steveaustinBSR days. That’s not taking any thing away from @JohnCena who wrestles at a different pace that Austin did or Punk likes to. How does even an athlete as gifted as @TheRock prepare for what awaits inside the 20 foot ring? Cardio is great but nothing replicates wrestling long matches better than wrestling long matches.
On Punk’s Injury: With @CMPunk out via knee surgery for the TLC PPV, I would assume that the WWE Champion will make an appearance on Raw tonight but we all know what occurs when one assumes. I am not an advocate of “stripping” Punk of the WWE Championship as many of our Twitter followers @JRsBBQ have suggested. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even consider that idea unless Punk’s knee surgery is going to keep him out of action for several months of which I don’t expect to happen.
On UF Con FOX 5: Enjoyed #UFConFox Saturday night as the fights were solid as was the overall broadcast. UFC certainly gets their money’s worth out of @JoeRogan and Mike Goldberg @MFG16 as it seems as if they must work 4-6 hours on ‘game day.’ That’s too much and I’d suggest that UFC give some of the announce talents that they want to develop some ‘reps’ during the early part of the day on these marathon broadcasts. Plus, the post game show leaves a little to be desired as it feels to lack structure. @UFC can certainly do a better job of maximizing their minutes on the Fox broadcasts in promoting not only future events but doing 30-60 second personality profiles on talents that they are counting on to sell PPVs in the future. Henderson-Diaz was entertaining and had its compelling moments as Henderson is brut strong especially for his weight division while Diaz is always combative and is a natural antagonist which generally translates to money at the box office. It never ceases to amaze me how many @UFC fighters ‘go into business for themselves’ when verbally expressing themselves about perceived injustices, future matches, etc instead of thinking it through and saying the right thing. The right thing is what’s going to help them earn more money in a business where every fighter has an expiration date IE a shelf life of which many don’t either want to acknowledge or are too dumb to realize.
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