JR Discusses Randy Orton's Suspension, Damien Sandow, Brock Lesnar's Future With UFC & WWE, More

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Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below are some highlights:

-Amazed at the amount of questions we have received on Twitter @JRsBBQ regarding Randy Orton's 60 suspension from WWE for a 2nd violation of WWE's Wellness Policy. Not too sure what there is to not understand even though some followers would have likely been better off outside playing with their friends than asking "What is a Wellness Policy?"

Others have questioned the need for such a policy which I find absurdly stupid, not the policy but the questioning why one is needed. Bottom line is that the business as always been about such things as "when one door closes, another door opens" and that "being in the right place at the right time" and both are still valid and viable in today's ever changing world and that includes sports entertainment.

-Really am enjoying how WWE has introduced Damien Sandow to Smackdown. Sandow meant something to the viewer when he had his first TV match thanks to vignettes, etc. How a talent is introduced and how they execute their end of the equation is supremely imperative for any young talent. 

-What would I think of Brock Lesnar attempting to become a 'two sport' guy and perform in WWE and fight in UFC at the same time frame? I'd suggest that it would be ill advised and that it can't be done on the highest level of each genre in an efficient manner. Obviously, a person could do it, theoretically, and enhance his earnings over the short haul but it seems as if it would be too taxing an issue on one's body to attempt such a feat. I have no idea is that idea is even on Lesnar's radar but we've gotten the question here a great deal. I'm not in touch with Brock and haven't been for years so my take on the matter is merely one man's opinion.

Click here to read JR's latest in its entirety, and be sure to drop by his store for some great BBQ sauce!

  • Dave Barton

    Sandow reminds me of a tweaked version of Lanny Poffo’s “Genius” gimmick…speaking eloquently & showing great acrobatic skills with those floatovers & cartwheels.

  • steve2

    Why do people think wrestling is different from any other job? You get a job, you’re subject to random drug tests. I can’t think of a job where that’s not the case.

    • Dangerous Lee

      There are tons of well paying jobs that do not require drug tests. I work in politics. I was never drug tested….

      • James M>>>

        Just because you were never drug tested doesn’t mean you weren’t subject to random drug tests. I’m positive you were subject to them, just never got selected. That’s how it is in govt civil service. As for military, it’s a requirement and a guarandamntee your gonna get tested. If you get injured on most jobs, you get drug tested due to the fact they don’t want you claiming workers comp for negligence (drugs/drinking) on your part.

    • Darkstalker

      That's America for you. I haven´t seen any contract allowing that kind of testing in Europe. But then again you don´t even have a health care system, so what do I know … *snicker*

      • James M>>>

        That’s because it’s not a contract it’s a policy. And we have an incredible health system with the finest doctors and medical professionals in the world. You just have to work an pay for it, not be lazy and expect the govt to give you free health care for doing nothing.

        • Darkstalker

          How many people actually have access to the finest doctors and medical professionals over there? I won´t doubt you have trained professionals – I just doubt they work for anyone below the top 10 percent.

          But I take it from your comment that you prefer people who don´t make a lot of money – some to no fault of their own, disabled or the lower educated people come to mind – rather be denied health care than to have some help provided for them by the community? That´ll teach them not to be poor! They really aren´t worth it!

          I won´t bother and try to educate you – that ship seems to have sailed quite a while ago – but I implore you to really think this through. If you want help imagining it, watch the movie "In Time" – it delivers the message quite well. (Though I wouldn´t mind if it had less Justin Timberlake in it …)

          • Tyler

            I’m an American, and I can state unequivocally that our health care system produces horrid results. From an international perspective, World Health Report 2000 ranked the U.S. health care system 37th in the industrialized world. The reason why the U.S. is ranked embarrassingly low involves a myriad of reason. First, industrialized countries generally spend between 9-10% of GDP on health care. The US is the outlier on the high end at 16%. Secondly, nearly 50 million Americans are uninsured. Thus, access to “the finest doctors and medical professionals” is nonexistent. Furthermore, those with coverage are paying substantially more comparatively.

            Overall, the commodification of Health Care places a financial burned on Americans that is not experienced in any other industrialized country. For example, in 2009, of the 1.5 million Americans who declared bankruptcy, more than sixty percent cited medical expenses as the direct reason for their financial predicament. Adding to the financial strain incurred through health related costs, insurance premiums have increased a substantial 131 percent for employer-sponsored health coverage since 1999. Relating back to an international comparison, in 2009 Americans spent $7,960 per person on health care, twice as much as France.

            Interestingly, WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Cigna Corp., Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. covered 2.7 million fewer people than they did in 2008, yet these companies astonishingly profited a combined total of $12.2 billion in 2009, which was a fifty six percent increase over the previous year.

            Disconcertingly, it could be suggest that in general Americans are blind to the deficiencies of our health care system.

    • XKonn247

      Here in England I can’t think of a job that actually requires a drugs test outside of a sporting job. What kind of messed up country takes on employees it frequently has to test for drug abuse? It seems a bit redundant to me.

      • Maz

        Nhs working always need a CRB check when employed but not on a regular bases

      • linda

        vince mchanon makes his money when the wrestlers take those dangerous drugs some on hads to stop that or do they have to wait until another wrestlers dies like chris beniot hope they shut down vince for that

    • Paul

      I am a teacher. No random drug tests. Never had one at any previous jobs either.

  • Button

    Damien Sandow > Dolph Ziggler

    • Nick

      Damien Shadow > Damien Sandow

  • steve2

    You foreign guys: your points are all moot. WWE is an AMERICAN company. It doesn’t matter what goes on in your countries, that’s not related to my original comment in any way. And why are you using a wrestling fan site as your soapbox for all your problems with America anyways??? Take it somewhere else where political commentary is appropriate. (Unless your talking about Sgt Slaughter when he sided with the Iraqis and only Hulk Hogan and his band of Hulkamaniacs could defeat him)

    And “politics” guy: you’re absolutely right, politicians NEVER get tested for drugs. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • steve2

    And thank you Darkstalker for NOT trying to educate us. Your crackhead theories make absolutely no sense. Yes, only 10% of Americans receive healthcare. The rest of us are just dying in the streets…
    Seriously, don’t try to make comments on things you know nothing about.

  • Crane

    No Drugtests in Germany for any Job (outside of Sports) except the Police.
    So why they test potentional employees? This is contemptuous.

  • Kevin

    I just want to know how we got into a discussion (argument?) over drug tests and healthcare on A WRESTLING FAN SITE! I agree with Steve2: this is not the place to be discussing your views on America, Americans, drug tests in general, or healthcare stats. This is a WRESTLING FAN SITE; keep your comments confined to WRESTLING!