J.R.'s Blog

  • Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat still recovering from a long trip from Oklahoma to Canada including the dreaded, unscheduled 4 hour layover in Dallas-Ft. Worth on Tuesday but just thinking of the live audience reactions on Sunday and Monday certainly made the journey worthwhile.

    Unforgiven was a hit. Even most of the internet guys liked Sunday’s PPV and their job as critics/reviewers make overwhelmingly positive reviews rare.

    It was hard to find an abundance of things wrong with the Sunday Toronto event in the Air Canada Center. For me, more wrestling and less talk is always a plus, OK usually always a plus, but the live audience in TO was, as we predicted, simply amazing. As has been said on many occasions, the live crowd reaction during any televised broadcast can make or break a show and the folks in Toronto were “stars” on Sunday night.

    Jeff Hardy and Johnny Nitro had their best match at Unforgiven. Melina’s interference felt a little limp but nonetheless if Nitro and Hardy focus on wrestling and not being wall to wall daredevils their subsequent matches will continue to be better. I like this pairing and look forward to seeing more of this rivalry. The King may prefer ogling Melina’s ample cleavage, I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but at the end of the day the question remains was the match good or was it bad and cleavage usually has little to do with that answer.

    The World Tag Title bout exceeded my expectations and The Spirit Squad vs. The Highlanders probably had a better match than most folks, including yours truly, anticipated. For the record, I don’t dislike the tag team division on RAW. I do think it can be better and that is going to largely be dependant on how well the teams perform when they are given the opportunity. I am not calling anyone out here, if I do you will know it in this forum, but RAW has several talents who could energize this area if given the ball. I enjoyed the tag team match at Unforgiven especially since it seems as if the fans have not made an emotional investment yet in these teams as I expect them to in the future.

    I was surprised Umaga did not defeat Kane at Unforgiven. From the audience reaction, so were most of the fans.

    Carlito had his wrestling boots laced tightly Sunday night and had a terrific effort against Randy Orton who, once again, came up big in a big match environment. RAW really needs these two young men to become the stars night in and night out that they can be as their best years and biggest opportunity to earn the big money lies ahead of them. Orton catching Carlito in mid air with the RKO was a helluva way to end that particular match. This was a strong wrestling match which the live crowd seemed to really like. I know I did.

    The Hell in a Cell had some classic moments in it and delivered the goods from my perspective. Not seeing the Big Show on a regular basis in person any longer one forgets just how BIG this man is. This Cell and all Cell matches in the future will be compared to the first one with HBK vs. The Undertaker and the Undertaker vs. Mankind Hell in a Cell from Pittsburgh where Mankind/Foley was thrown off the top of the Cell. That is a compliment to the aforementioned men but not really fair for all the other individuals who torture their bodies and bleed buckets of blood in subsequent Cell outings.

    Mr. McMahon having his bloody head stuck up the Big Show’s rather large ass was a sight to behold. I unfortunately read where someone compared this match to the “Kennel from Hell” B.S. of a few years ago which I found to be a ridiculous analogy. That’s just someone nitpicking to get a rise out of someone and it worked because I found that particular statement that of a dumbass.

    Trish got the emotional send off she deserved and was even fortunate enough to win the Women’s Title for a record 7th time. As I mentioned during the broadcast, wrestling history is a dicey subject and has been “re-written” many times. From the best I can ascertain, the Women’s Title was officially reorganized in 1956 with the Fabulous Moolah as the champion. Moolah essentially owned this title for YEARS and I mean YEARS winning it 6 different times, again according to the records I was able to obtain. Trish had definitely won the title six times because I happen to have seen all of those. By my math, that makes the classy Canadian beauty the winningest women’s champion in the history of the WWE. Trish is getting married soon and we wish her the very best in her new journey. I would like to think we have not seen the last of her in the WWE but who knows for sure but Trish herself. She has been a treasure to be around and I can still vividly remember the day she walked into my Connecticut office to interview for a job. That hiring was an easy decision. I thought Trish using the Sharpshooter made famous by Bret “The Hitman” Hart was classy and obviously effective. It was certainly purely Canadian.

    Talk about going “on the road” and winning an away game in hostile territory; John Cena was able to pull it off in Edge’s hometown Sunday in another emotionally charged contest. What an atmosphere! My black hat is off to both men for a variety of reasons. Edge was literally choked unconscious during Cena’s supercharged STFU during the match but recovered and took care of his business. Cena was able to maintain his concentration in spite of over whelming crowd venom directed John’s way. TLC matches are obviously at or near the top of the high risk food chain and sometimes it is feast or famine when executing maneuvers in that environment. For this being Cena’s first TLC match, it was definitely a hit and Edge’s performance was simply off the chart. I am not so sure that Edge did not come out of this match hotter than going in. I want to clarify something to for those that may not “get it”. When I describe John Cena as being “controversial” I mean it because Cena elicits an emotion from virtually everyone in the arena. Some cheer, some boo but everyone has an opinion and likes to express such. For many wrestlers, they either get cheered OR booed whereby Cena more often than not usually gets both sometimes at the same time! That’s my definition of controversy for a positioned fan favorite such as John Cena.

    RAW had a hard act to follow Monday night but the Montreal crowd once again proved that they are one of the best we see all year any where around the world.

    I like the elevation of Cade and Murdoch and feel they both have the goods to be able to compete on the next level. RAW has to be about making new stars and these two certainly have an opportunity to be two of the headliners in the near future.

    It will be interesting to see what the disposition of the now vacant Women’s Title will be. Certainly one would assume that Lita and Mickie James are the leading contenders for the title.

    The Boogeyman is gone from the WWE. Don’t you just love the obligatory…”we wish him well in all his future endeavors” line with every dismissal?

    Why is Rene Dupree the most “Extreme Man” on ECW?

    Watching ECW Tuesday night it seemed that Ariel had her front end aligned or something to that affect.

    The talk of the internet and out of Kurt Angle’s camp is that Kurt is entertaining thoughts of getting into the UFC-like competition as promoters from around the globe are clamoring for the former Olympic Gold Medal winners services. From a promoter’s point of view, there is no doubt that the curiosity factor in signing Angle to fight would be potentially huge. How many Olympic Gold Medalists have stepped into this particular arena? I mentioned many weeks ago that some promoter would try and hook up the two former WWE stars Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar which is a lay-up. It doesn’t take a Vince McMahon or a Vince McMahon wannabe long to figure that one out. My two cents on this matter is that Kurt should stay as far away from the mixed martial arts world as possible. Yes, there is huge money to be made for a few fights but at what cost? I say the potential risk facing Kurt is too great to even think of traveling down this road. I am not condemning the promoters of this genre as they are in the business of making money and most defiantly Kurt Angle in the MMA world is money but is the risk of permanent injury worth the cash? Not where I sit.

    I got a fair amount of emails last week when I touched on TNA. Again, I am not of the mindset to wish ill on any one and the more places the wrestlers can work and make a living the better in my eyes. Most of them that get really good will probably wind up in the WWE any way. TNA can have success if they wrestle more, go young and homegrown. The entire business is about building new, younger stars that get to dance the last dance on TV or PPV.

    The WWE sold out Mexico City last night to the tune of well over 800K! Great job by all involved. This short tour of Mexico should gross close to 2M. That is a great success story for the WWE. Plus, just think of the crowds if had featured “Dog the Bounty Hunter” one of Mexico’s most wanted felons!

