J.R.'s Superstar of the Week - Candice Michelle
Greetings from under the 200X, black, Resistol hat from your resident barbecue lovin' Sooner who always enjoys traveling to our nation's capital as will occur this weekend when WWE presents Cyber Sunday in Washington, D.C.
My selection for Raw Superstar of the Week is the lovely, hard-working and lucky Candice Michelle. Candice is luckier than Rick Solomon (who allegedly married Pam Anderson recently in Las Vegas) that she didn't sustain a devastating, life-changing injury Monday night. She fell while standing on the top turnbuckle and landed dangerously on her head and shoulder. The beautiful young woman originally from Milwaukee must have drank her milk and ate plenty of cheese as a young lass because she was strong enough to endure the fall without breaking her neck. The Good Lord works in mysterious ways. Hey, He gave Britney Spears children, didn't He? Thank goodness Candice is only going to be out of action 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone as this ordeal could have been a horrific tragedy.
For being the week's honoree, Candice will receive all four delicious flavors of J.R.'s sauces and a four-pack of beef jerky from www.jrsbarbq.com. Jerry "The King" Lawler has volunteered to personally deliver Candice's bounty. Get well soon, Candice!
What was that post match look that Mickie James gave Trevor Murdoch Monday night? "Git ‘er Done."
Even though Shawn Michaels may be the favorite to win your votes to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Title at Cyber Sunday, I am not ready to give up on either Jeff Hardy or Kennedy winning this horse race. If Orton prevails Sunday, I will be amazed -- which most likely means the Legend Killer will be successful at Cyber Sunday because I am rarely right with my prognostications. I once predicted that The Great Khali could clearly say, "How now, brown cow?" but I was wrong on that one, too.
It would seem that Raw General Manager William "I have a handsome head of hair" Regal and his Executive Assistant, Jonathan "I'm NOT the guy on the Weather Channel" Coachman have a somewhat contentious relationship, much like Nebraska football coach (for now) Billy Callahan and interim Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, who may soon have the pleasure of relieving Callahan of his duties. Hey, Bill getting canned won't kill you. Trust me.
I enjoyed watching Cody Rhodes wrestle Shelton Benjamin Monday night in Omaha, as these are two of the finer, young Superstars on Raw. Yes, I did invest in some delicious Omaha Steaks -- the other red meat -- while in Omaha. Another interesting note regarding Omaha: No one could tell "The King" and me where Mutual of Omaha's Marlon Perkins' home was located. Oh, you don't know who Marlon Perkins is? Do a Google search.
It was nice to see 22-year-old DH Smith finally debut in WWE, and luckily it was on Monday Night Raw. Young Smith has plenty going for him, but at the end of the day he's going to have to make it on his own as his father, the late "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, and family in general cast a major shadow. The youngster must eventually step out from under that shadow. I like the young Smith's chances.
It was really clever, creative matchmaking for Hornswoggle McMahon to wrestle Umaga Monday night, wasn't it? Would little "Horny" have survived if Triple H had not physically asserted himself into Umaga's ample grill? Let's put it this way, does Sir Paul McCartney trust his estranged wife Heather Mills, who wants MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from Sir Paul in their tidy little divorce after being married to the former Beatles icon for what, an hour?
Diva contestant Lena, we hardly knew ye. Sorry to see you go, but at least you weren't challenged to do 30 seconds on a live mic as were the two finalists, Brooke and Eve. Also, if needed, "Uncle Jerry" Lawler is sort of the Dr. Melfi of Monday Night Raw, and he is a great listener if you want to get any thing off your chest. Speaking of Dr. Melfi, I miss The Sopranos on HBO, but like WWE 24/7, I catch my favorite Jersey family on Video on Demand on my cable system, which happens to be Cox Cable of Oklahoma City.
It should really be interesting to see how well the two Diva Search finalists will be received in Philadelphia next Monday night. Toughen up ladies … it's Philly!
How would you enjoy going on a long car trip with an espresso-loaded Santino Marella? Laryngitis would be the death knell for Santino.
At least we know that the woman with whom illusionist David Copperfield allegedly had an unwanted experience with that is currently under investigation wasn't the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, because Copperfield isn't in intensive care.
The main event on Raw was hot, and I only wish we could have seen more of it. HBK & Jeff vs. Randy Orton & Mr. Kennedy was a big-time tag team contest and provided more excitement than some of the World Series games are likely to provide. Speaking of the Fall Classic, I do know that a convalescing John Cena is pulling hard for his hometown Red Sox.
It was great being a guest of THQ Video Games in L.A. last Friday, and let me assure you that the 2008 Raw vs. SmackDown video game is the absolute best yet. The clarity of the graphics and the images of the Superstars is uncanny … uncanny, I tell you! Seriously, this is THE video game in which to invest as the storylines and the surprises are plentiful. King and I met many great WWE fans while in L.A. who are heavy duty gamers.
Don't forget to vote, and we will hopefully see you Sunday in D.C. for Cyber Sunday on pay-per-view -- another tri-branded extravaganza from WWE.
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