Wednesday Blog..Heyman..Lesnar..HHH..Grilling Perfect Burger..Kane..JR'S @ wweshop.com..FIRST TAKE

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The Monday Night Raw from Nassau Coliseum was a hit in the TV ratings. The HHH/Heyman business along with the Cena/Big Johnny content at the end of the night were big winners.

As a fan, I thought the segment involving 'The Game' and Paul Heyman was the most compelling thing on Raw. 

Heyman is a natural born antagonist and when he speaks he isn't 'acting' but simply being himself. I've personally been in too many non televised arguments with Paul to know of what I speak. Heyman has 'it' and always has plus it's obvious that the native New Yorker hasn't lost a step in his self imposed, long sabbatical from the biz over the past several years. 

Paul Heyman is the best, antagonist, promo talent in WWE hands down. 

A few weeks ago when HHH had his physical encounter with Brock Lesnar,  I 'felt' that any bout between the two would be special. Specifically after the 'Cerebral Assassin' (Great handle...wonder where that came from?) fired up on Lesnar for a brief but impactful interlude of hammering right hands. That exchange struck a chord with me and flipped the switch for my motor to engage. 

IF Lesnar vs. HHH happens at Summerslam, and I hope that it will, it will be a stellar attraction that will be fresh and not too likely to ever happen again. The bell to bell of this potential main event really has my interest and I'm intrigued to see how this matter plays out between now and August 19.

I'm hoping that WWE uses some of the classic moments of Money in the Bank to help promote the PPV that will be held in July in Phoenix. There are so many great moments in MITB that can be utilized to help sell the PPV. MITB has been a solid concept and really has been a star launcher to a large sense over the years. 

Love how some in main stream sports love to knock the genre of sports entertainment yet shows like ESPN's 'First Take' is nothing more than an elongated, promo segment between a villain manager, Skip Bayless, and his 'arch rival,' Stephen A Smith. The role of Mean Gene is played by Jay Crawford. Don't take this as a diss of the show as I'm a regular viewer but main stream sports entities generally do all they can to distance themselves from 'pro wrestling' even though they use regularly elements from the business in this programming. 

When I got the Atlanta Falcons gig in 1992 the local media had an outcry especially some columnists in the newspaper. How could a major, sports franchise hire, of all people, a WRESTLING GUY to be a part of their broadcast team? 

Another prime example of prejudicial, elitist horse manure from those that look down upon my profession because of what? That it's show business with an athletic backdrop? 

I'm a broadcaster and feel supremely confident, perhaps defiant, that I can broadcast any sport with ample time to prepare so that the specifics of the sport become second nature and I can allow my instincts and 'feel of the game' influence how I handle the presentation. 

Back to RAW, it was another stellar night for the veteran Kane who has seemingly been reborn over the past several weeks with his physical involvement with WWE Champion CM Punk and Daniel Bryan notwithstanding the big Red Machine's soap opera entanglement with the controversial Diva A.J.

Kane's physical performances have been outstanding as it appears that Punk and Bryan bring out the best in the big man who has recently demonstrated amazing athleticism for a 300+ pounder.

Kane's on going relationship with A.J. has been an intriguing element on Raw that has my interest. 

I'm still of the mindset that A.J. has developed a main event level persona in one of WWE's better creative presentations in quite some time. 

Obviously, steps are being taken to make the tag team scene in WWE more meaningful but that still won't be good enough for some keyboard warriors who will continue to squeal ala Ned Beatty in 'Deliverance' or the proverbial pig stuck under a gate. It will take time to rebuild something with little, current equity but I'm of the mindset that it can and will be done but that it will not happen over night. 

Before I forget, I made some guy food a few nights ago ala beans akin to what was consumed around the camp fire on the cult, film classic 'Blazing Saddles.' I promised the recipe so here it is:

1 can of pork 'n beans drained..put drained beans in a sauce pan on low heat...add JR's All Purpose Seasoning to taste..add chopped sweet or purple onion to taste..add squirt of honey..add JR's Original BBQ Sauce and Chipotle Ketchup as in a drizzle of each..add chopped bell pepper of your choice equal to the amount of onion that you use. Allow to simmer until done but it's better if there is still a little 'crunch' to the onion and bell peppers. It's a quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy dish that's a great tag team partner with grilled main eventers.

