Originally written on Wrestling Truth  |  Last updated 11/13/14
JR discusses The Rock vs CM Punk: Jim Ross discussed The Rock vs CM Punk in his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog. He pondered whether The Rock would be in ring shape for Royal Rumble. There is no may that a part time wrestler, full time actor can prepare for such a circumstance other than to suck it up and endure it. Rock has never been known as one to back away from physicality. Punk will push Rock much farther than did @JohnCena did last year at WM28 in Miami because Punk and Cena are different breeds of cat. Punk is the champion who’s backed into the proverbial corner where champions are at their most dangerous. Rock is the amazing star that has come home to once again attempt to live his family business dream and to respect is DNA and amazing genetics while becoming a multiple time WWE Champion. That could well happen but it won’t be pretty. This isn’t going to be a smooth, wrestling classic. I see a fight occurring. I see both men testing each other’s resolve. I see the established mega star (Rock) being pushed to his outer limits by the over achieving former indy wrestler who has perfected is craft to become the #1 man in the #1 company of its kind in the world. Wins and losses Sunday won’t come easy. Punk is in ring shape that only being in the ring can allow one to achieve. Rock looks like $10M but there is no way humanly possible that he can be in tip top in ring condition. Where has he had the time to achieve such? JR also picked John Cena as the winner of the Rumble match: Kind of think that John Cena should win the Rumble match but I could also see someone like Dolph Ziggler stealing that specific ‘show’ too. ___________________________________________________________ CM Punk says he probably shouldn’t have come back so early: WWE CHampion CM Punk said he probably shouldn’t have come back so early, during a recent Q&A with Ariel Helwani of the MMAFighting.com website. Helwani: “How’s the knee?” Punk: “The knee’s all right.” Helwani: “How’d you come back so quickly?” Punk: “I’m stupid.” Helwani: “You shouldn’t have come back so quickly?” Punk: “Probably not.” Helwani: “Do you feel the effects of that?” Punk: “Yeah, absolutely. It looks like I have a second kneecap on my knee – scar tissue and stuff like that.” Helwani: “Will you need to take time off at some point?” Punk: “Need?” Helwani: “Do you want to?” Punk: “I would love to.” Helwani: “Maybe after April? You can’t take time off now, this is-” Punk: “I can technically do what I want, but I don’t know if April is the season to try to take time off. WrestleMania and everything like that. The biggest show of the year, the biggest money-making show of the year, you obviously want a piece of that.” Helwani: “How close to 100% are you right now?” Punk: “I don’t think I was 100% before my surgery, you know what I mean? My knee is better now than it was. I tore my knee up in September against John Cena in Boston Garden. It’s better now than it was, but y’know, that’s a relative term. I don’t know what 100% means anymore.” Watch the full interview below: ___________________________________________________________ Sheamus discusses The Rock and The Shield: WWE star Sheamus gave his opinion on The Rock’s return and the impact of the Shield, during an interview with the Chad Dukes wrestling show. The Rock: “I personally think it’s a great thing when the Rock comes back for the simple reason that having someone like him come in, a movie star, what he’s done in WWE, it definitely brings an audience back who may have drifted away, who were there in the Attitude era drifted away to other things. It’s a great way of bringing them back in and giving us the current crop of superstars a lot of attention. People may argue ‘well there’s one less spot in Mania.’ Well guess what, pull your socks up and do what you can to get into the show.” The Shield’s impact on WWE: “I think it’s been a huge impact. Obviously I’ve had my issues with them, Randy, Team Hell No and Ryback. I think they’re three future individual stars right there. I think Ambrose himself is quirky and he’s got that kinda crazy persona going on, I think he’s definitely gonna be kinda like a Roddy Roddy Piper type character. I think he’s gonna be a big player in the future. I also think Roman Reigns definitely has something as well. He’s big, impressive, kinda reminds me of the Rock, when he first came in. He’s definitely got that stature & that presence about him. Obviously Seth, he’s been around the block as well, done some cool things and he can definitely go in the ring.” ___________________________________________________________ January 24, 2013, NXT Results: This week’s episode of NXT saw the following matches and segments… - Shawn Michaels made a guest appearance to announce a Tag Tournament to crown the first NXT Tag Team Championships. - The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) def. Yoshi Tatsu & Percy Watson to advance in the tournament. - Backstage Dusty Rhodes is with Alex Riley and Derrick Bateman; he makes a tag tournament match with the pair taking on Leo Kruger and Kassius Ohno, next week. Corey Graves interrupts and is angry at Dusty for not giving him a rematch with Seth Rollins after the Shield interfered in their match a few weeks back. He is also ticked off that he’s not in the tag tournament. Dusty books Graves against Jake Carter tonight. - Sasha Banks def. Alicia fox. - In a video package Paige says that she has been trained to be a champion since she was thirteen years old. She is not here to be a Diva, she is here to be a fighter. There are so many things that the NXT Universe wants to know about her but the less they know about her, the better! - Corey Graves def. Jake Carter. Ater the match he cuts a promo on Alex Riley. - Oliver Grey & Adrian Neville def. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre, after Neville (the former Pac) hits an impressive corkscrew 450 splash! - Big E Langston def. Axl Keegan, and delivers three 5 count finishes. After the match Conor O’Brian of the Ascension appears on the big screen and tells Langston to be ready for the Awakening.
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