–Ross on Brock Lesnar being an underdog: “Brock us the betting underdog at all the Vegas sports books that I’ve seen. I’m thinking a couple of dollars on Brock to win might be in my future. I’m certainly pulling on one of the greatest athletes that we signed while I was EVP of Talent in WWE. As my friend Barry Switzer has said one recruits their “players” for life of which I agree.”
Powell’s POV: I would betting too heavily either way if I were in Vegas for this fight. Hunt has the big knockout power, and Lesnar feels he will win if he takes Hunt to the ground. If I had to wager, I’d probably take the extra money and bet on Lesnar.
–Ross on NXT Takeover: The End: “Caught the WWE NXT TAKEOVER TV special on the WWE Network and it was a compelling & entertaining pro wrestling, TV show. Smart, logical booking, believable in ring action, crisp execution and excellent TV production. Presenting pro wrestling isn’t a complex matter as some may think and when the necessary and essential elements are in place it can be such a joy to watch.”
Powell’s POV: Ross went on to praise the work of the broadcast team, and it’s worth noting the tremendous job that Corey Graves does of brining a sports-like commentary to these matches. He’s the closest thing WWE has to UFC’s Joe Rogan. I also enjoyed the show and you can check out my full review on the main page, and my audio review is available exclusively for Dot Net Members.
–Ross on Ronda Rousey and WWE: “It’s no secret that WWE & many of their fans would be highly interested in securing the services of @RondaRousey for WM33. Ronda’s MMA future in UFC isn’t set in stone, or so it seems at the moment, as she has no future fight on the schedule even though she would be a huge addition to UFC’s first NYC event in perhaps a rematch vs Holly Holm. This matter regarding Rousey to WM33 will produce ample speculation as time marches on. Many feel that Vince McMahon and Dana White created a win-win deal when WWE cleared the way for Lesnar to fight at UFC 200. The potential inclusion of Rousey at WM33 would certainly be a prime win-win for both companies.
Powell’s POV: How huge would it be if WWE could get Rousey to work a match against Charlotte or Sasha Banks? Stephanie McMahon seems more likely given that the style of match would be easier for Rousey. Any of those matches would be big for WrestleMania 33.
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