Great to hear the feedback from many fans who have never heard the late, Gordon Solie's work to any extent and who have heard him on the WWE Home video release 'Best of Clash of the Champions.' Working with my broadcasting idol on the Flair-Funk I  Quit Match was a bucket list thing for me but discerning fans need to remember that it was during the later stages of Gordon's career and that he was doing color and not play by play which does make a difference as it relates to timing, etc. As good as Gordon Solie was that infamous night, his earlier work was that of legend and established that a pro wrestling announcer didn't have to be an over the top baffoon to get the job done. Gordon took his work seriously and treated the business as were a legit sport even though the genre has always been about entertainment featuring amazing athletes. 

Mike Tyson being a playable character in WWE13 is a significant development for THQ and WWE. Iron Mike's involvement in the video game should be an outstanding, new, unique feature as the Attitude Era is represented strongly on this upcoming game that I assume will be released this fall perhaps in October. 

Just asking but could the new RAW/Smackdown GM be announced at the premier of the weekly three hour Monday Night Raws, episode 1000, in St. Louis on July 23? This isn't a 'spoiler' even though some knuckleheads will think it's such but merely a question. Doesn't seem like a bad idea.

Antonio Cromartie, professional NFL player w/ the New York Jets and reproducer extraordinaire, has many children (12??) and baby mama. Many as in he could be consider the 'Father of our Country' many. Soucrces say that Cro has so many kids that it takes him three days to celebrate Dad's Day. Funniest segment on a past HBO 'Hard Knocks' one of my favorite TV shows, was when Cromartie was naming his children and their ages. 

My @okctunder are gravely ill in their quest to win a NBA Title this year as they are down 3 games to 1 against the nWo like Miami Heat. I'd love for OKC to get one win in Miami to bring the series back to Oklahoma for the final two games to add some drama to the NBA Championship and give the local favorites a chance to make Sooner State history. I know the odds are long but as long as there is time on the clock, so to speak, I'm not abandoning my team. 

Our potential business relationship with @americansoda in the UK is evolving and we may have some positive news on that matter soon as it relates to them distributing JR's products in that part of the world. Stay tuned over the next 4-6 weeks.

Burger tips for the grill or kitchen...an 80/20 blend of ground beef generally works best as it relates to the meat but that 's your call. I never buy hamburger patties pre made. I always buy bulk meat and make my own patties. Season to taste with JR's All Purpose Seasoning, add a little JR's BBQ Sauce, a few drops of your favorite liquid smoke (I generally use hickory or mesquite) and you can even add finely chopped onion if you choose to blend together to comprise a great burger pattie. If you can, let them sit in the 'fridge, covered, overnight or for as long as you are able IE make the burgers in the morning and grill them in the afternoon. Allowing the burgers to sit and marinate before grilling makes a HUGE difference. Grill over medium heat as to not overcook or cause flames. Sometimes I also add little pieces of cheese to the patties to cook inside them. Grilling is a great hobby and don't be afraid to experiment but always pay attention to what you're doing and don't constantly open your grill or flip your burgers numerous times. I generally turn mine once or twice at the very most.

JR's products are NOT available in any stores except Norman, Oklahoma Homeland stores and unfortunately we do not expect to be in retail stores any time soon. WWEShop has many packages featuring our products, some with personally signed swag, available online at http://www.wwweshop.com/Category/JimRoss

Sad that some fans feel that any wrestling TV show can essentially solve all their ills simply by going to a TV14 rating and bringing back "blood." If these are young fans thinking this asinine theory, it makes one sort of wonder about the future. 

Be Well everyone and come back to see us soon.

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.     

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While i didn't like most of this weeks Raw i will say the Heyman segment was the highlight. I remember when Heyman was Paul E. Dangerously in the late 80's and he was gold on the mic then. And i really hope WWE brings him back once this storyline has run its course either on screen or behind the scenes.

As for MITB well i hope they have just the one match this year as it would make it seem a bigger deal for the winner like the Royal Rumble. Favorites to win have to be Wade Barrett (if he's back by then), Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler.

Bayless and Stephen A. Smith knowingly play their clownish roles to the utmost.  ESPN already employs two WWE alumni (Coachman and Grisham); Bayless and Smith would fit in perfectly in WWE.

The Heat have been just a little bit better than the Thunder at making "game-changing plays", as Lebron James calls it.  Westbrook was amazing last night, but got little help.    (Perhaps his teammates get a bit discouraged when Westbrook never passes the ball.)

The Helmsley-Heyman segment was a bit distasteful to my eyes and ears.  HHH's character comes out looking like a bully (so much for "Be A Star").  He challenges an antagonist to a fight, the antagonist declines, so Helmsley beats up his enemy's middle-aged, out-of-shape manager.  What a hero.  Great lesson for kids in how to solve conflicts.

