–Ross on the best match at WWE MITB: “The AJ Styles vs John Cena bout was arguably match of the night for me even though I would have preferred AJ winning by cheating on his own and not the massive run in by Gallows and Anderson. Nonetheless it was a signature, villain victory for Styles over the WWE’s top hand. This match told a compelling story and was paced in a way that the fans could process what they were seeing.”
Powell’s POV: I wasn’t happy about having Gallows and Anderson interfere after WWE specifically told us that they would not. However, that didn’t overshadow the great performances of both men and the great atmosphere the live crowd provided.
–Ross on the MITB match that had too many false finishes: “The Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns match was solid but arguably went too long in hindsight. There were too many false finishes IMO of which I rarely say. Constantly kicking out of an opponent’s finish is an ill advised trend within the biz from where I sit. This needs to change.”
Powell’s POV: I can’t say I understood why Reigns had to kick out of the brilliant spear counter into a Pedigree that preceded the deciding pinfall. It was such a great move and risky enough that I can see using the second Pedigree as a fallback plan just in case the move didn’t come off right, but it was a thing of beauty and the match could have ended with that move. That said, I enjoyed the work of Rollins and Reigns in the main event.
–Ross on MITB overall and a huge get for the Ross Report podcast: “The overall MITB show was a solid effort by all involved but it ran a bit long for my tastes. I’m happy that I got to catch it live as I generally watch most WWE programming via my DVR due to my schedule. We will discuss this event in much more detail on this week’s The Ross Report with Jason Powell.”
Powell’s POV: I’m still not sure why WWE felt the need to move the two matches from the Kickoff Show to make MITB run nearly 30 minutes long. Some wrestling fans can’t get enough, but there’s definitely something to be said for leaving the audience wanting more. And, yes, I will be making my triumphant return to the Ross Report. I will be recording with JR about two hours after I write this, and the show will drop on Tuesday night. All jokes from the headline aside, it is truly an honor to appear on the show and I am very grateful to JR for helping spread the word about this website.
Other topics include more on WWE Money in the Bank, the actual MITB match, Dean Ambrose winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and more.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Ricky Starks on his NWA run, doing enhancement work for WWE, leaving NOLA due to Hurricane Katrina, the January 24 NWA Hard Times PPV on FITE.TV, his relationship with Nick Aldis, and much more...