Jim Ross Blog: Finn Balor Raw Debut, Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte, Defends WWE Not Suspending Brock Lesnar


Jim Ross had a new blog, here are some highlights

on Finn Balor Raw Debut
Enjoyed the way WWE debuted newcomer Finn Balor who made a remarkable impact on this first night on RAW. The way Balor was introduced reminded me of the way Bill Watts introduced some key talents on Mid South Wrestling back in the day. There is no reason that Balor and Rollins shouldn’t have a helluva performance at Summer Slam even though Balor is a newbie to many WWE fans who all don’t watch NXT.

on Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
Sash Banks and Charlotte had a strong Women’s Title bout but they should have been protected more from all the other out of ring dives, etc that preceded them in bouts of a lesser magnitude. Too many dives lessens the affect and the sheer volume of them on a given show makes them mean less.

on Dolph Ziggler
Unlike many, I had no issue with Dolph Ziggler earning a shot at Dean Ambrose’s WWE Title at Summer Slam. Was Ziggler primed and ready for the #1 contender role? Obviously, not but fans have been clamoring for Dolph to be put in the game and there is no doubt that Ziggler and Ambrose will have a superb main event level bout in Brooklyn. While I respect the opinion of others, unlike many keyboard warriors, I submit Ziggler is a favorite of many fans who can deliver a great bout and who can have his TV persona enhanced in the next couple of weeks.

on WWE Not Suspending Brock Lesnar
All the armchair attorneys calling for WWE to suspend Brock Lesnar for his failed USADA drug tests associated with UFC 200 need to review Lesnar’s contract and the WWE Wellness policy. Lesnar is a part time talent and part timers are not under the standard, WWE wellness policy according to the WWE itself. If Shaq actually does get in the ring with Big Show at WM33 in Orlando, then Shaq would not be tested either because he would be considered a part timer.

I am not condoning PED use in any way but I do agree that WWE cannot require part time performers in a show business presentation, not a legit sport, to adhere to the same rules and regulations that they require of their full time talents. Plus to compare pro wrestling to MMA is somewhat eye rolling.

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