J.R.'s Blog

  • Brian-My voice is getting back to normal but thanks for asking. I think sometimes I get a little too wrapped up in my play by play but I only know one style and that’s to do it with passion. Plus having to try and talk over the clutter Monday night was challenging. I know many fans liked the multiple announce teams, I did not hate it, but at times it took away from the in ring action. As it relates to wrestling managers, this too is an art form, and just like in ring performers there is a huge shortage of talented individuals with the aptitude to be a great manager. The WWE Managers DVD is a fun watch if you like the manager era and haven’t seen it.

    Jessica-so now that Kane has left Raw you are bailing on us? Come on Jess don’t leave. We need all the viewers we can muster.

    Dustin-Shelton might be a candidate to have a competent manager but the issue is there are not an over abundance of managers who know their trade these days. I think Benjamin is awesome and could be and will be a huge star some day. Plus, every top star should know how to verbally communicate.

    Andre- I actually hope there are no more “J.R.Days” associated with any company events. My days of having my manhood punted and being beat up are hopefully over and that’s usually what happens. I do however sincerely appreciate the Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry, a great man by the way, in bestowing that honor to me even though the in ring ceremony sort of went south.

    James-The 3 announce team set up is challenging. Some of the time our mics were on all at the same time and some time they were not. Some might say that the wrestling became a backdrop for the commentary at times and that isn’t cool. Was some of the banter entertaining? Absolutely, but it was also distracting at times too and arguably too personal at times.I honestly don’t know why if it was a Monday night show why King and I had so much ringside company.

    Kirk-I agree it was great to see Ted DiBiase and IRS. These are two fine human beings and were great in ring technicians. I would be shocked if their sons did not follow in their father’s footsteps in the future.

    Darius- It looks as if we will open our first J.R.’s Family Bar-B-Q at a location in Norman. Hopefully we will be ready to open around the first of the year.

    Van Hawk- I think Harry Smith will be a great superstar. It just takes time and everyone is anxious to see the son of the British Bulldog in action. I have known Harry since he was a small lad which he is no longer standing around 6’5” at a sturdy 260 or so pounds.

    Sam- Mick Foley is right in my opinion. Wrestlers who can talk do much better when provided bullet points about the topic they are to discuss than attempting to memorize copy. There are only a few people I have known that have the ability to write passionate copy for others to deliver. That too is a skill that is hard to come by.

    James- I see Droz about every time we are in Philly or Atlantic City. He seems to be doing well. Droz’s spirits are excellent and he seems to be regaining a little movement in his upper body. We always talk a little football which should come as no surprise. Droz is a big Maryland Terp fan.

    Tim-Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does not indicate in conversations with me that he will ever be back in the ring full time. Rock misses being around the fans and performing in front of a live audience but the travel grind and the opportunities to make major motion pictures is his passion or at least one of them. I know Rock watches Monday nights when he can as we occasionally discuss when transpires on the show.The “Great One” was one of the best signees I ever inked. Dwayne is one class act.

    Randy at 4:51 a.m.- Wow you are up early. I could use a grammar lesson or two myself Randy. I just discovered spell check not that long ago! “Double J” rocks…O.K. I’ll take your word for it.

    George in Japan- First of all keep up the great work with our Military. My respect for our troops has never been higher in my life. My thanks to all of the men and women who keep America safe. Yes, George, I heard plenty of the Texas victory over OU last Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Luckily for me Dusty was not in Columbia Monday but I heard plenty, too much quite honestly, from JBL. OU has won 5 of the last 7 games with UT but I guess that doesn’t count. I am not sure of the schedule for the WWE in Japan but check out wwe.com for all the info. Dusty will verbally abuse me next week but at least JBL will be back on Smackdown.

    Steven L.- Arn Anderson is a brilliant mind and could make any one he associates with better. AA is a natural born teacher and has a great aptitude for the business. I was working in Mid South Wrestling when Arn, then known as Marty Lunde, got his first job in a territory. AA is a classic and could still be better than most if he had not suffered serious neck injuries.

    Eric “Mr. Kennedy”- I am stoked that you liked our sauces. We are really proud of them and think everyone will like them if they just try them just once. If you don’t like them, let me know. We want everyone to be happy but the feedback we have been getting has been really positive. Our on line store is open and we ship any where in the world.

    Keep the emails coming with your questions and comments and I will do my best to get to them as quickly as time allows.

    We do appreciate you checking out our site and your support of our sauces and merchandise. Thanks!!

    J.R.

  • I sure bumped into a ton of wrestling fans down in Dallas over the weekend where, along with the Mrs. and some great friends, we attended the OU-Texas 101st meeting which UT won 28-10. I will have more on “the game” and other football news and views in a blog that should be up soon.

    It was quite a surprise running into Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, and his son Wyndham, at the massive State Fair of Texas. Doc is feeling good and thanks to the grace of God is cancer free. Doc still can’t talk “hands free” but will hopefully be able to after he has another surgery to address the matter.

    For someone who has had so many struggles and life threatening challenges in the past couple of years, Doc’s attitude and outlook on life is inspirational and amazing.

    Many people would, no doubt, have a “woe is me” attitude if they were dealt the good Doctor’s hand. Doc told me long ago that he put his total faith in his Lord and Savior and would accept what ever fate awaited him. That is courage and a true believer, my friends.

    Doc still does a few wrestling dates and also helps instruct young wrestling students in Louisville and Atlanta from time to time. Doc has a great message to tell these young wannabes and future stars. I think Doc’s future is in telling his story publicly and he is being booked thru The Switzer Talent Agency in Norman, Oklahoma.

    I think Doc would be a huge hit on the speaker’s tour especially with church youth groups as Doc’s story is truly inspirational.

