[WWW] 5.17.07 Ross Report - Bar-B-Q Frenzy.. WWE ShopZone.. Bruno Follow-up.. J.R./King Arguing.. NWA Legacy.. Terry Funk.. Eddy Guerrero.. Mysterious Tattoo.. Muligan's Book.. Spurs/Suns.. St. Louis' Rich Heritage.. J.R. Featured in Major Sports Book
- From: Evad Seltzer <stolenfromthenet@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 17 May 2007 19:52:37 -0700
Bar-B-Q Frenzy.. WWE ShopZone.. Bruno Follow-up.. J.R./King Arguing..
NWA Legacy.. Terry Funk.. Eddy Guerrero.. Mysterious Tattoo..
Muligan's Book.. Spurs/Suns.. St. Louis' Rich Heritage.. J.R. Featured
in Major Sports Book
Thanks for checking out our site, and for those that are regular
visitors, thank you for continuing to support our efforts by becoming
customers in our store. Our Jerky and Sauce sales are still doing
better than we forecast thanks to you. We will soon be changing our
latest "Hall of Fame special," so stay tuned for that news coming any
We are still on target to open J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q in Norman,
Oklahoma at I-35 and Main Street at the location that was formerly a
Krispy Kreme. The construction crew is rocking along and now that it
has stopped raining for a few days here in Oklahoma, the exterior of
the place is starting to look noticeably different.
For those that have asked the sauces' nutritional information, each is
listed on their respective labels and will be listed here on the site
ASAP. Bottom line is that they are healthy sauces that taste great on
a variety of your favorite foods. As far as the Jerky nutritional
contents are concerned we are working on that exact info now but I can
tell you that the Jerky is high in protein and low in fat and carbs.
More info to come on both these matters per your requests.
The WWE is selling some of our sauces and beef jerky on WWE ShopZone
which can be accessed at WWE.com and remember they ship everywhere.
Check out WWE ShopZone especially if you live outside the USA.
Also many have asked about how to see my Hall of Fame induction speech
in its entirety and that too is available on WWE.com and I am anxious
to hear your feedback on that special night for yours truly. By the
way, my Raw column is available every Friday at WWE.com.
My choice of words when asked why Bruno Sammartino was not in the WWE
Hall of Fame, which I have addressed numerous times and this will be
the last, was perhaps not the best choice of words I could have
selected. Bruno is not "living in angst" as I alluded to regarding
Bruno not being in the WWE Hall of Fame. He simply does not enjoy
today's WWE product for his own personal reasons and therefore chooses
to not be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame. According to friends, Bruno
is neither angry nor bitter. Indeed the business has changed since
Bruno's heyday and it is certainly his prerogative as to whether he
chooses to be involved on any level with today's wrestling business or
not. I wish him good health and happiness. Case closed. (I still think
Bruno's fans would love to experience his induction into the WWE Hall
of Fame, but what do I know?)
We get tons of comments about the scheduling of WWE events and
subsequent routing. Firstly, complaining to me is like flatulence in
the wind, it doesn't last long. For the hundredth time, I can't
address these issues. Secondly, understand the WWE has one TV
production truck that has to be able to safely travel from the
previous set of TV's to the next. For example, the TV truck has to
make it from Baltimore last Tuesday night to St. Louis by Saturday
night and then on to Moline Monday and Des Moines on Tuesday this week
and then from Des Moines to Toronto for Raw, and so forth. As you can
see the selection of cities entails several criteria and it is much
more than simply "why doesn't the WWE come to my town more often? Why
doesn't the WWE like us, etc?" It is all about workable routing,
geography, and making sure the desired arenas are all available.
That's the lay of the land of how that works in simple layman's
language and remember I HAVE NOTHING to do with where the WWE produces
TV or live events.
After finding out I was born in Ft. Bragg, California and went to
elementary school for a time in Santa Rosa, I have received several
comments from former Santa Rosa natives but to set the record straight
I have not been back there since I moved from there in the 4th grade.
Maybe I will make a visit some day.
I was also informed of something someone wrote on a website about us
barring Randy Savage comments from this site especially as it relates
to the WWE Hall of Fame which was totally false and completely
fabricated. These comments were written as if I had written them
myself. I realize many folks do the best they can to run honest
websites and tell the truth as best they know it but there are many
wrestling sites that exist that are simply loaded with premium, horse
manure. Not all but some.
The voting for our upcoming T shirt concepts is up on the home page. I
hope you will take a moment before you leave us and cast your vote.
There is no obligation or cost involved with voting. I value your
opinion and am anxious to see what designs you prefer.
Another side note on women wrestling men, which is not a personal
favorite of mine; yes-I was involved in a match with Steve Austin vs.
HHH and Chyna one night on Raw, I think from Atlanta, several years
ago. What that has to do with me not liking women wrestling men is
beyond me but I did not put myself into the situation and was, no
doubt, the weak link in the presentation. I do recall Chyna
"Pedigree'ing" me which was about as graceful as a "cow on ice" on my
behalf. The encounter was bowling shoe ugly to say the very least and
that match will likely not make my "J.R.'s Personal Highlight Reel."
