Jim Ross offers his pick for breakout WWE star of the year, Tyson Kidd in Money in the Bank, and WWE's acquisition of the Mid South Wrestling tape library
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. The following items are among the highlights. To order J.R.'s BBQ products, visit WWEShop.com.
-Ross on the WWE breakout star of 2012: "Is there really any debate? It has to be AJ who has taken the opportunities provided her, the creative input she's received and has made her role bigger than I'm sure many perceived that it would ever become. Obviously, AJ waited for her opportunity and maximized her minutes no matter how few or how insignificant that they may have seemed at the time."
Powell's POV: No argument here. She's in what should be the main event program with C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan (and Kane at times), and has been one of the most intriguing characters on WWE television. She plays her part extremely well and her weekly antics have been a treat to watch.
-Ross on Tyson Kidd: "Happy to see Tyson Kidd's success on Smackdown Friday night. Tyson has seemingly found his personality, so to speak, to go along with his significant in ring skills. I love his in ring persona, which will/should only get bigger and better, and the skill set that the Calgary Kid brings to the table. A recent NXT bout vs. Michael McGillicutty gave me all that I needed to see on both young athletes who have wrestling DNA running in their veins."
Powell's POV: It's nice to see Kidd finally get some love from the creative team. He's such a talented performer, yet he's been lost in the undercard shuffle aside from the brief pushes that he and David Hart Smith received as a duo. It was encouraging to see the live crowd pop for his upset win on Friday night.
-Ross on : "Now that WWE has purchased the Mid South Wrestling library, fans will get to step even farther back in time as I expect WWE to produce a Mid South DVD at some point in the future. Bill Watts produced one of the best, one hour, weekly and episodic, wrestling shows ever with the sole focus of selling tickets to live events which meant getting the stars established and embellishing the personal issues that existed."
Powell's POV: This is awesome news. The Mid South/UWF product is as good as Ross indicates. I saw more of the UWF (not the version that airs on ESPN Classic) than I did Mid South, and it quickly became my favorite hour of weekly television back when the Twin Cities had access to countless wrestling promotion television shows.
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