    Someone asked me the other day about how good the tag team of Terry Gordy and Dr. Death were back in the day including in Japan and in their short run in WCW. Well, that is an easy one. Williams and Gordy were awesome and if both were in their prime today they would be printing money. This duo was what is known as a wrestling team first but two, refined brawlers as well. This deadly duo’s matches with the talented Steiner Brothers were at times simply excellent and amazing in the crazy times in Turner’s WCW. There were so many wasted resources in the old WCW that we could write a book about it but that has already been done more than once.

    Gordy and Doc meshed as one but each came from totally different backgrounds. Williams was a high school phenom who excelled in wrestling and football. Doc was one of the most recruited high school athletes in American when Doc graduated high school where he originally got the nickname of “Dr. Death”. Doc went on to Oklahoma University where he was a multiple time All American in wrestling and a 3 year starter in football including making all Big 8 as an offensive guard.

    Gordy never finished high school and started wrestling professionally at age 15, some have said 14. Terry was obviously big for his age and was much more natural at the pro game that was Doc when Doc broke in between his junior and senior year of college at OU. This is no knock on Doc as Terry Gordy as a teen was the most natural in ring performer I ever saw in my 30 plus year career. Terry left us all much too early and the former badass of the Fabulous Freebirds will be missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. The ‘Birds were ahead of their time and no team in wrestling today has the fans ready to respond like the Freebirds did in their prime.

    Doc and Gordy could “feel” the game. Neither played the role of a wrestler or what they perceived a wrestler should be. They WERE wrestlers in the most natural sense much like Stone Cold, Bret Hart, The Rock, Ric Flair, Harley Race, the Brisco’s, and the Funk’s from back in the day.

    If we look at today’s wrestling landscape there aren’t as many “naturals” who have the experience and ample time left in the ring to display their wares. Certainly HHH, HBK, The Undertaker, and Chris Benoit are on a short list with a few others that possess the total package of skills any promoter would look for in a perfect world. There are many others who are “this close” to achieving that status as well.

    I have said on many occasions that there has never been a better time for talented athletes to migrate to the world of sports entertainment. If a young man or woman is athletic enough, focused, and a student of the game, the opportunities to make it in this great business have never been better. By that I mean never been better since I got in the biz in the mid 70’s.

    I am enjoying reading all your emails and comments, and will try and answer some here on the site this week. I also want to thank so many of you for ordering our sauces from our online store. We are still a few months away from having our eatery open in Norman, Oklahoma and are working on a grocery story deal as we speak.

    Thanks for checking us out and please tell a friend!

    J.R.

  • This Saturday marks the 101st meeting of the Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Texas Longhorns on the collegiate gridiron from the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. For us Sooner fans and I am sure for the ‘Horns fans there is no bigger weekend on the entire schedule excluding a major bowl and of course a national championship game. For some diehards however this is THE game of the year. Period.

    I attended my first OU-UT game in 1970 and have been to dozens more over the past 36 years. I will be there again this Saturday sitting in section 24 row 32 near the 50 yard line. A Sooner fan offered me $750 each for my 4 tickets and I am sure I could have gotten more but they are not for sale at any price.

    The tickets list for $85 each but the memories and experiences I have had with friends on this weekend are priceless.

    The Sooners are anywhere from a 5-6 point underdog against the defending National Champions on a game to be televised on ABC Television. I have been on the sideline for the past 5 or 6 years but since this is the first time I have taken my wife to this often times rowdy affair I will most likely sit with her and not be down on the field with the team as I have in the past.

    Plenty of WWE Superstars have a keen interest in this game including Dusty Rhodes and JBL, among many others. Dusty grew up in Austin, the home of the Longhorns, and bleeds burnt orange. If OU loses I can expect to hear it from him for the next several months even though I went easy on him when OU ran off 5 wins in a row over the Steers beginning in 2000. Well, sort of easy.

    I believe that the key ingredient in making any one successful in what ever they choose to do in life is passion. Intellect is obviously a nice asset as is education and experience. But nothing can replace the passion one has for their life’s work.

    Passion will win or lose this football game Saturday in Dallas. Oklahoma has had a challenging year but has only lost one game, the controversial game to a great Oregon team in Eugene on an obvious bad call from a replay official. That’s water under the bridge now. That is history. None of us can change history we can only study it and learn from it. Saturday in sweltering heat before another sellout crowd in an old stadium in dire need of renovation that sits in the middle of the largest state fair in the world, the underdog Sooners will no doubt play their hearts out for the love of the game, their school, their families, and their teammates.

    The tradition of this game is one of the great intangibles of the Red River Rivalry. It’s no different than the tradition of certain cities or arenas being special in the wrestling business. I have attended dozens of events in Madison Square Garden and it never gets old and I never take for granted the privilege of being able to sit at ringside and do what I have loved doing for over 30 years, broadcasting wrestling. It is always an honor to be in the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. I get the same feeling when I sit at ringside on Monday Nights when we broadcast RAW. RAW has become a part of Americana and we are nearing our 700th episode of the show. Man, where did the time go?

    I will have that same special feeling this Saturday when I take my seat in the Cotton Bowl to watch my team compete. I am a lucky man to be able to be in Dallas Saturday. It was one year ago this week it was told to me that in all likelihood that I had colon cancer. I still went to the OU-Texas game last year knowing that I was going to get a biopsy done the next week and that the chances were good that I would be battling colon cancer. Thanks to the Good Lord above that never transpired. I did have major surgery but the doctors found no cancer. Nonetheless, I was bound and determined to attend the game and then to handle my duties at ringside the following Monday night because of that one key word….passion.

    I count my blessings every day and if this is the last Red River Shootout I ever attend for whatever reason, I have been blessed. The same goes for Monday Night RAW. We have our season premier this Monday night and I am going to be a part of it when it seemed that last year that I would not be. It’s funny how things can change in our lives in one short year.

