New JR Blog: Last-Minute Changes At HIAC PPV, More

Matt Boone

The following are highlights from the latest online blog of WWE Hall Of Fame announcer Jim Ross:

"HIAC was an interesting event from my perspective at ringside. I found out somewhat later than usual that the Punk-Undertaker was going on first which changes one’s dynamic as the biggest match SD had to broadcast was that particular one.  I actually enjoyed the wrestling side of the World Title bout and "felt" the story that was being told. I assume that Punk will get a return match  in the future but don’t know the official date.

Morrison and Ziggler continue to both be a "work in progress" and I felt both showed great promise and potential during their IC Title bout. Both men need to continue to build their foundations and I feel comfortable in saying that both are going to be significant stars sometime in the future. These two young men’s future isn’t about "titles" but building their body of work and developing their personas. I see Morrison and Ziggler as two of the shining, young stars on the SD roster.

The tag title bout at HIAC was excellent. Lots of classic tag team strategy utilized and the 4 SD stars give me more reason to look forward to going to work Tuesday in Trenton, N.J. which is JJ Dillon’s hometown.

Tough spot for McIntyre and R-Truth to find themselves in at HIAC but every PPV is more apt to have those occurrences. The only thing that they can do is what they did and stay focused and work their butt’s off. Better positioning will hopefully be in the future for these two. I do like that young talents are getting opportunities nonetheless.

The challenge of making 3 HIAC bouts all unique is undaunting.  I am an old school fan who would prefer to see one HIAC bout per year but times change and new concepts have to be tried nonetheless."

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