Jim Ross has posted a new blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. Below are some highlights:
"I was surprised to see the list [of recent WWE releases] I didn't know it was coming. Fortunately that's not my area of concern these days. I used to be the one who had to make those unpleasant telephone calls or conduct the meetings to release talent. Not a good facet of the job of being head of talent relations but it has to be done and likely should be done a few times each year. Giving released talents the opportunity to go elsewhere while they are still young and potentially productive is a good thing. No list of releases will ever make any one happy, nor should they, but it's a necessary evil even if one's favorite was included in the cuts. As I have said on Twitter, generally speaking when talents are released it is the best thing for all involved after the initial shock/sting subsides."
On the question of Jeff Hardy ever returning to WWE: "The internet guys can react as they usually do from afar on my 'never say never' retort but on this occasion I really don't see it to be honest with you. Jeff had a wonderful run in WWE and it seems as if he peaked after leaving WWE. Jeff has the intangible 'it' factor but I don't know how committed or motivated that he is to recapture the magic he once had. I'll always be fans of Jeff and Matt Hardy."
"Am I concerned over all the insults thrown my way on Raw? Hell, no. Been insulted by the very best in the world on a professional basis for years. It's part of the presentation. Can it be overdone as in taking away from the building of talent? Yes. Announcer 'banter' should always have the talents in the ring in mind and the issues with which those talents are involved. I've worked with many color commentators over the year whose top priority seemed to be to promote themselves."