J.R.'s Blog

  • Larry- My educated guess is that the Masterlock will be broken some day.

    Tyler- Royalties are paid via a formula contractually agreed upon with the wrestlers and the WWE. Just as in pro sports and other forms of entertainment, the stars are paid more than the others. Obviously, the goal is to become a main eventer and stay there.

    Georgie- There will always be room for the JBLs and the Jesse Venturas of the world. I could see a trend in the future where the color commentators become more attitudinal.

    Joe Fish- “Gutless” J.R. not only allowed your poorly crafted email to be posted but I am responding to it as well. If the current ECW product causes you so much angst I suggest you not watch it. Your email screams that you are seeking attention. I feel for you. Finally, your comments about the late Eddie Guerrero were tasteless and uncalled for.

    Voodoo Crap Mafia- I have always felt that Roaddog and Billy Gunn were talented individuals. The entertainment business is about getting noticed and that seems to be what they are attempting to do.

    Victor- I am happy you like the “Legends” show on WWE 24/7 and it is a blast being a part of it. I hope we continue doing them.

    Joey- Never count out Ric Flair for another title reign. Never say never. However, I would doubt that we will ever see the original 4 Horsemen wrestle again. Time catches up to us all.

    Alan- You asked about what I thought of Kane and I told you. Whether Kane has a “long title reign” is a separate question I am not able to answer. My guess would be “why not”?

    Von Ghoul- Hang on to that old trading card as it may be worth 50 cents or so some day. I hope you get that Chipotle Bar-B-Q Sauce for Christmas too.

    Dan E- Regarding the “War” challenge you spoke of, I seriously doubt if it will ever go any farther than it currently is. Again, it is all about publicity and to get folks talking. I don’t know what value that particular issue would have for the WWE. Just my opinion.

    Patrick- I am not aware of the regulations set forth by the Missouri State Athletic Commission. To improve your play by play…practice…often. Listen to various play by play people’s work and then develop your own style. Good Luck.

    Bethany- I have gambled at the Mohegan Sun on several occasions but I never left with much of their cash. This trip was no exception.

    Peter Tan/Malaysia- The WWE has signed Monty Brown and Monty seems like an extremely athletic and charismatic individual. How well Monty responds in a new system will indicate how successful he will be. I like Monty’s chances from what I have seen of him thus far.

    Walker- We always appreciate new visitors to our site. Thanks for checking it out and come back often.

    Steve- Good luck on the screen writing. I hope the 30 man Battle Royal doesn’t take away from the Royal Rumble. I never thought of it in that way. Interesting perspective.

    Brandon J- I assume DX will be around as long as they remain popular. Could be a long time.

    John- The Horsemen DVD should really be a good one. There is so much great material it will probably take multiple discs to get it done properly.

    JSP- Thanks, I won’t let the “idiots” get to me. I am not the “enemy” and honestly I don’t think anyone is. Sports entertainment is about entertaining people and some efforts are simply going to be better than others. I love the Chipotle Ketchup too and it makes a great steak sauce.

    Kevin- My brief “run” as a bad guy that you are enjoying on WWE 24/7 was a unique experience for me. I don’t know if it really worked but it was a change of pace for me nonetheless. I think I got to do one of the first if not the first “attitudinal” in ring interviews from Hershey, Pa.

    Greg/Wales- I don’t know of any Wrestlemania 23 matches but someone utilizing a ladder would not surprise me. Time will tell. Stay tuned.

    Dee- I agree with you regarding your thoughts about John Cena. Because I hired John and know him so well I realize I am not the most unbiased individual when it comes to discussing John. I just know he has a great heart and loads of character and works as hard as anyone I have ever been around. I think it is fine if fans don’t all like John but to make it personal regarding someone they don’t know other than from watching TV is, I agree, annoying. John is still young and improves every week.

    The Gav- One never knows about Sid Eudy and his future plans except for Sid. I really don’t know if Sid would want to wrestle full time again. If Sid was healthy and motivated I am sure he could contribute to any organization.

    Craig/UK- I think Samoa Joe is a talented young man who has a great future in the business if he can stay healthy. I don’t know him personally but he seems to work hard in the ring which I appreciate.

    Steve- My “presentation skills” have gotten me in trouble on more than one occasion. I am working on them nonetheless. Sometimes I am too blunt for my own good.

    Tim B.- Mike Tenay is an excellent broadcaster who is extremely knowledgeable. He’s also a great person.

    Brandon- Yes, I would like to write a book someday when I am no longer affiliated with any organization. Indeed this is a busy time of the year for all of us. My chances of getting into the WWE Hall of Fame are perhaps slightly better than yours. There are far too many more deserving individuals than yours truly.

    Dan K.- I would assume that a Mr. Perfect DVD will be produced in the future. There are some great “Perfect” stories out there.

    Dave- I would suggest that there are too many wrestling pay per views in general but the market will determine if my opinion is right or wrong.

    Kam- Vancouver is a great city and one of the most beautiful places I have traveled. I don’t know the future of holding a WWE PPV there but it certainly would not surprise me. Canadian fans in general are awesome.

    James- I plan on going to Phoenix for the pre-game festivities but will most likely be on a plane on December 31 on my way to Miami for the January 1 Raw. John Laurinaitis has a “thankless” job. It is one of the most challenging positions in the business and one can never make everyone happy. John is a good family man and works hard. Many independent wrestlers need to slow down a little and better understand in-ring psychology. I have seen some indy matches that just did not make sense but more often than not the wrestlers were trying but perhaps they need better guidance and coaching. These individuals hearts are in the right place from what I can tell.

    Dylan-OVW in Louisville has an outstanding wrestling school. Danny Davis is an excellent teacher.

    Jason- I really enjoy doing radio, I certainly have the face for it, and think a national radio show about wrestling could work. Doing radio with the WWE was fun but it killed my social, Saturday nights!

    Tommy- The first Clash of Champions was a great experience and broke some new ground on TBS. Ric Flair put Sting on the map at that first Clash.

    Chance Ryan- Good luck on your career. Being in this business isn’t easy and more don’t make it than do. I hope you are one of the fortunate ones. The Sooners will have their hands full with Boise State without a doubt.

    JRH-Enjoy Armageddon this Sunday in Richmond. The old Coliseum has a great wrestling history. One of my first TV assignments for the Crockett promotion in the 80s was in that arena.

    Debra- I too am glad your soldiers are home safe and sound. Stone Cold visits our site so he will see your best holiday wishes.

    Sweet Daddy Bugg- Chris Benoit has the ability to beat any of the champions recognized on any brand. That’s where my money would be placed.

    Clayton- A Sooner fan in Michigan….that’s a great combination. Notre Dame fans are passionate but that isn’t a bad thing.

    Wills- I feel your frustrations. Wrestling can be like the Oklahoma weather. If one doesn’t like it today it will probably be different tomorrow.

    Doug- I don’t think too many deserving people are being passed up for the Hall of Fame. It is just that there are so many deserving people and only a handful can go in each year. I agree that Curt Hennig is a deserving candidate and will most likely go in sooner than later.

    Kyle Lucas- I guess you know more about my ability to affect change in the WWE than I do. I read your RAW feedback and I am sorry you did not like the show. I don’t share your point of view but I respect your opinions.

    Robert- In my opinion the WWE isn’t going to work with a company they don’t own. Another company’s publicity stunt probably will never be acknowledged.

    Brendan- I have not seen any of Teddy Hart’s work recently but no one I know ever thought Teddy did not have talent. Working a few TV shows with Gordon Solie was a real blessing for me.

    Mike- I would love to see the Fiesta Bowl but that’s not how it’s going to be. I will be there in spirit.

  • Danny- I have enjoyed Sabu’s unique style of wrestling for years. He has certainly put his body on the line time and time again. Simply in my opinion I feel Sabu is at his best when he is in matches with physical stipulations. Brawling and weaponry are two of Sabu’s strengths.

    Derrick- Chris Benoit is simply one of the greatest wrestlers and finest people the business has ever known. Chris is deserving of any championship in existence.

