–Ross on Samoa Joe’s Raw debut: “Highlight of Monday Night RAW for me was the show ending debut of Samoa Joe who violently took out Seth Rollins who was coming to the ring to confront HHH. Joe was aggressive as hell and I loved it and it certainly suspended my disbelief in a memorable way… Joe was a surprise guest of mine at our RINGSIDE Show in San Jose WM31 weekend and he was fabulous. He’s got great verbal skills if allowed to be himself. I said then and I still believe it today that Joe is as well suited to face Brock Lesnar at a future, major WWE event as anyone on the entire roster, IMO. Would it be a booking crime to pencil in a Joe-Brock Wrestlemania main event for NOLA Wrestlemania in 2018?
Powell’s POV: The real crime would be if we don’t get Lesnar vs. Joe on the big stage one of these years. With both men on the Raw brand for now, one can only hope that was one of the factors that went into the decision to place Joe there rather than on Smackdown.
–Ross on a WWE Hall of Fame inductee: “I’m hearing that Diamond Dallas Page is going to be inducted in the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class which, if true, I applaud. WWE is also about to release DDP’s three disc, DVD set.”
Powell’s POV: This has been strongly rumored and it’s a logical pick. JR and I talk about this and the Royal Rumble event on the Ross Report Podcast that drops tonight at Podcastone.com.
–Ross on TNA: “My sources tell me that Impact Wrestling is going to permanently ditch the TNA initials and that their TV tapings going forward in Orlando will be done in four day increments which will make the talents and crew happier and more productive.”
Powell’s POV: Amen on the horrible company name finally being changed. Likewise, the briefer television taping schedule will make life easier on the talent, who have simply been asked to do too much in such a short period of time during the company’s marathon tapings.
Other topics include additional Ross Report guests, AXS voiceovers for NJPW on AXS, more on Samoa Joe, Triple H’s promo, and more.