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Enjoyed my trip with the Oklahoma Sooner football team down to El Paso to play UTEP Saturday night and appreciate the hospitality and professionalism of the OU team and athletic department. I wish our team had played better but their 'kinks' will be addressed as the goal for any team is to push themselves to improve each week. I had the Sooners NOT covering the 31 point spread in my http://www.ouinsider.com piece that I pen each week so I'm 1-0 versus the Sooner spread thus far. The Sooners are ranked #5 this week which I feel is a little top heavy at this point in the season with so many unanswered questions that must be addressed for this team to reach their ultimate goals. The drop from being ranked 4th to 5th pleasantly surprised me as a Sooner fanatic.  

Congrats to Eve Torres on winning Star and Stripes on NBC and a huge check for the USO. I'm of the mindset that Eve Torres has ample range and can have a career in varying roles on WWE programming or outside of it. She's a MMA aficionado which garners great respect from yours truly. Plus, and most importantly, Eve is a grounded, good person who I feel WWE can depend upon to invest and build.

Chicago Raw Thoughts:

Loved the Chicago crowd's interaction and contributions to the broadcast. An enthusiastic live audience can make the difference in a fair show becoming a good show. I'm still a fan who also enjoys reading the signs which I see as unique market research to some degree.

The opening of RAW was memorable including the Punk 'ambush' of King and the opening dialog between the WWE Champion and the World Champion. 

Punk had an impactful night in his hometown and was going to be cheered even if he came out and burned a Cubs uniform. 

Orton vs Ziggler was PPV quality or restaurant quality as I've been known to say. Really strong effort by @RandyOrton and @HeelZiggler. Ziggler cheating to win was approiate or so it seemed. 

I'd assume that @MikeTheMiz discovered that coming off the bench to take an extended seat at ringside for commentary is a daunting task. Miz is glib and very bright but performing a wrestling promo and doing color commentary are much different animals. Nonetheless, Miz looked good on camera which is an important facet for any TV producer to facilitate. 

I like the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara but wish that Sin Cara would acquire the skills to communicate better with the English speaking fans. 

Being an old schooler, I was skeptical of the Anger Management Vignettes when they first came on my TV but I have to admit that I've really enjoyed them.By and large, they have been entertaining. 

Daniel Bryan and Kane have arguably had show stealing performances on RAW the past few weeks. 

Enjoyed seeing Sheamus using the Texas Cloverleaf submission hold on the hapless Jack Swagger. Perhaps Dean Malenko, who used to utilize the same hold, has been tutoring the World Champion. 

Hard to argue that Ricardo Rodriguez getting his head nearly taken off wasn't a memorable, Raw moment from Chicago. Rodriguez may be one of the most underrated performers on any WWE broadcast. 

Ryback is starting to move the emotion needle seemingly every week. The "Feed Me More" chants are growing. I only wish that I could tie that in to a JR's BBQ Sauce promotion during the football tailgating season and on into the holidays. Hey, an entrepreneur can dream, can't he?  I can see Ryback taking the next step sooner than later on WWE TV. 

Would have loved to have called the "Hug Off" between Bryan and Kane. I actually enjoyed that piece of business more than I did their physicality. How fun would their tag team be?

Anxious to see United States Champion Antonio Cesaro get on a roll with a new rival for the U.S. Title. I'm a Cesaro fan and feel that he can become a viable asset in WWE notwithstanding adding needed credibility to the championship. 

"Crazy" A.J. returned last night and seemed to 'crack' under pressure. It should be interesting to see how that matter is followed up on in the coming weeks. 

Enjoyed the Cena-ADR Falls Count Anywhere bout. Physical stuff. The cheap shot drive by executed by @CMPunk was a hit...no pun intended. Plus the reveal of Punk's 'wheelman' @HeymanHustle Paul Heyman was a helluva end to the three hour broadcast. 

Heyman and Punk together is a potentially outstanding dynamic with which fans can emotionally invest. It has many potential roads to travel but associating with Heyman will certainly help facilitate Punk being looked upon by many as an antagonist.

I'm anxious to see what WWE comes up with for next Monday in Montreal on Pat Patterson Appreciation Night with Monday Night Football roaring out of the box with a highly promoted doubleheader. RAW likely will be a stout effort or at least that will be the goal particularly this coming Monday night. 