    Raven Effect- I, Jim Ross, has “Vince’s ear”. Perhaps you’ve had one too many chairshots.

    Jamie- I have an interest in writing a book chronicling my career but not just yet. I think to be totally honest about my long and lucky career in wrestling that I should not be an employee of a wrestling company IF I want to tell the complete and honest version of my experiences. I will never write a book if I can’t be 100% honest. Finally, the King in his prime was one of the great in ring performers of all time. A great talker, a great fan favorite and a great villain. I know I sound biased but take a look at some of the classic Jerry Lawler matches from Jerry’s prime.

    William-The challenges of starting a new wrestling promotion and maintaining it based on today’s production standards, etc are essentially overwhelming. I don’t hold out much hope for there ever to be more than a small handful of full time wrestling promotions that actually make enough money to keep their doors open.

    Wyn- I think A.J. Styles is a talented young man. I have no idea if he will ever wrestle for the WWE.

    Matt- As best I can tell Roddy is more than holding his own with his battle with cancer. Keep Hot Rod in your prayers.

    Joel L.- Wrestling websites are like any other website that follows a particular genre. Sometimes they are right but often times they aren’t. My issue with them is that “rumor” is actually reported as “news” on some sites. In general, I think these sites get too much credit and too much blame for things that allegedly adversely affect business. Bottom line is that many of these sites seem to get bad info from their “sources” who may have an unobjective agenda. Plus, people who live in American have the right to earn a living in any legitimate matter they choose. That’s a good thing.

    Lewis- Despite the fact that “Kane” once BBQ’ed me, I still find him to be a true gift to the profession.

    Scott- I wrote on an earlier blog my thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame as I have been getting many emails regarding it. I certainly have my opinions to who should be inducted just as anyone else but I am not in a position to affect the selection process positively or negatively. I do love the function nonetheless. I do hope they hold the list of inductees down to 7-8 so everyone has the appropriate time to speak “their piece”.

    Desmond-Matt Cappotelli is a wonderful young man who has more guts than just about anyone I know. Matt’s battle with brain cancer is on going but I will assure you Matt will deal with it thru the grace of God and the courage the Good Lord provides him. I feel in my heart Matt will win this one!

    Anthony-I really enjoy Divas who can wrestle like Victoria and Mickie James among others. I am hopeful that we will see more of that type of female talent on RAW as time goes on.

    Brock- Sounds like you were PO’ed when you emailed me. Sorry about that. If you don’t enjoy the product then you might want to watch it less or amended expectations. I have addressed the sign issue and it is not worth rehashing. I am not sure who you perceive as being the “enemy” but I can assure you it isn’t me.

    Katherine- I can only assume that the reason the Divas wear “racy attire’ as you term it is to cater to the primary demographic which is men 12-17 and men 18-34. You apparently are not in that demo. I could make a Jerry Lawler joke here but I won’t.

    Callum- I had a blast working in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. I loved working with Les Thatcher and the creative genius Jim Cornette and a bunch of “hungry” wrestlers. It was a fun time for me. I can’t wait to watch some of the old tapes someday on WWE 24/7.

    Liam- I ASSUME the post Wrestlemania Raw will be in Detroit. That seems to be a trend and it gives the folks who travel a great distance to see the PPV and a Monday Night Raw on the same trip. I like it.

    Tommy- Cryme Tyme seems to be getting more comfortable on camera and I am anxious to see them wrestle more as time goes by. They are an entertaining duo but the bottom line to me is what they can do over the long haul in the ring.

    Gareth- I agree Victoria’s character has really jumped off the screen the past few weeks.

    Chris A- I have not seen Angle-Joe 2. How much BBQ can a southern boy eat?? No disrespect meant but I seem to have less free time these days than ‘ol guy should have.

    Lance- In ring psychology is becoming a lost art form. Many of the greatest wrestlers I have seen over the past 30 years just had “it”. “It” is not manufactured and can’t be anything but authentic. Simply put some guys have “it” and some don’t and many never fully understand the fundamental art of storytelling. For example, crashing and burning should only be an element in great story telling not the focal point of it. The understanding of wrestling holds all many styles should basically understood by any one who aspires to be a wrestler in today’s market place. It’s called product knowledge and with product knowledge comes the chance one might understand the business better thus acquire the art of in ring psychology.

    Stevereno- Sorry you did not enjoy the ECW PPV. I am still making the time to watch it myself as I was in the air when it took place. I fully respect your passion for the product but my simple advise would be for you to exhale, detach from your angst, and move forward in a positive manner. Trust me, stress is bad business. I’m not kidding you.

    Charles 3- Your rumor of a Rocker Reunion is new news to me. Highly unlikely as Gorilla Monsoon used to say.

    Fletch- Mickie James is excellent now and should just keep getting better. I respect that she likes in ring physicality. Mickie is a little bit of a throw back when it comes to her approach to wrestling. Plus, she’s cute. Even ‘Ol J.R. still likes “cute”.

    Andrew- If Chyna and X-Pac were at a recent RAW I sure did NOT see them. And I would have. Is this more internet stuff or merely fertilizer?

    Matt- I like the unique approach that C.M. Punk brings to the ring and have said many times that I felt like Punk would be a star in the WWE in the future. Selfishly, I would love to see Punk compete on Raw but as I said, selfishly.

    DXfan 101- Uh, no I don’t think the “Million Dollar Challenge” will be accepted or even acknowledged. Do I like Mr. McMahon? I assume I have the same opinion of Mr. McMahon that he has of me.

    Thanks for participating and we will do this again by the weekend.

    J.R.

  • First of all I hope everyone is healthy, happy and relatively sane. From the tone and tenor of some of our more recent emails, I much admit it feels like something is “in the air” as many people were seemingly angry when they wrote to us. I have been guilty of writing when angry upon occasion myself and I usually regret what I have said after the fact. During my long career in this business yours truly has been hammered several times for my “presentation skills” but rarely for my honesty.

    I am still getting people who lash out at me because of something that they did not like in the WWE, i.e. the ECW PPV. I am not sure why I get this barrage of negative info with the expressed purposes for “J.R. to do something about it.” You have to be kidding me! I am in no position whatsoever to change anything you see on TV or elsewhere within the WWE or any wrestling company. Nor do I want to be. It is a no win situation to be in and at this stage of my career I choose to not be involved in that process. Not only does my personal taste regarding the product fall in the minority side of the equation, but I also don’t need the stress of constantly trying to come up with fresh programming on a 51 week a year basis.

    In my opinion it is insane for anyone, inside or outside the business, to think that every week will be a great TV show when other TV shows have a “season” and allow their stars and creative people time to re-charge their batteries. Can any company’s weekly TV vehicles improve…absolutely. No matter what any of us do for a living there is always room for improvement.

    I don’t mind getting “hammered” on our site but please be selective in what I am held accountable for although I do enjoy reading the spirited emails we have been receiving.

    It has been challenging keeping up with the plethora of wrestling pay per views over the past few weeks. Many fans have raised hell about the ECW PPV but I was traveling and did not see it live but plan on watching it in the future even though some have written and warned me not to. Since the inception of wrestling pay per views I have been knee deep in more of them than perhaps any broadcaster in history and have had my share of less than stellar moments and have been a part of some stinkeroos. That does not ease the pain of those that are still bemoaning the fact they felt they bought a bad show recently but it probably wasn’t the first not will it probably be the last. That is no consolation to those that felt they did not get their hard earned monies worth but it is the truth.

    There is a big Battle Royal on Raw this Monday from Washington D.C. for a live show that is 3 hours long and stars ONE HOUR EARLIER than normal. Battle Royals are usually feast of famine from my personal perspective and, hopefully, with the winner getting a same night WWE Title match Monday’s effort will be one of the better battle royals that have been featured. Back in the day, I refereed many battle royals and usually all the older about to be washed up wrestlers were thrown in the mix and that usually was a recipe for disaster. That should not be the case Monday in Washington D.C.

