Jim Ross Blog: Comments on Babyface/Heel Discussion, AXS TV New Japan, Payback 2016

Jim Ross squeezed in a quick pre-Payback blog here are some highlights:

on 100% babyface or 100% villain
The days of being a 100% babyface or 100% villain in pro wrestling are likely over and if not over certainly nearing an end and at best is on life support. Smart booking, in rng execution, creative tweaks, etc likely won’t change this trend that is society influenced more than it is wrestling influenced in my opinion. Something as straight forward as the broadcast of the NFL Draft and how the live audience responded over a three day period is certainly proof that our society is one of overt defiance and for being outspoken in essentially all forums which would have been unheard of just a few years ago.

AXSTV will present 10 Broadcasts of the 2015 G1 Tournament from New Japan Pro Wrestling beginning on Friday May 27 over a six week period. Josh Barnett and I will call the action for these ten shows that feature some of the best in ring talents in the business including Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata, Kota, Ibushi, AJ Styles Tetsuya Naito, Kazuchika Okada and many more amazing athletes.

on WWE Payback
WWE Payback hits Chicago tonight on the WWE Network which is how I’m watching via my Apple TV. No reason that Payback should not be a strong, in ring product if the show isn’t over produced and the matches don’t have the time to tell a compelling story. My predictions for this show are included in my latest blog that you cn access easily here on the site.

When motivated, the Chicago, live crowd at All State Arena can be hard to beat and can make an average show sound infinitely better for those of us watching at home.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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