• El_Diablo Asks: Howdy J.R.- How do you view the booking of Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles at WM 33? Is it to "save" AJ for bigger, more captivating matches at future WMs, yet still include him on the WM card this year? Also- AJ has been having trouble getting over as a heel (he keeps getting huge pops, due to his awesomeness lol)... Therefore, is Shane vs AJ an attempt by the WWE to solidify AJ as a bad guy (offering up Shane, arguably one of the most popular characters on the roster, as a "target")? Personally, I think the whole affair is a waste of what each of them could potentially bring to WM (and how in the hell is Shane EVER supposed to have ANY chance against the best wrestler in the world today??!!)... In asking you these questions, I'm trying to draw some value from the booking, thanks.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I've blogged about it here on the site and I;ve addressed it on our podcast. I hope that you enjoy both of those entities. I am not upset regarding this booking and feel that it will likely overachieve and outperform expectations. Plus, it gets AJ on Wrestlemania which can't be a bad thing. 

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    • WHAT24 Asks: JR, thanks for turning me on to the Fite app, it is great! Watched a lot of The Hardyz, good stuff, unique to say the least. I never knew that Smoking Joe Frazier was also a fighting kangaroo! Ordered your show also and I was entertained! I AM A WRESTLING FAN!
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Agreed..the FITE App is a no brainer for any wrestling fan as it;s free and has tons of free, pro wresting content available each week. Thanks!

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    • Hotty Toddy Asks: Hello, JR. Kind of a sensitive subject but I just wanna ask if you don't mind, where were you and what were you doing on April 19, 1995 during the Oklahoma City Bombing? A very sad moment that day. Thank you.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      I believe I was at work in WWE Stamford offices. Not 100% sure. 

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    • Funkydr79 Asks: You mention there are a few things Seth Rollins needs to change to become a better babyface. Can you give some examples?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Refine how to sell as a 'face and to slow down at key times about a half a gear. 

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    • Scorsese2015 Asks: After attending the final RAW in Detroit on March 13th, I was wondering what would you consider your top 3 favorite memories from The Joe, either televised or backstage shenanigans :) Thanks for your time.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      For me the SNME show was big as it marked my return to the airwaves and I think there was a classic Austin moment perhaps on the zamboni machine that sticks out. 

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    • Boomer Sooner Asks: JR, last night Roman Reigns said he was going to 'retire' the Undertaker. Do you think they are actually planning for this to be 'Taker's last match and for him to go out getting pinned by Reigns? I realize that even the biggest stars in wrestling go out on their backs in their last match, but this might upset 'Taker's fans and cause Reigns to be resented. but again if it really is 'Taker's last match, does the company have anything to gain from him winning? How would you handle this match? would you have Reigns lose?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Simple, storyline bravado. When Taker retires, as I;ve said dozens of times, we will all know about it in advance. 

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    • WHAT24 Asks: I might be wrong but I disagree with turning Reigns heel. He is a heel in todays world and I think WWE is content with him being the next John Cena. What$ not to love about that?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. 

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    • undertaker4ever Asks: Hey JR Hope you're happily well at this time. One Joe Louis Arena that comes to my mind.....1991, SSeries. Taker defeating Hogan for his 1st WWF/E world title. This was before you came to WWE. What are your memories of the Joe Louis Arena? This would make a great blog topic if you wanna go in that direction instead of answering the question here. Up to you, Jim :)
      J.R.'s Answer:

      legednary venue that was the site of the SNME I did upon my return to WWE airwaves. Loved the Hockey town themed restaurant. 

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    • Ahmed Chowdhury Asks: Did you ever consider to sing the national anthem at the WWE WrestleMania? Thanks.
      J.R.'s Answer:

      Seriously, Dude? 

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    • HiteshKK Asks: Hi JR, first of all I want to tell you how greatful I am to have had you as an announcer growing up. Amazing. Recently I've gotten very interested the first golden age of wrestling on TV. I was wondering other than Gorgeous George who were the other main stars people were really drawn to at that time? How did promotions work in terms of tv at the time?
      J.R.'s Answer:

      There are many stars worth studying including Ed Lewis, Jim Londos and dozens more. Lots of info online about this topic. 

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