Posts Tagged ‘Jim Ross’

Jim Ross & The King On Ric Flair, Draft Lottery, IC Title & More

February 29, 2008

News-journal online’s Jeff Wilen recently sat down with good old Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler on Wrestlemania and upcoming events for WWE.

What are your impressions of the announce team of Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura and how they made WrestleManias 3, 4, 5 and 6 bigger and better?

JR: “I have always been a fan of both men’s work and was especially close to Monsoon, who became a mentor to me soon after I arrived in the WWE in 1993 when I was not considered a ‘popular hire.’ Monsoon always held his ground with the controversial Ventura, which made their on-air conflicts that much more entertaining back in the ’80s. Ventura could dominate a broadcast if he was allowed to but not with Gorilla. They meshed well, and ‘The Body’ still had plenty of opportunities to contribute in his own unique style. In my opinion, Monsoon’s best broadcast partner was Bobby Heenan, hands down, while Jesse probably worked best with Vince McMahon, but that’s not to say that the Gorilla/Body combo did not do an excellent job in the early days of WrestleMania.”

What are your best Wrestlemania moments?

King: “Every year, I think this is it — you’ll never be able to top this (and then we do).” I mentioned The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan. “That’s one of my all-time favorite matches (top three).”

Fans are anxiously anticipating Ric Flair’s Hall of Fame induction. Will Ric Flair literally ride Space Mountain at Disney World? Maybe we can expect a promo from there promoting his match against Shawn Michaels?

JR: “Flair will raise the bar as it relates to emotion and raw passion when he enters the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night March 29 in the Amway Arena in Orlando, which no fan should miss if at all possible. I have said, and I mean it sincerely, even if I was not in the WWE, I would travel on my dime to see ‘Naitch’ take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame”

King: “I don’t think there’s anyone more deserving.”

It’s very likely, with Jeff Hardy in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WM 24, that the Intercontinental Championship won’t be defended at WM for the sixth consecutive year. Will this title ever mean something again, especially on the biggest stage of them all?

JR: “I think the IC Title means something now. Whether it is defended at WM 24 or not, the IC Title is the third most prestigious title in the WWE behind the WWE Title and the World’s Title. [notice the negligence on the ECW’s title] I do agree that there could be more focus surrounding the Intercontinental Title and the title could be featured much more than it is. Plus, one is assuming that Jeff Hardy will still be the IC Champion come WM 24”

Any chance we’ll see a WWE Draft after WM 24?

JR: “I assume that there is a chance, but I have heard nothing concrete about this matter. In 2008, I would rather see an influx of new, young talents make their debuts in an organized, systematic process rather than see the same established talents simply change addresses. I like the overall concept of the Draft, but I don’t know that it has to be a cut and dried, annual affair. Although it does generally garner a nice TV rating and helps rosters that have been depleted by injuries.”

For the full interview, you can view it here.

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Superstar Lookback: Arn Anderson

February 21, 2008

Martin Anthony Lunde, 50, better known by his ring name Arn Anderson, is a American professional wrestler, regarded by some professional wrestling experts as the greatest professional wrestler never to have won a world title. His career has been highlighted by his alliances with Ric Flair and various members of the elite wrestling stable, “The Four Horsemen”. He currently serves as the senior Producer for WWE’s RAW brand.

Also branded as “Double A”, Anderson held the NWA Tag Team Championship belts twice with different members. His breakthrough came when he formed the Four Horsemen with Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, James J. Dillon and Ric Flair in the NWA and in later years of WCW. Many experts argued that without Arn Anderson, The Four Horsemen would have never be so successful.

After so many long years of hardwork, Anderson was finally injured in a match in 1994 that eventually ended his promising career. Anderson was thrown into the ring ropes. The top rope broke from the turnbuckle and he landed full-force on to the concrete and hit his head, neck, and upper back. He never took time off to heal. As time passed, the injuries got worse. Later on, they found a rib, possibly torn away from the spine during the accident, was popping in and out of joint, causing shoulder discomfort and weakness.

Anderson retired from wrestling in 1997 due to these injuries and started working as a Road Agent for WWE. He does show up from time to time on WWE television trying to pull apart brawls. Anderson also did color commentary during the WCW/ECW Invasion angle in 2001.

Personally, Anderson have two sons, Barrett and Brock. Although the Anderson name is very renowned in the world of wrestling, he is in fact not related to Gene Anderson, Lars Anderson, Ole Anderson, C.W. Anderson, Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy). He remained a best friend to Ric Flair till today. They have been friends since the early days of NWA to WCW to WWE. There are several on-screen storylines that Anderson was involved with Ric.

When Ric came back to WWE sometimes in 2002. Anderson was assaulted on RAW by the Undertaker leading up the Undertaker vs. Ric Flair match at Wrestlemania X8. During WrestleMania X8, he also made a brief in-ring appearance during a match between Ric Flair and the Undertaker, delivering his signature spinebuster to the Undertaker.

Several months later he attempted to help Flair gain sole ownership of the WWE during a match with Vince McMahon. Anderson also made special appearances at RAW 2006 Family Reunion in which he was in Ric Flair’s corner for his match against Mitch of the Spirit Squad. This was followed by a match with Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, and Ron Simmons at Survivor Series 2006, where the four faced The Spirit Squad.

Presently, Anderson remained the highest possible candidate to induct Ric Flair to the Hall Of Fame this year. Therefore, expect to see him pop out on screen in weeks to come.

Every now and then, you could see him running around the sets before the show start, making sure things happen the right way. He never complain, and he never weaver. Maybe thats why he is so valued by many professionals in the business of wrestling. Today, the edition of Arn Anderson on Superstar Lookback will take you through his career as the Four Horsemen of all time. Here are the DVD videos. Enjoy.

Four Horsemen Part One

Four Horsemen Part Two

Four Horsemen Part Three

Four Horsemen Part Four

Four Horsemen Part Five

Jim Ross Update On CW, OVW & Lashley

February 9, 2008

Straight after the Ohio Valley Wrestling departure, the relationship between CW Network and WWE has broke down. This time around, it would be serious matter. CW Network has been hosting WWE’s Smackdown since its debut. After being on the air approximately 10 years on network at a prime time TV slot, the management must be fretting over which network to replace Smackdown. It is likely that NBC would take the role. As quoted from JR, “Bottom line, as Stone Cold Steve Austin would say, is that Smackdown will undoubtedly find a new home this Fall, while the compelling aspect of the matter is where and on what night? ”

JR also went on to talk about Ohio Valley Wrestling and WWE. “News of the WWE severing its ties with Ohio Valley Wrestling was met by yours truly with mixed emotions” He added “Nonetheless, OVW’s legacy will be that of helping to develop some of the WWE biggest stars of this generation and for that, Danny Davis and his crew, including trainer Al Snow, among others, should be commended” Personally, we agree on that, OVW afterall has been a big part for aspiring wrestler to reach the promise land.

Also, JR finally gave his comments on the departed wrestler, Bobby Lashley. “Knowing that Bobby had a monstrous 2007 financially and his apparent dislike for travel and/or sports entertainment, one could assume that the MMA world might be Lashley’s calling. No one knows, but Bobby, what he wants to do with his future and the rest of us are purely speculating”

JR then went on to talk about NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal, Hall of fame’s Sensational Sherri, Black History Month and WWE recent departure to Alaska. For full details on what he said, I have updated his blog on WM.

Tomorrow cover stories will be a Steve Austin interview on a possible comeback as well as a column on Rumble Winners as champ. So be sure to check back!