Inside Pulse Wrestling » Jim Ross http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:47:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » Jim Ross http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Daniel Bryan Celebrity Fan Of The Year, Matt Striker Joins Jim Ross For New Japan PPV http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/daniel-bryan-celebrity-fan-of-the-year-matt-striker-joins-jim-ross-for-new-japan-ppv/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/16/daniel-bryan-celebrity-fan-of-the-year-matt-striker-joins-jim-ross-for-new-japan-ppv/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:12:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171613 Daniel Bryan was awarded the celebrity baseball fan of the year. Bryan was part of the San Francisco Giants World Series run with the “Yes” chants.

The New Japan Tokyo Dome PPV on January 4, 2015 is set to have Jim Ross as commentator. The color commentator slot was offered to Mike Tenay, but TNA turned it down. Now it appears like it will be former WWE announcer Matt Striker.
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JR Blog: Surprised Reigns Won, Ziggler Jobbing To Rollins, Charlotte Flair http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/jr-blog-surprised-reigns-won-ziggler-jobbing-to-rollins-charlotte-flair/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/jr-blog-surprised-reigns-won-ziggler-jobbing-to-rollins-charlotte-flair/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:09:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171445 Jim Ross had a post Raw edition of his blog, here are some highlights

on Ziggler/Rollins
I had no issue with Ziggler losing to the new, top, WWE villain Seth Rollins especially with Mercury and Noble at ringside. Ziggler is building and his fans are solidly behind him which is great that they’ve been patient. I like veteran wrestlers Noble and Mercury role in WWE and think that they add to the process. Plus, it’s fun to see two guys who paid plenty of dues get one more run with the ball.

on Charlotte Flair
Really high on Charlotte while Nattie has made herself into a top star by being a loyal, talented team player. That’s how it’s done. The lower the maintenance the better. If more talents simply focused on doing their job and getting better each day than becoming immersed in BS & locker room drama everything generally works better. Charlotte can be a difference maker if she can continue to focus on improving her game and not allow outside distractions to affect her. BTW I was surprised that Charlotte lost in Flair Country.

on Roman Reigns
Surprised to see Roman Reigns win the Superstar of the Year but happy to see him looking closer to being ready. I hope he has some matches off TV before he returns to RAW, etc.

on CM Punk/UFC
Punk note…for those wondering how UFC is going to utilize Punk considering that he has approximately 6 months to train before his first UFC fight, I find that an easy answer to provide anyone who’s interested. UFC has plenty of TV programming to produce and documenting Punk’s journey from time to time will make good TV programming. That’s a win….just ask Fox Sports. Just like dating, at times the journey is greater than the end result which in this case will be Punk’s first, UFC fight. For anyone that doesn’t see how Punk has ALREADY been a success in UFC, then they are in need of a marketing/promotion class.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ
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Steve Austin Considered Mediating Between CM Punk and Vince McMahon http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/steve-austin-considered-mediating-between-cm-punk-and-vince-mcmahon/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/steve-austin-considered-mediating-between-cm-punk-and-vince-mcmahon/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:13:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171432 On Steve Austin’s podcast with Vince McMahon on the WWE Network, they both mentioned Jim Ross as a mediator in disputes between Austin and McMahon over the years. They lamented that such a person does not really exist in the current-day WWE.

Austin addressed this in relation to the CM Punk situation on his latest podacst.
I think he [Punk] rolls with some [UFC] guys and it’s a very big passion of his…I wish him all the luck in the world, and I know they’ll do a hell of a big buyrate…Match him up with someone his skill level, it’s hard to gauge what his skill level is though.

on the idea of Austin himself being that Jim Ross-style go-between:
I talked about maybe bridging the gap with CM Punk and Vince, and then he goes and does the deal with UFC. It would appear to me that they’re way further apart than I thought they were. I knew things were bad and I hadn’t talked to CM Punk, so it’s going to be interesting.

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JR Blog: WWE Survivor Series 2014 Thoughts, Sting Reaction http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/24/jr-blog-wwe-survivor-series-2014-thoughts-sting-reaction/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/24/jr-blog-wwe-survivor-series-2014-thoughts-sting-reaction/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:09:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170943 In the wake of Survivor Series 2014, Jim Ross had a blog with instant thoughts.

on Sting’s debut
Happy to see my old friend The Stinger debut at the Survivor Series Sunday night. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t read so much material notwithstanding writing about the rumor of his return to the ring Sunday night. I’d have liked it better if I had not allowed myself to be preconditioned about Sting’s arrival. I have no one but me to blame. Nonetheless it seemed like he got a good ovation from the St. Louis crowd that had an up and down night and has had many serious distractions the past several months which may have affected the ticket sales in St. Louis. Racially charged tragedies are obviously not the environment to promote a major entertainment event as it can’t generally get media traction in the market. It was simply unfortunate timing for WWE.

HHH gave Sting the legend’s welcome back to large scale TV. Well done. I hope we only see Sting wrestle one time….at WM31 and vs. HHH would work for me but we only need to see Sting wrestle once and that’s at WM31 and then after that, if any matches, sparingly at best.

on Team Cena vs. Team Authority
Thought the main event, and this show was a one match main event, was nicely done. Good work by the staff to get this 10 man tag to have some continuity and flow. Thought Mark Henry and Rusev were well protected. Big Show KO’ing Cena was a shocker but what would have been the reaction if it was the other way around and Cena turned Authority w/ ‘designs’ on Stephanie and controlling the entire McMahon empire we find out in time. Hey, just thinking out loud.

Dolph used the tights for a pin but I don’t recall it being mentioned which would have added a little more edgy flavor to Ziggler who’s had more false starts then the Oakland Raiders. Admittedly, I may have missed that reaction but it was a big moment nonetheless.

on Wyatt vs. Ambrose
I personally needed more wresting from Ambrose and Wyatt before they went all ‘Home Depot’ setting up the TLC match in December…in three weeks. I like both guys work but perhaps a little more wrestling would have created a more stark contrast to the gimmicks.

Check out the whole blog at JR’s BBQ

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JR Blog: WWE Survivor Series 2014 Predictions, Brock Lesnar/UFC http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/23/jr-blog-wwe-survivor-series-2014-predictions-brock-lesnarufc/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/23/jr-blog-wwe-survivor-series-2014-predictions-brock-lesnarufc/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:34:55 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170908 Jim Ross had some thoughts on the Survivor Series and more, here are some highlights:

on Survivor Series 2014 match predictions
If forced to make a prediction, I’d go with Team Cena winning the Survivor Series main event Sunday in St. Louis which provides WWE the opportunity to truly set the reset button and create some new scenarios that are due with the build to WM31 beginning to commence. If so, Im curious to see how HHH and Steph are repositioned as WWE needs star power and they provide that more than many of the talents.

