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Highlights of of Monday Night Raw for me included:

Opening bout that gave the show early energy featuring WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane w/ another cameo by the intriguing AJ. 

Punk and Bryan have amazing chemistry and seeing these two perhaps at some point in time renew some form of an Ironman Bout would be fun to see. I still believe that their best is yet to come in a WWE ring. If WWE had a locker room full of athletes with Punk and Bryan's intangibles it would be ideal but realistically men like these two don't come along that often. 

For my money, in the past several weeks Kane has not been better in years. He's seemingly reinvented himself and is, and always has been, an asset to WWE in and out of the ring. 

AJ's TV persona continues to evolve and she's the most compelling WWE Diva on TV at this time. She's another young, talent who will get better over time and she's become one of my favorite characters to watch on WWE programming.

It was good to see Sycho Sid make a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw. Sid still looks to be in really good shape especially for a veteran. Seems from his Twitter that Sid had a great time IF Sid's Twitter is actually his. Fake Twitter accounts are a true pain in the buttocks.  

 The upcoming MITB bouts are interesting. One will be dotted with former Champions while the other will have a different selection of talents looking to turn heads and maximize their minutes in a high profile bout. These are dangerous bouts and based on past history have produced some of the most memorable moments that I can recall broadcasting. What some of the men have put themselves through to entertain the fans in MITB has been the personification of high risk, high reward. 

I thought that Vickie Guerrero had a stellar night on Raw. many of the male antagonists could learn from Vickie's on air character.

Hard to believe that John Cena has been with WWE for a decade now. I can vividly recall scouting John in UPW in Southern California back in the day and remarking to WWE Management that I felt that we had signed a future Wrestlemania main eventer within the next five years at that time. 

My latest contribution to WWE.com will be posted on July 3 and it is about broadcasting with Jim Cornette and Jesse Ventura. I attempt to explain why I felt that The Body and I under delivered, at least in my view, and why I take responsibility for that matter back in 1992.

After taping the next round of NXT at Full Sail University in Orlando on Thursday July 12, I will be flying to Iowa to attend the Hall of Fame activities in Waterloo on July 13-14. I will be assisting Jerry Brisco with a tryout camp in Waterloo on Friday July 13 at 1 pm and attending the HOF banquet, etc. 

Anxious to see the new, CM Punk DVD that Punk was hands on during the production along with the talented WWE Home Video crew. I was very pleased that I was able to contribute to the project and am anxious to see Punk's personal touches to this much anticipated production. It will be one of the top releases of the year. 

I'm often asked who the next big star in WWE will be. I always give the same answer. It's impossible to say or to narrow it down to just one talent. WWE has several, developing talents who have a legit shot at making it big. There are so many variables that factor into the success of an athlete that is largely dependent on the athletes themselves  and them getting a some luck. 

 I will say that one, home grown product in WWE Developmental that seemingly has unlimited potential is Leakee, the son of Wild Samoan Sika and a former defensive lineman at Georgia Tech. A natural athlete with drive and toughness, Leakee is 6'3"-260 pounds and is a bright young man who seems to be grounded and has an excellent work ethic. Time will tell how he evolves but don't be surprised if Leakee doesn't make some noise in WWE in the future.

WWEShop.com is offering 20% OFF orders of $50 or more at http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss and now is a great time to stock up for summer, upcoming gift needs, etc. 

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Love the new, college football playoff system that goes into affect in two years. The four team play off will generate BIG bucks and TV ratings and becomes essentially a TV products as it could be challenging for fans of competing teams to make travel plans in short notice. Nonetheless I'm excited about a CFB Playoff System and only hope that significant thought is given to who comprises the selection committee for the new process. 

RAW1000 is beginning to feel really big and special, as it should, for the three hour spectacular in St Louis on July 23. I'd expect many surprises on that night and a packed, three hour broadcast. The best stories might be told in catering. That could be a good idea for WWE.com to cover.

There's a recent article on Deadspin.com that some one fabricated about me speaking to students at my old school, Westville, Oklahoma, many years ago at an assembly. It's total BS of which dozens can attest. Don't believe all that you read online. 

