After a couple of days of speculations, the contract between Jim Ross and Fox Sports has been finalized and signed. While his official role with the company has yet to be revealed, the long time WWE commentator has posted a new article about the Royal Rumble on their website.
"I honestly don't know. Nobody ever had that discussion with me. So to me, it's interesting. I just go out there and do the best I can. But I think that might have certainly played a part in it. And especially, man, that was awesome, seeing it. So, Titus ONeil, he had texted me. He said, 'Dude, if you're in your hotel room, you have to turn on SportsCenter. I think they'll replay it in probably about 15 minutes.' And he didn't tell me what it was, but he just told me that I was mentioned. And then I saw it, and they mentioned me and the whole Michigan State basketball thing doing the thing, and I was like wow. That's really cool. And the guy that actually started it, he's going to be coming to the show tonight with three of the guys from, I think, three of the guys from the football team. I don't know if that's true, or if it's just three of his buddies. But he is from the football team, so he's going to be coming. It'll be pretty neat to meet him."
- Daniel Bryan
Darren Young and Titus ONeil are down in Miami today, working on that rumored television show for the WWE Network. No word yet on what the show will be about, but the Prime Time Players are wearing suits on the set. There are talks that it could be a sports related show.
Jim Ross has revealed through Twitter that he is extremely close to finalizing a deal with FoxSports.com. The longtime WWE announcer has already started writing for their website, and while no further details have been released about the contract, it is believed that he will have a column online.
JBL is a pretty ambitious individual. The WWE commentator will be attempting to climb Mt Elbrus again in July. He had previous attempted the feat, but severe weather conditions in Russia forced him and his fellow climbers to give up on the trek before they made it to the peak.
In an interesting move, NFL AM had the Bella Twins on the show this morning, and the twin WWE divas discussed the Philadelphia Eagles.
While most wrestling fans know him as Captain Lou Albano, very few know about the origin of the nickname. As a youth, he excelled in sports, where he rose to the ranks of captain of his high school football team. It was there when people started calling him Captain.
Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.
That big push for Wade Barrett isn't likely to take place any time soon. The feeling is that WWE is giving him television time each week, in order to fill up the three hours of Monday Night Raw. Plus, his segments are said to amuse the script writers in the creative department.
Many backstage in WWE are surprised that Yoshi Tatsu has managed to stick with the company. He has not toured with the main roster for quite some time now. He also was replaced by Wade Barrett last year when the company needed to do some promotions in Asia.
While his removal was a last minute decision like it was for other performers, Wade Barrett was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 earlier in the week. The unknown person that was supposed to replace him ended up not being thrown into the match after all.
"I've given up my spot in this year's Royal Rumble to make way for a WWE legend. It's top secret, but just between us, here's a clue: Voodoo."
- Wade Barrett on giving up his spot at Royal Rumble 2014
There is some concerns within WWE about Wade Barrett, as his match against Tyson Kidd, another under utilized performer, has been receiving a horrible reaction from the audiences at various live events during the past week.
The push for Wade Barrett is not off to a good start, as WWE didn't even bother to include the Bad News Barrett segment on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw. Management usually cuts things that they do deem to be of high priority.