    As I have mentioned this is NOT a WWE site, but I am awfully proud of the WWE men and women who traveled thousands of miles to entertain the troops defending our country. I am not a fan of the war in Iraq but I do admire the young men and women who are fulfilling their obligation to their country and doing their best to fight terrorism. I could easily go on a rant here about President Bush, a former male cheerleader at Yale not that there is anything wrong with that, but I won’t pile on. Hopefully, George W.’s legacy will not solely be the war on terror but that might be unavoidable. Enough on politics. Good job WWE for bringing some smiles on the faces of some deserving soldiers.

    Bret “The Hitman” Hart still continues to get excellent reviews in Aladdin’s Genie. I would love to see the play if ever given the opportunity.

    Bret is one of my all time favorite in ring competitors….ever. I also can’t wait to read Bret’s biography.

    I hope K-Fed is taking his match with John Cena seriously for the first Raw of 2007. They won’t be playing flag football.

    What better way to spend New Year’s Eve than flying to Miami on New Year’s Eve and then kicking off 2007 broadcasting Raw? Some of us are just too blessed aren’t we?

    Nice to see beautiful Stacey Keibler on the cover of the December Fitness Magazine. Stacey is a wonderful young woman who I hope has a HUGE 2007!

    I get deluged with mail regarding the WWE Hall of Fame. Firstly, I am no longer any part of the selection process since moving to Oklahoma. I do not know who will be inducted in 2007 although several men and women are deserving. No matter who is selected, there will always be some that will bitch and moan that “their favorite” did not get the nod. As my Dad would say, damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I can identify with that but there is always “next year”. Or, you can just make yourself miserable and question the selection process. Pick your poison. I do think voting on www.wwe.com should have a role in the process. That’s just a personal opinion.

    I have to say that some of the recent WWE DVD’s have been awesome. The Pillman product is a must see in my opinion. I love the AWA DVD and some of the match content on that one is priceless. Hulk’s DVD is historic and fun to watch as is Roddy Piper’s, too. These are great holiday gift ideas for new fans, old fans, or simply fans of documentary styled DVDs. I did some work Monday on an upcoming Four Horseman DVD that will be released in the future. That one should be awesome too. Man, I had some great parties with the Horsemen back in the day. My liver would agree.

    Signs at wrestling matches…..please stop my pain. I can’t say the right thing it seems. I do not know what the policies are regarding signs at wrestling events nor do I care. Really, I do not care. When I go to work I have a zillion more things to deal with than what signs are being displayed, confiscated, held up or whatever. I DO NOT care. I don’t think signs should be obscene. If that’s OK with you, that is my opinion. I would not endorse promoting other wrestling companies but that’s just me. If you feel compelled to bring a sign to an event, have at it. If you feel your sign is clever and needs to be seen on TV then by all means bring it with you. If it gets confiscated, don’t kick the slats out of the crib. If the “sign police” are on the case so be it. Does it truly matter at the end of the day? The WWE showed a sign a fan brought right after I suffered facial paralysis with Bells palsy that read “J.R. Has Lost His Smile”. I wasn’t overwhelmed upon seeing it and I thought it was classless but it did not kill me and it was NOT confiscated. If I had been on sign patrol that night, I would have taken it and asked the individual why he or she wrote it. Was it someone starved for attention or someone who likes to celebrate in the misery of others? If this sign had been confiscated would that have been right or wrong? First amendment or bad taste? Classless or clever? Does any one really give a damn?! Perhaps this is a bigger issue than I perceive but it doesn’t affect me one way or another except when I happen to glance up and see a sign that busts my Spauldings…which I might deserve.

    I got an interesting voice mail this week from my old friend Stone Cold Steve Austin who is on his annual deer hunting trip in spacious South Texas. The Texas Rattlesnake loves to hunt and hang out with his Texas buddies which goes to show you how little that the arguably greatest box office attraction in wrestling history has NOT changed. Over the years wrestling has not been over run with people one would want to hang with on a regular basis but Stone Cold is definitely one of the best. I will also admit I am not totally unbiased.

    We have created some great sauce and merchandise offers for your consideration especially with the holidays literally upon us. Please take just a moment to visit our on line store and check these “deals” out. I sure would appreciate it. Thanks and be well.

    J.R.

  • Kieran/UK- I don’t think the Undertaker is undertilized. ‘Taker is a maginificent resource that should be used as an attraction and not weekly.

    Ron- I look forward to the Royal Rumble because it is going to be in San Antonio and it kicks off the march to Wrestlemania 23. It’s also the most challenging match the WWE has to broadcast.

    Sean- Thanks for “lovin’ our sauces”. Magnum T.A. is still in the Virginia area as best I know in private business. I haven’t seen Terry in a good while but we did talk on the telephone a year or two ago. Magnum T.A. was a natural and was Hall of Fame bound prior tho his tragic car accident.

    Maccy/UK- If I had to bet on an Austin-Hogan match I would I would do so reluctantly but would have to go with the younger and healthier Austin.

    Jim Z- I do not feel that the King is slipping whatsoever but it is hard to incorporate a great deal of his wit when matches times are so succinct. Our car trips together are hilarious for the record.

    Commadner 2010-My recent blog pretty much describes how I feel about the Big Show. He is a big hearted man who will be missed by many but I don’t think we have seen the last of him. I do think some extended time off will do the big fella a world of good.

    Matt- I have no idea if Matt Hardy will ever be WWE Champion. That might be a question better suited for Matt. The elder Hardy’s abilities are certainly title worthy.

    Jonny- I don’t know what the capacity will be for Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field. I assume it is north of 60,000 but the final number will be determined by how many seats are “killed” do to production needs which are still being addressed. I do know that a limited number of $30 tickets were still available via Ticketmaster last week.

    Ed- Why are you not a fan of John Cena? I’m just curious. I personally don’t see John making any major changes in his presentation but I do see Cena continuing to improve because he works so hard.

    Ted Z- I am not on the sign police if one actually exists at WWE events. I think the WWE is pretty liberal with what they allow. I don’t think fans should be able to bring any sign they want. Profanity and obscene signs should not be seen on TV. Nor should signs promoting other wrestling organizations. Don’t confuse free speech with bad business or bad taste.

    Brandon- As it relates to the NFL, I like the teams that Bill Parcells coaches as a rule which means I have been watching the Cowboys lately a fair amount but I also watch the Bears and the Ravens because the of the number of Oklahoma players on each team. I don’t know about the wrestlers being involved in fantasy football but it would not surprise me with as many laptops as I see in the locker room.

    Chuck- I know of the success of Inoki and Takada but I would bet a bottle of sauce that Austin and Hogan still generated more revenue over their careers. That’s just a semi educated assumption.

    Chris- Will the WWE be bringing back the old title belts? Who knows?? The spinner title belt is a little out of my demo but I don’t hate it.

    Steve- I have addressed the Rock’s situation numerous times. The Rock is making movies and a bunch of money. He is happy and very busy. Will Rock ever appear on a WWE TV show in the future? I would say yes but I would not bet money on it. Again, wrestling is in the Rock’s blood and he still watches the WWE when he can. I do know Rock misses his fans and the “rush” of performing in front of a live audience.

    Dan- Is the ECW PPV the first one you ever bought that you didn’t like? Perhaps your expectations were too high. That happens to me more often than I like to admit.

    John- I have heard absolutely no plans about the Undertaker retiring after Wrestlemania. None. There are plenty of matches left in the Deadman if he is not road hard and put up wet.

    Anthony- Mark Henry is still recovering from his last injury.

    John- We hope to have our sauces in stores some day but that is a steep hill to climb. The “big boys” have most of the valuable shelf space tied up.

    Damien- Young wrestlers should master mat wrestling long before they start flying around and going a mile a minute. In general, young independent wrestlers should focus on mat wrestling and the psychology of wrestling before they create multiple crash and burn moments. This may not be the popular opinion these days but again I am an old school guy.

    Joe- The wrestling business is just like the Oklahoma weather. If you don’t like it today just hang around because it very well may change tomorrow. As a matter of fact change is inevitable.

    Frank- Lance Storm is a class act and a great teacher. I have always found Lance to be a respectful, professional and a credit to the business.

