Jim Ross Blog: AXSTV’s New Japan Pro Wrestling Rumors, WWE Has Opportunity for “outside the box booking” At Royal Rumble 2016


Jim Ross had a new weekend blog, here are some highlights

on Royal Rumble booking
WWE has a major opportunity to do some bold, outside the box booking for the Royal Rumble and essentially hit the reset button in many areas of their roster. Fans like ‘new’ and they also like surprises but the glow goes away soon if the glow isn’t organic and plausible. The key term here is ‘bold’ but great wrestling storylines over the years have largely been considered as being ‘bold’ at the time. Calculated risks are a part of the promotion business on any level.

on rumors of him broadcasting AXSTV’s New Japan Pro Wrestling
Twitter was abuzz Friday wth the rumors that I had signed a contract to become the new play by play voice of AXSTV’s New Japan Pro Wrestling broadcast that airs every Friday night on AXSTV. Mauro Ranallo has filled that seat along side of Josh Barnett quite well since the network began airing NJPW events. Mauro has since moved on to become the Smackdown play by play voice and, by the way, has done doing a stellar job the first two weeks of his tenure on the USA Network for WWE. Mauro has recorded NJPW commentary along with Josh Barnett through February.

The bottom line is my camp and AXSTV have had talks over the last couple of months and there is a mutual interest to do business together but we have yet to finalize our agreement. As of Saturday morning, I was told that the “lawyers are reviewing the revised points on the contract.” If we can all get on the same page, of which I am optimistic that we can, then we can get every thing signed and move forward to another exciting chapter of my broadcasting career. To be able to get back in the game is something that excites me and to be able to call such a fundamentally sound, athletic presentation like NJPW motivates me.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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