New, JR's Blog, Orlando/Wrestlemania Week, Remembering Jan, Thanks to All For Their Support

GREETINGS EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR STOPPING BY OUR SITE. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT HAS BEEN A DEVASTATING WEEK SINCE THE DEATH OF MY WIFE JAN BUT YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES HAVE HELPED ME AND MY FAMILY ENDURE THIS SENSELESS TRAGEDY. I CAN'T THANK EVERYONE ENOUGH FOR THEIR KINDNESS. 

For those who may be wondering why I've decided to go to Orlando and participate in Wrestlemania week it is simply because I truly think that is what Jan would have wanted. I will be able to be around friends and fans in a positive environment of which I feel that I need.

The alternative was to stay home and continue to be reminded of what I've lost, if that makes sense. Being around my old friends and the many fans that I hope to interact with in Orlando is a blessing that I need to experience. Jan loved Wrestlemania week I think as much as Christmas because she shopped, she loved Louis Vuitton, would get dressed up and could be entertained for hours simply conversing with the many people and friends that we connected with during our 21 year run together in WWE. That's not including all our WCW friends we knew in Atlanta who will also be in Orlando for a variety of reasons.

Our talent relations department had an unprecedented run in WWE as evidenced by the stars that our team was able to sign, train and develop. Many of these talents are still major, WWE contributors today. Jan was a huge part of that team as her hosting 'in home visits' from a variety of talents over the years and feeding them home cooked meals, listening to them and being their friend, and their spouse's friend with no agenda was a huge asset for our WWE team.    

Jan's organs have saved four lives thus far which is a bountiful blessing for our family and I know that Jan would have been proud that she could help so many folks get a new lease on their lives. If you aren't an organ donor, please consider such as it is something that Jan and I believed in and I am also a organ donor thanks to my wife's passion regarding the matter.

For those who have lost a loved one unexpectedly, you know of what I am experiencing as not an hour goes by that I don't get taken back to reality that my best friend and soul mate is gone forever.

Jan and I have a four year old male, silver Persian cat named Mickey. Mickey can't find his"Mom" aka my wife Jan. Little Mickey is distraught and won't eat and is listless. I hope that he kicks out of his malaise, same as me actually, at some point but until then it's heartbreaking to hear the little fella crying. I have no shame in saying that I've shed ample tears regarding Mickey's reaction to his most devoted love one not being here any longer. 

I really appreciate both Bill Goldberg and Ric Flair jumping on The Ross Report podcast this week that will drop, as usual, on Tuesday evening at 9 PM ET at www.podcastone.com, @iTunes and here on the home page of our site. I share my thoughts on the past week as openly and honestly as I could. This was the toughest show that I've ever done. I recorded @Goldberg last Monday night before Jan's accident and I talked with Naitch last night. 

We still have tickets available for our two, Plaza Live RINGSIDE with Jim Ross and Friends shows Saturday and Sunday at www.ticketfly.com starting at ony $25. Tickets will also be available at the box office starting at 11 am both days.

Bottom line is that if you don't have a ticket to come see us, you're not too late.

On this weeks Podcast I also update everyone on our next RINGSIDE Show that is scheduled for Chicago on Sunday May 21 at Zanies in Rosemont about 3 miles from the All State Arena where WWE will present Backlash. Our show will be a Sunday matinee prior to Backlash and tickets go on sale for our Zanies show on Saturday April 8. Only 50 VIP meet/greet tickets will be available if you're interested in our meet/greet, photo op amd autograph package. I thank you.

Enjoy Wrestlemania week  and embrace being a wrestling fan during the biggest week of the year for those of us who love the genre.

Also, always count your blessings and remember that our tomorrow's are never guaranteed. I appreciate you stopping by our site and personally invite you to bookmark us and to visit again.

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.    @JRsBBQ           

   

