• Jimbo1988 Asks: Hey JR!! My name is Jimmy(were you ever called jimmy??)I am a huge hart foundation fan. My question is why hasn't DH SMITH debuted on SMACKDOWN???! I want to see the next generation hart foundation in the WWE? do you think that will happen?? DH is very talented like cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase but isn't being used at all. Natalya is doing good but doesn't seem to be getting the push she should be. Very talented. I smile every time i see her make someone tap to the sharpshooter...im sure Bret does too :) I think she should have won the divas title. Actually id rather see her vs Mickie James for the womens title.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      My granny's used to call me Jimmy but that's about it. Obviously the WWE doesn't think D.H. Smith is ready for prime time as of yet. Be patient, the kid is young and full of promise and potential. He will be right where you envision him some day. Again, be patient on Natalya too. Good grief these kids are just getting started. Too many people talk about "pushes" as if they know what one truly is.  

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    • Jimbo1988 Asks: WHY is Jerry "the king" Lawler not a heel commentator anymore??? he used to be SO FUNNY!! absolutely hilarious....he used to crack me up all the way threw raw..he made a boring match interesting. he was the best in 1996-1999. RAW just isn't the same with out the old king being a heel and being so funny. and of course you JR!!
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I think it would be timely for King to regain his "edge" now that he is working with Michael Cole. JR and The King might have gotten too familiar on the air and we eventually became more like true partners on the air than quasi adversaries. Tazz can even be rougher on me if he chooses as I have taken shots from the best of them. Remember I have worked with a "edgy" Jerry Lawler, Jim Cornette, Paul Heyman, and Jesse Ventura.  Also, don't think that Lawler has forgotten how to be attitudinal as it comes naturally to him.

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    • nvance01 Asks: JR, It is my opinion that you are without doubt the foremost mind in terms of wrestling knowledge alive today...I'll give you my list of the 10 best teams I've seen (all teams that I think you are very familiar with) and I would like for you to give me your 10 best tag team list... 1. New Age Outlaws 2. The Road Warriors 3. The Freebirds (Prue Jimmy Garvin) -no offense to gorgeous Jimmy, I just liked the team with terry Gordy and buddy Roberts better. 4. Edge and Christian 5. The Steiners 6. Hollywood Blonde's -The glimpse into what would become Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the amazing chemistry that he and Pillman shared...I loved Pillman as a heel!!! 7. Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard -Didn't like the name Brainbusters...I thought WWF could've used them a bit better...really just bad timing for them to be leaving as Flair was coming...Imagine what might have been!!! 8. Terry Gordy and Dr. Death Steve Williams 9. The Dudley Boyz 10. The Hart Foundation Honorable Mention: Demolition pre-Crush Dick Murdoch and Dusty Rhodes Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen The Hardyz Harlem Heat The British Bulldogs But I would consider Bobby Eaton to be as good as anyone in a tag team setting, I just felt like his tag team soulmate was Arn Anderson, and they didn't get the time or the push to make it to the legendary status in my opinion...and he didn't do it on the mic for me...Ah well, I just want to know how my list would compare with someone with as much insight and knowledge as yourself. Thanks, Nate
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I am NOT the foremost mind in wrestling today rest assured. Your question is overly subjective because there is no wrong answer but any top tag team list that doesn't include the Midnight Express and the Rock 'n Roll Express near the top doesn't work for me. Plus, The masked Assassins were WAY ahead of their time when I first saw them in the 60's. The Brisco's and Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat also belong on any list of great teams.  

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    • TheAcceptableWarrior Asks: several websites are confirming Mick Foley coming to an agreement with TNA, How will Mick Foley be remembered for his 12 plus years in WWE???
      J.R.'s Answer:

      IF Mick does sign with TNA, TNA will be getting a quality human being who will be a positive influence to all in which he comes in contact. I will remember Mick as a guy I hired and provided an opportunity to and he took the ball and ran with it. Mick Foley will always be looked upon as a WWE Alum however no matter what he is involved in within wrestling. Perhaps even outside wrestling, too. Any one who signs Mick and wants him to wrestling multiple times a year is a short term, knee jerk type of an individual. Mick's body will not hold up to multiple matches especially the style at which Mick likes to  compete. I consider Mick a valued friend and always will.

