New JR Blog – Slobber Knocker Goes Mainstream, WWE Holding A Tryout Camp, Building The Next Megastar, Cole’s New Responsibilities

Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below is an excerpt:

Seems as if Slobber Knocker is a word after all. One of my oldest catch phrases is in the Urban Dictionary and was used multiple times Thursday night on the Cleveland-Baltimore NFL game.

Of course one of the NFL broadcasters who works in the studio, I think, had to tweet that he didn’t watch wrestling because it wasn’t “intelligent” enough for him. Typical, elitist attitude from a ‘main stream’ sports guy. He feels that wrestling is a program for children. @AndrewSiciliano has the right to his opinion even though I don’t agree with it.

WWE holding a tryout camp down in Tampa starting today (Friday) that I’m missing due to obligations here in OKC regarding RAW. I’m anxious to hear if there will be any viable prospects coming out of this multiple day camp. I hope that all prospects came to camp in great, cardio shape.

How to build a new WWE mega star? It’s obviously not easy and takes a combined effort from many areas but getting said talent on a roll is a significant part of the process. Taking a few chances along the way is usually necessary as does steering the course with the earmarked talent who must be motivated, smart, and hard working. Ironically, some talents don’t want the responsibility that comes with being one of the “top talents” as it isn’t an easy assignment and only gets more challenging the more popular the talent becomes.

Plus, the talent has to have the elusive “it” factor which cannot be manufactured in my opinion.

The best market research that WWE has are the paying customers, IE fans, WWE Universe, etc. The fanbase is much more discerning in today’s world thanks to all the information flow that’s available and said fans are usually on the money when it comes to something that they like and things that they don’t like. One just has to be careful not to confuse defiant/trendy reactions to those that fit the category of “I despise this and I want it to go away” angst.

Happy to say that @Jerry Lawler is feeling better each day. We communicated via text message during the Browns loss to the Ravens Thursday night. Jerry actually is making an appearance at an event near Memphis but obviously is not wrestling or being involved in any physicality. Apparently it is an autograph engagement of some sort. I’ve not heard a definitive return date for Jerry to come back to Raw commentary and the travel that goes with it. I suspect it will still be a while before his doctor’s clear him for that job and all that goes with it.

@MichaelCole has so many more responsibilities as the lead announcer on Raw than I ever did. All the social media info, etc wasn’t around when King and I were in our heyday. Michael stays highly organized with a multitude of information that he is obligated to distribute during any given Monday night broadcast.

Michael’s role now on Raw and mine back in the day, even though we were both ‘lead announcers,’ are drastically different. Unless one does prep work with Cole, you just doesn’t know how good a job he does especially with SO much on his plate.

Click here to read JR’s latest in its entirety.

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  • Ian P.

    I like that Cole is just being Cole again.

    • snap

      How can he be considered a heel any longer when he very likely saved Jerry Lawler’s life by alerting the doctor when he did? I think he earned the respect of even the most jaded fan with how he handled that situation.

  • Eric

    jim Ross tel it like it should be