    WWEMan- I would assume the King’s favorite Diva is the one who happens to be closest to him at the time and is breathing. King is an equal opportunity lover of beautiful women. But I do think he may be partial to blondes.

    Mills- Ah, the old question about a wrestler’s “push”. Wrestlers who feel they are not getting the proper promotion generally blame the company they are working for at the time. I am not a fan of that excuse. With depth issues as they are, if a talent is a professional and has skills they will get to carry the ball. Individual effort and commitment comes before the magical “push”.

    Dee- One would assume that WWE Hall of Fame tickets in Detroit will be available thru Ticketmaster. My suggestion is to check out www.wwe.com every day for any updates. We will probably we talking about it on the TV shows, too. I love the Hall of Fame ceremony.

    Wayne- Whether it be mixed martial arts or movies, etc any vehicle that comes with a price tag on TV is competition to WWE pay per views. Wrestling and MMM PPVs are both attraction driven and I would assume share some of the same audience.

    Danny- Test is doing well on the ECW show and I would think Test will have a big year on that brand in 2007. Test is more aggressive in my opinion since returning from his hiatus.

    Robert- I generally see Droz when we are in Philly as he lives in the area. Droz is in great spirits and follows the WWE closely along with his Maryland Terrapins. I always enjoy our visits.

    Corbin- I never think of my “won/loss” record for the few times I have gotten into the ring as I feel my presence there is an embarrassment to the biz. The biggest bump I ever took was probably falling down the stairs when I was a kid on a sleep over at a friend’s house. Hopefully, you will never see me in the ring ever again.

    Dan T.- I hope you enjoy the Mohegan Sun Raw as it is a sellout and should be a good show. I have never seen Alter Boy Luke wrestle to the best of my knowledge.

    Bill- I have addressed the Heyman departure from the WWE already. It is always unfortunate when talented people leave any company. I have had my own issues fitting into the corporate structure thru the years so far be it for me to judge Heyman or the decision that was made. The WWE will continue to move forward as will Paul.

    Kev- I am not a huge fan of multiple ring battle royals but the WWE has not had one that I have been a part of so it could be on someone’s drawing board.

    John- I lean slightly toward the Vols in their bowl game with Penn State although I am a huge JoePa fan. My reasons are team speed and Tennessee playing in the SEC. I know the Big 10 is good too.

    Jason- I don’t like to respond to “rumors’ to any degree. I don’t know if RVD is happy or not just that he makes a great living and is very talented. I certainly don’t know what you mean when you say “hasn’t RVD suffered enough?” No one ever said this business was easy. Trust me on that one.

    Mark- I have yet to read Chris Nowinski’s book and he promised to send me a copy too. I know Chris put a ton of hours into it and I would venture to say Chris’ efforts will help others in the future.

    David/UK- I don’t know when harry Smith will officially debut but you can rest assured that when he does Harry will be ready. Harry Smith could be a huge star in this business.

    Molly- I too am a big fan of HBK having seen Shawn’s first match in his first territory. However, I don’t think we will ever see a HBK-Stone Cold match but it wouldn’t bother me to be wrong on this prediction. It would be a great match without fail but I don’t know that Austin has the time to get the ring rust off because Steve would want to burn down the house if he steps back in the ring to wrestle. I just don’t see wrestling in Austin’s future but if it is I will travel any lengths to see it.

    David M- My Royal Rumble prediction might lean toward Umaga until some one proves they can handle the big Samoan. Honestly, the luck of the draw has a ton to do with who wins the Rumble.

    Thanks and check out all the new items in our store. We have several items that are signable and can be shipped abroad. If you don’t delay we can get your order in your hands by the holidays.

    J.R.

  • With the Big Show announcing on www.wwe.com this week that he is taking a sabbatical from the WWE for perhaps an extended amount of time, I could not help but think of the many memories and the good times I have spent with the “World’s Largest Athlete”.

    Jerry Brisco and yours truly were the two WWE representatives who met with the big fella in Tampa when the negotiations with the WWE first got underway. I must admit when I walked into the large man’s beach front condo I was in awe of the enormity of this human being. Plus, his crib wasn’t a bad place to hang one’s clothes either. It was a supersized, deluxe bachelor pad to say the least.

    We had a productive several hour conversation and talked about many things such as our lives, our health, goals, the business, and a bunch of general “guy talk” that included cars (the big guy loves cars), sports and, of course, women. In other words, we got to know each other. Show was just a big, ‘ol country boy from South Carolina who both Jerry and I could relate to as we were both country boys from Oklahoma. We were all raised on fried food and the occasional trip to the woodshed.

    I vividly recall Show getting hungry, which should come as no major surprise, and getting up and preparing himself a bite to eat which included nothing but protein including a LARGE quantity of BEANS. I whispered to Brisco that we needed to end the meeting soon as the big guy was about to devour enough beans for 3-4, hungry people. Flatulence is a story best told rather than experienced especially when the flatulence manufacturer is a 500 pound, 7 foot tall athlete who would make the “farting” scene in the “Blazing Saddles” movie come off like a church social.

    Soon after the world’s largest albeit kind hearted bean eater had finished his bean dish that had more ingredients than I can remember we ended our meeting. Soon there after we had our man.

    Another quick story entails Big Show on a trip to Connecticut to have meetings at WWE headquarters and he came to our home for dinner or supper as we call it in the South. My wife Jan is an amazing cook and she cooked a whole ham, an entire chicken and a plethora of side items. I am no lightweight when it comes to putting away the groceries either so needless to say when we finally finished off the feast prepared by my bride I was packed and some to be in need of a nap. However, the big guy wanted desert. That’s when I discovered the 500 pounder’s weakness. Here’s the secret that I have kept hidden for all these years:

    THE BIG SHOW LOVES APPLE BUTTER WITH A PASSION.

    So now it’s out there. Yes, The Big Show ate a pan of home made biscuits and an entire jar of apple butter. OK, I helped some but he did most of the damage. My wife has never forgotten our custom Italian tile dining room floor cracking under the pressure applied by our giant sized house guest. We have all laughed about it many times since then especially when we discuss how a big, southern raised kid found authentic apple butter in a Connecticut kitchen.

    I hope Show gets healthy and will take the time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He deserves it. I know in my heart that the big guy will step back in a ring some day as wrestling….sports/entertainment is in his blood.

    I also hope WWE Films finds a vehicle for the largest Game Cock I ever saw to try his hand at acting (I haven’t forgotten Waterboy.) The Big Show has a great gift for comedic timing and with the right script I can see Show doing some great work on the silver screen.

    But again the Big Show needs to get healthy and that may mean dropping a few lbs. I can look in the mirror on that one.

    I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the big guy from South Carolina who I have seen literally grown up and become a man before my very eyes.

    Good Luck Show. You will be missed.

    By the way, you’ll be getting some Bar-B-Q Sauce and some apple butter for the holidays.

    J.R.

  • Dave- Our UK sauce shipping dilemna is still just that….a dilemna. We are working on it. If you know some one in Parliment ask them to email me.

    Rob- I was surprised when Marty Janetty returned to the WWE the last time so far be it from me to guess if or when Marty might reappear in a WWE ring. It could be Monday night or it could be never.

    Danielle- Yes Ric Flair was emotional on Raw a few weeks back. Ric is in an emotional time of his career and in his life and like many of us he wears his feelings on his sleeve. There are still plenty of miles left on the Nature Boy let me assure you.

    happyfaith- I don’t know when Beth Phoenix will return to the WWE but I hope it is on RAW because Beth can wrestle and has a score to settle with Victoria who broke Beth’s jaw. My guess is that we will see Beth after the first of the year but you know my accuracy rating isn’t what it used to be.

    Joe- I would enjoy watching a Hulk-Big Show match at Wrestlemania but I have heard nothing official about such. It certainly seems like Hogan would be a part of ‘Mania 23, 20 years after his match with Andre The Giant in nearby Pontiac.

    Marky- I hope this will be it on this matter. Yes, I feel that Kurt Angle would be better served to be off work and healing at the present time. Kurt’s body needs a “time out”.