    I have analyzed this game for www.ouinsider.com and it comes down to the same basic things on which most big games hinge. What team makes the fewest mistakes, who controls the line of scrimmage, and who can control the clock.

    But perhaps more importantly this game depends on who plays with the most passion for 4 quarters.

    I want my team to win in the worst way just like I am sure Longhorn fans want their team to defeat their arch rival. But somehow I think just being able to attend the game and to enjoy it knowing that I have been given a new lease on life that somehow I have already won in the game that truly counts, the game of life.

    So come Monday Night RAW at 8/7 central on the USA Cable Network no matter the score in Saturday’s big game, I will be sitting at ringside, again counting my blessings, and doing what I do, for better or for worse, and doing it with what brought me to the dance. Passion.

    BOOMER SOONER!

    J.R.

  • Maybe it is just one hour of wrestling but the ECW TV show is rapidly becoming the best one hour wrestling show on TV for my money. This show has a destination, a great build for the TV main event, and has focus. It just doesn’t seem to be “all over the road”.

    Hard core Holly’s character looks to be taking a change of course after his ugly 24 stitch cut last week. Bob is a hardass but he is a hard working, blue color guy who has endured a great deal over the past few years. I hope the fans accept Bob as a fan favorite and appreciate his work. Bob’s people skills are a little rough around the edges but he is one tough S.O.B.

    Interesting tag match with Show teaming with Striker. Striker has the components to be an excellent antagonist. Show, bad back and all, is simply a freak of nature with a personality. I think Sandman and Sabu add to ECW a great deal and still have adequate fuel in the tank.

    I hope the Extreme Strip Poker game delivers next week with all the hype it is getting. If it comes off like flatulence in church that will not be a good thing. Plus, can one be nude on basic cable??

    Kevin Thorn beating Tommy Dreamer surprised me. Nicely done.

    I am becoming a big C.M. Punk fan. Selfishly I wish Punk were on RAW. Punk is the real deal.

    O.K. Knox fight Punk already!! Maybe next week.

    Can you believe Kelly Kelly is only 19? For real!!

    RVD vs. TEst was excellent even though it took most of Heyman’s friends, and there aren’t many, too beat Van Dam.

    Successful wrestling shows don’t have to be complex or convoluted. They don’t have to feature wrestlers attempting to be comedians and thespians in general. I think fans like “car crashes” and “competition” not bad acting or lame attempts at comedy.

    The WWE did a nice job entertaining me Tuesday night on Sci Fi with the one hour ECW show. Attaboys to all.

    J.R.

  • I enjoyed the short flight from OKC to Kansas City aboard lovely Southwest Airlines and then the relatively short one hour drive over to Topeka this week. It’s funny how travel can sometimes affect one’s outlook on a show or affect the preparation for a particular show. At this stage of the game for me, travel is not my friend. However, I must say that some of my car trips with the King are damn entertaining and would probably make a good reality show if there is such a thing.

    The RAW from Topeka, RAW #697 to be exact, was a solid show that was highlighted by a strong main event featuring John Cena and Edge. Wrestling inside a steel cage is not easy and can be somewhat limiting but both Cena and Edge did a helluva job in my opinion. I have loved this rivalry since it kicked off in January but it would seem that these two men may move on to other opponents in the near future. I have heard from some of you that still love the interaction between these two and I have heard from some of you that are tired of this pairing. To each his own but I personally love their chemistry. Edge has become an “A” list star since this thing kicked off in January.

    No one can ever say that these two men don’t work hard and to me that is where it all starts. They have told some amazing stories in the ring from my perspective. Wrestling is such an art form and a fleeting one at that. Someday someone is going to wake up and truly discover what the territory system meant to the business and say, “Uh, oh we’re out of talent.”

    The 4 team Texas Tornado tag was a wild affair with DX proving without a shadow of a doubt who the top dogs were in that hunt. It is a challenging time to be an aspiring tag team on RAW with DX so dominate. Perhaps Cade/Murdoch can break the glass ceiling or at least they seem to have the best chance. The other two teams in this wild west affair are not bad but they just are not established units as of yet.

    Jeff Hardy has done extremely well since returning to RAW. Jeff says he was completely burned out when he left RAW somewhat unceremoniously 3 years ago but what ever his reasons were I am glad he is back. Jeff has added a much needed spark to RAW and now that Jeff is the new IC Champion we should continue to see the IC Title elevated. I have always looked at the Intercontinental Title as special but it seems, at times, it has been almost forgotten in the big picture.

    As The King would say “one can’t grieve forever” for Johnny “Don’t Call Me Monday ” Nitro even though he lost his gold he still went to a Topeka area hotel and slept with a “gold digger”.

    With Jeff Hardy as the new IC champ it would seem it would set up many possible scenarios as to viable challengers for the championship. Let’s hope that Jeff can stay in one piece during this IC Title run.

    To say that DX was ubiquitous Monday Night might be a rather Texas sized understatement. HHH and HBK seem to heading for a situation with Cade and Murdoch. It will be very interesting to see if the young lads can hang with the veterans in this encounter. If Cade and Murdoch are successful down the road vs. DX that will certainly increase the rowdy rednecks worth on the RAW brand and would put them in main event level matches which does mean more cash. Cash is good for all wrestlers. But don’t take my word for it, ask them.

    On a few of those DX bits Monday night I had flashbacks to some Saturday Night Live skits and the spaghetti western music made me wonder what ever happened to Lee Van Cleef.

    It looks as if Umaga or Kane will be leaving RAW next Monday during the 3 hour fall premier called Family Reunion which by the way starts one hour earlier than normal so adjust your TiVos and DVRs. Where do you think the winner is headed? It could be Smackdown or ECW.

    I think it is classy that John Cena wanted to premier his movie “The Marine” at a Marine base. Camp Pendalton has some of the bravest men and women in the world stationed there so Tuesday night’s premier should be quite the throw down. I will assure you this…..no WWE Superstar works harder promoting the company…ever…than John Cena. You may not like his wrestling, I do by the way, but no one in their right mind can deny how hard this man works.

