JR Blog: Swagger, Lesnar’s Book, Strikeforce Tournament

Nick Paglino

Jim Ross has posted a new blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. Below are some highlights:

"WWE is taping Smackdown in Tulsa at the new, tricked out BOK Center on Tuesday January 18. I did some media for the event Thursday. Lots of Jack Swagger talk during the interview. I hope that Swagger has a big 2011 and feel that he is a long way away from his peak or approaching his potential. The former Sooner is a superb, natural athlete. The writer also asked me about the soon to be available OU Sooner Football radio gig of which is still on my ‘dream job’ list but as I have mentioned before I think it’s a long shot for me."

"Brock Lesnar….his new book about his life and times that’s co-written with Paul Heyman is due out April 19. It will be interesting to see how many book signings the intensely private Lesnar does but as the old saying goes, ‘A signed book is a sold book.’ Most MMA insiders think that Lesnar will next fight in July for UFC. With Lesnar off the radar and with nothing currently, publicly established for his return, many diehard MMA fanatics seemingly have used that opportunity and Lesnar losing the UFC Heavyweight Title to start ‘hating on’ Brock again. Amazing. Lesnar will never fully live down his time in WWE to many MMA purists."

"Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament….good idea by Scott Coker. Timely considering that the UFC’s heavyweight division is seemingly in somewhat a state of flux largely due to injuries. I’m hoping that Coker/Strikeforce can craft the bracket that they envision, that the fighters don’t become problematic due to ego or injury, and that Showtime doesn’t try and become ‘match makers.’ Imagine NBC telling a NFL team who to play and what plays to run."

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