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Jim Ross talks about Joey Styles' WWE departure, Conor McGregor, brand split



WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry over at his website where he gives his thoughts on various topics. Here are the highlights.

On Superstars already appearing on the other brand:

I do like the casting of both Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan on their respective shows but I'm not overly wild about the cross pollination, for lack of a better term, of the RAW and Smackdown Live talents on each others shows. I'm hopeful that this will be an occasional matter and is only being used to promote Lesnar vs Orton at SummerSlam. Considering that essentially Brock Lesnar and John Cena are the only true, 'over' talents on WWE TV these days when it comes to selling out live events, scores of merch, and motivating a multitude of fans to enjoy major events and more on the @WWENetwork, I applaud WWE for continuing to do all that they can to get other talents elevated to that elusive, next level.

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On Joey Styles' WWE departure:

Sad to hear that my friend Joey Styles has left WWE. I know that Joey enjoyed his work there and was a life long WWE fan while growing up in Stamford, CT. I'd love to tag team with Joe on some RINGSIDE Shows in the future plus get him on our podcast too. Joey Styles is a great guy who has plenty to offer.

On Conor McGregor’s comments about WWE stars:

McGregor has realized that his remarks are often times polarizing and they spread like wildfire. He has become a great, self promoter of his fights and his own enhanced public persona which is not meant to be an insult in any way. To the contrary, fans of pro wrestling should admire that McGregor is a talented talker like many of the pro wrestling greats in history and who knows how to stir up controversy which creates cash more often than not. The great 'heels' in pro wrestling had the ability to touch the raw nerves of the fan base aka consumers in such a way that those fans would pay hard earned cash to see these 'heels' get their asses handed to them in the ring or, in this case, the octagon. Insulted wrestling fans can live out this theory by buying McGregor's next PPV fight against Nate Diaz who beat the talkative Irishman in their last battle. It's somewhat amusing and incredible that some wrestlers who definitely should have known better took McGregor's bait, hook, line and sinker. I'm curious if they now realize that they have been 'worked' in their own genre's game?

Ross also talked about RAW and more. You can read the entire blog here. In you haven’t, you can listen to the latest episode of the Ross Report here: