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Jim Ross has a lot to say about WWE NXT and unqualified wrestlers in the wrestling business

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This week on "Grilling JR," Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson discussed WCW Halloween Havoc 1990.

They talked about Sting vs. Sid for the WCW Championship, The Steiners vs. The Nasty Boys, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson teaming up, Stan Hansen vs. Lex Luger for the U.S. Championship, and much more. Ross also gave his thoughts on today's wrestling scene.

Here are some highlights:

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Jim Ross sarcastically gave his opinion of NXT going head with AEW: “How’s that working? How’s that brilliant evil strategy. Oh, I will get my team together. I will make a phone call to USA Network and I will get them to put NXT head to head against this fledgling company that they will see once or twice and they will be done. It’s just the old money mark thing so, who’s the money mark? Going head to head is good in the boardroom. But at the end of the day, you bring more people to the television set that are wrestling fans at 8 o’clock on Wednesday nights because you have two brands now that the audience can sample. They can watch one. They can DVR one. They can switch back and forth. But to think it’s going to cripple it, they don’t look at the bigger picture. It’s just business. It’s been the excuse in wrestling forever. Unscrupulous, unethical situations are always justified by saying, well it’s just business. Ok, well it’s just business that we are kicking your a** every Wednesday night.”

Ross talked about unqualified wrestlers in the business: “That’s the thing about non-students of the game. It’s like when you see a wrestler today that all he knows how to do is acrobatics and slap his body, his thigh, his leg, his arm. That is what it is believed to be the way of the world today and I say it’s bullsh*t. Somebody is playing the role of a pro wrestler or more specifically, what they perceive a pro wrestler to be and that is an acrobat, a leg slapper and they take out the emotional investment that you want your audience to make in you. There are a lot of issues right now in pro wrestling that are trends. You see guys not going down that trend. Jon Moxley is a guy that is kind of a Stone Cold guy. He has basic fundamental hardness, intensity, physicality, and you can tell by his face he is a badass. He likes the competition and the combat. But you have other guys out there that you know what you are going to get. Most of them don’t know how to counter a hammerlock. But that’s how they were taught. Then some of the guys who have had some success on the indies and in all of these companies, and did good in front of 400 people. That’s it. So now they think they had the audience in the palm of their hand, all 400 of them. Well, it’s good that all your belief that your entire audience was for you. By the way, they weren’t. They aren’t. They never will be. There is a difference between doing a nationally televised match and doing a match at a small venue of 400 people.”

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