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Enjoyed the Shield presentation Monday night on RAW. Not sure what I would have changed. I liked the succinct, cut to the chase interview and particularly liked the fact that it was pre-taped in a controlled environment.
Again, some younger fans will likely, at some point, grow impatient with the pace of how this faction is being built but there is no way, to my line of thinking, to hot shot effectively and force a talent or talents down the throats of a much more educated, discerning audience these days. That may have worked to some degree occasionally in the past but I'm not of the mindset that it will work today.
@thedeanambrose, @wwerollins, and @romanreigns are have unique qualities that they bring to the dance as was somewhat illustrated Monday night. Bottom line is that they all 'want it' and seem to be willing to continue to work harder than many of their young peers in accomplishing their goals. They are not at a place where they can essentially take a 'day off' of preparation. I know these three to be aggressive, in ring talents and that trait alone will help them on their journey. All three are totally different personalities which is a positive but I love the fact that they are all young and are being provided an opportunity to push others already on the main roster aside on their way to main event status.
It's a long, hard ride (Thanks David Allan Coe) and will not be accomplished without personal sacrifice and by remaining relentless.
@wwesheamus continues his string of having physically demanding matches as was evidenced by his excellent bout with @antoniocesaro Monday night. I'm a proponent of athletic physicality and love the drama that it creates. Even though I like comedy, in general, the genre of sports entertainment, for my money, thrives on drama and personal issues that are resolved in unpredictable physical encounters.
I'm encouraged by the on going development of such talents as @wadebarrett, @wwedanielbryan. @TrueKofi, among others. WWE is doing a nice job of continuing to build some new, foundation players for the future which, as I've often said, simply takes time.
I'm enjoying the work of @michaelcole and @jerrylawler in such a challenging role. Doing 'storytelling' oriented commentary along with navigating 15 commercial breaks is daunting. I'm happy that Cole was given a reprieve from Smackdown and the dynamic of @JCLayfield and @WWEJoshMathews works well for me as a viewer. Again, broadcastign today's genre is tougher and more challenging than its ever been. The game has changed.
Storytelling oriented commentary is so much different that what many of us used to do when one man provided "play by play" while the other, usually an antagonist, handled the color commentary. It's simply a matter of changing times and many fans of this generation have never really had the opportunity to experience the old school style that arguably ended, by and large, shortly after the Attitude Era.
Speaking of the Attitude Era, @THQ presentation #WWE13 is getting great reviews and I'm getting some positive feedback @JRsBBQ on the commentary that The King and I did on the Attitude Era portion of the video game. It was a blast to do I assure one and all.
Talked to @shawnmichaels yesterday and I'm going to be a guest on his hunting show in the future..date to be determined. We'll be hunting feral hogs which have been deemed a menace to almost epidemic proportions in much of Texas. Sounds like a nice BBQ is going to be in order.
I'm happy to receive so many WWE Creative questions on our Q&A section of this site but I have zero contact with that entity and like it that way. I'd much rather watch the WWE broadcasts as a fan and not be preconditioned in any way.
There's interest in me doing a small, England tour in the summer of 2013 along the lines of "An Evening With...." concept featuring stories, humor and Q&A's. It's still in the raw, planning stages but I'm hopeful that something can be worked out. Sounds like it could be fun and would be something new for me to try.
I'm heading to Ft. Worth,Texas Friday to attend the #OU vs. #TCU, final Big 12 game of the year. I'm not comfortable with all the "Bowl talk" that's on going for my #Sooners as beating TCU will be a street fight. First things first, win the game Saturday morning at 11 central on #ESPN. Sometimes the sports media can be so lame as that's all our local guys seem to want to discuss...the Bowl scenario.
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Q&A's are updated here in case any one cares.
Enjoyed reading the feedback from many here and on Twitter regarding the success of the Attitude Era which had everything to do with the talent and their performances and less to do with being TV14. Still amazed that some fans feel that going to TV14 would automatically solve many perceived ills.
Another 2013 HOF candidate for consideration....@RealKKBundy who was a major player in WWE in their breakout, national expansion years and was one of the best super heavyweights ever in the business. "King Kong Tonnage" as Ernie Ladd used to call Bundy, is hilarious to follow on Twitter.
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I'm told that @WWEClassics may produce another couple of Legends Roundtables in January...date, panel, topics to be determined. These are a blast of which to participate.
OU Women Hoops Thursday night and Sunday afternoon here in Norman. Love our 'Jack Nicholson' seats. Great 'date night' for the Mrs and me. Really enjoying life that isn't centered around airports, hotels, and other travel nightmares.
Hit a @okcthunder game Monday night vs. Charlotte. Amazing, live event experience as OKC does a superb job entertaining their fans from start to finish. The event had sort of a WWE, big event vibe to it.
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