In Jim Ross’ latest blog entry, he writes:
I think that way too much as been made of a question that I answered regarding what my perception was about returning to weekly TV. Firstly, it’s really nice that many fans enjoy my work and would like to hear me on a weekly basis. I’m sincerely flattered, without question.
Secondly, I do not perceive this development to likely not return to weekly TV broadcasting to be a negative one as a new schedule simply makes it easier on me travel wise and will hopefully help me keep lingering health issues in check. My goal is and has always been to help “the team” which means WWE as a whole. I’ve been fortunate to have had many years of positive experiences in several different, key areas where we have earned varying levels of success. I can still contribute in many of those areas or other platforms. Those plans are still being formulated but I am on board, in theory, and look forward to new responsibilities and challenges.
For the record, I am not “burned out” and I still have a blast broadcasting the genre. The business has been my life for over 35 years and I feel that I still have plenty to offer and want to do all I can to perpetuate the biz and to make things better for future generations. I am and always have been a team guy and the team always has to come first when dealing with one’s profession so any way that I can help the team win is what I want to do.
I have every intention of being at WM26 and if that is to simply spend time with my wife and friends and enjoy the weekend as a fan then I’m perfectly fine with that.
He is referring to the IWC’s reaction to some recent responses on the Q&A section of his site, including, “I don’t think that WWE is interested in putting me back on weekly TV and all the travel that comes along with it at this time. Would I love to work with King again? Certainly. Is this my call? Nope. Do I think that I will ever be paired with Lawler again on a regular basis? Highly unlikely.”
Also in the Q&A section he tackles many issues including saying, “If I continue to stay in wrestling, why would I want to leave WWE?” and “Jui Jitsu holds have their place in pro wrestling if properly utilized and explained. Some wrestlers are lazy and unmotivated when it comes to the application of some holds.”
That final quote segues nicely into the awesome interview he did with our good buddy Jeremy Botter over at Heavy.com. In the three-part interview, he talks about being a huge MMA fan, his favorite MMA announcer, Brock Lesnar’s run and what other wrestlers he feels could do well in the sport. We linked over to part one earlier in the week, but you can find part three, along with links to the earlier portions of the interview, at Heavy.com. It’s a must-read.
In other J.R. news, we never linked over to his his Thursday blog post, which hits on topics like his favorite WCW moments, blood in wrestling and more. Check it out here.
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