JR Blog: CM Punk Reaction, Austin/Vince McMahon Podcast Preview Thoughts

Never one to shy away from a controversial topic, Jim Ross checked in with a blog on CM Punk.

on CM Punk
I have not sat down and listened to the CM Punk conversation with Colt Cabana due to the Thanksgiving week activities. Some of my Twitter followers could not understand why I did not make time to listen to the interview. For years, I put the wrestling business way a head of my own family more times that I want to admit. Those days are over. I’m still a fan of the business and always will be but it’s time that I balance my life better so that ‘s why I did not carve out time away from family and friends to listen to Punk’s interview.

on Comparisons with other situations
I have been involved in MANY issues with talents ranging from high profile matters such as Steve Austin/WWE, among many others. The issue is this….when communications break down and athletes feel their bodies changing and not for the better plus they feel under appreciated and under paid, it necessitates that a process be put in play to address every facet of the talent’s issues. Obviously, WWE and Punk had lack of communication issues that apparently went on far too long and the issues addressed by Punk in his interview, based on what I’ve read online, festered and went unsolved.

on Austin/McMahon podcast
I think that it is a brilliant idea to do the Austin-McMahon one on one interview on Monday night December 1 as it might be the highlight of the entire month of programming on the WWE Network including the TLC PPV. Mr. McMahon and the Rattlesnake had magical chemistry and a competitive rivalry that went well beyond the bell to bell action. Steve’s proud of his podcast that can be found with my Ross Report on Podcast One and I don’t think he would leave his Texas ranch to fly to Tulsa, Oklahoma to lob softballs to the Chairman of WWE. I fully expect Steve to address the Punk situation with McMahon. Vince rarely dodges any major issue in this sort of forum and Austin has become a great interviewer so I have extremely high expectations for this piece of business. I know that I will be watching and that’s after sitting through another three hour RAW.

Seeing Austin and McMahon doing business together Monday night will be nostalgic and, at one time years ago, would have seemed unlikely but the two of them finally communicated, addressed each other’s issues and then made more history in WWE that may never be rivaled.

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