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My latest blog is up at www.ouinsider.com and the link is http://ouinsider.com/news/story.pho?article=5055. For those sites using items from this blog please include this as I'm curious to see how many #'s the wrestling world can drive to this short read entitled J.R.'s 7 Points to Ponder.
We did ample work Thursday in working on the OKC Super Show set for Friday night October 1 in OKC's Ford Center, home of the OKC Thunder. It's w/o question the most significant night for WWE in my home state ever. Tickets are still available starting at only $15. It's a loaded event.
Emailer...how well will WWE utilize Ocho Cinco this Monday night on Raw from Cincy as the Guest Host? Wish I had a crystal ball and I would win some money this weekend on football but alas. It's always about creating the accepted balance between sports and entertainment with WWE. I like the sports side better while others likely don 't.
I also don't understand what a 1-3 minute bout accomplishes on TV.
The OU-FSU ticket is as hot as any ticket for a game in Norman in years. It's set to be a beautiful day in the 90's for the ABC telecast which starts at 2:30 pm central. My black hat and I will be on OU's sideline...sweating no doubt. Sooners must play better against the 'Noles who hung half a hundred on Samford last week in Tallahassee while OU narrowly escaped Utah State with a 7 point win while going into the game favored by 33. Again, please check out my blog at www.ouinsider.com.
HBO's Hard Knocks series can teach the wrestling biz several things. In a nutshell, when fans make an emotional investment in players IE wrestlers then the players create more equity and value for themselves. I'm sure more people will follow the Jets, some to see them win and some to see them lose, this season because of watching Hard Knocks. I know that I will be watching Rex Ryan's' team with interest because I got to know the players and coaches on the HBO program. Point is, if wrestling people don't over think the process and do better, more patient and consistent character development then those characters, when engaged in personal issues with other familiar characters, will equate to increased ratings and revenue.
Strange that Spike TV and UFC doesn't have a weekly show in a regular time slot 52 weeks a year if for nothing else to be able to always have the opportunity to create an interest in UFC's next PPV. Even a quasi talk show format with highlights and training footage of various up and comers or PPV participants would interest me.
Emailer...I have not been contacted about a fan convention apparently set for LA in 2011. I don't do many 'conventions' but I do plan on doing a few appearances with the King in 2011 (after football season) around the time that the WWE All Star video game is released.
It amazes me that on Twitter and via emails, that I usually delete, that some people still think that I'm not on WWE air each week because I actually took myself out of the game. Look, I'm loving life, watching OU football, traveling to games, going to practice, working on building this site to a meaningful level via the sale of our products, etc and don't miss the weekly travel but it was a WWE mgmt decision to take me out of the rotation. They have concerns with my health, among other issues, and even though I miss aspects of my old professional life, I am actually very content with what I am doing for WWE and being able to spend more time at home.
Plus, for those that email me about Michael Cole and want me to throw Cole under a bus, I am deleting those emails too because I am not throwing him or any other announcer under the bus for simply trying to do their job as they are produced. Cole and I have totally different styles and we 'sound' totally different. He's being himself, as he should, and viewers/fans can either like him or not but he's not going to be piled on by me.
My style was unique and I know that it wasn't for everyone either.
Start up wrestling organizations are likely to fail within a few months of starting based on what I see, feel, and the state of today's economy. The talent pool to start a new wrestling entity is lacking, sorely lacking. Plus if one doesn't have a viable TV clearance on basic cable one can forget about it, as well. Just my two cents. The two things a new company needs to make it is talent and television first and foremost. That's 'good' talent and 'good' TV.
Emailer...no I would not endorse a NXT Tag Team competition because of the lack of available teams which speaks back to the void that exists in the overall talent pool.
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