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An Evening with Jim Ross NYC Review

WWE Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer good old JR, Jim Ross, performed his one-man show in New York City this past weekend. Ross held two shows; one was advertised at 4pm and the other at 8pm. I attended the so-called 4pm show and overall really enjoyed everything Ross had to say.

Logistically, I had some issues with the show. Although it was advertised for 4pm, the show didn’t start until 5pm. Apparently, the doors just opened at four. I had plans after the show that I was late for and I am someone who gets annoyed and frustrated when things are poorly planned. Now, I think Gramercy Theater knew this information, but despite me trying to contact them, I didn’t find out until I was there.

However, once the show started, I was hoping it would never end. JR began talking about his personal life. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, JR began a wrestling fan at age ten. This was a point that JR stressed throughout the show and even more so at the end. Just like those of us in attendance, JR has always been a wrestling fan. He was just one of the lucky people to make a career out of being a wrestling fan.

Since JR is a wrestling fan, he has an opinion on just like the rest of us. He also thinks Randy Macho Man Savage should be in the Hall of Fame and that the Montreal Screwjob was not a work. In fact, JR let us know that he and Jerry Lawler were told that the finish was going to be “a DQ.”

Another opinion JR shares with a number of wrestling fans is how much promotion things like the WWE app gets. JR stressed throughout the show is how calling a match should be all about what is happening in the ring. All of the focus should be on the match. When you are promoting out of the ring ventures, you are ignoring the hard working people in the ring. This obviously deserved a standing ovation.

The entire show could have lasted a lot longer. JR told funny and embarrassing stories about Ric Flair, Vince McMahon and Dick Murdoch. However, I am sure he has more embarrassing stories about many others. JR only told his own story for about an hour. The remaining time was given to those in attendance for a No Holds Barred Q and A. In addition to the Montreal Screwjob question, JR also discussed the night Owen Hart died.

Also in attendance at the event were Tommy Dreamer, Joey Styles and even comedian Judah Friedlander. Before Dreamer stood and put Ross over, Friedlander had a question about JR’s personal life. As many people know, JR has dealt with Bell’s Palsy numerous times. He discussed the facial paralysis and how it affected his personal and professional life. JR mentioned how stress is one cause of Bell’s Palsy and it’s not surprising that someone in his position had a great deal of pressure.

Jim Ross truly lived a Hall of Fame life in professional wrestling. His personal life became his professional life. Anyone wondering if this event is worth the money, travel etc.…it is worth it. In fact, I hope JR returns to New York City and tells even more stories. From one wrestling fan to another, I thank JR for telling his story and admire his determination and no quit attitude that helped him become the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of professional wrestling.

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog and WWE blogger for ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter (@sethmikey) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt

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