Jim Ross on calling the Mae Young Classic with Lita, his busy week of calling New Japan Pro Wrestling, Daniel Bryan’s in-ring return tease

WWE 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 calling the Mae Young Classic tournament with Lita: “Saw on Twitter @MaeYoungClassic that yours truly would officially broadcasting with @AmyDumas the upcoming, global women’s tournament for @WWE that will air on the @WWENetwork. I’m honored to be assigned this event with WWE HOFER Amy Dumas aka Lita and to help advance the development of women’s wrestling in the business. If you expect Amy and I to do all we can to kick some serious ass on these broadcasts, then you would be correct!”

Powell’s POV: Lita has her work cut out for her in that I’m not sure how much color commentary she has done in the past. Nigel McGuinness, who has a lot of experience, shined with Ross during the UK shows because he did his homework and came armed with information. Here’s hoping that Lita does the same.

Ross on his busy NJPW week: “Getting ready for several days of work in Los Angeles and in Long Beach in conjunction with AXSTV and NJPW’s most anticipated weekend in the history of their business relationship. Friday night we will present on AXSTV a double header that includes Okada vs Omega 2 and Tanahashi vs Naito for the IC Tile from Dominion. Josh Barnett and I will VO those matches and more on Tuesday at the AXSTV studios. On Thursday we move to Long Beach to prepare for the live broadcast of NJPW on AXSTV that airs live on Saturday July 1 starting at 5 pm PT/8pm ET. A four hour window is being set aside for this historic, live TV broadcast.Set your DVR’s accordingly. I will be in prep mode all week for what seems to be a somewhat info heavy series of televised events. Thanks goodness @JoshLBarnett is my broadcast partner.

Powell’s POV: It should be a great weekend with these events at Impact Wrestling Slammiversary taking place. We will have live coverage of all three events. I will be tackling the live coverage of NJPW night one on Saturday and Slammiversary on Sunday, and Will Pruett will attend both nights of the NJPW events and will pass along live updates from night two.

Ross on Daniel Bryan: “Seems as if Daniel Bryan is having some fun trolling social media as he teases a return to the ring which I seriously doubt will or should ever happen. If his existing medical condition put DB in a higher risk category, then he needs to be the responsible husband and father and refrain from lacing up his boots again. Don’t get me wrong, if DB could safely resume his career I’d be all for it as he is one of the great talents in recent memory.”

Powell’s POV: I’m not sure it won’t happen. I agree that Bryan was having some fun with his recent teases of returning to face Cody for the ROH Title, but he has seemed sincere many times in expressing his desire to return to the ring. Of course, he would also be wise to use the threat of him wrestling elsewhere as leverage with WWE heading into contract negotiations next year. Bryan disputes some of the testing that WWE has done and so it will be interesting to see if he opts to return to the ring outside WWE next year or if he ends up staying put as a non-wrestling performer.

Other topics include Impact Wrestling Slammiversary, JR in NYC tickets on sale Tuesday for SummerSlam weekend shows, The Ross Report podcast (and the poor SOB who has to follow my sensational appearance), and much more.


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