Just a friendly reminder to those who are upset that WWE is hypocritical when it comes to Bullies.  Wrestling is a scripted show goofballs. It's up to parents to make sure their KIDS AREN'T BEING BULLIES TO OTHER KIDS. That is what BE A STAR is all about. There would be no wrasslin if there were no heels or bullies! Need I remind you of TNA's BULLY RAY ? Who will be a character in their next video game YOUR KID wll be playing ! Mark Henry, Big Show, Ryback are all kid favorites. It's wrestling...not real life !!!

"The Monday Night Raw from Nassau Coliseum was a hit in the TV ratings. The HHH/Heyman business along with the Cena/Big Johnny content at the end of the night were big winners."

- Nielsen ratings are proving to be a weaker metric than Twitter with respect to fan interaction and safety.  Twitter can protect fans of any one sport while Nielsen is a black box beholden to a history of catering stereotypes.

"As a fan, I thought the segment involving 'The Game' and Paul Heyman was the most compelling thing on Raw. "

- Without a doubt Paul Heyman's stock continues to climb in WWE and UFC circles but the "what will Paul do next" factor is blowing minds and wallets.  Heyman is inserting himself as the ultimate insider in both WWE and UFC and who knows what his final intent is.  Vince put ECW to bed and is the astute Heyman hell bent on putting a nail in the company coffin?

"Heyman is a natural born antagonist and when he speaks he isn't 'acting' but simply being himself. I've personally been in too many non televised arguments with Paul to know of what I speak. Heyman has 'it' and always has plus it's obvious that the native New Yorker hasn't lost a step in his self imposed, long sabbatical from the biz over the past several years."

- It's Philly vs. New York and old territory fueds are rearing their ugly head.  Did Shane Douglas' comments recently pave the way for Big Johnny to be fired for using the championship as a prop rather than fulfill old promises made to Japanese traditionalists? 

"Paul Heyman is the best, antagonist, promo talent in WWE hands down."

- I know this, I know this, the people know this. Why are you repeating the obvious?

"A few weeks ago when HHH had his physical encounter with Brock Lesnar,  I 'felt' that any bout between the two would be special. Specifically after the 'Cerebral Assassin' (Great handle...wonder where that came from?) fired up on Lesnar for a brief but impactful interlude of hammering right hands. That exchange struck a chord with me and flipped the switch for my motor to engage. "

- Lesnar could do the right thing for UFC and end The Game for good.  Wouldn't that be interesting?  Pushing the domesticated Hunter out of the family business to return a real 'legitimate' team to run the company.  I don't know about you Jim Ross, but Heyman & Lesnar have their eyes on destorying WWE while you sit by and grill your weiners.

"IF Lesnar vs. HHH happens at Summerslam, and I hope that it will, it will be a stellar attraction that will be fresh and not too likely to ever happen again. The bell to bell of this potential main event really has my interest and I'm intrigued to see how this matter plays out between now and August 19."

- Where do you see the media rhetoric taking this? Dirtweep & dirtsheet writers want Triple H to fail on every occasion so is behind-the-schenes shenanigans and manipulation pushing for Lesnar to injure HHH again beyond his ability to run the company?  And then there's Vince.  Mr. McMahon is the real king of kings and he doesn't have one foot in the grave just yet while all of Hunter's mules press play on the chess pieces.  If Hunter has eyes on the prize with WWE in the balance, i suggest that Kevin Nash continues to leverage his WWE Legends contract among the HOF's (yes, including Flair) to manipulate the 'boss' (RIP Andre).

"I'm hoping that WWE uses some of the classic moments of Money in the Bank to help promote the PPV that will be held in July in Phoenix. There are so many great moments in MITB that can be utilized to help sell the PPV. MITB has been a solid concept and really has been a star launcher to a large sense over the years."

- Wrestlers looking to break into the industry could benefit from rumored movements on the Twitter front.  I can't say for sure but training in the gym could certainly be augmented by a @BillDemott analysis of all FIRST TAKES. Is it possible that shady promoters and illigitimate wrestling schools could in fact be 'out of the loop' (!) so-to-speak when long term WWE plans create the ultimate cradle-to-grave solution for those looking to make WWE a career path?

