Ross opens today’s show by clarifying his recent remarks in which he suggested that Hulk Hogan will probably return to WWE at some point in the future. Ross received backlash from some people who felt like he was dismissing Hogan’s past usage of the “N” word, and Ross says that couldn’t be further from the truth. He simply believes that Hogan is a huge part of WWE’s past, and it makes sense to him for both parties to reunite at some point in the future.
Ross points out that he called the first ever Clash of Champions with Tony Schiavone many years ago, and all the talk about this upcoming Sunday’s show is bringing back a lot of great memories for him. He also adds that he’s really looking forward to the WWE Championship match between Jinder Mahal and A.J. Styles because in his opinion, Styles is still the greatest in-ring worker in the world.
Ross announces that he and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler will be making appearances on the 25th Anniversary edition of Monday Night RAW on January 22nd. He’s not quite sure what they’ll be doing on the show yet, but he’s just happy to be involved.
Chris Jericho makes a surprise call into the show to promote his upcoming Cruise. Ross takes this opportunity to ask him about his recent physical interactions with Kenny Omega. Jericho says it was great to finally work with Omega and calls him a great worker. He also says he was very happy with how their entire angle played out, with Omega being busted open and bleeding everywhere.
Jericho points out that there are certain rules and regulations that need to be followed in the United States and in WWE, so it was very cool for him to travel to Japan where he could bend the rules a bit. He believes that’s the first time in 10 years that he or his opponent has been busted open in the ring, and he admits that it felt great.
He goes on to say that this is a once in a lifetime match that couldn’t happen last year and won’t happen next year. It’s now or never, and he’s excited to be able to make it happen.
Jeremy Borash joins the show to talk about the recent creative changes in Impact Wrestling. Borash mentions that Scott D’Amore and Don Callis both bring unique skill-sets to Impact Wrestling and he’s excited about working with both of them. He doesn’t think this will result in a complete creative reset for the company because that’s been done quite frequently lately. Rather, he thinks D’Amore and Callis will step in and try to keep moving the needle in the right direction.
Borash thinks the key to building a brand in 2017 is carving out a niche. He also points out that Impact has a strong social media presence with over a million subscribers on some platforms. There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the promotion over the last couple of years, but there are still some great things happening in Impact.
Borash is thrilled for Matt and Jeff Hardy who have returned to WWE and now are embracing the “Broken/Woken” character. Ross mentions that he’s glad to see those guys back in WWE because their in-ring careers are winding down and this is a chance for them to earn some good money before they retire. Ross also points out that with Matt and Jeff leaving Impact, the door opened for another act to take the lead.
Borash agrees and believes that LAX is an act that has the chance to get really hot in the coming weeks and months. Ross thinks that Konnan is one of the most underrated minds in the wrestling business, and Konnan’s involvement in that faction really helped the other guys in his opinion.
Ross closes the show by bringing on Johnny Morrison to answer a couple of fan questions.
A listener writes into the show and asks Morrison who he’d choose to wrestle at WrestleMania if he could pick any opponent, past or present. Morrison says he’d pick “Macho Man” Randy Savage, because he always looked up to Savage as a performer and as a wrestling personality.
Another listener asks Morrison about the differences between 4-sided and 6-sided rings. Morrison points out that there are subtle differences for the performers, but he doesn’t think there are any differences at all from a viewer’s perspective. In his opinion, there simply isn’t any need for 6-sided rings.
That sums up this week’s episode of The Ross Report. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!