Jim Ross chimes in on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns

Nov 26, 2012 - 03:41 PM

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-Ross on Dean Ambrose: "Ambrose has a little Roddy Piper and Brian Pillman traits in him or so it seems to me. His FCW/NXT bout a few months ago with @RealKingRegal was stellar. I called it with Dusty Rhodes and we had a blast. Ambrose is a blue chip stock and is arguably the most 'unpredictable' of the three. Perhaps 'complex' is an adequate word to describe Ambrose at this point in time."

Powell's POV: Ross isn't the first person to make the Piper and Pillman comparisons to Ambrose's mic work. In other words, the's not overstating the wrestler formerly known as Jon Moxley's ability.

-Ross on Seth Rollins: "Rollins reminds me of @CMPunk in some areas of Rollins' game or at least the formative CM Punk of a few years ago. I perceive that as a good thing. Rollins is an Iowa kid who has a sound, skill set, confidence, toughness and is the current NXT Champion. He has a natural swagger and wrestles with a chip on his shoulder which I embrace."

Powell's POV: Rollins made a splash in Ring of Honor and held the ROH Championship as Tyler Black. He's very good in the ring and I assume that's the comparison Ross is making. Rollins has improved on the mic, but he hasn't shown the gift of gab that Punk or Rollins have.

-Ross on Roman Reigns: "Reigns is a former Georgia Tech nose tackle and has reshaped his body from 300+ to 260ish and is of Samoan decent, father is WWE HOFer Sika, and at times has reminded me of @TheRock when I first inked 'The Great One' to his WWE contract. In that I mean the obvious heritage matter but also the physical frame, intellect, and overall, natural athleticism. We can only hope that Roman Reigns can approach The Rock's accomplishments inside the squared circle some day. Only time will tell if that lofty goal can be reached but Reigns can be special. Watch someone interpret what I just said as being that JR is predicting Roman to be the next Rock. Hey, I wish.   

Powell's POV: Ross is very high on Reigns and he's certainly not the only one within WWE. There's been a lot of online fans and even our own NXT TV reviewer Josh Short questioned the idea of calling up Reigns so quickly. Only time will tell whether WWE jumped the gun on this one. Keep in mind that if they work as a trio, he'll have Ambrose and Rollins around to help cover for his inexperience. For that matter, there's plenty of speculation that the group will be tied to C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman, which would give him even more cover. Even if they happen to swing and miss with Reigns or any of the NXT trio now, that doesn't mean they'll only get one shot. After all, it's not like Rocky Maivia was an overnight sensation.

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