Jim Ross remembers late WWE star Owen Hart, Brock Lesnar's finisher isn't new to pro wrestling, Ross's own role behind the scenes in WWE

Posted in: WWE News
May 7, 2012 - 05:30 PM

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of The following items are among the highlights. To order J.R.'s BBQ products, visit

-Ross on Owen Hart: "Today is Owen Hart's birthday. The youngest child of the Stu and Helen Hart dynasty would have been 47 years of age. Owen will always be one of my favorite wrestlers for a variety of reasons. He was amazingly skilled in the ring in a variety of styles that he worked and sacrificed to master. Owen could execute basic, catch as catch can wrestling, high flying, brawling and submission wrestling as well as anyone I can recall. There was really nothing in the ring that Owen Hart couldn't do. The masterful practical joker made everyone that he performed with, whether they be friend or foe, better. That's an amazing gift."

Powell's POV: Ross had a lot more to say about Owen Hart in his full blog. I'm sure this will spawn the usual "WWE should induct Owen Hart into the Hall of Fame" comments. Keep in mind that Owen's widow Martha is against that happening. Unless that changes, I'll be very surprised if WWE opts to induct him.

-Ross on Brock Lesnar's finisher: "Funny how Brock Lesnar's use of the MMA oriented kimura has been used effectively for years in pro wrestling where it's known as a double wrist lock. Guys like Lou Thesz and Dan Hodge were masters of the painful maneuver and it was a 'go to' hold when faced with legit danger inside the ring...or out for that matter."

Powell's POV: WWE has done a better job of establishing the Kimura in a month than I recall the old school promoters doing with the double wrist lock. That said, Thesz and Hodge in their prime is definitely before my time.

-Ross on his current role within WWE: "I'm not retired from WWE. I consult in talent development along with contributing in other projects such as the Legends Roundtable, WWE Home Video, and more. Just because I'm not on weekly TV, IE Raw, doesn't mean that I've ridden off into the sunset. For the record, why would I ever want to retire? Retirement has never been a dream of mine. I plan on staying busy and active as long as I physically can and that specific decision is in another's hands."

Powell's POV: I'm sure Ross would probably prefer to be calling the matches, but at the same time the reduced travel schedule has to be a nice perk.

Other topics include more on the late Owen Hart, WrestleMania 28 DVD, WWE Raw in Greensboro, the WWE Best of the Clash of Champions DVD, and more.

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