–Ross on being in the XFL documentary: “I’m told that my presence made the final edit of the upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 documentary even though I wasn’t interviewed for the much anticipated feature. I loved my entire experience working in the XFL with a variety of partners and assignments all the while still handling all my responsibilities with WWE including my administrative duties and my work as a broadcaster. It made for some hellacious weeks of long hours and crazy travel but I loved every minute of it. My friends that have screened the show say it is ‘very well done,’ I can’t wait to see it.”
Powell’s POV: I’m surprised the director didn’t reach out to Ross given his prominent role in WWE, as well as his play-by-play duties in the XFL. The film screened in New York recently, and will premiere on ESPN on February 2 at 8CT/9ET.
–Ross on notable Nashville based names attending his show: “Enjoyed our trip last week to Nashville at Zanies, a wonderful venue that’s got great ownership and management, and where we had a full house Wednesday night. Good to see old friends like Jeff and Karen Jarrett, Josh Mathews and wife Madison Rayne, John Gaburick, George Weingroff, Tony Falk, and James Storm. I hope that I did not leave anyone out. Nashville delivered in a big way for which we are grateful.”
Powell’s POV: It’s good to see the event was a success and that so many in wrestling turned out to support one of their own. No Dixie? Where was crazy ol’ Zeb Colter? Maybe he was busy hanging out with Dutch Mantell.
–Ross on the WWE Cruiserweight division: “Still continue to read where some pundits and fans are growing impatient regarding how fast WWE is establishing their new, Cruiserweight division. I need to see more of the talents outside the ring and to get to know those that actually possess a personality suitable for prime time TV. I am all for his grouping of athletes but many folks need to simply develop that rare trait known as patience when dissecting this matter.”
Powell’s POV: I am among those who have started to lose patience with the division. I hated seeing them all stand together backstage on Raw last night with no regarding for the heel/babyface dynamic. Of course, this doesn’t mean they won’t be successful over the long haul, but they sure are off to a slow start. 205 Live obviously provides hope, but I want to see this division click on Raw or Smackdown so that the WWE Network show draws more than the super fans. At this point, I’m hoping the division moves to Smackdown via the Survivor Series stipulation.
Other topics include The Ross Report, not passing judgement on WrestleMania 33 too soon, Conor McGregor, Miesha Tate, and more.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Todd Martin on his background, attending pro wrestling events in Japan, the NJPW G1 Tournament, why lucha libre companies haven't been as successful as NJPW in the United States, AEW optimism, covering pro wrestling and MMA, and more (68:57)...