    Brandon- I totally agree with you that watching Edge and Orton dismantle Ric Flair a couple of weeks ago was “disturbing”. Totally.

    Rob- I disagree with you that The Rock turned his back on his fans. The Rock capitalized on an amazing opportunity to manage his health and to provide his family and his extended family with a wonderful quality of life. I assure you that The Rock has the business in his blood and if he were still wrestling today might well have surpassed every record ever set by any individual in wrestling. Plus, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the nicest, classiest people I have ever had tht privilege to know in this business. I was a lucky son of a gun to have hired “The Great One”.

    Is Hulk a better wrestler than Stone Cold? Not in my opinion but both are money making machines that may never be surpassed by anyone ever in this business. I hope they are for my 401K’s sake but I won’t hold my breath no matter what my ex-wife might suggest.

    Todd- Yes, Henry Godwin did do some wrestling part time for the WWE recently but I am unaware of any plans to utilize Henry on TV. Chuck Palumbo is under contract to the WWE but I don’t know when Chuck will be seeing action on TV. Sources say that Chuck physically looks good and of course Godwin is tougher than a $2 steak.

    Tim- I am a major fan of Mr. Kennedy. He reminds me of a young “Stunning Steve” Austin for some reason. Kennedy has a significant upside if he can avoid all the usual pitfalls such as injuries, bad health, discovering and living in his comfort zone, and not staying motivated.

    Cameron- No, I am not looking forward to a Boogeyman vs. Undertaker match if one is being considered. Did you really hear that or did it come to you in a bad dream?? (That’s just a little humor folks.)

    Ed- Watching WWE 24/7 is one of my favorite past times but as I understand it WWE 24/7 is currently a cable exclusive. I love the vintage stuff from other generations and from a variety of companies.

    Jason-If Cablevision doesn’t have WWE 24/7 I would have to assume they will some day soon. It’s too good for them to pass up.

    Jaffer- How much do I get paid? Well…not enough. But I do OK.

    Mark- John Cena’s mixed reactions he receives doesn’t bother me at all. Our fans should be vocal about what they see and not be coerced to respond in any way other manner than the way they feel. I am a Cena fan but the booing doesn’t bother me and I think it probably motivates John to a certain degree. I have watched from afar your QB at Hawaii and he has a cannon for an arm. I know Coach June Jones and his sidekick Jerry Glanville from my days with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. Both are great guys by the way. As far as the Heisman Trophy, Troy Smith at Ohio State has that one all wrapped up in my opinion.

    Matthew- What defines a great antagonist? A great antagonist in my opinion is an individual who fans despise enough to pay good money to come and see get their ass kicked in person.

    Sal- The NWA trademark issues are a mystery to me. This has been an on going issue over the years and I quite frankly have not kept up with it. Honestly, since St. Louis’s Sam Muchnick stopped being in charge of the NWA, the National Wrestling Alliance has not been the same.

    Stephan- Glad you liked Bischoff’s book. I enjoyed it too and definitely encourage fans of the business side of wrestling to read it. I bristled a few times at what I read but my turn is coming.

    Dustin- This isn’t going to sound good or probably feel good but the old ECW is DEAD. I don’t see it coming back. I think the re-launched ECW will end up being successful but as I have said before it is a work in progress. I am willing to give it a chance to grow and evolve. I, too, have used the Waffle House to drown my sorrows especially when I ordered my hash browns scattered, covered, smothered AND chunked! I am sure that in your life you have bigger fish to fry than to worry about the state of a wrestling brand.

    Drew- Are you drunk? “Does God Hate Marty Janetty?” Uh, no.

    Duane- Sorry you did not enjoy the ECW PPV. I can assure you it wasn’t because of a lack of effort by all involved. Mark it off to experience and let it go. I have sat at ringside and broadcast PPVs I did not like so much either, more than once. But, of course, I got paid nonetheless.

    Adam- What is the state of wrestling you ask? Why is the sky blue…..only kidding. I would suggest to you that the wrestling business, as most businesses that are profitable, is constantly in a state of change and transition. Some periods of time within the annals of the biz have been off the charts and some I have worked thru, like the 70s, were only so-so. Times and trends change and we fans ride out the perceived storm until a trend hits that we like. Just as when our favorite athletic teams are on a losing streak we hang with them, bitch and complain, and then celebrate the victories.

    Brandon- The Big Show is physically pretty banged up. I suspect a surgery or two is in the big fella’s future. Show is another competitor that could use some much needed “down time”.

    James- I used to live in Norwalk, Ct and am familiar with the Terry Connor Ice Rink in Stamford. I don’t see the WWE having an event there unless it was a smaller one for a charity. If you want to be an intern in the WWE you need to contact their Human Resource department. I can’t help you with that one but good luck. If you get make it, you will have a blast.

    Ethan- What is my opinion of Hulk Hogan. He’s Babe Ruth, my man. Hulk’s records will probably never be surpassed but even if they are the roads that Hogan paved for others to follow are historic and can never be equalled. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan probably generated more revenue in the wrestling business than any two wrestlers anyone can name. I have great respect for Hulk Hogan.

    Jason- I know that there are some $30 tickets still available for Wrestlemania thru Ticketmaster. Even if you are not keen on today’s product for whatever your reasons, I would wholeheartedly suggest you see Wrestlemania in person if you have the opportunity. It is a spectacle that every fan needs to see in person at least once.

    Thanks for all your emails and we will get to more of them soon. I hope you allow us to be a part of your holiday shopping plans. Take care.

    J.R.

  • Scott- Eddie Graham, the long time promoter and Owner of Florida Championship Wrestling was one of the most brilliant wrestling minds I ever encountered. Many of the biggest names in the business would agree with me. Eddie had a huge influence on the careers of probably 100s of wrestlers who went on to become major stars. Legend has it that he used to brainstorm with Vincent J. McMahon about the business back in the day which I am sure resulted in a slew of amazing ideas. I met Eddie once and that was at a Cowboy Bill Watts party. Watts, The Briscos, The Funks, Dusty Rhodes, were just a few of the many wrestlers who flourished under the teachings and guidance of Eddie Graham. Simply put Eddie Graham was a genius that understood his consumers.

    Derrick- Will the WWE ever hold another major event outdoors? Hard to say. It’s risky unless Mr. McMahon has a direct line to Mother Nature. Could it happen? Yes. Will it happen? My guess would be doubtful. Since ‘93, one of the ways the product has changed is better TV technology, music, and lighting, plus the product is not so in ring driven as it was then. More non wrestling elements are featured on the broadcasts.

    Chris-There are always going to be questions regarding perceived “underutilized” talent. Someone you think is “underutilized” might not be in the eye’s of others. Many “underutilized” talents need to take a longer look in the mirror and decide to come to work every day willing to give no less than 100% of themselves and to do the little things it takes to reach main event level status and to more importantly stay there. I had a talent say to me once that when they were “put in the right spot, I will start working hard”. It doesn’t function that way.

    Rich-Mid South Wrestling worked because we had great wrestlers and a brilliant man calling the shots. The product was aggression driven and athletically based but it all started with the individual stars who were motivated by the fact that the more tickets they sold the more money they made. Remember, “One can’t sell goods out of an empty wagon.” The Mid South was blessed with great wrestlers, no over saturation of the product on TV, and the fact we largely did only one hour of TV per week.

    John-I don’t know why Brian Kendrick isn’t called “Spanky” on TV. Perhaps there were those, including Brian, who wanted to move past that nickname.

    Daniel- I have heard ZERO about a proposed Batista vs. Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit. I will say it will take a helluva man to defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania considering no one has done so yet.

    Richard- When referencing “big men” The Undertaker and Kane are at the top of the list as far as natural athletic abilities are concerned of any of the normally classified “big men” I have ever seen in my 30 plus years in wrestling.

    Will- for “The Man in the Moon” I did play Lance Russell’s role, don’t ask me why, and Lance played the ring announcer. The roles probably should have been reversed. I did watch a Comedy Central documentary about Andy Kauffman’s “wrestling” career and saw how Lance handled his business during that era. Watching Lance work helped me a great deal. Lance is one of the greatest ever!

