Jim Ross is back in on his official website with a new blog post. Below are highlights:
On having to buy a new suit and make travel arrangements to Houston:
I have read that I knew that I was leaving Monday Night Raw prior to the draft. Wrong. I had no clue as to the move…had no travel booked to go to Houston, including no hotel room there booked prior to Tuesday nor did I take an extra suit to wear Tuesday night as I thought I was coming home, as usual. Thanks to Southwest Airlines I made it to Houston by the middle of the afternoon and then had to go purchase a new suit. After seeing about a zillion TV commercials where GeorgeZimmer touts his Menâ<80><99>s Warehouse Stores and how they can help a man out who is in need of emergency apparel, I gave them a try. Menâ<80><99>s Warehouse came through just as they say they will on their ads, which was greatly appreciated.
On his first blog he wrote Tuesday morning after being drafted to SmackDown:
My “angry blog” earlier this week was admittedly ill advised, but it was honest on my end, even though I broke one of my own cardinal rules of writing, never write when angry. Thatâ<80><99>s not advisable for anyone who writes for public consumption. I tend to look at thingsun-objectively when Iâ<80><99>m P.O.â<80><99>ed and the result is usually a “poor me” piece of business. I hear that some folks within the WWE were all over this particular “angry blog” and wanted to make sure that the heavy hitters in the company were aware of my “ire”. Of course, many of these sycophants acquit themselves by saying, “Iâ<80><99>m just doing my job.” Right.
On his second blog on Tuesday when he had calmed down:
The second blog was written while I was sitting in the San Antonio Airport during a flight delay to Houston and had calmed down and took a more objective look at the opportunity that was presented to me by moving to Smackdown. I have a chance to contribute to the essential re-branding of the network program that could lead to bigger and better things for the company that pays the Rossâ<80><99> “light bill”. Because this piece was largely positive, I would assume that the WWE suits were not made aware of this bit of journalism but thatâ<80><99>s only one manâ<80><99>s take on a matter that really, at the end of the day, isnâ<80><99>t that big an issue.
On how Tuesday nights will work out better to watch Football:
As a football fan, moving to Tuesdayâ<80><99>s is going to really be nice as I will be able to hang at one of our restaurants and enjoy the NFL on Sundays not to mention enjoy the Oklahoma Sooner fans who are in town on home game weekends. Plus, travel to the UK, for example, will not mean I have to juggle OU Football and flights and arrive on Monday morning as I have in the past and then broadcast Raw on Monday evening there. I can leave Sunday night or Monday morning and still get my work done.
On his first SmackDown experience:
My first Smackdown experience with Mick Foley was well received internally and I thought it showed that we have the potential to be an entertaining team. We will work diligently to get better each week. Much like The King and I, Mick and I are great friends with a great deal of mutual respect which is not in long supply in this business. With that foundation to build upon, there is no reason that we canâ<80><99>t evolve along with the Smackdown brand itself which as anyone can see has a viable, new roster with many fresh faces and a much higher corporate priority than it ever has. Be sure and check out www.wwe.com for all the roster changes.
I hope that you will check out Smackdown Friday night and chime in with your thoughts on the announcing on the show. There was more in ring wrestling to call than I have been used to on Raw which was nice.
Confirming that he will be at Monday’s Raw in Oklahoma City:
Monday night I absolutely plan on attending the OKC Raw as how could it be an OKC Raw without me getting my ass kicked in some shape form or fashion? 🙂 Seriously, this is a major event for my home market and one that I am supporting as tirelessly as possible especially considering that the ticket header says “The WWE and J.R.â<80><99>s Family BBQ present Monday Night Raw”. I have a ticket but please donâ<80><99>t ask me for any comps as I am fresh outâ<80>¦.wow I did not realize I had so many friends. As a matter of fact the Monday Night Raw Superstars and crew will enjoy catering from J.R.â<80><99>s Family BBQ on Monday and many Smackdown folks are planning on stopping by our original store Monday which is at exit 109 at I-35 and Main in Norman.
You can read the full blog post at this link.