Jim Ross on the Death of Chyna, Samoa Joe Winning the NXT Title, More

A new Jim Ross blog has been posted over at JRsBarBQ.com and below are some highlights:

“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.”

Happy birthday to John Cena who’s is obviously one of the best signings that we ever inked to a WWE contract. No one that I ever signed had a stronger work ethic than John Cena. That’s what one gets when an All American in college football as an offensive lineman joins the team. John is a terrific example of what young talents should aspire to be as it relates to being a team player, giving unrelenting effort and putting the team’s agenda before one’s own. @JohnCena is a credit to the wresting business.

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 Lesnar 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.”

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