"Love how some in main stream sports love to knock the genre of sports entertainment yet shows like ESPN's 'First Take' is nothing more than an elongated, promo segment between a villain manager, Skip Bayless, and his 'arch rival,' Stephen A Smith. The role of Mean Gene is played by Jay Crawford. Don't take this as a diss of the show as I'm a regular viewer but main stream sports entities generally do all they can to distance themselves from 'pro wrestling' even though they use regularly elements from the business in this programming."

"When I got the Atlanta Falcons gig in 1992 the local media had an outcry especially some columnists in the newspaper. How could a major, sports franchise hire, of all people, a WRESTLING GUY to be a part of their broadcast team?"

"Another prime example of prejudicial, elitist horse manure from those that look down upon my profession because of what? That it's show business with an athletic backdrop? "

"I'm a broadcaster and feel supremely confident, perhaps defiant, that I can broadcast any sport with ample time to prepare so that the specifics of the sport become second nature and I can allow my instincts and 'feel of the game' influence how I handle the presentation."

- Thanks, my own Stetson is proudly made in China by hard-working people and will use these words as inspiration.

"Back to RAW, it was another stellar night for the veteran Kane who has seemingly been reborn over the past several weeks with his physical involvement with WWE Champion CM Punk and Daniel Bryan notwithstanding the big Red Machine's soap opera entanglement with the controversial Diva A.J."

"Kane's physical performances have been outstanding as it appears that Punk and Bryan bring out the best in the big man who has recently demonstrated amazing athleticism for a 300+ pounder."

"Kane's on going relationship with A.J. has been an intriguing element on Raw that has my interest. 

"I'm still of the mindset that A.J. has developed a main event level persona in one of WWE's better creative presentations in quite some time." 

- Kane is without a doubt the star of the show.  This feud and series of matches speaks to the truth of wrestling with all aspects of professional wrestling, MMA and Indy wrestling covered.  Kane is the sports wntertainment guy. Bryan is the Indy darling. CM Punk is the UFC fan going into business for himself.  The way i see it, Kane is simply dominant in this one because the bottom line is the preservation of our sport for the next 10000 years.  Kane is scary, but the twisted free-agent status of @WWEAJLee has me wondering what hellish plans she has in store for what I hope to be a long storied career that results in AJ's induction in the WWE Hall Of Fame.

"Obviously, steps are being taken to make the tag team scene in WWE more meaningful but that still won't be good enough for some keyboard warriors who will continue to squeal ala Ned Beatty in 'Deliverance' or the proverbial pig stuck under a gate. It will take time to rebuild something with little, current equity but I'm of the mindset that it can and will be done but that it will not happen over night. "

- Solution? The Briscoe Brothers.  I know @TheJimCornette still has global heat in the business for introducing Brusier Bedlam into the chaos but this team is ready for @WWE.

"Great to hear the feedback from many fans who have never heard the late, Gordon Solie's work to any extent and who have heard him on the WWE Home video release 'Best of Clash of the Champions.' Working with my broadcasting idol on the Flair-Funk I  Quit Match was a bucket list thing for me but discerning fans need to remember that it was during the later stages of Gordon's career and that he was doing color and not play by play which does make a difference as it relates to timing, etc. As good as Gordon Solie was that infamous night, his earlier work was that of legend and established that a pro wrestling announcer didn't have to be an over the top baffoon to get the job done. Gordon took his work seriously and treated the business as were a legit sport even though the genre has always been about entertainment featuring amazing athletes. "

- Put Gordon Solie in future editions of WWE13 please.  How about The Destroyer? Any chance of a Bruno Sammartino deal or is Vince still angry about things that have come to pass?

"Mike Tyson being a playable character in WWE13 is a significant development for THQ and WWE. Iron Mike's involvement in the video game should be an outstanding, new, unique feature as the Attitude Era is represented strongly on this upcoming game that I assume will be released this fall perhaps in October. "

- Yet another way to allow the superstars of WWE universe to live forever in immortaility.  When WWE finally puts on a hologram contest in the ring, I vote for Stu Hart vs. lou thesz for the first WrestleMania to feature that technology.

"Just asking but could the new RAW/Smackdown GM be announced at the premier of the weekly three hour Monday Night Raws, episode 1000, in St. Louis on July 23? This isn't a 'spoiler' even though some knuckleheads will think it's such but merely a question. Doesn't seem like a bad idea."

- Please, please, please, this is an important matter and the candidates for RAW/Smackdown GM need to be vetted professionally.  Remember, Paul is gunning for Paul now so anything that is done here demands the industry continue with respect for the in-ring product. Whoever it is, they better be able to cut one hell of a promo.