    Good luck to the Smackdown guys this Friday night on their Premier on the CW Network.

    RAW is in OKC at the Ford Center this Monday night. Should I wear an OU helmet or body armor as I usually get my ass kicked in my hometown. Perhaps I will get lucky this time but who knows? Tune in live Monday night at 9/8 central time. I would be interested in taking on an Oregon Duck…not a real human being but an actual Duck…..or a Pac 10 replay official.

    Our on line store is going to be open imminently. I hope you will check it out and try our sauces and merchandise. The official Slobber-Knocker merchandise is one of my favorite items. Also take a look at our vintage photo gallery. More photos are added on a regular basis. Keep your emails coming and thanks a million for checking out our site. We will have a football blog up this week, too, as usual.

    Boomer Sooner!

    J.R.

  • We have had a great response to our latest wrestling blog today. I appreciate that greatly. I love to read your feedback and to check to pulse of the wrestling fans.

    Here is a quick response to a few email items:

    I am not throwing stones at TNA. I have zero issues with TNA but when their brand has a chance to be different and they begin to lean toward the established brand in the marketplace it is, in my individual opinion, a mistake. For the sake of all the talents who work within the business the more places they can work to earn a living the better. I have several friends who work in TNA and I certainly want them to be successful. Wishing ill of another company is non-productive, old school ‘rasslin B.S. The WWE is and always will be the leader within the sports entertainment genre and I am sure the fine folks at TNA would not dispute that claim. But that certainly is no indictment on their brand.

    This is not a WWE site. I am doing this site independently of the company I work for with their blessings and support. Thanks to the WWE I can legally do this project as I am still under contract to the WWE at this time. The WWE supports my BBQ projects and that is greatly appreciated by my family and me.

    Being an old school guy I wholeheartedly prefer more wrestling than talk on TV. That’s me. That’s my personal opinion. I don’t know if that opinion makes me right or wrong but it is my opinion, plain and simple. I would like to see all wrestling broadcasts feature more wrestling because that’s what I grew up on but that doesn’t necessarily make a show that is short on wrestling a bad show. It’s all about personal preference. I prefer in ring physicality over out of ring talk. I also like “sweet tea” rather than regular tea and baby back ribs over beef ribs, for the record.

    Regarding the ECW Hardcore matches….I like them. My point was with a shallow roster the risk of injures increases in these types of matches and neither ECW nor any other brand can afford to lose any key wrestlers for any reason, including injuries. Plus, when is enough risk taking and violence enough? How many tables is enough? I like the carnage especially when I am not involved in it but at some point Hardcore matches cease being as special as they may feel now. I am merely thinking of the talents who put their bodies thru hell and are continually thinking of more ways to brutalize themselves and there is absolutely no way that the human anatomy can withstand that level of punishment on a regular basis.

    When you take shots at me regarding the WWE and if makes you feel better, have at it! No problem on my end but my role in the company is to show up for work on time and be ready to perform to the best of my ability. I am not the matchmaker nor do I want to be. I call what I see and much more often than not I enjoy the hell out of it. My wrestling, like I grew up on, is dead. So Is Mickey Mantle, John Wayne, Saturday morning westerns, and Roller Derby but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about them with fondness and respect.

    We move on and agree to disagree.

    The huge amount of emails I received today is another reason I still love this business. The fans have passion that is unduplicated in any forms of sports and entertainment.

    Thanks and have a great “Unforgiving” weekend!

    J.R.

  • The Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have college football games this weekend that are about as opposite as two games could be.

    The Sooners embark on a long flight to Oregon to play the nationally ranked Ducks in Eugene while the Cowboys stay in Stillwater to host former OU coach Howard Schnellenberger’s impotent Florida Atlantic University from the football Mecca of Boca Raton, Florida. (I see rich people.)

    The Ducks are favored by 4 the last time I checked and some pundits feel that Oregon has the ability to blow out OU by double digits. Many scribes are inclined to speculate that OU’s defense is tremendously overrated and that if a defense can stop Adrian Peterson that Paul Thompson cannot lead a one dimensional Sooner offense to a tough road victory. Oregon is looking at this game as a “retribution” game or, as we say in the ‘rasslin biz, “a grudge match”. The Sooners seems to be approaching this contest in a business-like fashion knowing that they have to improve in several areas to leave Autzen Stadium Saturday on ABC with a “surprising win” according to the national media.

    I look for the Sooners to open up their offense and do all they can to encourage Oregon to not stack the box with 8-9 players hovering around the line of scrimmage. Oregon has to man up in the secondary which one would think would create some opportunities for QB Paul Thompson and a slew of excellent wide receivers including Malcolm Kelly, Juaquin Iglesias, and the returning Manuel Johnson. Getting AD running down hill is another key to victory. Big # 28 gets better as the game wears on which can be disheartening to the opposition. Both these potential, positive offensive matters start with one common denominator, the offensive line. If OU has an overabundance of false starts, etc Saturday the Sooners are in big trouble. Plus the young O-Line must play physical and be willing to hit the right Duck in the mouth more often than not. The Sooners running some misdirection this week away from an AD face might prove invaluable at the right time.

    Defensively the Sooners must, I repeat must, tackle well. The defense, if you eliminate the first play of the game against Washington and the long pass on 3rd and 11 that set up a field goal played pretty damn good last week. Much better than against UAB. But tackling is the key against Oregon who returns its entire O-Line virtually in tact. Duck QB Dennis Dixon is an elusive running signal caller who loves to run the option while 240 pound tailback Jonathan Stewart is Oregon’s best young tailback in years and a national 5 star high school recruit. The Sooners front seven will definitely get their manhood tested Saturday in Duckland.

    Being an OU loyalist, I am going with the Sooners by a field goal or less. Coach Bob Stoops has not played all his cards yet but Saturday might be the time to go “All In” with a couple of new wrinkles.

    OSU gets another dressed up scrimmage against Florida Atlantic and can make spending another two days in the State of Oklahoma miserable for 72 year old coaching legend Howard Schnellenberger. Coach Mike Gundy’s young Cowpokes are 2-0 and favored by 4 touchdowns and should cover that easily.

    I like QB Bobby Reid who is still young and improving but ever so talented and is surrounded with some outstanding young players including perhaps the best freshman in the Big 12 in Perrish Cox. OSU started sluggishly last week in Little Rock against Arkansas State but I don’t see that happening this Saturday in T. Boone Pickens (Mr. ATM) Stadium. I hope the Cowboy faithful sell out the place and begin to support the program with the passion many display on talk radio. There is no reason the stadium in Stillwater should not be packed this Saturday. Perhaps some one should check Schnelly’s flask.

    North Texas visits Tulsa and the Mean Green are still shell-shocked from their opening day loss to Texas. Tulsa is well coached and has some excellent Oklahoma high school talent representing the Golden Hurricane so I am going with TU to cover the spread of 19 after last week’s disappointing loss to BYU.

    If Miami loses this week to Louisville, the classy, Oklahoma native Larry Coker and Hurricane head man may be as good as gone in the eyes of the “U” faithful. That’s too damn bad because Coker is an excellent coach but he did sign a 5 year extension a year ago so he can come back to Oklahoma and live the good life he deserves if he so chooses.

