Ross thought the two main events on RAW this week delivered, and did a good job of building towards the Fatal 5-way at Extreme Rules next Sunday. He says that this is a difficult time of year for WWE as they’re still in the shadows of WrestleMania but are also a long way from SummerSlam.
With Summer on the horizon, weather is improving and there are a lot of distractions for fans. WWE needs to do their best to keep fans interested and watching through these difficult months.
Ross finds it very interesting that India has become such a hotbed for professional wrestling all of a sudden. IMPACT are currently conducting television tapings there, and ROH have been recently approved for television clearance there. WWE’s new Champion is Jinder Mahal and they’re doing their best to build their infrastructure and brand there as well. Ross says that it’s possible for all these promotions to have success in this market, but there’s no denying that WWE holds a distinct advantage in most new markets they enter.
He says that he’s looking forward to the Fatal 5-way match which will take place at Extreme Rules this coming Sunday. He thinks that WWE has booked the build-up to this match well, because you can make the case that any of the five superstars has a legitimate chance to win.
Ross wonders how WWE came up with the idea to have a ‘kendo stick on a pole match’, and he suggests that this might have been a backstage rib on someone. In spite of this stipulation, Ross thinks that Bliss and Bayley are both very special, and if they’re both on the same page he thinks they can put together a great match.
He thinks the sleeper match of the evening will be the submission match between Neville and Austin Aries. Both of these talents are terrific, and Ross thinks this match would be a good candidate to open the show while the crowd is hot and ready for a great match.