    I was excited to see the Orton-Carlito match but it ended too quickly for me. (Insert joke here.)

    WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter got a surprise win on Monday night over the Spirit Squad’s Nicky. I just have a feeling that this 5 man group who are the reigning World Tag Team Champions, are about to implode.

    Mickie James and Victoria had a nice 5 minute match. This RAW needed next week’s three hours so these matches would not have appeared to be so rushed. Mickie advances and Victoria goes back to making delicious pizza for the time being in Louisville.

    You know, sometimes Eric Bischoff can be a jackass. O.K. most of the time. I left WCW because I was considered too regional to be the voice of WCW. The decision to take me off the air was news delivered to me by, in my humble opinion, an Andy Griffith-on-crack-like gutless wonder by the name of Bill Shaw. Shaw “inherited” WCW from Ted Turner and wanted to distance himself from it as best he could. Like many TBS white shirt wearing, red tie and blue blazer attired executives Shaw’s manhood might have fit into a thimble. I had over two years left on my contract there when I was illegally, by TBS’s own contract, re-assigned. Contracts, as I have learned over time, mean little if the company who writes the contract wants to break it. Nonetheless, Bischoff’s book “Controversy Creates Cash” tells Eric’s story from Eric’s point of view and even though I don’t like what he said about me he has the right to say it and I am man enough to take it. I do encourage all “real” wrestling fans to read it. If you are a new fan, are really young, and just like to watch people fall from high places through inanimate objects this book might not be for you. It does go into some intimate details about wrestling politics, back stage maneuvering, and the art of the “wrestling swerve”. Unfortunately it doesn’t document Cowboy Bill Watts urinating off the 12th floor balcony outside his office in the CNN Center but I may cover that if I ever get motivated enough to write about the crazy journey I have been on for going on four decades.

    Honestly, career wise leaving WCW and coming to the WWE was the best thing I ever did for all the right reasons.

    Some one emailed me and said that a TNA Wrestler said I talked on our site about TNA because I “feared them” as in the WWE, I assume, fearing TNA. That’s laugh out loud funny. Fear what? That TNA is going to take over the world and all of us that don’t work there will be out of work. Please come back to reality. No one is going to take over the world and put everyone out of business and nor should they if they have any brains. As I have said many times, competition is good for everyone in every walk of life. I assure you there is competition between the three brands the WWE owns among the wrestlers as it relates to TV time, earnings, exposure, etc. That’s a good thing. More guys and gals should be even MORE competitive because it raises their game. The same goes for TNA or any other company that wants to turn a profit in the wrestling/sports/entertainment arena. The more the merrier and may the best provider of content reap the deserved rewards. I assure you there is enough to go around for everyone. It may make a nice wrestling promo or look good on someone’s blog or website but “fearing TNA is just plan silly”. Let me tell you what I do fear. I feared that I had cancer one year ago. I fear my two granddaughters won’t grow up in a safe country. I fear that my wife will have more fun after I’m gone that she does now (that’s a joke) and I fear that the Oklahoma Sooners may not play a great game against the powerful Texas Longhorns this Saturday in the Cotton Bowl to which I will be in attendance.

    I am anxious to be a part of the THREE HOUR BROADCAST this Monday from Columbia, S.C. on the USA Network that airs live at 8/7 central. Remember, that’s one hour earlier than normal. It’s ironically Gamecock Country in Columbia and I wonder if DX will present Mr. McMahon, I can only assume he will be back on RAW this Monday, with an authentic token of their esteem, a honest to goodness Game Cock from South Carolina. Who knows, perhaps they can get the head ball coach himself Steve Spurrier to make the presentation.

    We will answer more of emails this week Plus don’t forget that OUR STORE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! WE WILL GLADLY SHIP ANYWHERE. Thanks for stopping by.

    BOOMER SOONER!

    J.R.

  • Here are a few email responses. . .

    Sonny…I don’t agree that some think Bryan Danielson is too short. Bryan’s height should have nothing to do with his in ring marketability.

    Tim…I don’t think TNA should copy the WWE if they are. TNA should develop their own identity. Honestly, I am not sure what that is. There sure is an awful lot of Jeff Jarrett on the show.

    The Oklahoma city power outage was not a part of “the show”.

    JBL’s commentary is one of the highlights of Smackdown. His style of commentary is a lost art. JBL will get better and better in time but he has a wealth of potential a la Ventura, Cornette, and Heenan back in the day of antagonist color analysts.

    Dan…I don’t think Kanyon, Gangrel or the Blue Meanie were mistreated by the WWE. I did not walk in their shoes so because of that I have a different opinion perhaps than you on this matter.

    Gangrel may be appearing on TV soon. Kanyon has talent and I could care less about his alternative life style and Meanie is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

    X-Pac back? Never say never. I would say that depends on WWE upper management and X-Pac’s willingness to want to be a part of the team again. It certainly has nothing to do with his talent level.

    WE hope our sauces are good enough to make it into supermarkets some day. You can help us accomplish that by buying some online.

    Joe…Michigan football looks to be back where they belong. For Lloyd Carr’s sake, the Big Blue need to be. I like what I have seen of them.

    Will J.R. ever be in the WWE Hall of Fame? Not likely. But one never says never.

    What’s my favorite BBQ? Let’s put it this way…the worst I ever had was wonderful! My absolute favorite is slow smoked baby back ribs.

    Could HBK be the WWE Champion again? Absolutely. Never count out HBK.

    Matt in Australia….I agree that Rob Conway is undervalued. Conway could be a star under the right circumstance.

    Tony…will there be another Memphis pay per view? I’m sure some day but not any time soon as best as I can tell.