    Chris- I NEVER mentioned on 97.1 FM in Detroit, where I guest every Thursday at noon eastern, that the Rock would be at Wrestlemania. As a matter of fact I even joked that fans hear what they want to hear and that someone would put on the internet the exact opposite of my remarks. They did.

    Brian- I have no idea if the WWE scouts California All Pro Wrestling for prospects. I assume they do. I know the WWE is very aggressive in their talent searches. The WWE works closely with Rick Bassman in Southern California when looking for wrestling talent.

    Spicyboy-The Chipotle Bar-B-Q Sauce is NOT that spicy as in HOT or for the weak at heart. I would not even describe it as spicy. Stone Cold had it 3 times while he was in our home a few weeks ago and it is his favorite Bar-B-Q Sauce of all time.

    Anthony-I don’t know who is on the short list of nominees for the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame. I would submit Ric flair and Dusty Rhodes for starters along with Bruno Sammartino (as I do every year) and Bob Backlund. How many deserving submissions would you like, 20? That’s just my 2 cents.

    Nick- The size of the work area at a particular arena often times eliminates that arena from Monday Night Raw consideration. Your arena in Youngstown, Ohio may fall into that category. It isn’t all about seating capacity but the backstage area and the loading dock space that is taken into consideration. I am all for Youngstown, Ohio the home town of the Stoops’ brothers one of which, Bob, coaches my Sooners.

    Don-Our sauce today is different than our previous sauce. Today’s sauce is made in Oklahoma while the other sauce was made in Ontario, Canada. Both are good but I would prefer you be the judge. Our sauces make great holiday gifts and we are shipping packages out daily. Chipotle is a Mexican seasoning that is full of flavor not heat.

    Felix- I have no idea if Mr. McMahon will respond to the “war” declared on him but somehow I seriously doubt it. Why would he in total honesty?

    Matt- What are my thoughts on ECW. I like the brand and always have. The re-introduced brand is still evolving without question. I think ECW is a work in progress but the sky is the limit. I personally, I stress personally, am not a fan of every match being “hardcore” because then it makes that stipulation ordinary. I do love the ECW “spirit” and pride many of the ECW originals still have for their presentation of a few years ago. What form ECW takes as time marches on will be interesting to track. Change is not always bad but some “old schoolers” (I am old school to in many ways) will never accept anything but what “used to be”. I can understand and respect that mindset but I can’t vouch for how viable it is.

    Rahssan-I cannot fathom that the WWE won’t have a Wrestlemania in our nation’s capital some day. That would be “un-American” wouldn’t it?? I have addressed Kurt Angle on numerous occasions. Kurt is an amazing athlete/wrestler. I hope he has great success but I am much more concerned about Kurt’s own personal health than I am his matches, is wins, his losses, etc. Nothing is more important than one’s health.

    Derick-The Talented Sho Funaki as a main eventer? I love Sho but Sho main eventing over the long term might be a challenge for Sho. But remember, “never say never”.

    Dustin- No, I don’t ever see the WWE parterning with any other wrestling organization today, tomorrow or ever unless the WWE were in control of the opposing group. That’s just sound business in today’s marketplace.

    Varish- I don’t know the WWE’s plans for India but you can bet there are plans. I am not familiar with the arena set up India and doing events outdoors often times is a security nightmare in facilities that are not used to such. My philosophy has always been that if the WWE has a television outlet in a particular country that eventually that country will get live events and perhaps even more.

    Mark-comparing Hulk to Flair is like comparing Mays to Mantle. Each has their own set of individual strengths and weaknesses. Without question these two will be in most historian’s lists of the greatest wrestlers of all time in the land of sports and entertainment probably in the top 3 in their prime, I challenge any “expert” to NOT select Hogan or Ric in a “draft” to stock anyone’s wrestling roster. Their styles are obviously different but results are what counts. Ric and Hulk always got results.

    Chris-I have requested to take my first Monday Night RAW ever off on January 1, 2007 to attend the Fiesta Bowl. If it is not in the cards, I will reluctantly miss The Sooners’ Bowl game. Regarding pay per views, like any other form of entertainment one has to be aware of over exposure and what the market will bare will determine that number.

    Allan-Finley is a tough, Irish son of a gun. Fit is as fundamentally sound as any one in the WWE. I am happy that at this, the latter stages of his career, that Finley has this opportunity to get back in the ring and do what he loves to do best. Many young wrestlers would be well served to closely observe Finley’s matches to learn the all important nuances of in ring psychology.

    Kevin-To say what was my favorite PPV is hard. I don’t think I can but I, like you, really enjoyed Wrestlemania X7 in the Astrodome in Houston and the Unforgiven my home state of Oklahoma hosted. I will have to really put my thinking hat on to come up with an answer on that one. That could be a whole chapter in a book.

    Andrew-I have watched for short periods of time Australian Rules Football and can definitively say that those men are TOUGH! I don’t fully understand the rules but I admire the guts of the players.

    Will their ever be a Wrestlemania in Australia? I would never say never to that one. The land down under is coveted by the WWE and rightfully so!

    Huff-There will be a TON of Wrestlemania 23 activities that will be held in Detroit prior to the event itself. Check out WWE.com in the coming weeks.

    Lesrey-I do not consider Vince Russo a “disease” whatsoever. That’s a little heavy to even consider. Osama Bin Laden is a “disease”.

    Anesen-I don’t know the WWE’s plans for Denmark but I would not be surprised to have wrestlers coming out of the woodwork to wrestle in Amsterdam if provided the opportunity! Again, if you see the WWE on your TV, a live event can’t be too far behind.

    Rick- As I have mentioned before I feel the WCW brand is history but we can all remember it via DVD’s and WWE 24/7. A history of WCW on a multiple set DVD is a must some day.

    David- If I ever write a book it will be Jim Ross talking and it will be totally truthful. I think my experiences within the business will allow me to tell a unique story perhaps more unique than many of my predecessors or peers. It will start all the way back in Oklahoma when I first discovered “Championship Wrestling” on TV in the 60s when my unique journey began simply as a fan.

    Mike- The group formerly known as the Spirit Squad is a very talented lot. I would bet good money each member gets a chance to “run with the ball”. Contrary to conspiracy theorists, great talent can not be ignored forever.

    Brodie- Glad you are a Sooner fan. Great win for us in KC last Saturday Night! Stone Cold is currently living in California and getting ready to start preparation for his second WWE Film in early 2007. Plus you can bet Stone Cold will be working hard, as usual, when the promotion begins for “The Condemned” which premiers in April 2007.

    Joel- If there is a “secret reason” why Randy Savage is not in the WWE Hall of Fame I don’t know it. Randy certainly deserves the accolade. I am sure that “Macho Man’s” day will come.

    Mike- I have not noticed anyone in the WWE shaking in their boots regarding any other wrestling organizations. Competition makes everyone perform better. Competition is not a bad thing. I refuse to take shots or to wish ill will on any group. I probably would have though when I was in the 8th grade.

    Wayne- Thanks’s to the war on terror among other political nightmares we are unable to ship any of our sauces to the UK….YET. We can ship caps and shirts. We are working on this shipping nightmare and if you have any suggestions we are wide open for ideas. Bottom line, we are doing all we can to get permission on this project thru all the proper channels.

    Jared-Congrats on your Boise State Broncos making it to their first BCS Bowl Game. I wish them the best of luck against the Sooners but I don’t have to elaborate on who I will be pulling for. Nonetheless it is a cool deal for the Broncos even though they can’t bring that blue carpet with them to the Fiesta Bowl.

    Corey-The Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk “I Quit” match on a TBS Clash of Champions was one of my most memorable nights behind the mic. Not only was the match an awesome one between two amazing talents but also because I broadcast it with my idol the late Gordon Solie. I remember having a few cocktails with “The Dean” after the show in Troy, New York on a cold night.

    We will have more of your feedback later this week.

