• bdeff34 Asks: So many times I hear wrestlers refer to their fans as "Marks". At a recent independent show I heard a TNA wrestler refer to the crowd a a butch of (expletive) marks. Is there a differentiation when you are a mark compared to a ****ing mark? Now I hold a Master's Degree in Education and an Associates Degree in Computer Science, am I the same as a rube tricked into playing a crooked carnival game? I just kept thinking, maybe this rural West Virginia crowd may not be a country club crowd, but most were hard working people who chose to pay $20 bucks for a ticket and many in that crowd shelled out $5 at the autograph table for your picture. What gives you the right to look down your nose on the crowd? Why do wrestlers do that? Do they still think that we don't get it? Where else in entertainment is this the case? I know wrestling came out of the carnivals, but isn't it time to stop disrespecting your paying audience? Does Brad Pitt following a successful open weekend of 30 Million in ticket sales say, "I can't believe that many million marks bought tickets to see my movie!" When 80,000 Sooner fans pack OU's Football Stadium on a Saturday in September, does Coach Stoops call up Joe Castiglione and ask him, "Joe did you see all the marks dressed in Crimson and Cream out there today?" Why disrespect your paying fans? What's the deal J.R.?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      It's a demeaning term and one that I try and never use. Those that do are what they perceive others to be. It harkens back to the carnival days and is a term that needs to be laid to rest.

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    • SMW Asks: Do you think Chris Jericho is underrated for his talent, and should have been given more World Title reigns?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      No...I don't think Chris is underrated nor do I think that he did not have enough title runs. Title runs are overrated in today's marketplace.

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    • Jin Of The Gale Asks: Hello JR. Do you happen to know why WWE acknowledges other wrestling promotions like Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración on their website or on TV, but not TNA?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Don't know. You'd have to ask WWE. I haven't given it any thought.

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    • SaviorSelf Asks: Who do you think should be in season 2 of Legends House? I would personally like to see yourself included!
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Personally, I have no interest nor the time to invest. There's lots of viable candidates that would benefit by the experience.  

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    • SaviorSelf Asks: How would you feel about an inter-gender title?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Embarrassed.

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    • cm_peep Asks: Do you think Nick Bockwinkle gets the credit he deserves in terms of being one of the all time greats? Thanks
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Absolutely not. 

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    • jalen12 Asks: Do you think Aj Lee and Paige can take the Divas Division to new heights? Also how much time do you think Aj has left in her respective WWE career?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      TBD on both questions. Both women are highly talented nonetheless.

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    • LarryCT Asks: I know the business had largely deregulated by the time you went to WWE, but what were your experiences interacting with the athletic commissions? I find it interesting that referees were appointed by the commissions... If so, how were the refs "smartened up"? Or were the commissions fully aware of the nature of the business? Thanks
      J.R.'s Answer:

      The commission refs were smart to the business but the athletic commissions were largely just entities to pay a fee to and they did little in return. There were likely exceptions but that was the general rule.  

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    • spuzzlightyear Asks: What do you think of the WWE going to places like Saudi Arabia that have certain stringest rules placed upon them for shows? In the case of Saudi Arabia, no women were allowed at the shows. I thought a company that believes in diversification causes the WWE would look again at places that place such restrictions and refuse to go. I guess money talks.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I think that you are over thinking this matter. Of course it's all about the money. Whey was it not all about the money? Diversification has zero to do with a country's laws or customs.

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    • caseypelsinger Asks: JR.. Thanks again for taking our questions. You seem to be, by far, the most fan-centric person in the business.. at least among people of consequence. I have an interesting one for you that I was thinking about earlier. How would you move forward with Lesnar now that he broke The Streak? Here is what I mean. For almost 25 years, Taker was unbeatable at Mania. The list of those who failed is a who's who of greats... Flair, Edge, Orton, Batista, Punk, Kane (x2), HBK (x2), HHH (x3), etc. Now that Lesnar did it, how can he lose to anyone else? And, if he is not gonna lose again any time soon, how to you book him as the alpha (one would have to assume Champ) when he is only interested in working a handful of dates a year? I am just curious what your thoughts would be on how to do that.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I am a marketer. If fans get these Q&A's for free hopefully they will reciprocate by buying some of our family's products online. Lesnar should become untouchable until he passes the invisible torch at WM31 to the next big thing. I'd not beat Lesnar until WM31 and then only if it made sense and someone was ready to assume that role. 

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