Is the Punk-@JerryLawler matter over? Knowing King as I do, I'd say no. Now with Heyman siding with Punk might even make matters worse as Lawler and Heyman have had their issues over the years including King breaking Heyman's jaw many moons ago.

I'm returning to Orlando on September 20 for the NXT tapings where @JohnCena will be the special guest @FullSail University. 

Some fans who follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ, over 534,000, actually think that @steveaustinBSR will be wrestling at WM29 which is not going to happen. Steve is rehabbing his repaired knee aggressively to be able to resume his movie work and has a film set to begin production in early 2013. This was a major knee surgery that would keep many inactive in a large part for up to one year. 

So sad to hear of our pal Michael Clarke Duncan passing away this week. The Oscar nominated actor was a massive WWE fan and could be seen at many WWE events especially in Southern California. I loved talking wrestling with him as he was a genuinely nice guy. Michael apparently died of a heart attack and I can't help but wonder if he suffered from sleep apnea which, if untreated, puts a tremendous strain on ones heart.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea after I moved to Oklahoma but suffered from it throughout my WWE administration career while living in Connecticut. It's likely that I had not had a good night's sleep IE rim sleep in approximately 20 years according to my doctors. When tested, I stopped breathing 40 times in one hour with the longest period of time being 45 seconds. After years of that sort of treatment to ones heart, the heart simply gives out and one dies"peaceably in their sleep."  Getting a sleep apnea test at a sleep center is so easy and can extend one's life in a significant way. Think about it. 

I'm going to attempt to address as many good questions as I can soon here on our site so if you have good, succinct ones that you want to throw at me, please do. The popularity of our Q&A section is growing and I was thinking about sticking a fork in it . 

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A good show last night. The Universe seems to miss these golden chances to start something cool. Voting for hugs instead of a tag match which would have ended with Bryan and Kane fighting anyway was kinda dumb. I enjoyed it anyway ! Did anyone ever imagine "THE AMERICAN DRAGON" Daniel Bryan being so well rounded and this damn good ?  Punk and Heyman ?! Wow ! Get ready for a ride we won't soon forget. I hope they are not ending AJs run as GM. The board should grant her permission to book  a match (in a cage) between herself and Vickie. Gain a little revenge for us all. Lastly.................will someone from NXT show up and TAKE THAT BEAUTIFUL BELT AWAY FROM THE MIZ !!!!  He is no better now than he was 5 years ago. As much as he talks during his matches and promos you would figure he could sit in with Cole !  NOT ! Just another reason for JR to be on site, don't cha think ?

 Miz was articulate and enthusiastic on commentary, but he was also a bit bland.   Color commentators in wrestling (same as any sport-- think of John Madden, Bill Walton, Jeff Van Gundy) are supposed to be full of outlandish opinions; Miz played it straight.

Between "Big Bang Theory" and Monday Night Football, Raw is going to face significant viewership challenges.  They could certainly use more Lesnar, but I guess he won't be back for a couple months.

Miz was 10x better than Lawler has been recently. It's more than just look. Lawler has been mailing in his job for at least the last 5 years. It's a miracle he's even still employed.

I am not a Miz fan but he did do a good job on commentary. Just wish it was Michael Cole that Punk or Kane were picking on. I know his character is supposed to be annoying but I have never liked him.

JR and King should be reunited on Raw. Cole shouldn't be doing Raw and Smackdown.

As for Raw, I was over the Therapy session as soon as it started the week before. I personally dislike these blatantly badly acted skits. The whole AJ breaking down thing and Kane attacking Josh Matthews at Summerslam and on Smackdown just makes me think the figurehead GM's will be replaced soon. I still say Teddy Long was ideal for that role as he comes across well on TV. However maybe with HHH allegedly being retired he could run the shows. Although many sites say he is not retired and will return either at Survior Series or WM XXIX but then a lot of what gets reported online but sites is not factually correct.

When two athletes commit similar disgressions why do you seem to usually focus on blacks over whites? You get upset at Anthony Davis over saying he wants to buy a fancy car with his first check from the NBA but have no comments on your blog or anywhere else condemning white athletes who have been fiscally irresponsible. 

I am not a racist or a coward so much as to not list my name.

Seriously ?  Go piss in someone elses wheaties dude ! Go focus on something real and positive !  Haven't you been watching the anger management skits ???          YES ! YES ! YES ! YES !