    I don’t leave for the Mohegan Sun to prepare for Monday Night RAW until Sunday afternoon and there is no OU football this weekend so I will have

    more time to work on the site.

    Please visit our on line store as we have new offers going up this week I think will interest you especially with the holidays just around the corner. Be well.

    J.R.

  • Chris- OU vs. Army might be a nice game but OU vs. Notre Dame is big money. I don’t Edge/Orton with the nWo. That the old apples vs. oranges analogy.

    Ross- It would seem inevitable that The Undertaker and Kane would be teaming together at some point on Smackdown. I don’t like the chances of the opposition for The Deadman and Kane.

    SB- I have always thought that Christian was one of the most underrated stars in the WWE when he was there. He is a really solid hand who still seems to be searching for his “identity” which is not an indictment of Christian. He is a very intelligent and talented competitor. I have always liked him a great deal.

    Istria- I am a fan and have been for years of the cruiserweights. I grew up watching the NWA Junior Heavyweights compete lead by the incomparable Danny Hodge. I liked Jamie Noble the first time I saw him and loved his redneck demeanor and in ring skills. Jamie has not scratched the surface of how good he can be.

    Dave- I don’t know the status of Muhammad Hassan other than the last I heard he was in L.A. looking to get into the film business. He was effective for a time in the WWE but I don’t know if the “intangibles” (passion, etc) were in place to elevate this talent over the top. I could be dead wrong on that opinion but it is my perception. That certainly doesn’t indicate the young man was a bad person but this business is not cut out for everyone who tries it.

    Michael- I too love the Undertaker and know he is healthy and anxious to work more dates. I think we will see the Phenom more in the near future than we have in the recent past. A legend like the Undertaker doesn’t need to wrestle every week on TV. The WWE tours the UK in November but I am not sure about Dublin. Check out WWE.com for that info. My personal experiences in Dublin have always been great. Going on multiple “Pub Tours” has created some fun times.

    Stephan in the UK- There is no doubt that an Owen Hart DVD on the life of this great superstar and personal friend would be a great seller. It will be hard to get Owen’s peers to say anything bad about one of the most genuine and nicest people one will ever meet. Enjoy Manchester’s RAW in November. I generally take in the Chinese food in Manchester near the downtown area some refer to as “Chinatown”. The last time I was there I had a great dinner with Jerry Brisco and Pat Patterson on some wonderful Chinese cuisine.

    Dan L.- Elizabeth will most definitely be given consideration for the WWE Hall of Fame one day I would assume. When that will be I have no idea. Her ex-husband Macho Man Randy Savage also deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame from my perspective.

    ISE74- Bob Sapp is a mountain of a man and can certainly be “beast-like”. It would be interesting to see Bob in a pro wrestling ring, preferably the WWE and RAW, but how hungry is Sapp? Does he want to become the best talent on the show or to simply make money? I don’t know the answer to that question because I don’t know Bob that well but if it is the former then whoever nabs Sapps could win. Sapp has skills but would need to really apply himself to becoming a main event level contributor in a major company such as the WWE but Sapp has the physical gifts to do it. It really seems to me to be a matter of how badly Bob would want “it”. Passion and work ethic once again become viable intangibles.

    Sal- Corporal Kirchner is alive and well.

    Lots of similar questions this week:

    Will Hulk ever be back in a WWE ring?

    I would surmise, absolutely. It wouldn’t truly be a Wrestlemania w/o some sort of Hulkster exposure in my opinion. Hulk doesn’t need the cash or the wear and tear on his body but Hulk still has fun entertaining his “Hulkamaniacs”.

    What is Macho Man’s relationship with the WWE?

    This is not a WWE site. I don’t speak for nor do I represent the WWE in this forum. I have no idea what the relationship between Savage and the WWE may be but I don’t think that they have spoken at length in quite some time for what that’s worth. Randy is a complex person but was a helluva hand in his day. Savage sold lots of tickets and pay per views and drew significant TV ratings back in the day. Savage may have another match or two in him on the big stage. Who knows? Time will tell I suppose. I always admired Randy’s intensity. Talk about wound tight and passionate! Where are those guys today with the same traits who are in their 20s??

    Do I watch wrestling on TV with a pad of paper and a pencil in hand? NO. I watch it as a fan and if I see something I want to follow up on I jot it down on a piece of paper but I don’t take notes throughout a broadcast. Many fans who follow the genre closely over analyze it, look at it too critically and take the fun out of the shows. If something occurs on a wrestling show that doesn’t stand out on its own without having to be remembered via a note pad, how compelling was the TV content in reality?

    Some have asked me about my former broadcast partner Bob Caudle who is still alive and well and living in North Carolina. Along with Lance Russell, Bob Caudle was one of the classiest and nicest men I have ever met in this whacky business. I have a few, funny Bob Caudle stories I will share with you in the future. Bob Caudle was a credit to the business and is healthy, as I understand it, and occasionally does appearances at wrestling reunion shows.

    Is there too much wrestling on TV?

    Not for me but I can see where it might be for the average Joe watching in North America. With the lack of quality depth in the business in general, I can easily see some people not watching all the shows that are available.

    Thanks for all the questions. Keep ‘em short and I will do my best to answer several more this week. Now please go browse our on line store!! “Baby” needs new shoes!

  • It is hard to believe that the WWE produced its 700th episode of Monday Night Raw this week from the All State Arena in Chicago. It’s even harder to believe that yours truly has been a part of most of those broadcasts with the occasional “interruption of service” that I have experienced along the way.

    I have read where some have taken the WWE and yours truly to task about us saying that Monday Night Raw is the longest running, weekly entertainment broadcast in television history. That was a producer’s note I was briefed on a few hours prior to the broadcast and I assume it is totally accurate or I would not have been provided the information to use on the air.

    Some internet sites make a living critiquing WWE and other company’s events, both televised and non televised. Simply put, it comes down to one’s “opinion” of what constitutes a good TV show or a bad TV show. It’s an opinion and I have no issue with people who express their opinions. I do it on this website all the time.

    However, unlike some internet sites I will not be reporting rumors as news such as former WWE wrestler Corporal Krichner’s death last week when the individual in question is alive and well and is a truck driver. One or two sites had this story last week and others ran with it including www.wwe.com assuming it was legit. I read things on non WWE websites reported as “hard news” from time to time that are totally incorrect. Should these sites in question be called out by name and taken to task over shoddy “reporting” much like many televised events and live events are dissected by the wrestling media on a weekly basis?

    Monday Night Raw has changed a great deal over the years much like other wrestling and TV programs in general. Many fans and critics don’t like these changes of adding more entertainment sizzle than actual, in ring wrestling to the presentations. I don’t dislike wrestling talk whatsoever but I don’t like what I personally perceive as talk for talk’s sake or putting wrestlers in positions they cannot succeed.

    The major issue today, as I see it, is the overall lack of “stars” one any given brand. With fewer stars to draw from, many broadcasts have taken a different approach and a different look. The overall, main event level talent pool in the business arguably never has been thinner.

    Developing tomorrow’s stars should be a high priority for all within the business of sports/entertainment. Perhaps this should be the biz’s highest priority.

    Nonetheless, stars don’t grow on trees and for every 100 athletes one looks at you will be lucky to find 1 or 2 talents who can fully grasp the game and can contribute right away. And of that list of 1s and 2s you get even fewer main eventers.

    Legitimate wrestling stars are born with intangible assets that those within the business responsible for these areas must be able to identify, embellish and cultivate.

    Young wrestlers today by and large take too many short cuts and don’t spend enough time on watching classic wrestling tapes like one can find on WWE 24/7 and spend too much time playing video games, etc. Obtaining a “Holy S**t” moment is more important to some wannabe stars than learning their craft which starts with the inside and works its way out. This learning or passion comes from within and is not about how large one’s biceps might be or their rich, dark tan, etc. Looking great in a an 8X10 is nice but being able to execute in the ring is where the money is and not enough young wrestlers fully understand that concept/philosophy.

