J.R.'s Superstar of the Week - Mr. Kennedy
Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat from the WWE's resident Okie-barbecue aficionado who may not be "HD-friendly," but is headed to Austin this weekend to be a part of a Texas-sized Monday Night Raw extravaganza in the state capital of the Lone Star State.
This week's Raw Superstar of the Week did not come without significant contemplation. I strongly considered young Brian Kendrick because I did not see anyone on Raw who tried harder to win their one-on-one match than did the gifted high-flyer. But, alas, the world loves winners; just ask New England Patriots fans. So this week's Raw Superstar of the Week is Mr. Kennedy, a skilled athlete without a first name.
Mr. Kennedy will receive an "I've Got Big Nuts" T-shirt from www.jrsbarbq.com in commemoration of his profuse verbalizations and to gratuitously plug our new peanut business at J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q Restaurant.
News bulletin: John Cena is back … looks great … will face Randy Orton for the WWE Title at No Way Out … and is still getting booed by rowdy fans as if he robbed the local house of worship. Nonetheless, the jeers don't seem to faze the former WWE Champion and may actually motivate the strong-as-a-young-bull Superstar.
Many teen males had ample reasons to relish Raw Monday night as there were not one, but two matches that featured the lovely and talented Divas. Meanwhile, The Glamazon continues to impress. Mom, Dad, please check your son's DVRs.
Twenty-two-year-old Cody Rhodes took his eye off the ball momentarily, thanks to a distraction from the verbose Santino Marella, which led to Dusty Rhodes' talented son losing to Carlito, who has defeated both World Tag Champions in successive weeks in one-on-one matches. Speaking of the 2007 WWE Hall of Famer, The American Dream, who do you think will comprise the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2008? You have to admit that's an interesting question.
Nice, impromptu DX Reunion in Philly Monday night that included an impressive win and a great sales pitch for the new DX T-shirt, which is available at WWE Shop (as is the tasty and addictive "J.R.'s BBQ Sauce." Got Sauce??)
Jerry "The King" Lawler has a pair of shoes the same color as Snitsky's teeth -- brown -- just for the record, and we all know records, like teeth, are made to be broken.
JBL may be a marketing genius with his creation of the fantastic new energy drink, Mamajuana Energy, but the mauling millionaire obviously can't be trusted when it comes to rasslin' deals, or so it would seem. The NYC resident pretty much left Orton in a lurch Monday night when John Cena came to get some.
Jeff Hardy's emotional remarks Monday night were inspiring and for anyone to count Jeff out of the WWE Title picture would be pet coon goofy. For my money, no Superstar in WWE is any hotter than the "Legend Thriller," despite falling short of winning the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble.
Do you think Ric Flair may see a younger version of the "Nature Boy" in Mr. Kennedy? I'm taking Flair and the "over" in Vegas at No Way Out versus Kennedy. How's that for a Super Bowl-like prediction?
Speaking of the Super Bowl, which I hear is this Sunday: I like the Giants -12. But please, no wagering without parental permission.
I will also pick Brock Lesnar to defeat Frank Mir Saturday night in the UFC event also in Las Vegas. Insiders say Mir isn't in top shape, but that's hearsay on my part … damn Internet! But you have to admit Ol' J.R. is a prediction machine this week.
One more prediction, and I am really going out on a limb with this one: I'm predicting that some of the wonderful WWE fans in Austin, Texas, attending Raw Monday night will actually boo yours truly when they hear my entrance theme, "Boomer Sooner." And to think that I left two tickets for University of Texas Coach Mack Brown at the box office.
Yours truly plans on being in Las Vegas early for No Way Out and attending the Kelly Pavlik-Jermaine Taylor Middleweight Boxing Championship fight the night before. Pavlik is from Youngstown, Ohio, the hometown of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops, who will also be attending the pugilistic affair. Bob will be the one in the visor.
Bring out the bowling shoes because this business between Chris Jericho and the one-man conglomerate, JBL, is going to get ugly. Both men, along with HBK, Triple H, Jeff Hardy and "U-Man-Ga" (as Raw GM William Regal likes to say), will be in the perverse Elimination Chamber at WWE's next pay-per-view and the Chamber eats victims like they were slow, smoked barbecue. Let's just say that the Elimination Chamber isn't "wrestler- friendly."
I watched an advance copy of the Stone Cold Steve Austin DVD this week, and for anyone who has ever been a fan of the Texas Rattlesnake and has followed Steve's career, I assure you that you will love this three-disc set. It will be released on Feb. 12 and will be one of the hottest sellers of the year. And that's not me "shilling," but shooting straight with you.
Next Friday morning I will begin appearing weekly on the Florida-based "Buckethead Radio Program" to promote WrestleMania XXIV. Buckethead and I hope to start many Internet rumors and create considerable controversy and angst between next Friday and WrestleMania XXIV.
Check out Daytona Beach News-Journal online and Jeff Wilen's weekly column, JAWBreaker, as your black hat wearing friend will be answering questions each week until we get to the Citrus Bowl for WrestleMania.
See you Monday night in HD from Austin, Texas, for Monday Night Raw.
Be sure to check out J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q Restaurant at www.jrsbarbq.com.