Seems like Bray Wyatt could win the Wyatt-Ambrose match to keep the hero on the chase or perhaps WWE is going to cut this storyline short, move on and have Ambrose win and revisit Ambrose vs. Wyatt later and closer to WM 31.

on Sting
My Twitter timeline lit up Friday night with the conveniently, timed info/rumor that Sting would make a ‘surprise’ appearance at Sunday’s WWE Survivor Series. I have no idea it that’s true or not and I’d have preferred if the info, true or not, would not have leaked out. I’m not a major fan of the “Jardine’s” aka spoilers. I’m a Sting fan from back in the day and believe that if his first and perhaps only match in WWE is at WrestleMania 31. The man has earned a WrestleMania Moment without question.

on Brock Lesnar/UFC
My thoughts on the possibility of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC have seemingly resonated among some. Lesnar is a true jock….not an entertainer….and in the UFC he can be involved in a main steam sport of which he covets while still making big money for working few times a year. I think the amazingly gifted athlete longs for the competition and to see what’s left in the tank after his battles with diverticulitis. Perhaps with the additional TV dates that Lesnar has agreed to is for him to lose the WWE Title on Monday Night RAW where the most fans would see it. Who knows?

Check out the full blog over at JR’s BBQ
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JR Blog: Ric Flair, HHH/Developmental, Critical of WWE Talent http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/jr-blog-ric-flair-hhhdevelopmental-critical-of-wwe-talent/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/jr-blog-ric-flair-hhhdevelopmental-critical-of-wwe-talent/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:27:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169959 What’s Good Ole JR have to say?

Jim Ross checked in with a new blog entry, here are some of the highlights:

on Ric Flair
Heard Ric Flair was in the hospital for some minor surgeries IE not considered life threatening. I’ve been told that Ric’s issues were kidney related but that is merely a ‘source says’ matter and speculation but which might indicate a kidney stone issue or something of that nature. Nonetheless, I hope Ric gets better soon. I haven’t talked to him in months but still have great memories of our time on the road together.

on HHH/Developmental
Nice to read where HHH is endorsing WWE finding star level NFL players to integrate into the WWE. I’ve been suggesting that for years and I hope that HHH can make it happen but it won’t be easy based on entry level, WWE pay. Same goes for major college football players who are younger and more affordable than NFL vets and whose backgrounds can be vetted thoroughly as well. Obviously, one wants to find athletes from this world who are fans and have the aptitude for the business.

on Criticizing WWE talents for not promoting WWE Network
Still don’t get why more WWE Superstars don’t tweet what they are enjoying on the Network on a regular basis. Many young talents can learn from watching some of the great stars from the past as it’s like being able to take a college course online.

Check out the full blog entry at JR BBQ
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JR Blog: Hogan/Lesnar, Russo Has Heat For Ross Report Appearance, TNA Impact TV Thoughts http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/21/jr-blog-hoganlesnar-russo-has-heat-for-ross-report-appearance-tna-impact-tv-thoughts/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/21/jr-blog-hoganlesnar-russo-has-heat-for-ross-report-appearance-tna-impact-tv-thoughts/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:23:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169251 Jim Ross is a blogging machine and here are some highlights of his latest:

on reports of Vince Russo getting heat for appearing on the Ross Report
Been reading a little about Vince Russo coming on my podcast upsetting Impact honchos which, if true, is lame. Russo never knocked Impact on my podcast nor did we ever really address the brand in any detail. If it was that big a deal to Impact officials all they had to do was call me and I assure you that they have my number and I would have worked with them. The Russo podcast on the Ross Report will air on Sept 9 and you can be the judge.

on this week’s TNA Impact
Enjoyed the @ImpactWrestling overall show Wednesday night especially the matches featuring Samoa Joe and Low Ki along with Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love. Also, I’m pleased that @SpikeTV extended Impact Wrestling until the end of this year and I;m hopeful that something can be worked out between the two. It would certainly help if all fans who can would watch Impact Wrestling on Wednesday nights so that it would give Spike more of a reason to continue to do business with Impact or encourage another USA cable TV entity to carry Impact.

on a possible Hogan/Lesnar match
Some one on an email here asked me if I thought Hulk Hogan was going to wrestle Brock Lesnar after Lesnar’s “Grandpa” remarks during Hogan’s 61st B-Day celebration. My answer is ‘SURE’ and that will happen right after I fight Brock in the Octagon with one hand tied behind my back.

You can read his full blog at JRs BBQ
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JR Blog: Heyman/Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Roman Reigns WWE Push Thoughts http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/21/jr-blog-heymanbrock-lesnar-john-cena-roman-reigns-wwe-push-thoughts/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/21/jr-blog-heymanbrock-lesnar-john-cena-roman-reigns-wwe-push-thoughts/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:35:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169231 Jim Ross had an all new blog and here are some highlights:

on Heyamn/Brock Lesnar
@HeymanHustle promo Monday night on RAW is the foundation as to why Brock Lesnar can be a marketable and huge money drawing WWE World Champion and not have to be at every TV. Heyman can represent Lesnar and keep the Beast Incarnate relevant which in turn keeps and maintains Heyman’s status in WWE as arguably their most unsung MVP. There’s absolutely no one else in the business that can fill Heyman’s shoes. If an aspiring wrestler/manager/announcer want to learn their craft consume as much of Heyman’s oratory as possible.

on John Cena
I say don’t count out a ‘regrouped’ John Cena which makes great sense to me. Others could include to varying degrees Cesaro, Big Show, Mark Henry and a surprise entrant/possibility that I talk about on the Grande Podcast this week….

Nonetheless, this is the perfect opportunity for John Cena to return to RAW next week and perhaps give us a peek into what he may change in his presentation and approach the next time he fights Lesnar which will be at the Night of Champions in September. Cena does not need a wholesale make over but some subtle tweaks would be timely.

on Roman Reigns
For those wondering, It’s WAY too early for Roman Reigns to get into the WWE World Title hunt IMO. He’s a work in progress but has a great foundation on which to build. Building the Perfect Beast takes time which some younger, less patient fans don’t want to hear.

Check out the full blog at JRs BBQ
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JR Blog: Major Autobiography Details, Criticizes WWE Booking of Ambrose/Rollins http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/jr-blog-major-autobiography-details-criticizes-wwe-booking-of-ambroserollins/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/jr-blog-major-autobiography-details-criticizes-wwe-booking-of-ambroserollins/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:54:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169006 Jim Ross posted a weekend blog before Raw tonight, here are some highlights:

on Ambrose vs Rollins:
Speaking of Summer Slam, the Ambrose vs. Rollins match which I think should start the PPV is a Lumberjack Match. Why? Does this match really need a stipulation? How about a stip to where the two, talented, hungry, young stars WRESTLE until someone wins? Plus, the ‘leaked info’ says that Miz vs. Ziggler for the IC Title is scheduled to have only 10 minutes to transact their business. That can’t be correct, can it??

on his two-part autobiography!
working on my autobiography with Scott Williams Wednesday thru Saturday while basing out of the Sooner Legends Hotel and Suites at I-35 and Lindsey. Let’s fire up the grill….

