WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently updated his official blog at JRsBarBQ.com with his thoughts on a variety of topics. Below are some of the highlights.
On Ryback's blog about his issues with WWE:
"No dog in the hunt on this Ryback-WWE issue and I know so little about it that it's challenging to address the many questions and general inquiries that I've received on this matter. For example, when is the contract expiring and when did the negotiations on a new contract commence? Are the talent's financial desires even attainable within today's lay of the land? Does Ryback have any negotiating leverage? Some would say no because the Big Guy's TV persona isn't hot nor are the overall TV ratings.
I read Ryback's take on the matter and his thoughts on how WWE talents should be paid. While I support and encourage Ryback expressing himself if that is something that he absolutely feels is necessary to do but I do not concur with paying every one equally and on a salary, in essence. Talents have different skill sets and they all bring something unique to the team and some of those contributions are simply worth more money than the contributions of others. In the NFL, Quarterbacks are paid more than centers, for example, and we can all agree that it would be hard for QB's to function without a good center but they step up to different pay windows as they should.
Tom Brady isn't going to work for what his center's earning.
As it relates to winners generally earning more on payoffs than the losers I find that one a complete head scratcher. I can recall many payrolls that Vince McMahon and I completed where a bigger star earned more money than his less 'over' adversary even though the less 'over' adversary won the match. Payoffs aren't based on fictitious wins or losses but instead it's about star power, box office appeal, and TV presence among others things but not W's."
On Mick Foley interviewing Shane McMahon instead of Steve Austin:
"Steve Austin is not doing the next post RAW 'podcast' with Shane McMahon because he's not quite up to traveling after having major, rotator cuff surgery a few days ago. Steve is in a very restrictive sling on his right arm and only got the stitches removed from his shoulder a day or two ago. There is no doubt that Mick Foley will do a stellar job going one on one with Shane in what should be a infotaining piece of business. Austin went into WM32 with a slight tear in his right shoulder but it completely tore on the first punch with which Steve nailed Rusev."
On Becky Lynch:
"Watching Smackdown Thursday night and continue to be impressed with Becky Lynch's presence in the ring and her overall skill set. If she keeps her foot on the gas pedal and can avoid the normal, pro wrestler pitfalls such as injuries, personal issues, getting lazy and refusing to accept personal responsibility fo one's actions, Ms Lynch will be headlining many events in the future for WWE."