Jim Ross comments on Paul Bearer tribute, C.M. Punk, and John Cena's divorce mentioned on WWE Raw

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Mar 12, 2013 - 11:45 PM

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-Ross on Paul Bearer: "For those complaining about the usage of Paul Bearer's image less than a week after his sudden passing last Tuesday at the age of 58, I suggest that they relax. I'm guessing that I knew Percy better than most complaining within the internet wrestling community and I can say without hesitation that he would have loved how his TV persona was honored notwithstanding how he contributed to one more storyline leading into WrestleMania."

Powell's POV: If Ross, Undertaker, Kane, other close friends, and especially Bill Moody's sons were fine with it, then I'm not going to complain. That said, I do understand why some fans felt it made for uncomfortable viewing at times.

-Ross on C.M. Punk: "Punk interrupting the final moments of the opening Paul Bearer tribute was villainy 101. As a matter of fact, I felt like Punk had more antagonist angst when Raw was going off the air than he did when he first arrived on the scene in the first segment of the show. The idea is to motivate fans to pay to see the villain get his ass handed to him and if that theory is accurate then WWE succeeded in regards to the Taker-Punk 'Streak' match at WM29."

Powell's POV: I guess we'll always be left wondering how the Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk would have been promoted had it not been for the death of Paul Bearer. I would have preferred to see that than taking the easy heat approach that they opted to go for.

-Ross on John Cena divorce mention on WWE Raw: "WWE utilizing John Cena's divorce in the WWE Title video package surprised me. However, it made perfect sense and is an issue that most people can relate to in some fashion. It also helps realistically explain Cena's own self proclaimed downward spiral in 2012."

Powell's POV: Well said. I didn't see that one coming, but it works well with the story they are trying to tell.

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