Scott, who’s an author and attorney by trade along with being a former Marine who served in Desert Storm, and I got a great deal of work done but we have miles to travel before we make a viable dent in our project. I’m guessing we will be done if we are lucky by year’s end and then the editing and business aspects of the process will begin which would hopefully make the book available by the summer of 2015.

I’ve kept TV formats, notes and various emails, text messages, etc from the Watts days through the WWE days so the book will be unique in that regard plus Scott will be interviewing between 75-100 people for it as well. Many of my yellow, legal pads that I took notes on over the years have some real nuggets on them that I had long forgotten.

Hopefully, no marriages or professional embarrassments will be adversely affected with the publishing of this book. (BTW…that was a joke. Sort of…)

This is a project that has been a long time coming and we have no deadline to complete it so we are going to take our time, do our research and write the best book that we can. The first book will take the reader through my days growing up in rural Oklahoma when I became a wrestling fan, how I backed into the business w/ Watts and McGuirk, navigating the wild and crazy days of the territories as a 20 something year old kid off the farm, the UWF sell out to JCP, WCW days and departure, and culminating with one of the most emotional moments of my career to that point.

The second book has been laid out and picks up the story in the mid 90’s through my WWE exit in 2014.

Check out the full blog at JR’s BBQ
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DVD Review: “Ladies & Gentlemen, My Name Is Paul Heyman” http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/07/dvd-review-ladies-gentlemen-my-name-is-paul-heyman/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/07/dvd-review-ladies-gentlemen-my-name-is-paul-heyman/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:03:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168953  

Ladies & Gentlemen My Name is Paul Heyman Header Image

The first thing you need to know about Paul Heyman is that he had more ambition and drive at 14 years old than the majority of adults have. He didn’t apply for a job, he created one. He didn’t ask for a press pass at Madison Square Garden, he said he was already promised one & they handed one over. He didn’t concede the floor to the more veteran & respected journalists, he slid right in front of them to get the best picture for his magazine. Yes, Paul Heyman, at 14, had created his own “dirt sheet”. Just at the beginning of puberty, he was going toe-to-toe with newsletters like the PWTorch and the Wrestling Observer. Heyman described his passion for wrestling & his ambition for the business when he said he didn’t only want to be a part of the business but he wanted to be a part of the magic that made pro-wrestling what it is.

Before moving to a larger, more prominent on-screen role, Heyman flew his way down to a Jim Crockett Promotions TV taping where Dusty Rhodes was the current booker. Heyman, true to his brazen nature, walked into the pre-production room with all of the other backstage personnel and sat in the farthest corner from where Dusty would be sitting. Upon his arrival, Rhodes immediately noticed the new kid sitting in the back corner of the room but instead of calling Heyman out in front of everyone, Dusty calmly walked over to where Heyman sat and asked to speak with him outside of the office. When Rhodes asked Paul who he was and why he was sitting in on “his” meeting, Heyman smoothly explained that he was there to take photos but was interested in learning more about the business & thought Dusty Rhodes would be a great teacher. After a LONG pause, Dusty responded that if Paul wanted to learn from anyone that he chose the best in the “great Dusty Rhodes” and to get back in the meeting. After that first encounter, Heyman would attend every meeting thereafter moving closer to Dusty’s inner circle every time.

Heyman would soon return back to New York City & once again talked his way into another job, the official photographer for Studio 54 at only 20 years old. When Studio 54’s head of promotion left for a rival club, Heyman convinced the manager that HE could promote for the club. And promote he did. The first event? A wrestling event where he attracted numerous celebrities and members of the NWA because he created a Wrestler of the Year award to present to the current NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair.

Flair and Heyman

Paul Heyman’s stint at Studio 54 didn’t last very long as relatively soon after his successful NWA/Studio 54 event, he began managing in the Northeast before getting a call to join Kevin Sullivan and Oliver Humperdink as a manager in Championship Wrestling from Florida. This where he was first dubbed “Paul E. Dangerously” and moved quickly to Memphis and the Continental Wrestling Association where he joined Tommy Rich and Austin Idol in a heated feud with Jerry Lawler. Largely based on the success of this feud & others, Heyman made the jump to Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW. The new Paul E. Dangerously continued his managerial success by linking up with the Original Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) in a feud with the new Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and their manager, Jim Cornette. Despite the success of this feud and the Paul E. Dangerously character in general, Heyman was fired as a manager by the head of WCW’s creative team at the time, Ric Flair but was quickly rehired as a color commentator when WCW’s main play-by-play man Jim Ross expressed his desire to work with Heyman on commentary. In 1991, WCW’s lack of top name heels & its desire to “re-structure” their heels led them to the conclusion that a new “Horsemen”-type stable should be formed with Paul Heyman as their mouthpiece. Heyman was immediately paired up with veterans such as Bobby Eaton, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko and a returning Rick Rude. The one wrestler Heyman lobbied to be in this new stable was the current WCW TV Champion, “Stunning” Steve Austin and thus the Dangerous Alliance was born. He had been watching Austin’s talent and knew Austin could learn how to be a main eventer from riding with Rick Rude (and I believe that worked out quite well). The Dangerous Alliance rode high through 1992 with Bobby Eaton & Arn Anderson winning the tag team championships and Rick Rude capturing the United States Championship while feuding with WCW’s top babyface Sting. But the Alliance’s time was cut too short as WCW hired Bill Watts who promptly fired Paul Heyman. Heyman admits that he sued the company & won a substantial settlement but can’t disclose anymore details. Now out of a job and looking for the next opportunity, Heyman headed back to the Northeast & Eastern Championship Wrestling. He was 28 years old.

The stories from the ECW-era where more of the same that have been explored in the past. There were a few moments where the truth finally came out & definitely some surprises. Heyman openly acknowledges that Vince McMahon contacted him about using ECW as a private developmental territory and offered to pay Heyman handsomely. Paul accepted the talent exchange agreement but refused to be put on the WWF payroll. Instead, Heyman insisted that McMahon make any payments to ECW’s parent company, HHG Corp. Therefore Paul Heyman never received a paycheck from the World Wrestling Federation or the McMahon Family until he became an on-air personality. One of the most surprising stories revealed in this documentary was that Shane McMahon almost bought ECW in 2000 when it was about to file for bankruptcy. He wanted to purchase the company in order to prepare for eventually taking over the WWE from his father Vince. That deal obviously fell through and ECW filed for bankruptcy. The controversy around Heyman appearing on WWF TV before ECW was officially bankrupt was purely a legal ploy. He couldn’t tell any of the ECW wrestlers but he knew that if he could keep the company open during the bankruptcy process then when the paperwork was finally approved, all of the payroll checks for the talent would be covered under bankruptcy and would be paid in full.

Once the Alliance/Invasion angle had run its course and Paul Heyman’s brief return to color commentary was over, Heyman was lost in a company that already had an overabundance of talent with the acquisition of the ECW & WCW rosters. Looking for his next big challenge, it was former ECW champion & current color commentator Tazz who convinced Heyman to look at what would be the “Next Big Thing”, Brock Lesnar. Heyman was immediately impressed by Brock Lesnar’s athleticism, his wrestling background, his youth and willingness to learn. After studying Lesnar, it was Heyman who pitched bringing Brock Lesnar up to the main roster to Vince McMahon but it was Vince who put them together on-screen after hearing Paul’s passion for Lesnar’s potential.

