WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently updated his official blog at JRsBarBQ.com with his thoughts on a number of topics. Below are some of the highlights.
On the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer:
“I am still reeling regarding the sudden and unexpected death of Joanie Lauer aka Chyna this past week in Los Angeles. The cause of death has yet not been revealed but I wonder if it could have been something as simple as sleep apnea? Undiagnosed sleep apnea can cause a heart attack if the affliction goes untreated. I had 99 episodes where I stopped breathing in a hour on my sleep test. I had severe undiagnosed sleep apnea all the years I worked for WWE and as far back as the late 80’s in WCW as well according to my wife Jan. When I read that Joanie was being teated for anxiety and for a ‘sleep disorder’ I immediately thought of the sleep apnea matter. The autopsy will tell us what we don’t know about how she passed but the bottom line is that she’s gone and she left us much too early.
My most recent communications with Joanie had been somewhat frequent and it was obvious that she still had her good days and some that were not so good. She knew that she needed to regain full control of her life and to essentially create a healthy restart. I was convinced that was exactly what she was doing but I also realized, as did she, that transformation was going to take time and would be a daily ‘work in progress.’
As I wrote for my story on Joanie’s passing for www.foxsports.com that at the end of the day all that Joanie Lauer wanted was to be happy and to be loved.
That’s not a bad goal for any of us. RIP Joanie.”
On Samoa Joe winning the NXT Title from Finn Balor:
“Congrats to Samoa Joe for winning the NXT Title from Finn Balor. I saw their match in Dallas and it was an old school, fundamentally sound pro wrestling match that made me proud to be in the business. Joe will be a great opponent for Brock Lesnr someday and no matter who WWE decides to have dance with Lesnar at WM33 in Orlando now is the time to start getting that person ready. Book the match in pencil and begin to work toward it while focusing on who Brock will face in a high profile WM33 bout.”
On The Bullet Club in WWE:
“I’m all for the faction known as the ‘Bullet Club’ to be utilized in a main event manner on WWE programming but for anyone to assume that the masses know all bout the New Japan Pro Wrestling creation to be widely recognized is short sighted. The story of the Bullet Club needs to be told to the mass, WWE TV audience for it to work as desired. This positioning will also determine if they are villains or heroes to the fans as well. “
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