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    • TheAcceptableWarrior Asks: Does someone's choice of Wrestling school have any bearing on their credibility once they enter the Squared circle?, Would someone straight out of the Dungeon be treated differently than say someone who trained with a no name trainer at a local high school gym? .
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Not really. Attending a wrestling school or camp that is well respected might get one's foot in the door but after the bell rings it's all up to the individual.

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    • dizzy dice brumley Asks: hey J.R............I was just watching some old tapes and a Brawl for All match came on. I was just wondering if that was an attempt to keep up with MMA? Do you know who came up with that idea? From what I remember, a lot of talent was injured in these bouts.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      No it was not an attempt to keep up with MMA which was barely a blip on the screen all those years ago compared to today. It was simply, in hindsight, a really bad idea.

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    • christopher Asks: Hello JR, I have been a fan of yours for as long as I can remember. I have been watching WWF/E since I was a little kid, and I love it now more than ever. And am I glad you went to Smackdown when you did! It is the A show right now, whether the higher-ups realise it or not, the quality is superior, in my humble opinion, compared to that of Raw (and I still love Raw, don't get me wrong). Would just like to know your opinions on a few of the WWE stars: What do you make of Todd Grisham and Matt Striker as the new announce team for ECW? Also what do you make of Vicki Guerrero? I personally think she has managed to become a superstar in her own right in the last year, who despite being a non-competitor has managed to draw a fantastic amount of heat as Smackdowns general manager. If you ever get chance please suggest to merchandising a Vicki Guerrero "EXCUSE ME" T Shirt.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Grisham and Striker are doing very well and should get better and better.  If I were the WWE,  I would be pleased with their progress. Vickie and Edge have outstanding chemistry. I am pleasantly surprised at Vickie's TV skills. Good for her as she deserves the recognition.  

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    • Jason Heastrup Asks: Hi JR, and thanks for the reply about your Sooners & my Buckeyes and the stuff about R-Truth, where I read today that he gets a huge pop for Smackdown. I see that surgery went well for Cena and supposedly it'll take 3 or 4 months for him to come back. I'd pick Survivor Series, since it will be in his hometown, for a big return. I just read your recent blog about Bret Hart's autobiography. Can you tell me what the title is and is out now? I'd love to get a copy of the book. I've read Austin's, Bischoff's & Foley's last book, so I'd love to get a copy of this one. Lastly, watched "The Condemned" last night on Showtime and Austin does a pretty good job in that role. Felt like I wanted to give him a "Hell Yeah" for that & I hope he reappears soon on WWE TV. Have a great Labor Day weekend, enjoy seeing your Sooners play, and I hope to hear from you soon. Take care. Sincerely, Jason
      J.R.'s Answer:

      "Bret Hart...My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling".  It's awesome. I also saw "The Condemned" on Showtime and think that Austin has a viable career ahead of him as an action movie star.  Many in Hollywood feel the same. OU kicks off at 6:08 p.m. central time Saturday night...not that I'm paying attention.

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    • alexl467 Asks: Hey JR, Is it true that the WWE has given a development contract to a porn star name Trina Michaels? From internet rumors and forum threads I’ve read and some of her (Trina Michaels) youtube videos I’ve seen it appears that she has received one. If it’s true I wouldn’t have a problem with it, as long as she can wrestling and has great on mic skills. alexl467
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I have never heard of her.

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    • mattebiker85 Asks: Hi Jr , thank you for giving me the opportunity to partake in your Q/A section. I always enjoy hearing you as an announcer. I have to say that with WWE focusing more and more on being directed to Kids , what does that leave for us adults or young adults (18-34)demographic? I have nothing against the wrestlers or the wrestling abilities but the shows themselves seem to be more of a "Cartoon" type show. Especially since they are now PG. Although I think the Michaels/Jericho feud is definitely something for 18-34 demographic to enjoy. I really do miss the days of the Attitude era of tuning in to see hardcore or edgy material in terms of creative. I guess there is always youtube. Thanks.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Personally, I don't think that going to a PG rating adversely affects young men 18-34 as long as there is still good wrestling to watch and more personal issues evolve ala HBK-Jericho. The WWE can still be reality based and be PG rated.

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