• jeraledwards Asks: I have noticed several performers in WWE utilizing "The Crippler Crossface" that Chris Benoit made famous. Are these Superstars paying homage or does it even matter anymore? It looks great on TV. But I can't help but automatically think of The Rabid Wolverine with that toothless aggression and have a huge smile on my face. He was my favorite pure, technical wrestler.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I don't think a homage is even in the equation. It's an easy hold to apply and an easy hold to take. It is established and so it is utilized and has zero to do with Chris in my opinion. I agree that Chris was a great, technical wrestler.

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    • undertaker4ever Asks: Hey JR I think it's obvious how beneficial Evolution was to the careers of Batista and Orton. However if that stale was around today, it'd be a different group. Orton's already a top star so he wouldn't need to be in there, Batista's not even in WWE, Flair's a sporadic appearance here and thee and HHH is a part-time wrestler whereas back then, he was full-time. My questions, I have two of them are: 1. Do you think Orton and Batista would have the careers they would have without being in Evolution? 2. If Evolution was formed today by today's roster, who would play the roles of veterans HHH, Flair, and up and comers Orton and Batista?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I think that Orton and Batista would have both evolved into being stars without Evolution but being in Evolution greatly quickened their rise to the top. Not sure who I would put in an Evolution like faction today  as there are not many veteran legends working full time schedules these days.

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    • HiteshKK Asks: Hi JR, first of all I just wanted to say it's been like nearly six years since you've been gone as a full time wwe announcer and you are sorely missed, truly the greatest voice in wrestling, the emotion and storytelling you would convey was unreal, so many of my childhood memories in the attitude era and then beyond benefited from your voice. I also never realised how much great talent you've hired, my absolute favourite The Rock, and then so many others like Benjamin, Orton, Cena, Lesnar and many more. I mean when you consider you've signed The Rock, Cena and Lesnar that's certainly the three biggest stars of the new millennium considering Austin's height was before that. In my opinion three great in ring wrestlers, two of the absolute best talkers, and 3 compelling characters, those are some serious contributions. My question is there's a lot of great guys on the roster, I started watching in late 1999, but I know in 1997-1998 when guys like Rock and Austin were becoming the mega stars and biggest draws ever the investment by the crowds and momentum, and how white hot they were was very apparent, and it's very clear to see from that, their path of Austin being the no.1 and co.no.1 guy from early 1998 to Early 2002, and Rock being the no.1 and co. no.1 from late 1998 to August 2002. Brock's ascension was easy to see in 2002. And although he's been cursed with the duel reactions for most of the last decade, John Cena when he became a rapper and whent baby face, his ascension was very clear to see, even if Batista was around too, Batista's and Cena's ascension's were completely different and it was apparent Cena was the guy. There's no one other then Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, who's had that type of ascension since Cena, you've had guys get popular like jeff hardy and what not, but not the organic growth in charisma, popularity and all departments, where it's just like a long wave accumulating to the pinnacle. Punk and Bryan have always had their look and build against them, Punk probably had the better chance but he's gone, Bryan has been subject to some awful injuries, and his run was more akin to Eddie Guerrero's form 2003-2005. As I said there are some great talents, but none quite have the momentum that Hogan, Austin, Rock, Lenar or Cena had when they were ascending, and after being a fan for so long and having watched the old stuff back, you can almost see where these guys are going, in terms of who stands out. Roman Reigns- He looks fantastic, he's got a really cool style that would catch on, but the lack of depth in character and promo skills perhaps leaves him akin to a Batista type run. Finn Balor-He's very compelling, very smart in look, really cool with the face paint a great worker and character, you can see him really hitting it off, I think I could see him reaching a Sting level, but having that same problem in not being able to work in a big way as the no.1 guy, until again becoming a great talker. Dean Ambrose- He's an awesome talker, and if booked more serious can get really popular, and cool, but I can see him having a similar run to CM Punk from 2011-2014 where the lack of a smart look, makes WWE abit weary of him, and he wouldn't have the mainstream appeal of Cena, and given it's a family era, it would perhaps be the difference to a CM Punk run and an Austin run. Cesaro- He's fantastic but the lack of being able to talk greatly hurts, and his Cesarco Section is more like the YES movement, you could see him having a similar run to Daniel Bryan. Big E- The New Day Stuff, is an example of something really working, the best always involve the crowd, and there crowd involvement is phenomenal, Big E stands out in particular and shows a great amount of charisma and character, he's becoming a great taker, but the focus on comedy and a lack of seriousness would make it hard for him to get past a Rikishi level. You've then got some great heels in Wyatt, Rollins, Owens and Rusev, who could be very akin to Jake Roberts, Shawn Michaels, Vader and Umaga. My point is maybe even with out a draw like Cena, maybe it could be a financially successful era, by having a very few strong faces like Reigns, Balor, Ambrose, Cesaro & Big E. Then a few very strong heels in Wyatt, Rollins, Owens & Rusev. They'd probably have guys who then be part timers like Cena, Lesnar, HHH & Orton to work with at big shows, and if he wants to Rock could always give his mega star status in Hollywood and wrestling rub one of these faces at a future wrestlemania, especially Reigns given their connection. Do you think this could be the case, or is there someone who you can visibly see having that ride of momentum, or getting that ride of momentum to surpass Cena as the no.1 draw?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      First of all you might want to make these questions or submissions a little shorter. Someone will eventually replace Cena as the top dog in WWE but it won't be any time soon from what I see. Lesnar's the man when he's there but Cena is there all he time so Cena is the #1 talent in WWE based on that. Who becomes the top draw depends on many variables that I cannot address and neither can anyone else. Only time will tell but the spot is going to be wide open and who steps up to take it remains to be seen.  

