Jim Ross has posted his latest blog located HERE. As always, I recommend everyone check out the full column as Jim Ross is really the only WWE employee who talks openly and honestly about internet stories and rumors. The following are excerpts from the post:
On HBK/Undertaker match at WrestleMania 25:
The Undertaker is still scheduled to travel on the upcoming European tour after his "near miss" at WM25 in the instant classic versus Shawn Michaels. I would easily surmise that both future HOF’ers will be considerably sore for several days after laying it all on the line in Reliant Stadium.
I’m getting plenty of emails telling me how wrong I am to call the Undertaker vs. HBK the best Wrestlemania match ever. Every one has their opinions but I am not taking any ass chewing for making my statement and have no issue hitting the delete key on my trusty computer from defiant fans with too much free time.
On HBK retiring at WM 26:
For the record, there is no official word as to when HBK is going to retire and I also realize on a recent radio interview that Shawn indicated that WM26 "might" be his last one. I hope that we don’t wear this subject out between now and an official announcement by Shawn. HBK is still amazing, who’s better, and I hope he sticks around for a few more years but if he does decided to retire he’s darned sure earned it. Let’s not jump the gun because after the draining experience of a Wrestlemania many veterans tend to re-evaluate their careers. Trust me on that one.
Another question we seem to be getting a great deal is when or if Stone Cold is returning to the ring. As best that I know the answer is never. Why would any human being risk spending significant time in a wheel chair and horrifically affecting one’s quality of life to wrestle "one more match?" For any one to compare Steve’s neck injury and subsequent invasive surgery to every other wrestler’s neck surgery is naive and, quite honestly, ignorant. Steve will never step back in the ring to "half ass" it and go through the motions at half or three quarter speed just for the pay day or to make some obsessed, die hards happy. He has only one gear and if that gear is going to put his health at risk then why would he do it? Let’s hope that every Stone Cold fan around the world will continue to show their love and respect for Steve when they have the chance to support his film work. Trust me, if Steve could step back in the ring and give it 100% without fear of rising permanent injury then he would.