Hope everyone is enjoying a great weekend. Let's roll with some random thoughts and answers to a few questions.
Enjoyed being on http:/www.yahoosportsradio.com this morning with my pal Sean Pendergast. The podcast will be up later today and I will Tweet it from @JRsBBQ.
Q.."How's Bobby Heenan?" It's tough for Bobby to communicate but from what I understand he's doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. Cancer is a vile and vicious affliction. 'The Wease' is making a few, select appearances which is good. I love the guy and he was visited recently by Dusty Rhodes and Harley Race in Tampa.
I never said Undertaker's Streak at WrestleMania would end in the ring. I've actually said the contrary and that I did not think it would happen. That's simply my opinion but it can only be determined in the ring. Obviously, the Streak will end some day when Taker retires which I do not expect to be this year. That decision is entirely up to Undertaker and how his body is holding up after years of combat.
Q.."Will Chris Brown ever wrestle/fight CM Punk?" I hope not. Can't see it ever happening.
Q.."Bruno vs. Austin both in their prime?" Bruno fans will say Bruno and Austin fans will say Austin as there is no way of knowing. Austin was quicker, Bruno was stronger and both were physically and mentally tough. To predict one over the other is an exercise in futility.
Q.."Am I concerned about the weather at WM29 in New Jersey?" Absolutely not. Why would any sane person worry about something that they cannot control?
Going outdoors for events such as WrestleMania present a majestic image and an immense stage but weather will always be a concern no matter where the venue is located. I predict that WM29 will sell out well in advance of the event when tickets go on sale sometime this fall. The show will go on rain or shine..so to speak.
Q.."How do we contact JR for media interviews, to discuss paid personal appearances, business opportunities, etc?" Go to the home page of this site and click on to Contact Us and follow the directions.
Q.."Will Owen Hart ever go into the WWE HOF?" My assumption would be yes but not any time soon due to circumstances beyond WWE's control.
Q.."Was Vader under utilized during is WWE run?" I'd say no because Vader was in several main event scenarios but was limited due to wear and tear on his big body and untimely injuries. Vader was amazingly athletic for a super heavyweight and I felt his WWE tenure was productive. Could it have been better? Sure...in hindsight most talents could have had better experiences..in hindsight.
Q.."Are some WWE Superstars jealous of Rock's return to WWE and headlining WM28?" Probably, but I've not spoken directly to any that express that sentiment however jealousy isn't anything new in the genre or in any locker room. For one to think that it isn't is being naive. @TheRock returning to WWE is about BUSINESS and the bigger the pie the bigger the slice for everyone.
Q.."Do you follow European Football (soccer)?" No and I say that respectfully. However when I cordially retweet a 'good luck' to a team for a die hard fan who requests it I generally get taken to task by that team's rival.
Q.."What your AXXESS schedule going to be for WM28?" I still don't know but I do know that I will be making multiple appearances in Miami during WM28 week. Plus, WWE will be featuring JR's products at the WWE Merchandise area at AXXESS.
Q.."Are you inducting any one at the WWE HOF?" No. I'm going to be able to go and enjoy one of my favorite events of the year strictly as a fan. Can't wait.
Q.."Would you be interested in being a GM of Raw or Smackdown?" Not particularly. That's not what brought me to the dance.
Q.."Does WWEShop.com ship to Canada?" Absolutely and Canada is rapidly becoming a hotbed for our brand as shipping is reasonable and delivery time is quicker than most would think. Thanks, Canada.
Q.."Why won't you name your favorite match of all time?" Because I don't know the answer. It changes by the day. It'd be like the father of many children naming their favorite child. I've been blessed to have been at ringside for some of the biggest bouts in history that all have significance professionally and personally to me.
Q.."Do you still think that JBL will induct Ron Simmons into the WWE HOF?" That's my personal assumption. @JCLayfield is the perfect choice for many reasons. John might damn near steal the show with his intro.
Q.."Will WWE music man Jim Johnson ever be inducted into the WWE HOF?" Gosh I have no idea. Jim is a talented man and has left his mark on WWE music for years but I don't know if that correlates into HOF status.
Q.."Do you want to wrestle Michael Cole at WM28?" Absolutely, not. And not any where else either. That hand has been played. Time to shuffle the deck and deal new cards. Cole and JR don't need to be taking valuable TV time that should be used by young talents who are expected to be the stars of the future.