    Dustin…I assure you that Vince McMahon doesn’t “fear” TNA. I honestly don’t know if McMahon fears anything except possibly death or old age. I’m not 100% sure of that.

    Marco in Germany…Yes I have read the Bischoff book and think you would like it. It’s heavy at times but tells a compelling story of which not all of that I agree with.

    Nate….Yes the WWE has attempted to buy Mid South Wrestling for WWE 24/7. Thus far no deal has been able to be reached. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. It would be a great addition to the 24/7 library.

    James…I correspond with the Rock a couple of times per month. He is still “The Great One” but fans need to face the facts that the Rock’s days of wrestling are history. Rock still loves the business but his film career is exploding.

    DF in the UK….I don’t think it would be wise at this time for TNA to go head to head with the WWE on Monday Nights. That’s just my opinion. Yes, we ship all our sauces and merchandise any where in the world.

    Brutas….I know nothing about a nWo vs. DX match. It is very unlikely that will ever occur. However, it makes for good internet talk.

    Will…I will take an Ohio State vs. Oklahoma national title game as we speak. But first my Sooners have to get by Texas this Saturday in Dallas. The Buckeyes are REALLY good.

    Ryan…I know nothing about how serious the talks were between the WWE and Samoa Joe or even if they officially took place. I think Joe is very good and is a great physical wrestler even though he isn’t a body builder type…so what? I also don’t think that Umaga is a Samoa Joe wannabe. Perhaps some day Samoa Joe will migrate to the WWE if he can stay healthy.

    Nick…I agree that Val Venis is under utilized. Val would make some young wrestler a great tag team partner. Young wrestlers have to learn to apply their craft in the ring and with no territories to go to any longer it is up to the veterans who can still coach ‘em up to get the job done.

    Our BBQ Trailer will not be at the OU at Oklahoma State game this year at this time. Plus my favorite BBQ Sauce is the Chipotle BBQ but the Jalapeno Honey Mustard and the Chipotle Ketchup are all really good. Try ‘em and see for your self.

    Keep emailing and I will try and keep answering them.

    Be well. Count your blessings. Go Sooners vs. The Horns!

    J.R.

  • Whether or not I agree with all your emails or not is irrelevant but one thing I can say is that fans of this business have PASSION! You’ve got to love it!

    I have never implied that I am going to always be on the right side of your argument but I can assure that I will always be honest with my opinions, for better or for worse. I hope that we can all engage in respectful dialog even when we disagree and not take the low rode with distasteful language.

    Plus, I hope that you amateur psychologists out there would refrain from telling me what my responses “really” mean. That is unless I can analyze you and I’m not qualified.

    Finally this is NOT a WWE site. This is my personal site that has been established through the efforts of some very talented people (not me) and has been established to help us promote our BBQ business of which I am very involved with at this time.

    Let’s get back to the business of answering some of your emails. I will respond to as many as time will allow but because of travel, my day job, the BBQ business we are building, my family, including my two granddaughters, and OU football my time is not as abundant as I would like. But I am alive and one year ago at this time it was thought that I had colon cancer so what is there really to be upset about? On my side of the fence…..nothing.

    Koby…The Big 12 North looks like it may run thru Lincoln again but that could be addressed this weekend to some degree. I love Mark Mangino and hope the KU team does great. The Saints played on guts week and seem to have a nice offense. I like Coach Payton, too.

    Darius…Tulsa University was omitted due to my lack of mental faculties. My youngest daughter graduated from TU with honors and I have followed the Golden Hurricane all my life via the Tulsa World including when their coach was Glenn Dobbs who actually sent me a recruiting letter when I was in high school. I, too, miss Ft. Gibson’s Teddy Lehman with the Lions but don’t count Teddy out. He will hopefully be back in 2007.

    Jason…thanks for the nice words from a Husker fan. Tazz is a Husker fan too. I agree it doesn’t feel right that OU doesn’t play Nebraska every year.

    Coach John Blake is a great recruiter but seeing the Huskers not in the “I” doesn’t seem right.

    Steve…How can you not love West Virginia football? The Mountaineers are tough and well coached. Keeping Coach Rodriquez might be a chore.

    Grant in Glascow…A Sooner is a person who did not wait for the Oklahoma land run to officially start in the late 1880s and left before the cannons sounded. Those that left “legally” are called Boomers. Hence, Boomer Sooner!!

    Jarrod…I don’t know the Australian issues as to why you can’t see UFC and TNA. I would doubt that the WWE would have the clout to keep a company from doing business in an entire country.

    Travis…The Brand Extension, for better or worse, in your opinion, looks to be here to stay. Quality depth is definitely an issue.

    Ben… The Macho Man certainly deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame. Savage was one of the greats of a dynamic era. I can’t nor won’t speak for Vince McMahon but I don’t think McMahon hates Savage as someone suggested on another email.

    Ryan in the UK….There is a great deal more about this business than making money. After being in it for over 30 years and earning MANY $25-40 payoffs back in the day, the love of the business has driven many of us to persevere. Unfortunately there are not as many people who are in wrestling today simply because they love it nor am I sure they should be. They should love it but they have to earn a living for the abuse they put their bodies through. The bottom line is you have to be able to pay your bills and provide for your family no matter your vocation and that includes wrestling.

    Bob…I will check out some ROH DVDs. I was merely being honest when I said I did not watch enough of the ROH product to judge it. It isn’t that I don’t like it but there are only so many hours in a day plus old guys like me, as has been pointed out by some emailing us, need our naps. I have heard nothing but great things about the in ring product at ROH events.

    Mike..Bryan Danielson is a great in ring performer. I have been familiar with him since he broke in the business. I was keenly aware of his training. His lack of size has adversely affected his professional progression and that is not fair. Bryan is a passionate wrestler who has perfected his skills but I am sure Bryan would tell you that he can’t do this stuff for free. I hope Bryan gets his “break” some day soon IF he aspires to go beyond ROH. Personally I don’t know that Bryan isn’t perfectly content to stay right where he is.

