–Ross on Undertaker: “Undertaker being pulled from the imminent WWE tour of the UK and Ireland is troubling. I hope that Taker is healthy as he can be considering his tenure and his ‘bump card’ likely getting full. I still don’t think that WWE would likely endorse Taker’s retirement without a major marketing effort to celebrate The Deadman’s amazing career in WWE. Taker deserves a send off unlike any other WWE superstar, IMO.”
Powell’s POV: WWE is still advertising Taker for two shows on the tour, but he was pulled from other dates. JR was absolutely right about Taker winning at WrestleMania when he joined me for a recent member exclusive Dot Net Weekly audio show. His logic was that WWE would not have Taker lose to Shane McMahon because of the stipulation that Taker would not be allowed to have another WrestleMania match. There’s definitely big money in a Last Ride match and the question now is when that match will occur.
–Ross on TNA: “Apparently, things internally at TNA are challenging these days as they are moving out of their long time offices to consolidate into their warehouse while they are allegedly speaking with a potential buyer/investor for their company. TNA apparently needs an infusion of cash to help keep their company moving forward. Real wresting fans never want to see a wrestling company fail and the same holds true here. I’m pulling for Impact Wrestling and my many friends who work there. If they do get an investor and initiate a restart of their brand I’d suggest that they change their name to give the ‘new brand’ a fresh start. Nonetheless, I’m hopeful that TNA Impact Wrestling can kick out of this apparent predicament.”
Powell’s POV: There’s no way to spin that moving out of the corporate office and into a warehouse is a positive sign for TNA. The television product has been much improved this year. Here’s hoping they can make it work financially. By the way, if money is an issue, then why were they making big offers to AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson late last year? Finally, I’m all for a name change. The only thing more ridiculous than the TNA name is the fact that the company refuses to change it.
Other topics include Austin Aries and Joe Koff as upcoming Ross Report guests, the Cauliflower Alley Club Convention, calling boxing on Saturday night for CBS Sports Network, and more.