Wednesday Evening Update..UK Poster Guy Contacts Us...Warrior in HOF?...Hulk's Hairy Back

Busy Wednesday for yours truly with doctor's appointments and more of them tomorrow. Just what I wanted but at least I have OU vs. Texas A&M here in Norman Saturday night.    

There's good news in that our on line business is starting to pick up! All the sales packages are here on the site as I invite you to take a stroll through our store where many of our offers come with FREE SHIPPING but some also have a deadline because of the upcoming holidays. Thanks for considering us for us for your holiday gift giving needs.

Here's some BBQ'ed random thoughts....

I have written a blog that you can see at www.wwe.com on the Smackdown page. Short read, hopefully entertaining and costs you nothing to sample. 

The gentleman who wrote and displayed the "J.R. is Overrated" sign that was shown on Raw Monday night emailed our Q&A section of the site and I responded to him. You can check out the email and my response in their entirety in the Q&A section. He's from the UK, says he has a Masters Degree, and seemed to be protesting the "Michael Cole backlash" as he put it. I did not know that there was a "Michael Cole backlash" but that may be another case of "there you are" as my Dad used to say. 

Hey, the fellow may be right and I might well be overrated. My announcing style isn't for everyone plus after over three decades some folks are simply tired of listening to me.  As I pointed out to the "poster guy," not to be confused with the world famous "Sign Guy,"  Michael Cole and I have differing broadcast styles which doesn't make either of us right or wrong...just different.

The bottom line is that WWE made the decision to move Michael to Raw and me to Smackdown and anyone being angry at Michael Cole for that is simply wrong. I suggest no one be angry at all and to not take the genre so seriously that it adversely affects one's day.

For the record,  I don't have a burning desire right now, while addressing  my present health issues, to get back on weekly TV whatsoever. I am much more focused on the medical tests that I will undergo tomorrow which are the results of previous tests done a week or so ago. Yes sir, I'm ready for this little journey to end and to be 100% ready to rock....and that will happen.  

I'm happy to see that former WWE Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle's legal sagas have ended at least for the time being. I hate to read about anyone that I know having personal issues that are embellished and broadcast throughout the media. I've said it many times, "wrestling romances" rarely work over the long haul and those that do are simply meant to be and are the exception to the rule. Those involved in the one's that l do last are blessed individuals who are able to avoid the egocentric and paranoid fueled pitfalls that plague other couples who are usually in lust and not in love. I hope that Kurt can happily move on in his life in a healthy way. 

I'm told that the Undertaker-Jericho main event on Friday Night Smackdown, starring Todd Grisham and Matt Striker, is a dandy. Can't wait to catch it on TV Friday night or over the weekend on DVR.

This Friday, I will be an easy man to find as I will be at JR's Family BBQ in Norman (exit 109 off I-35) from lunch time until ??? with the guys from Houston's 1560 The Game. We have several, cool interviews scheduled that you can check out at www.1560thegame.com. Stop by and see us if you're in our neck of the woods.

Dinner Impossible on The Food Network airs Wednesday night at 10/9 central and is replayed a few other times this week. I'll be the "stocky guy" in the black hat making BBQ Sauce. 

The WWE Hulk Hogan DVD has some great, old bouts on it including some taped matches from live events that really put in some time. I love the atmosphere of the darkened arena and the focus being on the ring and the performers in the ring and not on fans looking to get their 15 minutes or seconds of fame especially those that would rather watch the 'tron instead of the ring. I know, I'm old school......so what? If you like old school wrestling and seeing some of the business' biggest names from back in the day I think that you will enjoy this DVD. It isn't a "tell all" type DVD but is heavy on classic wrestling bouts from a variety of arenas and TV shoots. Old schoolers might really get a kick out of JR and The King reuniting for some of these bouts that we narrate as opposed to doing "live commentary." King even reveals how Hulk invented a back shaving device that Jerry began utilizing himself. Seeing Hulk with the late, WWE HOF'er Classy Freddie Blassie was a hoot. I never realized Hogan was as hairy as George "The Animal Steele at one point in Hulk's career.  

Really good, solid, physical wrestling match Tuesday night on ECW between Christian and William Regal. I was sort of expecting Regal to win the ECW Title but, alas, I was wrong again. Arguably that outcome might have added a different wrinkle to ECW. But there's always next week so stay tuned.   

The WWE Hall of Fame class for 2010 seems to be garnering more interest as our email flow gets stronger. Lots of speculation that the "Ultimate Warrior" will be inducted this year. I have no clue but the fact that "Warrior" lives in Phoenix, the site of WM26, being a significant reason as to why makes zero sense to me. Either the man deserves to be introduced or he doesn't no matter his zip code. I personally feel the former Blade Runner is deserving and just because the guy is  considered "controversial" should not exclude him from any accolade. Warrior's accomplishments and contributions to the business are what counts and hearing Warrior's acceptance speech live and in person would be classic and likely a  "Wrestlemania Moment."

Ted DiBiase and Ron Simmons would be on any personal, short list I were to compile for the 2010 WWE HOF as well.

Rowdy Roddy Piper will no doubt be at the top of his game Monday night in Madison Square Garden when he hosts Monday Night Raw. I know that Hot Rod considers "The Garden" hallowed ground, as most of us veterans do, and who knows how many more times the WWE Hall of Famer will be in such a key role in this arena? I expect all sort of Survivor Series oriented fireworks in NYC Monday evening. 

I like Pacquiao in his pugilistic challenge with Cotto Saturday night. However, Manny vs. Mayweather is the fight I want to see. 

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Thanks for the visit. 

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.