• homero.vargas Asks: good day to you sir. long time fan and thanks for the memories you and countless others have given me watching wrestling and thanks for the future memories you will also give me. My question is: do you think that professional wrestling would benefit from having an offseason? Lucha Underground has seasons and those boys and ladies have time to recover if needed. i understand its a tv show and its treated as such, however WWE, TNA and other promotions run pretty much all year long and are always on the go, if they were to have seasons they could recuperate, rest and heal up. just wondering. ill watch whatever wrestling i can because i am a big fan and enjoy the sport. i just wonder about the toll it can take on the athletes thanks for your time
      J.R.'s Answer:

      For WWE and other promotions who have commitments to provide weekly programming for their TV partners I'd say no to an off season.  I do advocate that all talents are provided organized off weeks through the year up to providing talents a few months sabbatical if all parties agree to it. Some talents will require less off time than others. 

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    • shauny79 Asks: Hello JR, first time writer here. You made a good point on your latest blog about fans cheering heels, when booing them would be a much bigger compliment to them. Seth Rollins' promo on Raw would seem to hint that either he personally or WWE in general is really tired of heels being cheered - do you think we will see heels' exasperation with this being incorporated into promos more and more? I for one would love to see those so-called 'smart' fans being called out more and more by the heels, it might be the only way to shut them up and make them respect the face/heel dynamic that the wrestlers like Rollins and Owens work so hard to maintain.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      My point was if Rollins s being positioned in WWE as a villain and he's busting his ass to accomplish such and fans still cheer him then the fans are cheering regarding their own agenda and not that of the talent  who they purport to support. 

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    • clrj3514 Asks: I know this won't happen, but you know how we wrestling fans love hypotheticals. If you were to start a wrestling promotion tomorrow, who are some of the key wrestlers and creative minds you would build around?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Preferably no one over 30 and certainly no one over 40.

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    • bigdan316 Asks: J.R, I don't know if you see it in him but to me Kevin Owens reminds me of a combination of the very early "Stone Cold" (circa 1996-1997),Bad News Brown (his penchant for leaving tag team partners hanging and feuding with both faces and heels) and Ole Anderson not so much for his wrestling skills but his promo style. If you remember Ole had a very direct yet cool and evil style to his promos (I.E The night Sting was kicked out of The Horsemen)
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Kevin Owens is a breath of fresh air in WWE as he is a talent who has no issue being a legit heel and working to acquire heat and not working merely for pops. He's anti establishment for sure which means he has to be somewhat careful that he doesn't inadvertently turn himself face before it is time to do so. He's one of my favorite talents currently in the business. 

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    • zappadude 81 Asks: Hi Jim, what are your thoughts on Adam Cole? Do you think he is on WWE radar ? And what ROH talent do you see as a future WWE Superstar ? Thanks.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I like Adam Cole's game a great deal and feel he has the ability to be a star with any company which he's a part.

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    • mvpjoe16 Asks: To me, there is a total lack of heat in today's WWE product. Reign's "polarizing" status aside, I really don't care who wins anything. On most PPV cards, I'm watching to see a favorite work, not to see an outcome per say. Attitude Era talent was very strong, however, I feel it also worked better in that there was a ton of heat on certain matches on TV and PPV that you did not want to miss. Not so much anymore. I tend to tie in the lack of heat with the total death of kayfabe and the fact that they pretty much advertise via social media that they are all social, so to speak. It bothers me that they can kafabe a reality show and pregame shows, but can't maintain at least a slight amount of suspended disbelief for the in ring portion of the product. Do you believe that the lack of kayfabe damages the heat on wrestlers/matches? How can they get real heat on guys/matches? Can they get past the Authority/VKM being the only entities that can get real heat? (I <3 Vince and Steph BTW, its just that at some point they need some in ring heels that can produce the same outcome) At some point in time, I would like to actually feel invested in a match or the outcome of a storyline.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Many pro wrestling heels seemingly would rather work for 'pops' than to work for 'heat.' That philosophy has adversely affected the genre in many ways. Many antagonists would rather not 'retreat' for example or demonstrate many established villainous traits that are accepted in our society whether it be in pro wrestling or in everyday life.  

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    • craigrbarry Asks: Hey Jim, I read every one of your blog entries and Q&A updates, and always appreciate your insight, as it's reinvigorated my interest after 10+ years on hiatus from being a regular viewer and WWE consumer. It struck me after reading your recent Extreme Rules thoughts that I no longer care about the traditional "face" and "heel" dispositions. What I crave is just pure entertainment. Maybe it's just the byproduct of the reality/Internet era, where kayfabe is routinely broken and it's clear more than ever that the Superstars are human beings and professional entertainers. Maybe I'm just a little less impressionable than when I was a teenager. Or maybe I just have gotten to the point as a fan where I appreciate the craft and just want to watch Seth Rollins perform in the ring and Kevin Owens talk trash on the mic, regardless of their allegiances. Would love to hear your thoughts. Am I an anomaly? Am I part of the new age of fandom? Or am I just an arrogant smark caught up in the IWC? Keep up the great work and thanks for voicing my childhood! CB
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I think that you or anyone else should enjoy the genre for what it offers them as fans but I'm one who still enjoys the protagonist/ antagonist TV personas and how they interact over clearly outlined issues and reasons for their conflict. To me, it's akin to the home team/visitors component in pro sports.   

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    • Oldtymefan Asks: Hi JR, In your capacity handling talent in WWE, what would you say to a Cody Rhodes or Ryback that came to you frustrated by not being able to advance their position within the company? I get the frustration, but a plane only has one pilot, someone else needs to be doing the other chores to make it work. Is it best to just accept whatever your role is and be the best you can be in that role? Everybody should want to be the top guy, but not everybody can be. Someone needs to work the opening match and all the other matches until the main event. A wrestling event needs a strong main event to entertain an audience, but if everything that proceeds it isn't good, it may not matter how good the main event is, the audience will leave unsatisfied. Tough spot to be in for sure.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Once the Two C's of cash and creative were addressed and it was deemed that there was no rectifying the matter I would do what I could to eliminate the unhappy talents from the locker room and facilitate all parties being able to move forward positively without burning bridges. 

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    • Hondajosh Asks: Hypothetical Dream Match. Dynamite Kid from 1982/83 vs Dean Malenko 1996. Match is for the J Crown title belts. Who goes over and why?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Whoever the booker deemed best for their business at that time. 

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    • looneykyle22 Asks: Hi J.R., I was curious do you still have one of Kane's masks? If so would you consider parting with it? Any info is greatly appreciated! Thank you. -Kyle
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I do have an authentic, game worm Kane red mask and it is not for sale. 

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