    ESPN commentator and former Ohio State QB Kirk Herbstreit thinks AD can’t win the Heisman. That’s “brilliant” Herby especially in the second week of the season. Why don’t you just spend a little more time spiking your highlighted, blonde hair and let the season play out? Of course Herbstreit would love for one of his homeboys from Ohio State to win the Heisman Trophy but the national media, especially back East, has virtually anointed Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn as this year’s winner. There is obvious a bias against AD that he will have to overcome just like his freshman year when Peterson was the best player in the nation and did not win the Heisman simply because he was an 18 year old freshman.

    Who would have thought a few years ago how big this Saturday’s Texas Tech-TCU game would be? These two teams have to rank as 2-3 in the state of Texas behind the Horns. TCU better have the edge big time in ball control because the mad professor, Mike Leach’s offense is going to put points on the board. TCU has a 12 game winning streak, holy Bob Lilly, which includes beating OU in Norman last year on the opening weekend.

    OK, I am a little bitter but I find myself having a hard time pulling for Nebraska this week versus USC in Southern California but I will, reluctantly. I love the Husker tradition, Tom Osborne, the Husker fans, the legend of Bob Devaney but I can’t stomach Nebraska head honcho Bill Callahan. Nonetheless, I will support the Big 12 and root for the Huskers to pull off a HUGE upset in La-La Land. But it won’t happen. If Nebraska can keep it under 14 the boys from Lincoln and their arrogant coach should consider it a moral victory if indeed Callahan has any.

    Bottom line this is a helluva weekend to be a college football fan! Enjoy it.

  • Greetings from under the black, 200X, Resistol hat from your OU Football loving, BBQ fanatic who is looking forward to traveling to Canada this week for what is sure to be an emotionally charged WWE pay per view, Unforgiven in Toronto.

    It is always an adventure and a thrill to travel from our home in Norman, Oklahoma to New York City but being in the Big Apple on the 5th Anniversary of 911 this past Monday was really special. The resilient folks of NYC are amazing individuals and the city, for the most part, has seemingly recovered as much as humanly possibly since the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001.

    More...The fans that attended the live Monday Night RAW event and the ECW taping Monday night at Madison Square Garden certainly were not “laid back” and their positive energy should have motivated everyone involved in the process Monday night. If not, as the late Gorilla Monsoon used to say, “Get Out!” There were several talents who had never performed at MSG in their careers and I spoke with many of them. Some were trying to act “cool” as if The Garden was just another arena but any observant person could tell that they were as nervous as a lady of the night in church. I have broadcast many events in Madison Square Garden and I STILL get nervous as hell when I work there. Just knowing all the great stars from so many forms of entertainment and sports that have roamed the halls of the backstage area and used the same dressing rooms we use is surreal in itself. We all prepare for a major broadcast such as RAW in NYC differently. While I poured over my notes, The King toured DC Comics & Victoria’s Secret. Hey, to each his own.

    The pageantry of the opening moments of Monday night’s show was remarkable live in the arena. My black hat is off to Lilian Garcia, yes, she’s single gentlemen, for her stirring rendition of America the Beautiful. It was very Aretha Franklin-like from Wrestlemania 3. Lilian is a former Gamecock by the way.

    Many of the NYPD and the NYFD were in attendance and I always love visiting with those guys. Those are men’s men and were the true heroes of the evening.I thought the jacked up crowd and the sense of urgency regarding Unforgiven amped the wrestlers up nicely Monday night. I know that future Hall of Famer Ric Flair was pumped and “Naitch” has seen and done it all (literally). When a veteran like Flair gets goose pimples you know the show is going to be a good one.

    It was nice to see Mike Rotundo at the Garden on Monday. Mike may become a producer for the WWE. Not only was the former “IRS” an outstanding in ring talent in his day but Mike was a two sport star at Syracuse in football and wrestling. Mike is a classy guy.

    Not sure how to predict the Kane-Umaga match this Sunday other than it may resemble a Monster Truck Show as much as a wrestling match. Don’t expect a Brisco-Funk re-make. With the baseball pennant races heating up, let’s just say this match will be more about the long ball than base hits.

    It was great to see WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper at MSG Monday night. If some of the younger talents who aspire to be wrestling antagonists would spend more time watching vintage tapes of bad guys like Piper rather than playing video games or seeking out the wrestling gossip then their careers would be better served. Roddy, like yours truly, is now a grandfather, and that changes a man’s perspective on many things and motivates one to re-prioritize one’s life even if, as in my case, it comes later in life than it should. Even with Piper’s motivation, I will be surprised if the Highlanders can overcome the 5 on 2 advantage the Spirit Squad will have Sunday on PPV.Speaking of the Spirit Squad, I like the upside of these 5 talents. However, I do think the 5 man unit, for my money, is close to running its course.

    Speaking of tag teams, the tag team competition on RAW still needs that shot in the arm. Perhaps Sunday will help kick that matter off and certainly Cade and Murdoch elevated their game by being willing accomplices to the assault of DX on Monday night.

    Edge is “red hot” and headed “home” to defend the WWE Title in a match Edge has never lost. It sounds like the challenger (Cena) is in a fair amount of jeopardy doesn’t it? John Cena will be booed out of the arena in Toronto which is Edge’s long time home base. Cena must win Sunday or Cena’s goal to become WWE Champion takes at least a 3 year hiatus as Cena has already inked a 3 year Smackdown contract that goes into effect IF Cena loses Sunday. These TLC matches are overtly dangerous. The likelihood of someone getting hurt in this match is obvious. Johnny “Don’t Call Me Monday” Nitro, although blinded by the “love” of an evil woman with multiple agendas, in my opinion, has really impressed me as of late with his in ring abilities. Nitro’s match with Jeff Hardy should be an aerial attraction but sometimes the crash and burn element becomes an issue in these types of matches. This match may resemble some of the ECW Hardcore Rules contests, at times, inasmuch as swinging for the fences and fouling one off occasionally but I am looking forward to it nonetheless.

    Carlito and Randy Orton have the opportunity to steal the show with a pure wrestling match come Unforgiven. Now, will they do it? That’s entirely up to the two men in the ring. They each have the ability to be off the charts. Physically, neither lacks a thing, so it comes down to mental preparation and the “will” to be better than any one else on the show. These two men could be two of the future building blocks for RAW for years to come and this Sunday will go along way in determining just how far along these two are in that journey.

    What’s next for Chris Masters? Hopefully, for his sake, no more matches on worldwide TV with Super Crazy. The leaner, should be quicker, Masters is 0-2 against the former ECW and Smackdown grappler.

    Speaking of Smackdown, how many “kings” are there now days in the WWE? There’s the original King, Jerry Lawler, Smackdown’s Champ, King Booker, the King of Kings, HHH, and let’s not forget the King of the Ring. Notwithstanding the King of B.S., ECW’s Paul Heyman and one of our best sponsors, Burger King!

    Will Trish end her storybook career with a 7th Championship victory this Sunday in her final match that also happens to be in her home town? I don’t have, here comes an Eagles reference, a “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” about this matter. Bad things happen to WWE stars/personnel when they appear in their hometowns. King loses in his home town of Memphis in a 2-3 minute match while I’ve spend more time on the canvas than Rembrandt in OKC (Oh Hell, we’re back at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on Monday night September 25!). I sincerely hope Trish wins but quite honestly I would not bet a bottle of BBQ Sauce on it. I hope I am wrong.

