Good of you to stop by....temps still soaring here in Oklahoma...nonetheless let's kickoff this blog that addresses many of your questions to our Q&A section of the site and Tweets @JRsBBQ.
Memories of Billy Red Lyons? Wonderful man who was always in a great mood. Very personable and was generally an underrated wrestler who did well in every territory that he worked. Back in the day, I always loved seeing him at WWE TV's with Jack Tunney. Legend has it that Billy Red once nodded off while standing on the ring apron during a tag team match. His partner? Cowboy Bill Watts. Territory? AWA where some long, car trips were not unusual.
Do I think that Vince McMahon will ever buy a main stream sports franchise? Impossible to say as I never try to assume what McMahon may or may not do. Nothing would shock me especially with so many NBA teams in financial difficulty. Bottom line, who knows?
Do I hate Michael Cole? No. I really try to not be a 'hater' as I've worked with too many people in my life that were. They're no fun to be around. Cole is in a challenging spot trying to raise his game to the level of the antagonist Lawler, Cornette, Ventura, Heyman, JBL, and Bobby Heenan. I do know that our three man team will evolve on Raw nicely. Thsi has zero to do with some, like me by and large, who prefer a two man announce team. I'm not a big fan of the three man booth on Monday Night Football, BTW.
Do I prefer reality based sports entertainment or the 'bigger than life' spectacle style of presentation? Reality based by far. Not big on eye rolling, "are you kidding me?" type presentations. The more believable and more plausible the better for me.
Will WWE sell JR's products at live events? It's being discussed but no word yet. However, we will have BBQ Sauce and Beef Jerky at the merchandise stand at Summer Slam Axxess and I've signed all the product. Check it out if you attend. I might just see you there.
Evans or Ortiz this Saturday night in UFC PPV? Gotta go w/ Evans on this one even though Tito shocked many with his win over Ryan Bader on the last PPV.
If he had lived, how great would David Von Erich have been? Likely the best, pure in ring performer of the Von Erich brothers and if he was in control of his extracurricular activities outside the ring, he would have likely been a multiple time NWA Champion. Kerry had more charisma but David was gifted as an in ring performer and seemed to be the best 'student of the game' of the brothers.
Am I for HGH testing in the NFL? Absolutely. I'm for HGH testing in all forms of sports plus pro wrestling.
How is Bill Watts? The big Cowboy is now 70 and in great health, remarried and living in Bixby, Oklahoma. He just went on Facebook @ http://facebook.com/CowboyBillWatts. Check it out as it just went up. I'm sure that Cowboy would love to hear from long time fans.
BTW we get tons of tweets/emails from fans who have been following my career since I worked for Bill in Mid South Wrestling and UWF. Also, those fans ask how they can get DVDs from that period and the place to visit is http://www.universalwrestling.com. The Watts family owns the tape library and the DVDs that they produce come right from the master tapes. Great stuff from an extraordinary period in the business.
Will JR and Michael Cole have a 'blow off match?' Good Lord, I hope not. Why continue to punish the audience? That ship has sailed plus after a 2nd abdominal surgery only a few weeks ago that's the last thing that I need to be doing. Here's a novel idea, how about more wrestlers getting in the mix?
Any specific memories of San Jose? Always enjoyed the conversations while in San Jose w/ Pat Patterson who wrestled in the old, San Francisco territory promoted by Roy Shire for over a decade. Pat's run in that area was amazing plus he knows all the great spots to eat and introduced me to 'Original Joe's.'
I'm looking forward to being in San Jose for Raw Monday night as the last Raw before a PPV is usually a strong effort. The success of Summer Slam largely rests on the shoulders of CM Punk and John Cena notwithstanding the Smackdown main event of Randy Orton vs. Christian for the World Title. I'm anxious to broadcast the longer bouts that are often featured on PPV. I don't know the announce team assignment for Summer Slam but I'll prepare like I'm going to do 'em all.
Do I espouse to a 'grilling season?' Absolutely not. There are tons of ways to utilize BBQ Sauce in recipes that are done on a stove top or oven. Tons. Plus, our Chipotle Ketchup and Main Event Mustard aren't seasonal either. Plus, Beef Jerky is essentially an every day snack. Yes, I want to sell products at http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss but all I just stated is true. Remember that WWEShop ships our brand worldwide 24/7.
What does it mean for my OU Sooners to be ranked #1 in the pre season of college football? Good hype...great for the school,....better to be ranked high and try to hold the BCS ranking than to start lower and need other teams to lose and your team to stay essentially perfect to get to the BCS National Title game or a BCS Bowl Game.
Am I going to attend the much ballyhooed college football game with OU traveling to Florida State? That's the plan even though WWE has a PPV the next day in Buffalo. Got to address travel ASAP. I did not miss an OU game last season, home or away, but it looks as if the Mexico City RAW TV taping with interrupt that streak. October 15 WWE produces RAW in Mexico City while OU plays at Kansas.
You can use this link, http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss to check out our products at WWEShop. It's simple, quick and efficient. Got a cool tweet this week from a fan in rural Australia who received his package including a FREE, enhanced size, signed JR's card. Thinking that our goods traveled from Oklahoma to WWE to rural Australia stuck me as a pretty cool transaction.
Thanks for the visit and the support. Follow us on Twitter @JRsBBQ. Keep those Q&A's coming here as well.