–Ross on Big Show and Shaq: “Nice publicity stunt by WWE having Big Show and Shaq talk about having a “match” at WM33 in Orlando while both were attending the ESPY’s. That would be a marketable “attraction” bout that should garner ample main stream publicity. I’m interested in the process if this concept moves forward. Idea…would a giant, tag team match featuring Show and Shaq as partners be easier to execute and still provide the desired publicity?”
Powell’s POV: WWE’s halfhearted mention of the “match” on their website left me thinking there’s not much to it. Shaq agreeing to work a match at the biggest show of the year would be the featured story on their website, but it’s just kind of buried along with other random stories.
–Ross on sports-like commentary: “The attempt to make pro wrestling commentary as close to a legit, sports presentation as possible seemingly works much better than random, Sports Center-like banter and amateur attempts at humor as it is a disconnect when seeing one thing on one’s TV screen and hearing about an entirely different topic. Which of the two sources of information do I process and retain when I’m seeing one thing and hearing about another?”
Powell’s POV: I am in the process of reconditioning myself to pay more attention to the broadcast teams. I never made a conscious effort to zone out WWE broadcasters in recent years, it just happened because so much of what they said was meaningless and even counterproductive. Fortunately, things have improved on Smackdown, and the NXT and Cruiserweight Classic shows have the right approach. Raw? Bring on the draft. Ross also wrote specifically about Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan calling the CWC in his full blog, which you can access via the link at the top of the page.
–Ross on his WrestleMania 33 weekend shows: “In case you missed it, our RINGSIDE with Jim Ross and Friends shows are now scheduled for Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2, 2017 in Orlando at Plaza Live. Both shows are matinees and both will see the VIP ticket holders get their time at noon while both shows start at 2 pm and will be over in PLENTY of time for fans to make other events such as the WWE HOF on Saturday night and Wrestlemania itself on Sunday. Tickets start at $25 and all tickets go on sale the day after Summer Slam on Monday August 22 at 10 am ET at Ticketfly.com. Circle the on date on your calendars as our tradition of presenting our RINGSIDE shows at Wrestlemania weekends continues. I hope to see you there!”
Powell’s POV: It was standing room only at the JR shows during WrestleMania 32 weekend, so don’t hesitate to order tickets if you want to see his show.
Other topics include John Cena as host of the ESPY Awards, the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, big events in Oklahoma this weekend with legends and current stars.