Jim Ross Blog: New Monday Wars, Lawler, UFC & More

Matt Boone

The following are excerpts from the latest online blog of WWE Hall Of Fame announcer Jim Ross:

JR on Jerry Lawler/USA Today story: Nice story on USA Today.com about Jerry Lawler being such a huge fan of American Idol. King particularly loves the music of the 60’s and is a massive, Beatles fan who still talks about visiting Liverpool, England. King sings with an English accent the songs made famous by the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, etc. It’s actually kind of entertaining especially if one happens to have an adult beverage before listening to the King of Memphis sing along to these timeless hits. Perhaps King and noted karaoke singer Pat Patterson should do a duet. If Mick Foley and Bruce Prichard can do stand up comedy, then why couldn’t King and Pat have a night club act? The comedy would be good and, perhaps with enough to drink, the singing would too. 

JR on the UFC: When I watch a UFC broadcast, I often times run the matches through my head as a commentator instead of simply watching the action and enjoying it as a fan. My personal commentary is modified, of course, from pro wrestling but the bottom line is that it all comes back to the same timing, levels of emotion and basic story telling. The goal is always to get the viewer to emotionally invest in whatever it is one is watching.

JR on the new Monday Night Wars: We have been deluged with questions regarding the pending Monday night wrestling competition. Some questions are only answerable with a crystal ball of which I’m fresh out. (Yes, I’m crystal ball-less.) I do know that competition in any endeavor makes everyone step up their game. Monday night was established as THE wrestling night years ago in the mid to late 90’s when the Monday night wars were ongoing and many fans still perceive that to be the case today regarding Mondays. If the upcoming development on Monday nights helps increase fan interest in the genre, then the fans win, the business wins and the best, TV product will thrive.

Check out the complete blog online at www.JRsBarBQ.com.

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