Jim Ross Speaks Out On Salary, Smackdown Going Live, More

Chris Cash


Ross has posted yet another blog addressing some of the rumors that have surfaces on the ‘net as of late, including his supposed salary, Smackdown airing live, his blogs having something to do with his move to SD, and more. You can read the article HERE. Here’s a few of the things he said:

Regarding Salary Rumors:

“Lots of erroneous info being floated out there about what “J.R. earns” as if it is anyoneâ<80><99>s business what another person earns. Some of the numbers that I saw was old data based on when I was a corporate officer in the WWE, an Executive Vice President, of which that ceased in about 2004 as best as I recall. With no longer being a EVP, it also means that one doesnâ<80><99>t receive stock options or stock grants being in the role of an Advisor, as I currently am. Someone dug out old info and used it as if it was current but why let the facts get in the way of a good tale? Nonetheless, I have made a great living in the WWE and unlike some of my peers have saved most of that money and have been fortunate enough to make some sound investments. No “poor me” B.S. here but what many of you have been reading isnâ<80><99>t accurate info, if that matters to you.”

On his blogs being part of the reason he was drafted:

“Also another interesting theory floating around out there in â<80>~rasslin gossip world is this one, “those close to the decision making process” have said that these blogs helped perpetuate me moving from Raw to Smackdown via the WWE Draft. Thatâ<80><99>s another one that is a little hard to digest but it sure does make for some interesting reading I suppose. If those “close to the decision making process” are talking freely to outside sources then how trustworthy are these people? Secondly, at the end of the day, I think I went to Smackdown for the right reasons although I obviously did not like it initially. “What else could McMahon do? J.R. essentially challenged the Chairman inasmuch as J.R. said he wasnâ<80><99>t going to change brands.” I do not think that me moving to Smackdown was done for any reason except that the WWE wants to enhance the brand, make it more viable and more of an asset to the company in the very important and competitive world of network television. Whoâ<80><99>s to say that IF Friday Night Smackdown is successful over time on MyNetwork that the show couldnâ<80><99>t move to Fox Network to join other franchises like the NFL and NASCAR? It is certainly possible if the ratings warrant such.”

On Smackdown airing live:

“Read a rumor where Friday Night Smackdown may go “live” several times a year which is also new news to me. I feel it is “highly unlikely” that this will happen but time will tell I suppose. My money is on that it wonâ<80><99>t happen with the exception being the Friday night prior to WM25 in Houston. Even if it does, I have no issue with it as long as I donâ<80><99> t have to miss any OU Football games then the Friday night business could become an issue. 🙂 For the record, I talked to people even closer to those close to the decision makers and they donâ<80><99>t think this will happen either except on a rare occasion. It is too expensive and would take completely retooling the schedule. Plus those who know the match results from the Tuesday tapings is such a small # that who cares?”

Ross also discussed TMZ’s article on racism being the main reason Henry was made ECW Champion, Michael Cole, his and Foleys’ goal as announcer, and much more. A recommended read for sure.

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