    Will D…I love your passion and your strong feelings toward things but the profanity isn’t necessary.

    Chris…Do I ever think we will see Austin vs. Hogan? Honestly, no.

    Paul…What do I think of Joey Styles announcing? I think Joey does a great job…is a student of the game…has natural passion…and is the perfect choice to anchor the ECW brand. Plus, Joey likes BBQ!

    Grant in the UK…I would love to see the WWE do a big time PPV in the United Kingdom and I think it will be a reality sooner than most expect. I love coming to the UK as it feels like home in that the fans are so respectful and friendly. The UK definitely deserves a major PPV. If I had a vote, you know how I would cast it.

    Tony…C.M. Punk has “it”. Plain and simple. Punk is a future building block in the new ECW. I love his originality.

    Jason…I agree the fans should have a “vote” of some sort in the WWE Hall of Fame. We are all fans which is why we are communicating here on this site.

    Bjorn from Germany…thanks for reading our site. I am positive your English is MUCH better than my German! I do appreciate your kind remarks.

    Hog Dog…..Considering you have no idea of my relationship with Kurt Angle it makes you come off as less than informed when you indicate that I “hate” Kurt Angle. The next time you talk to Kurt why don’t you ask him? Kurt did not come cheap to work a less than full time schedule with TNA I can assure you. Nor should he have. Kurt deserves every dollar he earns and I wish him nothing but success and many healthy years no matter where he works.

    Walter…I love the “Big Easy” and have worked many events in the Super Dome. I can’t get back to New Orleans soon enough because, again as has been pointed out, I enjoy good groceries and one can load up in your town. The Commander’s Palace may be the best restaurant I have ever experienced. I wish I knew when we were headed your way but I would hope in 2007. Good luck with the Saints. Plus, OKC has only “borrowed” the Hornets. The Hornets still belong to New Orleans.

    Brad T….Sorry it pained you to watch this old man on ECW Tuesday Night. I’ll try not to make that a habit. I do like the brand a great deal though and was just trying to help out.

    Evil Art Director…Why have I angered you so profusely? I am not a TNA hater. Jim Cornette, Mike Tenay, and many others there are people I admire and respect and consider great friends. There are several talents in TNA that I worked with at the WWE. I wish no ill will on any of them. Why would I? What would I personally gain if TNA went belly up? Nothing. I love this business and the wrestlers who make the true sacrifices to keep it running and the more places they can earn a living the better. If I did not like or want TNA and any other wrestling organization to survive we wouldn’t be talking about them here. If some of the WWE guys eventually go to TNA then good for them. If my friends are happy doing what they are doing then I am happy for them. It’s really that simple. Plus, I never said Vince McMahon was going to buy TNA but I never thought McMahon would own WCW either. I learned a long time ago in this business to never say never.

    Many have asked about how to get our Merchandise, BBQ and other sauces and I am happy to say the STORE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!! Please check it out with my thanks.

    Lots of Vince Russo emails….firstly Vince and I buried the hatchet long ago and not in each others skull. People who live angrily in the past eventually die there. That’s not for me or him. I wish Vince well. He is a bright, creative guy. I even bought his book, paid retail for it and liked it!

    Gabriel…Indeed the Chicago Bears defense is deadly. I only wish my boy Dusty Dvorachek was playing along side #91 Tommie Harris. That is two bad ex-Sooners to deal with for any offensive line. The Bears have 4 Sooners on their squad and I check them out on satellite every week, along with the Baltimore Ravens who have their fair share (5) former Sooners on their team. Bears Coach Lovie Smith was a great DB at Tulsa University so the Monsters of the Midway have a distinct Oklahoma flavor.

    David in Saskatoon…I agree David that some fans get a little carried away. I know I can’t make everyone happy but I can be respectful and honest to all that visit us. We are taking steps to attempt to filter out foul language that some feel compelled to use. I would have loved to have seen the Hitman-Flair match in your city when Bret won the title. Bret is one of the very best of any generation….a marvelous, ring general.

    Finally, let’s make it clear that I am not involved with any aspect of the WWE except handling my duties on Monday Night RAW and on the pay per views I am assigned to work as a broadcaster. I am very happy with that arrangement and hope it continues for many years. I have paid my dues in the corporate world and now I want to do other things along with the WWE such as this…building my BBQ business for my family and me. I like spending time and spoiling my granddaughters. You can lash out at me for perceived WWE sins if you choose and I will read them but they can’t be addressed officially in this forum. Nonetheless, whether I agree with you or not I appreciate you checking out our site and for those of you that choose to do business with us I sincerely thank you. If you ever purchase anything here that is not up to your standards or you are disappointed with please let me know. Thanks and let’s all count our blessings that we are able to communicate as we are.

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  • Let’s not blow off a 59-0 Sooners win last Saturday night over an obviously outmanned Middle Tennessee State University team. Wins are good and confidence building wins after getting shafted in Eugene, where we indeed got “Ducked”, had to make our players and coaches feel better. It did not hurt my feelings to actually be able to relax at an OU football game for a change.

    The team will be off this Friday and Saturday before returning to practice on Sunday afternoon/evening and getting serious, damn serious, about game preparation for Texas. My granny used to say that idle times were the devil’s workshop and let’s hope the OU players make good, mature choices on their 48 hour hiatus and use the time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor. We don’t need any “issues” a week before our Big 12 opener.

    This Sooner offensive team is sure a heck not a one dimensional until. AD is going to get his yards come hell or high water and the more guys that are placed in the “box” the better for Paul Thompson who has a bevy of talented receivers to select from lead by sophomore, 6’4” Malcolm Kelly.

