Veteran WWE announcer Jim Ross (via his blog) thinks they did:
"The Strikeforce broadcast produced by Showtime Friday night was embarrassingly mediocre. This statement is not a reflection on fighters phoning it in or the announcing soiling the bed. The fighters fought hard but none of them were household names and really needed pre-produced, personality profiles and more info on who they are from the announcers to let casual fans 'in' the process so that we could care more about the fights and the overall broadcast. On a free preview night on Showtime, the network really dropped the ball in making the fighters human as well as apparently forgetting that Showtime was going to have a much ballyhooed heavyweight tournament in 2011 on which they seem to be hanging their hat."
Despite the reputation Mr. Ross may or may not have due to his affiliation with professional wrestling, he is a longtime producer of one of the longest running programs in the history of cable television. A very successful program at that. And with that expertise, "Good 'Ol J.R." took Showtime to task for their presentation of Strikeforce Challengers 13 last night (Jan. 7) from Nashville featuring such young up-and-coming talented prospects as Daniel Cormier and Tyron Woodley. So here is the question, Maniacs. Is Ross correct in his assessment of the show? Did they really blow a big opportunity when they were broadcasting to a reported 61 million homes? Let's hear your thoughts on the matter.