Chris Jericho Thoughts...'New Look'...Yahoo Sports Radio...Hitman Calls...JR's Cookbook Great For Beginners and Old Pros.

I appreciate all the birthday wishes we received on January 3 for my 60th. One is only as old as one feels and I'm feeling great. It must be all those great products from http://www.wweshop.com/JimRoss. Here we go.... 

The return of Chris Jericho to Monday Night Raw in Memphis as the mystery person in the series of vignettes that aired on WWE TV has been met with a great deal of discussion from fans and pundits.  

For the record, I liked it. Also, to be honest, about half way through the presentation, I was having my doubts. Then I saw what I perceived that Jericho was attempting to accomplish and thought that his presentation was unique and certainly unpredictable.  

The theory behind producing an episodic, entertainment program like Monday Night Raw is to always provide some measure of a pay off, don't give away the farm, and to always make sure that the broadcast leaves the air with the fans wanting more and willing to return next week to see the 'rest of the story.'

Even though, like many fans, I would have enjoyed hearing what Y2J had to say about why he has chosen this point in time to return, I fully understand the episodic nature of the beast. I am interested in Jericho's return and will tune in next Monday night to hopefully learn more of this storyline. 

By saying absolutely nothing and by using facial expressions and body English, Jericho actually said volumes. At least that's how I felt after the segment ended. The fans in Memphis seemed to be getting peeved at Jericho who they had just cheered moments earlier. Was that the intent? Stay tuned.  

Many more questions were figuratively asked than answered and when all was said and done I was left wanting more. In my view and as someone who has helped produce weekly TV for many years, that's a win. 

Today's fans, specifically the younger ones, seem to want instant gratification and seemingly are uncomfortable waiting for stories to evolve. Some even complain when two, skilled talents have multiple matches. Those types of fans would have had a tough time of it back in the territory days when some rivalries between main event level talents lasted, at times, a year.

I now have a specific reason, based on what I saw this past Monday, to invest my time in Monday Night Raw this coming week. This time will Y2J speak or communicate in yet another unique and unpredictable manner? 

Onto another crazy topic and one that has zero impact on the big picture in sports entertainment...my 'new look.' I showed up on Fox Sports Oklahoma's TV broadcast of the @okcthunder game Tuesday night sporting a new, gray goatee. Why? Well, the gray aspect is easy...I'm a 'mature gentleman.' (No jokes please.) The reason I grew the goatee was simply because I hadn't shaved in about a week or so during the holidays and when I decided to shave I thought, what the hell, let's see what a goatee would look like as I have never displayed any facial hair to speak of in my life.

My appearance, which was simply a cameo to promote the OKC RAW on February 6 in the arena in OKC, made the late edition of ESPN's Sports Center of which you can find likely on line and on our Twitter timeline @JRsBBQ. (By the way, it was fun attending an OKC event and not getting 'fired.')   

The goatee likely isn't going to last long term, too high maintenance, but it surprisingly has  folks talking. I guess it has been a slow, news week. For the record, I call it my "Rooster Cogburn" look. 

Our family business at WWEShop.com remains brisk and you can easily browse our page there by using this link: http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss. Most folks know that all our products are just as efficient indoors as on a grill but if you need help with recipes then you might want to consider buying JR's Cookbook which are personally signed by me and are available to be shipped any where via WWEShop.com. The packages with the signed swag make great gifts for any occasion.  

I'll be on http://www.yahoosportsradio.com this Saturday morning at 10:30 central time with my friend Sean Pendergast and we will talk WWE, MMA, Football and more for about half an hour. This is a national show on approximately 200 stations and can be accessed on line as well. Tune in if you have the time. Sean is a big fan and always provides me with some great questions and topics. 

Had a really nice, post birthday call today from Bret Hart who is enjoying the weather at his home in Kona, Hawaii. Bret is feeling great and I always enjoy visiting with the Hitman.

The list of folks from within the biz who reached out to me on my landmark birthday with personal phone calls, text messages and via Twitter @JRsBBQ was humbling. It was like a who's who within the business and their acts of kindness were sincerely appreciated.

Remember that tomorrow comes with no guarantee and while I hope to have many more birthdays I take none of them or even a single day of my life for granted. 

Thanks for the visit and the support. Be well and count your blessings daily. 

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.   

       

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I was very confused and waiting for Jericho to speak while watching it...but looking back now it was very unique and sets up something big to come by Jericho not speaking. I just hope that "she" is Stephanie McMahon and something big is in the works. And yeah i think Jericho was toying with the fans and was like "you're cheering for me after every bad name in the book i called you during my last run"...I know the plan is Jericho vs Punk for the WWE title at Mania so the road to there will be interesting indeed with Jericho as a heel again.

Happy late Birthday JR!  Loved the goatee...reminded me of Bill Watts!

Happy belated Birthday, J.R.  I hope the good Lord blesses you this and everyday!

Hi J.R.,

I saw some pictures of you with the goatee and think you should stick with it for a while.  It makes you look a little badass :-)  

I hope you're doing well and I really miss you on commentary on WWE.  I don't understand why they don't want you on the mic every second possible.

I agree that you look sorta badass with the goatee. Happy birthday!

Hi JR,

   I just watched the Legends Roundtable: Badasses on WWE Classics.  You do a great Stu Hart impersonation!   That's laugh out loud funny!

Breckenridge

Frankly I was surprised at the crowd's reaction to Jericho. My memory could be faulty, but I thought people were so glad to see him go, and now they're so happy to see him back? The way he kept extending his skit, I thought any moment he'd stop the applause and insult the audience.

Happy Belated 60th and Also Happy 40th anniversarry for u being in the Bussiness of pro wrestling.  Saw the Raw last Monday after coming home from Work. Y2J has it. It is Charsima. Jerchio is right up thier with the Rock and HBK as Charsmatic charters in Wrestling.  I also saw legends of wrestling on Badasses. Your Stu Hart impersions was so good. Lucky u surrive Stu wrestling holds.  Hope U come once in a while to Raw. I will mark out if u ever came back or make a special apperance and deck Micheal Cole.(LOL)

Link: http://www.wweshop.com/JimRoss
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Cheers

JR,

As my name suggests, I am a new old fan of the WWE.  I watched WWE programming religiously from Wrestlemania 14 up to Wrestlemania 25.  I haven't watched much over the past few years for a number of reasons, one of them being that you haven't been in the announcer's chair every week, but with the first RAW of 2012 I told myself, "I'm going to give this another shot."  I must say, I was not disappointed.

I was so happy to see Chris Jericho back where he belongs, and I felt that his return was genius.  Jericho will always be, in my mind, one of the best ever, and he can work a crowd like no one else.

I was also impressed with the talent displayed Monday night.  Cody Rhodes, sporting the classic IC strap, had a good little match with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan.  I would like to see more from these two in the future.  I really liked Wade Barrett as well.  Even though his match was a squash of Santino Marella he still showed that he is a very promising young talent.  I think he has the potential to be remembered as one of pro wrestling's greatest heels one day.

And it has been WAY too long since we've seen Kane in a mask.  He is finally back to his old form, and I love it. 

I am excited about the fact that I will be watching the WWE again.  I hope that I will enjoy as much as I used to.  By the way, this is my first post on your blog, JR.  I will be back to discuss the WWE again.  Thanks.

J.R.

Congrats on the big 60. Yes Jericho is back because FOZZY don't put much money in the bank account. And he is probably running low on cash..