    The old “let’s make Thompson beat us” theory works for me. No one is going to fully stop # 28 any way but go ahead and try and load the box and good luck on single covering Coach Kevin Sumlin’s guys. That includes 3 massive and athletic tight ends.

    One of the keys to the OU-Texas game is the Sooners young offensive line going up against a UT defensive line that is QB hungry and loves to punish the men under center. This may simply come down to who is the tougher unit and who is willing to get up more frequently when they are knocked down because there will be knock downs in this heavyweight Slobber-Knocker.

    On defense, let’s tackle like wild men and make UT QB young Colt McCoy’s life a living hell for 60 minutes in the Cotton Bowl. Texas has a massive O-Line that has the ability to help facilitate long, Longhorn drives which keeps AD seated and the clocking moving thus becoming our enemy. Our defensive line will no doubt have their manhood tested on October 7 and it will be interesting to see how high the fire burns under their backsides thanks to the motivation of Coach Jackie Shipp. I wish Coach Shipp had some eligibility left!

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out our cornerbacks will be tested early and often. This is a huge opportunity for Texas boys Marcus Walker and Lendy Holmes to make a statement, along with the talented D.J. Wolfe. Reggie Smith at safety makes me feel more secure that no on will be running free deep on us.

    I attended my first OU-Texas game in 1970 which was the first game that Sooner offensive coordinator Barry Switzer incorporated the wishbone offense. We got hammered that day but came back the next year and the wishbone ran wild. This is one date on my calendar that is circled more prominently than any other day of the year. I’m not sure that is a good thing or if I am simply and obsessed Sooner football fan.

    Mike Gundy’s OSU Cowboys got hammered last week…by the officials. Houston is not a bad team but OSU played offensively well enough to win. The Pokes defensive has to improve but T. Boone Pickens favorite team is playing a great number of young players which should bode well for the future.Bobby Reid is potentially a great QB but the running back by committee system may not be as effective as some perceive. The men in orange and black are headed in the right direction and play OU the last game of the year in Stillwater. That’s some serious Bedlam! OSU, like OU, is off this week.

    The most significant game this week in the Big 12 is Tech at A&M. If the mad professor Mike Leach has his offensive rolling in this one I can see The Red Raiders outscore the Aggies in this one. If it becomes a low, scoring defensive struggle the nod goes to Franchione’s bunch. Franchione is on thin ice in College Station so it is hard to gauge just how big this game is for the Head Coach and his staff and their families.

    I saw where Fighting Irish Coach Charlie Weis said he got slapped in a melee last week on his sideline during the Notre Dame-Michigan State game. The Spartans deny such but if it did occur, speaking as someone who knows about multiple chins, on which chin was Coach Weis slapped??

    Florida fans booing QB Chris Leak, only the # 4 ranked passer in American, should be ashamed of themselves and dapper Urban Meyer should have the Spauldings to same something about it to them.

    If I was an Auburn fan I would be scared to death to play Spurrier’s Gamecocks on the road. Auburn has a better team but that doesn’t always mean Auburn will win in South Carolina.

    Oregon should kill Arizona State in Tempe. The Ducks with or without the officiating help are pretty damn good.

    Colorado at Missouri is a feast of famine game. CU coach Dan Hawkins has the chance to build on almost winning at Georgia and to start off clean with the Big 12 North games. Stranger things have happened. Winning at Missouri is not easy as OU will find out later in the season. Mizzou in a CLOSE one.

    At Iowa, at night, on national TV…sounds tough to me. Ohio State has a great team but Iowa has great tradition and everything to gain in this ball game. No one expects Iowa to win so if there ever was a time to go with the home ‘dog this may be it.

    It’s fun to watch all the former OU Sooners now in the NFL. Man, business really picked up when Bob Stoops got into town. The number of ex-Sooners is scary now playing in the NFL. Chicago (4) and Baltimore (5), two Superbowl hopefuls, have the most former Sooners.

    Clint Ingrim is now seeing action at LB for Jacksonville. Brodney Pool is attempting to hold things together in the Browns’ secondary. Stephan Alexander is seeing action as Denver’s tight end. Derrick Strait is contributing to the upstart Jets, while Roy Williams is still THE man in the Dallas secondary and will bump into former Sooners Brandon Jones and Andre Woolfolk this week against Tennessee. Props also go out to OT Jamaal Brown, OU and Lawton, for doing a stellar job Monday night in the Superdome against Atlanta. The NFL Sunday ticket is the thing to have this season to support the former Sooners in the NFL.

    We appreciate your email feedback and don’t for get to checkout out online store, Sooner Slobber-Knocker merchandise is the perfect choice for the Sooner fan in your family. Plus we ship our sauces all over the world. Thanks and let me know if you ever purchase anything that isn’t right.

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  • We are burning daylight so let’s get started:

    Kurt Angle- This matter is really getting a great deal of feedback and may be borderline over analyzed. Kurt needed time off to deal issues he has throughly discussed on his own website. As I understand it the WWE and Kurt mutually agreed to release Kurt so he could heal physically and mentally and then puruse other options including coming back to the WWE if he was healthy and chose to. No one betrayed anyone here. Kurt needed to step away from the WWE and heal. It was that simple. For anyone to say Kurt was “held back” is a little far fetched to me. Kurt made a ton of money in the WWE and earned a worldwide reputation. What else was he supposed to do while in the WWE? This business is about making cash, plain and simple. Kurt made big money and got famous in the WWE. He deserved all his accolades and the rewards that went with them. TNA is not going to become an overnight sensation with or without Kurt Angle. One man does not a company make. I perceive and am told that there are conflicts of interest issues in TNA but that’s hearsay because I am not there. I hope everyone in TNA are all successful and finally reach profitability.

