Jim Ross Blogs: RAW Firing, Lesnar's Return?, Joe/WWE
On His Firing: After an embarrassing Monday night firing on live TV with no advance notice, it took me a day or two to rebound but I'm good to go as I write this blog. As the King says, "One can't grieve forever" and I won't I assure you. WWE upper management made the call to remove me from weekly TV and that is their choice. It's the WWE's team and I simply am playing on it. Being a team guy, I run the plays that are sent in whether they make sense or not. Like my Dad taught me, if you accept a man's money then do the work that the man wants. When one can't handle the work or the silliness any longer, stop taking the cash and stay home and do something else. I'm not ready to leave the team that I helped build especially considering the vulnerable state the company was in when I took over Talent Relations. Plus, the three man announce booth is not overly efficient, in my personal opinion, and I, apparently, did not fit into the mix based on decisions that were made Monday.
On Legend Roundtables: I'll be in Stamford next week recording two. Legends Roundtable shows for WWE On Demand. One show will address many of the rogues, outlaws, mavericks, etc that have dotted the pro wrestling landscape over the years. Men and women who were strong, independent thinkers and who, at times, were major a pain in the ass for promoters. The second topic is scheduled to be the impact that athletes and celebrities from outside the world of wrestling have played in the business. The celeb card has been played for decades including guys like Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano being special referees. I've tried to forget Jay Leno 'wrestling' once upon a time but I will have plenty to say about that hideous idea. Panelists thus far include Dallas Page, Michael Hayes, and me. Mean Gene Okerlund? is the host and one more panelist is being finalized as we speak.
On Samoa Joe: Will WWE hire Samoa Joe some day? 1. I don't know as I'm not in that loop which should be obvious by some of the signees in recent years. 2. How does anyone know Joe wants to come to WWE? Personally, I like Joe's work and his unique look which means he likely won't be signed. Just saying...but you need to ask John Laurinaitis? as he seems to be the genius of the week.
On Brock Lesnar: Is Brock Lesnar going to return to WWE and wrestle? In my opinion, not any time soon but he is in the WWE12 video game which means that he makes more money off his WWE reputation just as he has done in UFC. Good deal for Lesnar. If Brock comes back to WWE it will likely be for a one time deal after his MMA days have ended as he doesn't like travel or the overall mentality of the wrestling locker room or so it seems based on what Brock's said. Plus, his 'controversial remarks' directed at Undertaker and Steve Austin merely create awareness and is good marketing. Too many fans take these types of comments as gospel.
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