On “rumors” of Michael Cole replacing him on RAW: There sure were lots of internet rumors over the past few days about Michael Cole replacing yours truly this fall as the voice of Monday Night Raw. I have no idea how this sort of information gets out there and then takes on a life of its own as if it is factual. I fully expect to continue my tenure with the WWE for years to come and no one in the decision making process has indicated anything to the contrary to me. Do you actually think these executives are speaking to the wrestling internet world? Me neither. These rumors upset Mrs J.R. and my family more than they do me. I still get excited about going to work every week on Monday Night Raw and I am still having fun. I would also like to think that my work doesn’t suck pond water. Perhaps I am wrong. Nonetheless when my run on Raw comes to an end, whenever that may be, I will look back on my WWE career with no regrets. I have had a blessed career and life in our wonderful business over the past four decades. There is plenty of fuel left in this tank, so don’t count me out just yet. I feel, for many reasons, that my best years in broadcasting are ahead of me and I feel really good about the future. Finally, I suggest that you don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
On Hogan/Lawler: Just as I wrote here a few days ago, the proposed match between Jerry Lawler and Hulk Hogan in Memphis was never a done deal and that it had the potential to fall through. That’s exactly what happened. The reason is simple and that is contractually The King cannot appear on VH1 without the consent of the WWE, and this match was to be a part of “Hogan Knows Best” which airs on VH1. Miscommunication in wrestling is nothing new and neither is controversy and for some it seems to follow them around. I assume the King is probably disappointed for the false start, so to speak, with this booking in his hometown, but he did not seem overly upset to me when he called me a day or two ago. As a matter of fact we did not even discuss it and instead talked about our travel to Italy and England and where Adrian Peterson might go in the draft. The King’s Cleveland Browns have the #3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft and they need a running back of which AD is the best coming out of college this season.
Ross also talks a lot about the new 4 Horsement DVD. Check out the full blog entry at JrsBarBQ.com.