When time ran its course with the Heyman/Lesnar partnership, Heyman was placed as the General Manager of SmackDown with a good amount of creative input although Stephanie McMahon was still the head of the creative team. Only months into his run as the GM, he and Stephanie McMahon essentially switched roles as she became the new General Manager of SmackDown and Heyman took over as SmackDown’s head of creative. It was during this time that we saw a huge youth and tag team movement. Adam “Edge” Copeland fully credits Heyman as being the guy to give him a shot on his own & really break him out as a single’s star on SmackDown. In fact, during this time in WWE history, SmackDown/Paul Heyman skyrocketed Edge, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Booker T, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Hass, JBL, Matt Hardy and John Cena. That list contains Hall Of Famers Eddie Guerrero, Booker T & Edge with sure-fire future Hall Of Famers Kurt Angle, John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Yet despite some of the best SmackDown episodes in years, the WWE felt Heyman wasn’t really following their model and doing his own thing regardless of the input he would received and transferred him down to OVW to work with the younger talent.

CM Punk & Beth Phoenix where the two big names that were in OVW at the time Heyman took over. Punk was immediately thrilled to get to learn the business from one of his inspirations as a teenager who grew up with ECW. Paul Heyman admits that he didn’t know what he was getting into with OVW but was thrilled to be working with developing talent again & instantly clicked with Punk. CM Punk’s passion for all aspects of pro-wrestling made for a perfect student/teacher relationship even leading to Heyman asking Punk to help write some of the shows. Paul said about Punk, “I’ve never seen someone grasp how to put together a show as quickly as Punk. I was learning from Punk before I was done teaching him.”

Today’s Paul Heyman in the WWE is about having fun-loving being in the wrestling business purely as on-screen talent. Plus he still gets to work some of the younger talent, specifically Renee Young who he has taken under his wing. She proudly admits that she’s a “Paul Heyman Girl” and is learning more than she ever thought possible from Heyman. Many of today’s wrestlers see a total change in the Paul Heyman that walks around television now compared to many of his previous stints with the WWE. He’s much more relaxed and having fun compared to politicking & fighting over the simplest of matters.

“Ladies & Gentlemen, My Name Is Paul Heyman” is BY FAR one of the best documentaries WWE has ever released. Paul Heyman is brutally honest about his success and failures, his achievements and mistakes. No one interviewed pulled any punches and the list of talent interviewed is impressive in itself. Names such as Larry Zbyszko, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, Joey Styles, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Gabe Sapolsky, Tod Gordon, Stephanie McMahon, Edge, Brock Lesnar, Renee Young, CM Punk and Bray Wyatt are just a few on the impressive list of talent featured. You not only get a fantastic look back at a great talent’s career but you also get to truly now the man Paul Heyman. He’s open about everything in his lifetime and the man who shines through your TV screen is truly a man you will have the up most respect for.

 

Click below to listen to the exclusive interview I conducted with Paul Heyman:

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JR Blog: WWE Raw Reactions, John Cena, Stepahnie McMahon, TNA Name Change, Brock Lesnar http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/29/jr-blog-wwe-raw-reactions-john-cena-stepahnie-mcmahon-tna-name-change-brock-lesnar/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/29/jr-blog-wwe-raw-reactions-john-cena-stepahnie-mcmahon-tna-name-change-brock-lesnar/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168646 Raw is in the books and former commentator Jim Ross has some reactions, here are some highlights

on Cena’s promo
Cena’s serious promo was spot on as his WWE Title bout with Brock Lesnar is nothing to joke or to make light of whatsoever. Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle again cleared the bases with his promo work that seemed to motivate Cena to respond accordingly. Really good work by both men representing the main event at Summer Slam.

on Stephanie & Heyman being WWE’s top heels
Mentioned this on Twitter that I felt like WWE’s two hottest, heels were both non wrestlers in Stephanie and Heyman which is a tribute to their work but what does it say for the wrestlers who are cast in those roles?… Heyman and Steph seemingly don’t play the role of a pro wrestling villian and they come across as natural and playing an expanded role on who they really are which is where the magic lies. … Any talent ‘playing the role’ of a villain more often than not comes off as disingenuous and shallow. Be real, enhance it, or go home.

on Brock Lesnar
If Lesnar wins the WWE Title at Summer Slam, then the IC and US Titles would be well served to mean more considering that Lesnar will not be on TV weekly of which I think is fine by the way.

on TNA Changing Names
If TNA goes to another cable TV outlet IF they leave @SpikeTV, I’d seriously consider changing the name of the company and attempting to hit the reset button and get a fresh start. I’m still not convinced that Spike will rid themselves of TNA but instead re-up the brand for less money. Sources say that TNA is telling their talents that there are multiple suitors for their brand as it relates to finding another cable TV home. I hope that’s accurate for their sake.

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Rabblecast Ep. 371 – Jim Ross Contactually Done w/WWE, TNA NYC Manhattan Center Shows http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/25/rabblecast-ep-371-jim-ross-contactually-done-wwwe-tna-nyc-manhattan-center-shows/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/25/rabblecast-ep-371-jim-ross-contactually-done-wwwe-tna-nyc-manhattan-center-shows/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:01:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168470 This is a solo show for your humble host, Hernandez. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get your pro wrestling news and rumors. In this episode, The Guatemalan Bulldozer covers the recent news in WWE regarding Jim Ross and CM Punk’s contracts coming to their respective ends. Will we ever see either of these two in WWE again?

TNA Impact Wrestling is still showing their run of tapings from the Manhattan Center in NYC and they are fun to watch. The NYC fans know how to add that special something to a televised wrestling show. So much so, that TNA will be returning for another round of tapings in early August. Hernandez runs down the matches from the 7/17 show and recent happenings in TNA.

 

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Tripe H Posts Thank You Message To Jim Ross On Twitter http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/24/tripe-h-posts-thank-you-message-to-jim-ross-on-twitter/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/24/tripe-h-posts-thank-you-message-to-jim-ross-on-twitter/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168441 Jim Ross’s WWE severance package expired this week. WWE made no official mention of this fact, however HHH addressed it with a classy thank you on Twitter.


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Jim Ross Blog Update on Daniel Bryan Injury http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/11/jim-ross-blog-update-on-daniel-a-bryan-injury/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/11/jim-ross-blog-update-on-daniel-a-bryan-injury/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:33:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168105 Jim Ross’ latest blog entry featured comments by JR on Daniel Bryan’s injury that has put the most popular man in WWE on the shelf indefinitely:

“Not sure what to believe or not to believe regarding the physical status of Daniel Bryan but most of what I’m reading isn’t positive. Often times a surgery will reveal other issues and it seems that may have been the case here. The bottom line to this entire matter is to get Bryan healthy and, above all else, not to rush him back into the ring. I feel confident that WWE would never allow this to occur but certainly in the territory days of years gone by promoters would want the talents to get back in the ring ASAP. Plus, the talents themselves would push the envelope because most of them did not have guaranteed contracts and if they did not work they did not get paid notwithstanding they paid their own medical bills. Times have changed much for the better in those areas.”