"Antonio Cromartie, professional NFL player w/ the New York Jets and reproducer extraordinaire, has many children (12??) and baby mama. Many as in he could be consider the 'Father of our Country' many. Soucrces say that Cro has so many kids that it takes him three days to celebrate Dad's Day. Funniest segment on a past HBO 'Hard Knocks' one of my favorite TV shows, was when Cromartie was naming his children and their ages. 

"My @okctunder are gravely ill in their quest to win a NBA Title this year as they are down 3 games to 1 against the nWo like Miami Heat. I'd love for OKC to get one win in Miami to bring the series back to Oklahoma for the final two games to add some drama to the NBA Championship and give the local favorites a chance to make Sooner State history. I know the odds are long but as long as there is time on the clock, so to speak, I'm not abandoning my team. "

- Ugh, mainstream talk.  Yawn.  Oh yeah, when are local MMA clubs going to start addressing HIV testing before competitors begin to spar? This year?

"Our potential business relationship with @americansoda in the UK is evolving and we may have some positive news on that matter soon as it relates to them distributing JR's products in that part of the world. Stay tuned over the next 4-6 weeks."

- Thanks for the heads up, will get @americansoda in my local grocery store to the best of my abilities. @LoblawsCarlton tweets actively so promoting the "You Want It, We get It" mantra could be one way to elbow the tastelee pops out of the sugar industry.

"Sad that some fans feel that any wrestling TV show can essentially solve all their ills simply by going to a TV14 rating and bringing back "blood." If these are young fans thinking this asinine theory, it makes one sort of wonder about the future. "

- Yuck.  i prefer a sport free from the magic of brutality.

Hey Clifton -- I'm reading your comments about bullying.  I think you need to be a little more honest about things.

What do I mean?  For starters, let's finally admit that WWE, and WWF before it have made bullying behavior standard fare on weekly TV for decades.  I've been watching since the late 70s.  I know, I know...it's part of the the show.  It's scripted.  Blah blah blah.  Doesn't make it any less true.  It's bullying.  As an adult, I can watch it and understand.  

But I have always struggled with WWE/WWF and this aspect of its programming.  I have never been able to reconcile kids watching this stuff.  WWE is NOT family-friendly, no matter how many cartoons, comic books or t-shirts it sells to kids.   I've seen McMahon try to defend it, and I know he always trots out his "morality play...good vs evil" justification, and that's fine.  However he fails to point out that his "morality play" is about 90% letting the bad guy do bad things for weeks and weeks on end to the good guy, and it takes a pretty long time for the "good" to win out in the end.  You have to wait an awful long time for resolution...and meantime, Vince has polluted the air waves with weeks worth of vulgar acts and ugly behavior...all for the sake of his "entertainment."

Through the years, the behavior of the "heels" or "antagonists" or "bad guys" -- whatever you prefer to call them -- has gotten progressively more course, nasty, and ugly.  And funny enough, the worst one is the Mr. McMahon character.  And I simply don't discount it merely because it's a character and it's scripted. 

Let's at least have the balls to admit that pro wrestling is, and has always been, a problematic thing to present on TV.  It's violent by nature, it's loaded with indecent behavior and it's a poor example for children.  I don't feel comfortable letting my nephews watch it...so they don't.  And let's also admit that this whole "Be a STAR" anti-bullying campaign, while admirable, is to say the least a very uncomfortable and awkward fit on WWE programming.  It's a wonderful message lost unfortunately in a cesspool of violent, crass content that goes 100% against the very message that the campaign is trying to send. 

I watch that content, because I've watched for years, and I'm an adult.  I do fear that young kids who watch WWE are getting confusing, mixed messages which ultimately defeats the purpose of the campaign.

And BTW, on a much lighter note, I suspect the only reason he's now named "Bully Ray" is because he can't use "Bubba Ray Dudley" which I believe was copyrighted by WWE.  "Bully Ray," like most everything else in TNA, is stupid and doesn't make any sense.

Name a cartoon on any network geared toward boys between the ages of 8 & 11 that is family friendly and they will actually watch. The 4 in my house are actually down to watching Bugs Bunny DVDs, because we've banned Cartoon network & Nick. WWE has put "the bully" in a light he or she has never been in before and it's working . My little girl was getting punched in the stomach on the bus by an older girl for a couple weeks without telling, until she noticed one of the Be A Star adds while I was watching RAW. SHE RAN FROM THE ROOM AND STRAIGHT TO HER MOTHER AND TOLD ON HER AGRESSOR. That is pretty damn family friendly ! At least to me it is.