Jim Ross Blog: Monday’s RAW, Randy Orton, Langston’s Title Win, Pat Patterson

The following are highlights from the latest online blog by WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross.

On Randy Orton: “Is Randy Orton a fan favorite or a villain? One can’t be both, as a rule….but, of course, I’m out of touch with today’s product. I think that I may have missed the class on the invisible line between good and evil. In real life that may be true but last I looked pro wrestling on TV isn’t real life.”

On Big E. Langston: “Congrats to Big E Langston for becoming the IC Champion. I wish Big E nothing but success. The former Iowa Hawkeye Defensive Tackle is a beast of an athlete with great integrity. One can’t get too many like him in any locker room. I got to know “E” well in NXT. Fans have loved him there for a long time at Full Sail Arena. Hopefully many of today’s impatient fans will allow Big E to continue to evolve as he’s not even close to reaching his potential.”

On Pat Patterson: “I’m told Pat Patterson is writing his memoirs and after seeing much of Pat’s photo collection from over his career I’m betting the book will be great. Pat has a tremendous sense of humor and was one of the best in ring performers ever along with being a tremendous wrestling strategist. Pat’s journey as a gay man in a largely homophobic, alpha Caucasian male, good old boys network known as pro wrestling in the territory days is one of courage and conviction. I can’t wait to read it. I learned a great deal about the wrestling biz and life from Pat.”

Check out the complete blog online at JRsBarBQ.com.

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    • Jamie

      JR’s reviews = Everything WWE does is awesome!

      • CSSA

        JR’s review= Everything awesome about WWE.

      • stephen

        Not quite.
        If you paid attention, you would see that he is not happy with how Randy Orton, a villain, was getting in the face of Triple H, another villain, resulting in cheers.
        JR won’t outright say WWE is dumb or sucks, but he will make implications when he doesn’t agree with their booking.

    • Derringer Duo

      I’m really excited to see the maturation of Big E., I knew from the moment I first saw him in NXT he was going to be a star. But, the WWE has to do two things:

      1. Five count. It’s essential.

      2. Mic time. He’s clearly evolved his speech to be more aggressive and less evangelical in the few lines he gets to speak. One can only imagine how much more his mic skill will evolve over time.

    • E-Z

      Over the last few weeks I have been won over by Big E. There is no doubt he is going to continue to gain traction but I am still undecided about his promos and interviews.

    • scott

      Big E can connect with the fans little by little the pulling the straps down thing gets the crowd jumpy and he nailed that Big Ending on Axel. I want him to have a few more slams that show off his power and ill be sold

      • superturbo

        Key things to get Big E Langston over;

        1) Pulling the straps down when going for his finisher

        2) “Demanding a five count”! And possibly hitting the Big Ending twice or three times in a row to clarify his dominance over his opponents.

        3) Better storylines. Don’t book him with weak opponents or mid-card silliness with Santino Morella or the Great Khali, nor job him out with losses in non-title matches WWE. Grant him wins over such stars as; Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, Ryback, The Miz etc. And slowly but surely advance him to the big stage where he’ll get wins over top main event talent (Big Show, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and John Cena).

        4) Let him develop on the *mic* over time.

        5) Let him advance his moveset with a few other moves (Get Malenko or Steamboat backstage to help him out with the further working of; “in-ring” psychology etc.)

        He does any of that in the space of the next 2 years or so, and he’ll definitely mature into a good star who’s powerful and can wrestle in the big WWE main events over time.

    • brad

      J.r. Is a smart man and a intelligent wrestling mind but he is still stuck on the wwe choo choo train.