    At 7 feet tall and a dozen biscuits or so over 500 pounds, The Big Show is simply a “freak of nature”. I sometimes wonder if he actually realizes how dominate he could be. I can remember back in the day when my wife cooked dinner for Show and he put a huge strain on the dining room furniture and the flooring. Plus, he ate all my damn apple butter! In all seriousness, the Big Show has the physical attributes to be THE biggest attraction in this business. Period. End of Story. Case closed. The McMahons have the right man on their side come Hell in a Cell this Sunday. The advantage for DX is that HHH and HBK know exactly what the Cell holds in store for them while this will be the first visit by the McMahon men folk and their giant sized asset inside Satan’s playground. I expect a total blood bath come Sunday on pay per view at Unforgiven.

    Hey for 61 years of age, or any age, for that matter, Mr. McMahon’s physique was awesome Monday night. I know for a fact that all the Chairman does when he is not with family is work and workout. There is no golf, no boating, no polo, no Texas Hold ‘Em, no football, nothing that interests the Boss as much as the business and working out. I probably will never be on the Chairman’s Christmas card list again especially after Mr. McMahon has replaced yours truly on RAW on numerous occasions. I could bitch, moan, and woe is me it but what good does that do anyone? The bottom line is, Mr. McMahon is richer than eight feet up a bull’s ass and he doesn’t need to step into the ring but McMahon does it because he wants to do it. perhaps even NEEDS to do it. Mr. McMahon indeed does have a HUGE ego but I have never met anyone in his position who didn’t. I applaud the Boss’ passion and his work ethic in, and out, of the gym which no one, not even his biggest detractor’s, can deny. I also realize that any given Monday could be my last broadcast because of the volatile nature of Mr. McMahon but that just goes with the territory, for better or for worse. However, I do know that the paychecks always cash and are always on time.

    After watching ECW Tuesday night on Sci Fi, it strikes me that the ECW boys may be having a few too many Hardcore Rules matches on their TV shows. If you have one every week, they cease being special. If one table isn’t enough what is? 5, 10? I vividly recall at Summerslam fans yelling “We Want Fire” during the” I Quit” match between Flair and Foley. What in the hell is up with that?! What’s next……organ donation??I like what I am seeing from C.M. Punk on ECW. He has a tremendous upside. Let’s hope Punk avoids the injury bug and the mental strains of potential stardom. My advice to him would be to remain diligent and professional, work harder than anyone in the building, and be prepared to carry the ball when your play is called.

    What, wrestlers taking lie detector tests on TV? Stop it now, please, I am begging you! Wrestling shows that try and “out WWE” the WWE is like flatulence in the wind, it just blows away. A wrestling show that focuses primarily on the in ring product might be a novel concept for a budding WWE wannabe. No one is going to out “WWE” the WWE. I went through the exact same issue while I was at WCW in the late 80’s-early 90’s.

    The Midnight Express’ Bobby Eaton seems to be doing o.k. and did not have a heart attack as was erroneously reported on the ‘net.

    What a great game by former Road Warrior Animal’s son James Laurinaitis, # 33 and middle linebacker for Ohio State, against Texas. Man, James’ Mom must have been one helluva athlete. (Only kidding, or am I and this is the covert message of the week sponsored by Oliver Stone??)

    One of the Longhorn’s biggest fans, literally and figuratively, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, was dreading running into me at MSG on Monday after the Buckeyes trounced Dream’s Longhorns. I was gentle with the son of a plumber from Austin much unlike what he will be to me if Texas beats Oklahoma this season. Hell, OU has more than their hands full at Oregon Saturday afternoon. That’s the only game this season I will miss due to my travel to Toronto but I plan on watching the game in the DFW airport and then catching my early evening non stop flight to Toronto for Unforgiven.

    Here’s a word of advice to all aspiring, wannabe WWE Divas. It will/should take more than a breast enhancement and a fake tan to get a job in the WWE. I would suggest one familiarize one’s self with the product, and understand the physical demands this job requires. Being an athlete would be a good thing as well. If you worry about a broken, fake finger nail you may have problems. This is a special business and one should study its history. Rent or buy some WWE DVD’s and educate yourself on the heritage of the business. Plus, being able to talk in complete sentences is a good thing, too.

    It was great to see my Oklahoma pal and country music superstar Toby Keith at Raw Monday night. Check out his movie “Broken Bridges” which is in selected theaters now. Toby and I have spend many hours together on the sideline at OU Football games and he is still a regular guy in spite of being almost as rich as Mr. McMahon. Toby and yours truly both live in Norman, Oklahoma and I am partners in his “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill” restaurant in Bricktown in OKC. Many of RAW’s biggest stars will be dining there the night before RAW in OKC.

    I hear that the DVD regarding the History of the WWE Championship is a good one. I am going to watch it this week. The Brian Pillman DVD was awesome. I think I can watch Brian’s again without having to get up and walk outside as I did the first time.

    It looks as if more changes are a float in the WWE Developmental System. This entity is close to my heart and I truly believe within it lies the future of the WWE. There is nothing more important than the development of new superstars within the WWE Developmental System. If one thoroughly reviews the talent rosters under the WWE umbrella, in addition to Mother Nature’s issues, a key injury here or there could do serious damage to the product. Now is the greatest time that I can remember in the past 30 plus years for a young man or woman to want to make sports entertainment their life’s work. I am looking forward to the continued development of Cody Runnels, son of Dusty Rhodes, and Teddy and Mike DiBiase, son of the Million Dollar Man, as all three of these young men may have what it takes to break through and successfully follow in their talented father’s footsteps. Much like Harry Smith and Dallas Hart, I am hoping these second and third generation athletes can be the building blocks for the WWE in the future.

    My friend Kurt Angle, my wife is a Pittsburgher, too, is doing well with his time away from the travel and the physical demands of the road. Kurt Angle is a winner and Kurt Angle is the only person who can win this particular “match” he is in. No one else can tag themselves in. This is Kurt’s fight to win or lose and I feel strongly that much like everything else Kurt has done in his life that Kurt will get his hand raised. That certainly doesn’t mean that Kurt’s lovely wife Karen is not there to support her husband and the soon to be father of two beautiful children. She is. Kurt is a lucky man in that regard. I hope Kurt is not tempted to accept what I am sure is a ton of offers to step back into battle before it is time with everyone wanting to make a quick buck off of him. The mixed martial arts business is hot again, for the moment, and there is no doubt that ambitious promoters would love to have the 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist step into an octagon or whatever to help maintain their PPV momentum. MMA has long had challenges building an abundance of marketable stars and Kurt is a “made man”, if you will in all due respect to one of my all time favorite shows, “The Sopranos”. Kurt’s focus right now is on his family and his health. I fully expect, and yes this may be considered wishful thinking by some, but I fully expect to see Kurt Angle back in the WWE in the future and would love for it to happen in time for Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit on April 1, 2007. Kurt is one of my guys and as Coach Barry Switzer, the former Oklahoma Hall of Famer, has told me many times when you recruit a player you recruit him for life and that’s how I feel about Kurt.

    Thanks for checking out this week’s blog and please tell your friends about our site. Our store is allegedly going to be up and running soon, or so I am told, and when it opens I hope you will do a little shopping as we will be selling our delicious sauces and some “J.R.’s BBQ” and “Slobber-Knocker” merchandise. I also do a football blog each week as well. Thanks for all the emails and I am answering as many as time allows and reading them all. Please make them as succinct as you possibly can. Take care!

