–Ross on Bray Wyatt winning the WWE Championship: “Bray Wyatt winning the WWE Title was strategic for sure. Wyatt is a significant, character baby face in the making IMO and the fans at the live events in the arenas seem to agree. The entertaining and memorable Fire Fly entrance is pure ‘face and let’s not forget that Wyatt’s grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan was one of the great character ‘faces of all time as was Bray’s mentor Dusty Rhodes. Bray has worked hard on his in ring game, promos and his physique and conditioning which is admirable. He hasn’t been afraid to try new material and he doesn’t have the same match every outing on TV as many of his peers often times do. Bray Wyatt is a timeless talent who would be a star in any era that I have been a part of the past 40 years.”
Powell’s POV: Wyatt is a gifted talker, yet I still wish the company would pick a direction in terms of having him play a full fledged heel or babyface. It seems like creative is happy to let the fans choose how to react to him. He’s such a good talker that I feel the reaction would be greater if he gave the fans a strong reason to cheer or boo.
–Ross on Teddy Long entering the WWE Hall of Fame: “Congrats to my long time friend Teddy Long for going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year and Teddy will join me on the Ross Report this Monday night to record a future show. Ted overcame so much during his pro wrestling journey which was sadly not overly friendly to African American talents.”
Powell’s POV: Teddy has a great story and has worn many hats in the wrestling industry, so this should be a good edition of the Ross Report.
–Ross on World of Sport: “Had a meeting in Leicester with ITV so the matter of World of Sport returning to ITV isn’t a dead issue by any stretch. Meetings are being held this week in Manchester to discuss the future. If pro wrestling returns to ITV, that would make WOS the most watched wrestling broadcast in the UK from day one thanks to the terrestrial power of ITV. ITV can be a star maker much like the early days of wrestling on TBS and eventually the USA Network.”
Powell’s POV: It’s good to hear the project is still alive. The return of the show in the form of a special generated a lot of buzz amongst the UK fans and it seems like there’s enough interest to support it on a regular basis.
Other topics include What Culture Pro Wrestling pay-per-view, WWE Elimination Chamber, the four-man booth on WWE Smackdown Live.