–Ross on the Drew Galloway, Matt Hardy, and Jeff Hardy leaving TNA Impact Wrestling: “I’m not buying the alleged reason that the Hardy’s and Drew Galloway decided to not re=sign with Impact Wrestling was because during the sale of the company that this matter simply either got backburnered or it fell through the cracks. No matter the reason, it’s inexcusable for any company to allow these high level negotiations to crash and burn as they did. Fundamentally, to present talents with new contracts essentially only a few days from the TV tapings isn’t good business from my perspective.”
Powell’s POV: Ross had a lot more to say about the matter in his full blog, so be sure to use the link at the top of the page to check it out. The excuse is an eye roller when you consider that the company was purchased over two months ago. How could this not be a priority? I’m sure there are plenty of things to do, but this one is a head scratcher.
–Ross on Braun Strowman: “Impressed with how WWE has booked Braun Strowman as he’s being brought along slowly, obviously out of necessity, and not being put into situations that Strowman is not ready to handle. One gage of how Strowman is improving has to do with how he sells, or better said, registers, which is becoming a lost art especially for a giant sized TV persona like Braun who must walk that thin line of believability. Strowman should win Sunday at Fastlane over Roman Reigns which has everything to do with Braun and less than one would image to do with Reigns.”
Powell’s POV: The build to their match has been great. I love the way Strowman stood tall each time. I didn’t see much in Strowman beyond size when he was with the Wyatt Family. He has quickly proven me wrong, and WWE is doing a superb job with his character from a creative standpoint.
–Ross on the WWE Cruiserweight Division: “Somewhat disappointed in the creative development of the talented array of Cruiserweight talents that has been assembled in WWE. Great job on finding and signing these athletes but not so good in the development of their TV personas. I want to like these “205 pounders” more but I need a reason and I must know more better who these men are. Having a tag team match with 4, Cruiserweights that lasts just under two minutes helps who?”
Powell’s POV: It’s time to stop taping the ropes and giving the cruiserweight a different look during Raw. The idea originally seemed to be making the cruiserweights feel special, but now it’s a symbol of being different in a bad way. They need to feel like they are an equal part of the show, not a cute sideshow attraction. Of course, character development is key and JR is right in pointing at the lack of time these wrestlers are given on Raw. Meanwhile, 205 Live often feels like a three match showcase. In fact, that’s how they billed the show last week. They just haven’t found the right mix of character development and meaningful in-ring action on a consistent basis.
Other topics include more on the TNA departures, Triple H and Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman’s contract signing, Ross Report podcast guests, and more.