He noted that WrestleMania will have 70,000 people at Ford Field from numerous countries, is expected to draw a million PPV buys, but none of that would get much lip service from the media as "that's good news" and no one wants to hear that.
He said he didn't want to disparage Trish Stratus and Lita's accomplishments, both of whom he is proud of as he signed them, but he indicated that Trish and Lita both saw where the company was headed in terms of how women would be used. Lita and Trish wanted to wrestle but he said they recognized the company's direction. "One wanted to get married, the other wanted to heal from injuries." This facilitated their choice to leave the company. He was not remotely optimistic for the role on women in WWE as wrestlers.
J.R. was best when he told stories about himself and about the business, such as the Leroy McGuirk wanting to kill Ted DiBiase story, and one he told about Ric Flair's penchant for ordering 100 Kamikazes when he enters bar and picking up women.
Even in a two hour lecture, I wished we could have heard more stories. It was also a bit too bad that the lecture was aimed towards the MIT students with little awareness of the business. What fun it would have been if J.R. knew he was in a classroom of 65-70 real wrestling fans and could speak in fewer generalities and more in depth about the business.
Still, I got to sit face to face with Jim Ross and shake his hand at the end and thank him for coming to speak to us. I'm definitely planning on attending Mick Foley's lecture on 4/12.