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  • Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat from a BBQ lovin', Okie who is looking forward to being in the heart of New York City this Monday night which just happens to be ...... September 11.

    I can still remember where I was the day that President John Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. I was in the 6th grade at Westville, Oklahoma elementary school when the news came to us over the school intercom system and we were promptly dismissed from school early and told to go get on our respective school buses for our ride home. I can still remember my mother crying and my father talking about those "damn communists" or something to that effect not long after I arrived to our home in rural Oklahoma.

    I can also remember where I was on September 11, 2001 when the greatest national tragedy perpetrated by human kind was inflicted upon our nation.

    We had broadcast Monday night Raw in San Antonio and had traveled to Houston to do the Smackdown TV taping on Tuesday September 11. We were in a hotel in Houston when word started coming over every TV channel of the tragedy that befell NYC thanks to some crazy cowards who commandeered those commercial jet planes. We stayed In Houston contemplating what to do for that Thursday night's Smackdown on UPN or if the show would even air. It was decided with significant deliberation that the event would take place and go LIVE from Houston which would make our event the first public assembly of its kind since the terrorist attacks. This was a ballsy move by Vince McMahon but one I can honestly say with which I agreed.

    Unfortunately, I have had the challenge of having to do live TV broadcasts after personal tragedies before including the deaths of Owen Hart and Brian Pillman. Trust me; these are broadcasts that I will remember for a lifetime. Perhaps not every bout or a particular segment but the gut feeling I had on those two particular occasions will always be with me. To attempt to block the types of tragedies from one's mind is impossible to do. The visual images of my friends Owen and Brian were in my mind on both those occasions no matter what was going on in the ring.

    The same can be said for seeing the World Trade Center go down on September 11. I am thinking that Monday night will be much the same for me. There will be specific images that I will see but in the spirit of attempting to entertain our TV viewers we will pay our respects, persevere, and move forward.

    Random thoughts on a more positive, array of topics:

    It was great being back In my old stomping grounds of Atlanta on Monday night at the Phillips Arena as the fans were spirited and up for the festivities called Monday Night RAW. While driving by the CNN Center on the way to the arena, where I officed for many years, it brought back a plethora of mostly good memories. I made many friends in Atlanta that I still have to this day. I also learned a great deal about human nature from working with a handful of executives in Ted Turner's organization that were basically two faced pieces of horse manure. Nonetheless when I look back upon my tenure In Atlanta most of the experiences I had in the "New York of the South" were great despite working for a seemingly never ending array of "bosses" at WCW. But that's another story for another time. I had a blast broadcasting the Atlanta Falcons NFL football on their radio network and hosting "Wrestling w/Jim Ross" on AM750 WSB on Sunday nights in addition to working at WCW. It's all apart of life's journey and what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.

    Plus, leaving WCW in 1993 to come to the WWE was the best career move I ever made.

    RAW was a strong effort Monday night from my perspective. The Edge/Cena rivalry is really developing nicely and there is not a doubt in my mind that Cena will be booed unmercifully come Unforgiven in Toronto which happens to be Edge Country. The atmosphere for Unforgiven should be awesome.

    Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro was a really solid affair Monday night and it was nice to see the wrestling time invested in this match. I think these two young wrestlers have chemistry and there subsequent matches should get better and better.

    The tag team scene on RAW needs some work but that is not a mountain that cannot be climbed. There is potential there and it becomes really a function of the talent turning heads when their opportunity arises no matter the presentation.

    I have seen a rough cut of "The Marine" and liked it. Here is tons of action and John Cena does a helluva job in his first venture in the film world. The special affects and the stunt work in the film are excellent. I think most folks will like it but there will always be the vocal few who like nothing but watch or read everything.

    Stone Cold and I had an extended telephone conversation a few days ago. Steve is back in the States after 4 months in Australia doing "The Condemned" (I think that is the title.) for WWE Films. Stone Cold is not one who is easily appeased with creative issues but Steve was really high on the way this film came out. Knowing the "Texas Rattlesnake" he will be right there as this project is edited, etc as Steve has personally vested in this genre with the same passion that he brought to the ring. Steve is slated to attend an OU game with yours truly this fall. I see a cold beer in my future. And while we are talking about movies, The Rock and I emailed each other recently and he is really excited about the potential success of "The Gridiron Gang" which is based on a true story and sounds like it will be along the lines of Denzel Washington's ""Remember the Titans" which is one of my all time favorites. USA Network will have a special sneak peek of "The Gridiron Gang" this Monday night after RAW. From what I have seen and read, this film may be the best from our friend "The Great One". I sure miss Rock's charisma on Monday nights. Oh, well there is always WWE 24/7 which I love.

    It's too bad to see Trish Stratus leaving the WWE sometime after Unforgiven, as I understand it. Trish was one of my "hires" when I worked in the talent relations department back In the day and has been an exemplary WWE Superstar since day one. Not long after Trish came aboard I would use her as an example to all the Divas we hired. Trish's obvious sex appeal and intelligence aside, no one worked harder to get better in the ring than Trish Stratus and she succeeded. Being on the road is a grind for everyone and especially for a female who has thoughts of being a wife and mom at some point in time. Hopefully, Unforgiven will not be the last time we see Trish in a WWE ring but if it is she will always be remembered as one of the most memorable WWE Superstars of any gender and a likely Hall of Fame inductee down the road. I can see great things happening for Trish in the future.

    I don't know if Mr. McMahon will ever admit it or not but I can tell you from personal experience that going on last as an in ring competitor (and I use that term loosely speaking of myself) in Madison Square Garden is one of the great professional rushes I have personally ever had. Even though I literally got the hell beat out of me and bled buckets of blood, I will never forget that once in a lifetime experience. If you grow up as a wrestling fan as I did and read the wrestling magazines as many of us did long before the days of the internet, then you learn early on that "The Garden" is the Mecca of sports and entertainment. The ironic aspect of this situation is that Mr. McMahon and yours truly will have had the same opponent in our MSG experiences, a focused and physical HHH. I tried to obtain copies of photos of my massacre on 33rd when I had my date with destiny but the WWE legal department seems reluctant to release the photos because of their graphic nature. I do have the OU jersey and T-shirt I wore that night framed and it looked like it was worn by a car wreck victim.

    Our best wishes for a speedy recovery for the Midnight Express' Bobby Eaton who suffered a heart attack recently but is apparently recovering well. The Midnight Express had to be one of my all time favorite tag teams whether It was the Dennis Condrey or the Stan Lane version with Beautiful Bobby and the incomparable Jim Cornette. I shutter to think of how much money this team would be making today if they were in their prime. This is one team of antagonists that could motivate today's audience to pay to watch this trio get their asses kicked. That particular quality is a fleeting art form.

    Harry Smith, the son of the late British Bulldog Davyboy Smith, looks to be about 6'5" and around 260 pounds these days. Young Harry was an unlimited future ahead of him and may have the natural, God given ability to exceed the success of his late father and Harry's talented uncles from the Hart Family. I am not sure when Harry will debut on WWE TV but there Is no doubt that this 3rd generation wrestler will be well prepared. I see lots of big time main events in Harry's future.

