JR Blog: Austin-HHH podcast, Thoughts on Chris Benoit into the WWE HOF, Origins of “Booger Red”

Jim Ross checked in with a Tuesday blog, here are some highlights.

on Austin-HHH podcast
Enjoyed the Austin-HHH podcast Monday night after RAW on the @WWENetwork and look forward to more programs such as this as they are somewhat easy to produce and more cost efficient than many other original programming concepts. For me the long term key to the Network are the PPV’s and Original Programming. The ideas for original programming are seemingly endless. Both Austin and Triple H were straight forward and once they got on a roll it created some interesting content. I could have easily listened to another hour.

on Fast Lane PPV
I liked the tweak in the booking as it relates to the the Fast Lane PPV in a few weeks in Memphis as it gets Daniel Bryan back involved, provides multiple ways to go and even potentially positions Reigns as the villain against fan favorite Lesnar. As I said when many fans were knocking themselves out with their uncontrollable knee jerks, the weekly TV between now and WM31 could and should be good programming. I see that happening if the stories are kept simple and not over thought.

on Chris Benoit into the WWE HOF
The annual Chris Benoit into the WWE HOF topic has reared it’s head again and will likely linger until after the WWE HOF event the night before WM31. I do not endorse Chris, who I hired and had immense respect for until the final days of his life when he murdered his family and then committed suicide. Knowing Chris as I did I feel that he would NOT want to be enshrined into the WWE HOF because of the backlash that it would create and because the story would not be about Chris’s stellar career but instead about the infamous murder/suicide. The entire matter is still a gut wrencher including me representing the WWE at Nancy and Daniel’s funeral services which was a task that was SO hard for me to attend on a personal level. IMO one cannot separate the career of an overachieving athlete from the fact that he murdered his family and then took his own life and no matter the alleged motive.

on the story behind calling Undertaker ‘Booger Red’ for a short time
Let’s try this one last time….Booger Red…what was it…what did it mean….In the South and Southwest according to the dictionary Booger means a ghostly being also described as a ghost, hobgoblin, or other frightening apparition. I called the undertaker that for multiple reasons…his TV persona was that of a frightening apparition, he had red hair, and he reminded me of the nasty, physical style of athleticism that former Texas Longhorn linebacker and first pick of the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis, with his 22 inch neck, and was nicknamed ‘Booger Red’ by the media for his physical play on the football field. That is the back story on the nickname I gave Taker that did not resonate and was eventually laid to rest, so to speak, much to the pleasure of some of the comic book reading, creative writers who had zero knowledge of athletics. I tried…I failed….and that’s the story behind me calling Undertaker ‘Booger Red’ for a short time.

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