–Ross on Ryback: “Sources say that WWE decided to send Ryback home after a spirited discussion regarding a new contract. Take it from me and this goes for virtually every walk of life one can imagine, it works infinitely better when one ‘converses’ and not ‘confronts’ when dealing with negotiations or most any facet of business. I’m not saying that was the case here with Ryback and WWE but it’s just good, general info for all of us to file away.”
Powell’s POV: Ross wrote this piece before Ryback wrote his online editorial regarding his departure. Ross was the person responsible for the WWE payroll process for many years. I hope we’ll get his thoughts on Ryback’s issues with the system WWE uses in a future blog or podcast.
–Ross on AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows: “Seems to me that WWE has to accelerate the story telling of who Anderson and Gallows are and their long history with AJ Styles to allow the TV viewer to emotionally invest in what could appear to be no more than a traditional and predictable TV wrestling storyline. The ‘Bullet Club’ phenomenon is not one that has mass audience recognition. I like the faction a great deal but I’m in need of more info to help me form a better opinion on these new, TV characters. I contend that there are others that feel the same way.”
Powell’s POV: I would like more information and I would like the new duo to be be showcased in a more dominant fashion. They don’t have to be NWO-like and lay out top guys left and right, but how about some lopsided squash type wins? I mentioned yesterday that it feels like they had a sense of danger when they arrived that is quickly evaporating.
–Ross on Rusev: “Rusev winning the US Title #1 contenders battle royal did not bother me as I’m one who thought that Rusev was on his way to really being special when his winning steak was prematurely ended. The key with this victory is the always prominent ‘follow up.’ In any event, the US Title needs comparable TLC that the Intercontinental Title is currently receiving in order to take positive steps in resurrecting this long standing title from pre show, prelim status.”
Powell’s POV: I hope Rusev winning the battle royal is step one in a rebuilding process for him and Lana. Think about where Rusev and Lana were at WrestleMania 31 compared to where he is today. It’s sad to see how far they have fallen. Fortunately, I don’t think they’ve fallen to the point of no return. I just hope that if Rusev wins the title, it’s not so that he can play the role of transitional champion who drops the title to the returning John Cena. It would be bad for Rusev, and I don’t think it would do Cena any favors to go right back into that slot.
Other topics include more on Monday’s Raw, more on Ryback, Camp WWE, The Ross Report, and more.
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