Jim Ross Blog: WWE Payback 2016 PPV Thoughts, Reigns vs. Styles, Ambrose, Jericho, IC Title Picture

Jim Ross had a new blog coming out of Payback, here are some highlights

on Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon
While I am looking forward to Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon being the CO-GM’s of RAW and hopefully an eventual departure from the 20+ year run of antagonist authority figures in WWE on RAW, the segment felt a bit long for me. While fantasy booking this scenario, it’s hard to not to picture a Shane vs HHH match at some point in time.

on Roman Reigns and AJ Styles
Roman Reigns and AJ Styles did their part and more in closing the show in a solid and at times spectacular fashion. I felt that match, in hindsight, had a few more ‘near falls’ for my taste but it’s better to miss on that side of the equation than for wrestlers to rarely attempt to win a match. Both men demonstrated an intense work ethic and even though and the extra involvement by Gallows, Anderson and the Usos might not have been everyone’s favorite BBQ Sauce it allowed our more talents to get a bit of a rub fom the main event.

on Jericho vs Ambrose
The crowd took a break during the early going of Jericho vs Ambrose but the two talents worked hard to get the fans back into their match. Solid storytelling but isolating a body part along the way might have helped facilitate a more compelling story as the fans started getting numb, or so it seemed while watching from home, from the overwhelming volume of ‘moves’ on display in this match plus the two bouts that preceded Y2J vs Dean. I enjoyed the match nonetheless.

on IC Title
The IC Title and those seeking it from The Miz received almost an hour of TV time to start the show. That should indicate that WWE is committed on rejuvenating the IC Title as well as providing those in that mix adequate TV time.

Kevin Owens had a great night including a superb bout vs Sami Zayn and then an entertaining stint at the announce desk to set up more Attitude Era/Wild West shenanigans including Zayn, Cesaro and The Miz.

Owens vs Zayn was my match of the night although I really enjoyed AJ vs Reigns, too. Hard to argue that Kevin Owens @FightOwensFight wasn’t the MVP of the show.

Cesaro is truly an impressive athlete and if the TV presentation was more athletically based rather than entertainment based, one hss to assume that Cesaro would be a much bigger and more viable star.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ

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