Here is feedback to some of your comments:
Clint- Will the WWE Brand Separation ever go away? My guess would be
no as the WWE seems committed into building its 3 brands which won't
happen over night by the way and has its challenges especially when
injuries begin taking their toll. I am not anti-brand extension for
the record as I like the concept of it providing more wrestlers the
opportunity to work. I suggest that the WWE steer the course for the
Spicyboy- Will we ever see Rey Mysterio on Raw? That would be great as
far as I am concerned but as we speak Rey is a Smackdown superstar and
I expect Rey to return to Smackdown when he is medically cleared which
is expected to be in the next month or two. However, someday perhaps
Monday Night Raw will be graced with Rey's talents which are another
side benefit of the brand extension.
Josh- Will the WWE ever do a Sting DVD? My educated guess would be...
absolutely. The WWE owns all the WCW footage since day one and
therefore have all the necessary ingredients to put together a super
DVD of Sting. Perhaps someday the WWE will acquire the Mid South
Library and fans can see the Bladerunners in action that consisted of
Sting and the wrestler who became known as the Ultimate Warrior, then
Cory- I appreciate the kind words regarding my HOF speech and am
pleased that it helped you with your decision to major in
communications. Passion is the key in so many things we do and we all
have varying degrees of passion in our lives much of it unutilized. I
never felt I had more talent than many broadcasters but I would put my
passion and product knowledge up with any of them. We can all strive
to "be the best" at whatever we do both personally and professionally.
My HOF speech is available in its entirety on wwe.com
Everette- Why has Funaki lasted so long in the WWE? Can you say
Polaroid's?? Seriously, Funaki is a talented "utility man" who can
wrestle competitors with varying skill levels, is reliable, doesn't
cause problems, and is professional and a good citizen. Obviously,
Funaki most likely won't be able to stay in the WWE for life, or maybe
he will as a teacher, but other wrestlers could learn from Funaki's
professionalism. My philosophy when I managed talent relations in the
WWE was to do everything humanly possible to solve a problem, but if I
couldn't solve a specific problem I eliminated it. Funaki has never
been a problem which is not to say that every one that leaves a
wrestling company is a problem but often times they are.
Wes- I am not aware if Rick Rude was training for a comeback when he
passed away. Somehow I doubt it because of the condition of his back.
Scott- It's funny, when the King and I verbally spar on the air it
becomes an issue to some. When we don't, some will say they miss it
when King was more of an antagonist and when we debated things more
often. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, but Monday we simply had
a difference of opinion on a couple of things which isn't unusual. We
rode to the hotel together after the show and never discussed our
"arguments" on Raw. I have worked with color commentators in the past
who argued simply for the sake of arguing and to draw attention to
themselves, which oftentimes made for a so-so presentation. As it
relates to the King, friends can argue and disagree and still remain
friends the last I looked. We are.
A.- My choice of beverages during my usual, daily stops at The Sonic...
one large diet, cherry limeade please.
Eddie- Yes, I am absolutely sure the King would love to "run" an all-
Diva wrestling federation. Within a month, I wouldn't be surprised if
Nancy Grace would be covering the story, too. Or Larry Flynt.
Ian/Manchester- I had a blast working with Terry Funk the few times I
did when he filled in as a color commentator. Terry is ultra talented
in so many aspects of the wrestling business and is a wonderful
communicator that is colorful and unique. Again, Terry Funk is another
legend that young wannabes should study while learning their craft.
CR- My favorite Eddy Guerrero moment was probably when he won the
Title in the Cow Palace. A magical night to say the very least. My
relationship with Eddy, as he documented in his autobiography, was
special and I will always remember him for the great days we had
together even though we had our share of challenging days, too. Even
through the times when Eddy was battling his demons, I never gave up
on Eddy and look at his life's journey as a success story that I was
proud to have been a small part of. What a talent!
Scott- I don't have a clue as to what the future of the NWA Title will
be but it will never be the same as when men like Flair, Brisco, Funk,
Thesz, Race, Rhodes, etc. traveled the globe defending it. This is not
a "knock" on the recent status of the title, even though some will
make it such, which is the same in name only and not as prestigious as
it once was in prior generations. The NWA Title will never mean what
it once did in the wrestling business. How could it?
Dudley-I know zilch about an alleged tattoo on MVP that necessitates
him wearing the ring attire that he does. MVP's current ring attire
doesn't kill me, no it is not traditional ring attire and I am old
school, maybe too old school, as I am much more impressed with MVP's
level of improvement and seemingly unlimited upside. That's a helluva
lot more important than his choice of ring attire.
Katherine- I am not familiar of any wrestling schools for females
only, but you might check out OVW in Louisville or Harley Race's
school near the Lake of the Ozarks, as both do a great job in training
wrestlers to be.
Steve- I am looking forward to BlackJack Mulligan's book as I am sure
it will be a smashmouth, honest piece of business. Mulligan has had a
helluva life that quite frankly might make a great documentary.
