Rhode Island Red Asks: Mr. Ross, I started watching "Sports Entertainment" during my childhood (1980's) and, obviously, the business has changed a lot since then (to say the least).
I think I'll always be a fan, but there are times when I miss those days and I wonder if you ever do, too. In some ways, I enjoyed the product more when I was able to watch it through the eyes of a child.
I know most people would say the business has "evolved," and I know that it has, but do you think things were, somehow, better before the curtain was pulled back and the mystique was still there?
Thanks for your time.
Many speculate that it would have been better to never pull the curtain back and I can't disagree with that in general but after saying that, there are more people earning a living through pro wrestling enterprises, etc than arguably ever before.
chua0166 Asks: Hi JR, why don't heel vs heel matches work out well generally?
Usually it is because the fans don;t have a clear cut wrestler to cheer or to support in general. It can work it the issue is personal enough but there still needs to be a protagonist and an antagonist in the match.
kmoore59 Asks: Hi JR, as a long time fan of wwe, and part of the LGBT community, I've noticed their isn't too many openly gay wrestlers on active rosters. So I was wondering could a openly gay male have success in the world of pro wrestling. I've heard many gay wrestler kept their sexua orientation a secret, in fear of being bullied in the locker room or being kept off the card. I know Darren young is still apart of the main roster, but it seems since he came out, they have put him in an almost non existing role. So I have to wonder can a openly gay male have a successful career as a pro wrestler.
I'd suggest that an openly gay wrestler would have a much easier time in today's wrestling than they did years ago when being gay was looked upon negatively.
shauny79 Asks: Hi Jim, Survivor Series used to be one of my favourite PPVs, and I while I still always enjoy the elimination matches, I feel this contrived 'rivalry' between the brands really gets in the way. Do you think Survivor Series would be better from a storyline perspective if they could come up with other reasons for the elimination matches?
I don't have any issues with the current structure and I can't judge it until I see it in play. I have high hopes for Survivor Series on November 19 in Houston.
Neilo Asks: Hi Jim I’m waiting eagerly for the realease of your book over here in the uk, what date is it available ?? Plus any word of the uk and Ireland book signing ?? Thanks
Did you try Amazon UK? Many have and they deliver quickly. Check out the barnes and noble website too.
jgera5 Asks: JR, with Playboy having their first transgender Playmate, what are the chances WWE will sign a transgender wrestler in the near future? This would be male or female. All jokes about Chyna aside, this is a legitimate question.
I can't see that being transgender would preclude WWE from hiring said individual if the person was talented and cojuld become a viable member of the WWE team.
El_Diablo Asks: Howdy J.R.-
So about a week ago, Flair tweeted out his personal four choices for the "Mount Rushmore of Wrestlers" (Austin, Flair himself, Hogan, The Rock)... It got me thinking: Who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Bookers? What do you think about Dusty Rhodes, Pat Patterson, Paul Heyman and Jerry Lawler? I realize I'm probably missing some lesser-known booking geniuses... I was hoping you could add a few more names that perhaps haven't received due attention for their booking skills? (And I do realize you've had The Book in the past... But you wouldn't put yourself on the Mount Rushmore with the guys I mentioned above, would you ?)
No right or wrong answers. These types of lists are build for debate and discussion. Eddie Graham, VKM, Watts, and many others would be in the discussion.
JWill44 Asks: Hi Jim!
Before I ask my question, I just wanted to say that I purchased Slobberknocker and it was a phenomenal book! I hope it brought you as much joy writing it as I had reading it. So as for my question, Daniel Bryan has made comments about Kurt being able to wrestle again and hoping he gets to again as well. As I feel like he’s playing with fire making those comments, I wonder why WWE can’t have him sign some form of release absolving them of any liability if he gets hurt or injured since this is entertainment and not a sanctioned sport? Especially if he has documentation from several doctor’s stating that he is good to go. Thanks in advance for answering and best wishes to you Sir!
If WWE doctors do not clear an athlete to wrestle then it doesn't matter what other doctor's may say....the team doctor has the final say. Happy that you enjoyed SlobberKnocker! Thanks.
Pothole bunker Asks: Did Mr. Leroy run shows in hot springs Arkansas?
Yes, but not regularly.
brudog56 Asks: Whatever happened to the $4M Crockett agreed to pay for UWF? Did Cowboy ever receive any of that?
Yes, Bill got a portion of his money but I'm not sure exactly what he received.