Jim Ross has never been the kind of guy to mince his words.
He was a legend in his time in WWE and called some of the best matches with some of the best commentary that is still being used all over Social Media today.
JR has had a blog for a while and uses it to talk about various wrestling related incidents he feels the need to add opinion on, but this week's blog is an all out, no holds barred rant on wrestling promotions and the way they have changed over the years.
“I’ve said here many times that I hope that all wrestling promotions are successful and make it through their respective rough waters that many are currently encountering. Nonetheless, some within these organizations can’t handle constructive criticism and seem to take some things that I say personally which is both childish and unprofessional.
"It is my prerogative to criticize bad acting, over scripted promos, no selling major moves, illogical creative and other eye rolling creative content in an attempt to re-invent what isn’t broken. I think that I’ve paid my dues, earned a decent track record within the biz and, above all, I am still a fan of over 50 years."
Jim Ross continued to unleash on the issues with the modern WWE product:
"The vast majority of wrestlers these days are not good promo talents. Reason being is that creative staffs seemingly have to justify their existence by role playing with these individuals and scripting virtually every word that the talents say. That system is both outdated and unproductive as fans today can recognize a wrestler reciting a promo from memory instead as from their heart within a few sentences."
It seems some of this could be aimed at WWE but some of it is also aimed to all wrestling promotions, but the promo part of the rant does seem to relate mostly to WWE. The company does rely on pre-written scripts for a lot of their confrontational segments and some of them lack conviction because it is literally as JR says. A guy speaking from memory rather than from the heart.
Unloading on WWE
"Wrestling is best when it comes from a logically, realistic place and is executed inside the ring as an athletic contest built on common sense and not an acrobatic show that exposes the business as a sham with no selling and the complete lack of some talent’s ability to properly apply an actual wrestling hold.
"The faster some talent perform the louder that they tell us that their skill set is lacking and that they are trying to get by on sensationalism instead of realism.
"I get taken to task because of my 21 years in WWE as if I’m picking on the TNA’s, ROH’s, Lucha Underground’s, etc of the world when nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve dedicated 40+ years of my life to the wrestling business, proudly I might add, and would do it all over again if the opportunity presented itself. But that isn’t going to happen. I want the business to be healthy and to prosper long after I’m gone for future generations to enjoy. At the rate of some of the things that I’m watching each week on TV are happening, I’m not sure sure that’s going to occur."
This all basically comes after TNA's announced problems as well as ROH finally signing a TV deal with Destination America and Lucha Underground gaining some form of recognition around the world. JR's comments do ring true and he stated before that this was just a rant and it should be taken as one. It just remains to be seen how Wrestling Promotions will react to this "rant."
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