Time for a new blog and we appreciate you stopping by. Also a quick thanks for those of you who are ordering JR's products from http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss and look for some new products to be rolled out soon. It's kickoff time....
Yours truly is headed to Tallahassee, Florida this weekend to attend the Oklahoma vs. Florida State, top five showdown Saturday night on ABC. Keep an eye out for the black hat on the OU sideline. Love college football and this game, for us Sooner fans, is HUGE. It won't be easy to escape the Florida panhandle with a win.
Night of Champions seems to be shaping up as an intriguing PPV in Buffalo, New York this Sunday night. It's always better to be in Buffalo this time of the year rather than when the cold weather rolls through. Every WWE title will be defended on this event so that means the card is loaded and comes with plenty of potential surprises.
Some fearless and prehaps not so bright predictions:
HHH beats CM Punk in the no disqualification bout thanks largely to the stipulation. Not sure how much WWE plans to have HHH wrestle so this is a viable opportunity for fans of 'The Game' to tune in on what could be a rare bout by the future WWE HOF'er.
Alberto Del Rio has had a somewhat quiet WWE Title reign thus far but ADR can change that by defeating John Cena Sunday night. However, I see Cena winning in what I think will be a PPV closing bout.
Mark Henry is on a roll and I think he beats Randy Orton to win the World Heavyweight Title.
Buffalo native Beth Phoenix will win the Divas Title from Kelly-Kelly or so I am predicting.
Air Boom, nice handle, retains the Tag Titles against The Miz and R Truth much to Michael Cole's dismay.
I see both Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes retaining their titles at NOC as well.
Let's address a few of your questions:
No , I never see one, major champion in WWE meaning that I don't think that the WWE/World Heavyweight titles will ever be united which essentially means that I don't see the brand split going away any time soon.
My thoughts on Jack Swagger are that he will be a big time player in WWE for years to come and his best days obviously lie ahead of him. He's still learning his craft but has an unlimited upside if he continues to be diligent in his preparation and in ring work. Swagger, like so many guys at his level, needs to get on a roll to get noticed more prominently.
My observation on WWE PPV's emanating from, say the UK or Australia, have the hurdle of the time zones to overcome. The events must be live in North America for financial reasons. However, I do not know future PPV sites and things are always subject to change with the times.
How do I maintain a road schedule after diverticulitis and colon surgery and three bouts of Bells palsy? First of all, I have a strong work ethic and love of the genre. Call it passion or an obsession if you choose. I never feel sorry for myself as there are many folks who have much worse health issues than do I. Plus, I'm taking much better care of myself and love being a part of the process.
What do I think of Brock Lesnar returning to the Octagon in December? My instinct says it may be too early. I'm surprised that Brock is returning to headline a UFC PPV so soon after surgery and especially against an opponent like Overeem who is a world class striker. I'm a Lesnar fan without question and hope that he can take Overeem down and avoid a knockout.
Yes...I have fond memories of the Varsity Club in WCW and feel that that group was one of the more underrated factions that I ever saw.
Without question, I would enjoy seeing WWE produce a tag team DVD some day highlighting many of the great duos in the biz while interviewing as many of them as possible.
When are we introducing new products for http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss? Very soon...within 30 days or so and before the holidays. We have four, new Beef Jerky flavors and an All Purpose Seasoning just about ready to roll out. Stay tuned.
What products that we produce have surprised with sales? The Chipotle Ketchup and the Main Event Mustard have become excellent sellers and have multiple uses the year around.
Will the WWE title belts ever be redesigned? Beats me. No idea and I'm really not a 'belt guy' as it relates to what they look like. We get this question all the time.
Will Batista and/or Chris Jericho ever return to WWE? Again, I have no info on such but my guess is that yes they will at some point in the future and likely for a limited time engagement. Perhaps that's just my wishful thinking and I could be dead wrong. Both would help score a bigger Wrestlemania 28 number of PPV buys, IMO.
We are asked frequently where WWEShop ships our products outside the USA. Best way to determine that info is to go to http://www.wweshop.com/Category/JimRoss and you'll get the info you need at checkout.
Yes....customers can order JR's products via phone at 1-866-993-7467 for USA and Canadian customers and at 1-717-522-4384 in all other locales.
Would I like to see Kane return with his mask? Personally, I liked the mask and would think that by wearing the mask it would be new to many younger fans and re-engage some older fans but that's, again, just one guy's opinion.
I am not egocentrical enough to say where I think I rank behind Gordon Solie but I've always said that 'The Dean' was #1 and the rest of us announcers would always compete for #2. Gordon's style of doing actual play by play is no longer in vogue as story telling has taken over hold by hold calls. Nonetheless, Solie set the bar high for everyone who followed him.
Twitter....how do I like it? I think it's a great way to communicate with fans and our followers exceeded 220,000 this week and seems to grow daily. Twitter downsides include the fact that I can't physically answer every Tweet and the fact that some idiotic cowards grow big Spauldings on the social media outlet. You're personally invited to follow us on Twitter @JRsBBQ.
Thanks for stopping by and for your continued support on all fronts. We appreciate each and every one of you.