JR compares Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns to Piper, Punk & The Rock:
Veteran WWE announcer Jim Ross put over The Shield in his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog. “I feel these three can be significant contributors on RAW,” wrote the Hall of Famer.
“I also feel that this info needs to come over time especially with WWE doing tons of episodic TV. As a fan, I don’t need every question answered tonight and, hopefully, their comments will elict even more interest/questions.
“Count on this…no matter what the three, NXT talents have to say, it will be dissected and thoroughly analyzed. In today’s social media crazed, info heavy world of sports entertainment, everything is under a microscope and there are more ‘experts’ sounding off than ever before. Don’t take that as a knock and if you do…Lighten Up Francis.”
JR compared the developmental graduates to The Rock, Roddy Piper and CM Punk:
“Ambrose has a little Roddy Piper and Brian Pillman traits in him or so it seems to me. His FCW/NXT bout a few months ago with @RealKingRegal was stellar. I called it with Dusty Rhodes and we had a blast. Ambrose is a blue chip stock and is arguably the most ‘unpredictable’ of the three. Perhaps ‘complex’ is an adequate word to describe Ambrose at this point in time.
“Rollins reminds me of @CMPunk in some areas of Rollins’ game or at least the formative CM Punk of a few years ago. I perceive that as a good thing. Rollins is an Iowa kid who has a sound, skill set, confidence, toughness and is the current NXT Champion. He has a natural swagger and wrestles with a chip on his shoulder which I embrace.
“Reigns is a former Georgia Tech nose tackle and has reshaped his body from 300+ to 260ish and is of Samoan decent, father is WWE HOFer Sika, and at times has reminded me of @TheRock when I first inked ‘The Great One’ to his WWE contract. In that I mean the obvious heritage matter but also the physical frame, intellect, and overall, natural athleticism. We can only hope that Roman Reigns can approach The Rock’s accomplishments inside the squared circle some day. Only time will tell if that lofty goal can be reached but Reigns can be special. Watch someone interpret what I just said as being that JR is predicting Roman to be the next Rock. Hey, I wish.
“These three young men have made a viable impact thus far in their WWE journey and I’m hopeful that their aggression and the controversy that they have created continues on RAW. I’ll be curious to see how patient the WWE Universe will be in each man’s development as these three move forward in what is a deliberate, time consuming process to reach the top of the card and, more importantly, to stay there.
“It will also be interesting to see how much ownership Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns take of their TV personas and how much they are each willing to invest daily to get better. Each must improve in all phases of the game but I’m of the belief that each can be “significant players” aka main eventers in time.”
Mick Foley who helped put Ambrose over earlier this year in an Internet angle had the following to say during Raw:
“You have no idea how relieved I am to see @TheDeanAmbrose on #RAW. He’s going to be a major player in @WWE for a long time to come.”
CM Punk‘s segment from AMC’s the Talking Dead:
Here is the footage of WWE Champion CM Punk on AMC’s the Talking Dead from Sunday, following the latest Walking Dead episode. Unless you use a proxy this video can only be viewed in the US:
It’s believed Punk was a bit ticked off because he had to go outside of WWE to secure the gig. The feeling is that although he’s the Champ, the company are not putting their full machine behind him nor marketing him as the top star. Regardless Punk said he enjoyed it on Twitter:
“I had more fun than I’ve had in quite sometime. I could talk about zombies everyday. On television. My life rules.”
The Rock on Raw in January and February:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is booked for the January 28th episode of WWE RAW from Las Vegas, which is the night after Royal Rumble, and the February 18th episode from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Considering all the hype for CM Punk vs the Rock at the Rumble, one would assume he’ll also be showing up at some point before the event. That being said the company have yet to officially announce the match so it may not be set in stone.
Ric Flair WWE return update:
Ric Flair’s inevitable return to WWE got a bit closer as the TNA/WWE Lawsuit trudges along.
According to the Wrestling Observer the WWE Hall of Famer has been telling people in Florida that he’s almost ready to come back. Naitch has recently been visiting NXT HQ to see how his daughter is progressing.
There was hope that Flair would be able to return in October when Raw was in his hometown but WWE’s legal team presumably advised against it.
WWE need to be careful that they don’t incriminate themselves, as TNA claim they used confidential information leaked by a former employee to poach talent away from them. Signing Flair before it’s all settled could work against them.