Jim Ross says he understands fan disappointment in House of Horrors, but calls the match a "calculated" risk.
At WWE Payback, WWE World Champion Randy Orton faced Bray Wyatt in a non-title match. The match was advertised as a "House of Horrors" match which little was known about before the night of the pay-per-view. Orton and Wyatt fought at an abandoned house and ended the match in the ring where Wyatt was victorious. In a recent blog, Ross discussed the match and the response of the fans, comparing it to a match from Wrestlemania 12.
"The controversial House of Horrors match has seemingly been received mixed reviews. I did not 'hate' the match at all but could see where it might not have been an ideal fit for some fans especially those that were in the arena. These type bouts are often times calculated risks when it comes to presentation. It had some of the Hollywood Backlot Brawl qualities/feel that featured Goldust vs Roddy Piper back in the day. This was apparently a challenging presentation for some fans to embrace but could it actually be much to do about nothing? I was actually surprised that Wyatt won and thought the inclusion of Jinder Mahal and his crew was timely," wrote Ross.
Jinder Mahal and Orton have a championship match at WWE Backlash scheduled. Wyatt moved over to the Raw brand during the Superstar Shakeup. Also in the blog, Ross wrote about the other events of the raw-exclusive pay-per-view WWE Payback, mentioning the match between Seth Rollins and Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman defeating Roman Reigns.
Ross' blogs and podcast The Ross Report are posted at JRsBarBQ.com.