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JR Blog: Booker T and Today’s Announcers, New Austin and Ross Books?

September 27, 2011   ·   0 Comments

Below are some highlights from WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross’ latest blog over on jrsbarbq.com:

– Will Steve Austin write another book considering that his last one “left a lot to be desired?” That stings as my friend Dennis Brent and I collaborated with Steve on his book, which was a New York Times Best Seller, and we thought it was fairly solid. Nonetheless, it wasn’t ‘dirt heavy’ which is apparently what many desire and perhaps that’s simply what sells now days. I can’t respond for @steveaustinBSR but it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t pen a book some day. Steve is also building a new website which should be up soon.

– Speaking of books, when will JR write a book? No time soon as I likely won’t publish a book on my career until I am out of the biz of which I have no intentions on being any time soon, however, with my dubious track record those plans are always subject to change.

– What are my thoughts on Booker T? Another question that we get a great deal. I always loved Booker’s work in the ring and when he was ‘on’ he was as good as any one especially when Booker was allowed to roll on the mic. As far as his announcing goes, I think Booker improves every week and that he’s attempting to master a new aspect of the business which some fans feel is easy to accomplish. It’s not. Booker is witty, has a distinctive delivery, and understands the business and if he continues to improve he will earn the same accolades as a broadcaster as he did as a wrestler in WCW and WWE.

It isn’t exactly fair to compare any broadcasters of today with those of other generations because today’s commentators are asked to perform a different style than did their predecessors. Play by play, for example, has fallen by the wayside, by and large, and being a narrator/story teller has taken its place. Same essentially goes for the analyst role. Analysts don’t speak much on the affects of wrestling holds to any degree any longer and some even avoid talking in ring strategy.


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