JR Blog: WWE Lockerroom Changes, CM Punk, New Japan

Mid week blog from Jim Ross with some interesting thoughts, here are some highlights:

on the changing wrestling lockerroom:
I can understand the point being made that the locker room today is different than it was during the Attitude Era. The Attitude Era had a complex roster that included many guys who had worked in the territory system to some degree and that helped them cope with the pressure of being in the number one wrestling company in the world. There was fierce competition in the locker room for better paying, upper level “spots” on the roster that were up for grabs with Law of the Jungle rules…the strong survive and often times thrive. Many interested fans of the biz are learning more and more each day how big of a detriment the absence of the territory system is to today’s product. It’s put the business in some ways at a crossroads. By that I mean that the organizations that prepare best for the future as it relates to developing talent and motivating athletes to become great in ring performers will do well while others will be just like old school managed territories….they will vanish.

on New Japan:
Been watching lot of NJPW videos today as I continue to prepare for the PPV Wrestle Kingdom 9 January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. This four hour mega event will be available in North America on most major cable and satellite providers and outside North America on the @FlippsTV app. It’s a daunting task to study an entire roster as they prepare for their version of WrestleMania. The more that I watch the videos the more I am in awe of the level of talent that New Japan Pro Wrestling has. I could easily see disconnected pro wresting fans really getting into this presentation.

on CM Punk:
Still getting @CMPunk questions and I am sorry that I have no answers for Punk fans. I’m a Punk fan too but I’d suggest that he’s done with the pro wrestling business and has happily moved on to the next phase of his life that includes building a happy marriage. If you are a fan of Phil Books then be happy for him that he’s doing what he wants and is apparently enjoying not being a pro wrestler. Obviously it is too bad that a breakdown in communication resulted in the finish I’m sure that most did not want to see occur.

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