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    • chua0166 Asks: Hi JR, what goes into your preparation for a podcast, especially when you have a guest on? How do you ensure that the questions are what the fans really want to ask and not necessarily only what you want to ask? How long do you normally take to prepare for a podcast?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I generally prepare a day or two depending on the guest and I often times ask my Twitter followers if they have any questions that they want me to address with the guest. My interview style is laid back and casual and I try to be more conversational than not.

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    • jakefromstatefarm_116 Asks: It really pisses me off that UFC and mixed martial arts are banned in the state of New York. What really is weird is that NY is a very blue-collared liberal state but no matter how hard they educate the state legislature there, it's always placed on the sidelines. I feel sorry for Chris Weidman who has this overwhelming desire to make a profit as a fighter in NY. I would love to see MMA in places such as the First Niagara Center, Times Union Center, the Barclays Center and most importantly; Madison Square Garden. What say you? Is this ban ridiculous, JR?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      This issue is all about politics in New York State and a union issue totally unrelated to MMA. Personal & political agendas are keeping UFC and Belabor out of New York state even though they allow outlaw-like 'amateur' organizations to promote events.

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    • fred.reich75 Asks: Hey there JR! Personal preference question. Do you prefer the larger WWE ring or the smaller WCW/ECW type ring? It seems the action and pace is instigated much more quickly with the smaller ring. Thanks! Blessings!
      J.R.'s Answer:

      No preference here. However, you might be right on the smaller ring.

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    • firsttimeforeverything Asks: JR What is your opinion on WWE retroactively removing people from the Hall of Fame. Personally I find it hypocritical that Hogan gets removed while Warrior is venerated even more despite blistering homophobic comments he made in a public speaking engagement. If they want to sever ties with Hogan for his obviously disgusting comments, fine, but there is nobody barring McMahon himself, more deserving of being in the HOF. And if they start retroactively removing every wrestler who ever said something racist or politically incorrect, this virtual hall of fame would be a lot more empty.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I'm uncomfortable with removing people from the Hall of Fame but I understand not promoting them if the situations warrants it in the future. I'd guess that WWE and Hulk will do business again some day as time heals many wounds. It's a matter that I can't affect so I don't worry about it whatsoever. Why worry about things that one cannot affect? I also don't understand multiple inductees.

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    • vman Asks: JR, Kane (Glenn Jacobs) once had an injury I believe or a lay off, after the NWO put him out in 2002 I believe on RAW. What I noticed was when he returned in 03 or late 02 I think, he was nowhere near as strong as muscular as he was in his 97 - 02 run... I recall him returning with new gear and a slightly modified mask, but he was much leaner (obviously still enormous by average standards) but his strength seemed lacking also... In fact he struggled to press slam chris Jericho on raw and toss him outside, whereas before this layoff he was arguably 'the' powerhouse in wwe... Was it a talking point backstage and something the announcers acknowledged? Do you know if it was injury or just his age and a toned down workout regimen? Seemed he lost that powerhouse aura after 02, yet remained a solid performer of course... Thanks!
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I've honestly never given this matter any substantial thought and only know thath Glen Jacobs is a HOF level talent who has been an ideal talent for WWE for years and is one of the best hires we ever made. Bottom line is that I don't know the answer to your question.

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    • an0nemus Asks: While watching summer slam, I realized that the heels rarely cheat in their matches. Seth used a pedigree onto a chair Undertaker used a low blow (and he's not even really a heel at this point). Do you know if the WWE has made deliberate effort to eliminate things like: pulling the tights using the ring ropes (rope burns/dropping your opponent's throat against the top rope) I don't watch nearly as much as I used to, but I was a bit shocked that even when the heel went over, it was 'relatively' clean.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I have no idea how WWE instructs their talents but I do know that villains that don't cheat aren't villains at all. Heels that don't understand the value of 'cheating' obviously don't get it.

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    • JoeyAbs Asks: Hey J.R. I've heard you mention before that you think stand up comedy is one of, if not the, toughest jobs there is. So I was just wondering who would you say is your favorite stand up comedian of all time?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Off the top of my head I'd say Richard Pryor.

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