JR Speaks on “Superstars,” Hogan at Mania, Bischoff & More

Nick Paglino

Jim Ross has updated his blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. Below are some highlights:

"Even with domestic economic woes facing all of us, WWE had a great weekend in the southeastern part of the USA and did some strong business in Mexico, Peru, and Chile. The event in Santiago, Chile was sold out as was Friday night’s event in Guadalajara. The future business picture for WWE internationally is encouraging and it seems that more foreign territories will evolve much like the UK has which is an amazing development. Years ago, I thought being booked "down south" meant heading to Louisiana…..not South America."

"Great blog recently by Eric Bischoff speaking of the challenges facing the Gagne family after the tragedy that Verne was apparently involved in where he was staying in an assisted living home. I had heard the story some time ago of the state of Minnesota "legally" taking Verne’s family home/land which sickens me. For those of us that spoke with Verne when he was inducted into the WWE HOF, Verne had "issues" then and apparently they were progressing at a rapid rate. Verne actually got off a funny line about Vince McMahon during his HOF speech but, trust me, there were issues that Verne’s family had to deal with while at the function. I hope this matter doesn’t result in a lawsuit as both families involved in this tragedy need peace and closure brought to this situation much sooner than later. Getting money hungry lawyers involved in a personal injury lawsuit or a civil suit just doesn’t seem approiate in this particular matter. I cannot see a jury finding Verne guilty under his unique and unfortunate circumstances." 

"It is frustrating to see on the ‘net where some fans are already declaring that the WWE TV show on  WGN beginning in April the WWE’s "C" show without ever seeing one episode of it nor knowing exactly what the show’s format will be. Any talent who gets air time on WGN should look at it as a tremendous opportunity to impress the fans and decision makes. I’ve said it before, no matter one’s role, when they get valuable TV time make the most of the opportunity. If it’s only 3-4 minutes, then make it a memorable and special 3-4 minutes and that can be done. Wrestlers, announcers, and any other personalities involved with the WGN process has the chance to turn heads if they remain positive and put forth the effort. I can assure you that if I broadcast this show I’m not phoning in any thing."  

"We’ve been getting plenty of new questions and comments for our Q&A section of which I worked on updating just this morning and some are asking about Hulk being at Wrestlemania. I have no idea if Hulk is or is not going to be at WM25. I’m sure that he would be more than welcome to attend the HOF Ceremony which would be tremendous for all. The point is this,  for Hogan to attend ‘Mania does he have to be involved in a match or could he simply come and be a part of the Hall of Fame evening? I’m just thinking out loud here but I feel that if I was no longer on the air for the WWE that I would be hard pressed to not attend the WWE HOF Induction Ceremony as a show of my respect for my peers and to those that enabled me to earn a great living for many years. However, I digress, as my point was that every year at this time we start hearing tons of "Is Hulk coming to Wrestlemania" rumors which remind me of every December when the Dallas Morning News usually starts or perpetuates the rumors that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is "rumored to be leaving Oklahoma" so that it will adversely affect OU’s college football recruiting.  Point is, I would love to see Hulk enjoy the weekend with his peers whether he wrestles or not. I think hanging with the boys in Houston for a day or so would be great for Hulk after all the BS he has been through over the past year or so."

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