Jim Ross says he's is pulling for Impact Wrestling in their new regime.
Last Thursday, Impact Wrestling aired on PopTV for the first time since the new ownership had fully taken over. In a recent blog, Ross said the company needed the re-branding and new direction.
"Impact Wrestling essentially relaunched their brand under new ownership and management plus an influx of new talents Thursday night on POP TV to more interest than the maligned brand has experienced in recent memory. Not surprisingly, there is ample work to do regarding rebuilding this band but it seems that Impact is off to a optimistic start. No one can intelligently declare a big win or a big fail for Impact off one show as one can expect significant tweaks to be made in the future," wrote Ross.
The pre-taped episode featured matches from new and old members of the roster including the debut of Alberto El Patron. Ross said he saw some positive changes, as well as some things he thinks need to be dropped.
"I'm in favor of Impact enacting any positive changes that they feel is necessary and applaud them for attempting new things with new people. I hope that their three man announce team will work for them but it was too busy for my taste on Thursday night. I have reason for optimism for Josh Mathews new, antagonist role but the 'heel' doesn't need to be doing play by play. Too much bickering is distracting at times and talking about matters not directly connected to the video that the viewers are seeing can easily be a disconnect.I also hope that Impact will move on from bashing the previous regime and use their valuable TV time to better build the talents and Impact titles plus the personal issues that develop. I'd also expect that moving forward Impact mentions of WWE will subside as that matter has no up side." wrote Ross.
He would provide some ideas for commentary to make the product more "succinct" and said ultimately he is pulling for Impact Wrestling to become a profitable wrestling organization. Also in the blog, Ross would discuss the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1Climax Tournament which will air on AXIS soon. Ross did the English commentary for the North American broadcast.
Ross' other blogs and podcast are available on his website JRsBarBQ.com.