J.R. Speaks On Orton vs. Lesnar, & Impact Wrestling Moving Nights

Jim Ross says he isn’t worried about Randy Orton re-injuring his shoulder when he meets Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2016. In his latest blog entry on JRsBarBQ.com, Ross talks about Lesnar’s first scheduled WWE match following his victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. A lot of Lesnar’s offense has his opponents landing on their shoulders, but Ross believes WWE will book the match in a way to protect Orton from re-injury.

“Orton’s shoulder issues have been addressed, but many feel that this is a challenging booking for RKO due to the dependence of Lesnar’s vaunted “Suplex City” offense,” Ross wrote. “This is not a concern to me, and I feel that this bout can be special while keeping in mind that there are multiples ways to execute this match effectively.”

Meanwhile in TNA, their flagship show Impact Wrestling will be switching nights from Tuesdays to Thursdays on Pop TV. Ross suggests that TNA could have stayed on Tuesday nights, but bump their start time back to avoid conflicts with SmackDown’s new timeslot on Tuesdays.

“It makes sense by and large, but once again the TV audience will have to ‘find’ the show on the new night which will slow down the growth of the audience without question,” J.R. wrote. “I might have considered changing the air time of the show and keep in on Tuesday night so as to make this transition a bit more doable but hopefully this move to Thursdays will extend the shelf life of the battling brand who had one of their best ratings weeks in some time thanks to The Final Deletion storyline featuring Matt and Jeff Hardy.”

You can read Ross’ entire blog entry here, where he also talks more about SummerSlam 2016 and Bret Hart.

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