Jim Ross excited to see fans and friends, turns down my offer of booze

Go Hawkeyes... er, I mean, Boomer Sooner!!

As any good journalist knows, sometimes you have to create your own news. That’s exactly what I did this morning by posting a question on Jim Ross’ BBQ Q&A about his appearance July 22-23 at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. (If it gets buried, look for user “EricN.”) I asked:

JR, I sent an anecdote in a while back about meeting Danny Hodge at the wrestling museum in Waterloo, Iowa, and it couldn’t possibly thrill me more to know you’ll be in town this year, along with Danny, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Baron Von Raschke, and all the other greats (plus “How Ya Doin'” Colt Cabana)! That weekend will be chock-full of fun, including a golf outing, your training session with Gerald Brisco, the wrestling show on Friday night, an autograph signing, a roundtable discussion, the banquet itself, and of course all of the interaction. A) Cheesy question, but what are you most looking forward to? B) I’ve read it somewhere before, but what is your mixed drink of choice? If you choose to partake, by god, the first one’s on me.

And he kindly and promptly responded:

Seeing the fans and my friends is always the best part of functions such as this. One isn’t guaranteed when they we will see each other again. I’ve been on the wagon. Likely will pass on the alcohol but thanks nonetheless.

You know, I appreciate his honesty, and I don’t care if I have to go across town to Zippy’s BBQ Shack to get the Wrestling’s Kind of ‘Cue some tasty ribs and a side of baked beans, I’m going to roll out the red carpet for this man. And everyone else, too. Take note, legends: I lived in Waterloo for three years, so if you need anything, use me for all I’m worth. I let Carly do the same thing every day. -Eric

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2 Responses

  1. Eric, I believe JR’s drink of choice is a kamikaze. I remember the stpries of Flair buying trays of 100 and JR being pne of the guys to take them down.

    Wish I could make Waerloo this year, but me and the wife starting our trip to Wyoming and she wont let me make the pit stop.

    • That does sound familiar! All I know is that I’m willing to be a welcome mat for these guys, so they can practically walk all over me if they want. It’s rare you get a chance to interact with these guys, and it’s rarer that you get to do it once a year in your (old) hometown. I relish it. So if Terry Funk needs a ride to the Tack Room for a new saddle, god dammit, I’m giving him a ride. -E

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