Jim Ross offers high praise for AJ Styles coming out of WWE Backlash, comments on Randy Orton, and CM Punk fighting at UFC 203

ajstyles1WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. The following items are among the highlights. To order J.R.’s BBQ products, visit WWEShop.com.

Ross on AJ Styles: “AJ Styles is the best, full time, in ring performer in WWE for my money. AJ’s win was timely and he was the most ‘over’ talent on the show. Good booking to make AJ the WWE Champion as he can have superb matches with virtually anyone on the SD Live roster. My only mild complaint was that the pace of the AJ-Ambrose match was so fast that the two talents did not make the time to adequately sell some of their dynamic moves. Bottom line is that I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and felt like it was was the best match that Ambrose has had in WWE.”

Powell’s POV: My biggest complaint is the Lunatic Lariat spot. Styles caught Ambrose with a Pele Kick only for Ambrose to simply no-sell the move and hit his clothesline off the ropes. There’s times where that spot works well, but there are too many instances like this one where it just takes me out of the moment because it struck me as being so unrealistic. That said, I enjoyed the overall match and will have more to say about it in my WWE Backlash Hit List.

Ross on Randy Orton: “Not sure what’s going on with Randy Orton who apparently or so it’s rumored has concussion issues but was allowed to make a cameo at Backlash, of which I’m confident was under doctor’s care. BTW Orton helping Kane defeat Wyatt did not offend me as it apparently did some fans.”

Powell’s POV: It’s unlikely to happen now that WWE has turned Orton’s concussion into a leg injury per the injury angle last night, but this would be a great time for one of those WWE website stories with quotes from the WWE medical staff. I’d love to know the rational for allowing a guy who was pulled from the match due to a concussion to perform the RKO.

Ross on CM Punk at UFC 203: “I’m proud that Punk got the opportunity to live his dream no matter the outcome of the match. More people should take more calculated risks in their lives to be able to facilitate long term goals and dreams. Those who protest loudly the Punk/UFC relationship likely have never gambled on living a bucket list dream in their own lives.”

Powell’s POV: Ross had more to say about Punk in his actual blog, which you can read via the link at the top of the page. I will chime in with my take on the fight and Punk’s future in today’s All Access Daily Podcast.

Other topics include thoughts on Bray Wyatt, Heath Slater, tough opposition for Raw, WWE Backlash matches involving Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler, the women’s championship six-way, and more.


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