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Wrestling Legend Jim Ross If He Called The Brazil-Germany World Cup Highlights http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/09/wrestling-legend-jim-ross-if-he-called-the-brazil-germany-world-cup-highlights/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/09/wrestling-legend-jim-ross-if-he-called-the-brazil-germany-world-cup-highlights/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:49:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168085 Tired of the same boring commentary during the World Cup? Well, unless you are watching the Spanish broadcast, the next best alternative is to hear Jim Ross call the highlights of Germany’s shellacking of Brazil. “SOMEBODY STOP THE DAMN MATCH!!”

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Jim Ross Comments on Sting to WWE Rumors in Latest Blog http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jim-ross-comments-on-sting-to-wwe-rumors-in-latest-blog/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jim-ross-comments-on-sting-to-wwe-rumors-in-latest-blog/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:59:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166415 In his latest blog, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross comments on the rumors swirling regarding Sting coming to WWE. Says Ross:

Getting tons of questions regarding Sting signing with WWE of which I don’t know the answer and if I did and was asked to keep it confidential I would, for the record. However, I see it as a no brainer for WWE to sign Sting and to begin immediately in monetizing his intellectual property. WWE owns virtually every minute of video tape that Sting has appeared on except his work in TNA. Some of the UWF content and early WCW matches are particularly outstanding. It’s a match made in grappling heaven even if Sting never wrestles in WWE. In my perfect, booking world, which actually doesn’t exist and is an oxymoronic statement, Sting would have one match…a retirement match at WM31 against a suitable villain even though some will lobby for that retirement match opposition to be Undertaker. A smaller, athletic young talent who needs the “rub” would arguably be ideal.

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THE RAGER! Heel Logic (HHH, CM Punk, Randy Orton) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/16/the-rager-heel-logic-hhh-cm-punk-randy-orton/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/16/the-rager-heel-logic-hhh-cm-punk-randy-orton/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166343 So in a surprise to absolutely no one, Evolution has reformed. It’s not a surprise because the three men, HHH, Randy Orton and Batista, were all working alongside each other since Wrestlemania. Also, HHH is also one-half of the most frequently-reformed-group in the history of professional wrestling, DX. I’m not sure if that’s factually correct but it feels like it should be correct and that tends to be good enough for most news organizations so why not adapt that mindset here?

Recently, Jim Ross went all cranky old-schooler on twitter over the current state of heels in WWE today, specifically pertaining to antics of most heels and how they’re not really doing enough to deserve the comeuppance that is usually served by the face that is involved. He made the point that there aren’t enough heels that bend the rules or have as many despicable character qualities and probably the only one that comes to mind these days would be HHH and the Authority and perhaps Randy Orton. Batista is more of an arrogant heel than a cheating one. Ross also goes on to say about the Wyatts that they cannot be allowed to become too cool.

Personally, I disagree with JR because the days of absolute good vs evil are so boring at times and yes, I realize how closely this resembles Vince’s introduction to the Attitude Era. I get so annoyed with heels that have to cheat or find some sort of loophole to win their matches, that’s what annoyed me most about the 2nd half of CM Punk’s 434 reign. The guy was unbeatable as a face for the first 8 months of the reign against guys like Del Rio, Miz, Ziggler, everyone in the elimination chamber, Jericho, Daniel Bryan and Kane and then by October, 3 months after turned heel, he was cowering and sneaking his way out of matches against Ryback and Cena. If every heel or even just a larger number of them did that then be prepared for the most boring television WWE has ever produced, especially in this day and age. And who cares if people start to find heels like the Wyatts cool? They’re still menacing and despicable characters to the fans that matter (Cena’s fans). And yes, the Shield became far too cool and fun to watch to be able to keep them heel, same goes for Cesaro BUT that will lend to their success as faces.

Everything works in cycles and I feel like we’re reaching a different form of the Attitude Era. Like an Attitude Era that wants to keep their younger audience, be socially conscious and tolerant and have a great farm system with a seemingly endless amount of talent. The Reality Era, so far, seems to be a mixture of pulling back the curtain and continuing what CM Punk started in 2011 while still having kayfabe-ridden colorful characters while also being a time where being an absolute good or bad guy is less of a requirement. The most annoying thing about all this is that we have all these characters doing things that are clearly opposite of what their morality standing currently is and the commentators (Lawler) are still sticking to their black and white mentality. Last year (or the year before, I wasn’t paying THAT much attention) Sheamus stole another man’s car and went on a messy joyride and was looked at as just a rascally good guy that just gave Del Rio what he deserved. Fairly certain Sheamus engaged in an illegal activity and as much as he talks about pubs and pints, he was probably drunk too but it’s okay because an eye-for-an-eye will leave the whole world blind except for the last guy doing the eye-plucking.

This entire debate might be nitpicking and be utterly meaningless and could all be chalked up to me being desperate to find a subject to write about this week but I really do disagree with what JR was saying and I just don’t think a clear-cut definition of what is what works as well anymore and it all depends on what is being accomplished by the individual character. The method JR refers to makes it far too easy for WWE to put themselves in a creative box which leads to the complete boredom that was exemplified during the height of the PG Era. Of course, JR doesn’t speak for WWE anymore and, quite frankly, comes off a bit bitter about everything these days and it’s merely one man’s opinion against mine. Honestly, WWE wanting to stick to certain ratings make it really difficult to really create a true despicable heel BUT it’s not impossible and it forces them to either be more creative about it or be completely lazy and they’ve done enough lazy.

Be sure to follow Classy Ring Attire on twitter @CRAttire and we started a new thing where yours truly quickly covers this week’s WWE news.

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do twice,
Chris

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CB’s Slant: Ringside with Jim Ross Live at Gramercy Theatre in New York City 03.01.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/01/cbs-slant-ringside-with-jim-ross-live-at-gramercy-theatre/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/01/cbs-slant-ringside-with-jim-ross-live-at-gramercy-theatre/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:26:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165117 WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross kicked off his live speaking tour today in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre. I happened to be in attendance and so I wanted to share some thoughts.

First and foremost, this was a MUST-SEE show for any wrestling fan. JR was hilarious, heartfelt and just outstanding as the pro wrestling storyteller and crowd-pleasing host of his “no holds barred” Q&A session.

–Special guests included Joey Styles, Tommy Dreamer and Judah Friedlander.

–The first part of the show was JR talking about his early life, his beginnings in wrestling and his stories ranging from childhood through his time in WWE.

–He said his father told him if he did all his chores he could watch the local wrestling show at 4:00 pm on Saturdays.

–His first wrestling gig was for $150/week and he would make extra money doing everything from setting up rings to refereeing to driving wrestlers around.

–He talked about working for Bill Watts, announcing with Leroy McGuirk despite McGuirk being blind and told some great stories about the craziness of the road.

