JR Blog: Tonight’s RAW from Calgary, Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart, More
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog entry on jrsbarb.com. Here are some highlights:
– WWE Raw originates from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and, if I can be serious for a moment (Thanks to my friend @LanceStorm) tonight’s live broadcast should feature a fun atmosphere if the Calgary fans are on their usual game. (What’s the over/under for King’s ‘Bizzaroland’ references?)
– I did an interview for a Calgary newspaper early this morning that I assume will go into tomorrow’s paper in Calgary about Bret Hart who will be honored tonight in his hometown. Easy to talking about that topic as Bret was one of the best in ring performers I ever saw and could maximize the presentation of a match with any talent with whom he was booked.
– Steve Austin has often told me that Bret Hart was, arguably, Steve’s favorite. all time opponent and who can forget the amazing performance and classic display of in ring psychology that Hitman and Austin displayed at WM13? That match is timeless and is a ‘must study’ for any young wrestler or aspiring grappler. It’s also one of my all time favorite bouts.
That match holds up as well today as it did all those years ago in Chicago at WM13. I loved the fact that neither man ever played the ‘role’ of a wrestler but instead played themselves who happen to wrestle for a living. That match on March 23, 1997 stole the show at that WM event. Much credit needs to be given to Bret Hart who was the more experienced, ‘incumbent’ in the match and that outing did as much to make the Stone Cold character what it was to become as any single bout in Austin’s career. How the match was structured and executed, excellently executed by the way, helped define the Texas Rattlesnake persona notwithstanding re-positioning Bret to many WWE fans.
– A follower on Twitter, who has since been blocked, got a little too cute regarding some comments that I made on my first installment of the Steve Austin podcast. By the way, part two of @steveaustinBSR and my ‘bull session’ airs on Tuesday. Back to the story, this guy felt that I “took a cheap shot” at my idol Gordon Solie by saying that “The Dean” was a heavy smoker and drank excessively. It’s not as if this is classified info nor is it a knock. Gordon was an amazing broadcaster and if he had taken better care of himself his career would have been extended. Gordon and I had these conversations. This former follower also neglected to mention that it was me who brought Gordon BACK to WCW for some work when others there had zero interest in doing so.