|Ross has Jason Powell on this week|
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Show: The Ross Report
Run Time: 1:36:55
Guest: Jason Powell
Summary: JR’s guest this week is Jason Powell of prowrestling.net. After a quick talk about Powell’s background, they spend about 50 minutes going over Hell In A Cell match by match. After a break, they discuss WWE financials, the future of Ring of Honor, TNA and Lucha Underground and the use of authority figure characters. At the end of the talk, Powell becomes the interviewer, asking Ross to explain formulas used to pay WWE wrestlers and a quick look at the future prospects of NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte.
Quote of the week: Ross, discussing Cena vs. Orton: “As the show progressed, I thought the use of the tables was a little bit overdone. Somebody needs to keep a gimmick count of how many tables were used. … Breaking things is the new blood. Because they’re not going to get bloody, so they break things. Like tables.”
Why you should listen: Ross is fairly positive about Hell In A Cell (he gave it a B grade), and he has good things to say about much of the ring work, including both women’s matches. The back half of the show is more interesting, though, especially when Powell turns the tables. JR’s explanation of how money is divided among performers is illuminating, and his thoughts on Charlotte are well taken given his years of experience specifically in the area of talent evaluation and elevation.
Why you should skip it: Hopefully some day Ross realizes the WWE storytelling model is such that you can’t adequately review a pay-per-view on Wednesday without adding the context of the succeeding RAW. There are plenty of parts throughout the show where Ross is inclined to wander into territory he usually covers in his repetitive monologues, such as his take on comedy in wrestling, intergender wrestling and match pace, which might incite listeners who hold opposing views.
Final thoughts: It’s probably a good idea for Ross to do these PPV reviews. The alternative is his thoughts about the shows bleeding into his monologue for several subsequent weeks; concentrating them in one episode and using a guest to provide balance does the listeners a great service — even if that service is allowing folks to skip a week and wait for him to get back to interviews. Powell is a much more experienced interviewer, which really helps the flow and actually keeps Ross in check, a refreshing change of pace from earlier episodes. Nothing they discussed changed my feelings about Hell In A Cell, and I really wish he’d wait to do these interviews until he’s seen Raw, but on balance this was an enjoyable episode.