Old School Raw: Hope everyone enjoys the Old School Raw tonight live from Baltimore. Lots of wrestling history in that old Arena including Superstar Graham beating Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Title, several JCP major shows including Great American Bash events and Ron Simmons making history by beating Vader for the WCW World Title back in the day. I'm curious to see how the "Old Schoolers" will be used tonight on the 3 hour broadcast. Will they be embraced or embarrassed in the name of 'entertainment?'
On WWE Creative Needing To Deliver Tonight: WWE creative must hit it out of the park tonight on the Daniel Bryan, who's soon to be known as Daniel Wyatt based on weekend WWE live events, and the Wyatt Family storyline. I've never seen a talent over the last few years get 'over' to the level of Bryan and then be booked so curiously. Hopefully, at the end of the day, this will come full circle and please many fans but at least Bryan is still getting quality TV minutes and his bell to bell in ring work is virtually untouchable.
Talents who get over organically are few and far between these days and they can never be taken for granted or not recognized. The 'buzz' doesn't last forever. Wrestlers who connect with the fans is a wrestling booker's dream.
Creative types who do not listen to their paying customers IE Fans just aren't that bright when all is said and done.
On Being Involved in a New Wrestling Company: FYI...I have not had any conversations with anyone about starting a 'new' pro wrestling promotion. I have not spoken to Jeff Jarrett since he left WWE on a day that doesn't rank too high on my list of fun days at work.
Some websites are irresponsibly running with the story that just because Toby Keith and I are friends and fellow Okies who both follow the Sooners that I'm about to do business with Toby and Jeff Jarrett which isn't true. Toby and I had dinner at the Sugar Bowl, he's a wrestling fan from the old days and, a helluva entrepreneur with deep pockets. Nonetheless the reason that we were there was to support our Sooners vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and not talk about pro wrestling.
We did talk the wrestling biz some but that's not unusual for me in any conversation after a 40 year career within the genre. We also talked country music, business investments, OU football and we spent the afternoon together with ESPN's Brad Nessler who's another wrestling fan. Yes, TNA came up a time or two but that was really a non issue in our conversations.
I am not motivated to re-engage in the wrestling business on a daily basis and it would take a mighty healthy offer to consider such. The politics and paranoia that go along with today's rasslin business isn't healthy for me to be around on a full time basis especially at this stage of my life.
Plus, I have a specific philosophy regarding how the business should be presented that doesn't seem to be in fashion these days.