JR's Brooklyn RAW Thoughts, Big News on UK Spoken Word Tour, Order JR's Today Online, Ray Donovan Wrestling Analogy

Greetings all! Thanks for stopping by and paying us a visit. Please hit http://www.wweshop.com or http://www.americansoda.co.uk and order JR's products on line for your grilling needs and for your kitchen.  They make great gifts, too. Let's cook!!  I thought the Brooklyn RAW was one of the better RAW's of the year. Strong follow up to the MITB PPV just 24 hours prior. To see the talents maintain their intensity after the Philly event made me proud. There were many sore, stapled, stitched and tired talents but there was no lack of effort Monday night. The vociferous, live audience helped without question.  RAW GM Brad Maddox is .....SMARMY. Not sure that Mr. McMahon will appreciate Maddox' decision to allow the WWE Champion to pick his own opponent for the Summer Slam PPV.  Fandango made a nice showing vs the MITB winner Randy Orton. Summer Rae's ringside work adds to Fandango's TV persona. Fandango's best days are ahead especially as Summer Rae continues to develop while @RandyOrton is at the top of his game. The Shield attacking the mammoth Mark Henry surprised me. Anxious to see how this matter evolves. I actually like this issue as it give both entities something to promo about which is a good thing. Mark Henry can cut a promo with the best of them.   After Sunday's masterpiece, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler had another stellar on one bout on RAW. The scorned and unbalanced AJ Lee again made an impact and facilitated the insertion of Big E Langston into the equation. Big step up for Big E and another roadblock perhaps on Ziggler's road to regaining the World Title. All good stuff. Emerging fan favorites are best served when they are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds and distinct challenges.   The Wyatt Family made another memorable appearance on Monday Night RAW. R Truth got the wrath of what apparently awaits Kane upon the Big Red Machine's return. Bray's verbiage is classic and worth a second listen. Could a Wyatt-Kane match possibly be on tap for Summer Slam?? Vickie Guerrero in a sandwich board obviously indicates that she hasn't or isn't going away...at least quietly. Got a feeling that we haven't seen nor heard the last of Vickie's presence in WWE just yet.  The Heyman/Punk/Lesnar scenario was compelling TV and was on the mark in all phases. Punk was hurt, physically and emotionally, after the events that occurred at Summer Slam and it showed both on his face and his body English. @HeymanHustle was at his best on the mic Monday night. The man's TV persona is SO easy to dislike. Heyman's delivery was right out of a Mafia scene ala the late, Soprano's icon James Gandolfini telling his Uncle Junior that "You're dead to me!"   Lesnar looked huge and remains as athletic a heavyweight as I've ever seen in 39 years in the biz. Brock's like a rampaging,. Hereford Bull who has zero fear and feels that he can dominate anyone that he faces in WWE. Obviously, Punk won't ever back down but something will have to give if these two do indeed meet at Summer Slam which appears to be a no brainer. If that bout does  occur,  the next five weeks or so of WWE TV regarding this personal issue make for  some great TV.  This was a big, money segment that underscores what generally, always works in our biz when the foundation is properly established and that is an  intense, personal issue.  Loved the Jericho-RVD match. Generally a cold match featuring two, fan favorites challenges the crowd to emotionally invest as the rule of thumb is that the fans don't want either man to lose. These two men put on such a great performance that it embraced all that were in Brooklyn live and that emotion translated well on TV.  In 48 hours, RVD is already more relevant that he was the entire time that he was away from WWE. John Cena picked the only man that he should have logically picked, in my opinion,  for the main event for the  WWE Title bout at Summer Slam and that was the red hot Daniel Bryan. I will not be surprised if DB beats Cena in LA as that outcome would be HUGE in WWE-land and significantly re-shuffle the deck. Plus, MITB winner Randy Orton is obviously and largely in play no mater the main event's outcome as Orton could realistically leave Summer Slam as the WWE Champion no matter who wins the Cena-Bryan match.  Two, final points...with so many new issues evolving and new talents getting more established and involved....RAW felt fresher to me than it has in a while. The NXT influence is again making its presence felt. Secondly, the Summer Slam card has the potential to be one of the deeper lineups in recent year's. I think that I'll make my travel arrangements for LA ASAP. My UK Spoken Word Tour ticket update features some great news. As I write this, there are only 6 VIP tickets remaining for the ENTIRE TOUR and they are in Cardiff. I expect them to be gone in a few hours. Only 25 tickets are left for Glasgow, London is completely sold out, and about 100 tickets remain for our biggest venue which is the Manchester Comedy Store. For ticket info please go to http://www.psievents.eventbrite.com/ I will be in the UK Saturday August 24 in Cardiff, Sunday August 25 in London, Monday August 26 in Manchester and Tuesday August 27 in Glasgow.  Our partners in the UK, http://www.americansoda.uk/co and on Twitter @americansoda will be at each event selling JR's products.      I've become a Showtime's Ray Donovan junkie. Can't get enough of this new TV show. It's a hit and only keeps getting better with amazing, character development and casting.  A sports entertainment parallel....one must be cast approiately and then a well thought out plan must be in place for the development of one's TV persona. That issue takes time and a little luck. Many fans have no patience in waiting for someone to get their break and receive their 'push' or to see the process through. It can takes months and months...or longer. Even if a talent in NXT is 'ready' to be called up, the next level of the  process has to be ready for the talent and that takes a well thought out plan and TIME.   Follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ. It's a fun ride.  Lots of grilling season left but JR's products are just as effective in one's kitchen the year around as they are on your grill. Online ordering is quick and easy, safe and delivery is to your front door. Thanks to those that support my family's effort to build our brand that is a homage to my late, Mama.  Thanks for stopping by and be well! Boomer Sooner! J.R.     @JRsBBQ  PS...The Q&A's are updated elsewhere on this site. Please check them out and present me your succinctly worded questions. Even wise asses occasionally get a response. :)