Hall of Fame Morons..CAC Next Week..HBK/JR Hog Hunt..Mid South DVD..Chael Upsets Bones..Order JR's & Grill!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out Thursday's post WM29 blog and the updated Q&A section of the site. I last updated your questions as of Friday at noon Oklahoma time. Grilling time.... Just a few random thoughts...Although I loved the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night, I have to say that there were times during it that I was embarrassed to be a wrestling fan. The loud and obnoxious yelling and taunts from some attention starved morons put a damper on the evening especially when Maria Menounos was inducting Bob Backlund. The same stereotypes that many fans detest that are unfairly, at times, hung on them from the main stream media was well deserved by a handful of tools who just had to be heard and noticed.I wish security was stationed in the cheap seats and would quickly escort those obnoxious fans away from the event. One wold think that a 'real fan' would have more respect for the overall event than to cause so many negative disturbances. I'm all for fans cheering and having fun but off color remarks from the peanut gallery isn't warranted at an event such as the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.I'm headed to Las Vegas next week and will be attending the annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion. Check out @CACReunion or http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org for more info on this great event that will be held at the Gold Coast Hotel in Vegas Monday thru Wednesday. Several WWE folks are attending with the list still being finalized. I hope to see you there. This is arguably the most fan friendly event of its kind any where. My hog hunting adventure with @ShawnMichaels for his TV show will be taped in May at HBK's ranch. We'll be using crossbows will be a new experience for me. We harvest these over populated, destructive animals and then we have an official JR's BBQ to enjoy our, hopeful, success. Called a 42 minute NWA Title Bout from 1983 or 84 between Ric Flair and Terry Taylor that emanated from the Superdome, site of WM30, for the upcoming WWE produced Mid South DVD and the match was a text book, fundamentally sound classic. WWE captured a ton of interviews from talents who passed thru Mid South last week at the WWE hotel in Jersey City that will add a great deal to the DVD presentation. The release date is sometime in September and it will be interesting to see how it sells as many younger fans likely won't have a clue as to what Mid South Wrestling was or how many great stars were produced under Cowboy Bill Watts heavy hand. For those who haven't studied about Watts, he headlined MSG vs. @SammartinoBruno in Watts third year in the business and headlined most major, United States territories as a 300 pound monster when there weren't many 300 pounders who were athletes. Watts was a cross between Bill Parcells and Bobby Knight as it relates to his 'coaching' and was a hands on owner long before Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys. I was always a fan of ECW but Mid South Wrestling was 'extreme' long before ECW and that is not a diss on Extreme Championship Wrestling. Some of the bouts, such as @OfficialHacksaw (Jim Duggan) vs. Maddog Buzz Sawyer from the Municipal Auditorium was graphic as hell. I'd assume that this DVD release will be a PG14 aka mature content type thing with parental guidance required as it has some really edgy, physical content on it. It's not vulgar but has graphic physicality included because that was the style, especially, in those days of the wild, wild West. Some friends and I are making plans now to travel to South Bend, Indiana for the #OU vs. Notre Dame college football game this fall. Bucket list deal for me as I've never been to a game at Notre Dame. It was an awesome experience for many of the NXT talents to be able to come to WM29 and compete at AXXESS. I loved their infectious enthusiasm and the fact that they looked, as they should, at that opportunity with great anticipation and excitement. The feedback was excellent and it's once again proof that the WWE Developmental Program has never been in better shape but, trust me, the best is yet to come. I'm really proud of the coaches and athletes in NXT and feel honored to be able to work with them in any capacity. In my view, WWE has no more important department in the entire company than the Talent Development Program because that's where the WrestleMania main eventers of tomorrow will be developed.Just found out that the last hail storm that rolled through Oklahoma ruined our roof. Thanks, Mother Nature. We are doing all we can to get our products into grocery stores or major retailers like Wal Mart, etc but as I've said it is a massive challenge. We won't quit but until we make it happen but it isn't immanent. Until then please order online for home delivery at WWEShop, http://www.wweshop.com and hit them with your questions on Twitter @WWEShop.Our distributor in Manchester, England, http://www.americansoda.co.uk just made another large order that is on a ship in route to England as we speak. They ship throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe and can be reached via Twitter @americansoda. One of my bucket list moments was fulfilled at WM29 when my wife and I had dinner with Bruno Sammartino and his friends from my wife's hometown of Pittsburgh. I heard some great stories and was amazed at Bruno's recall for details, etc. I'd love to do a sit down interview with Bruno for a DVD some day. Just saying...Even though Chael Sonnen is a significant underdog against Jon Jones in their upcoming #UFC Title fight and even though I'm a @sonnench fan, I'd submit that the brash talking Oregonian winning the Light Heavyweight Title would be good for @UFC. Why, you ask the 'pro wrestling guy' who has no business speaking on MMA? It's called a return. It's a shocker, an upset that would get tons of MMA fans talking and buzzing about what 'Bones' Jones would do in a rematch vs. the natural born, pro wrestling villain whose long term future in MMA is behind a mic.It's too bad that more MMA fighters don't have the organic, verbal skillset that does Chael. He knows how to sell a fight and please don't tell me that stuff is for pro wrestling only. Promoters have been doing hype for years since the days of Jack Johnson being promoted heavily not because of his skills but because of the color of his skin. Who';s going to beat the black man? What about the German, Max Schmeling, vs. the American GI., Joe Louis, or Muhammad Ali talking people into their seats against an array of average heavyweights who fans wanted to see knock out the talkative and brash Ali? Was asked a question on the Q&A's here about the importance of an antagonist broadcaster in WWE, etc. I'd say it is imperative. There must be a trusted, voice of reason without question of which @MichaelCole handles for WWE expertly. I do think that it is important for @JCLayfield to continue to evolve as an intelligent 'villain' who makes valid points that many viewers don't want to hear or accept. John is a welcomed voice on Monday Night Raw in my view and I'd love to hear @JerryLawler recapture his ' antagonist edge' too because no one is more witty or has better natural instincts then does the King. It seems as if a three hour, flagship broadcast like Raw would be well served with the trio of Cole, King, and JBL handling the commentary. That's just coming from a fan/viewer of the broadcast. It would also provide Cole and Layfield more opportunities to promote the @LayfieldReport app which I highly recommend even though I'm still sitting by the phone awaiting the chance to promote JR's products on their ever growing entity. Perhaps we'll do it closer to the official beginning of grilling season which many consider to be Memorial Day. I'm attending the OU Football Spring game which will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest as I understand it. If you see me there be sure and say hello. If you are in Norman, you can also hit any of the four, Norman Homeland stores for JR's products at great prices and no shipping costs. Thanks for dropping by and please visit the Q&A section if you have a minute. We are less than 2,000 followers away from 750,000 so any assist you can provide there is always appreciated. Be well.Boomer Sooner!J.R.