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Tickets are beginning to move fast for our RINGSIDE: An Evening w/ Jim Ross shows scheduled for Saturday March 1 in New York City at the Gramercy Theater and on Thursday April 3 in New Orleans at the House of Blues. Tickets for all four shows are on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com and the respective box offices. VIP tickets that include a meet and greet are still available but are selling quickly.
One of the highlights of these intimate, personal shows are the No Holds Barred Q&A's which are unpredictable and about as organic and raw as one could ask for.
Let's address a few items that have been hitting our mail bag:
CM Punk- I know no more than any other fan. I know that I do not condone anyone walking away from their job or commitment no matter the situation unless one is completely physically and/or mentally unable to perform. Perhaps that's the case in Punk's situation but I don't know. My guess is there's nothing regarding this problem that can't be resolved to everyone's satisfaction including the most important people of them all in this equation and that's the fans. Punk worked his entire, adult life building his body of work and embracing a loyal, fan base and those fans deserve to be a part of this particular chapter ending with the approiate closure.
I remain steadfast that at the end of the day the amazingly talented Punk and the WWE belong together.
Just as Steve Austin said on a recent podcast @PodcastOne, don't leave money laying on the table no matter how much cash one has saved.
Like most things in our lives, it's all about communication.
Hijacking Shows- Fans pay their money to come to WWE events and have fun. Yelling, chanting, etc is a part of that process. I still remain firm in my opinion that the loudest chants are reserved for televised evens where the participants feel that they can make a bigger impact and garner more attention. "Hijacking" isn't so commonplace it seems at non televised, live events. Organic, meaningful chants are not problematic but random, attention seeking chants started by a vocal, defiant minority doesn't work for me. Just my two cents.
My first Ross Report podcast for @PodcastOne with special guest Steve Austin will drop on Wednesday February 19.
I'm hearing that TRT, testosterone replacement therapy, is being thoroughly reviewed within MMA. I personally think that TRT is somewhat of a joke and at the and of the day makes fools out of athletic commissions. For a 30 something year old man to need TRT is dubious to say the least other than it compensates for them often times abusing steroids as a younger men.
The biggest things that one needs before launching a wrestling career....a outgoing and engaging personality, great cardiovascular conditioning, an unrelenting work ethic, sound fundamental training...and a viable, plan B because most attempting to launch a career on the WWE level will not make it. Not gloom and doom....merely fact.
Really loved the Ernie Ladd video that aired this week on WWE programming. The Big Cat taught me so much about the fundamentals of the wrestling business while we were both working for Bill Watts in Mid South. Especially over those all night domino games in my hotel room after our TV meetings every other Tuesday night in Shreveport. Ernie taught me about psychology, in and out of the ring, how to better communicate with athletes, especially black athletes of that era, and life in general.
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Q&A's updated here on the site.
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