Jim Ross Blog: Ric Flair's Health, WWE Signing NFL Stars, NXT, Ross Report

The following are highlights of a new blog from WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross:

On this week’s Ross Report podcast: “This week’s Ross Report podcast is a special one for me as it features my mentor Cowboy Bill Watts in a no holds barred conversation about the wrestling biz and many other topics. No one I ever worked for had more in ring psychology and booking acumen than did the Big Cowboy. He was a disciplinarian who treated his wrestlers like athletes and not like they were show biz performers. He had structure in his company, a fine system and also one of the most profitable territories in America. Bill headlined MSG in his third year in the business much like @TheRock and @BrockLesnar.”

On NXT stars on RAW: “I think it would be interesting for some of the NXT talents to have a re-occurring role on RAW as it would help promote the future of the WWE which is the @WWENetwork. If fans can see what they are missing by not watching NXT on the Network they may be more inclined to invest the $9.99 month subscription fee.”

“NXT was the best WWE produced TV of the week last week in my opinion.”

On Ric Flair’s health: “Heard Ric Flair was in the hospital for some minor surgeries IE not considered life threatening. I’ve been told that Ric’s issues were kidney related but that is merely a ‘source says’ matter and speculation but which might indicate a kidney stone issue or something of that nature. Nonetheless, I hope Ric gets better soon. I haven’t talked to him in months but still have great memories of our time on the road together.”

“Speaking of Flair, his daughter Charlotte in NXT is special and is the best new, female in ring talent the WWE has trained in years. She’s the type of talent that a serious, women’s division, if that was desired, can be built around.”

On WWE scouting NFL players as future talent: “Nice to read where HHH is endorsing WWE finding star level NFL players to integrate into the WWE. I’ve been suggesting that for years and I hope that HHH can make it happen but it won’t be easy based on entry level, WWE pay. Same goes for major college football players who are younger and more affordable than NFL vets and whose backgrounds can be vetted thoroughly as well. Obviously, one wants to find athletes from this world who are fans and have the aptitude for the business.”

“With all these various abuse issues occurring in the NFL I’d assume WWE will further tighten up their background checks, etc on new hires. All companies should but some companies can’t afford to do so or won’t see it as a priority because it’s just “wrestling.” Big mistake.”

Check out the complete blog at JRsBarBQ.com. You can also order JR’s Bar-B-Q products online at WWEShop.com.

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