• Jim Ross Defends Brock Lesnar’s Early Losses
During his time in the World Wrestling Federation’s then developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), Brock Lesnar wasn’t booked as the unstoppable force that he would later become in his 2002-2004 & 2012-onwards WWE stints.
Brock even lost to Rico Constantino on OVW TV back then, as well as in WWF dark matches against Lance Storm & Mr. Perfect, which led to some fans criticizing the then Executive Vice President of WWF Talent Relations Jim Ross for ‘jobbing Brock Lesnar out’ early in his career.
Obviously, neither the OVW matches nor the untelevised WWF dark matches mattered at all, and Brock became one of the most dominating characters in pro-wrestling history.
On a recent episode of his podcast, JR had the following to say about this issue and what young wrestlers can do when given 3 minutes to perform:
“You can maximize your f**king minutes. That is simply what you can do. Don’t tell me about how much match time they gotta have and who’s gotta go over and who’s getting a push, brother, and all that sh*t. I really could not care less.
I saw something, ‘Well, Lesnar did a job on television.’ He is 20 years old. He just learned how to tie his wrestling boots here a while back. You kidding me?
You couldn’t sell me yay or nay, his win/loss record didn’t mean sh*t to me. It just didn’t. I wanted to learn to block a tackle, not how pretty you are in the team picture, and we had some son of a b*tches who could block a tackle, brother.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 12, 2004) – WWE Armageddon 2004
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on December 12, 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired ‘WWE Armageddon 2004’ LIVE on PPV from the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.
This was the 5th edition of the annual WWF/WWE Armageddon pay-per-view that ran from 1999 until 2008, but didn’t have one in 2001 due to the name sounding inappropriate so close after 9/11.
This was a SmackDown-exclusive PPV, that drew 230,000 buys.
Here are the PPV results:
WWE Tag Team Championship: Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio (c) defeated René Duprée & Kenzo Suzuki
Kurt Angle defeated Santa Claus
Dixie Dog Fight: Daniel Puder defeated Mike Mizanin
The Basham Brothers defeated Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas
Street Fight – WWE United States Championship: John Cena (c) defeated Jesús
Dawn Marie defeated Miss Jackie
Handicap: The Big Show defeated Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak & Luther Reigns
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Funaki defeated Spike Dudley (c)
Fatal 4-Way – WWE Championship: John “Bradshaw” Layfield (c) defeated Eddie Guerrero, Booker T and The Undertaker