I'm enjoying lending a helping hand to the rebranding of NXT and working with William Regal, Byron Saxton and Chris Russo. I am unaware of where all NXT airs and don't think that it airs anywhere in the USA but it does air in Canada and the UK from Tweets that I've received. I know of no plans for WWE.com to air NXT at this time.

I'm planning on going on a hunting trip with @shawnmichaels on his Outdoor Network show but after watching it last night there's no way in hell we're going to hunt elephants! How about we hunt the deadly wabbit?

This just in...I am still gainfully and happily employed by WWE. Many keep asking. 

Can Chael Sonnen beat Anderson Silva in a few weeks on PPV in UFC? Of course but let's hope that Chael didn't blow his biggest/best chance the last time the two fought. I still put a lot of that outcome on Chael's corner who had to know that Sonnen was ahead by a wide margin on the judge's score cards and that the only way Silva could win was via KO or submission. Sonnen is a polarizing figure who has an immense personality and would be a great fit in WWE if he were to commit to being great in the squared circle. Chael should have stayed away from Silva in the last round of their last fight and if he had the charismatic athlete would be champion today. 

I expect, now that the CFB playoff scenario is a reality that the Big 12 and the ACC will both attempt to 'beef up' their leagues to attempt to get closer in stature to the Big 10 and the powerful, bull of the woods, the SEC. College football as we know it is changing and hopefully for the better. 

WWE returns to Oklahoma in October with Raw in OKC and Smackdown in Tulsa. The issues with the Oklahoma Athletic Commission have been largely resolved.  

Getting great feedback on JR's Beef Jerky from many. It's a premium product that's 97% Fat Free and makes a great snack. All five flavor are available at WWEShop.com and at Norman, Oklahoma Homeland Stores. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay cool if you're in an area of oppressive heat. 

Boomer Sooner!

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Hello JR!

It's great to see that you will be returning to Waterloo, Iowa this year, July 13-14, 2012, for the 2012 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Waterloo, Iowa! Kurt Angle, John Bradshaw Layfield, Road Warrior Animal, Dan Severn & Bill Apter will all be inducted this year.

For those interested in learning more about this great pro wrestling weekend on July 13-14 in Waterloo, Iowa, check out: nwhof.org/waterloo/

There will also be an Impact Pro Wrestling Show on Friday, July 13, 2012 at The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, which features NWA World Champion Colt Cabana and Former WWE Wrestler Perry Saturn in wrestling action, as well as the superstars of Impact Pro Wrestling. Doors open @ 5:30PM. Show starts @ 7:00PM.

More information on Impact Pro Wrestling can be found here: www.impactprowrestling.com

There will be a number of activities taking place on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, including: Mixed Martial Arts Seminar with Dan Severn, a Fan Fest, autograph signings with the wrestling legends, Q & A sessions.  There will also be a banquet and induction ceremony later that night at The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.

Thank you JR for taking the time out of your schedule to attend this event again!

-Referee Billy J. (Senior IPW Referee and Independent Professional Wrestling Referee)

refbillyj@yahoo.com

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Greetings and Salutations, J. R.!!!!

How are you doing so this Thursday morning?  I hope things are going great for you and your family and friends so far over in Norman, Oklahoma, as we get ready for the upcoming Fourth of July Weekend, as well as the W.W.E.'s next pay-per-view event, Money In The Bank 2012, on Sunday night, July 15, live from the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.  Although I will admit that I may be wrong as wrong can be on the exact date and site for the event, I'm sure it's going to be one exciting card the fans in the W.W.E. Universe won't soon forget.

As far as the upcoming W.W.E. title match between C. M. Punk and Daniel Bryan is concerned, my smart wooden nickels have it that special guest referee A. J. Lee has a huge advantage going into the championship bout between the "Straight Edge Superstar" and the "American Dragon".  Although both combatants are the best athletes in professional wrestling today, A. J. seems to be enjoying herself as the "mistress puppeteer" in this intense game of cat-and-mouse between Punk and Bryan.  Can both competitors stay focused on the task at hand without allowing A. J. to cloud their judgment and ring generalship?  I may soundl like I'm way off the mark here, but if Punk isn't careful, we might not only see Bryan leave Phoenix, Arizona, as the new W.W.E. Champion, but also A. J. winning a huge psychological war with the "Second City Saint".  We'll see what happens.

