Greetings folks and thanks for stopping by our site. Busy days here in the heart of the holiday shopping season and remember that http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss can handle all your holiday, gift needs. It's time for random thoughts.
@CMPunk is WWE's hottest performer at the moment and connects better than anyone I've seen in a while with the fans. I've seen average in ring talents that were able to connect with the paying customers earn big money and Punk is no average, in ring talent.
Re-watched portions of Survivor Series. There were a couple of bouts in particular that I would have enjoyed broadcasting but be that as it may I thought that @TheRock looked fantastic and certainly seemed quicker and arguably more athletic than he did at times during his original, WWE run. Very impressed. For a guy to be gone 7+ years and return in game shape and without ring rust is a helluva accomplishment.
Not sure what most people think that a wrestling villain is supposed to be but for me it's a guy fans loudly boo and buy tickets and PPVs to see said individual get beat up and to lose.
So when we get endless emails here or Tweets @JRsBBQ regarding John Cena changing his persona to be a "full fledged bad guy" I become disconnected. There is a large part of the beloved WWE Universe who enjoys booing Cena and like to see John in less than positive situations. So, what would said change be exactly? Cena would get the little kids and the women to boo him? Come on, and forgo all that merchandise that he sells? That makes zero sense to me.
Cena's in ring, TV persona is somewhat reminiscent of Bret Hart's TV persona during a point in time of his WWE run. The Cena 'turning into a full fledged villain role' as some fans constantly encourage seems over thought in my opinion.
A Twitter follower suggested that WWE, ROH, and TNA should work together once a year, "for the good of the fans," and promote a joint PPV. It would be a 'joint' PPV alright with way too many cooks in the kitchen. I've already invested too much time on something that will never, EVER happen. Next. (For more proof that this is a silly idea, Google Super Clash.)
Looking forward to doing some upcoming work with FCW down in Tampa. I remain steadfast that the future of the business is the development and evolution of new stars.
Another question that I get asked every week is if I'm retiring. Again, NO. I'm not thinking about it. I enjoy my association with WWE and, being a team player, enjoy the various assignments that are come my way. Change isn't always bad and not being on the road 51 weeks a year doesn't hurt my feelings.
Two of the best selling products that we offer have been our new, All Purpose Seasoning and the autographed JR's Cookbook. I used the Seasoning last night on grilled steaks and in Italian green beans. It made them both better.
In our weekly, non Undertaker update...there is rampant speculation as to when the Deadman will return, who he will wrestle at WM28, who wins, who loses in Miami, how many matches that Taker is planning on having before he retires and even more on his current hair style.
Here's what I take from all that....The Undertaker is WWE's most enduring star and 'The Streak' is as big a part of Wrestlemania as any thing on the card in the eyes of many fans. Adding the Undertaker to the WM28 mix, say after the first of the year, will add needed momentum to the April 1, 2012 event.
Was asked if HBK was 'really' retired from in ring competition..again. Of all the wrestlers who have said that they are retired and will never wrestle again, I believe @shawnmichaels_ more than all of his peers put together. Do I think Shawn is completely done with the business? Nope. Do I think that HBK wrestles again? No.
Yes, I'm a fan of ROH Wrestling and hope that their group finds great success. They present an unique product in today's marketplace and their wrestlers work hard, are trying to make their mark and to earn a living. As time goes, on one of the best things that ROH can say is that they placed X number of talents in WWE. What would it mean for ROH to have an alum headline Wrestlemania?
No idea what the delay in Brodus Clay debuting on Raw may be but it may not be really be a 'delay' at all. I do know that the 'false starts' have begun to create a little buzz and the more anticipation for the monster Clay the better. Just maximize those minutes.
Is this the year that the Ultimate Warrior goes into the WWE Hall of Fame? If so, I have to be there to hear the induction speech. I assume Warrior would accept the accolade if asked.
Some one asked if Booker T can still 'go' in the ring as it appears that Booker vs. Cody Rhodes is upcoming. My answer to that question is yes, without question. Booker is ring savvy and is still light years ahead of most of the WWE roster when it comes to ring psychology.
This is what I know about the January 2 promo WWE has been running on their TV shows. Whatever it is, it's the day before my 60th birthday.
After Daniel Bryan's performance on the live, Smackdown I hope that WWE decision makers see that Bryan is a player and that fans will buy him in a main event level role. He may not pass some folk's 'eye test' but Bryan has just a little bit of 'it.'
Do you use BBQ sauce on dishes cooked in your kitchen or only on your grill? If you answered only on my grill, then I can't tell you how much good flavor that you're missing. IE, baked chicken, broiled salmon, baked beans, and so much more.
For college football fans, the LSU-Alabama return match in the Louisiana Super Dome is as good as set. That includes no matter if LSU loses the SEC Title game to Georgia and no matter what happens at Bedlam between OU and Oklahoma State. The BCS mantra is the place the nation's two best teams in the big game and those with power have indicated that those two teams are Bama and Loopy Les Miles crew from Baton Rogue. It is possible, not probable, that if the rematch does occur and UGA upsets LSU. that the national title game would feature two teams where neither won their conference.
Even though the weatherman is predicting temps in the high 30's and a rain/snow mix for Saturday night, I will be on the Sooner sideline enjoying the 106th meeting of the Sooners and the Cowboys. I've already heard from OSU alum Jerry Brisco this week and he's ready as his Pokes are loaded and stand a great chance in finally beating OU for the Big 12 Title. The game is going to be broadcast by ABC with my pal Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge calling the action. Holly Rowe, who has one of our JR's Cookbooks and loves the Main Event Mustard, will be working the sidelines.
I am officially hooked on Broadwalk Empire on HBO. There, I got it off my chest.
Happy belated birthday here to my good friend Jerry Lawler who celebrated another one this week. The King's JR's Beef Jerky care package will be arriving soon so he can continue his low carb eating.
Upon further review, it might make more sense than many John Morrison fans think for John to step away from WWE now that his WWE contract has expired. John has had a few injuries that rest and physical therapy will help greatly. Plus, he's free to enjoy the holidays. I can see John taking a few months, perhaps even a year, off, heal, recharge his batteries and then return to WWE. Of course the obvious question from many fans is when will Morrison turn up on another company's wrestling, TV show? Personally, I don't see that happening but that's merely one guy's opinion. John is a talented athlete and certainly wish him the best.
We're getting great feedback on the new, Stone Cold DVD. Anxious to see what others in, and out, of the business think of it. Talked about it today on www.yahoosportsradio.com.
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