Jim Ross comments on the new WWE Championship, John Cena putting his WrestleMania title shot on the line, Zeb Colter
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 new WWE Championship: "The Rock unveiled the newly designed WWE Title of which has been a topical, Twitter subject @JRsBBQ. I've stated many times in the past, I'm not a title belt aficionado and have never invested much of my time on the design of any championship. I think classy, simple is better but, again, I won't lose any sleep over how a championship belt looks. Personalized Championship tittles are simply what they are. I always thought the old WCW Title belt was WAY too big as was the UWF Title back in the day while I still think that the Lou Thesz version of the NWA Title along with the Race, Funk, Brisco NWA title belt was classy and cool. But again, I'm not your best source for an opinion on the Spinner Title or Rock's Brahma Bull Title. I'd say the same thing re: the Smoking Skull title as well in case you're wondering.
Powell's POV: I'm okay with the new title, though I am not a fan of the personalized approach that WWE has taken in recent years. The side plates change so it's not a Rock specific title belt, but that just means it will likely be personalized for the next champion. It's an improvement and I do like the belt despite my complaints about the personalized aspect.
-Ross on John Cena: "John Cena has put himself into a situation where he has every thing to lose and what to gain in his match with Punk next week? Curious to see how this is addressed. Perhaps it's as simply as Cena wanting to silence Punk and get the elusive win over the former WWE Champion that has escaped Cena."
Powell's POV: Ross did a better job of explaining it here than Cena did on Raw. I'm not as down on this as many people are simply because it feels true to his character in that he isn't backing down from a challenge and now has major confidence heading into WrestleMania. I would have a bigger problem with it if an authority figure on Raw had ordered Cena to put his title match on the line because then I would feel like future Rumble winners could be forced to do the same.
-Ross on Zeb Colter: "Getting lots of Tweets regarding Zeb Colter's politically based comments and many feel that the comments are untimely. Isn't that what wrestling villains do, make inflammatory, controversial comments that strike a nerve with the audience? Same type of comments are made daily on a variety of news outlets so I'd suggest to the most vocal of critics to simply, 'Lighten Up Francis.' Zeb's TV persona is that of a political zealot who has controversial opinions. Zeb...if that is his real name."
Powell's POV: I'm okay with the character so far as I assume Zeb and Jack Swagger will ultimately be silenced by Alberto Del Rio. I like when WWE pushes the envelope even though I don't have great faith in their ability to show enough restraint or sense to know where the line.
Other topics include Monday's Raw, Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero, Jack Swagger, The Miz, The Shield, and much more.
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