TheSmark Asks: I've been looking to start a career as a wrestling manager. It is something I think I can really excel at. But, have had some trouble finding a starting point to begin my dream. Any advice on how I can get the ball rolling?
Uphill struggle at best and you need experience and will likely have to get lucky in finding work and the money will likely not be good at all. Good luck but there is no formula on being discovered and subsequently becoming really good in that role.
cm_peep Asks: J.r. do you have a preference on the money in the bank match being a stand alone ppv or a match a wrestlemania? Personally I think it should be at mania, there's no better way to introduce your next possible main eventer than at the biggest show of the year. Thanks
I do not but having a designated event entitled TLC may be iffy in today;s market for some.
PatrickHop Asks: People criticize WWE for not signing big names from WCW after the success of the Invasion PPV. They argue that WWE made more than enough from that PPV to buyout big name contracts. I do not believe that is remotely true and ignores the other (non-financial) reasons the big names were not brought in right away. As a person who was dealing with that at the time, could you give some insight on this? I've seen some blame you for Jeff Jarrett's contract issue at the end of his WWE run (expired before the PPV he was to drop the belt at). I'm assuming it is inaccurate to blame you for that.
It;s really simple...many of the big names you refer to did not want to walk away from being at home and still making big money from Time Warner. I accept the blame because that seems to be important in today's world for the Jarrett debacle. I felt he was staying with us because that is what he told me. Shame on me for taking someone at their world inside the rasslin biz.
DaviddDaniels Asks: First off, I have to say that you are one of my wrestling heroes(second only to Bret Hart). The way you capture a match, both its moves and the feeling of it, is something I always have loved from childhood.
My question is, what advice would you give to someone who wants to be at the table? What tips do you have for someone who wants to make a living calling matches?
Get as much on camera and radio like experience in any genre that you can before submitting a demo reel to WWE.
cm_peep Asks: J.r. if the whole purpose of pro wrestling is to suspend disbelief then how can wrestlers say wins & loses don't matter? I know its possible to look good in defeat but no one wants to back someone who constantly loses, just look Ryder, ziggler & cesaro for prime examples. Thanks
Wrestlers who say that wins and losses aren't an issue or aren't important are ill advised and likely are losing more than they are winning.
harleyrider Asks: What are your thoughts on Skandor Akbar? Do you feel he was a Top 15 manager?
Ak was a great wrestling villain and a damn good manager. One of the best IMO.
Eamonn1983 Asks: Hello, JR. Found myself a YouTube rabbit hole recently and came across a match between the Undertaker and one of those "enhancement talents" I think is the term, from 1994. McMahon on commentary says fans could see the Undertaker unveil the coffin he was making for Yokozuna on the WWF network. I gave up Googling after 5 pages. Did he just mean WWF programming or did he have a short lived go at a tv channel back then?
He may have been referring to the WWE Syndicated TV Network.
Hotty Toddy Asks: Random ass question: Thoughts on OJ Simpson potentially becoming a free man once again?
Non plussed. No dog in the hunt.
Taker1993 Asks: Hi Jim, I realize that this may be a long shot but people seem to be having mixed opinions on it but do you believe that the undertaker could possibly return for another match? Thanks alot
I have no idea. I;d guess it wis less than a 50/50 chance that Taker will be back but. again, I do not know.
Johnnyrecruiter Asks: Good day Mr. Ross. This is not a question for the Q&A section. I am looking for a way to get an email to Jerry Lawler. I went to his website and attempted to email him on there, from the spot that says, "Email the King", but it kicked back as undelivered. I am not some raving, psycho fan, trailer trash kind of guy. I took my family to the King's new restaurant on Beale St. in Memphis, and I would like to pass along a sincere assessment of my experience concerning our time there. I am a former pub owner, so i am somewhat knowledgeable in the operation of an eating/drinking establishment. Do you have any ideas for me as far as getting the email to him? Thank you for your time. Johnny
You can try Tweeting Jerry at @JerryLawler or simply call his place and ask to speak to Randy Hales.