–Ross on Adam Rose: “Ray Leppan is not a bad person but he’s seemingly in a bad place that merits our positive thoughts. Ray has a special needs son which in itself should encourage wise decision by the head of the household but that hasn’t been the case recently. My sincere wish is for the Leppan family to learn from this situation,move on positively and to galvanize with one another. This isn’t about one’s pro wresting career but instead it’s about the head of the household making good decisions and caring for his family. Ray being suspended indefinitely by WWE was expected after the domestic battery arrest. WWE did what they had to do without question.”
Powell’s POV: Ross had a lot more to say about the Rose/Leppan suspension in his actual blog, which can be access via the link above. I agree that WWE did what they needed to do in this case. Some will argue that he should have been fired immediately. I believe they should at least discuss the matter with him and let him tell his side of the story before making that decision. I suspect the end result will end up being the same, especially given that there was another incident at his home just two months earlier. Perhaps there is more at play here and he needs some type of help that the company can assist in.
–Ross on Steve Lombardi: “Surprised to hear of Steve Lombardi aka The Brooklyn Brawler and WWE no longer doing business together after a 30+ year professional relationship. Brawler was always great to work with while I was in WWE and I hope that he lands on his feet at the tender, young age of 55. Steve has likely got a helluva WWE related book in him if he choose to write one as he was in the company through it all. When I contacted Brawler he was in good spirits and he was positive which was refreshing.”
Powell’s POV: This was a very surprising move by WWE given that Lombardi was a fixture behind the scenes for so many years. I’m curious to see what Lombardi does next. Will WWE bring him back at some point with a legends deal?
–Ross on Kevin Owens: “Kevin Owens continues to be the most consistent WWE performer on TV week after week. I’d love to see Owens programmed with Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Reigns, or any top talent going forward. It seems that if any one in WWE is best suited to be an Austin-like personality it would be Kevin Owens. In other words, in today’s marketplace Kevin Owens is going to be hard to make and keep heel. One of my persona dream matches would be Cesaro vs KO. Great wrestling matches would turn many heads.”
Powell’s POV: Owens gets my vote for MVP of the company so far in 2016. I agree that he’s their most consistent performer. He always leaves me feeling entertained, yet wanting to see more.
Other topics include more thoughts on Adam Rose, The Club, Rusev, Damien Sandow, The Coach on The Ross Report, and more.
The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Jake Barnett co-hosting the Boom and Dot Net Weekly combo show. Jason and Jake discuss Becky Lynch announcing her pregnancy, Alberto Del Rio being accused of sexual assault, WWE's IC Title tournament, Mike Tyson appearing at AEW Double Or Nothing, Undertaker's Last Ride documentary, AEW Dynamite and NXT TV thoughts, and more...