I'm looking forward to see "W.W.E. Main Event" coming this fall to ION Television.  Take nothing away from the success "Raw" and "SmackDown" are enjoying on U.S.A. and SyFy, respectively, it's been way too long since W.W.E. programming was seen on over-the-air commercial television, and will give the W.W.E. fans that are presently on a shoestring budget and can not afford cable or satellite service a chance to get their weekly fix on the latest, greatest, coolest, and craziest happenings in the W.W.E.  While I know "Main Event:" will be a major hit on ION, I can't help wondering will this mean the start of a wonderful new partnership between the W.W.E. and ION, particualrly where it relates to bringing in "W.W.E. Superstars", "W.W.E.;  N.X.T.", and "Florida Championship Wrestling" to the network as well.  All things are possible from where I'm sitting, and all points lead to a resounding "YES!"

Is it me, or Vickie Guerrero is the best heel antagonist in the W.W.E. today?  With all apologies to Chris Jericho, but Vickie is "The Best in the World" at what she does, and her mic skills, unbelievable charisma, and the ability to infuriate the W.W.E. fans and crowd favorites remind longtime fans like myself of pro wrestling's greatest managers, including Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Jim Cornette, Paul E. Dangerously (Heyman), James J. Dillon, "Percious" Paul Ellering, "Captain" Lou Albano, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie, to name a few.  Add to her partnership with the fastest-rising Superstar on the talent roster today, Dolph Ziggler, and you have the makings of a manager villainess destined to join the likes of Hart, Heenan, Cornette, Dangerously, Dillon, Albano, Blassie, Ellering, Arnold Skaaland, The Grand Wizard, "Sensational" Sherri Martel, Miss Elizabeth, Tammy Lynn "Sunny" Sytch, and "Sir" Oliver Humperdink as the one of the greatest in wrestling history. 

The 1,000th episode of "Raw" promises to have so many surprises, one has to wonder just how much fun it's going to be in St. Louis on July 23.  The recent "cameo appearances" of W.W.E. Hall of Fame Legends "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Wendi Richter and former W.W.E. Superstars Big Van Vader and "Sycho" Sid VIcious (not to mention rock singer Cyndi Lauper) are only a series of "appetizers" compared to the "main course" that awaits the W.W.E. Universe in what promises to be the most compelling, exciting, and memorable night in "Raw's" 19-year-plus history.  Who's ready to "dig in" on the three-hour live broadcast?  I sure as hell am.  And I don't even have cable of satellite access in my room, to boot!!!!

And finally, what are you favorite moments, memories, and matches on "Raw"?  Among my favorite moments include 1) The emotional and bittersweet farewell to W.W.E. Hall of Fame Legend Ric Flair on the "Raw" after WrestleMania 24.... 2) D-X impersonating The Nation.... 3) The emotional and heartfelt tribute to the late, great Eddie Guerrero.... 4) D-X impersonating Vince and Shane McMahon..... 5) John Cena humiliating Michael Cole.... 6) "Stone-Cold" Steve Austin giving Vince McMahon his first-ever "Stunner".... 7) The Fatal Four-Way T.L.C. Match for the World Tag Team Championship.... 8) William Regal becoming the first member of Vince McMahon's infamous "Kiss My Ass" Club.... 9) Jim Cornette's W.W.E. debut.... and 10) C. M. Punk's shoot promo on the state of the W.W.E., to name a few.

Well, Jim, that's about it for me right now.  Hope to hear from you soon.  For now, though, keep thinking of good thoughts and pleasant dreams in your heart.

C-U Later and Enjoy the Mat Mayhem in Norman, Oklahoma.

Best Regards,

Eddie-Boy

:D 

 

I believe your story and all the stories in the 'Virgilbag' section of Deadspin.  The only way I wouldn't believe it is if you admitted that you never make it back to Westville, OK.

Yeah i hope they get a Punk-Bryan Ironman match in out of this feud although i'd like to see it at a Mania rather than a regular ppv. And i always thought Jesse Ventura was one of the best announcers ever and enjoyed your pairing with him in WCW. Good to see Sid back in a WWE ring but in my opinion WWE tv has gone downhill big time since Extreme Rules and i find it hard to sit through a 2 hour show and imagine it'll get worse when Raw goes to 3 hours. Time to cut down on the ppv's and stick to 2 hour Raw shows.