The Jim Ross Report Recap w/ Jack Swagger – RAW & Smackdown Analysis, Royal Rumble Thoughts, Swagger’s MMA Debut, More!

Ross opens today’s show by saying he’s looking forward to this weekend’s Royal Rumble and Takeover shows. He notes that outdoor venues can be tough, and selling 40,000 tickets can be tough too so this weekend presents a couple challenges for WWE. However, he’s sure they’re more than prepared to tackle those challenges.

Ross notes that he hasn’t seen as much online buzz surrounding this Takeover show compared to shows in the past. He notes that maybe we’re at a point where we’re taking these amazing shows for granted, and he really hopes that’s not the case.

Ross says his favourite part of RAW this week was the tribute video for Martin Luther King. Those things were his favourite things to be a part of when he was working for WWE, and he’s happy WWE dedicated the time and resources to making that great video this past week.

Ross is excited to watch the Universal Title match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor this coming Sunday. He notes that a victory over Braun Strowman on RAW this week really would have positioned Balor strongly heading into this title match, but clearly WWE didn’t want to beat Strowman like that.

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