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Amazed at the amount of questions we have received on Twitter @JRsBBQ regarding Randy Orton's 60 suspension from WWE for a 2nd violation of WWE's Wellness Policy.
Not too sure what there is to not understand even though some followers would have likely been better off outside playing with their friends than asking "What is a Wellness Policy?"
Others have questioned the need for such a policy which I find absurdly stupid, not the policy but the questioning why one is needed.
Bottom line is that the business as always been about such things as "when one door closes, another door opens" and that "being in the right place at the right time" and both are still valid and viable in today's ever changing world and that includes sports entertainment.
As @HeymanHustle pointed out on Twitter earlier this week and as I've mentioned here many times, talents need to become much more motivated and aggressive in obtaining meaningful exposure and then 'maximizing their minutes.' As the old sales cliche goes, one won't get the order until one asks for it. To add to that cliche with another, one can't sell goods out of an empty wagon.
Translation...do what ever is necessary to professionally and legally get noticed and then be able to back it up once your number is called.
There has never been a more opportune time for talents who have the drive, determination, ingenuity, and physical talent to elevate as roster depth at the top of the card is ripe for the pickings.
If one is afraid to break a few eggs to make the omlet, IE afraid to raise the ire of the establishment to make their point or to facilitate an opportunity, then you're likely in the wrong business and remember that the lack of assertiveness, with attitude, likely means failure in other walks of life as well.
I expect various wrestling websites to reprint parts of this blog and only wish more of them would follow the lead of the minority and let fans know that we have a business we are attempting to build at http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss.
BTW and for the record, I felt that Paul Heyman was on the money in his aforementioned Twitter rant. Paul likely did not give himself enough credit for the natural talent that he has and that I saw in him when he was a 23 year old in WCW with who most management people did not want to work. Paul could be caustic, abrasive, and hard to work with for some but I saw a natural born antagonist/talker and pushed strongly for Paul to become my partner in Atlanta for Turner's organization.
Were there days that I questioned my decision? Absolutely. However, great talkers and TV villains aren't easily manufactured, if at all, and the life long fan and student of the business and I had a combustible team that was, hopefully, fun to listen to back in the day.
Yes, there were days in WCW that Heyman legitimately drove me borderline insane and truly tested my patience but what we documented on the air was a unique dynamic that, by and large, isn't provided in today's marketplace.
Getting questions of what I thought of Thursday night's TNA show. I never saw it as I was all in with the @okcthunder vs. San Antonio on TNT. Plus, any comment I make on TNA is generally considered 'cryptic' or comes with some outlandish conspiracy theory. Bottom line, I don't watch their broadcasts regularly enough to evaluate them and if I did what purpose would it serve? I do have many friends there and hope that they have success.
I'm headed down to Tampa soon to spend a few days at FCW next week. Should be an especially rewarding few days considering all that's going on there. The upside of several young talents is significant but I'm unaware of their timelines as to when they may be called up to WWE. I personally feel that much of getting called up is up to the talents by making themselves more 'must see.'
Really am enjoying how WWE has introduced Damien Sandow to Smackdown. Sandow meant something to the viewer when he had his first TV match thanks to vignettes, etc. How a talent is introduced and how they execute their end of the equation is supremely imperative for any young talent.
What would I think of Brock Lesnar attempting to become a 'two sport' guy and perform in WWE and fight in UFC at the same time frame? I'd suggest that it would be ill advised and that it can't be done on the highest level of each genre in an efficient manner. Obviously, a person could do it, theoretically, and enhance his earnings over the short haul but it seems as if it would be too taxing an issue on one's body to attempt such a feat. I have no idea is that idea is even on Lesnar's radar but we've gotten the question here a great deal. I'm not in touch with Brock and haven't been for years so my take on the matter is merely one man's opinion.
Just updated the Q&A section of this website. Interesting lot of questions that made the cut. One that didn't was someone who wanted to know their chances of making the WWE HOF because they had been a life long fan and still had the 1988 Summer Slam on a vhs tape.
Still of the mindset that Manny Pacquiao will fight Floyd Mayweather in the future on a day where Floyd turned himself into authorities today in Vegas to begin a jail term. There is simply too much money on the table for this must see, history making fight NOT to happen. I'm still under the assumption that the fanbase is being manipulated by both fighter's camps. Both warriors 'need to know' plus NO ONE ever has too much money to turn down this sort of payday that might spawn even more dollars via a rematch or rematches. If the PPV carriers would lessen their percentages for this particular fight or make some other financial 'deal' so that the fighters get more of the PPV money, this is a done deal. As it stands, both camps essentially say it's the other camp's fault that the fight isn't happening which does nothing more then increase the desire of fans to see the fight.
My prediction is that the fight happens in 2013.
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I'm writing another piece for WWE.com and their Classics section of the site that should be posted next Tuesday. This is another installment of my multi part story on the broadcast partners that I've had and we're now in the WCW years.
Thought that the Hatfield's and McCoy's on the History Channel this week was amazing. The DVD sales of that mini series will be staggering.
Best WWEShop. JR's package to consider? I like the JR's Cookbook package that comes with an autographed cookbook and a great selection of our products.
I think our sales at WWEShop.com would pick up if more people did not think that we only make our products for the grill when they are equally as good when used in one's kitchen.
I'd like to see @JoeyStyles and @HeymanHustle on a Legends Roundtable along with @JCLayfield some day. @WWEClassics do a super job on these shows and the Raw Memories Roundtable we taped a couple of weeks ago airs in early July in advance of the 1,000 episode of Raw.
Sold on the belief that Big 12 will expand to 12 teams in football within the next year, if not sooner, and that list could include, potentially, such teams as Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville.
Enjoying the Womens College World Series this week in OKC. Still may hit some more games today or tomorrow. It's airing on ESPN2.
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