Jim Ross comments on The Rock's WWE future, Steve Austin's WWE future, and WWE Hall of Famer Billy Graham ailing
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 Rock: "Has the Rock, @TheRock, wrestled his last match due to injury? Seems as if Rock has left that matter open for speculation depending on the results of the surgery and his non stop schedule, etc. However, knowing Dwayne as I do, I would think that he would want to go out differently and be remembered for one, last major bout. If I had to make a wager, I'd say we haven't seen the last of @TheRock. The one wild card may be his movie partners who may not want to risk their franchise player stepping back in the ring. That's all TBD. I would speculate that if Dwayne can't do WM30 for any reason that he may be closer to done than many want to see."
Powell's POV: As I wrote in a blog the day after WrestleMania 29, Rock and WWE can turn this into a positive by leaving fans to speculate whether he will or won't return to the ring. It will feel more special now if he does return than it would have if they had set up the WrestleMania 30 match with Brock Lesnar on Raw that night. That said, it remains to be seen whether Rock will be back, as these injuries could cause him to shy away from getting back in the ring and risking an injury that would cause movie schedule delays.
-Ross on Steve Austin: "Interesting note....recently I read about @steveaustinBSR being in great shape physically and looking excellent ala being in 'show shape' but not wrestling shape for a return to a WWE ring. News flash or as the one person in the world that I would really NOT want to take a long, care trip with, Nancy Grace, might say....BOMBSHELL....Steve is ALWAYS in great shape. Old habits die hard and the Texas Rattlesnake (Thanks, JR) is a gym guy in that he hits the gym regularly and with P&V. With all that said, the only way that I see Steve returning to the ring for one, final bout is obviously on the biggest stage (WM30), with the exact, right opponent (Who is that?) , and with a strategic game plan that Steve can emotionally invest ."
Powell's POV: I feel bad for Ross, as one can only assume he is being bombarded with "C.M. Punk" suggestions for Austin's opponent. It would be great if Punk played up the "Straight Edge means I'm better than you" routine to counter Austin's beer swilling redneck persona. Ross had more to say about Austin. As always, we only run the highlights of Ross's blog, so be sure to check it out at the link at the top of the page.
-Ross on WWE Hall of Famer Billy Graham: "Best wishes to Superstar Billy Graham who is still hospitalized in Wyoming and is in serious condition. Billy has been hospitalized in serious condition now for over a week. Billy influenced countless numbers of wrestlers with his bigger than life personality and physique back in the day. Nice to have the big 'pythons' but more people remember his outrageous personality and verbal skills just as much as they do his muscles."
Powell's POV: Graham has battled some major health issues over the years, but the fact that he's been in the hospital for over a week is alarming. Here's wishing him the best in his recovery.
Other topics include WWE Diva reality show, WWE Diva prospects, UFC on FOX 7, one legend that Austin would be unlikely to face because it would not be "smart booking," and much more.
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