WWE News: Jim Ross insists that he's not retiring, reveals whether he intends to write a book, and whether his health prevented him from calling a match at WrestleMania 26


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WWE News: Jim Ross insists that he's not retiring, reveals whether he intends to write a book, and whether his health prevented him from calling a match at WrestleMania 26
Apr 1, 2010 - 09:17 AM


WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. The following items are among the highlights.

-Ross on reports that he is retiring from WWE: "There are no issues or problems with my negotiations with WWE. The ball is in WWE's court to put together a new role for me within the company. Essentially they have decided to reassign me from weekly broadcasting and that includes the monthly PPV's to focus on other areas of the company. I am guessing, and I stress guessing, that may be some form of scouting and/or talent development. I might be wrong on that assumption but I'll know before the end of April as that is when my current extension expires."

Powell's POV: Ross stressed that he is not retiring and added that he knows he has not broadcast his last event. He had a lot more to say on this topic in his actual blog.

-Ross on whether he'll write a book: "Will I ever write a book? Yes, without question. I have maintained copious notes for decades and my career covers a variety of jobs and roles working for some very unique individuals within American pop culture. I am told by people helping me with a potential book deal that we have several publishers interested and that we will likely be speaking with all of them next week. I want any book that I write to be honest, fair, entertaining and hard hitting. Actually, I feel that I have enough material for two books depending on how the first one is structured."

Powell's POV: I am looking forward to Ross's book project. In addition to the obvious WWE portions of the book, the details on his early days in Mid-South and his run with WCW should be excellent.

-Ross on reports that his health prevented him from calling a match at WrestleMania 26: "The UK Sun, I was told and if I am wrong I apologize, reported that my health was bad and that was why I was left off the Wrestlemania 26 announce team. That is wrong. My health is better than is has been in at least a decade. I simply was passed over for the gig just like several wrestlers who did not have much more than a cup of coffee, if that, at WM26. It isn't everyone's 'right' to perform at Wrestlemania including mine. Those opportunities are earned or at least that's how it should be and should be for the betterment of the overall show."

Powell's POV: It's good to hear J.R.'s health didn't prevent him from calling a match. Sadly, it sounds like Vince McMahon kept him from calling a match on Sunday. Ross more than earned the opportunity to call a match given the body of work he's produced over the years.

Other topics include whether he'd like to become Jack Swagger's manager, how the announcing could hurt Randy Orton as a babyface, and a current to WWE star who would make a great commentator.

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