JR Blog: Christian Cage’s Return, WWE’s Savage DVD, Draft, More

Jim Ross is back with another blog on his website at jrsbarbq.com. Below are some of the highlights:

– “Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection” will be released by the WWE on June 9 and as of today the match selection process was still on going. Obviously, some of Savage’s bouts are no brainers to include on this upcoming DVD including Savage vs. Steamboat from WM3 but there is so much excellent content to pick from that making a final decision on this particular DVD won’t be easy. Of course this will create the obligatory and predictable concerns as to why certain matches were not included. It’s obviously a conspiracy of the Oliver Stone magnitude. BTW Macho Man would be a great candidate for the WWE Hall of Fame some day and I wonder why no one has ever suggested such in the past? I think Matt Striker may be penciled in to host the Savage DVD….dig it?!

– I have to admit that I was surprised to see Christian return to the WWE Tuesday night on ECW. Christian returning to the WWE at some point wasn’t a big secret in many circles but Christian going to the ECW brand was. Personally, I was hoping that “Captain Charisma” would have joined the Smackdown team. ECW got a nice addition to their roster and because they only do one hour or 6 segments of TV weekly, the ECW show should feature solid, in ring wrestling more weeks than not. I think fans want to see more bell to bell action and ECW seems to provide that most weeks.

– From what I can ascertain, there likely will not be a full, Smackdown TV show taped in Houston during Wrestlemania Week. Friday Night Smackdown may have elements that emanate from WWE Fan Axxess, which I hear is selling well BTW, but I don’t think an entire SD will be broadcast from that site. This matter may still be a work in progress but I can say that a SD TV event has not been on any calendars that I have seen.

– Tuesday in Fresno lots of WWE talents were speculating and discussing the upcoming WWE Draft on April 13 from Atlanta when, I assume, every one and their Mom, will be required to be front and center for the annual “let’s shake up the WWE night.” This Raw broadcast will likely garner a healthy TV rating. After last June’s night of surprises in San Antonio, any thing can happen and likely will. I am prepared for whatever unlike last year when I wasn’t expecting to leave Raw. Change can often times be effective and I personally think it is a good thing to shake up the rosters and create new rivalries and issues. Plus, it is a great time to provide some young talents a nice “jump start.”