Mulligan wrestled thru the era of "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" of the
wrestling business during the territory days which separated the men
from the boys, so to speak, and where only the strong survived the
grueling road trips, the booze and drugs, the women of the road,
wrestling politics and working nightly with some of the most complex
and entertaining characters one could imagine.
Dale- My pal and former OU Sooner, Teddy Lehman, is in the hunt to
start for the Detroit Lions at linebacker and the former Butkus Award
winner is healthy now and raring to go. Teddy attended Wrestlemania 23
at Ford Field and had a blast. I sure hope he stays healthy and on the
field for the NFL Lions who look to be definitely on the upswing. I am
relatively certain the WWE does not accept outside storyline ideas and
please do not send them to me because we would rather not include them
on this site either for a variety of legal issues with which I choose
not to deal.
Kyle- The Spurs/Suns NBA playoff series has been fun to watch simply
because the players have turned up their passion and their will to
win. The increased physicality adds to the drama, too. San Antonio,
lead by the great Tim Duncan, a big time Ric Flair fan, will be hard
to eliminate in this series. Robert Horry is a big WWE fan who I have
met on many occasions and is a great guy, contrary to what some Suns'
fan may feel after Robert hip checked Steve Nash.
Ivan- The Rock-Foley empty arena match that took place in Tucson was
no doubt special. Two of the businesses' all-time greats in an
extremely unique setting. However the original empty arena match
featuring Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk in Memphis was tough to beat
because it was the "first."
BDD- St. Louis has to rank as one of the top cities ever in the
wrestling business. At one point when Promoter Sam Muchnick was
rocking along, St. Louis was arguably second only to NYC and Madison
Square Garden as the best wrestling city to wrestle in the United
States. The heritage of St. Louis Wrestling will endure forever.
Billy/Scotland- Did I dread working with Paul Heyman? No, quite the
contrary. Paul was talented and knew the product. He had an "edge"
that was perfect for his role, As I have told him, his persona is easy
to dislike, which is a great trait for a wrestling antagonist. The
"urban myth" that Heyman and I "hated each other" is somewhat
embellished (how unique for the wrestling biz) but fans will believe
what they choose to believe nonetheless, so there is no sense in
trying to change many of their minds in this space.
Alan- Can I or have I ever wrestled? NO. I have been in matches, much
to my chagrin, but I would be insulting the legacy of the wrestling
business to say that I "wrestled". Even though some of these "matches"
earned a nice TV rating the artistic presentation of J.R. in the ring
was pretty pathetic. I have zero desire to ever be in the ring again
and after my health scare of a year or so ago I hope I am never called
upon to be in the position again to "wrestle" and I personally use
that term loosely as it relates to yours truly. I do fondly remember
how "proud" I was to read that a "match" I was in was voted "worst
match" on an internet poll for a particular broadcast. At least the
pundits and 'rasslin experts got that one right.
Martyr- I actually did like Matt Borne's portrayal of Doink now that
you mention it, but all in all the character was destined for the mid
card, even though Matt had main event abilities. We all like different
things which makes the wrestling business so much fun but the "Doinks"
of the world just aren't my cup of tea. The hunt for potential main
eventers is paramount to finding entertaining personas such as Doink.
That's simply a personal opinion that one doesn't have to agree with.
Matt- I have not kept up with any alleged issues between The Iron
Sheik and The Ultimate Warrior. Sounds entertaining nonetheless. Maybe
it's a reality show in the making?? Perhaps some enterprising TV
producer should put Sheik and Warrior in a motor home and tape them
driving across the country! There might be a need for sub-titles, but
I would watch it.
Ethan- As it relates to HHH being on the Supershow in Dallas on July
2, I would take the 'under' on that one. It might be a little quick
for The Game's return in early July as I think he is slated to return
perhaps as early as August. No sense in rushing things after the quad
Joe- Yes, some wrestling fans occasionally yell some "unflattering"
chants to simply be defiant and to draw attention to themselves.
That's not a wrestling issue, but a societal issue. Fans chanting for
wrestlers they know are not in the arena make what level of sense? Is
it simply to let the promotion know they want to see a certain
wrestler or is it merely a way to be defiant? I personally don't care
one way or another as I feel that if people pay their $$$ for their
seats, they can say what ever they want unless it is profane and
offensive to others, especially kids.
Terry- Yes, we have collected some really great pieces of memorabilia
over the years and some of those items will find their way to J.R.'s
Family Bar-B-Q to be on display when we open in late June. I hope you
will be able to come and see us.
Keep those comments coming. I really enjoying reading them and
addressing those for which we have the time.
Also, check out the book "Being There" by Eric Mirlis who included
yours truly with several famous sportscasters who documented their
most favorite sports moments they had seen in person. I am included
with several Hall of Fame broadcasters, including Keith Jackson, Marv
Albert, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall,
and many others including some major names from ESPN.
Keep those Jerky and Sauce orders coming as we want to keep saying,
"Business is about to pick up!"
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