Jim Ross comments on Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan, the IOC dropping wrestling from the Olympics
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 Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan: "@IAmJericho vs. @WWEDanielBryan lived up to what I was hoping when I heard the match was made. I could watch these two talents go , seemingly, every week, well, at least for several weeks. Another 'Best of Seven' candidate. Chris Jericho hasn't missed a step and is arguably as good right now as he's ever been. Great move by @WWE in getting Chris back in the ring."
Powell's POV: Jericho is definitely off to a fast start in his latest stint with the company. He's been working with good opponents and delivering standout performances despite his latest layoff. I was happy to see him added to the Elimination Chamber match and look forward to seeing his issues with Dolph Ziggler continue. Meanwhile, Bryan appears to be adding more of an edge to his character while performing less of the comedy schtick.
-Ross on Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter: "@RealJackSwagger getting a ringside representative in Zeb Colter, not to be confused with author Ann Coulter or David Letterman's version of @HowardFinkel, Allan Coulter, and I like the potential of this paring. I have great confidence that my fellow Oklahoman Swagger will get on a roll and that Zeb may be the missing ingredient that makes Swagger saucey. The Elimination Chamber will be a telling night for the man who is and always will be the 2nd toughest man to hail from Perry, Oklahoma."
Powell's POV: I love the aggressive style Swagger is working and the initial promo by Zeb (a/k/a Dutch Mantell) definitely has people talking. He's clearly on a collision course with Alberto Del Rio. The question is whether they collide at WrestleMania or if this is a post-Mania program.
-Ross on Booker T and Teddy Long: "Wrestling being dropped from the Olympic Games by the apparent, out of touch International Olympic Committee, the IOC, is, bottom line, pet coon goofy. It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate the oldest sport in the Olympic Games and to compromise the integrity of the Games for TV ratings and more cash. Many mat dreams were dashed today regarding the IOC's announcement and hopefully smarter heads will prevail before this mandate is actually ratified. "
Powell's POV: I just can't imagine this is going to stick. If cooler heads do prevail, this drama could be the best thing that's happened to Olympic wrestling, as this story has generated a lot of attention and interest in the sport.
Other topics include C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman, The Rock, The Shield, Booker T and Teddy Long, and more.
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