The Jim Ross Report Recap w/ Conrad Thompson – WrestleMania Weekend Analysis, Was ‘Mania Main Event Botched? Practicing for AEW Commentary Debut, More!
Conrad says it was great to see The Undertaker at RAW on Monday. He was surprised we didn’t see him at ‘Mania on Sunday, and equally surprised when he appeared on Monday night. He thought it was good because fans travel from around the world for ‘Mania weekend and Undertaker has become a big part of that experience.
Ross notes that Undertaker is so well respected within the locker room that no one questions his part-time schedule. If anyone has paid their dues, it’s Undertaker. It’s also important to note that part-time schedules keep talent fresh. A big problem with WWE today in his opinion is their over-utilization of talent.
He notes that Corey Graves is colour commentator on both brands and he fears this will burn Graves out. It’s obvious that WWE covets his look and skill, but it’s also obvious that they don’t have confidence in their other commentators.
Ross thought the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was a throwaway match. It ultimately became a lengthy comedy skit featuring the SNL guest stars. He understands that matches like this help get more talent booked on the show, but he doesn’t think it’s a talent’s right to be booked at ‘Mania. He considers getting booked at ‘Mania a privilege.