    I read where Bret Hart's son Dallas is training to wrestle in Calgary with Lance Storm. Unless Bret did it himself, I can't think of a better trainer to teach the all Important fundamental skills to a young athlete than Lance Storm. If Dallas listens to his coach and shows the same work ethic demonstrated by his Dad, there is no doubt that another Hart will headline a future Wrestlemania. Hey, remember to never say never in this crazy business.

    I have to take my black hat off to the men in the ECW Rules tag match Tuesday night on Sci Fi. Good grief, it looked like a televised bar fight! Sabu, RVD, Test, and Mike Knox put their bodies thru hell which may be putting it mildly.

    Texas Longhorn football fanatic Dusty Rhodes is already breaking my Spaulding's about how bad UT is going to destroy my young, Oklahoma Sooner football team this year on October 7 in the Cotton Bowl. If the Steers do destroy the Sooners as the American Dream predicts, I will never hear the last of it from the robust son of a plumber. However, that is the price one pays when one wears their team's allegiances on their sleeves. I am predicting that Texas defeats Ohio State in Austin Saturday night even though a Texas win just adds more fuel to Rhodes' fire. Road Warrior Animal's son James Laurinaitis is the starting middle linebacker for Ohio State and wears jersey #33. I will definitely catch this game after I get home from the OU-Washington game which is also on ABC.

    Wrestlemania 22 is the biggest selling DVD in WWE history with over 345,000 units sold! I am sure proud to be a part of that as I thought I had done my last Wrestlemania after leaving RAW in October of 2005. Thanks for checking out our site. I hope you will stop by our online store once it is open for business. We are really proud of our sauces and think you will like our merchandise especially the Slobber-Knocker caps and shirts. Keep your emails coming as I am trying to get to as many of them as time will permit. I read them all, I assure you. Thanks, again.

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  • Let’s not over analyze the Sooner victory last week over an underrated and well coached UAB team. A win is a win, not a sin. The gamblers who laid the 21 points may have been somewhat peeved but that’s their problem. At the end of the season a “W” is a “W” and that’s how championships are won, with “W’s” not “L’s”. Let’s just say the win sure as hell beats the alternative.

    I can assure you that the media took OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s words regarding AD’s play last Saturday night much differently than AD did. For one to suggest that Wilson “called AD out” is somewhat asinine. If a coach cannot coach his best player and answer questions honestly from the media specifically about that player then how can that same coach address the play of a second team tackle or a wide receiver? Every great player I ever saw could get better in some area and Adrian Peterson is no exception. AD will tell you that himself. As a matter of fact this summer AD was talking about how he had to improve as a blocker because in the NFL if a running back can’t protect the quarterback the running back doesn’t play or at least doesn’t play long.

    Let’s not confuse the fact that AD is being coached up and motivated not “being called out”. In any event, for my money the Sooners # 28 is still the best running back in American but even he can improve. As a Sooner Football fan, I find that exciting.

    The Sooners rediscovering the tight ends is merely a function of having some tight ends that can make plays in a variety of ways. Joe Jon Finley looks like a different player as he is up to close to 260 pounds and, at 6’5”, doesn’t resemble the high school quarterback he once was. Finley caught 4 balls last Saturday and should be in line for more opportunities this week against the Washington Huskies who run a 4-3 defense and allowed a ton of yards passing against San Jose State last week. Finley is no doubt headed for the NFL down the road. Finley may have run the wrong route on AD’s reception for a touchdown but call it “Sooner Magic” if you will as Finley’s block on the UAB linebacker was a Slobber-Knocker of a hit that lit up the OU bench and the Sooner faithful watching.

    My guess is that Coach V and the defensive staff worked thoroughly on tackling this week which heretofore has been a Sooner strength. I don’t think anyone should panic about this deficiency last week. My guts say it will be rectified. The team’s will to hit is and always will be intact.

    With Washington QB, 220 pound Isaiah Stanback, being such a great running and with Stanback’s speed and scrambling ability, good tackling, no different than any other fundamental football skill, is imperative Saturday afternoon on the game televised by ABC. Stanback, a former 100 meters champion, is not one dimensional as he has a cannon for an arm and can throw the deep ball well.

    With the Husky punter averaging over 45 yards per punt, one could easily see this Saturday’s game being one of field position which then speaks to not having any turnovers. With the new timing rules which starts the clock on the ready for play after a change of possession, teams are getting fewer snaps which means the snaps we do get need to be productive ones as this timing change really magnifies turning the ball over and giving the opposition another chance. I am not a big fan of the television networks manipulating the NCAA to adjust the rules to shorten the game. Count how many TV timeouts the network dictates per game. It doesn’t seem like they have sold fewer commercials.

    I can’t wait to see Reggie Smith get more offensive snaps and see what the talented play maker from Edmond does with the opportunity. I can visualize Reggie running reverses or counters from the slot as teams seem to over respond with AD’s every move.

    Only two of OU’s freshman class of 2006 saw action against UAB. TE Jermaine Gresham from Ardmore had one catch and one fumble but is a marvelous looking prospect and Vegas’ Quinton Carter, a free safety, who saw mainly special team’s duty.

    The punting job seems to be in decent hands and not the issue it became after Cody Freeby was dismissed from the team. We go from having no punters to having two.

    The jury still seems to be out whether or not star recruit Gerald McCoy will be redshirted this season or not. The potential star defensive tackle currently seems to be log jammed behind 4 other DT’s. I can see DeMarcus Granger seeing a few more snaps especially against big offensive lines.

    FB Matt Clapp played well enough that we might see the Sooner in more I formation sets this week. The former state of Arizona player of the year blocked well for #28. One would assume that the Sooners passing game out of the I when there are so many defenders in “the box” could potentially cause some defensive coordinators some sleepless nights (in Seattle).

    It would seem that OU needs to sign two quarterbacks this season as that spot would appear to be a wide open horse race to determine next year’s starter. Outstanding JUCO QB Mike Greco from Pearl River Mississippi Community College is on the Sooners radar. Greco from Ft. Lauderdale originally signed with North Carolina State before transferring to JUCO and would have 3 years of eligibility at OU if he signed. Coach Stoops has always played the best player at any given position so a young athlete looking to play at one of the most storied programs in America would have to be intrigued and interested in the opportunities in Norman.

    I look for the OU-Washington game to be another dog fight. The experts say OU is a 17 point favorite but I don’t see that. I am no expert not do I gamble but it just feels that giving 17 points to a well coached team with everything to gain and nothing to lose so early in the season isn’t viable.

    I do think the Steers will beat the Buckeyes this Saturday night down in Austin. UT has 16 quality starters back from their National Championship team and playing at home has got to help Mack Brown’s team. Plus, with the distractions this week, Brown has had a chance to galvanize his squad this week and Mack is a smart cookie and won’t miss any opportunity to utilize any edge he can create. That’s good coaching.

    Bob Devaney must be spinning in his grave and Tom Osborne must be nauseous regarding his old team. First it was Louisiana Tech last week, which is o.k., but Nicholls State this week in Lincoln?? I am not a big Bill Callahan fan and his recruiting of former Arizona State QB Sam Keller was classic “selling a bill of goods” as Callahan certainly did not want Keller to visit Norman. Sam Keller would have been much better served to have come to OU, paid his own way at school for one semester and then play his senior season as the Sooner QB with a loaded team returning in 2007. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

    I appreciate you checking out our site and I enjoy reading your emails. I will answer as many emails as time will allow but I certainly read them all.

