WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted another blog entry regarding Jackie Fargo’s passing and tonight’s RAW. Here are some highlights…
On Jackie Fargo: RIP Jackie Fargo who was arguably the biggest star ever in the Memphis area for years and was the inspirational mentor of my friend Jerry Lawler. Fargo took King under Jackie’s wing and helped start Jerry’s legendary, HOF career. Without question, Jackie Fargo was the most influential person in the storied career of Jerry Lawler. I’ve heard a litany of Fargo stories via riding with the King for all the years that we were broadcast partners so I felt like I almost knew the innovator and ‘King of the Strut.’ Fargo was not an imposing athlete but was naturally charismatic, believable and had the ability to verbally and physically connect with his fan base aka customers/ticket buyers. Those skills, some actually unteachable, are the same, exact skills one must have to be successful in the biz today. The fundamentals of crowd psychology haven’t changed and likely never will to any significant degree. Jackie Fargo was a master crowd psychologist and gave viable meaning to the term “less is more” when it came to in ring execution. Everything that he did had meaning and Fargo told such a viable, believeable story that every fan in the arena knew what Fargo was doing and why, all the while being able to process the story that he was telling and emotionally invest in it. For someone to sell as many tickets over and over again to the same fan base for as long as Jackie Fargo did, is truly amazing. My thoughts are with the King, Mr. Fargo’s family, friends and fans today and may the incomparable legend rest in peace.
On Tonight’s RAW: Anxious to watch Monday Night RAW tonight as WWE is coming off one of their best week’s of TV in quite some time. Starting with the Payback PPV last Sunday in Chicago through Friday Night Smackdown, I thought that WWE had a terrific week of TV while essentially reshuffling significant parts of the creative deck from an on screen persona standpoint. I am a proponent of doing such at the most opportune and surprising time which is another extremely, subjective function. Timing and execution are everything in sports entertainment and last week WWE pulled off several tweaks that provided more provocative questions than answers. Those various ‘answers’ will provide another chapter in the episodic ride that we are always on with any weekly produced TV show. I’m particularly anxious to hear Paul Heyman’s side of the ‘Lesnar attacking Punk story’ of which @HeymanHustle was so conveniently absent. I;m also curious to see when Punk faces Lesnar in the ring and I have no issue if it is at Summer Slam even though some pundits think that the build to that match would be too long of which I totally disagree. What can Mark Henry do on RAW that will even rival his amazing performance last week? That’s the magic of being a great performer; to be able to follow and add to what one executed last week. I know for a fact that Mark is highly motivated. Plus, I’m happily riding the Daniel Bryan wave of upward mobility and look forward to his match vs. Randy Orton tonight. Bryan has to stay healthy for him to realize his professional dreams, which seem to be within his grasp.
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