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.
Southstander Asks: Dear JR,
First of all it was great seeing you live here in Denver,CO. I hope some day that you open a restaurant in the Mile High City soon. Now for my question. I heard that Christian Cage's contract with TNA is up soon what do you think the chances of him coming back to the WWE with his "Brother" on Smackdown (Off subject since they are "brothers" would that make him Edge Cage?)?
Thanks in advance
ps My Late Grandma has Bells Palsy, every time I watch WWE programing and I see/ hear you I think of hear and smile.
I do not know any exact details of Christian's TNA contract issues but he is a great guy who I am proud to say I signed to his original WWE contract. Christian is a talented and professional guy who I personally hope finishes his career in the WWE.
RAYMOND1908 Asks: Jr.
i notice your store is smaller than Norman can why is that and are you going to offer more things with the holidays coming up
The Norman store was formerly a Krispy Kreme location and we gutted it and converted it to our first restaurant. We used what was already built. We built the second store from the group up. What would you like to see offered during the holidays?
Lenny4Life Asks: I love your blog and appreciate the time you devote to your audience. Don't let the naysayers get to you by saying things about the promotion of your BBQ sauce business. It's your blog and your business. I read your comments on Bischoff. Interesting. I'd like to know if you think Bischoff can build a company on new names or only on WWE castoffs like TNA did. Also, don't you think Paul Heyman could pull it off if he had television? You know he'd create new talent, which was his specialty.
Creatively Heyman has few equals. But neither Bischoff or Heyman can sell goods out of an empty wagon. There would need to be some established names in place to at least attract the existing TV wrestling fan and then one would hope that a new, young talent would catch hold and give the viewers a new reason to watch the show.
robk1980 Asks: JR, I was wondering what your thoughts were about SMACKDOWN moving to MyNetwork TV. Do you think ratings will pick up overtime? Also What do you think of Hell in a Cell compared to Wargames?
Long term it might open the door to see Friday Night Smackdown eventually move to Fox which would be great for all involved. I think it will work out fine and the ratings have been solid and let's hope they continue to grow with the move.
Terry Asks: Do you think when HHH's career is finished in the ring he'll help train up and coming wrestlers.
He would be great at it and I can't see him not being involved in the business in some fashion.
pkramirez1205 Asks: JR first off me and my brother are long time WWE fans. We have been watching since we were born. So heres our question.
I know that you are good friends with Stone Cold, probably the closest he has in the wrestling business. With that said there was an article posted in the Sun about Stone Cold possibly making a return match at Wrestle Mania 25 in Houston and going out like a "Ric Flair type of match." Do you know any truth to this? This would be great because I think (and I think a lot of other people do as well)that we deserve 1 more match out of Steve. The way he went out in my mind wasn't the weigh Stone Cold should have gone. His last match with the Rock out Wrestlemania XIX was great but it could be much better with him giving us a heads up on his last match and building it right. I know that Vince has been trying to get Stone Cold to Wrestle Hulk Hogan for a few years now and at first Stone Cold was open to it. I remember an interview where he said that he would be open to wrestling Hulk Hogan if the money, timing, and build up was right. After that he made statements that it would never happen because he thinks it would stink out the place due to their different wrestling styles. I know Hulk wants it, Vince wants it, and all of us especially wants it. This would be the biggest event in Wrestling history ever period. They are both truly one of a kind in their own right and this match would break all kinds of records. Attendance, PPV buys, merchandise, and so on. If Vince were smart he would offer them both an obscene amount of money because I really think he would make it back 10 fold. Its something the wrestling business needs and the fans want. Lets face it Wrestling is not the same as it was 6-7 years ago when we had Stone Cold, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, and so on putting on 1 hell of a show. We just don't get that entertainment anymore. no one has the charisma that those guys have. triple H is but with no one like the Rock or Austin to work with he is kind of doomed. The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are greats and on a level of their own don't get me wrong but there will never be another Stone Cold or Rock, especially Stone Cold. He took the business to another level and to me Single handed-ley put WCW out of business.
The rumors of a Stone Cold "one final match" saga continue on a daily basis. Steve will make the final decision as to what he wants to do but if he were physically comfortable regarding his neck issues and if the timing were right I would assume that it's possible. I thnk the odds are long that it won't happen but it's one of those "never say never" deals. If Steve were ever going to do it then the 25th Wrestlemania in his home state of Texas would be the place to get 'er done.