–He told the Vince McMahon “sharting” story that made waves during his press interviews this week. Basically, Vince wanted to pass gas but did a whole lot more than that just before his music hit to go out on TV. He fearlessly marched out anyway.

–He said that his biggest can’t-miss that missed was Sycho Sid and his biggest surprise remains Mick Foley. Vince let Ross hire Mick so he could have JR experience what it’s like to have his heart broken, but then it turned into magic.

–He said the best tag team he ever saw were The Assassins from the 1960s.

–When asked about CM Punk, Ross reiterated it was a simple case of burnout and that he still think Punk will regret leaving one day. He thinks Punk will be gone longer but others like Steve Austin think Punk will be back before WrestleMania XXX.

–He talked about overcoming Bell’s Palsy three times, and also overcoming intestinal issues that nearly ended his life before leaving WWE full-time in 2005.

–He took the blame for the SummerSlam panel discussion with Ric Flair going off the rails and said he’s doing just fine since being let go from WWE.

–The most emotional part of the show came during the Q&A when JR was asked about having to stay on the air after Owen Hart’s fall at Over The Edge 1999. JR said he saw Owen’s fall in his peripheral view and that as soon as it happened Jerry Lawler ran over to Owen and came back and shook his head no. Ross said no one told him Owen was dead until producer Kevin Dunn broke the news to him … 10 seconds before he had to update the world about it. He said he hasn’t gone back to watch the footage of his commentary in that moment and never will unless he writes a book about his career and needs to see it to recount his feelings in that moment.

–He wrapped up by thanking everyone for coming and got a rousing standing ovation.

Overall, this was a great experience and Jim Ross was honest, authentic and just awesome.

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Jim Ross Opens Up about Leaving WWE and Talks CM Punk’s Departure in Candid Interview http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/06/jim-ross-opens-up-about-leaving-wwe-and-talks-cm-punks-departure-in-candid-interview/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/06/jim-ross-opens-up-about-leaving-wwe-and-talks-cm-punks-departure-in-candid-interview/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:37:12 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164315 In a candid interview with Newsday, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed leaving WWE following the infamous Ric Flair panel discussion incident and talked about the recent departure of CM Punk.

JR on the Ric Flair incident that led to his WWE “retirement”:

“The wheels came off a wagon I didn’t build.”

“I knew that when it was over, a lot of the top WWE officials were very anxious to get Ric Flair out of the facility … So I knew there was some concern there, but I didn’t know that the concern involved me. A story started out of misinformation that I had been drinking with Flair all day. And the issue was that if they [WWE officials] had checked their schedule, I had been booked all day with WWE activities and SummerSlam that had nothing to do with Ric Flair.”

JR on finally moving on from WWE:

“My job was to keep the rudder in the water … I didn’t do that. And so, the decision was made that we part ways. And to be honest with you, and this is not looking back, or trying to cover somebody’s tracks, or cover my own [behind], I was really looking for an opportunity to move on. I wanted to get into the podcast business, I wanted to get into one-man show stuff . . . I wanted to look at other opportunities, like this Fox Sports thing that I’m doing now. And I knew I couldn’t do those things while I was under contract to the WWE. But to be honest, to be totally frank with you, I had such a loyalty to that company, and I still do, that after 20 years I didn’t know how I was going to say goodbye.”

JR on on the WWE locker room and CM Punk’s departure:

“This whole locker room has a different feel to it, and a different — they’re not as edgy as the Attitude Era locker room … They’re not as competitive. I don’t know that they’re as hungry. But now, CM Punk is different. [Compared with] today’s corporate wrestler, CM Punk is a little bit of a rogue. And I don’t mean that in a negative way.”

“Over the last two of three years, he’s been my favorite WWE performer to watch in the ring, without question. He would’ve been a huge star in the Attitude Era, without question. Here’s the deal: He’s a very cerebral guy, who has an old-school spirit, that really cares about every aspect of the business. I think that he needed time off, ample time off, to recharge his batteries. I think he has, for lack of a better term, a major case of burnout. And I think the problem should have been recognized and addressed much earlier than letting it get to a head and him being so frustrated and such a sense of hopelessness that he decided to go home. Walking away from a problem is never a solution. Never. Solve the problem.”

Ross also talks about CM Punk possibly coming back after a self-imposed offseason or doing other things like helping out a startup promotion in the future or going into MMA broadcasting.

For the full, in-depth interview, click here.

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JR Blog: CM Punk, Brock Lesnar UFC, Undertaker, WWE Hall of Fame 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jr-blog-cm-punk-brock-lesnar-ufc-undertaker-wwe-hall-of-fame-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/03/jr-blog-cm-punk-brock-lesnar-ufc-undertaker-wwe-hall-of-fame-2014/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:17:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164172 What is on JR’s mind?

on CM Punk
I fully understand that Punk is burned out and frustrated but I personally and perhaps selfishly wish that he would perform and steal the show at WM30 before taking his leave and recharging his batteries. That’s just the fan in me talking.

on Brock Lesnar
I can see why Brock Lesnar would love to fight in the UFC again because he’s a beast who feels he’s left unfinished business behind and he’s healthy….finally. I say the former NCAA, WWE, and UFC champion has nothing to prove by returning to the Octagon as he’s got a great gig in WWE working part time for what I’d think is substantial cash….and I’m a HUGE, UFC fan.

Lesnar sells PPV’s when he’s hot and it’s up to WWE to get Lesnar hot between now and April 6.

I could easily see Lesnar challenging The Undertaker and the STREAK for WM31 and letting that matter build for a year. Lesnar gets reborn as a beast and provides the most intense threat to the STREAK that, arguably, anyone has ever presented. Just a thought….

on WWE Hall of Fame 2014
Got a tip of ‘leaked info’ from a non WWE source of who will be joining Warrior and Jake the Snake in the 2014 WWE HOF class. I choose to not spoil the surprise and divulge said info and let those who like to do the ‘spoiler’ thing handle that matter. Spoiler as in info we don’t need and not Spoiler as in the late Don Jardine who was one of the greatest masked wrestlers who ever lived.
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JR Blog: WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Controversy, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/27/jr-blog-wwe-royal-rumble-2014-controversy-daniel-bryan-roman-reigns/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/27/jr-blog-wwe-royal-rumble-2014-controversy-daniel-bryan-roman-reigns/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:06:01 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163884 Jim Ross has written thoughts about the Royal Rumble from last night, here are some highlights:

on Daniel Bryan
I don’t think that I have received as much impassioned feedback on a WWE PPV event in recent memory as I have over the past several hours after the Royal Rumble ended. Many fans were downright pissed and shared their venom with yours truly.

Firstly, the vast majority of fans wanted Daniel Bryan to win the Royal Rumble so that he would be in line for a WWE World Title match at WM30. That did not happen.

Yet.

Obviously, Daniel Bryan has made an amazing connection with the WWE fans and I’d venture to say that today, 24 hours after the Royal Rumble, that Daniel Bryan has NEVER been more popular in his entire career.