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Truly sorry for you JR. I wanted to say my condolences. It is amazing & impressive to have the courage and will to keep your appearances. I doubt I would have that amount of courage. I listen to your podcast often and do not watch current wrestling or subscribe to the network. To me WWE will never be the same without you there. I grew up watching and listening to you and I remember being a kid and my eyes watering when you came back from your bells paulsy walking down the ramp My buddy got a picture with you in New England at a show a while back and he said he was impressed by how nice and caring you were to your fans and was one of the best experiences he had with a celebrity. I am truly sorry to see such a terrible thing happen to a great man and his family. I hope for nothing, but the best in the future for you and yours. Sincerely, Nate
Dear JR, I am very sorry for your loss. I am a big fan of your work and your podcast, and tune in every single week, just as I will tonight. I just want to send you my best wishes that you find the strength and resolve to get through this extremely difficult time, that you receive as much support as you need from your friends and family, and that you are forever able to make Jan proud, as I am sure you always did. Good luck, and thanks.
My sincere condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in the warm memories and love of happier days. May your audiences and your friends surround you with their warmth and love for you .
Dear Jim, I have been a fan of yours since the Jim Crockett days and though I never have had the pleasure of meeting you, I've always felt like you were the friend I've never met. I can't even begin to imagine what you must be going through right now but everyone wishes nothing but the best for you and your well-being. Your wife sounded like a very lovely lady and I am so sorry that this happened to her. You are in my prayers. And for Jan, this isn't goodbye! It's "goodbye for now"! You two will see each other again one day!
Jim! Have emailed you several times on our birthdays the same and Bells Palsy the same. I heard of your wife's death and had to send my deepest sympathy on the loss. Sounded like a real beautiful lady. Keep up the great work and I'll always be a great fan. Thanks for keeping me entertained for so long. Fred
I echo the sentiments of everyone else for your loss JR. So glad you're keeping your Wrestlemania commitments. You've gotten lots of well deserved love from your fans out here in cyberspace and there will be a lot more coming this weekend from your wrestling family. Rest in Peace Jan.
Jim. My sincere condolences on the loss of your wife, and angel, Jan. Being around long-time friends will help, in a small way, to help you through what is always a very tough time in your life. From a long-time fan from Australia, you and your family are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Take care.
So very sorry for your loss.
Mr. Ross, I have enjoyed listening to your podcast for several years, but am writing to you for the first time this morning. For years I am listened to your podcast for its entertainment and to relieve stress while going through the tedious adventure that is graduate school. Listening to your podcast this morning, I am amazed at your professionalism and your dedication to your fans and your craft. You are giving one of the greatest examples of "keeping your head up" that I have ever seen. I am inspired that in spite of how easy it would be to feel sorry for yourself or to slip into apathy or anger, you continue to honor your wife and yourself by practicing what you preach, living like your tomorrows are never guaranteed, and maximizing your minutes even in the face of tragedy. Your fortitude and grace is a moving example for one young man who wishes more of his elders could serve as living reminders of excellence and a mature humanity.
Mr. Ross: I don't know you...I wish I did. But i feel like I know you because your voice has been so much a part of my life for so long. I know how difficult this time must be, and all I can say, and it is nothing you haven't heard so many times, is that I, along with the legions of JR fans, would do anything we can to help you though this challenging time. As for Mickey, maybe I can help a bit. I am on the board of a local Humane Society and work extensively with cats. You might want to try to take something with Jan's scent and put it in an area where Mickey likes to sleep. And then just love him a lot. I have always found when I'm down, "kitten therapy" always helps. I wish I could cook something for you...that is something I always do when someone is hurting. Can I send you some cookies? Please know that you have so many people out here who have your back. Fans, admirers, and people who just respect you for the complete professionalism, knowledge and broadcasting style that makes all listeners/viewers feel like they're family. Your ability to take the cards that are dealt to you and play a winning hand make you the best kind of person. I wish you peace.
I'm so sorry for your loss Jim. I have been a fan of wrestling for 40 years, and I feel like you and I are family even though we don't know each other. I fully encourage you to follow your heart in this matter. With love, Tim
Hey J.R. I just listened to your latest podcast. I can't imagine how tough it must have been to carry on with your work but I thought you did fine. I hope you are able to find at least a brief respite this weekend with your wrestling family. God bless you.
Dear JR, Please accept my heartfelt condolence for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time. My grandmother used to find that she could help a grieving cat by saying the name of a lost loved one out loud. When she did it, her cat did perk up a bit and at least started to eat again. Take care and God bless you.
Jim, I am so sorry hearing about the passing of your wife this afternoon. I am not a very big social media person so this was very shocking when I listened to the podcast today. You have been a huge part of my life growing up and we have never even met. From elementary school, to adolescence, and now via podcast you are someone that has always been there as a steady voice when I needed to escape reality or pass the time. I just wanted to let you know that I will keep you in my prayers. My deepest condolences to you and your family in this tragic time. Sincerely, Jared Herrmann St. Louis, MO
Mr. Ross, I just wanted to briefly tell you how impressed I was after listening to your latest podcast (which is and has been a bright spot in the week for me many times). I can't imagine what it has been like for you to endure the tragedy of your wife's passing. I was recently engaged myself and can't begin to pretend to understand the devastation you're dealing with. That said...the professionalism and personal strength you displayed in putting together a show and connecting with your vast audience of fans in the shadow of an inconceivably dark time...all I can say is that I hope I can display the kind of resolve and focus (as well as emotional courage) that you have this week when I'm faced with similar challenges in years to come. I've been a fan of yours for decades ('88 Clash was my first show as a fan that I got to hear your call on) and I was a fan of you as a TV personality. Now I am a fan of you as a human being and without knowing her, I can only assume (with confidence) that your wife would have been very proud of the otherworldly perseverance you have displayed. My sincere and deepest sympathies for your loss. -(G.S.)
So very sorry to hear of Jan's death she was a special lady remember you both running the dept store in Westiville,Ok. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Hello JR. So sorry to hear about Jan's death, my condolences go to you, your family and the friends of both you and Jan as well, and I fell Mickey's pain too. Glad to see that you trying to keep it positive I'm happy that you go to WrestleMania weekend. Stay strong, both you and Mickey, and enjoy WrestleMania weekend. Best regards, Arkon.
Hi JR, I have been a wrestling fan since stumbling upon Georgia Championship Wrestling in the late 70's. I first saw you in the NWA in the late 80's and have loved your work ever since. You gave every match a special and unique feel. To this day I watch segments on YouTube and the wwe network over and over often times just to hear your commentary. From the night the horseman turned on Sting to the night Vince McMahon was named the higher power. Your voice is missed on WWE commentary big time. I write all of this to provide a background that I have been following and listening to your work for almost 30 years. As a loyal fan, I want you to know how so very sorry I am to hear about the passing of your wife Jan. I was so moved by your love which came pouring out of your social media posts. I can only imagine the pain your are going through. I listened to your podcast this week and heard you talk about your cat and then read today that he passed. There are no words for situations like these. I wish you all of the best and know that me and fans like me are thinking about you! Have a great wrestania weekend. Howard
JR - I am very sorry to hear the loss of Jan. I wish you some comfort during this very difficult time. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss. - Russ
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Dear Mr. Ross My deepest condolences on your wifes passing. I was surprised to see you at wrestlemania so soon aftr your wife passing but then thought that being around so many supportive wrestling fans made you forget the pain for awhile but until this week you and i shared two things the love of OU and the love of the WWE but Monday i went to the emergency room thinking i was having a small stroke but found out it was Bells Palsey i know you have had several bouts of this i was wondering how you delt with it any information and advice would be greatly appreciated BOOMER SOONER
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