WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry over at his website where he gives his thoughts on various topics. During the blog, Ross commented on this week’s RAW and who will win the #1 Contender’s Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules. WWE has announced that Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Samoa Joe would compete in the match at the event. The winner will likely face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Title at the Great Balls Of Fire PPV event in July in Dallas, Texas.
“RAW Ramblings…enjoyed the two main event bouts including Reigns vs. Rollins and the 3 Way between Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Bray Wyatt which all seemed to deliver as expected Monday night. These five will seemingly be counted on to deliver a strong, show closing presentation on Sunday night on the WWE Network during Extreme Rules from Baltimore. As I said on this week’s Ross Report Podcast, I see @FinnBalor winning the main event Sunday at Extreme Rules which earns him a title bout with Brock Lesnar. Good luck on that one, Lad.”
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, the Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match to determine a new #1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Title never started as all of the women started brawling. Shane McMahon announced that Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Tamina, Becky Lynch, and Natalya would compete in the first-ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view event on June 18th in St. Louis, MO. Ross stated that the women stole the show on SmackDown and they especially seem to relish in raising the athletic bar and to continue to break barriers previously set by their predecessors.
“From the cold open where we heard sound bytes from the participants which made the match have more clout and importance, this was a memorable night for SDLIve’s women. The creative felt right, and the women including Charlotte, Nattie, Carmella, Becky Lynch, and Tamina all carried their share of the water in successfully building to the first ever MITB Women’s match in St Louis at the Money in the Bank event. It’s arguable that the women of SDLIve are seemingly taking more advantage of maximizing their minutes in the ring and on TV in general. The risk/reward ratio is arguably never been higher for any female athlete in WWE to date with the booking of the MITB Match. Obviously, these women will do all that they can to deliver a memorable outing at MITB which likely concerns some fans as it should.”
Speaking of this week’s SmackDown Live, Ross brought up the opening match which saw Shinsuke Nakamura team up with Sami Zayn to take on the team of Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin in a tag team match. Ross believes that Nakamura had one of his better outings to date on TV thanks in large part to Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens.
“Nakamura showed flashes of his offensive brilliance with is spot on strikes which are a huge part of Shinsuke’s in ring presentation. “