At this point, Daniel Bryan becoming WWE World Champion would be great but it certainly isn’t definitively necessary for DB to be ‘over.’ Daniel Bryan is ‘over’ and his fans are seemingly rallying behind him in a verbal show of solidarity and support. If Bryan embraces this support, then a happier ending is more likely to occur.

on Roman Reigns
Huge night in Pittsburgh for Roman Reigns who set a record with 12 eliminations of which I guessed might happen. Of course, some think that I received inside info on that matter but if they only knew how little I communicate with anyone in WWE they would change their tune. It was a creative calculation that made sense to me. Today, it still makes sense.

Reigns is a future star and if he had won the Royal Rumble that would have been just fine with me. However, Reigns, as a fan favorite, chasing either villains Orton or Batista would be money matches. Reigns era is rapidly approaching. The foundation is being laid.

on the Rumble’s value, his grade of the event
I’d give the PPV a B- or C+ grade and I paid retail for it just like most fans and I am not clamoring for a ‘refund.’ In hindsight, could things have been executed differently? Absolutely. But isn’t that the case with any show biz entity or even most sporting events?

Check out his full thoughts at JRs BBQ
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Flashback: Top Ten Moments in Royal Rumble History http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/25/flashback-top-ten-moments-in-royal-rumble-history/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/25/flashback-top-ten-moments-in-royal-rumble-history/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:18:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163680 HTC Editorial Logo

 

{Here’s an editorial I wrote WAY BACK when the website was still called Creatively Endeavored & John Cena didn’t win his second Rumble. – MJH}

Everyone has one.

The first Pay Per View they were allowed to get.

Even though I started watching wrestling in 1987, I had never seen a live PPV until January of 1993. You see, I was born in January (23rd to be exact) and every year my parents found it hard to find me presents. It was less then a month after Christmas and Hasbro couldn’t put out WWF figures fast enough to complete my collection. So in ’93 my parents got creative. After hours and hours of fulfilling my familial obligations, I was finally able to open the huge wrapped box with my name on it. Inside of that box was… another smaller box. And then another. And another. After 7 boxes I finally opened a small ring box to reveal this:

To say I was excited would be a VAST understatement. Finally I would be able to see the Royal Rumble as it happened just a day after my birthday and thus a love for the Rumble was born.

The Royal Rumble is my WrestleMania. The surprises, the nostalgia and the most important prize in wrestling: a main event spot at WrestleMania. To win the Royal Rumble is arguably more prestigious than winning the WWE championship right now. As there have only been 19 winners, a victory in the Rumble match can almost ensure your status as WWE’s elite. 9 of these winners already reside in the Hall of Fame with 8 others whom are assuredly future inductees. I look forward to the Rumble all year-long so having to put together this list was probably the easiest assignment I’ve ever had.

Top 10 Royal Rumble Moments:

10. Mr. Perfect returns to WWE & stands toe to toe with Austin, Angle & HHH

– “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig was a mainstay in the upper mid-card in the 80s and early-90s WWF. 2002 saw the re-emergence of many wrestlers who had left for the “greener” pastures of WCW in the mid-90s and the Royal Rumble was a perfect event for their re-debut. Perfect entered the Rumble at #25 to a HUGE ovation and eventually ended up in the final three before being eliminated by the winner, Triple H. This was pretty much the last hurrah for Mr. Perfect before his untimely death in 2003.

9. Jerry Lawler hides under the ring for almost 40 mins

– Jerry Lawler wasn’t always the wise-cracking sidekick to Jim Ross or Michael Cole. When “The King” entered the WWF in 1992, he was just starting with the USWA and came to the WWF mainly as a heel announcer. That changed though as he quickly entered into a feud with the ENTIRE Hart family. But Lawler was always a comedy character in the WWF and that was never more evident than at the 1996 Royal Rumble when he actually hid underneath the ring for a whopping 36 minutes before being eliminated by the eventual winner Shawn Michaels.

8. John Morrison’s “Spiderman” leap to the barricade

– There’s not much to say about this as the video speaks for itself. One of the most incredibly athletic things seen on a WWE event.

7. Bret Hart & Lex Luger are co-winners

– 1994 was only the second year that the stipulation of “Whomever wins the Royal Rumble gets a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania” and things were about to get interesting. Yokozuna had dominated the WWF as Heavyweight Champion since June of 1993. He fended off challenges from Lex Luger, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Undertaker, whom he defeated earlier in the Rumble PPV. Luger and Hart were both heavy favorites coming into the Rumble match as Luger defeated Yokozuna by count-out 6 months earlier at Summerslam and it was Hart who Yokozuna defeated for his first WWF title at the previous year’s WrestleMania. No one knew who was going to win the Rumble but all were positive it was going to be one of their favorites, either Bret Hart or Lex Luger. No one thought BOTH would win! For the first and only time in history, there were TWO winners of the Royal Rumble and both men were set to face the dreaded Yokozuna at WrestleMania 10.

6. Diesel stands tall waiting for more opponents

– In the very same Rumble, a new superstar exploded onto the radar of every WWF fan. At the time, Diesel was nothing more than Shawn Michaels’ goon with very few WWF matches under his belt. By the time he was eliminated by five men he had eliminated 7 on his own, literally waiting for new opponents to enter the match just so he could toss them right out. Before the year was out, Diesel had won the Intercontinental, Tag Team and World Heavyweight Championships. And it all started at the Royal Rumble.

5. Undertaker & HBK have an epic Royal Rumble finale

– Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker’s paths hadn’t crossed since HBK returned from his mid-career retirement in 2002. But everyone remembered their epic matches from the late 90s and when the two legends found themselves as the last two men in the 2007 Rumble, the excitement in the arena was palpable. HBK and Taker didn’t disappoint giving us a thrilling 10 minutes of dramatic action concluding with The Undertaker winning his first Royal Rumble.

4. John Cena returns MONTHS before his expected return & wins in the Garden

– John Cena was recovering from a torn pectoral by the time the 2008 Royal Rumble rolled around. His shocking return and victory surprised even the most jaded of fans and set off a trend of “surprise” returns that has almost become a staple of more recent matches.

3. CM Punk tries to “save” Superstars before eliminating 5

– CM Punk is the “en vogue” superstar right now. People appreciate his in-ring talent, his ability to talk and his apparent fearlessness with his own career. And while he was somewhat popular before the 2010 Royal Rumble, his mid-match promos attempting to convert fellow superstars to his Straight Edge Society not only solidified him as a star to watch but it also made for a Rumble moment that will surely stand the test of time.

2. Ric Flair wins his first WWF title

– For the first and only time in WWF/E history, the World Title was to be awarded to whomever won the 1992 Royal Rumble match. While he had been claiming to be the “real World’s champion”, Ric Flair hadn’t really accomplished anything in the WWF by the time the ’92 Rumble came around. And when it was revealed that the “Nature Boy” had drawn #3 out of #30, not a single person thought we’d be seeing Flair with the gold when the night was over. Bobby Heenan practically had an aneurysm all night while on commentary! But “with a tear in his eye” Ric Flair outlasted 29 other men to reign supreme for his first of two WWF World Title reigns.

1. Shawn Michaels goes the distance

– Royal Rumble 1995 was the birth of a legend. At the end of 1994, Shawn Michaels was a former tag team competitor and Intercontinental championship who seemed to have a good upside. His potential appeared limitless after his WrestleMania 10 ladder match but many still looked at him as the “pretty boy” who wouldn’t reach the levels of his former bodyguard Diesel who had already won the WWF title within one year of being with the company. Michaels was good but not many believed he was THIS good. The ’95 Rumble was the unveiling of our era’s Ric Flair as Shawn Michaels entered at number one and proceeded to flip, flop and fly around the ring until he emerged as the winner, along with the added bonus of having Pamela Anderson on his arm. Shawn Michaels took this victory and ran all the way into the Hall of Fame.

The Royal Rumble is arguably the most unpredictable match on the WWE calendar. But that’s exactly what’s so fun about making these predictions.

2012 Predictions:

– Goldust will make a surprise appearance and eliminate Cody Rhodes (They’ve been teasing this for awhile with Cody wanting more competition and claiming to be “the last hope for the Rhodes name”).

– A former World Champion will win the Rumble (I’m looking at you Miz, Jericho or Orton).

– Sheamus will dominate & have the most eliminations of the night (Look for a Diesel-esque performance).

– Rey Mysterio will be the token injury return.

– The losers of the WWE & World Title matches will enter the Rumble (except for maybe the injured Mark Henry).

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Jim Ross News: Debut on FoxSports.com, Royal Rumble History (HBK, Rey Mysterio, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/24/jim-ross-news-debut-on-foxsports-com-royal-rumble-history-hbk-rey-mysterio-john-cena/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/24/jim-ross-news-debut-on-foxsports-com-royal-rumble-history-hbk-rey-mysterio-john-cena/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:19:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163659 Jim Ross has signed on to write columns for Fox Sports, and has kicked off with a feature about the Royal Rumble.

on Royal Rumble 1995
Shawn Michaels draws No. 11 and Davey Boy Smith draws No. 2. They endure and go coast to coast to become the final two survivors, outlasting 28 others. Both guys were at somewhat of a professional crossroads and the stage was set to launch both men significantly. ‘The Moment’ was when Michaels went over the top rope but only “one foot” touched the floor … hence the “Shawn Michaels Rule” saying that both feet must touch the floor for one to be eliminated. Many feel that Shawn Michael’s individual career was amped up thanks to his performance in this Rumble match. HBK was at his best in big-match scenarios.

on Rey Mysterio in 2006
Rey Mysterio more than earned his pay in the Royal Rumble match by ducking, dodging, and darting his way to winning in an hour plus, 62:12 to be exact. That’s a record, by the way. I’d love to know how many “near-misses” Rey had because by the time he prevailed and had overcome the odds, the fans were digging the 6-1-9. This win propelled Rey to new heights, including being a headliner at WM 22 that year. Rey, the ultimate underdog, represented “hope,” with which most fans could easily identify. It was a memorable night for another future WWE HOFer.

on MSG popping for John Cena’s 2008 surprise return
To broadcast from Madison Square Garden is, in homage to the late, Road Warrior Hawk,”What a Rush!” I call my life in wrestling … from the “farm” (in Oklahoma) to the “Garden.” However, few nights in my career was the crowd louder and became more unglued than when John Cena shocked WWE fans by returning from an injury to the Rumble as surprise entrant No. 30 and then winning by eliminating HHH. With Cena not in the Garden all day, who knew? John had been injured and the last that I had heard was that he was “getting better” so I left it at that. When Cena’s music hit it was, a “Monsoonism” is coming, pandemonium. The sold out crowd was so empowered that they almost forgot to boo the polarizing Cena,who eliminated HHH to get the win.

Check out the full column at Fox Sports

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JR Blog: Daniel Bryan/WWE, WWE Over The Edge On WWE Network, Ted Dibiase http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/20/jr-blog-daniel-bryanwwe-wwe-over-the-edge-on-wwe-network-ted-dibiase/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/20/jr-blog-daniel-bryanwwe-wwe-over-the-edge-on-wwe-network-ted-dibiase/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:31:21 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163399 Jim Ross updated his blog over the weekend, here are some highlights…

on Daniel Bryan
Back to Daniel Bryan, he’s white hot and has done what many wrestlers only dream of doing and that’s making a strong, emotional connection with the fan base. Bryan is SO connected or ‘over’ in rasslin’ vernacular and he’s still evolving well even without the WWE Title.

Will Daniel Bryan ever become the WWE World Title for a nice ‘run’ some day? I can’t see how it won’t happen. Question is when and it could be at WM30 if all the cards fall into place. Stay tuned.

on WWE Over The Edge airing on the WWE Network
Just shake my head at some of these doozies. Firstly, I don’t know what the WWE Network is or isn’t going to program. Secondly, the WWE Network’s on Twitter so why not ask them? Thirdly, do you actually think I’d want to attempt to sit through that experience again? I’ve yet to watch it after all these years and won’t likely watch it unless I include that matter in a book.

on Ted Dibiase
Ted was a natural who picked up the nuances of working in front of live audiences in a variety of roles about as quick as any one that I recall. The Million Dollar Man persona spawned JBL and Alberto Del Rio in WWE but no one did it better than the original…Ted DiBiase.

Check out the whole blog at JR’s BBQ
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JR Blog: Taunts IWC, Secretive Backstage Politics Reference, Turns Down Shoot Interviews http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/17/jr-blog-taunts-iwc-secretive-backstage-politics-reference-turns-down-shoot-interviews/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/17/jr-blog-taunts-iwc-secretive-backstage-politics-reference-turns-down-shoot-interviews/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:55:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163318 Jim Ross has a mid-week blog with some news and notes, here are some highlights!

on his new podcast, mentions IWC:
My venture with Podcast One begins in mid February if all goes according to plan. My show will drop on Wednesdays so it will be recorded a few days in advance to allow time for production elements to be added. I do plan on it being very interactive as I will be taking listener’s calls. We will also have a variety of guests. Plus, I will offer my personal analysis/take on some TV wrestling shows that I watch.

Should give the internet wrestling community (IWC) plenty of cannon fodder. :)

on wrestling politics
The more I read online about the daily drama in various pro wrestling organizations makes me happy that I’m not engaged full time in that world. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be a fan and support the genre but dealing with today’s athletes is a taxing, never ending saga. It was somewhat simpler in the old days but certainly far from not having issues in which to address.

on doing a shoot interview
To answer an often received question, I am NOT considering doing any “Shoot” interviews for DVD release for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I cover many of the topics one would be asked in these productions in RINGSIDE: An Evening with Jim Ross shows. Secondly, I don’t care to address ‘dirt oriented’ questions that can embarrass people’s families, etc. Lastly, the fees offered are generally low and not worth the time invested to do them.
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