WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new blog at JRsBarBq.com in which he says 100% pure heels and babyfaces in wrestling is over or likely ending soon.
“The days of being a 100% babyface or 100% villain in pro wrestling are likely over and if not over certainly nearing an end and at best is on life support. Smart booking, in ring execution, creative tweaks, etc likely won’t change this trend that is society influenced more than it is wrestling influenced in my opinion. Something as straight forward as the broadcast of the NFL Draft and how the live audience responded over a three day period is certainly proof that our society is one of overt defiance and for being outspoken in essentially all forums which would have been unheard of just a few years ago. This is not a sign of the end times for pro wrestling but it does indicate that decision makers must create with these issues in mind and present their products more smartly and with today’s ticket buyer/TV viewer in mind more than ever. It will also affect how broadcasters present the product, too. Times they are a changing and this isn’t our granddaddy’s rasslin’ business any more.”
WWE Superstar Enzo Amore suffered a serious injury during the opening match at Sunday night’s WWE Payback event, which saw him and Colin Cassady face The Vaudevillains in the final match of the WWE Tag Team Championship Number-One Contenders tournament. During the match, Simon Gotch attempted to throw Amore out of the ring; however, Amore’s head snapped back on the middle rope, which also caused his head to hit the ring mat. Amore then fell out of the ring and was unresponsive for a short amount of time, which caused the referee to throw up the “X” symbol and call off the match, with no winner being announced. Medical personnel then came to ringside and placed Amore on a stretcher, as well as putting a neck brace on him. Michael Cole announced later in the broadcast that Amore was “talking and able to move his extremities.”
The latest update is that Amore has officially been diagnosed with a concussion and that all other tests that have been performed on him have been deemed “negative,” according to a further announcement made by Cole.