RAW Thoughts..Legends of Mid South Wrestling DVD Blu Ray Extras..JR's UK Tour info

Busy day...busy week for yours truly but I always make time to thank everyone for ordering JR's BBQ Sauces, Chipotle Ketchup, Main Event Mustard, All Purpose Seasoning/Rub, 5 Flavors of Beef Jerky and our personally signed Cookbooks from http://www.wweshop.com. It's safe and secure online shopping that will deliver your order right to your front door. Great time to give our family's products a try. I promise that you will be happy that you did. With that said...Let's Grill!  Like most who made comments that I have read online since Monday night, I too thought that RAW was a strong show. No one needs to continue to beat the proverbial dead horse about how challenging it is for any of us to watch any three hour TV program, movie, etc. I get that but Monday's show was fun to watch with some logical surprises and interesting developments. Like the chemistry with ADR and Punk. Del Rio is a better fit as an antagonist or so he seems to me while Punk works splendidly as he organically is, a natural born rebel with a cause and natural defiance...ala Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Bottom line...RAW had a strong start. Smart talents get all they can out of going on early on a 3 hour RAW and while the audience is still fresh.  Impressed with Christian's performance after such a long layoff. Very proud of being the guy who signed both Christian and Edge and watching them develop into excellent in ring talents but, more importantly, even better men. Not sure how much longer Christian intends to perform but I'm hopeful that he gets involved into something viable from a creative standpoint before he says adios whenever that may be.  Unfortunate that Daniel Bryan got dinged up in his match with Randy Orton. Bryan is on a roll and there is no one hotter or with more momentum in WWE than Bryan. For young talents under six feet tall, there is no one better to study than Daniel Bryan. To further that thought, that concept also works well for those over 6 feet. Or 7 feet.  The Divas contingent seems more meaningful since last Monday's AJ/Kaitlyn/secret admirer business plus Stephanie McMahon interacting with the Divas helps them as well.  Let's hope that the ladies can continue to build their on air value.  Curious to see how Antonio Cesaro is monetized with Zeb Colter. I'm a big Cesaro fan and perhaps he and Jack Swagger can form a viable, serious tag team. Without question, Zeb is a skilled talker. There's no viable reason that I can see that these three can't be money ball players in WWE.   The Mark Henry 'retirement' segment was Monday Night RAW gold and will go down in history as one of the all time, great RAW moments as far as I'm concerned.  I've see a few in my time for ther record. The TV viewer's perception of any storyline or performance is dependent solely on the execution by the talent. Great execution can overcome mediocre material and great execution can make good material great and great creative unforgettable.  Mark Henry's performance Monday night will be remembered for years and was, without question, Mark's finest hour since we signed him in 1995.  Wrestling fans love to build their anticipation, always have, and WWE is doing a timely job of such with not only the Wyatt Family but also the return of the incomparable Rob Van Dam. The Punk/Heyman dynamic has long legs and the verbal presentation of their issues should be priceless. Plus, this matter provides young, Curtis Axel an opportunity for more 'rubs' with established stars.  Brock Lesnar coming out on the end of RAW was a big surprise. (I'm so happy that info was not spread throughout the internet or on Twitter Monday as a "spoiler." The only "spoiler" that I like is the  late, Don Jardine, if you care.)  Lesnar resembled an angry, Hereford Bull while manhandling Punk with the F5 and THIS confrontation came AFTER Dolph Ziggler went all Shawn Michaels on Alberto Del Rio who decided that walking away from a fight was the better part of valor in the RAW main event.  With all that said, it was a helluva final few minutes of Monday Night RAW.  As promised, the "Legends of Mid South Wrestling" DVD Blu Ray extras include: 1st hand story of hated villian Ted DiBiase getting his tires slashed by fans. 1982 North American Title bout between JYD & DiBiase. The Mid South story/history in the Louisiana Super Dome 1985 Steel Cage match, DiBiase & Dr. Death vs. Jake the Snake & Barbarian (John Nord) The Buzz Sawyer story Jim Duggan vs. Buzz Sawyer 1985 Jim Cornette's Favorite Moment in Mid South 1984 Cornette's Birthday Party Bill Watts seeks help to battle Midnight Express Watts & Stagger Lee vs. Midnight Express Dusty Rhodes talks Boyd Pierce, evaluating talent and more Cowboy Bill Watts talks about the late, Ernie Ladd. This DVD is scheduled to be released on September 10 and I'm, admittedly, childlike while awaiting the opportunity to watch it. I tweeted the cover art earlier today @JRsBBQ. My earlier blogs this week have both Chapters that comprise the DVD and a list of matches.  Tickets for my first, Spoken Word Tour, in the UK in late August, are still available online at http://www.psievens.eventbrite.com/ and @americansoda will be selling the JR's product that they stock at all four of our shows.  You're invited to follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ.  The Q&A's here on the site are updated as of Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks for stopping by... Boomer Sooner! J.R.    @JRsBBQ         
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 Mark Henry worked the Social Media marks like an old school pro! My only regret is that it took this long for Mark to become this kind of a big money player.  I know JR tends to put the "blame" for this more on the talent than the creative department, but "Sexual Chocolate" didn't do Mark any favors IMO. I've always been fascinated how Wrestling never gets the credit it deserves.  It has been at the very forefront of television, cable television, pay per view television, 1-900 hotlines which have come and gone but were a big thing in their day, the Internet and now Social Media.  Wrestling has been a huge part of the success of each of these entities, but never really receives any credit for it.

I am looking forward to the MId-South DVD.  Shawn Micheals had a chapter in his book about being in Mid-South.  Bill Watts sent him to Kansas City/Central States so he could get over and "win" matches.  There were many WWE alumni in the Mid-South.  JYD, Ted DiBiase, Hacksaw Duggan, Rick Rude, Lanny Poffo, The Freebirds, Jim Cornette, Iron Shiek, Nikolai Volkoff,  I could go on.  The early 80's Mid-South rocked. One thing I hope is mentioned is the road.  Those guys had some rough road trips that they had to drive, not fly.  It was tough on families.  I remember Sting alluding to that in a book. J.R., I've been to Westville a few times when I was a student at the University of Arkansas.   I would love to see a Mid-South history book along the lines of the Memphis wrestling history books.

 J.R love your work been a massive fan, you're truly one of the all Time greats just wondering for your spoken word tour if you have had any thourghts about coming down under to Australia, we would love to see you down here man  thanks a lot 

That's being casually discussed at this time. TBD. Thanks.

 Totally excited about the Mid-South DVD! I grew up in Houston, watching wrestling on channel 39 every Saturday night, sometimes attending the matches at the Sam Houston Coliseum. I have Mid-South "archives," but they're mostly on BETA, and I don't have a BETA player, so they're pretty much useless. One of my favorite memories is seeing Jake Roberts versus Master Gee at the Superdome, and if I'm not mistaken, Bundini Brown and Muhammad Ali were in attendance, and Ali went off on Jake after Jake taunted him during the match. Classic!

I have done some soul searching in regards to HBK being on the Dvd and agree with JRs reasoning......but let's admit that some extra sales will come from his appearance.  Geeez .....READY TO BUY NOW !!

 Back when Mid South/UWF was running, there wasn't a station in my TV market in Alabama that ran there program. WWE, NWA, World Class, and Continental were the only shows I got. Read about Mid South/UWF in PWI, so I can't wait for the Mid South Blu Ray to come out.

The DVD is great but I hope there is more to come. I was shocked that Skandor Akbar and Kamala were omitted. Akbar was the premier manager in Mid South and drew more heat than the wrestlers.