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 Kevin Owens’ promo on Monday’s episode of RAW. ““From my perspective, Kevin Owens was the star of Monday Night Raw as his show opening, in-ring promo was excellent and was arguably Owens’ best verbal work since arriving in WWE.” He noted that his pending match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 33 has show-stealing potential and should prove to be a major win for Owens at WWE’s biggest event. He noted that Owens is blessed that he’s in a program with Jericho who is as good a performer as WWE is currently featuring.
Ross brought up the #1 contender’s battle royal on SmackDown Live, which ended in a draw between Luke Harper and AJ Styles. “Not overly sure if the complaining fans were miffed about the ‘execution’ of the finish or that WWE decided to extend this story one more week and add more emphasis to the two, finalists especially Harper who deserves this enhanced creative treatment.”
He noted that he can assume that some fans were not happy with the execution of the ending of the match but believes that it extended a storyline. He had no issues with the finish and thinks that it positively enhance Harper’s creative value to WWE. He thought that the dialog that was picked up from the referee’s discussing the controversy was lacking and came off as not reality based and thought that Daniel Bryan should have been in the ring much faster considering this match was going to award the winner the biggest booking that SmackDown Live can offer anyone at WWE’s biggest event. “This matter likely speaks to a bigger issue, IMO, that many fans have little or no patience when it come to episodic, creative development much like some younger wrestlers who are seemingly reluctant to add timely pacing and selling to their in ring presentations. However, I’m curious…is Luke Harper a newly minted babyface? If so, what made him become a fan favorite? What did I miss?”