Q.."What pro wrestler, in their prime, could have beaten Dan Hodge, in his prime, in a legit, wrestling match?" Yes, I'm biased but I never saw anyone who could hang with Hodge when Danny was at his best. Just Google him and take a look at his amateur record in wrestling AND boxing. If Hodge was in his prime today, he would be the face of UFC. Hodge was around 220 in the pros so size cold have been a detriment but his strength, especially his grip, was inhuman.
Q.."Did John Cena's promo Monday night on Raw resonate with you?" It impressed me a great deal as I thought it was John's best in ring promo ever. He spoke from his heart and how that he personally feels about @TheRock whether folks agree with @JohnCena or not. I loved John's passion and expect one hell of a rebuttal this Monday night on RAW.
The best and most productive rivalries in the genre of sports entertainment, and this goes back forever, are organic, personal issues. Yes, 'meaningful' titles are imperative, without question, but adding the personal component to a title tilt makes it even more marketable. That's what I see happening with the @CMPunk vs. @IAmJericho WWE Title bout at WM28. The WWE Title is the most coveted prize in WWE but this bout will escalate even more while becoming a personal issue of significance. The on camera build for Punk-Jericho should rival anything that we fans have heard and seen in years.
Rock vs. Cena has been simmering for a year. Social media has helped underscore this match and will continue to help enhance this main event that will surely close the show at WM28. Going on last at an event like WM28 cbrings with it immense pressure and responsibility. Some men have buckled under this pressure and under delivered when the lights were shining their brightest.
Neither Cena nor Rock will wilt while closing the show in Miami. Both men come from legit, athletic backgrounds where being in the starting lineup and playing in the big game was a part of their athletic DNA. Both men have intense work ethic and both perceive that they are the alpha male inside the squared circle. Obviously something has to give and watching this one play out including this Monday in Portland on Raw all the way through to the 'second bell' at WM28 truly intrigues me.
As far as Undertaker vs. HHH inside HIAC, one can safely say that these two future Hall of Famers have logged more WrestleMania main events than they have left. Am I saying that this is the last time that we see either HHH or Undertaker compete at a WrestleMania? No. However, no one ever beats Mother Nature which is why I think that these two, talented, dedicated and passionate veterans will have a match for the ages inside the unyeilding HIAC. Both know what to do inside 'Satan's Structure" to maximize the impact of their presentation. I see two, proud men wrestling as if this could be their last WM match because no one can gurantee our tomorrows.
"Will Sammartino's WWE Title reign ever be broken?" Highly Unlikely. I'd bet some JR's BBQ Sauce that no one even comes close.
"You watching UFC tonight from Tokyo?" To be determined (TBD). There are some interesting matchups but it all depends on the Mrs' plans for the evening. If it was a 'must see' PPV I would definitely watch it live but it doesn't strike me as such.
"What's the one match in WWE history that you didn't call that you wished that you could have?" WM3...Andre vs. Hulk and Savage vs. Steamboat.
"Does Jake the Snake Roberts deserve to be inducted into the WWE HOF?" He certainly does in my opinion. Great mind. Amazing psychology. Headlined some amazing events and made many less talented main eventers better because of his ability to accentuate his opponent's strengths.
"Are you going to be announcing at WM28?" I assume not but that could change.
"Who in FCW seems to be ready to be called up?" It largely depends on WWE's plans for the talents once they are called up. Several talents look to be close. There's ample talent in FCW, without question, but how well they do once they elevate to the primary roster becomes a new ball game. The ones that continue to work on their in ring skills, study DVDs, remain diligent with their strength and conditioning work and conduct themselves as professionals 24/7 are the ones who at least stand the chance of making it to the Promised Land...and staying a while.
Happy Birthday to Ric Flair. Naitch called me this past week to catch up. He's got a great opportunity with Coca Cola's energy drink along with his state lottery work. I went on You Tube and checked out Ric's TV commercials for the lotteries he promotes and they were hilarious.
Some of my fondest memories in the business involve Ric Flair and I'm so blessed to have been able to broadcast not only many Ric Flair bout but @ShawnMichaels bouts over the years, too as they are widely considered the two, best, all around pro wrestlers ever. That's a debate that will rage on until the end of time but no one can intelligently say that Naitch and HBK aren't on an abbreviated list of the best ever.
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