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Greetings all and thanks for stopping by our site. Tickets for our next RINGSIDE with Jim Ross Show which will be at Zanies in Rosemont, Illinois will go on sale this Saturday morning at 10 CT at for our 2 pm Sunday May 21 matinee. Join us if you can. Thanks!

While I enjoyed my entire Wrestlemania week experiences immensely, coming home to an empty, hauntingly quiet house is daunting.

This is the first time in 24 years that I've returned home from a road trip and my Jan wasn't waiting on me with a smile, a hug and her love.  

As The Eagles so gloriously sang, "Late at night a big old house gets lonely..I guess every form of refuge has its price."

So true.

Hitting the Oklahoma Football Spring Game this Saturday afternoon here in Norman and it will be cool to be with my Sooner family. Excited to experience another season with the Sooners this fall including the road games if at all possible. We are already making plans to be in Columbus, Ohio in September for OU's trip to Ohio State.

In an earlier blog posted here a few hours ago,  I addressed the live audience that we heard and saw on RAW. While I am not a fan of censorship and feel that fans who pay hard earned cash for their tickets should be able to express themselves as freely as possible, some of the vocal minority seem obsessed with being noticed and heard no matter what. 

Some fans  have taken exception with my opinion while others have been supportive. Bottom line is that it is just the opinion of one man. Your opinion is just as valid as mine.  However, the distrations that some fans feel compelled to exhibit can be embarrassing to other fans who already have to occasionally battle the 'stigma' of being a wrestling fan and who has to attempt, at times, to justify the behavior of their fellow fans.

No one loves the passion of wrestling fans more than I but when passion is confused with disrespectful, individualism with he hope of getting camera time and attention it isn't overly flattering.


I'd like to have the hair extension concession for the women of SDLIVE, and RAW, for that matter. seriously, the current @WWE is doing more to promote and facilitate the success of the women on their roster than any company has arguably ever done.

Hopefully, the ladies on the WWE talent roster fully understand and appreciate how fortunate that they are to be in biz with WWE at this point in time. As we all know, how women have been booked in the pro wrestling biz over the years hasn't always been so positive.

Ty Dillinger maximized his SDLIVE minutes in a nice debut. Dillinger seems like a fundamentally sound performer who the live audience supports. Hopefully their support will increase after the euphoria of the Canadian's debut subsides and it gets down to business as usual.

Loved seeing Shinsuke Nakamura debut on SDLIVE and I have ample optimism that the King of Strong Style will advance quickly into he main event picture. If Shinsuke can improve his English a bit he will complete the circle of what's needed to ascend to the top of the WWE cards.

Nakamura as a fan favorite does not need a manager and will be much more effective as a protagonist if he can communicate for himself. Nonetheless, @ShinsukeN is a tremendous "get" for SDLIVE.

Baron Corbin is improving at a good pace and if he can continue to push himself athletically and in the ring psychology department, which is mostly on him, Corbin is a future main event talent for sure.

Seems like AJ Styles is heading to fan favorite land which is a strategic move for sure. Fans have a hard time jeering excellence and that's what AJ brings to the dance.

Curious to see what the next Randy Orton-Bray Wyatt encounter brings us.  I hope that no one in creative has been watching WCW's 'Halloween Havoc.

The current The Ross Report podcast is available now at iTunes,, and here on the homepage, all for free. The Wrestling Observer's head honcho Dave Meltzer is our guest as we talk every thing 'Orlando' plus, NJPW, ROH, and some Impact Wresting plus ITV/WOS. A packed show loaded with infotainment or at least that's my take.

If you're planning on attending the Backlash mega card in Chicago on Sunday May 21 please consider joining me before that event at the Rosemont Zanies for my 2 pm RINGSIDE Show. Tickets become available this Saturday morning at 10 at Only 50 VIP tickets will be available plus the venue is an intimate setting of 250 total seats so tickets will likely go fast. Zanies Rosemont is only 8 minutes from the All State Arena and our show will conclude at approximately 3:30 pm.

Thanks for the visit and your continued support. Count your blessings.

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.   @JRsBBQ  

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Jim - first and foremost - thoughts with you and your family after your recent loss - best wishes to you. I wanted to mention something on RAW. During the women's 3 person tag - there was a moment when Nia Jax 'left the ring' after a botched drop kick. Not sure if you saw it but for me - this is the core of one of the issues with the product. This level of workmanship is not acceptable to live TV. Green doesn't describe it - awful workmanship and throws the whole match into a farce really. Not a believable fight when you see stuff like that. We all make mistakes etc - but these kind of botches are too regular and that kind of work should be improved in the development centre. All for calling people up to the main roster etc but for me this sort of stuff has no place on a flagship show. Don't mean to isolate Jax but the quality of some of the talent on the main shows is concerning Thanks for sharing.I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.
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