Jim Ross checked in with a Friday blog, here are some highlights
on James Storm
Great get by WWE to swoop up James Storm @JamesStormBrand as he debuted at NXT Thursday night in Orlando. James is a top hand who can work on any roster against any opponent and most importantly can teach, coach and mentor the pups. I’d love to see WWE hire Bobby Rood too as he’s a modern day Arn Anderson, high praise, and can do the same, positive things that the Cowboy can do. If NXT is going to become WWE’s third, touring brand then adding guys like Storm and Rood makes a ton of sense. James was my guest in Knoxville at RINGSIDE w/ Jim Ross Show and we discussed his possible tenure in WWE if an offer can through. I’m happy that it did.
on NXT Takeover: Respect
An outstanding show on all fronts. Production values and the ‘look’ of the show typical, WWE standards which is always stellar. Solid, logical booking and a fundamentally sound, logical in ring presentation which was refreshing. The matches had the time to develop and how good is it to not have matches be interrupted by commercials? Plus, the show was a manageable two hours which is audience friendly.
on Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks is amazing in that she feels like a heel and enjoys finding and refining the nuances of being a pro wrestling villain. She wants to be disliked and not be perceived as cool. Bailey is the likeable, girl next door who has improved immensely since she first arrived at NXT. That’s what hard work and a burning desire to be the best at what one does will do for anyone.
on Dusty Rhodes tag team tourney
Nice touch with the Dusty Rhodes tag team tourney. Dream was so proud of the NXT ‘kids’ as he called them. Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are ready for big things and I feel that Baron Corbin, among a handful of others, including Jason Jordan, a can’t miss IMO, and Chad Gable are right there too.
Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