    Enjoy another great football weekend and drop by our BBQ Trailer if you have time this Saturday before the game. We are located right in front of the old field house and between the north end zone of the stadium. Bring your appetite!

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  • Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat from Oklahoma where Monday night RAW emanates from on Monday September 25 from the Ford Center. Random thoughts.......

    I thought this week’s RAW was a better show than some of the “critics”, but what do I know? I TiVo RAW and watch it when I get home on Tuesdays and sometimes I leave the arena thinking we had a better broadcast than we did once I see the show in the comfort of my living room. However, this week’s RAW’s goal was to create some awareness for Unforgiven and I thought that was accomplished. As a matter of fact, the Unforgiven event had me concerned until I heard of the matches planned for it. Now, with a loud and enthusiastic Toronto sold out live audience ready to rock, the atmosphere at the event should be awesome. The crowd can really make a difference in how a show is perceived by the viewers at home and how it motivates the performers. I know it sure does work for me and I have been to a few goat ropings in my time. If the WWE discovered that large crowds did not motivate its wrestlers, then I would suggest those individuals be allowed to immediately seek employment elsewhere and become someone else’s dead weight.

    Hopefully, Nature Boy Ric Flair will be back on RAW this Monday after licking his wounds resulting from the I Quit match at Summerslam versus Mick Foley and then the following night on RAW against Randy Orton. Flair STILL adds so much to our broadcasts with his natural energy and a legacy that may never be duplicated. It is amazing to me that Flair, at his age, still has more enthusiasm in the ring than many younger wrestlers I see. That’s a damn shame for some in the younger generation.

    I would bet good money that Arn Anderson could come “off the bench” today and still cut a better in ring promo than most guys earning good money to be able to do the same. Maybe I am too old school but that is my story and I am sticking to it.

    It looks as if the ECW TV Show that airs LIVE every Tuesday night on Sci Fi will be aiming its promotional barrels at hyping Unforgiven with the massive ECW Champion Big Show rooted in one of the main events at the upcoming PPV on September 17. I think that is smart marketing.

    I was really shocked when I heard the news that Kurt Angle was released from the WWE last week. Kurt came to work for the company on my watch and like former Oklahoma head football coach Barry Switzer has told me many times, “you recruit your players for life”. I still have great respect and admiration for Kurt Angle and hope he can take down his personal issues with the focus and passion that he took down wrestlers for the better part of his life. Kurt has been in pain more often than not since winning the Gold Medal in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games and that matter has taken its toll on the Pittsburgh native. Kurt has many years of productivity left in him no matter what he decides to do with his professional life. The main issue now is for Kurt to get healthy, physically and mentally, not sorry about wrestling anyone or anywhere, and to focus on being the best full time Dad he can while his schedule permits such. There is no doubt that the UFC-like entities will dream of Kurt Angle (some, no doubt, against Brock Lesnar) competing in an octagon or similar battle ground but my advice to Kurt would be to stay away from such activities and focus solely on getting healthy. Kurt Angle will always be special to me and he knows without a shadow of a doubt that if I can ever be of any assistance to him that I will be there 24/7.

    Monday Night RAW was the # 1 prime time program on TV for the 18th consecutive week in males 12-17. That’s one hell of an accomplishment. This past Monday even airing out of our normal time slot and network Monday Night RAW was the # 3 rated TV program in males 18-34 years of age. That is impressive any way you slice it.

    It’s hard to believe that Monday night in Atlantic City that we produced our 692nd episode of Monday Night RAW. With the exceptions of a few “sabbaticals”, yours truly has proudly been a part of most of them. However, as my friend and mentor the late, great Gorilla Monsoon would say, the chances of me doing 692 MORE weeks of RAW are “highly unlikely” as that would equate to over another decade and I don’t think anyone, including myself, wants to see me on TV when I am north of 64.

    For the record some one on the ‘net referred to me saying “ring card” as the Highlanders were being ejected from ringside. I don’t have a clue as to what in the hell a “ring card” is but if it matters I said, “Green Card” as in the Highlanders were foreigners who had a right to be in the USA. Perhaps a lame attempt at humor but at least if I fail at it I want to be damned correctly. I was also criticized this week for mentioned Hurricane Katrina. For the record no on told me to say anything about Hurricane Katrina as it came from my own somewhat fried brain. I feel for New Orleans deeply. My early career was centered on Mid South Wrestling events in New Orleans so the Crescent City is a special place to me. I also said that one of our referee’s were as slow as government aide to New Orleans. If I offended anyone’s sensitivities any Katrina remark I apologize as that was not my intent.

    ECW is re-built from the inside out and I, for one, like the new approach. I know those that love to chant “E-C-Dub” incessantly and say rude remarks in front of youngsters may not love the new approach but I can assure you the talent will last longer and stay healthier. That’s pretty damn important as most wrestlers I know want to be able to bend over and tie their shoes or play catch with their kids when they turn 40. I regularly watch ECW on Sci Fi and enjoy the fast paced hour and the usual strong build to the show closing, main event. Joey Styles and Tazz both sound more comfortable doing ECW TV than their previous gigs. Styles and Tazz are at their best, in my humble opinion, when they disagree but I do enjoy their work. I am becoming a big C.M. Punk fan and would love to see him on RAW but I know that’s just wishful thinking. Punk has “it” and if he can stay away from injuries Punk may be the lead mule on the ECW wagon train. (Those are all old, TV western metaphors by the way.)

    This I can personally relate to. Paul Heyman made a wise choice of “combat attire” Tuesday night on ECW TV. Much like yours truly, Heyman was not blessed with the body one wants to see in wrestling tights.

    Another young talent I like to watch in the ring is Smackdown’s Kennedy. For some odd reason, Kennedy reminds me at times of “Stunning” Steve Austin. There is just something about Kennedy’s body English and how he carries himself at times that harkens up memories of the blonde haired version of Austin. IF, and it is a huge IF, Kennedy can apply himself as much as Stone Cold did and think about how to get better and to be the best performer in the business 24/7, then Kennedy will become a HUGE asset for the WWE and a very rich man. I would love to see him accomplish all these things.

    How Michael Cole deals with the loud, Texan JBL every Friday night on Smackdown is beyond me. Cole must drink decaf. JBL has an opinion on EVERYTHING. These two are combustible elements and that helps make for an interesting broadcast in my view. JBL has so many diverse interests outside the sports entertainment genre one has to wonder how long he will continue to stir the stew on Smackdown. I actually get along well with JBL off camera except for the second Saturday in October when Oklahoma plays Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. This year that is October 7, not that I am keeping track. JBL may hang his clothes in New York City but he is and always will be a Texan.

    There may not be a more fundamentally sound wrestler in the WWE than Finley. The veteran Irishman was taught well and has perfected his craft. If I were a young athlete and was looking for someone today to emulate Finley would be on my short list. I’m not kissing Finley’s Irish ass, even though I have kissed an Irishman’s ass before, but Finley has little wasted motion in the ring making everything he does mean something and truly enjoys making the fans hate him which is becoming a lost art.

