J.R.'s Superstar of the Week - Triple H
Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat from the soon-to-be barbecue capitol of Oklahoma, Norman, where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will be passing through this week while making an autograph appearance at the Oklahoma State Fair Monster Truck Show Saturday night.
Yours truly had a nice weekend in Tennessee, first with a stop Sunday in Memphis for Unforgiven, and then driving up to Nashville for Monday Night Raw and then back to Memphis for the rare, "non-stop" flight back to Oklahoma City Tuesday morning. I wanted to stop at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch, but Jerry "The King" Lawler and I stopped for a Shoney's Buffet instead. Nothing wrong with the "pitch ‘till you win" all one can eat buffets, which harkens back to the old days when money was really scarce in the business, especially for a young referee. Many of us ate one nice meal a day, usually a buffet, and were glad to get it.
This week's guest panel consisting of Steve Austin, Steve Lombardi, Steve Williams, Steve Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Steve Allen, Stevie Nicks, and Steve the Burping Parrott have unanimously selected the returning Triple H as this week's Raw Superstar of the Week. Our panel again met at an undisclosed location somewhere near "Parts Unknown" and not far from "The Darkside," where I hear that ample amounts of brewsky was consumed. But that is just another one of those Internet rumors, so who really knows for sure??
Any man who is just over a month off the injured list and that can deal his most pesky rival (Carlito) and defeat the World Tag Team Champions (Cade & Murdoch) in one outing certainly deserves this distinguished award and the delicious products from www.jrsbarbq.com for his efforts. The Game was definitely "on" Monday night.
Hopefully, this statement will not anger anyone, but I would politely suggest to WWE Champion John Cena to encourage his father, who is a helluva nice man, to stay in Massachusetts and enjoy Monday Night Raw in the comfort of his own home for the foreseeable future. I was genuinely surprised to see Mr. Cena in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday night at Unforgiven, and was even more surprised to see Mr. Cena actually kick Randy Orton in the head (even though the arrogant Orton most definitely deserved to be taken to the woodshed).
Cena vs. Orton in a Last Man Standing Match at No Mercy in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 7, the day after the Red River Shootout in Dallas between Oklahoma and Texas, may be the straw that finally breaks the back of Cena's championship reign. How many bullets can Cena dodge from the same weapon? Certainly the vocal Cena bashers out there would have cause for celebration if he were to lose the WWE Championship, but I can assure you it won't be without a fight.
The Intercontinental Championship bout Monday night on Raw was a good one between the "Rainbow-haired Warrior" Jeff Hardy and the unnatural blonde, albeit a helluva athlete, Shelton Benjamin. Jeff Hardy is arguably one of the top two or three most popular Superstars on Raw from my seat at ringside. I often daydream about just how good Benjamin could be if he had an astute manager at ringside to make sure the South Carolina native and former University of Minnesota star grappler stays focused and continues to challenge himself.
Is Santino Marella annoying or what? One of the great miracles in life -- including the "Milan Miracle," where Santino won the Intercontinental Title, thanks to Bobby Lashley -- is the simple fact that lovely Maria ever gave Marella the time of day. Sometimes Maria reminds me of the talented actress Goldie Hawn, in a sexy, airhead, nice way.
Speaking of Goldie Hawn, have you seen her classic film The First Wives Club, where Goldie's character gets her lips enhanced? Has Lilian Hall, I mean Jillian Hall, gone the same route? "The King" notices things like this.
Bet you never thought you would see a Flag Match between Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Daivari on Monday Night Raw did you? O.J. Simpson probably never thought he would be back in jail, either, but that's just another case of "there you are."
Even though Hornswoggle is somewhat of an ornery individual at times, I felt bad for the McMahon heir Monday night when his apparent biological father tried to adopt the lad away only one week after it was revealed that he was a McMahon. Perhaps Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis would be interested in adopting his own Fighting Irish mascot, as Lord knows Weis needs a reason to smile occasionally these days.
After Triple H dispatched the World Tag Team Champions on Raw Monday night in Smashville, and after Carlito ran like a scalded dog toward his locker room, can anyone definitively figure out why The Game laid waste to London & Kendrick? Perhaps it was just his way of saying thanks to the tag team duo. The Game is a lone wolf at the moment, that's for sure, and will most likely remain that way until HBK returns to Raw sometime in the future.
The WWE Diva tag bout was fun to watch on Monday night. But if you don't think that Beth Phoenix won't be the next Women's Champion, then you must also think that Rosie O'Donnell will be the write-in winner of the 2007 WWE Diva Search Contest and that Rosie would also look hot in a two-piece.
Unfortunately when Phoenix next gets her hands on the lovely Women's Champion Candice Michelle, it may be a bigger wreck than Britney Spears at happy hour.
Acting Raw General Manager Jonathan Coachman was really using his head (no jokes please) when he selected Santino Marella to oppose John Cena on Raw. Doesn't it seem just a little too "convenient" that Randy Orton deliberately caused the disqualification and Cena still got the shaft?? Bottom line is it would seem that all along Cena was in a no-win situation, come hell or high water, and that Coachman is going to remain vindictive as it relates to The Champ until he finally loses the WWE Title.
The WWE's flagship broadcast, Monday Night Raw, returns to Milwaukee this Monday night for broadcast No. 748. Milwaukee is a fun town and concerning sports was made famous in baseball by Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn and AWA wrestler "The Crusher." I can remember back in the day when the Packers played a few games each season in Milwaukee as opposed to Green Bay. Plus, the catering at the arena in Milwaukee is legendary for being some of the very best we get to experience anywhere. It may not be J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q Restaurant -- gratuitous plug, thank you very much -- but the local fare is amazing.
Don't forget to check out WWE Shop, and order our dee-licious barbecue products including J.R.'s Beef Jerky and Sauces so good, one can't sit still and eat them!
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