Jim Ross Wants Bryan To Have His Wrestlemania Moment
In a recent interview with ESPN, Jim Ross said he’d book Daniel Bryan to have his Wrestlemania moment:
I would make sure Daniel Bryan left WrestleMania with his “moment.” Every star in WWE wants to have a WrestleMania moment – meaning some bucket list dream as a professional to go to WrestleMania and steal the show. In a perfect world, just for me , Daniel Bryan would leave WWE [as] World Champion. . . Right now, Randy Orton is the champion. As the deck is currently dealt, it would be Daniel Bryan somehow against Randy Orton. Or, maybe, if you really wanted to have some fun with it, you’d make it a Triple Threat Match. You have two villains – Batista [versus] Randy Orton versus Daniel Bryan. Three guys against each other. First man to score a pinfall or submission wins. The two big villains and the smaller overachieving hero. In my storytelling world, we’d have a happy ending.
JR also discussed college athletes transitioning in to wrestling:
The Rock” was a unique case because The Rock’s grandfather and father were both pro wrestlers. He had a familiarity with the business in general… He was a third-generation guy and was also had a college degree at Miami who was also broke. You had a bright, broke guy who was also very motivated. I signed The Rock and really felt like he was going to be exceptional from Day 1. The best example would be Brock Lesnar. He came out of the University of Minnesota as a national champion All-American wrestler. He came from a farm in South Dakota. He didn’t go to the ‘U’. He didn’t grow up in the sizzle world of pro wrestling. He was a dairy farmer’s son. So getting him to develop his personality and release his natural charisma was something that took a little bit effort on his part. . . The biggest thing you work on is their personality, their TV presence. He finally got it.
Chuck Palumbo Lands Car Reality Show
Former WCW and WWE star Chuck Palumbo has landed a new reality show on The Discovery Channel about classic cars. The NY Post reports that Lords of the Car Hoards will follow Palumbo and hot-rod guru Rick Dore as they rebuild legendary cars by visiting “car hoarders,” people who collect classic automobiles.
The show debuts on March 17th at 10pm.
Former AWA Star Guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct
Former AWA wrestling star Buck Zumhofe has been found guilty of sexually abusing his daughter between June 1999 and June 2011.
He was convicted of six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct yesterday in Minnesota.
Zumhofe who worked as Rock n’ Roll in the AWA in the 80s has a history of abuse, and spent 36 months in prison from 1989.
The story is particularly bizarre in that his daughter never met him until she was 13 and moved in with him at 15, when the two began a somewhat open abusive relationship. Even though he brought her to shows and people knew she was under age and his daughter, those in the industry simply looked the other way.
The woman didn’t come forward until she was 29 years old.