    I am attempting to watch the Brian Pillman DVD but have discovered I could only handle a little of it at a time. The DVD is quite awesome but it personally hits too close to home. Brian will always be one of my all time favorite people. I am proud that I was in a position to help facilitate his short albeit memorable run in the WWE but I am deeply saddened when I think back about his much too soon death. I assure you that rarely a day goes by that I don’t think of the raspy voiced, spirited athlete who over achieved his entire life and was as much a student of the game of wrestling as any one I ever worked with.

    Thanks for checking out our site. I hope you will come back soon. I will be updating my blogs as regularly as possible. In the meantime, try some of our sauce or Slobber-Knocker merchandise. I hope you will tune in to Monday Night RAW this week back on the USA network. Be well and please tell your friends about our new site.

  • Thanks for stopping by and checking out our site. Here are some random OU and OSU football thoughts from the Okie under the black, 200X Resistol hat......

    The Oklahoma Sooner faithful has been waiting for what seems like an eternity for the 2006 kickoff of the college football season. The same can be said of the Cowboy fans in Stillwater. I expect both teams to win this Saturday but not without an anxious moment or two.

    In Norman, all eyes will be on Quarterback, #12, Paul Thompson and how the 5th year senior handles the pressure of being the starting QB in Soonerland. My money says Thompson will be just fine being the triggerman for the Sooner offense now coordinated by Kevin Wilson. My instincts tell me this offense will be more diverse and we will see some new wrinkles as it relates to the personnel but perhaps not as much against UAB as we might see a little farther down the road. OU needs to avoid turning the ball over and giving UAB a short field to work with and a heart beat on Saturday night at the game televised nationally by TBS at 6 Oklahoma time. One interesting twist to this offense might be native Oklahoma product Reggie Smith who was an amazing play maker in high school at Edmond Santa Fe and who will see action on offense, defense, and special teams. Reggie is a natural born play maker and could bring some other “Reggie-like” qualities to the Sooner O. I know Head man Bob Stoops and his staff have the team ready to rock and get off to a quick start of the 2006 season and not endure another TCU-like upset as we painfully experienced in 2005. The Sooners are favored by 21 and I think they will get that done especially if the run happy UAB squad has to make long drives against the nasty OU defense. I wonder how much time Texas coach Mack Brown has spent with his brother and UAB head man Watson Brown this summer talking Sooner football?

    I am guessing Thompson throws for a TD or two and that AD gets at least 25 touches Saturday night. The Sooner defense lead by coordinator Brent Venables will be a stingy unit and nasty when attacking the football. The pressure by the deep set of defensive ends could be of the “Slobber-Knocker” level.

    The defense and special teams are stout on this season’s Sooner squad which is a great place to build a foundation for any football team. With only 9 seniors on the roster this young albeit talent team may have their best days ahead of them but that is not how it works at OU. Bob Stoops does not make nor does he accept any excuses and the 2006 Sooners are prepared to challenge for championships now. It starts Saturday.

    OSU’s Mike Gundy has the eyes of the Cowboy faithful upon him as everyone hopes OSU’s greatest QB ever will be just as effective as the head coach of the team funded by T. Boone Pickens, not that there is any thing wrong with that. I like Gundy’s approach to the game and there is no doubt that this Cowboy team has some great talent. QB Bobby Reid was highly regarded coming out of high school and the dual threat star in the making seems to be the key to the success of the Pokes this fall. OSU should have no problems dispatching Missouri State on Saturday. Expectations for the Cowboys to avoid the Big 12 South cellar are high and I think OSU has the ability to make that happen but they need to build some momentum and win the games they are supposed to especially at home. There are plenty of play makers in Stillwater and the Cowboy defense should have no issues stopping Missouri State. The issue with underdogs is always the same. Stomp on their hearts early and don’t give them any “hope” of winning. I am pulling for a Cowboy win on Saturday.

    It would be great to read Sunday morning in the newspapers that both home crowds in Norman and Stillwater were loud and crazy for their respective teams on Saturday. Establishing a true home field advantage is money in the bank for both these teams and for veteran fans if it is too loud then perhaps you are too old. I say the louder the better especially when the other team’s offense is on the field. Both Big 12 in state teams are fairly young and young people are positively affected by the noise level of their home fans. There is no reason this can’t happen.

    We will have our BBQ Trailer set up just north of the stadium at every home game so drop by and say hello if you get the chance and we will feed you some great BBQ sandwiches and a cold beverage or two. I always enjoy talking Sooner football so hopefully I will see you on Saturday.

  • Greetings to everyone from under the black, 200X Resistol hat from your BBQ loving, OU Sooner supporting, WWE Monday Night Raw broadcasting, Okie. And damn proud of, it by the way!

    I hope you are going to make our website one of your “favorites” (that’s hip, internet lingo) as we will not only encourage you to buy some of our “soon to be famous” sauces and “J.R.’s Family BBQ” merchandise but we will also be sharing our thoughts on a variety of topics here a few times a week and hopefully interacting with you on a regular basis.

    My family and I are attempting to fulfill a life long dream and are developing a BBQ Restaurant concept with the legendary restaurateur Hal Smith of Charleston’s, Mahogany, Louie’s, Boomerang, and the Red Rock Canyon Grill fame that we hope to locate in or near Norman. This concept is still on the drawing board as it relates to a brick and mortar structure but our catering business is up and running and we will be selling “Q” out of our trailer/smoker on OU football home game days and will be located at the north end of the stadium. Check out this site for more info on how we can cater your next cookout, tailgate party, etc and where our trailer will be set up during the week for delicious, smoked meats and fixing’s on the run. It’s all done low and slow and you will definitely be able to taste the difference.

    As the voice of the top rated TV program on all of basic cable, WWE’s Monday Night RAW, my travels to a different city every week 51 weeks a year often produces some experiences you have to live to believe. I will be sharing many of those stories and WWE thoughts and personal opinion on this space. I will also be answering questions from WWE fans and wrestling fans in general drawing on my 30 plus years in the crazy and often time’s unpredictable world of wrestling. My career in wrestling has been sort of a “North Dallas Forty meets Major League” scenario which has taken me a long way from my boyhood home of Westville, Oklahoma to all parts of our globe.

    Being a die hard football fan, especially as many of you know, a Sooner fanatic, we will cover football here, too. I am not shy about offering my opinions of college football or the NFL for that matter. As a native Oklahoman, I am not an OSU or Tulsa “hater” by any means (you notice I did not include the Longhorns in this scenario) and we will address those university’s football season as well. Being a former broadcaster on NBC for the XFL (remember that one year wonder?) and for the Atlanta Falcons, I follow football closely and love to discuss it.

    Sometimes I see things in the news that I feel needs to be addressed. My views will not be concealed in gray matter. I am not advocating that they will always be popular, or correct, but they will be clearly defined and will be my opinion, for better or for worse.

    So hopefully this site will be a fun stop for you to visit on a regular basis. If you are a sports fan in general, an OU, OSU, or TU fan, a lover of great BBQ, a WWE fanatic, or simply just have too much free time on your hands, we welcome your visits. The bottom line is we like to have fun here and that’s what www.jrsbarbq.com is all about.

    Thanks for checking us out and come back and see us soon!

    J.R.

Upcoming Appearances

  • RINGSIDE: An Afternoon with Jim Ross & Friends

    Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
    Plaza LIVE Orlando
    425 North Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL
  • RINGSIDE: An Afternoon with Jim Ross & Friends

    Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
    Plaza LIVE Orlando
    425 North Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL