hot BBQ sauce and WWE Shop a winner for Australian
fans; Brings back fond wrestling memories, by Greg
Tingle - May 2013
and Hospitality Shop
a long time WWE, wrestling and Jim Ross fan, you can
imagine how wrapt I was when my latest WWE Shop order
arrived to my home in Sydney, Australia.
I wouldn't bothering ordering any food or beverage
product from all the way up in the United States,
via internet or not, but why wouldn't I want to support
the man (and the company) who have provided my family
and I with so much enjoyment over the years.
BBQ Hot BBQ Sauce may not have been the actually catalyst
for my latest WWE Shop order (CM Punk's new arty t-shirt
was), but the sauce was something I just had to have
- almost as a moral obligation.. if you willl (thanks
sauce worked a treat on the egg and tomato roll (with
salt, pepper and Vegemite) that my good woman made
me for breakfast, and the young nephews enjoyed JR's
sauce too, with a "nice but a bit hot" comment.
Mate, it was one of the most awesome home breakfasts
I've had in years, and it was in part thanks to JR!
The nephews enjoyed their fruit juice more than usual,
drinking it out of the John Cena - Rey Mysterio drinking
cups I ordered (but the cups don't do anything for
me... but it put smiles on the boys mugs, so that
counts for something).
to JR...I believe the first time I had the pleasure
to enjoy a Jim Ross announced match was back in 1985
or so. It was Ric Flair VS Sting which I enjoyed via
Channel Nine 'Wide World Of Sports' (a weekend sports
program, who fortunately was hosted back then by a
couple of sports announcers who enjoyed enjoyed quality
pro wrestling. I watched the broadcasts religiously
with my late farther, and we always had the old BETA
videotape recorder at the ready for the best stuff.
90% of the wrestling matches they screened were WWF
matches but when they did show a NWA / WCW match,
it was a barn stormer. The next time I heard JR was
years later was when I moved to Sydney and enjoyed
catching the Sting VS Nikita Koloff world title match
at the popular drinking hole, Newport Arms, located
on Pittwater at Newport, half way up Sydney's beautiful
northern beaches region. My old mate 'Big' Tim Bristow
introduced me to 'The Arms', but Timmy preferred boxing
over wrestling. Fortunately it was my old man who
introduced me to the pro wrestling when Killer Karl
Kox, Brute Bernard and friends would tear it up on
the black and white TV's circa 1976. Dad told me it
was show business, but he also said in a serious manner
"You wouldn't want to mess with the best pro
wrestlers. They are as tough as they come".
readers may find it interesting that the American
pro wrestling matches acted as a motivater of sorts
for dad and I to go to the local Sydney sports club
wrestling matches. Of course, 'The Balmain Tiger'
George Barnes being one of dad's truck driving mates
(his day job), didn't hurt either. I will never forget
Barnes being dropped on his head via Piledriver at
Manly-Warringah Football Club. If only JR was there
to call the action for that one.
here "down under" in Australia, we can continue
to hear JR's broadcasting thanks to our pay television
provider, Foxtel, and then there's the WWE and JR's
Place websites, and others, to keep up with the news
on JR and friends.
on JR for helping maintain the fine standards at the
WWE and in the world of broadcasting, and Jimbo...
keep them honest at the WWE Shop.
are hoping to catch the WWE action live when they
come back to Australia this year. Still saving the
money for the tickets as the Labor - Julie Gillard
government has really knocked our internet - media
based business for a six with their b2b e-commerce
unfriendly policies, but that's another story for
another column. The WWE has had mixed experiences
as far as censorship goes over the years so the full
story won't get a run in some circles anyway. Let's
just thank God that Australian wrestling fans can
get WWE via television and the internet, and that
the WWE Shop works fine through Australian internet
filtering systems - at least at this stage of the
only real area for improvement on WWE Shop and JR's
Place shop that comes to mind is to reduce the price
of shipping (my order was in the region of $50 postage
to Australia), but that wasn't too bad considering
I ordered 4 shirts, BBQ sauce and John Cena - Rey
JR and crew, and us Aussie fans look forward to seeing
you on the box again next week.
Maybe JR or the WWE Shop should also put out a branded
coffee. If its good enough for Australia's Hugh Jackman
(Laughing Man) and Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio,
it should be good enough for them (but then again
- they might not want to risk upsetting their world
JR moment: Dressed in a toga at WrestleMania - Trump
Plaza for Hulk Hogan VS Randy Savage (we do know he
was told to wear that get up).
JR moment: all of the play by play for the Ricky Steamboat
VS Ric Flair series.
hot BBQ sauce rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (maybe there
should be a warning for kids and your JR fans about
time to Australia: 2.5 weeks