    Vince Russo in TNA- I wish him the best. I have no ax to grind with Russo. We have not always agreed philosophically but that doesn’t necessarily make either of us wrong. Russo has had some excellent concepts in the past. Perhaps he can re-generate those types of ideas in TNA. Time will tell. The question is can Russo comfortably write reality based story lines and stay creatively stimulated. I think the trend is going back to in ring drama and physicality but that may just be my wishful thinking.

    The WWE has had numerous talks with Sting over the years but Sting was never overly interested in working anything but a part time schedule at the time. Sting is a class act and a talented, good man.

    The old ECW is dead. It has been buried. It will not be returning which I think is a good thing. The new ECW has the chance to be successful for years and keep their wrestlers healthy. The old ECW physically gobbled up wrestlers and broke them down to shells of themselves. I like the new ECW. I enjoyed the old ECW, too, but its time has passed.

    ROH- I don’t see enough of the Ring of Honor to accurately comment on their group. I read about them from time to time and do respect their passion. Their wrestlers really work hard. Got to love that.

    Undertaker quit? I sure as hell hope not. Not only is Taker a great Superstar but he is one of the greatest leaders in the locker room that this business has ever seen. I know of no one in the business I respect more than The Undertaker.

    Tag Team Wrestling- In virtually every area of the world I get a chance to preview, tag team wrestling in general is not good. Not enough guys are setting their goals to be a part of a great team as the big money is in singles matches.

    If you want to be a writer in the WWE contact the WWE Human Resources department and if you get hired be ready to work 6-7 days a week.

    Bryan Danielson- I have no idea if Bryan is the best in the world but drawing money is a criteria as to who is the best in the world and not simply being a sound technician.

    Does Vince McMahon own TNA? Not hardly. But who knows, he might some day.

    Is Eric Bischoff coming back to WWE TV- Your guess is as good as mine and I spoke to Eric Tuesday in Tulsa and he did not know then.

    JBL- The man himself told me he was planning on staying with Smackdown for the foreseeable future. JBL is a good talker and does a nice job on Friday nights with his colorful commentary and making Michael Cole’s life challenging.

    NWO-I don’t know where all the NWO/DX stuff is coming from but I would seriously doubt that this will ever happen to where the nWo comes to the WWE and if, and that’s a big if, it would not be long term. My money says it won’t happen. it might be fun for a while to see it but it isn't likely to happen but I could be wrong.

    Does J.R. ever want to become a manager? NO…thanks.

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  • Thanks for all the emails.

    Here we go….....

    Our on line store – It will be open this week I am told so you will be able to order our sauces, our caps, t shirts, etc. very soon. If you order anything you don’t like you need to let me know. This is a fan friendly site and we will be honest and fair with every customer. That’s my promise.

    Stone Cold is in Southern California and just returned from Australia where he made a movie for WWE Films. Steve called me this week and he is reading other scripts and getting ready to start his second movie soon. I know he is working out every day but has no plans to return to the ring to wrestle at this time. He said he hasn’t felt this good in years. I wouldn’t get back in the ring if I were Steve with his neck issues and movie career ahead of him. Steve is actually coming here to Norman soon to attend an OU football with yours truly and the Mrs.

    TNA on Mondays?? I say, just bring it. (Thanks, Rock) It really doesn’t matter what I think but competition is good for everyone. If it were to be TNA on Monday Night so be it but I don’t think the folks at TNA or their network are crazy so I doubt that you will see TNA vs. Monday Night Raw any time soon.

    Kurt Angle- Like many of you I worry about Kurt too because I care for him. He is a friend. Regarding Kurt’s release, I do not know the details except that I think that the release was mutual, as I understand it, and effective immediately upon everyone signing it. That is not official but it is how I understand it.

    King pile drive Michael Cole at Homecoming- Not gonna happen. Why are so many people angry at Michael Cole? He’s a good guy. I do like the idea of a 4 Horseman reunion at Homecoming there in South Carolina.

    Outside Interference- There is too much of this in the business in general but it has been around forever, unfortunately. I’m not a big fan of it either.

    Samoa Joe- I like his physicality. He may not have a body builder’s physique but he certainly seems to be physical. I said the same thing about Cactus Jack many moons ago and he seems to have done o.k. for himself. With my old body, I am not casting stones at Samoa Joe or Cactus for the record.

    I am sure I have forgotten many matches where a competitor had one arm tied behind their back. I was only referring to those I could remember off the top of my head. When you have called thousands of matches over 30 years a few of them fall through the cracks, sometimes purposely. I don’t think I saw Jericho versus Nick Patrick but I remember it happening once it was mentioned.

    Bob Holly-Yes, Hardcore Holly is a legit, tough S.O.B. I, too, hope he is better soon and gets back to doing what he loves. Hardcore’s match with RVD this week on ECW was a physical train wreck.

    Kelly Gregg- The Baltimore Raven Defensive Tackle might make a great WWE superstar. Kelly is a friend of Charlie Haas and is from Edmond, Oklahoma and played football for the Sooners. Kelly was also a 3 time state wrestling champion.

    Johnny Nitro may not be the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time yet but I do see excellent potential in this young man. He is very athletic and can do some things in the ring he has not utilized on TV as of yet. Let’s give him some time before he is thrown out with the dish water.

    Bryan Danielson- He is an excellent in ring talent. There is no doubt that this athlete is all that his fan base think he is. I like Bryan’s passion and his work ethic a great deal. He doesn’t have the size many covet but Danielson is a player.

    To King (not Lawler but a poser)- Obviously you aren’t using your real name and I can see why. You are classless. Call me what you wish, Mr. BBQ works for me, but leave the profanity off our site. This is a family site. You are exactly the type of person that gives the sports entertainment business a bad name. Thanks.

    I appreciate all the emails but I respectfully ask that you keep them clean. Say what you want but do not do it in a profane way. I don’t think that is asking too much.

    Keep the emails coming and I will answer more as time permits.

    J.R.

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