    When Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, and Dusty Rhodes appeared on Monday Night Raw in Chicago, each man, although diverse as can be in their personal lives, have at least one shinning thing in common and that is that all were students of the game and developed their instincts to amazingly high levels over a long period of time. I mentioned that seeing these legends standing in the ring together after the post match melee on TV was a “Raw Moment” and I meant it. Some ‘net cynics took that to task too but that’s again their opinion. It will be fewer and fewer times we fans get to enjoy a moment here and there with some of the great, living legends of the business and I for one enjoy those moments and cherish each and every one of them. These men conjure up wonderful memories for me of generations’s past and of great, dramatic matches that had me, as a broadcaster, on the edge of my seat more often than not. All the Hall of Fame level veterans we saw on RAW Monday made their mark via wrestling, verbally expressing themselves naturally, by having great opponents with which to wrestle, and by not seeking out the proverbial “Holy S**t” moment via some elaborate stunt or ultra dangerous and ill conceived maneuver.

    I have a vision of what my personally produced TV wrestling product would be but I don’t think it can be produced in today’s marketplace. The lack of quality depth within the business necessitates that there be more and more sizzle added to weekly presentations and less steak. “Quality Depth” is a key term all we wrestling fans should remain keenly aware of in the future. It’s no different than in the NFL (no extra QBs running around with nothing to do), MLB (huge lack of quality pitching), and the NBA (no abundance of young, dominating big men.)

    Hopefully, some new, young stars will “break thru” much sooner than later within the biz and we might be able to improve the overall in ring product. This would appeal to me personally but I also realize I am not in most TV show’s target demo any longer so my 54 year old opinion may not carry much weight at the end of the day.

    I do think that there are youngsters in the business who have the potential to be box office stars in the future if they become student’s of the game and study what made their predecessors so great. And if these young people have passion and respect for the business in general.

    I firmly believe that fans of today’s wrestling genre still love physicality, fundamentally sound wrestling, and richly cultivated personal issues.

    This is not an issue of “glass ceilings” and “politics” but an issue of which young men or women are going to study the masters and physically go the extra mile to achieve greatness? It’s time for the young talents with potential to step up and demand to not be overlooked via what the fans see in the ring and become the Brisco’s, Funk’s, Race’s, Rhodes’, Steamboat’s, DiBiase’s, Flair’s, Patterson/Stevens’, Gagne’s, Sammartino’s, Superstar Graham’s etc of tomorrow.

    Without wrestling territories, the road is more challenging for these young talents but it can be done. It starts in the head and the heart, with knowledge and passion, and, naturally, entails physically fit athletes who are fundamentally sound and want to steal the show every time the bell rings.

    That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

    J.R.

  • I love this time of the year. It’s football season and it is football weather!! Gosh it is great to be alive and living in Oklahoma.

    For almost 20 years, I spend every Friday night during football season wearing an officials uniform and enjoying the Friday night lights of Oklahoma high school football. I had more fun doing it than just about anything I have ever done in my life. I miss it every week during the season.

    Former OU player and former Sallisaw Black Diamond Kelly Mitchell stopped by our BBQ trailer before a Sooner home game recently and told me a story about me calling Kelly for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during Kelly’s senior year of high school in eastern Oklahoma. Football is king on Friday night’s in town like Sallisaw and hundreds of others in the Sooner state.

    Kelly was a big, tough lineman who said some “magic words” and got nailed for 15 yards by yours truly. Big Mitchell then picked up my flag and threw it up in the air in anger and disgust. I had forgotten about that play to be honest with you. I asked Kelly what happened then and he said “you walked over very calmly and picked up your flag and threw it again! I got TWO 15 yard, dead ball penalties!”

    To make matters worse, the Black Diamonds coach burned a time out to ask me what had been said. I told him and reminded him he had one time out left in this huge district game where a wasted timeout was a no-no. Standing in front of the home team’s bleachers, I felt like a wrestling villain as the curse words and emotion poured out of the loyal Sallisaw fans.

    All ended without incident as Sallisaw won the game and Kelly Mitchell was not ejected, I’ve worked with some officials who would have tossed him, and earned a football scholarship to Oklahoma University.

    Ah, the good old days.

    I went to Adrian Peterson’s first press conference since breaking his collar bone last Saturday versus Iowa State and AD was positive and said he was praying nightly to heal quickly so he could return and play another game or two for the Sooners. The Wednesday press conference did not address AD’s NFL plans as many in the media thought they “had” to know as if it was a mystery. Adrian’s as good as gone as he will be a top three pick in the 2007 draft and will become a very rich young man before he ever carries the pigskin in the National Football League.

    But AD does want to play again with his teammates one or two more times if possible as a Sooner. I admire his burning desire to contribute to the OU program and his competitiveness. Even more, I admire Peterson’s love of his teammates who have become many of his best friends.

    Peterson is arguably the greatest running back to ever play at OU even though he has had injuries hamper each of his three seasons here. AD is about 150 yards away from breaking the great Billy Sims’, a Heisman Trophy winner, all time rushing record for the Sooners.

    The Sooners play a dangerous Colorado team this Saturday night. The Buffs are 1-6 but it is a deceiving 1-6. I look for OU to win a dog fight with vanted #28 looking on from the OU sideline. OU by less than the spread of 12.

    OSU pulled one out of the fire last week in Kansas and I look for the Cowboys, who finally get to play at home, to beat Texas A&M, in a close game. OSU is favored I assume because they are at home but the Aggies are playing for their coaches job and are talented. This one really could go either way quite easily but I lean toward the Orange and Black on this one.

    I picked Tulsa to win on the road last week and was right for a change. I stay with the Golden Hurricane this week who travel to Memphis. Tulsa wins again and Coach Steve Kragthorpe becomes an even more attractive candidate to lead someone else’s program next year. If TU fans were smart they would start buying tickets to Golden Hurricane football games and filling up Skelly Stadium.

    Texas is favored by only 6 1/2 at Nebraska. Mack Brown can out coach Billy Callahan in his sleep and the Horns are tough and seasoned, except at QB but Colt McCoy is playing like a veteran. if Tom Osborne were on the Big Red sideline I could see an upset but not this Saturday. Texas wins big.

    Texas Tech with the mad scientist Mike Leach at the helm has been a little unpredictable this season especially after scoring only 6 points last week against Colorado (beware OU). Leach will light a fire under his guys and win at Iowa State who doesn’t defend the pass too well. Tech wins a close one on the road or Dan McCarney proves he is indeed one of college football’s best motivators.

    Alabama at Tennessee only needs the legendary Lindsey Nelson or Curt Gowdy to have the call of the game to be a classic SEC autumn classic between two storied programs. Offensive coordinator David Cutcliff has saved Phil Fulmer’s job it would seem for the Vols and I look for Tennessee to win at home by two TD’s.

    Hopefully the Sooners can hammer Colorado early and often with a surprising running game lead by as many as three new faces at the running back position. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson called a masterful game last Saturday against ISU mixing up the plays and taking what the defense offered. I look for that exact philosophy this Saturday night on Fox Sports.

    This Saturday night the defense must swarm, smoother, and harass Colorado as Sooner defensive team’s in the past have. HOpefully the Oklahoma defense will play with continued passion and tackle as they are taught.

    OU cannot give Colorado hope and allow this game to be close going into the 4th quarter.

    I talked to Dusty Dvorachek and to Tommie Harris both of the Chicago Bears this week. The former OU defensive tackles and two of Coach Jackie Shipp’s star pupils follow every move the Sooners make while earning big bucks with the Bears. harris has been virtually unblockable this season while Dusty is on the IR and will be a starter at D-Tackle next season after undergoing season ending foot surgery. Tommie may be on the Sooner sideline this Saturday night in Norman. I will see both the ex-Sooners this Monday night in Chicago for our WWE TV broadcast of Monday Night RAW on the USA Cable network. My guess is that the Bears will have great seats.

    If you are in Norman at the game Saturday drop by our BBQ Trailer which, as always, is set up in front of the old field house just outside the north end of the stadium. Take care and enjoy a great weekend of football no matter who your favorite team may be.

    J.R.

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