Jonathan Syer Asks: I haven been wondering lately about the history of wrestling. Being only 21 at this time my viewing started with the Attitude era/RAW IS WAR days. So within wrestling i would say their is alot i have 'missed'. After researching, watching old matches etc. something has been sticking in my mind.
It seems alot of different companys come and go within the business CCW and WCW being the ones i can name. Each having there own reasons for not existing anymore.
I would argue that WWE is at its highest at the moment on a global scale as a whole entertainment package. Not so much on a match to match basis (however this is just a personal thing, quality of matches are great, i would just like to see more of them. Although Smackdown has it about right ;-)
WWE doesn't seem to have an "ending" in sight like those other companies, (as i am sure they didn't at the time).
Id like to think the WWE will be here a long time after me, Who knows what it will have morphed into. A 19 sided ring, 5th and 6th generation stars so athlectic they defy gravity its selfs, robots here and there with good old jr still on the table. (although possibley just your head in a futurama style glass?) But i digress!
My question is, if there was ever going to be a downfall for the WWE, what do you think it would be?
Based on their financial model, I don't think the WWE will ever go out of business. I certainly hope that they don't. The TV product known originally as pro wrestling will survive as long as the company makes new fans who allow the product to "hook them" at least for a brief period of their lives. Once an individual is hooked they are always vulnerable to rejoin the product along the way. Plus, the Global branding and growth of the product is something the NBA and the NFL are now openly discussing.
Paul Francis Asks: Good Day JR
Hope all is well with family and business
I'd just like to get your thoughts on events that have taken place in open air arenas. WM9, Summer slam 92 and WM24. All 3 of these events were success's and are you a fan of announcing in such surroundings?
I am marginal about doing outdoor events for spectaculars like Wrestlemania. Mother Nature has a way of impacting things as we are seeing in the Gulf Coast of the United States as I write this. Being outdoors is cool if it doesn't' rain which is my only concern about doing events in the open air.
aqua222 Asks: There's some guy on the pwinsider site named Mike Johnson that is reporting that Shawn Michaels has a torn triceps. I was wondering if its true or not- god I hope its now.
That is accurate info but HBK will still wrestle Chris Jericho at Unforgiven, bad arm and all.
TheAcceptableWarrior Asks: Hey J.R, why do all the marks hate Triple H so much?
Because they don't know him personally and they are gullible enough to believe most everything they read on the Internet. The WWE would be a helluva lot better off to have more HHH's on the roster than not I assure you even though some jackasses will accuse me of kissing butt with this honest answer.
GOVERNMENTMULE1980 Asks: Hi JR, been a fan of yours for years, and your making Friday nights a must see again!!
Could you answer these questions for me?
1) When you were signed to the WWE in 1993 were you brought in to replace Gorilla monsoon as lead play by play guy? or simply as a new announcer? And if you were brought into replace Gorilla, did Gorilla step down or did McMahon want to replace him? also why did McMahon suddenly takeover playbyplay at summerslam 1993? Because till then he had always hosted WWF Superstars and left the PPVS to either you or Gorilla?
2)What did you think of working with Bobby Heenan in 1993 on wrestling Challenge, i thought you two were great together, and it was a shame you didn't get to call more PPVS together. also any thoughts on working with Randy Savage and Curt Hennig on commentary?
Thanks JR and heres to another 15 years of the true voice of the WWE!!
I was brought in to join the broadcast lineup of announcers and not to replace a man who was irreplaceable like the Gorilla. I would say that i was replaced in '93 because upper management did not like my work. Through time and diligence I was able to work my way back to the first team. Working with Heenan was one of the true joys in my professional career. I can't begin to tell you how talented the Brain was. Savage and Perfect were fine to work with but neither were in Heenan's class which is not a knock. Savage was always pretty intense and Curt was usually laid back so both had different approaches to the game but both did well due to their natural talents and instincts.
keithmoon316 Asks: Hey J.R.
My wife and I are huge wrestling fans, and we think that your give some of the best commentary there is on TV, no matter what sport.
We both attend Ring Of Honor shows whenever they are in the NY/NJ/PA area and everytime we go can't help but think that some of these guys have "it"
Out of all of them though, Larry Sweeny seems like the classic Bobby The Brain. Do managers like that still have a place in WWE? and do you think Larry could fit in WWE?
I am honestly not familiar with Larry Sweeny's work but I do think that a talented manager has a place in the business. However, saying Sweeny is the next Heenan is a bold statement. I hope that he is but those are large shoes to fill.
phil2apples Asks: How's it going J.R
I was wondering the status of Randy Orton. I heard he should have been ready to go by Summer Slam, did he have a set back?
Also, great to see college football this weekend. I think my Missouri Tigers looked great...I have no idea why Zook decided to kick to Maclin, the kid is a super freak. OU looked good but we will see once they play a decent team. I'm betting we meet you guys in KC this year (I'm not buying Texas tech or Texas) and hopefully avenge our two losses a year ago on our way to a national championship!
Take Care Go Tigers!
Orton is still a couple of months or so away from being back in the ring as an active wrestler. Jeremy Maclin is an awesome football player who once committed to Oklahoma while he was in high school. He's a big timer. If OU does play Mizzou in December then the Tigers should be favored considering the game is in Missouri, right?
BLACKJACKMULLIGANFAN Asks: JR,
Hello! I grew up a wrestling fan idolizing Terry Funk, Superstar Billy Graham, Dick Murdoch, Wahoo McDaniel and especially Blackjack Mulligan. From the early 1970's to the mid-1980's, I went to live events and followed the business wherever we lived. From Detroit, to Little Rock, Arkansas, I was fortunate to see Wrestling during a very great time!
Have two questions...
(1) Blackjack Mulligan and The Undertaker.
Both in their prime...who comes out on top?
My money is on the big man from Eagle Pass.
(2) How big of a star would BJM be on today's television? Remember the X across the screen when he used the claw?
Thanks for the Mid-South days...
You and Boyd Pierce were very good together!
Tough question. I wouldn't want to be in the room if these two ever went to war. Mulligan, I am told, was really something in his prime but I wasn't around him then. Your question is like asking who was the better puncher Tyson or Frazier, and I don't know the answer to that one either but would love to have seen the two of them throw down. Bottom line is that Mulligan was extraordinary as is the Undertaker. I have too much respect for both men to make a differentiation.
JBoyd Asks: Dear JR=]!
I have been reading on the internet that the WWE is involved in so many lawsuits. Which I think is a shame, because WWE seems to be a wonderful company. I am really surprised that through all the things they are going through they still come out and entertain the fans every week. How long do you think the WWE will be around for?
Forever. Who's going to put them out of business? Lawsuits are a way of life these days. Some of frivolous and a search for a payday and some lawsuits have merit. I will not be making any comments on on-going litigations involving the WWE or any other wrestling company.
Keil Asks: Hi J.R.
First off, allow me to say I am a huge fan of yours, and am enjoying your work on SmackDown. I also really like this Q&A section, and think it's a great way of giving the fans a glimse into your thoughts and opinions.
Anyway, my question is this; I first started watching wrestling in late 1999, and always got a huge kick out of the Tag Team competitions. The like of the New Age Outlaws, the Hardyz, the Dudleyz, Edge and Christian, the APA, and all the rest. What is your opinions on the tag team division these days?
Sorry for the length of question, and thanks very much for reading. Keil
Tag team wrestling appears to me to be an after thought by and large and that is largely due to an overall lack of depth and the priority, or lack thereof, that promotions put on tag team wrestling. Most wrestlers don't want to be stuck in a tag team that is going no where either.