JR's 1st Post WrestleMania 29 & RAW Blog...Tons of Q&A's Updated.. Grilling Season is upon us..Order JR's Today!
Great to be home after a seven day road trip of which was excellent featuring long days, exciting projects and reconnecting with old friends. With that said, let's grill..... JR's products were a HUGE hit at WM29 in WWE's Super Store. Exceeded our expectations. Fans can order now in time for grilling season at http://www.wweshop.com and in UK, Ireland and Europe via http://www.americansoda.co.uk. If you have specific shipping questions, etc you can hit them on Twitter @WWEShop and @americansoda. Thanks to all who bought JR's goods while at WM29. Honored to have long lines at both my appearances at the Super Store on Friday and at AXXESS Saturday morning. There's never enough time, but I got to visit with fans from all over the world and it's always wonderful to hear that I was the voice of so many of their childhood. That's humbling. Hoping to make more appearances in 2013, and beyond, to tell my story and to participate in Q&A's. Plans are underway for a major project that would feature just that with yours truly and perhaps others. That's all a work in progress. Found out Saturday that I was going to be a part of the Pre and Post Game shows on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. It was a blast and I enjoyed working with @scottstanford1, @WWEDustyRhodes and @TrueKofi and hope that the pre and post game concept is utilized again in the future. It's great to be able to contribute to a major PPV in any way possible. I haven't heard about the status of those shows going forward for those asking. My match of the night at WM29 was Taker vs. @CMPunk. Loved @TripleH vs. @BrockLesnar too. Tough act to follow, as I have discussed here for weeks, and going on last is always a daunting experience and it was Sunday for @JohnCena and @TheRock but they came through it well especially considering that Rock had a torn abductor muscle that he suffered early in the bout.I still have a hard time fully understanding the gripe of some fans who have an issue of a match being a return even one year later. "We've already seen it" doesn't resonate with me but, admittedly, I may be too old school. The issue of ANYONE going on last on a FOUR HOUR PPV will always be a challenge no matter who they are or what type of issue or match that they have. We live in a society that overall has a short attention span and have little patience. Trying to emotionally invest in a 'main event' after being seated for approximately four hours is always going to be a tough hand to play for most.. But that's why the talents who close the show make the big bread, right?I am excited to see the WrestleMania 29 DVD and hear the commentary more closely and to specifically watch the entire WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The HOF was a wonderful experience for me and my wife Jan as it seems to be every year. I was very humbled and honored to be mentioned in so many of the inductees speeches. That was a surprise and certainly was the highlight of my entire WM29 experience. Found it pretty pathetic that many fans who seemingly believe all or most of what they read online felt that the Rock walked out on WWE Monday while missing RAW. Some people thrive on dirt and gossip...thrive may be a too nice a word...how about 'obsess' and believe damn near whatever they read. Rock was injured early on in the main event versus Cena but continued the match as the two men, who I signed back in the day, did the best that they could considering the situation. Co-sign on the great live audience for RAW Monday night made up of many Northeast American fans and, of course, many from out of the country especially from the UK among other countries. Not shocked, I wrote about it here multiple times, that Fandango had a solid outing with the great @IAmJericho Chris Jericho at WM29 notwithstanding the point that Jericho's retaliation on Fandango Monday night on RAW was pure textbook. Young wrestlers need to take note of Jericho's unbridled passion And realism in getting a piece of Fandango on RAW. The Fandango buzz is intriguing and it will last as long as his in ring performances hold up positively to his controversial TV persona. For the record, I am NOT producing the upcoming Mid South Wrestling DVD that WWE will release in September. I merely did several hours of interviews and voiced over some non televised main events that previously had not been called by anyone. I was simply asking for ideas on Twitter @JRsBBQ of what some might want to have included in this long awaited release. Knowing the society that we live in today, no matter what WWE puts on this DVD some will squeal like a pig stuck under a gate because something they they wanted to see did not make the edit. How about this...if the first one sells good how about WWE produce a second one? Novel concept. I called a ton of new matches on the Mid South DVD Tuesday night including a 40+ minute clinic of a NWA Title Bout from the Superdome between Ric Flair and Terry Taylor. Also called Snowman vs. Jake Roberts for the TV title with The Barbarian (aka John Nord aka The Berserker) in Jake's corner and Muhammad Ali in the Snowman's corner. This match shows just some of the brilliance of Jake the Snake. This one was also from the Superdome. Called a blood bathe between Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Maddog Buzz Sawyer from New Orleans, old, downtown Municipal Auditorium, a Midnight Express vs. Rock 'n Roll Express match and some 'Last Stampede' content involving Cowboy Bill Watts and Stagger Lee vs. Jim Cornette's Midnight Express....among MANY other bouts. After we finished, I sounded like I had gargled with Drano but thankfully the pints of hot tea that I consumed got me through it....and kept me up all night hitting the facilities. Speaking of Jake, I saw @JakeSnakeDDT at the WWE hotel at WrestleMania and he looked fantastic. I pray that he can stay on the path that he is on and then positively affect so many lives. Jake has so much to offer society notwithstanding the wrestling business if he can remain clean and sober. We had the best one on one visit that I can EVER remember having with Jake and I've known him over 30 years. We'll resume our visit next week at the @CACReunion in Las Vegas. @DDPYoga has been doing wonderful things for Jake and for Scott Hall who you can follow @SCOTTHALLNWO. Keep them in your prayers. Loved how RAW went off the air Monday night, @Ryback22 standing tall over John Cena. Is Ryback a newly minted villain? Not so fast there knee jerkers. I think that the fans will make that call and perhaps even more people will boo John Cena that have previously as Ryback obviously, as he should, has his sights set on the WWE Title and a top spot within WWE.Really admired how @MichaelCole steered the ship at the announce table during the four hour PPV Sunday night and then followed it up with a stellar effort Monday on RAW. Announcing in today's WWE isn't easy and the volume of work is daunting. No one prepares more than Cole, that trait reminds me of me, and he makes @JCLayfield, who's still refining his villain announcer game, and veteran Jerry Lawler better on a challenging-to-master three man team. I'd suggest that WWE make Cole, JBL and King their full time RAW broadcast team especially considering that the three hour RAW's are tough to navigate. Without question, @JCLayfield makes RAW better even when he takes lame shots at yours truly. John is very bright and brings a cutting edge to the party and I can't wait until he starts engaging King more as that verbal duel would make the broadcasts even better in my view. With so many young talents ascending to new heights and roles, it is more important now than ever to have the broadcasters really enhance all the superstars and that's an every segment, every week piece of business. Cole, JBL and King can get it done. Have you downloaded the @LayfieldReport app? If not you should. Great, weekly radio show. Check out all the activities next week at the @CACReunion at http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. I hope to see many of you there in Vegas. Attending the OU Sooner Spring Game Saturday here in Norman. #Sooners gearing up for a run at another Big 12 Title in 2013 in what many feel will be a challenging year for them and a very balanced year in the league.Loved that @HEELZiggler cashed in the MITB contract on RAW and not at WM29. Many more eyes watching Monday than Sunday. Ziggler is still evolving and I think will end up being a significant fan favorite before all is said and done. Nice triangle of issues involving Ziggler, Del Rio and Swagger. Back home now and will be doing more writing over the next several hours and answering your Q&A's. Boomer Sooner! Hit those Q&A's. J.R. @JRsBBQ