–Ross on talks with AXS: “The bottom line is my camp and AXSTV have had talks over the last couple of months and there is a mutual interest to do business together but we have yet to finalize our agreement. As of Saturday morning, I was told that the ‘lawyers are reviewing the revised points on the contract.’ If we can all get on the same page, of which I am optimistic that we can, then we can get every thing signed and move forward to another exciting chapter of my broadcasting career. To be able to get back in the game is something that excites me and to be able to call such a fundamentally sound, athletic presentation like NJPW motivates me. I think that within the business itself that the news of AXS and our side talking didn’t come as a surprise but at the end of the day the story that made the rounds on Friday simply isn’t accurate.”
Powell’s POV: AXS would not only get a great replacement for the popular Mauro Ranallo, but Ross also brings name value and can promote the weekly New Japan Pro Wrestling show on his various platforms. From Ross’s perspective, he gets to do what he does best without the pressure of traveling or live television. In other words, this seems like a great fit for both sides, assuming they can finalize the deal. Ross had more to say about the situation and how long Ranallo can be heard on the Friday night series in his actual blog.
–Ross on the WWE Royal Rumble: “WWE has a major opportunity to do some bold, outside the box booking for the Royal Rumble and essentially hit the reset button in many areas of their roster. Fans like ‘new’ and they also like surprises but the glow goes away soon if the glow isn’t organic and plausible. The key term here is ‘bold’ but great wrestling storylines over the years have largely been considered as being ‘bold’ at the time. Calculated risks are a part of the promotion business on any level.”
Powell’s POV: I hope they wow us a week from now. The Rumble match seems to be about Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, and the McMahon family at this point. The format certainly allows them to dedicate a lot of time to those characters, while also delivering a surprise payoff involving someone else winning the actual match and the title. Seeing is believing on that one, but even if they go with one of the likely candidates, let’s hope they use the rest of the Rumble to tell stories that allow others to shine.
Other topics include more on talks with NJPW and AXS, Steve Austin on The Ross Report podcast, and more.