Greetings from Oklahoma. I hope all are well. Keep those online orders coming at http://www.wweshop.com and in Manchester, England at http://www.americansoda.co.uk. Busy week upcoming so let's roll....
My wife and I enjoyed our few days in LA for the Summer Slam activities. Busy time to say the least as it seemed I was on the go from the time I arrived until we left Monday.
Meeting the fans of the WWE Universe is always fun but nothing is more uplifting than meeting kids who are confined to wheelchairs but who have such amazingly positive attitudes. God Bless them all. They are so uplifting.
Same goes for the military personnel who I met at Summer Slam Axxess. Those men and women are the real heroes with which many of us are able to meet and to interact.
Enjoyed the Summer Slam PPV and it was a real masterpiece from a TV production standpoint and look of the show. Very slick and well produced. No one does live TV better than WWE but I've been saying that for years.
Cena/Bryan/HHH/Orton created a most memorable moment at Summer Slam that certainly has a great deal of fans talking. It sets up some potential, interesting scenarios down the road. Bryan winning the title from Cena and then being able to celebrate before the pedigree and Orton's pin was well done.
Daniel Bryan may be more popular today than if he had actually won the WWE Title at Summer Slam. Bryan will now apparently chase new Champ Randy Orton and the thrill of the fan favorite chasing the antagonist has always interested me as a fan.
Pena vs. Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman was another masterpiece. I predicted that it would be overtly physical and it certainly was in delivering a 'DEE-LUX' Slobber Knocker of a match.
Great intensity and physicality rarely fails to deliver when the money is on the line in a major PPV. Simple gameplan....great results.
Del Rio vs. Christian also had a terrific bout and one that many young, wrestling students could learn from as it relates to fundemental skill set and in ring psychology.
Monday's RAW kept the primary storylines rolling extremely well. Thought the opening and closing segments of RAW were spot on and continued to further enhance the heroes and villains within the Bryan/Orton issue.
After enduring a long, physical Brock Lesnar match on Sunday, Monday night CM Punk demonstrated just how mentally and physically tough that he truly is with his efforts on RAW. Guys like Punk would have been a star in any era that I've personally experienced and that's been since the mid 70's.
Thought the WWE Divas had a really good weekend as well as young, evolving talents like the Usos, Bray Wyatt and Family, Prime Time Players, etc.
Seems as if Cody Rhodes is gaining momentum after two solid wins Sunday and Monday. Talented kid in my view. So is Damien Sandow.
The Shield has been positioned well for their continued growth by seemingly being an ally of WWE's 'Upper management.'
Lots youth on the WWE roster and they continue to work hard in improving their game and to compete for viable, roster spots. Competition within the locker room is a positive thing. That was an Attitude Era trait however patience is needed by many fans who want instant stardom....yesterday.
Food alert...my wife selected Boa and Mr. Chow's for two dinner meals while we were in LA. Boa was a huge hit. Mr. Chow's was good but somewhat overrated.
Heading to NXT soon for the Thursday night event there at Full Sail University. Should be a great TV taping with many of the NXT talents getting a taste of the WWE by being at Summer Slam Axxess.
Then it's on to the UK where I will arrive Saturday morning in London and then do our first of four "Evening With..." shows starting in Cardiff Saturday evening.
London and Glasgow are sold out but a handful of tickets remain for our Manchester event at the Comedy Store. Manchester is our biggest venue and tickets are available at http://www.psievents.eventbrite.com/.
American Soda will be on hand at every show on our tour and will be selling JR's products that they stock in many of their shops and online at http://www.americansoda.co.uk.
Remember, if you are interested in authentic, Lou Thesz memorabilia please contact his widow, Charlie at WCTHESZ@aol.com.
Football season is just around the corner. Lots of experts writing off my Sooners this year which might not be the smartest thing that pundits could do. Admittedly, it's somewhat of a unique season with a new QB, a tweaked offensive system, and three, new coaches plus a defense that needs to play much better. But it is OKLAHOMA and we've had a pretty good track record on the gridiron over the years the last that I looked. Let's play the games and see where every thing falls. I'm following my team win or lose because, in my opinion, that's what real fans do.
Especially excited about my first trip to Notre Dame with the Sooners on September 28.
Approaching 900,000 followers on Twitter @JRsBBQ and invite you to join me. Had a few folks hammer me this week there making fun of Bells palsy issues of which I can't control. Wish I could. Hopefully they never have to experience it once in their life much less three times.
Remember the only grocery stores in the USA that stock JR's products are in Norman at the four, Homeland Stores plus J. Botie's convenience store at 36th and Main stocks our Beef Jerky. Because of soaring beef prices we are considering reducing our Jerky flavors from five down to three. That's TBD.
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