Jim Ross Blogs: UFC 116, Lesnar, Heyman, Austin, Rock, More
"Happy 4th of July! Be safe and enjoy the holiday. Here some BBQ'ed random thoughts of our Las Vegas trip.
Wife Jan and I have had a great few days in Vegas highlighted by seeing old friends and enjoying the phenomenal UFC PPV Saturday night.
The total UFC experience was awesome. UFC officials were so gracious and hospitable to us. A total class organization. Our seats...front row for me...2nd row for Jan right behind me were unreal.
Dwayne Johnson sat near my OU Sooner pal and #1 NFL Draft pick QB Sam Bradford. They had better seats that Kiss front man Gene Simmons.
Great to get a big hug from a sweaty and exhilarated Brock Lesnar at ringside moments after his amazing victory over another beast, Shane Carwin.
Brock's face was a mess after the 1st round pounding from Carwin where Brock displayed amazing toughness and grit to last the first 5 minutes.
Brock's motivation to not only survive but to win the fight was motivating and his choke out win over one of the baddest men on the planet was a lifetime memory.
I had long overdue and emotional visit w/ Brock in his locker room where he greeted me w/ open arms...literally. I'll never forget that moment.
Steve Austin and Rock had a meaningful visit in Brock's locker room and talked old times, their last match in Seattle at Wrestlemania including Dwayne watching a Stone Cold DVD recently where he enjoyed going back in the day.
Both WWE greats have new films to begin soon...Steve in Vancouver and Rock in Puerto Rico.
Both are still 'students of the game' of wrestling which was cool to discuss w/ them. They both had 'it' and never played a role in the squared circle yet attained success by being enhanced versions of themselves. Organic passion and instincts lead them to unparalleled success.
Lesnar's 'will' to survive was emotional and loaded w/ passion. An amazing performance that I feel no other man on earth could have endured.
Bill Goldberg joined us and he is quite the MMA aficionado. Bill was in great spirits and was Brock's last WWE opponent for the record.
Paul Heyman, who is writing Brock's autobiography w/ the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, was euphoric and rightfully so. Paul and Brock have become best friends. It was good to catch up w/ Paul and the subject of pro wrestling never came up once.
The UFC event was like attending a rock concert with so many enthusiastic, young males w/ 'attitude' in attendance. UFC honchos told me they had over a 4M live gate and expected the PPV to garner over 1 million buys. That's a lot of BBQ folks.
So tonite we will enjoy the Las Vegas fireworks displays and we have a significant dinner lined up w/ friends and associates. It's going to be the fitting end to a super weekend.
I can't wait to watch the event on TV when we get back to Oklahoma. The intensity of the athletes and the fans was amazing with being there live and it will be interesting to see how all that translates on TV.
Be safe and enjoy your holiday. Thanks for stopping by and especially to those that are placing orders.