JR's BlogCongrats RnR, WCPW PPV This Sunday, Bruce Prichard to Ross Report Tuesday, XFL Omission
Posted: Feb 7th 2017 By: Jim Ross
Greetings after an exciting weekend in Houston attending the Super Bowl with my wife Jan. Great game but we were pulling for my old NFL team the Atlanta Falcons especially considering that the Pats eliminated our Steelers from the NFL playoffs and knocked Pittsburgh out of the Super Bowl game. When a team can't make first downs, can't run the ball effecively and fatigue keeps them from efficiently rushing the passer, all in the second half, then it generally ends up bad and that's what happened to ATl Sunday night in Houston. Poor play calling in the second half killed the Falcons.
Doing Ross Report Podcast production tonight and talking to my former broadcast partner Todd Grisham who has left ESPN for the UFC after starting his national broadcasting career with WWE. Should be a great convo that will air on our show in a few weeks.
When I first heard several days ago that the Rock 'n Roll Express were going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame I was both surprised and happy. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are as good as any baby face tag team that I ever worked with in my 40+ year career. Their bouts in MId South Wrestling vs The Midnight Express helped 'pop' a big man's territory with record setting business.
I'd love to see Jim Cornette induct Ricky and Robert in Orlando on Friday night March 31 on the ceremony hosted by Jerry Lawler. JC knows more bout the RnR than anyone that I know plus Corny is a magnificent talker who I'm sure would captivate the WWE HOF audience on a live mic.
This might be a crazy idea but it damn sure would be entertaining.
If you are new to the genre, then I suggest that you watch any of the many Midnight Express vs Rock 'n Roll Express bouts that you can find. They are classic tag team bouts that implement tried and true strategies and techniques that are timeless and would still work today if there were teams currently in the business that were on the Express' level. The crowd psychology of these matches are largely exquisite.
Shawn Michaels rode with the RnR when HBK first got in the business in Mid South and Shawn credits both Morton and Gibson for helping the Heartbreak Kid in his formative years.
Excited to be traveling to England soon to broadcast this Sunday's ppv event for What Culture Pro Wrestling on the FITE App, among other outlets. I embrace every opportunity to work with WCPW and this Sunday they pair me with my WK9 broadcast partner Matt Striker. WCPW has assembled a damn strong, pro wrestling card that features, among others, Drew Galloway vs Joe Hendry for the WCPW Title, Kurt Angle's last UK booking and it's against Alberto El Patron, Ricochet vs Will Ospreay in a much anticipated rematch and much more on this terrific card.
I'm grateful for WCPW for providing me an opportunity to do live, pro wrestling play by play so that I can prove to myself that I can still get the job done that I've loved doing for longer than I'd like to remember. I hope that you will join us via the FITE App of whatever provider that you chose to use. The "Eddie Haskell of pro wrestling broadcasters" and I will not disappoint you.
Tickets for our next RINGSIDE with Jim Ross shows, which will be in Orlando Wrestlemania weekend at Plaza Live, are available now at www.ticketfly.com. Tickets are limited and I suggest that you get yours before they are gone. We are talking with several "Friends" to appear with me at our two, weekend matinees. We are planning our biggest productions to date and I invite you to go 'Slobber Knocker VIP' and you will be happy that you did.
Bruce Prichard joins me this week on a new, Ross Report Podcast that drops, as usual, on Tuesday night at 9 PM ET on podcastone.com and iTunes. Bruce and I had a great time catching up and telling some stories about our journey together that started in Houston Wrestling with Paul Boesch, Bill Watts in Mid South and for Vince McMahon in WWE. Bruce and Conrad Thompson are doing a really fine job on their Podcast that drops every Friday.
Hearing that Big Show vs Shaq is on the drawing board for Wrestlemania this year and I feel that the gigantic duo would be able to produce a much better attraction/presentation if they were tag partners and were pitted against a team that could enhance the skill sets of the two big men.
Enjoyed the ESPN 30 for 30 on the XFL and it brought back memories of how I got 'gutted and quartered' by the 'legit' sports media when I was promoted to the NBC primary game on week two with Governor Ventura. How dare a 'wrestling guy' even think that he could broadcast football? I have many stories about my season in the XFL and would have loved to have shared some of them but I was never contacted by ESPN to be a part of the presentation. Nonetheless, I have no XFL regrets even though I pushed myself physically to the limits that was ill advised especially after the fact that year for a whopping $1500 per game.
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- 1978 Karl Krupp def. The Lawman for the WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion
- 2006 Rocco Valentino became the ComPro Heavyweight Champion
- 2008 Cast-Iron Cothern def. The Canadian Red Devil for the TAP Heavyweight Champion
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- 08-20 1968 The Spoiler def. Grizzly Smith for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion
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- 08-20 1976 Seigfreid Steinke def. Rocky Johnson for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion
- 08-20 2005 The Red Dirt Outlaws (Devon Monroe & Kevin James) def. The Forsaken (Faith & Halo) for the MSWA Mid-South Tag Team Champion
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- 08-20 2006 Rexx Reed def. Carnage for the ACW Hardcore Champion
- 08-20 2006 John O'Malley def. Aaron Neil for the ACW Heavyweight Champion
- 08-20 2011 Jesse Williams became the ACW Heavyweight Champion
- 08-20 2011 Danger Dean became the ACW Heavyweight Champion
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- 08-21 1959 Angelo Savoldi def. Mike DiBiase for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion
- 08-21 1961 Corsica Joe def. Oni Wiki Wiki for the TSW Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Champion
- 08-21 1972 Tom Jones & Ken Mantell def. The Continental Warriors (Lorenzo Parente & Bobby Hart) for the TSW United States Tag Team Champion
- 08-21 1987 Al Perez def. Kevin Von Erich for the WCCW World Champion
- 08-21 2005 Chaz Sharpe def. Li'l Joe for the ACW Hardcore Champion
- 08-21 2005 Aaron Neil became the ACW Heavyweight Champion
- 08-22 1998 The Great Bolo 2nd def. Red Eagle for the OPW Oklahoma Heavyweight Champion
- 08-22 2009 Sage def. Goldeneye for the ComPro Oklahoma X Division Champion
- 08-22 2009 Mo-Dizzle def. Kunna Keyoh for the TCBW Hardcore Champion
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- 08-22 2010 Kareem Sadat def. David Kyzer for the SWCW All-American Champion
- 08-23 1971 Bill Watts def. Dusty Rhodes for the TSW Brass Knucks Champion
- 08-23 1977 The Medics (Medic 1 & Medic 2 & Medic 3) def. Porkchop Cash & Mike George for the TSW United States Tag Team Champion
- 08-23 1978 Karl Krupp def. The Lawman for the WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion
- 08-23 2006 Rocco Valentino became the ComPro Heavyweight Champion
- 08-23 2008 Cast-Iron Cothern def. The Canadian Red Devil for the TAP Heavyweight Champion
- 08-24 2011 Uncle Mikey & Aaron the Candy Man def. Chris Von Luhr & Jason Noal for the ACW Tag Team Champions
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- 08-25 2006 Rocco Valentino def. John O'Malley for the NWA-U Oklahoma Heavyweight Champion
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- 08-26 2000 Jenna Love def. Heather Savage for the OPW Oklahoma Womens Champion
- 08-26 2016 Gavin Dixon def. Nathan Estrada for the ComPro Oklahoma X Division Champion
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