WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry over at his website where he gives his thoughts on various topics. Ross commented on Bobby Lashley’s win at Friday’s Bellator 162 event and explained that a match between Lashley and Brock Lesnar would draw big money in WWE.
“Congrats to Bobby Lashley on another impressive win Friday night in Memphis on Spike TV’s broadcast of Bellator MMA. I see potential, big money in a Lashley vs Lesnar bout some day in a WWE ring. It’s organic, logical and easy to promote and the training vignettes would be stellar. Lashley’s tenure in TNA, along with his peers there, has to be in some jeopardy based on all the legal issues that are billowing out of the Nashville company that appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy or so we are told.”
WWE RAW GM Mick Foley noted on Facebook last week that Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks would headline Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event. However, Foley later retracted from that announcement and said that the card has yet to be finalized. Ross believes that match should headline the event.
“Is there any reason that WWE should not place the Charlotte vs Sasha HIAC, Women’s Title match on last at the event in Boston? I can’t find any issues with that concept as it would be a good, additional ‘hook’ to the show that has a chance to land a significant amount of viewers on the WWE Network. Nonetheless, having three HIAC bouts on one card is a daunting task to make them all have exclusive features and their own personality inside a three hour, broadcast window. My only promotional suggestion would be to promote this match’s placement in advance and tap into the curiosity factor of the WWE fan base and especially fans of women’s wrestling.”
Last week there were rumors of AJ Styles facing Shawn Michaels at the 2017 Royal Rumble PPV after Styles said he would love to face Michaels at the event during a recent interview. Ross believes that the chances of that match happening is a long shot.
“The odds of Shawn Michaels wrestling at the Royal Rumble vs AJ Styles is a definite long shot as HBK has stressed to me on multiple occasions including the Ross Report podcast that he’s done with in ring activities in the wrestling biz. However, Shawn is a ‘company man’ and if WWE really needed a main event that could move a large amount of tickets in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome, I think that HBK would consider the company’s request. Without question, a Michaels vs Styles match in San Antonio at the Royal Rumble would be coveted by all involved if it were to occur. I’d realistically put the odds of this main event happening at less than 50-50 but I’d love to be wrong on this one.”
Ross also talked about Goldberg and more. You can read the entire blog here. If you haven’t done so, you can listen to the latest episode of the Ross Report here: