Jim Ross comments on The Rock and C.M. Punk on Monday's WWE Raw, keeping score of the Rock and Punk segment, Paul Heyman
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 C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman: "@CMPunk had a stellar night on Raw as the WWE Champion stood out in multiple segments of the broadcast. Punk's TLC match with @Ryback22 was excellent and so well timed to occur during halftime of the #Bama vs. #NotreDame National Championship Game. I was impressed by both men's performance and willingness to be physical. Ryback is really coming along in the development of his persona and presentation."
Powell's POV: I'm still wondering whether the timing of the match was by design or if halftime just happened to occur at the top of the third hour. Either way, it worked out nicely for WWE. For that matter, so did the lopsided nature of the game, as a lot of football fans were probably looking for alternate programming as the game went on.
-Ross on Paul Heyman: Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle fits Punk like a glove and provides the 'Voice of the Voiceless' with an alternative mouthpiece and harkens back to the days when 'wrestling managers' were so important to the progression of many great, wrestling villains. Heyman is an artisan at ringside and on the mic."
Powell's POV: As much as I enjoy Heyman's act, I loved the way he bowed out once it was time for the Punk and Rock confrontation. I hope we get a chance to see Rock and Heyman together, but it was good to see the two wrestlers take center stage. Heyman's tearful adoration of Punk at the end of the TLC match was classic.
-Ross on C.M. Punk and The Rock: "The closing segment involving @TheRock and Punk was the unofficial kickoff to the road to WrestleMania in my estimation which will be preceded by a stop in Phoenix for the Royal Rumble and in New Orleans for the Elimination Chamber. I felt the chemistry between the two stars and their verbal interaction had an Attitude Era feel. I find it somewhat humorous that some fans and pundits are actually keeping score as to who got the better of the other during their extended 'conversation' as I felt that the true winners of the 'debate' were the fans. How one can accurately judge such a subjective piece of business such as we heard is a head scratcher to me but I'm certainly not saying that folks don't have a right to their opinion. Bottom line, and the good news, is that people cared enough to have an opinion."
Powell's POV: If you read my blog earlier today, then you know that Ross and I are on the same page with the scoring of this one. It was fair to judge Rock vs. John Cena on the mic last year because they were tearing into one another, whereas Rock and Punk were clearly working together with the common goal of doing good business.
Other topics include Antonio Cesaro, Rhodes Scholars, the 20th Anniversary of WWE Raw, Ross's interest level in doing a podcast or writing a book, and more.
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