Jim Ross Blog: UFC 200, Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, Impact moves to Thursday


Jim Ross checked in with a new blog, here are some highlights

on UFC 200
Excited to attend UFC 200 Saturday night and experience UFC’s biggest event ever and to see former WWE Champ Brock Lesnar’s long awaited return to the octagon. Lesnar is a decided underdog vs hard hitting puncher Mark Hunt. As predicted, I seriously doubt that this fight will get out of round one much less go three rounds and Lesnar fans can only hope that Octagon rust, striking defense and the inability to take Hunt down will not be Lesnar’s downfall. If Lesnar can weather the first minute or so storm against Hunt, who will likely be looking for an early KO, Brock’s chances to win should increase.

on Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
Is too much being made of the Lesnar vs Randy Orton bout at Summer Slam that was announced this week? Orton’s shoulder issues have been addressed but many feel that this is a challenging booking for RKO due to the dependence of Lesnar’s vaunted “Suplex City” offense. This is not a concern to me and I feel that this bout can be special while keeping in mind that there are multiples ways to execute this match effectively.

on Impact Moving
TNA Impact wrestling moving to Thursday nights on Pop TV to avoid conflicts with the live, WWE Smackdown broadcast is something that I talked to Jeff Hardy about this week on The Ross Report podcast. It makes sense by and large but once again the TV audience wil have to ‘find’ the show on the new night which will slow down the growth of the audience without question. I might have considered changing the air time of the show and keep in on Tuesday night so as to make this transition a bit more doable but hopefully this move to Thursdays will extend the shelf life of the battling brand who had one of their best ratings weeks in some time thanks to The Final Deletion storyline featuring Matt and Jeff Hardy.

on Heyman
I’m interested in how the storyline for Lesnar-Orton is presented on WWE TV as one would assume that both will be “drafted” to the same brand when WWE holds their July 19 draft. No doubt that @HeymanHustle Paul Heyman will be deeply involved in this process even though we have not seen Lesnar or Heyman on WWE TV since Wrestlemania in Dallas.

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